BREAKING: Republican Debbie Lesko wins Arizona special election

Republican Debbie Lesko has won the Arizona special election to replace Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), defeating her Democratic rival Hiral Tipirneni, according to the Associated Press. (The New York Times and the Washington Post have similarly called the race for Lesko.) BREAKING: Republican Debbie Lesko…

Trump’s pick for VA Secretary is inexperienced, and that’s the least problematic thing about him

Physician to the President Dr. Ronny Jackson ran into another obstacle on his path towards confirmation as Secretary for the Department of Veteran Affairs on Tuesday afternoon. In 2012, a report ordered by the Navy’s Medical Inspector General suggested then-President Barack Obama replace Jackson over what…

Kourtney Kardashian has something to say about the FDA, right after these messages

Coming up on Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Kourtney takes Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, the reality star participated in various Congressional briefings about outdated cosmetic regulations. One hearing was closed to the public (including the media), but nothing was off limits to Kardashian’s television crew. By…

Facebook may have finally found a way to deal with fake news

It’s tough to exaggerate just how difficult the past six months — or the past two years, really — have been for Facebook. Accusations of privacy violations and tone-deaf responses. Revelations about Russian meddling and plagues of fake news. Hearings on Capitol Hill, with Mark…

Meek Mill released from prison after Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled that the lower court must immediately issue an order to release rapper Meek Mill, whose prison sentence sparked a national debate over the severity of his sentence. Mill was sentenced to serve two to four years in prison for…

Sessions claims immigrant caravan ‘ignored’ Mexico’s generosity

Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed on Monday that a caravan of around 1,500 Central American immigrants nearing the southern U.S. border had ignored Mexico’s generous offer to let them stay in the country, instead continuing their journey to seek asylum in the United States. “Pockets…

Climate deniers and tobacco flacks headline the EPA’s new science standard announcement

On Tuesday afternoon, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule limiting the kinds of science that the agency can use in its rulemaking, a step that he described as bringing transparency and trust back to the agency’s scientific process. If the…

Trump publicly advises his cabinet nominee to refuse the job: ‘What does he need it for?’

During a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, President Trump advised his hand-picked choice to be secretary of veterans affairs, Ronny Jackson, to not take the job. Jackson’s confirmation process is currently on indefinite hold because the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee…

Opponents decry Scott Pruitt’s plan to roll back groundwater protections at coal ash sites

Residents have not been clamoring for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to weaken the nation’s coal ash waste rules. No local communities have stood up and said they want less protection from coal ash. And yet Pruitt — at the behest of coal-fired…

Chief Justice Roberts spent the morning showcasing how impossibly naive he is on matters of race

Abbott v. Perez is a case of mind-numbing procedural complexity. It involves Texas’ successful efforts to draw gerrymandered maps in 2011 — maps that were eventually found to be an illegal racial gerrymander by a federal court — and then maintain as much of these illegal…

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