Martina Stewart

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A Conspiracy A Month? Trump Calls For 2 Investigations — With No Evidence

Early Saturday morning, President Trump launched into one of his favorite pastimes — tweeting allegations with no evidence to back them up.<p>His latest unfounded claims: an assertion that President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower during last year's elections. He accused his …

Across The Divide, Identity Politics Unites The Base At Both CPAC And DNC

It's a fascinating thing to watch activists in both American political parties grapple with a way forward in the Trump era.<p>Conservatives gathered outside Washington last week at a convention, the Conservative Political Action Conference, which had been a home for libertarians in recent years. The …

Here's What To Watch For When Trump Addresses Congress

Tuesday night, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time. After a chaotic first month, it will be a chance for Trump to reset his relationship with voters, who currently give him historically-low approval ratings.<p>It will also be a chance for him to reassure …

Criticized By Peers, White House Counterterrorism Adviser Returns Fire

President Trump's counterterrorism adviser is under fire from his peers — and Sebastian Gorka is hitting back.<p>Just ask Michael Smith. He's a counterterrorism expert in Charleston, S.C., who specializes in online recruiting efforts and who has advised members of Congress on terrorism-related …

Disgusted By Trump, A CIA Officer Quits. How Many More Could Follow?

Edward Price joined the CIA in 2006 and thought he would work there forever.<p>Instead, he drove out of CIA headquarters on Feb. 14 after signing his resignation letter.<p>"Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this …

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McMaster, An Iconoclast, Confronts A Job Bound By Political Realities

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has already had his easiest day as President Trump's national security adviser.<p>Trump's announcement of McMaster was met with widespread acclaim by the Washington national defense establishment, including from people who are not particular fans of Trump's.<p>The array of …

New Trump Adviser H.R. McMaster Faces An Old Challenge — Iraq

In April 1991, I met a young U.S. Army captain in the moonscape of southern Iraq. He was frustrated.<p>Just weeks earlier, the officer and his troops had been part of the wave of U.S. forces that drove Saddam Hussein's Iraqi military out of Kuwait. The Americans kept advancing, pushing some 150 miles …

U.S. Rivals Test Trump, And So Far The Response Is Restrained

Iran tested a ballistic missile barely a week into Donald Trump's presidency. North Korea then shot off a missile of its own. A Russian warship has been hanging out about 30 miles off the U.S. East Coast, and Moscow's fighter jets recently buzzed a U.S. warship in the Black Sea.<p>President Trump has …

With 'Fake News,' Trump Moves From Alternative Facts To Alternative Language

Friday night, President Trump took to Twitter to deliver one of his favorite insults to journalists: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!" he wrote.<p>It's a phrase President Trump has now tweeted 15 times this …

Trump's Thursday Press Conference, Annotated

President Trump began his press conference Thursday afternoon naming his new nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta. He then moved on to a range of topics, from the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser and U.S. relations with Russia, to an upcoming executive action on …

Where's The Director Of National Intelligence?

<b>Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET</b><p>Call it the case of the mysterious moving confirmation hearing.<p>Donald Trump nominated Dan Coats to the nation's top intelligence post back on Jan. 7, when Trump was still president-elect and Coats — an Indiana Republican — had just departed the Senate.<p>But today — nearly four …

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Inside The White House, Trump Changes His Tune On Leaks

Candidate Donald Trump was a big fan of leaks, especially when they targeted Hillary Clinton and reports of her deleted emails.<p>"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said last July in Florida. "I think you will probably be rewarded …

ICE Detains Alleged Victim Of Domestic Abuse At Texas Courthouse

<b>Updated Feb. 17, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET with comment from ICE</b><p>Federal immigration agents last week detained a woman in the U.S. illegally just after she received a protective order against an allegedly abusive boyfriend, in an El Paso County courthouse.<p>El Paso County Attorney Joanne Bernal said the ICE …

New CIA Deputy Director's Past Intertwined With CIA's History Of Waterboarding

Here's one side of the resume of the CIA's new second-in-command, Gina Haspel: she's a decorated officer, serving more than three decades undercover, including multiple tours as a station chief.<p>And here's another side: Haspel's fingerprints are all over the CIA's detention and interrogation …

