Politics

Jeff Flake caught on hot mic: GOP is "toast"

Sen. Jeff Flake didn't realize his mic was still on after speaking at a tax reform event, telling Mesa, Arizona, Mayor John Giles: "If [Republicans] …

U.S. Politics

The G.O.P. Is Fooling Itself on Taxes

The Republican Party seems to have backed itself into a corner on tax policy.<p>After the failure of their health care plan, President Trump and congressional leaders have understandably decided that they need a win. If they somehow fail to pass a tax cut, they will anger their base and their donors …

Opinion

Trump campaign created own rules on sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) — "You can do anything," Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women.<p>Maybe he could, but not everyone can.<p>The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women's private parts — but denied he really did so — was elected president months before the …

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Blue States Practice the Family Values Red States Preach

As we watch Roy Moore thumping his Bible to defend himself from accusations of child molestation, let me toss out a verbal hand grenade: To some degree, liberals practice the values that conservatives preach.<p>This is complicated terrain with lots of exceptions, and the recent scandals involving …

Opinion

Trump urges Clinton to run again

President Donald Trump on Saturday slammed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling his Democratic former opponent the "worst and biggest loser of all time" and urging her to run again in 2020.<p>"She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party," the president wrote on …

Elections

Sean Spicer Is Resetting His Post-White House Career Strategy

The former press secretary didn’t land a lucrative TV news pundit job. Now both Spicer and Washington super lawyer/agent Bob Barnett are distancing themselves from each other.<p>At first, Sean Spicer’s exit from the White House followed the blueprint for famous administration officials.<p>Step one: Hire …

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Mar-a-Lago’s new winter season: The Red Cross Ball is out, the Trumpettes are in

In years past, the Mar-a-Lago Club’s White and Gold Ballroom hosted some of the finest events of Palm Beach’s gilded winter season. Charity luncheons at $750 a plate. Quartets playing Mozart. Ambassadors in white tie and tails at the Red Cross Ball.<p>In years past.<p>Last week — as a new season began at …

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Montana Congressman Who Assaulted Reporter Lied to Police About It

It can be difficult to recall all the individual low points from 2017. Like: remember when an about-to-be Congressman physically assaulted a reporter …

News

Progressive pastors call on Roy Moore to quit Senate race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the "soul of the nation."<p>The remarks on Saturday by the Rev. William J. Barber come a day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in Alabama said Moore …

U.S. Politics

Dear Nobel Winners, Mr. Trump Has All the Brains He Needs

Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama invited America’s Nobel Prize winners to the White House most years, to celebrate their achievements and thank them for their discoveries. This year, the American winners of Nobels in physics, chemistry, economics and physiology were lauded …

Opinion

Donna Brazile's Tell-All Is Troubling For the Wrong Reasons

Instead of contributing to our understanding of what happened in 2016, Hacks muddies the waters.<p>“Why am I supposed to be the only person that is unable to tell my story?” asked Donna Brazile, during the early days of her media blitz. Apparently she shouldn’t have worried. Her campaign memoir, <i>Hacks</i>, …

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Dispatch from Alabama: 'Roy Moore plays into the stereotypes the rest of the world has about us'

Many Alabama Republicans remain loyal to the embattled Senate candidate – but others resent the way Moore’s behaviour reinforces the cliches about their state<p>Two young boys in suits and ties, and two young girls in dresses, sang about the love of God. A woman turned to the person next to her and …

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What If Ken Starr Was Right?

In the longstanding liberal narrative about Bill Clinton and his scandals, the one pushed by Clinton courtiers and ratified in media coverage of his post-presidency, our 42nd president was only guilty of being a horndog, his affairs were nobody’s business but his family’s, and oral sex with Monica …

Opinion

Lisa Murkowski saved Obamacare. But here's why she may not abandon Republicans on taxes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> When Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped defeat her own party's bill to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, she said she was applauded upon her arrival at airports across her home state of Alaska.<p>Now that Republicans have added a plan to roll back a significant part of …

U.S. Politics

Trump's Panama tower used for money-laundering by condo owners, reports say

Trump Ocean Club drew people accused of corruption and future president benefited from laundered funds, reports say<p>The Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower soars over Panama City bay, a 70-storey skyscraper shaped like a sail. Donald Trump’s first international hotel venture, it opened in …

