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FBI director says domestic terrorism ‘metastasizing’ throughout U.S. as cases soar

March 3rd, 2021


Plus, female stars and the media machine of the early 2000s, and community colleges are at a crossroads.

Biden works to unify Senate Democrats on $1.9 trillion relief bill

March 2nd, 2021


Plus, Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as education secretary, and, where Jill Biden drops by for a cup of coffee can make quite a statement.

Former president Trump rules out third party as he moves to firm up control of the Republican Party

March 1st, 2021


Plus, the CDC recommends Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, enabling inoculations to start this week, and the making of Madison Cawthorn.

Minimum wage increase imperiled in covid relief bill by Senate official’s ruling

February 26th, 2021


Plus, Biden defends vaccine rollout as he marks 50 million vaccinations, and a sailor who fell overboard clung to ‘sea rubbish’ for 16 hours to …

Focus on fate of $15 minimum wage in Senate as House prepares to take up 1.9 trillion relief bill

February 25th, 2021


Plus, Biden nominates three to USPS board of governors as DeJoy testifies on mail crises, and Supreme Court considers giving police greater powers …

Former Capitol security officials blame intelligence lapses for deadly Jan. 6 riot

February 24th, 2021


Plus, the Biden administration preparing to sanction Russia for SolarWinds hacks and the poisoning of an opposition leader, and Justin Trudeau …

Merrick Garland tells senators Capitol riot investigation will be first priority as attorney general

February 23rd, 2021


Plus, Dominion Voting Systems files a defamation suit against the MyPillow CEO over false election claims, and the first real-world coronavirus vaccine data out of Britain shows a decline in hospitalizations after the …

White House says Biden is ‘eager’ to go to Texas, possibly as soon as this week

February 22nd, 2021


Plus, the White House reiterates teacher vaccinations are ‘not a prerequisite’ to reopening schools, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz is trying to repair …

Texas, the go-it-alone state, is rattled by the failure to keep the lights on

February 19th, 2021


Plus, the White House announces $4 billion in funding for Covax, the global vaccine effort that Trump spurned, and NASA rover Perseverance lands on Mars in mission to search for past life.

Millions of jobs probably aren’t coming back, even after the pandemic ends

February 18th, 2021


Plus, vaccine shortage prompts U.S. diplomats to request doses from foreign governments, including Russia, and the U.K. gets approval to infect …

Focus on Capitol Hill turns to passing Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

February 17th, 2021


Plus, the Texas grid got crushed because its operators didn’t see the need to prepare for cold weather, and House Homeland Security chairman sues …

Why some state and local governments are desperate for more stimulus aid

February 16th, 2021


Plus, deadly cold snap shuts down central U.S. Texas is ground zero, and, Parler is back online more than a month after tangle with Amazon knocked it …

Impeachment managers rest case against Trump, implore Senate to convict to prevent future violence

February 12th, 2021


Plus, President Biden says that the U.S. will have enough vaccines for 300 million people by the end of July, and dozens of former GOP officials …

House managers show previously unseen footage of pro-Trump mob’s violent assault on the Capitol

February 11th, 2021


Plus, the CDC is urging Americans to wear two masks to better prevent the spread of COVID-19, and, the Biden administration tells the Supreme Court …

Senate votes to pursue Trump impeachment trial after declaring the proceedings constitutional

February 10th, 2021


Plus, the Biden administration asks for the resignations from current US Attorneys, and after a mission to Wuhan investigating the origins of the pandemic, a World Health Organization team dismisses theories that the …

Senate sets stage for rapid Trump impeachment trial

February 9th, 2021


Plus, Workers who quit their jobs out of fear of contracting the coronavirus at work are hoping to collect unemployment benefits under the Biden …

Court documents point to how Trump’s rhetoric fueled rioters who attacked Capitol

February 8th, 2021


Plus, senior Democrats to unveil $3,000-per-child benefit as Biden stimulus gains steam, and new Biden rules for ICE point to fewer arrests and …

Biden vows to re-enter global alliances in first major foreign policy speech

February 5th, 2021


Plus, Johnson and Johnson seeks emergency FDA authorization for single-shot coronavirus vaccine, and as transit agencies ramp up mask enforcement, Congress airs concerns about safety of transportation workers.

House Democrats announce vote to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees

February 4th, 2021


Plus, prosecutors seek to rearrest Kyle Rittenhouse, and Canada declares the Proud Boys a terrorist group.

Biden announces efforts to reunite migrant families separated by Trump administration

February 3rd, 2021


Plus, Rep. Liz Cheney faces a backlash for voting to impeach Trump in her home state, and as Gamestop stock crumbles, amateur traders reckon with heavy losses.

Biden meets with 10 GOP senators at White House on pandemic relief

February 2nd, 2021


Plus, former President Trump hires a new legal team for his second impeachment, and a federal study finds that race and ethnicity data is missing for nearly half of vaccine recipients

Ten Senate Republicans propose compromise covid relief package, posing challenge for Biden

February 1st, 2021


Plus, experts urge faster vaccinations and stepped up efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus variants, and Republican representative Adam Kinzinger is starting a PAC to challenge the party’s embrace of former …

The U.S. economy shrank by 3.5 percent in 2020

January 29th, 2021

Plus, D.C. officials slam a proposal to erect permanent fencing around the U.S. Capitol. And a coronavirus variant first seen in South Africa is …

As Biden vows monumental action on climate change, a fight with the fossil fuel industry has begun

January 28th, 2021

Plus, Republicans back away from confronting Trump and his loyalists after the Capitol insurrection, embracing them instead, and, at first …

In first call with Putin, Biden marks a return to skepticism from the top

January 27th, 2021

Plus, Democrats turn to quick action on Biden’s covid relief bill after a power-sharing deal in Senate, and CDC-backed studies find scant spread of …

McConnell relents on Senate rules, signals power-sharing deal with Democrats

January 26th, 2021

Plus, House Democrats plan to focus impeachment trial on how rioters reacted to Trump’s remarks, and the first U.S. case of a highly transmissible Brazil coronavirus variant has been identified in Minnesota.

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Fight over the rules grinds the Senate to a halt, imperiling Biden’s legislative agenda

January 25th, 2021

Plus, lawmakers in both parties lobby White House for a more targeted relief bill, and pandemic aftershocks overwhelm global supply lines.
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Biden administration to seek five-year extension on nuclear arms treaty in first foray with Russia

January 22nd, 2021

Plus, Biden signs order requiring masks on planes, buses, trains and at airports, and top Senate Republicans push to delay Trump impeachment trial.
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On his first day, Biden signs executive orders to reverse Trump’s policies

January 21st, 2021

Plus, Democrats officially take control of a 50-50 Senate, and QAnon believers grapple with doubt and spin new theories as Trump era ends.
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Trump issues 143 midnight pardons and rescinds ethics rules

January 20th, 2021

Plus, Uncertainty reigns in the Senate as Mitch McConnell says President Trump provoked the mob, and a dozen members of the National Guard are removed from inaugural duty.
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Historians may struggle to understand what the Trump era said about American democracy

January 19th, 2021

Plus, QAnon adherents discuss posing as National Guard troops to infiltrate the inauguration, and Senate committees will hold hearings today for Joe …

FBI screens U.S. troops for insider threats and pursues military veterans in extremist groups

January 18th, 2021


Plus, President Trump plans to offer clemency to more than 100 people, and Global pressure mounts for release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Biden proposes $1.9 trillion in covid relief, as Trump team refuses to consult on vaccine rollout

January 15th, 2021


Plus, Dozens of people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list came to D.C. on the day of the insurrection, and the Secret Service is spending $144,000 so agents protecting Ivanka Trump's house can go to the bathroom.

After the House impeaches Trump a second time, questions linger about what happens next

January 14th, 2021


Plus, President Trump grows increasingly isolated, sullen and vengeful in his final days, and President-elect Biden reluctantly cancels his plans to …

The second Trump impeachment is bipartisan

January 13th, 2021


Plus, the Secret Service takes command today of all security preparations for the inauguration, and the FBI warned of a “war” at the Capitol the day …

Several Capitol police officers suspended, as FBI warns of new threats

January 12th, 2021


Plus, new details emerge about President Trump's initial refusal to act after the mob stormed the Capitol, and Joe Biden scrambles to prevent a …

Capitol Police chief tells his side of the story, as more rioters are arrested

January 11th, 2021


Plus, the PGA pulls its 2022 championship from President Trump’s golf course, and More evidence emerges that Trump exerted potentially criminal …

Questions arise about Capitol security after mob siege

January 8th, 2021


Plus, Senator Josh Hawley faces fierce criticism after Wednesday's violence. And, the siege on the Capitol may have been a COVID-19 superspreader …

In show of defiance, Congress certifies Biden as president-elect at 3:45 a.m.

January 7th, 2021


Plus, Some White House aides resign in protest, as others discuss the 25th Amendment, and Joe Biden taps Merrick Garland for attorney general after …

Georgia results could mean Democratic majority in Senate and a more effective Biden

January 6th, 2021


Plus, Vice President Pence prepares for a final performance that will infuriate President Trump, and Trump finalizes a rule saying it’s fine to kill …

Trump tried to reach Georgia’s secretary of state at least 18 times before he finally got through

January 5th, 2021


Plus, ambulances are starting to ration oxygen as America shatters its covid hospitalization records, and the EPA finalizes a damaging rule that will …

Trump pushes Georgia secretary of state to ‘find’ votes

January 4th, 2021


Plus, President Trump’s deregulatory push has made the pandemic worse, and Iran begins enriching uranium to 20 percent in new violation of nuclear …

McConnell says there's "no realistic path' for senate to approve $2,000 stimulus checks

December 31st, 2020


Plus, vaccines are slow to reach arms as Trump administration leaves final steps of mass vaccination to beleaguered states, and Sen. Josh Hawley’s …

McConnell blocks Democrats’ attempt to approve $2,000 stimulus checks amid pressure on GOP to act

December 30th, 2020


Plus, the first case of highly infectious coronavirus variant detected in Colorado, and Louisville police move to fire two more officers involved in …

Biden accuses Trump appointees of obstructing transition on national security issues

December 29th, 2020


Plus, air travel hits pandemic record amid surging infections and hospitalizations, and Georgia Senate runoffs test whether Trump remains a ‘poison’ for moderate GOP voters.

Trump signs stimulus and government spending bill into law, averting shutdown

December 28th, 2020


Plus, authorities identify Anthony Warner as Nashville bomber, say his remains were found in the wreckage. And, in Russia, tough new laws and …

President Trump says coronavirus relief package is 'a disgrace'

December 23rd, 2020


Plus, the Trump administration and Pfizer near a deal to purchase tens of millions of additional vaccine doses through the spring and summer. And Justice Department sues Walmart, alleging it helped fuel the opioid …

Biden and McConnell split on future of coronavirus relief packages

December 22nd, 2020


Plus a new coronavirus believed to have originated in London prompts more travel bans and disruptions. And Attorney General William Barr said he saw no basis for the federal government seizing voting machines.

Lawmakers reach deal on nearly $900 billion virus relief package

December 21st, 2020


Plus, a CDC advisory group says front-line essential workers and adults 75 and over should be next to get the coronavirus vaccine, and countries …

Biden putting a Native American in charge of Interior is a milestone moment in U.S. history

December 18th, 2020


Plus, states report confusion as the federal government reduces their vaccine shipments, and investigators discover evidence of previously unknown Russian tactics used to penetrate US networks.

FDA says Pfizer vaccine contains extra doses, but they can’t come soon enough

December 17th, 2020


Plus, Congressional leaders add stimulus checks to a draft relief bill as they near a deal, and after a blast in Beirut destroyed a church, …

Trump lashes out at McConnell, as neighbors challenge his right to settle at Mar-a-Lago

December 16th, 2020


Plus, California’s governor orders 5,000 more body bags in the face of soaring covid deaths, and President Trump further eviscerates the Endangered Species Act on his way out the door.

With a jab to a nurse’s left arm, America enters a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus

December 15th, 2020


Plus, the Electoral college makes Joe Biden’s victory official, and Bill Barr is stepping down as attorney general.

