Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptional

Staffers bring in boxes of barbecue as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Staffers bring in boxes of barbecue as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters.

Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters.

Democrats Turn Red Seat Blue in Wisconsin

Democrats snagged a GOP-leaning state Senate seat in western Wisconsin on Tuesday, buoying progressive hopes that they could ride a wave of victory this fall. Patty Schachtner, the chief medical examiner for St. Croix County, will take the seat that had been held for 17 years by former Sen. Sheila Harsdorf .

Immigration deal distant as leaders try to avert shutdown

A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remained distant Tuesday, as House Republicans leaders turned their attention to building support for a backup plan: a stopgap funding bill to stave off the threat of an election-year shutdown. The focus on a budget Plan B - another temporary measure that would buy time for more talks - was the latest sign of a breakdown in bipartisan deal-making in a Congress that has struggled to find common ground even on areas of broad agreement.

In first year, Trump scores lowest averagea

President Donald Trump speaks at the Conversations with the Women of America at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. WASHINGTON - This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.

Trump Ends First Year With Lowest Average Approval Rating

This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first term. That's according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration.

L’Italien: I’d back Trump’s wall to save Dreamers

If L'Italien had this opportunity the other day, when country leaders discussed immigration, the Democrat would have emphasized her opposition to building a border wall along the Mexican border. However, stressing that Congress needs to make more deals, the Andover state senator would have tentatively agreed to a wall if it meant 800,000 young people would be protected from deportation, she told The Sun during an editorial board meeting on Wednesday.

Democrats consider the unthinkable: forcing a shutdown

A year after losing the presidency, Democrats are facing an uncomfortable question: Are they willing to force a government shutdown to extract political victories - a hardball tactic for which they have long blasted Republicans? The dilemma comes as a Jan. 19 funding deadline approaches and bipartisan negotiations over immigration and other issues have so far failed to produce an agreement. The thorniest issue is the fate of "dreamers" - roughly 2 million young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, some of whom had gained legal status under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that President Trump canceled.

News Analysis: Experts say Senator Hatch retirement major shift in U.S. politics

With the announcement this week that U.S. longest-serving Senate Republican Orrin Hatch will retire soon, political pundits weigh in on a major shift in the country's political landscape. Utah, a large western state with a small population, is traditionally conservative with a history of producing famous national politicians including Hatch, who has been serving in the Senate for 41 years.

Trump passes on voting investigation to DHS

By JOHN HANNA Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. - Voting rights advocates and some state election officials cheered President Donald Trump's announcement that he was disbanding his election fraud commission, but their celebration could be short-lived.

Hatch’s retirement lets him leave at the height of his power

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said Tuesday he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the Senate, opening the door for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for his seat. SALT LAKE CITY - Orrin Hatch's decision to retire from the Senate after four decades lets the Utah Republican walk away at the height of his power after helping to push through an overhaul of the tax code and persuading President Donald Trump to downsize two national monuments.

Hatch’s retirement lets him leave at the height of his power Source: AP

Orrin Hatch's decision to retire from the Senate after four decades lets the Utah Republican walk away at the height of his power after helping to push through an overhaul of the tax code and persuading President Donald Trump to downsize two national monuments. Retirement also preserves the 83-year-old's legacy by allowing him to avoid a bruising re-election battle that would have broken his promise not to seek an eighth term.

10 Things to Know for Today

In this photo taken on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students run away from stones thrown by police during an anti-government protest inside Tehran University, in Tehran, Iran. Demonstrations, the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have brought six days of unrest across the country and resulted in over 20 deaths.

10 Things to Know for Today

In this photo taken on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students run away from stones thrown by police during an anti-government protest inside Tehran University, in Tehran, Iran. Demonstrations, the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have brought six days of unrest across the country and resulted in over 20 deaths.

Utah’s Orrin Hatch set to retire

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said Tuesday he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the Senate, opening the door for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for his seat. Hatch, 83, said he's always been a fighter, "but every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves."

Hatch to step down, Romney; could run for seat

US Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said on Tuesday he will not seek re-election in November, opening the door to a potential Senate bid by Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and one of the party's harshest critics of US President Donald Trump. "Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.

The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

Russia probe grand jury looks like 'a Black Lives Matter rally,' says witness - The federal grand jury handing down indictments for special counsel Robert Mueller doesn't appear to include any supporters of President Donald Trump, according to one witness who recently testified before the panel. Roy Moore's Jewish lawyer voted for Doug Jones, raised money for his campaign - The Jewish attorney who Roy Moore's wife touted employing in an attempt to fight off claims of anti-Semitism is actually a longtime friend and supporter of Senator-elect Doug Jones, who defeated Moore last month.

AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EST

Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the U.S. should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians are "no longer willing to talk peace." Trump, in a pair of tweets, said the U.S. pays "the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect."

Utah’s Hatch to retire, opening door to possible Romney run

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said today he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the Senate, opening the door for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for his seat. Hatch, 83, said he's always been a fighter, "but every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves."

President Trump’s ambitious agenda: 7 things to watch in 2018

President Trump may have big policy plans for 2018, but political distractions are likely to shadow prospects of big legislative achievements. White House officials said Trump wants to rein in the threat from North Korea and list four top domestic priorities on his 2018 agenda: Repealing and replacing President Obama's 2010 health care law, welfare reform, immigration, and a new infrastructure plan.

2017 was a year of chaos, division and disruption in national politics


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President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. So did chaos, division and disruption, and a sense that the guardrails that usually had kept the capital and American politics on a normal path had collapsed under the weight of it all.

Top 10 stories: Women emboldened in year of #metoo

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK - The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that toppled Hollywood power brokers, politicians, media icons and many others was the top news story of 2017, according to the Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t care about a victory by…

Debate rages in Washington over the true scale and impact of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but intelligence sources say Moscow 's hacking, fake news and social media manipulation ignited a global trend that now threatens some of the world's most fragile democracies. "It's as if David slung a rock into Goliath's eye and Goliath actually stumbled," said one source, who added that "if America could be shaken by such a campaign, imagine what would happen if it were repeated in a place like Kenya."

Judicial Watch: DOJ, Mueller ‘Wanted to Hide the Truth’ on How Agent…

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI for records about the reassignment of FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from Speical Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign apparently because of anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts he shared with his mistress, Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who also briefly worked on the Mueller team. "It is disturbing the FBI has stonewalled our request about the Mr. Strzok demotion for four months," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Obama-era plans to ‘zap’ Russian trolls collapsed under Trump


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Before departing office, Barack Obama ordered US spy agencies to plan operations to combat Russian cyberthreats, according to the The Washington Post . But, more than a year into Trump's tenure, his administration remains reluctant to pursue those counter-measures, claims the report.

Protesters get ready in case Trump fires Mueller


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Organizers have stashed bullhorns in apartments and offices near Manhattan's Times Square. They've stockpiled hot chocolate mix and sleeping bags in Salt Lake City.

The GOP fights for its own voters to stop the next Roy Moore

Republicans who hope their Senate disaster in Alabama will scare voters away from other outsider, longshot conservatives should spend some time with Michele Evans. Three thousand miles from the scene of Republican Roy Moore's stunning defeat, the Nevada Republican doesn't see a connection between Moore and her preferred Senate candidate, Danny Tarkanian, who is trying to unseat incumbent Dean Heller after several failed election attempts.

2017 was a good year for Europe’s political extremists

Far-right parties in Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and France enjoyed substantial gains, bringing anti-Islam and anti-Semitism to forefront of national debates A man with his face covered as thousands gather for the annual nationalist march of PolandA s Independency Day in Warsaw, Poland on November 11, 2017. In fact, when it comes to European politics, this year may appear mild in comparison to 2016, which saw several dramatic and shocking developments, such as Brexit, a refugee resettlement crisis, and the terrorist attack in Nice on Bastille Day, France's national holiday.

More than 4 in 5 enrolled in ‘Obamacare’ are in Trump states

Americans in states that Donald Trump carried in his march to the White House account for more than 4 in 5 of those signed up for coverage under the health care law the president still wants to take down. An Associated Press analysis of new figures from the government found that 7.3 million of the 8.8 million consumers signed up so far for next year come from states Trump won in the 2016 presidential election.

Poll: Trump and GOP never intended to strike a bipartisan tax deal

As Republicans rush their tax bill to the House and Senate floors for a final round of votes, a new poll shows that Americans do not believe that the GOP, in crafting the controversial legislation, reached out in good faith to Democrats. Only 27% say Republicans and President Trump sought meaningful input from their partisan opponents on Capitol Hill, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

Strategy seeks to refocus US relationship with China, Russia

President Donald Trump's new national security strategy seeks to refocus the United States' relationship with China, Russia and the rest of the world, transforming his "America First" mantra into a set of policies and plans for protecting the homeland and advancing its economy. Combating China: The strategy deems China, like Russia, to be a "revisionist" power, determined to reshape the world according to its own ideals.

Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms, including in Pa.

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning. Trump's political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent months, according to senior White House officials, seeking to become involved in Senate, House and gubernatorial races - and possibly contested Republican primaries as well.

Florida Gov. Scott mulls next political move

For more than a year, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has engaged in a guessing game about his political future: Will he challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018? President Donald Trump has already publicly called on Scott to run, but Scott again this week insisted he had not made up his mind. And he sidestepped questions about whether the upset win of Democrat Doug Jones in the neighboring state of Alabama is a sign that a GOP candidate could have difficulty next year in a state that has backed candidates of both parties.

After Alabama loss, Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning. Trump's political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent months, according to senior White House officials, seeking to become involved in Senate, House and gubernatorial races - and possibly contested Republican primaries as well.

Presidents Should Never Name Sitting Office Holders to Appointed Positions

One lesson of the Alabama Senate race that does not seem to ever sink to either party is that there is no good reason for a president to name sitting office holders in critical positions to the Cabinet. I'm sure when Trump named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General, Republicans thought there was absolutely no way they could possibly lose that seat.

Today in History

On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes. In 1809, the French Senate granted a divorce decree to Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Josephine .

Harper: When Moore is Less

The defeat of Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election in Alabama, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, was a welcome development. But Democrats should not rush to congratulate themselves and draw too many unwarranted conclusions about the implications for the upcoming midterm elections.

Mark Shields: Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation's long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his deathbed. As of today, there are no brave souls in President Donald Trump's inner, or even outer, circle volunteering to mention to him that the most recent four times that majority control of the House of Representatives switched from one party to the other - 1954, 1994, 2006 and 2010 - were after midterm elections.

Back briefs

Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller are revealing they know every word Paul Manafort changed in an opinion piece about his involvement in Ukrainian politics. They say they tracked the changes the former Trump campaign chairman made as he edited the piece while under house arrest.

Larry Pressler: Mitt Romney for president

Mitt Romney said last week that Roy Moore is "unfit" as the GOP Senate nominee for Alabama's special election on Dec. 12. Probably the biggest news out of Washington this week has been President Donald Trump's visit to Utah. People are speculating about what the spillover of his proclamation might be to public lands in the other 49 states.

Roy Moore: Maybe America’s the focus of evil in the modern world

This clip is four months old but it's making the rounds now because CNN played it during an interview with Moore spokesman Janet Porter a few nights ago and the rest of the media has suddenly picked it up . A fun story about Porter, by the way, from author Nancy French, who remembers running into her at the Values Voter Summit in 2008 when French and her husband David were backing Mitt Romney instead of Mike Huckabee.

Trump’s Attacks Put New FBI Director in Tough Spot

Christopher Wray faces a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI: He must defend America's top law enforcement agency against blistering attacks from President Donald Trump without putting his own job at risk. The competing pressures Wray faces will be on display Thursday when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee.

Hatch blasts Bannon’s attack on Romney’s faith as – disappointing and unjustified’

AP Photo) Reporters ask questions of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the tax-writing Finance Committee, as he walks to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Washington a Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday called former presidential adviser Steve Bannon's attacks on Mitt Romney's Mormon faith "disappointing and unjustified," while Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said " Utahns reject the ugly politics and tactics" of Bannon.

Russian Foreign Ministry Blasts U.S. Over Visas Even As Services Resume

The Russian Foreign Ministry has denounced the United States for continuing to limit the number of visas issued to Russian citizens, even as it welcomed Monday's decision to resume services at U.S. consulates. The two countries have been involved in numerous diplomatic spats since December 2016, when former U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats following allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

The Latest: Trump lawyer denies financial record subpoena

President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington. President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington.

Trump lobbies Orrin Hatch to run for re-election as Romney waits in wings

President Trump 's trip to Utah Monday highlighted the emerging battle in the Republican Party for control of the Senate seat now held by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch , who's expected by many in the GOP to retire next year. Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney wants to run for the seat, but the president and former adviser Stephen Bannon are encouraging the 83-year-old Mr. Hatch to seek another term, viewing Mr. Romney as an elitist who's been less than supportive of Mr. Trump .

Trump: Flynn actions lawful

Then-White House national security adviser Michael Flynn arrives prior to a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington in February.

Politics and tears: For Trudeau, it works

A couple of days ago, he delivered a heartfelt apology to members of the LGBTQ community for the decades-long persecution of sexual minorities by their own government. During his 20-minute speech, he took out Kleenex to dab away his tears.

