U.S. Government

Does Trump Believe His Own Hype?

The president insists that no administration has done as much as his—echoing similar claims made at moments of difficulty.<p>There are no normal weeks in the Donald Trump era, just weird weeks and even weirder weeks. Last week was one of the latter. The week before it one of Trump’s most politically …

Politics

Ex-Presidents and Trump Show Unity at Hurricane Benefit Concert

In a rare show of political unity, the five living former United States presidents appeared on the same Texas stage on Saturday night to help raise money for hurricane recovery efforts.<p>The joint appearance by the former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy …

News (U.S.)

Attempts by retailers like Amazon and Walmart to win over the 'permanent underclass' reveal a dark truth about the death of the American middle class

• <b>Walmart and Amazon are starting to go after lower-income shoppers online.</b>• <b><br>Dollar stores' explosive success has proven that marketing to lower-income customers can produce results.</b>• <b><br>So far, e-commerce efforts by major retailers have mostly targeted wealthy customers, but the market is becoming</b> …

Business

The GOP Tried Trump-Style Tax Cuts in Kansas. What a Mess.

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for a fight over trillions of dollars in tax cuts. But the first battleground is thousands of miles away in Kansas, where the failure of a similar plan has become a rallying cry for opponents.<p>Earlier this year, Kansas' GOP-controlled legislature …

Business

McConnell dismisses Trump attacks on himself, GOP

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday brushed off harsh criticism he has received in the past from President Donald Trump and said he trusts Trump as a negotiating partner.<p>"I'm not particularly concerned about all of this," McConnell said when asked on CNN's "State of …

Donald Trump

Trump turns feud with Democrat Wilson into midterm GOP rallying call

President Trump on Sunday turned his ongoing feud with Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson into a 2018 elections platform, saying the "wacky” congresswoman is disastrous for Democrats and telling voters to elect Republicans.<p>Trump is upset with Wilson, D-Fla., for her apparent attempt to politicize a …

Elections

DeVos rescinds 72 guidance documents outlining rights for disabled students

The Education Department has rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities as part of the Trump administration's effort to eliminate regulations it deems superfluous.<p>The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services wrote in a newsletter Friday that …

Education

California Republicans go gaga for Trump

The state's withered GOP base loves the president, even if he drags down their House incumbents.<p>ANAHEIM, Calif. — His former chief strategist pillories fellow Republicans they once loved. His dreadful poll numbers here might drag their House incumbents down next year.<p>But with little else to cheer …

Elections

Trump: Fake news claims 'finally sinking in'

President Trump early Sunday said media organizations have “lost cred,” pointing to a recent poll that found almost half of voters think the media …

Fake News

Fox renewed O'Reilly's contract after a sixth harrassment settlement

Bill O'Reilly's contract with 21st Century Fox was renewed — with an approximate $7 million pay raise — after O'Reilly made a $32 million agreement …

Donald Trump

The Necessity of Questioning the Military

Honoring the sacrifice of servicemembers requires understanding why they were put at risk, and demanding that those who did so hold themselves to account.<p>On Thursday morning, I planned to write a pointed screed decrying President Trump’s propensity to view the military community as a problem he can …

Politics

McConnell will bring bipartisan health care bill if Trump says he will sign

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he would bring the Alexander-Murray bipartisan health care bill to the floor if President Donald Trump said he would sign it.<p>"I'm not certain yet, what the president is looking for here but I'll be happy to bring a bill to the floor if I know …

Politics

Bush ethics lawyer to Trump: ‘Do you think it’s October 2016? Get a grip’

Bush administration ethics chief Richard Painter went after President Trump for his tweet claiming Facebook helped Hillary ClintonHillary Diane …

Donald Trump

Accusers: Harvey Weinstein fell — why not Donald Trump?

<b>By Karen Tumulty, Mark Berman and Jenna Johnson, (c) 2017, The Washington Post</b><p>Almost a year after New Yorker Jessica Leeds and other women stepped …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Impeachment Democrats: Nancy Pelosi Not Ready To Go There But Supports The Other ‘I-Word’

The status on a Donald Trump impeachment is up in the air for some lawmakers. Speaking for Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi still thinks …

Donald Trump

The Democrats should be terrified by this governor’s race

Ed Gillespie (left) and Ralph Northam<p>WINCHESTER, VA. — The melodic sounds of a street musician’s trumpet echo through every corner of this old …

Elections

Two Counties Defining the Battle Lines of the GOP’s Civil War

Republican infighting in Washington may be grabbing headlines, but it’s outside the Beltway, in the trenches, that the party’s civil war is really being waged.<p>The battleground can be seen in the rural, rolling hills and evangelical congregations of Wilkes County, North Carolina, and the upscale …

Elections

Conspiracy Theories Are for Underdogs

Donald Trump’s recent tweet about long-secret JFK files is a way for the president to try to reclaim a status that has repeatedly helped him.<p>One of the stranger aspects of having a conspiracy theorist in the Oval Office is that it goes against the way conspiracy theorizing usually works.<p>Conspiracy …

Politics

Trump's JFK announcement came after a chat with Roger Stone

President Trump tweeted his plan to allow the release of National Archives files on the JFK assassination after chatting by phone Thursday with his …

Politics

Environmentalists, Energy Companies Unite in Fight Against Electrical-Grid Plan

WASHINGTON—A Trump administration proposal aimed at shoring up coal-fired and nuclear power plants across the nation has generated opposition from an array of energy and consumer interests, including some who are often at odds on energy policy.<p>Oil and gas companies, wind and solar power producers, …

Energy

Joe Biden finds feud between John McCain and Donald Trump 'laughable'

Former Vice President Joe Biden has found the feud between Republican Senator John McCain and Donald Trump laughable, according to the <i>New York …

Elections

Democrats Eye A Rare Opportunity In Alabama Senate Race

It has been a quarter of a century since reliably red Alabama elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. But Democrats see an opening in the upcoming special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old seat because of the controversial record of Republican candidate Roy Moore, which includes …

News (U.S.)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says would travel to North Korea: NYT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York Times reported on its website on Sunday.<p>"I would go, yes," Carter, 93, told the Times when he was asked in an …

North Korea

Top Senate Republican aims for tax bill by year-end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Republican says he believes Congress can pass tax legislation by year-end, and he and other leaders are …

World Economy

The Real Halloween Scare: The U.S. Ran a $666 Billion Deficit Last Year

Americans haven’t been spooked by government debt lately, but fate seems to have provided a Halloween-themed wakeup call: the Treasury Department …

Economy

McConnell Smacks Bannon, Calls Him a ‘Specialist at Nominating People Who Lose’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday called Steve Bannon a “specialist in nominating people who lose,” in reference to the former White House chief strategist’s campaign to topple him and other incumbent Republicans. “Trying to cook up an issue like this that’s irrelevant is only …

Steve Bannon

The Gloves Are Off: President Trump Says Congresswoman Wilson Is 'Killing the Democratic Party'

No one expected the next political battle to be over presidential phone calls to the families of fallen service-members.<p>But after Monday's Rose …

Frederica Wilson

Conservative Latino Leader: Build The Wall Now

President Donald Trump’s border wall appears to be making legislative progress on Capitol Hill.<p>Following House passage of border wall funding last …

Republican Party

Tillerson attends landmark Saudi, Iraq meeting

Top US diplomat Rex Tillerson attended a landmark meeting Sunday between Saudi Arabia and Iraq aimed at upgrading strategic ties between the two …

Middle East

An Unfettered Voice Against Trumpism

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), “the sometimes cantankerous, often charming and eternally irrepressible Republican from Arizona, has never minced words. But …

Politics