February 22, 2019

House Democrats gear up for fight over Mueller report

Congressional Democrats are setting the stage to demand transparency from Trump administration officials even before special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his report on possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In two letters sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ), top Democrats in the House of Representatives said the public has the […]
February 22, 2019

Asked about real election fraud in North Carolina, Trump rants about imaginary fraud elsewhere

When asked about the ongoing election fraud scandal in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district Friday, President Donald Trump said he condemns “all election fraud” before pivoting to a monologue about election fraud that does not exist. “I condemn any election fraud,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office. “And when I look at what’s happened in […]
February 22, 2019

All the Trump Cabinet scandals you may have missed this week

Five different members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet were ensnared in scandals this week, most notably Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who previously declined to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire accused of molesting dozens of underage girls over the last two decades. On Thursday, a judge ruled in the favor of two of Epstein’s alleged victims […]
February 22, 2019

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse: 4 victims, at least 3 minors

Friday, R&B star and alleged serial sexual predator Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County, lllinois the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The charges against Kelly span from 1998 to 2010 and involve four victims, at least three of whom were minors between 13 and 16 years old, prosecutors allege. […]
February 22, 2019

Sarah Sanders says Trump has always condemned violence. Here are all the times he did the opposite.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed on Friday that President Donald Trump has always “condemned violence against journalists or anyone else.” In response to a question about the recent arrest of Christopher Paul Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant who allegedly plotted to kill prominent Democrats and members of the media, Sanders said, “In […]
February 22, 2019

Trump changes his mind on Syria, opts to let 200 troops remain after announcing full withdrawal

President Donald Trump’s decision to leave 200 of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria for a peacekeeping mission signals yet another shift in the administration’s chaotic Syria policy. “At the end of the day, the president wants to bring our troops home and he is working towards that and he wants to do that in […]
February 22, 2019

Sanctioned Russian oligarch’s think tank might expand to the U.S.

A Berlin-based think tank founded and chaired by sanctioned Russian oligarch Vladimir Yakunin is exploring the possibility of opening an office in the United States, a spokesperson for the group told ThinkProgress. Jean-Christophe Bas, the current CEO of Yakunin’s Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) think tank, said that he’s considering opening a “liaison office” […]
February 22, 2019

Former Fox News psychiatrist accused of sexually exploiting patients

For years, psychiatrist Keith Ablow was paid by Fox News to provide viewers with anti-LGBTQ bigotry disguised as medical expertise as part of the network’s “Medical A-Team.” Now, a Boston Globe report alleges Ablow, like many of his former Fox News colleagues, may have a history of sexual predation or misconduct. The report, which cites […]
February 22, 2019

Trump administration imposes domestic gag rule that prohibits abortion referral

On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will impose a domestic gag rule for health care providers that aims to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict people’s access to quality reproductive health care. This rule would upend Title X, a federal grant program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the […]
February 22, 2019

This neo-Nazi helped radicalize Coast Guard officer Chris Hasson. Amazon is still selling his books.

A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting a domestic terror attack was detained this week pending trial. According to prosecutors, 49-year-old Chris Hasson allegedly planned to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” targeting a number of high-profile Democratic politicians and journalists. Initially arrested on drug and gun charges, prosecutors said […]