Fox News retracts Seth Rich conspiracy story as Hannity vows to press on
A controversial Fox News report about the death of a Democratic National Committee employee last summer— a story that had fueled a conspiracy theory rocketing across right-wing media, but reportedly embarrassed some of the network’s staffers — was retracted by the network Tuesday afternoon. The report attempted to tie the death of data analyst Seth Rich–who was shot in what Washington police believe was a botched robbery attempt—to the leak of DNC emails to WikiLeaks, which began publishing them two weeks later. The implication—spelled out most directly by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich—was that Rich had provided the emails, and was assassinated in retaliation or as part of a coverup.
05/23/2017 - 04:19 PM
Republicans and Democrats dismiss Trump’s budget as ‘dead on arrival’
President Trump rolled out his 2018 budget Tuesday, and lawmakers from both parties wasted no time in pushing back, with many proclaiming it “dead on arrival” and saying it goes against many of Trump’s campaign-trail promises.
05/23/2017 - 03:48 PM
Ex-CIA chief Brennan describes warning Kremlin to cut the dirty tricks — to no avail
Former CIA Director John Brennan was so disturbed by Russian “active measures” against the United States last summer — including meddling in the presidential election — that he issued a stern warning to his counterpart in the Kremlin, Alexander Bortnikov, director of the Russian FSB. Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. would “backfire” and Americans “would be outraged,” destroying any hopes for improvements in U.S.-Russian relations, Brennan warned Bortnikov in a phone call on Aug. 4. The FSB chief, Brennan said, did what the Russians typically do — deny the allegations and blame the U.S. for concocting them — although he did promise to pass along the message to his boss, Vladimir Putin.
05/23/2017 - 03:40 PM
President Trump’s first trip abroad
In contrast to George W. Bush and Obama, President Trump’s first overseas trip is a highly ambitious venture. Here's a look at some of the highlights.
05/23/2017 - 03:00 PM
Putting campaign rhetoric behind him, Trump will come face to face with the pope
The president will meet the pope for the first time on Wednesday, but the two men sparred a number of times during the campaign.
05/23/2017 - 02:03 PM
U.S. intelligence chief Coats sidesteps questions on Trump, Russians and Israel
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats declined to confirm or deny news reports that President Trump reached out directly to him in an effort to undermine an FBI investigation.
05/23/2017 - 12:47 PM
As Iraqi forces close in on ISIS in Mosul, civilians are still caught in crossfire
In the Tamuz district on the outskirts of western Mosul, Iraqi forces traded fire with remaining ISIS snipers. Iraqi soldiers built a barricade of destroyed cars carried to the front lines by construction trucks. The Iraqi government wants to complete the reconquest of Mosul before the start of Ramadan, the monthlong Muslim fast, on May 26.
05/22/2017 - 05:16 PM
Pentagon report shows Flynn misled investigators about Russia trip
Flynn told investigators he had had only “insubstantial contact” with foreign nationals, and failed mention he sat next to Vladimir Putin at an RT dinner.
05/22/2017 - 04:58 PM
Gingrich disproves the whole Trump-Russia thing, based on an unsolved murder on a Washington street
The District of Columbia police say Rich, who was shot in the back at 4 a.m. near his home in northwest Washington, was the victim of a botched robbery.
05/22/2017 - 04:31 PM
Comey friend: Here’s what the fired FBI director will — and won’t — reveal in Senate hearing
James Comey’s friend Benjamin Wittes, who made headlines last week when he talked and wrote about Comey, made further comments in an interview today.
05/22/2017 - 03:50 PM
Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter
At an impromptu memorial in Times Square, the father of the young woman who was killed there last week has placed a letter of thanks to the city.
05/22/2017 - 02:24 PM
Trump on sharing intelligence with Russians: I never said ‘Israel’
President Trump seemed to confirm during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he had given some Israeli intelligence to top Russian diplomats.
05/22/2017 - 12:45 PM
Mississippi lawmaker apologizes for lynching comment over removing Confederate statues
Pushback against the removal of Confederate monuments flared up again when a state representative spoke out harshly against those responsible.
05/22/2017 - 11:22 AM
The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia
The most celebrated image featured Trump, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman with their hands on a glowing white orb.
05/22/2017 - 09:01 AM
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on a White House tightrope
Sanders’ meteoric rise within the Trump administration has, paradoxically, put her in one of the most precarious positions in a wildly unstable White House.
