- -01 Obama Administration Halts Coal Leases on Public Lands (ThinkProgress.org)
"According to a fact sheet released by the Department of Interior, the review will assess these currently insufficient royalty rates and 'ensure the sale of these public resources results in a fair return to the American taxpayers.' "
"Not only is the real cost of coal not currently accounted for in its royalties, but the environmental impacts from coal, including its contribution to climate change, also impose a cost to the American public. Currently, the combustion of coal from federal lands accounts for more than 57 percent of all emissions from fossil fuel production on federal lands. Air and water pollution from strip mining and failed mine reclamation also add to coal’s heavy environmental cost. The review will take into account climate change, environmental, and public health impacts of the coal program." 01-16
- -01 President Obama Nominates Supreme Court Justice (CBS News)
"After seeking the advice of lawmakers, constitutional scholars and advocacy groups, the president announced he would nominate Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Mr. Obama praised him as 'not only one of America's sharpest legal minds,' but someone who has 'a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence.' "
Editor's Note: The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, announced that the Senate will not consider the nominee, based on the "Biden Rule." McConnell explained that the "Biden Rule" is that a President can only nominate a Justice for the Supreme Court during his or her first three years of a term. Fact-Check: There is no "Biden Rule" in the Constitution, federal law, or historical practice. There is no "Biden Rule." No Senate has ever before refused to consider a nominee because the President was in the last year of a term. 03-16
- -01 Sanctions Lifted on Iran (New York Times)
"The United States and European nations lifted oil and financial sanctions on Iran and released roughly $100 billion of its assets after international inspectors concluded that the country had followed through on promises to dismantle large sections of its nuclear program." 01-16
- -01 Super Tuesday Primary Election Results for 2016 (NBC News)
Donald Trump won in seven states, Ted Cruz won in three, and Marco Rubio won in one state. Hillary Clinton won in seven states and Bernie Sanders won in four states. 03-16
- -01 Supreme Court Justice Scalia Found Dead at 79 (Time.com)
"US Marshall’s Service confirms that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79." 02-16
- -01-01-16 Editorial: How Did the Congress of 2015 Do? (Christian Science Monitor)
"Daily, presidential candidates tell Americans how terrible things are in Washington."
"And yet, Congress did its basic job of keeping the government funded – passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill that takes the government through the end of September."
"It also passed a $680 billion package that extended or made permanent tax breaks for individuals and businesses. Among other beneficiaries, it helps students, renewable energy, and low-income Americans and adds certainty to business. Grumet and many others complain that it also adds to the deficit." 01-16
- -01-02-16 Execution of Cleric Sparks Outrage (TheGuardian.com)
"The Iranian government and religious leaders across the Middle East have condemned Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric and warned of repercussions that could bring down the country’s royal family." 01-16
- -01-05-16 President's Plan to Reduce Gun Violence (PBS.org)
"At the centerpiece of Obama’s plan is a more sweeping definition of gun dealers that the administration hopes will expand the number of sales subject to background checks." 01-16
- -01-05-16 Stranger Pays for Muslim Family's Meal (CBS News)
"A free meal may not seem like much to some, but to a Muslim man in America right now -- it meant the world." 01-16
- -01-06-16 North Korea Alleges H-Bomb Test (Time.com)
"Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a powerful, self-proclaimed 'H-bomb of justice' that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal."
