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Start your day with the news you need to know and insights you can’t get anywhere else. Every weekday morning, political correspondent James Hohmann brings you an insider’s view of the biggest stories of the moment.

Episode Date
The Navy shoots the messenger, as coronavirus deaths in the U.S. top 1,000 in a single day
Plus, the coronavirus recession is shaping up to be the biggest blow to the U.S. economy since the Great Recession, and Italy and Spain report the number of coronavirus cases in their countries are beginning to stabilize.
Apr 03, 2020
The federal stockpile of personal protective equipment is already depleted
Plus, Florida finally issues a stay-at-home order, and Republicans are using the coronavirus crisis as cover to restrict women’s reproductive rights.
Apr 02, 2020
State officials wonder whether politics is playing a role in coronavirus resource allocation
Plus, some New York hospitals have stopped resuscitating coronavirus victims, and the United Nations says this pandemic is the single biggest challenge facing the globe since World War II.
Apr 01, 2020
Should we all be wearing masks? The CDC is considering the question.
Plus, states surge medical capacity to prepare for the influx of coronavirus victims, and more governors issue mandatory stay-at-home orders.
Mar 31, 2020
Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30
Plus, a choir practice in Washington state turns fatal, and the virus collides with maid culture in Latin America.
Mar 30, 2020
New York becomes ground zero again – this time for the coronavirus pandemic
Plus, President Trump clashes with governors over relaxing restrictions, and medical workers are rushing to update their wills in case they don't survive the pandemic.
Mar 27, 2020
Our domestic health care system is stretching past the breaking point
Plus, soldiers around the world are being mobilized to enforce lockdowns, and more states order residents to stay home.
Mar 26, 2020
Prince Charles testing positive is a reminder that the coronavirus does not discriminate
Plus, India is on a nationwide three week lockdown, and the Senate and the White House finalized a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package.
Mar 25, 2020
Understanding why the coronavirus is so hard to beat
Plus, a deal on a stimulus package could be near, and President Trump wants to reopen the economy, even as public health officials object.
Mar 24, 2020
The infected talk about what it feels like to have coronavirus
Plus, the stimulus package to respond to the coronavirus hits a speed bump, and Sen. Rand Paul finds out he tested positive moments after swimming in the congressional pool.
Mar 23, 2020
Expect more than one spike in coronavirus deaths
Plus, the shortage of testing kits has amplified inequities in our health-care system, and rural areas of the country are likely to have the highest death rates.
Mar 20, 2020
The Trump ban on fetal tissue research is undermining the search for coronavirus treatments
Plus, Jared Kushner exerts control over the government's response to the pandemic, and President Trump gambles his reelection on what could be $2 trillion in bailouts.
Mar 19, 2020
Patchwork response and federal dysfunction complicate coronavirus response
Plus, Europe is closing its borders, and Joe Biden sweeps primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona.
Mar 18, 2020
Trump finally acknowledged the magnitude of the crisis
Mar 17, 2020
Rationing ventilators in the U.S. could force agonizing tradeoffs
Plus, the Federal Reserve drops benchmark interest rate to zero, and essential details of the White House's coronavirus testing plan remain murky.
Mar 16, 2020
The U.S. has still tested fewer people for coronavirus than South Korea
Plus, President Trump launches airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, and Joe Biden hires a new campaign manager.
Mar 13, 2020
Trump restricts travel from the E.U. for 30 days, as stocks enter bear market
Plus, people are starting to get laid off because of the spreading coronavirus, and the unintended consequences of Italy's national coronavirus lockdown.
Mar 12, 2020
Joe Biden is on a path to win the Democratic nomination after more decisive wins
Plus, updates on the current total number of coronavirus cases, and President Trump’s proposal to dramatically reduce the payroll tax.
Mar 11, 2020
Trump trying to calm markets with emergency proposals
Plus, Joe Biden chips away at the white working class vote, two Marines are killed during an operation against the Islamic State, and Democrats face a heavy lift as they hope to win the Senate.
Mar 10, 2020
Sanders steps up attacks on Biden ahead of critical Michigan primary
In speeches this weekend, Sanders has cautiously tested new and forceful attacks on Biden’s record on gay rights and women’s issues, potent critiques aimed at two key bases of the Democratic Party.
Mar 09, 2020
A cruise ship with thousands aboard awaits tests results for coronavirus off California
Military helicopters delivered testing kits Thursday to a cruise ship being held off the coast of California, as officials in Washington faced angry questions about whether the vessel is set to become the latest breeding ground for the coronavirus.
Mar 06, 2020
Warren weighs her future, as Sanders sharpens attacks on Biden
Elizabeth Warren flew home to Boston to reassess her campaign, weighing whether to end her bid and allow liberals in the party to unite behind Sanders the way moderates quickly coalesced for Biden.
Mar 05, 2020
Biden wins big on Super Tuesday, sweeping the South and beating Sanders and Warren in Massachusetts
Joe Biden swept the South and did surprisingly well in New England and the Upper Midwest on Super Tuesday. He appears poised to seize control of the Democratic presidential race and overtake Bernie Sanders as the delegate leader.
Mar 04, 2020
A coronavirus vaccine could take more than a year to develop
The coronavirus has claimed six American lives, and patients are now being treated in at least 15 states.
Mar 03, 2020
Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in Washington state
The coronavirus has been circulating undetected and has possibly infected scores of people over the past six weeks in Washington state.
Mar 02, 2020
HHS whistleblower complaint alleges botched federal response to coronavirus
Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear.
Feb 28, 2020
Coronavirus infection in California is first evidence of ‘community spread’ in the U.S.
The CDC reported last night that a person in Northern California has contracted the coronavirus without traveling to regions hit by the outbreak or coming in contact with anyone known to have the infection.
Feb 27, 2020
Rival Democrats pile on Bernie Sanders in a debate, but no one breaks out
Bernie Sanders came under withering and sustained criticism during last night's presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina, as his six rivals launched urgent attempts to stop the candidate who has the clearest path to the Democratic nomination.
Feb 26, 2020
Bernie Sanders is unapologetic as he faces criticism from Democrats for Cold War travels
With Sanders now surging to the top of the Democratic presidential field, those three-decade-old impressions on his Cold War travels introduced a volatile new element in the race Monday.
Feb 25, 2020
Bernie Sanders is the man to beat for the Democratic nomination after landslide in Nevada
Bernie Sanders has seized a commanding position in the Democratic presidential race, building a diverse coalition that is driving his liberal movement toward the cusp of taking over the party.
Feb 24, 2020
Trump irate after a senior intelligence official told the House that Russia favors him in 2020
A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests.
Feb 21, 2020
Mike Bloomberg is a target of everyone else’s ire in his debut debate
Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg suffered a punishing welcome in the Las Vegas Democratic debate on Wednesday night.
Feb 20, 2020
Trump grants clemency to people with friends in high places
President Trump granted clemency yesterday to a clutch of political allies, circumventing the usual Justice Department process.
Feb 19, 2020
Bloomberg qualifies for Wednesday's debate, as he poaches some of Biden’s black supporters
Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, setting the stage for a clash that will test the staying power of a campaign that has so far been defined by its astronomical advertising spending.
Feb 18, 2020
Why Bill Barr really rebuked President Trump
Attorney General Bill Barr pushed back last night against Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department. The remarkable public rebuke of the president by a sitting member of the cabinet arose from a crisis of confidence at the Justice Department.
Feb 14, 2020
The New Hampshire primary failed to winnow the Democratic field the way it has historically
Usually the early Democratic presidential contests shrink the field. This year, they’ve expanded it.
Feb 13, 2020
As Sanders wins N.H., Klobuchar’s strong finish behind Buttigieg will keep moderate voters divided
Democrats are bracing themselves for a long and divisive slog for the presidential nomination after New Hampshire has added new uncertainty to a race that was already scrambled by last week's caucuses in Iowa.
Feb 12, 2020
Health care is the top concern for New Hampshire primary voters
This first-in-the-nation primary state, which votes today, is at the leading edge of Americans’ frustration with flaws of the U.S. health-care system.
Feb 11, 2020
Sanders and Buttigieg keep attacking each other in New Hampshire
The two top finishers in last week's Iowa caucuses, representing opposite ends of the Democratic Party's ideological spectrum, are heading for a showdown in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
Feb 10, 2020
A Chinese hero dies after trying to sound the alarm about the coronavirus
A Chinese doctor who was silenced by police for trying to share news about the new coronavirus long before Chinese health authorities disclosed its full threat died after coming down with the illness.
Feb 07, 2020
How Mitt Romney decided to vote for convicting Trump for abuse of power
Mitt Romney sealed a place in history yesterday by voting to convict President Trump of abuse of power, becoming a lone voice of dissent in a Republican Party that otherwise marched in lockstep with the president throughout the impeachment proceedings.
Feb 06, 2020
The State of the Union felt at times like a Trump rally, as Pelosi ripped up her copy of the speech
President Trump’s State of the Union address last night amounted to a more subdued version of one of his raucous campaign rallies.
Feb 05, 2020
Iowa mess means no official results – and questions about the future of the caucuses
On the night Iowa was asked to deliver a definitive primary result, the entire precinct caucus system broke down, and Iowa's place in the nominating process became the story.
Feb 04, 2020
In Iowa, John Kerry says he won’t run in 2020 but doesn’t deny he speculated about it
On Sunday, an NBC reporter overheard one of the former vice president’s top surrogates, John F. Kerry, in the hotel lobby speculating over the idea that he would jump into the race.
Feb 03, 2020
‘It’s going to be a cluster,’ Joe Biden says in Iowa, as candidates scramble
The Democratic presidential candidates returned to Iowa in full force yesterday, using a brief break from impeachment proceedings to rally supporters ahead of tomorrow’s caucuses.
Feb 02, 2020
Bernie Sanders’s campaign advises Iowa volunteers to tread carefully around ‘socialism’
A handwritten sign posted on the wall inside a Bernie Sanders campaign office here in Des Moines tells volunteers how to respond when people raise concerns about his identity as a socialist.
Feb 01, 2020
Trump overshadows the Democratic candidates in Iowa ahead of the caucuses
At a pivotal, potentially energizing moment for Democrats, preparing for the first votes of their long-awaited effort to unseat Trump, the presidential candidates found themselves reacting to his massive shadow rather than setting their own course.
Jan 31, 2020
Trump’s defense says a president cannot be impeached for anything that benefits his reelection
President Trump’s legal team offered a startling defense yesterday as senators debated his fate in the impeachment trial, arguing that presidents could do nearly anything so long as they believe their reelection is in the public interest.
Jan 30, 2020
Senate Republicans move goal posts on ‘quid pro quo’ to justify opposing witnesses
Congressional Republicans are pivoting hard to a new argument: the president’s actions are not impeachable, even if it turns out he did leverage his office for an investigation of a domestic rival.
Jan 29, 2020
Growing agitation among Senate Republicans for witnesses
Sensational revelations from President Trump’s former national security adviser threatened to upend the Senate impeachment trial Monday, increasing the chances that senators would vote to allow witnesses in a perilous development for the White House.
Jan 28, 2020
John Bolton manuscript ups pressure on Senate Republicans to vote for witnesses
John Bolton’s forthcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened,” is scheduled for publication March 17, but a White House review could attempt to delay its publication or block some of its contents.
Jan 27, 2020
House Democrats preemptively defend the Bidens during impeachment trial arguments
In the impeachment trial, Democrats detailed their defense of Joe Biden’s actions regarding Ukraine in anticipation that it will be a major portion of the White House’s defense later this week.
Jan 24, 2020
Democrats tone down rhetoric at impeachment trial, as Joe Biden rejects a witness swap
House Democrats charged with prosecuting the impeachment case against President Trump scaled back their fiery language yesterday following that scolding from Chief Justice John Roberts
Jan 23, 2020
Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers during impeachment trial
A little 1 a.m. Eastern time this morning, Chief Justice John Roberts rebuked House impeachment managers and defense lawyers for President Trump over their decorum.
Jan 22, 2020
McConnell’s ground rules mean impeachment arguments could stretch past midnight
Later yesterday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally released the ground rules that will guide trial proceedings.
Jan 21, 2020
The Trump hotel bar was a ‘breeding ground’ for episodes in impeachment trial
For three years, Trump’s hotel near the White House has been a loose, anybody-welcome hangout for Republicans.
Jan 17, 2020
New book shows Trump often unaware of basic geography and history
President Trump has often revealed himself as woefully uninformed about the basics of geography and history during his three years as the most powerful man in the world.
Jan 16, 2020
Parnas files include more evidence of potential Trump involvement in the Ukraine affair
New materials released by House Democrats appear to show Ukraine’s top prosecutor offering one of Rudy Giuliani's associates damaging information related to Joe Biden if the Trump administration recalled the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
Jan 15, 2020
The Russian hack of Burisma is another warning flare for 2020
Russian military spies have hacked the Ukrainian gas company that is at the heart of the impeachment trial of Trump.
Jan 14, 2020
An Iranian woman’s defection is a reminder of how much people dislike the regime in Tehran
The only woman in Iran to ever have won an Olympic medal has defected from that country, announcing her departure in a poignant Instagram post this weekend that accuses the government in Tehran of “hypocrisy,” “injustice” and oppressing women.
