Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Monday that the groups protesting conservative firebrand Ann Coulter's appearances should "let her speak." "My view is, let her speak and just don't show up. If you don't like it, don't show up," Warren told CNN's Jake Tapper. Warren added that canceling Coulter's speech gave the pundit a bigger platform. "You know, look, Ann Coulter has gotten a bigger platform because someone tried to deny her a chance to speak," Warren continued.
Sarah Kliff, Vox: House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts Members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan. The new Republican amendment, introduced Tuesa on pre-existing conditions. This means that insurers could once again, under certain circumstances, charge sick people higher premiums than healthy people. Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to themselves and their staff. read more
President Trump met with conservative media personality Matt Drudge in the Oval Office, Politico reported Thursday. Drudge also speaks regularly with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. Earlier this month, Drudge said on Michael Savage's radio show that he believes Republicans in Congress are undermining Trump. "I suspect there's a sabotage," he said. "Do you know Obama had the stimulus package on his desk before Inauguration Day? What did this Congress give this great man? Nothing." read more
A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's executive order targeting so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions on Tuesday, just as the White House was looking for victories to celebrate from the president's first 100 days in office. Trump's order was challenged by the city and county of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara, California, two of the jurisdictions under presidential fire for limiting their cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. read more
Joshua Rhett Miller, New York Post: An alt-right group apparently is trying to build a small street army -- vowing to use violence if necessary to defend free speech from leftist extremists. Kyle Chapman -- a "proud American nationalist" who became a conservative hero in some circles after his arrest this month during fierce clashes between anti-fascist protesters and Trump demonstrators -- announced the formation of the new group last week on Facebook and issued a call to action. ... "Our emphasis will be on street activism, preparation, defense and confrontation," Chapman wrote on Facebook.
In a speech Thursday, Hillary Clinton criticized President Trump for appointing outspoken opponents of LGBT rights to the Cabinet and other top positions. "I think we have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues," she said. Citing the terrible abuse of gay men in Chechnya, Clinton said the U.S. must "demand an end to the persecution of innocent people across the world." During her presidential campaign, Clinton was endorsed by several LGBTQ rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign.
An American paramedic attached to a monitoring patrol in volatile eastern Ukraine was killed in an explosion on Sunday, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said. The U.S. citizen was part of a patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. It is the first time an SMM patrol member has been killed while on duty, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said. The group has not released the victim's identity. Two other monitors were injured in the incident, when their vehicle was heavily damaged by an explosion in the Luhansk region, near Pryshyb. read more
The Alphabet company is making a rare, sweeping change to the algorithm behind its powerful search engine [Google] to demote misleading, false and offensive articles online. Google is also setting new rules encouraging its "raters" -- the 10,000-plus staff that assess search results -- to flag web pages that host hoaxes, conspiracy theories and what the company calls "low-quality" content. The moves follow months after criticism of Google and Facebook for hosting misleading information, particular tied to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Google executives claimed the type of web pages categorized in this bucket are relatively small, which is a reason why the search giant hadn't addressed the issue before. "It was not a large fraction of queries -- only about a quarter percent of our traffic -- but they were important queries," said Ben Gomes, vice president of engineering for Google. read more
Half of Americans say they have little to no confidence that Republican efforts to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act would make things better, according to results from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Fifty percent say they have little to no confidence that these GOP efforts would improve things - a 16-point increase from February's NBC/WSJ poll, which was taken before House Republicans pulled their health-care legislation from the floor in March. ... The NBC/WSJ poll also finds a combined 51 percent of Americans saying that Obama's health-care law is either working well the way it is (8 percent), or that it needs just minor modifications to improve it (43 percent).
Nordstrom has lit the internet on fire with another expensive product that many are calling ridiculous. On its website, the department store is selling a $425 pair of jeans that is covered in fake mud. The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans feature obvious splashes of what Nordstrom calls "caked-on muddy coating," giving the effect of being worn on a day in the dirt. read more