Politics
Local, state and national politics
New Jersey 3 hours ago

Staffers for NJ Democrat Resign Over His Decision to Join GOP

Staffers for New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew are resigning after the lawmaker announced he would break from the Democratic party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump.

  • Trump administration 11 hours ago

    Horse-Trading Iran Hawks Seize on Pompeo’s Senate Interest

    In recent days, Iran hawks in Congress leveraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interest in a Senate run to win a key concession from the Trump administration that could help their bid to kill the nuclear deal with Tehran. Late last week, the State Department agreed to release a portion of an internal legal opinion that says the U.S. has the

  • Brexit 11 hours ago

    No Letup for UK Lawmakers: Johnson Presses Ahead With Brexit

    There will be no letup for U.K. lawmakers worn out after Britain’s bruising election campaign. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to begin “before Christmas” the push to secure Parliamentary approval for his Brexit deal. Buoyed by its landslide victory in Thursday’s election, Johnson’s Conservative government plans to move fast to make good on his campaign mantra to “get Brexit done.”

  • President Donald Trump 20 mins ago

    House Judiciary Releases Impeachment Report Ahead of Full Vote as Attention Turns to Likely Senate Trial

    The House Judiciary Committee released its full report on President Donald Trump’s impeachment late Sunday night ahead of House voting that is all but certain to result in the president’s impeachment, NBC News reported. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are pushing for testimony from top White House officials in the likely trial that is fast becoming the next battleground. The Judiciary

  • President Donald Trump 8 hours ago

    Comey: ‘Real Sloppiness’ in Russia Probe But No Misconduct

    Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified “real sloppiness” in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been “overconfident” about how the Russia investigation was handled. But Comey also insisted he was right to feel some measure of vindication because the report did not find

  • Sports 12 hours ago

    Possible ‘White Power’ Hand Signs at Army-Navy Game Probed

    The Army and Navy academies are looking into hand signs flashed by students that can be associated with “white power” and were televised during the Army-Navy football game on Saturday, school officials said. Cadets at West Point and midshipmen at the Naval Academy in the stands both appeared to display the sign during the broadcast, officials with the two military academies

  • impeachment Dec 14

    Trump Impeachment Vote Underscores a Harshly Partisan Era

    This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one years ago this Thursday, a Republican-led House approved two impeachment articles against Democrat Clinton. While that battle was bitterly partisan, it was blurrier than the near party-line votes expected this week

  • Afghanistan Dec 15

    Trump Admin Intends to Announce Withdrawal of More Than 4,000 Troops From Afghanistan

    The Trump administration intends to announce the drawdown of more than 4,000 troops from Afghanistan as early next week, according to three current and former U.S. officials. The withdrawal will leave between 8,000 and 9,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the officials said.

  • Fact Check Dec 14

    Fact Check: Trump’s Impeachment Rage, Bloomberg on Coal

    As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call at the heart of the constitutional showdown. Trump also branded Democrats crazy for wanting to impeach him after all the…

  • Iowa Dec 14

    Iowa Democrats Worry ‘Medicare for All’ Hurts Key Industry

    Kim Motl doesn’t work in the health insurance industry. But her friends and neighbors do. So when she saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Motl pressed the Democratic presidential candidate about her “Medicare for All” plan, which would replace private insurance with a government-run system. “What about the little guys that work in the insurance business,

  • climate change Dec 14

    Climate Talks Stall as Chile Mediates a Compromise

    Chilean officials presiding over this year’s U.N. climate talks said Saturday they plan to propose a compromise to bridge yawning differences among countries that have been deadlocked on key issues for the past two weeks. With the meeting already into extra time, draft documents presented overnight failed to achieve consensus. Observers and environmental groups warned that they risked undoing

  • Brexit Dec 14

    Johnson’s Win May Deliver Brexit But Could Risk UK’s Breakup

    Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about. Johnson’s commanding election victory this week may let him fulfil his campaign promise to “get Brexit done,” but it could also imperil the future of the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland and Northern Ireland didn’t vote

  • Sudan Dec 14

    Ex-Sudan Strongman al-Bashir Gets 2 Years for Corruption

    A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup.

    That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the

  • China Dec 14

    AP Exclusive: China Tightens Up on Info After Xinjiang Leaks

    The Xinjiang regional government in China’s far west is deleting data, destroying documents, tightening controls on information and has held high-level meetings in response to leaks of classified papers on its mass detention camps for Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities, according to four people in contact with government employees there.

