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Mattis laughs off Trump criticism: ‘I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’

Mattis laughs off Trump criticism: ‘I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Thursday laughed off the news that President Donald Trump had called him “the world’s most overrated general,” joking that he’s not just an overrated general, but the greatest overrated general. “So I would just tell you, I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also…

The guardrails are off the Trump presidency

The guardrails are off the Trump presidency

Get over it. That apt mission doctrine for a presidency blazing with abuses of power, conflicts of interest and unhinged behavior is the work of White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, whose barn burner of a briefing on a day of political train wrecks, staggering misdirection and reality bending sent a clear message.…

US foreign aid reinstated to Northern Triangle countries, DHS secretary announces

US foreign aid reinstated to Northern Triangle countries, DHS secretary announces

Outgoing acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced on Thursday the restoration of previously frozen foreign aid to the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. “I have confidence that we will continue to take the necessary steps to establish a regional framework for migration management and a safer, more secure region,” said…

Trump’s Syria policy and behavior in meeting alarm Republicans

Trump’s Syria policy and behavior in meeting alarm Republicans

Members of President Donald Trump’s own party are privately alarmed at his demeanor this week and his apparent lack of understanding of the consequences of his Syria policy, according to a Republican source familiar with a recent White House meeting. This comes as top congressional Republicans have publicly broken with the President in recent days…

Inside Mike Pence’s 9 hours in Turkey

Inside Mike Pence’s 9 hours in Turkey

When Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shook hands on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews Wednesday before boarding separate planes, the view inside the White House was grim. President Donald Trump’s top two aides were bound for Turkey to broker a ceasefire that, just hours earlier, Trump said wasn’t America’s…

Trump told GM workers he could save their plant, but it’s gone for good

Trump told GM workers he could save their plant, but it’s gone for good

As details emerged Thursday about the tentative United Auto Workers agreement with General Motors, one thing became clear: The shuttered GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, that President Donald Trump hoped to save will stay closed for good. The President cast himself in 2016 as a savior for workers, taking the unusual tack of publicly pressuring…

This election model says 2020 is ‘Trump’s to lose’

This election model says 2020 is ‘Trump’s to lose’

Donald Trump: Two-term president? While that prospect may seem distant amid an endless series of terrible headlines — Syria! Ukraine! Impeachment! — for the President of late, a trio of new electoral models from Moody’s Analytics all predict a victory for the incumbent in 2020. “Results from each of the three models tell equally compelling…

Architect of bin Laden raid says Trump is working to ‘destroy’ the country

Architect of bin Laden raid says Trump is working to ‘destroy’ the country

Retired Adm. William McRaven said Thursday that the US is under attack from President Donald Trump, who he believes is working to “destroy” the country from “within” and “without.” “If you want to destroy an organization, any organization, you destroy it from within, you destroy it from without and then what you do is you…

Pelosi’s Twitter flex subverts Trump’s attempt to stereotype powerful women

Pelosi’s Twitter flex subverts Trump’s attempt to stereotype powerful women

How best to capture the politics of the moment? With a cover photo, naturally. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo that he used in an attempt to mock House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The President and Pelosi engaged in a contentious White House meeting held earlier that day on the unfolding crisis in Syria.…

Ukrainian energy giant was a focus for Rick Perry and Giuliani associates

Ukrainian energy giant was a focus for Rick Perry and Giuliani associates

In the months leading up to President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, multiple people associated with Trump, both inside and outside of his administration, were engaged in efforts to change leadership at Naftogaz, Ukraine’s geopolitically important state-owned oil and gas company. One of those people, US Energy Secretary Rick…

Is Trump’s plan to host the G7 at his golf course unconstitutional?

Is Trump’s plan to host the G7 at his golf course unconstitutional?

When President Donald Trump invites world leaders to attend an official government summit at his Florida golf course, will it violate the Constitution? As with so many of Trump’s actions in office, it falls into uncharted territory — no one really knows. The Constitution has a rule against Presidents taking gifts. It’s called the emoluments…

Here’s the craziest thing about the Trump White House’s quid pro quo with Ukraine

Here’s the craziest thing about the Trump White House’s quid pro quo with Ukraine

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged in a news conference Thursday that the US withheld military aid from Ukraine in hopes of securing a promise that the foreign government would look into the possible presence of the physical Democratic National Committee server hacked by the Russians in 2016. As Mulvaney recounted Trump…