Keith Fitzgerald

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Trump Won the Presidency, But Jeb Bush Won the U.S. Department of Education

Similar Articles Added Earlier<p>Today in 5 Lines Donald Trump selected South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the …

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in …

Everyone Is Vulnerable To Conflicts Of Interest. Including Donald Trump.

“The president can’t have a conflict of interest,” Donald Trump told The New York Times in November. He appears to have meant that in the legal sense …

Conflicts of Interest

Special no more: An end to wet foot, dry foot

Special no moreAn end to wet foot, dry foot<p>The outgoing American president makes it harder for Donald Trump to undo his rapprochement with …

Latin America

Donald Trump Demands Apology From Intelligence Agencies, Media Over Dossier

President-elect Donald Trump stoked his spat with U.S. intelligence agencies and the media on Sunday, demanding an apology for presenting a dossier containing unverified allegations of Russian influence.<p>Mr. Trump tweeted comments made by veteran journalist Bob Woodward during a talk show Sunday, in …

When Obama dropped the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy, he also snuffed out another program few Americans knew about

When President Obama killed the 22-year-old policy giving preferential, fast-track citizenship to Cubans who could make it to the U.S., his administration nixed another program, too. Not well known to most Americans, it sought to undermine the Cuban government through a form of brain drain.<p>The …

Latin America

This might be the best alternative yet to GDP as a way to measure a country’s growth

What if we didn’t measure a country’s growth by looking at its GDP?<p>Despite most advanced economies recovering from the recession—most of them had annual growth near 2% in 2016—the World Economic Forum (WEF) reports that between 2008 and 2013 (latest data available), median-per-capita income across …

Economics

The people who evangelized for the 401(k) now think it’s made retirement a lot harder

We’re not even a week into 2017, and we already have another reason to feel gloomy about our futures.<p>The Wall Street Journal’s Timothy Martin tracked down several early proponents of the 401(k) and asked them what they think of their innovation, which has supplanted the traditional pension at most …

Retirement

UK inflation to hit a two-year high

Sterling’s weakness since Brexit vote is pushing up prices of fuel, food and clothes, official figures to show<p>Inflation is set to hit its highest level in more than two years this week, according to economists, as the sharp drop in sterling since the referendum fuels a rise in the cost of …

Money

Poll Shows What The Public Does And Does Not Know About Obamacare

NPR and the polling firm IPSOS have a new poll out that suggests the public might not be as enthusiastic about repealing Obamacare as their representatives are.

Health Care

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

A new report by Oxfam warns of growing and dangerous concentration of wealth<p>The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.<p>In a …

Wealth

Global report sees rise in inequality in U.S.

Economic inequality is increasing across the globe, including in the United States, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.<p>The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017, released early Monday in Europe in anticipation of this week's meeting of the World Economic Forum, also said …

Justice

The Latest: CIA director says Trump tweeting harms security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):<p>10:20 a.m.<p>CIA Director John Brennan says Donald Trump's "talking and tweeting" is not in the nation's interest and that the president-elect lacks a full understanding of the threat Russia poses to the U.S.<p>Brennan said …

Government

Trump slams CIA Director Brennan over plea for 'appreciation' of intel community

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump on Sunday night slammed outgoing CIA Director John Brennan for imploring the President-elect to put his confidence in the intelligence community and develop an "appreciation" for the effect his words could have on national security.<p>The CIA chief defended his agency …

National Security

6 Reasons Why Trump's Wall Is Even Dumber Than Most Of Trump's Other Ideas

At his turbulent his news event last Wednesday (I won’t dignify it by calling it a news conference), Trump reiterated that he will build a wall along the Mexican border. “It’s not a fence. It’s a wall,” he said, and“Mexico will pay for the wall.”<p>Here are six reasons why Trump’s wall is an even …

Republican Party

Trump aide Reince Priebus warns ethics chief to ‘be careful’

Donald Trump's incoming White House chief of staff warned the director of the Office of Government Ethics on Sunday to "be careful" about criticizing Trump's handling of his business conflicts.<p>Ethics office Director Walter Shaub last week criticized Trump's plan to shift ownership of his businesses …

Government

Iraqi Troops Edge Deeper Into Mosul — With Caution

Iraqi forces are nearing what is expected to be the toughest part of the fight for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. As troops push toward the river dividing the city, they face new tactics from Islamic State fighters adapting to an urban environment and the limitations of U.S. air and artillery …

Middle East

'The New Odyssey' Allows Migrants Stories To Humanize The Crisis

The <i>Guardian's</i> Migration Correspondent Patrick Kingsley's book <i>The New Odyssey</i> follows several migrants on their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa to Europe.

World News

Democrats Rally In Dozens Of Cities To Oppose Obamacare Repeal

With little power left in Washington, Democrats set out on Sunday to make a big statement against GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act with rallies in dozens of cities.<p>It's also a step for the party toward regaining its footing after grassroots efforts in 2016 failed to keep the White …

Bernie Sanders

Pelosi Calls for Investigation Into Trump's Ties to Russia

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday called for an investigation into any ties Donald Trump has with Russia and whether the Kremlin has any …

Government

Senate Democrats Want More Time to Question Trump’s Education Nominee

Senate Democrats are seeking to extend the five minutes they will be allowed to question President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Education …

Government

Photos of the Week: Confirmation Hearing Frenzy on Capitol Hill

A total of seven confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks kicked off on the Hill this week. Meanwhile, a back-and-forth …

U.S. Congress

And Democrats Said: Let There Be Vice Ranking Members

House Democrats on Friday adopted an amendment to their internal caucus rules allowing for the creation of vice ranking members for standing …

U.S. Congress

The Convoluted Process for Dismantling Obamacare

In the early hours of Jan. 12, the Senate took the first step in the convoluted process of dismantling and replacing the 2010 health care law. To …

Health Care

No Sophomore Slump for Marco Rubio

For a guy who didn’t want to be in the Senate anymore last year, Florida’s Marco Rubio is certainly making a tall glass of lemonade out of the lemons …

Marco Rubio

Ryan Calls Trump Lobbying Ban Proposal ’Dangerous’

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that a proposal to extend the one-year lobbying ban for retired members of Congress to five years — part of …

U.S. Congress

House GOP Group Launches Digital Campaign for Health Care Plan

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care …

U.S. Congress

Texas Republican Compares Mexican Singers to Russian Interference

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said the Mexican singers and soap opera stars who appeared at Hillary Clinton events influenced the election as much as …

Elections

CIA chief calls Trump Nazi Germany comparison 'outrageous'

CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said President-elect Donald Trump's comparison of the intelligence community's handling of unverified reports on Russian intelligence to Nazi Germany was "outrageous."<p>After a leaked-but-unverified dossier of compromising information reportedly shared with Trump …

German History

Pence, Priebus dispute booting press out of White House

Vice President-elect Mike Pence and incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Sunday disputed a report that the Trump administration was considering evicting the White House press corps.<p>"What the team told me is there is such a tremendous amount of interest in this incoming …

Mike Pence