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Joe Biden launches his campaign for president

April 25th, 2019


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 …

Trump says he opposes any cooperation with congressional investigations

April 24th, 2019


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.

Easter bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque massacre, Sri Lanka says

April 23rd, 2019


Three hotels and three churches were attacked by suicide bombers belonging to the radical Islamist group National Thowheed Jamaath.

Mueller report paints a damning portrait of Trump

April 19th, 2019


Bob Mueller’s report lays out abundant evidence against President Trump, finding 10 separate “episodes” of potential obstruction of justice but …

Mueller report will be lightly redacted on obstruction evidence, sources say

April 18th, 2019


The Justice Department plans to release a lightly redacted version of special counsel Bob Mueller’s 400-page report today, offering a granular look …

New details on a Green Beret’s murder in Mali

April 17th, 2019


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 …

Paris weeps after the fire at Notre Dame

April 16th, 2019


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 …

Bernie Sanders tries to appeal to Trump voters as he picks a fight with CAP

April 15th, 2019


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.

White House pushed ICE to release immigrants in Nancy Pelosi’s district as political retaliation

April 12th, 2019


White House officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months.

Ecuador evicts Julian Assange, who is now in British custody

April 11th, 2019


Ecuador, which took Julian Assange in when he was facing a Swedish rape investigation in 2012, said it was rescinding asylum because of his …

DHS purge continues as Miller pushes new immigration policy changes

April 10th, 2019


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 …

Trump’s DHS purge expands

April 9th, 2019


President Trump continued to dismantle the leadership of the nation’s top domestic security agency Monday, as the White House announced the imminent …

Trump pushes out Nielsen at DHS

April 8th, 2019


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.

Trump maneuvering behind the scenes to try keeping his tax returns secret

April 5th, 2019


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 …

Members of the Mueller team are angry at Barr for holding back their findings

April 4th, 2019


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.”

Trump is struggling to figure out a coherent domestic agenda

April 3rd, 2019


President Trump has left his advisers and GOP lawmakers reeling from policy whiplash in recent days.

White House whistleblower says dozens of security clearance denials were overturned

April 2nd, 2019


Tricia Newbold, a White House security adviser, told the House Oversight Committee that 25 people were given access to national security information …

Trump aides say he’s not bluffing about closing the southern border

April 1st, 2019


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 …

Documents show how much Trump inflated his net worth

March 29th, 2019


President Trump misled lenders and potential business partners about his net worth by producing “Statements of Financial Condition” that included a …

Mueller’s grand jury remains active as Barr seems likely to miss Congress’s deadline

March 28th, 2019


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 …

Barbara Bush blamed Trump for her heart attack

March 27th, 2019


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 …

Trump unconcerned with food stamp crisis in Puerto Rico

March 26th, 2019


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 …

Mueller report won’t break D.C. impasse

March 25th, 2019


The president called Robert Mueller’s report a “total exoneration,” even though Mueller reached no conclusion about whether the president obstructed justice.

The Marine commandant says Trump’s border fixation is hurting combat readiness

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

New Zealand bans assault rifles after mosque attacks

March 21st, 2019


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 …

Why the Trump administration keeps losing in court

March 20th, 2019


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 …

Trump still hasn’t explicitly expressed sympathy for Muslims after the mosque massacre

March 19th, 2019


President Trump has a long history of disparaging Muslims and other minorities, while simultaneously refusing to forcefully condemn white supremacy …

New Zealand moving swiftly to pass gun control after mosque shooting

March 18th, 2019


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.

Terror attacks at mosques in New Zealand

March 15th, 2019


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.

The unfriendly skies

March 14th, 2019


Following days of resistance, the FAA issued an emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 jets. President Trump announced the abrupt …

Several coaches fired over college admissions scandal

March 13th, 2019


Fifty people were charged yesterday with allegedly participating in a multimillion-dollar scheme to get their children admitted to prestigious …

Dick Cheney challenges Mike Pence over Trump’s foreign policy

March 12th, 2019


A chummy discussion between Vice President Pence and Dick Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Trump’s foreign policy …

Inside Trump’s 2020 reelection strategy

March 11th, 2019


President Trump and his advisers are launching a behemoth 2020 campaign operation combining his raw populist message from 2016 with a massive …

Paul Manafort gets a surprisingly lenient sentence

March 8th, 2019


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 …

House Democrats splinter over whether to rebuke Ilhan Omar

March 7th, 2019


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 …

Fresh fallout from Michael Cohen's testimony

March 6th, 2019


New York state regulators subpoenaed documents yesterday from the Trump Organization’s insurance broker after Michael Cohen testified that the …

House Democrats request documents from more than 80 people as probes intensify

March 5th, 2019


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.

Iciness between Bernie and Hillary in Selma

March 4th, 2019


Several Democratic presidential hopefuls came to Selma, Ala., on Sunday for the annual pilgrimage to remember Bloody Sunday and the civil rights …

Trump demanded Jared Kushner get a security clearance despite objections from his own chief of staff

March 1st, 2019


Some foreign officials, whose communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies, privately discussed ways they could try to manipulate …

Trump walks away from North Korea summit over Kim’s demands to eliminate sanctions

February 28th, 2019


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.

Michael Cohen will testify that Trump knew Roger Stone was communicating with WikiLeaks

February 27th, 2019


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 …

Elena Kagan is the justice to watch in Peace Cross case

February 26th, 2019


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 …

White House launching effort to challenge science on climate change

February 25th, 2019


The National Security Council initiative would include hand-picked scientists who have questioned both the severity of climate change and the extent …

Federal judge says plea deal negotiated by labor secretary violated the law

February 22nd, 2019


The ruling is a stinging rebuke for prosecutors and how they behaved in the grim, high-profile Jeffrey Epstein case.

As second North Korea summit nears, internal divisions in the Trump administration

February 21st, 2019


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.

Trump may fire Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats

February 20th, 2019


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.

States sue Trump to block his emergency declaration

February 19th, 2019


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.

Declaring a national emergency may cause Trump to use veto power for the first time

February 15th, 2019


Congress approved a massive budget deal last night to avert a government shutdown and President Trump promised to sign it, but only after announcing …

House advances background check bill ahead of Parkland anniversary

February 14th, 2019


The House Judiciary Committee passed a measure that would require background checks for all gun sales and most gun transfers within the United …

Mueller zeroing in on a 2016 meeting at a cigar club

February 13th, 2019


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 …

A deal is reached to avoid a shutdown, but President Trump’s backing is in doubt.

February 12th, 2019


Key lawmakers reached a tentative compromise agreement last night to avoid another government shutdown at the end of the week. But hurdles remained, …

Congress's biggest iconoclast passes away

February 11th, 2019


North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones passed away Sunday, on his 76th birthday. Once a supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he underwent a …

John Roberts sides with liberals on the Supreme Court in blocking Louisiana abortion law

February 8th, 2019


The justices may yet consider whether the 2014 law — requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals — unduly …

Chaos in the commonwealth

February 7th, 2019


Virginia’s top three Democratic leaders are all embroiled in scandals this morning that threaten to end their political careers.

Trump channels Nixon in State of the Union

February 6th, 2019


For many historians, President Trump decrying the investigation was eerily reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s 1974 State of the Union.

Federal prosecutors serve subpoena to Trump’s inaugural committee

February 5th, 2019


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.

Ralph Northam considers resignation after Sunday senior staff meeting

February 4th, 2019


Calling the Sunday night meeting was a clear signal of Northam’s effort to weigh support within the administration as he evaluates his options.

Trump signals he’ll declare a national emergency

February 1st, 2019


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 …

Trump is getting on-the-job training about how divided government works

January 31st, 2019


The era of accommodation on Capitol Hill is over, as President Trump faces an increasingly adversarial Congress — in both parties.

Intelligence chiefs contradict Trump on Russia and more

January 30th, 2019


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.

Trump cools on a broader immigration deal to keep government open past Feb. 15

January 29th, 2019


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.

Trump again considers a national emergency for wall funding

January 28th, 2019


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.

Senate GOP tempers flare over shutdown in private lunch with Pence

January 25th, 2019


A tense lunch between the vice president and the Senate GOP highlight the toll the shutdown has taken on Republican lawmakers.

