Everything is wrong with this Breitbart-Sean Spicer interview

Vox’s video team explains what makes the interview so awkward. After the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to the White House travel ban last night, spokesperson Sean Spicer turned to conservative Breitbart.com, the publication Donald Trump’s top aide, Steve Bannon, once ran as executive chair. In some ways, it’s the exact right place to go — it’s a website popular with Trump supporters, and given its ties to the White House, Spicer had his best…

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Today in Obamacare: 17 ways Tom Price can start dismantling the ACA

17 different executive actions newly confirmed HHS Secretary Tom Price could take to dismantle the Affordable Care Act The Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price as health and human services secretary very early Friday morning, officially putting him in charge of the agency that will oversee Obamacare repeal and replacement efforts. Price will need to wait for congressional action to dismantle most major parts of the health care law. But there’s also a lot he can…

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The scandal over Mike Flynn’s secret talks with the Russians, explained

Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, may be in a lot of trouble. Late Thursday night, the Washington Post reported that Flynn had called Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on December 29, the same day that Obama had slapped new sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its hack of the US election. The conversation covered the sanctions, and according to two officials suggested that the Trump administration would be rolling back the sanctions in the…

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Donald Trump decides to honor the “One China” policy

Trump had said the “One China” policy was on the negotiating table. He just took it off. It turns out Donald Trump may not be looking for a fight with China after all. Just weeks after questioning a cornerstone of Washington’s diplomatic relationship with Beijing, Trump used a Thursday night phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping to say that he would honor the so-called “One China” policy that has kept ties between the two…

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A leaked report says the wall will cost $21.6 billion — almost twice as much as Trump says

Donald Trump wants to start building a wall across the US-Mexico border right away, but it’s still not at all clear how much this would cost. On Friday, Reuters reported the highest estimate yet: a possible $21.6 billion price tag for a “series of fences and walls” that would take more than three years to build, according to a leaked Department of Homeland Security internal report. To be sure, this is not the final plan,…

"A leaked report says the wall will cost $21.6 billion — almost twice as much as Trump says"

Congress has a responsibility to engage with constituents

As legislators shut off communication, we need to find new ways to engage. The president versus the courts may be the top-billed fight in the constitutional crisis that began to unfold a few days after Donald Trump’s inauguration. But the Congress members versus the phones is a remarkable second-tier confrontation. The phones represent the hundreds of thousands of constituents bombarding Congress members in record numbers about the consequences of repeal of the Affordable Care Act,…

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Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first US Olympian to wear a hijab

The American bronze medalist claims she was recently detained by US customs. US Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad made headlines this week when she revealed that she was detained at a US airport for two hours with no explanation when she was returning to the US a few weeks ago. Muhammad did not claim that her detention was a result of President Donald Trump’s controversial visa and immigration ban, often referred to as a “Muslim ban.” Muhammad…

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Review: Fifty Shades Darker wants to turn you on. Instead, it will make you cackle.

Fifty Shades Darker has no idea how stupidly funny it is. Two years ago, the film adaptation of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey was released in theaters, bringing to life the first book in a poorly written trilogy that had recently awakened a very specific American desire: one that lives in the space where bondage, sappiness, doofiness, stalking, wealth, abs, and independent book publishing meet. It’s the classic story of girl meets rich, hot…

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Meet the Muslim woman who’s become the face of anti-Trump resistance

“I’ve always felt that need to speak out because I’m a human being.” It began as an unpaid modeling gig. A decade ago, Munira Ahmed met with photographer Ridwan Adhami to shoot photos for the now-out-of-print Illume magazine, a publication focused on the lives of Muslims in America. Now a likeness of her face has become one of the most popular protest images following President Donald Trump’s election. “The concept was to have me standing…

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Only 29% of Americans think Trump is respected in the world

Sad! Respect is a big deal to Donald Trump, who likes to cut a macho figure in the public arena and who frequently criticized his predecessor in office for failing to be respected by foreign leaders. The American public, however, believes that it’s Trump himself who doesn’t inspire respect. Indeed, a new Gallup poll shows that by a stunning 29-67 margin, Americans think foreign leaders don’t have much respect for Trump. That’s dramatically worse than…

"Only 29% of Americans think Trump is respected in the world"