Those basics can add up. Reuters viewed a copy of the center's commissary price list. It shows detainees are charged $11.02 for a 4 oz. tube of Sensodyne toothpaste, available on Amazon.com for $5.20. Dove soap priced at $2.44 at the commissary is available for just over a dollar at Target. A 2.5 oz tube of Effergrip denture cream that sells for $4.99 at Walmart is $7.12 at the commissary.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News Friday it's "ludicrous" that a news outlet like BuzzFeed News is being taken seriously, with the term "news outlet" placed in air quotes. But strangely, when Fox News repeatedly asked Gidley to say whether the allegations in the story are true, he wouldn't directly answer. "So you're saying the president did not tell Michael Cohen to do that?" Bill Hemmer asked. Gidley dodged, just saying, "I'm telling you right now this is exactly why the president refuses to give any credence or credibility to news outlets because they have no ability to corroborate anything they put out there." Hemmer quickly pointed out that "that was not a denial." Shortly after, Gidley was asked directly about the allegation, "Is that true or false?" Once again, Gidley wouldn't answer this very basic yes or no question. "I'm not going to give any credence or credibility to Michael Cohen, who's a convicted felon and an admitted liar," he said. read more
The generals tried hard to keep politics out of the Pentagon, but even they don't have the firepower to stop Donald Trump. The president went to the Pentagon on Thursday to deliver what was supposed to be a speech announcing the findings of the Defense Department's missile defense review. Instead, the president used senior uniformed and civilian DOD leaders as a backdrop for a partisan political speech. This time, Trump bashed Democrats and previous unnamed presidents while proclaiming his own greatness on everything from missiles to the budget, the Iran deal, and the military's overall strength. Speech given. Claims made. Political opponents insulted. Troops in the picture. Mission accomplished.
The Trump administration separated thousands more migrant children at the US-Mexico border than previously acknowledged, according to a new federal audit. "More children over a longer period of time" were separated from their family at the border than were previously known, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general told reporters on Thursday. "How many more children were separated is unknown, by us and the HHS." read more
The group and its origins sound innocuous enough. But the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) -- a right-wing group founded 36 years ago -- has deepened connections between America's religious right and Russians even as the latter have been sanctioned by the United States, according to a ThinkProgress investigation. By networking with Russians, the HSLDA -- now America's largest right-wing homeschooling association -- has provided the Kremlin with a new avenue of influence over some of the most conservative organizations in the United States.