Politics

5 bizarre moments from Trump’s freewheeling interview with the Associated Press

President Donald Trump’s interview with Associated Press’s Julie Pace was a doozy.<p>In a freewheeling conversation intended to cover Trump’s first 100 days in office, the president made wild assertions about his leadership, pushed false premises about his popularity and success, and made it …

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Barack Obama returns to remind us how radically different he is from Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former President Barack Obama re-emerged into public life on Monday in Chicago and, in the process, offered a potent reminder of what a radical change in direction the country took in the 2016 election.<p>Obama sat in the middle of a group of young people -- all of whom shared their own …

Barack Obama

Trump Is Holding On to His Base — But He’s Losing Nearly Everyone Else

<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>Trump holds on to his base — but is losing nearly everyone else<p>The good news for President Trump in the latest NBC/WSJ poll is that he's still holding on to …

Elections

Republicans sound alarm on Trump's troubles ahead of 2018

Donors, leaders and potential candidates begin to worry about an election that will be a referendum on the president’s performance.<p>Republicans say President Donald Trump needs to turn things around fast — or the GOP could pay dearly in 2018.<p>With the party preparing to defend its congressional …

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Team Bannon Pushes for a Shutdown ‘Standoff’

Stephen Bannon and his loyalists are encouraging President Trump to stand firm on his demand to include border wall funding in the bill to keep the government funded.<p>Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s recently embattled White House chief strategist, has advised the president and senior staff …

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Glenn Beck: Trump 'doing a really good job of misdirection'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck said Monday he believes President Donald Trump is "doing a really good job of misdirection."<p>"I think he has kept the fight up with the press, which a lot of supporters are really pleased with," Beck told Anderson Cooper on "AC360." "I think that's …

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A new tell-all about the Clinton campaign is a searing indictment of the candidate herself

It does not take more than a few pages for journalists Jon Allen and Amie Parnes to arrive at what amounts to their thesis in <i>Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s</i> <i>D</i><i>oomed 2016</i> <i>C</i><i>ampaign</i>, a new tell-all book built off years of reporting on the trail.<p>“[Clinton’s] campaign was an unholy mess, fraught with …

Hillary Clinton

Trump jokes (?) about firing Nikki Haley: ‘She could easily be replaced’

If there's one member of President Trump's team who has been a wild card early in his presidency, it's Nikki Haley. The United Nations ambassador has been a surprisingly strong presence, often making news about U.S. foreign policy in ways that seem somewhat, well, un-Trump.<p>On Monday, Trump joked …

Foreign Policy

Trump: 'I Never Realized How Big It Was'

An interview with the Associated Press shows President Trump slowly coming to terms with the size of the government he now runs, and the challenges he must tackle.<p>Every president faces a steep learning curve when he enters the presidency. There is, as John F. Kennedy, wrote, no school for …

Foreign Policy

This poll number should scare Democrats

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's lots of bad poll numbers out there for President Donald Trump these days. He has historically low job approval ratings, and nearly 6 in 10 voters believe he lacks the judgment or personality to be an effective president, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.<p>What the …

Elections

Obama Returns To Public Stage, Encouraging Next Generation To 'Take Up The Baton'

Former President Barack Obama on Monday gave his first public address since leaving office, moderating a panel with young people on community engagement while dancing around the turmoil surrounding his White House successor.<p>"So, uh, what's been going on while I've been gone?" Obama deadpanned at …

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The Democrats delivered one thing in the past 100 days: disappointment

The time has come to bid farewell to a moribund party that lacks imagination, courage and gusto<p>The distinctive feature of these bleak times is the lack of institutional capacity on the left – the absence of a political party that swings free of Wall Street and speaks to the dire circumstances of …

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Trump Writing Fake Executive Orders Because He Doesn’t Know How to Be President

Donald Trump’s administration is scurrying around in advance of the 100-day marker, trying to look busy and productive — trying to create the …

