Government

Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence

President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.<p>Trump made separate appeals to the director of …

National Security Agency (NSA)

The case for impeaching Trump — and fast

This is the exact situation impeachment was meant for. Let's hurry up.<p>Impeachment of an American president is a weighty measure that’s only been used a handful of times in our history. And on two of those occasions, the judgment of history has come down against the impeachers.<p>Andrew Johnson was an …

Michael Flynn

Will Donald Trump Be Impeached?

After a cacophonous two weeks of political news, a new sound has begun to emerge from Washington: the word “impeachment.” Following the news that …

Elections

The White House may claim Mueller has conflicts of interest. That’s ridiculous.

All of a sudden, it seems, the Trump White House cares about conflicts of interest — even where they don’t exist.<p>For months, the administration has ignored conflicts of interest on a grand scale. The watchdog organization we help lead has documented dozens, capped by the president’s own insistence …

Opinion

The White House Is Still Changing Its Story on Comey’s Firing

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>Two weeks of changing White House explanations for firing Comey<p>After the last two weeks of jaw-dropping news coming from the nation's capital, here's maybe …

Politics

Rep. Jason Chaffetz Postpones James Comey's House Testimony

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Monday that James Comey's upcoming public testimony has been postponed because the former FBI Director wants to speak …

Politics

Analysis: White House is trying to dupe media with phony leaks

Conservative talk show host Bill Mitchell has hatched an ingenious plot to destroy the credibility of major newspapers.<p>"You know what we should do? Start flooding the NYTimes and WAPO tip lines with all kinds of crazy "leaks." Then laugh when they print them!" he posted on Twitter.<p>Simple, right? …

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Donald Trump is destroying his own presidency

Trump has no one to blame for his endangered presidency but himself.<p>The investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia is serious, and becoming more so. But it is not what is imperiling Donald Trump’s presidency. What’s imperiling Donald Trump’s presidency is, well, Donald Trump.<p>Washington …

Politics

Enabling a dangerous president: Pence was there

What was the vice president's role in affirming Donald Trump?<p>Donald Trump’s disclosure of highly sensitive intelligence to the Russians and reported efforts to shut down the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn now shine a spotlight on the next person in line for the …

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What happens if Donald Trump is impeached and who would be the next president?

Allegations that Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into Michael Flynn's links to Russia have spurred calls for the president to be impeached.<p>The explosive new development, stemming from a memo written by Mr Comey, followed a week of tumult at the White House after …

Obstruction of Justice

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: 'I believe we should look into obstruction of justice'

<b>(CNN) —</b> As bombshell reports about the circumstances of former FBI director James Comey's firing continue to rock the White House, Democratic lawmakers have increasingly said it's starting to sound like President Trump may have obstructed justice. But the appointment of Robert Mueller as a special …

Democrats

Donald Trump won’t disclose the former lobbyists with conflicts of interest working in government

When US president Donald Trump arrived in Washington, promising to “drain the swamp,” he signed an order barring lobbyists from working in his administration on matters they had been paid to influence in the previous two years. But he has hired numerous former lobbyists and industry lawyers to work …

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Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure

Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.<p>The "Freedom to Serve Children Act" received a late …

Equality

The obscure Senate rule that could sink Obamacare repeal, explained

Let’s talk about the Byrd Rule.<p>The fate of the Republican drive to repeal and replace Obamacare — and of the 24 million more Americans who could be uninsured if they succeed — now lies with obscure, complex Senate rules.<p>One rule in particularwill determine what Republicans can include in the bill, …

ObamaCare

Trump's Firing Of FBI Director Comey Has Huge Implications For Investors

Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, has been concerned about money laundering and the use of property transfers in conjunction with federal investigations examining Russia’s possible interference in the recent presidential election. President Donald Trump’s …

FBI

Trump approval falls 4 points in new survey

President Trump’s job approval rating has hit a new low in the latest Harvard-Harris Poll survey, with weeks of controversy taking their toll on …

Elections

Special Counsel Mueller Drafts Watergate Special Prosecutor to Assist in Russia Investigation

Ardent critics of President Donald Trump have compared the investigation into whether members of his campaign colluded with Russia to Watergate.<p>Last …

Special Prosecutor

How Democrats Could Leverage Trump's Sinking Presidency

A wave election or two would give Democrats a short window for long-term change before Republicans inevitably regroup.<p>Anyone who thinks Donald Trump's staggering, stumbling presidency is going to destroy the Republican Party really needs to remember what actually happened after Richard Nixon's …

George W. Bush

What Defenders of Trump's Right to Fire Comey Are Missing

The question isn’t whether a president can directly control the bureau—it’s whether other institutions, and the public, are going to let him get away with it.<p>Donald Trump is leading this country into new and dark places. At each new reveal, administration critics ask their version of the question …

Politics

Trump White House clashes with federal ethics watchdog

Up until quite recently, Walter Shaub worked in relative unanimity. Shaub is the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, an independent, …

A top Democratic senator is calling for the ethics office to see if Trump is violating the constitution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate committee overseeing pensions on Monday asked the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to assess whether President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution and federal bans on conflicts of interest.<p>Reuters reported on April 26 that public …

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Obama Holdover Colluded With Unions to Pressure Congress on Budget Cuts

An Obama administration appointee with deep ties to labor unions promoted a grassroots campaign to reverse the Trump administration’s proposal to …

Conservative POV

Jeff Sessions Wants To Put More People In Prison. His Home State Of Alabama Is Doing The Opposite

Attorney General Jeff Sessions penned a memo to federal prosecutors in early May asking them to stop seeking lenient sentences for drug offenders and instead seek “the most serious, readily provable” charges.<p>It marked a reversal from modest reforms made under the Obama administration, and a signal …

Justice

The Founding Fathers Disagreed About the President's Power to Fire People

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

U.S. Presidency

Mueller reviewed the Comey memos: report

Robert Mueller, the newly appointed special counselor in the Russia investigation, has reportedly been briefed on the memos former FBI Director James …

Robert Mueller

Trump was "scared to death" of James Comey, Comey's father says

Former FBI Director James Comey's father says his son was fired because President Trump was "scared to death of him," according to CNN.<p>J. Brien Comey …

James Comey

One Nation: James Ashby's 'make some money' quote referred to police

Longer recording of proposal reportedly does not bear out Pauline Hanson’s claim it was ‘knocked on the head there and then’<p>The Queensland government has threatened to bring One Nation into the crosshairs of tougher electoral funding laws after revelations of James Ashby’s proposal that the party …

Government (UK)

John Podesta Unloads on Trump

The former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign says the president is 'absolutely crazy' and Republicans are stuck to him like 'Velcro.'<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on iTunes here. | Subscribe via Stitcher.</i><p>Donald Trump is “unfit for office,” a president whose actions are often “absolutely …

Elections

Neil Gorsuch can’t wait to get his hands on America’s campaign finance laws

Think Citizens United was bad? Trump’s guy on the Supreme Court looks eager to make it worse.<p>The Supreme Court quietly handed a victory to supporters …

Neil Gorsuch

John Boehner tried to keep Donald Trump from shutting down the government: report

Former House Speaker John Boehner had to explain to Trump why a shutdown would be bad for the U.S.<p>A new report indicates that the government came closer to shutting down than many realized earlier this month.<p>President Donald Trump was apparently dissatisfied with the outcome of the spending bill …

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