Jan 13, 2020
Boeing documents suggest a culture that does not prioritize safety
Instant messages and other internal Boeing documents released on Thursday night show company employees discussing efforts to manipulate U.S. and international safety regulators.
Jan 10, 2020
Both Iran and the U.S. say the ball is now in the other’s court
U.S. officials said they knew by Tuesday afternoon that the Iranians intended to strike at American targets in Iraq, although it was not immediately clear exactly which they would choose.
Jan 09, 2020
Iran retaliates, as the Defense secretary says ‘exquisite intelligence’ prompted Soleimani strike
No American casualties have been reported after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US personnel last night.
Jan 08, 2020
Putin could emerge a winner from the fallout over Soleimani’s death
If the United States withdraws from Iraq as backlash over the killing widens, Russia could strengthen its foothold in the country — much as it did in Syria after Trump ordered a troop pullout there last fall, a step that was later partly reversed.
Jan 07, 2020
Pompeo pushed for Soleimani strike, as Trump threatens Iran cultural sites
Mike Pompeo spoke to President Trump multiple times every day last week, culminating in Trump’s decision to approve the killing of Iran’s top military commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, at the strong urging of Pompeo.
Jan 06, 2020
Pentagon launched airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani
A U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on Thursday, the Pentagon said, a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two countries that could lead to widespread violence in the region and beyond.
Jan 03, 2020
Siege on U.S. Embassy ends
The siege by supporters of an Iranian-backed militia at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad ended Wednesday after the militia ordered them to withdraw.
Jan 02, 2020
Hispanic voters are growing in power. Why are Democratic presidential candidates ignoring them?
When the Latino Community Foundation sent questionnaires to the Democratic presidential candidates asking where they stood on issues such as education, health care and immigration, the result was hardly what it anticipated: no response at all.
Dec 27, 2019
Murkowski ‘disturbed’ by McConnell’s vow of ‘total coordination’ with White House over impeachment
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a key potential Republican swing vote, told an Anchorage TV station that she was “disturbed” by the Senate majority leader’s statement last week that the verdict in President Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial was already determined.
Dec 26, 2019
White House official directed hold on Ukraine aid shortly after Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky
An official from the White House budget office directed the Defense Department to “hold off” on sending military aid to Ukraine less than two hours after President Trump’s controversial phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Dec 23, 2019
How Russia influenced Trump’s views on Ukraine.
Former White House officials say they feared Vladimir Putin influenced President Trump’s views on Ukraine and the 2016 campaign.
Dec 20, 2019
Trump impeached
The House of Representatives voted last night to impeach President Trump on charges that he abused his office and obstructed Congress, branding an indelible mark on the most turbulent presidency of modern times.
Dec 19, 2019
Trump lashes out as the House prepares to make him the third impeached president in U.S. history
President Trump, on the eve of his expected impeachment, lit into congressional Democrats. Trump wrote a rambling and raging letter that voters would punish Democrats and history would vindicate him.
Dec 18, 2019
What’s in the $1.3 trillion spending bill
Congressional negotiators cemented a $1.3 trillion federal spending deal, with a pay raise for federal workers, money for federal gun violence research and the repeal of several taxes associated with the 2010 health care law.
Dec 17, 2019
Moderate Democrats trying to recruit Justin Amash as an impeachment manager
Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) could reach conservative voters in a way Democrats can’t, potentially bolstering their case to the public. He could also provide Democrats cover from GOP accusations that they’re pursuing a partisan impeachment.
Dec 16, 2019
A huge triumph for Boris Johnson and a mandate to deliver Brexit
Ballots tallied through the night affirmed that Johnson and his Conservative Party had achieved a smashing success, the largest win for the Tories since Margaret Thatcher prevailed a third time in 1987.
Dec 13, 2019
McConnell planning for as short an impeachment trial as possible
Several GOP senators say privately that it would be much better to limit the trial and quickly vote to acquit Trump, rather than engage in what could become a political circus.
Dec 12, 2019
House Democrats celebrate cutting a trade deal with Trump as they move to impeach him
The nation saw a split screen Tuesday, in which Nancy Pelosi dashed from a somber announcement of articles of impeachment against the president to a jubilant proclamation of a revised North American trade accord.
Dec 11, 2019
Nuanced IG report shows FBI problems but also offers vindication
Justice Department IG report examining the FBI investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign rebutted accusations that officials were driven by political bias, but found broad failures requiring major changes.

Dec 10, 2019
U.S. officials misled public about Afghan war, confidential documents reveal
The Post obtained records from more than 400 of the interviews after a three-year legal battle. The documents reveal that people who were directly involved in the war could not shake their doubts about the strategy and mission.

Dec 09, 2019
How Nancy Pelosi went from a skeptic to the face of impeachment
with a five-minute nationally televised address on Thursday morning, Pelosi has become the reluctant face of the impeachment effort.
Dec 06, 2019
Undocumented immigrants who worked for Trump recount his outbursts and habits
Over the past year, my colleagues Josh Parlow and Dave Fahrenthold have interviewed 48 people who worked illegally for the Trump Organization at 11 of its properties in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. 

Dec 05, 2019
House Republicans think they can derail first hearing in new phase of impeachment
Some of Capitol Hill’s most aggressive and colorful characters in both parties will have a new platform as the impeachment inquiry moves to the Judiciary Committee
Dec 04, 2019
Barr disagrees with IG’s finding on FBI’s Russia investigation
Attorney General Bill Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department’s inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report about the FBI’s Russia investigation.
Dec 03, 2019
Ukraine’s president is taking on corruption, at the risk of angering Trump
By the end of this month, more than 500 Ukrainian prosecutors will be out of their jobs as part of sweeping professional reviews under Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Dec 02, 2019
Two OMB officials resigned in part over concerns about the legality of freezing Ukraine aid
President Trump knew about the whistleblower's complaint before he reluctantly unfroze the military aid to Ukraine.
Nov 27, 2019
DOJ appeals after a judge orders McGahn to testify before Congress
A federal court ruled last night that former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena, finding that “no one is above the law” and that top presidential advisers cannot ignore congressional demands for information.
Nov 26, 2019
Secret White House emails show after-the-fact efforts to justify Trump holding Ukraine aid
A confidential White House review of President Trump’s decision to place a hold on military aid to Ukraine has turned up hundreds of documents that reveal extensive efforts to generate an after-the-fact justification for the decision.
Nov 25, 2019
Fiona Hill’s warning about Russia is even bigger than impeachment
Hill emerged as one of the few witnesses over the past two weeks able to move from providing accounts of events inside the White House to placing the unfolding Ukraine scandal in a broader political context.
Nov 22, 2019
Sondland nonchalantly implicates Trump in a ‘quid pro quo’
Gordon Sondland was almost nonchalant as he implicated the president and his top advisers in a scheme – maybe even a conspiracy – to pressure Ukraine.
Nov 21, 2019
The July 25 call was not perfect, even the GOP’s witnesses say
Three current and former Trump administration officials described during congressional testimony yesterday how they harbored a variety of concerns surrounding the July 25 call.
Nov 20, 2019
New details about Trump’s July 26 call with Sondland
A counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine told lawmakers that he was shocked to overhear a phone call in which a top diplomat assured President Trump that Ukrainian officials would pursue an investigation of interest to the U.S. commander in chief.
Nov 19, 2019
Trump caving on flavored vape ban after lobbying campaign rattled him
Everything seemed ready to go: President Trump’s ban on most flavored e-cigarettes had been cleared by federal regulators. But the night before a planned morning news conference, the president balked.
Nov 18, 2019
Why Pelosi is now accusing Trump of ‘bribery’
Using her most aggressive language yet, Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of committing “bribery” by seeking to use U.S. military aid as leverage to pressure the Ukrainian government to conduct investigations that could politically benefit the president.
Nov 15, 2019
Impeachment hearing ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign
The first day of public impeachment hearings unearthed new evidence potentially implicating President Trump more directly in a scheme to center American policy toward Ukraine on political investigations.
Nov 14, 2019
What to know about the people in today’s impeachment hearing
The House will begin the public phase of its impeachment inquiry with Democrats and Republicans prepared to offer competing narratives of whether President Trump inappropriately pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.
Nov 13, 2019
White House infighting complicates response to impeachment inquiry
The White House’s bifurcated and disjointed response to the impeachment inquiry has been fueled by a battle between acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
Nov 12, 2019
A key question in the impeachment hearings is what exactly Trump himself ordered
In the nearly 3,000 pages of interview transcripts from the House impeachment inquiry released last week, Trump often seems like a supporting character in someone else’s drama.
Nov 11, 2019
House Republicans looking at three possible fall guys to pin Ukraine blame and save Trump
The House GOP's emerging plan to save Trump is to turn the blame on three of his deputies: E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and, possibly, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
Nov 08, 2019
Barr declined to hold a news conference clearing Trump of wrongdoing on Ukraine
President Trump wanted Attorney General Bill Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival.
Nov 07, 2019
GOP losses embarrass Trump from Kentucky to Virginia
The results of Tuesday’s off-year elections have left Republicans stumbling and increasingly uncertain about their own political fates next year, as they’re increasingly tied to an embattled and unpopular president.
Nov 06, 2019
An indicted Giuliani associate signals he may flip
An attorney for Lev Parnas, one of the two associates of Rudy Giuliani who was arrested last month as he tried to fly to Europe with a one-way plane ticket, said last night that his client is willing to comply with the House impeachment inquiry.
Nov 05, 2019
Three Mulvaney aides plan to stonewall the impeachment inquiry this week
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s allies in the administration plan to stonewall and obstruct the impeachment inquiry as much as possible in a bid to ingratiate themselves with President Trump
Nov 04, 2019
Rising sea levels will be more problematic than expected
New research shows that rising seas will be much worse and more expensive to deal with than previously thought.
Nov 01, 2019
Few defections expected by either party on today’s impeachment vote
As depositions continue, the House is on track today to pass the set of rules governing the next phase of the impeachment inquiry.
Oct 31, 2019
Republicans defend Purple Heart recipient in the face of Trump attacks
President Trump and his allies on television lashed out yesterday at Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman as he testified under oath on Capitol Hill for more than 10 hours.
Oct 30, 2019
An Army officer who heard the July 25 call will testify today about Trump’s foreign policy
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, was part of a small group of White House officials assigned to listen in on Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Oct 29, 2019
New details on how U.S. killed ISIS leader – and the next targets
President Trump announced Sunday morning that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive Islamic State commander, died during a U.S. military operation in Syria.
Oct 28, 2019
White House delayed Ukraine trade decision in August
The White House’s trade representative in late August withdrew a recommendation to restore some of Ukraine’s trade privileges after John Bolton warned him that President Trump probably would oppose any action that benefited the government in Kyiv.
Oct 25, 2019
Republicans storm closed-door impeachment hearing
A group of Trump’s congressional allies escalated their complaints about the impeachment inquiry by barging into a secure facility on Capitol Hill where a Pentagon official was to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.
Oct 24, 2019
Taylor testifies Trump made Ukraine aid contingent on public pledge to investigate Bidens
The explosive, closed-door testimony from acting ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. undermined Trump’s insistence that he never pressured Ukrainian officials in a potentially improper “quid pro quo.”
Oct 23, 2019
Trump soured on Ukraine after talking to Putin, as Russia tries to divide Americans on Instagram
President Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine for information he could use against political rivals came as he was being urged to adopt a hostile view of that country by its regional adversaries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Oct 22, 2019
Trump nixed G-7 plans under pressure from Republicans
President Trump was forced to abandon his decision to host next year’s Group of Seven summit at his private golf club in Florida after it became clear the move had alienated Republicans and given Democrats another possible article for impeachment.
Oct 21, 2019
Perry is resigning, as Mulvaney tries to walks back press room admission
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted during a news conference yesterday that President Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid in part to pressure Ukraine to pursue an investigation that could benefit him politically.
Oct 18, 2019
McConnell preps Senate GOP for impeachment trial amid another arrest and more depositions
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators Wednesday to be ready for an impeachment trial of Trump as soon as Thanksgiving.
Oct 17, 2019
Warren holds her own as rivals pile on in Democratic debate
Elizabeth Warren came under sustained attack for the first time during last night’s Democratic primary debate in Ohio.
Oct 16, 2019
John Bolton called Rudy Giuliani a ‘hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up'
Fiona Hill, the former top Russia adviser at the White House, testified Monday that John Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, was furious over Giuliani’s politically motivated activities in Ukraine.
Oct 15, 2019
‘Total chaos’ as U.S. troops retreat from Syria and the Russians reportedly move in
President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, where they have long kept an uneasy peace among competing forces, has left the region in upheaval and the administration is scrambling to respond to fast-moving events.
Oct 14, 2019
The warnings were coming from inside the White House
At least four national security officials were so alarmed by the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine for political purposes that they raised concerns with a White House lawyer before and after the July 25th call.
Oct 11, 2019
U.S. takes custody of ISIS detainees as Trump downplays Kurds alliance
After green lighting the Turkish invasion of their territory, President Trump is trying to downplay the value of the U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurds.
