The Ukraine scandal exposes the Trump crony Pompeo really is

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as President Donald Trump meets with Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain at the White House on September 16, 2019. | Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images “I’ve run out of words to appropriately convey how horrified, dispirited, and disgusted we all are,” a State Department official told me. If it wasn’t clear that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is President Donald Trump’s lapdog,…

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All of the 6-week abortion bans passed this year have now been blocked in court

An activist with the Handmaids Coalition of Georgia stands outside the Georgia Capitol after an event opposing the state’s recently passed near-total ban on abortion on May 16, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | JOHN AMIS/AFP/Getty Images But the biggest threat to abortion might come from another place. Five states this year passed laws banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The laws inspired protests…

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Trump’s controversial calls to investigate the whistleblower, explained

President Donald Trump following a September White House press conference. | Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images Laws protect whistleblowers from retribution, but not from the president. President Donald Trump defended himself against allegations that he made an improper request of a foreign leader at the White House Wednesday by continuing to attack the whistleblower who made them. “This country has to find out who this person was, because that person’s a spy, in my opinion,”…

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The Finnish president was all of us at Trump’s latest unhinged press conference

Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto hold a news conference at the White House on Wednesday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images He had to laugh. President Donald Trump’s joint news conference on Wednesday with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö began with Niinistö making a remark that was widely interpreted as throwing shade in Trump’s direction, and wrapped up with Niinistö chuckling as Trump berated a reporter who had the temerity to point out that Trump wasn’t answering…

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14 current Senate Republicans were in Congress during Clinton’s impeachment. Several see Trump’s very differently.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) arrives for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” on July 23, 2019.  | Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Senate Republicans have very different takes on impeaching Trump versus impeaching Clinton. Twenty years after President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, a lot has changed politically — including what a handful of still-serving Senate Republicans think about impeaching a president. In 1999, many Congressional Republicans were eager to…

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Cities are considering safe injection sites. A federal judge just said they’re legal.

The Washington Post via Getty Images Philadelphia and other US cities are pursuing safe injection sites. Here’s why. Several American cities are rallying around a new response to the opioid epidemic: safe spaces for using heroin. The concept has gained traction in New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and other cities across the US. The thinking is to allow supervised drug consumption sites where people can use drugs with sterile injection equipment and the supervision…

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