Trump postpones State of the Union after back-and-forth with Pelosi

January 24th, 2019


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.

IRS employees skipping work could delay your tax refund

January 23rd, 2019


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.

Some Trump supporters turn against him over the shutdown

January 22nd, 2019


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 …

FLOTUS flies to Florida after Trump denies Pelosi access to a government plane

January 18th, 2019


As tensions flare between the president and Democrats, the shutdown looks likely to drag into its second month.

Trump lashes out at staff as he loses shutdown messaging war

January 17th, 2019


The president has shown more and more frustration as negative coverage mounts of his role in the government shutdown.

Brexit beatdown sends global shockwaves

January 16th, 2019


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.

Steve King stripped of committee assignments after comments on white supremacy

January 15th, 2019


The Republican congressman from Iowa questioned how the term “white supremacist” came to be considered offensive.

Cracks emerge in Senate GOP support for Trump's shutdown strategy

January 14th, 2019


Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested temporarily reopening the government while continuing negotiations.

Trump may repurpose disaster relief money from Puerto Rico for the border wall

January 11th, 2019


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.

Trump hires 17 more White House lawyers

January 10th, 2019


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.

Trump speech does not stop additional GOP defections over shutdown strategy

January 9th, 2019


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.

Trump considers declaring a national emergency ahead of primetime address

January 8th, 2019


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.

Trump vacillates on Syria withdrawal as Bolton appears to contradict him

January 7th, 2019


White House national security adviser John Bolton said that several “objectives” must be achieved before a pullout from Syria could take place.

Pelosi reclaims House speaker’s gavel as spending fight simmers

January 4th, 2019


Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic-controlled House plan to push through legislation to reopen the federal government. But the measure has been …

Romney asserts his independence — and Trump’s GOP critics see an opening

January 3rd, 2019


A scathing op-ed by the incoming senator and 2012 GOP presidential nominee is a thunderclap in the Republican Party.

Trump invites congressional leaders to White House for border security briefing

January 2nd, 2019


President Trump invited congressional leaders to the White House for a briefing on border security, the first face-to-face session involving …

House Democrats ready strategy to reopen government, deny Trump wall money

January 1st, 2019


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 …

Trump’s focus on pleasing his most ardent supporters raises questions about reelection strategy

December 31st, 2018


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 …

Military walks fine line in discussing Afghanistan after Trump orders withdrawal plans

December 28th, 2018


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 …

Trump visits U.S. troops in Iraq for first trip to a conflict zone

December 27th, 2018


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 …

Trump vows not to reopen federal government until wall funding is secured

December 26th, 2018


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.

Markets stage one of worst Christmas Eves ever, closing down more than 600 points

December 25th, 2018


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.

Trump forces out Defense Secretary Jim Mattis two months early

December 24th, 2018


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 …

Mattis resignation signals an even more chaotic Trump presidency in 2019

December 21st, 2018


The secretary of defense saw only one solution left to his distress with President Trump’s approach to national security.

Mattis opposed Trump's retreat from Syria and may be a short-timer

December 20th, 2018


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.”

Michael Flynn might be going to jail even after plea deal with Mueller

December 19th, 2018


A federal judge delayed sentencing Flynn, after suggesting President Trump’s former national security adviser may have betrayed his country.

Republican operatives test new strategies to help Trump win reelection

December 18th, 2018


One of the efforts aims to identify key issues that matter to swing-state voters the GOP has previously lost.

New report for Senate provides sweeping analysis of Russian disinformation campaign

December 17th, 2018


The operation used every major social media platform to help elect Donald Trump — and worked even harder to support him once he took office.

How Pelosi beat back the rebels to reclaim the Speaker’s gavel

December 14th, 2018


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 …

Pelosi clinches the votes to become speaker amid a busy lame-duck session

December 13th, 2018


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.

U.S. investigators believe Chinese intelligence service was behind Marriott hack

December 12th, 2018


Preliminary indications show the breach -- which affected up to 500 million people -- was executed by hackers affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security

Alleged Russian agent poised to plead guilty in case involving attempts to influence NRA

December 11th, 2018


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 left without a fallback plan for chief of staff after Ayers pulls out

December 10th, 2018


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 …

An undocumented woman says she has worked at Trump’s golf club for the past 5 years

December 7th, 2018


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 …

‘A great and noble man’: George W. Bush’s eulogy an emotional high point

December 6th, 2018


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 …

Bob Mueller recommended that former national security adviser Michael Flynn serve no prison time

December 5th, 2018


Mueller cited Flynn's “substantial assistance” with several ongoing investigations.

Wisconsin's GOP is moving to limit power of the state's incoming Democratic governor

December 4th, 2018


A far-reaching proposal by Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin would weaken the authority of the state's governor-elect, Democrat Tony Evers.

Despite pause in trade war, there is a long-term impact on U.S. and China’s economic relations

December 3rd, 2018


As Trump reaches a deal with China in the trade war, the relationship between Beijing and Washington remains rocky.

Trump emerges at center of Mueller probe

November 30th, 2018


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.

Life expectancy declines in U.S. for third year in a row

November 29th, 2018


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.

Paul Manafort’s lawyer briefed Trump’s attorneys on discussions with Bob Mueller’s team

November 28th, 2018


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.

Bob Mueller’s prosecutors accused Paul Manafort of lying to them after pleading guilty

November 27th, 2018


Manafort denied lying intentionally, but both sides agreed that sentencing should be set immediately.

President Trump is demanding top advisers craft a plan to reduce the country's deficit

November 26th, 2018


The President has flummoxed his own aides by repeatedly seeking new spending while ruling out measures needed to address the country’s unbalanced …

Trump's legal team submits answers to Mueller's questions about campaign activities

November 21st, 2018


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.

Ivanka Trump conducted government business using a personal email account

November 20th, 2018


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.

Trump angers the military community, escalating fight with retired Adm. McRaven

November 19th, 2018


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 …

Prosecutors accidentally reveal that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged

November 16th, 2018


It was not immediately clear what charges Assange would face. In the past, prosecutors had contemplated pursuing a case involving conspiracy, theft …

Mira Ricardel picked a fight with the First Lady and lost

November 15th, 2018


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.

Trump considers a major shake-up in his administration

November 14th, 2018


President Trump has been lashing out in frustration over the midterm results and his poorly-received Europe trip.

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins the Arizona Senate race

November 13th, 2018


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 …

Florida's first-ever recount in three statewide races kicks off

November 12th, 2018


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.

Plotting on Capitol Hill

November 9th, 2018


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.

Matt Whitaker temporarily replaces Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

November 8th, 2018


A Justice Department official said Whitaker would assume authority over the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential …

A referendum on Trump

November 7th, 2018


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 …

Trump and Congress brace for the elections

November 6th, 2018


President Trump's speeches at three campaign rallies yesterday were meant to shore up challenging Senate races in states where he won overwhelmingly. …

Midterms will show whether non-Trump Republicans can win by stoking racial animosity

November 5th, 2018


The fierce battle for control of Congress and the nation’s governorships has turned toward blatant and overtly racial attacks rarely seen since the …

Trump hopes that fear will gin up GOP turnout

November 2nd, 2018


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, …

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke faces possible criminal referral amid cascading investigations

October 31st, 2018


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.

Trump is going to Pittsburgh after the mayor asked him not to

October 30th, 2018


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 …

New details emerge about Pittsburgh shooter

October 29th, 2018


Police identified the 11 victims killed in Saturday’s mass shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue, the deadliest attack on Jews in …

Republicans think they're increasingly likely to hold the Senate, even pick up seats

October 26th, 2018


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been telling associates that Republicans are in a strong position to hold the Senate and could pad their …

America is on edge as more pipe bombs are discovered

October 25th, 2018


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 …

U.S. Cyber Command is pushing back against Russian attempts at midterm meddling

October 24th, 2018


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.

Trump's strategy of fear

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

Generic Democrats in the Midwest are faring better than more fiery liberals in Sun Belt

October 22nd, 2018


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 …

A shouting match erupts outside the Oval Office over immigration

October 19th, 2018


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.