"The test likely pushed Pyongyang’s scientists and engineers closer to their goal of building a warhead small enough to place on a missile that can reach the U.S. mainland. But South Korea’s spy agency thought the estimated explosive yield from the explosion was much smaller than what even a failed H-bomb detonation would produce." 01-16
- -01-10-16 Arab League Condemns Iran (ABC News)
"Arab foreign ministers, with the exception of Lebanon, condemned in a Sunday statement what they called Iran's meddling in Arab affairs." 01-16
- -01-14-16 President Obama's State of the Union Speech (PBS.org)
"For the past seven years, our goal has been a growing economy that works better for everybody. We’ve made progress. But we need to make more. And despite all the political arguments we’ve had these past few years, there are some areas where Americans broadly agree." 01-16
- -01-14-16 Republican Response to President Obama's State of the Union Speech (PBS.org)
"Giving the Republican response to the 2016 State of the Union, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley looked past President Obama's record to offer her vision of "a brighter American future" if a Republican were to hold the White House. Haley acknowledged Americans' frustration with government, and urged against the 'siren call' of angry rhetoric." 01-16
- -01-15-16 Fact Checking the 6th Republican Debate (PBS.org)
"Did Ted Cruz mean to suggest he would have gone to war with Iran over its brief detention of U.S. sailors? Did Donald Trump forget that he proposed a massive tax on Chinese goods? And does Ben Carson really think Islamic State militants chill out with a cigar?" 01-16
- -02-02-16 Iowa Caucuses Explained (Time.com)
"They’re sort of a cross between a normal election and a town-hall meeting, though the exact format differs for both parties. For Republicans, caucus-goers will go to a meeting where they will hear speeches from local representatives of the presidential campaigns, then cast their vote by writing the name of their preferred candidate on pieces of paper, which are then tallied and reported to the state party. Democrats will also go to meetings, but they’ll sit in different parts of the room based on who they support." 02-16
- -02-04-16 President Obama Welcomes Muslims as Americans (Christian Science Monitor)
"In his first visit to a US mosque Wednesday, President Obama talked about the ‘fear’ that Muslim communities feel. Yet even so, many have faith in the country's traditions of religious liberty." 02-16
- -02-04-16 Which Presidential Candidates Believe as You Believe? (ISideWith.com)
Provides a quiz so you can rate your values and priorities against those of the presidential candidates. 02-16
- -02-11-16 Fact Checking the Democratic Debate February 11th (PBS.org)
"CLINTON: “We have more than 750,000 donors and the vast majority are giving small contributions. … We both have a lot of small donors.”
"THE FACTS: Her presidential run is being supported by wealthy donors in ways that Sanders’ is not.”
"Last year’s fundraising reports show that Sanders raised fully 72 percent of his campaign money from people who gave $200 or less, while for Clinton those donors accounted for just 16 percent of her funds.”
"BERNIE SANDERS: “Our Medicare-for-all, single-payer proposal will save the average middle-class family $5,000 a year.”
"The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates that the tax increases in Sanders’ plan would only cover about 75 percent of what Sanders says it will cost, creating a $3 trillion hole in the federal budget over 10 years." 02-16
- -03-01-16 Poll: Clinton or Sanders Would Beat Trump (Time.com)
"Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders could easy beat Donald Trump come November, according to a new CNN/ORC poll that pits the Republican front runner against his potential Democratic opponents."
"Clinton would beat Trump 52 to 44 percent among registered voters—an improvement of her odds since the last CNN/ORC Poll in January—while Sanders would top Trump 57 to 40 percent." 03-16
- -03-03-16 Romney Calls on Republicans to Stop Trump (Time.com)
"Endorsing a strategy to keep Trump from securing the 1,237 delegates required to win the nomination—but which doesn’t provide anyone else with that figure either—Romney joined the chorus of Republicans seeing a contested convention as the only way to prevent Trump from becoming the standard-bearer of the party." 03-16
- -03-06-16 Nancy Reagan Dies (Time.com)
"The wife of President Ronald Reagan died from congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles, a family spokesman said. She had made a legacy during her time as First Lady by devoting herself to drug education and the prevention of drug abuse among young people." 03-16
- -03-11-16 Clinton: Trump Is "Urging" Violence at Rallies (MSNBC News)
"In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton suggested Republican front-runner Donald Trump is egging on violence at his raucous rallies." 03-16
- -03-16 Obama After Dark (New York Times)
"Mr. Obama calls himself a “night guy,” and as president, he has come to consider the long, solitary hours after dark as essential as his time in the Oval Office. Almost every night that he is in the White House, Mr. Obama has dinner at 6:30 with his wife and daughters and then withdraws to the Treaty Room, his private office down the hall from his bedroom on the second floor of the White House residence."
"There, his closest aides say, he spends four or five hours largely by himself." 07-16
- -03-21-16 Apple vs the FBI on Privacy (Time.com)
"In an exclusive interview with TIME, Cook discusses your privacy, America’s security, and what’s at stake in the battle over encryption." 03-16
- -04-18-16 Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration (New York Times)
"Inside the Supreme Court’s chambers on Monday, eight justices will consider whether President Obama abused the power of his office by issuing executive actions to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to work in the country legally and protect them from deportation." 04-16
- -04-27-16 Clinton and Trump Win Big (CBS News)
"In the Pennsylvania exit poll voters were asked who they thought would be the Democratic nominee. Seventy-six percent said Clinton, while only 22 percent thought it would be Sanders."
