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Why Trump and China Are Unlikely to Reach a Trade Deal at the G20 Summit

President Donald Trump plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit later this week, where the two will continue discussions on a comprehensive deal to end the trade war that has been escalating for more than a year. Talks broke down last May after two days of what Trump called “candid and constructive conversations.” While the U.S. is demanding protections for intellectual property rights and a more open...

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Where LGBTQ Rights Stand Two Years Into the Trump Administration

Millions will gather in New York City later this June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the historic clash between police and queer patrons at the Stonewall Inn that launched the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. Since that night, the LGBTQ community and their allies have made strides toward achieving equitable freedom--but the fight is far from over. Law enforcement arrived at the Stonewall Inn during the early...

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Who Is Don McGahn? Former White House Counsel Is Embroiled in Trump Investigation

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn has been embroiled in congressional conflict over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report almost as much as Attorney General William Barr, but Barr’s prominent position often overshadows the important role McGahn could play in the ongoing investigation into alleged obstruction of justice. McGahn, who resigned from his position in October, had been with President Donald Trump since the campaign...

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FCC Takes Major Step Toward Limiting Robocalls and Scammers

The Federal Communications Commission Thursday reiterated its demand that major phone carriers implement a standardized caller ID authentication network by the end of the year, a move that would aid in combating both scammers and the number of robocalls plaguing people’s phones. According to YouMail, a software company that blocks robocalls, nearly 48 billion robocalls were made nationally in 2018--a roughly 19 billion increase from...

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Why Couldn’t Mueller Indict Trump? This DOJ Policy Prevented Him

As he resigned from his post Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller explained that “longstanding” Department of Justice policy prevents a sitting president from being charged with a federal crime. Therefore, while his office investigated potential offenses committed by President Donald Trump, charging Trump was “not an option we could consider.” The policy blocking indicting a sitting president dates back to the...

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2020 Candidate Pete Buttigieg’s Marriage Is Giving Dating App a Boost

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has quickly risen to become a top 2020 presidential contender in the Democratic primary since his campaign launch in January, representing an intelligence, youth, and calm many progressive voters wish to see in the White House. His popularity, however, has had an impact on more than just politics. Buttigieg, 37, has been very open about his sexuality since coming out as in a 2015 op-ed for the South Bend...

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‘Missed Opportunity.’ Warren’s Opioid Plan Has a Major Blind Spot, Experts Say

Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren proposed a $100 billion plan to address the opioid epidemic earlier this month, earning praise for recognizing the scale of response the crisis requires. Drug policy experts, however, say that while her proposal is a step in the right direction, it overlooks the opportunity to fix a broken healthcare system and address substance use more effectively. “Because it...

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ICE Arrests in Courthouses Leave Local Communities on Edge

There were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. When President Donald Trump took office and increased immigration enforcement, he called these people “criminals of all shapes, sizes and kinds.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has thus become more prevalent, leaving local communities to search for a balance between addressing federal regulation and keeping...

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The Questionable Future of Donald Trump’s Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have been controversial at times--Democrats applauded his appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, then criticized him for not pressing the attorney general to pursue obstruction of justice charges against President Donald Trump--but he had been with the DOJ since 1990. Now, Rosenstein is becoming another experienced employee to exit the Department of Justice under the Trump...

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Trump Federal Reserve Nominee Stephen Moore Explains Controversial Comments

Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve board addressed past controversial comments, joking that there “should be a statute of limitations on saying stupid things,” and called for cameras in the Fed to increase public trust in the institution. “Why should it be top secret why the Fed did this and that?” Moore told Margaret Hoover Tuesday on her PBS show Firing Line, which airs on Friday. “I want...

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Private Insurance Would Not Be Eradicated Under Medicare for All—But It Would Take a Huge Hit

Sen. Kamala Harris defended Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation Monday night at CNN’s town hall, correcting moderator Don Lemon’s statement that the new healthcare plan would “effectively eliminate private insurance.” Harris acknowledged that Medicare for All would phase out private insurance as “the main source, but there would still be supplemental” plans available. In truth, the text of the actual...

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Meet the Republicans Likely to Challenge Trump in the 2020 Primary

The Democratic 2020 primary is a crowded field, but regardless of who takes the nomination, President Donald Trump will face a battle before election day. Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld announced his candidacy for the Republican primary last week, and both Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and former Ohio Governor John Kasich are mulling runs as well. Those running a primary campaign against a sitting president have little...