Trump’s handling of the Khashoggi crisis typifies his approach to foreign policy

October 18th, 2018


President Trump’s hesitation and friendly engagement with the Saudis underscores his transactional approach that prioritizes geopolitics and economic …

How Scott Walker is working to withstand a ‘blue wave’ in Wisconsin

October 17th, 2018


While making the case for a third term as governor, Scott Walker compared himself to the star quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.

Sebelius stumping with Democrats shows the changing politics of health care

October 16th, 2018


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, …

Trump's wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview

October 15th, 2018


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 …

How the Khashoggi crisis is bringing fresh scrutiny to Trump’s business ties to Saudi Arabia

October 12th, 2018


The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that they have audio and video recordings to support their conclusion that Saudi journalist and …

Rosenstein feuded with McCabe in front of Mueller

October 11th, 2018


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.

U.S. intelligence knew Saudi officials had discussed plans to capture journalist Jamal Khashoggi

October 10th, 2018


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.

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during politicized swearing-in ceremony

October 9th, 2018


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 …

Three headlines that should be on your radar for Oct. 8

October 8th, 2018


'Can He Do That?' host Allison Michaels fills in for James.

Kavanaugh moves closer to a confirmation

October 5th, 2018


Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake indicated Thursday that the additional FBI probe was adequate. A third Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has …

Senators now have the FBI's completed report on Kavanaugh

October 4th, 2018


In anticipation of the report’s arrival, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday night teed up a key vote to advance Supreme Court …

Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser, as FBI races to finish probe

October 3rd, 2018


Tuesday’s attack could further inflame tensions in the pitched battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation — and alienate …

Secret DHS report highlights failures of Trump’s family separation policy

October 2nd, 2018


The policy is over, but many kids continue to be separated from their parents.

Partisan combat erupts over the FBI investigation of Kavanaugh

October 1st, 2018


The question is not whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should face prosecution. It’s whether he should receive a lifetime appointment to …

Senate GOP forging ahead with Kavanaugh vote today shows why Ford sought to stay silent

September 28th, 2018


Increasingly, it looks like Christine Blasey Ford’s fear may come true: That it would all be for naught.

Trump appoints himself as Kavanaugh's principal character witness

September 27th, 2018


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 …

Trump attacks a woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

September 26th, 2018


President Trump’s charged rhetoric came as Republicans quickly closed ranks around Kavanaugh, even as a handful of pivotal swing votes remained quiet …

Trump digs in for Kavanaugh after second woman accuses judge of sexual assault

September 25th, 2018


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.

Kavanaugh's nomination is in peril as a second accuser comes forward

September 24th, 2018


A new accusation roiled Kavanaugh’s nomination hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to let Christine Blasey Ford testify on Thursday …

Christine Blasey Ford could testify to Senate Judiciary Committee next week

September 21st, 2018


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 …

Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation

September 20th, 2018


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 …

Kavanaugh's accuser wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies

September 19th, 2018


Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before …

Kavanaugh Will Testify Publicly on Sexual Assault Allegations

September 18th, 2018


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago will testify publicly setting up a …

Considering a Supreme Court nominee in the #MeToo era

September 17th, 2018


Republicans face a potential backlash from female voters, especially suburban women, if they press ahead with Brett Kavanaugh's nomination despite the allegation.

Dysfunction in the Trump administration emerges amid Hurricane Florence

September 14th, 2018


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.

Preexisting conditions take center stage in Democratic attack ads

September 13th, 2018


Democrats are pummeling Republican gubernatorial and senate candidates over a pending lawsuit by 20 GOP-led states that could allow insurance …

Trump says the government is “absolutely and totally prepared” for Hurricane Florence

September 12th, 2018


The president has long struggled with public displays of empathy and with rising to the role of consoler in chief.

Why NASA’s next rockets might say Budweiser on the side

September 11th, 2018


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 …

Trump's most loyal defender takes on the Sunday shows

September 10th, 2018


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.

Kavanaugh won’t go as far as Gorsuch in defending the judicial branch from Trump’s attacks

September 7th, 2018


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has spent much of his life as a Republican operative, claimed he stays out of politics.

A New York Times column sends the West Wing into a panic

September 6th, 2018


The parlor game in Washington is guessing which senior official is behind the anonymous opinion piece published in The New York Times on Wednesday.

Highlights from the contentious first day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing

September 5th, 2018


The confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh launched Tuesday as a bitter political brawl

Trump shows disdain for the rule of law as Kavanaugh confirmation hearing begins

September 4th, 2018


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.

Kavanaugh could offer the decisive vote to uphold Trump’s assault on affirmative action

August 31st, 2018


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.

Trump allies fear ‘winter is coming’

August 30th, 2018


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 …

Florida primary upset sets the stage for a colossal fall battle

August 29th, 2018


A Republican propelled by President Trump and an African American Democrat won the nominations for governor of Florida on Tuesday, setting up a …

A new inspector general report shows the swamp is getting swampier

August 28th, 2018


A damning new inspector general's report released Monday concludes that the head of the General Services Administration may have misled Congress …

Trump won’t call McCain a ‘hero’

August 27th, 2018


President Trump has repeatedly declined to say anything nice about McCain, even while he was dying.

Fox interview fallout shows why Trump’s lawyers don’t want him talking to Mueller

August 24th, 2018


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.

Why Michael Cohen flipped

August 23rd, 2018


Michael Cohen’s guilty plea raises the likelihood that he will attempt to leverage the secrets he knows about Donald Trump.

Tuesday was perhaps the worst day in Trump's presidency thus far

August 22nd, 2018


The events that unfolded yesterday created a political nightmare for President Trump.

Melania Trump declares her independence, again, with a solo Africa trip

August 21st, 2018


It often feels like Donald and Melania are part of different administrations.

Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 20

August 20th, 2018


"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.

Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 17

August 17th, 2018


"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.

Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 16

August 16th, 2018


"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michael fills in for James.

Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 15

August 15th, 2018


"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.

Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 13

August 14th, 2018


"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.

Three headlines that should be on your radar

August 13th, 2018


"Can He Do That?" host Allison Michaels fills in for James.

Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens through ‘chain migration’

August 10th, 2018


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.

The swamp gets swampier

August 9th, 2018


The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump allegedly committed felony insider trading last year while standing on the White House lawn.

Alarm bells ring for House Republicans

August 8th, 2018


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.

An uncomfortable reunion in a Virginia courtroom

August 7th, 2018


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 …

Race continues to be a blind spot for Trump one year after Charlottesville

August 6th, 2018


One week before the first anniversary of his botched response to the racial violence in Virginia, President Trump again sparked controversy this …

Trump officials say they’re taking election security seriously

August 3rd, 2018


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.

Mueller agrees to narrow questions for Trump

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

Exciting technological advances keep being used against us

August 1st, 2018


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 …

U.S. spy agencies are watching North Korea work on new missiles

July 31st, 2018


It’s increasingly clear that President Trump got burned by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

U.S. military takes possession of human remains from North Korea

July 27th, 2018


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 …

Inside the Trump-Cohen divorce

July 26th, 2018


Michael Cohen – the president's longtime attorney, consigliere and fixer – once vowed he’d take a bullet for his boss.

Cohen tape suggests Trump knew about model’s deal to sell story of alleged affair

July 25th, 2018


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.

Why U.S. v. Nixon matters – now more than ever

July 24th, 2018


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."

Carter Page FISA warrants underscore the difficulty of disproving presidential falsehoods

July 23rd, 2018


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.

Trump advisers are mad at the intel chief for saying he didn’t know Putin was invited to D.C.

July 20th, 2018


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.

Russia imbroglio deepens the disconnect between Trump and his own administration

July 19th, 2018


President Trump, who is increasingly isolated, found himself at odds on Wednesday with his own people who work out of Foggy Bottom, Fort Meade, …

Simultaneous foreign trips by Trump and Obama showcase the contours of the ‘culture’ wars

July 18th, 2018


It’s striking to compare the current president’s European adventures to his predecessor’s Africa foray.

