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Trump’s gay presidency

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By EDDIE SCARRY (@ESCARRY) On gay-related issues, the news media couldn’t have picked a Republican president more in sync with their views than Donald Trump. But the country isn’t dealing with a rational press right now. The GOP was stuck on gay stuff until a New Yorker came along and cleared the field for them […]

College students handing out Constitutions get arrested

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In a lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday, students at Kellogg Community College, a small public college located in Battle Creek, Mich., claim their constitutional rights were violated when they were arrested and forced to spend a night in county jail for refusing to stop handing out pocket Constitutions on school grounds in September […]

Occupational licensing is blocking ex-convicts from a second chance

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By DAVID BARNES, Washington Examiner With the holidays behind us, many are putting their energy and efforts into New Year’s resolutions. For many, this means going to the gym to drop a few holiday pounds or finally finishing that home improvement project they put off all year. But for the more than 600,000 individuals leaving the […]

Obamacare still struggling to sign up millennials

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By Philip Klein, Washington Examiner Hoping to blunt the momentum of Obamacare repeal, officials are spending the closing days of the Obama administration trying to push the idea that the president’s signature healthcare law is a success. But a new administration report touted for showing growing enrollment on the law’s exchanges also contained bad news: […]

Trump calls CNN ‘fake news’ during crazy press conference [VIDEO]

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President-elect Trump hit back at CNN, telling one of the network’s correspondents that he disseminates “fake news.” “You’re fake news,” Trump said to CNN correspondent Jim Acosta during a press conference Wendesday in New York. Acosta had tried to shout out a quesiton to Trump, who was railing against CNN for publishing a story the […]

Donald Trump and Rand Paul: Unlikely allies


By W. JAMES ANTLE III (@JIMANTLE) Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has a secret weapon in his war on the Republican establishment. The weapon’s name is Donald Trump. Paul ended the week by saying he had spoken with Trump and he agreed with the Kentucky Republican about repealing and replacing Obamacare simultaneously. Trump said as much […]

California Democrats legalize child prostitution

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By TRAVIS ALLEN Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right. SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) […]

Charlie Sheen hopes Trump is next celebrity to die in 2016

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By CAITLIN YILEK Actor Charlie Sheen appeared to ask God to take President-elect Trump’s life next. “Dear God,” Sheen tweeted Wednesday, “Trump next, please.” The latter part of the tweet was repeated a handful of times, ending with an emoji giving the middle finger. Dear God;Trump next, please!Trump next, please!Trump next, please!Trump next, please!Trump next, […]

Meet Oliver, the Capitol Hill canine [VIDEO]


By Jamie McIntyre & Jacqueline Klimas Harry Truman once said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,” and the staff in the office of Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., listened. Oliver, a cocker spaniel who goes to work every day in the Cannon House Office Building, belongs to communications director Sheryl Kaufman and […]

Clinton makes GQ’s list of least influential people

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By CAITLIN YILEK Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made GQ magazine’s list of 2016’s least influential people. Drew Magary, who complied the “anger-fueled list of everyone who ruined our year,” said he had no choice but to put Clinton on it. “When you lose an election to Donald Trump, you belong on this list. How […]

The Bond villain libertarians of Guatemala

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By DAN HANNAN, Washington Examiner GUATEMALA CITY — It’s like some fevered left-wing conspiracy theory come to life. Hidden away in Guatemala, surrounded by tall jungle trees, is a crawling nest of neo-liberalism. Francisco Marroquin University has been turning out free-marketeers for 45 years. Its guiding doctrines are immanent in its architecture. The buildings are named […]

“Hillary Actually”: Clinton begs elector with cue cards in SNL skit [VIDEO]

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“Saturday Night” Live actress Kate McKinnon starred as Hillary Clinton in a parody that showed her attempting to sway an elector before Monday’s Electoral College vote. The sketch was done as a parody of the British movie “Love Actually” Saturday night. Clinton shows up at the door with a radio and plays Christmas music all while […]

SNL: Forget Christmas, “you might get a bomb from Iran” with Trump [VIDEO]

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“Saturday Night Live” warned it could be “the very last Christmas” so savor the final days of Barack Obama as president. “It’s been a dope eight years but now we got one last Christmas with Barack Obama,” Kenan Thompson and Chance the Rapper sang. In the ode to the outgoing president, the two urge gay […]

Obama’s student-debt forgiveness: Textbook subsidized irresponsibility

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By PHILIP WEGMANN, Washington Examiner Homecoming is about to get more awkward. The federal government’s new student-debt program favors recent over older graduates, giving alumni one more thing to gripe about. Announced in November, the program will forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in the coming years according to a November GAO report. […]

Trump supporter gives Sanders earful over ‘absurd’ free college idea [VIDEO]

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By DANIEL CHAITIN (@DANIELCHAITIN7), Washington Examiner Sen. Bernie Sanders got an earful from a Wisconsin voter about his “ridiculous” tenure and “absurd” college tuition ideas during an MSNBC town hall event Monday evening. When asked by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes about the former Democratic presidential candidates’ campaign proposal for free college tuition, Mary Magdalen Moser, a Wisconsin […]

Obama’s Surgeon general on e-cigs: Don’t vape, bro

"E-cigarettes went form being rare in 2010 to now being the most common tobacco product used by our nation's youth," said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

By ROBERT KING, Washington Examiner E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among kids, and the health effects can be just as bad as traditional cigarettes, according to a new report from the surgeon general. The report sought to point out to parents the serious problems with e-cigarettes and the growing use of e-cigarettes […]

85,000 refugees under Obama (but less than 10 to D.C.)

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By PAUL BEDARD (@SECRETSBEDARD), Washington Examiner The Obama administration admitted nearly 85,000 refugees last year, the most since 1999, but less than 10 were settled in President Obama‘s backyard of Washington, D.C., or .01 percent, according to the State Department. Overall, 84,995 refugees were accepted under Obama’s program of greatly expanding the program to include Syrians. […]

GOP bill defunds schools that ban the American flag

he American Flag is displayed at Hampshire College on campus on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 in Amherst, Mass. The bill was introduced the same week that Hampshire College decided to remove the American flag from the campus. (Dave Roback /The Republican via AP)

By PETE KASPEROWICZ, Washington Examiner Dozens of House Republicans have introduced legislation that would prevent federal funds from being used to fund schools and colleges that ban the American flag. The bill was introduced the same week that Hampshire College in Massachusetts decided to remove the American flag from the campus. Initially, the college lowered the […]

Samford University becomes safe space for communists


By PHILIP WEGMANN, Washington Examiner Conservative clubs aren’t welcome at Samford University for fear that their presence might offend communists on campus. For the foreseeable future, the Southern Baptist college will remain a safe space for Marxists. Before Thanksgiving break, the administration blocked students from founding a Young America’s Freedom chapter. The conservative students’ application was […]

Pennsylvania State Department: Jill Stein missed recount deadline


By PHILIP WEGMANN, Washington Examiner Jill Stein has everything she needs to launch a presidential recount. She’s got the cash, the grassroots fervor and the spotlight of an adoring media. But there’s one thing she needs to overturn Trump’s victory: a calendar. Stein missed Pennsylvania’s deadline to file for a voter-initiated recount. That blown deadline is […]