Uncivil Politics in the Age of Trump

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Americans believe political discourse in the United States has become worse in the months since Donald Trump was elected president, while trust in the administration, Congress and the media remains low.

Seven in 10 Americans say they believe the overall tone and level of civility has devolved since November, compared with just 6 percent who see things as improving and 20 percent who say they haven't changed, according to a new Marist Poll conducted on behalf of PBS NewsHour and NPR.

President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Friday, June 30, 2017, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.. The president is traveling with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump. 

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Montgomery village president Matt Brolley running for Congress

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Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley has announced he is running for Congress in the 2018 election.

Brolley will run as a Democrat in the 14th District, which is currently represented in Washington, D.C., by Randy Hultgren (R-Plano). 

 A civil engineer, Brolley said he thinks his knowledge can help in the nation's capital.

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Weather Channel sends Trump a message: ‘Still Don’t Care? Proof You Should’

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When President Trump announced at 3 p.m. Thursday that he would be pulling the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, the Weather Channel editors were ready. They turned the “official homepage of Mother Nature” — usually devoted to tornadoes, blizzards, heat waves and hurricanes — into a not-so-subtle protest.

“So, What Happens to Earth Now?” said one headline that appeared on its home page.

“Still Don’t Care? Proof You Should,” said another, linking to a story about “ghost forests” that are dying off as a result of rising tides and sea levels.

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Flynn probably broke law by failing to disclose foreign income, House Oversight leaders say

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The lead Democrat and Republican on the House Oversight Committee meted out a rare bipartisan rebuke of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday after seeing private information that confirmed the former administration official failed to disclose foreign income from Russia and Turkey.

The public criticism by the senior Republican on the House’s chief investigative panel is unusual and presents a dilemma for the White House, which was accused of failing to provide everything the committee asked for — an assertion White House press secretary Sean Spicer disputed.

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The Trump Promise Tracker

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The Fact Checker is pleased to announce the launch of its very first presidential promise tracker: the Trump Promise Tracker.

Since the Fact Checker was relaunched in 2011, we had missed the start of President Obama’s term, and so it was too late to track his 2008 promises. But, with a new president, we can start afresh.

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. So that posed a conundrum: What would be a good list of promises to track that Trump was really serious about? We did not think it would be fair to rate a promise that might have been tossed out without much serious discussion by the candidate and his staff.

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