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Spicer's exit reveals the perils of being Trump's mouthpiece

5 min 18 sec ago
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on July 21, the same day Anthony Scaramucci became the new communications director. The Post's Callum Borchers looks at Spicier's tenure as the White House spokesman and the difficulties he faced representing the president.

Washington Post political reporters dive into Spicer's abrupt White House departure

11 min 24 sec ago
The Washington Post's Libby Casey, Callum Borchers and Ashley Parker discuss White House press secretary Sean Spicer's abrupt departure July 21.

Don't expect Trump's relationship with the media to get much better after staff shake-up

11 min 24 sec ago
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci isn't making promises.

What does Sean Spicer's resignation mean? Washington Post political reporters weigh in

25 min 18 sec ago
The Washington Post's Libby Casey, Callum Borchers and Ashley Parker discuss White House press secretary Sean Spicer's resignation July 21, following the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.

Meet the candidate for Va. governor who won’t be on the debate stage

31 min 28 sec ago
Libertarian Cliff Hyra lacks an invite but has a pitch for young urban-dwellers: ‘Free mixologists to innovate with craft cocktails.’

Looking for normalcy in Washington? Don’t look to Trump and his White House

1 hour 15 min ago
There are new and ominous signs of an administration that remains adrift and of a president frustrated with almost everything and everyone around him.

The sad story of Sean Spicer

1 hour 33 min ago
There's a difference between being a good spokesman and setting your credibility on fire. Spicer did the latter.

How the Trump team is attempting to deflect the Mueller investigation

1 hour 55 min ago
The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig explains how President Trump and his lawyers are attempting to deflect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Can the president pardon himself?

1 hour 55 min ago
Louis Seidman, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University Law, explains why even though President Trump could use his executive privilege to pardon himself, it may not be a good idea.

Ford pardons Nixon in 1974

2 hours 35 min ago
President Gerald Ford addressed the nation from the Oval Office and pardoned former president Richard Nixon on Sept. 8, 1974.

White House taps new acting ethics chief, elevating general counsel over chief of staff

2 hours 51 min ago
David J. Apol steps in for Walter M. Shaub Jr., a vocal critic of the Trump administration who resigned last month.

Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

2 hours 51 min ago
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on July 21, six months to the day after his debut.

Who Spun It Best: President Trump

3 hours 21 min ago
This week, we examine all three spins President Trump had on the healthcare bill.

Mueller asks White House to preserve records of Trump Tower meeting

4 hours 1 min ago
The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig explains that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team has requested the White House to retain records of a meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Here's what President Trump has done for Russia

4 hours 43 min ago
Four areas in which the Trump administration has moved toward Putin.

A legal guide to pardoning yourself if you're the president of the United States

4 hours 51 min ago
(Warning: This could come with severe political consequences for the presidency.)

Gallup: No president has been less popular six months into his tenure than Donald Trump

5 hours 41 min ago
In part, it's a function of partisanship.

Widening Russia probe prompts shake-ups in Trump’s legal, communications staff

6 hours 15 min ago
His longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, will step back from key role. Campaign ally Anthony Scarammuci is reportedly up for communications director post.

A White House briefing with props — and no TV cameras to show them — annotated

7 hours 1 min ago
Visual aids are usually designed to be, well, visible.

The Energy 202: Pruitt accused by watchdog of breaking law by bashing Paris deal

7 hours 5 min ago
But a member of Congress would have to make the same charge for it to be pursued.

Late-night comedians compare Trump to a murderer and a Nazi after his New York Times interview

7 hours 11 min ago
Perhaps the president believes his supporters will see him under attack and back him even harder.

Can Trump pardon anyone? Himself? Can he fire Mueller? Your questions, answered.

7 hours 15 min ago
The answers: Basically, probably not, and sort of.

The Health 202: Republicans can run from health care debate, but they can't hide

7 hours 55 min ago
They will soon have some serious decisions to make.

Does President Trump want a constitutional crisis?

