Puerto Rico recovery efforts plagued by power company’s financial troubles

It’s been five months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and as of Monday, some 400,000 people on the island are still without power. The blackout is considered the longest in U.S. history. Now, recovery efforts are faced with a new hurdle as Puerto Rico’s…

Trump administration’s latest attack on Obamacare would cost taxpayers millions

The Trump administration announced a sizable change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Monday — winding back Obama-era rules on skimpier health insurance. The administration is proposing to expand access to short-term health plans, which is intended to fill temporary gaps in coverage and provide some…

A Republican candidate tried to defend his post-Parkland shooting AR-15 giveaway. It didn’t go well.

Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, Kansas Republican congressional candidate Tyler Tannahill (R) tried to defend his plan to hold an AR-15 giveaway on the heels of yet another deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida — a shooting perpetrated by a gunman who legally obtained an…

The critics are missing what’s special about Michelle Obama’s portrait

When Michelle Obama’s official portrait by the Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald was unveiled on Monday, the painting behind the black veil received modest cheers and a round of polite — restrained, even — applause. The crowd of gathered journalists, art critics, and pop culture figures alike…

56 attorneys general push Congress to help sexual harassment victims gain access to the courts

Attorneys general from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories wrote a letter Monday imploring Congress to make the courts more accessible to victims of sexual harassment. The letter, addressed to congressional leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Minority Leader…

Sarah Sanders tried to defend Trump’s praise for an alleged abuser. It was a disaster.

During the White House press briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if President Trump stands by remarks he made last Friday, when he said he hopes former top aide Rob Porter “has a wonderful career” immediately after he was ousted from…

The inescapable sexism of the Winter Olympics

On Monday night in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Norway’s Maren Lundby quite literally flew through a blizzard in order to win the gold medal in the women’s ski jumping event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was another moment of triumph, not just for Lundby, but for…

Trump brags he built an ice rink once, says it’s ‘no different’ than fixing U.S. infrastructure

During a White House event on Monday, President Trump bragged about the role he played in the construction of an ice rink in Central Park, and claimed that project is “really no different with a bridge or tunnel or any of the things” he intends…

Even Trump knows his infrastructure plan falls dreadfully short

President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday, touting the proposal as a $1.5 trillion investment in the nation’s highways, bridges, waterways, and other infrastructure projects. The plan’s topline number sounds great on the surface, but it wildly misconstrues the actual investment being…

Trump has given up on his pledge to balance the budget

The Trump administration released its second budget proposal on Monday, and as prior reports indicated, it abandons the long-held GOP position, as well as the explicit promise President Trump made, to balance the federal budget within 10 years. The budget will cut spending, but not nearly…

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