Oct 10, 2019
White House announces that Trump will stonewall impeachment inquiry
The White House announced last night that it will not cooperate with the House’s impeachment inquiry of President Trump. In an eight-page letter, White House counsel Pat Cippolone claimed that the inquiry into the Ukraine scandal is without merit.
Oct 09, 2019
New poll shows cracks forming on impeachment among Republican voters
A brand new Washington Post-Schar School poll, which was in the field through Sunday night, shows that a 58 percent majority of Americans support the decision to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Oct 08, 2019
Five cases to watch in the Supreme Court term that starts today
The Supreme Court’s fall term begins today. It will test Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.’s efforts to portray the institution as above the noisy and partisan battles of the moment.
Oct 07, 2019
The smoking texts
House investigators released numerous text messages late Thursday night illustrating how senior State Department officials coordinated with the Ukrainian president’s top aide and President Trump’s personal lawyer.
Oct 04, 2019
Mike Pence was more involved with Trump’s campaign to pressure Ukraine than previously known
President Trump repeatedly involved Vice President Pence in efforts to exert pressure on the leader of Ukraine at a time when the president was using other channels to solicit information that he hoped would be damaging to a Democratic rival.
Oct 03, 2019
Iowa farmers feeling the squeeze from Trump trade and energy policies
President Trump's destructive trade war and his blind loyalty to Big Oil are combining to cripple Iowa farmers and could put the Farm Belt in play next year.
Oct 02, 2019
Trump hopes Barr's secret meetings overseas will discredit the investigation into his 2016 campaign
Barr’s personal involvement has stoked further criticism from Democrats pursuing impeachment that he is helping the Trump administration use executive branch powers to augment investigations aimed primarily at the president’s adversaries.
Oct 01, 2019
House Democrats are counting on Adam Schiff to keep the impeachment inquiry focused
Pelosi has sidelined Jerry Nadler and elevated Adam Schiff to lead the investigation, which will focus narrowly on the Ukraine matter.
Sep 30, 2019
Why the CIA whistleblower had a bigger impact than Mueller in the drive toward impeachment
The document the whistleblower delivered reveals almost as much about the investigative mission he carried out in stealth as it does about the alleged abuses of power by the president.
Sep 27, 2019
Trump appointees at Department of Justice quickly rejected a criminal referral over Ukraine call
Justice Department officials took less than a month to abandon an inquiry into President Trump’s communications with his Ukrainian counterpart about investigating former vice president Joe Biden.
Sep 26, 2019
How Giuliani’s shadow diplomacy in Ukraine led to Pelosi opening impeachment inquiry
President Trump’s attempt to pressure the leader of Ukraine followed a months-long fight inside the administration that sidelined national security officials and empowered political loyalists.
Sep 25, 2019
Trump demanded that almost $400 million be held back from Ukraine
President Trump told Mick Mulvaney to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is said to have pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate the son of Joe Biden.
Sep 24, 2019
Impeachment is becoming more likely after Trump suggests he mentioned Biden to Ukraine president
Democratic frustration with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to impeach President Trump is reaching a fever pitch following reports that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival.
Sep 23, 2019
Trump’s contact with Ukraine motivated whistleblower complaint
The complaint involved communications with a foreign leader and a “promise” that Trump made, which was so alarming that a U.S. intelligence official who had worked at the White House went to the inspector general of the intelligence community.
Sep 20, 2019
Intelligence whistleblower says Trump made a troubling ‘promise’ to foreign leader
The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader.
Sep 19, 2019
Federal report highlights environmental damage from Trump’s wall
Bulldozers and excavators rushing to install President Trump’s border barrier could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in coming months.
Sep 18, 2019
The Pentagon does not want war with Iran over the drone attack on Saudi Arabia
Pentagon officials are recommending a restrained response to the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities, arguing against a potentially costly conflict with Iran.
Sep 17, 2019
Drug companies are trying to oust a federal judge ahead of major opioid trial
Drug companies facing more than 2,000 lawsuits over their alleged roles in the opioid epidemic demanded Saturday that the federal judge overseeing the case step aside, questioning his impartiality.
Sep 16, 2019
Biden has his best debate yet
The trio at the center of the stage have consistently held the top places in the polls, with the rest of the candidates trailing far behind and therefore growing increasingly desperate.
Sep 13, 2019
Trump hires four types of advisers. Bolton was all four.
The rupture between President Trump and John Bolton, as chronicled in public and in private accounts of administration officials, is a case study of the president’s sometimes Kafkaesque management style.
Sep 12, 2019
How John Bolton lost Trump’s confidence and his job
Over a turbulent 17 months, President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton had disagreed on a variety of issues, from North Korea to Venezuela to Iran. But Trump finally decided to remove his top security aide on Tuesday.
Sep 11, 2019
CIA exfiltration of Russian asset underscores the importance of human sources
Two years ago, the United States extracted from Russia an important CIA source who had provided information about the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Sep 10, 2019
Canceled Camp David summit with the Taliban shows internal divisions in the Trump administration
Plans for U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan have been thrown into confusion following Trump’s decision to call off a secret meeting he planned at Camp David with Afghan and Taliban leaders to secure a peace deal.
Sep 09, 2019
Trump himself used the Sharpie to alter the hurricane map, a White House official says
A White House official says President Trump himself used a Sharpie to mark up an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map, which he displayed during an Oval Office briefing on Wednesday.
Sep 06, 2019
Companies are getting scammed by voice-mimicking software
Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate the speech of a company executive and dupe his subordinate into wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars to a secret account.
Sep 05, 2019
Churchill’s grandson to be expelled from Conservative Party for breaking on Brexit
Nicholas Soames, a member of Parliament representing Mid Sussex, was among the group of 21 Conservative politicians who defied Johnson’s wishes by voting for a motion that paves the way for Brexit to be delayed till 2020.
Sep 04, 2019
House Democrats plan to investigate hush money payments this fall
House Democrats plan to make President Trump’s alleged involvement in a 2016 scheme to silence two women who claimed they had affairs with him a major investigative focus this fall.
Sep 03, 2019
Trump gives Hurricane Dorian weather forecast
President Trump made dire predictions Thursday for Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall, warning that the storm was likely going to “hit very hard” and “be very big.”
Aug 30, 2019
Gillibrand ends presidential bid
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who struggled to gain traction in a crowded field, ended her presidential run Wednesday, a further winnowing of the Democrats hoping to take on President Trump in 2020.
Aug 29, 2019
A year into the trade war, China learns to ride out Trump’s turbulence
Keeping China guessing is all part of a strategy to gain the upper hand in the trade war, President Trump suggested after a whiplash-inducing series of contradictory and confusing statements about relations between the world’s two largest economies.
Aug 28, 2019
Trump advocates for Putin at G-7 summit in move to soften Russia’s pariah status
President Trump capped days of advocacy on behalf of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin by announcing here Monday that he intends to invite the leader to the Group of Seven summit in 2020.
Aug 27, 2019
Mixed signals and reversals cloud second day of G-7 summit
A summit of world leaders devolved into a confusing spectacle on Sunday when President Trump signaled regret for his trade war with China only to have the White House reverse his position hours later.
Aug 26, 2019
France tries to orchestrate a no-drama G-7 summit, but Trump is the X factor
Already, President Trump has shaken up the G-7 summit schedule, calling at the last minute for a special meeting Sunday morning to discuss the global economy.
Aug 23, 2019
Trump critics eye GOP primary race, even if defeating him seems ‘preposterous’
The anti-Trump movement inside the Republican Party — long a political wasteland — is feeling new urgency to mount a credible opposition to Trump before it’s too late.
Aug 22, 2019
How the Trump administration muzzled mental health experts after El Paso and Dayton
When President Trump targeted mental illness as the cause of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that killed 31 people, federal health officials made sure no government experts might contradict him.
Aug 21, 2019
Trump advisers mulling a payroll tax cut to help middle class
The White House is eyeing a temporary cut in the payroll tax as one way to stave off the looming recession. The talks are still in their early stages and have included a range of other tax breaks.
Aug 20, 2019
Experts say banning high-capacity magazines would make mass shootings less deadly
With the pace of mass shootings accelerating — and their tolls dramatically increasing — criminologists and reform advocates are more intently focused on limiting access to high-capacity magazines as one of the most potent ways to curb the epidemic.
Aug 19, 2019
Trump wants to buy Greenland. Two other presidents tried and failed.
President Trump has pushed top aides to investigate whether the U.S. government can purchase the giant ice-covered island of Greenland.
Aug 16, 2019
Broken hyoid bone in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck raises more questions about ‘apparent suicide’
An autopsy found that Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.
Aug 15, 2019
The Chinese government hopes threats of violence will disperse Hong Kong protesters
China is threatening to use force in Hong Kong, hoping that threats alone will disperse the mass protests, as students and others who yearn for freedom make plans to continue protesting once universities resume classes next month.
Aug 14, 2019
How Trump is undermining the Endangered Species Act
New rules will allow the administration to reduce the amount of habitat set aside for wildlife and remove critical tools that officials use to predict future harm to species as the result of climate change.
Aug 13, 2019
Corrections officers did not check on Epstein for several hours before his death
Corrections officers had not checked in on financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein for “several” hours before he was found hanging in his cell on Saturday. It’s just one in a series of missteps in the hours leading up to his death.
Aug 12, 2019
Trump shakes up the top ranks of the intelligence community
President Trump said in a tweet last night that he will name Joseph Maguire, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the acting director of national intelligence, following his aborted effort to install a political loyalist.
Aug 09, 2019
The mother of the El Paso shooting suspect called the police weeks before he allegedly opened fire
The mother’s attorneys says she contacted police because she was worried about her son owning the weapon given his age, maturity level and lack of experience handling such a firearm.
Aug 08, 2019
To work, red flag systems require someone to raise them. That usually doesn’t happen.
Trump and Republican leaders have made ‘red flags’ such as mental illness, violent crimes or domestic attacks a priority for identifying people who should not be allowed to have guns. But that may not be enough.
Aug 07, 2019
El Paso massacre casts new light on the threat within
The United States employs an arsenal of armed forces, unmanned drones and intelligence agencies to contain Islamist terrorism. No comparable array of national power has been directed against the threat emerging from the far right.
Aug 06, 2019
Lots of criticism going around after weekend massacres
After two mass slayings, the question surrounding the president is no longer whether he will respond as other presidents once did, but whether his words contributed to the carnage.
Aug 05, 2019
In a deal with the Taliban, the U.S. is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan
The Trump administration is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan in exchange for concessions from the Taliban, including a cease-fire and a renunciation of al-Qaeda, as part of an initial deal to end the nearly 18-year-old war.
Aug 02, 2019
Joe Biden hit from all sides on second night of Democratic debates in Detroit
Joe Biden tried in Detroit last night to regain his footing by adopting a more aggressive and combative posture during a Democratic presidential debate. But he faced relentless attacks on his decades-long Senate record on some of the nation’s top issues.
Aug 01, 2019
Revolutionaries best those calling for evolution in Democratic debate in Detroit
It has been building since the first primary debate in Miami ended, and at last night's debate it broke out into the open: a full-scale ideological brawl about the direction of the Democratic Party and what it will take to defeat President Trump in 2020.
Jul 31, 2019
Two U.S. troops shot dead in ‘green on blue’ attack in Afghanistan
Two American service members were shot dead and a third wounded overnight in a rare “insider” attack when an Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of American forces at a military base in a conflict-torn region of southern Kandahar province.
Jul 30, 2019
Trump’s nominee to replace Dan Coats heightens fears that he is playing politics with intelligence
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats will leave his position next month, and President Trump announced Sunday that he will nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) as his replacement.
Jul 29, 2019
Iran joins Russia in disinformation efforts against U.S. ahead of 2020 elections
American voters are likely to be targeted in the coming campaign season by more foreign disinformation than ever before, say those studying such operations.
Jul 26, 2019
Mueller testimony is damning for Trump, but it will not change the political dynamic
Bob Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday wasn’t the made-for-TV moment Democrats had hoped for. Mueller appeared confused at times, stumbling over his answers and frequently imploring his questioners to repeat their queries.
Jul 25, 2019
Justice Department launches antitrust probe of tech giants
The Department of Justice last night announced it is opening a wide-ranging antitrust review of “market-leading online platforms,” an unprecedented probe of the tech industry that could heighten calls for Amazon, Facebook and Google to be broken up.
Jul 24, 2019
Trump bypassing immigration judges to speed up deportations creates due process concerns
The Trump administration today will significantly expand its power to quickly deport undocumented immigrants who have illegally entered the United States within the past two years, using a fast-track deportation process that bypasses immigration judges.
Jul 23, 2019
Two Baptist pastors in North Carolina handled the Trump rally different from the pulpit
President Trump’s rally in Greenville, North Carolina, last week, and the ‘Send her back’ chants it inspired, divided much of the country, and Greenville was no exception.
Jul 22, 2019
A Salvadoran journalist, turned over to ICE, recounts 15 months in U.S. detention
Manuel Duran, a native of El Salvador, was working for the Spanish-language news outlet Memphis Noticias. For the past 15 months, Duran was held in a U.S. immigration detention center.
