'Something broke in America': Foreign policy expert explains how Trump and the GOP have turned the US into a ‘dysfunctional tinpot dictatorship and self-dealing monarchy’

President Donald Trump has jumped off the rails in the past couple of weeks — and he’s crossing some bright red lines.

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House Republicans are trying to stonewall voter suppression investigations

House Republicans are strongly hinting to state officials that they should stonewall the Oversight Committee’s investigation into voter suppression. A letter signed by Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and other Republicans claims that the investigation raises “serious federalism concerns” and is “partisan.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee chair, responded forcefully, saying that “With a Democratic President, there was no allegation too small to investigate, but now that Donald Trump is in the White House, there is apparently no scandal too big to ignore.”

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Furious taxpayers rain hell on GOP after tweet touting Trump's tax plan hilarious backfires

The Republican Party on Monday tried to celebrate Tax Day by touting the purported effectiveness of its signature tax cut — but they were quickly hit with blowback from angry taxpayers.

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North Carolina GOP pushes shady law to weaken campaign regulation after a key House race was tainted by election fraud

The criminal investigation into GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris is ongoing, as evidence continues to accumulate that his hired strategist, Leslie McCrae Dowless, Jr., conducted an elaborate absentee ballot fraud scheme in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. The odds Harris will be seated at the start of the next Congress are now near zero as the North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement decides whether to call a new election.

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Two years of Republican government has been an incompetent circus — and even worse than we expected

Poor Paul Ryan. The golden boy of the Ayn Rand crowd was once assumed to be a future president, or at least one of the great statesmen of the Republican Party. He was considered a rarity among Republican pols --- a policy wonk with the polish and personality of Ronald Reagan. (I know that sounds crazy, but people really did think that.)

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Expert warns U.S. warplanes and drones will continue to bomb Syria: 'ISIS has not been defeated'

President Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Syria, in a move that has been praised by some in the American peace movement and some progressive lawmakers, as well as anti-interventionist Republicans, including Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee. We speak with Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who warns that the U.S. warplanes and drones will continue to bomb the country. ”ISIS has not been 'defeated,' and the U.S. should not remain in Syria militarily,” Bennis says. “You cannot defeat terrorism militarily. Terrorism is a phenomenon that emerges out of social and economic and national and all kinds of crises, in all kinds of countries. And stopping it doesn’t mean playing whack-a-mole with your military.”

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Trump calls Speaker Ryan out of GOP meeting in ‘emergency’ phone call - is the president about to get his shutdown?

MSNBC on-air has just reported that Speaker Paul Ryan is late for his final press conference, and has been pulled out of a meeting with House Republicans by an "emergency" phone call from President Trump.

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'Good riddance' to Paul Ryan: A 'coward who sold our economy to highest bidders'

As House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered his farewell address on Wednesday after 20 years of relentlessly working to gut social programs for the poor and successfully ramming through "one of the biggest transfers of wealth to the richest one percent in U.S. history," progressives made sure to let the outgoing congressman know what they think of his legacy.

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Kellyanne Conway’s husband warns GOP is poised to turn on Trump: ‘The signs of collapse are here’

In an early morning tweet, George Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, highlighted an online piece stating that relations between senior Republicans and President Donald Trump are “collapsing.”

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Three GOP Kansas lawmakers defect to the Democratic Party in one week

2018 was not a good year for Republicans in Kansas. They lost the governorship to Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly, after running infamous pro-Trump, voter-suppressing Secretary of State Kris Kobach. And GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder lost in a landslide to Democrat Sharice Davids, an attorney and former mixed martial arts fighter who will be one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress.

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