John Podesta on Donald Trump in 2016: a You werena t sure what you were going to geta

In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, John Podesta announces that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will not be making an appearance at what was supposed to be her presidential victory party at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The chairman of Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, veteran of Capital Hill and former chair of the think tank Center for American Progress was the target of three phishing emails in March 2016 at his campaign address and four from March to April 2016 at his Gmail address.

Rep. Gutierrez of Illinois says it’s ‘my time to move on’


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Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, a Democratic party leader on efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, announced Tuesday he won't seek re-election next year after 13 terms. "This is my time to move on," the congressman said at a Chicago news conference.

Seeking 3rd District seat, Gifford hires senior Tsongas staffer to lead campaign

Rufus Gifford, the former U.S. ambassador to Denmark now running to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, has hired a longtime Tsongas staffer to manage his campaign, hoping the deep in-district experience gives him an edge in a crowded race. Ben Martello, who most recently oversaw management of Tsongas's district offices as executive director, is now serving as campaign manager for Gifford, the candidate announced in a Monday press release.

Republicans are repeating a reckless cycle

President Trump listens as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks in the White House Rose Garden last month. Since Ronald Reagan's rise to the White House in 1980, tax cuts have been the one issue that has unified all wings of the Republican Party.

GOP’s Sasse likes tax bill, but won’t call it key to 2018

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse says Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect their party in next year's elections. The Nebraska Republican, who addressed an evangelical conservative group Saturday night, told reporters after his speech that he likes the tax bill moving in the Senate.

GOP’s Sasse Likes Tax Bill, But Won’t Call it Key to 2018

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse says Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect their party in next year's elections. The Nebraska Republican, who addressed an evangelical conservative group Saturday night, told reporters after his speech that he likes the tax bill moving in the Senate.

Will: In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting ‘blue model’


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This state's story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter. In 2018 Illinois will have the nation's most important, expensive and strange election.

AP Explains: What happened when Russia bought Uranium One

In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department said Monday, Nov. 13. less In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York.

With easy ballot access, Libertarian Party seeks N.M. candidates; Dunn eyes bid for governor

A new political avenue toward statewide elected office and Congress may be opening in New Mexico as the Libertarian Party achieves major party status, giving its candidates ready access to the ballot in 2018. Failed presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2016 won a historic consolation prize for the Libertarian Party by surpassing 5 percent of the popular vote in his home state of New Mexico, thereby lowering daunting signature requirements for Libertarian candidates.

a TGP Study: Facebook Police Continue Attacks on Influential Conservative News Sites

After last year's Presidential election, then President Barack Obama met face to face with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Although the minutes of their meeting are not publicly available, far-left publications shared that Obama warned Zuckerberg about 'fake news' - Former president Barack Obama personally warned Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post-2016 election meeting to check the spread of fake news on the site, but he was told there was no easy fix, according to a Washington Post report on Sunday.

Russia Twitter trolls deflected Trump bad news

Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts. Tweets by Russia-backed accounts such as "America_1st_" and "BatonRougeVoice" on Oct. 7, 2016, actively pivoted away from news of an audio recording in which Trump made crude comments about groping women, and instead touted damaging emails hacked from Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.

Virginia rejects ‘Trumpism’ as Dems score major wins

Seizing his party's first major Trump-era victory, Democrat Ralph Northam beat back a charge from Republican Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia governor, a bruising election that tested the power of President Donald Trump's fiery nationalism against the energy of the Trump resistance. Northam, a pediatric neurologist and Army veteran, led longtime Republican operative Gillsepie by several points as the final votes ticked in.

Pence praises GOP ‘momentum,’ but some governors may be wary

Vice President Mike Pence told a gathering of Republican governors Wednesday "we've got real momentum," despite stinging electoral defeats last week in Virginia and New Jersey, a GOP-led Congress that has failed to pass any major legislation this year and President Donald Trump's plummeting popularity. Pence's party controls a record-tying 34 U.S. governorships and part of a two-day annual Republican Governors Association meeting in the capital of Texas, the country's largest red state, was to discussing how to continue that dominance.

More In Trump Counties Think Country Is Worse Off

"More people in some key counties President Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election say the U.S. is worse off now than say it is better off," The Hill reports. "An NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll surveyed residents of 438 counties that saw a surge last year for Trump or flipped to vote Republican in the 2016 election after previously going for President Obama in 2012.

Wisconsin a Critical Test for Both Parties in 2018

President Trump's surprise victory in Wisconsin last year left Democrats reeling and Republicans exuberant as they inched closer to complete control of the Upper Midwest swing state. Next year's midterm elections will determine whether the GOP can build on that success and turn the Badger State fully red, or whether Democrats can reconnect with voters in the middle of the country and re-establish their once solid blue wall there.

Dems eyeing 2018 say ita s time to start talking Russia

Monday's bombshell revelations - highlighted by the indictment of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort - offer a vivid example of the political bind gripping Democrats, who want to discuss jobs and health care but instead must react to new developments in Special Counsel Mueller's probe into allegations of collusion between the Republican's campaign and Russia. The expectation of fresh breaks in the case, which could last well into 2018, has convinced some leading party operatives that candidates need to simply embrace the Russia story.

Russian Enigma/ From the mailbox

If you remember, during the Presidential election of 2012, Mitt Romney stated during a debate with Barrack Hussein Obama, Russia was our greatest foe and enemy. Mr. Obama laughed and ask if Mr. Romney knew the Cold War was over.

Democrats are split on whether to support Trump-bashing senators


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While some Democrats praised Flake's denouncement of Trump, the Democratic National Committee issued a statement critical of the senator. Democratic leadership sent conflicting messages following Republican Sen. Jeff Flake's dramatic Tuesday announcement that he will not run for reelection in 2018.

Watergate and White House interference at DOJ

A few years after President Richard Nixon resigned, Attorney General Griffin Bell gathered Justice Department lawyers in the department's elaborate Great Hall to address their independence in the post-Watergate world. "The partisan activities of some attorneys general combined with the unfortunate legacy of Watergate, have given rise to the understandable public concern that some decisions at Justice may be the products of favor, or pressure, or politics," he said in the September 6, 1978 address.

Orrin Hatch Tells Friends He Plans to Retire


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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah-Senator Orrin Hatch has privately told allies in Utah that he is planning to retire at the end of his term next year, and if he does, Mitt Romney intends to run for his seat, according to five sources familiar with the situation. "Nothing has changed since The Atlantic published a carbon copy of this same story in April, likely with the same anonymous sources who were no more informed on the Senator's thinking than they seem to be now," said Dave Hansen, a spokesperson for Hatch.

Trump in Texas: – I’m the builder president. Remember that.’

President Trump called himself "the builder president" during a meeting with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 25 in Dallas about recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. DALLAS -- As President Trump made his way to a high-dollar GOP fundraiser on Wednesday afternoon, he briefly met with a few local officials to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey and to strategize on how the state could better prepare for future hurricanes.

Obamaa s uranium deal with Russia is the a reala scandal: Jordan Sekulow

American Center for Law and Justice executive director Jordan Sekulow discusses the new controversy surrounding a 2010 uranium deal between the Obama administration and Russia. Republicans on Capitol Hill launched several investigations Tuesday into an Obama-era deal with Russia, during which the U.S. sold uranium, a key component to developing nuclear weapons, to its on-and-off adversary, despite a discovery by the FBI into a Russian bribery plot.

Jimmy Carter defends Trump in a wide-ranging New York Times…

In one of his first major interviews since President Donald Trump took office, former President Jimmy Carter opened up about his views on politics and cultural clashes in the Trump era. Speaking with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in a piece titled "Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting", Carter opined on a number of political topics: The former president said he would serve as a liaison to North Korea , and that he offered his services to Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster at the funeral of Zbigniew Brzezinski, an adviser who helped shape Carter's foreign policy agenda.

Sunday Notebook

THOUGH SHE'S TECHNICALLY running in two races this fall, current at-large Leominster City Councilor Sue Chalifoux Zephir is devoting all of her attention on her bid for the state Senate instead of re-election to her current role. Chalifoux Zephir is so focused on her goal of being a state legislator that she even tried, unsuccessfully, to take her name off the ballot for the at-large City Council election.

Who will not be the 2020 presidential nominee

On 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation's next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify - and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify - as plausible White House contenders. Baker identified the "Great Mentioner" as the mythical author of this list.

Iran Hardliners, Pragmatists Show Unity in Response to Trump

A tough line from President Donald Trump has been met by a show of unity from both sides of Iran's political divide, uniting hardliners who cast the United States as an implacable enemy with pragmatists who seek rapprochement with the West. Iran, which has kept up a steady drumbeat of angry statements for days, lashed out again Tuesday, threatening to teach the Americans "new lessons" and keep "all options on the table" if Washington blacklists its Revolutionary Guards.

Trump’s harshest critics are always secretly begging him for stuff, according to Trump

Senator Bob Corker is chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and supported Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. So when the man who, 18 months ago, praised then-candidate Trump's stated foreign policy plans as "very thoughtful" and lauded him for "challenging the foreign policy establishment" suggested that the nation's foreign policy is no longer in the hands of a grown-up, the president did what he usually does when criticized.

Venezuela Fast Facts

Here's a look at Venezuela, an OPEC member state that has the largest proven reserves of oil in the coalition. Other Facts:Venezuela is located on the northern coast of South America, sharing a border with Colombia, Brazil and Guyana.

AP Source: Blackwater Founder Considering Wyo. Senate Bid

Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince is considering a Republican primary challenge to Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a senior member of the Senate GOP leadership team, in a race that could pit the party's establishment against insurgents fueled by allies of President Donald Trump. Prince was in Wyoming this weekend to discuss a possible Senate campaign with family members and has been encouraged to run by Steve Bannon, a former top White House strategist to Trump, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private deliberations.

Blackwater Founder Considering Wyoming Senate Bid, AP Reports

Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince is considering a Republican primary challenge to Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a senior member of the Senate GOP leadership team, in a race that could pit the party's establishment against insurgents fueled by allies of President Donald Trump. Prince was in Wyoming this weekend to discuss a possible Senate campaign with family members and has been encouraged to run by Steve Bannon, a former top White House strategist to Trump, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private deliberations.

Testy tweeting free-for-all between Trump, GOP Sen. Corker

An enraged President Donald Trump and a prominent Republican senator who fears the country could be edging toward "chaos" engaged in an intense and vitriolic back-and-forth bashing on social media Sunday, a remarkable airing of their party's profound rifts. In political discourse that might once have seemed inconceivable, the GOP's foreign policy expert in the Senate felt compelled to answer his president's barbs by tweeting: "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center.

Trump-tied lobbyists cash in on their connections, report says

A supporter of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump held a "Drain the Swamp" sign during a rally last year in Ohio. - The day after the presidential election, the Washington lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck touted its Republican team's "significant relationships a with those who will steer the incoming Trump administration."

Today in History

On Oct. 5, 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis. In 1892, the Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kansas.

Mike Pence’s top aide threatens disloyal Republicans, and members fume

"If we're going to be in the minority again, we might as well have a minority who are with us as opposed to a minority who helped us become a minority," Ayers said. Republicans in Congress were seething Wednesday after a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence suggested to a gathering of GOP donors that the party's congressional majorities should be jettisoned in 2018 if that's what it takes to weed out members disloyal to President Trump.

Judge Roy Moore Bolsters Republican Party Credibility

To the dismay of Washington's Republican Senate leadership, Judge Roy Moore crushed Luther Strange in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the open Senate seat in Alabama, outpolling Strange by nine percentage points. The Republican establishment doesn't want their party branded with Moore's hardcore, outspoken Christian fundamentalism.

Putin looks on as Jon Huntsman officially becomes the new US ambassador to Russia


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The new U.S. ambassador to Russia has presented his diplomatic credentials to President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony in the Kremlin on Monday, a move that marks the formal start of Jon Huntsman's work in Russia. Huntsman takes the high-profile job amid investigations into alleged meddling by Moscow in last year's U.S. presidential election.

Trial of Benghazi attack suspect begins

Washington: The alleged mastermind of the 2012 attacks on a US outpost in Benghazi, Libya, despises America and when his hatred "boiled over," he organised the strike that killed four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, a government prosecutor told the jury yesterday. Opening statements began in the case against Ahmed Abu Khattala, whom prosecutors describe as the ringleader of the attacks at a diplomatic compound - an attack that became a political flashpoint given its timing weeks before President Barack Obama's re-election.

Iconic Detroit fence makes endorsement in mayor’s race Read More

An east-side privacy fence that for years bared the words "Obama for America" in faded red spray paint has covered the statement with a new political endorsement. This election season, the fence on Elmwood Street at E. Forest wants you to vote "State Senator Coleman A. Young" for mayor, which is sort of the name that the underdog candidate goes by.

Trial to open for suspected mastermind of Benghazi attacks

A trial of the suspected mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks will unfold this week in a federal courtroom in Washington, three years after he was captured by U.S. special forces in Libya and brought to the U.S. on a 13-day trip aboard a Navy ship. Opening statements will take place Monday in the case against Ahmed Abu Khattala, whom prosecutors describe as the ringleader of the attacks at a diplomatic compound that killed four Americans and became a political flashpoint given its timing weeks before President Barack Obama's re-election.

