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Trump's pardon of Jack Johnson is not insignificant. But caring about racial injustice in 2018 would be more meaningful.

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:20
To critics, Trump's pardon ends up looking more symbolic than principled.

Trump yet again seeks out the friendly confines of Fox News to answer questions

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:20
One news conference as president — but two dozen Fox News interviews.

Senate passes bill to change how Congress deals with sexual harassment claims

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:59
The bill passed by voice vote, meaning no senators objected.

The pardon of Jack Johnson should be a reminder that opposition to interracial marriage is still with us

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:20
In 2013, 13 percent of whites said they opposed interracial marriages.

An unpredictable president changes the North Korea script

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:49
Trump dismisses traditional negotiating tactics, but his approach has its own problems.

As well-funded Democrats seize 'progressive' label in gubernatorial races, progressive group endorses insurgent challengers

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:49
Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorses candidates for governor in states where many Democrats are running left.

Who's behind those political ads on Facebook? Now, you can find out.

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:20
Facebook and Twitter forged ahead Thursday with new efforts to disclose more information about the political advertisements that appear on their sites, part of a broad campaign to help users better understand why they see the content they do and who’s behind it.

Trump's weirdly wistful breakup with Kim Jong Un

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:42
This probably isn't the last we've heard about a Trump-Kim summit.

The group least likely to think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees? Evangelicals.

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:39
Only a quarter of white evangelical Protestants think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees.

House easily passes its version of annual defense bill

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:29
The $717 billion measure will have to be squared with the Senate’s forthcoming parallel measure before it can be sent to the president’s desk.

GOP immigration rebels push forward after Trump promises to veto any bill without wall funding

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:18
“Discharge” petition stands five signatures short of success after two Republicans and six Democrats added their names Thursday.

What Paul Ryan gets wrong about identity politics

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:48
Identity politics are as American as “apple pie” — maybe more so.

Senate Democratic campaign chairman welcomes help from Clintons in the midterms

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:28
"We welcome those individuals and everybody who wants to help."

Trump's North Korea rhetoric was always bold predictions tempered with a ya-never-know

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 17:36
Trump telegraphed how much he wanted the meeting — but gave himself an out.

Trump canceled the summit with North Korea. Here's why it's a missed opportunity.

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 17:07
Why is face-to-face diplomacy so important?

Abortion rights group launches $5 million campaign to flip the House

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 17:07
"This is the moment NARAL was made for,” said the group's president, Ilyse Hogue. “We’re seeing and feeling a deep anxiety that is ginning up enthusiasm to take back the House as a buttress against Trump's draconian agenda.”

The letter Trump sent to Kim Jong Un canceling the summit, annotated

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:31
"You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used."

Trump cancels nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:15
The president blamed recent hostility from the rogue nation for the abrupt decision.

‘A terrible and corrupt leader’: Trump lashes out against Comey after he accuses the president of lying about ‘spygate’

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:25
In a tweet and television interview, Trump said the fired FBI director was ‘a rotten apple’ who damaged his agency.

The Energy 202: Democrats ding Trump on gas prices, just as Trump once did to Obama

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:13
The gas station press conference took place on Capitol Hill.

The Cybersecurity 202: The FBI is trying to thwart a massive Russia-linked hacking campaign

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:04
The DOJ attributed the malware to the group known as Sofacy, also known as Fancy Bear.

The Finance 202: The biggest banks are about to get their own relief in Washington

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:53
The Volcker Rule is being reconsidered.

The Health 202: Democrats are no longer cheering Obamacare plans

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:53
Republicans are the ones who own its problems, they say.

‘A real wall’ must be part of any immigration bill in the House, Trump says

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:53
The president says lawmakers should include his signature campaign promise if they want his signature.

Trump promised to drain the swamp. Michael Cohen shows the swamp is just fine.

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:53
Trump said he would drain the swamp, even as his personal lawyer sold access to the president for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Trump says he might accept a ‘phase-in’ of North Korea’s denuclearization

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:53
The president said in a television interview that Kim Jong Un’s regime would still need to get rid of its weapons “rapidly.”