Trump ignored advisers in embracing Putin

July 17th, 2018


Everyone around President Trump urged him to take a firm stance with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump complicates a special relationship

July 13th, 2018


President Trump's afternoon tea with Queen Elizabeth II marks the culmination of a sometimes tortured fascination with the British royal family, …

Congress won’t stop President Trump’s trade war

July 12th, 2018


President Trump is remaking the global order without significant political resistance or penalty, unchecked by a largely compliant Congress and …

The human fallout of Trump’s family separation policy continues

July 11th, 2018


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 …

Trump picks a D.C. GOP insider for Supreme Court

July 10th, 2018


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 …

Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency

July 9th, 2018


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.

Scott Pruitt is finally pushed out as Trump reaches his boiling point

July 6th, 2018


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.

Trump thought about invading Venezuela last summer

July 5th, 2018


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 …

Three things that should be on your radar for July 4

July 4th, 2018


Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.

Three things that should be on your radar for July 3

July 3rd, 2018


Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.

Three things that should be on your radar for July 2

July 2nd, 2018


Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.

The Bad Boys of Brexit had ties to Russia

June 29th, 2018


A wealthy British businessman and his hard-partying associates have sparked the interests of special counsel Bob Mueller.

Kennedy’s retirement sets the stage for a big Supreme Court fight

June 28th, 2018


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 …

The No. 4 House Democrat going down foreshadows the party’s coming identity crisis

June 27th, 2018


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 …

Trump’s trade war is causing layoffs and sending jobs overseas

June 26th, 2018


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.

Public shaming of Trump backers shows a growing political divide

June 25th, 2018


These episodes, which have gone viral on social media, risk backfiring by playing into Trump’s hands, allowing him to galvanize conservatives and …

Confusion reigns at the border and in Congress on immigration

June 22nd, 2018


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 …

President Trump is not surrendering his war on undocumented immigrants

June 21st, 2018


President Trump lost the battle on family separations, but he’s not surrendering the war.

The political fallout of Trump splitting up immigrant families continues to cascade

June 20th, 2018


President Trump and top administration officials are unwilling — for the moment, at least — to unilaterally reverse the separation policy.

Trump passes the buck on breaking up immigrant families

June 19th, 2018


Time and time again, the president has sought to shift the blame for his own decisions and their consequences to his political opponents.

The Trump administration cannot get its story straight on breaking up immigrant families

June 18th, 2018


Administration officials are alternating erratically between defending the policy, blaming Democrats for it, trying to use it as leverage in …

Trump is losing the debate over splitting up families at the border as faith leaders turn against it

June 15th, 2018


Attorney General Jeff Sessions used religion to defend the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward adults who attempt to cross the …

A GOP senator urges love for LGBT youths in a poignant Pride Month speech

June 14th, 2018


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, …

Mark Sanford’s primary loss shows why congressional Republicans won’t cross Trump

June 13th, 2018


Mark Sanford survived the fallout from his “hike” on “the Appalachian trail,” but he couldn’t survive the backlash to his past criticisms of …

In Kim he trusts

June 12th, 2018


President Trump said he “developed a very special bond” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday.

Smiles in Singapore could mask the gulf between the U.S. and North Korea

June 11th, 2018


Both nations have sought to lower expectations for an immediate breakthrough this week.

Why Bernie Sanders will never join the Democratic Party

June 8th, 2018


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.

America alone

June 7th, 2018


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 …

Last night, the Democratic establishment struck back in Calif., N.J. and beyond

June 6th, 2018


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.

RFK’s speech in apartheid South Africa remains relevant 50 years after his assassination

June 5th, 2018


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.

Rudy Giuliani says Trump couldn’t get indicted for shooting James Comey

June 4th, 2018


Most legal experts say that the assertion that a president cannot obstruct justice is absurd and legally indefensible

Trump’s pardon talk shows he doesn’t see political crimes as a big deal

June 1st, 2018


President Trump said Thursday that Rod Blagojevich should not have gone to jail for the crimes he was convicted of in Illinois.

Trump has lost confidence in his attorney general, but Jeff Sessions isn’t going anywhere

May 31st, 2018


President Trump could fire Sessions at any time, but for nearly a year, he has chosen instead merely to insult his attorney general.

Mitt Romney threads the needle on Donald Trump

May 30th, 2018


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 …

Addiction prompts a congressman to retire

May 29th, 2018


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 …

The Nixed North Korea summit shows the limitations of Trump’s me-first diplomacy

May 25th, 2018


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.

Why Trump has started using the term “spygate"

May 24th, 2018


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 …

2018 is shaping up as a breakthrough year for Democratic diversity

May 23rd, 2018


Fresh faces with compelling life stories prevailed in Democratic primaries across several southern states Tuesday, beating candidates with deeper …

Who is Stefan Halper, the FBI source who assisted the Russia probe?

May 22nd, 2018


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.

Hillary Clinton is not over it

May 21st, 2018


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 …

Tillerson is the latest Trump aide to speak out after getting fired

May 18th, 2018


President Trump’s administration has seen more turnover than “The Apprentice.” Literally.

New documents reveal details about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting

May 17th, 2018


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 …

Far left candidates are winning the Democratic civil war

May 16th, 2018


Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Democratic moderates across primaries in four states.

The Iraq election results are bad news for the United States

May 15th, 2018


Moqtada al-Sadr’s surprisingly strong performance in the Iraqi elections will rattle U.S. relations with the country.

Feeling disrespected keeps many loyal to Trump

May 14th, 2018


Separate groups of conservative and liberals have just published deep dives into Donald Trump’s strength in a Michigan country that was previously a …

The GOP’s uncivil war

May 11th, 2018


There’s a nastiness and bitterness in Washington now. It’s not just you. It’s getting worse.

Why John McCain is voting against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA

May 10th, 2018


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 …

Primary results confirm 2018 is a terrible year to be a House Republican

May 9th, 2018


Even the most entrenched Washington insiders are now running against Washington.

Watch what they do, not what they say

May 8th, 2018


Often obscured under the avalanche of news and the clouds of intrigue, President Trump and his appointees continue to systematically deconstruct the administrative state.

Giuliani is riding high, but is he flying too close to the sun?

May 7th, 2018


Rudy Giuliani is playing to an audience of one – creating more problems for his client.

Three things that should be on your radar for May 4

May 4th, 2018


Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.

Three things that should be on your radar for May 3

May 3rd, 2018


Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.

Three things that should be on your radar for May 2

May 2nd, 2018


Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.

Three things that should be on your radar for May 1

May 1st, 2018


Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.

Three things that should be on your radar for April 30

April 30th, 2018


Politics and investigations reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James.

Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed but shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable

April 27th, 2018


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.

Michael Cohen will take the Fifth. Trump has said innocent people don’t do that.

April 26th, 2018


Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of President Trump, told a federal judge on Wednesday that he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to …

Trump is doubling down on his VA nominee

April 25th, 2018


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.

Trump’s pick to lead the V.A. may be forced to withdraw

April 24th, 2018


The president promises “extreme vetting” of all immigrants, but he has repeatedly failed to hold his own Cabinet picks, senior White House staff and …

Get ready for Macron-mania

April 23rd, 2018


Emanuel Macron wants to be Donald Trump’s buddy. Can it last?

Jim Comey’s memos are released.

April 20th, 2018


President Trump has denied Comey's account of their conversations, and he's now trying to claim vindication from the memos.

Republicans are divided over trying to make the tax cuts permanent

April 19th, 2018


Signs show that the $1.5 trillion tax cut is not the political gift Republicans had expected it to be last year.

A new progressive coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump

April 18th, 2018


Many of the Democratic talking heads you see on television are making arguments, frankly, that aren’t rhetorically helpful to the party’s candidates …

Trump fills the job of White House communications director – with himself

April 17th, 2018


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.

James Comey says President Trump may be susceptible to Russian blackmail

April 16th, 2018


In his interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday night on ABC, fired FBI director James Comey said he believes Trump is “morally unfit …

Trump’s plan to pardon ‘Scooter’ Libby sends a message to witnesses in the Mueller probe

April 13th, 2018


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 …

Paul Ryan’s party is over.

April 12th, 2018


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 …

Trump's fury after Cohen raids prods Hill Republicans to take sides on Mueller

April 11th, 2018


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.