Democrats and the GOP both have a millennial problem

Protesters rally against an appearance by former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Although more than 4 in 10 millennials identify as independents, according to the Pew Research Center, history has shown that most young adults vote for the Democratic Party.

EU Freaks Out After Climate Chief Suggests US Can Water Down Paris Pledge

Members of the European Union believe the "spirit" of the Paris agreement could be compromised if President Donald Trump dramatically reduces the U.S.'s obligations under the deal. Some of the poorest nations involved in the Paris agreement are howling about EU climate chief Miguel Arias CaA ete's suggestion that the U.S. might stay in the accord if the country ratchets down its obligations.

Melania Trump’s anti-bullying campaign

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What Happened? A Horrible Candidate Lost

So far, I have refrained from weighing in on Hillary Clinton's post-mortem, What Happened , even though, as one of the few pundits who predicted that Donald Trump would win the presidential election, I perhaps can claim at least some insight into what happened. Why did I foresee that Trump would win? Not because I anticipated or understood what became the Trump phenomenon.

Trump’s backflip: ‘It’s betrayal’


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DONALD Trump has caused his own party to turn on him after taking a softer approach on his most controversial measure. Donald Truno has faced a storm of criticism from members of his own party over his backflip on a few issues.

Obama slams Trump for rescinding DACA, calls move ‘cruel’

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday bashed his successor's decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move "cruel" and "self-defeating." "To target these young people is wrong -- because they have done nothing wrong," Obama wrote in a post on Facebook hours after the decision was announced by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Poll says Trump is divisive, but he’s got plenty of company


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The most eye-popping figure in the latest Fox News poll is that 56 percent of those surveyed say President Trump is tearing the country apart. Not surprisingly, there's a dramatic partisan split in those numbers: Some 68 percent of Republicans say the president is drawing the country together, while 93 percent of Democrats say he is tearing the country apart.

New Jersey Senator Menendez’s graft trial could sway D.C. power balance

More than two years after U.S. Senator Bob Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges, the New Jersey Democrat finally faces trial next week in a case whose verdict could sway the balance of power in Washington. Menendez, 63, is accused of taking bribes, including luxury trips and campaign contributions, from a wealthy patron since shortly after he was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Advertising budget for Obamacare to be cut 90 pct.: U.S. health agency

The Wolfeboro woman facing animal cruelty charges after 75 Great Danes were seized from her mansion will have to wait until next week to learn whether a judge will allow her to place them with new... The Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics finalized terms of their Aug. 22 trade Wednesday night, with the Celtics sweetening the deal with a second-round ... (more)

In tit for tat, U.S. tells Russia to close post in San Francisco

The Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco, as seen on Aug. 10. The United States is retaliating against Russia by forcing the closure of its consulate in San Francisco and scaling back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York. WASHINGTON>> In an escalating tit-for-tat, the United States forced Russia today to shutter its consulate in San Francisco and scale back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York, as relations between the two former Cold War foes continued to unravel.

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Gingrich: Media Full of ‘Nonsense’ About Trump Approval Ratings

"The elite media" loves its approval ratings stories that detail how President Donald Trump's presidency is going to hell, but it's all "nonsense," Newt Gingrich wrote in a column for Fox News . For one, the media fails to mention that President Ronald Reagan had similarly low approval ratings at the same point in his presidency, Gingrich noted.

Mark Shields: Attacking Is Easier Than Governing, But Winning Presidents Know the Difference

Eric Hoffer , a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom , could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that "mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil." Campaigns are easy.

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It should be a matter of concern to Washington that, during the recent missile crisis with North Korea, the world appeared to be as worried by how America would react as Pyongyang. There is no need to apportion blame, but the mood has changed.

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Democratic political consultant Jeff Crosby was just ten-years old when Hurricane Celia slammed into his hometown of Rockport in 1970, leaving behind widespread devastation and 32 dead. If Hurricane Harvey stays on its current track, it will make landfall at Rockport either late Friday or early Saturday as a Category 3 hurricane, the first major storm to hit the area since Celia.

Trump pardons ex-sheriff convicted of defying judgea s order

President Donald Trump spared his ally former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a possible jail sentence on Friday by pardoning his conviction, reversing what critics saw as a long-awaited comeuppance for a lawman who escaped accountability for headline-grabbing tactics during most of his 24 years as metropolitan Phoenix's top law enforcer. "Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life's work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration," the White House statement said.

Climate of denial

It seems to me that Tom McClintock cares more about billionaires getting richer than he does about our grandchildren having a habitable planet. Responding to my e-mail criticizing his support of Trump's intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, McClintock made the following statement: "President Obama bound America to the Paris Accord by executive fiat."

Chris Stewart says he’ll seek Senate seat if Orrin Hatch doesn’t run for re-election

Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah answers questions as he debates Charlene Albarran Democratic challenger for the 2nd Congressional District during the Utah Debate Commission's event at the KUED studios on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City Tuesday October 4, 2016. Utah Rep. Chris Stewart "absolutely" hopes his colleague and mentor Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, runs for re-election in 2018.

Ben Carson May Have Violated Hatch Act at Phoenix Rally

By being introduced as the "Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development" Tuesday night in Phoenix, Ben Carson likely violated federal law, The Washington Post reported. Because President Donald Trump's event was technically a rally for his 2020 re-election bid, Carson was in violation of the Hatch Act for using his position in support of a political cause.

President defends Charlottesville response at raucous rally

U.S. President Donald Trump revved up supporters on Tuesday with a defense of his response to a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia and a promise to shut down the U.S. government if necessary to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Under fire for saying "both sides" were to blame for the violence between white supremacists and left-wing counter protesters in Virginia on Aug. 12, Trump accused television networks of ignoring his calls for unity in the aftermath.

A Trump pardon of Joe Arpaio would break Justice Department guidelines

President Trump could use his pardon power for the first time next week if he announces at his Phoenix campaign rally that he'll wipe away former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal record. But the pardon, if Trump decides to issue it, would be highly unorthodox and break with the Justice Department's guidelines for clemency, according to legal experts.

Buy stocks because you believe in the U.S., not a a Trump bumpa

During the 2016 presidential election campaign, a digital analytics firm reviewed 4.5 million tweets that expressed an opinion about Donald Trump and found that 200,000 included threats to leave the U.S. The top destination was Mexico, but 5,800 said they would move to Alaska and another 1,500 chose Hawaii. These people knew they didn't like Trump, but apparently did not know that Alaska and Hawaii are U.S. states.

Same Old – New’ Democratsby Steven Malanga Editor’s Note: The…

The 'new' Democratic party, meant to attract voters in the midterm elections, isn't much different from the 'old' Democratic party. eizing the opportunity created by a stumbling president whose White House seems incapable of fulfilling his biggest campaign promises, Democrats counterattacked last month, touting a new slogan and policies as they look ahead to the 2018 midterm elections.

Charlottesville: Trump under fire after failing to denounce white supremacists

President laments 'hatred, bigotry and violence from all sides' but senior Republicans and Democrats demand direct condemnation of far-right extremists Donald Trump has faced a hail of criticism after failing to explicitly condemn violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, that culminated in a car running into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing at least one person. The president said he condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides".

Save election from real fraud

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OFA targets vulnerable Republicans with new grassroots project

As President Donald Trump's policies and rhetoric have put him increasingly at odds with the national Republican party, a leading progressive organization is kicking off a new grassroots campaign to link vulnerable GOP House members to Trump's troubled brand. Organizing for Action, the group spawned by former President Barack Obama's national campaigns, is beginning the program by focusing on 34 seats in GOP-held congressional districts around the country where Trump received less than 50% of the vote last November.

Trump-McConnell feud does little to jumpstart stalled agenda

President Donald Trump has spent much of the week feuding with his top Senate partner, suggesting that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might have to rethink his future if he doesn't deliver on the president's agenda of health care, taxes and infrastructure. Trump on Thursday called McConnell's failure to pass an "Obamacare" repeal last month "a disgrace."

Trump said he’s ‘very thankful’ to Putin for expelling U.S….

President Donald Trump on Thursday brushed off Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to expel hundreds of U.S. diplomatic employees from Russia, instead thanking Putin and insisting it would save the U.S. significant cash. In remarks to reporters at his golf course in central New Jersey, Trump dismissed Putin's move, saying he "greatly' appreciated Putin's help cutting down the payroll at the U.S. State Department.

Obama shaping up to be the ultimate nosy neighbor

While the Democrats are pushing some narrative of Russian interference in American elections to ease the pain of their surprising loss of the anointed Hillary Rodham Clinton, a top Democrat is blatantly butting in um, advising another country on its upcoming election, according to the New York Times. The former president, who has largely stayed out of American politics, said there had been "too much incitement" in the election in his father's home country.

Trump’s Base Shrinks, As His Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low


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Donald Trump's formula for winning reelection is the same as his formula for winning at everything else: Capitilize on a valuable inheritance, and keep a segment of the public indoctrinated into your cult of personality. More precisely, the president needs to maintain the growing economy he inherited from his predecessor, and retain the admiration of enough Republican and non-college-educated white voters to hold the rust-belt swing states.

President Who Told Obama To ‘Go To Hell’ Declares He’s Now America’s ‘Humble Friend’

The president of the Philippines appears to have reversed his position on the U.S. after a period of rocky relations with the Obama administration. "I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia," President Rodrigo Duterte told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when the two met in Manila on Monday to discuss regional issues, including the ongoing fight against radical Muslim militants with ties to the Islamic State in the southern Philippines.

Trump says he’s not on vacation but working hard

Washington, Aug 8 - US President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that he was working hard from his golf club in New Jersey, after being criticized for taking a vacation, and said his base of voters was growing despite the fake news against him. Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation.

Ryan can’t escape GOP failures

With a dysfunctional Congress on recess, House Speaker Paul Ryan has turned his focus back home, touring flood-damaged areas and visiting local businesses in Wisconsin. But he can't escape the questions about why Republicans in charge of Washington aren't delivering.

Trump administration sides with Ohio on purging voter rolls

President Donald Trump's administration has reversed the government's position on a voter roll case before the U.S. Supreme Court and is now backing Ohio's method for purging voters. Ohio's system for removing inactive voters from the rolls does not violate the National Voter Registration Act, the Justice Department said Monday.

Sen. Warren honing campaign pitch as GOP eyes 2018 campaign

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won't face voters for more than a year, but the broad outlines of the effort to unseat the Massachusetts Democrat, and her re-election pitch to voters, are taking shape. Two Republicans have announced their candidacies, two others are said to be weighing runs, and conservative political groups are chipping away at the candidate.

Russia says US sanctions are a blow to ‘bilateral cooperation’

Following his first meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson since Congress approved new sanctions against the Kremlin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country is ready to work at resuming normal relations if the the US "pulls back from confrontation." "Naturally, such actions, including the illegal retention of our diplomatic property since December of last year, could not remain unanswered, and won't be in the future.

James Comey is writing a book – and we know he’s been keeping thorough notes

The former FBI director just signed a deal with publisher Flatiron Books for his first book, a not-yet-titled exploration of "what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions," a news release says. "Using examples from some of the highest-stakes situations in the past two decades of American government, Comey will share yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career," Flatiron, a division of Macmillan, said in the release.

Justice going GOP, again

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is switching parties to join Republicans as President Donald Trump plans a visit to the increasingly conservative state. Justice's plans were confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday by a Democratic Party official with knowledge of his plans.

No lie, says Sanders: Trump got praise from Mexico, Scouts

Two phone calls described by President Donald Trump that didn't actually happen represent the latest chapter in a long-running series of disputes revolving around the president's rocky relationship with facts. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday found herself explaining that compliments Trump had described receiving in phone calls from the Mexican president and the Boy Scouts did happen - just not on the phone.

Larry Elder

In a newspaper piece about a White House in turmoil, a prominent paper described an atmosphere of beleaguered aides confused by their unscripted boss, a man who needed a "rudder on what many believed was a loose and listing ship." The Washington Post, in 1997, wrote this about President Bill Clinton and the state of his presidency in mid-1994.

Mark Zuckerberg has hired a Democratic pollster

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have hired a Democratic pollster, increasing speculation that the Facebook CEO is considering entering the political arena, according to a Politico report published on Wednesday. The pollster, Joel Benenson, is a former top adviser for Barack Obama and was chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

CNN’s Headline On This Story Makes Trump’s USDA Pick Seem Racist

CNN published an article Wednesday suggesting that President Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Agriculture has a history of lobbing racial comments against supporters of the Obama administration. Sam Clovis, a former radio host who Trump nominated to head the USDA, once called Democrats and activists "race traitors" and "race traders," according to a report Wednesday from CNN's KFILE.

Trump’s fundraising prowess keeps Republican Party close

In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel addresses Hispanic business owners and community members at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce in Lansing, Mich. Republican senators are bucking President Donald Trump's calls to revive the health care debate.

Trump’s fundraising prowess keeps Republican Party close

In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel addresses Hispanic business owners and community members at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce in Lansing, Mich. Republican senators are bucking President Donald Trump's calls to revive the health care debate.

Tillerson laments sour ties with Russia, but holds out hope

The top American diplomat put the onus on Russia to take steps to repair flagging relations with the United States, even as he conceded that congressional sanctions would pose a new obstacle. Holding out hope for warmer ties, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he'd meet with his Russian counterpart within days.