  • North Korea Dec 14

    North Korea Conducts Another Test at Long-Range Rocket Site

    North Korea said Saturday it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen its nuclear deterrent.

    The test possibly involved technologies to improve intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially reach the continental United States.

  • impeachment Dec 14

    Icy Silence, Frayed Connections: Impeachment Takes a Toll on Congress

    The most raucous committee in Congress sat stone-faced, barely speaking. One by one, the members around the Judiciary Committee dais voted on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Then they bolted for the doors and the airports, in more than one case without a word. The all-business iciness during those eight gavel-to-gavel minutes reflected the gravity of advancing…

  • Greta Thunberg Dec 14

    First Lady Appears to Condone Trump’s Criticism of Greta Thunberg

    Melania Trump on Friday appeared to condone her husband’s criticism of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, saying through a spokeswoman that her 13-year-old son, Barron, is in a different category than the teenage climate activist “who travels the globe giving speeches.” “He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in an emailed statement the day after President

  • Donald Trump Dec 14

    Supreme Court to Take Up Dispute Over Subpoenas for Trump Records

    The Supreme Court says it will hear President Donald Trump’s pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private. The justices’ decision Friday to hear cases involving demands for records from Trump’s banks and accounting firm means the court is likely to issue final rulings in June, amid Trump’s campaign for re-election.

  • Decision 2020 Dec 13

    Democratic Hopefuls Threaten to Boycott Debate Over Union Dispute

    Democratic presidential hopefuls said Friday they may skip next week’s debate at Loyola Marymount University to honor a picket line by unionized food-service workers at the Westchester campus.

  • trade Dec 14

    China and US Reach Phase One Trade Deal

    President Donald Trump said Friday that as part of the U.S.-China trade deal Washington will not charge China with any new tariffs and slightly reduce existing tariffs.

  • impeachment Dec 13

    Panel Vote Sends Trump Impeachment Charges to Full House

    Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a vote by the full U.S. House on Friday, as the Judiciary Committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation.

  • British Elections Dec 13

    Likely Johnson Win Means Brexit Is Coming, Tough Talks Loom

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigned on one theme alone — “Get Brexit done” — and if the results of an exit poll projection are correct, that just may happen.

    The U.K. exit poll predicts that Johnson’s Conservatives won a substantial victory Thursday night in the country’s general election.

    But even if Johnson pulls Britain out of the European Union by the

  • Anti-Semitism order Dec 13

    Anti-Semitism Order Raises Tough Issue of Defining Prejudice

    President Donald Trump signed an order this week that expands the potential scope of anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses. At the heart of the debate around the issue are two thorny questions: when speech about Israel crosses the line into anti-Semitism, and whether the Trump administration is equipped to effectively draw that line.

  • Twitter Dec 13

    Twitter Brings Back Election Labels for 2020 US Candidates

    Twitter is bringing back special labels to help users identify accounts and tweets from U.S. political candidates.

    The company, which first used such labels for the midterms last year, said it is trying to provide users with original sources of information and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling voters.

    Many political candidates already have blue checkmarks to indicate that Twitter has

  • Congress Dec 12

    Congress Reaches Tentative Deal on Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

    Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues.

    The handshake agreement was announced by the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and other top members of Congress.

  • Medicare Dec 12

    Eyeing 2020, House Empowers Medicare to Negotiate Drug Costs

    Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill would cap Medicare recipients’ out-of-pocket costs for medicines at $2,000 a year. It would use about $360 billion of its projected 10-year savings from lower drug costs to establish

  • Armenian Genocide Dec 13

    Senate Backs Measure Affirming Century-Old Armenian Genocide

    Mass killings of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago were genocide, the Senate declared Thursday in a vote that prompted angry denunciations by Turkey and accusations that the U.S. was undermining its relations with a key NATO ally.

