Politics

Where is Sean Spicer now? Chasing the spotlight, with not much luck

When we last saw Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, he was stumbling out of the gate of a post-Trump career: He had been turned down for a Fox News commentator gig and was having trouble finding guests for a talk-show pilot named Common Ground. Adding to his woes: The buzz on the...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 4:58pm

Who Is Ann Kirkpatrick? Fox & Friends books wrong guest, and it didn't go well

It was an awkward Monday morning at Fox News Channel after show hosts who intended to interview Ann Kirkpatrick ended up getting an anti-Trump lecture from the wrong guest.  "Yeah, OK, who is this?" asked Fox & Friends First host Rob Schmitt, apparently baffled after introducing...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 12:57pm

Is Russia a democracy?

In coverage of Russia's interference in the U.S. elections, the country is often called a threat to democracy. At the same time, the country holds presidential elections and citizens are represented by their own in their version of Congress. So what form of government is Russia, technically? Is...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 2:10pm

Does Putin speak English?

President Trump and Vladimir Putin met one-on-one in Helsinki for more than two hours on Monday, more than 30 minutes longer the planned. We may never know exactly what they talked about, because the two men spoke accompanied only by translators, without the aid of an official note taker. But does...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:28pm

What does NATO stand for, and why was it formed?

Political observers expected President Trump to bring drama, even chaos, to this week's NATO summit, and he did not disappoint. Since his candidacy, Trump has complained about the alliance of nations, claiming (untruthfully) that the United States pays 90% of NATO's expenses. Some feared...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 4:11pm

House Republicans approve bill that lets adoption agencies discriminate against LGBTQ parents

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved its 2019 Fiscal Year spending bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which included a number of amendments related to the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. But, House Republicans...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 3:34pm

Everything you need to know about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

On Monday night, President Trump named his second nominee for the Supreme Court: 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, an experienced judge that pleased some conservatives, nonplussed others and sent Democrats to their battle stations, fearing the conservative jurist will overturn Roe v. Wade. Here's...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 3:12pm

California Congressional candidate says the Holocaust was a 'lie'

A California politician who will go up against Democratic incumbent Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in the November midterm says Adolf Hitler was "the greatest thing that's happened to Western civilization." John Fitzgerald, who won 23 percent of the vote in California's 11th Congressional...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:02pm

Trump's attempt to bully a restaurant for ejecting Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not going well

President Trump has tried to Twitter-bully a Virginia restaurant that asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave, but it is not going great. In case you overlooked what kicked off this week's half-hearted media hand-wringing about civility: Last weekend, Sanders decided...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 5:22pm

The fight against elder financial abuse

Last March, lawmakers passed the controversial Financial Reform Bill. Both sides of the aisle had their issues with the bill itself — Democrats thought it gave big banks too much of a pass and Republicans thought it did not provide enough freedom to the finance world. But, one thing everyone...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 3:33pm

GOP senators spending July 4 in Moscow: reports

It looks like a delegation of Republican senators may be spending Independence Day in Moscow. The group will arrive in St. Petersburg on June 30 before heading to Moscow on July 3 and 4 to meet with lawmakers, Russia's Interfax news agency reported, citing a source in the Russian parliament....

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:32pm

What’s the difference between a presidential pardon and commutation, anyway?

In early June, President Donald Trump announced that he was commuting the jail sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother serving life for drug trafficking charges, on the recommendation of reality star Kim Kardashian. Before Johnson walked free, Trump granted a full pardon to...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:45pm

Trump is pissed about Canadian dairy, but he might have a point

President Trump's planned tariffs against Canada have drawn widespread criticism, but representatives of one industry say he has a point. Canada's largest cheese processor says the country has basically blocked imports of American dairy products to make it cheaper for Canadian companies to...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 3:05pm

US to quit UN Human Rights Council

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced on Tuesday that the U.S. would leave the United Nations Human Rights Council. At a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Haley called the council a "cesspool of political bias," a "poor defender of human rights" and a "...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 2:42am

Yes, more than one president has died on the 4th of July

Even though you think the best part of July 4th is the brats and beer, you know that the country celebrates Independence Day in commemoration of the founding of this country. But the holiday isn’t all heat, humidity and John Hancock. While the United States has much to celebrate, it also lost...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:15am

Do immigrants pay taxes?

Donald Trump kicked off his presidential campaign with anti-immigrant rhetoric, which he has dialed up into action during his presidency. From the beginning, he has attempted to portray as immigrants as criminals and a drain on the system, claiming that they cost the U.S. "billions of dollars...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 8:11pm

What does ICE stand for, and what do they do?

As the immigration crisis over forced parent-child separations at the Mexican border dominates the news, ICE has been front-and-center. But what is ICE, what does ICE stand for and what do they do? What does ICE stand for? What does ICE stand for anyway? ICE stands for Immigration and Customs...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 5:39pm

This Trump appointee is doing 'loyalty checks' at the State Department

President Trump has frequently talked about demanding loyalty from the people around him. Now someone's making a list. On Wednesday, "Foreign Policy" reported that Mari Stull, a senior adviser to the Bureau of Informational Affairs (BIOA), is vetting diplomats, State Department...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:02pm

'But my emails': Hillary Clinton claps back at James Comey's Gmail use at FBI

Yesterday's Justice Department report on the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server — the issue that likely decided the 2016 election — contained an ironic tidbit: As FBI director, James Comey used Gmail for FBI business "on numerous...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:20pm

California could be split into three separate states

The fate of some pretty powerful women slated to make history is in the hands of the midterm elections. But, the November 6 vote could also decide the fate of one state's entire structure as we know it. A proposal to divide California into three separate states qualified for the ballot...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 9:26am