South Korean president: Trump ‘beat around the bush’ on North Korea diplomacy

Trump and Kim also met briefly later in 2019 along the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. At that meeting, Trump actually stepped across the concrete barrier marking the border between the two nations, making him the first president [...]

2021-04-21T16:50:38+00:00April 21, 2021|Trump|

Facebook oversight board’s newest member voiced skepticism about Trump ban

Nossel, a veteran of the Obama administration, argued the board will need to consider whether Facebook's decision to restrict Trump was clearly grounded in specific violations of its policies and consistent with the company's other enforcement actions against the former [...]

2021-04-20T16:49:33+00:00April 20, 2021|Trump|

Judge to revoke bail for Proud Boy leaders involved in Capitol riot

Proud Boy members Joseph Biggs and Ethan Nordean walk toward the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo A federal judge is preparing to revoke bail for two top leaders of the Proud Boys, a paramilitary right-wing extremist [...]

2021-04-19T16:47:31+00:00April 19, 2021|Trump|

‘Trumpiest Trumpster of the bunch’: GOP gets a gut check

Earlier this month, the Omaha World-Herald reported that former Gov. Dave Heineman was considering running, a development confirmed by sources who have spoken with him. Heineman is not without Trump credentials. He was an honorary chair of Trump’s reelection campaign [...]

2021-04-18T16:46:13+00:00April 18, 2021|Trump|

North Carolina primary field builds, with or without Lara Trump

It’s likely to be a brutal fight for the nomination. Walker entered the race in December and has been highlighting endorsements locally and nationally, including several of his former House colleagues and Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.). [...]

2021-04-17T16:45:41+00:00April 17, 2021|Trump|

Bush pushes immigration reform as GOP sidesteps a deal on it

The op-ed was published ahead of Bush’s interview with CBS’ Norah O’Donnell that's set to air in clips beginning Sunday, in which he said he’s “ready to re-enter the debate on immigration.” In his piece, Bush called for a path [...]

2021-04-16T16:43:02+00:00April 16, 2021|Trump|

Appeals court rejects academic’s libel suit over claims of affair with Flynn

The appeals court said most of the articles Lokhova claimed were libelous were too old to be included in the suit she filed two years ago. Under Virginia’s one-year statute of limitations for defamation claims, the only publications that were [...]

2021-04-15T16:42:31+00:00April 15, 2021|Trump|

Biden rolls back Trump’s anti-abortion curbs on family planning funds

Trump’s changes to the program, which took effect in 2019, barred family planning dollars to abortion providers and those who referred patients for the procedure. Democrats and abortion rights groups said the policy amounted to a "gag rule," while anti-abortion [...]

2021-04-14T16:41:31+00:00April 14, 2021|Trump|

Prosecutors: Oath Keepers appeared to stash Jan. 6 firearms at suburban Comfort Inn

“We get that QRF hotel address yet?” Harrelson asked in a group signal chat on Jan. 5. Oath Keeper Kelly Meggs, who is charged alongside Harrelson and 10 other members of the group with conspiring to stop Congress from certifying [...]

2021-04-13T16:40:24+00:00April 13, 2021|Trump|

Hawley hauls in $3M after attempt to block election results

It represents a massive increase for Hawley. By comparison, he raised just $43,000 during the first quarter of the last election cycle, immediately after taking office. The senator is not up for reelection until 2024, and his totals are unusual [...]

2021-04-12T16:39:22+00:00April 12, 2021|Trump|

‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump rips McConnell at Mar-a-Lago

Trump also went after McConnell’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, for resigning her cabinet post after the Jan. 6 insurrection. A spokesperson for McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who was just reelected to a seventh six-year term last year, didn’t [...]

2021-04-11T16:38:38+00:00April 11, 2021|Trump|

Trump faces a narrow path to victory against Facebook suspension

The key factors, these people said, will include whether the board thinks Facebook set clear enough rules and gave Trump a fair shake. Another will be what kind of case the board thinks it’s weighing — a narrow, “legalistic” debate [...]

2021-04-10T16:37:25+00:00April 10, 2021|Trump|

Biden to sign executive order on Supreme Court reform commission

Biden himself has said he’s “not a fan” of so-called court-packing — adding additional seats to the Supreme Court in order to alter its ideological balance — and held up the commission as a more conscientious approach to studying the [...]

2021-04-09T16:36:31+00:00April 9, 2021|Trump|

Trump claims Gaetz ‘never asked me for a pardon’

The report comes as Gaetz faces a Department of Justice investigation — launched before Trump left office — over an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old as well as related accusations of sex trafficking law violations. It’s unclear whether Trump’s [...]

2021-04-07T16:34:26+00:00April 7, 2021|Trump|

Justice Thomas grumbles over Trump’s social media ban

Thomas singled out the owners of Google and Facebook by name, arguing that the firms are currently unaccountable personal fiefdoms with massive power. “Although both companies are public, one person controls Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg), and just two control Google (Larry [...]