    The Senate action follows a vote by a Senate committee to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive

  • Elizabeth Warren Dec 12

    Warren Slams Moderate Rivals, Laying Bare Ideological Divide

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Warren is lashing out at her moderate Democratic rivals seeking the White House. She says they naively accept Republican calls for unity instead of standing up to the rich and too quickly bend to the whims of their own wealthy donors. Warren didn’t name-drop former Vice President Joe Biden or South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete

  • Pentagon Dec 12

    Pentagon Watchdog Investigating $400M Border Wall Contract

    The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon’s inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson telling him the contract awarded to North Dakota-based firm Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. would be

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 12

    ‘Pot Calling the Kettle Black’: Rep. Gaetz Called Out for Bringing Up Hunter Biden’s Past Substance Abuse

    Impeachment debate surrounding the next amendment to be introduced quickly divulged into a tit-for-tat involving allegations of cocaine usage and driving under the influence charges.

    It began with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introducing an amendment to strike former Vice President Joe Biden from the articles of impeachment as the subject of an investigation Trump wanted Ukraine to launch and replace him

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 12

    If ‘Strike the Last Word’ Was an Impeachment Drinking Game, No One Would Survive

    As members of the House Judiciary Committee debated the two proposed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Thursday morning, one phrase kept popping up: “I move to strike the last word.”
    Why were they saying that?
    Turns out, they were using a parliamentary procedure to keep talking longer than a five-minute rule would allow.

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 13

    Judiciary Panel Presses Toward Historic Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee has debated into the evening, moving deliberately toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Though split sharply along party lines, the panel is expected to send the charges to the full House for it to take pre-Christmas action next week.

  • British Elections Dec 13

    UK’s Johnson Claims Brexit Mandate With New Conservative Majority

    Britain’s Conservative Party has secured a majority by winning 326 seats out of 650 in the House of Commons. While results are still coming in, the decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election means Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be able to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. The victory makes Johnson the

  • Donald Trump Dec 12

    Appeals Court to Rehear Arguments in Trump Hotel Lawsuit

    A federal appeals court is set to rehear a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. Earlier this year, a three-judge panel threw out a lawsuit alleging Trump of violating the Constitution by accepting profits through officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel. On Thursday, the state of Maryland

  • Donald Trump Dec 12

    Trump Signs Order Targeting College Anti-Semitism

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday targeting what his administration describes as a growing problem with anti-Semitic harassment on college campuses. Trump has sought to closely align himself with Israel, a move that appeals to many evangelical voters, too. He said Wednesday that the order sends a message to universities: “If you want to accept the tremendous amount…

  • North Korea Dec 12

    US: North Korea Missile Tests Are ‘Deeply Counterproductive’

    The United States warned North Korea Wednesday that its “deeply counterproductive” ballistic missile tests risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace but said it is “prepared to be flexible” and take concrete, parallel steps with Pyongyang toward an agreement.

    U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft delivered the message at a Security Council meeting less than three weeks before North Korean leader

  • Joe Biden Dec 12

    Biden Returns to Southland on Fundraising Swing

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in the Los Angeles area Wednesday night to attend at least two fundraisers in support of his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Details of the Biden for President events were not released by thecampaign, which indicated only that he would attend “finance events in LosAngeles and Santa Monica.” The visit…

  • impeachment Dec 12

    Judiciary Panel Takes First Steps Toward Impeachment Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee has taken the first steps toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol.

    Democrats and Republicans used the otherwise procedural meeting Wednesday evening to deliver sharp, poignant and, at times, personal arguments for and against impeachment. Both

  • Donald Trump Dec 12

    Imprisoned Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Asks for Reduced Sentence, Blasts ‘Barr-Led’ Justice Department

    President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on Wednesday asked a judge to consider either reducing his three-year prison term or release him on a new sentence of home confinement and community service.

  • Afghanistan Dec 11

    US Considers Leaving Smaller Number of Troops in Afghanistan

    The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not disclose any potential troop totals, but he agreed that leaving a minimal U.S. footprint in

  • Rudy Giuliani Dec 11

    Investigation Into Alleged FBI Leaks to Giuliani During 2016 Campaign Is Ongoing, DOJ Watchdog Says

    The Department of Justice inspector general’s office is still investigating alleged leaks from the FBI’s New York field office regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation to Rudy Giuliani in the final days of the 2016 campaign, the IG testified Wednesday.