Ahead of high-security electoral college votes, a weekend of chilling violence across America

December 14th, 2020


Plus, Russian government hackers are behind a broad espionage campaign that has severely compromised U.S. agencies, and the first vials of the coronavirus vaccine are arriving across America.

Two women explain why they turned to shoplifting amid the pandemic

December 11th, 2020


Plus, FDA authorization is all but certain after federal advisers endorse the Pfizer vaccine, and stimulus talks fall into disarray as deadlines loom.

The coronavirus killed more than 3,100 Americans on Wednesday

December 10th, 2020


Plus, President Trump pressures congressional Republicans to join his fight to overturn the election results, and Hunter Biden confirms he is under …

Coronavirus crisis exposes something rotten in America

December 9th, 2020


Plus, President-elect Biden selects a housing and agriculture secretary, and the White House proposes dramatically lower unemployment benefits in …

The Trump administration passed up the chance to buy more vaccines from Pfizer

December 8th, 2020


Plus, President Trump asked the Pennsylvania House speaker for help overturning the election results, and Congress will pass a one-week funding bill …

Trump’s ideologues pursue deconstruction of the administrative state in their final days

December 7th, 2020


Plus, Kelly Loeffler dodges questions in a Georgia Senate debate, and Rudy Giuliani tests positive for coronavirus.

While vaccines offer hope, this remains a dismal slog

December 4th, 2020


Plus, the final draft of a bipartisan defense bill includes several rebukes of President Trump, and tensions flare along Trump’s border wall amid mounting local resistance.

U.S. surpasses alarming coronavirus benchmarks, as Democrats make a major concession in relief talks

December 3rd, 2020


Plus, President-elect Biden’s immigration policies could leave him in a quandary amid a looming surge of migrants, and a third-grade teacher in …

Georgia elections official pleads with Trump to stop fearmongering.

December 2nd, 2020


Plus, Britain beats the U.S. in granting the Pfizer vaccine emergency authorization, and President Trump threatens to veto a defense bill unless a legal shield for tech firms is repealed.

A Michigan couple let their guard down, and covid-19 killed them both at 4:23 p.m.

December 1st, 2020


Plus Scott Atlas resigns as President Trump’s top coronavirus adviser, the FDA moves at record speed to review the vaccine candidates.

An open bed is a gift at hospitals struggling with a covid-19 surge

November 30th, 2020


Plus, president-elect Joe Biden hires an all-female senior communications team. and the Wisconsin recount adds to Biden’s margin of victory.

As the lame-duck president pardons a turkey, Michael Flynn could be next

November 25th, 2020


Plus, President-elect Joe Biden looks to name a slate of independent nominees for the Justice Department, and The first 6.4 million doses of Pfizer’s …

Trump allows transition to begin, but his baseless efforts to sow doubt continue

November 24th, 2020


Plus, 86,000 covid patients are hospitalized today in America, and House Democrats reckon with their diminished majority.

AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine has lower efficacy than rivals but might prove more helpful

November 23rd, 2020


Plus, President-elect Joe Biden picks Tony Blinken to be his secretary of state, and Israel's prime minister visits Saudi Arabia for the first time.

Trump puts democracy through a stress test

November 20th, 2020


Plus, the CDC recommends against traveling or gathering for Thanksgiving, and the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department go to war with each other.

With coronavirus death toll passing 250,000, governors urge people to stay home for Thanksgiving

November 19th, 2020


Plus, President Trump maneuvers to delay the final vote count to sow doubt about his loss, and a former Green Beret pleads guilty to spying for Russia.

Trump purges a top DHS official for telling the truth about the election

November 18th, 2020


Plus, Pfizer completes its vaccine trial with more promising data, and the military has a missile breakthrough that might protect us from North Korea.

Trump poised to slash troop levels in Afghanistan – and reportedly asks for options to attack Iran

November 17th, 2020


Plus, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state says he faces GOP pressure to discard legitimate ballots, and President Trump races to auction off drilling rights in ANWR before President-elect Joe Biden can stop it.

As U.S. passes 11 million coronavirus cases, Republicans claim mandate to oppose restrictions

November 16th, 2020


Plus, police arrest 21 people amid violent clashes between Trump supporters and opponents in D.C. And President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign …

Trump checks out, ignoring public duties, as coronavirus surges and firing spree continues

November 13th, 2020


Plus, President-elect Joe Biden considers Hillary Clinton for UN ambassador. And the German couple behind Pfizer’s vaccine does not even own a car, but now they're billionaires.

Biden’s pick for chief of staff is the ultimate Washington survivor

November 12th, 2020


Plus, President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team works around President Trump’s blockade, and Trump’s lawsuits challenging the election results …

Biden hopes to name several Cabinet nominees by Thanksgiving

November 11th, 2020


Plus, the Supreme Court sounds ready to uphold the Affordable Care Act, and President Trump installs three more White House loyalists in top Pentagon …

Barr weaponizes the Justice Department to investigate Trump’s baseless fraud claims

November 10th, 2020


Plus, the secretary of defense's termination underscores President Trump's insistence on absolute fealty, and Pfizer’s vaccine could be cleared by …

Trump appointee refuses to sign key letter allowing Biden's transition team to get to work

November 9th, 2020


Plus, the U.S. will surpass 10 million confirmed coronavirus cases later today, and President-elect Joe Biden announces his coronavirus task force.

President-elect Joe Biden calls this ‘a time to heal’ as he reads a Catholic hymn in victory speech

November 8th, 2020


Joe Biden, the man who was once the country’s youngest senator, will become the country's oldest president.

Biden takes lead in Georgia and Trump’s margin narrows in Pennsylvania

November 6th, 2020


Plus, an angry dispute erupts among House Democrats, and
Democrats could still win Senate control with two Georgia runoffs.

Biden is on a path toward victory after wins in Michigan and Wisconsin

November 5th, 2020


Plus, Joe Biden's performance with Latinos shows how the Democratic establishment has taken them for granted, and Democrats fail to flip any state legislative chambers ahead of redistricting.

With the presidency on the line, Trump wants judges to stop Pennsylvania from counting ballots

November 4th, 2020


Plus, Republicans are clinging to their Senate majority, and several House Democrats unexpectedly go down.

Trump and Biden focus on the North, but the South could determine an early winner

November 3rd, 2020


Plus, governors ready the National Guard for potential post-election unrest, and another top Trump adviser bluntly contradicts the president on the coronavirus.

Biden plans to pick a very diverse Cabinet if he wins

November 2nd, 2020


Plus, Joe Biden focuses on Pennsylvania while President Trump hit 5 states on Sunday, and Trump supporters grow more aggressive with presidential encouragement.

Coronavirus cases surge in every battleground. It did not have to be this way.

October 30th, 2020


Plus, both President Trump and Biden are seeking to shore up support from Latino voters, and Trump takes gray wolves off the Endangered Species list, …

America’s hospitals are under attack by Russian-speaking hackers

October 29th, 2020


Plus, Hurricane Zeta roars inland after slamming New Orleans, and President Trump formalizes one of the most sweeping public lands rollbacks in …

Coronavirus test result for World Series winner shows no one is safe

October 28th, 2020


Plus, 70 million Americans have already voted, and millions of your tax dollars are flowing into President Trump’s pockets.

Justice Barrett gets right to work and may decide on more election cases soon

October 27th, 2020


Plus, the coronavirus spreads like wildfire into some of our nation's untouched areas, and rioting shakes Philadelphia overnight after police kill a …

Pence determined to maintain schedule after five aides test positive, irrespective of CDC guidelines

October 26th, 2020


Plus, a new wave of covid cases is straining resources nationwide, and eleven are arrested after fights erupt between a pro-Trump caravan and protesters in Manhattan.

Biden’s oil gaffe and Trump’s subdued performance in final debate unlikely to change race

October 23rd, 2020


Plus, President Trump issues a sweeping order to remove civil service protections for federal workers, and Russia continues to pose a more potent threat for election interference than Iran.

Trump mulls firing FBI director, as DNI accuses Iran of election interference

October 22nd, 2020


Plus, the CDC expands its definition of who is considered a ‘close contact’ for contact tracing purposes. And Barack Obama makes his 2020 debut on the campaign trail with a blazing critique of his successor.

Biden and Trump prepare very differently for final debate

October 21st, 2020


Plus, Mitch McConnell warns the White House against making a stimulus deal before the election, and records show President Trump paid more tax to the …

As Trump attacks Fauci, coronavirus case numbers keep rising

October 20th, 2020


Plus, the Justice Department indicts six Russian intelligence officers in several high-profile cyberattacks, and a 4-4 Supreme Court split on a voting case shows why confirming Amy Coney Barrett is such a huge deal.

Trump has failed to keep the Islamic State under control, as attacks continue across Africa

October 19th, 2020


Plus, red-state governors resist measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, even as cases surge, and a federal judge strikes down Trump's plan to slash food stamps for 700,000 unemployed Americans.

Trump defends retweeting conspiracy theories in abrasive town hall

October 16th, 2020


Plus, coronavirus hospitalizations are rising in most states, and President Trump was warned that Rudy Giuliani was the target of a Russian …

Videos show conservative activists coordinating with White House aides behind closed doors

October 15th, 2020

Plus, as Amy Coney Barrett finishes her time in the hot seat, Democrats acknowledge she’ll be confirmed. And the Treasury Secretary says a …

Supreme Court nominee does not consider Roe v. Wade a ‘super precedent’

October 14th, 2020


Plus, the Supreme Court allows President Trump to abruptly end the Census, and top scientists are appalled that the White House is entertaining a proposal to hasten “herd immunity.”

Trump tries to outrun coronavirus with Florida rally and ambitious schedule

October 13th, 2020


Plus, an acrimonious Supreme Court confirmation hearing begins, and a covid-19 reinfection in Nevada adds to questions about immunity,

New coronavirus cases spike as Trump returns to the campaign trail

October 12th, 2020


Plus, Amy Coney Barrett will promise to be a justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia as her confirmation hearing kicks off, and two Stanford professors …

Trump says he wants to hold a rally on Saturday night

October 9th, 2020


Plus, the FBI charges six men with plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor, and a top Republican fundraiser is charged with secretly being a foreign agent for China.

Trump goes back to Oval Office, even as the coronavirus continues to spread at top of government

October 8th, 2020


Plus, the pandemic looms large in a civil, but sharp, vice-presidential debate. And more Republicans in tough races distance themselves from the president.

The White House coronavirus outbreak is an epic disaster

October 7th, 2020


Plus, the secretive group Amy Coney Barrett was a “handmaid” for is trying to hide records of her role, and Mike Pence reluctantly agrees to …

With Trump back in White House, doctors refuse to answer key questions and dangers remain

October 6th, 2020


Plus, Eric Trump is interviewed by New York prosecutors investigating possible Trump Organization fraud, and the Nobel Prize in physics is awarded …

Doctors use a kitchen sink approach to treat Trump’s coronavirus

October 5th, 2020


Plus, America's enemies may take advantage of our distracted country and hospitalized president, and Pope Francis warns that the world is drifting backward

Trump testing positive for coronavirus is an 'October surprise'

October 2nd, 2020


Plus, France announces new restrictions as coronavirus cases surge in Europe, and House Democrats advance a 2.2 trillion relief bill after talks with the GOP falter.

Trump tries to clean up Proud Boys debate comment, but damage was already done

October 1st, 2020


The fallout from Tuesday's norm-shattering presidential debate. Plus, this recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history. And a top Trump …

Trump fails in first debate to make the race anything but a referendum on him

September 30th, 2020


Plus, ICE is preparing targeted, pre-election arrests of immigrants to amplify Trump’s reelection message, and USPS workers quietly resist the postmaster general’s changes to make sure ballots get delivered.

Fresh evidence shows the Trump campaign sought to dissuade African Americans from voting in 2016

September 29th, 2020


Plus, intelligence professionals say President Trump’s debts and foreign deals pose national security risks, and a new poll shows Joe Biden leading …

As the global death toll nears 1 million from covid-19, health officials acknowledge an undercount

September 28th, 2020

Plus, President Trump reportedly paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. And Democrats plan to make Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation a referendum on Obamacare.
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Trump’s escalating attacks on the election prompt fresh fears of a looming constitutional crisis

September 25th, 2020


Plus, Nancy Pelosi abruptly changes course by restarting a push for coronavirus aid amid signs the economy is straining, and protests over the Breonna Taylor decision continue in Louisville for a second night.