8 hours 3 min ago
Trump may be angling for one on two separate fronts — including raising the possibility of pardoning himself.

Trump can usually make it about a third of the way through an interview without mentioning Hillary Clinton

8 hours 35 min ago
That's sooner and more regularly than he mentions Obama or the media.

The Finance 202: What Dodd-Frank got wrong

8 hours 35 min ago
I reached out to the key players.

The Daily 202: Asking about a pardon for himself is a quintessentially Trumpian move

9 hours 39 min ago
He’s acted like the rules don’t apply to him his whole life.

Hits on federal retirement advance as bill is introduced to fire feds for 'no cause at all'

9 hours 39 min ago
The House Budget Committee approved a spending plan that would save the government $163.5 billion over 10 years by taking that amount from federal employees.

Will Trump bring back American manufacturing jobs?

13 hours 29 min ago
What levers can a president use to revive an industry in decline? Amy Goldstein, author of "Janesville" tells us what happens to people when factories close. Plus, Scott Paul of Alliance for American Manufacturing on how to help the industry.

Timeline: Donald Trump Jr.'s contradictory statements about the Russia meeting

13 hours 29 min ago
A complete timeline of what Donald Trump Jr. said about his meeting with a Russian attorney, and how his explanations turned out to be false.

Here's how Trump’s lawyers are trying to undercut the Russia probe

14 hours 3 min ago
President Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon people in connection to the Russia probe, according to people familiar with the effort.

Democratic state attorneys general urge Trump to keep DACA, say it has boosted economy

16 hours 35 min ago
Letter from 20 attorneys general asks the president not to dismantle “dreamers” program launched by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Trump crushes vial in product demonstration

18 hours 5 min ago
President Trump on July 20 participated in a product demonstration by Corning, which is introducing a new type of glass drug vial.

Trump’s lawyers seek to undercut Mueller’s Russia investigation

19 hours 25 min ago
President’s legal team is looking to build a case against what they say is the special counsel’s conflicts of interest.

Cloud of confusion hangs over health-care bill

20 hours 39 min ago
GOP leaders struggle to explain to rank-and-file members what exactly they would be voting on next week.

Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump

21 hours 9 min ago
The attorney general was one of the president’s earliest and most important supporters.

Gillespie shifts from avoiding Trump to dropping the president’s name

22 hours 9 min ago
The Republican running for Virginia governor appears to be heeding advice that he must shore up support from Trump voters.

During 'Made in America Week,' President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club applies to hire 70 foreign workers

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 23:16
The for-profit club, where Trump spent numerous weekends this spring, asked permission to hire 15 housekeepers, 20 cooks and 35 waiters.

Five of John McCain's most courageous political moments

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:58
McCain often was not afraid to speak out against bigotry and injustice when he saw it — even if it might have not have been politically expedient for him to do so.

Why Trump gave the Jeff Sessions scoop to the 'failing' New York Times

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:16
He knew what he was doing.

'Russians did not cause me to vote for him': How people reacted to the Trump Jr. meeting

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:52
Meanwhile, a critic: “The whole family would shake hands with the devil for $10 and an hour of TV time."

Climate experts pulled from Glacier National Park tour with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:52
The superintendent of the park was pulled from a delegation with the Facebook CEO, who was there to learn about climate change.

Trump's attack on Sessions raises more questions about the Russia investigation

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:52
President Trump turned on his longtime surrogate Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of the Justice Department over the ongoing Russia investigation, and Sessions's recusal from it.

Senate Judiciary prepared to subpoena Manafort, Trump Jr., by Friday night

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:30
The panel’s chairman said subpoenas for both, plus one other witnesses, have already been approved if they do not respond to the committee’s invitation by close of business Friday.

How Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump’s relationship turned sour

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:30
President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ relationship has deteriorated since Trump became president. Here’s a look at how they got to this point.

Half of liberals can't even stand to be around Trump supporters

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:18
47 percent say a friend who supported Trump would put a strain on their friendship.