  • Coast Guard Dec 11

    Congressional Report Finds Coast Guard Failed at Investigating Harassment

    A congressional investigation released Wednesday has found that the U.S. Coast Guard’s leadership has failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations. It concludes that the service needs to make “significant improvements” in its policies and procedures to address harassment and bullying. Congress launched the 18-month investigation after questions were raised about how complaints were

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 11

    Analysis: Trump Faces Narrow But Consequential Charges

    The articles of impeachment offered up Tuesday against President Donald Trump are narrow, but consequential. They are also likely to be approved by Democrats alone. The impending vote will thrust Trump into a club no president wants to join: only the third American leader to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He’s confronting his allegations without a hint of contrition,

  • russia probe Dec 12

    DOJ Watchdog Caught in Political Crossfire Over Russia Report

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog told Congress on Wednesday that he is concerned that “so many basic and fundamental errors” were made by the FBI as it investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee comes two days after the release of a report that identified significant problems with applications to receive

  • Decision 2020 Dec 11

    Democrats’ Divide: Free College for All or for Some?

    Pete Buttigieg’s latest ad on college affordability was a relatively quiet one: The presidential candidate is seen explaining his plan for free public college tuition for some to a small group of nodding middle-aged voters, his measured tone hardly shifting as he takes an indirect swipe at his Democratic rivals.  But the message was received and returned — in

  • Pete Buttigieg Dec 11

    Buttigieg Discloses Ex-Clients as Fundraising Swing Begins

    Facing intense pressure to answer questions about his work in the private sector, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday disclosed a roster of former consulting clients that include a major health insurance provider, a nationwide electronics retailer, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. He also opened a big-dollar fundraiser for the first time to

  • Donald Trump Dec 11

    Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism at Colleges

    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting antisemitism on college campuses, the White House said. The order, which is likely to draw criticism from free speech advocates, will broaden the federal government’s definition of antisemitism and instruct it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses, according to three U.S. officials. The

  • russia probe Dec 10

    Prosecutors OK With Probation for Ex-Trump Aide Rick Gates

    The Justice Department is not opposing a sentence of probation for a former Trump campaign official who cooperated extensively in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Prosecutors say in a sentencing memorandum that Rick Gates provided “extraordinary assistance,” meeting with investigators more than 50 times. They say he testified in three criminal trials and admitted to his participation in crimes about

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 10

    Hints of Mueller: How the Russia Probe Informs Democrats’ Case on Impeachment

    House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that focus narrowly on allegations related to Ukraine, but the ghost of Robert Mueller appears to inform both.

  • Lisa Page Dec 10

    Trump Target Lisa Page Sues Justice Department, FBI Over ‘Unlawful’ Disclosure of Texts With Peter Strzok

    Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page — who has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s barbed tweets and comments — on Tuesday sued the Justice Department and the FBI over what she claims were illegal and “improper” disclosures to media outlets of her nearly 400 text messages with an FBI agent with whom she was having an affair. Page’s

  • Russia Dec 11

    Trump Meets Russian Official as Impeachment Charges Unveiled

    President Donald Trump is meeting with the Russian foreign minister at the White House just hours after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment against him. Democrats claim Trump enlisted Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including Joe Biden, while temporarily withholding aid from the country, which is fighting Russian aggression. Sergey Lavrov met earlier with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,

  • russia probe Dec 10

    Trump Lashes Out at FBI Director Wray Over IG Report

    President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at FBI Director Chris Wray over his characterization of a Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation, claiming in a tweet early Tuesday the bureau is “badly broken” and incapable of being fixed. The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog concluded in its report issued Monday that the

  • Nancy Pelosi Dec 10

    Democrats, White House Forge New North American Trade Deal

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to announce her endorsement of a modified North American trade pact Tuesday morning. That concludes a long set of negotiations and gives President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day Democrats are set to announce impeachment their charges against him.

  • Boris Johnson Dec 10

    UK’s Boris Johnson Criticized for Putting Reporter’s Phone in Pocket After Being Asked to Look at Photo of Sick Child

    Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to get his campaign back to the issue of Brexit after being accused of a lack of empathy for looking away from an image of child sleeping on a hospital room floor while awaiting treatment. The story of 4-year-old Jack has overshadowed campaigning for Thursday’s general election as Johnson and his Conservatives pushed

  • impeachment Dec 11

    Democrats’ Impeachment Charges Say Trump ‘Betrayed’ US

    House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. That’s according to two sources familiar with the discussions but unauthorized to discuss the proceedings and granted anonymity. One of the people says Democrats are expected to put forward one charge against the Republican president of abuse of power and another of obstruction of Congress. Democratic

