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Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia’s announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a “good first step” and said he would work with Congress on

Trump returns to immigration hyperbole

Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Now, in the final weeks before midterm

Trump praises Congressman who body-slammed reporter

President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a “tough cookie” and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana. At a

Time for voters to take back control of America

In less than three weeks, American voters around the nation have a chance to show that they, not an egomaniacal con-artist in Washington, can and should control the land that we love. A sad irony put

Does Trump gives a damn about human rights?

If it’s an “America First” presidency, where does that rank human rights? President Donald Trump’s refusal to put public pressure on Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Stirring up enthusiasm for midterms

They’re asking pastors to text their congregants about the importance of voting. They’re connecting with thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria. And they’re relying on groups like the

Trump says ‘it’s not by fault’ if GOP loses in midterms

Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won’t accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November,

Elizabeth Warren vs Donald Trump and the Cherokee Nation

This article in Slate explains why the Cherokee Nation objects to Elizabeth Warren’s using a DNA test to verify that she had a Native American ancestor. I am very familiar with tribal politics because

Democrats raising more money than Republicans

With three weeks to go until the midterm elections, Democrats lead Republicans in the money race in many of the key congressional campaigns. The latest campaign finance disclosers indicate that while

Judge throws out porn actress’ suit against Trump

A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a “hyperbolic statement” against a political adversary when he tweeted

GOP: Playing the blame game in face of defeat

Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party’s candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the

A celebrity endorsement that can make a difference

This is the Taylor Swift Instagram post that has propelled her onto the national political stage. taylorswift I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll

Without medicaid, poor avoid medical care

Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report due out Monday amid

Can Joe Biden rid America of Trump misery?

A number of political operatives in Washington say that if the son of vice president Joe Biden had not died in 2015, his dad would be president today and Donald Trump would not be destroying America

Authenticity: Best campaign tactic?

Beto O’Rourke’s response to a question during a Houston town hall meeting this past summer lasted only four minutes. But for some Democrats it said everything. It was authentic. In an exchange that

More Trump lies about hurricane damage, other issues

Hurricane Michael has shown that President Donald Trump can’t always be counted on to give accurate information to the public when a natural disaster unfolds. Trump wrongly stated that the hurricane

Who is Kanye West?

I’m writing this for the benefit of those who knew as little about Kanye West as I did and were curious about his music and personality. Donald Trump called Kanye West, aka Yeezy, a musical genius.

Is Beto O’Rourke the next Barack Obama?

If Beto O’Rourke beats Ted Cruz in Texas, let me say it again with the emphasis on Texas which hasn’t had a Democratic Party United States senator since June 13, 1998,* could he be a potential

Media must challenge all of Trump’s lies

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post says all of us in the media should stop spreading Donald Trump’s fake news. Writes Sargent: At a rally on Wednesday night, President Trump accused Hillary Clinton

Nasty talk in Washington: Who’s the worst?

There’s a lot of talk in Washington these days about whether that quaint politeness known as “civility” is possible — or even desirable — among the nation’s political combatants. Lots of people got