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WATCH: Donald Trump Can’t Seem to Close His Umbrella in Viral Clip

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Donald Trump hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to umbrellas. The president found himself at the center of another umbrella-related snafu on Saturday, as he boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in D.C. In videos documenting the moment, Trump, 72, can be seen holding the device over his head while making his way up the stairs to the aircraft. However, as he proceeded to enter the plane, he lowered the still-opened umbrella — which was wider than the aircraft door — to the ground. After he appeared to drag it along the ground for a […]

Republican Rick Scott Comes Out on Top After a Dramatic Florida Recount

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The final results of the Florida Senate race were finally announced Sunday afternoon, revealing Republican Rick Scott ahead of Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by 10,033 votes, out of nearly 8.2 million cast—that’s a margin of just .12 percent. The Florida secretary of state is expected to certify the results on Tuesday. Nelson released a concession video on Twitter just after 3pm on Sunday, in which he called on Floridians to continue to fight to preserve health care, the environment, the social safety net, and to oppose attacks on voting rights and other civil rights. Well, things turned out a little […]

People can’t stop comparing the alleged MAGAbomber’s van to a deranged ice cream truck

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Authorities apprehended a suspect, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, in the recent rash of packages containing pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump on Friday. In addition to having a criminal record, Sayoc was found to have been actively pushing right-wing conspiracy theories on various social media platforms that targeted George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and others who received packages. he was also a fervent Trump supporter. Sayoc, who reportedly lives in Aventura, Fla. also had a telling history of lobbing threats on Twitter; but even when those threats were reported, Twitter inexplicably failed to act. In the days […]

In These 5 Races, Climate Change Has Taken Center Stage

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This story was originally published by Grist. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Earlier this fall, the world’s top climate scientists gave humanity about 10 years to avoid a future that really sucks. With the midterm elections right around the corner, that warning means voters are effectively deciding which candidates to trust with the keys to the climate. If voters are sufficiently worried about warming, that anxiety might help determine who is put in office. According to Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, worry is a stronger predictor of policy support than other emotions. “We found […]

Unleash the Investigations! What Dems Could Do If They Win the House.

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Doug Chayka If Democrats win one or both houses of Congress in November, they’ll have a real say in how the country is run for the first time since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Even if the White House and the GOP won’t cooperate with them, there are still a lot of things Dems could do to bring back some checks and balances: Block bills: Republicans can’t repeal Obamacare or keep cutting taxes for the wealthy if they aren’t running Congress. Conduct oversight and investigations: According to Axios, the GOP is already preparing for Democrats to launch dozens of probes if they […]

Here’s How Democrats Should Investigate Trump, From the Congressman Who Investigated Bush

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Twelve years ago, Democrats won control of Congress in a landslide midterm election. It was six years into the unpopular George W. Bush administration. The war in Iraq was dragging on, the administration had bungled its response to Hurricane Katrina, and a top executive official had leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame for what appeared to be political retribution against her husband.  Today, Democrats are hoping for a repeat of the wave election of 2006. If they retake the House of Representatives, which polls show is likely, they will once again have the ability to investigate a Republican […]

Fake Iranian news site provoked Pakistan’s nuclear threat against Israel

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In late 2016, then-Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif took to Twitter to threaten Israel with nuclear war. The threat, which was later deleted, was prompted by something Asif had apparently come across earlier while online: A post originally published on the “AWD News” site, claiming that the Israeli defense minister had himself threatened nuclear war against Pakistan. For nearly two years, the sourcing behind “AWD News” remained unclear. But thanks to today’s massive revelations from Twitter about fake Russian and Iranian accounts, ThinkProgress has learned that “AWD News” was part of a social media and fake news campaign out of […]

Trump’s Top Economic Adviser Says the United Nations “Overestimates” Climate Change

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Donald Trump’s top economic adviser downplayed the seriousness of the major United Nations climate report released earlier this month that detailed imminent catastrophic consequences if climate change isn’t addressed quickly, saying it sounds like an “overestimate”.  “I won’t say it’s a scare tactic, but I think they overestimate,” Kudlow told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week on Sunday morning.  Kudlow insisted he wasn’t questioning the science, but then he immediately, well, questioned the science. “I’m not denying any climate change issues, George,” Kudlow said. “I’m just saying do we know precisely, and I mean with modeling…

Kanye West Reveals He Made Donald Trump an ‘Updated’ MAGA Hat: ‘Make America Great’

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Kanye West has designed a new MAGA hat! Following his visit with Donald Trump at the White House Thursday, West, 41, explained during an impromptu speech at an Apple store in Washington, D.C. hours later that he gave POTUS an “updated” MAGA hat that says “Make America Great” instead of “Make America Great Again.” “It hurts us as people, specifically black people— the idea, because we say ‘Was America ever great for us?’” West said in a video posted to social media, which shows him standing on top a table inside the Apple store. “So we made an updated hat […]

Gov. Greg Abbott clinches second term as GOP wins closest statewide races in 20 years

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AUSTIN (Covering Katy News) – Gov. Greg Abbott and every other statewide Republican seeking re-election emerged victorious on Tuesday. Still, the election proved to be the closest statewide contest in two decades as many of the incumbents won by notably slim margins. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller were neck and neck with their Democratic challengers throughout Tuesday night but eventually prevailed as results poured in. Meanwhile, Abbott easily fended off Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez to win a second term though his margin of victory wasn’t nearly as large as it was four […]