China is building even more detention camps for Muslims

September 24th, 2020


Plus, a Kentucky grand jury declines to file homicide charges in the death of Breonna Taylor. And President Trump refuses to commit to the peaceful …

FDA guidance means a coronavirus vaccine is unlikely to be approved before Election Day

September 23rd, 2020


Plus, Senate Republicans are racing to confirm Trump's Supreme Court pick before Halloween, and a government shutdown is averted, at least until after the election.

New book by a former member of Mueller’s team says they pulled their punches investigating Trump

September 22nd, 2020


Plus, the Manhattan District Attorney says in court that President Trump could face charges for falsifying business records and tax fraud, and the …

Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are the two leading contenders for Ginsburg’s seat

September 21st, 2020


Plus, the U.S. will imminently reach 200,000 fatalities from the coronavirus, and the TikTok tussle shows the uneven economic “decoupling” that’s accelerating between us and China.

Former Pence aide on coronavirus task force explains why she will vote for Biden

September 18th, 2020


Plus, a federal judge temporarily blocks Postal Service changes amid concerns about voters being disenfranchised, and testing limits make it hard to tell how much the coronavirus is spreading silently among kids.

U.S. came ‘much closer’ to war with North Korea in 2017 than public knew, Trump told Woodward

September 17th, 2020


Plus, President Trump’s plan for managing forests won’t save us in a more flammable world, and the CDC director says coronavirus vaccines won’t be widely available until the middle of next year

Trump says he would not do anything differently in responding to coronavirus

September 16th, 2020


Plus, a new report says the Boeing 737 Max crashes resulted from a ‘horrific culmination’ of errors, and Breonna Taylor’s family reaches a settlement …

Medicaid rolls are swelling amid the pandemic. It will only get worse. Nevada is Ground Zero.

September 15th, 2020


Plus, President Trump denies climate change as he inspects fire damage out West, and two major glaciers are tearing loose from their restraints in the Atlantic.

Trump defies local regulations to hold an indoor rally in Nevada

September 14th, 2020


Plus, smoke smothers the Pacific Northwest, hindering firefighting efforts. And Trump appointees seek greater control over CDC reports about the …

Biden and Trump will mark Sept. 11 in Shanksville, Pa.

September 11th, 2020


Plus, how the coronavirus has reshaped today's commemorations. And white roses will mark the names of those who died on their birthday.

Trump acknowledges Woodward’s report that he intentionally downplayed coronavirus dangers

September 10th, 2020


Plus, a top homeland security official says he was ordered by President Trump to stop providing intelligence on Russian interference in our election, …

Anthony Fauci says eight states are at risk of spikes in coronavirus cases

September 9th, 2020


The Justice Department moves to take over a defamation case against President Trump, plus another Facebook engineer quits in protest, saying the social network has become a haven for hate.

Trump says he is open to an investigation of his postmaster general

September 8th, 2020


Plus, shots are fired on the India-China border for the first time in decades, and more than a thousand right-wing protesters gather outside Portland.

Biden, in Kenosha, vows that America will address racism and ‘original sin’ of slavery

September 4th, 2020


Plus, after President Trump’s remarks, election officials warn that trying to vote twice is a crime and could undermine the system, and Nancy Pelosi …

Debate rages over whether FDA should use emergency powers to clear a coronavirus vaccine early

September 3rd, 2020


Plus, Joe Biden announces record-breaking August fundraising haul of $364.5 million, and ‘no justice, no Derby’ is the latest cry in a Louisville …

Trump blames ‘far-left politicians’ for violence in wake of police shooting on visit to Wisconsin

September 2nd, 2020


Plus, the Trump administration announces eviction moratorium, and how the pandemic has changed our grocery shopping habits forever

New Trump pandemic adviser pushes controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy

September 1st, 2020


Plus, citizenship applicants caught in backlog distraught over inability to vote this year, and President Trump to visit Kenosha as local officials ask him to stay away

Trump praises supporters amid deadly clashes with social justice protesters

August 31st, 2020


Plus, senior intelligence officials will no longer brief Congress in person on foreign threats to the 2020 election, and Trump pressures federal scientists over convalescent plasma.

Trump casts himself as more an insurgent than an incumbent in Republican convention speech

August 28th, 2020


Plus, Hurricane Laura spares population centers but devastates a narrow path north of the Gulf Coast, and Jacob Blake is paralyzed from the waist …

Wildcat strike brings sports to a standstill on fourth anniversary of Kaepernick kneeling

August 27th, 2020


Plus, A 17-year-old is charged with homicide after shooting during Kenosha protests, according to authorities. And Laura makes landfall in Louisiana …

Trump shatters norms as he uses powers of presidency during Republican convention

August 26th, 2020


Plus, Two are dead and another is seriously wounded after a shooting overnight in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And, the CDC says not all close contacts need to get tested after a coronavirus exposure.

The GOP platform is enthusiastic support for Trump

August 25th, 2020


Plus, the Postmaster General says he won't restore the mail-sorting machines he’s disabled, and the FDA commissioner owns up to making false claims about the effectiveness of convalescent plasma.

Millions of Americans are falling through the safety net, as scientists fear Trump’s pressure on FDA

August 24th, 2020


Plus, Kellyanne Conway is leaving the White House after this week’s Republican convention, and video footage shows Wisconsin police shooting a Black …

Biden promises to end 'the darkness'

August 21st, 2020


Plus, President Trump blocks the FDA from regulating coronavirus lab tests, and Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon is charged with wire …

Kamala Harris becomes first woman of color to accept a major party nomination for vice president

August 20th, 2020


Plus, Trump praises the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory. And centers that help child abuse victims have seen 40,000 fewer kids amid the pandemic.

Senate Intelligence report undercuts Trump denials related to knowledge of Russian interference

August 19th, 2020


Plus, Joe Biden officially becomes the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, and the Postmaster General says he will suspend policies blamed for …

Michelle Obama warns: ‘If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can’

August 18th, 2020


Plus, the Democratic convention embraces Black Lives Matter, and Bernie Sanders hails a liberal movement in transition.

House Democrats ending recess early in bid to check Trump's moves against the Postal Service

August 17th, 2020


Plus, Democrats will juggle hundreds of live feeds to try creating the feel of a traditional convention, and the number of coronavirus cases in children is rising.

Biden calls for mask mandates in all 50 states. Polls show most Americans support this

August 14th, 2020


Plus, the recession ends for the rich while enduring for everyone else, and President Trump blocking money for the Postal Service threatens to change the outcome of the election.

Biden-Harris kickoff ‘rally’ coincided with third anniversary of Charlottesville violence

August 13th, 2020


Plus, the U.S. reports its highest number of coronavirus deaths in a single day since mid-May, and liberal prosecutors face backlash over lenient …

The chance meeting that helped Kamala Harris solidify her bond with Joe Biden

August 12th, 2020


Plus, Biden’s selection of Harris to be his running mate puts her at the forefront of the Democratic Party’s future, and the selection sparks delight in India and Jamaica.

Putin says his daughter took Russia’s new vaccine. Experts worry it could make coronavirus worse.

August 11th, 2020


Plus, the pandemic reshapes American spending patterns, and Lebanon’s prime minister resigns.

Trump’s executive actions make for a good photo op but may not deliver much relief for the neediest

August 10th, 2020


Plus, anarchists set fire to the police union headquarters in Portland, and Hong Kong arrests a leader of the free press.

Congress cannot even agree on its own safety protocols, let alone a coronavirus relief bill

August 7th, 2020


Plus, NRA executives are accused of draining $64 million from the nonprofit in just three years, and a former Saudi intelligence officer accuses the crown prince of ordering his assassination.

‘Torture memos’ author emboldens Trump to threaten use of executive power for coronavirus relief

August 6th, 2020


Plus, Facebook and Twitter penalize Trump for posting coronavirus misinformation. And Senate Republicans criticize Trump’s plan to deliver his convention speech from the White House.

Before the Beirut blasts, Lebanon was already in the throes of collapse

August 5th, 2020


Plus, for the unemployed, rising grocery prices are stretching budgets even more, and Spain’s former king flees his country. But where did he go?

Why Trump turned against Deborah Birx

August 4th, 2020


Plus, Chad Wolf emerges as President Trump’s favorite DHS secretary. And Trump says he wants the US government to get a cut from any sale of TikTok.

Biden appears to lack a clear favorite in VP selection process

August 3rd, 2020


Plus, Negotiators are still far apart on a relief bill. And NASA astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splash down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Protests continue nationally, as DHS chief orders internal investigation

July 31st, 2020

Plus, Republicans rebuff Trump’s suggestion to postpone the election. And White House sources say they’re willing to support a coronavirus bill without a liability shield.
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Federal officials consider who will get first dibs on a potential coronavirus vaccine

July 30th, 2020


Plus, the CEOs of the four biggest tech giants get grilled on Capitol Hill over their market power. And President Trump pulls 12,500 U.S. troops out …

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the Midwest as they ebb in the Sun Belt

July 29th, 2020


Plus, President Trump promotes a video full of false covid-19 claims from a doctor who says demons cause illness, and Russia aggressively spreads …

Coronavirus pandemic worsening inequality, especially in housing

July 28th, 2020


Plus, two potential coronavirus vaccines are moving into the last phase of testing with 30,000-person trials, and Notre Dame pulls out of hosting the …

Parents who want to get back to work are enrolling their kids in private schools

July 27th, 2020


Plus, coronavirus vaccine researchers struggle to convince African Americans to join trials, and ancient teeth show the history of epidemics is much …

Trump cancels Republican convention events in Jacksonville

July 24th, 2020

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Doctors remain unsure whether you can get coronavirus twice

July 23rd, 2020


Plus, federal agents tear gas the mayor of Portland, and Republican lawmakers privately discuss what to do if President Trump loses and refuses to leave.

Growing GOP rift over how much to spend in next coronavirus bill

July 22nd, 2020


Plus, President Trump says the pandemic is likely to get worse before it gets better, and the mayor of Miami threatens to lock up residents who refuse to wear masks.

Led by Merkel, E.U. leaders agree to major bailout package at contentious summit

July 21st, 2020


Plus, President Trump threatens to deploy federal agents to Chicago, New York and other cities led by Democrats, and hundreds are camping out in Oklahoma’s unemployment lines.

Families of coronavirus victims are losing faith in America

July 20th, 2020


Plus, the president struggles to defend his handling of covid-19, and endangered GOP senators are under pressure as Congress returns from recess to take up a new relief package.

U.S., Britain and Canada say Russian cyberspies are trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research

July 17th, 2020


Plus, Sun Belt hospitals are feeling the strain from virus’ surge, and tens of thousands of mail ballots have been tossed out in this year’s primaries.

Trump replaces campaign manager as polls show him trailing Biden

July 16th, 2020


Plus, mask mandates catch on as states and businesses try to bypass a toxic debate, and a fight over nude swimming marks return of pre-coronavirus banalities in Europe.

Trump administration backs off plan requiring international students to take face-to-face classes

July 15th, 2020


Plus, Joe Biden embraces more aggressive steps in climate plan, and big banks prepare for protracted recession, report significant drop in profits

At college health centers, students battle misdiagnoses and inaccessible care

July 14th, 2020


Plus, workers are pushed to the brink as they continue to wait for delayed unemployment payments, and Trump cites game show host on pandemic while undercutting doctors and questioning their expertise.

Florida shatters single-day infection record with 15,300 new cases

July 13th, 2020


Plus, Anthony Fauci is sidelined by the White House as he steps up blunt talk on pandemic, and President Trump’s drop in polls has confident …

Supreme Court says Manhattan prosecutor may pursue Trump’s financial records

July 10th, 2020


Plus, the GOP eyes narrowing second round of $1,200 stimulus payments, and The Nationals have a new way to kick their habit of spitting sunflower …

With pressure and threats, Trump pushes to fully reopen schools

July 9th, 2020


Plus, according to body camera transcripts, George Floyd warned police he thought he would die because he couldn’t breathe, and robots can be just …

Trump’s attacks on mail voting are turning Republicans off absentee ballots

July 8th, 2020


Plus, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization. And, in a Pennsylvania nursing home, some veterans recevied …

Trump and Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus as pandemic surges

July 7th, 2020


Plus, evictions are likely to skyrocket this summer, and SBA data show small-business loans went to private-equity backed chains, members of Congress.

