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Trump doctor says staff hid cauliflower in presidents mashed potato in failed attempt to make him lose weight   12%

Former medical advisor also tried to make ice cream 'less accessible' to president

Former CIA director sounds alarm at Trumps virtual decapitation of intelligence community   10%

President accused of threatening the flow of vital information to Congress by removing key figures from leadership roles

Trump mocks the faith of others. His own religious practices remain opaque.  

Evangelical pastors have called the president a “baby Christian” and insist he had a moment of conversion.

Trump gushes over disgraced TV presenter fired for comments about threesome with female co-star  

President calls Jeremy Roenick a 'friend' at campaign rally in Phoenix

High cheekbones and wild insults: Memorable quotes from Trumps Vegas rally   -12%

President describes Elizabeth Warren as angry, calls triple rally swing 'too much fun,' and oddly suggests Abraham Linclon has been forgotten

Russia trying to get Trump re-elected, US intelligence officers say  

Intelligence officials say Russia is interfering with the 2020 election to try to help US President Donald Trump get re-elected, The New York Times reported on Thursday.The newspaper said intelligence officials told lawmakers about the interference in a February 13 closed-door briefing to the House Intelligence Committee.It said the disclosure angered Trump, who complained the Democrats would use the information against him. He berated the outgoing director of national intelligence, Joseph…

Trump slurs through speech as he mocks Joe Bidens stutter  

Mr Trump is speaking at a Las Vegas, Nevada, rally

Revisiting Arab Peace Initiative is best hope to solve Israel-Palestine conflict  

The “deal of the century” is here, and so is the simmering, century-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although the publication of the details of President Trump’s peace initiative

South Sudan Leader Appoints Ex-Rebel Leader as His Deputy   25%

The rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as President Salva Kiir’s vice president, after the two men agreed to form a coalition government that many observers hoped would last.

Coronavirus: Trump faces black swan threat to economy and re-election   38%

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Dan Diamond and Nancy Cook on on February 24, 2020.Stock markets tumbled around the world. The number of coronavirus cases mushroomed in advanced nations like Italy, Japan and South Korea. And travel bans expanded as leaders confronted the nightmarish prospect of a spreading virus swallowing their nations.US President Donald Trump’s top aides faced an increasingly urgent threat Monday with…

Trump ridicules South Korean film Parasite for best picture Oscar award   43%

President Donald Trump on Thursday scorned the best picture Oscar for South Korean film “Parasite,” asking how a foreign movie could get the honor. “How bad was the Academy Awards

Trump claims coronavirus is 'going to go away' despite mounting concerns   50%

Growing fears that the coronavirus outbreak could turn into a pandemic and reach the United States are challenging President Donald Trump's sunny assurances that everything is under control.

Hiltzik: Trump gives politically connected farmers more water, at expense of everyone else   37%

Trump's water giveaway to his rich backers will parch the rest of the state.

'Miracle on Ice' team wears 'Keep America Great' hats while being lauded at Trump rally  

Kelly Brooks, the daughter of coach Herb Brooks, also spoke, and said her father "would have been a Trump fan."

Bezos' $10B climate commitment  

Democrats discuss gas tax — Trump trips west

Donald Trump launches attack on Supreme Court judges Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor  

US President Donald Trump has launched a verbal offensive against two left-leaning Supreme Court judges, urging them to step aside from all “Trump-related” cases due to supposed bias.The country’s highest court will hear a case on March 31 in which Trump’s lawyers will argue against his tax returns being released – a sensitive subject in the run-up to November’s presidential election.Trump poured scorn on Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, strengthening his record of targeting judges on…

White House fears coronavirus could shape Trump's 2020 fortunes  

Though Trump in public has downplayed the virus, privately he has voiced his own anxieties.

White House refuses to deny Trump accused Boris Johnson of betrayal in angry phone call over Huawei decision   -13%

'We have to be very careful. National security. Huawei,' US president said on Sunday

Top European team president indicted in FIFA bribery case  

The president of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club was indicted Thursday as part of a five-year bribery and corruption investigation linked to FIFA.

