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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday named senior policy adviser Brian Hook as special representative for Iran.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

A military parade requested by U.S. President Donald Trump could cost more than $90 million, a U.S. official said, citing provisional planning figures.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Thursday said they were prepared to sue the National Archives if it does not honor their request for information on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday sought to correct a section of President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul that threatened to prevent sexual harassment victims from claiming a tax deduction for the legal costs they incur while pursuing their cases.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

One Republican senator described President Trump’s decision as “very much like a banana republic kind of thing,” but many other Republicans supported the move.(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Omarosa Manigault Newman has provided recordings on which nervous aides discuss how to cover for something hideous that they believe Trump has uttered.And we hardly need question whether the N-word is the one at issue. What would that hideous utterance have been if not the word currently treated as the most taboo in the English language? In an episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show, Rob and Laura Petrie were chilled that their son Richie had used a “bad word” that the script must leave unspoken given the public standards of the era. It is clear, however, that the word […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

“I’m here as an undocumented immigrant with no papers, no green card, no passport, and no legal documents, but I am still a citizen of this country,” says Jose Antonio Vargas in a new video filmed at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Vargas, an accomplished journalist whose work has garnered him a Pulitzer Prize, was smuggled into the U.S. at age 12 by his Filipino mother. Although he was raised by his grandparents, who were naturalized citizens, Vargas was never granted American citizenship. In a 2011 essay in The New York Times Magazine, Vargas revealed his status as undocumented. Ever since, […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

We’ve been publishing election models for more than 10 years now, and FiveThirtyEight’s 2018 House model is probably the most work we’ve ever put into one of them. That’s mostly because it just uses a lot of data. We collected data for all 435 congressional districts in every House race since 1998, and we’ve left few stones unturned, researching everything from how changes in district boundary lines could affect incumbents in Pennsylvania to how ranked-choice voting could change outcomes in Maine.
Not all of that detail is apparent upon launch. You can see the topline national numbers, as well as a […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

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Forecasting the race for the House
Published Aug. 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM
7 in 10
Chance Democrats win control (70.4%)
3 in 10
Chance Republicans keep control (29.6%)
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Breakdown of seats byparty

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probability
267 D168 R
247 D188 R
227 D208 R
227 R208 D
247 R188 D
80% chance Democrats gain 13 to 55 seats
80% chance Democrats gain 13 to […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

America’s Founding Fathers, after breaking free from monarchical subjugation, were determined to construct a government of checks and balances on absolute concentrated power. So they created a federal system that differentiated between state and national control, as well as three branches of government with distinct powers and responsibilities that had to answer to one another. But, not satisfied that that was enough, they added 10 amendments to the Constitution. And in the very first of those amendments, they established what has become an insurance policy for the continued health of the republic: a free press. As a working journalist, I […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics