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Michelle Obama criticizes Trump administration's school lunch policy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former first lady Michelle Obama expressed concern Friday over the Trump administration's decision to scale back school meal nutritional requirements.<p>"You have to stop and think, 'Why don't you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you, and why is that a …

Senate Democrats are trying to force disclosure of documents about Trump's team and Russia

Somewhere in the US Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence rests a series of records. No one will say publicly what’s in them, or even whom they mention. But the senators investigating the connection between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are dying to …

Republicans

'Protecting Religious Freedom Is a Foreign-Policy Priority of the Trump Administration'

How—and when—will the White House carry out its verbal commitment to protect persecuted minorities overseas?<p>Vice President Pence stood before a packed ballroom in downtown D.C. on Thursday, looking out on an audience of Orthodox priests, evangelicals, Catholics, and other Christians from all over …

Why Some Can’t Wait for a Repeal of Obamacare

For Linda Dearman, the House vote last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act was a welcome relief.<p>Ms. Dearman, of Bartlett, Ill., voted for President Trump largely because of his contempt for the federal health law. She and her husband, a partner in an engineering firm, buy their own insurance, …

If Liberals Hate Him, Then Trump Must Be Doing Something Right

If there was one principle that used to unite conservatives, it was respect for the rule of law. Not long ago, conservatives would have been horrified at wholesale violations of the norms and traditions of our political system, and would have been appalled by a president who showed overt contempt …

Why the White, Working Class Voted for Trump

PRRI and <i>The Atlantic</i> surveyed American voters about their feelings on politics. Researchers specifically focused on white, working-class voters—people without college degrees or salaried jobs. While most post-election analysis cited economic anxiety as the main concern of this group, the results of …

President Trump says he’s ‘very active.’ His schedule doesn’t.

President Trump woke up angry on Friday.<p>By 9:30 a.m. Eastern, he’d already tweeted seven times, railing against the media and the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russian interests. In one tweet, he defended his deputy press secretary for having offered an explanation for …

Trump actions push Republicans to get serious on Russia

<b>(CNN) —</b> In one fell swoop Tuesday, President Donald Trump signaled to Republican lawmakers they have a serious problem with Russia -- and they responded.<p>Trump said he fired former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday because he was being a "showboat," but critics quickly alleged the decision was …

Donald Trump

Comey declines to testify before Senate committee

Ousted FBI Director James Comey will not appear in a closed session before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday.<p>Comey had been invited by Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and top Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia. Their panel is investigating Russia’s election meddling and allegations of …

What Trump supporters are thinking

Frank Luntz, the Republican consultant and pollster (who can channel Trump partisans, but has also been critical of him), is quoted in the N.Y. Times …

Recused And Accused: Critics Say Sessions Should Have Stayed Out Of Comey Firing

President Trump now says he made the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on his own.<p>That's a shift from the original White House statement, which said the president acted on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.<p>Sessions' role in Comey's firing has raised eyebrows, since the …

Donald Trump's tax law firm has 'deep' ties to Russia

The lawyers who wrote a letter saying President Trump had no significant business ties to Russia work for a law firm that has extensive ties to …

Trump doubles down: No press briefings ‘a good idea’

President Donald Trump on Friday said he moves so fast that his communications staff in the White House can’t keep up.<p>“Yes, that’s true,” Trump confirmed in an interview set to air Saturday night with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, an excerpt of which was released Friday afternoon.<p>As a result, Trump is …

Dems escalate talk of Trump impeachment

As the White House descended into turmoil over the firing of FBI Director James Comey, congressional Democrats sharply escalated their rhetoric over President Donald Trump's impeachment and even imprisonment.<p>In late-night tweets Thursday, several Democrats strongly suggested they believe Trump …

Trump has a long history of secretly recording calls, according to former associates

Throughout Donald Trump’s business career, some executives who came to work for him were taken aside by colleagues and warned to assume that their discussions with the boss were being recorded.<p>“There was never any sense with Donald of the phone being used for private conversation,” said John …