Tillerson laments sour ties with Russia, but holds out hope

The top American diplomat put the onus on Russia to take steps to repair flagging relations with the United States, even as he conceded that congressional sanctions would pose a new obstacle. Holding out hope for warmer ties, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he'd meet with his Russian counterpart within days.

Russia urges US to fix ties as it cuts US diplomatic staff

Russia urged the United States Monday to show "political will" to mend ties even as it ordered sweeping cuts of U.S. embassy personnel unseen since Cold War times. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it will take time for the U.S. to recover from what he called "political schizophrenia," but added that Russia remains interested in constructive cooperation with the U.S. "We are interested in a steady development of our ties and are sorry to note that we are still far from that," he said.

U.S.-Russia ties at new low with expulsions of diplomats

With a sweeping cut in the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, President Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes further in an escalating rift with the United States. The reductions, reminiscent of massive Cold War-era expulsions of diplomats, follow stiff, new sanctions against Russia approved by the U.S. Congress.

US Rep. John Delaney of Maryland to run for president new

A three-term Maryland Democrat who is one of the wealthiest members of Congress is the first to announce he'll seek his party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. Rep. John Delaney said Friday that he would seek the presidency, rather than the Maryland governorship or re-election to his House seat in 2018.

Russia orders cut in US diplomats in reaction to sanctions


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Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia. The U.S. Senate approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions Friday against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign.

Russia orders U.S. diplomat reduction

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia. The U.S. Senate approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions Friday against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign.

15 more years, and something about car prices

In the dramatic crescendo of the 2016 elections that gave Trump to the United States and the world, very possibly for sixteen years , none of the countless campaign reporters and commentators is on record as having noticed the car "affordability" statistics distributed in June 2016 via www.thecarconnection.com . Derived from very reliable Federal Reserve data, they depicted the awful predicament of almost half of all American households.

Boy Scout leader apologizes for Trump’s political rhetoric

The Boy Scouts' chief executive apologized Thursday to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump's recent speech to the Scouts' national jamboree. The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, three days after Trump's speech to nearly 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia.

Pence’s $1 million fundraiser featured Ivanka Trump

In this image from video provided by C-SPAN2, the final Senate vote, with Vice President Mike Pence's vote, to start debate to tear down much of the Obama health care law, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. In this image from video provided by C-SPAN2, the final Senate vote, with Vice President Mike Pence's vote, to start debate to tear down much of the Obama health care law, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Trump: Liberation from ‘Obamacare nightmare’ is close

Celebrating a slim but symbolic health-care win in Washington, President Donald Trump told supporters in Ohio that the nation was one step closer to liberation from the "Obamacare nightmare." "You think that's easy? That's not easy," he told a crowd of thousands just hours after the Senate took a small but hard-fought first step Tuesday toward Republicans' years-long promise to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Outrage Over Trump Family Meetings with Russians is Establishment Hypocrisy

From where I normally sit in France , the ongoing Trump-Russia fever dream that has played out in the U.S. over the last year barely even qualifies as background noise. I guess the world has more important things to worry about than whether Russian President Vladimir Putin personally zombified the nearly 63 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in November's presidential election.

‘Trumped’

President Donald Trump is a polarizing commander in chief. He elicits strong reactions from both sides of the aisle.

In Twitter tirade, Trump blasts – leak’ on Sessions and notes presidential power to pardon

President Trump, in a long tweetstorm on Saturday morning, slammed what he called "a new intelligence leak" against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an apparent reference to a report that Sessions discussed campaign-related matters with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential race. A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post,this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions.These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop! The Washington Post reported Friday evening that Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, told Russian officials that during the presidential election he and Sessions talked about the campaign and policy matters when Sessions served as an adviser to Trump's campaign.

Victor Davis Hanson:

Between 2008 and 2016, the media were unapologetic about their adoration of President Barack Obama. Now, they are energized by their thorough loathing of President Donald Trump.

White House indicates Trump would sign new sanctions bill

WASHINGTON ' The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow. Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the bill could be sent to Trump before Congress breaks for the August recess.

White House indicates Trump would sign new sanctions bill

The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow. Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the bill could be sent to Trump before Congress breaks for the August recess.

White House indicates Trump would sign new sanctions bill

In this July 13, 2017 photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation

Congressional Democrats said on Saturday they had agreed with Republicans on a deal allowing new sanctions targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea in a bill that would limit any potential effort by Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow. A White House official said the administration's view of the legislation evolved after changes were made, including the addition of sanctions on North Korea.

Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

All month long, Mass Appeal has been taking you to different locations across New England, to places to take the family on a fun and excitin In this July 13, 2017 photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

How Florida explains our polarized politics

The strategists plotting Florida Gov. Rick Scott's re-election bid in 2014 faced a problem: The state's explosive growth, especially in liberal cities like Miami, Orlando and Tampa, was being fueled by an influx of voters likely to back Scott's Democratic opponent. To win a second term, Scott would have to find votes in unlikely places.

How Florida explains our polarized politics

The strategists plotting Florida Gov. Rick Scott's re-election bid in 2014 faced a problem: The state's explosive growth, especially in liberal cities like Miami, Orlando and Tampa, was being fueled by an influx of voters likely to back Scott's Democratic opponent. To win a second term, Scott would have to find votes in unlikely places.

Former GOP assemblyman bows out of California governor race

Former Republican assemblyman David Hadley is dropping out of the race for governor of California two weeks after he jumped in. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Hadley wrote in an email to supporters that he could not win despite receiving encouragement since announcing his candidacy.

Trump to nominate Huntsman as Russia ambassador: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate Jon Huntsman, an envoy to China under former Democratic President Barack Obama, as U.S. ambassador to Russia, the White House said on Tuesday. The job, all the more high-profile because of allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman as Russia ambassador: White House

FILE PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman speaks at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S., January 16, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane/File Photo U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate Jon Huntsman, an envoy to China under former Democratic President Barack Obama, as U.S. ambassador to Russia, the White House said on Tuesday.

Afghan girls will be allowed into US for robotics contest

In this Thursday, July 6, 2017, file photo, teenagers from the Afghanistan Robotic House, a private training institute, practice at the Better Idea Organization center, in Herat, Afghanistan. U.S. President Donald Trump intervened to allow the group of Afghan girls into the country to participate in a robotics competition.

Report: Turkey detains 29 IS militants in raids in Istanbul

From memorials and dance celebrations to a launch of sky lanterns, family and friends were celebrating Philando Castile's life in the year since he was shot to death during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb. From memorials and dance celebrations to a launch of sky lanterns, family and friends were celebrating Philando Castile's life in the year since he was shot to death during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb.

WTA: Mattek-Sands’ right knee tested after Wimbledon injury

From memorials and dance celebrations to a launch of sky lanterns, family and friends were celebrating Philando Castile's life in the year since he was shot to death during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb. From memorials and dance celebrations to a launch of sky lanterns, family and friends were celebrating Philando Castile's life in the year since he was shot to death during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb.

Trump on Russian meddling: Nobody knows for sure

Ahead of a crucial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump stopped short Thursday of condemning Moscow for meddling in the U.S. presidential election - and refused to say if he would raise the issue when the leaders go behind closed doors. Yet in a speech to a friendly crowd of thousands who chanted his name in downtown Warsaw, Trump sought to demonstrate that he wasn't overlooking Russian behavior that has sparked global concern, especially from Poland and other eastern and central European nations.

All eyes on Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin dynamics as they meet for first time at G20

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to size each other up in person for the first time on Friday in what promises to be the most highly anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Trump has said he wants to find ways to work with Putin, a goal made more difficult by sharp differences over Russia's actions in Syria and Ukraine, and allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

Trump and Putin set for first meeting on G20 sidelines

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to meet in person for the first time today in what promises to be the most highly anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. On the eve of the summit 76 police officers were hurt in clashes with protesters , with mass rallies again expected to take place today.

‘Fake News’ Recoil CNN star blasts Trump, gets key numbers wrong

CNN reporter Jim Acosta took heat Thursday from conservatives on Twitter after the combative correspondent accused President Trump of holding a "fake news conference" -- and later spewed some "fake news" of his own when he claimed Trump misstated the number of intelligence agencies that concluded Russia meddled in the presidential election. During a joint news conference with President Andrzej Duda in Poland, Trump took questions from reporters from The Daily Mail and MSNBC.

How Vladimir Putin’s election meddling can make the U.S. stronger


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According to the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump. As the so-called Trump-Russia story lurches on, one can see it in a few different ways: a witch hunt, the lead-up to Donald Trump's impeachment, a distraction from more important issues, a major national security threat to the U.S. It would be useful, however, to look beyond these partisan perceptions to the story's potential to make America great again.

Trump set for crucial diplomatic test in first face-to-face with Putin

President Donald Trump waves as he walks from Marine One to board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., July 3, 2017, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. President Trump will experience the most crucial diplomatic test of his presidency when he sits down Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday at the G-20 Summit. It couldn't come at a more politically or diplomatically sensitive moment for both leaders.

Democrat Kanew seeks to challenge Republican Rep. Blackburn


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A film writer and producer says he is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee next year. The Tennessean reports that Justin Kanew says he was inspired to run for the heavily Republican 7th Congressional District seat because he opposes efforts to replace and repeal former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

TV’s nonpartisan July 4th: fireworks, the US Constitution

This image released by HBO shows President Barack Obama, left, with filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi during the filming of "The Words That Built America," airing on the Fourth of July on HBO. This image released by HBO shows President Donald Trump during the filming of "The Words That Built America," airing on the Fourth of July on HBO.

GOP voters blame Congress, not Trump, for lack of progress


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In firm control of the federal government, President Donald Trump and his Republican Party have so far failed to deliver on core campaign promises on health care, taxes and infrastructure. But in New York's Trump Tower cafe, the Gentry family blames Congress, not the president.

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Back when Poland was part of the Soviet bloc, the Communist Party would bus people into Warsaw from the provinces to ensure there was a compliant crowd to welcome high-level visitors from Moscow. Now with President Donald Trump heading to Poland this week for a day-long state visit, the country's right-wing government is tapping the old playbook.

Gov. Christie orders government shutdown amid budget impasse

TRENTON, N.J.>> New Jersey's state government has shut down for the first time under Republican Gov. Chris Christie after he and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement on a budget by the deadline at midnight today. Christie, a former GOP presidential candidate and adviser to President Donald Trump who is leading the White House's anti-opioid commission, announced the shutdown of the state's nonessential services in an executive order.

Bloomberg View: US will pay for Trump’s global unpopularity


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Judging by a just-released poll from the Pew Research Center, President Donald Trump is heading to next week's G-20 meeting in Germany with a resounding global vote of no confidence. Only 22 percent of more than 40,000 respondents from 37 countries had confidence in Trump doing the right thing regarding world affairs; 64 percent felt that way about Barack Obama at the end of his presidency.

Dem congressman: ‘Just plain wrong’ for Trump to hold fundraiser at own hotel

As President Donald Trump holds his first re-election fundraiser Wednesday night at the hotel he owns in Washington, one Democratic congressman is slamming the President over the move, arguing it is "just plain wrong." An invitation to the event, held at the Trump International Hotel, showed that tickets started at $35,000 per person, with a $100,000 price tag to sit on the host committee.

Chaffetz joins Fox News as contributor

As expected, Fox News has signed Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, as a contributor to provide political analysis on the cable news channel starting Saturday. Chaffetz announced in April he would not run for re-election in 2018, then said he would step down June 30 for what he described as a position in the private sector, long believed to be at Fox News.

Trump’s politicking raises ethics red flags

On Wednesday night, he'll attend his first 2020 campaign fundraiser, rubbing elbows with some of the Republican Party's top donors on familiar turf: his own hotel down the street from the White House . He's already spent five evenings on the road at political rallies, always in states that supported him in November and always in front of an audience of thousands of fans who are screened and selected by his campaign aides.

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Five months after the once-respected Jake Tapper and Carl Bernstein at CNN reported on a dodgy dossier about President Trump hiring hookers to whiz on a bed Obama slept in, we find out from whence that cockamamie collection of claptrap came. Camp Hillary.

Election Update

May and June were significant months for elections, both in the United States and Europe. While the news media tends to overhype some elections and ignore others, there are some conclusions that can be drawn from those elections.

Rick Santorum predicts Senate health care bill will pass with 50 votes, conservative support

Former Sen. Rick Santorum predicted that the Republican health care bill will pass the Senate with exactly 50 votes, saying the measure has enough "core Republican doctrine" to satisfy conservatives even if moderates reject it. At least five Senate Republicans have expressed opposition the bill in its current form to repeal and replace Obamacare, but Mr. Santorum said he believes the conservatives would change their minds.

How Americans think about the economy has changed since Trump won

The Trump presidency appears to have sparked an unprecedented political polarization in consumer confidence, which is often viewed as a leading indicator for the economy's performance. While Democrats and Republicans have similar beliefs about how the economy is performing at the moment, they are now hugely divided over how it will perform in the future, research shows.

Sloan: In Baltimore, zero success

Most people reading this column would likely not believe the scholastic state test results of six schools in Baltimore , which did not have a single student that tested proficient in English and math.