  • Donald Trump Dec 9

    Trump, Dems in Tentative Deal on North American Trade Pact

    House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump. That’s according to a Democratic aide not authorized to discuss the talks and granted anonymity. Details still need to be finalized and the U.S. Trade Representative will need

  • Ukraine Dec 9

    Russia, Ukraine to Revive Peace Process, Exchange Prisoners

    The presidents of Ukraine and Russia have agreed to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine also agreed to an exchange all prisoners. But the two failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders

  • Donald Trump Dec 10

    Russia Probe Was Valid, Not Motivated by Political Bias: Watchdog Report

    The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias despite “serious performance failures” up the bureau’s chain of command, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said in a highly anticipated report Monday. The findings undercut President Donald Trump’s claim that he was the target of a

  • Department of Justice Dec 9

    Read Justice Department Inspector General’s Report on Russia Probe

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog report on the origins of the Russia investigation was released on Monday. Here is the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

  • Amazon Dec 9

    Amazon Says Trump’s ‘Improper Pressure’ Doomed Pentagon Bid

    Amazon says President Donald Trump’s “improper pressure” and behind-the-scenes attacks harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract. The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing contract to Microsoft in October. Amazon argues in a lawsuit unsealed Monday that the decision should be revisited because of “substantial and pervasive errors” and Trump’s interference. Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos have

  • Michelle Obama Dec 9

    Michelle Obama Speaks Out on Impeachment Proceedings: ‘It’s Surreal’

    Michelle Obama views the impeachment proceedings involving President Donald Trump as “surreal,” but believes the nation can make it through the current political turmoil.

    The former first lady gave her thoughts on the impeachment inquiry in an exclusive interview with Jenna Bush Hager on Today Monday during a trip to Vietnam to raise awareness about the importance of educating young girls.

  • Supreme Court Dec 9

    Supreme Court Leaves Kentucky’s Ultrasound Law in Place

    The Supreme Court has left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment Monday in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone abortion clinic. The ACLU argued that

  • Kim Jong Un Dec 9

    North Korea Calls Trump ‘Erratic’ Old Man Over Tweets

    North Korea in recent weeks has said it is unwilling to continue rewarding Trump with meetings and summits he could chalk up as foreign policy wins unless it gets something substantial in return. The North’s stance has raised doubts about whether Kim will ever voluntarily give away a nuclear arsenal he may see as his biggest guarantee of survival.

  • Finland Dec 9

    Finland’s Sanna Marin to Become World’s Youngest Prime Minister

    Finland’s next prime minister is breaking the mold in multiple ways. At 34, she will be the youngest government leader in the world when she takes the reins, probably on Tuesday. She is a new mother and says she experienced discrimination as a child when her mother was in a same-sex relationship. She leads a center-left coalition of five parties.

  • Donald Trump Dec 9

    Fact Check: Trump, GOP Misfires on Ukraine, Mueller Probe

    Facing almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are blasting theHouse inquiry into whether he abused his office as illegal and declaring him completely free of taint on Ukraine and in the Russia investigation. Those claims are untrue. When certain associates and acquaintances of Trump get into hot water, he also suddenly forgets he ever knew them. Various…

  • Donald Trump Dec 10

    Impeachment Witness: Trump Poses Election ‘Danger’

    President Donald Trump’s efforts to “cheat to win an election” are a threat to national security, the top Democratic investigator testified Monday as the House Judiciary Committee pushes ahead with articles of impeachment. In an acrimonious daylong hearing, Democrats outlined their case against the president, saying Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate rival Joe Biden while withholding U.S. military

  • impeachment Dec 8

    House Judiciary Chair Nadler Says Impeachment Articles Will ‘Presumably’ Be Introduced This Week

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday that his panel will “presumably” present articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week, NBC News reports. “We’ll bring articles of impeachment presumably before the committee at some point later in the week,” Nadler, D-N.Y., said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” On Monday, the committee will hear from both…Get

  • NATO Dec 8

    America’s Influence, Once So Dominant, Waning Under Trump

    It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated Press, diplomats, foreign officials and scholars from numerous countries describe a changing world order in

  • russia probe Dec 8

    Watchdog Expected to Find Russia Probe Valid, Despite Flaws

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document errors during the investigation that may animate Trump supporters. The report, as described by people familiar with

