Celebrities step in after Trump slashes Obamacare ad budget

New York (CNN)The Trump administration isn’t doing much to let Americans know it’s time to sign up for Obamacare, so celebrities are trying to fill the void. What’s more, only a quarter of those who buy their own insurance or are uninsured know when open enrollment ends, according to a…

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Trump calls for Mueller probe to end following Manafort, Cohen court filings

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Saturday that court filings in the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen cases showed no collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. On Friday, prosecutors from the Manhattan US attorney’s office wrote: “In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both…

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Congressional Black Caucus chair tamps down talk of Democratic leadership fight

(CNN)Rep. Cedric Richmond, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in an interview Friday that he’s open to re-electing the current senior House Democratic leaders, tamping down talk of a battle for the top two positions if Democrats retake the House majority in next week’s midterms. But Richmond told…

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Could populism actually be good for democracy?

The long read: A wave of populist revolts has led many to lose faith in the wisdom of people power. But such eruptions are essential to the vitality of modern politics Everyone seems to agree that democracy is under attack. What is surprising is how many of its usual friends…

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Here’s why WWE fans are talking about the mysterious disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist

The WWE's deal with Saudi Arabia is under scrutiny from fans for a host of reasons, including the alleged murder of a dissident journalist.Image: AFP/Getty Images UPDATE: Oct. 11, 2018, 6:55 p.m. EDT Updated to include statement from WWE. The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi…

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Nike, Colin Kaepernick, and the Changing Role of the Athlete

To commemorate Nike’s 30th anniversary of its iconic “Just do it” campaign, the sportswear goliath on Monday released a series of striking black-and-white ads featuring tennis champion Serena Williams, pro-skateboarder Lacey Baker, and NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Its most controversial placard, though, was a close-up image of former…

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Who is Sam Patten?

(CNN)Political operative W. Samuel Patten, who was charged Friday with acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainians, has an extensive rsum that includes ties to other individuals caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and work with the controversial political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Patten’s personal website describes…

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For sale: ‘Waterboarding kit’ signed by Dick Cheney apparently from Sacha Baron Cohen’s show

Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?' controversy is not restricted to the episodes.Image: Stan/showtime In one of the most WTF moments from Sacha Baron Cohen’s second episode of Who Is America?, former vice president Dick Cheney signed what was referred to as a “waterboarding kit.” And now, it looks like…

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Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna…

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Trump, Juncker Tout Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to suspend new tariffs while negotiating over trade, pulling the U.S. and Europe back from the edge of a transatlantic trade war. The leaders pledged to expand European imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans and both vowed to…

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Every sign is pointing to a Democratic wave in November

(CNN)The 2018 election is in 105 days. And the playing field continues to tilt toward Democrats. “Democrats are now a little better than 50-50 to win the House,” concludes Kyle Kondik, the managing editor of UVA professor Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball. “This is the first time this cycle we’ve gone…

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