Trump: Obama a Did Nothinga About Russia Election Meddling

President Donald Trump questioned former President Barack Obama's response to Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election in an interview airing Sunday morning, saying Obama didn't do enough to address the situation. "Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it," Trump said in an excerpt of his interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" released Friday.

Obama Official Lays Into Lawmakers Over Russia Response

An aide to former President Barack Obama laid into lawmakers who decried the response of the previous administration following recent revelations the White House knew in 2016 about Russia's attempts to meddle in last year's presidential election, The Hill reported Friday. "Our critics are judging our actions in mid-2016 based on what we know by mid-2017," Ned Price, a former spokesman for the National Security Council, told MSNBC on Friday.

WaPo: Obama admin ‘choked’ on Russia, former official says

A former Obama official said the previous administration "sort of choked" in its effort to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin over his attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, The Washington Post reported Friday. "It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend," the former senior Obama administration official told the Post.

Senate GOP unveils – Obamacare’ overhaul, but not all aboard

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans released their long-awaited bill to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. He is one of four GOP senators to say they are opposed it but are open to negotiations, which could put the measure in immediate jeopardy.

Top Republicans reject revised US healthcare bill

US Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions. Four conservative Republican senators quickly announced initial o... US Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions.

Jeh Johnson: Dems declined help from Department of Homeland Security after election hack

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday told the leading House panel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election that much to his "disappointment," the Democratic National Committee declined an offer by his agency to help after they were hacked. In widely anticipated testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Johnson provided tense and at times anguished answers about an unparalleled series of cyberattacks against last year's election.

Trump returns to Iowa and unhappy independent voters

Iowa independents who helped Donald Trump win the presidency see last year's tough-talking candidate as a thin-skinned chief executive and wish he'd show more grace. Unaffiliated voters make up the largest percentage of the electorate in the Midwest state that backed Trump in 2016, after lifting Democrat Barack Obama to the White House in party caucuses and two straight elections.

Facts Versus Fiction: Why Obama worked against Jonathan in 2015 – Omokri

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief ABUJA- Former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, ensured former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 as punishment for the anti-same sex marriage law. US President Barack Obama shakes hands with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria before their bilateral meeting in New York on September 23, 2013 on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly.

‘The mother lode of all leaks’: A massive data breach exposed…


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A data-analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee last year to gather political information about US voters accidentally leaked the sensitive personal details of roughly 198 million citizens earlier this month, as its database was left exposed on the open web for nearly two weeks. Deep Root Analytics, a conservative data firm contracted by the RNC as part of a push to ramp up its voter-analytics operation in the wake of Mitt Romney's defeat in the 2012 presidential election, stored details of about 61% of the US population on an Amazon cloud server without password protection for those two weeks.

Bossie: Mainstream media trying to ‘nullify an election for the first time’

Fox News has confirmed that the gunman who opened fire on Republican congressmen at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field on Wednesday had a list of at least six GOP lawmakers' names at the time of the... Fox News has confirmed that the gunman who opened fire on Republican congressmen at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field on Wednesday had a list of GOP lawmakers' names at the time of the shooting. Tucker Carlson debated a New Jersey Democratic operative who tweeted an insensitive message after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise .

Trump attorney says president not under investigation

A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under investigation, days after Trump tweeted about being the target of a "witch hunt." Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow said that a Friday tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

US President Donald Trump’s ‘volatility’ scares off…

US President Donald Trump has sowed doubts about his loyalty to those who work for him, most recently with his tweets that appeared to attack Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The array of legal and political threats hanging over the Trump presidency have compounded the White House's struggles to fill out the top ranks of the US government.

Senate approves Russia sanctions measure

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure Wednesday that would make it harder for the Trump administration to unilaterally ease sanctions against Russia. Senators on both sides of the aisle negotiated the measure, and that rare bipartisan cooperation continued into the final vote - it was 97 to 2. The only senators who voted against the measure were Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

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The liberals had their way again at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands this week, with the big-government politicians - attorney general Brad Schimel and secretary of state Doug La Follette - outnumbering state treasurer Matt Adamczyk in voting to buy almost 1,000 acres of land in Oneida County. Friday, July 28, 2017 American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction.

Senate GOP, Dems agree on new sanctions on Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks along the Cathedral Square of the Kremlin, to take part in a holiday reception in Moscow, Monday, June 12, 2017. Since 1992 the 'Day of Russia' is annually celebrated on 12 June as the Russian Federation's national holiday.

Senate GOP, Dems agree on new sanctions on Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks along the Cathedral Square of the Kremlin, to take part in a holiday reception in Moscow, Monday, June 12, 2017. Since 1992 the 'Day of Russia' is annually celebrated on 12 June as the Russian Federation's national holiday.

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Halfway through Britain's seven-week snap election campaign, some in Theresa May's team came to the conclusion that they had a problem - the candidate. At a gathering of senior staff in Conservative campaign headquarters in central London, one of May's top operatives told the sitting prime minister that she risked crashing and burning like Sarah Palin did in 2008.

Democrats and the Media Freeze the Country as Trump Moves Ahead


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The Trump administration is actually doing more than fending off the far left and the media. Americans witness one false claim after another being rebutted.

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A New Jersey high school has censored out mentions of Donald Trump in their yearbook and now the school is investigating the A possible violation of First Amendment rightsA . One student at Wall Township High School in New Jersey had submitted a Donald Trump quote that wasnA t included with her picture.

Graham Predicts New Russia Sanctions, Warns Trump Against Veto

The Senate is expected to vote this week on a measure to punish Russia with sanctions for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, and President Donald Trump would be "betraying democracy" if he vetoes it, Senator Lindsey Graham said. Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said on CBS's "Face the Nation'' on Sunday that Russia must face retribution for hacking into Democratic Party emails and other actions -- from providing arms to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers , to colluding to allow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to keep chemical weapons and being complicit as those munitions were used against children.

Romney Vital to GOP With or Without Senate Run

Mitt Romney is re-emerging as an important piece to the Republican puzzle for the 2018 midterm elections and beyond, fueling even more speculation he might be positioning himself for another run for office, according to a Politico report. "All I can tell you is that the number of requests that Mitt has gotten in the last month to come to a district or to come to a state for a sitting senator - it's like he's a presidential candidate again, which I was surprised by," Spencer Zwick, a top political aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Romney encourages Biden to consider Senate run in Utah

In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talks with reporters in New York. Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden is encouraging former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to run for a senate seat in Utah currently held by Orrin Hatch if the senator decides to retire next year.

Report: Biden Said He Knew Clinton Would Lose Election

Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly said he knew a month before the 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would lose the race, The New York Post reported Saturday. Biden on Friday told a closed door gathering at the E2 Summit, he knew Clinton would lose key battleground states from having campaigned himself in those states, Politico reported Saturday.

.com | GOP shrugs off Comey revelations, sticks with Trump

The GOP still needs Donald Trump if it has any hope of accomplishing its legislative agenda and winning elections, and it's going to take more than James Comey's testimony to shake them. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday boasted of the GOP's accomplishments under Trump thus far, and promised more to come, making no mention of Comey in a speech.

Democrat Jon Ossoff leads Republican rival by 7 points in conservative Georgia seat

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to his supporters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District: Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading Republican Karen Handel in the special election race for Georgia's traditionally conservative sixth district, a new poll finds. The poll, conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , shows the 30-year-old Democrat leading by seven points: 51 per cent to Ms Handel's 44. Mr Ossoff, a first-time candidate, boasts a large majority with women voters.

Former FBI director James Comey testifies in front

Former FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday about his conversations with President Trump on the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Key takeaways from the James Comey testimony Former FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday about his conversations with President Trump on the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Everything you need to know about former FBI director James Comey

The Senate Intelligence Committee will likely ask Comey about the contemporaneous notes he allegedly took of his meetings with the president, during which Trump reportedly asked for the ex-director's loyalty and requested that the FBI drop its inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey's firing on May 9 came "on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions," according to a statement from the White House, though Trump later portrayed the decision as his alone.

As Comey testimony looms, Trump shifts focus to jobs

President Trump is leaning on infrastructure and jobs to lift his political fortunes, with support for other initiatives slipping amid questions about his involvement in a federal investigation into Russian meddling in 2016. A blueprint to modernize the nation's infrastructure, which Trump is unveiling to compete with the highly anticipated Senate testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, is among the few arrows the president has left in his quiver.

Audacious Macron must succeed lest French rage tear the republic apart

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New Jersey holds governor primaries under shadow of unpopular Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is barred by state law from running for a third consecutive four-year term this year, but the unpopular former Republican presidential candidate remains a central figure in the campaign to replace him. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose Republican and Democratic nominees to succeed Christie, whose approval ratings have hit historic lows.

In Georgia, a Democratic upset depends on a balancing act

As reports of stabbings in a popular London nightspot started flowing in late Saturday, police sent out a tweet warning people in the area to run, hide and then call authorities. As reports of stabbings in a popular London nightspot started flowing in late Saturday, police sent out a tweet warning people in the area to run, hide and then call authorities.

Gun Makers Reload

The two most widely followed gun makers are Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Brands , which was formerly Smith & Wesson. Through much of President Obama's two terms, these stocks went gang-busters.

Conservative View: Jennifer Rubin – What is Trump’s possible…


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The Washington Post reports: "The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland's Eastern Shore, that its officials were ejected from in late December as punishment for Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election."

Pittsburgh residents don’t want their city ‘smoky’ again

Residents in Pittsburgh say it's ironic that President Donald Trump name-dropped their city during his announcement on Thursday that the United States was pulling out of a global climate accord. After all, it's stricter environmental regulations and clean energy policies that transformed their once "smoky city" into a beautiful place to live.

Whata s next in US withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, an international pact to work to slow climate change that the U.S. entered last year under an executive order from then-President Barack Obama. While Trump does have the power to pull the U.S. out of the agreement, it will not be able to happen overnight.

Trump says pulling out of Paris climate accord best for US

President Donald Trump has declared he was pulling the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat global warming and distancing the country from its closest allies abroad. Framing his decision as "a reassertion of America's sovereignty," Trump said he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."

Trump on Paris accord: a Wea re getting outa

President Donald Trump announced Thursday his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, a sweeping step that fulfills a campaign promise while seriously dampening global efforts to curb global warming. Speaking from the White House, Trump said he was open to renegotiating aspects of the agreement, which was inked under his predecessor and which all nations except two have signed onto.

Trump pulls US from global warming accord, to alliesa dismay

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump declared Thursday he was pulling the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat global warming and distancing the country from its closest allies abroad. Framing his decision as “a reassertion of America's sovereignty,” Trump said he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” He said the U.S. could try to re-enter the deal under more favorable terms or work to establish “an entirely new transaction.” But he indicated that was hardly a priority.

Oversight chair seeks more FBI documents in Russia probe

The chairman of the U.S. House oversight committee asked the FBI on Thursday to turn over more documents about former FBI director James Comey's interactions with the White House and Justice Department, including materials dating back nearly four years to the Obama administration. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that the FBI is investigating meetings that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had in December with Russian officials.

Trump told France’s new President Macron ‘You were my guy’

Trump assures French President Macron 'you were my guy' - after saying before his election that rival Le Pen was 'strongest on what's going on in France' Trump said before the election that Le Pen was 'strongest' on borders and on 'what's going on in France' President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron that he had been a supporter in his race against far-right leader Marine Le Pen, although Trump's only comment on the race had him hailing Le Pen. Trump told Macron of his views in comments relayed by an official in the French government's office - after a bilateral meeting where the two men engaged in a vigorous handshake that lasted more than five seconds.

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Trump retains outside lawyer Marc Kasowitz to help with Russia probes

President Trump listens to questions from the media as he met with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos in the Oval Office last week. President Trump has retained the services of a trusted lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year's election, according to people familiar with the decision.

Iran hits back at Trump after Islam speech, Saudi arms deal

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaking at the 53rd Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, February 19, 2017. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Sunday that the United States may be "milking" Saudi Arabia of $480 billion after Washington signed major deals with Tehran's regional rival over the weekend, incluing a $110 billion arms deal effective immediately.

Stay the Course With Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani has won re-election as Iran's president in a landslide, meaning that it is he who will be dealing with an antagonistic US President Donald Trump. What will their relationship mean for the 2015 international agreement that has, for now, frozen Iran's nuclear ambitions? The Iranian nuclear deal was the culmination of a decades-long pas de deux between the United States and post-revolutionary Iran - a push and pull, in which every step forward was seemingly followed by a step back.

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The Heritage Foundation's Ed Haislmaier told Breitbart News that Congress's health care bill acts as damage control for Obamacare. Haislmaier told Breitbart that the House's American Health Care Act will move health care in the right direction, although, the Senate can make improvements to the bill.

[Newsmaker] Iran’s Rouhani: Moderate cleric open to world

President Hassan Rouhani, who won re-election on Saturday, has spent three decades at the heart of Iran's revolutionary establishment but still faces opposition from hardliners for trying to rebuild ties with the West. The 68-year-old cleric, almost always clad in his white turban, repeated his convincing 2013 victory by bringing together moderates and reformists with his pledges to end Iran's isolation and improve civil rights at home.

Keating Concerned with One of Trump’s Top Picks for FBI Director

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman gives a 'thumbs-up' as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington Wednesday Besides being Connecticut's US senator for 14 years, Lieberman unsuccessfully ran for the presidency, was Al Gore's running mate and was considered a vice presidential possibility when Sen. According to media reports , the Trump administration is considering four candidates to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. Frank Keating , former FBI official Richard McFeely and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe .

Embattled Trump starts foreign tour with Saudi arms deal

Washington announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia and took aim at Iran on Saturday as President Donald Trump began a foreign tour looking to leave domestic troubles behind. The $110 billion deal for Saudi purchases of US defence equipment and services came at the start of an eight-day trip that will also take Trump to Jerusalem, the Vatican and meetings with leaders in Europe.

The Latest: Tillerson: Curbing Iran a focus of Trump trip

U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says a centerpiece of President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia is to curb any threats to the region posed by Iran. Tillerson says a series of military and private sector deals agreed to by both sides sends a "strong message to our common enemies."

A look at Iran’s presidential candidates

The contest is largely seen as a referendum on the incumbent president's more moderate political stance, which helped pave the way for the country's nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani is widely seen as the front-runner after his moderate administration struck the atomic accord.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday he will resign from Congress next month.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation he promised to lead about President Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director and his presidential campaign's ties with Russia. Chaffetz made the announcement a day after tweeting that he had invited ex-FBI Director James Comey to testify next week at a hearing of the oversight committee he chairs.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday he will resign from Congress next month.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation he promised to lead about President Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director and his presidential campaign's ties with Russia. Chaffetz made the announcement a day after tweeting that he had invited ex-FBI Director James Comey to testify next week at a hearing of the oversight committee he chairs.

Editorial: While GOP, Democrats applaud Mueller, Trump tweets

Editorial: While GOP, Democrats applaud Mueller, Trump tweets Record Editorial on the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia involvement in 2016 election. Check out this story on northjersey.com: https://njersy.co/2rwlyHH Thursday morning should have been a good one in the West Wing.

Editorial: While GOP, Democrats applaud Mueller, Trump tweets

Editorial: While GOP, Democrats applaud Mueller, Trump tweets Record Editorial on the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia involvement in 2016 election. Check out this story on northjersey.com: https://njersy.co/2rwlyHH Thursday morning should have been a good one in the West Wing.

Trump: No special counsel with ‘all of the illegal acts’…

President Trump on Thursday said there was never a special counsel appointed when illegal acts were committed during the administration of former President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton Trump fires back: No special 'councel' for 'illegal acts' of Clinton campaign, Obama administration Rosenstein to be grilled today on Trump bombshells Sinclair deal puts heat on FCC MORE "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!" the president tweeted on Thursday.

Here’s what’s REALLY troubling about the intel leak storya


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I was also considering the lunacy of the left - especially those Senate Democrats - who are threatening to block the nomination of a new FBI director if they don't get a special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russian collusion. In other words, the Democrats have a "conviction looking for evidence" mentality, which is truly insane, not to mention a violation of legal standard.

White House’s repeated falsehoods lead to credibility gaps

Starting with press secretary Sean Spicer insisting inaccurately that President Donald Trump drew record-setting inauguration crowds, top presidential advisers have provided information that is provably false or contradicted by others in the White House, including Trump himself. The pattern continued this week, with national security advisers giving one account of what Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office only to have the president himself revise it.

Few in US Support Trump’s Firing of FBI Chief

"If, in fact, there are such recordings, I think those recordings will be subpoenaed and they will probably have to turn them over", said Lee. Clapper spoke following Trump's sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI's probe into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.

Trump and His Enemiesby Conrad Black A change of pace and tone by the …

The bombastic Trump personality and his frequently changing treatments of prominent current subjects incite the belief among many who do not follow these things too closely that Mr. Trump is creating an unseemly, overly contentious climate in Washington, in which there is no agreement on anything, odd things keep happening, and a shrill tone never subsides. He has a mandate to tear the government apart, uproot it, reform it, do it better, and execute drastic policy changes in taxes, health care, immigration, trade, campaign funding, environmental policy, energy production, education, financial regulation, industrial relations, transport and infrastructure, law enforcement, treatment of veterans, and foreign policy .

No, Dems Haven’t Cracked the Code for Winning Over Rural Trump Supporters

Cheri Bustos, a Democratic congresswoman from Central Illinois, was touted last week by Politico as the politician who has cracked the code for getting Trump voters to elect a Democrat.I 'm not going to dispute the fact that she is a gifted politician, but let me cut to the chase and give you a condensed version of her recipe for political success: raise a lot of money, show up for things, and represent a district that's been gerrymandered for Democrats. Cheri Bustos, a Democratic congresswoman from Central Illinois, was touted last week by Politico as the politician who has cracked the code for getting Trump voters to elect a Democrat.

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More news out of Virginia: Valerie Jarrett, who served as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama for the duration of his presidency, endorsed former Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia's hotly contested Democratic gubernatorial primary... Received this e-mail today from former Rep. Tom Perriello's gubernatorial campaign: Friend, I want to talk to you about something serious.

Clapper: U.S. is ‘under assault’ by Trump after firing

In this Monday, May 8, 2017, file photo, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing: "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election." Clapper on Sunday, May 14, described a U.S. government "under assault" after President Donald Trump's controversial decision to fire FBI director James Comey, as lawmakers urged the president to select a new FBI director free of any political stigma.

The Latest: Clapper says Trump eroding checks and balances


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The former U.S. intelligence chief is warning that President Donald Trump is eroding the nation's system of checks and balances. The remarks Sunday by former director of national intelligence James Clapper come partly in response to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

.com | No ‘clean slate’ between the US and Russia – Tillerson

Relations between the United States and Russia, at their lowest level since the Cold War, will not restart "with a clean slate", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday. The former ExxonMobil CEO, who was decorated in 2013 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, had said previously that the relationship between the two nuclear powers had hit its lowest point since the Soviet collapse in 1991.

With ‘tapes’ tweet, Trump evokes Nixon’s White House

For the first time since an Oval Office taping system was removed by President Richard Nixon's chief of staff nearly 44 years ago, a president has hinted that White House conversations might again be secretly recorded. If so, President Donald Trump is following a problematic precedent.

Outside money floods House special elections in Georgia and Montana

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super pac tied to House Speaker Paul Ryan, tops spending in special elections and tests get-out-the-vote strategy for the 2018 midterm elections. Outside money floods House special elections in Georgia and Montana The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super pac tied to House Speaker Paul Ryan, tops spending in special elections and tests get-out-the-vote strategy for the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump firing Comey shrouds Russia probe in doubt, turmoil

President Donald Trump's stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey throws into question the future of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset. Democrats likened Tuesday's ouster to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" and renewed calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor, and some Republicans also questioned the move.

8 Top Choices to Replace Comey at FBI

The surprise firing of FBI director James Comey on Tuesday quickly ignited speculation about who could be next in line as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. President Donald Trump notified Comey, who was leading an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, of his termination via a letter Tuesday.

Leading Off: Mattingly on ejection streak, K-Rod loses job

A look at key moments in tenure of FBI Director James Comey and the decision by President Donald Trump to abruptly fire him. State-funded adoption agencies backing Texas legislation that would sanction the rejection of prospective parents on religious grounds already routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants.

Donald Trump sacks FBI Chief James Comey in middle of Russia probe


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Senate GOP struggles to find challengers for some Democrats

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa - Senate Republicans landed a top-tier candidate in West Virginia but have struggled to recruit well-known GOP challengers in several states where President Donald Trump romped and Democratic incumbents warily face re-election. Two-term Rep. Evan Jenkins on Monday announced his bid against Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia's popular former governor whose conservative record often puts him at odds with his party and made him a possible member of Trump's Cabinet.

Former official says she warned White House about Flynn

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates says she bluntly warned the Trump White House in January that new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow's ambassador in Washington. The congressional testimony Monday from Yates, an Obama administration holdover fired soon after for other reasons, marked her first public comments about the concerns she raised and filled in basic details about the chain of events that led to Flynn's ouster in February.

Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump

The Trump administration is hunting for evidence of crimes committed by Haitian immigrants as it decides their future in the United States. Jimmy Kimmel zinged his critics as he returned to late-night TV and resumed arguing that all Americans deserve the level of health care given his infant son.

Trump administration was warned Michael Flynn ‘could be…

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told Congress Monday she bluntly warned the Trump White House in January that new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow's ambassador in Washington. The testimony from Yates, an Obama administration holdover fired soon after for other reasons, marked her first public comments about the concerns she raised and filled in basic details about the chain of events that led to Flynn's ouster in February.

Obama warned Trump about Flynn, former officials say

An Obama administration official who warned the Trump White House ... President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser during an Oval Office meeting after the 2016 election, according to three former Obama administration officials. WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser during an Oval Office meeting after the 2016 election, according to three former Obama administration officials.

In Macron, supporters see a champion of optimism

The improbable rise of Emmanuel Macron as the youngest president in modern French history - held up as a rebuke to transatlantic populism and generating expectations from Boston to Berlin - started with the big hope of women like Christelle Dernon. Ms. Dernon was one of thousands of French people who signed up for the political movement "En Marche" that Mr. Macron started just a year ago, knocking on doors across the country and helping create and curate the message of optimism that ultimately prevailed at the polls Sunday night.

Hawaii investigates graffiti found on revered mountain

Jury selection begins Monday for a Phoenix woman charged with murder in the 2011 death of a girl who was found dead inside a padlocked storage box. State authorities are asking for the public's help in finding out who painted graffiti on rocks within a protected area on Mauna Kea mountain.

Earthquake hits central Alaska, third to hit during weekend

Jury selection begins Monday for a Phoenix woman charged with murder in the 2011 death of a girl who was found dead inside a padlocked storage box. Jury selection begins Monday for a Phoenix woman charged with murder in the 2011 death of a girl who was found dead inside a padlocked storage box.

Hvorostovsky makes surprise appearance at Met Opera gala

Jury selection begins Monday for a Phoenix woman charged with murder in the 2011 death of a girl who was found dead inside a padlocked storage box. State authorities are asking for the public's help in finding out who painted graffiti on rocks within a protected area on Mauna Kea mountain.

Silicon Valley is ‘officially a retirement community for D.C. political vets’

A graying man - once the baby-faced press wrangler for Sen. Barack Obama's nascent presidential campaign - nursed an absinthe cocktail as he mingled near a former spokesman for President George W. Bush's 2004 reelection bid. Nearby, one of Sen. John McCain's most aggressive public advocates in his 2008 presidential campaign huddled with a man who spent the last several years as former President Bill Clinton's liaison with the public.

Conrad Hilton arrested for alleged car theft in Los Angeles

Paris Hilton's younger brother, Conrad Hilton, has been arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly stealing a car and violating an ex-girlfriend's restraining order. Paris Hilton's younger brother, Conrad Hilton, has been arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly stealing a car and violating an ex-girlfriend's restraining order.

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French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's team blasted a "massive and coordinated hacking attack" against his campaign after a flood of internal documents were released online late Friday, barely 24 hours before the election. The centrist candidate's furious staff said the release of thousands of emails, accounting documents and other files was an attempt at "democratic destabilisation, like that seen during the last presidential campaign in the United States".

A call for common sense

A front-page story in the New York Times , January 20, 2017 reported: "American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said."

Interior IDs 27 monuments for possible end to protections

Republicans are claiming a triumph by pushing their bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law through the House, but it faces a bumpy road in the Senate. Republicans are claiming a triumph by pushing their bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law through the House, but it faces a bumpy road in the Senate.

FBI chief Comey ‘mildly nauseous’ about possible influence on election

"The FBI and the Justice Department have provided me material inconsistent answers in closed setting about its reported relationship with Mr. Steele", Grassley said . Comey shocked the country when he informed Congress he was reopening the probe into Clinton's unauthorized use of a private email server as secretary of state, months after declaring the probe found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Barack Obama endorses Macron for French presidency

This combination of pictures created on May 4, 2017 shows a file photo taken on November 2, 2016 of then US President Barack Obama speaking at a rally at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and a file photo taken on April 18, 2017 of French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement, Emmanuel Macron reacting during his visit to the KRYS group's headquarters in Bazainville. In a message posted on Macron's Twitter account, the former US president said he was endorsing the centrist candidate "because of how important this election is."

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During the debate today between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, Le Pen ripped into Macron and called him out plainly with some of the most decisive rhetoric we've seen yet. Best line of the night- Marine Le Pen to Emmanuel Macron: "Let me tell you what happened - France will be led by a woman, it'll be either me, or Mrs. Merkel.

The Latest: Democrats predict backlash for GOP

The Latest on congressional action on the GOP health care bill and the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill : Democrats say House Republicans up for re-election next year will face a public backlash if they vote to approve a GOP health care bill.

No US president should bow or scrape

When, during a presidential debate in 2007, Barack Obama said he would agree to meet the world's worst dictators "without precondition," he was rightly chastised for it. His error was not in believing that negotiation and diplomacy have a role to play, or that it is sometimes necessary for America's president to grip the hand of an odious head of state to improve relations and make the world a better place.

FBI boss felt sick over Clinton probe

James Comey, the FBI director, said he felt 'nauseous' at the thought that he affected the result of last year's US presidential election by reopening a probe into Hillary Clinton's emails days before the vote. Eleven days before Donald Trump won the race to the White House, Comey announced the decision to reopen the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server, which led to damaging headlines for the Democratic candidate.

