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Trump Has a Strategy for the Midterms

I have never been one to credit Donald Trump with any kind of strategy. It seems to me that he is nothing more than a walking id with no impulse control. But lately we’ve seen a couple of examples where, at some basic level, he has a plan in mind. First of all came Leslie Stahl’s recounting of what the president said when she asked hi...
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The U.K. Struggles to Combat Russian Influence

We’re not the only country in the world that has a “Russia” problem. I’d argue that the United Kingdom’s problem is worse in every way except the very top level of leadership where we’re cursed with Donald Trump. Although, it does seem like their parliament is at least awake at the wheel, unlike...

Trump’s weirdly wistful breakup with Kim Jong Un

Trump’s weirdly wistful breakup with Kim Jong Un If you didn’t know better, you’d think President Trump and Kim Jong Un just broke u...

What Paul Ryan gets wrong about identity politics

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says “moral relativism” is creating identity politics, but the truth is more likely the reverse. The lawmaker, who is retiring from Congress after this term, spoke Thursday at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast about how the conflicting values of different groups of Americans are influencing our politics. “We live in a world where moral relativism […] ...

A New Emerging Class of African American Politicians

Our short attention span fueled by 24/7 cable analysis often means that political commentary lurches from one election to the next and fails to capture major trends that develop over a longer horizon. A perfect example of that is the way that the victory of Stacey Abrams in the Georgia gubernatorial primary is being analyzed. Both ...

Trump cancels North Korea summit over ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’

President Trump cancels North Korea summit ...

The letter Trump sent to Kim Jong Un canceling the summit, annotated

The letter Trump sent to Kim Jong Un canceling the summit, annotated After weeks of receiving and even appearing to encourage chants of “Nobel” ahead of a planned historic meeting with North Korea dictator Kim Jon...

President Trump cancels North Korea summit

President Trump cancels North Korea summit ...

Steve Bannon says Martin Luther King Jr. would be ‘proud’ of Donald Trump. King’s daughter says otherwise.

Steve Bannon says Martin Luther King Jr. would be 'proud' of Donald Trump. King's daughter says otherwise....

President Trump says NFL players who protest shouldn’t be in the game — and maybe not even America

President Trump says NFL players who protest shouldn’t be in the game — and maybe not even America "You have to stand proudly for...

Trump promised to drain the swamp. Michael Cohen shows the swamp is just fine.

The BBC reported Wednesday that President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was paid at least $400,000 to arrange talks between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko last year. The allegation, which Cohen denies, follows previous reports that Cohen was paid at least $2.95 million in consulting fees after Trump’s victory. Cohen’s reported consulting contracts included: […] ...

Why I Hold Trump Voters Accountable For the Mess We’re In

A lot of ink has been spilled over the last year and a half explaining how congressional Republicans are complicit in the damage Trump is doing to the country because of their failure to hold him accountable. I certainly don’t disagree with that. But based on what has been reported from behind the scenes, it is obvious that most of them know that he is unfit for office, but are too afraid to say so in public. That represents a new level of political cowardice, but the truth is that they...

Trump promised to drain the swamp. The swamp seems to be doing fine.

The BBC reported Wednesday that President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was paid at least $400,000 to arrange talks between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko last year. The allegation, which Cohen denies, follows previous reports that Cohen was paid at least $2.95 million in consulting fees after Trump’s victory. Cohen’s reported consulting contracts included: […] ...

North Korea says it dismantled nuclear test site: Reports

North Korea claims it’s dismantled a nuclear test site. ...

North Korea says it’s dismantled nuclear test site: Reports

North Korea claims it’s dismantled a nuclear test site. ...

The Note: Trump’s ‘Spygate’ claim is evidence-free

The battle against the “deep state” is looking fairly shallow at the moment. ...

The Note: Trump’s ‘Spygate’ claim is evidence-free

The battle against the “deep state” is looking fairly shallow at the moment. ...

North Korea calls Pence ‘stupid,’ threatens ‘nuclear showdown’ amid summit jitters

North Korea said it’s ready for a “nuclear showdown” if U.S. talks fail. ...

Quick Takes: Giuliani Goes With ‘Alternative Facts’

* Rudy Giuliani’s latest spin is that if Trump agrees to be interviewed by Mueller’s team, he could get caught in a perjury trap because he is dealing with ‘alternative facts.” In ...

Trump formally denies allegations by former ‘Apprentice’ contestant

The president’s legal team submitted its answer to Zervos’ lawsuit. ...