  • Election 2020 Dec 10

    Andrew Yang Keeps It Fun, But Messages Are Serious

    Of all the many Democrats running for president, Andrew Yang is having the most fun. Unburdened by expectations and unbothered by political convention, the tech entrepreneur has spent months cruising around the country, mixing his dark warnings about America’s new tech economy with doses of humor and unscripted bluntness. He has crowd-surfed, skateboarded and made memorable quips at nationally

  • North Korea Dec 8

    North Korea Conducts ‘Important Test’ at Once-Dismantled Site

    North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of negotiations, with the North threatening to seek “a new way” if…

  • Fact Check Dec 7

    Fact Check: Trump and the People He Forgets He Knew

    When certain associates and acquaintances of President Donald Trump get into hot water, he forgets he ever knew them. Various figures from the Russia investigation and the Ukraine matter as well as a British prince have fallen out of familiarity with the president in this way. For a few days, the stock market suffered a similar fate when it dipped…

  • impeachment Dec 7

    House Impeachment Report Looks at Abuse, Bribery, Corruption

    Previewing potential articles of impeachment, the House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on history and the Founding Fathers to lay out the legal argument over the case against President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. The findings from the House Judiciary Committee do not spell out the formal charges against the president, which are being drafted ahead

  • Congress Dec 7

    Impeachment Collides With Funding Deadline, Testing Congress

    The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing over the next two weeks, toggling between the impeachment of President Donald Trump and past-ripe issues including North American trade legislation and a massive government-wide funding bill. December is always a busy…

  • Iran Dec 7

    Iran Frees Chinese-American Scholar for US-Held Scientist

    A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions. The trade on the tarmac of a Swiss airport saw Iranian officials hand over Chinese-American graduate student…

  • Donald Trump Dec 7

    ‘All Roads Lead to Putin’: Impeachment Ties Ukraine, Russia

    House Democrats are bringing the impeachment focus back to Russia as they draft formal charges against President Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is connecting the dots — “all roads lead to Putin,” she says — and making the argument that Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine was not an isolated incident but part of a troubling bond with the Russian president…

  • Afghanistan Dec 7

    US Opens First Round of Resurrected Peace Talks With Taliban

    U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday the first official talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce violence, with a permanent cease-fire being the eventual goal, said a U.S. statement. Khalilzad is also trying

  • Dec 7

    Trump to Delay Listing Mexican Cartels as Terrorist Groups

    President Donald Trump said Friday in a tweet that he will hold off on designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Trump said all the work had been completed and he was statutorily ready to issue a declaration but had decided to delay at the request of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The Mexican government had pushed back against…

  • Dec 7

    Supreme Court Keeps Federal Executions on Hold

    The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break. The justices denied the administration’s plea to undo a lower court ruling in favor of inmates who have been given execution dates. The first of those had been scheduled for Monday, with a second set for Friday. Two more inmates

  • Dec 6

    Warren, Buttigieg Scrap Puts Democratic Divide on Display

    Elizabeth Warren has spent weeks absorbing attacks from moderate rivals looking to blunt her surging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now, as the Massachusetts senator risks losing momentum, she’s starting to hit back. After a Democratic Party fundraiser in Boston on Thursday night, Warren blasted Pete Buttigieg, who is emerging as a leading moderate candidate in the lead-off

  • Dec 6

    Rep. Hunter Announces Resignation Days After Guilty Plea

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter said he will resign “shortly after the holidays” in a statement made three days after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds. Hunter’s office released the following statement Friday afternoon: “Shortly after the Holidays I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and

  • Dec 6

    Supreme Court Temporarily Shields Trump Bank Records

    The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily shielded the bank records of President Donald Trump and three of his children from House Democrats. In an order signed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the House cannot enforce subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One at least until Dec. 13. The justices are scheduled to discuss at least one and maybe two…

  • Dec 6

    Bloomberg Gun Plan: Permits, Assault Weapon Ban, Age Limits

    Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy on Thursday just steps from the site of one of Colorado’s worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to coordinate gun violence prevention.