Jul 19, 2019
More evidence of bad behavior toward women by Trump
In November 1992, Donald Trump threw a raucous party at Mar-a-Lago. NBC taped the event and aired the footage on Wednesday. The video shows Trump grabbing dancing cheerleaders and socializing with Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested last week.
Jul 18, 2019
How World War II shaped John Paul Stevens’s approach to the death penalty
John Paul Stevens, the third-longest-serving justice on the court before he retired in 2010, died July 16 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99 years old.
Jul 17, 2019
Trump’s incendiary rhetoric is met with fading resistance from Republican and corporate leaders
President Trump recently tweeted that four minority congresswomen should “go back” to their countries of ancestry. A handful of Republican lawmakers spoke out against the comments. But most have stayed quiet.
Jul 16, 2019
Mulvaney is building a fiefdom as acting White House chief of staff
Mick Mulvaney wields a growing influence over the White House. One official says Mulvaney is building “his own fiefdom” centered on pushing conservative politics.
Jul 15, 2019
Inside Trump’s takeover of the GOP
A new book that’s coming out next week details how a number of top Republicans who once criticized President Trump – publicly and privately – changed their tune after his election and struck a Faustian bargain to gain power.
Jul 12, 2019
Tensions between Trump and Pelosi cause uncertainty on debt ceiling and trade votes
Jolted by a new report that shows the Treasury Department running out of cash much faster than previously forecasted, the White House is pushing congressional leaders to strike a spending deal and increase the debt limit in the next two or three weeks.
Jul 11, 2019
Trump suffers more setbacks in courts
A federal judge rejected the administration’s attempt to swap out its lawyers for the case related to putting a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman denied the legal bid to do so.
Jul 10, 2019
Unvetted labor secretary back in hot seat after Jeffrey Epstein indictment
The new sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein, unsealed yesterday, allege that the billionaire abused dozens of young girls at his Manhattan and Florida homes.
Jul 09, 2019
The feds have turned driver’s license photos into a gold mine for facial recognition searches
Thousands of facial-recognition requests, internal documents and emails over the past five years reveal that federal investigators have turned state departments of motor vehicles databases into the bedrock of an unprecedented surveillance infrastructure.
Jul 08, 2019
A citizenship question won’t be on the 2020 Census, but Trump’s war on immigration continues
Trump administration officials reluctantly concluded that there would not be enough time to continue the census question legal battle and to meet the printing deadlines for the census questionnaire.
Jul 03, 2019
Trump orders tanks to the Lincoln Memorial for July Fourth celebration
President Trump has asked the Pentagon to marshal a broadening array of military hardware, including tanks and fighter jets, to showcase his planned Fourth of July address to the nation.
Jul 02, 2019
Mystery Maltese professor back in spotlight with Barr review of Russia probe origins
Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese-born academic, has not surfaced publicly since 2017, when he told La Republica he was not a secret agent for the Russians. Now, Trump advisers have suggested he was a Western intelligence plant.
Jul 01, 2019
Biden bombs and Harris wins round two of the first Democratic debate
Rival Democratic presidential contenders pummeled former vice president Joe Biden with searing, emotional critiques on Thursday night in Miami at round two of the first debate.
Jun 28, 2019
First Democratic debate highlights the lurch to the left among 2020 candidates
The first debate of the 2020 presidential campaign last night offered a pretty clear road map of a new Democratic Party, one that favors a series of ambitious and liberal domestic initiatives.
Jun 27, 2019
The immigration wars are killing people
A heartbreaking image from the Associated Press sparked outrage and humanized the extent to which President Trump's policies are putting the lives of many migrants at risk.
Jun 26, 2019
A black Revolutionary War hero is belatedly honored
James Robinson, a black Revolutionary War hero, was denied his liberty and military honors. He was finally given a military funeral on Saturday in his adopted hometown of Detroit.
Jun 25, 2019
Immigrants still in fear after Trump postpones ICE raids
On Saturday, President Trump announced that he is postponing for two weeks the massive ICE raids he himself announced last week. Despite the delay of the raids, immigrant communities are still mobilizing and preparing for potential roundups.
Jun 24, 2019
Trump ordered an attack on Iran but called it off at the last minute
President Trump ordered an attack on Iran yesterday in retaliation for the downing of a surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz, but he called the operation off just hours before it was due to occur.
Jun 21, 2019
Biden doubles down on comments about his past work with racist senators as 2020 rivals attack
Joe Biden faced a growing backlash Wednesday from prominent Democrats — and a bit of second-guessing within his own campaign — over comments in which he proudly described his history of working hand-in-hand in the Senate with avowed racists.
Jun 20, 2019
Shanahan’s withdrawal raises fresh questions about Trump vetting
Democratic lawmakers said the latest revelations about Patrick Shanahan's family's history with domestic violence demonstrated the Trump administration’s failure to properly vet candidates for high-level positions.
Jun 19, 2019
Palace intrigue inside the Trump reelection campaign as economic storm clouds loom
The president is officially kicking off his bid for a second term tonight with a huge rally in Orlando. As he does, we’re getting more details about drama and palace intrigue inside his 2020 campaign.
Jun 18, 2019
Iran threatens to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium as tensions escalate with the U.S.
Iran threatened overnight to increase its uranium stockpile limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal in the next 10 days, amid escalating tensions with the United States and so far unsuccessful European efforts to salvage the deal.
Jun 17, 2019
Trump won’t punish Kellyanne Conway for violating the Hatch Act
The head of the Office of Special Counsel, which enforces civil service laws, recommended yesterday that White House adviser Kellyanne Conway be removed from office for repeatedly and willfully violating the Hatch Act.
Jun 14, 2019
Trump implicitly invites American adversaries to meddle in the 2020 election
In an interview with ABC News, President Trump said that he would be open to accepting opposition research on a presidential rival from foreign sources. He added that he wouldn’t necessarily go to the FBI if his campaign were approached.
Jun 13, 2019
Trump gets conflicting advice on impeachment, or, as he calls it, the 'I-word'
President Trump is fixated on his belief that he is immune to impeachment because he has done nothing wrong. The president is intrigued by the notion of impeachment but wary of its practical dangers, one outside adviser says.
Jun 12, 2019
A Customs and Border Protection data breach shows the danger of mass data collection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials disclosed last night that photos of travelers have been compromised as part of a “malicious cyberattack.”
Jun 11, 2019
NRA money flowed into the pockets of its own board members
18 members of the National Rifle Association’s 76-member board, who are not paid as directors, collected money from the group during the past three years, according to tax filings, state charitable reports and a massive trove of NRA records.
Jun 10, 2019
Walmart robots make human workers feel like machines
To Walmart executives, the self-driving floor scrubber is the future of retail automation. They have made a multimillion-dollar bet that advanced robots will optimize operations, cut costs and revolutionize the American superstore.
Jun 07, 2019
Trump is getting harsher with migrant children as Mexico seeks to avert tariffs
President Trump reiterated overnight that he’s serious about imposing new tariffs next week unless he is satisfied Mexico has done enough to stem a surge of migrants.
Jun 06, 2019
Joe Biden admits lifting language word for word from industry groups for climate plan
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign lifted language without credit, at times word for word, when crafting its education and climate plans, incidents the campaign acknowledged and said were inadvertent.
Jun 05, 2019
Congress may pass a second resolution of disapproval over national emergency
Congressional Republicans have begun discussing at the highest levels whether they may hold a vote to block President Trump’s planned new tariffs on Mexico.
Jun 04, 2019
Trump attacks London’s mayor as he lands in the U.K.
The president's state visit to Britain this week, the first of his presidency, is missing some of the traditional trappings of past U.K. trips by American leaders.
Jun 03, 2019
Trump’s latest tariff threat throws a wrench in trade negotiations and may undermine the economy
President Trump’s announcement of an escalating series of new tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico is likely to trigger economic upheaval on both sides of the border.
May 31, 2019
White House wanted USS John S. McCain obscured during Trump’s Japan visit
A senior Navy official confirms to The Post that he was aware someone at the White House sent a message to service officials in the Pacific requesting that the USS John McCain be kept out of the picture while President Trump was there.
May 30, 2019
The Supreme Court takes a cautious path on abortion with Indiana rulings
The Supreme Court agreed to a compromise on Indiana’s contested abortion law, an outcome that revealed its openness to state restrictions on the procedure but also favored a cautious path in confronting one of the nation’s enduring controversies.
May 29, 2019
The opioid trial in Oklahoma everyone is watching
As the first state trial of the opioid epidemic begins in Oklahoma today, families that have lost loved ones to opioid overdoses see a chance to hold drug companies accountable after years of waiting for recompense.
May 28, 2019
Trump is prodding generals to give a border wall deal to a major donor
President Trump has personally and repeatedly urged the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award a border wall contract to a North Dakota construction firm whose top executive is a GOP donor and a frequent guest on Fox News.
May 24, 2019
Trump storms out of infrastructure meeting
The president angrily walked out of a meeting yesterday with congressional Democrats that was supposed to be about infrastructure, saying he wouldn’t work with them unless they abandon all inquiries into his businesses, presidency and personal finances.
May 23, 2019
Trump taps a firebrand to be his immigration ‘czar’
President Trump has apparently selected former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli to be his so-called immigration czar. Cuccinelli is disliked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has vowed to block him from any Senate-confirmed post.
May 22, 2019
Trump suffers a courtroom defeat as he orders McGahn to not testify today
President Trump lost an early round of his court fight with Democrats last night after a federal judge ruled the president’s accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress as lawmakers seek to assert their oversight authority.
May 21, 2019
Joe Biden’s early success challenges the conventional wisdom about 2020
In his opening weeks as a presidential candidate, Joe Biden has rejected much of the conventional wisdom that drove the opening stretch of the Democratic nomination fight.
May 20, 2019
On the anniversary of Brown v. Board, the Senate confirms a judge who won’t say if it was correctly
The Senate yesterday confirmed Wendy Vitter, the wife of a senator turned lobbyist, to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge despite her outspoken hostility to abortion rights as a longtime pro-life activist.
May 17, 2019
Trump grows angry at his advisers for the growing talk of Iran regime change
President Trump is frustrated with some of his top advisers, who he thinks could rush the United States into a military confrontation with Iran and shatter his long-standing pledge to withdraw from costly foreign wars.
May 16, 2019
Alabama advances the most restrictive abortion ban in America
The Alabama Senate passed the country’s most restrictive abortion ban overnight. It makes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest, and the state's Republican governor is expected to swiftly sign it.
May 15, 2019
The White House considers a plan that would send 120,000 troops to the Middle East
At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East.
May 14, 2019
Scientists will get their hands on a new set of untouched moon rocks for the first time
The United States hasn’t taken any new material from the moon since the last Apollo landing in 1972. Now, NASA is releasing three new moon rock samples for analysis.
May 13, 2019
Trade war escalates after no deal is reached
American and Chinese negotiators failed to reach a deal by midnight, so the United States has officially doubled tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports.
May 10, 2019
Donald Trump Jr. is subpoenaed as the House Judiciary Committee votes to hold Bill Barr in contempt
The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress, hours after President Trump asserted executive privilege over special counsel Bob Mueller’s report.
May 09, 2019
Iran backs away from the nuclear deal in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that his country is taking steps to halt its compliance with elements of the landmark nuclear deal in response to Trump pulling out of the accord and stiffening sanctions on Tehran.
May 08, 2019
Trump tariff threats widen rift with Senate Republicans
Pro-free-trade senators have tried private meetings with President Trump, op-eds in prominent newspapers and other tactics to warn Trump away from a new round of tariffs on foreign cars and auto parts.
May 07, 2019
A cease-fire in Gaza after the worst weekend of violence in five years
Armed factions in Gaza said that they have agreed to a cease-fire with Israel that took hold in the early hours of Monday morning, after militants fired more than 600 rockets toward Israel this weekend. Israel responded with major airstrikes.
May 06, 2019
Trump just quietly rolled back the rules written to prevent another BP oil spill
With little fanfare, the Trump administration has dramatically weakened offshore drilling safeguards that were put in place after the 2010 explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform.
May 03, 2019
Bill Barr faces a contempt citation as he blows off the House
Attorney General Bill Barr defended his handling of special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation during an often-contentious Senate hearing yesterday.
May 02, 2019
Mueller was mad at Barr for how he initially handled his report
Bob Mueller complained in a letter to Bill Barr that the four-page letter the attorney general sent to Congress describing the special counsel's principal conclusions did not “fully capture the context, nature and substance” of his work.
May 01, 2019
Autocracy is on the march
A major new survey shows growing numbers of people across the globe are dissatisfied with democracy and, even in the West, they’re becoming more susceptible to strongmen who promise easy solutions to complex problems.
Apr 30, 2019
A rabbi finishes a sermon that was interrupted by gunfire
On the final day of a major Jewish holiday, at a synagogue near San Diego, a 19-year-old man with an assault rifle and apparent anti-Semitic views opened fire, leaving one dead and three injured, authorities said.
Apr 29, 2019
White House won’t say if North Korea was paid $2 million for Otto Warmbier
North Korea issued a $2 million bill for the hospital care of comatose American Otto Warmbier, insisting that a U.S. official signed a pledge to pay it before being allowed to fly the University of Virginia student home from Pyongyang in 2017.