"About 4 in 10 Republican primary voters said they were angry about the way the federal government is working and Trump won two-thirds of their votes." 04-16
- -04-30-16 Military Releases Series of Errors Leading to Bombing a Hospital (New York Times)
"Human errors and technical and communication failures led to a devastating attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last year that killed 42 people, the Defense Department announced Friday." 04-16
- -08-16 Past City Auditors: Trump Accounting "Unusual" (CBS News)
"In a three-sentence letter on April 22, 1987, Donald Trump signed off on a series of accounting changes that allowed his first hotel to shortchange New York City nearly $3 million in rent, city auditors later concluded." 08-16
- -08-16 Republican Former Foreign Policy Experts Oppose Trump (CBS News)
"Dozens of former Republican national security officials have signed a letter on Monday saying a Donald Trump presidency would 'put at risk our country's national security and well-being.' " 08-16
- -09-16 Brockovich: Toxic Water System Not Just in Flint (Time.com)
"Since 2013, a nationwide EPA program to sample water for unregulated contaminants found PFOA in 103 public water systems in 27 states." 02-16
- -09-16 Women Win in Olympic Gymnastics (Time.com)
"The five-member U.S. women’s gymnastics team marched straight to a repeat Olympic gold in the team event, dominating their nearest rivals in Rio and confirming their status as a gymnastics powerhouse." 08-16
- -11-02-15 Ryan Agreed to No Vote on Immigration (MSNBC News)
"Congressman Paul Ryan reportedly signed off on a letter promising members of the House Freedom Caucus he won't bring up any immigration legislation as Speaker as long as President Obama is president." Ryan is Speaker of the House. 11-15
- -11-05-15 Christi and Huckabee Cut From Main Republican Debate Stage (Time.com)
"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee failed to qualify for the main debate stage at next week’s Fox Business Network debate in Milwaukee, the network confirmed Thursday, while South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki other candidates will be knocked off the stage from the undercard debate." 11-15
- -11-11-15 Editorial: New Arbitration Clauses Benefit Large Corporations (New York Times)
"By inserting individual arbitration clauses into a soaring number of consumer and employment contracts, companies like American Express devised a way to circumvent the courts and bar people from joining together in class-action lawsuits, realistically the only tool citizens have to fight illegal or deceitful business practices." 11-15
- -11-11-15 Editorial: Republicans Still Advocating Supply Side Economics (Time.com)
"But there was little real grappling with the fact that every recovery since the early 1990s has been weaker, and taken longer, regardless of which party was in charge. That’s really the key problem for Republicans – there have been serious changes in the nature of the global economy since the Reagan era, and the old formula of 'cut taxes, cut red tape, get growth' just doesn’t hold up anymore." 11-15
- -11-12-15 Speaker of the House Does Not Think Mass Deportation Will Pass (CBS News)
"New House Speaker Paul Ryan told Scott Pelley on '60 Minutes' that he doesn't see how Donald Trump's plan to deport 11 million people would ever pass the House of Representatives. He also said that he's been in touch with President Obama, and they've found some common ground." 11-15
- -11-14 Gwen Ifill Dies (ABC News)
"Longtime PBS journalist Gwen Ifill -- whom President Obama called an 'extraordinary journalist' -- has passed away following a battle with cancer, PBS said in a statement. She was 61." 11-16
- -11-14 Kate McKinnon Sings Hallelujah as Hillary Clinton (Saturday Night Live)
Satirist Kate McKinnon sings the Leonard Cohen song of "Hallelujah." 11-16
- -11-14-15 Muslim Leaders Respond to Paris Attack (ABC News)
"Muslim-American leaders today condemned the attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured, and called ISIS, which French leaders blamed for the attacks, "an extremist group that has declared war on us all." 11-15
- -11-14-15 Transcript of November 14 Democratic Debate in Iowa (CBS News)
Provides the transcript. 11-15
- -11-15-15 Paris Attackers Had Ties With Isis (New York Times)
"The attackers in Friday’s terrorist assault in Paris communicated at some point beforehand with known members of the Islamic State in Syria, officials on both sides of the Atlantic say, adding evidence to the assertions that the radical group coordinated or helped carry out the attacks rather than simply inspiring them." 11-15
- -11-16 Theresa May to Become New UK Prime Minister (New York Times)
"Theresa May is set to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Wednesday, after David Cameron announced he would formally hand over power that day." 07-16
- -11-24-15 Turkey Shut Down a Russian Fighter (CBS News)
"Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet over Syria Tuesday saying the Su-24 jet's pilots violated Turkish airspace and failed to heed multiple warnings to leave." 11-15
- -11-25-15 Editorial: Bush Says He Can Tell If Someone Is a Christian (MSNBC News)
"Last week, for example, the Florida Republican argued that the United States should reject Syrian refugees for reasons he has not yet explained. Bush later clarified that some refugees might be able to enter the country, but only if they’re members of a religious group he approves of." 11-15
- -11-28 Trump Makes False Claim of Illegal Votes (Time.com)
"President-elect Donald Trump falsely claimed he won the popular vote in the presidential election — if millions of so-called 'illegal votes' had not been counted."
