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Pence fails to fill even half a room at GOP fundraiser despite slashed ticket prices

Colorado Republicans could not find enough people who wanted to see Pence speak, even after desperately slashing the ticket price. Mike Pence, once thought to be an anchor who could rally conservatives to the administration, has instead seen his own popularity plummet in tandem with Donald Trump. His presence in the White House is not even enough to make his...

Ex-ethics chief: History will judge Congress harshly for going after Clinton while ignoring Trump

The former director of the Office of Government Ethics blasted Congress for opening new investigations involving Hillary Clinton, saying “history will judge harshly.” “History will judge harshly Congress re-litigating old claims about the world’s most investigated biped while shirking exec. branch oversight,” Walter Shaub tweeted on Friday. https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/923950827403907073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fblogs%2Fblog-briefing-room%2Fnews%2F357539-ex-ethics-chief-history-will-judge-congress-harshly-for-going Shaub also tweeted a link to a FactCheck.org post on congressional investigations into...

Trump claims it’s ‘commonly agreed’ he didn’t collude with Russia

President Trump on Friday morning claimed it’s “commonly agreed” he didn’t collude with Russia during the 2016 election, instead accusing Hillary Clinton of working with the Kremlin. “It is now commonly agreed, after many months of COSTLY looking, that there was NO collusion between Russia and Trump,” the president tweeted. “Was collusion with HC!” The assertion comes amid an ongoing probe...

Michigan State students pressure school to divest from Robert Mercer’s hedge fund

Student and activist groups are calling on Michigan State University to stop investing $50 million of its endowment with right-wing billionaire Robert Mercer’s secretive hedge fund. The push for the university to divest began after ThinkProgress revealed last week that Michigan State was among 12 wealthy institutions invested in Renaissance Technologies, the East Setauket, NY-based hedge fund whose co-CEO Mercer...

People are convinced Donald Trump wrote this letter bragging about Donald Trump

A recently unearthed letter from Donald Trump's alleged secretary to New York Magazine in 1992 is giving some people serious doubts about its authenticity. The magazine released a 50th anniversary issue recently, which contained a series of old, previously published letters to the editor. One of those letters was from someone claiming to be Trump's secretary, and well, just read...

‘Death tax’ that Republicans want to repeal is paid by only 2 of 1,000 people who die?

Ripping the sweeping tax reforms pushed by President Donald Trump and other leading Republicans, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, singled out the provision to eliminate the "death tax." In an Oct. 18, 2017, appearance on a talk show on Janesville’s WCLO radio, Pocan said: They (Republicans) go about getting rid of the estate tax -- which, to me, is the one...

Trump could make visiting a national park more expensive than a Six Flags ticket

The Trump administration is considering substantial increases in entrance fees to 17 of the most popular national parks during their peak season, asking Americans to pay prices that rival the gate costs of amusement parks such as Six Flags and Busch Gardens. Starting as early as January, the entrance fee for a single automobile would go from $25 to $70...

It’s not just Trump, it’s the whole GOP that calls ‘fake things true and true things fake’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks at a press briefing in Washington on Oct. 6. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) this week did something remarkable for a politician: He expressed regret. “It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end,” he said, announcing that he would retire at the conclusion of his term...

Whitefish Energy contract bars government from auditing deal

A deal reached between the government and a small Montana energy company located in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown prohibits the government from reviewing labor costs or profits related to the company's relief efforts in Puerto Rico, according to a leaked copy of the contract. A copy of the deal highlighted by reporter Ken Klippenstein reveals that the government isn't...

Impeachment ad triggers Trump meltdown as polls increasingly show Americans want him out

Trump claimed an ad calling for his impeachment is "wacky," but polls show Americans have consistently wanted him removed for office after months of incompetence and corruption. Donald Trump is very upset that philanthropist and activist Tom Steyer is running an ad calling for his impeachment, but recent polling shows Americans are already onboard. Steyer purchased time for the ad on...