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Some Republicans blame John McCain for their party's massive midterms loss - but the real reason is far simpler

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jason Lewis claims that “The Republican Party lost its House majority on July 28, 2017, when Sen. John McCain ended the party’s seven-year quest to repeal Obamacare.” Up to then, he says, the Republican leadership had done “an admirable job herding cats,” culminating in the passage by the House (on their second try) of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Then McCain blew it all in the Senate.

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Here's Why the Blue Wave Runs Through Texas - And White Evangelical Women

Eyes are locked on Texas. And deep in its heart are white evangelicals who could be part of a blue wave many hope will wash over that red state to carry Ted Cruz far out to sea.  In tight race between Cruz and his energetic Democratic Party opponent Beto O’Rourke, New York Times reporter Elizabeth Dias suggests that white evangelical women could be open to Democratic candidates. Her interviews with long-time Republican voters point to an increasing disenchantment that could temper the unwavering evangelical support that Republican incumbents and candidates view as their inalienable birthright.

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5 People Died From Eating Lettuce - But Trump’s FDA Still Won’t Make Farms Test Water For Bacteria

William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Michelin Man, and on the inside, his intestines were inflamed and bleeding.

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Here's How Your Unique Behavioral Psychological Profile Is Being Used to Manipulate You

Opening with one of the key questions of our time, How do we know what's true?, Josh Fox, the Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated creator of the documentary that started the anti-fracking movement, Gasland, traces the arc of propaganda and misinformation from 9/11 to Trump from the perspective of the front lines in his debut book and new solo performance, "The Truth Has Changed" (Seven Stories Press, 2018). From 9/11 and the Iraq war, to fracking and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to Hurricane Sandy, to relentless smear campaigns against climate scientists, to the fight for 100 percent renewable energy, to Standing Rock, to the 2016 presidential campaign, to Cambridge Analytica, "The Truth Has Changed" mines Josh’s personal experiences to examine their impact on democracy and on the collective psyche of the United States.

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A Lawyer Who Investigated Planned Parenthood And Another Heritage Foundation Employee: Here's a Closer Look at Trump's Latest Appointees

In 2015, March Bell was Republican staff director and chief counsel for a House panel that investigated Planned Parenthood. The mission: to find out if Planned Parenthood, a system of more than 600 reproductive care clinics across the country, was profiting off donated fetal tissues. The investigation was kicked off by undercover videos from anti-abortion activists that were heavily doctored and edited.

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Here Are 8 Ways Outgoing EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Suppressed Science

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who announced yesterday that he is resigning, leaves a legacy of suppressing the role of science at the agency.

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‘Stone Cold Racist’: Internet Excoriates ‘Fox & Friends’ Host for Saying Migrant Kids Are Less Important Than U.S. Kids

"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade once again is under fire for sharing his racist views on the Fox News morning show. On Friday Kilmeade weighed in on the 2,400 or so migrant children who were kidnapped by the Trump administration, are being held hostage, and likely will not be reunited with their parents.

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The Curious Campaign Role of Donald Trump’s Foundation

Nonprofit 101 is that a conventional charity cannot give money to a political campaign. But it’s possible the Donald J. Trump Foundation may have broken this cardinal rule not just once, but twice. And the fact that it happened twice could make a significant legal difference. The first time could be a simple clerical mistake. But when it happens again and the person running the charity is the political beneficiary, that’s a horse of a different color.

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Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Wants Feds to Look into Alleged Trump Campaign Finance Violations

Conservative attorney George Conway, husband of Trump presidential counselor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, has long sniped at his wife’s boss. Now he is suggesting that the feds should look into alleged campaign finance violations involving the Trump Foundation charity. Seriously. This is from his Twitter account:

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Here's How Higher Education Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps

A few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public education by saying,

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Dodging Dementia: How More of Us are Getting at Least a Dozen Happy Years After 65

You’ve turned 65 and exited middle age. What are the chances you’ll develop cognitive impairment or dementia in the years ahead?