"There’s been no indication of widespread vote manipulation, illegal voting or hacking that materially affected the outcome one way or the other." 11-16
- -11-30 Trump's Conflicts of Interest (Time.com)
"When Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States in January, it seems quite likely that he will bring hundreds of potential financial conflicts of interest with him into the Oval Office."
"Yet none of it will matter." 11-16
- -12-02 Trump Angers Chinese Government (Time.com)
"Trump went where no U.S. commander-in-chief had gone since diplomatic relations were restored with China in 1979." 12-16
- -12-07 Trump Is Time's Person of the Year: Trump (Time.com)
"For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class; for those who see it as for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism. To his believers, he delivers change—broad, deep, historic change, not modest measures doled out in Dixie cups; to his detractors, he inspires fear both for what he may do and what may be done in his name." 12-16
- -12-10 Trump Potential Nominee for Secretary of State IS CEO of Exxon-Mobile (CBS News)
"Who is Rex Tillerson, the CEO, president and chairman of Exxon Mobil Corp. that has emerged as the distinct front-runner in the race to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state?"12-16
- -12-10 Trump Team Requests Names of Those Involved in Climate Talks (CBS News)
"President elect-Donald Trump’s transition team has created a questionnaire with 74 questions for Energy Department officials to identify employees who have been involved in international climate talks over the past five years and employees who have helped advance Obama administration climate policies."
Editor's Note: Given Trump's statements on climate change, not a good thing. 12-16
- -12-16 Clinton Has Pneumonia (Time.com)
"Hillary Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 anniversary ceremony Sunday after feeling “overheated,” according to her campaign. Her doctor said the Democratic presidential nominee was diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia, put on antibiotics and advised to rest and modify her campaign schedule." 09-16
- -12-16 Trump Claims that Calling Obama Founder of ISIS Was Sarcasm (CBS News)
"Donald Trump said Friday that he was being sarcastic when he made the inflammatory claim earlier this week that Obama 'founded' the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)." 08-16
- -12-16 Trump and Clinton Disagree on Taxes (PBS News)
"Different visions, Trump offering tax cuts to all, especially the wealthy, Clinton pledging to tax the wealthy more and to use that money for programs for the middle and lower classes, including targeted tax credits." 08-16
- -12-26-15 Siberian Rebel Leader Killed in Russian Air Strike (Time.com)
"Saudi-backed Allouch was one of the most powerful rebel commanders and his group controls large parts of the Damascus suburbs. The Army of Islam faction is the most powerful group fighting government forces as well as the Islamic State group near Damascus." 12-15
- -12-28-15 To Those We Lost in 2015 (CBS News)
"Come the end of the year, Charles Osgood takes time to remember some of the many people who left us in the year gone by." 12-15
- -14-16 Hillary Clinton Wounded by Report on Emails (New York Times)
"Hillary Clinton has emerged from the F.B.I. investigation into her email practices as secretary of state a wounded candidate with a large and growing majority of voters saying she cannot be trusted, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll." 07-16
- -16-16 American Athletes Display Gold (Time.com)
"The three legendary gold medal winners converged Sunday night for SI – which today celebrates its 62-year anniversary – in Rio." 08-16
- -16-16 Rio Highlights World Sanitation Problem (Time.com)
"In the months leading up to the Rio Olympics, there was growing awareness that Brazil had not met the water quality goals outlined in their bid, and that athletes might be swimming, sailing, rowing or canoeing in waters contaminated with untreated human sewage. News articles discussed the poor water quality in competition waters, health risks to the athletes and the reasons why the US$ 4 billion pledged to greatly reduce the flow of untreated sewage into Guanabara Bay had not materialized."
