Politics

Read President Trump's Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods

President Trump spoke with TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer on March 22 for a cover story about the way he has handled truth and …

Donald Trump

Dissecting Trump’s Most Rabid Online Following

Editor’s note: The story below contains two slurs that appear in the names of subreddits. Links to Reddit may also contain offensive …

FiveThirtyEight

The Lone Republican Focused on Trump's Ethical Conflicts

Amid the torrent of self-inflicted wounds and chaos threatening President Trump’s legislative agenda -- raising new doubt in the financial markets …

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Inside The Wealthy Family That Has Been Funding Steve Bannon's Plan For Years

Jane Mayer writes in the <i>New Yorker</i> about Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, who have poured millions of dollars into <i>Breitbart News,</i> and who pushed to have Bannon run Trump's campaign.

NPR

Can President Trump Handle the Truth?

Generations of American children have learned the apocryphal tale of young George Washington, bravely admitting to his father that he chopped down …

TIME

This Health Care Bill May Haunt The GOP

Imagine a Congress and a president of the same party working on health insurance reform. They write up a piece of legislation, and it’s not popular. …

FiveThirtyEight

Vladimir Putin Has Already Won

The biggest questions looming over Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the election are ones we may never be able to answer: …

New York Magazine

John McCain has a 3-step strategy for talking about Donald Trump

John McCain just offered a master class in how to talk about President Trump’s rocky debut on the world stage: acknowledge there’s no evidence for Trump’s wiretapping claims, praise the administration’s national security team while ignoring Trump’s more egregious missteps, and when all else fails, …

Vox

Democratic Senators: Filibuster Gorsuch—or Be Primaried

Democratic senators need to understand the passion out there in the blue hinterland. It’s time for an old-fashioned, Mr. Smith-style talkathon.<p>“If the Democratic senators don’t filibuster Gorsuch, we will primary them!”<p>I heard this mantra from listener after listener who called in while I was …

The Daily Beast

Supreme Court decision strengthens rights for schoolchildren with disabilities, rejecting a lower standard set by Gorsuch

A unanimous Supreme Court strengthened the rights of nearly 7 million schoolchildren with disabilities Wednesday, and did so by rejecting a lower standard set by Judge Neil Gorsuch.<p>The ruling, one of the most important of this term, came as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is wrapping up his …

Los Angeles Times

Republicans Could Pay A Price For Ditching Trump — Even If He’s Unpopular

President Trump’s private warning that 2018 could be a “bloodbath” if Republicans don’t make good on his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act …

Elections

Why the Obamacare repeal bill will have an even tougher time in the Senate

Changes made to help Trumpcare pass the House make it harder to pass the Senate.<p>House Republicans have largely staged an ideological debate over the American Health Care Act. If Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump manage to win that debate (and House passage), the bill will shift swiftly …

Vox

Black lawmakers say they had candid conversation with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black lawmakers emerged from a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday saying the president was at least willing to listen to their concerns that his policies and positions could hurt their African-American constituents.<p>However, beyond a promise of …

Associated Press

Could Justice Neil Gorsuch Become Conservatives’ Next Worst Nightmare?

If Gorsuch is telling the truth about his legal philosophy, he more closely resembles Kennedy than Scalia.<p>It’s widely assumed that Judge Neil Gorsuch’s refusal to answer any substantive questions about Supreme Court precedents is, basically, insincere. There’s a reason the Heritage Foundation, the …

The Daily Beast

Hawaii lawmaker resigns from Republican Party to join Democrats

(Reuters) - Hawaii lawmaker Beth Fukumoto, ousted last month as Republican leader of the state's House of Representatives after publicly criticizing President Donald Trump, resigned on Wednesday from her party to seek membership as a Democrat.<p>Fukumoto, 33, the youngest Hawaii legislator to serve as …

Reuters

Republican Health Care Vote: Everything You Need to Know

All eyes are on Congress today, where the House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It's high legislative drama as Republican leaders still don't know if they have the votes to pass the measure.<p>The bill, backed by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, would …

NBC News

Donald Trump has lost the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board

The WSJ’s editorial board had been moving toward Trump. Not anymore.<p>On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board published a scathing criticism of President Trump, warning that“if he doesn't show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he's a fake President.” It also …

Vox

Democrats Exploring Deal With McConnell On Gorsuch Nomination

The desire to preserve the judicial filibuster for future nominees is prompting some talk.<p>WASHINGTON ― Democratic senators are quietly contemplating cutting a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): giving him an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch if he restores …

The Huffington Post

Black Caucus Answers Trump's 'What Do You Have to Lose' Question

President Trump and members of the Congressional Black Caucus met to discuss his proposed budget. CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond says he was surprised to find Trump and the caucus have similar goals but they differ on how to achieve them.

NBC News

Republicans Mired in Division Ahead of Health Care Vote

Republicans control the White House and Congress, and yet the civil war that has come to define the party over the past several years rages on.<p>Donald …

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Can Trumpism Last Without Minority Voters?

The president wants to convert the GOP into a “worker’s party” for voters of all races. But it may be too late.<p>Compared with the ongoing firestorm over Russia and impending showdown over health care, President Trump’s meeting with Congressional Black Caucus leaders Wednesday might seem peripheral …

The Atlantic

Secret Service sought $60 million extra for Trump travel and protection, documents show

The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting from the unusually complicated lifestyle of the Trump family, according to internal agency documents reviewed by …

Chicago Tribune

Ivanka Trump’s “unofficial” White House job, explained

Ivanka Trump’s power behind the scenes in the White House is about to become official — unofficially. Trump is getting her own office in the West Wing, a security clearance, and a government-issued phone, according to Politico. She won’t be paid a salary or be sworn in. The role is described as …

Vox

When a President Can't Be Taken at His Word

In April 1966, the streets of America were crime-ridden, Southeast Asia was threatened by "godless communists," and some radical theologians were …

TIME

The Guardian view on Rex Tillerson: a sidelined secretary of state

The ideological clique around Trump is running foreign policy, while the top US diplomat is being circumvented and his department undermined<p>It is hard to think of a secretary of state in recent history whose start has been as unpromising as Rex Tillerson’s. He came to the job with no experience of …

The Guardian

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his unachieved achievements

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking credit for persuading TransCanada Corp. to withdraw a hefty lawsuit against the U.S. government over the previous administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Canadian company says its bid for compensation for the stalled project …

Associated Press

WH on Manafort Report: Trump Unaware of His Decade-Old Clients

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says it’s “a bit insane” to have expected that then-candidate Donald Trump was aware of former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s clients from a decade ago.

NBC News

Nunes muddies Trump probe with abrupt claim of new evidence

Rachel Maddow explains a confusing pair of press conferences by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes, in which Nunes asserted some new …

MSNBC

Memo to Ivanka: Flex Your West Wing Mojo

How the first daughter can get her dad to listen.<p><b>MEMORANDUM</b><p><b>To:</b> Ivanka Trump<b><br>From:</b> Bill Scher<b><br>Subject:</b> Surviving The West Wing<p>Congratulations on the West Wing digs. Let the haters squeal about nepotism and security clearances. None of that matters, if you make good use of your office.<p>Unfortunately, …

POLITICO

President Trump appears unable to make a substantive case for the AHCA

When he tries to sell it, he either talks politics or says Obamacare is bad.<p>The fate of the Republican health bill in the House could rest on President Donald Trump’s salesmanship. He pitched himself as the ultimate dealmaker during the campaign, and Speaker Paul Ryan’s office has lately been …

Vox