Sean Spicer swallows whole packs of gum daily. Is that really a good idea?

What medical case studies say about consuming large amounts of sugar-free gum. Melissa McCarthy nailed her Saturday Night Live impression of White House press secretary Sean Spicer. She captured his anger, his mocking tone toward the press, and his ability to produce spin in an instant. She also nailed the small details — like the fact that Spicer likes to swallow gum whole. “I’m here to swallow gum. And I’m here to take names.” #SNL…

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When Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee disagree with something, they feminize it

That’s bad for everyone. Following Judge James Robert’s order Friday night temporarily stopping the federal government from enforcing parts of President Donald Trump’s controversial visa ban, Trump lashed out against the “so-called judge” on Twitter, saying that Americans should “blame him and the court system” should something (presumably a national security disaster) happen. Appearing on Fox News Monday morning, Christian minister and former Arkansas Gov. Mick Huckabee lobbed a different critique of the courts: “I…

"When Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee disagree with something, they feminize it"

The Philippine president says he’s going to hell for his vicious drug war. And he’s proud of it.

The Philippine Catholic Church condemned President Duterte’s drug war. Duterte responded by saying he’s going to hell. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has broken the fifth of the Ten Commandments, “Thou shall not kill.” Now he believes he’s going to hell for his vicious crackdown on the drug trade, which has left more then 7,000 people dead in the past seven months. Since taking office in June 2016, Duterte has initiated and completely supported the killing…

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Trump’s first health care action may be to let insurers charge older people more for insurance

On his first day in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing his agencies to dismantle the Affordable Care Act “to the maximum extent permitted by law.” But what that would actually mean in practice has remained extremely unclear. The administration has drawn up a proposed new rule, but its content isn’t yet public. However, the Huffington Post’s Jonathan Cohn reports that, according to “industry consultants and lobbyists,” the administration is considering a…

"Trump’s first health care action may be to let insurers charge older people more for insurance"

Someone made a “Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund” website, and Twitter is all about it

Kellyanne Conway’s fake massacre is raising real money. As has now been well-documented, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway completely made up the “Bowling Green Massacre,” a fake terrorist attack in Kentucky, in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last week. It turns out, Cosmopolitan reports, she did the same thing last month. But now the fake event has a real website — raising real money to give to a real organization. Following the interview, a website…

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Why tech is leading corporate America’s fight against Trump’s immigration order

Some of the nation’s largest technology companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, Uber, and Airbnb, have filed a legal brief blasting President Donald Trump’s controversial legal order. The companies want the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court to continue blocking key portions of the order while the courts consider its legality. The brief argues that Trump’s order is “inflicting substantial harm on U.S. companies. It hinders the ability of American companies to attract great talent, increases…

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Why disabilities-rights activists like me sided with the NRA on an Obama gun control rule

Last Thursday, the House voted to reverse a December 2016 Obama administration rule that prevented firearms purchases by Social Security beneficiaries with a mental disability who have designated a representative to manage their finances. The Obama administration rule sought to limit firearms purchases based on the rationale that those who cannot manage their finances independently might pose a danger with a weapon. This piece is part of The Big Idea, a section for outside contributors’…

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This Republican lawyer justified torture under Bush — and he thinks Trump is going too far

John Yoo wrote the “torture memos.” In a New York Times editorial, he questions Trump’s executive actions. John Yoo is a Republican lawyer who is perhaps best known for authoring the “torture memos” that legally justified former President George W. Bush’s use of torture against terrorist suspects in 2002. It was a sweeping interpretation of executive power — one that allowed the Bush-led CIA to detain suspects, some of whom turned out to be innocent,…

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Kellyanne Conway is still lying about the Bowling Green massacre

Last week, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway justified his controversial immigration and refugee ban by pointing to a fake terrorist attack purportedly committed by refugees that she called “the Bowling Green Massacre.” On Monday, Cosmopolitan revealed that she had actually done this before, referring to the “Bowling Green massacre” in an interview that they had conducted with her in January. That suggests that Conway’s now-famous and widely-mocked error wasn’t a slip of the tongue, but actually…

"Kellyanne Conway is still lying about the Bowling Green massacre"

Former Obama and Bush CIA and State officials: Trump’s travel ban “undermines” national security

A bipartisan group of national security officials argues in a legal brief that the ban is unnecessary and even dangerous. A group of former CIA and US Department of State officials who worked under Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton on Sunday filed a legal brief against President Donald Trump’s immigration order, arguing that it “undermines the national security of the United States.” The brief, which officially opposes the order that halted refugee…

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