"However, what is missing from many, but not all, of the coverage is that the situation in Rio is not only not abnormal, it is common. Currently, about one-third of the global population (2.4 billion people) does not have access to sanitation facilities, such as a latrine or sewerage system, including 946 million people who have no facilities and practice open defecation. Another 2.1 billion urban residents worldwide use improved sanitation facilities that do not safely dispose of human waste, including 1.5 billion who use sewerage systems without treatment." 08-16
- -19-10 Fact Check Results of Third Debate (CBS News)
"According to an analysis by the non-partisan Committee on a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), Hillary Clinton would likely add $200 billion to the debt over a decade, admittedly much less than $5.3 trillion CRFB estimates Donald Trump would add." 10-06
- -22-16 The Science of Trump (FiveThirtyEight.com)
"Hillary Clinton says she believes in science. Donald Trump isn’t a 'great believer' in human-caused climate change. But that doesn’t mean that Trump hates all science or that Clinton would always make the same choices as a lab technician. Truth is, 'science' is more than one thing and every politician has sciences they prioritize and others they are happy to see stagnate."
"We wanted to know what fields of science the candidates were prioritizing and what science-related policy questions were most likely to come up in their respective administrations." 09-16
- -29-16 Fact Check on Trump's Comments on Iran Nuclear Deal (PBS News)
"TRUMP, boasting about how he would have conducted talks with Iran over reducing its nuclear weapons capabilities: “I would have said sorry, we can’t give you the $150 billion back. We want to give you the money back, but we don’t have it. It’s not there."
"THE FACTS: The Iranians immediately would have called Trump’s bluff. That’s because the U.S. never had $150 billion to give back in the first place."
"Iran had foreign assets spread across numerous banks and countries before it struck a deal with the U.S. and other countries to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. The sanctions meant Tehran couldn’t access these funds abroad. But Iran’s government knew very well where its money was."
"Much of the revenue came from Iran’s oil sales to China, India, Japan and South Korea." 07-16
- -30-16 Court Rules South Carolina Voter ID Law Discriminatory (BradBlog.com)
"Hasen describes the NC law as "the largest collection of voting rollbacks contained in a single law that I could find since the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act" and notes that the key part of the 4th Circuit's holding 'is that North Carolina acted with racially discriminatory intent.' " 07-16
- -30-16 US Security Experts: Russian Intelligence Likely Behind Hack of Democratic Convention (ABC News)
"While U.S. officials have told news outlets anonymously they concur with Crowdstrike and other private cybersecurity firms who have pointed to Russian culpability, the U.S. government has declined to publicly blame the Russians. " 07-16
- -Editorial: Father of Slain Amerian Muslim Soldier Responds to Trump (CBS News)
"Khizr Kahn, father of a fallen U.S. soldier, spoke at the DNC. His son sacrificed his life to save the life of fellow soldiers. Captain Kahn was a Muslim-American and his parents emphasized their patriotism and loyalty to America. He slammed Trump for hateful rhetoric towards Muslims." 07-16
- -Fact Checking the Fifth Republican Debate (FactCheck.org)
"Cruz repeated his false claim that the immigration bill Rubio cosponsored in 2013 would have allowed the president to admit refugees into the U.S. without 'any background checks whatsoever.' " 12-15
- -Is It Important for the President to Know the Difference Between Facts and Fake News? (HuffingtonPost.com)
"President-elect Donald Trump falsely claimed on Sunday that “millions of people” voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Trump’s campaign team did not produce any evidence to support that allegation."
"But the strangest thing about the president-elect’s claim isn’t that there is zero evidence to support it — it’s that Trump, who has turned away daily intelligence briefings since winning the election, took time out of his day to repeat a rumor that initially spread because of one guy on Twitter." 11-16
- -President Obama's National Security Speech (Time.com)
"President Obama gave what is expected to be the final national security speech of his tenure on Tuesday, discussing his administration’s accomplishments in spheres like battling al Qaeda and killing Osama bin Laden, as well as counterterrorism recommendations for the ongoing struggle against ISIS and other extremist groups." 12-16
- 01-16 Documents and Testimony Against Trump University (New York Times)
"In blunt testimony revealed on Tuesday, former managers of Trump University, the for-profit school started by Donald J. Trump, portray it as an unscrupulous business that relied on high-pressure sales tactics, employed unqualified instructors, made deceptive claims and exploited vulnerable students willing to pay tens of thousands for Mr. Trump’s insights."
" 'I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme,' Mr. Schnackenberg wrote in his testimony, “and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.' "
"For Mr. Trump, whose presidential campaign hinges on his reputation as a businessman, the newly unsealed documents offer an unflattering snapshot of his career since branching out, over the past decade, from building skyscrapers into endeavors that cashed in on his name to sell everything from water and steaks to ties and education." 06-16
- 02-15 President Bans the Box (MSNBC News)
"On Monday, President Obama is announcing a new order to reduce potential discrimination against former convicts in the hiring process for federal government employees."
"It is a step towards what many criminal justice reformers call 'ban the box' – the effort to eliminate requirements that job applicants check a box on their applications if they have a criminal record. While the rule was once seen as a common sense way for employers to screen for criminal backgrounds, it has been increasingly criticized as a hurdle that fosters employment discrimination against former inmates, regardless of the severity of their offense or how long ago it occurred. Banning the box delays when employers learn of an applicant’s record." 11-15
- 02-16 False Statements by Donald Trump (Politifact.com)
Provides some of the false statements made by Donald Trump 06-16
- 05-16 Study: Trump Campaign Pays Women Much Less (CBS News)
"Donald Trump's campaign is paying its male staffers roughly a third more than its female workers, according to an analysis by the Boston Globe."
"The Globe took a look at the campaigns of Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who the outlet found paid her male and female team members about the same." 06-16
- 11-16 Editorial: Republicans Have Reason to Be Worried (Washington Post)
"The worst of Trump’s assertions is that data — and the science that analyzes it to produce targeted messaging and get-out-the-vote operations — isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 'I’ve always felt it was overrated,' Trump told the AP. 'Obama got the votes much more so than his data processing machine. And I think the same is true with me.' " 05-16
- 14-16 34 Years of Mass Shootings (Time.com)
"No one disputes that the massacre at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, which left 49 victims dead and another 53 injured, is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history."
"While the attack was singular in its scale, the shooting was also part of a familiar story." 06-16
- 17-16 Editorial: Trump's Disdain for Truth (Time.com)
"Miller of the Wilson Center, who has served for six secretaries of State since the 1980s, described Trump’s allegations as unprecedented."
" 'I have never seen a candidate either by omission or commission engage in such a willful and purposeful distortion of truth and reality,' he said. 'The bottom line on these comments, and so many others, is that Mr. Trump is a man who really doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s not in a hurry to find out.' " 06-16
- 20-16 Angels Block Westboro Protesters (NBC News)
"As thousands gathered in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday to mourn the death of Christopher Andrew Leinonen, who was killed last weekend during the worst mass shooting in modern history, a handful of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church were among them."
"But their incendiary, anti-gay signs were met by counter-protesters who've made a tradition of blocking them out with a powerful symbol: angel wings." 06-16
- 20-16 Moody's Analytics: Consequences of Trump's Economic Policies (Economy.com - Zandi)
"This paper assesses the macroeconomic consequences of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed economic policies. These include his policies on taxes and government spending, immigration, and international trade. A similar analysis of candidate Hillary Clinton’s proposed economic policies will be forthcoming."
"Even allowing for some variability in the accuracy of the economic modeling and underlying assumptions that drive the analysis, four basic conclusions regarding the impact of Mr. Trump’s economic proposalscan be reached: 1) they will result in a less global U.S. economy; 2) they will lead to larger government deficits and more debt;3) they will largely benefit very high-income households; and 4) they will result in a weaker U.S. economy, with fewer jobs andhigher unemployment." 06-16
- 20-16 Trump Fires His Campaign Manager (New York Times)
"Donald J. Trump has fired his divisive campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, a move that comes as the presumptive Republican nominee faces challenges as he heads into the general election." 06-16
- 21-16 Trump and Clinton Funding (CBS News)
"Donald Trump's campaign is bringing in far less cash compared to the fundraising apparatuses of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her primary season rival Bernie Sanders, according to the campaigns' latest filings with the Federal Election Commission." 05-16
- 21-16 Trump's Claim About "Self-Funding" Undercut by His Filings (MSNBC News)
"Donald Trump insists he personally funded his primary campaign, but a new report filed by his presidential campaign tells a different story." Instead of 'donating' money to his campaign, he 'loaned' money to his campaign and now appears to be raising funds to pay himself. 05-16
- 23-16 Taliban Chief Killed, Signaling a Change in Strategy (New York Times)
"After months of failed Pakistani efforts to broker peace talks with the Taliban, an American drone strike against the leader of the Afghan militants signaled a major break with precedent as the United States circumvented Pakistan in an effort to disrupt the strengthening insurgency, officials said on Sunday." 05-16
- 27-16 Inspector General's Report on Hillary Clinton's Email Use (New York Times)
"The State Department's inspector general issued a report concluding that Hillary Clinton did not follow the requirements for handling records and should not have used a private server for department emails while she was secretary of state." 05-16
- 31-16 Hillary Clinton Responds on Emails (Time.com)
"Over the months, Hillary Clinton misstated key facts about her use of private email and her own server for her work as secretary of state, the department’s inspector general reported this week."
"According to the findings, she claimed approval she didn’t have and declined to be interviewed for the report despite saying: 'I’m more than ready to talk to anybody anytime.' Scrutiny of her unusual email practices appeared to be unwelcome, despite her contention those practices were well known and 'fully above board.' " 05-16
- Mostly False Statements by Hillary Clinton (Politifact.com)
Provides some of the mostly false statements made by Hillary Clinton. Editor's Note: Awesome Library staff disagree with some of these conclusions or characterizations. 06-16
- Putin Orders Russian Troops Out of Syria (Time.com)
"Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the start of the pullout of the Russian military from Syria starting Tuesday." 03-16
- UK High Court Orders Government to Clean Up Air (NewScientist.com)
"The UK government must clean up Britain’s air as soon as possible. Its current plan fails to comply with the relevant laws, the High Court in London ruled today." 02-16
- -Differences in Style Between Sanders and Clinton (Time.com)
"The two are also waging very different campaigns. Clinton has played the cautious frontrunner, eager to get through the primary fight without committing herself to positions that would hurt her in the fall against a Republican opponent. Sanders, meantime, is cast in the role of the underdog with nothing to lose, attempting to change the terms of the debate by staking out bold positions."
"The difference showed up at Sunday’s debate hosted by CNN in Flint, Michigan. The two Democratic contenders were asked whether they support fracking as a method of removing natural gas from the ground. Clinton delivered a nuanced answer explaining that she opposes it unless it meets strict conditions. She showed an understanding of methane release, the chemicals used in fracking and various regulations on the practice."
"Her final answer? It’s complicated. 'By the time we get through all my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place,' Clinton said."
"Sanders did not hesitate. 'My answer is a lot shorter,' Sanders said. 'No, I do not support fracking.' " 03-16
- -Editorial: Fact-Checking Trump and Sanders on Trade (Time.com)
"As Trump tells it, China devalues its currency to “steal” our jobs. There have certainly been some competitive devaluations of the RMB over the years, but overall, Chinese currency has appreciated against the dollar over the last decade." 03-16
- -Editorial: If Clinton Wishes to Beat Trump, She Needs to Change (Time.com)
"In the end, I’m not at all certain that Clinton can beat Trump. He is free-form and anarchic and silly and devastating. She is rote. The answer to Dr. Majmudar’s question may involve a simplicity that eludes her. To beat Trump, she is going to have to be patient, dignified, self-deprecating, utterly factual and brutally honest (about herself). Poetry isn’t going to work this year." 03-16
- -Editorial: Trump and Narcissism (Time.com)
"The GOP front-runner may or may not be a walking case of narcissism, but there's a lot we can learn from him either way." 03-16
- -Foreign Policy Advisors for Presidential Candidates (CBS News)
"Clinton's top adviser on foreign policy is Jake Sullivan, who was a high-ranking aide of hers throughout her State tenure and started off early with the campaign last year."
"The GOP businessman [Trump] unveiled his list of five foreign policy advisers on Monday in a meeting with The Washington Post's editorial board." 03-16
- -What Trump Actually Said About Trump University (CBS News)
"Republican groups fighting Donald Trump are trying everything to derail the front-runner, including airing ads targeting Trump University. The program sold nearly 7,000 students on learning the billionaire's real estate secrets, but the school began winding down in 2010. More than 150 former students allege it was a fraud. Three lawsuits have been filed, one $40 million case in New York brought by the state's attorney general and two class action suits in California." 03-16