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rapper kanye west calls trump ‘my brother’ — ‘very cool!’ trump responds

kanye west reaffirmed his affection for president trump on wednesday, calling him “my brother” and saying the two share “dragon energy.”west’s comments on twitter came amid renewed attention on social media and elsewhere in recent days about the rapper’s feelings about the president.during the presidential transition, west made a high-profile trip to trump tower a couple of weeks after he was met with a chorus of boos at a concert in san jose when he shared that he would have voted for trump — had he voted. west has more recently mused about running for president himself in 2020.a radio personality who said he had spoken to west told listeners monday that west remains fond of trump, relaying that west told him, “i do love donald trump.”on wednesday, west spoke out on the ...





french president macron charms both parties in an impassioned speech to congress

french president emmanuel macron on wednesday delivered an impassioned call for multilateralism and u.s. engagement in the world, saying it was “an essential part of our confidence in the future.”speaking to a joint meeting of congress, amid frequent standing ovations and cheers, macron recalled the long history of u.s.-french relations, and the countries’ shared values and culture in areas as diverse as democracy and freedom, human and civil rights, literature, jazz and the “me too” movement. but, he warned, “this is a time of determination and courage. what we cherish is at stake. what we love is in danger. we have no choice but to prevail. and together we shall prevail.”much of what he said, although couched in stirring and global terms, posed a direct challenge to the tru...





cyber warfare may be less dangerous than we think

by benjamin jensen and david banksby benjamin jensen and david banksapril 26 at 5:00 am(matt rourke/ap)“frankly, the united states is under attack.”this february 2018 warning to the senate from director of national intelligence dan coats included a message that “there should be no doubt” that russia, emboldened by its 2016 cyberattacks and informational warfare campaign, will target the u.s. midterm elections this year.we agree. however, our research suggests that, although states like russia will continue to engage in cyberattacks against the foundations of democracy (a serious threat indeed), states are less likely to engage in destructive “doomsday” attacks against each other in cyberspace. using a series of war games and survey experiments, we found that cyber operations ma...





why gerrymandering is going to get even worse

demonstrators rally with cutouts of congressional districts in front of the supreme court before oral arguments on benisek v. lamone in washington on march 28. (joshua robert/reuters)as the supreme court increasingly confronts cases challenging partisan gerrymandering, one underlying question appears to be: is this getting worse? the answer is yes. there are some structural reasons for that.for years, party control of the house was stable. now it’s regularly up for grabs.  for at least 50 years, from 1950 to 2000, partisan control of the house was never perceived to be at stake during any redistricting cycle. the democratic party dominated the house; the republican party consigned itself to being the permanent minority; and no one in either party thought partisan control of the house ...





tester’s scrutiny of trump’s va choice offers political peril and opportunity

the firestorm over president trump’s nominee to lead the department of veterans affairs has thrust a vulnerable democratic senator into a moment of political peril and opportunity.sen. jon tester (mont.), the top democrat on the veterans’ affairs committee, is leading the effort to dig deeper into the background of ronny l. jackson, who has faced accusations that he improperly dispensed drugs, created a hostile workplace and became intoxicated on duty.ensuring capable stewardship of the sprawling veterans affairs is an issue certain to resonate with tester’s constituents; nearly 1 in 10 montana residents is a veteran. only alaska has a higher percentage of veterans living in-state.at the same time, tester’s aggressive scrutiny could derail the president’s pick and draw the wrat...





the lengthy list of allegations against ronny l. jackson, annotated

ronny l. jackson. (michael reynolds/epa-efe/shutterstock)the office of sen. jon tester (d-mont.) just released a list of allegations made against ronny l. jackson, president trump's nominee to lead the department of veterans affairs, and it's ... quite the list.below is the document, with our annotations. and, to be clear, these are allegations that haven't been proved. to see an annotation, click on the yellow, highlighted text.summary conversations with 23 colleagues and former colleagues of rear admiral jackson, most of whom are still in uniform, have raised serious concerns about jackson’s temperament and ethics, and cast doubt on his ability to lead the second largest agency in government and one tasked with the sacred mission of fulfilling our commitment to the men and women wh...





