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10,000 Conservative Ranchers Just Came Out Against Trump’s Wall

Thousands of Conservative Texas ranchers and landowners may have voted for President Trump but they just announced that they are adamantly opposed to his planned border wall. The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), representing about 10,000 members, who manage 40 million acres of ranches and hunting leases, says they support efforts to stop illegal immigration but the Trump plan makes no sense as presented.  Those include years of legal battles over the use of eminent domain to take ownership of the privately held land;  interrupting access to water from the Rio Grande River for landowners, their livestock, and wildlife including…

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In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Word of Housing Cuts Stirs Fear

His wife is hoping Mr. Trump changes his mind. “I am glad that he is our president, but I do believe, though, that if he could see this from a personal point of view that he would probably maybe change his mind about cutting this program,” Ms. Pavlic, 44, said. “Any mom wants their kids to be safe, so any mom wants their home to be safe.” Photo A campaign sign in Trumbull County, which voted overwhelmingly for Mr. Trump. Credit Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times HOME Investment Partnerships is one of dozens of programs and independent…

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The 265 Members of Congress Who Sold You Out to ISPs, and How Much It Cost to Buy Them

T.C. Sottek, reporting for The Verge: Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and “free markets,” as if consumers at the mercy of their local internet monopoly are craving to have their web history quietly sold to marketers and any other third party willing to pay. The only people who seem to want this are the people who are going to make lots of…

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Trump Declines First Pitch on Opening Day, Throwing Ritual a Curveball

But for any president, there is a peril in trying to throw a ball 60 feet six inches in the middle of a packed stadium, hecklers poised. Photo Donald J. Trump threw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park in 2006. Credit CJ Gunther/European Pressphoto Agency On opening day in 1986, President Ronald Reagan threw a pitch so wild that he asked for a redo. Even Vice President Dick Cheney got involved: At the Nationals’ opener in April 2006, he was mercilessly booed while he took the mound. Mr. Trump, who was the…

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Trump on Twitter Renews Attacks on Clinton and Phone Tapping Claims

Photo President Trump on Friday. He unleashed a series of Twitter posts on Monday, claiming once again that the Obama administration spied on him, and he attacked Hillary Clinton and her former campaign chairman. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump kicked off his week on Monday by renewing attacks on Hillary Clinton and her team on Twitter, while seizing on Fox News reports to justify his assertions that the Obama administration spied on him during last year’s campaign. In a burst of four Twitter posts starting at 5:15 a.m., Mr. Trump sought again…

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Pentagon Just Accused White House Of Kushner Security Breach

In a serious breach of protocol that might have put President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner’s life in jeopardy, senior White House officials revealed he was headed to Iraq before he was actually was on the ground. That brought an admonition from the Pentagon that, by not waiting to announce his trip until he had landed as per usual procedure, the White House had raised “security concerns,” according to the Washington Post.  When senior White House or elected officials travel to a dangerous place like Iraq, the Pentagon quite rightly sees it as a high-risk mission. That is why…

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Dwindling Odds of Coincidence

In a statement, Flynn’s lawyers teased: “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should circumstances permit.” It doesn’t truly surprise me that Flynn would want immunity, although according to his own words, requests for immunity can often signal guilt. I am tantalized by this “story” he has to tell. What does that mean? It feeds the beast of speculation lurching around this administration. “A pair of White House officials helped provide Representative Devin Nunes of California, a Republican and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports…

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Egypt’s president is a bloodthirsty dictator. Trump thinks he’s done a “fantastic job.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the brutal military dictator who overthrew his country’s democratically elected president in a 2013 coup, killed more than 800 protesters in a single day, and has imprisoned tens of thousands of dissidents since he took power, was President Donald Trump’s honored guest at the White House on Monday. This is Sisi’s first official state visit to Washington as Egypt’s president. That’s because although the US has long viewed Egypt as a vital strategic ally in the Middle East, President Obama steadfastly refused to meet with the Egyptian strongman over concerns about serious human rights…

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Scott Pruitt Blocks Scheduled Ban On Pesticide Despite EPA’s Evidence It Damages Kids’ Brains

Administrator Scott Pruitt addresses employees at the EPA in February of this year. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images. By Katy Evans In one of his first major actions as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt has blocked a scheduled ban of the use of a pesticide that evidence has shown causes developmental damage to children’s brains. Pruitt vetoed the ban – which had been a decade in the making after petitions from the Natural Resources Defence Council and Pesticide Action Network started back in 2007 – at the “eleventh hour” after the EPA itself proposed the ban…

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Trump has donated his first-quarter salary to the National Parks Service

During Monday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer announced that President Donald Trump has donated his first three months pay to the National Park Service. “The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity,” Spicer told reporters. Spicer then presented a check for $78,333.32 to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, saying that the check is Trump’s salary, which began on January 20. According to The Hill, Zinke said the donated money will go to helping maintain historic battlefield sites. “We’re going to dedicate it and put it against the infrastructure of…

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