CBS correspondent badgers president over surveillance by Obama

In an interview that was broadcast on Monday, President Donald Trump was badgered by CBS anchor John Dickerson about claims that Barack Obama had ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election. Trump also spoke to his relationship with the previous occupant of the White House, Barack Obama.

Amarillo family continues tradition of collecting autographs

In this April 17, 2017, photo, Eric Corbyn, owner of Corbyn's Clothiers, displays a document bearing the signature of 13 U.S. presidents in Amariloo, Texas. This summer Corbyn hopes to add Trump to the list to make it 14. His late father, a major in the Korean War, collected autographs and photographs.

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's decision to invite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington, saying his cooperation was needed to counter North Korea, even as the administration faced human rights criticism for its overture to Manila. Trump issued the invitation on Saturday night in what the White House said was a "very friendly" phone conversation with Duterte, who is accused by international human rights groups of supporting a campaign of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines.

Matteo Renzi on track to win Italy’s Democratic Party election

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi looks set to emerge victorious in Sunday's Democratic Party election, representing a remarkable comeback for the 42-year-old politician. Polling stations in Italy closed at 4 p.m. Eastern time, with Renzi expected to win the primary election decisively against Justice Minister Andrea Orlando and Michele Emiliano, who heads Italy's Apulia region, according to reports from The Telegraph.

Trump Continues To Have Staunch Supporters And Determined Opposition

Talk to voters across the country about President Trump's first 100 days in office and a few things become abundantly clear: His detractors - and they are many, given that Trump failed to win the popular vote - are still shocked by his election and appalled by his behavior. He has lost support, particularly among moderates and independent voters.

No Such Thing as a Close Election

In Georgia's Sixth Congressional District special election last week, 57 percent of registered voters stayed home. The race repeatedly made national news because it was possible that a Democrat could be elected to that seat for the first time since 1979.

France’s choice: European globalism or populist nationalism

A combination of pictures made on April 23, 2017 shows French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron and French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National party Marine Le Pen posing in Paris. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen appear to have won the first round of France's presidential election .

France votes in cliffhanger presidential election today

France goes to the polls on Sunday for the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election, crucial to the future of Europe and a closely-watched test of voters' anger with the political establishment. Nearly 47 million voters will decide, under tight security, whether to back a pro-EU centrist newcomer, a scandal-ridden veteran conservative who wants to slash public spending, a far-left eurosceptic admirer of Fidel Castro or appoint France's first woman president, to shut borders and ditch the euro.

The Commission on Presidential Debate’s 15 Percent Polling Criterion…


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A hearing in Johnson's case was held today in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, insisting that the Debate Commission in collusion with the major parties are violating antitrust law when it comes to "political markets." Electoral politics is like a market, argues Bruce Fein, the lawyer for Gary Johnson and other plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates , the Republican and Democratic Parties, and 2012 major party candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Funt: Trump’s endless campaign

"No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it," observed George Orwell in his prescient novel "1984." However, until Donald Trump came along most U.S. presidents were at least subtle about their eagerness to retain power - especially during the first 100 days.

Nevada flirts with primaries while maligned caucus system prevails

Long lines and frustrated voters that accompanied Nevada caucuses in 2016 were not enough to sway lawmakers toward a primary system. Legislative efforts from both parties to return to presidential primaries have failed to gain traction over the years, with the most recent failed push marked by concerns that Nevada would lose political prominence nationally.

Getting out was Jason Chaffetz’s only good option

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he will not run for reelection to his House seat in 2018. The Utah Republican said he won't seek any political office in 2018, stirring speculation that he may run for governor in 2020.

Obama offers France’s Macron luck, advice ahead of election

Former President Barack Obama waded into France's closely watched presidential election on Thursday, offering centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron his best wishes - and even a bit of campaign advice. In a phone call three days before France's first round of voting, Obama stopped short of an official endorsement as he wished Macron "good luck."

Bill O’Reilly Had A Better 4/20 Than You

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! , just another day on the calendar in which Americans try to forget about reality. Bill O'Reilly is receiving a -- an amount typically reserved for more noble undertakings like selling out to a lobbying firm, ruining the Yankees' playoff chances or running an investment bank into the ground.

Reuters: Think Tank Linked To Putin Distributed Plans to Influence U.S. Election

U.S. intelligence agencies released a report in January saying they assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" in the U.S. presidential election. The Reuters news agency reports that a Russian government think tank run by Kremlin-appointed former intelligence officials developed a plan to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election last year.

Apocalyptic Progressivism

Shortly after the 2008 election, President Obama's soon-to-be chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, infamously declared, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." He elaborated: "What I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and says the U.S. has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program. However, in a letter sent late Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the administration has undertaken a full review of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Early voting shows Democrat lead narrowing in Ga. race

Georgia House race continues as Trump referendum The eyes of the nation are on a special election in Georgia's 6th congressional district. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2pykgKZ Georgia's sixth congressional district is holding a special election Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, who left to take over as Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services.

Changing Trump views toward Russia, China worry some allies


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Once soft on Russia and hard on China, President Donald Trump rapidly reversed course in the last weeks, concluding there's more business to be done with Beijing than with Moscow. Trump's evolving views on those two world powers have brought the U.S. back into alignment with former President Barack Obama's pattern of "great power" politics.

Mixed reactions greet Trump’s new attitudes on Russia, China

" Once soft on Russia and hard on China, President Donald Trump rapidly reversed course in the last weeks, concluding there's more business to be done with Beijing than with Moscow. Trump's evolving views on those two world powers have brought the U.S. back into alignment with former President Barack Obama's pattern of "great power" politics.

Mixed reactions greet Trump’s new attitudes on Russia, China

Once soft on Russia and hard on China, President Donald Trump rapidly reversed course in the last weeks, concluding there's more business to be done with Beijing than with Moscow. Trump's evolving views on those two world powers have brought the U.S. back into alignment with former President Barack Obama 's pattern of "great power" politics.

Harder on Russia and softer on China, Trump’s views evolving

Once soft on Russia and hard on China, President Donald Trump rapidly reversed course in the last weeks, concluding there's more business to be done with Beijing than with Moscow. Trump's evolving views on those two world powers have brought the U.S. back into alignment with former President Barack Obama's pattern of "great power" politics.

Course reversal: Trump’s White House increasingly hawkish on Russia

Once soft on Russia and hard on China, President Donald Trump rapidly reversed course in the last weeks, concluding there's more business to be done with Beijing than with Moscow. Trump's evolving views on those two world powers have brought the U.S. back into alignment with former President Barack Obama's pattern of "great power" politics.

This week in the war on workers: How far did union households swing toward Trump?

Popular Vote Loser Donald Trump just released his first budget,and it is filled with debilitating cuts to social services and... Despite promising to release his tax returns in a televised debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump continues to show that... Did Donald Trump really make major inroads with union households ? Sociologists Jake Rosenfeld and Patrick Denice take a look at the data and conclude that the story is more complicated than the headlines have made it out to be. In 2016 the partisan split among union households was smaller than at any time since Ronald Reagan's re-election in 1984."

Russian Federation challenges U.S. to prove chemical attack in Syria

The presidents of both countries personally waded into the day's diplomatic efforts in an apparent bid to move past some of the divisions, with Putin meeting with Tillerson for about two hours. Beyond the expanding ledger of disagreements, Trump has limited ability to offer Moscow concessions at a time USA investigators are examining if Russian agents and Trump campaign associates colluded to help the billionaire businessman win last year's presidential election.

Trump’s CIA Director Just Called WikiLeaks a “Hostile Intelligence Service”

Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo on Thursday denounced WikiLeaks as a "non-state hostile intelligence service," and he singled out Russia as one of the anti-secrecy organization's top collaborators. Pompeo is the latest top official in the Trump administration to note that Russia hacked into the emails of Democratic staffers with the intention of influencing the 2016 presidential election.

GCHQ – principal whistleblower over Trump team’s Russia links’

Britain's GCHQ spy agency played a key role in alerting US intelligence to contacts between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian operatives, according to a report. The electronic "listening" agency first became aware of suspicious "interactions" between figures connected to Mr Trump and known or suspected Russian agents in late 2015, The Guardian reported, citing a "source close to UK intelligence".

U.S.-Russia relations at another low after Syria attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday trust had eroded between the United States and Russia under President Donald Trump as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria. Any hope in Russia that the Trump administration would herald less confrontational relations has been dashed in the past week after the new U.S. leader fired missiles at Syria to punish Moscow's ally for its suspected use of poison gas.

Yvonne AbrahamThe backstory on Mitt Romney’s – binders full of women’

Also back: the righteous anger of the women who made those binders happen, who've seen their work co-opted and taken for granted, then and now, and who fear that the whole notion of pushing women ahead in public life has run into a big, unbeautiful White House wall. Who can forget that presidential debate in 2012, when the GOP nominee Mitt Romney recalled boastfully that when he was preparing to take office as Massachusetts governor, "I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks?' and they brought us whole binders full of women."

“Threading the Needle of a Global Security Debacle”

It continues to amaze me, perhaps not, how recalcitrant the media has been in not addressing the horrific global security situation that was bequeathed from the Obama administration to the Trump administration. The misguided vehemence in which the media has pursued a windmill called Russian intervention into our election is quite telling.

Syria fight upends Trump’s image as Russia ally

Increasing tensions with Moscow over U.S. strikes on Syria have complicated the Democrats' argument that President Trump is too close to Russia, even as congressional committees continue to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election and any collusion with the Trump campaign. None of this is likely to lessen the vigor with which Democrats pursue the Russia probe.

Hungary: Showdown of ‘illiberal state’ vs. ‘open society’

Hungary's effort to close Central European University, founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros in 1991, is another step in Prime Minister Viktor Orban's plan to transform his country into an "illiberal state," a narrower view of democracy which contrasts with the "open society" ideals promoted globally by Soros. A law rushed through parliament on Tuesday sets new conditions for the 28 foreign universities operating in Hungary.

John Hood: Learning and winning go together

It was during the 1988 presidential election. Like many conservative and libertarian students of the day, my friends and I at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were looking for a leader to follow in the footsteps of the president we all revered, Ronald Reagan.

John Kass: Susan Rice is stuck in the rabbit hole

Democratic lawmakers and representatives from the state teachers union, the state PTA and other organizations gathered in Annapolis Thursday morning to tout the Protect Our Schools Act. Gov. Democratic lawmakers and representatives from the state teachers union, the state PTA and other organizations gathered in Annapolis Thursday morning to tout the Protect Our Schools Act.

Is it time to boycott America?


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The catastrophic outcome of last November's U.S. presidential election is now clear. President Donald Trump's indifference to the risk of climate change, and the actions he is taking because of that indifference, are likely to have consequences that dwarf the significance of his executive order on immigration, his nomination of an arch-conservative to the Supreme Court and, should he manage to achieve it, his repeal of the Affordable Care Act .

French president denounces rival’s claims of dirty tricks

The clash between the Socialist Hollande and the right-wing Francois Fillon threatens to further stain the French presidential campaign, already tainted by corruption scandals and voter frustration with the political establishment. It has also drawn comparisons to President Donald Trump's accusations of wiretapping by predecessor Barack Obama, and Trump's attacks on the U.S. judicial system.

Manafort will testify on alleged Russia ties to House committee, Nunes says

Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will testify on his alleged ties to Russia. The offer comes amid growing concern over the role Russia played in influencing the presidential election and the potential members of President Donald Trump's team colluded with the country to tip things in his favor.

RPT-After Trump rally, equity investors move into healthcare, retailers


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High U.S. share prices are pushing Lipper Award-winning equity fund managers into the shares of beaten-down healthcare companies, retailers and emerging-market stocks that they say offer a greater chance for outsized gains. Fund managers from Poplar Forest, Parnassus Investments and Brandes Investment Partners are among the 2017 Lipper Award winners who are concerned about the high valuation of the benchmark S&P 500 index.

Risky House healthcare vote to test Trumpa s negotiating skills

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday faces the first concrete test of how well the deal-making skills he honed in his real estate business will translate on Capitol Hill in a high-stakes vote on new Republican health care legislation. The House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill to replace Obamacare late on Friday afternoon.

Politics this week

He then entered the grounds of Parliament, the heart of Britain's democracy, and fatally stabbed an unarmed policeman before being shot dead. This "marauding" method of terror attack-using a vehicle to mow people down in a crowded area-was similar to atrocities carried out by Islamists last year in France and Germany.

Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination, Schumer says

As the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing from witnesses for and against Judge Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nomination was delivered a critical blow: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced he would oppose Gorsuch and join other Democrats in filibustering the nomination, making it likely that the judge will struggle to find the support needed to clear a 60-vote procedural hurdle. Gorsuch "was unable to sufficiently convince me that he'd be an independent check" on President Donald Trump, Schumer said in a Senate floor speech.

High stakes for Trump in vote on healthcare plan

U.S. President Donald Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle on Thursday: a do-or-die vote in the House of Representatives on a plan that would roll back the signature healthcare law of former President Barack Obama. Trump has been billed by some lawmakers as "the closer" to seal the deal on the replacement healthcare plan in a vote Republican leaders hoped to hold on Thursday, but there were signs late on Wednesday night that the deadline could be pushed back.

