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White House moves forward with wall funding despite lawsuits

White House moves forward with wall funding despite lawsuits

The White House is moving forward with plans to shift existing federal funds to pay for construction of a wall on the southern border, a senior administration official said. In the face of several lawsuits challenging Trump’s authority to declare a national emergency to reallocate billions of dollars toward a border wall, the White House…MORE

White House press shop loses longtime staffer

White House press shop loses longtime staffer

The White House communications team is losing a longtime member as Lindsay Walters is set to depart the administration. Walters will leave her post as deputy press secretary in April for a role as vice president of US public affairs at public relations firm Edelman, the White House announced Tuesday alongside a series of glowing…MORE

Citizen scientist discovers ancient astrophysical object

Citizen scientist discovers ancient astrophysical object

A volunteer citizen scientist working with a NASA project has found the coldest, oldest-known white dwarf, and it’s surrounded by rings of dust and debris, according to a study published Tuesday in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Researchers believe it may be the first white dwarf known to have multiple rings. A white dwarf is what’s…MORE

Aides caution Trump as he looks to Kim summit for boost

Aides caution Trump as he looks to Kim summit for boost

There were more cameras at his first summit with Kim Jong Un than the Academy Awards, President Donald Trump likes to boast to fellow foreign leaders. When he greets the North Korean dictator again next week in Hanoi (days after this year’s Oscars, as it happens), Trump hopes the flashes are just as bright. Around…MORE

US officials warn ISIS’ Afghanistan branch poses a major threat

US officials warn ISIS’ Afghanistan branch poses a major threat

ISIS’ Afghanistan-based affiliate has emerged as a major threat capable of carrying out direct attacks on the US and is actively using its members’ social media to acquire contacts in the United States, a US intelligence official in Afghanistan tells CNN. “They are closest to having the capacity to attack the homeland from Afghanistan,” the…MORE

1 sentence that explains Donald Trump and the Russia investigation

1 sentence that explains Donald Trump and the Russia investigation

The New York Times published a 4,536-word opus on President Donald Trump’s two-year-long (and running!) attempt to thwart the multiple investigations into his 2016 presidential campaign and its ties to Russia. The entire thing is worth reading. It’s chock-a-block with news — like that Trump reportedly asked acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to install an…MORE

Sanders taps new campaign manager, gets endorsements from top Vermont lawmakers

Sanders taps new campaign manager, gets endorsements from top Vermont lawmakers

Sen. Bernie Sanders has hired Faiz Shakir, a respected progressive operative who had been serving as the national political director for the American Civil Liberties Union, to manage his presidential campaign, an aide told CNN on Tuesday. Shakir previously worked as an adviser to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and, before that,…MORE

Democrats want answers from DeVos over removing, reinstating of education inspector general

Democrats want answers from DeVos over removing, reinstating of education inspector general

House and Senate Democrats said Tuesday that the Education Department’s decision to replace its acting inspector general was “preceded by demands” that she “drop an investigation” into Secretary Betsy DeVos’ reinstatement of a troubled accrediting agency that was stripped of its powers during the Obama administration. At issue is a January 3 letter the department’s…MORE

Here’s why students don’t have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

Here’s why students don’t have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

It’s recited in schools across the US every day by students standing stiffly with their hands over their hearts. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The Pledge of Allegiance has…MORE

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