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  1. migrant crisis
    Trump Announces ‘Removal’ of ‘Millions of Illegal Aliens’ Starting Next WeekTrump announced by tweet that ICE will begin removing “millions of illegal aliens,” surprising officials who didn’t know he would broadcast the plan.
  2. politics
    McConnell Calls Senate Seats for D.C. and Puerto Rico ‘Full-Bore Socialism’The quote is certainly consistent with Mitch McConnell’s block-anything-blue legacy, but not all Republicans agree with their leader in the Senate.
  3. the party of lincoln
    Trump Suggests His Treatment in the Media Is As Bad As Lincoln’s AssassinationAnd other highlights from the president’s interview with George Stephanopoulos.
  4. you're fired
    Trump Campaign Fires Pollsters After Leak of Polls That Look Bad for TrumpA lesson in shooting the messenger.
  5. constitutional crisis
    Trump Says His Supporters Might ‘Demand’ He Serve More Than Two TermsIt’s the fourth time Trump has expressed interest in violating the 22nd Amendment, exacerbating worries that he won’t step down in 2020 or 2024.
  6. hunter x hunter
    Congressman Duncan Hunter’s Wife Flips, Pleads Guilty to Misusing Campaign FundsMargaret Hunter admitted to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. As part of her deal, she must help in the investigation into her husband.
  7. sarah huckabee sanders
    Highlights From Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s Career of DeflectionTrump announced that Sanders will leave at the end of June. Here’s a look back at some of the White House press secretary’s more brazen moments.
  8. politics
    Democrats React to Trump Saying He’d Accept Foreign Dirt on 2020 RivalsTrump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos garnered criticism from 2020 Democrats, including more calls for impeachment from Gillibrand and Warren.
  9. crime
    Bizarre New Details From the David Ortiz Shooting in Santo DomingoHit men were paid a little less than $8,000 to kill Ortiz, and one suspect was allegedly involved in execution-style murders in 2013.
  10. migrant crisis
    Fall in Coffee Prices Is Fueling Guatemalan Migration to the U.S.: ReportCoffee prices have dropped about 60 percent since 2015, accelerating the migration of Guatemalan farmers to the U.S.
  11. 9/11
    A History of the Long Fight to Secure Funding for 9/11 First RespondersWhy Jon Stewart was so frustrated on Tuesday when he lobbied lawmakers, once again, over the treatment of emergency workers at Ground Zero.
  12. space
    Scientists Find Mystery Mass Under Moon’s SurfaceBaylor scientists estimate that the big metal chunk below a lunar crater weighs 4.8 quintillion pounds, and may be left over from an ancient impactor.
  13. politics
    Watch Trump Acolyte Matt Gaetz’s Bizarre Attempt to Discredit Witness John DeanThe Florida rep tried to belittle Nixon’s White House counsel, but judging from the polite laughter in the committee, it may have backfired.
  14. new york city
    Everything We Know About the Helicopter Crash in MidtownAround 1:45 p.m. on Monday, a helicopter crash-landed on top of a building on Seventh Avenue in midtown, killing the pilot.
  15. nra
    NRA Directed Money to Board Members As Executives Spent Lavishly: ReportAlready in hot water for top executives’ profligate spending, a new report states that the NRA has signed lucrative contracts with its board members.
  16. google
    One Company Is Making Money From News and It Rhymes With ‘Shmoogle’A new report states Google made $4.7 billion from the news industry in 2018, boosting calls to share revenue with publishers who are doing the work.
  17. russia investigation
    FBI Notes State Russians Tried to Plan Trump-Putin Call Day After InaugurationAccording to FBI agent Peter Strzok, Michael Flynn told him that the Russian ambassador said Putin wanted to call Trump right after the inauguration.
  18. climate change
    Meeting Paris Climate Goals Would Save Thousands of American Lives in Heat WavesA new study shows that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would save 2,716 New Yorkers in a bad heat wave, compared to 3 degrees of warming.
  19. border wall
    Military to Spend a Month Painting a Mile of Wall Because It Isn’t Pretty EnoughAn unspecified number of military members will reportedly spend a month painting a mile of the border wall to improve its “aesthetic appearance.”
  20. migrant crisis
    Trump Administration Cuts Education, Recreation Access for Detained Migrant KidsThe Trump administration announced it will no longer pay for English lessons, legal aid, and soccer-field access at child-migrant shelters.
  21. war crimes
    Trump Steps Back From Plan to Pardon War Criminals: ReportBacklash from veterans reportedly caused the president to rethink his plan to pardon convicted and alleged war criminals around Memorial Day.
  22. cuba
    White House Announces New Travel Restrictions on Cuba, Including Cruise ShipsAs of Wednesday, the U.S. will not allow group educational or cultural “people to people” trips unless they were booked prior to June 5.
  23. tariffs
    GOP Senators Reject Mexico Tariff As Trump Mulls Second National EmergencyRepublican senators dislike the idea of a Mexico tariff so much that they may even be willing to cross the aisle to provide a vetoproof majority.
  24. paul manafort
    Paul Manafort to Be Transferred to Rikers IslandThe federal inmate and former Trump campaign manager may soon be transferred to New York City’s largest prison as he awaits state fraud charges.
  25. politics
    Trump Allies Want to Put Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan on Hold: ReportTrump allies reportedly fear that the plan could incite violence or hurt the chances of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement ever getting off the ground.
