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Conway Laments Migrant Family Separation 'as a Catholic'

Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, and Adam Schiff also hit the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway says "nobody likes" the migrant-family separation policy but insists it's not just a bargaining chip for the Trump administration, the Hill reports. "As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who's got a conscience … I will tell you that nobody likes this policy,... More »

Ireland to Hold Referendum on Potty Mouth

The country is holding a referendum to determine if the blasphemy passage should be deleted from the Constitution

(Newser) - The Irish Constitution has a strict prohibition against potty mouth. “The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law,” says Article 40 of the country’s 1937 Constitution. And a 2009 Defamation Act made the act... More »

Supreme Court Scraps Law on What Voters Can Wear

Minnesota barred political messages, but the justices said the rule wasn't specific enough

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has struck down a century-old Minnesota law banning political apparel at polling places. In a 7-2 ruling, the court said the law was written too broadly to be reasonably enforced without violating First Amendment rights, reports Bloomberg . All states regulate political apparel at polling sites, but only... More »

Houston Police Chief: 'We Need to Start Using the Ballot Box'

But Ollie North doesn't see it quite the same way

(Newser) - With another 10 lives stolen this week at a Texas school, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo argued in favor of "gun sense" on Face the Nation. "Let me tell you, people at the state level and the federal level in too many places in our country are not... More »

Don't Want Trump to Win in 2020? Stop Being So Preachy

'NYT' piece says liberals don't realize how 'self-righteous' they can be

(Newser) - Retaliation against liberals may be what ends up getting President Trump re-elected. That's Gerard Alexander's take for the New York Times , in which he notes liberals are inspirational in their idealism and smart—but "not as smart and persuasive as they think." Alexander warns that liberals,... More »

Sanders: 'Crude and Stupid' Is One Thing. This Is Just 'Beyond'

Staffer's joke about John McCain gets airtime on Sunday

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders didn't mince words Sunday when discussing the White House reaction to a staffer who made fun of John McCain's brain cancer , reports CNN . "It is one thing in the White House for somebody to say something crude and stupid and disrespectful about an American hero,... More »

Conway to CNN Host: 'No, No, No, No, No'

But exchange over gender gets a little confusing

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway garnered media attention Sunday by accusing CNN's Dana Bash of posing a sexist question—if in a slightly perplexing manner. Politico reports that Bash sparked the exchange on State of the Union by mentioning a now-deleted tweet from George Conway, Kellyanne's husband, which criticized President Trump'... More »

Nikki Haley Issues Threats on Sunday Talk Shows

(Newser) - Sunday morning talk shows buzzed with Syria talk following US and allied attacks on chemical facilities in the war-torn nation—with Nikki Haley leading the charge for the administration, Politico reports. "If Assad doesn’t get it, it’s going to hurt," said the US ambassador to the... More »

Sen. Kaine Says Trump Is 'Lying' or 'Delusional'

Virginia senator heats up DACA blame game

(Newser) - Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine fired back at President Trump Sunday over DACA's demise, which Trump blames on Democrats. "He is either lying or he is completely delusional,” Kaine says on CNN’s State of the Union, per Politico . "If President Trump believes in DACA, all he... More »

Warren 'Not Running for President,' But Hedges on One Thing

And Jeff Flake wants to see a GOP primary contender

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's not running for president in 2020, but another six-year term as senator? That she wouldn't confirm, Politico reports. "I am in this fight to retain my Senate seat in 2018," she said on Meet the Press when Chuck Todd asked whether... More »

Trump Adviser: '160 Countries ... Simply Don't Like Us'

Tariffs and gun control heat up the Sunday talk shows

(Newser) - Tariff talk and gun control took center stage on the Sunday talk shows. On State of the Union, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro refused to allow any exclusions for steel and aluminum tariffs, even for US allies, CNN reports. But "there will be an exemption procedure for particular... More »

6 Teens Are Running for Governor in Kansas

State lawmakers are trying to pass law with age restrictions, but it wouldn't affect these candidates

(Newser) - Most teenagers spend their free time playing video games or hanging out with friends. In Kansas, they run for governor. Last September there were two teens (Tyler Ruzich and Jack Bergeson) who'd announced they were vying for the state's top seat, and now four more—Aaron Coleman, Ethan... More »

Roseanne Explains Why She's Pro-Trump on Show Reboot

'True reflection of the society we live in,' Barr says of her character's politics

(Newser) - The one thing Roseanne Barr wants from the reboot of her ABC sitcom Roseanne is authenticity, and to be "a true reflection of the society we live in," she told reporters at a Television Critics Association presser on Monday. That's why she says her character, working-class mom... More »

Kiwi Party Learns Copying Eminem Song Was Wrong Move

New Zealand's National Party to cough up $415K, plus interest, for ripping off 'Lose Yourself' in ads

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge said Eminem's lyrics "You own it, you better never let it go" turned out to be prophetic after ruling that a political party breached copyright by using a song similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in its campaign ads. High Court Judge Helen... More »

High-Profile Couple Announce 'Trump Divorce'

Trump supporter Lynn Aronberg felt 'isolated' in marriage to Dave Aronberg: press release

(Newser) - Interesting: sending out a press release about your divorce. More interesting: deeming it a "Trump divorce." The Palm Beach Post reports on the demise of the marriage of ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg and Florida state attorney Dave Aronberg, with the two announcing their split via a statement... More »

Most Political Moment Came From Guy Who Wasn't There

Iran's Ashgar Farhadi, whose 'The Salesman' won best foreign film, boycotted the show

(Newser) - Everyone predicted politics would take center stage at this year's Oscars, and those prognostications proved accurate. Some of the more notable moments of the night:
  • Before the red carpet was populated, Mike Huckabee kicked off the snark, USA Today reports. "Watch celebs spew ignorant political venom at
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Sorry Liberals, Conservative Politicians Are More Attractive

And voters reward them for it, says study

(Newser) - Beautiful people enjoy a range of benefits in life above and beyond the sheer joy of looking in the mirror. Previous research has found that beauty influences popularity, grades in school, and salary, reports the Washington Post . So it might not be too far a stretch to suggest that beauty... More »

Like Harry Potter? You May Have Lower Opinion of Trump

'Fictional story may have implications for general election preferences'

(Newser) - The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was believed to help turn the tide of public opinion away from condoning slavery after it was published in 1852, but even the most popular fictional works today aren't shown to impact political leanings on a mass scale. Now researchers at the University... More »

Ex-Politico CEO: America Needs an 'Innovation Party'

Columnist floats 3rd party led by the likes of Zuckerberg or Sandberg

(Newser) - One of the co-founders of Politico makes the case that the success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders shows that America is ready for a third-party movement. Those two have raised a "terrific middle finger" to the establishment, but neither presents a coherent governing strategy, writes Jim VandeHei in... More »

Lego Changes Policy on Using Bricks for Politics

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei can now get his Lego bricks in bulk

(Newser) - Whether it was a genuine change of heart, the #legosforweiwei hashtag, or other public backlash, the Lego Group is now OK sending piles of its famous bricks to the person who's been called "China's most dangerous man." The company had refused to sell in bulk to... More »

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