Donald Trump

Sean Spicer isn't saying whether President Trump tapes his phone calls. Wait, what?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Six hours after President Donald Trump implied that he could be taping phone calls with now-deposed FBI Director James Comey, White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to rule that possibility out.<p>Stop. Go back and read that first sentence again. Ok. Moving on.<p>"The …

Donald Trump

A theory: Trump fired Comey because he’s taller

Facts aren’t facts; truth isn’t true; reality isn’t real.<p>This is where we are.<p>It’s no wonder that “Orwellian” is the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a writer. We are living in the most surreal of times.<p>But Orwell’s days may be numbered as “Trumpian” has swiftly emerged to …

Acting FBI director McCabe, Sen. John Cornyn among 4 who will interview for FBI director job

Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the second-ranking Senate Republican, who has in recent weeks become a more outward defender of President Trump, and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who on Thursday contradicted the Trump White House on a range of topics, will interview Saturday to serve as the FBI’s …

Watchdog group alleges Sessions violated recusal rule in firing of Comey

An ethics watchdog group filed a complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday alleging that his participation in the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey violated Justice Department rules and Sessions’s promise to recuse himself from matters involving Russia.<p>“Firing the lead …

Democratic lawmaker warns against convention to change N.Y. constitution

ALBANY - State Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is the latest state leader opposing a push for a convention to make changes …

State Constitutions

The States, the Court and Constitutional Federalism

Trinity Lutheran v. Missouri is a question of federalism: whether a state may erect a wall between church and state that is taller than what the federal constitution permits.<p>William J. Watkins Jr. stresses that the dispute between Trinity Lutheran and the state of Missouri should have been resolved …

U.S. Federal Courts

Don't expect Mitch McConnell to defend the American republic | Ross Barkan

Were McConnell another kind of man, he would see that a special prosecutor is needed to look into the election. But self-preservation is all that animates him<p>Mitch McConnell has always liked to fight dirty. More than 20 years ago, at a Kentucky fundraiser, he took a cardboard cutout of Bill Clinton …

Will Donald Trump Be Impeached? Approval Rating Drops Again After Comey Firing

Amid backlash over his firing of FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump’s approval rating dipped yet again. In a Quinnipiac University poll …

Donald Trump Ruins Paul Ryan’s Big Tax Policy Day

The House speaker hoped for a momentum-building talk about taxes with carefully choreographed photo ops and folksy fishing banter. Instead, he dodged questions about James Comey’s firing with protesters outside.<p>NEW ALBANY, Ohio — Paul Ryan came to Ohio to talk about taxes.<p>First, he toured a …

Two key senators just ditched a hearing on Russia for a ‘very important meeting.’ Here’s why.

In the middle of a key hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) got up and left.<p>Burr gave a short explanation on his way out: “The vice chair and I have to step out for a meeting that …

McCabe: You Cannot Stop 'The FBI From Doing The Right Thing'

<b>Updated at 1:26 p.m. ET</b><p>The absence of former FBI Director James Comey loomed large over the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing with top U.S. intelligence leaders, but his temporary replacement, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, assured lawmakers he would not bend to pressure from the White …

Donald Trump

Can't Afford a Lawyer? No Free Speech for You.

Proving the old adage that academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so low, Arnold began an all-out legal attack on his detractors. …

Campaign Finance

Trump wasn’t elected as a culture warrior. He may govern as one.

Among other moves, Republicans may use religious-freedom laws to curtail LGBTQ rights<p>Before the election, it was common to hear experts say the “culture wars” were over, and that the left had won. True, there were debates about how progressives could most effectively consolidate their gains, and …

Rights & Freedoms

In Case You Forgot, This Is What The North's Fight For Civil Rights Looked Like

A photo of civil rights advocates picketing next to the American Nazi Party puts our country's current politics into sharp relief.<p>To some, the fight for civil rights in America is an important, but distant, memory.<p>According to history books, the struggle to end racial segregation and discrimination …

The Future of Open Government

<i>This blog post is co-authored with Jean-Vincent Placé, French Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification, attached to the Prime Minister</i>.<p>More than 4,000 people gathered in Paris from 7-9th December for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit 2016 hosted by the Government of …