Trump downplays coronavirus despite venting in private   9%

President Donald Trump has privately expressed frustration in recent days about some of the ways his administration is confronting a spreading coronavirus outbreak, according to people familiar with the conversations. Publicly, he has expressed optimism that the virus is "going to go away."

Juror identities must be protected in Stone trial, U.S. judge says   -50%

A U.S. judge on Tuesday warned lawyers representing President Donald Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone to protect the privacy of the jurors who found him guilty ahead of a hearing in which the defense was seeking a new trial.

Trump blames his border wall falling over on big winds and claims its fixed forever   15%

President claims his wall fell because 'the concrete foundation was just poured [and] soaking wet when big winds kicked in'

Pentagon 'wish lists' out   -31%

Coast Guard commandant warns of ‘catastrophic failure’ — Trump enlists new homeland security adviser

Trump administration in talks about Chevron's operations in Venezuela: envoy   17%

The Trump administration is in discussions about whether to renew a license for Chevron Corp's operations in Venezuela as Washington looks to increase pressure on its socialist leader, the U.S. special envoy to the South American country said.

Trump celebrates new gay Bollywood romcom, confusing supporters and critics alike   40%

'I hope this is the beginning of President Trump's genuine embrace of LGBT+ rights and not just a PR stunt', activist Peter Tatchell says

While India seems to love Trump, the reality isnt so simple   -5%

Looking out over the world’s largest cricket stadium, the seats jammed with more than 100,000 people, India’s prime minister heaped praise on his American visitor. “The leadership of President Trump … Click to Continue »

Sen. Murphy calls Trump a gift to Russia  

The Connecticut Democrat says Russia supports the president’s agenda.

The Atlantic Politics Daily: Namaste Trump Is a Sequel   11%

It’s Monday, February 24. In the rarest of rare outcomes, a jury convicted Harvey Weinstein today of sexually assaulting two women (but acquitted him on the most serious charge, predatory criminal assault).

In the rest of today’s newsletter: Trump at the Modi-o, part two. Plus: the Nevada caucus aftermath, and what happens if presidents refuse to leave office after their term ends.



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The MAGA show heads to India.

The sight was surreal: President Donald Trump clasping hands with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both of them taking in the raucous chants of some 50,000 Indian Americans who came to a Houston football stadium late in September for an event (aptly) named “Howdy Modi!”

Who wouldn’t want to bask in a sequel?

Today, Trump joined Modi for “Namaste Trump,” a MAGA-style rally for the two leaders in the world’s largest cricket stadium, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Though Trump tied himself into knots trying to pronounce Hindi words—stumbling over chai as well as the name of the city in which the rally was held—he got the crowd he came for. More than 100,000 people filled out the stadium pews; another 100,000 lined the motorcade route.

The Trump-Modi bromance may have something to do with their populist, us-versus-them panache: Trump sought to implement a version of a Muslim ban; Modi has done basically just that. Trump blasts the press as “fake news”; Modi’s government has cracked down on unfavorable media outlets.

As intolerance and division in both societies erode their democracies, I fear that the leaders may reinforce each other’s worst instincts,” William J. Burns, a former deputy secretary of state, writes, worrying about the type of relationship that is developing between both countries.

Read his full essay.

—Saahil Desai



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The NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson (photographed here at her desk at NASA’s Langley Research Center in 1966), died today at 101. That her role in the mythos of spaceflight wasn’t celebrated until her 90s is a reminder of “who gets left out of the stories America tells about its accomplishments,” Marina Koren writes.



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Nevada’s Democratic Party held its caucus on Saturday. If you’re still catching up on the results, we have the latest:

“In the most diverse contest of the year, the most progressive candidate in the field won his biggest victory yet,” Russell Berman writes: Bernie Sanders’s victory in Nevada proved his staying power, following the first two primary contests in mostly white states.

“Efforts to stop him so far have been ineffective and made the party seem out of touch,” Edward-Isaac Dovere writes: As Sanders rises, the Democratic establishment is weaker than it’s ever been.

“The Nevada outcome could intensify the muddle in the middle that has prevented any centrist candidate from emerging as the principal alternative to Sanders.” Even if Joe Biden notches a win in South Carolina (he was second to Sanders in Nevada), too many moderates remain in the race for any of them to truly challenge Sanders on Super Tuesday, Ronald Brownstein writes.

