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Jones, Trump and lawmakers comment on Alabama special election

December 14, 2017

Doug Jones won the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama on Tuesday night against Republican candidate Roy Moore. Jones, 63, is the first Democratic senator to be elected in Alabama in 25 years. His win narrows the Republicans’ majority in the Senate to 51-49. Alabama’s secretary of state is scheduled to certify the election results on […]

UK Parliament to have final vote on EU withdrawal bill

December 14, 2017

On Wednesday, the U.K. House of Commons voted 309 to 305 in favor of an amendment that will grant Parliament the legal right to a final vote on the country’s European Union Withdrawal Bill. Twelve members of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party voted in favor of the bill. The amendment will require Parliament’s approval […]

December 14, 2017

US Federal Reserve increases interest rates for third time in 2017

The U.S. Federal Reserve announced an increase of 25 basis points in the federal funds rate on Wednesday, and adjusted economic growth projections for 2018. The rate increase — which raises the rate to a target range of 1.25 to 1.5 percent — is the third this year. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Federal Open Market Committee […]

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December 12, 2017

One way Fox and MSNBC are similar: Faulty reasoning

It’s no secret that Fox News and MSNBC have different biases when it comes to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. But they also have something in common. First the obvious differences. Here are some comments last week by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox News’ Sean Hannity: […]

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December 11, 2017

Trump and the media: Fighting fire with fire

On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump criticized reporting errors by CNN and ABC News, and an error in a tweet by a Washington Post journalist. CNN’s and ABC News’ errors involved the investigations into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The Post reporter’s error pertained to a […]

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December 9, 2017

Sessions and the interns: 3 versions of the same story

Video shows Jeff Sessions taking questions from DOJ interns On Thursday, ABC News published a video of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a question and answer period of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) “Summer Intern Lecture Series” on June 22 of this year. The 25-minute video shows Sessions taking questions from eight interns: two […]

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Franken says he will resign from US Senate in ‘coming weeks’

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced he would be resigning from the U.S. Senate in the “coming weeks,” following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. He said he was resigning for the people of Minnesota, and that it had become clear that he could not “remain an effective senator for them.” If Franken does […]

Former cop Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years in fatal shooting of Walter Scott

On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager to 20 years in prison for shooting and killing Walter Scott. Slager is white and Scott was African American and was unarmed at the time of the shooting. U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled that Slager was guilty of second degree murder […]

California wildfires burn at least 116,000 acres; 1 woman found dead

Wildfires continued in and around Ventura County, California, on Thursday, burning at least 116,000 acres (181 square miles) and destroying at least 300 buildings. The body of a woman was found in a burned area near the city of Ojai. About 50,000 residents have evacuated affected areas, said Ventura County Fire Capt. Steve Kaufmann. California […]