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Trump told Comey he never slept in Moscow. But he did.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
According to memos by former FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump disputed allegations about cavorting with prostitutes in Moscow by insisting that he didn’t spend the night in Moscow during his 2013 trip. But the record clearly shows he did.
Students protest gun violence nationwide on Columbine anniversary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Thousands of students walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School with a show of unity aimed at pressuring politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti follows in Obama's footsteps — to Iowa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti tests the political waters in visit to Iowa.
Ted Cruz shrugs off past feud and lauds Trump in Time essay
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Ted Cruz wrote an essay for Time magazine’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue, praising President Trump, who the Texas senator once described as a "bully," "narcissist" and "serial philanderer."
Join us for a live video taping of Skullduggery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Join Yahoo News’ Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Klaidman, and Chief Investigative Correspondent, Michael Isikoff, for a special live video taping of Skullduggery.
We need stronger candidates, not stronger parties
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
It’ll be a long time before we see another presidential field populated solely by career politicians. But that’s not something we should necessarily fear.
Midwest farmers fear tariff war, while their steelworker neighbors cheer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump’s trade policies may be helping some steel companies — and steelworkers — but China is threatening to retaliate with tariffs on American agricultural exports. Farmers in this Illinois town are worried about losing their market.
RZA weighs in on the Wu
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
RZA, the spiritual leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, got a kick out of seeing two of his rap colleagues meet former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.
Unfiltered: ‘We are human beings’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In the middle of an empty Manhattan church on a Wednesday afternoon sits Rev. Juan Carlos Ruíz, adjusting his priest collar. Outside, people cross the street to and from Central Park. Although it is April, they are still dressed in winter coats.
State hits Memphis for removing Confederate monuments
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Months after Memphis circumvented state law to take down two monuments, the Tennessee legislature voted to remove funding that would’ve gone to commemorating the city’s bicentennial.
Fresno State professor under fire for celebrating death of Barbara Bush
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Fresno State University is distancing itself from an Arab-American professor who celebrated the death of former first lady Barbara Bush as it reviews the matter, school officials said Wednesday.
George W. Bush: U.S. should be tough on Russia — 'not belligerent, but forceful'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former President George W. Bush said on Monday that he has “always felt” the United States should be tough in countering Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression.
California leads the nation in sending former inmates to college. Will other states follow?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Since 2011, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to thin its prison population, the state has taken several steps to increase educational opportunities for inmates — and it has achieved dramatic results.
Trump calls sketch released by Stormy Daniels a 'total con job'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump suggested on Wednesday that the man adult-film star Stormy Daniels says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot and warned her to stay silent about her alleged sexual encounter with Trump is “nonexistent.”
Barbara Bush, the 'enforcer' of a political dynasty, is dead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
While her husband was the linchpin of a multigenerational political dynasty, Barbara Bush, with her shock of white hair and trademark pearls, provided much of the steel in the family.
Barbara Bush: A life in pictures
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
View photos of Barbara Bush through the years. The former first lady died on April 17 at age 92.
Public figures react to the death of Barbara Bush
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Within minutes of the news that former first lady Barbara Bush had died Tuesday at the age of 92, tributes began pouring in from political figures, including those in her own family.
Comey book says he threatened to call for a special counsel over Clinton emails
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
FBI Director James Comey nearly called for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s email server in the spring of 2016 after Clinton’s lawyers refused on the grounds of attorney-client privilege to turn over their laptops for examination by the bureau’s agents.
U.N. scofflaws owe N.Y.C. an insane amount of money
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make the world turn. Today we're looking at the $16 million in unpaid parking fines owed to New York City by drivers with U.N. diplomat license plates.
Comey blitzes the media on book tour
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
James Comey’s book tour began in earnest on Tuesday with the former FBI director scheduled for no less than eight high-profile interviews to promote his much-anticipated memoir, "A Higher Loyalty," over the next three days.
Power to the party: Why political reforms can be bad for democracy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Over the last half-century, political power has devolved from party functionaries to ordinary citizens voting in primaries. That has made the system more democratic — but also more susceptible to manipulation by populist demagogues. Some political scientists think it’s time to take another look.
Sean Hannity was Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's secret client
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Michael Cohen’s mysterious third client, whose identity he tried to keep secret, has been revealed as Fox News host Sean Hannity.
The Michael Cohen legal sideshow: Gasps, pratfalls and paparazzi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
 NEW YORK—Even before Sean Hannity was named as the mystery “third client” of President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, the hearing over how to handle the evidence FBI agents seized from Cohen’s office and residences last week was a media circus, featuring the best-known adult actress in America and her omnipresent lawyer, fringe political candidates, and people who literally fell to the ground. Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, was circling the federal district courthouse in Lower Manhattan, making as many as ten circuits of the block. Avenatti is now at least as recognizable as his client, who has said she had a sexual liaison with President Trump.
Why Comey doesn't want Trump impeached
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a wide-ranging interview, former FBI Director James Comey elaborated on previous statements, offered new insights, and admitted that he made errors in judgment.
Trump proposal to kill foreign entrepreneur program hits startups
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Trump administration is rescinding a rule that allows foreign entrepreneurs who start businesses in the U.S. to remain in the country for up to five years. One tech startup had to open a satellite office in Canada for one of its Indian-born founders. The issue shows the tension between the administration’s anti-immigrant stance and its pro-business rhetoric.