What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy on challenging his own party

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:10
Like his late friend, McCain became a master of the Senate who could reach across the aisle and stand up to his own president. Now, their shared bond has taken a brutal turn with McCain’s diagnoses with the same brain cancer that claimed Kennedy in 2009.

McCain’s most courageous political moments

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:10
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was not afraid to speak up against bigotry and injustice when he saw it.

3 things lawmakers want to know from Kushner, Manafort and Trump Jr.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:08
With some of the closest members of President Trump's campaign slated to testify before Senate committees investigating its ties with Russia, here's what lawmakers want to ask Trump's son, son-in-law and former campaign manager.

Battling brain cancer, Sen. John McCain vows: ‘I’ll be back soon’

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:00
On the morning after the shocking announcement of his illness, the Arizona Republican also criticized President Trump’s moves in Syria.

Former Trump campaign consultant warns president's surrogates away from House Intel probe

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:00
The former consultant wants the transcript of his closed-door interview released, after a panel member suggested he may have lied.

Where Trump has been for every minute of his first six months as president

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:40
An analysis of every one of his first 181 days.

Trump set a red line for Robert Mueller. And now Mueller has reportedly crossed it.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:46
Somebody is basically daring Trump to try and fire Mueller.

Muslim American senate candidate discusses hate speech

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:18
Deedra Abboud is a Muslim American candidate running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Abboud has faced several hateful comments online since announcing her candidacy.

Why the media loves John McCain

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:16
He has consistently shown respect for the role of the press and kept his criticisms in bounds.

Sessions says he will remain in role as attorney general

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:08
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is "totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way" on July 20 after President Trump criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders's heard-but-not-seen press briefing, annotated

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:06
One reporter in the room defied White House restrictions and used a smartphone to stream live sound online.

Whether he wanted to or not, John McCain played an outsized role in Trump's campaign

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:44
McCain was caught off guard by how Trump's nascent and chaotic presidential campaign sucked him into the center of its vortex. And McCain has never really left it.

What was Trump talking about with $12-a-year health insurance?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:14
We think we've figured it out.

The Health 202: Conservatives furious and plotting revenge for health-care fail

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:06
They are furious with the GOP.

The Energy 202: Jon Huntsman's Russia connections run through Chevron

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:54
His spokesman says he'll leave all boards.

The Finance 202: Big budget problems stand in way of tax overhaul

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:14
Taxes are GOP's newest hope for progress.

6 months of President Trump, in 7 issues

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:14
We square the promise with the reality.

The Daily 202: Trump shows disdain for rule of law with new attacks on Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:02
Bunker mentality on display in New York Times interview.

Trump has now attacked basically everyone who is in charge of the Russia investigation

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:44
James Comey, Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, Sally Yates, and now Jeff Sessions.

House Democrats are starting to outraise their Republican counterparts

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:12
The Republican and Democratic House campaign committees are running neck and neck: Both have reported raising about $60 million this year.

Do military veterans really win more elections? Only in ‘purple’ districts.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:12
An incumbent in a gerrymandered district is hard to beat.

Is President Trump trying to beat Republican Jeff Flake next year? Flake doesn’t care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:12
The senator from Arizona has not been afraid to criticize Trump, even calling on him to drop out of the presidential race.

Most Republicans still say they support Trump. Who's most likely to break ranks and speak out against him?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:10
Counterintuitively, the strongest partisans are most likely to do that and criticize the party.

President Trump's first six months: The fact-check tally

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:08
In six months, President Trump made 836 false or misleading claims. Often, he said the same false thing over and over again.

President Trump's top 5 misleading claims, so far

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:08
Six months into President Trump's term, he has made 836 misleading claims, averaging 4.6 per day.

Wait, why is Trump surprised Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 05:04
If you follow Sessions's public testimony, it's not a surprise.

In the push to deliver on campaign promises, Interior’s energy drive looms large

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:44
Zinke has swiftly leveraged public lands and waters to promote oil, gas and coal development.

