How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules
The rules were adopted in October during the last weeks of the Obama administration after an intense battle that pitted large Internet service providers, the advertising industry and tech giants against consumer advocates and civil rights groups. The campaign to kill the FCC rules began just a few weeks after Trump’s November victory. And congressional Republicans knew their plan was potentially explosive.
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WorldViews | Analysis
Germans wonder why Trump keeps lashing out at them and not Russia or Saudi Arabia
Germans, long opposed to many of Trump’s campaign promises, are irritated by his attacks and wonder why their ally seems more willing to criticize their country than nations with questionable human rights records.
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In widening search, Trump interviews two more FBI director candidates
Trump has said he could make a “fast decision” on replacing James B. Comey as head of the FBI — although so far, the process has been anything but. Press secretary Sean Spicer said the president was interviewing John S. Pistole, an FBI veteran, and Christopher A. Wray, the former head of the Justice Department’s criminal division.
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Mike Dubke resigns as White House communications director
The departure could be the first of many from President Trump’s senior staff as the Russia investigation intensifies. A senior administration official confirmed that Dubke, who has been in the post for three months, resigned on May 18 and that his last day could be today.
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The Fix: Fox News just pulled Trump into an alternate reality
In a dizzying sequence of events, the White House has joined Fox News in simultaneously arguing two conflicting points in the ongoing story revolving around Jared Kushner.
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A baby girl. A baffling disease. And the only way to help her is to hurt her.
Every year about 200 American babies are born with a rare condition that makes their skin as delicate as butterfly wings, breaking down and peeling off at the slightest touch.
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The Fix | Analysis
‘Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment,’ Portland mayor says. He’s wrong.
Mayor Ted Wheeler called on federal officials to block what he called “alt-right demonstrations” in Portland, Ore. But the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that hate speech, no matter how bigoted or offensive, is free speech.
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Even the Giants thought Hunter Strickland crossed the line against Bryce Harper
When you watch the video of Bryce Harper being hit by a 98-mph fastball and charging Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland, pay attention to the character who will tell you all you need to know about the situation. Watch Buster Posey, the Giants catcher. Watch him do . . . nothing.
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Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice is fired — but not for the killing
Officer Timothy Loehmann was fired for failing to disclose details on his job application, not for the 2014 shooting of Rice. Officer Frank Garmback, who was driving the patrol car, has been suspended for 10 days.
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Trump administration drafts rule to let religious employers stop covering birth control
The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most controversial mandates of the Affordable Care Act, drawing dozens of lawsuits by organizations that argued it goes against their religious beliefs.
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Democratic poll shows the party has a shot in sleepy South Carolina race
Archie Parnell, the Democrat running for White House budget director Mick Mulvaney’s vacant House seat, claims to be putting it into play.
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Uber fires star engineer at the center of self-driving car battle
Anthony Levandowski was fired after failing to comply with a judge’s request to turn over thousands of documents he is accused of stealing from Google’s parent company, where he had worked as a senior engineer.
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Fact Checker | Analysis
Do voter ID laws help or hurt turnout at the polls?
Two dueling claims about the impact of voter ID laws in Wisconsin and Kansas on the 2016 and 2014 elections, respectively, face scrutiny.
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Tiger mauls British zookeeper to death in ‘freak accident’
Rosa King had been a keeper at Hamerton Zoo Park for 14 years. Authorities have not released details of how she became trapped in the tiger enclosure Monday with at least one of the zoo’s big cats.
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Scientists track a 16-foot, 3,500-pound great white shark off the Atlantic coast
Mary Lee, who was tagged in 2012 as part of an effort to learn more about the animals’ habits and habitat, was within two miles of Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park over the Memorial Day weekend.
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