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'Outside agitators,' a phrase from the civil rights era, resurfaces in Georgia governor's race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republican Brian Kemp, in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor, resurrects the civil rights era charge that “outside agitators” are behind her campaign.
Georgia's fraught history with 'outsiders' shapes a tight governor's race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The race for governor of Georgia, which rarely attracts much national interest, is suddenly exciting this year, with a charismatic Democratic candidate in Stacey Abrams facing off against a standard-issue Southern Republican, Brian Kemp.
Is the GOP facing a 'thumping' or 'shellacking' — or can it pull off an escape?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In 2006 President George W. Bush called it a “thumping.” In 2010 President Barack Obama compared it to a “shellacking.” If the polls and prognostications are correct and Republicans end up losing the House on Nov. 6, how will President Trump describe the experience? It’s worth asking after the week Trump’s GOP just had. For months now forecasters have given Democrats a better chance than Republicans of running the next House of Representatives.
'Skullduggery': Washington think tank says 'no' to Saudi funds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A prominent Washington think tank will stop taking money from Saudi Arabia as a result of the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, its chairman said.
In new book, a White House correspondent takes the Trump presidency seriously
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A new book by veteran CBS News journalist Major Garrett — “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride” — examines President Trump's legacy.
Red brother vs. blue brother
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Midterm races are fertile territories for family feuds.
Trump praises Gianforte, recounting his assault on reporter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"Never wrestle him," Trump said of the Montana Congressman who pleaded guilty to physically assaulting a reporter.
Cory Booker says the U.S. needs to ‘reexamine’ its ‘entire relationship’ with Saudi Arabia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Democratic New Jersey senator said the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi is just one of many concerns he has about Saudi Arabia and America's close ties to the Gulf country.
Trump administration sued over border wall waiver of environmental protections
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Environmental groups sued the Trump administration Thursday for waiving dozens of environmental protection laws to expedite border-wall construction.
Unfiltered: ‘We’re the psychic twins.’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Twins Terry and Linda Jamison first learned about their psychic abilities in high school, when they would predict when their friends would get into relationships with boys — and when they would break up. “Where we grew up in a little town, outside Philadelphia, nobody had ever heard of psychics. Now, the Psychic Twins — as they call themselves — are internet stars: With over 750,000 YouTube subscribers and a total video view count reaching 30 million, they’ve accrued a strong, loyal following that seems to grow with each prediction they make, whether it’s on the scale of a natural disaster or a celebrity pregnancy.
The Republican who shocked the world 4 years ago could lose because of redistricting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, a member of the conservative Republican House Freedom Caucus, smiles before the vote on the House farm bill, which failed to pass, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018. When Dave Brat shocked the political world in 2014, beating the man who was set to become the next speaker of the House in a Republican primary, his congressional district was more favorable to Republicans than it is now. The outcome of Brat’s contest against Democrat Abigail Spanberger will speak volumes on election night — less than three weeks from now — about how big a potential Democratic wave could be.
New Jersey House race tests the limits of the backlash against Trump (and Pelosi)
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
If we want to understand this year’s midterm elections — the deeper forces at work, and the shifts they could set off — there may be no better contest to keep an eye on than NJ-03, says Andrew Romano.
The downside of infamy: Donations pour in to fund Steve King’s challenger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
For the fourth consecutive quarter, the Democratic challenger to Iowa Rep. Steve King has raised more money than King has.
President Avenatti? Lawyer for Stormy Daniels and Julie Swetnick wants the 2020 Democratic nomination, arguing that no one will swing harder at Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Michael Avenatti would like to turn his newfound fame into political power, in order to take down the man who did precisely that two years ago.
Why the Khashoggi case is a battle over leadership of the Islamic world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Seven years ago, while investigating the story of a Muslim Brotherhood figure living in the United States, I spoke with a supporter of the Justice and Development Party about the relationship of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, then the prime minister of Turkey, with the Islamist organization. “The flag raises from where it has fallen,” said the supporter, who is now a high-level Turkish government official in Ankara, referring to the goal of reviving Turkish leadership in the Muslim world more than 80 years after the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate in 1924. To some extent, he was putting down the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt in the 1920s, and arguing that Turkey’s nationalist political Islam movement had a stronger hold over Turkish Islamists, including Erdoğan.