05/22/2017 - 05:20 AM
Dianne Feinstein: ‘Comey is in no way a nut job’
Sen. Dianne Feinstein responded to reports that President Trump called former FBI Director James Comey a “nut job” on Sunday: “This is a horrible thing for a president to say.”
05/21/2017 - 12:43 PM
Marco Rubio: The Russia probe is not a ‘witch hunt’
Sen. Rubio, R-Fla., said the investigation into Russia’s interference with last year’s presidential election is no “witch hunt,” despite what President Trump may say.
05/21/2017 - 11:00 AM
Trump heads for Israel, and a wary welcome by the once adoring right wing
President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel (not pictured) at a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 15, 2017. As a candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump was widely popular in Israel, especially on the right. For the first time, it seemed, an American president would be unreservedly sympathetic to the demands of West Bank settlers and supportive of its ambitions.
05/21/2017 - 05:00 AM
A cancer patient wonders: ‘Will the government still have my back?’
The bill would create a mechanism in which people with pre-existing conditions could be charged considerably more for their coverage.
05/20/2017 - 05:00 AM
Trump said firing ‘nut job’ Comey took pressure off Russia probe; White House official now ‘person of interest’: reports
Two more bombshell reports delivered a one-two punch to the Trump White House regarding the investigation into its potential ties to Russia.
05/19/2017 - 03:50 PM
Trump to address Muslim leaders. But will he say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’?
President Trump faces a test of rhetorical resolve on his foreign trip: Will he use the expression “radical Islamic terrorism” when he addresses the Muslim world?
05/19/2017 - 02:57 PM
The fall of the Confederacy
With a Robert E. Lee statue slated to be removed Friday, New Orleans will have officially taken down all remaining monuments to the Confederacy.
05/19/2017 - 02:33 PM
Like most things in politics today, Montana House race is a referendum on Donald Trump
Many in Montana still think Gianforte could have pulled off a party sweep had he cozied up to Trump a little more. And Gianforte now evidently agrees.
05/19/2017 - 01:18 PM
The Trump effect shows Dems a path to putting the Senate in play
As the Trump-Russia investigation expands and Beltway insiders on both sides of the aisle begin to buzz about impeachment, the 2018 election is probably not the GOP’s No. 1 problem right now. “Don’t fall in love with the map,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned last month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds an April press conference before the vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
05/19/2017 - 01:13 PM
Debate prep video is a lesson in how to avoid a hug from Trump
A former Hillary Clinton staffer revealed that the Democratic candidate anticipated a potential embrace by Donald Trump during presidential debate prep.
05/19/2017 - 12:41 PM
Video: Erdogan watches security guards beat protesters in Washington
New footage surfaced showing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking on stoically as members of his security detail beat civilians.
05/19/2017 - 12:31 PM
FBI warned Rohrabacher that Russia was targeting him
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher confirmed the 2012 meeting where, he said, an FBI agent notified him that Moscow had “looked at me as someone who could be influenced.”
05/19/2017 - 12:25 PM
Comey tried to hide in curtains at White House gathering to avoid Trump: Report
According to a friend, former FBI Director James Comey tried to hide in the curtains at a White House ceremony to avoid an awkward interaction with President Trump.
05/19/2017 - 08:58 AM
Is John Kasich finishing the tour, or just getting started?
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has pointedly refused to rule out a primary run against President Trump in 2020. “Do I have a base?” he asks.
05/19/2017 - 05:00 AM
Trump should follow the Bill Clinton scandal playbook
Trump has an unlikely model for how to survive an existential threat to his presidency: Bill Clinton.
05/19/2017 - 05:00 AM
Trump escaping chaos in Washington to turmoil abroad
WASHINGTON — George W. Bush’s first foreign destination as president was Mexico, a chance to showcase a relationship he built as Texas governor and had campaigned on as a credential for his ability to manage world affairs. When Barack Obama ventured abroad for the first time after taking office, he went to Canada, a very traditional trip where adoring throngs reinforced his campaign promise to restore America’s tarnished reputation overseas. Despite the personalized choreography — Bush all smiles at Mexican President Vicente Fox’s ranch, Obama basking in affection from Canadian crowds — both trips were fundamentally low-risk, conventional forays into foreign policy.
05/18/2017 - 10:21 PM
Pence’s role as loyal soldier risks long-term damage
It’s premature talk for now, but on Capitol Hill, Republican members of Congress are telling friends with increasing exasperation that they wish Mike Pence were president.