  • Dec 6

    Sanders Announces $150B Plan to Expand Broadband Access

    Bernie Sanders is promising to invest $150 billion to bring high-speed internet to “every household in America” while breaking up and better regulating monopolies he says currently limit access to drive up their profits. The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate unveiled a plan Friday to provide that funding in infrastructure grants and technical assistance to states and municipalities through

  • Dec 6

    Articles of Impeachment: Explaining What’s Next in the House

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats will draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a crucial step toward a vote of the full House. The articles are likely to mostly encompass Democrats’ findings on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Democrats are still writing them, but the articles could charge Trump with abuse of office, bribery and obstruction.

  • Dec 6

    Report: Teen Who Died in US Custody Unresponsive for Hours

    A flu-ridden 16-year-old from Guatemala writhed in agony inside a U.S. Border Patrol cell and collapsed on the floor where he lay for several hours before he was found dead, according to video released Thursday that further calls into question the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant families.

    The footage published by ProPublica shows the last hours of Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, who

  • Dec 6

    Ex-Playboy Model Who Claimed Trump Affair Sues Fox News

    The former Playboy model who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump is suing Fox News over comments that host Tucker Carlson made about the matter. Karen McDougal’s lawsuit was filed Thursday in New York. It says Carlson slandered her by saying last year that what happened “sounds like a classic

  • Dec 5

    US Likely to Hit China Over Human Rights Despite Trade Talks

    Legislation in the Senate would direct the administration to come up with a list of Chinese officials who could face sanctions for their role in the repression of Muslim minorities. Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a second chance in less than a month to anger the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights as he

  • Dec 6

    Biden Snaps at Voter in Iowa After Receiving Kerry Endorsement

    Joe Biden sought to capitalize on President Donald Trump’s icy reception from world leaders by portraying himself on Thursday as someone who is well versed in foreign affairs and can restore American prestige abroad. But his moves risked being overshadowed by a testy confrontation with a voter in Iowa. As he nears the end of an eight-day tour of

  • Dec 5

    Booker’s Critical Test? Languishing Campaign Plots a Rebound

    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is hoping a speech in Iowa’s capital city could be a spark for his Democratic presidential campaign. With less than two months before the Iowa caucuses open the Democratic 2020 contest, Booker spoke Thursday in Des Moines. Booker argues California Sen. Kamala Harris’ recent departure from the primary forces the party to confront whether it’s

  • Dec 6

    Pelosi Sets Showdown Vote on Medicare Drug Negotiations Bill

    The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, expanded Thursday to provide seniors with dental, vision and hearing benefits not currently covered. Leading Democratic committee chairmen said the Congressional Budget Office has indicated that Pelosi’s bill would save the government $500 billion over 10 years, which they pledged…

  • Dec 5

    Trump Asks Supreme Court to Void Financial Records Subpoena

    President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to void a subpoena from the House of Representatives that seeks the president’s financial records from his accounting firm. The justices already have shielded the documents from being turned over while they consider whether to hear Trump’s appeal and his separate appeal of a court order that requires the same accounting

  • Dec 6

    Democrats Say Trump Impeachment Charges Must Come Swiftly

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, calling his actions toward Ukraine “a profound violation of the public trust and the Constitution.”

  • Dec 5

    Impeachment Takeaways: History Lessons, Partisan Feuds

    The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress’ impeachment power. Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans, and the experts split much like the committee, along partisan lines, over whether Trump…

  • Dec 5

    Trump Called Prince Andrew ‘a Lot of Fun’

    President Donald Trump has claimed that he does not know Prince Andrew, but a recently resurfaced interview with People from 2000 says otherwise, showing Trump describing Andrew as “a lot of fun to be with.” “He’s not pretentious. He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump told People magazine in 2000, speaking of Andrew. The article also states that Trump

  • Dec 5

    Andrew Yang Campaign Notified FBI About Emailed Death Threats

    Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s campaign has been in contact with the FBI about emailed death threats about the hopeful and his staff and supporters, NBC News confirmed Tuesday. The Hill reported earlier Tuesday that the Yang campaign reached out to the FBI about the threats during the candidate’s latest swing through New Hampshire. A Yang campaign official said that it received

  • Dec 4

    Trump Administration Acts to Cut Food Stamp Benefits for 688,000

    The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food stamp program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people.

    The final rule, announced Wednesday, will limit the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment in order to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps feed

  • Dec 4

    Gun Background Checks Are on Pace to Break Record in 2019

    Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year.

Contact Us