Republican candidates trying to have it both ways on Obamacare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Some GOP candidates running this cycle who have or are trying to gut Obamacare are still running on the importance of protecting people with pre-existing conditions.
Donald Trump is destroying the American brand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump makes no pretense of balancing moral imperatives, or even military objectives, against the economic agenda that is his only real priority.
On the stump, Paul Ryan blasts 'Montclair Mikie' Sherrill. (If you lived in N.J., you’d know what he means.)
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Paul Ryan put down Democrat Mikie Sherill as “Montclair Mikie” and a Nancy Pelosi clone at a rally for Republican Jay Webber in New Jersey.
Julián Castro says he's 'likely' to run for president in 2020
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration, was unusually open about his political ambitions in an interview with Yahoo Finance.
Beto goes negative on Cruz in new ads
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke is running new ads in which he criticizes his Republican opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz.
Trump says he expects answers on Saudi reporter’s disappearance by ‘end of the week’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president also rejected the notion he's covering for Saudi Arabia.
Julian Castro says he's 'likely' to run for president in 2020
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a recent interview with Yahoo Finance, Julian Castro, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration, was unusually open about his political ambitions.
Stoned, woke and almost out of bed: 'Chapo Trap House' does revolution, Brooklyn hipster style
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Do take a listen to "Chapo Trap House," the ostentatiously incoherent, overweeningly sarcastic podcast on which “The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason" is based.
Rand Paul and Dana Rohrabacher are doing Russia's bidding, Bill Browder says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The billionaire investor and anti-Putin activist, who believes the California congressman is compromised, now wonders if the Kentucky Republican is too.
O’Rourke, trailing Cruz in Texas Senate race, comes out swinging in final debate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trailing in the polls and looking to regain momentum in Texas’s hotly contested Senate race, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke came out swinging in his final debate against Ted Cruz, repeatedly questioning the Republican senator’s honesty and work ethic as the two clashed over a litany of issues including immigration, abortion rights and President Donald Trump.
Jared Kushner 'deeply involved' in White House response to Khashoggi’s disappearance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jared Kushner is leveraging his close relationship with the Saudi crown prince to facilitate communication between the White House and the Gulf kingdom.
A 'looooong shot for Democrats' against powerhouse Rep. Jim Jordan just got a little bit shorter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, participates in the press conference calling on President Trump to declassify the Carter Page FISA applications on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. It was a minor shift, and probably signifies nothing very much, but on Tuesday, the political prognosticator Nate Silver noted that his site, FiveThirtyEight, had adjusted its outlook for the congressional race in Ohio’s 4th district, which slithers through the north-central area of the state. It’s indeed a longshot: Silver’s model gives Jordan just a one in twenty chance of losing against retired teacher and union leader Janet Garrett.
Jared Kushner ‘deeply involved’ in White House response to Khashoggi’s disappearance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Kushner is leveraging his intensely scrutinized close relationship with the Saudi crown prince to serve as a line of communication between the White House and the Gulf kingdom.
Indiana Sen. Donnelly backs border wall in new ad, and GOP pounces
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republicans hoping to take back a Senate seat in Indiana said an ad by Democrat Joe Donnelly, backing the idea of a wall on the Mexican border and supporting I.C.E., showed the Democrat was becoming “desperate.”
Trump coins a new nickname for Stormy Daniels after he wins in court
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The battle between President Trump and Stormy Daniels, the actress who says she slept with him in 2006, took a predictable turn on Tuesday in an exchange of insults on Twitter over her looks and his anatomy.
In Senate race, GOP Rep. Blackburn accuses her opponent of being a Democrat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Marsha Blackburn was navigating her way from table to table, saying hello to voters inside a small restaurant in this bustling suburb of Nashville before sunrise last Saturday when a man took her hand and offered a distinctly odd greeting. Blackburn, the eight-term Republican congressman (her preferred title) from middle Tennessee who is now vying for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat, broke into a wide smile. The number has become a shorthand for one of her main arguments against her Democratic opponent, Phil Bredesen, who has made the race closer than expected in the heavily Republican state.
Trump calls Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' again after she reveals DNA results
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Tuesday revived his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who released a DNA test showing evidence she has Native American ancestry.