Mark Zuckerberg will be on the hot seat today

April 10th, 2018


Today, for the first time, the 33-year-old billionaire is scheduled to testify before Congress, as part of a crusade to protect not only the company …

Trump telegraphs military action against Syria

April 9th, 2018


The likelihood of a United States strike against Syria after a suspected chemical weapons attack increased Sunday as President Trump said there would …

More trouble for Scott Pruitt

April 6th, 2018


Another day brought another string of devastating revelations about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the potential misuse of his position for private gain.

Trump is following through on his ‘America First’ campaign promises

April 5th, 2018


Anyone who is surprised by President Trump’s most recent moves on foreign policy, trade and immigration either wasn’t paying attention during the …

Lordy, there may be reports

April 4th, 2018


Special Counsel Bob Mueller may release multiple reports on President Trump, obstruction and Russian interference.

Remembering MLK’s final speech

April 3rd, 2018


Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech, delivered 50 years ago tonight in Memphis on the eve of his assassination, is well remembered for its prophetic musings on mortality.

Trump’s Easter tweetstorm speaks volumes about his presidency

April 2nd, 2018


Donald Trump is either woefully uninformed or intentionally misleading the American people about one of his most consequential decisions as …

Visuals, metaphors and ego motivate Trump to take a harder line on Putin

March 30th, 2018


Donald Trump has defiantly refused to criticize Vladimir Putin in public. Administration officials are signaling this may soon change, and the president’s Alpha Male inclinations are a big reason why.

Loyalty to Trump has emerged as a top issue in GOP primary campaign commercials

March 29th, 2018


Fealty to Trump has become more of a litmus test than ever for Republicans. This is no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan or George …

How Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is like Gutenberg’s printing press

March 28th, 2018


When historian Niall Ferguson moved from Harvard to Stanford two years ago, he was struck by Silicon Valley’s indifference to history.

A conservative think tank is trying to tackle climate change

March 27th, 2018


The Hoover Institution, the center-right think tank on the campus of Stanford University, is approaching climate change as both a market failure and a serious national security challenge.

How the marches for gun control are like the protests against Vietnam

March 26th, 2018


Today, millions of young people aren’t worried about being drafted to fight. But they are palpably concerned that they or someone they know could get …

Trump continues to shake up the White House

March 23rd, 2018


President Trump named former ambassador John Bolton as his new national security adviser, tapping the Fox News commentator and conservative firebrand …

Congress reveals a spending deal that doesn't give Trump the money he wants for his wall

March 22nd, 2018


Congressional leaders and the White House last night unveiled a $1.3 trillion spending deal that will fund the federal government through the end of September.

Illinois primary results show angry bases in both parties demanding more ideological purity

March 21st, 2018


The second primary night of the year, in the country’s fifth most populous state, showcased how angry the electorate remains in this Age of …

Trump is becoming more confrontational with Mueller

March 20th, 2018


President Trump shook up his legal team on Monday by hiring a combative former prosecutor who has publicly argued that Trump is the target of an elaborate FBI conspiracy.

A slain 18-year-old's family reminds us to remember all the victims of gun violence

March 19th, 2018


Ayana McAllister wanted to become a detective who helped victims of sexual assault. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” was her favorite show. …

Trump may hire multiple cable news personalities as part of shake-up

March 16th, 2018


Donald Trump’s reality television presidency may be getting more star power for season two.

A center-left think tank makes an opening bid in the 2020 'ideas primary'

March 15th, 2018


Third Way is calling for Democrats to offer a new social contract for the digital age. Leaders Matt Bennett and Jim Kessler shared their ideas with James.

Pennsylvania special election shows GOP still hasn’t found a winning midterms message

March 14th, 2018


National Republicans threw the kitchen sink to hold a House seat in Pennsylvania, but while the special election remains too close to call, Democrat …

How Trump caved to the NRA

March 13th, 2018


President Trump has put forward a modest package of gun-safety measures this week that has none of the provisions opposed by the NRA that he seemed to back days earlier.

A Democratic senator is highlighting work with Trump in the first ad of his reelection campaign

March 12th, 2018


Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is one of 10 Democratic senators up for reelection this year in a state Trump carried in 2016.

A rescue mission to save a Republican seat in a Pennsylvania special election

March 9th, 2018


If Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone wins an unexpectedly close special election here next Tuesday, it will be on Trump’s coattails.

Trump equivocation on tariffs highlights continuing chaos in the White House

March 8th, 2018


If you don’t like President Trump’s position on a particular issue, just wait a day. It may change.

Trump is supercharging the celebrification of politics

March 7th, 2018


Politics is downstream of culture. Trump’s election would never have been possible without systemic cultural shifts, enabled by reality TV and social …

Trump's trade adviser is getting his 15 minutes of fame

March 6th, 2018


Since last week, Peter Navarro has been taking an extended victory lap and trying to sell the president's position on tariffs.

Democratic committees are divided over playing in primaries

March 5th, 2018


The first primaries of 2018 are in Texas on Tuesday. They could set the tune for six months of Democratic infighting.

Trump triangulates on trade

March 2nd, 2018


President Trump campaigned like a populist but has mostly governed like a plutocrat. On trade, he’s decided to follow his populist id.

Trump’s rejection of due process for gun owners points to his disdain for the rule of law

March 1st, 2018


President Trump’s comments on Wednesday showed a startling disregard for foundational rights that are enumerated in the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth …

Hope Hicks's evasiveness highlights how far Trump is pushing the envelope on executive privilege

February 28th, 2018


Hicks is just the latest administration official to refuse to answer questions on topics she thought the president might later want to put off limits by invoking executive privilege.

Trump gets a seminar on federalism as governors push back on arming teachers

February 27th, 2018


President Trump crossed his arms and looked annoyed as Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington State, spoke out against arming teachers during an event at the White House on Monday.

Trump is driving a surge in public support for stricter gun laws since Florida shooting

February 26th, 2018


President Trump shows his ability to move GOP opinion, but voters remain pessimistic that Congress will act.

President Trump’s push to arm teachers gives the NRA what it wants

February 23rd, 2018


After signaling earlier in the week that he was serious about doing something on guns in the wake of last week’s massacre at a Florida high school, …

Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect him to cry

February 22nd, 2018


Trump’s Alpha Male brand is built around projecting toughness and strength, but braggadocio becomes a liability against the backdrop of tragedy – when Americans yearn for their leaders to show that they feel their pain.

Jury still out on Trump’s seriousness about banning bump stocks

February 21st, 2018


The president might be having a true change of heart after Florida, but this could also just be political posturing.

The kids are alright.

February 20th, 2018


Florida shooting aftermath shows a generation that’s more impressive than typically portrayed.

Ideologues are ascendant in the Trump White House

February 16th, 2018


President Trump could've gotten the border wall. Democrats were more than willing to cave on that in exchange for saving the dreamers. But instead, …

Trump still hasn’t nominated a director for the Violence Against Women office

February 15th, 2018


This opening has become especially glaring against the backdrop of the White House’s botched response to revelations that former senior aide Rob …

A pragmatic Bernie Sanders seeks out an immigration compromise to protect ‘dreamers’

February 14th, 2018


Democrats are so eager to shield young foreign-born “dreamers” from deportation that they’re now offering to make concessions that might have been hard to imagine a year ago.

Trump budget highlights disconnect between populist rhetoric and plutocrat reality

February 13th, 2018


Many of his proposals are dead on arrival in Congress, but the blueprint nonetheless speaks volumes about the president’s values – and contradicts …

A freewheeling immigration debate in the Senate will test the power of conservative outside groups

February 12th, 2018


The open immigration debate that Mitch McConnell promised to end last month’s government shutdown will begin Monday night. It may be the most consequential story of the week, but even the wisest insiders are unsure …

Republicans are all Keynesians now, but not Rand Paul

February 9th, 2018


Rand Paul’s short-lived shutdown is ending, but his warning about GOP deficit hypocrisy reverberates

Improving poll numbers give Republicans hope that the midterms might not be so bad

February 8th, 2018


If it looked like a tsunami was headed for Republicans at the end of the year, now it's looking more like a normal wave. And some congressmen who looked like they'd get wiped out not long ago now may be able to surf it.

Stopgap spending bills epitomize congressional dysfunction and hurt the military

February 7th, 2018


Jim Mattis tees off on continuing resolutions, just as Ash Carter did before him, while Trump says he’s open to a shutdown.

