Some Context for Presidential "Emergency Powers"

There is a bit of a disjuncture between the terminology and the reality (but that does not excuse Trump's current actions).

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Levitsky and Ziblatt on emergency powers.

Democrats Will Split Early Debates Over Two Nights

Faced with a field that could be more crowded than the Republican field in 2016, Democrats have come up with a different solution to the rather obvious problem of debate scheduling.

Another Possible Supreme Court Retirement?

Supreme Court watcher Jeffrey Toobin speculates that Clarence Thomas could be the next Supreme Court Justice to step aside.

Bill Weld Prepares For Primary Challenge To Trump

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is preparing for a primary challenge against Donald Trump. He won't win, but he could still have an impact.

NFL Settles Colin Kaepernick Collusion Suit

A confidential agreement has ended a collusion suit filed against the National Football League in 2017.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Returns To The Supreme Court

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court today and appears to have fully recovered from her December surgery.

Trump Declares 'National Emergency' At Border, Admits "I Didn't Need To Do This"

President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border while at the same time undercutting his own case for doing so.

Amazon Abandons Plans For HQ2 In New York City

Thanks mostly to political opposition that misrepresented the nature of the deal it had made, Amazon has abandoned plans to locate parts of its new headquarters in New York City.

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Walter Jones, Iraq War Supporter Who Became Anti-War, Dies At 76

Walter Jones, a former supporter of the Iraq War who became one of the most prominent anti-war voices in Congress, has passed away at the age of 76. He will be missed.

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Trump's 'National Emergency' And The Law

President Trump's impending decision to declare a national emergency to get funding for his border wall will quickly face serious legal challenges. It may be more vulnerable than the White House suspects.

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Trump To Sign Funding Bill, Declare 'National Emergency' At Border

The President will sign the bill to fund the government and avert another government shutdown, but in doing so he'll also lay the groundwork for another showdown with Congress.

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William Barr Confirmed As 85th U.S. Attorney General

William Barr was easily confirmed as Attorney General in a 54-45 votes that included three Democrats crossing over to support him.

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Paul Manafort: One Of The Dumbest Criminal Defendants Ever?

A Federal Judge found that former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort lied repeatedly after entering into a plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This either makes him incredibly stupid or willing to sacrifice himself to hide the truth from Federal investigators.

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McCabe Claims DOJ Discussed Ousting Trump

The former #2 official at the FBI is trying to sell a book.

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House Vote Votes To End U.S. Assistance For Saudi War On Yemen

In a rare display of assertiveness in the foreign policy arena, the House voted yesterday to bar U.S. assistance in Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen.

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Lyndon LaRouche, Conspiracy Kook And Perennial Presidential Candidate, Dies At 96

Lyndon LaRouche, an eight-time Presidential candidate who ran a cult-like organization that spread bizarre conspiracy theories, has died at 96.

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Donald Trump: The Biggest Loser

When it comes to the shutdown and border wall showdown that started back in December, Donald Trump is the biggest loser.

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Apple Launching Controversial News and Video Service

Is 50 percent too high a take? Or the best deal in town?

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Washington Ready To Vote On Bill To Avert Shutdown

If all goes well, the bill to avert another shutdown should become law today.

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Howard Schultz's Seinfeldesque Campaign About Nothing

Based on his appearance on CNN last night, Howard Schultz appears to be running a campaign about nothing.

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National Debt Tops $22 Trillion, Up $2 Trillion Since 2017

The National Debt officially topped $22 trillion, marking a $2 trillion increase since President Trump took office.

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Majority Of Americans Don't Want Another Shutdown

Most Americans don't want to see another government shutdown, but they're somewhat divided on the issue of a border wall.

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Eric Holder 2020?!

The former Attorney General is seriously pondering a presidential bid. Seriously.

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Trump Appears To Accept Budget And Border Wall Compromise

President Trump now appears to accept the compromise worked out by Congress to avoid another shutdown even though he's not pleased with it.

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Biden Continues To Lead Field Of Democratic Candidates For 2020

It's far too early, but Joe Biden's advantages in these polls of Democratic voters can't be ignored.

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Trump's Attacks On The Media Come Home To Roost

It was only a matter of time before Trump's rhetoric against the press would lead to something violent. Last night in El Paso, it happened.

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Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Enters 2020 Senate Race Against Martha McSally

Former Astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of Gabby Giffords, is running for Senate in Arizona against Martha McSally.

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Republicans Shift Focus To Freshman Democrats

The right has spent a seemingly inordinate amount of time focusing on relatively powerless Members of Congress.

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Negotiators Reach Tentative Budget Deal, But Will The President Take It?

Congressional negotiators have reportedly reached a budget deal, but it's not clear if the President will agree to it.

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The 'Trope' Trope

You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Juan Guaidó Won't Rule Out U.S. Intervention In Venezuela, But Americans Should

The self-appointed Acting President of Venezuela has said he doesn't rule out the idea of American intervention in his country, but we should rule it out immediately.

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