Flynn's Departure Adds Fuel As Trump's Russia Problem Smolders

Throughout Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and now during his first weeks in office, one country keeps re-emerging in the controversies that swirl around him: Russia.<p>For all the turbulence, Trump and his team have not addressed the larger and more important questions of how they plan to deal …

'Respect' Wasn't A Feminist Anthem Until Aretha Franklin Made It One

On this day 50 years ago, a little-known gospel singer from Detroit went into a New York City recording studio to try to jump-start her career. No one saw it coming, but the song Aretha Franklin laid down on Valentine's Day 1967 would go on to become one of the greatest recordings of all …

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Senate Confirms First Nonveteran To Lead VA

The Senate voted 100-0 on Monday to confirm President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin.<p>The unanimous vote makes Shulkin the first-ever nonveteran to lead the VA, but that didn't stop him from winning endorsements from most of the major veterans service …

'Wall Street Journal' Editor Defends Trump Coverage At Staff Meeting

A newsroom unsettled by layoffs and buyouts of 200 colleagues. A senior editor decamping for the competition. And above all a lingering question from many reporters: did <i>The</i> <i>Wall Street Journal</i> pull its punches in scrutinizing the man who is now president?<p>The paper's top editor, Gerard Baker, held a …

Saving The Planet, One Burger At A Time: This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free

A Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City debuted a new dish last week that's getting a lot of buzz. It's a burger made entirely from plants.<p>This isn't just another veggie knock off. The rap is that this burger looks, cooks and even bleeds like the real thing.<p>The Impossible Burger, as it's …

Plenty Of Room At Guantanamo Bay For Trump's 'Bad Dudes'

If President Trump wants to keep his promise to send new detainees to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, there's plenty of room.<p>"We haven't received any orders to take additional detainees in," says Navy Capt. John Filostrat. "But if given the order, we could go ahead and comply."<p>Filostrat, a …

5 Things On Michael Flynn, Russia And Donald Trump

President Trump and his top aides can't seem to shake the Russian bear that follows them around.<p>It put its paw on the scales of the U.S. presidential election last year, according to the U.S. intelligence community. It cost Trump his then-campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And now the connections …

Unlike Bush, Trump Invokes Terror Threat And Gets Pushback, Not Deference

When President George W. Bush overhauled immigration rules after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, he received broad public support, bipartisan backing in Congress and a cooperative judiciary. The U.S. was a country genuinely fearful of more terrorism.<p>Contrast that moment with President Trump's …

'America First': From Charles Lindbergh To President Trump

Charles Lindbergh became an instant American hero when he piloted the Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris in 1927, the first person to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic.<p>Lindbergh was an icon in Europe as well, and he moved to England in the late 1930s. By 1941, though, he was back …

The Theory That Explains The Anger Of Our Political Moment

Suddenly, people are more in favor of the Affordable Care Act than are against it. For the first time, more people believe Obamacare is a good idea than think it is a bad idea, as a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed.<p>Another poll from Fox News shows a similar pattern, as the <i>New York</i> …

How Betsy DeVos Became Trump's Least Popular Cabinet Pick

Of all President Trump's Cabinet choices, only one currently seems at serious risk of being denied confirmation by the Senate.<p>The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary is a question mark after two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, announced they …

President Trump's Tweets In His First 100 Days, Annotated

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. During the president's first 100 days in office, we attempted to do just that for key tweets.

Yemen Aftermath: Trump's First Military Raid Continues To Raise Questions

The tribal delegation visiting Sheikh Abdelraouf al-Dhahab was still talking in the very early hours of the morning last Sunday when his nephew, Abdullah, noticed strangers approaching on foot across the rocky, inhospitable terrain of central Yemen.<p>"Who are you?" Abdullah called out into the night. …

Where Does Your Member Of Congress Stand On Trump's Immigration Order?

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.<p>The move caused immediate …

Liberals To Senate Democrats: (Don't) Do Your Jobs

When House and Senate Democrats held a rally Monday night to oppose President Trump's executive order on refugees and immigrants, the crowd wasn't all on their side.<p>Pockets of, "Do your job!" jeers broke out, as did chants of "Walk the walk."<p>A vocal wing of Democrats' progressive base is growing …

CNN Beefs Up Investigative Reporting

CNN is embarking on what it characterizes as a major new initiative in investigative reporting as executives pull together accomplished reporters into a single unit and promise to hire at least a dozen more.<p>"CNN needs to be an organization that breaks news, not just an organization that covers …