Trump Twitter ruling: What it takes to get blocked by the president

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:53
The tweets that got users barred from Trump's Twitter and produced a novel First Amendment court ruling.

Trump: NFL owners ‘doing the right thing’ on national anthem policy

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:52
The president says players who protest “maybe shouldn’t be in the country.”

China and Japan now seem on friendlier terms. But is this a real bilateral thaw?

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:11
Or will territorial claims and nationalism get in the way?

President Trump's interactions with media: Not a standout in any category

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:08
Questioned about Trump's lack of solo news conferences, Kellyanne Conway cited other numbers but did not tell the whole story.

'Astounding ignorance of the law': Civil rights groups slam DeVos for saying schools can report undocumented students

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 04:14
Civil rights groups called DeVos ignorant and uninformed, and worried her comments would mislead school officials.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake: 'Our presidency has been debased'

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 03:02
The Arizona Republican spoke to the graduating class at Harvard Law School.

Stacey Abrams, Democrats’ newest Southern hope, looks to Virginia, Alabama for path to victory in Georgia

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 02:42
Abrams could become the first African American woman elected governor in the nation’s history, but only if she beats steep odds in a persistently red state.

Democratic leaders face pressure to counter Trump’s attacks on Mueller’s Russia investigation

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 02:01
President Trump argued Wednesday that the FBI’s use of a confidential source to seek information from his campaign aides amounted to a major scandal.

House GOP holds last-ditch immigration talks as showdown looms

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 01:40
With conservatives and moderates far apart on crucial provisions, there is little sign that the warring factions would be able to reach a workable compromise.

Congress sends massive veterans bill to Trump, opening door to more private health care

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 00:00
Passage of the VA Mission Act marks a significant legislative win for the president.

Special counsel sets in motion in sentencing process for Papadopoulos

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 23:29
In a new court filing, prosecutors made an initial move toward wrapping up one phase of the investigation.

Trump warns against admitting unaccompanied migrant children: ‘They’re not innocent’

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:38
At an immigration roundtable, Trump said children arriving at the southern border are potential gang members.

Trump again smears a large immigrant community with the violent actions of a few people

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:07
In a place where there hasn't been an MS-13 killing in over a year, Trump describes an ominous threat.

President Trump wanted consequences for NFL players who protest racism before games. Today he got them.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:07
NFL players will have a harder time protesting before football games.

The No. 1 reason Trump's 'spygate' conspiracy theory doesn't make sense

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 21:35
If this was a conspiracy against Trump, why didn't the FBI actually follow through and release its suspicions about alleged Russian agents in the Trump campaign?

In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 21:05
“It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy,” Giuliani said of the prospect of the president talking to the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the election.

Jared Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:54
Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, also recently sat for six to seven hours of questioning by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team on a wide range of topics including Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Is Congress about to finally do something about its sexual harassment problem?

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:54
After months of delay, the Senate has introduced a bill that could overhaul rules lawmakers say have led to rampant sexual abuse in Congress.

Five lessons from this week's primaries

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:45
The GOP's future is male (and in the Freedom Caucus).

A federal judge just all but dared Trump not to unblock people on Twitter

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:25
Another loss in court for Trump.

Trump cannot block Twitter users for their political views, court rules

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:54
Blocking Twitter users for views expressed publicly to the president’s Twitter account is “viewpoint discrimination” in a public space, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Congress moves to revamp laws to combat sexual misconduct in its ranks

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:54
The bipartisan proposal would make lawmakers personally liable for any settlements from their own misbehavior. The Senate could vote this week.

Pompeo promises ‘zero concessions’ to North Korea until ‘credible steps’ are made

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 18:41
The secretary of state’s promise to hold the line with Pyongyang comes as Trump is guessing historic denuclearization talks might fall apart.

Democrat Stacey Abrams just made history in Georgia's governor's race. But can she actually win?

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 18:12
Her plan to mobilize minority voters is a new strategy in Georgia

Three reasons moderate Republicans are backing an immigration vote

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 18:06
They’ll need 25 Republicans and all Democrats to force a vote.

