Democratic congressman: Our ?toxic? brand under Pelosi makes it hard to win
Lawrence: We May Not Have Heard the End of Tapes and Trump
Trump has finally admitted that he does not have recordings of his conversations but hints at conspiracy theories. Lawrence O'Donnell says he only tweeted the initial claim that put him in this messy position because Trump can't keep himself from lying.
FCC Regulators Are Now Imposing Record Fines for Robocalls
Anti-abortion activists lose bid to dismiss California privacy case
Two anti-abortion activists charged with felony eavesdropping for secretly filming abortion providers in California lost their bid for dismissal of the case on Wednesday, but the judge ordered prosecutors to amend a criminal complaint he deemed too vague. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite gave the state attorney general's office until mid-July to file a revised complaint that describes the accusations in greater detail, including specific dates, alleged victims and circumstances. Hite ruled the identities of alleged victims would remain under court seal and admonished lawyers to keep that information confidential, after the defense team for one defendant, David Daleiden, was found to have posted videos and other identifying material online.
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry told he lacks 'fundamental understanding' of climate science
The American Meteorological Society has told Rick Perry he lacks a ?fundamental understanding? of science after the US Energy Secretary claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change. The former governor of Texas told CNBC TV that ?the most likely the primary control knob [for climate change] is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in?, rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity. Becoming the latest of Donald Trump?s administration to dispute established science without any attempt at reasoned argument, Mr Perry also said it was ?quite all right? to be a sceptic about climate change, suggesting the trait was one held by any ?wise, intellectually engaged person?.
China's Xi visit to Hong Kong confirmed: report
President Xi Jinping will come to Hong Kong next week to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain, local media said, in a visit that will be incendiary to activists. Although widely expected, officials have not so far said whether Xi will make the trip, his first to Hong Kong since becoming president in 2013. The South China Morning Post reported for the first time Friday that Xi's visit had been "confirmed", citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the visit.
Americans and guns: It's complicated
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leads Off-Camera White House Briefing
More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, Pew study finds
Among gun owners, the survey found clear differences in firearm usage based on partisan affiliation. More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, while still preserving the rights of most people in most places to carry most types of guns, a Pew Research Center survey has found. While half of Americans see gun violence as a very big problem in their country, fewer than 10% of American adults said that ?almost no one? should be able to legally own a gun, and only 10% said that ?almost no types? of guns should be legally available to buy.
Buoyant Trump spouts boasts, proposals ? and falsehoods ? at Iowa rally