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Warren Buffett’s Mortgage Companies Set Up to Cater to White Clients

Trident Mortgage Co. helps more families buy homes in Philadelphia and neighboring Camden, New Jersey, than any other company, but it primarily serves one demographic: white people.

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Watch: Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsburg Discuss the Increasing Threat of Nuclear War -- and the Disturbing Result of the Syria Strikes Corporate Media Is Ignoring

Renowned academic and political analyst Noam Chomsky recently spoke about a disturbing upshot of the Syria strikes. But despite the British media giving near wall-to-wall coverage of the strikes themselves, it’s been very quiet about this concerning effect.

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Trump Administration Mulls More Secrecy on Drone Strikes

The Trump administration is considering overturning a key Obama-era policy which sought to make counter-terrorism operations more transparent, even as it ramps them up.

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Hate Report: Facebook Pages Glorified the 'Incel' Mass Killer

In this week’s Hate Report, we look at the online fandom around the “incel” mass killer the Toronto van attack suspect cited as an inspiration for his terrorism and a dispatch from our reporter from the scene of last weekend’s neo-Nazi rally in Georgia.

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Trump Lost His Battle With Comey In One of the Most Humiliating Ways Possible

In the midst of the longest run of self-inflicted wounds known to man, Donald Trump caught a huge break.

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Here Are 11 Easy Ways You Can Help Save the Planet This Earth Day

Little changes can make a big difference It's not too late. ... our planet and the life on it—are desperate for as much data as possible, and regular folks can help them out. Your kids can join in, too. Vote for science-based policy Yes, you can and should make ...

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Republican KY Gov Says Striking Teachers Are To Blame If Children Get Assaulted While Not In School

Republicans have taken pride in their ability to "frame the debate," no matter the issue. If taxes are discussed, Republicans insert the phrase "tax relief." If women's bodily autonomy is on the table, conservatives turn to one of their favorites, "unborn child."

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Watch: Jimmy Kimmel's Resident Trickster Makes a Fool Out of Pat Robertson

We can't help but notice how hard Pat Robertson squints his eyes when he prays on TV. Perhaps the arch-conservative televangelist is trying to black-out the sins of his past, which include pushing for war in the Middle East, telling women not to be independent, and blaming 9/11 on homosexuals.

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Trump Demands to Know Why the World Doesn't Thank Him

Right on cue, Donald Trump unleashed a tweetstorm this morning to call the New York Times ‘failing,' even though the newspaper is doing well, then wondered why the world isn't thanking him for gains on taking down ISIS as if he singlehandedly defeated the terrorist group.

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A New Poor People's Campaign Is Rising - And It Puts Climate Front and Center

In a number of 1967 speeches, Martin Luther King famously explained how the "three evils" of racism, poverty, and war were intertwined. That same year, King and other visionary leaders started a Poor People’s Campaign to expose the moral crisis of poverty in the richest country in the world and to confront those three evils.

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Should Workers Get Paid Time Off To Care For Their Pets?

Vacation season has begun in earnest — meaning your co-workers are probably slowly vanishing and the office is getting a little quieter these days, and that may or may not a good thing. Vacation leave costs private industry about $1.04 per hour worked, according to U.S.

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You May Not Have Noticed, but Pigeons are Masterpieces of Nature

The following excerpt is from The New York Pigeon: Behind the Feathers, by Andrew Garn (Powerhouse Books, 2018). Reprinted with permission.

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U.N. Security Council urged to prevent ‘uncontrollable escalation’ in Syria

“Recent developments carry more than ever before the dangers that the Secretary-General has warned about,” Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told an emergency meeting of the Security Council.

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Does Cell Phone Radiation Cause Cancer?

The following excerpt is from Zapped: From Infrared to X-rays, the Curious History of Invisible Light, by Bob Berman (2017, Little, Brown).

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