+ There’s a key lesson centrists aren’t learning, Ibram X. Kendi argues.




“That a president would defy the results of an election has long been unthinkable; it is now, if not an actual possibility, at the very least something Trump’s supporters joke about.”

Here’s a hypothetical. Say it’s November 2020 and Trump has been defeated, thus bringing an end to his administration on January 20, 2021 (or say he’s reelected; his term would still end in January 2025). Say he then refuses to leave the White House. What then?

Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney, looks at all the ways such a crisis would play out.



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Floods and Politics

Across Kentucky, floods are devouring rural communities. The catastrophe is out of sight, out of mind for many people living outside these areas, partly because the national news media are too quick to default to a “flyover country” attitude toward noncoastal towns, Silas House writes.

If coal mining isn’t devouring the mountain in front of your house, then it’s easy to leave all the lights on. If your home isn’t being carried away by floodwaters, it’s hard to feel the consequences of climate change. Folks in rural places aren’t immune to this disconnect. They say they care about the land, yet they often elect politicians who value profit over the environment. Rural voters’ support of Trump is widespread, even though he has been designated by several environmental groups as the “worst president in history.”

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Trump assembles White House team to help issue pardons and commutations   52%

'I rely on recommendations, very importantly,' says US president

Quiz: Are you loyal enough for the Trump administration?   50%

How many fingers am I holding up? (Donald Trump says there are five.)

Ahead of the South Carolina Primary, Donald Trumps Debate Tips for Democrats  

Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Donald Trump’s rally in Las Vegas, his debating advice for Michael Bloomberg, and his comments about Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar.

Blue Dog Democrats celebrate a milestone but stand alone on a core issue fiscal restraint  

The debt has soared by more than $3 trillion in President Trump’s three years in office, but neither party has shown any inclination to tackle the issue.

US blacklists subsidiary of Russian oil firm Rosneft to tighten funds for Venezuela   -6%

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to tighten financial restrictions on Venezuela, blacklisting a subsidiary of Russian oil firm Rosneft, which US officials have said provides a lifeline to

Esper, Milley to testify on budget  

The war over the Pentagon’s airwaves — Defense on the agenda for Trump’s India visit

Amy Klobuchars Bipartisan Record Includes Voting for Many Trump Judicial Nominees   12%

The Minnesota senator is running for president as a pragmatist. But some Democrats and civil rights groups say she went too far in supporting judges chosen by the current administration.

Trump lashes out at Schumer as Democrats slam 'no plan' on coronavirus live   -3%

  • Democrats say White House is not taking outbreak seriously
  • Democratic contenders face off in TV debate on Tuesday evening
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Tweeting while aboard Air Force One on his way back from India, Donald Trump just doubled down on his attack against the jury foreman in the case of Roger Stone, long-time GOP political operative and former Trump confidant, and said the judge in the case is also biased against him.

There has rarely been a juror so tainted as the forewoman in the Roger Stone case. Look at her background. She never revealed her hatred of “Trump” and Stone. She was totally biased, as is the judge. Roger wasn’t even working on my campaign. Miscarriage of justice. Sad to watch!

Back to the 2020 election: Comments made by Diana Taylor, Mike Bloomberg’s long-time partner, on the reported nondisclosure agreements with women who accused his company of discrimination and harassment is giving ammunition to his critics.

In an interview with CBS News, Taylor said that none of the nondisclosure agreements accuse Bloomberg of “saying something nasty to a woman”. “That’s not who he is. Life has changed. I grew up in that world. It was bro culture,” Taylor said.

Here's the full clip of the interview, where we I asked her whether the Dems can come together after the primary process. "I don't know. It's pretty nasty & I think that we have lost sight of what the goal here is. The goal is to get Donald Trump out of the White House," she said

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Russia trying to get Trump re-elected, intelligence officials reportedly tell Congress  

President said to fear his Democratic opponents will use the assessment against him

Half of Indians hate Trumps trade war policies, but increasingly trust him on other world affairs   11%

As US President Donald Trump nears the end of his first term in office, his popularity among Indians is soaring, but the same cannot be said about his protectionist trade policies, which enjoy little fanfare.
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