**6 Reasons We Should All Hope Trump Doesn't Add John Bolton to His Cabinet**
"The president's rumored replacement for H.R. McMaster is an Islamophobic ultrahawk. Earlier this week, Donald Trump tapped a charter member of the Tea Party to lead the State Department and an established torturer to head the CIA. Both appointments were perfectly monstrous, but if there is a governing law of this administration, it'…"
**'Red Alert Time': Trump's Personal Lawyer Calls on DOJ to Kill Mueller Probe**
"He initially claimed he was speaking on behalf of the president, but later walked that claim back. This is a breaking news story and may be updated.Speaking to the Daily Beast Saturday following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' late-night firing of former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, John Dowd—President Trump's person…"
**New Book Unmasks Hidden History of How U.S. Corporations Gained Legal Personhood and Civil Rights**
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**Facebook Spies on Its Own Employees via Its ‘Rat-Catching Team’**
""Get on their bad side and all of a sudden you are face to face with Mark Zuckerberg's secret police." Silicon Valley's tech giants are famously secretive — after all their proprietary products and services are worth billions — but a new report alleges that Facebook goes to Orwellian lengths to keep its workers from talking out of turn, even …"
**27 Women Who Have Accused Donald Trump of Sexual Misconduct**
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**The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership**
"Many people of color say they have good reason to be protective of their right to bear arms. Siwatu-Salama Ra, 26, will likely spend the next two years in a Michigan prison. In early February, a Wayne County jury found the six-months pregnant black mother of a toddler guilty of felonious assault and felony firearm possession. Sh…"
**Donald Trump Jr.’s Celebrity-Villain Divorce: Forgive Yourself for Staring**
"Celebrity culture and politics are ruled by the same principle: Live by the sword, die by the sword. The New York Post broke the news that Vanessa Trump filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr. this week, and public response has run the gamut from delighted scorn to handwringing over the spiritual utility of Schadenfreude in these u…"
**Bush Is Gone, but the Neocons Are Back**
**Stunning Critics, Oklahoma Turns to 'Experimental' Use of Nitrogen Gas to Kill Death Row Inmates**
"Nitrogen gas has been deemed unacceptable for euthanizing animals. Anti-capital punishment advocates on Thursday condemned an announcement by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter this week that the state would begin using nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates, after being unable to secure lethal injection…"
**New Report on CIA Nominee Gina Haspel May Rescue Her: But It Shouldn't**
"Haspel is still implicated in the CIA’s Bush-era crimes. On Thursday evening ProPublica issued an important correction concerning Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel, the woman Donald Trump has nominated to head the agency if and when current Director Mike Pompeo is confirmed as the new secretary of state. It was apparently ProPublica that…"
**'Like He Didn't Exist': Texas Paper Edits Grieving Gay Son's Husband out of Mom's Obituary**
"Newspaper publisher claims he can't publish anything "contrary to God's word." A local newspaper in Texas removed references to a gay couple in one of the men's mother’s obituary, citing "religious and ethical reasons," Fox News 4 reports.Barry Giles and John Gambill, who have been married for 31 years, say the Olto…"
**The VA Is the Closest Thing We Have to Single Payer—Now Trump Wants to Privatize It**
"The VA has problems, but more "vouchers to veterans" won't help. Aaron Hughes, who was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003 and 2004, now has a serious, very rare lung condition. But he told In These Times he gets “really outstanding care” at the nearby Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. “The doctors are at the top of their cla…"
**The #MosqueMeToo Controversy Sheds Light on Sexualized Violence and Xenophobia**
"Victims' stories are being used as political footballs. In a Washington Post opinion piece published Thursday, Egyptian-American writer and feminist Mona Eltahawy wrote about being sexually assaulted during the hajj—the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca—and her efforts to bring other Muslim women’s experiences to ligh…"
**Republicans Prioritize Airline Employees' Poor Judgment With Pets Over Young People Dying From Gun Violence**
"Congress says WOOFF on guns. On a day when American students and their supporters marched to demand stricter gun laws and to memorialize 17 people brutally killed at a Florida high school, the news broke that Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana intended to file an animal protection bill. Th…"
**Is Social Media Destroying Democracy?**
"What exactly have Silicon Valley’s top social media platforms unleashed on the political world? The political world is awash in a growing sea of social media-fed misinformation, loosely called fake news. Each week brings eyebrow-raising reports of a threat poised to upend America’s already dysfunctional political landscape, or reports that those at the helm of online …"
**Why Has Trump Been Silent on the Texas Bombings?**
"All three victims were people of color. Although there have been three reported bombings in Austin, Texas, the current administration under Donald Trump has issued zero official comments on the incidents. In fact, there's a peculiar silence surrounding the heinous explosions that led to the horrific deaths of three people, all of them people of color. Two o…"
**Paul Krugman: Republicans' Poisonous Policies Are Finally Catching Up with Them**
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**Inside the Trump Circus of Corruption**
"Ben Carson’s furniture! Ryan Zinke’s “cone of silence”! Ivanka’s double-dealing! And that’s only the beginning. After Economic Adviser Gary Cohn's resignation in the wake of President Trump's impulsive tariff announcement and the abrupt dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week, it's assumed that Trump's apparent decision to throw caution to the wind and…"
**Why Can't We Talk About the T-Word with Trump's CIA Pick?**
"How torture became unspeakable yet defensible in Washington. The key to defending the practice of torture is never to use the word.When the Bush administration wanted to torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, it adopted "enhanced interrogation techniques." When President Obama decided not to investigate Bush's torture regime, he said it was "time…"
**Shep Smith Hints at Discord Behind the Scenes at Fox News**
"“We serve different masters,” Smith said. When it comes to Fox News, Shep Smith is kind of an outlier on the network. He's debunked conspiracy theories like Uranium One (peddled by colleagues like Sean Hannity) and read out the names of all 25 schools to have experienced shootings since Columbine in 1999, much to the chagrin of his pro-NRA viewers.…"