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Massive California wildfire threatens power supply to Yosemite National Park

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:49pm
Massive Calif. wildfire threatens power supply to Yosemite National Park A massive wildfire in Mariposa County, Calif., triggered a new round of evacuations Tuesday as flames threatened power lines that feed Yosemite National Park, officials said. The 19,600-acre Detwiler fire, which is burning east...

The myth of drug expiration dates

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:46pm
The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog. The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possib...

Hotelier-in-Chief: Here are the Trumps’ new hotels

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:42pm
Hotelier-in-Chief: Here Are the Trumps’ New Hotels This story was co-published with Forbes. Last August, Mississippi’s governor introduced a local hotel developer to then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a $1,000-per-plate private fundraiser in Jackson. The developer, Suresh Cha...

Here are 3 reasons why Catholic bishops are holding their tongues on the GOP’s health care debacle

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:37pm
When President Obama proposed requiring health plans to cover common contraceptives without charge, the Catholic bishops howled like the world was coming to an end. Dire warnings about the future of religious liberty were issued on a regular basis by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, then-head of the U.S. Con...

What American flag-worship looks like to a new citizen

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:28pm
At the Celebrate Freedom concert in Washington, DC, earlier this month Donald Trump told the crowd that, “In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.” The telling liturgical response from the gathered congregation was a chant of “USA! USA!” Indeed. Three weeks after I first moved to the...

WATCH: Sean Hannity freaks out on GOP for failing to fulfill Trump’s health care promise

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:14pm
Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday threw an epic fit over the GOP’s failure to repeal and replace ObamaCare, insisting all the “lazy” senators need to sit in a room, “turn off the air conditioner” order some pizza, KFC and Wendy’s and not leave until they’ve come up with a way to take away healthcare...

WATCH: Rachel Maddow mocks GOP for healthcare flop after seven years of ‘impotent practice’ under Obama

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:07pm
Tuesday night MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was incredulous that the GOP could control both houses of Congress and the White House and still not get it together enough to make good on their 7-year-old promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Maddow broke it down, part by part. “Even as we’r...

‘Is this really happening?’ Don Lemon aghast over Trump and his aides’ ‘shady’ Russia interactions

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 10:36pm
CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday expressed complete exasperation over Donald Trump and his aides’ repeated unreported interactions with Russian operatives—including Vladimir Putin—even as his administration withers under allegations of Russian collusion. Speaking with chief national security correspondent...

WATCH: Mets fans boo the hell out of Chris Christie after he catches a foul ball

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 10:25pm
Showing distaste for Chris Christie doen’t stop when you leave New Jersey, Mets fans heartily booed the Jersey governor after he fielded a foul ball at a Mets game Tuesday night. Instant replay footage caught the governor snagging the ball then high-fiving some seatmates as fans began to boo a...

CNN’s Cooper trolls Trump with history lesson on past presidents taking responsibility for their failures

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 9:49pm
CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday trolled Donald Trump’s pledge not to take responsibility for the failed GOP healthcare push, reading quotes from prior presidents willing to accept culpability for their shortcomings. “We’re not going to own it, I’m not going to own it,” Trump said Monday after...

CNN panel goes off the rails after Trump booster claims media is ‘piling-on’ president’s Putin dalliance

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 9:37pm
It seems impossible, but at least one Republican strategist is defending Donald Trump’s bizarre and formerly-undisclosed meeting with Vladimir Putin at G-20 — but that doesn’t mean strategists on the other side of the aisle are taking it lightly. In a panel assembled by CNN’s...

GOP has nothing to fall back on after health care plan collapses

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 9:14pm
GOP has no big thing to tout after health care collapses WASHINGTON — Republicans are desperate for a big win as the party’s inability to score a major victory by the August recess marks one of the few times in four decades a new president has failed to use his honeymoon period to achieve a hu...

Dolphins have been decapitating their prey, scientists say

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 9:08pm
Dolphins Have Been Decapitating Their Prey, Say Scientists Marine biologists discovered that some of the Gulf’s common bottlenose dolphins are decapitating marine catfish. The behavior is reportedly rare. Biologist Errol Ronje co-authored a report about the phenomenon published July 12. The report t...

Ann Coulter: Delta moved my seat for political reasons

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 9:02pm
Ann Coulter: Delta Moved My Seat For Political Reasons Ann Coulter has suggested she was targeted and forced to move seats on a Delta Airlines flight for political reasons. The right-wing commentator sent a series of tweets to the airlines on Monday after being moved from an aisle seat with extra le...

Doctor turned GOP lawmaker: Government providing health care steals ‘the fruits of my labors’

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 8:10pm
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday cornered Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)—a former doctor turned Congressman—over whether he believes healthcare is a right. Burgess was on to discuss the GOP’s recent failure to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” a rallying cry for the Republican party for seven years. Spe...

‘This is where everything starts to unravel’: Trump aides worry nothing will get done after healthcare flop

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 7:45pm
As the majority of President Donald Trump’s most famous aides — Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner and Kellyanne Conway — get to work on other priorities, other White House staffers are privately worried that after the Senate GOP failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, nothing will get do...

I was told I could not ‘participate’: Climate scientist barred by US government from meeting with Mark Zuckerberg

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 7:22pm
Federal government officials cancelled a planned Glacier National Park meeting between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and a top government researcher. The Washington Post reports, “the area’s top climate scientist was not permitted to share his expertise on global warming’s role in the retre...

‘An epic fail — seven years gone down the drain’: Fox’s Krauthammer shreds GOP and Trump for health care flop

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 7:00pm
Appearing on Fox News Tuesday afternoon, regular Charles Krauthammer blasted the Republican Party for having wasted seven years to come up with an Obamacare replacement — only for the whole thing to collapse in an “epic fail.” “This is an epic fail,” Krauthammer declared. “This is ...

‘A timeline of treason” Watch Keith Olbermann connect the dots of Trump’s ties to Putin’s Russia

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 6:03pm
Longtime broadcaster Keith Olbermann’s latest episode of “The Resistance” put recent revelations about Trump campaign collusion with the Russians into chronological order, revealing a “timeline of treason” during the 2016 presidential campaign. “The sheer volume o...

Jane Austen fans scorn bank’s choice of Pride & Prejudice quote

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 5:57pm
I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good,* but Jane Austen fans are busily mocking the new £10 note unveiled by the Bank of England Tuesday. The bill, which honors the English author who died 200 years ago, includes a quote from one of her most disliked characters. Austen fans have not the pleas...