Will Rick Scott’s playbook withstand a potential Democratic wave?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has won two hard-fought elections over the past decade by spending heavily on TV early in the race, building a lead and then withstanding a late rally from his opponent. Scott grabbed a lead in the race in late June but fell behind over the past month. Scott, a Republican, is trying to unseat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat serving his 18th year in the Senate.
Facing doubts from women voters, Tennessee’s Phil Bredesen opens up about his wife's kidnapping
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The centrist Democrat speaks out about his wife's kidnapping, explaining that protecting women is very personal to him.
Blue states' rights: California’s 'Queen of Green' fights Trump to set stricter pollution rules
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Mary Nichols, the chair of California Air Resources Board, is engaged in a tense feud with the Trump administration over her state’s ability to regulate its air quality.
Think tanks reconsider Saudi support amid Khashoggi controversy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The push to disassociate from Saudi Arabia has proven complex for Washington’s most prominent public policy institutions.
Warren releases DNA test showing 'strong evidence' of Native American ancestry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released the results of a DNA test that the Massachusetts Democrat said proves she has Native American ancestry.
Facing doubts from women voters, Tennessee’s Phil Bredesen opens up about an assault on his wife
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.—On a December morning nearly thirty years ago, Phil Bredesen had just gotten to work at his office in downtown Nashville when his phone rang. The call was purposely vague—the officer didn’t want the businessman to panic—but something had happened to Bredesen’s wife, Andrea Conte, and he told him to come to the hospital right away. “I thought she had been mugged,” Bredesen, the former Tennessee governor who is now running for U.S. Senate, recalled in an interview last week.
Warren releases DNA test showing ‘strong evidence’ of Native American ancestry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In an unprecedented effort to diffuse lingering questions about her heritage ahead of a possible presidential bid, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released the results of a DNA test that the Massachusetts Democrat said proves she has a Native American in her ancestry.
Rubio: U.S. credibility is undermined if we don’t condemn allies that murder
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said that the United States would need to call out Saudi Arabia if it’s proven that its government was behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Rubio: U.S. credibility is undermined if we don’t condemn allies who murder
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said that the United States would need to call out Saudi Arabia if it’s proven that its government were behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Bernie Sanders is not a fan of ‘disruptive and rude’ Democratic protesters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders said he is “not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities” and would much rather see progressives vote.
Trump touts his dealmaking skills after meeting American pastor freed from Turkey
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump, welcoming an American clergyman on his return to the U.S. after a two-year imprisonment in Turkey, took credit for his release and blamed President Obama for not getting him out sooner. “For Andrew, it’s been a very interesting day,” Trump told reporters who were called to the White House to witness the repatriation of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Presbyterian from North Carolina. Brunson, who had been living and preaching in Turkey for more than two decades, was arrested October 2016 on suspicion of involvement in a coup attempt against the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
March to the Polls rally in Chicago draws thousands
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Thousands of people have marched through downtown Chicago to express their displeasure at President Donald Trump and encourage voters to go to the polls for next month’s midterm election.
In Iowa, Cory Booker's early work sets him apart
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Cory Booker has begun laying extensive groundwork in the key presidential primary state ahead of many of the other high-profile potential 2020 hopefuls.
Planned Parenthood plans for a post
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Abortion-rights advocates are preparing for the likelihood that the Supreme Court in the near future may curtail, or completely overturn, Roe v. Wade. Their strategy focuses on securing abortion rights in individual states.
In Iowa, Cory Booker’s early work sets him apart
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Cory Booker has begun laying extensive groundwork in the key presidential primary state ahead of many of the other high-profile potential 2020 hopefuls.
'Outside agitators,' a phrase from the civil rights era, resurfaces in Georgia governor’s race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republican Brian Kemp, in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor, resurrects the civil rights era charge that “outside agitators” are behind her campaign.
GOP candidate threatens Pa. governor: 'I'm going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As the national debate over violent rhetoric rages among politicians, pundits and President Trump, the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania offered the latest case study in partisan rancor Friday.
Scott Senate campaign calls opposition ad 'dangerous' in light of hurricane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
An ad produced by a political action committee supporting Bill Nelson claims the Florida governor cut funding to education while giving tax breaks to the rich.