Angered by gun control, this lawmaker drafted a bill to require licenses for journalists

A state lawmaker in Indiana has drafted a measure to require licenses for journalists akin to those that pertain to handgun owners, a proposal legal experts says directly violates the First Amendment.

The measure would require journalists — defined as anyone writing or broadcasting news for a newspaper, magazine, website or television or radio station — to be registered and fingerprinted by the police and vetted for their “character and reputation.”

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Harvey Weinstein’s company might not survive his scandal. Why did Fox News survive Roger Ailes’s?

Harvey Weinstein (Yann Caatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images); Roger Ailes (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)[/caption]

Allegations of sexual predation by Harvey Weinstein could deliver a fatal blow to his Hollywood production company. Yet a similar scandal involving Roger Ailes last year never seriously threatened to kill Fox News.

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The top 10 Senate races of 2018

The battle for the Senate in 2018 is caught between two opposing forces: math and President Trump.

The math looks terrible for Democrats. Republicans are defending nine seats next November compared to 25 for Democrats. Ten Senate Democrats are attempting to win reelection in states Trump won. Five of those states he won by double digits.

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Trump botches reference to ‘president’ of Virgin Islands a day after Rick Perry called Puerto Rico a ‘country’

Update: And now President Trump has talked about another U.S. territory struck by hurricanes as if it's a foreign country. He said in a speech at the Values Voters Summit on Friday morning that he met with the "president" of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands don't have a president; they have a governor, Kenneth Mapp, with whom Trump met 10 days ago. In fact, their president is none other than Trump himself, since they are Americans.

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A self-fulfilling prophecy: President Trump may have just blown up Obamacare

It's been up for debate whether Obamacare is failing, as President Trump and Republicans frequently claim. But a failing Obamacare could soon become an undisputed reality thanks to two major actions Trump took this week to undermine the law.

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Trump is setting up the Republican-led Congress to fail

President Trump has gone after many norms and institutions in American politics, often seeming to want to undermine them in the name of strengthening himself with his base.

Now he's setting up Congress to fail. And if it does, you can bet he'll gladly saddle it with the blame for everything bad that happens.

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The NFL has the most protests. It is also the most American sports league.

From Da Coach, Mike Ditka, to Da President, Donald Trump, fired-up critics of kneeling and fist-raising during the national anthem have suggested that protesting NFL players are un-American.

“That's a total disrespect of our heritage,” Trump told a crowd in Alabama last month.

“If you don't respect our country, you shouldn't be in this country playing football,” Ditka said in a radio interview Monday.

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John Kelly’s defense of Trump’s threatening Puerto Rico tweets doesn’t make sense

White House chief of staff John F. Kelly is the steady hand currently attempting to guide President Trump. And he was a pretty steady hand Thursday during his guest turn leading the White House press briefing.

But his explanation of Trump's tweets just doesn't hold up.

Kelly was made to try to explain Trump's apparent threat Thursday to cut off funding to Puerto Rico's hurricane recovery effort. And Kelly explained that the tweets were strictly accurate.

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Trump previously praised Boy Scouts for being an icon of traditionalism. But times change.

The thing with culture wars is that they never end.

There's the temptation to claim victory prematurely while not realizing that another battle awaits.

President Trump's high value of traditional American norms perhaps understandably gives him a sweet spot for the Boy Scouts of America. He said as much when he spoke to the Scouts this summer about the “patriotic American values” the organization taught to many of his right-hand men, including Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Tom Price, who was Trump's health and human services secretary before ethics concerns about a possible misuse of government money led to his resignation.

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Trump’s 10 softest interviews as president, ranked

President Trump returned to the friendly set of Sean Hannity's Fox News program Wednesday, only this time the environment was extra friendly because Hannity took his show on the road to Middletown, Pa., where Trump delivered a speech about tax policy, and conducted the interview in front of a cheering crowd.

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