2021-04-05T16:32:12+00:00April 5, 2021|Trump|

Gaetz runs the Trump playbook for scandal: Keep talking, and talking

It’s an unorthodox strategy that former prosecutors and defense attorneys described as dubious and perhaps even counterproductive, since Gaetz's interviews this week risk handing fodder to prosecutors as they build a possible trafficking case against him. But Gaetz's path, they [...]

2021-04-04T16:31:06+00:00April 4, 2021|Trump|

Biden’s infrastructure plan takes aim at Trump’s biggest economic achievement

While Democrats cast the tax increases as a matter of fairness, they also hope it will make good politics. The coming fight promises to reignite a debate over how much corporate taxes matter for the health of the economy, not [...]

2021-04-03T16:30:24+00:00April 3, 2021|Trump|

‘They thank me’: Jerry Falwell Jr. says Liberty community still embraces him

In an interview, Falwell said nothing to discourage that notion. The 58-year-old son of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr. said he has been suffering from blood clots since last fall but plans to “definitely” have more of a presence [...]

2021-04-02T16:29:25+00:00April 2, 2021|Trump|

Inside the ‘Lord of the Flies’ factionalism now plaguing Trumpland

Recalling a recent fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for one incumbent Republican, a Trump aide was incredulous that another had claimed to those in attendance that he was instrumental for arranging such gatherings — and, naturally, should be hired as a fundraising [...]

2021-04-01T16:28:28+00:00April 1, 2021|Trump|

Two Capitol Police officers sue Trump for sparking Jan. 6 mob attack

But it’s the officer’s harrowing personal accounts that add new chapters to the growing collection of horrors unleashed that day. Blassingame said he was slammed into a stone column while rioters hurled the N-word at him. Hemby sayid he suffered [...]

2021-03-31T16:27:48+00:00March 31, 2021|Trump|

McEnany named co-host of Fox News’ ‘Outnumbered’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Washington. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has been named a co-host of Fox News' "Outnumbered," [...]

2021-03-30T16:26:32+00:00March 30, 2021|Trump|

Senate faces a new post-tragedy quagmire as anti-Asian hate crimes rise

“It all fits in that same swirl of the things that the American people want us to do. But Congress continues to fail because of the filibuster,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The hate crimes measure Schumer plans to force [...]

2021-03-29T16:25:24+00:00March 29, 2021|Trump|

‘He’s toast’: GOP leaves Raffensperger twisting in the wind

Not everyone in state political circles is convinced Raffensperger’s political plight is so grim. Some still see a path to reelection, despite the serious resistance within his own party. Either way, as the GOP forges its post-Trump era identity, Raffensperger’s [...]

2021-03-28T16:24:23+00:00March 28, 2021|Trump|

Stephen Miller to launch a new legal group to give Biden fits

Miller’s organization will join a fairly crowded ecosystem of conservative-leaning legal entities, including Judicial Watch, Alliance Defending Freedom and the Immigration Reform Law Institute. But unlike those entities, which tend to operate around specific issues, such as religious liberty, free [...]

2021-03-27T16:23:39+00:00March 27, 2021|Trump|

Capitol riot defendants notch win at appeals court

“The District Court...failed to demonstrate that it considered the specific circumstances that made it possible, on January 6, for Munchel and Eisenhart to threaten the peaceful transfer of power,” Judge Robert Wilkins wrote in a 21-page opinion. “The appellants had [...]

2021-03-26T16:22:23+00:00March 26, 2021|Trump|

Trumpworld’s next target: Building a dark-money machine

With the dust settling from the party's 2020 defeat, senior Republicans say they’ve come to acknowledge a massive deficit: the lack of a dark-money infrastructure that can be pivotal to influencing elections and policy fights. Organizers say the gathering is [...]

2021-03-24T16:20:22+00:00March 24, 2021|Trump|

Schumer reiterates pledge to put universal background checks on the floor

While Schumer did not specify when the Senate would consider a universal background checks bill, the Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on solutions to gun violence. The House passed legislation earlier this month that would expand the federal [...]

2021-03-23T16:19:23+00:00March 23, 2021|Trump|

Supreme Court agrees to hear case on Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

Now, the Biden Justice Department will have to decide either to argue in favor of the death sentence in Tsarnaev’s high-profile case or retreat. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the high court’s action, which sets up arguments [...]

2021-03-22T16:18:26+00:00March 22, 2021|Trump|

How ‘Owning the Libs’ Became the GOP’s Core Belief

In one sense, this is the natural outgrowth of the Trump era. Inasmuch as there was a coherent belief that explained his agenda, it was lib-owning — whether that meant hobbling NATO, declining to disavow the QAnon conspiracy theory, floating [...]

2021-03-21T16:17:29+00:00March 21, 2021|Trump|

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago partially closed due to Covid outbreak

President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort has been partially closed due to a Covid outbreak. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images By ASSOCIATED PRESS 03/19/2021 05:48 PM EDT Former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach club has been partially closed because of a Covid [...]