RNA experiments leap to the front in coronavirus vaccine race

July 6th, 2020


Plus, research finds that the coronavirus will undermine trust in government, and historians question Trump’s choice of ‘heroes’ for national garden monument.

Drug overdoses are accelerating amid coronavirus

July 2nd, 2020


Plus, new coronavirus cases topped 50,000 yesterday for the first time ever, and Pfizer reports some encouraging early vaccine data.

Intelligence on Russia’s bounty operation was more solid than the White House has claimed

July 1st, 2020


Anthony Fauci warns that America may soon wind up with 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day, and people who got their jobs back after being laid off in March are losing them again.

A mutation that makes the coronavirus more infectious is spreading

June 30th, 2020


Plus, reopenings grind to a halt as Sunbelt states witness a surge in hospitalizations, and critical deadlines are approaching to extend expiring relief measures.

Mississippi will remove Confederate battle emblem from the state flag

June 29th, 2020


Plus, coronavirus infections surpass 2.5 million in the U.S. And Trump allies are pushing the president to shake up his campaign.

Blunders by Arizona’s governor turned his state into the new ground zero for covid-19

June 26th, 2020


Plus, President Trump races to open more than two-thirds of the largest swath of U.S. public land to drilling, and protesters in D.C. are now …

Record numbers of new coronavirus infections have not translated to deaths. Yet.

June 25th, 2020


Plus, Trump is deploying troops and marshals to protect monuments. And Tucson’s police chief offers to resign after releasing unsettling body camera …

Major League Baseball will return in July

June 24th, 2020


Plus, a federal prosecutor will testify that he faced political pressure to go easy on Roger Stone, and the Senate is teetering on the cusp of …

Police chiefs keep losing their jobs in June

June 23rd, 2020


Plus, public health officials are leaving their posts in the face of death threats, and President Trump is increasingly preoccupied with defending his mental capacity.

White House in damage control mode after Trump said he told aides to slow down coronavirus testing

June 22nd, 2020


Plus, the president is fuming about his small crowd in Tulsa. And, a Minnesota jail is allegedly giving special treatment to the officer charged with …

John Bolton’s book portrays Trump as cozy with autocrats

June 18th, 2020


Plus, a deal to start the baseball season appears within reach after a secret meeting in Arizona. And the former Atlanta police officer who shot …

Five recommendations to prepare for the next pandemic, according to 29 national security pros

June 17th, 2020


Plus, an inexpensive steroid is the first drug shown to reduce coronavirus deaths, and some good news for getting kids back to school this fall.

Only one of the winning plaintiffs in the Supreme Court’s landmark LGBTQ ruling lived to see it

June 16th, 2020


Plus, volunteers put their lives on the line as guinea pigs for a coronavirus vaccine, and cars have rammed into crowds of peaceful protestors 19 …

A revealing portrait of the indignities facing black men in America in 2020

June 15th, 2020


Plus, a Republican congressman loses his seat because he officiated a gay wedding, and New York’s governor threatens to reverse reopenings because people aren’t social distancing.

Some folks just cannot kick the coronavirus

June 12th, 2020


Plus, the sign-up page for President Trump’s rallies now includes a coronavirus liability waiver, and the Trump administration is concealing the identities of coronavirus loan recipients, shielding undeserving …

The focus for police reform shifts from the streets to the Capitol

June 11th, 2020


Plus, the Federal Reserve forecasts a slow recovery – with worsening inequality. And the voting debacle in Georgia’s primary this week does not bode well for November.

Coronavirus hospitalizations on the rise

June 10th, 2020


Plus, the World Health Organization clarifies that asymptomatic people can transmit the coronavirus, and, patients who survive covid-19 because of ventilators face an arduous recovery.

Elected leaders push back on calls to ‘defund’ police, but a reckoning is still underway on race

June 9th, 2020


Plus, fourteen states report new record-high coronavirus infections, and the Trump administration is making it easier for hunters to kill hibernating …

Minneapolis city council wants to dismantle its police department. What does that mean?

June 8th, 2020


Plus, protesters in Europe are pushing for a reckoning with racism in their own countries. And, President Trump is struggling to come up with a new campaign slogan.

George Floyd memorial service paints a picture of the person who has become a symbol

June 5th, 2020


Plus, as protests continue in D.C., President Trump clashes with the mayor over control of the city’s streets. And the black-white economic divide is …

Police tactics questioned in wake of Floyd’s death and protest crackdowns

June 4th, 2020


Plus, Former Defense Secretary Mattis blasts President Trump. And Virginia’s governor is going to take down the Robert E. Lee statue in downtown Richmond.

CIA veterans worry that militarized response to protests erodes U.S. moral authority

June 3rd, 2020


Plus, Tony Fauci says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about a coronavirus vaccine in the pipeline, and protesters defy curfews again, but tensions appear to ease in several cities.

Protesters tear-gassed before D.C. curfew so Trump could have a photo op

June 2nd, 2020


Plus, more than 60 million Americans are now under curfews, with terrible reports of lootings and shootings from coast to coast. And, local leaders say white instigators are to blame for some of the worst rioting.

More curfews are in effect across America than at any time since MLK’s assassination

June 1st, 2020


Plus, as more cities burn, President Trump stays silent – other than tweeting fuel on the fire. And, the rioting sparks alarm about fresh coronavirus outbreaks in the African American community.

Minneapolis is burning

May 29th, 2020


Plus, seven are shot in Louisville as protests against police brutality turn violent from coast to coast, and law enforcement leaders race to …

The coronavirus is here to stay, as U.S. death toll surpasses 100,000

May 28th, 2020


Plus, deadly protests in Minneapolis. And President Trump plans to sign an executive order targeting social media companies.

Gilead can charge whatever it wants for remdesivir, despite massive federal subsidies and support

May 27th, 2020


Plus, the health department watchdog being purged by President Trump is pursuing 14 investigations of his botched response to the coronavirus, and a third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety and …

Meat shortages may get worse as the food processing industry struggles to get back to normal

May 26th, 2020


Plus, Memorial Day gatherings alarm public health officials across America, and Joe Biden wears a mask as he leaves his house for the first time in months.

CDC clarifies that coronavirus does not spread easily from contaminated surfaces or animals

May 22nd, 2020


Plus, young adults are increasingly affected by the Kawasaki-like syndrome linked to the contagion, and local governments are filling the void on …

Models suggest a looming second wave of coronavirus in the South

May 21st, 2020


Plus, Fauci worries that "Operation Warp Speed" plays into the hands of anti-vaxxers. And Trump considers a travel ban on Brazil.

Declining greenhouse gas emissions are good news – and bad news

May 20th, 2020


Plus, the strongest and most dangerous hurricanes are now far more likely because of climate change, and EPA staff warned that mileage rollbacks had …

Bathrooms are a barrier to reopening from coronavirus

May 19th, 2020


Plus, President Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine, and Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine shows encouraging early results.

As coronavirus tests become widely available, too few people are lining up to get tested

May 18th, 2020


Plus, transit workers are paying a heavy price during the pandemic, and White House tensions with CDC spill into public view as top Trump adviser criticizes agency response.

Starvation could kill more people than the coronavirus in poorer countries facing the contagion

May 15th, 2020


Plus, the CDC releases short reopening checklists after the White House blocks the release of substantive guidance, and an experiment shows human speech generates droplets that linger in the air for more than 8 minutes.

Denied in-person funerals, obituary pages become where we mourn

May 14th, 2020


Plus, Wisconsin's Supreme Court strikes down the governor’s stay-at-home order. And the sidelined federal vaccine chief will testify today that we’re headed for "the darkest winter in modern history."

Countries that eased lockdowns are reimposing them, offering a cautionary tale for U.S. states

May 13th, 2020


Plus, President Trump's lawyer claims he has absolute immunity from being investigated, and a federal judge puts a hold on the Justice Department's …

'America First' approach to coronavirus vaccine development could leave U.S. behind

May 12th, 2020


Plus, the White House implements a stringent mask policy, but President Trump still won’t wear one. And after years of struggles amid Trump's trade …

Covid-19 begins as a respiratory virus but kills as a cardiovascular virus, doctors warn

May 11th, 2020


Plus, President Trump’s top advisers say the unemployment rate could soon reach 25 percent, and Britain will quarantine all foreign travelers as part …

People are dying in droves at their homes from the coronavirus because they’re afraid to get help

May 8th, 2020


Plus, President Trump’s valet tests positive for the coronavirus, sparking fear in the West Wing, and, as the Trump administration pushes remdesivir, …

Antibody treatments could be a bridge to a coronavirus vaccine. A llama provides a glimmer of hope.

May 7th, 2020


Plus, Trump reverses course on the future of the coronavirus task force. And a woman in New York goes $600,000 into debt to buy protective equipment for medical workers.

Two whistleblower complaints paint a portrait of Trump’s politicized coronavirus response

May 6th, 2020


Plus, federal researchers hypothesize that the coronavirus has mutated to a more contagious strain, and more than 2 million Americans still don't have indoor plumbing.

America is poorly prepared for the approaching wave of mental health problems

May 5th, 2020


Plus, the FDA steps up scrutiny of commercial antibody tests, and President Trump cheers on governors who are ignoring White House guidelines for safely reopening,

Normal steps being skipped in race for a coronavirus vaccine

May 4th, 2020


Plus, the housing market faces its next crisis as May rent and mortgage payments come due, and a city in Oklahoma rescinds its order that people wear masks.

Trump is crafting retaliation against China over coronavirus

May 1st, 2020


Plus, the government is racing to develop a vaccine that could be fielded nationwide by January, and hundreds of protesters, some carrying guns, …

Some covid-19 patients abruptly crash in their second week and doctors aren't sure why

April 30th, 2020


Plus, hopes rise for an experimental drug therapy to treat covid-19 patients. And 1 in 6 nursing homes acknowledge the contagion has infected residents or staff.

Coronavirus fatality rate may be less than 1 percent

April 29th, 2020


Plus, President Trump orders meat plants to stay open, and West Point cadets are being forced to fly back to campus so they can watch Trump give a speech.

Top secret report warned Trump of coronavirus danger more than a dozen times in January and February

April 28th, 2020


Plus, the CDC confirms six coronavirus symptoms that keep showing up over and over in patients, and schools are plotting how they’ll reopen in the …

African Americans bear the brunt of the coronavirus in rural, suburban and urban areas

April 27th, 2020


Plus, Debbie Birx warns that social distancing will probably remain in place through the summer, and President Trump calls reports he might fire Alex Azar “fake news.”

Federal data shows heat and sunlight could slow coronavirus, but Trump goes further

April 24th, 2020


Plus, lawmakers are already talking about the next stimulus bill as the House passes a $484 billion package. And farmers are throwing away tons of …

What the latest science tells us about the coronavirus

April 23rd, 2020


Plus, President Trump’s immigration order contains broad exceptions, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is using the contagion to consolidate power.

The coronavirus is killing kids. The numbers are low until it's your child.

April 22nd, 2020


Plus, the first coronavirus deaths in America occurred weeks earlier than previously thought, and the CDC director warns that the second wave of the …

EMTs look death in the eye all day, every day

April 21st, 2020


Plus, President Trump says he will sign an order to temporarily suspend immigration, and South Korea’s government says it cannot confirm reports that Kim Jong Un is gravely ill.

Coronavirus causing unrest around the world, including ominous signs of much worse to come

April 20th, 2020


Plus, President Trump says the federal government will do more to make swabs available for coronavirus testing, and pro-gun activists are using Facebook groups to push anti-quarantine protests.

There’s still no federal testing strategy, even as Trump issues guidelines to reopen economy

April 17th, 2020


Plus, glitches are preventing stimulus checks from reaching millions of Americans, and virus outbreaks are closing meat processing plants.

Experts say a chaotic search for coronavirus treatments undermines efforts

April 16th, 2020


Plus, survivors share what it’s like to be alive on the other side of the coronavirus, and as humans stay indoors, wild animals take back what was once theirs.

