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Chris Cornell reportedly seemed ‘high’ during his final concert

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 5:48pm
As his family and fans await the results of an official toxicology report to determine whether or not Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell’s suicide was intentional or not, a new witness who saw him during his final performance is speaking out about his state of mind before his death, seemingly confi...

Trump budget clashes with millennial values: poll

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 5:45pm
Young people aren’t thrilled with President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, according to a new GenForward survey released Wednesday. GenForward, a project of the University of Chicago, found that young people age 18-34—the so-called millennials—largely thought the president’s propo...

Joe Lieberman had too many conflicts to be FBI Director

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 5:31pm
President Donald Trump is reportedly no longer considering former Senator Joe Lieberman as a possible replacement for fired FBI director James Comey. While concerns about Lieberman’s lack of law enforcement experience and his ties to a law firm that has done business on Trump’s behalf we...

Discrimination stopped same-sex couple from boarding plane with family, couple says

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 5:23pm
A same-sex couple accused Southwest Airlines of discrimination after the carrier allegedly refused to let them board Saturday with their three children and 83-year-old grandmother during family boarding. Grant Morse and Sam Ballachino, who have been together 26 years and legally married for five, sa...

AG Sessions failed to report meetings with Russian officials on security clearance forms: DOJ

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 5:14pm
Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose several meetings he had with Russian officials while applying for security clearance, CNN reports. The Justice Department told CNN Sessions failed to disclose at least two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. That oversight was a derelict...

Magic mushrooms not likely to send you to the ER

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 5:00pm
If there was such a thing as a safe drug, then magic mushrooms would be it—at least that’s what a new study by the Global Drug Survey (GDS) found. Researchers found that of all people who tripped on psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, only 0.2 percent needed emergency medical attention, acc...

Trump’s housing secretary Ben Carson claims poverty is a ‘state of mind’

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 4:57pm
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson isn’t known for his eloquence, but he put his foot in his mouth more than ever in a Wednesday interview. As per the Washington Post, Carson told reporter and longtime friend Armstrong Williams on a SiriusXM interview that he thinks “pove...

Who is Terry Branstad, new China ambassador?

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 4:57pm
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who holds the longest governorship in U.S. history, resigned Wednesday and became President Donald Trump’s U.S. ambassador to China. He has a longstanding and personal friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping that dates back to 1985. More than 30 years ago, Xi, then...

Jury selected for Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 4:46pm
Seven men and five women, including two black jurors, will determine comedian Bill Cosby’s fate at his upcoming sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania, after claims from his lawyers that race played a factor in their selection. Judge Steven O’Neill seated the 12th and final juror on Wednes...

Senator resorts to emoji to get through to Trump on climate change

Wed, 24 May 2017 - 4:20pm
President Donald Trump hasn’t been very progressive on the issue of climate change. He famously tweeted in 2012 that it was hoax “created by and for the Chinese,” and his actions since he was elected in November have borne out his indifference to the world’s environmental cri...

‘Unlike some people, I don’t give away top-secret information from Israel’: Watch God skewer Trump on Colbert

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 11:27pm
God paid a visit to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday to bash Donald Trump for divulging highly-classified information to Russian officials. 
Colbert was discussing Trump’s first trip abroad, noting the president has visited a number of international holy sites during his excursion. ...

HBO and Jon Stewart cancel highly-anticipated animated shorts, promise ‘future projects together’

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 10:51pm
HBO and Jon Stewart on Tuesday announced the cancellation of a highly-anticipated animated shorts project, but promised “future projects together,” the New York Times reports. On Tuesday, HBO announced it would not continue its digital shorts project, which has been in the works for 18 months....

‘It makes me sick’: David Letterman disappointed to have ‘big, wealthy dope’ Trump representing the US

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 10:00pm
Former “Late Show” host David Letterman on Monday told GQ he’s “disappointed” that Donald Trump is representing the United States, adding, “it makes me sick.” “I’m disappointed that this man is representing me and my country. It makes me sick,” Letterman told the men’s magazine. Despite this, ...

WATCH: Rachel Maddow uses Brennan testimony to follow White House trail of lies from collusion to coverup

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 9:39pm
Tonight on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow reviewed the latest developments in the investigations of Donald Trump, connecting the dots on two key pieces of testimony from Capitol Hill. “Former CIA Director Brennan also helped everyone understand today, maybe for the first time in open session, how this k...

Trump’s budget celebrates a cruel and virulent form of individualism – much like Trump himself

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 9:24pm
For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by tolerating bad social behavior, liberals in effect lowered what was deemed acceptable behavior overall – allowing social norms to decline. There was never a lot of evidence for that view, but there’s l...

‘They were doing the Kremlin’s work’: Ex-FBI agent Clint Watts lays out how ‘Trump was touched by the Russians’

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 9:09pm
Former FBI special agent Clint Watts on Tuesday told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews “every point of contact around president [Donald] Trump has been touched by the Russians,” arguing “these people were doing the Kremlin’s work.” Watts was reacting to testimony from former CIA Director John Brennan and Direc...

‘I’m wearing assless chaps under this suit’: Internet obsesses over #DeepThoughtsFromMikePence

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 8:34pm
With a news cycle as bizarre and stressful as the one surrounding President Donald Trump, it’s smart to blow off steam every now and again. That’s exactly what many Twitter users appear to be doing with the popular #DeepThoughtsFromMikePence hashtag. Although the first iteration of the m...

Trump budget would devastate public education for private choice

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 8:17pm
Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice By Derek Black, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump participate in a round-table discussion during a visit to Saint Andrew Catholic School in Miami. AP Photo/Alex ...

Manchester attack opens the door for Trump’s anti-terrorism message

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 8:07pm
Manchester attack opens the door for Trump’s anti-terrorism message BRUSSELS — A suicide attack Monday at an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people in Manchester, England, has thrown Europe into a deeper quandary over how best to prevent such attacks just days before President Donald Trum...

Trump the deal maker leaves Israel with no sign that a deal is in the making

Tue, 23 May 2017 - 8:05pm
Trump the deal maker leaves Israel with no sign that a deal is in the making JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump wrapped up a two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank on Tuesday without evidence of progress toward renewing talks between Israel and the Palestinians. While the president reiterated his...