Why Comey wants America to vote Trump out of office
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former F.B.I. director James Comey revealed Sunday night that he was advised by his chief counsel that President Trump could wind up a target of the bureau’s investigation into suspected links between Trump campaign operatives and the Kremlin.
'I hardly even knew this guy': Trump lashes out at Comey in Sunday morning tweetstorm
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Excerpts from former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming memoir, and from an interview Comey gave to ABC News, set off a Sunday-morning tweetstorm of accusations, corrections and annotations from President Trump, including the bizarre assertion that “I hardly even knew this guy.”
White House makes statement about Syria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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White House spokeswoman throws Michael Cohen under the taxi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Michael who?
4 reasons Trump may have pardoned Libby
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As reports broke Friday that President Trump had issued a pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, the immediate questions for many Americans were: Why Libby and why now?
Yellow cabs and apartment houses: FBI is taking a broad look at Michael Cohen's business
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
: Agents who raided the office and home of President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen weren’t only interested in hush-money payoffs to women, but a broad range of his business dealings, including a taxi empire, New York City real estate and an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Trump responds to Comey's book by calling him an 'untruthful slime ball'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump tore into James Comey on Friday in a pair of tweets aimed at discrediting his former FBI director’s explosive new book that details Comey’s interactions with the president before his firing last year.
Comedian Randy Credico says Trump adviser Roger Stone threatened his dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
New York City comic and ex-radio host Randy Credico says that longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone sent him “scary,” obscenity-filled emails after he went public disputing Stone’s claim that Credico was his “backchannel” to WikiLeaks.
Trump looms large in Arizona Senate race to replace Jeff Flake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
It may be 2018’s marquee Senate race.
DOJ tinkers with immigration courts to speed deportations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The sequence of events that lead to immigration court vary from case to case, especially now, as even broader categories of people — ranging from convicted criminals to recent border crossers seeking asylum, longtime residents and even a few U.S. citizens — are getting caught up in the Trump administration’s sweeping enforcement dragnet.
What's in James Comey's book?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former FBI director James Comey’s account of his turbulent career in law enforcement, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” is officially out next week, but reviews and excerpts began appearing Thursday. The book is scathing about Comey’s interactions with President Trump, who fired Comey last year over his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and its possible links to the Trump campaign.
Former doorman says he got hush money over Trump love
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The doorman, Dino Sajudin, reportedly signed a contract with American Media that carried a $1 million penalty for disclosing details of the explosive story.
Pompeo: 'I cooperated' with the Mueller investigation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s pick for secretary of state, confirmed on Thursday that he has been interviewed by Robert Mueller in the special counsel's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia.
Trump backs off tweet warning Russia of 'coming' Syria strike
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“Never said when an attack on Syria would take place,” Trump tweeted early Thursday. “Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"
Fire the special counsel. Please.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trying to shut down the special counsel and seize control of the Justice Department will be the thing that brings this entire Legoland of an administration crashing down on itself.
Trump's incoherent, dangerous policy on Syria, as laid out in tweets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
ISIS has nearly been defeated in Syria, and the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, is close to winning the civil war. But the situation there is as dangerous as ever, and President Trump may be making things worse by tweeting out a belligerent threat to Russia.
Zuckerberg tells GOP lawmakers Facebook isn't biased against conservatives
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the suggestion by several Republican lawmakers on Wednesday that the social media network is biased against conservative content — but admitted that he is worried about the issue of censorship on the platform in general.
Paul Ryan, lame duck: What does the future hold for him?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Without much precedent in recent U.S. history, House Speaker Paul Ryan is entering an extended lame-duck period before the 115th Congress concludes. How will this announcement affect Republican morale and Ryan’s future?
Republicans wonder who will fill Ryan’s shoes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republicans ponder who will lead the party after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will not seek reelection in November.
Paul Ryan’s legacy looks a lot like Donald Trump’s
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he would not seek reelection this fall, some on both the left and the anti-Trump right expressed hope that Ryan would now be free to stand up against President Trump. Ana Navarro, a Republican CNN contributor who has spoken out against President Trump, had a similar reaction: “Paul Ryan has 8 months as Speaker,” wrote Navarro on Twitter.
Unfiltered: ‘It would be my privilege to defend a Nazi.’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
At the Greenberg Law office in Brooklyn, framed advertisements reading “The Real Call Saul” hang on the walls between tongue-in-cheek posters for movies like “Devil’s Advocate.” A small, wiry-haired man sits at a desk with sheets of notes splayed out before him. “My name is Howard Greenberg,” he says. Greenberg is no one to mess with: He has garnered a reputation as one of Manhattan’s craziest – and most successful – defense lawyers, having represented roughly 4,000 defendants and produced an unusually high number of acquittals and dismissals in cases where such results were thought to be impossible.
Trump warns Russia: Missiles 'will be coming' to Syria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Wednesday vowed to respond to last week’s chemical attack with an air strike but said he would not specify timing publicly.
Thank you for shooting: Will the NRA go the way of the tobacco lobby?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The tobacco lobby’s influence over Washington waned as public consciousness about the links between cigarettes and cancer grew. The NRA is using many of the tobacco industry’s old tactics, such as suppressing research and invoking personal responsibility, but can it survive the growing pro-gun control movement?
Zuckerberg says Facebook staffers have been interviewed by Mueller's team
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that staffers at the social media giant have been interviewed by members of special counsel Robert Mueller's office.
Zuckerberg hedges on how Facebook tracks you
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Some questions about Facebook are too tricky for its chief executive to answer.