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Hawkish establishment goes after Tulsi Gabbard

This year it seems every Democrat with a minimum of name recognition is considering running for president. For the party, the surge of enthusiasm comes with a few risks. The biggest is a messy intra-party fight. And so far, the worst sign of the consequences of that conflict is the early effort to torpedo the nascent campaign of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. Gabbard isn’t like the Democrats’ typical candidates. But she’s not one of the restive moderates or the activist socialists, either. On clo...
Tags: California, Opinion, Iraq, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Editorials, West Bank, Lausd, Donald Trump, Bashar Al Assad, Democratic Party, Obama Clinton, National Guard, Tulsi Gabbard


Trump's attorney general pick: Robert Mueller is not overseeing a 'witch hunt'

Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general has contradicted the US president by saying Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling, is not involved in a “witch hunt”.  William Barr, who will oversee the Mueller probe if confirmed to the role, vowed to allow the investigation to be completed during a grilling by US senators on Tuesday.  Mr Barr called Mr Mueller a “friend” and said they had known each other for 30 years after being colleagues at the Justice Depart...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc, US Senate, Capitol Hill, Bob, Kremlin, North America, Donald Trump, Justice Department


What We Know About The 5 Meetings Between Trump And Putin

This weekend brought the remarkable news that President Donald Trump went to extreme lengths to conceal or limit access to information about his in-person meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As first reported by the Washington Post, Trump has blocked the rest of his administration from receiving briefings about his conversations with Putin, once going so far as to take possession of the notes of the U.S. interpreter present. Details about these unusual, unprecedented actions are re...
Tags: Post, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, North Korea, France, Senate, White House, Angela Merkel, Russia, Bloomberg, Syria, Ukraine, Cnn, Fbi, Hillary Clinton


Brace Yourself: Waves Of 2020 Announcements Expected Soon

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of speculation and secrecy, the 2020 presidential primary season is about to explode. With several Democrats already in the race, a half dozen more are locking down final travel, staffing and strategy to launch White House bids in the coming weeks. While plans may change, the announcements are expected to come in waves, the first featuring a group of ambitious Senate Democrats including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Ne...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Obama, California, Washington, Senate, White House, New York City, Los Angeles, Joe Biden, Ap, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, New Hampshire


US election 2020: The Democrat candidates who are running for president

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US Representative of Hawaii, has become the latest Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the US presidential election in 2020.  In remarks aired by CNN on Friday, Ms Gabbard said she intended to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump. "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," Ms Gabbard said. She is the latest to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 p...
Tags: News, Maryland, Congress, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Iraq, Elizabeth Warren, US, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Syria, Ap, Cnn, Hillary Clinton


Julian Castro Announces 2020 Presidential Run

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Assailing President Donald Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates, while anticipation grows around bigger names still considering a White House run. Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement in his home...
Tags: Texas, News, Maryland, Congress, California, Mexico, White House, Massachusetts, Barack Obama, Ap, Hillary Clinton, Hawaii, Nevada, Donald Trump, San Antonio, Castro


Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro announces presidential run

By PAUL J. WEBER | Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Assailing President Donald Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates, while anticipation grows around bigger names still considering a White House run. Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, put immigration and the record-lo...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Texas, News, Maryland, Obama, Congress, California, Mexico, White House, Massachusetts, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Hawaii


Harris’ Prosecutorial Past Defense In Memoir Ramps Up 2020 Speculation

WASHINGTON (AP) — As she nears a decision on whether to seek the presidency, Sen. Kamala Harris is taking on what could be a hurdle in a Democratic primary: her past as a prosecutor. In her memoir published Tuesday, the California Democrat describes herself as a “progressive prosecutor” and says it’s a “false choice” to decide between supporting the police and advocating for greater scrutiny of law enforcement. The argument is aimed at liberal critics of her record who argue she was sometimes ...
Tags: News, Justice, Maryland, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Joe Biden, Ap, Hillary Clinton, Missouri, Iowa, New Jersey, Ferguson


