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Hillary Clinton repeatedly tweaks Trump during a college commencement address
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College, Friday, 48 years after she was the school’s first-ever student commencement speaker when she graduated in 1969. In one of her most high-profile appearances since losing the presidential election, Clinton doled out biting criticism of President Trump’s tumultuous administration, albeit without mentioning him by name. Pointedly, she referenced the political climate at the time of her 1969 speech, when “we were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would end with disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice, after he fired the man running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice.” This reference to Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal was an apparent connection to Trump, who sparked a firestorm by suddenly firing James Comey as FBI director earlier this month (although Nixon resigned before he was actually impeached).
Representative — and defendant — Greg Gianforte: How will it work?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After his victory, Gianforte apologized to Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs by name and vowed to never embarrass fellow Montanans again.
Shaking hands with President Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Of President Trump’s many idiosyncrasies, one that stands out is his aggressive style of shaking hands, which many have experienced since he took office. His handshakes have become an event to watch in and of themselves as he makes the rounds meeting world leaders.
Hillary Clinton repeatedly tweaked Trump during a college commencement address
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College, Friday, 48 years after she was the school’s first-ever student commencement speaker when she graduated in 1969. In one of her most high-profile appearances since losing the presidential election, Clinton doled out biting criticism of President Trump’s tumultuous administration, albeit without mentioning him by name. Pointedly, she referenced the political climate at the time of her 1969 speech, when “we were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would end with disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice, after he fired the man running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice.” This reference to Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal was an apparent connection to Trump, who sparked a firestorm by suddenly firing James Comey as FBI director earlier this month (although Nixon resigned before he was actually impeached).
Trump exalts ‘great win’ for candidate charged with assault
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
No other leader at the G-7 meeting mentioned Thursday’s GOP victory in Montana, so President Trump praised it himself.
In Chicago’s Back of the Yards, a new generation of immigrants fights the old turf wars, with deadlier weapons
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Ramiro Alvarez, a Chicago police officer and vice president of the Union Impact Center, welcomes kids and their families from Back of the Yards to celebrate the end of the winter soccer season. The center’s soccer program is just one of several community-based programs designed to deter the neighborhood’s youngest residents from getting sucked into the cycle of gang violence. On a recent Friday afternoon, the aroma of birria, a spicy Mexican stew, filled the basement of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Gianforte wins Montana special House election despite being charged with assault
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In this March 6, 2017 file photo, Greg Gianforte, right, receives congratulations from a supporter in Helena, Montana after winning the Republican nomination for Montana’s special election for U.S. House. As the May 25 special election nears, critics say he’s been hard to track on the stump because his schedule has not been well publicized by his campaign. Republican Greg Gianforte claimed a narrow victory in Montana’s closely watched special election for the state’s at-large congressional seat, defeating Democrat Rob Quist in a race that is likely to be mined for clues about how the voting electorate feels about the political turbulence of Donald Trump’s young presidency heading into next year’s midterm elections.
‘A big reach’: Rumsfeld dismisses comparisons between Russia investigation and Watergate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“I don’t see any there there,” Rumsfeld, who served in multiple Republican administrations, added in an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. Rumsfeld, as the chief of staff for President Gerald Ford, was privy to the tumult wrought by and in the immediate aftermath of the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon’s resignation. Trump sparked a storm of comparisons to Nixon when he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month.
Sen. Portman lauds new Netflix sex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Rob Portman spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about his ongoing efforts to combat online sex trafficking ahead of this week’s premiere of the documentary on child sex trafficking.
Montana governor slams alleged Gianforte body
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock called congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault of a reporter “a real wake-up call” in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, as voters in his state head to the polls today.
Trump caught on camera – awkward moments at NATO summit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Photographers capture awkward moments of Donald Trump at his first NATO summit.
Obama in Berlin: ‘We can’t hide behind a wall’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on May 25. Former President Barack Obama seemed to take a subtle swipe at his successor Thursday, telling a Berlin audience that the world cannot “hide behind a wall” — an apparent reference to President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Obama was in Germany for Kirchentag, a conference affiliated with the Protestant church that he attended at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Who is Greg Gianforte, the Montana House candidate who allegedly attacked a reporter?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The GOP candidate in Montana’s special congressional election is facing a new challenge: a misdemeanor assault charge issued Wednesday night.
‘Answer the question’: Bernie Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief during hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Fireworks erupted Thursday when President Trump’s budget chief sparred with a Senate panel over the administration's proposed 2018 budget, most notably trading barbs with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over potential cuts to entitlement programs.
Sens. Kaine, Flake seek vote to authorize war on Islamic State
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sens. Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine unveiled legislation that would formally give an AUMF to pursue the battle against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Paul Ryan says Gianforte should apologize, not withdraw, after altercation with reporter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that GOP candidate Greg Gianforte should apologize for an apparently violent interaction with a reporter, but Ryan also said he would accept the Montanan into the House if he won his special election later in the day. “First, let me just say physical altercations — there’s never a call for physical altercations,” Ryan said when asked whether Gianforte should withdraw from the race. “There is no time where a physical altercation should occur or just between human beings, so that is wrong and it should not have happened.
GOP senators urge Trump to make ‘clean exit’ from Paris Agreement
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A group high-profile Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are calling on President Trump to make a “clean break” from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
‘Knuckles turning white’: Macron is a match for the Trump power handshake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Of President Trump’s many idiosyncrasies, one that stands out is his aggressive style of shaking hands, which he has bestowed upon various world leaders since taking office. Trump and the newly elected Macron met in Brussels before a NATO summit and held the customary photo op, complete with an intense handshake.