The House Intelligence chief just tossed a huge wrench into…

Rep. Devin Nunes on Wednesday threw a huge wrench into the middle of the investigations surrounding President Donald Trump, his claims of being wiretapped by his predecessor, and Russia's meddling in the election. And he now finds himself in a central role after making Republicans and Democrats alike scratch their heads over what appeared to be an unprecedented move.

Gov. Cuomo hires former Obama and Clinton staffers

Gov. Cuomo announced 27 new hires on Tuesday, including a dozen people who were out of work thanks to President Trump. The dozen either worked for President Barack Obama, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign or elsewhere in the federal government, and their hirings come as Cuomo is being talked up as a potential Democratic presidential candidate for 2020.

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The FBI is investigating whether far-right news websites contributed to Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report. The probe is focused on discovering whether Russian operatives used conservative outlets to help spread stories favoring now-President Trump, McClatchy said Monday.

FBI Director Comey: Russia probe, yes; wiretaps, no

The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, FBI Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats. In a bruising five-hour session before the House Intelligence Committee, the FBI director also knocked down Trump's claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an assertion that has distracted White House officials and frustrated fellow Republicans who acknowledge they've seen no evidence to support it.

6 big takeaways from the extraordinary hearing on Russia, Trump and wiretapping

FBI Director James Comey and NSA chief Mike Rogers, right, appear in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the Longworth House Office Building on Monday in Washington. FBI Director James Comey and NSA chief Mike Rogers, right, appear in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the Longworth House Office Building on Monday in Washington.

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Donations to help a young man with brain cancer who was mocked by late-night news satire show "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" passed the $100,000 mark on Saturday. Kyle Coddington, a college student a contributor for OUTSET magazine, appeared in a montage of CPAC attendees sporting similar "Nazi haircuts" as part of a "Wither Conservatism" segment which aired Wednesday.

House intel committee will probe Trumpa s wiretap accusation against Obama

The House intelligence committee will investigate President Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama ordered his phones tapped during the closing days of last year's presidential election campaign, the committee's chairman announced Tuesday. Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said the claim would be part of the committee's first open hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. election, which is now set for March 20. The witness list for that hearing, Nunes said, includes the heads, or former heads, of most of the major American intelligence agencies and may grow.

With Brands On Board Or Not, Right-Wing News Is Full Steam Ahead

In the months leading up to and following the US presidential election, publishers with right-wing and occasionally extremist views, such as Breitbart and InfoWars, have joined stalwarts like the Drudge Report and Newsmax on the Republican right. In spite of their growing audiences, monetization can be tough for these challengers.

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Secretary Rex Tillerson , Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new President Trump executive order on immigration, travel and visa restrictions. [Executive Order Details Here] * T-Rex explains the countries listed under the visa ban, which was modified after Iraq complied with the latest demands for enhanced vetting and security protocols.

Former US Rep Betty Sutton to make ’18 bid for Ohio governor

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton planned to jump into the 2018 governor's race Tuesday, bringing a solid track record of election wins and fundraising that could position her as the initial Democratic front-runner. The 53-year-old lawyer from Barberton served three terms in Congress and eight years in the state Legislature, where she was the youngest woman ever elected at age 29. She also served on her local city and county councils.

The Latest: Kremlin distances itself from Trumpa s claim

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is distancing the Kremlin from President Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama tapped his phones during the election campaign. The claim comes amid the swirl of revelations about contacts between Trump aides and Russia's ambassador to the U.S., both during and after a presidential election Russia is believed to have meddled in.

The Latest: Dems seek details of communications about Russia

The Latest on President Donald Trump's claim that then-President Barack Obama had Trump's telephones tapped during last year's election : Congressional Democrats are seeking details about reports of contacts between the White House and the Justice Department concerning the FBI's ongoing review of efforts by the Russian government to unlawfully influence the U.S. presidential election. House Judiciary Committee Democrats plan a letter to White House counsel Donald McGahn noting the contacts were inappropriate.

FBI Director Comey asks Justice Department to reject Trumpa s wiretapping claim

FBI director James B. Comey asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Donald Trump's assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Trump's phones, senior U.S. officials said Sunday. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.

FBI asked Justice Department to reject Trump claim: report

FBI Director James Comey reportedly asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama Newsmax CEO: Trump vows he'll be 'proven right' on wiretaps FBI asked Justice Department to reject Trump claim: report Obama visits National Gallery of Art: reports MORE Senior American officials told The New York Times on Sunday that Comey has said the president's wiretapping allegations are not true and asked the Justice Department on Saturday to publicly correct the record. The report comes after President Trump, in a series of early Saturday tweets, claimed President Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower.

White House wants Congressional probe on Obama executive powers

The White House on Sunday demanded that Congress, which is already investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, also examine whether former President Barack Obama abused his executive powers in connection with that campaign. The request followed President Donald Trump's claim Saturday that his predecessor had tapped the telephones at Trump Tower.

Two Special Elections Provide Early Trump Test

In the next few months, Georgia and Montana will hold special elections to fill newly vacant House seats, and what happens in those races may tell us a lot about the broader state of the Democratic and Republican parties in the distant 2018 midterms.

‘Simply false’ – Obama’s response to Trump’s ‘bad guy’ phone-tapping tweet allegations

U.S. President Donald Trump accused predecessor Barack Obama on Saturday of wiretapping him during the late stages of the 2016 election campaign, but offered no evidence for an allegation which an Obama spokesman said was "simply false". President-elect Donald Trump, left, and President Barack Obama arrive for Trump's inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington yesterday.

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A spokesman for Barack Obama rejects claims by U.S. President Donald Trump that the then-president had wiretapped Trump in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, saying it was "simply false." , moved, by David Shepardson, 917 words) WASHINGTON - The White House budget director confirms that the Trump administration will propose "fairly dramatic reductions" in the U.S. foreign aid budget later this month.

Democrats say long-term success starts with 2018 governors’ races

For almost a decade now, governors' offices have been a weak link for national Democrats, with Republicans racking up stunning and continuous wins in deep-blue bastions like Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Now, Democrats building a long-term strategy for retaking power in Congress and the states are counting on winning big in statehouse races over the next two years.

Democrats say long-term success starts with 2018 governorsa races

For almost a decade now, governors' offices have been a weak link for national Democrats, with Republicans racking up stunning and continuous wins in deep-blue bastions like Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Now, Democrats building a long-term strategy for retaking power in Congress and the states are counting on winning big in statehouse races over the next two years.

Petition urges Obama to run for president – of France

Two organizers of an online petition wearing masks of former U.S. President Barack Obama stick a campaign poster reading "yes we can" in French, on a wall in Paris, Friday, March 3, 2017. An online petition urging Barack Obama to join the French presidential race has attracted more than 45,000 signatures in 10 days.

Obama admin scrambled to preserve evidence of meetings between…

President Barack Obama's administration hastily tried to disseminate information about Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election and potential ties between Russia and the incoming Trump administration, the New York Times reports . According to former U.S. intelligence officials, European allies of the United States provided the former administration with information regarding meetings in Europe between Russian officials and associates of Trump.

Interview: Activist, educator and author Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers first achieved notoriety as a leading voice in 1960s radical-left groups such as Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground. Now 72, he's spent his life involved in activism, particularly eduction reform, while teaching at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Press vital, but no Trump dig intended, Bush says

Former President George W Bush speaks during a preview of an exhibition of his paintings of U.S. military veterans in Dallas, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. NEW YORK -- Former President George W. Bush said he didn't intend to criticize President Donald Trump when he said recently that a free press is essential to democracy Bush said Tuesday that he was simply responding to a reporter's question about the role of journalism.

Trump offers mixed messages on immigration

President Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday in a private meeting with news anchors that he's open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the U.S. illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But hours later, in his first address to Congress, he pledged to vigorously target people living in the U.S. illegally who "threaten our communities" and prey on "innocent citizens."

Ap Fact Check: Trump claims credit for jobs that predate him

TRUMP: "Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart and many others have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs." THE FACTS: Many of the announcements reflect corporate decisions that predate Trump's presidential election, making it unlikely that his administration is the sole or even the primary reason for the expected hiring.

Trump says he’s open to ‘compromise’ immigration bill

President Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday that he's open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the U.S. illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The president, in a lunch with news anchors ahead of his address to Congress on Tuesday night, said, "The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides."

Rep. Turner calls Comey hearing ‘highly speculative’

On a day that saw FBI Director James Comey testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Erin Burnett made the issue the focus of her evening news program by welcoming a man who was in the room as the testimony was given. Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio is a Republican member of the Intelligence Committee, and cautioned anyone from forming opinions based solely on what Comey shared Monday morning.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, meets with reporters to discuss the process for investigating whether or how Russia influenced the presidential election, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said earlier that Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports that a few Americans with ties to President Donald Trump had contacted Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, meets with reporters to discuss the process for investigating whether or how Russia influenced the presidential election, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said earlier that Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports that a few Americans with ties to President Donald Trump had contacted Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Iran ex-president applauds immigration to US in long letter to Donald Trump

Iran's former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a 3,500-word letter to US president Donald Trump that applauds immigration and says it shows "the contemporary US belongs to all nations". Iran's former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a 3,500-word letter to US president Donald Trump that applauds immigration and says it shows "the contemporary US belongs to all nations".

Kansas man accused in bomb plot feared social collapse

This Oct. 14, 2016 file booking photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Patrick Stein, the alleged leader of a militia group accused of plotting to bomb a apartment complex in western Kansas where Somali refugees lived. At a detention hearing Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, Klein's attorney said his client believed then President Barack Obama would declare martial law and not recognize the validity of the election if Donald Trump won - forcing militias to step in.

Donald Trump rips media at CPAC meeting for using anonymous sources


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Donald Trump used his first presidential appearance before the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists on Friday to sharply escalate his criticism of the news media and take direct aim at the use of anonymous sources. Reporters "shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," he declared, just hours after members of his own staff held a press briefing and refused to allow their names to be used.

Letter: National Guard story invents controversy where there’s none

Letter: National Guard story invents controversy where there's none Saw your front page article about the National Guard being used to round up illegals. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2luyA5S Donald Trump and John McCain have been sparring publicly from the beginning of Trump's campaign for presidency, which began in June 2015.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch should not be confirmed

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch should not be confirmed for many reasons, but primarily his record suggests he will be a real threat to the legal protections for women, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, working men and women, broadly applied religious liberty and limits on money in politics. In short, his record suggests he will be the court's most conservative member - no easy feat considering the presence of Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

President Trump Held a Re-Election Rally After Just a Month on the Job


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Most presidents look to govern for a bit before returning to the campaign trail, but Trump isn't most presidents. "Life is a campaign," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on his 30th day in office, as he made the brief flight up the Florida coast from the "Winter White House," his Mar-a-Lago club.

Political Risk And The Cloak Of Invisibility

Over the past couple weeks we have been snooping around some of the contrarian corners of the world, to see what those folks not completely enamored of the "Trump trade" have been up to . While we were away, all manner of things has gone down in Washington, often in a most colorful fashion.

At conference of world leaders, McCain blasts Trump’s worldview

Without ever mentioning President Trump by name, Sen. John McCain used a speech in Germany on Friday as an international platform in an apparent blast at his fellow Republican's policies and worldview. At conference of world leaders, McCain blasts Trump's worldview Without ever mentioning President Trump by name, Sen. John McCain used a speech in Germany on Friday as an international platform in an apparent blast at his fellow Republican's policies and worldview.

Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media

Critics of President Donald Trump saw in his Thursday news conference a combative, thin-skinned chief executive who continues to blame the media for the controversies roiling his administration. His supporters saw something else: A champion of Middle America who is taking on the establishment and making good on his campaign promises to put the country first.

Investigate Russian ties

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NYT: Intercepted communications showa

The New York Times reported that law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted calls and phone records showing Donald Trump's presidential campaign aides, as well as other associates, having repeated contact with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election. The report names four people close to Trump - including Michael Flynn, who recently stepped down as national security adviser - in the FBI's inquiry into links between Trump associates and the Russian government.

Trump’s baptism of fire, travel ban shot down

In more than three turbulent weeks at the White House, President Donald Trump has moved quickly to take a string of controversial initiatives. However, he has suffered some stinging setbacks, from a court block of his bar on entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries to the resignation of his national security adviser.

Theresa May to talk to Donald Trump after state visit to UK confirmed

Theresa May will speak to US President Donald Trump later as the Government insisted he would be extended the "full courtesy" of a state visit to Britain later this year, despite a 1.85-million strong petition against it. The Prime Minister will have a telephone call with the president, whose administration has been rocked by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn exit leaves Trump national security team in turmoil

White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday amid a snowballing controversy over whether he lied about his contacts with a Russian official, throwing President Donald Trump's security team into turmoil just weeks into his term. Flynn's resignation came as Trump struggles to cement his national security apparatus as the president and his cabinet officials are preparing for a series of meetings and summits with foreign leaders in the coming months, starting this week in Europe.

Sears, Kmart join other retailers in dropping Trump brands

Sears and its wholly owned subsidiary, Kmart, said that their stores are discontinuing online sales of 31 Trump Home items. The retailers said on Saturday they will no longer offer Trump Home products online, an action they said is part of an effort to sell only their most profitable items on their website.

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