Apr 26, 2019
Joe Biden launches his campaign for president
Joe Biden made it official this morning. He launched his third campaign for the presidency with an announcement posted on YouTube. Biden’s entry is certain to shape at least the next few months of the 2020 Democratic primary fight.
Apr 25, 2019
Trump says he opposes any cooperation with congressional investigations
In an interview with The Washington Post last night, Trump said that complying with congressional requests was unnecessary after the White House cooperated with Bob Mueller’s probe.
Apr 24, 2019
Easter bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque massacre, Sri Lanka says
Three hotels and three churches were attacked by suicide bombers belonging to the radical Islamist group National Thowheed Jamaath.
Apr 23, 2019
Mueller report paints a damning portrait of Trump
Bob Mueller’s report lays out abundant evidence against President Trump, finding 10 separate “episodes” of potential obstruction of justice but ultimately concluding it was not the special counsel’s role to determine whether the president broke the law.
Apr 19, 2019
Mueller report will be lightly redacted on obstruction evidence, sources say
The Justice Department plans to release a lightly redacted version of special counsel Bob Mueller’s 400-page report today, offering a granular look at the ways in which President Trump was suspected of having obstructed justice.
Apr 18, 2019
New details on a Green Beret’s murder in Mali
Legal filings provide new details about the events surrounding the deadly assault of Army Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar. The documents throw back a veil of secrecy on a culture in which womanizing and heavy drinking were said to be commonplace.
Apr 17, 2019
Paris weeps after the fire at Notre Dame
Notre Dame, completed in the 14th century, has withstood the test of time and the assault of history. In his remarks to a grieving nation close to midnight on Monday, President Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild the cathedral.
Apr 16, 2019
Bernie Sanders tries to appeal to Trump voters as he picks a fight with CAP
Sanders feuded with the Center For American Progress, an influential liberal think tank that is aligned with the Hillary Clinton wing of the party. Sanders said CAP is “using its resources to smear” him.
Apr 15, 2019
White House pushed ICE to release immigrants in Nancy Pelosi’s district as political retaliation
White House officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months.
Apr 12, 2019
Ecuador evicts Julian Assange, who is now in British custody
Ecuador, which took Julian Assange in when he was facing a Swedish rape investigation in 2012, said it was rescinding asylum because of his “discourteous and aggressive behavior” and for violating the terms of his asylum.
Apr 11, 2019
DHS purge continues as Miller pushes new immigration policy changes
President Trump's increasingly erratic behavior over the past 12 days has alarmed top Republicans, business officials and foreign leaders. They fear that he might exacerbate problems at the border, harm the U.S. economy and degrade national security.
Apr 10, 2019
Trump’s DHS purge expands
President Trump continued to dismantle the leadership of the nation’s top domestic security agency Monday, as the White House announced the imminent removal of U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph D. “Tex” Alles.
Apr 09, 2019
Trump pushes out Nielsen at DHS
President Trump announced yesterday that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as secretary of homeland security. Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, will replace her on an acting basis.
Apr 08, 2019
Trump maneuvering behind the scenes to try keeping his tax returns secret
The White House has become fixated on blocking the disclosure of President Trump’s tax returns, teeing up a dispute that could go to the Supreme Court.
Apr 05, 2019
Members of the Mueller team are angry at Barr for holding back their findings
Members of Robert Mueller’s team have complained to close associates that the evidence they gathered on obstruction was alarming and significant. One person said, “It was much more acute than Barr suggested.”
Apr 04, 2019
Trump is struggling to figure out a coherent domestic agenda
President Trump has left his advisers and GOP lawmakers reeling from policy whiplash in recent days.
Apr 03, 2019
White House whistleblower says dozens of security clearance denials were overturned
Tricia Newbold, a White House security adviser, told the House Oversight Committee that 25 people were given access to national security information despite concerns about ties to foreign influence and questionable or criminal conduct.
Apr 02, 2019
Trump aides say he’s not bluffing about closing the southern border
The White House doubled down Sunday on President Trump’s threat to close the border with Mexico despite warnings that doing so would cripple the American economy and hurt consumers.
Apr 01, 2019
Documents show how much Trump inflated his net worth
President Trump misled lenders and potential business partners about his net worth by producing “Statements of Financial Condition” that included a number of errors about his financial holdings.
Mar 29, 2019
Mueller’s grand jury remains active as Barr seems likely to miss Congress’s deadline
Attorney General William Barr said it would take, at a minimum, weeks before lawmakers can see an edited version of the report, making it clear that the Justice Department will not meet the April 2 deadline that Democrats set.
Mar 28, 2019
Barbara Bush blamed Trump for her heart attack
Barbara Bush said that by today’s terms, she would no longer classify herself as a Republican. With President Trump’s rise, she saw a party she could not continue to support.
Mar 27, 2019
Trump unconcerned with food stamp crisis in Puerto Rico
President Trump has privately signaled he will not approve any additional help for Puerto Rico beyond the food-stamp money, setting up a congressional showdown with Democrats who have pushed for more expansive help for the island.
Mar 26, 2019
Mueller report won’t break D.C. impasse
The president called Robert Mueller’s report a “total exoneration,” even though Mueller reached no conclusion about whether the president obstructed justice.
Mar 25, 2019
The Marine commandant says Trump’s border fixation is hurting combat readiness
The commandant of the Marine Corps warned in secret memos that President Trump's diversions of money from the military's budget to build his wall pose an “unacceptable risk to the combat readiness and solvency” of our armed forces.
Mar 22, 2019
New Zealand bans assault rifles after mosque attacks
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country will launch a buyback program to take existing weapons out of circulation while those who don’t comply will be subject to fines.
Mar 21, 2019
Why the Trump administration keeps losing in court
Federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration at least 63 times over the past two years. It’s an extraordinary record of legal defeat that has stymied large parts of the president’s agenda on the environment, immigration and other matters.
Mar 20, 2019
Trump still hasn’t explicitly expressed sympathy for Muslims after the mosque massacre
President Trump has a long history of disparaging Muslims and other minorities, while simultaneously refusing to forcefully condemn white supremacy and violent nationalism.
Mar 19, 2019
New Zealand moving swiftly to pass gun control after mosque shooting
New Zealand’s coalition government plans to formally unveil strict new gun laws within the next week as a direct response to the attacks on the mosques in Christchurch.
Mar 18, 2019
Terror attacks at mosques in New Zealand
Forty-nine people are dead and scores more are seriously injured after a heavily armed gunman clad in military-style gear opened fire during prayers at a mosque in the center of Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.
Mar 15, 2019
The unfriendly skies
Following days of resistance, the FAA issued an emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 jets. President Trump announced the abrupt about-face Wednesday, after U.S. officials found themselves alone in allowing the planes to remain in the air.
Mar 14, 2019
Several coaches fired over college admissions scandal
Fifty people were charged yesterday with allegedly participating in a multimillion-dollar scheme to get their children admitted to prestigious colleges.
Mar 13, 2019
Dick Cheney challenges Mike Pence over Trump’s foreign policy
A chummy discussion between Vice President Pence and Dick Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Trump’s foreign policy during a private retreat for donors this weekend.
Mar 12, 2019
Inside Trump’s 2020 reelection strategy
President Trump and his advisers are launching a behemoth 2020 campaign operation combining his raw populist message from 2016 with a massive data-gathering and get-out-the-vote push aimed at dwarfing any previous presidential reelection effort.
Mar 11, 2019
Paul Manafort gets a surprisingly lenient sentence
Legal experts generally expected Judge T.S. Ellis to sentence Manafort to somewhere below the suggested range of 19 to 24 years in prison. But many were shocked by how little time the Ronald Reagan appointee gave the former Reagan campaign staffer.
Mar 08, 2019
House Democrats splinter over whether to rebuke Ilhan Omar
Omar suggested last week that supporters of Israel here have an "allegiance to a foreign country." Her defenders argued that House Democratic leaders are applying a double standard in singling out one of the two Muslim women in Congress.
Mar 07, 2019
Fresh fallout from Michael Cohen's testimony
New York state regulators subpoenaed documents yesterday from the Trump Organization’s insurance broker after Michael Cohen testified that the president exaggerated his wealth to insurance companies.
Mar 06, 2019
House Democrats request documents from more than 80 people as probes intensify
The House Judiciary Committee's inquiries touch on a wide array of matters, from the president’s business dealings with Russia to the firing of former FBI director James Comey to hush payments made to women.
Mar 05, 2019
Iciness between Bernie and Hillary in Selma
Several Democratic presidential hopefuls came to Selma, Ala., on Sunday for the annual pilgrimage to remember Bloody Sunday and the civil rights movement. But, for much of the day, the focus was on past candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Mar 04, 2019
Trump demanded Jared Kushner get a security clearance despite objections from his own chief of staff
Some foreign officials, whose communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies, privately discussed ways they could try to manipulate Kushner.
Mar 01, 2019
Trump walks away from North Korea summit over Kim’s demands to eliminate sanctions
President Trump said the main impediment to a deal was Kim Jong Un's requirement that the United States lift all economic sanctions on North Korea in exchange for the closure of only one North Korean nuclear facility.
Feb 28, 2019
Michael Cohen will testify that Trump knew Roger Stone was communicating with WikiLeaks
In the opening statement, Michael Cohen plans to call Trump a “conman.” He’ll also level accusations that the president personally signed a check to cover “hush-money” payments to keep quiet an affair with Stormy Daniels.
Feb 27, 2019
Elena Kagan is the justice to watch in Peace Cross case
Justice Elena Kagan has emerged as one of the Supreme Court’s most powerful voices on the separation of church and state, often rebuking conservative colleagues for allowing government actions that she says favor one religion over another.
Feb 26, 2019
White House launching effort to challenge science on climate change
The National Security Council initiative would include hand-picked scientists who have questioned both the severity of climate change and the extent to which humans contribute to the problem.
Feb 25, 2019
Federal judge says plea deal negotiated by labor secretary violated the law
The ruling is a stinging rebuke for prosecutors and how they behaved in the grim, high-profile Jeffrey Epstein case.
Feb 22, 2019
As second North Korea summit nears, internal divisions in the Trump administration
President Trump’s special North Korea envoy Stephen Biegun arrived in Hanoi overnight. He’s on a mission to iron out a deal with Pyongyang ahead of next week’s second nuclear summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Feb 21, 2019
Trump may fire Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats
One adviser who spoke with the president this weekend said Trump is still enraged about Coats’s congressional testimony on national security threats from last month.
Feb 20, 2019
States sue Trump to block his emergency declaration
A coalition of 16 states led by California filed a federal lawsuit Monday aimed at stopping Trump’s plan to build a border wall by declaring a national emergency.
Feb 19, 2019
Declaring a national emergency may cause Trump to use veto power for the first time
Congress approved a massive budget deal last night to avert a government shutdown and President Trump promised to sign it, but only after announcing he would also declare a national emergency so he can get more money for a border wall.
Feb 15, 2019
House advances background check bill ahead of Parkland anniversary
The House Judiciary Committee passed a measure that would require background checks for all gun sales and most gun transfers within the United States. It is the most significant gun-control legislation to advance this far in Congress in years.
Feb 14, 2019
Mueller zeroing in on a 2016 meeting at a cigar club
Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, one of Mueller’s top lieutenants, told a federal judge during a sealed hearing last week that the meeting at the cigar club goes, “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.”
Feb 13, 2019
A deal is reached to avoid a shutdown, but President Trump’s backing is in doubt.
Key lawmakers reached a tentative compromise agreement last night to avoid another government shutdown at the end of the week. But hurdles remained, and President Trump’s ultimate backing was in doubt after quick opposition emerged from conservatives.
Feb 12, 2019
Congress's biggest iconoclast passes away
North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones passed away Sunday, on his 76th birthday. Once a supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he underwent a dramatic change of heart and emerged as one of the most prominent critics of the war.
Feb 11, 2019
John Roberts sides with liberals on the Supreme Court in blocking Louisiana abortion law
The justices may yet consider whether the 2014 law — requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals — unduly burdens women’s access to abortion.
Feb 08, 2019
Chaos in the commonwealth
Virginia’s top three Democratic leaders are all embroiled in scandals this morning that threaten to end their political careers.
Feb 07, 2019
Trump channels Nixon in State of the Union
For many historians, President Trump decrying the investigation was eerily reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s 1974 State of the Union.
Feb 06, 2019
Federal prosecutors serve subpoena to Trump’s inaugural committee
The subpoena indicates that prosecutors are investigating crimes related to conspiracy to defraud the United States, mail fraud, false statements, wire fraud and money laundering.
Feb 05, 2019
Ralph Northam considers resignation after Sunday senior staff meeting
Calling the Sunday night meeting was a clear signal of Northam’s effort to weigh support within the administration as he evaluates his options.
Feb 04, 2019
Trump signals he’ll declare a national emergency
The presidents new comments came as Nancy Pelosi once again insisted a deal would not include any wall funding, which the president has called a prerequisite.
Feb 01, 2019
Trump is getting on-the-job training about how divided government works
The era of accommodation on Capitol Hill is over, as President Trump faces an increasingly adversarial Congress — in both parties.
