Marco Rubio

GOP Senators: Trump’s Obvious Russia Lie Is Good Enough for Us

On Tuesday, President Trump attempted to repair some of the damage from his disastrous press conference in Helsinki in part by claiming that when he …

Donald Trump

'She was like a novelty': How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles

Probes into Russia, Trump campaign<p>WASHINGTON - For nearly five years, the young Russian political-science student was an unusual fixture at the most important events of the U.S. conservative movement.<p>Maria Butina, who was indicted this week on charges of being a covert Russian agent, struck up …

Government

Trump Lied About Supporting U.S. Intelligence and No One Seems to Care

President Trump knew it was bad when he lost <i>Fox & Friends</i>. The morning after he fluffed up Vladimir Putin while teeing off on the U.S. intelligence …

Donald Trump

President Trump on Defense After Russia Summit Criticism

(WASHINGTON) — Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, …

Donald Trump

Republican cowards in action

Congressional Republicans, despite the clear fact that Donald Trump cowed in the aura of Russian President Vladimir Putin and sided with an avowed …

Donald Trump

Senators are slamming Trump’s Putin meeting, but they aren’t going to do anything about it

Ideas have been floated, but consensus seems unlikely.<p>Democrats and Republicans agree that <i>something</i> needs to be done about Russia in the wake of this week’s shocking Trump-Putin summit and the president’s baffling subsequent walkback of his comments. But few can agree on what exactly that should …

Politics

Chris Christie to 'set record straight' in 'Let Me Finish'

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Christie has a book coming out next year and he doesn't plan on holding back.<p>Hachette Books confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former New Jersey governor's "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics" is …

News

After Helsinki, Senate GOP Quietly Takes Aim at Russia

Flake, Gardner, Rubio all propose Senate takes steps to deter Russian aggression<p>At least two Republican senators are urging their colleagues to do …

Politics

Would Republicans Be Better Off If Clinton Were President?

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited.<p><b>micah</b> (Micah Cohen, politics editor): Hey, everybody! …

Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio Vladimir Putin Kills His Enemies, Duh!!!

<b>Marco Rubio</b> doesn't need convincing <b>Vladimir Putin</b> kills his opponents ... he says it's obvious.<p>We got the Senator from Florida in D.C. Tuesday to get …

Vladimir Putin

Sen. Rand Paul Rips ‘Biased and Bigoted’ Former CIA Chief

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has been one of President Donald Trump’s few defenders amid a furor over this week’s summit with Russian President …

Donald Trump

Sen. Rubio: U.S. must stop underestimating Putin

Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday warned against underestimating Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he said is a mistake made by previous …

Russia

Is Congress going to hold Trump accountable on Russia? Don’t bet on it.

After President Trump appeared to side with Russia over his own intelligence community, Republican leaders in Congress did something remarkable, for this political moment at least: They openly considered ways to rein in Trump's pro-Russian tendencies.<p>Options that Republican leaders floated the day …

Politics

7 PR wins for the first half of 2018

With the year halfway over, we at Ragan decided to take stock of PR winners and losers over the last six months.<p>The winners reaped a harvest of …

Public Relations

Republicans Scramble to Contain Trump’s Damage, but Path Is Unclear

WASHINGTON — Republicans scrambled on Tuesday to mitigate the damage done by President Trump’s embrace of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia over his own intelligence agencies, setting a public hearing in the Senate next week, examining new sanctions on Moscow and reaffirming the fraying Western …

Politics

Ivanka coy about her Democratic partners in policy talks

WASHINGTON – Ivanka Trump swears she has Democratic allies – but she’s not naming names.<p>“You have to, especially in an environment like this, you …

Donald Trump

While the World Celebrates Mandela's 100th Birthday, Remember That For Most of His Life, American Conservatives Vilified Him

Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013. Had he lived, he would be celebrating his 100th birthday today. On “Mandela Day,” people all over the world …

South Africa

Republican senator proposes resolution backing US intelligence agencies

<b>(CNN) —</b> Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said he is working on a resolution to "reaffirm support for the intelligence community," following President Donald Trump's comments Monday siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence agencies about election interference.<p>Notably …

Politics

The Memo: Trump allies hope he can turn the page from Russian fiasco

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in …

Donald Trump

Updates on election security legislation, Trump’s view on Russia, vendor security

<i>With help from Eric Geller and Martin Matishak</i><p><b>THE MORE THE MERRIER —</b> Leaders of the Senate Armed Services cybersecurity subcommittee on Tuesday became the latest cosponsors of a bipartisan bill (S. 2261) to boost election security. Sens. Mike Rounds and Bill Nelson added their names to an already …

Bruce Rauner

Republicans rebuke Trump on Putin summit, but does their criticism have any teeth?

A number of prominent Republicans have rebuked President Donald Trump in the wake of his stunning, “disgraceful” meeting with Russian President …

Donald Trump

Trump's Putin reversal not enough for Dems, some GOP

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s attempt to walk back his expressed support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of election interference …

Donald Trump

Rubio’s glad Trump ‘clarified’ Russia meddling remarks; Nelson asks, What’s Putin got on Trump?

WASHINGTON – Did President Trump clean up his remarks about Russian meddling or was he simply trying tamp down the latest crisis? In Washington, like …

Donald Trump

Republican lawmakers lap up Trump's 'clarifying' explanation of his Russia comments

Not everyone was buying it when President Trump said he simply misspoke during his Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but …

Ben Sasse

DEMS DEMAND ACTION FROM GOP ON RUSSIA -- Pompeo to testify on Trump summits -- SÁNCHEZ ENTERS RACE FOR CAUCUS CHAIR -- House GOP fundraising woes continue

By Nolan D. McCaskill (nmccaskill@politico.com or @NolanDMcCaskill)<p><b>DEMS URGE GOP TO DO SOMETHING AGAINST TRUMP --</b> Democrats and some conservatives say it’s time for Republican critics of President Donald Trump to start walking the walk instead of simply talking the talk. In the wake of his …

Ben Sasse

Why sex workers have serious concern over proposed bill that targets human trafficking

When the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act was proposed in Congress, it was widely welcomed by representatives.<p>The bill, which aims to combat …

Philadelphia

Schumer's demands: We need a hearing on what happened in Helsinki -- and we need Trump's tax returns

You can laugh this off if you like on grounds that Schumer has no power to force any of it and is unlikely to have it come January. But Pelosi might …

Conservative View

Fox helps Trump sell his absurd claim that he misspoke during his press conference with Putin

After being roundly criticized for capitulating to President Vladimir Putin during a press conference, President Donald Trump attempted to walk back …

Donald Trump

Trump Helsinki Remarks Expose GOP Divide on Foreign Policy

Security hawks and presidential loyalists split on significance of Finland summit<p>President Donald Trump’s much-maligned performance at Monday’s press …

Politics

Want Gun Control? Arm the Left (It Worked Before)

Photo by Mesa Tactical | CC BY 2.0The grisly numbers tell the tale: More guns per capita than any other country in the world; 13,000 homicides per …

Guns