Democratic 2020 candidates: less is more

Forty-five years ago, while running for governor of California the first time, Jerry Brown embraced a new book with a memorable title: “Small Is Beautiful.” It was written by E.F. Schumacher, an Oxford economist who’d left his native Germany after Hitler came to power. Schumacher was an atheist as a young man, and a Marxist. He was a seeker throughout his life, however, who kept an open mind and heart. He helped the British government during World War II, and went to Asia after the war to contem...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Florida, Chris Christie, California, Opinion, Senate, White House, Germany, Elizabeth Warren, Reagan, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan


Eric Garcetti for president? He’d be a long shot — with reasons for hope

He’s a nice guy, a polished campaigner. He’s the mayor of one of the nation’s biggest cities. He’s also from the nation’s biggest state, a state that’s about to play a larger-than-usual role in his party’s presidential nomination process. If Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti enters the Democratic race for president in 2020 – and he’s expected to announce a decision soon — all those factors could help him, or just as easily harm him. That’s the consensus view of 10 political professionals and polit...
Tags: New York, California, Senate, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Arkansas, Bill Clinton, New Orleans, Nice


Elizabeth Warren takes first steps towards 2020 run for the White House

Elizabeth Warren has fired the starting gun for the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the most high-profile Democrat to take the first step towards a presidential campaign. Ms Warren, 69, a progressive Democrat who has exchanged stinging insults with President Donald Trump, said on New Year's Eve that she has formed an exploratory committee to run for president in 2020. In a video, released on her website, she set out her vision for the country. "Most of us want the same thing, to be ...
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2018 Golden Dukes Winners Announced!

TPM is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Golden Dukes Awards, which honor the public figures who managed the most corruption, made the craziest comments, and carried out the most craven deeds, all in the spirit of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the father of the modern political scandal. Our fantastic and witty judges — Jason Linkins, Susie Bright, Erin Ryan, Krang Nelson and Simon Maloy — sifted through all 35 nominees in 7 categories to choose the winners. You can cli...
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A Funny Thing Happened When Melania Trump Got Dressed Yesterday

If you thought the internet collectively lost its shit over Melania Trump wearing a pair of wheat-colored Timberland construction boots, then hold on tight. Because what she wore after her three-hour surprise visit to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq was an optical illusion – an unfortunate one.On Thursday, FLOTUS returned to the White House with her husband wearing a hip-length, forest green, belted wool coat, dark oversized sunglasses, tan flats and . . . a pair of fitted leather pants in a shade of ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Texas, White House, Iraq, Hillary Clinton, Liam Hemsworth, Houston, Zara, Trump, Melania Trump, Cardi, Al Asad Airbase, Hervé Pierre Trump, Vivienne WestwoodThis


Tip of the Iceberg

That story out of Alabama raises an important question. Once we have figured out just the scope of what Russia was doing in the 2016 election cycle (and going forward) we need to grapple with the fact that there are lots of entities offering and already providing these services to the highest bidder. The fact that Russia’s 2016 operation was mounted by a hostile foreign government coordinating with the beneficiary campaign is a huge, central issue. But it’s not the only issue. If you’ve follow...
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, Russia, US, Alabama, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, United States, United Arab Emirates, Gulf, Josh Marshall, The Supreme Court, Cambridge Analytica, Rick Gates, George Nader, Jamal Khashoggi


Barack And Michelle Obama End The Year As Most Admired Man, Woman

Michelle and Barack Obama clinched the top slots as America’s most admired woman and man, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday Gallup. Michelle edged out Hillary Clinton for the win, while Barack won the distinction for the 11th consecutive year. As to the current first couple, first lady Melania Trump came in fourth on the women’s side, behind Oprah Winfrey and Clinton, and President Donald Trump finished in second on the men’s side. [Author: Kate Riga]
Tags: News, America, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Barack, Clinton, Gallup, Michelle, Melania Trump, Barack And Michelle Obama, Kate Riga, Gallup Michelle