Jan 31, 2019
Intelligence chiefs contradict Trump on Russia and more
Leaders of the intelligence community repeatedly offered assessments during congressional testimony yesterday that are starkly at odds with proclamations made by President Trump, who appointed each of them.
Jan 30, 2019
Trump cools on a broader immigration deal to keep government open past Feb. 15
While federal employees tried to get the government back up to speed yesterday, the possibility of another shutdown in just three weeks hangs over every office.
Jan 29, 2019
Trump again considers a national emergency for wall funding
President Trump is again considering declaring a national emergency at the southern border to get wall funding after he agreed to end the shutdown without any of his demands met.
Jan 28, 2019
Senate GOP tempers flare over shutdown in private lunch with Pence
A tense lunch between the vice president and the Senate GOP highlight the toll the shutdown has taken on Republican lawmakers.
Jan 25, 2019
Trump postpones State of the Union after back-and-forth with Pelosi
After a day of scathing back-and-forth between Trump and Nancy Pelosi, the president announced last night that he will indefinitely postpone his State of the Union address until after the shutdown ends.
Jan 24, 2019
IRS employees skipping work could delay your tax refund
The Trump administration last week ordered at least 30,000 IRS workers back to their offices, where they have been working to process refunds without pay. But employees across the country won't be clocking in.
Jan 23, 2019
Some Trump supporters turn against him over the shutdown
The government shutdown drew no closer to an end over the holiday weekend, with the House and Senate planning to pursue separate bills that are both expected to die before reaching Trump’s desk. Meanwhile, some Trump supporters are turning on him for it.
Jan 22, 2019
FLOTUS flies to Florida after Trump denies Pelosi access to a government plane
As tensions flare between the president and Democrats, the shutdown looks likely to drag into its second month.
Jan 18, 2019
Trump lashes out at staff as he loses shutdown messaging war
The president has shown more and more frustration as negative coverage mounts of his role in the government shutdown.
Jan 17, 2019
Brexit beatdown sends global shockwaves
The landslide vote was pure humiliation for a British leader who has spent the past two years trying to sell her vision of Brexit to a skeptical public.
Jan 16, 2019
Steve King stripped of committee assignments after comments on white supremacy
The Republican congressman from Iowa questioned how the term “white supremacist” came to be considered offensive.
Jan 15, 2019
Cracks emerge in Senate GOP support for Trump's shutdown strategy
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested temporarily reopening the government while continuing negotiations.
Jan 14, 2019
Trump may repurpose disaster relief money from Puerto Rico for the border wall
The White House continues laying the groundwork to declare a national emergency to get money for President Trump’s border wall, and they’re looking seriously at tapping disaster relief funds.
Jan 11, 2019
Trump hires 17 more White House lawyers
The White House beefed up its legal team and plans to aggressively invoke executive privilege in a bid to contain the potential fallout of Bob Mueller’s report and to curtail oversight by House Democrats.
Jan 10, 2019
Trump speech does not stop additional GOP defections over shutdown strategy
In a nationally televised address from the Oval Office last night, Trump declared “a growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border to make the case for his proposed wall.
Jan 09, 2019
Trump considers declaring a national emergency ahead of primetime address
Trump administration officials made an urgent case on Monday that the situation at the border with Mexico has reached a crisis level, laying the groundwork for the president to possibly declare a national emergency.
Jan 08, 2019
Trump vacillates on Syria withdrawal as Bolton appears to contradict him
White House national security adviser John Bolton said that several “objectives” must be achieved before a pullout from Syria could take place.
Jan 07, 2019
Pelosi reclaims House speaker’s gavel as spending fight simmers
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic-controlled House plan to push through legislation to reopen the federal government. But the measure has been declared dead on arrival in the GOP-led Senate.
Jan 04, 2019
Romney asserts his independence — and Trump’s GOP critics see an opening
A scathing op-ed by the incoming senator and 2012 GOP presidential nominee is a thunderclap in the Republican Party.
Jan 03, 2019
Trump invites congressional leaders to White House for border security briefing
President Trump invited congressional leaders to the White House for a briefing on border security, the first face-to-face session involving Republicans and Democrats as the partial government shutdown entered its second week.
Jan 02, 2019
House Democrats ready strategy to reopen government, deny Trump wall money
Democrats have settled on a strategy for attempting to reopen the government when they take control of the House on Thursday, aimed at ending the partial shutdown quickly — but denying President Trump the new money he wants for a border wall.
Jan 01, 2019
Trump’s focus on pleasing his most ardent supporters raises questions about reelection strategy
Trump's latest overtures in the wake of the midterm elections stand in stark contrast to the historical behavior of modern presidents, who have moved at least briefly toward the political center after being humbled at the ballot box.
Dec 31, 2018
Military walks fine line in discussing Afghanistan after Trump orders withdrawal plans
A week after President Trump directed the military to draw up plans to withdraw about half the U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan, military officials are walking a fine line detailing the future of the longest U.S. war in history.
Dec 28, 2018
Trump visits U.S. troops in Iraq for first trip to a conflict zone
The president’s visit to an air base west of Baghdad, which was shrouded in secrecy, followed months of public pressure for him to spend time with troops deployed to conflicts in the Middle East.
Dec 27, 2018
Trump vows not to reopen federal government until wall funding is secured
The president defended his plan to build a border barrier and cast doubt about the performance of Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell after a sharp downturn in U.S. markets.
Dec 26, 2018
Markets stage one of worst Christmas Eves ever, closing down more than 600 points
U.S. stock markets suffered their steepest Christmas Eve decline in decades Monday, defying the best efforts by the Trump administration to instill confidence, and coming very close to ending a record 10-year upward run.
Dec 25, 2018
Trump forces out Defense Secretary Jim Mattis two months early
President Trump, who aides said has been seething about news coverage of Mattis’s resignation letter, abruptly announced Sunday that he was removing Mattis two months early and installing Patrick Shanahan as acting defense secretary.
Dec 24, 2018
Mattis resignation signals an even more chaotic Trump presidency in 2019
The secretary of defense saw only one solution left to his distress with President Trump’s approach to national security.
Dec 21, 2018
Mattis opposed Trump's retreat from Syria and may be a short-timer
The president's decision to abruptly withdraw troops from Syria is a clear rebuke to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the last remaining member of a retinue of military men Trump once fondly referred to as “my generals.”
Dec 20, 2018
Michael Flynn might be going to jail even after plea deal with Mueller
A federal judge delayed sentencing Flynn, after suggesting President Trump’s former national security adviser may have betrayed his country.
Dec 19, 2018
Republican operatives test new strategies to help Trump win reelection
One of the efforts aims to identify key issues that matter to swing-state voters the GOP has previously lost.
Dec 18, 2018
New report for Senate provides sweeping analysis of Russian disinformation campaign
The operation used every major social media platform to help elect Donald Trump — and worked even harder to support him once he took office.
Dec 17, 2018
How Pelosi beat back the rebels to reclaim the Speaker’s gavel
Nancy Pelosi locked down the votes this week to become speaker again by tapping a vast network of allies, relying on a grab bag of political favors and – most importantly -- methodically undermining her opposition.
Dec 14, 2018
Pelosi clinches the votes to become speaker amid a busy lame-duck session
After weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiating, Pelosi backed off her resistance to setting a date for her departure and agreed to step aside by 2022.
Dec 13, 2018
U.S. investigators believe Chinese intelligence service was behind Marriott hack
Preliminary indications show the breach -- which affected up to 500 million people -- was executed by hackers affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security
Dec 12, 2018
Alleged Russian agent poised to plead guilty in case involving attempts to influence NRA
Butina was accused of working to push Moscow’s agenda by forming bonds with National Rifle Association officials and other conservative leaders, and making outreach to 2016 presidential candidates, including Donald Trump.
Dec 11, 2018
Trump left without a fallback plan for chief of staff after Ayers pulls out
President Trump’s top pick to be his next chief of staff, Nick Ayers, will not take the job and instead leave the White House at the end of the year, reopening negotiations over who will succeed the departing John Kelly as his third chief of staff.
Dec 10, 2018
An undocumented woman says she has worked at Trump’s golf club for the past 5 years
Victorina Morales says she has worked for Trump's golf club in New Jersey since 2013 along with other undocumented immigrants and that at least two supervisors at the club were aware of it and took steps to help them evade detection.
Dec 07, 2018
‘A great and noble man’: George W. Bush’s eulogy an emotional high point
Former president George W. Bush eulogized his father with a perfect mix of serious and funny, remembering his bravery in combat and his dislike of broccoli, his patriotism, and his lousy dancing.
Dec 06, 2018
Bob Mueller recommended that former national security adviser Michael Flynn serve no prison time
Mueller cited Flynn's “substantial assistance” with several ongoing investigations.
Dec 05, 2018
Wisconsin's GOP is moving to limit power of the state's incoming Democratic governor
A far-reaching proposal by Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin would weaken the authority of the state's governor-elect, Democrat Tony Evers.
Dec 04, 2018
Despite pause in trade war, there is a long-term impact on U.S. and China’s economic relations
As Trump reaches a deal with China in the trade war, the relationship between Beijing and Washington remains rocky.
Dec 03, 2018
Trump emerges at center of Mueller probe
The latest guilty plea of Trump's longtime fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen proves that the president has emerged as a major subject of interest in special counsel Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Nov 30, 2018
Life expectancy declines in U.S. for third year in a row
The government put out life expectancy numbers early Thursday morning in a bleak series of reports that show a nation still in the grip of escalating drug and suicide crises.
Nov 29, 2018
Paul Manafort’s lawyer briefed Trump’s attorneys on discussions with Bob Mueller’s team
Some legal experts think it was a play by Manafort to get a presidential pardon even as he worked with Mueller in hopes of a lighter sentence.
Nov 28, 2018
Bob Mueller’s prosecutors accused Paul Manafort of lying to them after pleading guilty
Manafort denied lying intentionally, but both sides agreed that sentencing should be set immediately.
Nov 27, 2018
President Trump is demanding top advisers craft a plan to reduce the country's deficit
The President has flummoxed his own aides by repeatedly seeking new spending while ruling out measures needed to address the country’s unbalanced budget.
Nov 26, 2018
Trump's legal team submits answers to Mueller's questions about campaign activities
The inquiries include only a portion of the questions that Mueller has sought to pose to Trump for nearly a year, when he first requested an interview with the president.
Nov 21, 2018
Ivanka Trump conducted government business using a personal email account
White House ethics officials learned of her repeated use of personal email when reviewing emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies to respond to a public records lawsuit.
Nov 20, 2018
Trump angers the military community, escalating fight with retired Adm. McRaven
In an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump went after the retired Navy SEAL and Special Operations commander who oversaw the killing of Osama bin Laden and the capture of Saddam Hussein during his 37 years in the military.
Nov 19, 2018
Prosecutors accidentally reveal that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged
It was not immediately clear what charges Assange would face. In the past, prosecutors had contemplated pursuing a case involving conspiracy, theft of government property or violating the Espionage Act.
Nov 16, 2018
Mira Ricardel picked a fight with the First Lady and lost
The very public spat between deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel and First Lady Melania Trump began with the first lady's Africa trip last month.
Nov 15, 2018
Trump considers a major shake-up in his administration
President Trump has been lashing out in frustration over the midterm results and his poorly-received Europe trip.
Nov 14, 2018
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins the Arizona Senate race
Sinema, who was once a spokeswoman for the Green Party, repackaged herself as a moderate and overcame tens of millions in attacks on her liberal record. She is the state’s first female senator, and our nation’s first openly bisexual senator.
Nov 13, 2018
Florida's first-ever recount in three statewide races kicks off
Republican Gov. Rick Scott sharpened his attacks on his opponent in the razor-tight U.S. Senate race and filed a new round of lawsuits against Democratic election officials.
Nov 12, 2018
Plotting on Capitol Hill
On Thursday, Democrats maneuvered for position in down-ballot races, hoping to claim a sliver of power in the party’s first majority in eight years.
Nov 09, 2018
Matt Whitaker temporarily replaces Jeff Sessions as Attorney General
A Justice Department official said Whitaker would assume authority over the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — though his role will be subject to the normal review process for conflicts.
Nov 08, 2018
A referendum on Trump
Two-thirds of voters said the president was a factor in how they voted, according to network exit polls. That allowed Democrats to win control of the House, and Republicans to expand their majority in the Senate.
Nov 07, 2018
Trump and Congress brace for the elections
President Trump's speeches at three campaign rallies yesterday were meant to shore up challenging Senate races in states where he won overwhelmingly. White House aides have all but given up on keeping control of the House.
Nov 06, 2018
Midterms will show whether non-Trump Republicans can win by stoking racial animosity
The fierce battle for control of Congress and the nation’s governorships has turned toward blatant and overtly racial attacks rarely seen since the civil rights era of the 1960s.
Nov 05, 2018
Trump hopes that fear will gin up GOP turnout
On Thursday, Trump ratcheted up the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has been the centerpiece of his midterm push by portraying a slow-moving migrant caravan, consisting mostly of families traveling on foot through Mexico, as a dangerous ‘invasion.'
Nov 02, 2018
A key Watergate document, finally released, could be ‘road map’ for Mueller
History nerds are geeking out this morning.