Government

Donald Trump is obsessed with winning, and that's why he's losing

He needs to learn the difference between small victories and big ones.<p>President Donald Trump famously promised Americans so much winning that they’d be sick of it. He appears obsessed with this promise, to the point of actively undermining it. He is so focused on winning — or claiming to win — …

Elections

U.S. military officials say Russia is arming Taliban forces

The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday.<p>At a news conference with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at his side, Gen. John Nicholson, the American commander in Afghanistan, …

Afghanistan War

Most Americans Oppose President Trump's Border Wall

President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is more unpopular than ever — with double the number of Americans opposing …

Elections

Pres. Trump's threat to Congress fails

President Trump lost his first fight over health care and Monday night he appeared to back off threats to force Democrats and Republicans to pay for …

Elections

Trump disses the United Nations as an ‘underperformer’

With the ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council gathered around him in the White House Monday, President Donald Trump labeled the UN “an underperformer” and appeared to both heavily praise and jokingly jab at his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley.<p>"I also want to say to you that I have long …

North Korea

Sh*t talking is Democrats' new strategy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democrats in the post-2016 world have potty mouths.<p>Swearing has become such a part of Democratic stump speeches that profane clips have become routine in Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez's speeches. With children on stage behind him, Perez told an audience in Las Vegas this …

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The Opioid Epidemic, the Border Wall, and Magical Thinking

President Trump’s confounding approach to drug policy.<p>President Trump knows that the United States is suffering through one of the worst drug epidemics on record. Its breadth was captured well by Christopher Caldwell, who looked back for comparisons. “A heroin scourge in America’s housing projects …

Addiction

State Department promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago draws fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department's recent promotion of President Donald Trump's Florida resort is drawing criticism from Democrats and ethics advocates.<p>In an April 4 blog post that has been republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago is described as "Trump's Florida estate," …

Mar-a-Lago

Poll: 73% Back Independent Probe of Russian Election Interference

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they want an independent, non-partisan commission instead of Congress to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.<p>Seventy-three percent of respondents prefer the independent investigation, …

Elections

Senate Russia probe flounders amid partisan bickering

The White House and Trump’s allies insist no clear evidence of actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin has actually surfaced — …

U.S. Congress

Pundit Says Hannity Inviting Her Back to His Hotel Wasn’t Sexual Harassment

It’s been a particularly bad few days for Fox News. On Wednesday, the network was forced to let go of its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, following …

Sexism

State Department Website Removes Post Promoting Mar-a-Lago

The State Department has removed an article on its website that promoted President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.<p>A blog post on Share America, a …

Bill Clinton

GOP rep stands by controversial health care comments to mom

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> An Ohio congressman who attracted criticism for telling a mother that her grown son has the "opportunity to go earn" better health benefits is standing by his remarks.<p>Republican Rep. Warren Davidson made the remarks at a town hall last week in response to a woman's concern that a …

Health Care

Big Turnout for Ossoff Surpassed Recent Democratic Benchmarks

Jon Ossoff benefited from an unusually strong turnout in the first round of voting in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District last week, surpassing all recent benchmarks for Democratic turnout in an off-year election, according to an Upshot analysis of newly released voting data.<p>Past Democratic …

Elections

Trump blasts recent approval rating polls as 'fake news'

Even though they contained “some very positive info,” President Donald Trump on Monday decried a set of polls released over the weekend as “fake news” conducted by media outlets whose polling about last year’s presidential election had proven incorrect.<p>“The two fake news polls released yesterday, …

Elections

In Their Own Words: Experts on Donald Trump’s Presidency

We talked to historians, activists, authors, and White House veterans on how President Donald Trump's first 100 days measure up against his predecessors. Here are some more of their takeaways.<p>His changing views<p>"He's almost unique in that he's a president who does not feel that because he made a …

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Politics Podcast: Trump’s First 100 Days

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast takes stock of his legislative priorities: a looming …

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