Politics

Dollar wobbles on U.S. political tension, eyes jobs data

The dollar fell broadly on Wednesday, sliding to two-week lows against the yen and a one-week trough versus the euro amid growing political tension in Washington. The greenback in May was on track to post its worst monthly performance against the euro in more than a year, even as the European...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 5:51pm

Massachusetts' traditional town meetings are ideal to build anti-corruption movement, organizers say

When many hear the phrase “campaign finance reform,” they probably think of Bernie Sanders talking about “big money” corrupting politics during his bid for the Democratic nominee for president. Though Sanders didn’t win and a billionaire businessman is currently...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:42am

Michael Flynn is refusing to comply with a Senate subpoena and he could get away with it

Lawyers for Michael Flynn said the ex-national security advisor would not honor a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee that seeks documents related to their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post Reported. Senators slapped Flynn with a...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:23pm

Who murdered Seth Rich? More on conspiracy theory

Democratic National Committee staff member Seth Rich was murdered in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. last July and his death remains a mystery. It was initially hinted that Rich was murdered during a botched robbery, but a retired Washington homicide detective believes that Rich...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 1:27pm

National Women's Political Caucus to convene in Boston this summer

In two months, Boston will host the National Women's Political Caucus Biennial Convention, which will focus training women to run for public office. "It's a huge honor for us," Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Executive Director Sarah McCarthy Welsh wrote in an email to...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:25am

U.S. Senate confirms Trump trade representative ahead of NAFTA talks

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, a critical position ahead of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Delays in Senate confirmation of veteran trade lawyer Robert Lighthizer more than...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:13pm

Is Donald Trump lying about being good at golf?

In 1994, former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il claimed that he shot a (by far) record of 38-under par, a score of 34 on a par 72 — witnessed by 17 body guards. In that incredible supposed performance, he was said to have made five holes-in-one in the round, also a record. Golf has long...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:31pm

White House fires first female who held its chief usher position

The first woman — and second African-American — to hold the chief usher position at the White House has been fired, The Washington Post reported. According to an anonymous source cited by the Post, the residence staff of the White House were informed that longtime chief usher Angella...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:09pm

Trump, Australia's Turnbull move to clear air after tense phone call

U.S. President Donald Trump held his first-face-to-face meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday, and declared that they "get along great," following an acrimonious phone call in January that strained ties between the two allies. "They said we had a rough...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 3:01am

'It’s pretty much inevitable' Trump will try to overthrow democracy: Historian

Americans still have the right to protest, as evidenced by Monday’s May Day rallies across the country, but a professor of history at Yale University wrote a new book to help the masses fight back against what he calls “the totalitarianism of the 20th century.” And by “...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:45pm

Why do we care about a president's first 100 days anyway?

Much has been made about President Trump's first 100 days, what he has and hasn't accomplished and what he'll manage to squeak out by the bell that only political journalists can hear. If it seems as if there's been a laser focus on this, that's because there has been: Cable...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 6:18pm

Congress passes short-term bill to avert government shutdown

Congress on Friday passed stopgap legislation to avert a government shutdown at midnight and give lawmakers another week to reach a deal on federal spending through the end of the fiscal year, with contentious issues remaining to be resolved. The Senate passed the measure by voice vote without...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:10pm

Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea....

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 9:29am

Exclusive: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is. President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 9:18am

Trump's ex-adviser Flynn under investigations for foreign payments

The Pentagon's inspector general has launched an investigation into whether Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, took money from foreign entities without needed approval, according to a letter released by House Democrats on Thursday. The inspector...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:42am

FCC chairman to propose reversing 'net neutrality' rules

The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. A plan to reverse the rules approved by the FCC under...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:35pm

Caitlyn Jenner is bored, would like to dabble in politics now

It seems like Caitlyn Jenner has been offering slightly insane soundbites forever. Or at least, while promoting her memoir, “The Secrets of My Life.” But it’s literally only been a week since Jenner revealed that making sweet love to Kris Jenner was adequate. Truly, it’s...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 2:42pm

The Foreman Forecast: Help Wanted

Barack Obama emerged from his post-presidential hibernation this week to urge young people to get involved in politics. “The single most important thing I can do,” he said at a student forum in Chicago, “is to help…the next generation of leadership to take up the baton....

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:12pm

Trump's campaign promises don't quite measure up as he nears first 100 days in office

Saturday marks President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, but despite the 45th president’s repeated promises on the campaign trail, he displayed an unfamiliarity with the “contract” he made with voters, and downplayed the importance of the 100-day benchmark in a...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:22pm

Trump calls for briefing of full Senate, new U.N. sanctions on North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to impose new sanctions on North Korea as concerns mount that it may test a sixth nuclear bomb as early as Tuesday. "The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable," Trump told a meeting with the 15...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 6:11pm