Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

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The Trump administration is considering new sanctions on Iran to stop it from using backdoor financial methods as a means to skirt U.S. economic sanctions on its business dealings with leading European nations, according to multiple U.S. officials who told the Free Beacon that Tehran is operating a “nuclear racket.”

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Biden Proposes Universal Medicaid Coverage

Speaking at the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum in Washington, D.C., Biden offered up a sweeping but unspecific proposal for health-care reform.

SCOTUS Punts on Gay Wedding Cake, Nun Cases

Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court on Monday avoided taking action on two potentially inflammatory cases that touched on issues of religious liberty.

Broadway Play About Clintons to Close One Month Early

Hillary and Bill Clinton

The Broadway production of a play about Bill and Hillary Clinton talking frankly about her 2008 presidential campaign will close a month ahead of schedule, due to low ticket sales.

CA Pension Fund Faces Crisis After Shunning Guns, Tobacco

California’s public pension fund is facing an internal crisis over its past decisions to restrict its investments to socially conscious causes. A report from the Wall Street Journal indicates it is considering pivoting away from its socially conscious divesting to address its increasing budget crisis.

Bullock Flips on Coal

Montana governor and 2020 presidential candidate Steve Bullock (D.) flipped on his support for coal last week during an interview with the The San Francisco Chronicle.

Florida Governor Signs Anti-Sanctuary City Bill Into Law

Gov. Ron DeSantis

In an aggressive attempt to enforce immigration law, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law banning sanctuary cities in the state. The law requires state agencies and law enforcement entities to support federal law enforcement when addressing illegal immigration in the state.

DNC Announces Groups for First Dem Debate

The Democratic National Committee has split the large field of Democratic candidates into two groups for the first debate of the primary season, scheduled for later this month.

A Short but Shining Path

Beast Mode Omar reads the caption over the portrait of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) pasted to the electrical box on a street just outside Washington, D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. There are more like it posted throughout Adams Morgan, as well as portraits of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) with a similar message: Beast Mode AOC.

Drawn to the Beat

When Donald Fagen and Walter Becker joined to begin new recordings in 1972, they decided to call their band “Steely Dan,” taking the name from a dildo—”Steely Dan III from Yokohama”—that makes a brief appearance in William S. Burroughs’s 1959 novel Naked Lunch.

And from that stray bit of information, one could begin to construct a genealogy, a tree of inspirations and references, that takes us to a very strange place. Start with the fact that English-language rock ‘n’ roll, from the 1960s through the 1980s, remains the best-selling, most-listened-to music in the history of the world. Add the fact that just about every influential rocker has mentioned Burroughs’s books, with half of them trekking across America at one point or another, on pilgrimage to meet the man. And we arrive at the conclusion that William S. Burroughs is the single most influential novelist who ever lived.

The 2020 Battle Begins

The 2020 campaign begins in earnest next week in Florida, when Donald Trump officially launches his reelection bid. On June 26, 20 Democratic candidates and five moderators hold the first of two nights of debates. Where do things stand?

Inside the Ring: War College Cancels Speaker on Islam

A Muslim activist group has pressured the U.S. Army War College into postponing a speech by Ray Ibrahim, an expert on the historical roots of Islamic terrorism, after the group falsely labeled him as a racist and “Islamophobe,” he said.

Biden Proposes Universal Medicaid Coverage

Speaking at the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum in Washington, D.C., Biden offered up a sweeping but unspecific proposal for health-care reform.

SCOTUS Punts on Gay Wedding Cake, Nun Cases

Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court on Monday avoided taking action on two potentially inflammatory cases that touched on issues of religious liberty.

Broadway Play About Clintons to Close One Month Early

Hillary and Bill Clinton

The Broadway production of a play about Bill and Hillary Clinton talking frankly about her 2008 presidential campaign will close a month ahead of schedule, due to low ticket sales.

CA Pension Fund Faces Crisis After Shunning Guns, Tobacco

California’s public pension fund is facing an internal crisis over its past decisions to restrict its investments to socially conscious causes. A report from the Wall Street Journal indicates it is considering pivoting away from its socially conscious divesting to address its increasing budget crisis.

Bullock Flips on Coal

Montana governor and 2020 presidential candidate Steve Bullock (D.) flipped on his support for coal last week during an interview with the The San Francisco Chronicle.