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As lone GOP senator delays disaster funds, Oklahoma drowns

Deadly floods and tornadoes continued to wrack Oklahoma over the weekend, killing at least two people and leaving thousands without power, after Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) on Friday declared an emergency in all of the state’s 77 counties. The declaration by Stitt came the same day Congress shot down a $19.1 billion disaster relief package after a lone GOP senator objected. “Our nation is strong enough and compassionate enough to have a responsive and fiscally responsive approach to help people who are hurting in the wake of natural disasters,” Sen.…

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In North Korea, watch how a one-man government operates. Hint: It’s not Kim Jong Un’s.

President Donald Trump has successfully sidelined the U.S. State Department and the military intelligence of his own government by siding with North Korea’s dictator after the country’s recent missile tests. That’s just one recent and particularly radical example of the president’s favored style of government: l’etat c’est moi. “Let me tell you, the one that matters is me,” Trump said in 2017. He was describing to Fox News pundit Laura Ingraham why it didn’t matter that critical State Department jobs languished vacant. “I’m the only one that matters, because when…

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‘I honestly don’t care’ about following the law, Trump administration official says

A Trump administration official has shrugged off a law meant to stop federal employees from using their positions for political gain. “I honestly don’t care anymore,” said Lynne Patton of the Hatch Act. Patton heads the largest regional office at Housing and Urban Development, and she made the comments in a Facebook post Wednesday. Patton was discussing a tweet by the account @Education4Libs that she shared Wednesday from her private and official HUD Twitter accounts. The tweet lit into liberals for what it said is a double-standard for Rep. Alexandria…

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Jews in Germany advised not to wear kippahs everywhere in public

“I cannot advise Jews to wear the Kippah everywhere all the time in Germany.” That’s what Felix Klein, Germany’s commissioner on anti-Semitism, said in an interview with the Funke regional press group published on Saturday. He blamed “the lifting of inhibitions and the uncouthness which is on the rise in society” for the rise in anti-Semitism. Klein’s comments were made in response to new crime data that showed continued growth in anti-Semitic criminal acts, with the vast majority of perpetrators being members of the German far-right, and not new immigrants…

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New York Times: Hope Hicks’ decision on whether to comply with subpoena is ‘an existential question’

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks was subpoenaed by House Democrats on Tuesday. Hicks, who worked for President Donald Trump during his campaign and the first two years of his presidency, is reportedly considering becoming the latest ex-Trump official to defy a subpoena — which is supposed to be illegal. But the 30-year-old’s decision about whether to comply with the law is “an existential question,” according to a recent article by the New York Times. Maggie Haberman’s piece — entitled “Hope Hicks Left the White House. Now She Must…

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Sarah Sanders says Trump’s AG will decide whether Comey should be arrested

The White House won’t rule out prosecuting President Donald Trump’s adversaries. During an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Attorney General William Barr will decide whether former FBI director James Comey could face criminal charges from Trump’s Justice Department. “We’re going to let the attorney general make that determination as he gets to the conclusion of this investigation,” said Sanders of the president’s decision to give Barr broad new powers to investigate the investigation of Trump’s campaign. “We certainly expect the…

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In Japan, Trump defends North Korean missile tests, attacks political opponents

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton told reporters Saturday that North Korea defied U.N. resolutions with recent missile tests. “U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from firing any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said. “In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that.” President Donald Trump, Bolton’s boss, arrived in Japan and quickly undercut Bolton, defended the North Korean test, and attacked his domestic political opponents. He said on Twitter that he was not disturbed by the “small” tests and still had confidence that Kim Jong…

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Teaching college and living on food stamps: Why untenured faculty are a 2020 campaign issue

LAS VEGAS – College lecturer Angela Edwards-Luckett teaches world religion, a subject she is passionate about. Her work is deeply rewarding, but it’s also financially precarious: She barely earns enough to get by. With a husband on disability and $100,000 in college loans, Edwards-Luckett says her bills always seem to outstrip her income. Friends and acquaintances in her non-tenured faculty circle are in similarly dire straits, piecing together a bare-bones existence by working at various campuses across Florida. “Some of my colleagues are teaching four classes at this college, two…

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More than 70 retired military leaders urge Trump not to go to war with Iran

More than seventy former senior national security officials, including retired admirals, generals and ambassadors, have written an open letter to President Donald Trump urging restraint towards Iran as tensions ratchet up again in the Middle East. The letter, which was first published on the website War on the Rocks and was coordinated by the American College of National Security Leaders, said that the accelerated deployment of troops and weapons to the region raised the potential of a deadly confrontation, either done on purpose or by accident. “A war with Iran,…

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Trump’s big, stupid mouth just blocked construction of his border wall

Friday evening, a federal court blocked much of the funds President Trump hoped to use to build an illegal wall along the Mexican border, and strongly implied that an even larger tranche of funding is illegal as well. Under the terms of Judge Haywood Gilliam’s order in Sierra Club v. Trump, the Trump administration may not redirect certain Defense Department funds “to construct a border barrier in the areas Defendants have identified as Yuma Sector Project 1 and El Paso Sector Project 1.” By its explicit terms, Judge Gilliam’s order does…

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