Leaked government planning memo lays out conditions for gradual reopening of the country

April 15th, 2020


Plus, coronavirus checkpoints targeting out-of-state residents draw growing legal scrutiny, and more than 9,000 U.S. health-care workers have been infected with the contagion.

South Dakota becomes a hot spot after governor refuses to issue a stay-at-home order

April 14th, 2020


Plus, school closures could severely stunt the development of millions of poor children, and the coronavirus ravages Little Italy in New York.

How the coronavirus tricks the body into betraying itself

April 13th, 2020


Plus, demand from coronavirus patients is causing shortages of asthma drugs and sedatives, and experts inside the government say reopening the economy by May 1 may be unrealistic.

Hospitals are cutting staff amid the pandemic, and several areas fail a stress test

April 10th, 2020


Plus, President Trump wants to reopen most of the country next month, and with Holy Week hushed by the pandemic, Pope Francis does social distancing …

CDC case study of Chicago coronavirus outbreak shows how one person can set off a chain reaction

April 9th, 2020


Plus, Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee after Bernie Sanders drops out of the race, and Democrats clash with President Trump over more money for small businesses.

The White House still has not settled on a national testing strategy

April 8th, 2020


Plus, the acting navy secretary resigns, and the ventilator shortage pits New York hospitals against one another.

Revised models give reasons for hope, but reality is grim

April 7th, 2020


Plus, the president’s embrace of hydroxychloroquine illustrates how he prioritizes anecdote over science, and Boris Johnson is getting oxygen in an ICU.

Coronavirus deaths are being underreported in America

April 6th, 2020


Plus, Texas is going to begin screening drivers who enter the state from virus-stricken Louisiana, and Scotland’s chief medical officer resigned last …

The Navy shoots the messenger, as coronavirus deaths in the U.S. top 1,000 in a single day

April 3rd, 2020


Plus, the coronavirus recession is shaping up to be the biggest blow to the U.S. economy since the Great Recession, and Italy and Spain report the number of coronavirus cases in their countries are beginning to …

The federal stockpile of personal protective equipment is already depleted

April 2nd, 2020


Plus, Florida finally issues a stay-at-home order, and Republicans are using the coronavirus crisis as cover to restrict women’s reproductive rights.

State officials wonder whether politics is playing a role in coronavirus resource allocation

April 1st, 2020


Plus, some New York hospitals have stopped resuscitating coronavirus victims, and the United Nations says this pandemic is the single biggest challenge facing the globe since World War II.

Should we all be wearing masks? The CDC is considering the question.

March 31st, 2020


Plus, states surge medical capacity to prepare for the influx of coronavirus victims, and more governors issue mandatory stay-at-home orders.

Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30

March 30th, 2020


Plus, a choir practice in Washington state turns fatal, and the virus collides with maid culture in Latin America.

New York becomes ground zero again – this time for the coronavirus pandemic

March 27th, 2020


Plus, President Trump clashes with governors over relaxing restrictions, and medical workers are rushing to update their wills in case they don't survive the pandemic.

Our domestic health care system is stretching past the breaking point

March 26th, 2020


Plus, soldiers around the world are being mobilized to enforce lockdowns, and more states order residents to stay home.

Prince Charles testing positive is a reminder that the coronavirus does not discriminate

March 25th, 2020


Plus, India is on a nationwide three week lockdown, and the Senate and the White House finalized a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package.

Understanding why the coronavirus is so hard to beat

March 24th, 2020


Plus, a deal on a stimulus package could be near, and President Trump wants to reopen the economy, even as public health officials object.

The infected talk about what it feels like to have coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020


Plus, the stimulus package to respond to the coronavirus hits a speed bump, and Sen. Rand Paul finds out he tested positive moments after swimming in …

Expect more than one spike in coronavirus deaths

March 20th, 2020


Plus, the shortage of testing kits has amplified inequities in our health-care system, and rural areas of the country are likely to have the highest death rates.

The Trump ban on fetal tissue research is undermining the search for coronavirus treatments

March 19th, 2020


Plus, Jared Kushner exerts control over the government's response to the pandemic, and President Trump gambles his reelection on what could be $2 …

Patchwork response and federal dysfunction complicate coronavirus response

March 18th, 2020


Plus, Europe is closing its borders, and Joe Biden sweeps primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona.

Rationing ventilators in the U.S. could force agonizing tradeoffs

March 16th, 2020


Plus, the Federal Reserve drops benchmark interest rate to zero, and essential details of the White House's coronavirus testing plan remain murky.

The U.S. has still tested fewer people for coronavirus than South Korea

March 13th, 2020


Plus, President Trump launches airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, and Joe Biden hires a new campaign manager.

Trump restricts travel from the E.U. for 30 days, as stocks enter bear market

March 12th, 2020


Plus, people are starting to get laid off because of the spreading coronavirus, and the unintended consequences of Italy's national coronavirus lockdown.

Joe Biden is on a path to win the Democratic nomination after more decisive wins

March 11th, 2020


Plus, updates on the current total number of coronavirus cases, and President Trump’s proposal to dramatically reduce the payroll tax.

Trump trying to calm markets with emergency proposals

March 10th, 2020


Plus, Joe Biden chips away at the white working class vote, two Marines are killed during an operation against the Islamic State, and Democrats face a heavy lift as they hope to win the Senate.

Sanders steps up attacks on Biden ahead of critical Michigan primary

March 9th, 2020


In speeches this weekend, Sanders has cautiously tested new and forceful attacks on Biden’s record on gay rights and women’s issues, potent critiques …

A cruise ship with thousands aboard awaits tests results for coronavirus off California

March 6th, 2020


Military helicopters delivered testing kits Thursday to a cruise ship being held off the coast of California, as officials in Washington faced angry questions about whether the vessel is set to become the latest …

Warren weighs her future, as Sanders sharpens attacks on Biden

March 5th, 2020


Elizabeth Warren flew home to Boston to reassess her campaign, weighing whether to end her bid and allow liberals in the party to unite behind Sanders the way moderates quickly coalesced for Biden.

Biden wins big on Super Tuesday, sweeping the South and beating Sanders and Warren in Massachusetts

March 4th, 2020


Joe Biden swept the South and did surprisingly well in New England and the Upper Midwest on Super Tuesday. He appears poised to seize control of the …

A coronavirus vaccine could take more than a year to develop

March 3rd, 2020


The coronavirus has claimed six American lives, and patients are now being treated in at least 15 states.

Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in Washington state

March 2nd, 2020


The coronavirus has been circulating undetected and has possibly infected scores of people over the past six weeks in Washington state.

HHS whistleblower complaint alleges botched federal response to coronavirus

February 28th, 2020


Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China …

Coronavirus infection in California is first evidence of ‘community spread’ in the U.S.

February 27th, 2020


The CDC reported last night that a person in Northern California has contracted the coronavirus without traveling to regions hit by the outbreak or coming in contact with anyone known to have the infection.

Rival Democrats pile on Bernie Sanders in a debate, but no one breaks out

February 26th, 2020


Bernie Sanders came under withering and sustained criticism during last night's presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina, as his six rivals …

Bernie Sanders is unapologetic as he faces criticism from Democrats for Cold War travels

February 25th, 2020


With Sanders now surging to the top of the Democratic presidential field, those three-decade-old impressions on his Cold War travels introduced a …

Bernie Sanders is the man to beat for the Democratic nomination after landslide in Nevada

February 24th, 2020


Bernie Sanders has seized a commanding position in the Democratic presidential race, building a diverse coalition that is driving his liberal movement toward the cusp of taking over the party.

Trump irate after a senior intelligence official told the House that Russia favors him in 2020

February 21st, 2020


A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more …

Mike Bloomberg is a target of everyone else’s ire in his debut debate

February 20th, 2020


Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg suffered a punishing welcome in the Las Vegas Democratic debate on Wednesday night.

Trump grants clemency to people with friends in high places

February 19th, 2020


President Trump granted clemency yesterday to a clutch of political allies, circumventing the usual Justice Department process.

Bloomberg qualifies for Wednesday's debate, as he poaches some of Biden’s black supporters

February 18th, 2020


Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, setting the stage for a clash that will test the staying power of a campaign that has so far been defined by its …

Why Bill Barr really rebuked President Trump

February 14th, 2020


Attorney General Bill Barr pushed back last night against Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department. The remarkable public rebuke of the president by a sitting member of the cabinet arose from a crisis of confidence at …

The New Hampshire primary failed to winnow the Democratic field the way it has historically

February 13th, 2020


Usually the early Democratic presidential contests shrink the field. This year, they’ve expanded it.

As Sanders wins N.H., Klobuchar’s strong finish behind Buttigieg will keep moderate voters divided

February 12th, 2020


Democrats are bracing themselves for a long and divisive slog for the presidential nomination after New Hampshire has added new uncertainty to a race that was already scrambled by last week's caucuses in Iowa.

Health care is the top concern for New Hampshire primary voters

February 11th, 2020


This first-in-the-nation primary state, which votes today, is at the leading edge of Americans’ frustration with flaws of the U.S. health-care system.

Sanders and Buttigieg keep attacking each other in New Hampshire

February 10th, 2020


The two top finishers in last week's Iowa caucuses, representing opposite ends of the Democratic Party's ideological spectrum, are heading for a …

A Chinese hero dies after trying to sound the alarm about the coronavirus

February 7th, 2020


A Chinese doctor who was silenced by police for trying to share news about the new coronavirus long before Chinese health authorities disclosed its …

How Mitt Romney decided to vote for convicting Trump for abuse of power

February 6th, 2020


Mitt Romney sealed a place in history yesterday by voting to convict President Trump of abuse of power, becoming a lone voice of dissent in a Republican Party that otherwise marched in lockstep with the president …

The State of the Union felt at times like a Trump rally, as Pelosi ripped up her copy of the speech

February 5th, 2020


President Trump’s State of the Union address last night amounted to a more subdued version of one of his raucous campaign rallies.

Iowa mess means no official results – and questions about the future of the caucuses

February 4th, 2020


On the night Iowa was asked to deliver a definitive primary result, the entire precinct caucus system broke down, and Iowa's place in the nominating …

In Iowa, John Kerry says he won’t run in 2020 but doesn’t deny he speculated about it

February 3rd, 2020


On Sunday, an NBC reporter overheard one of the former vice president’s top surrogates, John F. Kerry, in the hotel lobby speculating over the idea …

‘It’s going to be a cluster,’ Joe Biden says in Iowa, as candidates scramble

February 2nd, 2020


The Democratic presidential candidates returned to Iowa in full force yesterday, using a brief break from impeachment proceedings to rally supporters …

Bernie Sanders’s campaign advises Iowa volunteers to tread carefully around ‘socialism’

February 1st, 2020


A handwritten sign posted on the wall inside a Bernie Sanders campaign office here in Des Moines tells volunteers how to respond when people raise …

Trump overshadows the Democratic candidates in Iowa ahead of the caucuses

January 31st, 2020


At a pivotal, potentially energizing moment for Democrats, preparing for the first votes of their long-awaited effort to unseat Trump, the presidential candidates found themselves reacting to his massive shadow rather …

Trump’s defense says a president cannot be impeached for anything that benefits his reelection

January 30th, 2020


President Trump’s legal team offered a startling defense yesterday as senators debated his fate in the impeachment trial, arguing that presidents …

Senate Republicans move goal posts on ‘quid pro quo’ to justify opposing witnesses

January 29th, 2020


Congressional Republicans are pivoting hard to a new argument: the president’s actions are not impeachable, even if it turns out he did leverage his office for an investigation of a domestic rival.

Growing agitation among Senate Republicans for witnesses

January 28th, 2020


Sensational revelations from President Trump’s former national security adviser threatened to upend the Senate impeachment trial Monday, increasing …

John Bolton manuscript ups pressure on Senate Republicans to vote for witnesses

January 27th, 2020


John Bolton’s forthcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened,” is scheduled for publication March 17, but a White House review could attempt to delay …

House Democrats preemptively defend the Bidens during impeachment trial arguments

January 24th, 2020


In the impeachment trial, Democrats detailed their defense of Joe Biden’s actions regarding Ukraine in anticipation that it will be a major portion of the White House’s defense later this week.

