Government

The Trump Transition: Dozens of Democratic lawmakers to boycott inauguration

<i>On Friday, Donald Trump will become president of the United States. Here’s what to expect this week:</i> <br>President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration week is getting underway with the kind of headline he’d probably prefer to avoid: More than 40 Democratic lawmakers have decided to boycott Friday’s …

Politics

Congressman John Lewis and President-Elect Trump

The recent Media kerfuffle between Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis and President Elect Trump should not distract us from "the fierce urgency of now".<p>Both men exhibit a certain amount of naiveté or sheer ignorance about the reality of past contests between the United States and Russia's …

Congressional Black Caucus

Obama looks to lock in $1 billion to schools with low-income kids

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Obama administration is considering a major last-minute policy shift that could force hundreds of school districts to cut spending at well-financed elementary and secondary schools and move nearly $1 billion dollars to schools with large numbers of low-income students.<p>The …

Education

Pentagon Program Trained Foreign Torturers & Rapists

Foreign officers who attended top Pentagon schools were later accused of rape, murder, genocide, and coups, according to State Department reports.<p><i>By Lauren Chadwick, Center for Public Integrity</i><p>The Defense Department trained at least 17 high-ranking foreigners at some of its top schools who were …

Rights & Freedoms

On Health Care, We’ll Have What Congress Is Having

In the fall of 1994, the Clinton Administration’s much debated comprehensive, and complicated, health-insurance bill—known derisively as Hillarycare—died quietly on Capitol Hill. It was a moment that, the Princeton sociologist Paul Starr later argued, would “go down as one of the great lost …

Health Care

Questions and conflicts: Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s secretary of education choice, is surrounded by controversies

Why Democrats are concerned about the GOP mega-donor<p><i>This article originally appeared on .</i><p>Preparing for a packed first week of confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s numerous controversial cabinet picks, Democratic politicians and advocacy groups had to decide which nominees they would focus their …

Corruption

A President’s First 100 Days Really Do Matter

By his 100th day in office, Franklin D. Roosevelt had already begun to reshape government’s role in the American economy. He declared and then lifted …

Politics

The Real Reason Any Russian Meddling Is An American Emergency

The bizarre saga of potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has created a genuine emergency in American politics. This isn’t necessarily because of Russia’s actual actions — unless the most peculiar allegations turn out to be accurate — but because of Donald Trump’s …

Russia

Outgoing OPM chief hits incoming GOP policies on hiring and firing feds

Beth Cobert was named acting director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) soon after news broke about the cybertheft of personal information belonging to 22 million federal employees, contractors, applicants and their families.<p>She leaves office this week as the federal workforce faces other …

Politics

Federal warning of higher bullet-train costs prompts sharp opinions, plans for Congressional hearings

A confidential estimate by federal regulators that the cost of California’s bullet train project could jump significantly has prompted critics of the $64-billion Los Angeles-to-San Francisco rail effort to call for new investigations and proponents to disclaim reports that project costs are growing.<p>…

Los Angeles

Republicans Plan to Roll Back Parts of the Landmark Endangered Species Act

(BILLINGS, Mont.) — In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered …

Endangered Species

Presidents Have Less Power Over the Economy Than You Might Think

Presidential reputations rise or fall with gross domestic product. The state of the economy can determine if presidents are re-elected, and it shapes historical memory of their success or failure.<p>In the news media, we often use the handover of power as the time for assessing the economic record of …

Politics

In final days, Obama administration signs law enforcement pact with Cuba

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department signed a new agreement on law enforcement cooperation with Cuba on Monday, seeking to further deepen ties with the communist island just four days before the end of the Obama administration.<p>The agreement outlines U.S.-Cuban cooperation on a wide range of …

Latin America

The Worst Perversion

(Reuters photo: Kevin Lamarque)The Obama administration was full of scandal, though we have a lazy and partisan news media that is determined to see …

Obama Administration

Trump team defends health pick Tom Price over ethics charge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team defended his nominee for health and human services (HHS) secretary, Tom Price, from charges that he bought shares in a company days before introducing legislation that would have benefited the firm.<p>A Senate confirmation …