kanye west, from ‘bush doesn’t care about black people’ to praising trump’s ‘dragon energy’

2 giuliani reopens negotiations about presidential interview with mueller, but cautions special counsel that trump remains resistant





rapper kanye west calls trump ‘my brother’ — ‘very cool!’ trump responds

kanye west reaffirmed his affection for president trump on wednesday, calling him “my brother” and saying the two share “dragon energy.”west’s comments on twitter came amid renewed attention on social media and elsewhere in recent days about the rapper’s feelings about the president.during the presidential transition, west made a high-profile trip to trump tower a couple of weeks after he was met with a chorus of boos at a concert in san jose when he shared that he would have voted for trump — had he voted. west has more recently mused about running for president himself in 2020.[a step-by-step guide to how kanye west became a hero of the pro-trump internet]a radio personality who said he had spoken to west told listeners monday that west remains fond of trump, relaying that ...





kanye west’s late registration of support for trump has his fans watching the throne

from the moment donald trump said “i’m in it” to the presidency in june 2015, he has walked an unusual line between politics and celebrity. within the first 30 hours of his announcement, though, he saw massive backlash to two words in particular: “mexico” and “rapists.” he quickly learned that being famous wasn’t enough to tame the power of political outcry, and even after he won, he discovered that his new position wasn’t enough to make real friends of cultural leaders.trump was expecting the good life, traveling the country surrounded by the flashing lights of police escorts and camera bursts, but instead the feedback from other celebrities has generally been colder than the coldest winter. even a positive comment from shania twain this week was soon gone, after the sin...





trump needed new lawyers for russia probe. he found them at a tiny florida firm.

president trump’s effort to hire new defense lawyers in the russia investigation had faltered badly when he met at ­mar-a-lago this month with jane and martin raskin, a husband and wife who practice law together in a miami suburb.trump had little time. one of his top lawyers, john dowd, had resigned over disagreements with his client, and several prominent law firms had declined to take the case. a key decision was pending about whether the president would agree to give an interview to special counsel robert s. mueller iii.so trump hired the raskins after meeting them for the first time. the decision was overshadowed by the simultaneous announcement that former new york city mayor rudolph w. giuliani would also join the team and take the lead in negotiating with mueller.but the raskins ...





hud secretary ben carson to propose raising rent for low-income americans receiving federal housing subsidies

secretary of housing and urban development ben carson testified before a senate banking committee hearing march 22. (kevin lamarque/reuters)housing and urban development secretary ben carson proposed far-reaching changes to federal housing subsidies wednesday, tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements.carson’s proposals, and other initiatives aimed at low-income americans receiving federal assistance, amount to a comprehensive effort by the trump administration and republicans in congress to restrict access to the safety net and reduce the levels of assistance for those who do qualify.the ambitious effort to shrink federal assistance has been dubbed “welfare reform 2.0’’, after bill clinton’s overhaul of th...





michael cohen to invoke fifth amendment right in stormy daniels case

michael cohen, the longtime attorney of president trump, told a federal judge on wednesday that he will invoke his fifth amendment right not to incriminate himself in a lawsuit brought by adult entertainer stormy daniels.cohen’s declaration, in support of his request to pause proceedings in the civil case, cited an “ongoing criminal investigation by the fbi and u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york.”earlier this month, the fbi raided cohen’s home, office and a hotel room where he had been staying. that investigation includes looking into the effort to quash embarrassing stories about trump during the 2016 campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter.daniels, who alleges she had an affair with trump years ago, is seeking to void a confidentiality agreement ...





