Ben Wesley

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Donald Trump’s Wall Might Be His Biggest Public Opinion Anchor

President Donald Trump has had a rocky first few weeks in office — from fights over his cabinet picks to protests and legal challengers over his immigration executive order — but he may find the biggest challenge lies in his best-known promise: The wall he wants to build on the U.S.-Mexican …

Donald Trump

New Poll Shows Unease With ‘Nuclear Option’ for Supreme Court Pick

Survey conducted largely before Trump announced his choice<p>A new poll commissioned by progressive groups has found that nearly seven in 10 voters say …

Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?

They’ve been squaring off for years. Now New York’s attorney general is emerging as the leader of the Trump resistance.<p>“I like you. You and me, we’re going to be best friends.”<p>It is early January, and Eric Schneiderman is sitting in his 25th-floor office above Lower Manhattan, doing his best Donald …

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GOP Foreign Policy Elders Worry About Trump

“Fear is spreading among the Republican Party’s foreign policy heavyweights that President Trump’s inexperience and quick temper could permanently …

White House Leaks Are a Sign of Dysfunction

“A feeling of distrust has taken hold in the West Wing of Donald Trump’s White House and beyond, as his aides view each other and officials across …

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Here's How Much Betsy DeVos And Her Family Paid To Back GOP Senators Who Will Support Her

WASHINGTON ― The nomination of billionaire heiress Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education is one vote shy of failing in the Republican-controlled Senate. One thing that could come to her aid is that she and the entire DeVos family are massive Republican Party donors who helped fund the …

Steve Bannon: 'We're going to war in the South China Sea ... no doubt'

Only months ago Donald Trump’s chief strategist predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East in Breitbart radio shows<p>The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the …

'NO FEDERAL FUNDS?': Trump threatens UC Berkeley after campus erupts in protests over Milo Yiannopoulos speech

"If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.<p>Berkeley is the flagship campus of the public University of California system. UC Berkeley received $370 million in …

Northern California

With all eyes on Trump, Republicans are planning to break unions for good

A so-called ‘right to work’ bill going through Congress will starve unions of funding, leaving workers at the mercy of their bosses and politicians<p>Alternative facts are nothing new; politicians have been making stuff up since they first crawled out of the primordial swamp. One of the most …

Right To Work

Could Trump fracture US and Australia's 'great alliance'?

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than 70 years, Australia and the United States have been inseparable allies.<p>Military, intelligence and cultural ties, combined with billions of dollars in investment and trade, built what former US President Obama described as a "great alliance."<p>But experts say the fallout from the …

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Trump encourages McConnell to 'go nuclear' if needed in upcoming battle over Supreme Court nominee

"If we end up with the same gridlock that they've had in Washington for the last longer than eight years — in all fairness to President Obama, a lot longer than eight years — but if we end up with that gridlock, I would say, if you can, Mitch, go nuclear," Trump told reporters. "Because that would …

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Report: In a 'humiliating' and 'threatening' tone, Trump lambasted Mexico's president during a phone call

During a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday, US President Donald Trump disparaged Mexico and threatened to use military force against the drug trade, according to Dolia Estevez, a journalist based in Washington, DC.<p>In an interview with the Mexican news outlet Aristegui …

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Gov. Walker: White House interested in Wisconsin union law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about how the White House can implement on a federal level parts of the Republican governor's contentious policy that all-but eliminated collective bargaining for public sector unions in the …

Mike Pence

What Should Democrats Do About Gorsuch?

In this week’s politics chat, we discuss the politics of President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.<p><b>micah</b> (Micah Cohen, politics …

House Dems want probe of intelligence chief's ties to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrats called Wednesday for an investigation of President Donald Trump's national security adviser over his ties to a Russian propaganda outlet.<p>They want the Pentagon to investigate whether Michael Flynn violated the Constitution by accepting payments from a …

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Trump’s campaign paid his businesses millions over course of campaign

Finance reports reveal unprecedented integration between Trump’s campaign and companies.<p>The final bill is in: Donald Trump’s campaign paid his companies $12.8 million from the time he launched his improbable presidential bid in the lobby of his company’s flagship Trump Tower property through the …

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Donald Trump

Democrats see opening in Trump's stumble on travel ban, move to block Cabinet votes

Seizing on President Trump’s early missteps and the wave of protests his executive actions have triggered,<p>Democratsare feeling more emboldened to confront the new administration head-on.<p>Democrats are the still minority in<p>Congress, lacking the votes to stop Trump’s agenda. But they have the ability …

European Union
Martin O'Malley

Two G.O.P. Senators to Oppose DeVos as Education Secretary, Imperiling Her Confirmation

■ With two Republican senators now opposed, Betsy DeVos’s nomination to be education secretary is in trouble.<p>■ President Trump made an unscheduled trip to Dover Air Force Base to greet the remains of a fallen commando.<p>■ Why did President Trump already file to run for re-election? To make sure the …

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Donald Trump

King: Travel ban 'probably the worst foreign policy decision' since Iraq

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. Angus King said the Trump administration's controversial travel ban is "the worst foreign policy decision" since the US invaded Iraq.<p>"It will make America much more dangerous," he told CNN's Alisyn Camerota Tuesday on "New Day." "I think this is probably the worst foreign policy …

Angus King

Bruce Springsteen attacks Trump over 'Muslim ban'

President’s US immigration policy is ‘anti-democratic and un-American’, musician tells audience in Australia – as other US stars voice their protests too<p>Bruce Springsteen has continued his attacks on Donald Trump, this time criticising his immigration ban during a show in Australia.<p>Introducing the …

A 'presidency in chaos': Legendary investigative journalist Carl Bernstein says Washington is already losing faith in Trump

"It's apparent to all but his most serious defenders and those who are his greatest advocates," Bernstein said on CNN on Monday night.<p>"Republicans on Capitol Hill who I'm talking to who are doubting his abilities," Bernstein said, "doubting even his stability under pressure. This is an …

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David Frum: 'How Donald Trump Could Build An Autocracy In The U.S.'

David Frum, conservative commentator and ex-speechwriter for President George W. Bush, has an article in <i>The Atlantic</i> on how a potential future under Trump unfolds, and how that path could be changed.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>David Frum is sipping coffee in our studios this morning. He's a …

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The incompetence displayed by Trump's immigration orders will be terrifying in a crisis

Worse than a crime, it’s a mistake.<p>For liberals alarmed by Donald Trump’s election, there is something heartening about the revelation that the new president has no idea what he's doing. His rollout of new travel restrictions aimed at offering a constitutionally, economically, and diplomatically …

Washington is 1st state to sue Trump over immigration order

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's attorney general declared Monday that he was suing President Donald Trump over his temporary ban on immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim populations, making it the first state to announce a legal action against the Trump administration over one of …

Immigration