Trump's shrugging at 2018 didn't make his party's midterm problem any better

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 18:02
Getting people to care about down-ballot races is harder than it looks.

Stacey Abrams's historic Georgia primary victory speech, annotated

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:46
brams won in a 53-point landslide, after which she delivered a fiery victory speech looking ahead to the general election

Top Senate Republicans ask White House for entry into meeting on classified information

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:42
The Judiciary Committee chairman and two other senators want to be included in the meeting about a confidential FBI source who aided a probe of Trump campaign advisers.

As Trump seeks to shore up GOP in midterms, his campaign hires a political director

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:21
Veteran GOP operative Chris Carr is tasked with helping the president support like-minded congressional candidates this year.

Trump misquotes James Clapper to push 'SPYGATE' narrative

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:06
Trump's has launched a concerted effort to cast Stefan Halper as a “spy.” But his tweet isn't an actual Clapper quote.

Rubio emerges as one of Trump administration’s loudest critics on China

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:00
In recent days, Rubio has taken to Twitter to voice increasing alarm about the direction the administration has gone over ZTE.

Georgia just took a big step toward another historic milestone

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:51
If Democrat Stacey Abrams wins in November, she'll be the first black woman to lead a state.

In hindsight, Americans are more critical of demonstrators today than protesters 50 years ago

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:19
Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say today’s protesters are more violent and extreme in comparison with demonstrators during the late 1960s.

Steve Bannon thinks Martin Luther King Jr. would be 'proud' of Donald Trump

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:39
But he ignores King's full message.

The Daily 202: Primary results prove 2018 will be a breakthrough year for Democratic diversity

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:30
It’s not just another year of the woman. It is the year of the minority woman.

The Energy 202: This EPA forum should have been about water pollution. Instead, it sparked another controversy.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:30
Reporters from three news outlets were barred from attending.

There is no evidence for ‘Spygate’ — but there is a reason that Trump invented it

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:10
The latest in a series of conspiracy theories — but this one has a catchy name.

The Health 202: How Democrats got a version of 'right to try' they like even less

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:49
Congress passed a bill making it easier for critically ill patients to access experimental medicines.

Trump takes to Twitter to support Fox News pundit who had a drink thrown at her

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:49
The president called Tomi Lahren a “truly outstanding and respected woman.”

The Cybersecurity 202: These hackers warned Congress the internet was not secure. 20 years later, their message is the same.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:40
Four members of L0pht reunited on the 20th anniversary of what is now referred to as the first cybersecurity hearing.

The Finance 202: Banks give richly to three Senate Democrats who backed deregulation

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:59
Sens. Heitkamp, Donnelly and Tester were favorites with the industry.

‘SPYGATE’: Trump steps up attacks on FBI’s probes during campaign

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:59
The president took aim at the “Criminal Deep State” for surveilling his campaign despite no evidence to support GOP claims that an informant was embedded in his team.

Was Iraq's recent election a democratic success? Depends whom you ask.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:59
In Iraqi Kurdistan, two main parties retain control amid fraud allegations and voter apathy.

What's the biggest obstacle to Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un? Trump.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:39
Maybe start doing some prep work, Mr. President?

Saudis and Emiratis face the pitfalls of courting Trump

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:28
As more information leaks about their influence operations, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi may regret banking on Trump.

North Korea says it's dismantling its nuclear test site. How significant is that?

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:10
Dismantling North Korea’s test site is a positive step. But it is only the first one toward creating a safer Korean Peninsula.

The Constitution requires a census and State of the Union. Steve Ballmer wants to bring them up to date.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:06
Government has mountains of data on how it spends money - legislators need to understand it and be held accountable for understanding it.

The Trump administration's bogus spin that it obtained $2 billion for 'school safety'

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:49
Vice President Pence and President Trump have offered a figure on school-safety that's based on very fuzzy math

Primary elections: Democrats embrace candidates with compelling life stories

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 05:20
Fresh faces with compelling life stories beat out candidates with deeper political pedigrees in Democratic primaries across several southern states.

Trump admitted he attacks press to shield himself from negative coverage, 60 Minutes reporter says

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 04:08
Lesley Stahl, a correspondent on 60 Minutes made the disclosure on Monday during a live interview with Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour, drawing a stunned silence from the audience.