'Tougher than a $2 steak': Washington reacts to John McCain's tumor diagnosis

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:22
John McCain's family, fellow members of Congress, statesmen and supporters immediately took to Twitter to express shock, prayers and many appeals to his tough reputation.

Conservative activists, media frame health-care battle as Trump against the world

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:22
Conservative pundits and outside groups cast senators as "traitors" if they did not deliver a victory for the president.

What’s at stake for Kushner, Trump Jr. and Manafort in their upcoming Senate hearings

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:22
Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort are scheduled to appear before Senate committees next week. Here’s what’s at stake for them.

McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:22
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Trump blasts AG Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:40
Trump's public thrashing of Sessions is a remarkable criticism for one of the president's top campaign supporters.

John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona, has a brain tumor

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:20
The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said tests revealed “a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma” associated with a blood clot above his left eye that was removed last week.

Police arrest 155 health care protesters at U.S. Capitol

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:52
Hundreds of demonstrators flooded Senate office buildings to speak against ACA repeal

On federal appropriations, House Republicans flinch from another governing task

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:52
Lawmakers are unenthusiastic about proceeding with a spending bills package before recess.

Kushner to testify before Senate intel panel Monday

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:10
Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. have also been invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Wednesday.

CBO on GOP health bill: 32 million more without insurance over a decade

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:10
The Congressional Budget Office on July 19 estimated that a GOP health-care bill ending parts of Obamacare with no immediate replacement would reduce federal deficits by $473 billion over a decade.

By 2026, annual Medicaid cuts under the Senate health-care replacement plan are steeper than under repeal

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:28
Under a straight repeal bill, the government would be spending $14 billion more a year on Medicaid in 2026.

Trump and GOP senators try to revive health-care push

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:38
President Trump hosted Senate Republicans at the White House, July 19, to renew efforts to revamp the Affordable Care Act following failed attempts.

Made in America vs. Made in U.S.A: Trump and manufacturing leaders discuss

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:28
President Trump asked which label was better for American-made products at a meeting with domestic manufacturing leaders on July 19.

How Senate Republican women stopped the latest attempt at ACA repeal

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:28
Three Republican women sunk a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The White House still thinks illegal votes may have given Clinton the popular vote. Basic logic and math disagree.

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:20
Kris Kobach suggests it's possible Clinton won the popular vote because of illegal votes. Basic logic and math strongly disagree.

Trump seems to threaten the careers of senators who are up for reelection after him

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:58
The slow-by-design Senate is frustrating the aggressive-by-nature president.

Police seek person of interest after break-in, 'threatening note' at GOP senator’s office

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:58
The “threatening note” was found near the office of Republican Sen. Dean Heller, then seen as a potential swing vote in the GOP health-care bill.

White House blasts 'Russia fever' for controversy over undisclosed Putin meeting

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:36
The White House said the meeting lasted less than an hour.

This completely astonishing interview totally undercuts Trump's 'voter fraud' investigation

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:44
The co-chair of Trump's “election integrity” commission claims that we can't know who won the 2016 election.

Postal Service broke law in pushing time off for workers to campaign for Clinton, investigation finds

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:18
“Systemic” violation of the Hatch Act was found: Local postal officials were directed to grant unpaid time off, even if it left offices shorthanded, as 97 union members joined Labor 2016 efforts.

McConnell: Procedural health-care vote will occur next week

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:06
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on July 19 said senators will take a procedural vote on health care next week following the collapse of a previous GOP health bill.

House Democrats say Potomac should stay open near Trump golf course

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:34
Letter to Coast Guard criticizes 2-mile ‘security zone’ when president is playing golf

Trump: ‘You’ll have forms of insurance that you don’t even know about right now’

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:04
As he hosted Senate Republicans for a health-care meeting at the White House, July 19, President Trump touted GOP efforts to revamp the Affordable Care Act.

People magazine takes a hard turn on Trump with 'secrets and lies' cover

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:00
Previous covers have cast the president in a favorable light.

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