05/18/2017 - 07:09 PM
Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Russia
President Trump strongly denied that he or members of his campaign colluded with the Russian government in order to influence the 2016 election.
05/18/2017 - 05:34 PM
Joe Lieberman: 5 things to know about Trump’s possible pick for FBI director
The president is expected to announce his pick to replace fired FBI Director James Comey as early as this week, and according to multiple reports, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman has emerged as the leading candidate for the position.
05/18/2017 - 04:35 PM
Trump says special counsel will hurt ‘our country’
President Trump said the U.S. will be hurt by the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to look into Russian influence in the 2016 election. “I believe it hurts our country terribly,” said Trump in a quote provided by NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, “because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not unified country.” Guthrie was one of a group of news anchors who met with Trump at the White House Thursday.
05/18/2017 - 03:42 PM
Live updates: Car speeds into crowd in Times Square; 1 dead, 22 injured
The incident, which occurred around 12 p.m. local time, does not appear to be terror-related.
05/18/2017 - 12:30 PM
McCain ribs Trump over complaints of unfair treatment: ‘I’ve been worse treated’
After President Trump complained yet again of being treated unfairly, particularly by the press, Sen. John McCain jabbed him in an interview Thursday.
05/18/2017 - 11:19 AM
As investigators circled Flynn, he got a message from Trump: Stay strong
Late last month, fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn—under investigation by federal prosecutors, with his lawyer seeking immunity for him to testify to Congress--met with a small group of loyalists at a restaurant in the northern Virginia suburbs.
05/18/2017 - 10:54 AM
Friends mourn Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Enemies, not so much.
Sean Hannity paid tribute to Roger Ailes after news of Ailes' death: "He has ... changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better."
05/18/2017 - 10:29 AM
Trump on Russia probe: ‘This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!’
The president reportedly took the news that special counsel had been appointed to independently investigate his campaign's ties to the Kremlin well on Wednesday night. Then came the morning.
05/18/2017 - 09:22 AM
A look back at Robert Mueller
Robert Swan Mueller III, 72, who was just named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, is a jut-jawed former Marine with a bone-dry wit who retains traces of his Main Line Pennsylvania upbringing. At the Justice Department he was known as Bobby Three Sticks, a playful allusion to his patrician name, and, some say, to the three-fingered Boy Scout salute. He started as FBI director a week before 9/11, and oversaw the remaking of the bureau into an intelligence and counter-terrorism organization, charged with preventing new attacks as well as arresting the perpetrators.
05/18/2017 - 07:58 AM
Dear White House aides: Save yourselves. Save us.
Every day President Trump's aides spend at the White House now, trying to keep this thing on the tracks, is a disservice to themselves and the rest of us.
05/18/2017 - 05:00 AM
Mueller choice for special counsel brings relief to some, though worries remain
The appointment was a win for the rule of law, and for national stability, in the eyes of many, and Democrats and Republicans alike expressed support for the move.
05/17/2017 - 11:17 PM
10 things to know about Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller was just named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Here are 10 things you should know about him.
05/17/2017 - 11:01 PM
Conservative legal scholars debate: Can the president obstruct justice?
As impeachment enters the American political conversation, a leading conservative legal group convenes its annual meeting just blocks from the White House.
05/17/2017 - 08:46 PM
House majority leader in 2016: 'I think Putin pays Trump'
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a quip about Putin and Trump in 2016 that was caught on tape, according to the Washington Post.
05/17/2017 - 06:59 PM
What is the 25th Amendment, and could it be used to remove Trump?
Critics of President Trump are invoking the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as means for removing him from office. But for law scholar Brian C. Kalt, it’s doubtful that this would actually work.
05/17/2017 - 05:58 PM
Alex Jones of Infowars retracts slurs against Chobani and an Idaho city
Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has settled a lawsuit with yogurt company Chobani after spreading false information about the company and the city of Twin Falls, Idaho. Chobani filed a defamation suit against Jones last month after he posted stories about a wave of refugee-fueled crime and disease in Twin Falls, the Idaho city where Chobani opened a factory in 2012.
05/17/2017 - 05:10 PM
Rep. Maxine Waters: Paul Ryan has ‘not done his job’
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., slammed House Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday, saying he “has not provided any real leadership.”
05/17/2017 - 04:27 PM
Controversial Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke says he is joining Trump administration
Clarke met with President Trump back in November and was considered a potential candidate to run the department, but the post went to Gen. John Kelly.
05/17/2017 - 04:14 PM
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