  26. trump organization
    Ex–Business Partner Alleges Trump Organization Evaded Taxes in PanamaThe owner of a former Trump property in Panama claims that the Trump Organization withheld management fees from the Panamanian government.
  27. russia investigation
    Mueller Witness George Nader Arrested on Child-Pornography ChargesAccording to an affidavit, 12 sexually explicit videos of minors were found on Nader’s phones when he entered the U.S. in January 2018.
  28. just asking questions
    Talking to China Expert James McGregor About Trump’s Haphazard Trade WarAn American author and China specialist discusses how Beijing views the trade war as an opportunity, while Trump is alienating possible allies.
  29. office of american innovation
    Watch Jared Kushner Butcher His Own Claim That Trump Isn’t RacistKushner also said that Trump brought in “people who never would’ve been in Washington before who were not qualified by conventional standards.”
  30. politics
    Defense Department Asks White House to Keep Military Out of Political PosturingFollowing the U.S.S. John McCain debacle, acting Defense Secretary Shanahan asked the White House to leave the military out of its grandstanding.
  31. north korea
    North Korea Executes Five Officials for Failed U.S. Summit: ReportThe special envoy to the U.S. was reportedly executed on spying charges, and Mike Pompeo’s counterpart at the summit was sentenced to forced labor.
  32. trade war
    Trump to Open a Second Front in His Trade WarTrump announced a tariff on Mexican goods until the migration crisis is solved. Like the border wall, it is an ineffective stab at crisis management.
  33. pettiness
    White House Wanted U.S.S. John S. McCain Hidden on Trump’s Trip to Japan: ReportThe Navy reportedly received a request that the 505-foot destroyer sharing the name of Trump’s GOP adversary stay ‘out of sight’ on his Japan visit.
  34. freedom
    The Department of Energy Is Now Referring to Natural Gas as Freedom Gas“Freedom gas” and “molecules of U.S. freedom” are now official nomenclature at the Department of Energy.
  35. mar-a-lago
    Mar-a-Lago Still Has Glaring Security Issues: ReportReports of a teenage intruder — who snuck in when the president was there for Thanksgiving— compound the club’s already alarming security problems.
  36. mitch mcconnell
    Mitch McConnell: ‘Oh, We’d Fill’ Potential Supreme Court Vacancy in 2020The majority leader laughed as he rejected the argument he used to block Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016.
  37. conflicts of interest
    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Owns Stock She Vowed to Divest: ReportDespite owning gravel company stock she agreed to divest, the Department of Transportation said that Chao isn’t engaged in an ethical violation.
  38. kawasaki knife attack
    What We Know About the Knife Attack in Kawasaki, JapanOne elementary school age girl and an adult man have been killed in the attack, which occurred on Tuesday morning in Kawasaki, Japan.
  39. kawasaki knife attack
    What We Know About the Knife Attack in Kawasaki, JapanOne elementary school age girl and an adult man have been killed in the attack, which occurred on Tuesday morning in Kawasaki, Japan.
  40. trump administration
    Trump HUD Appointee: ‘I Honestly Don’t Care’ About Violating Federal Hatch ActLynne Patton, a former Trump family event planner and current HUD administrator, is surprisingly honest about her Twitter use as a federal appointee.
  41. space
    Navy Pilots Were Seeing UFOs on an Almost Daily Basis in 2014 and 2015: ReportAccording to some Navy veterans, UFOs were consistently being sighted in the airspace from Virginia to Florida in 2014 and 2015.
  42. calmness
    Trump: ‘I’m an Extremely Stable Genius,’ Asks Staff to Describe How ‘Calm’ He IsNeedless to say, the president’s speech on increased farm aid did not stay on target.
  43. wikileaks
    Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment QuestionsAssange claims he is a journalist, but the Justice Department appears to be treating him as if he were a whistle-blower like Edward Snowden.
  44. donald trump
    Afraid of Trump Uproar, Steve Mnuchin Kicks Harriet Tubman $20 to 2028: ReportMnuchin blamed the wait on a security issue, but the New York Times reports that he may have delayed the Tubman bill to avoid a Trump tantrum.
  45. palace intrigue
    John Bolton Is Trying to Run a One-Man State Department: ReportBoth Mike Pompeo and President Trump are reportedly frustrated with the national security adviser overstepping his bounds.
  46. grift
    Michael Avenatti Indicted for Identity Theft, Defrauding Stormy DanielsAlready facing almost 40 charges from a March indictment, the lawyer was hit with a few more for good measure by a Manhattan grand jury on Wednesday.
  47. trump tax returns
    IRS Memo From 2018 Says Agency Must Release Trump Tax Returns: ReportThe 10-page memo states that the disclosure of tax returns to the Ways and Means Committee is “mandatory” unless Trump declares executive privilege.
  48. merrick garland
    Obama Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland Could Rule on Trump Subpoena AppealGarland heads the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where Trump intends to appeal a decision regarding a House subpoena of his financial records.
  49. gaffes
    Ben Carson Confuses a Cookie for a Real-Estate Term He Should KnowIn a tense appearance before the House Financial Services Committee, Carson confused “an REO” for “an Oreo.”
  50. war crimes
    Fox News Host Lobbied Trump in Private to Pardon Alleged War Criminals: ReportFor more than four months, the Fox & Friends host has tried to convince Trump to let accused war criminals off the hook. It appears to be working.
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