Trump In Iraq On First Visit To Troops In Combat Zone

AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday, leaving behind a partially shuttered U.S. government to greet American troops helping hold off extremists in a country where thousands of Americans died during the recent war. President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Mer...
Tags: Florida, News, Obama, Washington, Mexico, China, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, America, Barack Obama, Syria, Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton, Middle East, Pentagon


Michelle Obama’s Post-White House Fashion Is Proof Of How Liberated She Feels

While Michelle Obama’s entire Becoming book tour has been a delightful spectacle of fashion-forward outfits (Cushnie! Pyer Moss! Givenchy!), the former first lady’s wardrobe made quite a statement Wednesday on the final stop in Brooklyn. It was the thigh-high Balenciaga boots that signaled post-White House Michelle Obama, The Civilian, was finally relaxed after meticulously calculating her appearance for the last eight years. Eight years of scrutiny and policing that women who look like her are...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Beyonce, Obama, White House, US, Chicago, Brooklyn, Hillary Clinton, United States, Paris, Michelle Obama, Kim, Bill, Zara, Donald Trump


Judge Agrees To Delay Sentencing Michael Flynn

In a surprise development, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan agreed Tuesday to delay sentencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials. Flynn’s attorneys requested the sentencing date be pushed back so that Flynn “can eke out the last modicum” of his cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller. That ask came after Sullivan opened Tuesday’s proceedings with an impassioned rant about Flynn’s conduct, expressing disda...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Turkey, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, United States, Un, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Flynn, Donald J Trump, Fethullah Gülen, Gülen, Sullivan


Sanders Rails Against Comey After Trump Criticism: GOP ‘Should Stand Up To Comey’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders encouraged Republicans to stand up to FBI director James Comey in a tweet on Monday after Comey emerged from his congressional testimony and lobbed heated attacks at the President. Republicans should stand up to Comey and his tremendous corruption – from the fake Hillary Clinton investigation, to lying and leaking, to FISA abuse, and a list too long to name. The President did the country a service by firing him and exposing him for the shame...
Tags: News, White House, Fbi, Gop, Hillary Clinton, United States, Fox News, James Comey, Comey, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sarah Sanders, Nicole Lafond, House Oversight and Judiciary, Sanders Rails Against Comey After Trump Criticism


Russian Disinformation Campaign Aimed to Aid Trump and Hurt Clinton, Reports Say

WASHINGTON — A pair of reports released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday show a much more widespread Russian disinformation campaign before and after the 2016 presidential election that sought to impersonate mainstream media organizations and at the same time try to discredit them. As much of the focus has been on Facebook, Twitter […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Hillary Clinton, Senate Intelligence Committee, Clinton, Facebook Twitter, Internet Research Agency, President Trump, Aid Trump


Joe Biden tops key 2020 poll as he mulls whether he is too old to run for president

Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice-president, has emerged as an early frontrunner among Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination with a dominant lead among voters in Iowa, who will be the first to state their preference next year. A new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll finds 32 per cent of likely caucusgoers saying they back Mr Biden as their first choice, ahead of 19 per cent for Bernie Sanders and 11 per cent for Beto O'Rourke, the telegenic campaigner who came close to an ag...
Tags: Texas, News, California, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Iowa, Warren, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris


Sally Yates Was ‘Not Happy’ About The FBI’s Move To Interview Mike Flynn

President Trump was too busy directing workers where to place art in the West Wing on Jan. 24, 2017 to notice the two FBI agents walking by whose impending interview of his national security advisor was about to dog his presidency for years. That, and other details about the fateful day that Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, were revealed in a court filing Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller. Before the FBI sat down with Flynn, he had give...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Loretta Lynch, White House, Russia, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Justice Department, Sally Yates, James Comey, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Flynn, West Wing, McCabe


Vox: Manafort Allegedly Guided White House On How To Discredit Russia Probe

In the days after President Trump took office, Paul Manafort allegedly guided the administration on how to undermine and thwart the FBI probe into Russia’s election interference in the 2016 campaign, Vox reported Friday. Citing government records and “interviews with individuals familiar with the matter,” Vox reported that the former Trump campaign chairman was providing this advice while both he and the White House knew Manafort was personally under FBI investigation. Contact between the two...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Ukraine, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Vox, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Steele, Democratic National Committee, Mueller, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Robert Mueller Mueller, Muckraker