Corruption

Why a Firm Believer in Tax Cuts Could Derail the Senate Tax Cut Plan

WASHINGTON — On the eve of the House’s vote to pass a far-reaching $1.5 trillion tax cut, Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin placed a hasty phone call to his state’s senior senator, Ron Johnson, in hopes of resolving an unlikely conflict in his own back yard.<p>Mr. Johnson had become the first Senate …

U.S. Congress

Jeff Sessions Yuks It Up Over Russians In Speech To Lawyers

The attorney general's joking followed a congressional grilling for apparent discrepancies in his stories about Trump campaign contacts with Russians.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions had lawyers rolling in the aisles with a surprising string of Russian quips at the start of a speech he gave …

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Jake Tapper Would Prefer Not To Be So Agitated

The CNN correspondent on journalism, hypocrisy, how a Twitter fave can ruin his morning, and why he has a poster of George Wallace hanging in his office<p>Jake Tapper sometimes wakes up angry. This may be a good thing for America.<p>Amid the chaos of the Donald Trump presidency, and the deep partisanship …

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Trump’s Tweets Are Hurting Him With the Voters He Needs Most

Trump’s social media rampages aren’t just damaging him, they’re causing swing voters to reevaluate both his priorities and the very health of the economy.<p>It seems that virtually every day Donald Trump and his administration are embroiled in a new fiasco. The Mueller investigation is ongoing, …

Elections

Roy Moore sided with men accused of sexual crimes in 13 of 20 cases

Roy Moore has a record of being "sharply conservative on social issues but occasionally sympathetic to convicted criminals," according to the New …

U.S. Politics

Megyn Kelly: Donald Trump Is 'Tone Deaf' for Criticizing Al Franken

NBC host Megyn Kelly called President Donald Trump “tone deaf” for criticizing Al Franken after sexual assault allegations against the Minnesota …

Elections

The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen

While Yemen starves, Trump moves ever close to its tormenter, the headstrong ruler of Saudi Arabia<p>Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is a young man in a hurry. So, too, is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Together, they make a dangerous combination. By all …

Middle East

Panetta on Lewinsky affair: Bill Clinton 'more than paid the price'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta defended President Bill Clinton on Saturday, telling CNN he "more than paid the price" for his affair with Monica Lewinsky while he was in office.<p>"The fact that he went through an impeachment process as President of the United States," …

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Steve Mostyn, Texas Democratic Fund-Raiser, Dies at 46

AUSTIN, Tex. — Steve Mostyn, a Texas trial lawyer and one of the nation’s leading Democratic donors, who spent a fortune in a long effort to turn his reliably red home state blue, died on Wednesday at his home in Houston. He was 46.<p>The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled the death a …

U.S. Politics

Clinton: How does Trump get things done 'between tweeting and golfing?'

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump …

Elections

Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

President Trump’s top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S. recording industry and other major business interests, as talks continue this weekend.<p>There are few …

Robert Lighthizer

Hillary Clinton: Trump 'is obsessed' with her

The former Democratic nominee spoke bitterly about the president during a 25th anniversary celebration of her husband's election in Little Rock, Ark.<p>Former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Saturday described President Donald Trump as “obsessed” with her …

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Trump’s selective outrage on creepy men

<b>It was the lead story</b> of the "CBS Evening News." ... On "NBC Nightly News," it was: 'DOUBLE STANDARD?" ... ABC's "World News Tonight" called it …

U.S. Politics

The Shocking Math of the GOP Tax Plan

Adam Davidson: “If it gives us nothing else positive, the Republican tax plan—and, in its Senate form, the health-care repeal—at least provides …

Orrin Hatch

Tracking Trump: president tries his best to befriend Kim Jong-un

Trump bemoans his inability to buddy up to the North Korean leader, as his son and son-in-law face more trouble in the Russia inquiry<p>Each week, Trump seems to make more news than most presidents do in a lifetime. The Guardian is keeping track of it all in this series, every Saturday<p>Last weekend<p>Do …

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