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A Funny Thing Happens to Trump's Rivals -- They Start Turning Into Trump for 04/22/2018

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

An odd thing is happening in President Donald Trump's America. Over time, his rivals turn into their own versions of The Donald. No greater example exists than James Comey, the FBI chief whom Trump fired last year.

Trump canned Comey in a spectacularly brutal and public way. Not in person, but on camera, as if the FBI top gun were a contestant on his erstwhile reality show, "The Apprentice."

Updated: Sun Apr 22, 2018

Many Dems Can't Forgive 'Renegade' James Comey for Clinton's Loss for 04/18/2018

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Lanny Davis, the former White House counsel to President Bill Clinton and avid supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, was just finishing his book, "The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency," when President Donald Trump fired Comey.

"I just lost my book," Davis remembers thinking.

Updated: Wed Apr 18, 2018

Trump's Turnover Is Huge for 04/15/2018

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — Kathryn Dunn Tenpas has been keeping track of White House staff turnover since the late 1990s, but until President Donald Trump took the oath of office, the Brookings Institution senior fellow told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "no one's ever cared about it."

Turnover in the Trump White House is, well, huge. The president loves to compare himself to his predecessor, and in this department, Trump exceeds President Barack Obama exponentially. In the first year of the Trump White House, turnover was more than triple that of Obama's freshman year.

Updated: Sun Apr 15, 2018

For Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, Prison Reform Is Personal for 04/07/2018

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump wants to help federal inmates "who have served their time get a second chance." That's what he said in his 2018 State of the Union address.

Updated: Sat Apr 07, 2018

Trump, Democrats Create Logjam in Confirmation of Diplomats for 04/01/2018

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — What if they had negotiations to prevent a war and nobody came?

Updated: Sun Apr 01, 2018

Trump's Veto Threat Is Latest Act in White House Drama for 03/24/2018

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — In past White Houses, the removal of a national security adviser would be the culmination of much drama and handwringing. Yet President Donald Trump's decision Thursday to replace H.R. McMaster with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton was only Act III in another week at the Trump White House.

Act IV began Friday morning, when Trump tweeted he was thinking of vetoing the "omnibus" $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress — even though he had supported the bill two days earlier, thus giving members of the House and Senate a green light to vote for it.

Updated: Sat Mar 24, 2018

Washington Wonders Who Dropped the Dime on Trump's Call to Putin for 03/22/2018

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning re-election, even though national security aides had issued a warning beforehand stating "DO NOT CONGRATULATE."

Like so many other moments at the Trump White House, the story set off dueling narratives about what happened and why it occurred. First, critics pounced on the president for congratulating the authoritarian Putin for winning a rigged election.

Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018

President Donald Trump Meets His Match in Stormy Daniels for 03/18/2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — During a GOP debate in the 2016 election, Donald Trump repeated a frequent boast. "I don't settle cases. I don't do it because that's why I don't get sued very often, because I don't settle, unlike a lot of other people," he declared.

Then, in the month leading up to the election, Trump, who had been accused by several women of sexual misconduct, also vowed to sue "all of these liars" as soon as the election was over.

Updated: Sun Mar 18, 2018

Trump's Tough Talk on Guns and NRA Gives Way to Political Reality for 03/18/2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — During a February White House discussion on school safety, President Donald Trump singled out Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., for not including a provision to raise the legal age to buy a long gun from 18 to 21 in a bill the senator had sponsored. "You know why?" Trump schooled Toomey, "because you're afraid of the NRA, right?"

Monday, Trump saw his own words thrown back at him after the White House released a list of actions to improve school safety that does not include raising the legal age to purchase a long gun — a measure opposed by the National Rifle Association.

Updated: Sun Mar 18, 2018

Much Hinges on Trump in Meeting with North Korean Leader for 03/11/2018

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — They have met on Twitter, but not nose to nose. They dreamed up nicknames for each other, with President Donald Trump dubbing Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" and the North Korean strongman calling Trump "a mentally deranged U.S. dotard."

Their schoolyard taunts have spawned countless comedy opportunities, even though their relationship could not be more serious for the world around them.

As Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, recently warned at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, if North Korea deploys its nuclear arsenal, "it's going to be probably one of the worst catastrophic events in the history of our civilization."

Updated: Sun Mar 11, 2018

The Trump White House Has Turned Into Another Reality Show -- 'Dynasty' for 03/03/2018

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — For President Donald Trump, the family that works together works best. But the appearance of conflicts of interest with senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, the inappropriate behavior of Kushner and Trump family members who don't work in the administration, and Trump's remaining ties to his family-run billion-dollar empire add up to a picture that makes the opportunistic Clinton Foundation look like, well, a charity.

When president-elect Trump picked Kushner for a top slot, the pick signaled that the unconventional candidate would continue to flout convention in office by hiring (a) a family member, (b) a successful businessman with little experience in politics, and (c) someone with no experience in the military or public office for a plum political post.

Updated: Sat Mar 03, 2018

Judge's Instructions Raise New Questions in Michael Flynn Case for 02/28/2018

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — Behind the front-page indictments issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, there have been quiet movements in the courts on another front.