2021-03-20T16:16:35+00:00March 20, 2021|Trump|

Mary Trump has her next act — and believes her uncle’s guilty of sedition

Trump, who worked with LPAC before the election, was asked to join the group as it works to recruit candidates for office and raise funds ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. In this political moment, she said, she hopes to [...]

2021-03-19T16:15:40+00:00March 19, 2021|Trump|

Biden orders U.S. flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Atlanta victims

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) said Thursday morning that the man suspected of killing eight people at the spas — including six people of Asian descent and seven women — was driven by “hate” to commit the acts of violence. “We [...]

2021-03-18T16:14:36+00:00March 18, 2021|Trump|

Newsom plans to ‘fight like hell’ to save political legacy

2020 sucked for all of us. But it was really bad for California Gov. Gavin Newsom. In nearly a quarter-century of politics, the former San Francisco mayor and lieutenant governor has never lost an election, an enviable record that allows [...]

2021-03-17T16:13:25+00:00March 17, 2021|Trump|

MAGA voters discovered a new home online. But it isn’t what it seems.

New documents obtained by POLITICO shed light on the FTC’s decision not to file an antitrust suit against Google in 2013, allowing the company to grow into the giant that it is today. Founded in the early 1990s, the Falun [...]

2021-03-16T16:11:12+00:00March 16, 2021|Trump|

Authorities charge two men for assault on U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick

The absence of a homicide charge in Sicknick’s case more than two months after his death underscores the challenge facing investigators to prove a link between the bear spray assault and his death the following day. Some experts have also [...]

2021-03-15T16:09:27+00:00March 15, 2021|Trump|

Texas lawmaker: Biden administration didn’t cause influx of migrants at border

“What we are seeing today is the consequence of four years of dismantling every system in place to address this with humanity and compassion," Escobar said. She cited administration officials at Health and Human Services and other departments working to [...]

2021-03-14T16:08:29+00:00March 14, 2021|Trump|

Judge orders pretrial release of key Oath Keeper charged in Capitol attack

Caldwell’s role in the Capitol siege gained notoriety after prosecutors unearthed private messages he exchanged with fellow Oath Keepers discussing plans to travel to Washington and participate in efforts to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. Caldwell discussed [...]

2021-03-13T16:07:23+00:00March 13, 2021|Trump|

N.Y. prosecutor targeting Trump won’t stand for reelection

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. responds to a question during a news conference. | Frank Franklin II/AP Photo Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is leading a vast criminal investigation of former President Donald Trump’s business dealings, [...]

2021-03-12T16:06:34+00:00March 12, 2021|Trump|

All living former presidents, first ladies appear in new vaccine PSAs — except the Trumps

“This is our shot,” adds Bill Clinton, with Jimmy Carter delivering the closing message: “Now, it’s up to you.” The PSAs were produced by the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative as part of their Covid-19 Vaccine Education Initiative’s “It’s Up [...]

2021-03-11T16:05:32+00:00March 11, 2021|Trump|

Trump’s House GOP fans don his mantle as they seek higher office

Sure, the pandemic shut down basically everything. But the housing market? It’s kept on chugging along. In fact, prices are soaring. Yet another opportunity for ambitious Trump acolytes arose Monday when longtime Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of GOP [...]

2021-03-09T16:03:29+00:00March 9, 2021|Trump|

Vaccine-skeptical Trump country poses challenge to immunization push

Given the high degree of hesitancy among Republicans and rural Americans, a coalition of health groups and foundations turned to Frank Luntz, a prominent GOP pollster and message crafter. He found that lecturing, shaming or even appealing to abstract notions [...]

2021-03-08T16:02:24+00:00March 8, 2021|Trump|

Biden team plots the country’s first national Covid testing strategy

According to an HHS draft document, coordinating hubs will be asked to report county-level data on the number and type of Covid-19 tests administered each month. The hubs will also be tasked with coordinating delivery of test results within two [...]

2021-03-07T16:01:26+00:00March 7, 2021|Trump|

Trump’s last national security advisor to return to LA law firm

Then-National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien speaks to reporters outside the White House on November 17, 2020. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Robert O’Brien, who was former President Donald Trump’s last national security advisor, is rejoining the law firm he co-founded in [...]

2021-03-06T15:59:24+00:00March 6, 2021|Trump|

Pompeo teases 2024 run: ‘I’m always up for a good fight’

Pompeo’s comment comes after he appeared last week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., where a crowd of potential White House hopefuls gave fiery speeches in support of Trump’s agenda — providing a preview of what [...]

2021-03-04T15:57:28+00:00March 4, 2021|Trump|

NRCC chair cautions Trump against backing primary challenges for Republicans who voted to impeach

Emmer predicted in an interview with POLITICO Playbook authors Eugene Daniels and Rachael Bade that he and Trump will have a conversation “at some point." With broad support in the Republican Party, Trump still looms large within the GOP and [...]

2021-03-03T15:56:26+00:00March 3, 2021|Trump|
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