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An Internal Revenue Service program designed to prevent fraud costs taxpayers roughly $18.2 million per year, but doesn’t work, according to the taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste.

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Obama Dings Trump Over Twitter Usage

A former president reportedly took a shot at the current one’s Twitter habits during highly paid remarks on Thursday to A&E Network’s advertisers.

Pentagon Granted Authority to Determine Troop Levels in ISIS Fight

Defense Secretary James Mattis now has more flexibility in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State after the White House granted the Pentagon new authorities to determine the number of U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Syria.

Justice Department Investigated College Once Run By Sanders’ Wife

The Justice Department was investigating the now-defunct Burlington College formerly run by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I., Vt.) wife Jane as recently as a couple months ago, according to newly released emails that were obtained through a public records request.

Marie Harf Writes ‘Honest’ Op-Ed on Trump’s First 100 Days

Marie Harf, former senior adviser for strategic communications to Secretary of State John Kerry, wrote an “honest take” for Fox News about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days on Friday, claiming Republicans are unable to achieve “big legislative victories.”

State Department Wants to Clear Haley’s Remarks

The State Department wants to ensure U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s foreign policy remarks are first cleared with Washington before she publicly states them.

The Democrats’ First 100 Days

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Let’s reverse angle. The president’s first 100 days in office have been analyzed, dissected, evaluated. Not much left to say about them. What about the opposition? What do the Democrats have to show for these first months of the Trump era?

Little. Trump’s defeats have not come at the Democrats’ hands. Those setbacks have been self-inflicted (over-the-top tweets, hastily written policies, few sub-cabinet nominations) or come from the judiciary (the travel ban, the sanctuary cities order) or from Republican infighting (health care). Deregulation, Keystone pipeline, immigration enforcement—Democrats have been powerless to stop them.

Relearning How to Think

These are odd times for the American Right. Republicans have unparalleled domination of federal and state governments, but are led by the least coherently conservative president since Ford. Americans are materially better off than nearly everyone who has ever lived, yet our life expectancy is falling for the first time in generations. The United States is unrivaled as a global power, but the nation has turned inwards. In a nation where there are more children with mobile phones than intact families, it is difficult to deny the presence of some sort of decadence.

Our Half-Baked Culture

At any given time, a few dozen large ideas are rampaging through culture, like wild bulls through the pampas. As Max Weber saw when he tried to analyze the cultural movements that created the Modern Age, sometimes, despite their differences, the feral ideas combine into herds and all begin to run in the same direction—out of no fully intelligible necessity.

The Democrats’ First 100 Days

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Let’s reverse angle. The president’s first 100 days in office have been analyzed, dissected, evaluated. Not much left to say about them. What about the opposition? What do the Democrats have to show for these first months of the Trump era?

Little. Trump’s defeats have not come at the Democrats’ hands. Those setbacks have been self-inflicted (over-the-top tweets, hastily written policies, few sub-cabinet nominations) or come from the judiciary (the travel ban, the sanctuary cities order) or from Republican infighting (health care). Deregulation, Keystone pipeline, immigration enforcement—Democrats have been powerless to stop them.

Relearning How to Think

These are odd times for the American Right. Republicans have unparalleled domination of federal and state governments, but are led by the least coherently conservative president since Ford. Americans are materially better off than nearly everyone who has ever lived, yet our life expectancy is falling for the first time in generations. The United States is unrivaled as a global power, but the nation has turned inwards. In a nation where there are more children with mobile phones than intact families, it is difficult to deny the presence of some sort of decadence.

Our Half-Baked Culture

At any given time, a few dozen large ideas are rampaging through culture, like wild bulls through the pampas. As Max Weber saw when he tried to analyze the cultural movements that created the Modern Age, sometimes, despite their differences, the feral ideas combine into herds and all begin to run in the same direction—out of no fully intelligible necessity.

Obama Dings Trump Over Twitter Usage

A former president reportedly took a shot at the current one’s Twitter habits during highly paid remarks on Thursday to A&E Network’s advertisers.

Pentagon Granted Authority to Determine Troop Levels in ISIS Fight

Defense Secretary James Mattis now has more flexibility in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State after the White House granted the Pentagon new authorities to determine the number of U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Syria.