Nov 01, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke faces possible criminal referral amid cascading investigations
Special counsel Bob Mueller is also probing whether Trump ally and longtime confidant Roger Stone may have helped Wikileaks time its release of Democratic emails.
Oct 31, 2018
Trump is going to Pittsburgh after the mayor asked him not to
A former Rabbi at Tree of Life synagogue also said during an appearance on MSNBC that President Trump should wait a week before visiting the city where the deadly shooting took place.
Oct 30, 2018
New details emerge about Pittsburgh shooter
Police identified the 11 victims killed in Saturday’s mass shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue, the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.
Oct 29, 2018
Republicans think they're increasingly likely to hold the Senate, even pick up seats
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been telling associates that Republicans are in a strong position to hold the Senate and could pad their narrow 51-to-49 advantage by a couple of seats, though he’s avoiding precise predictions.
Oct 26, 2018
America is on edge as more pipe bombs are discovered
The discovery of five pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats, CNN and a liberal billionaire have put the country on edge and sent law enforcement officials scrambling to prevent any more packages from reaching their targets.
Oct 25, 2018
U.S. Cyber Command is pushing back against Russian attempts at midterm meddling
The U.S. Cyber Command has begun targeting Russian operatives, warning them that the military is tracking their activities in an attempt to deter them from disrupting the fast-approaching midterm elections.
Oct 24, 2018
Trump's strategy of fear
White House aides say the migrant caravan has proved to be a particularly effective wedge issue for Trump. His approach in many ways seeks to re-create the 2016 playbook that unexpectedly lifted him to the presidency.
Oct 23, 2018
Generic Democrats in the Midwest are faring better than more fiery liberals in Sun Belt
The Democratic nominees for governor in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas are intentionally bland. In contrast, Democratic voters selected the more fiery candidates for governor in primaries in states like Texas and Georgia.
Oct 22, 2018
A shouting match erupts outside the Oval Office over immigration
While some GOP leaders in the House had initially hoped to focus their election message on the economy, President Trump has continued to highlight immigration.
Oct 19, 2018
Trump’s handling of the Khashoggi crisis typifies his approach to foreign policy
President Trump’s hesitation and friendly engagement with the Saudis underscores his transactional approach that prioritizes geopolitics and economic interests over human rights and democracy.
Oct 18, 2018
How Scott Walker is working to withstand a ‘blue wave’ in Wisconsin
While making the case for a third term as governor, Scott Walker compared himself to the star quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
Oct 17, 2018
Sebelius stumping with Democrats shows the changing politics of health care
If you made a list five years ago of national Democratic surrogates that a candidate in a purple state like Wisconsin would want to campaign with, Kathleen Sebelius would not be on it.
Oct 16, 2018
Trump's wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview
President Trump talked about how he'll handle Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, his mockery of Christine Blasey Ford, his unsupported assertion that China meddled in the 2016 elections and more.
Oct 15, 2018
How the Khashoggi crisis is bringing fresh scrutiny to Trump’s business ties to Saudi Arabia
The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that they have audio and video recordings to support their conclusion that Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Oct 12, 2018
Rosenstein feuded with McCabe in front of Mueller
The feud between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe dates back to Robert Mueller's May 2017 appointment as special counsel.
Oct 11, 2018
U.S. intelligence knew Saudi officials had discussed plans to capture journalist Jamal Khashoggi
In an op-ed for today’s print edition of The Washington Post, Khashoggi's fiancee calls on Trump to help shed light on his disappearance.
Oct 10, 2018
Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during politicized swearing-in ceremony
Since Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday, Trump has seemed more interested in inflaming rather than reducing the tensions over his pick amid questions over whether the high court is becoming too politicized.
Oct 09, 2018
Three headlines that should be on your radar for Oct. 8
'Can He Do That?' host Allison Michaels fills in for James.
Oct 08, 2018
Kavanaugh moves closer to a confirmation
Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake indicated Thursday that the additional FBI probe was adequate. A third Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has not yet announced her vote.
Oct 05, 2018
Senators now have the FBI's completed report on Kavanaugh
In anticipation of the report’s arrival, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday night teed up a key vote to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for Friday. That could set up a final vote on Saturday.
Oct 04, 2018
Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser, as FBI races to finish probe
Tuesday’s attack could further inflame tensions in the pitched battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation — and alienate moderate key votes like Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
Oct 03, 2018
Secret DHS report highlights failures of Trump’s family separation policy
The policy is over, but many kids continue to be separated from their parents.
Oct 02, 2018
Partisan combat erupts over the FBI investigation of Kavanaugh
The question is not whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should face prosecution. It’s whether he should receive a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.
Oct 01, 2018
Senate GOP forging ahead with Kavanaugh vote today shows why Ford sought to stay silent
Increasingly, it looks like Christine Blasey Ford’s fear may come true: That it would all be for naught.
Sep 28, 2018
Trump appoints himself as Kavanaugh's principal character witness
President Trump’s argument Wednesday cast doubt on the credibility not only of the three women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, but also on scores of other women who have claimed sexual abuse by prominent men, including the president himself.
Sep 27, 2018
Trump attacks a woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct
President Trump’s charged rhetoric came as Republicans quickly closed ranks around Kavanaugh, even as a handful of pivotal swing votes remained quiet on whether they would ultimately support his confirmation in the coming days.
Sep 26, 2018
Trump digs in for Kavanaugh after second woman accuses judge of sexual assault
President Trump called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday with an unmistakable message: Call the vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and call it soon.
Sep 25, 2018
Kavanaugh's nomination is in peril as a second accuser comes forward
A new accusation roiled Kavanaugh’s nomination hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to let Christine Blasey Ford testify on Thursday about her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers and attempted to rape her.
Sep 24, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford could testify to Senate Judiciary Committee next week
An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually said Ford appearing at a hearing on Monday to detail her claims is “not possible” but has offered to testify on Thursday.
Sep 21, 2018
Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation
GOP senators strongly signaled on Wednesday that they will forge ahead with embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, even as his accuser called the rush for a public hearing next Monday deeply unfair.
Sep 20, 2018
Kavanaugh's accuser wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies
Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Sep 19, 2018
Kavanaugh Will Testify Publicly on Sexual Assault Allegations
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago will testify publicly setting up a potentially dramatic and politically perilous hearing that could determine the fate of his nomination.
Sep 18, 2018
Considering a Supreme Court nominee in the #MeToo era
Republicans face a potential backlash from female voters, especially suburban women, if they press ahead with Brett Kavanaugh's nomination despite the allegation.
Sep 17, 2018
Dysfunction in the Trump administration emerges amid Hurricane Florence
Instead of focusing on Hurricane Florence, President Trump’s attention on Thursday was devoted to airing personal grievances related to last year’s Hurricane Maria.
Sep 14, 2018
Preexisting conditions take center stage in Democratic attack ads
Democrats are pummeling Republican gubernatorial and senate candidates over a pending lawsuit by 20 GOP-led states that could allow insurance companies to stop covering people with preexisting medical conditions.
Sep 13, 2018
Trump says the government is “absolutely and totally prepared” for Hurricane Florence
The president has long struggled with public displays of empathy and with rising to the role of consoler in chief.
Sep 12, 2018
Why NASA’s next rockets might say Budweiser on the side
The idea of selling naming rights to rockets and spacecrafts is part of a broader effort to generate more private-sector involvement in low Earth orbit.
Sep 11, 2018
Trump's most loyal defender takes on the Sunday shows
Vice President Mike Pence denied on Fox News and CBS that he was part of discussions to remove President Trump from office or that he had anonymously written an explosive op-ed against him.
Sep 10, 2018
Kavanaugh won’t go as far as Gorsuch in defending the judicial branch from Trump’s attacks
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has spent much of his life as a Republican operative, claimed he stays out of politics.
Sep 07, 2018
A New York Times column sends the West Wing into a panic
The parlor game in Washington is guessing which senior official is behind the anonymous opinion piece published in The New York Times on Wednesday.
Sep 06, 2018
Highlights from the contentious first day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing
The confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh launched Tuesday as a bitter political brawl
Sep 05, 2018
Trump shows disdain for the rule of law as Kavanaugh confirmation hearing begins
President Trump’s latest public broadsides against his own attorney general offered a timely reminder of how high the stakes are in the confirmation hearing that starts today for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Sep 04, 2018
Kavanaugh could offer the decisive vote to uphold Trump’s assault on affirmative action
Evidence of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s past skepticism toward affirmative action is being studied closely – and it's giving heartburn to civil rights advocates.
Aug 31, 2018
Trump allies fear ‘winter is coming’
The ousting of White House counsel Don McGahn has led to growing concern among some of President Trump's closest allies that both the president and his top aides are woefully unprepared for the coming legal storm.
Aug 30, 2018
Florida primary upset sets the stage for a colossal fall battle
A Republican propelled by President Trump and an African American Democrat won the nominations for governor of Florida on Tuesday, setting up a colossal fall showdown forces in the country’s biggest swing state.
Aug 29, 2018
A new inspector general report shows the swamp is getting swampier
A damning new inspector general's report released Monday concludes that the head of the General Services Administration may have misled Congress about President Trump’s personal role in scuttling plans for a new FBI headquarters outside of Washington.
Aug 28, 2018
Trump won’t call McCain a ‘hero’
President Trump has repeatedly declined to say anything nice about McCain, even while he was dying.
Aug 27, 2018
Fox interview fallout shows why Trump’s lawyers don’t want him talking to Mueller
President Trump’s lawyers say they’re afraid Mueller will lay “a perjury trap,” but the Fox hit shows Trump doesn’t need to be coaxed like a bear in the backwoods of Maine with donuts.
Aug 24, 2018
Why Michael Cohen flipped
Michael Cohen’s guilty plea raises the likelihood that he will attempt to leverage the secrets he knows about Donald Trump.
Aug 23, 2018
Tuesday was perhaps the worst day in Trump's presidency thus far
The events that unfolded yesterday created a political nightmare for President Trump.
Aug 22, 2018
Melania Trump declares her independence, again, with a solo Africa trip
It often feels like Donald and Melania are part of different administrations.
Aug 21, 2018
Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 20
"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.
Aug 20, 2018
Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 17
"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.
Aug 17, 2018
Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 16
"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michael fills in for James.
Aug 16, 2018
Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 15
"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.
Aug 15, 2018
Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 13
"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.
Aug 14, 2018
Three headlines that should be on your radar
"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.
Aug 13, 2018
Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens through ‘chain migration’
Donald Trump is the do-as-I-say, not-as-a-I-do president. His in-laws became U.S. citizens this week because their daughter, Melania, sponsored them, even though Trump decries this form of family reunification.
Aug 10, 2018
The swamp gets swampier
The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump allegedly committed felony insider trading last year while standing on the White House lawn.
Aug 09, 2018
Alarm bells ring for House Republicans
A tight special election between Democrat Danny O’Connor and Republican Troy Balderson in a deep-red Ohio House district Tuesday reinforced a trend that has been developing for more than a year.
Aug 08, 2018
An uncomfortable reunion in a Virginia courtroom
As Rick Gates implicated himself and his former boss Paul Manafort in multiple criminal acts, Manafort, who could spend the rest of his life in prison, gave the cooperating witness with an icy glare.
Aug 07, 2018
Race continues to be a blind spot for Trump one year after Charlottesville
One week before the first anniversary of his botched response to the racial violence in Virginia, President Trump again sparked controversy this weekend with personal attacks on the intelligence of three prominent African Americans.
Aug 06, 2018
Trump officials say they’re taking election security seriously
Their show of unity just steps from the Oval Office on Thursday appeared aimed at easing public concerns about President Trump’s public skepticism of Russia’s intentions.
Aug 03, 2018
Mueller agrees to narrow questions for Trump
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has offered to limit the number of questions that his team would ask Trump in a potential interview in an effort to restart stalled negotiations with the president’s legal team.
Aug 02, 2018
Exciting technological advances keep being used against us
Two stories from yesterday illustrate innovation's dark side. A federal judge blocked the publication of blueprints for 3-D-printed guns, and Facebook acknowledged that there is an ongoing disinformation campaign on its platform.
Aug 01, 2018
U.S. spy agencies are watching North Korea work on new missiles
It’s increasingly clear that President Trump got burned by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Jul 31, 2018
The Koch network threatens to turn on Republicans
The tariffs have really gotten their goat.
Jul 30, 2018
U.S. military takes possession of human remains from North Korea
A U.S. Air Force plane carrying what are thought to be the remains of 55 Americans killed during the Korean War arrived at Osan Air Base in South Korea on Friday morning -- the 65th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.
Jul 27, 2018
Inside the Trump-Cohen divorce
Michael Cohen – the president's longtime attorney, consigliere and fixer – once vowed he’d take a bullet for his boss.
Jul 26, 2018
Cohen tape suggests Trump knew about model’s deal to sell story of alleged affair
A September 2016 recording by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen reveals that Donald Trump appeared familiar with a deal that a Playboy model made to sell the rights to her story of an alleged affair with him.
Jul 25, 2018
Why U.S. v. Nixon matters – now more than ever
The watershed case is back in the news after it emerged over the weekend that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh argued in 1999 that the “tensions of the time” may have led to what he called an “erroneous decision."