Trump's accusation of "treason" against Democrats debases discourse

February 6th, 2018


A president loosely accusing the opposition party of “treason” represents a far greater danger to the long-term health of the American system than a 4.6 percent drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

More memos are coming. Will they matter?

February 5th, 2018


The memo published Friday may have been the most overhyped dud since Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone's empty vault in 1986.

Washington is consumed with the Nunes memo, which could come out today

February 1st, 2018


The long-simmering feud between President Trump and the Justice Department erupted into open conflict Wednesday.

The State of the Union underscored why Trump is his own worst enemy

January 31st, 2018


People have come to terms with the idea that there will always be a teleprompter Trump and a Twitter Trump. And everyone knows its not a question of …

The Koch network is getting very worried about 2018

January 30th, 2018


Top strategists briefed their mega donors at a strategy session on Monday about how bad the environment is becoming for Republicans and outlined their top targets.

Another data point for Mueller

January 27th, 2018


Another bombshell suggests that the special counsel could be building an obstruction of justice case against the president.

Trump says he's "looking forward" to speaking with Mueller

January 25th, 2018


The comments came during an impromptu meeting with reporters in the West Wing.

Updates on the Russia investigation

January 24th, 2018


There's new evidence that Robert Mueller’s team is focused as much or more on potential obstruction of justice as possible collusion with Russia.

This is the way the shutdown ends

January 23rd, 2018


It took Republicans two weeks to come around during the 2013 shutdown. Democrats could only hold out for two full days.

This shutdown foreshadows a 2018 of inaction and gridlock

January 22nd, 2018


The failed efforts this weekend by moderates to end the government shutdown underscored how poisoned the well has become.

A blame game begins as a government shutdown looms

January 19th, 2018


Public and private polling is giving both sides something to hang their hat on if the federal government partially shuts down.

‘Truth decay’ infected politics before Trump

January 18th, 2018


The president announces 11 ‘Fake News awards,’ as a new RAND Corporation study explores the growing disagreement about basic facts.

An unexpected defeat in a rural Wisconsin special election sets off alarm bells for Republicans

January 17th, 2018


The lesson here for national Democrats: Patty Schachtner is the sort of candidate who can actually defeat a GOP incumbent in red congressional districts this fall.

Denials of a profane Trump comment encapsulate why people distrust politicians so much

January 16th, 2018


Republican Senators Tom Cotton (Ga.) and David Perdue (Ark.) have put all the Republicans who were in the room into a tough spot.

James will be back on Tuesday

January 15th, 2018


James and The Washington Post are off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Trump has failed to nominate anyone for hundreds of important jobs in the executive branch

January 12th, 2018


The president badly lags his predecessors in filling mid-level posts that make government work.

It’s perilous to have a president who doesn’t know history

January 10th, 2018


Donald Trump wholeheartedly embraced earmarks Tuesday as a lubricant to grease the gears of government, drawing cheers from the swamp he promised to …

Trump is systematically alienating the Latino diaspora

January 9th, 2018


A Manchurian Candidate who was secretly trying to alienate Hispanics would be hard pressed to do as much damage to the Republican brand as President …

Why Trump and Republicans are suddenly talking up bipartisanship

January 8th, 2018


The best way to run against Washington in 2018 is by calling for an end to gridlock and dysfunction.

Trump's off-shore drilling and marijuana announcements anger Republicans

January 5th, 2018


With the proposed expansion of offshore drilling and a crackdown on legal marijuana, the Trump administration created huge political headaches …

Trump’s break with Bannon shows the limits of loyalty

January 4th, 2018


President Trump’s insistence that Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist and a top aide at the White House until five months ago, was a mere “staffer” is akin to Joseph Stalin trying to erase Leon Trotsky from the …

North Korea my-button-is-bigger brinkmanship again spotlights Trump’s fixation on size

January 3rd, 2018


Following President Trump’s tweets can feel like watching a short man drive a Hummer

Trump’s true priorities revealed in holiday news dumps

January 2nd, 2018


Trump's political appointees in Washington worked overtime over the holidays to deconstruct the administrative state and eviscerate several of Barack …

Political questions for 2018

December 30th, 2017


To celebrate the new year, we're re-running the last Big Idea of 2017. In it, James poses several questions that he think will shape 2018.

Dec. 29 Headlines

December 29th, 2017


Producer Anne Li fills in for James with three headlines that should be on your radar.

Dec. 28 Headlines

December 28th, 2017


Producer Anne Li fills in for James with three headlines that should be on your radar.

Dec. 27 Headlines

December 27th, 2017


Producer Anne Li fills in for James with three headlines that should be on your radar.

Dec. 26 Headlines

December 26th, 2017


Producer Anne Li fills in for James with three headlines that should be on your radar.

Will President Trump’s second year go better than his first?

December 22nd, 2017


These are the big questions we want answered in 2018 about Mueller and the midterms.

Why Democrats are confident that the tax bill will be an albatross for Republicans

December 21st, 2017


James spoke with Democratic operatives who argued passionately that the tax bill is not going to become a winner for the other side – even if some people see benefits.

The tax bill is likely to become more popular after it passes, because expectations are so low

December 20th, 2017


The bill is historically unpopular. But in the short-term, the majority will actually benefit from it. And several outside groups are planning ad …

Why does a Louisiana GOP senator keeps bringing down Trump judicial nominees?

December 19th, 2017


After John Neely Kennedy helped torpedo three would-be judges in just the past week, the White House is paying attention.

Trump risks losing the last remnant of his populist street cred with GOP tax bill

December 18th, 2017


The narrative of President Trump’s first year will shift this week when he signs into law the biggest overhaul of the tax code in three decades.

Democrats risk overplaying their hand by pushing for President Trump’s resignation

December 15th, 2017


Many politically-savvy Democrats worry that fighting over whether Trump should resign is not the way to win in 2018.

Revolt against Trump in the suburbs continued in Alabama

December 14th, 2017


The backlash in the suburbs against President Trump is one of the most significant political stories of 2017. If Democrats win the House next year, …

Jeff Sessions’s Senate seat will now be held by a Democrat

December 13th, 2017


Democrats win a stunning victory in Alabama – and Trump suffers another humiliating defeat.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on the 2018 governor's races

December 12th, 2017


There are 36 governor’s races next year, including 26 in states currently held by Republicans. Inslee, the new chairman of the Democratic governors association, thinks Trump will be so toxic in 2018 that Dem candidates …

Democrats are struggling to activate black voters in the Alabama Senate race

December 8th, 2017


Interviews in the town that inspired ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ reveal pervasive African-American fears that their votes won’t make a difference.

Women lawmakers in both parties are leading the push to address sexual harassment

December 7th, 2017


The willingness of women lawmakers to directly confront the pervasive culture of sexual harassment that exists in Congress will offer a data point …

Why many Alabama women are still supporting Roy Moore in the Senate race

December 6th, 2017


James spoke with 20 women at Moore's rally last night about why they support the Republican Senate candidate despite allegations against him of sexual misconduct.

The RNC’s return to Roy Moore shows that Trump has completed his takeover of the GOP

December 5th, 2017


The GOP’s moral compass continues to spin in circles – unable to find true north.

Botched damage control efforts keep making the Russia scandal worse for Trump

December 4th, 2017


Washington is now consumed by speculation about what the next shoe will be to drop.

Trump’s GOP keeps violating more norms in pursuit of a tax bill

December 1st, 2017


The tax bill would not have stalled on the Senate floor last night if Republican leaders had followed regular order and the White House had shown …

GOP leaders cut a deal with Bob Corker, and outside groups are furious

November 29th, 2017


Tension over adding ‘triggers’ to the tax bill highlights the Republican identity crisis over deficits.

Trump keeps giving in-kind contributions to Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign-in-waiting

November 28th, 2017


Senator Elizabeth Warren decries Mick Mulvaney’s takeover of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in an interview with James.

Lawmakers have their hands full this December

November 27th, 2017


December is going to be a wild month on Capitol Hill. As lawmakers return today from Thanksgiving, they’ve got so much on their plates that many are …

2018 could be ‘The Year of the Woman’ on steroids

November 22nd, 2017


The daily stream of revelations about sexual harassment should be viewed, at least in part, as a belated backlash to Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, …

Elephant trophy reversal shows what persuades Trump

November 20th, 2017


How the president decided to overrule his own Interior secretary

How EPA chief Scott Pruitt wants to redefine ‘environmentalism’

November 17th, 2017


Pruitt said the work he’s doing right now “is some of the most consequential things domestically that can occur.”

Trump voters have buyer’s remorse in North Carolina focus group

November 16th, 2017


Republican women who voted for President Trump in North Carolina said during a focus group Wednesday night that they are embarrassed by and …

Inside Scott Walker’s comeback strategy

November 15th, 2017


Last week, James joined the Wisconsin governor at three events over three days as he launched his campaign for a third term.

Republicans face a lose-lose situation in the Alabama Senate race

November 14th, 2017


If Roy Moore goes down next month, the GOP’s working majority becomes much more fragile. If he wins, Republicans would struggle to get rid of him, …

Trump’s Putin comments on Asia trip erode U.S. credibility

November 13th, 2017


After a week of impressive message discipline across Asia, President Trump reopened a wound Saturday when he indicated that he believes Vladimir Putin’s denials that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign.

As Roy Moore declines to step aside, a tale of two Republican parties emerges

November 10th, 2017


The reactions to the allegation that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old …

Anti-Trump backlash fueled a Democratic sweep in Virginia and elections nationwide

November 8th, 2017


Tuesday was the best day for Democrats politically since Barack Obama won reelection in 2012.

How the Virginia governor’s race might scare Republicans away from criminal justice reform

November 7th, 2017


The potency of Ed Gillespie’s law-and-order message in the Virginia governor’s race may have a chilling effect on criminal justice reform efforts around the country by deterring other Republicans from taking up the …

Democratic drama on eve of Virginia governor’s race

November 6th, 2017


A rainy get-out-the-vote rally in Fairfax on Saturday night was a fitting coda to a rough week for Virginia Democrats. Virginians will finally head …

Republican committee chairmen are retiring in droves

November 3rd, 2017


Even though they have unified control of all three branches of the federal government, a lot of Republican lawmakers are just not having that much …

Red state Democrats are proposing ideas to cut taxes and work with Trump

November 2nd, 2017


10 Senate Democrats are up for reelection next year in states that Trump carried in 2016. These lawmakers each insist they are not just willing, but eager, to work with the president on taxes.

Sam Clovis is about to be in the hot seat

October 31st, 2017


By unveiling the first batch of criminal allegations to come from probes into possible Russian influence in the American political system, Robert S. …

Ohio Democrats say talking about Mueller’s probe is not the way to win in 2018

October 30th, 2017


While Washington elites are fixated on Robert Mueller, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party is doing everything he can to prevent his activists and candidates from becoming distracted by the special counsel and his …

Trump bowing to CIA on JFK files is a reminder of how the presidency changes people

October 27th, 2017


President Trump’s decision to acquiesce to the CIA over the John F. Kennedy assassination files will only add to the cloud of public suspicion that hangs over the official story line — even 54 years later — that Lee …

The GOP civil war is bigger than Trump

October 26th, 2017


Republican leaders are trying to downplay the significance of Jeff Flake’s retirement speech by insisting that the party is unified and that critiques of President Trump are entirely about his personality — not his …

Flake and Corker feel liberated to speak their minds. That should terrify Trump.

October 25th, 2017


In a year of remarkable days, yesterday was one of the most remarkable. Whether it will be a pivot point remains unclear.

Don't spike the football after Raqqa

October 24th, 2017


At a conference sponsored by the conservative Hudson Institute, veterans of the war in Iraq caution against declaring that the Islamic State is in its last throes.

The corrosion of support for First Amendment principles started before Trump. He’s supercharged it.

October 23rd, 2017


Donald Trump celebrated Sunday that his campaign to delegitimize the free press is working.

Obama and Bush deliver calls to action against Trumpism

October 20th, 2017


On Thursday, both former presidents used major speeches to repudiate President Trump’s brand of politics and approach to the world.

What Jeff Sessions wouldn’t say was more revealing than what he did

October 19th, 2017


Jeff Sessions was the personification of a hostile witness whenever a Democratic lawmaker questioned him during a contentious five-hour oversight hearing on Wednesday.

Ex-CIA officers are running for Congress as Democrats

October 18th, 2017


The spooks have come in from the cold, and they’re running for Congress.

Hawks worry about the lack of American resolve to confront North Korea

October 17th, 2017


President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric toward North Korea is making it harder to marshal domestic support for potential United States intervention.

Trump’s attacks on Senate Republicans are paying political dividends

October 16th, 2017


It was striking how little criticism there was of Trump at the Koch retreat in Manhattan last Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, the anger directed toward moderate Republicans in the Senate was palpable.

Trump now owns the broken health-care system

October 13th, 2017


Remember the Pottery Barn rule: You break it, you own it.

Stepped-up attacks on the press reflect Trump’s bunker mentality

October 12th, 2017


The president's latest comments add fresh data points to the cementing narrative that the brooding president has become increasingly isolated and …

Foreign intelligence agencies might be using your anti-virus software against you

October 11th, 2017


Several worrisome stories popped overnight that underscore the growing vulnerability of the United States to hacking and cyberespionage by foreign …

Final Virginia governor’s debate spotlights Democratic problems in rural America

October 10th, 2017


Democrats have a real problem in rural America, and it was on display in the third and final Virginia governor’s debate last night.

Trump's Bob Corker tirade encapsulates why Trump has failed at governing

October 9th, 2017


Donald Trump’s escalating feud with Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, captures in miniature why he’s been ineffective during his first nine months as president.

Baseball is a salve for our national wounds

October 6th, 2017


A love letter about the game as the playoffs begin in Washington.

It's all about the base

October 5th, 2017


The Virginia governor’s race is a base election, and Ed Gillespie has a problem with his base. A new Virginia poll shows why Gillespie is fighting …

Why a Republican strategist thinks we’re in a new Gilded Age

October 4th, 2017


Everywhere he looks, Republican strategist and lobbyist Bruce Mehlman sees “eerie” parallels between the Gilded Age and today. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear part of James' conversation with Mehlman on …

How politics may (or may not) change after the Las Vegas shooting

October 3rd, 2017


The horror in Las Vegas may not dramatically change the debate about guns. But the response to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, which has left at least 59 dead and hundreds more wounded, reveals a …

Trump’s tweets make matters worse in Puerto Rico and North Korea

October 2nd, 2017


If Donald Trump doesn’t have anything presidential to say, maybe he shouldn’t say anything at all.

Tom Price’s charter flights in perspective

September 29th, 2017


Is this a distraction from what should be the bigger scandals?

Influx of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria could tip Florida toward Democrats

September 28th, 2017


Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans are expected to permanently move into Florida as the result of Hurricane Maria. That could tip the swingiest of …

A Senate that's coming apart

September 27th, 2017


Roy Moore’s victory and Bob Corker’s retirement are fresh indicators of a Senate that’s coming apart.

Trump’s plutocracy problem complicates push for tax cuts

September 26th, 2017


The dichotomy between what the president promises his tax plan will do and what’s he’s planning to unveil on Wednesday is just the latest example of the president’s actions not backing up his rhetoric.

Why the divider in chief embraces culture wars

September 25th, 2017


Picking fights with people like Colin Kaepernick is Trump’s modus operandi. He thrives on feuds, and he likes setting up binary contrasts between …

In Alabama Senate debate, a noun, a verb and Donald Trump

September 22nd, 2017


If you took a shot of liquor every time Luther Strange name-dropped the president during a televised debate last night, you’d probably be too hammered to attend Donald Trump’s rally for him in Huntsville later today.

Gillespie keeps the door open to campaigning with Trump

September 21st, 2017


With the Virginia governor’s race neck-and-neck, whether Republican Ed Gillespie chooses to campaign with President Trump could be determinative.

Why conservatives loved Trump’s U.N. speech

September 20th, 2017


Many conservatives don’t want leaders to speak the language of diplomacy. They want a streetfighter. For those on the right, Trump offered a little something for everyone.

Reading helped Hillary Clinton cope

September 18th, 2017


The collection of works that she cites across the 494 pages of her new memoir showcases a top-flight intellect and would make for a compelling …

Trump’s DACA ‘deal’ is another humiliation for Jeff Sessions

September 15th, 2017


Immigration has always been Sessions' signature issue. But Trump's DACA deal was too good to be true.

Bipartisan initiative to thwart election hacking gains steam

September 14th, 2017


Four secretaries of state and other election officials from around the country huddled with cybersecurity experts and federal officials yesterday to talk about what they can do differently in the future to prevent …

McCain and Kerry outline lessons from Vietnam

September 13th, 2017


Hundreds of Washington insiders gathered last night in the Kennedy Center Opera House for an advance screening of Ken Burns’s new documentary on Vietnam.

Trumpism makes strange bedfellows

September 12th, 2017


Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency has created a feeling of misery for leading figures in the establishment of both parties.
Two such figures …

Hurricane Irma would have killed vastly more people in the past

September 11th, 2017


Any loss of life is a tragedy, but it’s remarkable the extent to which the human cost of a storm as destructive and powerful as this one can be …

The Daily 202 Live: Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

September 9th, 2017


In this special episode, James highlights a portion of his interview with Ross on trade and NAFTA during The Daily 202 Live on Sept. 8. You can watch …

Rep. Charlie Dent announces retirement with a parting shot at the GOP

September 8th, 2017


Exhausted from his ideological battles with the House Freedom Caucus and clashes with Donald Trump’s White House, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) has …

Trump’s triangulation shows what might have been

September 7th, 2017


Entertaining counterfactuals can be silly, but what if Trump had acted this way from Day One?

Immigration has become a litmus test for Democrats

September 6th, 2017


The untold story on DACA is the degree to which Democrats are now in lockstep on what not long ago was an issue that divided them.

By their fruits you will know them

September 5th, 2017


Trump's DACA decision highlights chasm between Trump’s compassionate rhetoric and reality.

Headlines for Sept. 4

September 4th, 2017


National reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James Hohmann.

Headlines for Sept. 1

September 1st, 2017


National reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James Hohmann with today's political headlines.

Headlines for Aug. 31

August 31st, 2017


National reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James Hohmann with today's political headlines.

Headlines for Aug. 30

August 30th, 2017


National reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James Hohmann with today's political headlines.

Headlines for Aug. 29

August 29th, 2017


National reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James Hohmann with today's political headlines.

Headlines for Aug. 28

August 28th, 2017


National reporter Elise Viebeck fills in for James Hohmann with today's political headlines.

Trump’s border wall brinkmanship may leave Republicans in Congress holding the bag

August 24th, 2017


By creating a new artificial crisis and making a demand that’s unlikely to be met, Trump is setting up his supporters to be disappointed once again. …

Trump acknowledges changing his mind as he unveils new Afghanistan strategy

August 22nd, 2017


Reading carefully from a teleprompter, in his first prime-time address to the nation, the president sought to explain why he’s been persuaded that …

The elites strike back

August 21st, 2017


The growing number of charities canceling galas, stars boycotting ceremonies and chief executives resigning from advisory boards is further isolating …

Trump’s embrace of Confederate statues as a wedge issue underscores Bannon’s enduring influence

August 18th, 2017


Trump’s sudden decision to become the leading cheerleader for preserving Confederate memorials is a strategic political maneuver designed to change …

False moral equivalency is not a bug of Trumpism. It’s a feature.

August 16th, 2017


President Trump has a troubling tendency to blame “both sides.” It's not just Charlottesville.

Trump acts like the president of the Red States of America

August 15th, 2017


Donald Trump often behaves as if he’s first and foremost the president of the states and the people who voted for him.
That’s at odds with the American tradition, and it’s problematic as a governing philosophy – …

Evidence of climate change abounds amid extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest

August 14th, 2017


Seattle, known for its rain, just went a record-breaking 55 days without any. Climate change is leading to more extreme weather, and no other region has experienced that so much over the last year as the Pacific …

Headlines for Aug. 11

August 11th, 2017


Kelsey Snell fills in for James Hohmann with today's political headlines.

Headlines for Aug. 10

August 10th, 2017


Kelsey Snell fills in for James Hohmann with today's political headlines.

Headlines for Aug. 9

August 9th, 2017


Kelsey Snell fills in for James Hohmann with today's political headlines.

Headlines for Aug. 8

August 8th, 2017


Allison Michaels fills in for James Hohmann with today's politics headlines.

Headlines for Aug. 7

August 7th, 2017


Allison Michaels fills in for James Hohmann with today's politics headlines.

Mueller impaneling a grand jury makes it more politically difficult for Trump to fire him

August 4th, 2017


Last night’s news that Robert S. Mueller III has begun using a grand jury in federal court in Washington, as part of his investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, further boxes …

Trump stumbles are undercutting executive power, which may be healthy for America long-term

August 3rd, 2017


The White House has accumulated vastly more power than the men who wrote the Constitution intended, and one unintended consequence of the Trump …

Jeff Flake delivers the most courageous conservative rebuttal of Trumpism yet

August 2nd, 2017


The Arizona Republican senator now stands athwart Trump, yelling stop, at a time when few others in the conservative movement are inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.

John Kelly foreshadows how he might be as White House chief of staff

August 1st, 2017


John Kelly proved he can manage up by firing communications director Anthony Scaramucci on his first day. Many in the West Wing saw Trump’s firing of Scaramucci -- who served just 10 days as communications director -- …

Trump’s warped view of loyalty

July 31st, 2017


The president holds an absolutist, black-and-white view: You’re either with him or against him. There is no in between.

Trump’s hardball tactics backfire as ‘skinny repeal’ goes down

July 28th, 2017


President Trump’s attacks on Republican senators are finally catching up with him, and Lisa Murkowski will not be bullied.

Growing GOP backlash to transgender troop ban underscores Trump’s political miscalculation

July 27th, 2017


Reflecting how dramatically the national conversation on LGBTQ rights has shifted in recent years, Trump's ban on transgender troops drew swift rebukes from top Senate Republicans.

Senate Republicans still face narrow path to pass health-care bill after procedural victory

July 26th, 2017


Mitch McConnell is like a quarterback who has just converted on fourth-and-long. The Senate majority leader kept the drive to repeal Obamacare alive, but he’s still trailing by a touchdown, the game clock keeps ticking …

Trump’s pick to run DOJ criminal division worked for Russia bank

July 25th, 2017


Almost every day, it feels like someone else in the administration’s orbit gets sucked into the Russian vortex.

Trump marginalizes experts, debases expertise

July 24th, 2017


President Trump has repeatedly dismissed the knowledge and wisdom of experts while elevating non-experts who lack relevant experience into important jobs across the federal government.

Asking about a pardon for himself is a quintessentially Trumpian move

July 21st, 2017


Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe.

Trump shows disdain for rule of law

July 20th, 2017


President Trump attacks his own attorney general, the Russia investigation and the special counsel.

Teflon Trump gets less blame for Obamacare fail than Senate GOP

July 19th, 2017


As Republicans all but admit defeat in their seven-year quest to overturn the Affordable Care Act, the president made one thing clear yesterday: “I’m not going to own it.”

Republicans don’t have the votes to repeal Obamacare after Senate bill falls apart

July 18th, 2017


A last-gasp Hail Mary for full repeal of Obamacare appears certain to fail. There are not the votes in either chamber of Congress.

Only 1 in 4 Americans strongly support Trump

July 17th, 2017


President Trump is not Teflon, and the conventional wisdom that “nothing matters” is wrong.

Trump is the disrupter-in-chief in an age of disruption

July 13th, 2017


Like Uber, the president won by cutting corners and now pays a price.

Email to Donald Trump Jr. could be a smoking gun

July 11th, 2017


The president's son hires a criminal defense attorney amidst new revelations about what he knew before meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower last year.

Perils of speaking for a president who constantly changes his story

July 10th, 2017


Debut edition: Trying to keep up with someone who routinely shifts his story often leaves White House surrogates holding the bag. Sunday brought …

Introducing 'The Daily 202's Big Idea'

July 7th, 2017


National political correspondent James Hohmann's email newsletter The Daily 202 debuts in audio on July 10. Listen to a preview and subscribe now by …

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