Politics

Democrats Need Comey to Stay Put

The Democrats calling for James Comey's head should cut it out. They’re making a political death wish.<p>Many of them resent the FBI director's election-eve intrusion into the presidential election, when he restarted an inquiry into Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server then quickly produced nothing.<p>…

Corruption

5 Things To Look For In Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearings

There hasn't been a more controversial pick for Secretary of Education, arguably, in recent memory than Donald Trump's choice of Betsy DeVos. The Senate confirmation hearings for the billionaire Republican fundraiser and activist from Michigan start today.<p>DeVos is a champion of vouchers and …

Education

Obama's 'Scandal-Free Administration' Is a Myth

You often hear that the Obama administration, whatever its other failings, has been “scandal-free.” Valerie Jarrett, the president’s closest adviser, has said he “prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself.”<p>Even Trump …

Peter Thiel

HUFFPOLLSTER: Trump Supporters Say They'll Have His Back In Disagreements With Republicans

House Speaker Paul Ryan gets less goodwill from the GOP base.<p><i>Donald Trump’s voters say they’ll support him in arguments against the congressional GOP. Americans have low opinions of Trump’s transition, but expect him to boost the economy. And the public isn’t too fond of Vladimir Putin...or</i> …

U.S. Congress

Porn, Weed and Other Takeaways From Sessions Hearing

Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed several policy changes he might bring to the Justice Department during his confirmation hearing this week to be attorney …

Politics

Tobacco giants join forces in $49 billion mega merger

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> Two of the world's biggest cigarette companies are being rolled into one.<p>British American Tobacco said Tuesday that it's agreed to pay $49.4 billion to take control of Reynolds American, the No. 2 U.S. tobacco company.<p>The two cigarette giants hold some of the biggest selling …

Markets

The Founder of VoteRunLead Explains Why Young Women Can’t Remain Silent

"The election has shaken me to my core, and has made me realize that I can't be silent and just hope for the best."<p>Two days after the United States Presidential election, women's political nonprofit VoteRunLead hosted a free webinar called "This is How You Run for Office." Erin Vilardi, the group's …

U.S. House of Representatives

How Much Will the Inauguration Cost, and Who’s Paying?

WASHINGTON — Officials are putting the final touches on what will be nearly a week of celebrations for Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as president on Friday. But pomp and circumstance does not come cheap.<p>Here’s a peek at the dollars and cents behind the events in Washington.<p><b>How much will it …

Politics

Ok, just call it 'Trumpcare' then, but don't deny health coverage to average Americans

<b>To the editor:</b> So, Donald Trump and the GOP want to repeal and replace the ACA, or Obamacare, quickly?<p>I see a very simple solution that could be implemented as soon as tomorrow without any new bumps in the road. Congress should pass a law that simply renames the ACA as the ATA, or the Affordable …

Health Care

Congressional Republicans Take Aim At Taxes On Imports And Exports

Big box retailers and advocates for the poor are teaming up for what could be a big fight with congressional Republicans who want to change the corporate tax code. At issue is something called the "border adjustment tax."

Taxes

House Arms Itself for Witch Hunts

Early this month, House Republicans ditched a plan to gut an independent congressional ethics agency after their attempt set off a burst of outrage. Unfortunately, other procedural rule changes intended to reduce transparency and accountability in the House, introduced along with the ethics plan, …

Republicans, Democrats Share Unusual History on Fence Law

Plans to fund a wall between the United States and Mexico are starting to take clearer shape as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office.</i> …

Homeland Security

Obama rushes to fill dozens of federal jobs before leaving office

President Obama rushed to fill nearly 100 federal government vacancies during a frenzy of appointments in his final few weeks in office.<p>Since the new …

United States

Trump’s Plan To Neuter The White House Press Corps And Neuter Our Democracy

Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control.<p>That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and …

News Media

Donald Trump Cabinet: Is He Really Draining the Swamp?

Here’s a look at how swampy Trump’s appointments are based on their lobbying and fundraising<p>Charlotte Alter | Ryan Teague Beckwith<p><b>In mid-October,</b> …

Politics