Democrats tone down rhetoric at impeachment trial, as Joe Biden rejects a witness swap

January 23rd, 2020


House Democrats charged with prosecuting the impeachment case against President Trump scaled back their fiery language yesterday following that …

Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers during impeachment trial

January 22nd, 2020


A little 1 a.m. Eastern time this morning, Chief Justice John Roberts rebuked House impeachment managers and defense lawyers for President Trump over their decorum.

McConnell’s ground rules mean impeachment arguments could stretch past midnight

January 21st, 2020


Later yesterday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally released the ground rules that will guide trial proceedings.

The Trump hotel bar was a ‘breeding ground’ for episodes in impeachment trial

January 17th, 2020


For three years, Trump’s hotel near the White House has been a loose, anybody-welcome hangout for Republicans.

New book shows Trump often unaware of basic geography and history

January 16th, 2020


President Trump has often revealed himself as woefully uninformed about the basics of geography and history during his three years as the most …

Parnas files include more evidence of potential Trump involvement in the Ukraine affair

January 15th, 2020


New materials released by House Democrats appear to show Ukraine’s top prosecutor offering one of Rudy Giuliani's associates damaging information …

The Russian hack of Burisma is another warning flare for 2020

January 14th, 2020


Russian military spies have hacked the Ukrainian gas company that is at the heart of the impeachment trial of Trump.

An Iranian woman’s defection is a reminder of how much people dislike the regime in Tehran

January 13th, 2020


The only woman in Iran to ever have won an Olympic medal has defected from that country, announcing her departure in a poignant Instagram post this weekend that accuses the government in Tehran of “hypocrisy,” …

Boeing documents suggest a culture that does not prioritize safety

January 10th, 2020


Instant messages and other internal Boeing documents released on Thursday night show company employees discussing efforts to manipulate U.S. and …

Both Iran and the U.S. say the ball is now in the other’s court

January 9th, 2020


U.S. officials said they knew by Tuesday afternoon that the Iranians intended to strike at American targets in Iraq, although it was not immediately …

Iran retaliates, as the Defense secretary says ‘exquisite intelligence’ prompted Soleimani strike

January 8th, 2020


No American casualties have been reported after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US personnel last night.

Putin could emerge a winner from the fallout over Soleimani’s death

January 7th, 2020


If the United States withdraws from Iraq as backlash over the killing widens, Russia could strengthen its foothold in the country — much as it did in …

Pompeo pushed for Soleimani strike, as Trump threatens Iran cultural sites

January 6th, 2020


Mike Pompeo spoke to President Trump multiple times every day last week, culminating in Trump’s decision to approve the killing of Iran’s top …

Pentagon launched airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani

January 3rd, 2020


A U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on Thursday, the Pentagon said, a dramatic escalation of tensions …

Siege on U.S. Embassy ends

January 2nd, 2020


The siege by supporters of an Iranian-backed militia at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad ended Wednesday after the militia ordered them to withdraw.

Hispanic voters are growing in power. Why are Democratic presidential candidates ignoring them?

December 27th, 2019


When the Latino Community Foundation sent questionnaires to the Democratic presidential candidates asking where they stood on issues such as …

Murkowski ‘disturbed’ by McConnell’s vow of ‘total coordination’ with White House over impeachment

December 26th, 2019


Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a key potential Republican swing vote, told an Anchorage TV station that she was “disturbed” by the Senate majority leader’s …

White House official directed hold on Ukraine aid shortly after Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky

December 23rd, 2019


An official from the White House budget office directed the Defense Department to “hold off” on sending military aid to Ukraine less than two hours …

How Russia influenced Trump’s views on Ukraine.

December 20th, 2019


Former White House officials say they feared Vladimir Putin influenced President Trump’s views on Ukraine and the 2016 campaign.

Trump impeached

December 19th, 2019


The House of Representatives voted last night to impeach President Trump on charges that he abused his office and obstructed Congress, branding an …

Trump lashes out as the House prepares to make him the third impeached president in U.S. history

December 18th, 2019


President Trump, on the eve of his expected impeachment, lit into congressional Democrats. Trump wrote a rambling and raging letter that voters would …

What’s in the $1.3 trillion spending bill

December 17th, 2019


Congressional negotiators cemented a $1.3 trillion federal spending deal, with a pay raise for federal workers, money for federal gun violence …

Moderate Democrats trying to recruit Justin Amash as an impeachment manager

December 16th, 2019


Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) could reach conservative voters in a way Democrats can’t, potentially bolstering their case to the public. He could also …

A huge triumph for Boris Johnson and a mandate to deliver Brexit

December 13th, 2019


Ballots tallied through the night affirmed that Johnson and his Conservative Party had achieved a smashing success, the largest win for the Tories since Margaret Thatcher prevailed a third time in 1987.

McConnell planning for as short an impeachment trial as possible

December 12th, 2019


Several GOP senators say privately that it would be much better to limit the trial and quickly vote to acquit Trump, rather than engage in what could …

House Democrats celebrate cutting a trade deal with Trump as they move to impeach him

December 11th, 2019


The nation saw a split screen Tuesday, in which Nancy Pelosi dashed from a somber announcement of articles of impeachment against the president to a jubilant proclamation of a revised North American trade accord.

Nuanced IG report shows FBI problems but also offers vindication

December 10th, 2019

Justice Department IG report examining the FBI investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign rebutted accusations that officials were driven by political …

U.S. officials misled public about Afghan war, confidential documents reveal

December 9th, 2019

The Post obtained records from more than 400 of the interviews after a three-year legal battle. The documents reveal that people who were directly …

How Nancy Pelosi went from a skeptic to the face of impeachment

December 6th, 2019


with a five-minute nationally televised address on Thursday morning, Pelosi has become the reluctant face of the impeachment effort.

Undocumented immigrants who worked for Trump recount his outbursts and habits

December 5th, 2019

Over the past year, my colleagues Josh Parlow and Dave Fahrenthold have interviewed 48 people who worked illegally for the Trump Organization at 11 …

House Republicans think they can derail first hearing in new phase of impeachment

December 4th, 2019


Some of Capitol Hill’s most aggressive and colorful characters in both parties will have a new platform as the impeachment inquiry moves to the …

Barr disagrees with IG’s finding on FBI’s Russia investigation

December 3rd, 2019


Attorney General Bill Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department’s inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming …

Ukraine’s president is taking on corruption, at the risk of angering Trump

December 2nd, 2019


By the end of this month, more than 500 Ukrainian prosecutors will be out of their jobs as part of sweeping professional reviews under Ukrainian …

Two OMB officials resigned in part over concerns about the legality of freezing Ukraine aid

November 27th, 2019


President Trump knew about the whistleblower's complaint before he reluctantly unfroze the military aid to Ukraine.

DOJ appeals after a judge orders McGahn to testify before Congress

November 26th, 2019


A federal court ruled last night that former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena, finding that “no one is above …

Secret White House emails show after-the-fact efforts to justify Trump holding Ukraine aid

November 25th, 2019


A confidential White House review of President Trump’s decision to place a hold on military aid to Ukraine has turned up hundreds of documents that …

Fiona Hill’s warning about Russia is even bigger than impeachment

November 22nd, 2019


Hill emerged as one of the few witnesses over the past two weeks able to move from providing accounts of events inside the White House to placing the …

Sondland nonchalantly implicates Trump in a ‘quid pro quo’

November 21st, 2019


Gordon Sondland was almost nonchalant as he implicated the president and his top advisers in a scheme – maybe even a conspiracy – to pressure Ukraine.

The July 25 call was not perfect, even the GOP’s witnesses say

November 20th, 2019


Three current and former Trump administration officials described during congressional testimony yesterday how they harbored a variety of concerns …

New details about Trump’s July 26 call with Sondland

November 19th, 2019


A counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine told lawmakers that he was shocked to overhear a phone call in which a top diplomat assured President …

Trump caving on flavored vape ban after lobbying campaign rattled him

November 18th, 2019


Everything seemed ready to go: President Trump’s ban on most flavored e-cigarettes had been cleared by federal regulators. But the night before a …

Why Pelosi is now accusing Trump of ‘bribery’

November 15th, 2019


Using her most aggressive language yet, Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of committing “bribery” by seeking to use U.S. military aid as leverage to …

Impeachment hearing ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign

November 14th, 2019


The first day of public impeachment hearings unearthed new evidence potentially implicating President Trump more directly in a scheme to center …

What to know about the people in today’s impeachment hearing

November 13th, 2019


The House will begin the public phase of its impeachment inquiry with Democrats and Republicans prepared to offer competing narratives of whether President Trump inappropriately pressured Ukraine to investigate his …

White House infighting complicates response to impeachment inquiry

November 12th, 2019


The White House’s bifurcated and disjointed response to the impeachment inquiry has been fueled by a battle between acting chief of staff Mick …

A key question in the impeachment hearings is what exactly Trump himself ordered

November 11th, 2019


In the nearly 3,000 pages of interview transcripts from the House impeachment inquiry released last week, Trump often seems like a supporting character in someone else’s drama.

House Republicans looking at three possible fall guys to pin Ukraine blame and save Trump

November 8th, 2019


The House GOP's emerging plan to save Trump is to turn the blame on three of his deputies: E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, personal lawyer Rudy …

Barr declined to hold a news conference clearing Trump of wrongdoing on Ukraine

November 7th, 2019


President Trump wanted Attorney General Bill Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone …

GOP losses embarrass Trump from Kentucky to Virginia

November 6th, 2019


The results of Tuesday’s off-year elections have left Republicans stumbling and increasingly uncertain about their own political fates next year, as …

An indicted Giuliani associate signals he may flip

November 5th, 2019


An attorney for Lev Parnas, one of the two associates of Rudy Giuliani who was arrested last month as he tried to fly to Europe with a one-way plane …

Three Mulvaney aides plan to stonewall the impeachment inquiry this week

November 4th, 2019


Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s allies in the administration plan to stonewall and obstruct the impeachment inquiry as much as …

Rising sea levels will be more problematic than expected

November 1st, 2019


New research shows that rising seas will be much worse and more expensive to deal with than previously thought.

Few defections expected by either party on today’s impeachment vote

October 31st, 2019


As depositions continue, the House is on track today to pass the set of rules governing the next phase of the impeachment inquiry.

Republicans defend Purple Heart recipient in the face of Trump attacks

October 30th, 2019


President Trump and his allies on television lashed out yesterday at Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman as he testified under oath on Capitol Hill for …

An Army officer who heard the July 25 call will testify today about Trump’s foreign policy

October 29th, 2019


Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, was part of a small group of White House officials assigned to …

New details on how U.S. killed ISIS leader – and the next targets

October 28th, 2019


President Trump announced Sunday morning that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive Islamic State commander, died during a U.S. military operation in Syria.

White House delayed Ukraine trade decision in August

October 25th, 2019


The White House’s trade representative in late August withdrew a recommendation to restore some of Ukraine’s trade privileges after John Bolton …

Republicans storm closed-door impeachment hearing

October 24th, 2019


A group of Trump’s congressional allies escalated their complaints about the impeachment inquiry by barging into a secure facility on Capitol Hill …

Taylor testifies Trump made Ukraine aid contingent on public pledge to investigate Bidens

October 23rd, 2019


The explosive, closed-door testimony from acting ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. undermined Trump’s insistence that he never pressured Ukrainian officials in a potentially improper “quid pro quo.”

Trump soured on Ukraine after talking to Putin, as Russia tries to divide Americans on Instagram

October 22nd, 2019


President Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine for information he could use against political rivals came as he was being urged to adopt a hostile view …

Trump nixed G-7 plans under pressure from Republicans

October 21st, 2019


President Trump was forced to abandon his decision to host next year’s Group of Seven summit at his private golf club in Florida after it became …

Perry is resigning, as Mulvaney tries to walks back press room admission

October 18th, 2019


Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted during a news conference yesterday that President Trump withheld nearly $400 million in …

McConnell preps Senate GOP for impeachment trial amid another arrest and more depositions

October 17th, 2019


Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators Wednesday to be ready for an impeachment trial of Trump as soon as Thanksgiving.