tester’s scrutiny of trump’s va choice offers political peril and opportunity

the firestorm over president trump’s nominee to lead the department of veterans affairs has thrust a vulnerable democratic senator into a moment of political peril and opportunity.sen. jon tester (mont.), the top democrat on the veterans’ affairs committee, is leading the effort to dig deeper into the background of ronny l. jackson, who has faced accusations that he improperly dispensed drugs, created a hostile workplace and became intoxicated on duty.ensuring capable stewardship of the sprawling veterans affairs is an issue certain to resonate with tester’s constituents; nearly 1 in 10 montana residents is a veteran. only alaska has a higher percentage of veterans living in-state.at the same time, tester’s aggressive scrutiny could derail the president’s pick and draw the wrat...





trump's past comments about pleading the fifth look pretty ominous now that michael cohen has done it

1 giuliani reopens negotiations about presidential interview with mueller, but cautions special counsel that trump remains resistant





trump's past comments about pleading the fifth look pretty ominous now that michael cohen has done it

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french president macron charms both parties in an impassioned speech to congress

french president emmanuel macron on wednesday delivered an impassioned call for multilateralism and u.s. engagement in the world, saying it was “an essential part of our confidence in the future.”speaking to a joint meeting of congress, amid frequent standing ovations and cheers, macron recalled the long history of u.s.-french relations, and the countries’ shared values and culture in areas as diverse as democracy and freedom, human and civil rights, literature, jazz and the “me too” movement. but, he warned, “this is a time of determination and courage. what we cherish is at stake. what we love is in danger. we have no choice but to prevail. and together we shall prevail.”much of what he said, although couched in stirring and global terms, posed a direct challenge to the tru...





supreme court’s conservative justices appear to back trump’s authority for travel ban

the conservative majority on the supreme court seemed to agree wednesday that president trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-muslim countries if he thinks that it is necessary to protect the country.lower courts have struck down each of the three iterations of the president’s travel-ban proclamation, the first of which was issued just a week after he took office in january 2017. but the conservative-leaning supreme court may be trump’s best hope, and it gave the administration a boost by allowing the ban to go into effect in december while considering the challenges to it.[in travel-ban case, supreme court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’]solicitor general noel francisco told the justices that the president was well within his power to is...





va nominee considers withdrawing as new allegations emerge of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

white house physician ronny l. jackson has grown frustrated with the nomination process to lead the department of veterans affairs and has told colleagues he may remove his name from consideration, according to two white house officials with knowledge of his deliberations.jackson’s indecision was brewing even before capitol hill democrats on wednesday released new allegations of professional misconduct, including the claim that jackson had wrecked a government vehicle after getting drunk at a secret service going-away party. the allegations were contained in a two-page document described by the democratic staff of the senate veterans’ affairs committee as a summary of interviews with 23 of jackson’s current and former colleagues. the document also described jackson’s “pattern” ...





scientists denounce pruitt’s effort to block ‘secret science’ at epa

steubenville, ohio, was included in the influential 1993 six cities study. this mural on a grocery store shows native son dean martin. (michael s. williamson/the washington post)in the annals of science there aren’t many reports that had as much impact as harvard’s six cities study of 1993. it showed a dramatic association between long-term exposure to air pollution and higher risk of an early death. it influenced government pollution standards that research shows have saved thousands of lives.but the six cities study, as well as many other scientific research papers, could be deemed unreliable and discarded by the trump administration under a proposal announced tuesday by environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt.pruitt, who as attorney general in oklahoma battled t...





hud secretary ben carson to propose raising rent for low-income americans receiving federal housing subsidies

secretary of housing and urban development ben carson testified before a senate banking committee hearing march 22. (reuters/kevin lamarque)u.s. housing and urban development secretary ben carson on wednesday proposed raising the amount that low-income families are expected to pay for rent — tripling it for the poorest households — as well as making it easier for property owners to demand work requirements for those receiving federal housing subsidies.the move to overhaul how rental subsidies are calculated would affect 4.7 million families relying on federal housing assistance. the proposal legislation would require congressional approval.“there is one inescapable imperative driving this reform effort,” carson said in a call with reporters. “the current system isn't working...