7 Killer Ways to Connect with your Audience During a Speech

It’s probably your worst nightmare. You’re giving a speech, and you start to stumble. You mix up a few of your words, lose your train of thought, and then you can’t seem to get back on track. Sweat is forming on your brow and you’re starting to hyperventilate. You’re asking yourself: is it hot in here, or is it just me? Is there a rock nearby I can climb under? If anything like this has happened to you, I’ll bet it was painful. Giving a speech is no easy task. Not only do you have to have someth...
Tags: Career, Business, Jobs, Learning, Workplace, Stanford, White House, Iraq, Success, Stress, Brain, Hillary Clinton, How To, John Kerry, Lifehacks, Oprah


Friends Say Flynn Is Relaxed And Hopeful Ahead Of Sentencing Hearing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame.   People close to him tell The Associated Press that as the possibility of prison looms, Flynn is relaxed and hopeful, eager to get through Tuesday’s sentencing and move forward. He’ll be the first official in President Donald Trump’s administration to be sentenced in the case. Flynn has been having fun with his old high school gang, ...
Tags: Twitter, News, California, White House, Russia, Qatar, Ap, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, United States, Elton John, Army, New England Patriots, Fox News, Associated Press, Donald Trump


Benghazzzz: House GOP Says Goodbye To Its Never-Ending Clinton Investigations

The last GOP-led House Oversight hearing of President Trump’s first term will be, fittingly, focused on the Clintons. As their time in the majority comes to an end, and their parting shot at the Clintons is a subcommittee hearing on the Clinton charity, some House Republicans are frustrated that they haven’t been able to capture their great white whale before they hand over the gavel — and subpoena power — to the Democrats. “The problem is not the investigation, the problem is we have done no...
Tags: Utah, News, Obama, Russia, Barack Obama, Fbi, Gop, Hillary Clinton, House, Bill Clinton, John Boehner, Jordan, Dc, Benghazi, Justice Department, Louie Gohmert


The 2018 Golden Dukes Awards Nominees Are Here!

When it comes to scandals, 2018 was a doozy. Between the expansive Russia probe, the near-constant cabinet secretary snafus, and a wild midterm election, it’s hard to keep track of all the muck. And so, as we do every year, we’ve rounded up some of the best instances of corruption, stupidity and craziness for the 12th Annual Golden Duke Awards! The awards are named after former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, as Josh recounted last week. Duke Cunningham revolutionized corruption in his time, an...
Tags: Google, News, Instagram, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, California, Washington Post, Washington, Mexico, Kentucky, Senate


The Current State Of Trump-Related Investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look at the nearly three dozen people charged by special counsel Robert Mueller and unanswered questions about what may lie ahead for the president — labeled “Individual-1” in court papers — and his administrati...
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President Bush and the tricky politics of death

They came to praise and bury Caesar. Well, not exactly Caesar, but for a few years, like Caesar, the most powerful man in the world. George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, is dead and now buried in the soil of his adopted home state of Texas. A political man was given a political funeral, no big surprise. When a musician dies there’s music. A comic’s last rights includes some laughs. So, inevitably, there were politics underscoring Poppa Bush’s funeral. But 41’s sen...
Tags: Texas, Minnesota, California, Opinion, White House, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Hillary Clinton, United States, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Arizona, John Mccain, Bill, Republican Party


Election 2018: As midterm results sink in, politicos see a ‘divided’ country and clashing interpretations

In the end, what was it all about? The same words keep coming up when political experts and activists of various ideological stripes look back at the 2018 election and talk about its broad themes — what divided the nation, motivated voters, and led to Democrats’ gains: Trump. Partisanship. Demographic change. Trump. Balanced government. Campaign tactics. Money. Women…. Trump. Before the Nov. 6 midterm election, the Southern California News Group asked activists, party leaders, campaign pros and ...
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