James S. Denton, journal editor who led programs to advance democracy, dies at 66

Mr. Denton was the son of Vietnam POW and U.S. Sen. Jeremiah A. Denton Jr.

Trump’s China crackdown enjoys wide support. Here’s why that could be a problem for him.

Of all the president’s tariff threats, his targeting of the Chinese is the most popular, but if the levies actually take effect in two weeks as scheduled, the political pain will come soon after.

North Korea sticks with ‘new era’ pledge despite Trump’s reversal over nuclear threat level

The reports by a state-controlled website marked the first comments from North Korea on U.S. relations since Trump’s shift on the threat level from Pyongyang.

Trump administration says it has plan to reunite more than 2,000 separated children still in its custody

The statement, issued late Saturday, comes three days after Trump halted migrant family separations amid public outcry.

Trump-Warren split-screen offers sneak peek at 2020 campaign

RENO, Nev. — In the space of just a few hours, Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump provided a glimpse of what the 2020 presidential campaign might look like in a battleground state.

It won’t be pretty.

Here, in front of a raucous crowd Saturday at the Nevada Democratic Party’s state convention, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts unloaded on a president she said stands for “hatefulness, ugliness and cruelty.”

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto followed, calling Trump “ignorant,” his immigration policies “disgusting.”

At the southern end of the state, not long after touching down in Las Vegas for a speech to the state GOP convention, the president spoke directly to the party base — and only to them.

“I got elected largely because we are strong on the border,” Trump reminded the crowd.

Then he proceeded to deride Warren, as he frequently has, as “Pocahontas,” offered a new nickname Continue reading “Trump-Warren split-screen offers sneak peek at 2020 campaign”

Trump tests his influence in S.C. governor primary

President Donald Trump is wading into the swamp of South Carolina politics in the latest test of his pull in Republican primaries: an effort to save one of the earliest backers of his presidential campaign.

Gov. Henry McMaster, the first statewide elected official to endorse Trump in 2016, is in danger of losing the Republican nomination to an opponent who has portrayed him as an insider mired in endemic political corruption that has befallen state government. McMaster finished first in the June 12 primary but fell short of a majority, prompting a runoff against businessman John Warren — and pushing Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to plan last-minute trips to South Carolina to campaign on McMaster’s behalf.

Warren is a political newcomer who has painted himself as the anti-establishment answer to South Carolina’s ills, even pledging to “drain the swamp” in Columbia at a recent debate. But the obvious Continue reading “Trump tests his influence in S.C. governor primary”

The Bizarro-World Trump Storming Michigan Politics

JACKSON, Mich.—Everything Shri Thanedar said sounded great to the small crowd of die-hard lefties who spent the Friday night of Memorial Day weekend in this conservative, rural burg checking out the state’s hottest Democrat.

That may be because he earnestly agreed to somehow deliver whatever his listeners requested, if only they would help him upset the establishment, win the Democratic nomination and capture the governor’s seat in Lansing.

A school social worker called for a raise and more school psychiatric services. Thanedar agreed, then pivoted to assert that he opposes efforts to arm teachers. “Teachers are there to teach,” he declared to applause. An activist demanded he pledge that a first order of business as governor would be to add civil rights LGBTQ protections to the state’s anti-discrimination statute, and he readily made the vow. An employee of the nearby state prison complained about work conditions, giving Thanedar an Continue reading “The Bizarro-World Trump Storming Michigan Politics”

Silence on Russian election meddling frustrates lawmakers

Robert Mueller and the nation’s top intelligence official say Russia is trying to interfere in the midterm elections — but Republican and Democratic lawmakers say the Trump administration is keeping them in the dark about whether the U.S. is ready.

A half-dozen senior House and Senate lawmakers who spoke to POLITICO say they’re hearing only an alarming silence from the administration about what Moscow’s trolls and hackers are up to, less than five months before an election that could undo the Republican lock on Congress and derail President Donald Trump’s agenda.

They’re also getting conflicting messages: Mueller and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats have both asserted that Russian efforts to undermine the American political system are underway, without offering any public evidence or specifics. Meanwhile, officials from the Department of Homeland Security say they haven’t detected any specific Russian attacks on U.S. voting machines or databases this Continue reading “Silence on Russian election meddling frustrates lawmakers”

Reversal of fortune: Obamacare rate hike pose headache for Republicans

Obamacare premiums are once again poised to spike by double digits in 2019, causing heartburn for politicians as voters will head to the polls within days of learning about the looming hit to their pocketbooks.

But unlike recent campaign cycles, when Republicans capitalized on Obamacare sticker shock to help propel them to complete control of Congress and the White House, they’re now likely to be the ones feeling the wrath of voters.

That’s because Republicans are now in total control of the federal government and therefore on the hook for the health care system’s chronic shortcomings. Polling data has consistently suggested that more voters will blame Republicans for future problems with Obamacare. In addition, the GOP’s repeated failures to repeal Obamacare after eight years of campaign promises will make it difficult to galvanize the base on health care.

Democrats and their allies have been hammering President Donald Trump and congressional Continue reading “Reversal of fortune: Obamacare rate hike pose headache for Republicans”

Regions With Highest Opioid Use Voted For Trump, Study Finds

Scientists attempt to unpack complex association.

Trump Chinese Business Deal Raises ‘Serious Concerns,’ Says Fed Ethics Chief

But it's Congress that must take action, insists acting ethics head David Apol.

Homeland Security Says 522 Children Reunited After Separations

The department says it plans to reunite another 16 children over the next 24 hours.

James Comey Says He’s So Ashamed Of Child Detentions He Talked Of Posing As Canadian

"I am disgusted, I am horrified, I am embarrassed, I’m ashamed."

Republicans Are Banking On Trump To Save The Senate, Starting With Nevada

Senate Democrats fled from Obama during midterm elections. Republicans are doing the opposite with Trump.

Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws

The former director of the Office of Government Ethics said on Saturday that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s decision to tweet about being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant violated ethic…

Trump, stumping in Nevada, makes immigration a central midterms issue for GOP

President says Democrats ‘just want to use this issue — and I like the issue for [the] election, too’

Democrats visit detention centers to attack ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy

They came out with stories of children in mylar blankets, sitting on concrete floors, and told reporters that the situation had to be remedied by congressional action.

Protesters confront Florida attorney general at Mr. Rogers documentary screening

Protesters confronted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) on Saturday as she left a movie screening of the new documentary about Mr. Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”A video posted to Twitter shows Bondi being…

In Nevada, Trump ignores separated families and goes after ‘Wacky Jacky’

President Donald Trump tried to give a boost to Sen. Dean Heller in Las Vegas on Saturday, dubbing his opponent “Wacky Jacky” while brushing past the immigration controversy that has overwhelmed his presidency in recent days.

"You don’t want her as your senator," Trump said of Heller’s opponent, Democrat Rep. Jacky Rosen, at Nevada Republicans’ state convention. "Now, that name didn’t come from me. That’s a name that people have known because people that know her, that’s what they call her, Wacky Jacky, that’s what you want for your senator?"

Trump largely eschewed talk of his administration’s zero tolerance policy on immigration that sparked an international outcry. While visiting the southwestern state where roughly 29 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino, Trump stressed that America could not afford to be weak on immigration.

After initially defending the policy that led to the separation of hundreds of migrant Continue reading “In Nevada, Trump ignores separated families and goes after ‘Wacky Jacky’”

Mike Huckabee tweets photo comparing Nancy Pelosi’s campaign staff to MS-13 gang members

The former Arkansas governor’s tweet was blasted online as racist, outrageous and just plain unfunny.