Montana papers retract their Gianforte endorsements after assault citation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Three major Montana newspapers have rescinded their endorsements of Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives, after the was cited with assault.
On Trump and Russia, Mark Warner emerges as the accidental investigator
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Mark Warner finds himself as the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, just in time for a high-stakes probe into the executive branch with eerie parallels to Watergate.
To evangelicals, Trump is the whirlwind. And they’re fine with that.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
To Americans outside the evangelical tradition, Franklin Graham’s proclamation that there’s “no question” God supports Donald Trump’s presidency was a head-scratcher.
Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate in Montana special election, allegedly body
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
On the eve of a special election to fill Montana’s House seat, the Republican candidate allegedly assaulted a journalist.
DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private school discrimination
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democratic legislators pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in her first public testimony since a contentious confirmation process. DeVos was answering questions on the White House budget proposal in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The budget proposal has been criticized by some for making deep cuts to public education to fund school choice voucher programs such as those that DeVos promoted in her home state of Michigan.
CBO: 23 million more Americans would be uninsured under House bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After the Congressional Budget Office released its estimate of the AHCA's costs, senators kept grappling with the challenges of crafting an alternative.
Flynn should respond to subpoenas, Republican Senator says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., finds it troubling that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn hasn’t been more cooperative with the Senate investigation into Russia’s interference with the U.S. election. “There’s so much we don’t know about Michael Flynn but it looks really, really troubling and obviously Michael Flynn should be responding to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoenas,” Sasse said in Wednesday interview with Yahoo News anchor Bianna Golodryga.
Trump budget chief faces sharp questions during House hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In testimony before the House Budget Committee Wednesday, the president’s budget director faced pointed questions from members of both parties.
NATO chief wants allies to ‘step up’ in fight against ISIS after Manchester bombing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The head of NATO cited the Manchester bombing as evidence that member states of the international coalition are not doing enough to fight ISIS and other terrorist groups.
DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democratic legislators pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in her first public testimony since a contentious confirmation process.
In jest, Pope Francis asks Melania Trump if she feeds pastries to the president
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a nod to the first lady’s native country, the pope asked Melania Trump if she gives the president a food called potica.
Obama should have confronted Russians on hacking, Democratic House intel leader says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Adam Schiff’s surprisingly sharp critique of the Obama administration came during a breakfast meeting with reporters in which he signaled that the House committee — like its Senate counterpart — plans to subpoena documents from Michael Flynn and his businesses. The former Trump White House national security adviser has refused requests for the documents, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Paul Ryan says James Comey is no ‘nut job’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Speaker Paul Ryan said that former FBI Director James Comey is not a “nut job” during an on-stage conversation at the Axios News Shapers event in Washington.
Seth Rich’s parents speak out against ‘unspeakably cruel’ conspiracy theories
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The parents of a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer wrote an op-ed condemning right-wing media commentators and outlets that have advanced conspiracy theories about their son.
Fox News retracts Seth Rich conspiracy story as Hannity vows to press on
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A controversial Fox News report about the death of a Democratic National Committee employee last summer — a story that had fueled a conspiracy theory that rocketed 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.
CBO score could roil Senate health care negotiations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Congressional Budget Office will release its prediction of the effects of the House-passed health care overhaul Wednesday afternoon, potentially stirring up more dissent among Senate Republicans who have spent much of this month attempting to hash out their own health care deal. The CBO will likely deliver a similar verdict for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it did for an earlier version of the House bill, which the office said would result in 24 million fewer Americans having health care coverage and $150 billion in deficit reduction over 10 years compared with Obamacare.
U.S. intelligence chief Coats sidesteps questions on Trump, Russians and Israel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
Putting campaign rhetoric behind him, Trump will come face to face with the pope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president will meet the pope for the first time on Wednesday, but the two men sparred a number of times during the campaign.
Republicans and Democrats dismiss Trump’s budget as ‘dead on arrival’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
U.S. intelligence chief Coats sidesteps questions on Trump, Russians, Israel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
Mississippi lawmaker apologizes for lynching comment over removing Confederate statues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Pushback against the removal of Confederate monuments flared up again when a state representative spoke out harshly against those responsible.
Gingrich disproves the whole Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
Pentagon report shows Flynn misled investigators about Russia trip
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
As Iraqi forces close in on ISIS in Mosul, civilians are still caught in crossfire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
President Trump’s first trip abroad
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In contrast to George W. Bush and Obama, President Trump’s first overseas trip is a highly ambitious venture. As it gets underway, we have photos.
Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
Comey friend: Here’s what the fired FBI director will — and won’t — reveal in Senate hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
With ousted FBI Director James Comey set to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee, his friend, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes, shed some insight on how he expects Comey will conduct himself in his first open forum since being unceremoniously fired by President Trump. Acknowledging “there are certain things on which he is not unbound,” Wittes predicted Monday that Comey would not answer any questions related to the ongoing FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the election.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on a White House tightrope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sanders’ meteoric rise within the Trump administration has, paradoxically, put her in one of the most precarious positions in a wildly unstable White House.
The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The most celebrated image featured Trump, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman with their hands on a glowing white orb.
Mississippi lawmaker calls for lynching in response to removing Confederate statues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Pushback against the removal of Confederate monuments flared up again when a state representative spoke out harshly against those responsible.
Trump on sharing intelligence with Russians: I never said ‘Israel’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, third left, welcomes President Trump to dance with a sword during a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. President Trump embarked Friday on his first trip abroad since taking the oath of office, a lengthy week-plus trip that began in Saudi Arabia. Here are the highlights from Trump’s weekend in Saudi Arabia.