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‘Tick tock, motherf*ckers!’: John Oliver is still waiting for that Republican alternative to Obamacare

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 - 12:03am
This week on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver ripped the Republican Party for voting to repeal Obamacare before they have any form of alternative idea to replace it. “Obamacare is not perfect,” he said. “It had and has serious flaws.” The Healthcare.gov ...

Directors of all 5 ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Oscar nominees send open protest letter to Trump

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 11:21pm
The directors nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film” released a remarkable joint statement during the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night condemning Pres. Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and “the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in oth...

Tests show driver in Mardi Gras crash was legally drunk, police say

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 10:57pm
A driver accused of injuring 28 people in New Orleans after plowing a pickup truck into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit soon after the crash, police said on Sunday. The suspect, identified as Neilson Rizzuto, 25, has been charged with...

Trump says he’ll lay out healthcare revamp details in speech to Congress

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 10:56pm
President Donald Trump said on Sunday he will offer details on how he would like to overhaul President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law in a speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. Since they now control the White House and Congress, Republicans are under pressure to fulfill their pledg...

American who intervened in shooting that killed Indian says was happy to risk life

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 10:53pm
A Kansas man wounded when he intervened in a bar room shooting that killed an Indian engineer and injured another said on Sunday he was glad he risked his life in an incident U.S. authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime. Ian Grillot, 24, was struck in the hand and chest at the bar in ...

Democratic Rep. blisters Trump on death of Navy SEAL in Yemen

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 10:06pm
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) blasted Pres. Donald Trump on Sunday regarding the botched Jan. 28 raid in Yemen that killed 29 civilians and Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens — the first U.S. armed forces member to die under the Trump administration. On Sunday, the New York Times lau...

Trump’s Navy Secretary nominee jumps ship — a week after saying he wouldn’t

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 8:15pm
Pres. Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Navy, investment manager Philip Bilden, announced Sunday that he is withdrawing from the nomination — a week after insisting that he was taking the job. Politico reported that Bilden is the second Trump appointee to drop out after finding...

Iranian ex-president Ahmadinejad sends flattering open letter to Trump

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 7:31pm
Tehran (dpa) – Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote a personal letter to Donald Trump in which he praised the US president and wished him well in his tenure, local media reported Sunday. Trump has “the historic opportunity with new reforms to be a pioneer of new and great d...

Renowned French historian detained for 10 hours by US customs officials

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 7:17pm
A French historian was detained for 10 hours by US customs officials this week while on his way to an academic conference in Texas. Henry Rousso, 62, a specialist in the history of World War II who has taught at the Sorbonne in Paris and Columbia University in New York, was held for questioning afte...

White House says it’s too early to decide on special prosecutor for Russian election meddling

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 7:12pm
White House says it’s too early to decide on special prosecutor for Russian election meddling WASHINGTON — A White House spokeswoman said Sunday that it was too soon to say whether a special prosecutor should look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Calls have grown lo...

North Korea’s use of deadly chemical shows that nation is even more dangerous than thought

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 7:06pm
WASHINGTON — By using one of the world’s deadliest known toxins to carry off a high-profile assassination in Malaysia, North Korea sent a message to the world that it has two types of weapons of mass destruction — nuclear bombs and the most ghastly of chemical weapons. “The point was mad...

Transgender wrestler ended contentious weekend with title, but controversy isn’t going anywhere

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 7:02pm
CYPRESS, Texas — A few hours after winning a state championship on Saturday, Mack Beggs came walking out of a conference room, flanked by his coach, with the entire Euless Trinity girls team in tow. Beggs, a 17-year-old transgender wrestler from Euless Trinity, had been the topic of this weekend&#82...

Republicans resist calls for independent probe into Trump-Russia connections

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 6:56pm
The White House hasn’t ruled out a recusal from the attorney general on probes into Russian meddling in the election as prominent Republicans continue to resist calls for an independent investigation. Republicans on the Sunday morning news shows either downplayed a need for an independent prob...

Right-wing pundit Laura Ingraham bounced $42K check to AP trying to save her floundering website

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 6:00pm
Right-wing radio host and author Laura Ingraham is facing a lawsuit filed by the Associated Press after she bounced a check to the wire service for unpaid fees and lost revenue on her website LifeZette.com. Mediaite.com reported on Saturday that the AP is suing Ingraham and LifeZette for $50,000 in ...

Widow of murdered Kansas engineer had been living in fear of hate crimes since Trump’s election

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 4:50pm
Sunayana Dumala — the wife of an Indian-American engineer murdered last Wednesday in Olathe, Kansas — said that she had been living in fear that something like this would happen ever since Pres. Donald Trump was elected in November. In an interview with the BBC Dumala said that she told ...

MSNBC guest calls for more nukes: ‘We have nowhere near the ability to destroy the world’

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 4:18pm
Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday morning, an associate professor at Georgetown University made a pitch for the U.S. to increase its nuclear arsenal while blithely stating there are not near enough nukes in both Russia and the U.S. to kill everyone. Speaking with host Alex Witt, Georgetown University&#82...

Why state officials want to protect undocumented immigrants

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
Two California police departments are speaking out against the Department of Homeland security for what believe were deceptions by the feds in an effort to deport non-violent undocumented immigrants. In mid February, ICE officials conducted the first round of raids in as many as 12 states under the ...

Transgender California GOP delegate says the Trump administration will protect the LGBTQ community

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Gina Roberts, a champion target shooter and supporter of President Donald Trump, says she wishes everyone would take a deep breath and relax about the controversy over transgender students using bathrooms. Roberts was one of hundreds of GOP loyalists attending the California Repub...

WATCH: Chuck Todd calls out Trump for calling press ‘fake news’ every time there’s a new Russia story

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd blasted President Donald Trump on Sunday for resorting to attacking the press every time a new revelation about his administration’s involvement with Russia is revealed. According to the NBC host, Trump’s tweeted attacks on the press –specifically aim...

Democrats must overhaul party and attack big business: Bernie Sanders

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 - 2:56pm
Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday urged a major overhaul of his party, calling for more aggressive efforts to court working-class voters and fight big businesses from Wall Street to the pharmaceutical sector. Sanders, who spoke a day after Democrats chose Tom Per...