Warren holds her own as rivals pile on in Democratic debate

October 16th, 2019


Elizabeth Warren came under sustained attack for the first time during last night’s Democratic primary debate in Ohio.

John Bolton called Rudy Giuliani a ‘hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up'

October 15th, 2019


Fiona Hill, the former top Russia adviser at the White House, testified Monday that John Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, …

‘Total chaos’ as U.S. troops retreat from Syria and the Russians reportedly move in

October 14th, 2019


President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, where they have long kept an uneasy peace among competing forces, has left the region in upheaval and the administration is scrambling to respond …

The warnings were coming from inside the White House

October 11th, 2019


At least four national security officials were so alarmed by the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine for political purposes that they …

U.S. takes custody of ISIS detainees as Trump downplays Kurds alliance

October 10th, 2019


After green lighting the Turkish invasion of their territory, President Trump is trying to downplay the value of the U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurds.

White House announces that Trump will stonewall impeachment inquiry

October 9th, 2019


The White House announced last night that it will not cooperate with the House’s impeachment inquiry of President Trump. In an eight-page letter, …

New poll shows cracks forming on impeachment among Republican voters

October 8th, 2019


A brand new Washington Post-Schar School poll, which was in the field through Sunday night, shows that a 58 percent majority of Americans support the …

Five cases to watch in the Supreme Court term that starts today

October 7th, 2019


The Supreme Court’s fall term begins today. It will test Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.’s efforts to portray the institution as above the noisy and partisan battles of the moment.

The smoking texts

October 4th, 2019


House investigators released numerous text messages late Thursday night illustrating how senior State Department officials coordinated with the Ukrainian president’s top aide and President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Mike Pence was more involved with Trump’s campaign to pressure Ukraine than previously known

October 3rd, 2019


President Trump repeatedly involved Vice President Pence in efforts to exert pressure on the leader of Ukraine at a time when the president was using …

Iowa farmers feeling the squeeze from Trump trade and energy policies

October 2nd, 2019


President Trump's destructive trade war and his blind loyalty to Big Oil are combining to cripple Iowa farmers and could put the Farm Belt in play …

Trump hopes Barr's secret meetings overseas will discredit the investigation into his 2016 campaign

October 1st, 2019


Barr’s personal involvement has stoked further criticism from Democrats pursuing impeachment that he is helping the Trump administration use …

House Democrats are counting on Adam Schiff to keep the impeachment inquiry focused

September 30th, 2019


Pelosi has sidelined Jerry Nadler and elevated Adam Schiff to lead the investigation, which will focus narrowly on the Ukraine matter.

Why the CIA whistleblower had a bigger impact than Mueller in the drive toward impeachment

September 27th, 2019


The document the whistleblower delivered reveals almost as much about the investigative mission he carried out in stealth as it does about the alleged abuses of power by the president.

Trump appointees at Department of Justice quickly rejected a criminal referral over Ukraine call

September 26th, 2019


Justice Department officials took less than a month to abandon an inquiry into President Trump’s communications with his Ukrainian counterpart about investigating former vice president Joe Biden.

How Giuliani’s shadow diplomacy in Ukraine led to Pelosi opening impeachment inquiry

September 25th, 2019


President Trump’s attempt to pressure the leader of Ukraine followed a months-long fight inside the administration that sidelined national security …

Trump demanded that almost $400 million be held back from Ukraine

September 24th, 2019


President Trump told Mick Mulvaney to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is …

Impeachment is becoming more likely after Trump suggests he mentioned Biden to Ukraine president

September 23rd, 2019


Democratic frustration with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to impeach President Trump is reaching a fever pitch following reports that Trump …

Trump’s contact with Ukraine motivated whistleblower complaint

September 20th, 2019


The complaint involved communications with a foreign leader and a “promise” that Trump made, which was so alarming that a U.S. intelligence official …

Intelligence whistleblower says Trump made a troubling ‘promise’ to foreign leader

September 19th, 2019


The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s …

Federal report highlights environmental damage from Trump’s wall

September 18th, 2019


Bulldozers and excavators rushing to install President Trump’s border barrier could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites within Arizona’s …

The Pentagon does not want war with Iran over the drone attack on Saudi Arabia

September 17th, 2019


Pentagon officials are recommending a restrained response to the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities, arguing against a potentially costly conflict with Iran.

Drug companies are trying to oust a federal judge ahead of major opioid trial

September 16th, 2019


Drug companies facing more than 2,000 lawsuits over their alleged roles in the opioid epidemic demanded Saturday that the federal judge overseeing …

Biden has his best debate yet

September 13th, 2019


The trio at the center of the stage have consistently held the top places in the polls, with the rest of the candidates trailing far behind and …

Trump hires four types of advisers. Bolton was all four.

September 12th, 2019


The rupture between President Trump and John Bolton, as chronicled in public and in private accounts of administration officials, is a case study of …

How John Bolton lost Trump’s confidence and his job

September 11th, 2019


Over a turbulent 17 months, President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton had disagreed on a variety of issues, from North Korea to …

CIA exfiltration of Russian asset underscores the importance of human sources

September 10th, 2019


Two years ago, the United States extracted from Russia an important CIA source who had provided information about the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Canceled Camp David summit with the Taliban shows internal divisions in the Trump administration

September 9th, 2019


Plans for U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan have been thrown into confusion following Trump’s decision to call off a secret meeting he planned …

Trump himself used the Sharpie to alter the hurricane map, a White House official says

September 6th, 2019


A White House official says President Trump himself used a Sharpie to mark up an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map, which he displayed during an Oval Office briefing on Wednesday.

Companies are getting scammed by voice-mimicking software

September 5th, 2019


Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate the speech of a company executive and dupe his subordinate into wiring hundreds of thousands of …

Churchill’s grandson to be expelled from Conservative Party for breaking on Brexit

September 4th, 2019


Nicholas Soames, a member of Parliament representing Mid Sussex, was among the group of 21 Conservative politicians who defied Johnson’s wishes by …

House Democrats plan to investigate hush money payments this fall

September 3rd, 2019


House Democrats plan to make President Trump’s alleged involvement in a 2016 scheme to silence two women who claimed they had affairs with him a …

Trump gives Hurricane Dorian weather forecast

August 30th, 2019


President Trump made dire predictions Thursday for Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall, warning that the storm was likely going to “hit very hard” and “be very big.”

Gillibrand ends presidential bid

August 29th, 2019


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who struggled to gain traction in a crowded field, ended her presidential run Wednesday, a further winnowing of the Democrats hoping to take on President Trump in 2020.

A year into the trade war, China learns to ride out Trump’s turbulence

August 28th, 2019


Keeping China guessing is all part of a strategy to gain the upper hand in the trade war, President Trump suggested after a whiplash-inducing series of contradictory and confusing statements about relations between the …

Trump advocates for Putin at G-7 summit in move to soften Russia’s pariah status

August 27th, 2019


President Trump capped days of advocacy on behalf of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin by announcing here Monday that he intends to invite the leader to the Group of Seven summit in 2020.

Mixed signals and reversals cloud second day of G-7 summit

August 26th, 2019


A summit of world leaders devolved into a confusing spectacle on Sunday when President Trump signaled regret for his trade war with China only to …

France tries to orchestrate a no-drama G-7 summit, but Trump is the X factor

August 23rd, 2019


Already, President Trump has shaken up the G-7 summit schedule, calling at the last minute for a special meeting Sunday morning to discuss the global …

Trump critics eye GOP primary race, even if defeating him seems ‘preposterous’

August 22nd, 2019


The anti-Trump movement inside the Republican Party — long a political wasteland — is feeling new urgency to mount a credible opposition to Trump …

How the Trump administration muzzled mental health experts after El Paso and Dayton

August 21st, 2019


When President Trump targeted mental illness as the cause of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that killed 31 people, federal health officials made sure no government experts might contradict him.

Trump advisers mulling a payroll tax cut to help middle class

August 20th, 2019


The White House is eyeing a temporary cut in the payroll tax as one way to stave off the looming recession. The talks are still in their early stages …

Experts say banning high-capacity magazines would make mass shootings less deadly

August 19th, 2019


With the pace of mass shootings accelerating — and their tolls dramatically increasing — criminologists and reform advocates are more intently …

Trump wants to buy Greenland. Two other presidents tried and failed.

August 16th, 2019


President Trump has pushed top aides to investigate whether the U.S. government can purchase the giant ice-covered island of Greenland.

Broken hyoid bone in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck raises more questions about ‘apparent suicide’

August 15th, 2019


An autopsy found that Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.

The Chinese government hopes threats of violence will disperse Hong Kong protesters

August 14th, 2019


China is threatening to use force in Hong Kong, hoping that threats alone will disperse the mass protests, as students and others who yearn for freedom make plans to continue protesting once universities resume classes …

How Trump is undermining the Endangered Species Act

August 13th, 2019


New rules will allow the administration to reduce the amount of habitat set aside for wildlife and remove critical tools that officials use to …

Corrections officers did not check on Epstein for several hours before his death

August 12th, 2019


Corrections officers had not checked in on financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein for “several” hours before he was found hanging in his cell on Saturday. It’s just one in a series of missteps in the …

Trump shakes up the top ranks of the intelligence community

August 9th, 2019


President Trump said in a tweet last night that he will name Joseph Maguire, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the acting …

The mother of the El Paso shooting suspect called the police weeks before he allegedly opened fire

August 8th, 2019


The mother’s attorneys says she contacted police because she was worried about her son owning the weapon given his age, maturity level and lack of …

To work, red flag systems require someone to raise them. That usually doesn’t happen.

August 7th, 2019


Trump and Republican leaders have made ‘red flags’ such as mental illness, violent crimes or domestic attacks a priority for identifying people who …

El Paso massacre casts new light on the threat within

August 6th, 2019


The United States employs an arsenal of armed forces, unmanned drones and intelligence agencies to contain Islamist terrorism. No comparable array of national power has been directed against the threat emerging from the …

Lots of criticism going around after weekend massacres

August 5th, 2019


After two mass slayings, the question surrounding the president is no longer whether he will respond as other presidents once did, but whether his words contributed to the carnage.

In a deal with the Taliban, the U.S. is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan

August 2nd, 2019


The Trump administration is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan in exchange for concessions from the Taliban, including a cease-fire and a renunciation of al-Qaeda, as part of an initial deal to …

Joe Biden hit from all sides on second night of Democratic debates in Detroit

August 1st, 2019


Joe Biden tried in Detroit last night to regain his footing by adopting a more aggressive and combative posture during a Democratic presidential debate. But he faced relentless attacks on his decades-long Senate record …

Revolutionaries best those calling for evolution in Democratic debate in Detroit

July 31st, 2019


It has been building since the first primary debate in Miami ended, and at last night's debate it broke out into the open: a full-scale ideological …

Two U.S. troops shot dead in ‘green on blue’ attack in Afghanistan

July 30th, 2019


Two American service members were shot dead and a third wounded overnight in a rare “insider” attack when an Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of …

Trump’s nominee to replace Dan Coats heightens fears that he is playing politics with intelligence

July 29th, 2019


Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats will leave his position next month, and President Trump announced Sunday that he will nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) as his replacement.

Iran joins Russia in disinformation efforts against U.S. ahead of 2020 elections

July 26th, 2019


American voters are likely to be targeted in the coming campaign season by more foreign disinformation than ever before, say those studying such operations.

Mueller testimony is damning for Trump, but it will not change the political dynamic

July 25th, 2019


Bob Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday wasn’t the made-for-TV moment Democrats had hoped for. Mueller appeared confused at times, …

Justice Department launches antitrust probe of tech giants

July 24th, 2019


The Department of Justice last night announced it is opening a wide-ranging antitrust review of “market-leading online platforms,” an unprecedented …

Trump bypassing immigration judges to speed up deportations creates due process concerns

July 23rd, 2019


The Trump administration today will significantly expand its power to quickly deport undocumented immigrants who have illegally entered the United States within the past two years, using a fast-track deportation process …

Two Baptist pastors in North Carolina handled the Trump rally different from the pulpit

July 22nd, 2019


President Trump’s rally in Greenville, North Carolina, last week, and the ‘Send her back’ chants it inspired, divided much of the country, and …

A Salvadoran journalist, turned over to ICE, recounts 15 months in U.S. detention

July 19th, 2019


Manuel Duran, a native of El Salvador, was working for the Spanish-language news outlet Memphis Noticias. For the past 15 months, Duran was held in a U.S. immigration detention center.

More evidence of bad behavior toward women by Trump

July 18th, 2019


In November 1992, Donald Trump threw a raucous party at Mar-a-Lago. NBC taped the event and aired the footage on Wednesday. The video shows Trump grabbing dancing cheerleaders and socializing with Jeffrey Epstein, who …

How World War II shaped John Paul Stevens’s approach to the death penalty

July 17th, 2019


John Paul Stevens, the third-longest-serving justice on the court before he retired in 2010, died July 16 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He …

Trump’s incendiary rhetoric is met with fading resistance from Republican and corporate leaders

July 16th, 2019


President Trump recently tweeted that four minority congresswomen should “go back” to their countries of ancestry. A handful of Republican lawmakers …

Mulvaney is building a fiefdom as acting White House chief of staff

July 15th, 2019


Mick Mulvaney wields a growing influence over the White House. One official says Mulvaney is building “his own fiefdom” centered on pushing …

Inside Trump’s takeover of the GOP

July 12th, 2019


A new book that’s coming out next week details how a number of top Republicans who once criticized President Trump – publicly and privately – changed their tune after his election and struck a Faustian bargain to gain …

Tensions between Trump and Pelosi cause uncertainty on debt ceiling and trade votes

July 11th, 2019


Jolted by a new report that shows the Treasury Department running out of cash much faster than previously forecasted, the White House is pushing …

Trump suffers more setbacks in courts

July 10th, 2019


A federal judge rejected the administration’s attempt to swap out its lawyers for the case related to putting a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman denied the legal bid to do so.

Unvetted labor secretary back in hot seat after Jeffrey Epstein indictment

July 9th, 2019


The new sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein, unsealed yesterday, allege that the billionaire abused dozens of young girls at his Manhattan and Florida homes.

The feds have turned driver’s license photos into a gold mine for facial recognition searches

July 8th, 2019


Thousands of facial-recognition requests, internal documents and emails over the past five years reveal that federal investigators have turned state departments of motor vehicles databases into the bedrock of an …

A citizenship question won’t be on the 2020 Census, but Trump’s war on immigration continues

July 3rd, 2019


Trump administration officials reluctantly concluded that there would not be enough time to continue the census question legal battle and to meet the …

Trump orders tanks to the Lincoln Memorial for July Fourth celebration

July 2nd, 2019


President Trump has asked the Pentagon to marshal a broadening array of military hardware, including tanks and fighter jets, to showcase his planned …

Mystery Maltese professor back in spotlight with Barr review of Russia probe origins

July 1st, 2019


Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese-born academic, has not surfaced publicly since 2017, when he told La Republica he was not a secret agent for the Russians. …

Biden bombs and Harris wins round two of the first Democratic debate

June 28th, 2019


Rival Democratic presidential contenders pummeled former vice president Joe Biden with searing, emotional critiques on Thursday night in Miami at round two of the first debate.

First Democratic debate highlights the lurch to the left among 2020 candidates

June 27th, 2019


The first debate of the 2020 presidential campaign last night offered a pretty clear road map of a new Democratic Party, one that favors a series of ambitious and liberal domestic initiatives.

The immigration wars are killing people

June 26th, 2019


A heartbreaking image from the Associated Press sparked outrage and humanized the extent to which President Trump's policies are putting the lives of …

A black Revolutionary War hero is belatedly honored

June 25th, 2019


James Robinson, a black Revolutionary War hero, was denied his liberty and military honors. He was finally given a military funeral on Saturday in …

Immigrants still in fear after Trump postpones ICE raids

June 24th, 2019


On Saturday, President Trump announced that he is postponing for two weeks the massive ICE raids he himself announced last week. Despite the delay of the raids, immigrant communities are still mobilizing and preparing …

Trump ordered an attack on Iran but called it off at the last minute

June 21st, 2019


President Trump ordered an attack on Iran yesterday in retaliation for the downing of a surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz, but he called the operation off just hours before it was due to occur.

Biden doubles down on comments about his past work with racist senators as 2020 rivals attack

June 20th, 2019


Joe Biden faced a growing backlash Wednesday from prominent Democrats — and a bit of second-guessing within his own campaign — over comments in which he proudly described his history of working hand-in-hand in the …

Shanahan’s withdrawal raises fresh questions about Trump vetting

June 19th, 2019


Democratic lawmakers said the latest revelations about Patrick Shanahan's family's history with domestic violence demonstrated the Trump …

Palace intrigue inside the Trump reelection campaign as economic storm clouds loom

June 18th, 2019


The president is officially kicking off his bid for a second term tonight with a huge rally in Orlando. As he does, we’re getting more details about drama and palace intrigue inside his 2020 campaign.

Iran threatens to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium as tensions escalate with the U.S.

June 17th, 2019


Iran threatened overnight to increase its uranium stockpile limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal in the next 10 days, amid escalating tensions with the …

Trump won’t punish Kellyanne Conway for violating the Hatch Act

June 14th, 2019


The head of the Office of Special Counsel, which enforces civil service laws, recommended yesterday that White House adviser Kellyanne Conway be …

Trump implicitly invites American adversaries to meddle in the 2020 election

June 13th, 2019


In an interview with ABC News, President Trump said that he would be open to accepting opposition research on a presidential rival from foreign …

Trump gets conflicting advice on impeachment, or, as he calls it, the 'I-word'

June 12th, 2019


President Trump is fixated on his belief that he is immune to impeachment because he has done nothing wrong. The president is intrigued by the notion of impeachment but wary of its practical dangers, one outside adviser …

A Customs and Border Protection data breach shows the danger of mass data collection

June 11th, 2019


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials disclosed last night that photos of travelers have been compromised as part of a “malicious cyberattack.”

NRA money flowed into the pockets of its own board members

June 10th, 2019


18 members of the National Rifle Association’s 76-member board, who are not paid as directors, collected money from the group during the past three …

Walmart robots make human workers feel like machines

June 7th, 2019


To Walmart executives, the self-driving floor scrubber is the future of retail automation. They have made a multimillion-dollar bet that advanced …

Trump is getting harsher with migrant children as Mexico seeks to avert tariffs

June 6th, 2019


President Trump reiterated overnight that he’s serious about imposing new tariffs next week unless he is satisfied Mexico has done enough to stem a surge of migrants.

Joe Biden admits lifting language word for word from industry groups for climate plan

June 5th, 2019


Joe Biden’s presidential campaign lifted language without credit, at times word for word, when crafting its education and climate plans, incidents the campaign acknowledged and said were inadvertent.

Congress may pass a second resolution of disapproval over national emergency

June 4th, 2019


Congressional Republicans have begun discussing at the highest levels whether they may hold a vote to block President Trump’s planned new tariffs on …

Trump attacks London’s mayor as he lands in the U.K.

June 3rd, 2019


The president's state visit to Britain this week, the first of his presidency, is missing some of the traditional trappings of past U.K. trips by American leaders.

Trump’s latest tariff threat throws a wrench in trade negotiations and may undermine the economy

May 31st, 2019


President Trump’s announcement of an escalating series of new tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico is likely to trigger economic upheaval on both sides of the border.

White House wanted USS John S. McCain obscured during Trump’s Japan visit

May 30th, 2019


A senior Navy official confirms to The Post that he was aware someone at the White House sent a message to service officials in the Pacific requesting that the USS John McCain be kept out of the picture while President …

The Supreme Court takes a cautious path on abortion with Indiana rulings

May 29th, 2019


The Supreme Court agreed to a compromise on Indiana’s contested abortion law, an outcome that revealed its openness to state restrictions on the procedure but also favored a cautious path in confronting one of the …

The opioid trial in Oklahoma everyone is watching

May 28th, 2019


As the first state trial of the opioid epidemic begins in Oklahoma today, families that have lost loved ones to opioid overdoses see a chance to hold …

Trump is prodding generals to give a border wall deal to a major donor

May 24th, 2019


President Trump has personally and repeatedly urged the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award a border wall contract to a North Dakota construction firm whose top executive is a GOP donor and a frequent …

Trump storms out of infrastructure meeting

May 23rd, 2019


The president angrily walked out of a meeting yesterday with congressional Democrats that was supposed to be about infrastructure, saying he wouldn’t …

Trump taps a firebrand to be his immigration ‘czar’

May 22nd, 2019


President Trump has apparently selected former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli to be his so-called immigration czar. Cuccinelli is disliked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has vowed to block him …

Trump suffers a courtroom defeat as he orders McGahn to not testify today

May 21st, 2019


President Trump lost an early round of his court fight with Democrats last night after a federal judge ruled the president’s accounting firm must …

Joe Biden’s early success challenges the conventional wisdom about 2020

May 20th, 2019


In his opening weeks as a presidential candidate, Joe Biden has rejected much of the conventional wisdom that drove the opening stretch of the Democratic nomination fight.

On the anniversary of Brown v. Board, the Senate confirms a judge who won’t say if it was correctly

May 17th, 2019


The Senate yesterday confirmed Wendy Vitter, the wife of a senator turned lobbyist, to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge despite her outspoken hostility to abortion rights as a longtime pro-life activist.

Trump grows angry at his advisers for the growing talk of Iran regime change

May 16th, 2019


President Trump is frustrated with some of his top advisers, who he thinks could rush the United States into a military confrontation with Iran and …

Alabama advances the most restrictive abortion ban in America

May 15th, 2019


The Alabama Senate passed the country’s most restrictive abortion ban overnight. It makes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest, and the state's Republican governor is expected to swiftly sign it.

The White House considers a plan that would send 120,000 troops to the Middle East

May 14th, 2019


At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle …

Scientists will get their hands on a new set of untouched moon rocks for the first time

May 13th, 2019


The United States hasn’t taken any new material from the moon since the last Apollo landing in 1972. Now, NASA is releasing three new moon rock …

Trade war escalates after no deal is reached

May 10th, 2019


American and Chinese negotiators failed to reach a deal by midnight, so the United States has officially doubled tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports.

Donald Trump Jr. is subpoenaed as the House Judiciary Committee votes to hold Bill Barr in contempt

May 9th, 2019


The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress, hours after President Trump …

Iran backs away from the nuclear deal in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions

May 8th, 2019


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that his country is taking steps to halt its compliance with elements of the landmark nuclear deal in …

Trump tariff threats widen rift with Senate Republicans

May 7th, 2019


Pro-free-trade senators have tried private meetings with President Trump, op-eds in prominent newspapers and other tactics to warn Trump away from a new round of tariffs on foreign cars and auto parts.

A cease-fire in Gaza after the worst weekend of violence in five years

May 6th, 2019


Armed factions in Gaza said that they have agreed to a cease-fire with Israel that took hold in the early hours of Monday morning, after militants …

Trump just quietly rolled back the rules written to prevent another BP oil spill

May 3rd, 2019


With little fanfare, the Trump administration has dramatically weakened offshore drilling safeguards that were put in place after the 2010 explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform.

Bill Barr faces a contempt citation as he blows off the House

May 2nd, 2019


Attorney General Bill Barr defended his handling of special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation during an often-contentious Senate hearing yesterday.

Mueller was mad at Barr for how he initially handled his report

May 1st, 2019


Bob Mueller complained in a letter to Bill Barr that the four-page letter the attorney general sent to Congress describing the special counsel's …

Autocracy is on the march

April 30th, 2019


A major new survey shows growing numbers of people across the globe are dissatisfied with democracy and, even in the West, they’re becoming more …

A rabbi finishes a sermon that was interrupted by gunfire

April 29th, 2019


On the final day of a major Jewish holiday, at a synagogue near San Diego, a 19-year-old man with an assault rifle and apparent anti-Semitic views …

White House won’t say if North Korea was paid $2 million for Otto Warmbier

April 26th, 2019


North Korea issued a $2 million bill for the hospital care of comatose American Otto Warmbier, insisting that a U.S. official signed a pledge to pay it before being allowed to fly the University of Virginia student home …

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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