Jul 24, 2018
Carter Page FISA warrants underscore the difficulty of disproving presidential falsehoods
In a string of four Sunday tweets, President Trump made several demonstrably false assertions about what’s actually in the documents. He continued to hammer on this theme Monday morning.
Jul 23, 2018
Trump advisers are mad at the intel chief for saying he didn’t know Putin was invited to D.C.
Tensions have ratcheted up here in Washington after the White House announced Thursday that President Trump has invited Vladimir Putin to visit the United States in the fall.
Jul 20, 2018
Russia imbroglio deepens the disconnect between Trump and his own administration
President Trump, who is increasingly isolated, found himself at odds on Wednesday with his own people who work out of Foggy Bottom, Fort Meade, Langley, the Pentagon and the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
Jul 19, 2018
Simultaneous foreign trips by Trump and Obama showcase the contours of the ‘culture’ wars
It’s striking to compare the current president’s European adventures to his predecessor’s Africa foray.
Jul 18, 2018
Trump ignored advisers in embracing Putin
Everyone around President Trump urged him to take a firm stance with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Jul 17, 2018
Trump complicates a special relationship
President Trump's afternoon tea with Queen Elizabeth II marks the culmination of a sometimes tortured fascination with the British royal family, dating back two decades to the divorce of Princess Diana.
Jul 13, 2018
Congress won’t stop President Trump’s trade war
President Trump is remaking the global order without significant political resistance or penalty, unchecked by a largely compliant Congress and bolstered by the loyalty of his supporters — even those likely to be hurt by his burgeoning global trade war.
Jul 12, 2018
The human fallout of Trump’s family separation policy continues
It’s not saturating the news any more, but immigrant families are still feeling the aftershocks of President Trump’s policy to tear them apart at the border.
Jul 11, 2018
Trump picks a D.C. GOP insider for Supreme Court
President Trump nominated federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Monday night, a move that elevates a conservative stalwart with deep ties to the Republican establishment to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Jul 10, 2018
Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency
President Trump sounded genuinely baffled by George H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign slogan, “A thousand points of light," during a rally in Montana last week.
Jul 09, 2018
Scott Pruitt is finally pushed out as Trump reaches his boiling point
This is a big win for White House chief of staff John Kelly, who has been on the outs but has pushed hard internally for Pruitt's removal over the past several weeks.
Jul 06, 2018
Trump thought about invading Venezuela last summer
President Trump's comments were laughed off by foreign policy experts as the kind of bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief. But he was serious.
Jul 05, 2018
Three things that should be on your radar for July 4
Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.
Jul 04, 2018
Three things that should be on your radar for July 3
Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.
Jul 03, 2018
Three things that should be on your radar for July 2
Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.
Jul 02, 2018
The Bad Boys of Brexit had ties to Russia
A wealthy British businessman and his hard-partying associates have sparked the interests of special counsel Bob Mueller.
Jun 29, 2018
Kennedy’s retirement sets the stage for a big Supreme Court fight
Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, a move that will give Trump a chance to replace the pivotal justice and solidify a more conservative majority on the court.
Jun 28, 2018
The No. 4 House Democrat going down foreshadows the party’s coming identity crisis
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embodies and personifies several trends we’ve seen in this election cycle. She’s a woman. She’s a first-time candidate. Her mother immigrated to New York from Puerto Rico. And she beat 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley.
Jun 27, 2018
Trump’s trade war is causing layoffs and sending jobs overseas
Harley-Davidson's decision to move its production of motorcycles bound for European customers are another tangible display of the costs associated with the president’s so-called ‘America First’ agenda.
Jun 26, 2018
Public shaming of Trump backers shows a growing political divide
These episodes, which have gone viral on social media, risk backfiring by playing into Trump’s hands, allowing him to galvanize conservatives and alienating middle-of-the-road independents who prize tolerance and respectful discourse.
Jun 25, 2018
Confusion reigns at the border and in Congress on immigration
In scenes reminiscent of the botched ‘Muslim ban’ in the early days of the Trump presidency, federal agencies Thursday were largely left to interpret the sudden changes ordered by the White House the day before and figure out how to implement them.
Jun 22, 2018
President Trump is not surrendering his war on undocumented immigrants
President Trump lost the battle on family separations, but he’s not surrendering the war.
Jun 21, 2018
The political fallout of Trump splitting up immigrant families continues to cascade
President Trump and top administration officials are unwilling — for the moment, at least — to unilaterally reverse the separation policy.
Jun 20, 2018
Trump passes the buck on breaking up immigrant families
Time and time again, the president has sought to shift the blame for his own decisions and their consequences to his political opponents.
Jun 19, 2018
The Trump administration cannot get its story straight on breaking up immigrant families
Administration officials are alternating erratically between defending the policy, blaming Democrats for it, trying to use it as leverage in negotiations with Congress and even denying that it exists at all.
Jun 18, 2018
Trump is losing the debate over splitting up families at the border as faith leaders turn against it
Attorney General Jeff Sessions used religion to defend the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward adults who attempt to cross the border illegally.
Jun 15, 2018
A GOP senator urges love for LGBT youths in a poignant Pride Month speech
Senator Orrin Hatch, an 84-year-old conservative Mormon from Utah, used to be one of the most outspoken critics of gay rights in Congress. Yesterday, he delivered a passionate speech on the Senate floor in an attempt to atone.
Jun 14, 2018
Mark Sanford’s primary loss shows why congressional Republicans won’t cross Trump
Mark Sanford survived the fallout from his “hike” on “the Appalachian trail,” but he couldn’t survive the backlash to his past criticisms of President Trump.
Jun 13, 2018
In Kim he trusts
President Trump said he “developed a very special bond” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday.
Jun 12, 2018
Smiles in Singapore could mask the gulf between the U.S. and North Korea
Both nations have sought to lower expectations for an immediate breakthrough this week.
Jun 11, 2018
Why Bernie Sanders will never join the Democratic Party
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with James at The Washington Post’s headquarters on Wednesday for The Daily 202 Live, a monthly events series that convenes newsmakers.
Jun 08, 2018
America alone
President Trump, who knows little about history, had a tense phone call late last month with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the steel and aluminum tariffs, during which the president erroneously blamed Canada for the War of 1812.
Jun 07, 2018
Last night, the Democratic establishment struck back in Calif., N.J. and beyond
On the biggest primary day of the year, with voters going to the polls in eight states, the national Democratic establishment got the last laugh.
Jun 06, 2018
RFK’s speech in apartheid South Africa remains relevant 50 years after his assassination
Exactly two years before his death, on June 6, 1966, Robert F. Kennedy delivered the best speech of his life at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Jun 05, 2018
Rudy Giuliani says Trump couldn’t get indicted for shooting James Comey
Most legal experts say that the assertion that a president cannot obstruct justice is absurd and legally indefensible
Jun 04, 2018
Trump’s pardon talk shows he doesn’t see political crimes as a big deal
President Trump said Thursday that Rod Blagojevich should not have gone to jail for the crimes he was convicted of in Illinois.
Jun 01, 2018
Trump has lost confidence in his attorney general, but Jeff Sessions isn’t going anywhere
President Trump could fire Sessions at any time, but for nearly a year, he has chosen instead merely to insult his attorney general.
May 31, 2018
Mitt Romney threads the needle on Donald Trump
Mitt Romney is heavily favored to win the June 26th primary, but he’s bending over backwards not to directly criticize the president – even as he expresses concern about some of his policies.
May 30, 2018
Addiction prompts a congressman to retire
Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) announced Monday that he is struggling with alcoholism and will abandon his run for a second term in Congress so he can focus on recovery and his family.
May 29, 2018
The Nixed North Korea summit shows the limitations of Trump’s me-first diplomacy
At the core of President Trump’s foreign policy is a belief that he can use his personal charisma to charm his way to world peace.
May 25, 2018
Why Trump has started using the term “spygate"
President Trump has been embellishing reports that a longtime U.S. government informant approached members of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.
May 24, 2018
2018 is shaping up as a breakthrough year for Democratic diversity
Fresh faces with compelling life stories prevailed in Democratic primaries across several southern states Tuesday, beating candidates with deeper political pedigrees and more governing experience in several key races.
May 23, 2018
Who is Stefan Halper, the FBI source who assisted the Russia probe?
The White House and the Justice Department have put off a high-stakes confrontation over the FBI’s use of a confidential source to aid an investigation into the Trump campaign.
May 22, 2018
Hillary Clinton is not over it
Hillary Clinton got a rock star’s reception Sunday afternoon when she spoke at a commencement ceremony for Yale University. She said she was not going to get political - and then she did.
May 21, 2018
Tillerson is the latest Trump aide to speak out after getting fired
President Trump’s administration has seen more turnover than “The Apprentice.” Literally.
May 18, 2018
New documents reveal details about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting
The publicist who first contacted Donald Trump Jr. to set up the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower told investigators that he did so only after receiving assurances that the Russian lawyer he was bringing along had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
May 17, 2018
Far left candidates are winning the Democratic civil war
Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Democratic moderates across primaries in four states.
May 16, 2018
The Iraq election results are bad news for the United States
Moqtada al-Sadr’s surprisingly strong performance in the Iraqi elections will rattle U.S. relations with the country.
May 15, 2018
Feeling disrespected keeps many loyal to Trump
Separate groups of conservative and liberals have just published deep dives into Donald Trump’s strength in a Michigan country that was previously a Democratic stronghold.
May 14, 2018
The GOP’s uncivil war
There’s a nastiness and bitterness in Washington now. It’s not just you. It’s getting worse.
May 11, 2018
Why John McCain is voting against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA
Gina Haspel said she would not allow the CIA to undertake activity that is immoral, even if it is technically legal. But she demurred when pressed on whether waterboarding and other techniques she oversaw were immoral – even in hindsight.
May 10, 2018
Primary results confirm 2018 is a terrible year to be a House Republican
Even the most entrenched Washington insiders are now running against Washington.
May 09, 2018
Watch what they do, not what they say
Often obscured under the avalanche of news and the clouds of intrigue, President Trump and his appointees continue to systematically deconstruct the administrative state.
May 08, 2018
Giuliani is riding high, but is he flying too close to the sun?
Rudy Giuliani is playing to an audience of one – creating more problems for his client.
May 07, 2018
Three things that should be on your radar for May 4
Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.
May 04, 2018
Three things that should be on your radar for May 3
Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.
May 03, 2018
Three things that should be on your radar for May 2
Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.
May 02, 2018
Three things that should be on your radar for May 1
Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.
May 01, 2018
Three things that should be on your radar for April 30
Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.
Apr 30, 2018
Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed but shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable
There are also two other stories in today’s newspaper that show the enduring power of the patriarchy and how men take advantage of their positions of authority.
Apr 27, 2018
Michael Cohen will take the Fifth. Trump has said innocent people don’t do that.
Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of President Trump, told a federal judge on Wednesday that he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself in a lawsuit brought by adult entertainer Stormy Daniels.
Apr 26, 2018
Trump is doubling down on his VA nominee
The President is standing behind Ronny Jackson’s nomination to run the department of veterans affairs as misconduct allegations continue to mount against the White House physician.
Apr 25, 2018
Trump’s pick to lead the V.A. may be forced to withdraw
The president promises “extreme vetting” of all immigrants, but he has repeatedly failed to hold his own Cabinet picks, senior White House staff and judicial nominees to the same standard.
Apr 24, 2018
Get ready for Macron-mania
Emanuel Macron wants to be Donald Trump’s buddy. Can it last?
Apr 23, 2018
Jim Comey’s memos are released.
President Trump has denied Comey's account of their conversations, and he's now trying to claim vindication from the memos.
Apr 20, 2018
Republicans are divided over trying to make the tax cuts permanent
Signs show that the $1.5 trillion tax cut is not the political gift Republicans had expected it to be last year.
Apr 19, 2018
A new progressive coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump
Many of the Democratic talking heads you see on television are making arguments, frankly, that aren’t rhetorically helpful to the party’s candidates for 2018. Several prominent progressive groups and leading Democratic pollsters are trying to change that.
Apr 18, 2018
Trump fills the job of White House communications director – with himself
Hope Hicks announced her departure as White House communications director in February, but President Trump still has not picked a replacement. Instead, he continues to do the job himself.
Apr 17, 2018
James Comey says President Trump may be susceptible to Russian blackmail
In his interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday night on ABC, fired FBI director James Comey said he believes Trump is “morally unfit to be president."
Apr 16, 2018
Trump’s plan to pardon ‘Scooter’ Libby sends a message to witnesses in the Mueller probe
President Trump is once again showing himself to be a do-as-I-say, not as-I-do president. But the biggest issue is the message the pardon would send to people who are being questioned right now by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
Apr 13, 2018
Paul Ryan’s party is over.
As he announced his exit from public life, House Speaker Paul Ryan tried hard to show appreciation for the man who took the Republican Party from his grasp and transformed it into something else.
Apr 12, 2018
Trump's fury after Cohen raids prods Hill Republicans to take sides on Mueller
Every time President Trump threatens to fire Bob Mueller, it gets harder for congressional Republicans to dismiss questions about why they are not protecting the special counsel.
Apr 11, 2018