Politics

The Foreman Forecast: Take This Job and …

I've had some bad jobs. I’ve worked on farms where the hours were long, the days hot, and the chores dirty. I’ve stocked shelves and sold toys during the holidays, getting by on three hours of sleep a night to pay for college. I’ve pulled the overnight shift at a convenience...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 3:32pm

Bobby Kennedy: When did he die and how old was he?

Robert "Bobby" Kennedy was President John F. Kennedy's younger brother, whom JFK named U.S. attorney general in 1961. After his brother's assassination in November 1963, Bobby served under President Lyndon B. Johnson for nine months, then won a U.S. Senate seat from New York....

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 4:32pm

It's official: Twitter bots were enough to sway election to Trump

Twitter bots may have been influential enough to sway the 2016 presidential election to Trump, a new economic study says. According to a paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, automated tweets were responsible for adding 3.23 percentage points to the overall vote total for Trump,...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 5:39pm

Meet Erik Prince, the man who set up the Trump Tower meeting

Over the weekend, the "New York Times" reported that in August 2016, Donald Trump Jr. met at Trump Tower with an Israeli social-media expert and a representative of two wealthy Arab princes about how they could help Trump's presidential campaign. The meeting was set up by Erik Prince...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:09pm

How New York's Irish Community is reacting to the abortion referendum

One of the most divisive referenda in Ireland's history has divided New York's tight-knit Irish community — with some ex-pats planning to return to the Emerald Isle to cast their vote on the proposed liberalization of Ireland's abortion laws. Demonstrations from both pro-life and...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 5:54pm

Trump’s America: Shutting the door on gun sanity

Another ten dead by gunfire, and here we go again. This time, the slaughter was outside Houston at Santa Fe High School. And Dan Patrick, the pro-gun lieutenant governor of Texas, had another imbecilic excuse for refusing to do anything about America’s sickness with guns. Guns weren’t...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 6:08pm

The Foreman Forecast: Just getting started

As the Russia investigation hit its first anniversary this week, President Trump was raging away — tweeting, “Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History … still No Collusion and No Obstruction.” Now, it seems...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 5:02am

Conservatives claim liberals forced them to vote for Donald Trump

As President Trump's objectionable words and deeds continue to pile up on the world stage, a new conspiracy theory is spreading in conservative circles: It's not our fault we support Donald Trump despite his offensive actions — liberals made us do it. In Salon, "Troll Nation...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 3:17pm

The Foreman Forecast: A leak in the house

Traitors. Cowards. Leakers. All three words meant the same thing this week to President Trump as he let fly with a scorching tweet, promising to hunt down anyone in the White House releasing unauthorized information. At the same time, he railed about reporters saying this problem he has...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: So funny America forgot to laugh

Wanna hear a joke about an American hero dying of brain cancer? I didn’t think so. No decent person would. And it would take an even bigger creep to tell a joke like that and, once confronted by the dying man’s distraught family, to refuse to utter a public apology. Welcome to...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 7:10pm

The Foreman Forecast: Iran, you ran, we ran

When it comes to changing jobs, homes, or social circles, I have a rule: Don’t just run away from something bad — run toward something better. A more promising profession. A more welcoming domicile. Friendlier friends. Sure, it’s fun in a fit of pique to storm off, but that...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 5:01am

The Foreman Forecast: Sex, the AG and the fall

Team Trump went into full celebration mode this week at the resignation of the attorney general of New York. Don Jr. took to Twitter, gleefully ridiculing the sudden demise of Eric Schneiderman’s career. Kellyanne Conway fired out a terse, “Gotcha.” I’ll assume Donald Trump...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 5:00am

What is the Rosenstein memo, and what might we learn if the DOJ releases all of it?

The Justice Department might release portions of the "Rosenstein memo," the August 2017 letter Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote to special counsel Robert Mueller detailing the scope of his investigation into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russia during the...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:57pm

Michelle Obama 2020? What the former first lady has to say

Much like calls for Oprah 2020, there’s been a motion for another strong, influential woman to lead our nation in the years to come: the former first lady. If you search for Michelle Obama 2020 on Facebook, you get hundreds of pages pledging support with tens of thousands of likes. So,...

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:05am

Trump’s America: Rudy cleans up the cleanup

Why hide? Whatever else might be said of Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor does not suffer from excessive timidity. And there he was again on Sunday, sitting in the glare of television lights, publicly counterpunching on behalf of his latest client, the president of the United States....

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:27pm

The comedians we would like to host next year's White House Correspondents Dinner

Trump supporters and many in the media threw a figurative sh*t-fit this week after comedian Michelle Wolf delivered her scorched earth roast at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner. Wolf spared no one and held firm speaking truth to power and blasting the Trump administration for...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:01pm

Apparently the internet is swooning over Emmanuel Macron's security detail

Who could be more dashing than French President Emmanuel Macron? The suited-and-booted dudes that serve as his protective detail, it seems. (Sit down, Trudeau.) Media types are freaking over pictures of the French version of Secret Service agents that surround Macron. "Armed and dreamy:...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:44pm

The Foreman Forecast: The ‘best’ info?

Like the final player on the losing side of a dodgeball game, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is doing some pretty fancy ducking and diving. Facing a daily barrage of questions from reporters — much of it keyed to President Trump’s shifting versions of the facts — she...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 5:01am

Apparently James Comey sang a Beyoncé song during an FBI briefing

Fired FBI directors — they're just like us! On a press tour for his new book "A Higher Loyalty," James Comey said he wasn't above singing excerpts from Beyoncé's "Lemonade" when the spirit moved him during FBI briefings.  During an interview with PBS...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 5:28pm

Meet Emerdata, the rebranded Cambridge Analytica

Yesterday, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-connected data-mining firm that improperly accessed Facebook data of 87 million people, was shutting down. But "shutting down" may not mean much — many of that company's principal players are associated with a new...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 2:48pm