‘We need Republicans’: Trump makes midterms appeal to social conservatives at anti-abortion gala

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:42
The president ramps up campaigner-in-chief persona to energize voters who will be vital in this fall’s elections.

Ryan losing grip on House GOP conference as midterms approach

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:58
Some are agitating for new Republican leadership, but there is no clear alternative to Ryan that could win support of all factions.

Republicans wanted a weak speaker. They’ve succeeded, and then some.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:27
“A Pledge to America” may not have cured legislative dysfunction, but it certainly has hobbled GOP House speakers ever since.

Steve Bannon makes a comeback in Europe — and promises ‘a brave new world’ as populists prepare to govern

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:27
The onetime Trump strategist has lately had more luck overseas than in the United States.

A big shoe drops in the Mueller probe, as the Taxi King flips

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:14
Michael Cohen's business partner appears to have gotten a very sweet deal. That should frighten both Cohen and President Trump.

Do federal staffing shortages facilitate opioid smuggling?

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:35
Many of the opioids fueling the epidemic are smuggled in through ports of entry, where understaffing is an issue.

The most telling thing Trump said about the imperiled Kim Jong Un summit

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:12
Trump kept floating postponing the meeting rather than canceling it. That suggests that he's deeply invested in this — for good or ill.

Sanders-founded group likely to part with staffer who tweeted about 'illegal immigrants'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:54
Our Revolution said that it would reevaluate the role of Tezlyn Figaro.

House Democrats question DHS chief’s claim of ignorance about Russian election interference

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:14
They say they are alarmed by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s assertion that she was unfamiliar with the intelligence community’s determination that Russia wanted to help Trump in 2016.

Top Senate Democrats introduce bill to amend Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:14
They say the law must change to protect LGBT rights.

Do Trump's Twitter typos and grammar errors actually endear him to his base?

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:54
Trump's Twitter strategy may not be nearly as effective as he and his team believe.

An increase in gas prices easily outpaces the benefits of the tax bill for lower-income Americans

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:42
It's a function of the modesty of that bill for the bottom quintile of incomes as much as the recent gas price increase.

We asked every member of the House of Representatives about the Parkland gun policy agenda. Here's what they said.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:42
A student walked into Santa Fe High School outside Galveston, Texas on Friday and began shooting his classmates, murdering eight students and two teachers.  The horrific shooting comes at a time of increased focus on gun policy issues nationwide, brought to the forefront by survivors of another school shooting in Parkland, Fla., just three months ago. Following that […]

Spurned by Trump and GOP, coal baron Don Blankenship seeks a second chance in West Virginia

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:44
Former CEO who was jailed for deaths of 29 miners announces he is running as a third-party candidate in midterms

‘Disgrace to the country’: Trump decries possibility of FBI ‘spies’ in his campaign

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:02
The president told reporters that if his 2016 team were infiltrated, “it would make probably every political event ever look like small potatoes.”

Trump DHS secretary’s bizarre comments about Russian election interference

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:10
This is part of a pattern of Cabinet officials misstating basic findings. But why?

The very real risks posed by Trump's use of a cellphone

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:10
Even if Trump's phone is completely secure — is Sean Hannity's?

Trump administration counts Gina Haspel taking CIA top job as battle won in the ‘war on women’

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:10
But this White House has quite a long way to go before there is parity with women.

Trump says Kim Jong Un ‘serious’ about nuclear talks, but suggests summit could fall through

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:50
‘Things may not work out’ for the historic meeting in Singapore on June 12

Schumer calls for removal of North Korean leader’s face from commemorative coin

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:40
The Senate minority leader says Kim Jong Un is a “brutal dictator” and should not be pictured.

How the FBI informant's outreach to Trump staffers fits into overall investigation

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:50
A timeline of how Stefan Halper fits into the FBI investigation.

Trump says the Mueller probe is a waste of taxpayer money. But his budget funded it.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:24
$10 million has been allocated for the investigation as part of the Justice Department’s fiscal 2019 budget.

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