You know that feeling of being overwhelmed by the pace of news—mostly horrifying news—in the Trump era?
It’s relatively rare to see a politician really taken by surprise. They’re generally prepared for what’s coming and ready with their response, be it a pivot to one level of slickness or another, vagueness, defensiveness, or lashing out. But it looked like, for one brief moment, Sen. Kamala Harris was surprised by a question at her town hall at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, on Tuesday morning.
The leader of a militia group responsible for kidnapping and holding hostage hundreds of migrants at the border claimed to have been training to assassinate President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Court documents unsealed on Monday claim that the FBI went to Larry Mitchell Hopkins’s home in New Mexico when witnesses had passed on those statements as well as reports of seeing militia members with guns at Hopkins's home.
As Democrats grapple with the fallout from release of the redacted Mueller report, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have staked out a position right in between Democratic lawmakers who wish to launch an impeachment inquiry immediately and those cautioning against the political costs of such an endeavor. It's a subtle shift from her effectively taking impeachment "off the table" because it's too divisive, to let's make the case to the American people through a fact-finding mission and see...
Donald Trump has decided to shrug off the last vestiges of pretense and go full authoritarian—denying laws that require the IRS to turn over his tax forms, launching a lawsuit to prevent Congress from seeing his financial documents, and ordering a former White House staffer to ignore a subpoena on a matter of national security. Trump is deliberately bringing on a collision with Congress that's been avoided for 230 years—and the wreckage threatens to include the entire government.
Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Not helping, Mueller report edition:
Last night Elizabeth Warren participated in a CNN town hall, along with other presidential hopefuls Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris. While each had their moments, both the studio audience and social media watchers raved about Warren’s performance and here’s why — from impeachment discussions to explaining why she wants to break up big tech, Warren gave a masterclass in every topic she touched.
Because we're apparently having to do this now, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing herself as the first candidate to pledge not to use the products of foreign espionage efforts against the United States as campaign materials.
House Democrats set 5:00 PM ET today as the deadline for the IRS to turn over Donald Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, but don't hold your breath. The Treasury Department, headed by Steve Mnuchin, has assumed responsibility for the request and has already declined to turn over the records, but without issuing a flat-out rejection. In response, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal sent the IRS a letter stating that failure to fulfill the request by later...
It's only Tuesday, but the New York Times has already published two front-page stories this week depicting Democrats as being tied in a political pretzel over the issue of Donald Trump's possible impeachment following the public release of the devastating report delivered by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Trump administration has considered jailing migrant children at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, the New York Times reports, in a proposal that apparently “has not gained traction, perhaps because of the optics of housing young people adjacent to terrorism suspects.” Sure, because it’s the optics, not the overseas jailing of children escaping violence, that’s the issue here.