These developments have led supporters of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to call on President Donald Trump to pardon Flynn, or on Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea for making "materially false statements and omissions" to the FBI in 2017.

Updated: Wed Feb 28, 2018

For Trump and CPAC, What a Difference a Year Makes for 02/25/2018

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

OXON HILL, MD — One year ago, when the Conservative Political Action Conference convened for its annual gathering, participants were positive about Donald Trump's 2016 election victory, gleeful that Hillary Clinton did not win, but unsure about what the future would bring. So they danced around their new leader's ascent gingerly.

(There was also the issue of CPAC's failure to endorse Trump as wholeheartedly as his base. In 2016, Trump ended up cancelling his planned speech at CPAC under threat of a walkout, and he came in third in CPAC's presidential straw poll.)

Matt Schlapp, whose American Conservative Union puts on the event, noticed the change this year from 2017.

Updated: Sun Feb 25, 2018

Trump, Republicans Go on a Spending Spree for 02/18/2018

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — White House budget director Mick Mulvaney would not allow cameras into the briefing room as he outlined President Donald Trump's budget to reporters. He explained, "This is going to be really, really boring and really, really hard."

The session also threatened to be really, really embarrassing to Mulvaney, a one-time GOP congressman from South Carolina who came to Washington as an uncompromising fiscal hawk.

As the head of the administration's Office of Management and Budget, Mulvaney has found himself in the unenviable position of defending a budget that — if it actually lives up to its impossible promises — stands to increase the $20 trillion national debt Trump inherited by an extra $7 trillion over the next decade.

Updated: Sun Feb 18, 2018

Two Senate Committees Cast More Shadow on FBI Probe Tactics for 02/10/2018

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — In the last two weeks, cable news has been consumed with the feud between Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. The committee released a declassified five-page memo by Chairman Devin Nunes that questioned the "legitimacy and legality" of methods used in the FBI's investigation into Russian mischief in the 2016 election. Now Democrats are pushing to release their own 10-page rebuttal.

But the real action in the last week came from two Senate committees that released information that should give readers pause about the FBI's conduct during its Russia probe.

On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released a letter to the FBI, co-signed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., that suggested federal officials investigate Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who wrote the infamous Trump "dossier," for lying to the FBI.

Updated: Sat Feb 10, 2018

Trump Stays Off Twitter to Avoid Killing State of Union Buzz for 02/04/2018

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — There is a pattern to State of the Union addresses: The president declares the state of the nation is glowing; the opposition party reacts with skepticism; and then the two sides fight over which side won the night.

With President Donald Trump there is an additional factor: Will he say or tweet something so outrageous that he kills the good buzz?

In other words, will Twitter Trump step on teleprompter Trump?

Updated: Sun Feb 04, 2018

Donald Trump and Steve Wynn Evolved From Rivals to Friends for 02/01/2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and casino mogul Steve Wynn have been bitter competitors who have bad-mouthed each other, sued each other and poached each other's top employees in a decades-long faceoff as they jostled to be top dog in the high-stakes casino-friendly Atlantic City.

In "The Art of the Deal," Trump wrote that Wynn, the chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, was "slick and smooth, but he's also a very strange guy." Wynn said of Trump to New York Magazine, "How deeply is he disturbed? When he was a kid growing up — who did this to him?"

Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018

Poles Apart, Joe Arpaio and Chelsea Manning Hit the Campaign Trail for 01/29/2018

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — America's most prolific leaker, Chelsea Manning, and the man who proclaimed himself "America's toughest sheriff," Joe Arpaio, have a few things in common. Both are beneficiaries of presidential clemency. Both are running for the U.S. Senate, and both have extreme and risky views.

That's where the similarities end.

Political science professor P.S. Ruckman of Rock Valley College, who started the PardonPower blog, has a list of politicians who won presidential pardons. Among them: former Boston Mayor James Michael Curley (mail fraud), Rep. Francis Shoemaker, D-Minn. (sending defamatory material by mail) and Augustus Hill Garland (for his role in the Confederacy), who later became U.S. attorney general in President Grover Cleveland's administration.

Updated: Mon Jan 29, 2018

Trump Needs to Squeeze Both Sides to Get Middle East Deal for 01/28/2018

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

TEL AVIV — President Donald Trump wants to negotiate a "deal of the century" between Israelis and Palestinians like a high-rolling real-estate don.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Trump defended his decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to withhold $65 million of $125 million to the U.N. Relief and Welfare Agency that provides care for Palestinians.

Updated: Sun Jan 28, 2018

Pence's Speech Just What Israelis Wanted to Hear for 01/25/2018

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

JERUSALEM — When Vice President Mike Pence wrapped up his address to Israel's Knesset, a voice in the 120-member legislative body shouted out, "God bless you, Mr. Vice President." The voice belonged to Yehuda Glick, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative Likud Party.

It was not all love. Members of the Knesset, or MKs, who are part of the Joint List (an alliance of Arab-dominated parties) boycotted or protested Pence's speech to protest President Donald Trump's announcement last month that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. When Pence announced the embassy transfer would occur before the end of 2019, Joint List MKs shouted and displayed signs that proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine before ushers ejected them.

Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018