Suddenly, a flurry of ethics complaints in the Georgia gov race

A month before Georgia primary voters hash out the nominees for governor, three of the top contenders were targeted with a burst of ethics complaints. Stacey Abrams’ campaign manager lodged a complaint Friday claiming that aides to her Democratic rival, Stacey Evans, violated state ethics rules by forming a third-party organization to take in unlimited contributions to help her campaign. ...
A month before Georgia primary voters hash out the nominees for governor, three of the top contenders were targeted with a burst of ethics complaints. Stacey Abrams’ campaign manager lodged a complaint...

A painful family tale: Johnny Isakson and the opioid epidemic

A very old joke in journalism revolves around the definition of news. It is, rookie reporters have been told for ages, whatever the editor sees on the way to the office. Cynical, perhaps, but there’s more than a grain of truth in that barb. We all tend to attach greater importance to the forces that pierce our personal bubbles. Sometimes that can be a good thing. In December 2016, the obituary...
A very old joke in journalism revolves around the definition of news. It is, rookie reporters have been told for ages, whatever the editor sees on the way to the office. Cynical, perhaps, but there&rsquo...


AJC poll: Most Democrats haven’t decided on governor’s race

AJC poll: Most Democrats haven’t decided on governor’s race

More than half of likely Georgia Democratic voters still haven’t decided who will get their vote in next month’s primary election for governor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll released Thursday. The survey underscored the unpredictable nature of the May 22 vote pitting former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams against ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans...
Georgia teachers calm amid demands elsewhere for pay, funding

Georgia teachers calm amid demands elsewhere for pay, funding

Teachers have been agitating for more pay in several states, demonstrating and even walking off the job, but Georgia will likely avoid their wrath. Politicians in this state risked a teacher backlash by giving more money to private schools during this year’s legislative session and by increasing the funding for state charter schools, but they balanced that with an increase in the overall public...
Sonny Perdue names ex-Senate colleague to an agriculture post in Rome

Sonny Perdue names ex-Senate colleague to an agriculture post in Rome

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that he has appointed a former Georgia Senate colleague to an overseas post. Former Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, a Republican from Lyons, will serve as minister-counselor for agriculture in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Rome, Italy. Not Rome, Ga. Not bad for a fellow who started as...
Reparations on group’s '2022' agenda; Abrams steers clear of issue

Reparations on group’s '2022' agenda; Abrams steers clear of issue

The flyer touting an event with Stacey Abrams in Atlanta earlier this week read like a left-leaning activist’s fantasy: It’s 2022 and “we’re celebrating Medicare for All and Free College, and next on the agenda is Reparations.”  It invited progressives to hop in a time machine and imagine they are hearing from Abrams, a former Georgia House Democratic leader running...
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter won’t attend Barbara Bush’s funeral

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter won’t attend Barbara Bush’s funeral

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter will not be at Barbara Bush’s funeral Saturday. “President and Mrs. Carter regret that they are unable to attend,” the Carter Center in Atlanta said in a statement Thursday morning. “President Carter will be on a private trip overseas, and although she is recovering, Mrs. Carter is not yet able to travel following her recent intestinal surgery...
Voter registration deadline is Tuesday for Georgia primary election

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday for Georgia primary election

The deadline to register to vote in Georgia’s primary election is Tuesday. The May 22 primary election will feature Republican and Democratic races for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, the General Assembly and more. Georgia citizens can sign up to vote online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or through the GA SOS app for Apple and Android cellphones...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal, Georgia Power, and a clout-heavy game of musical chairs

The Jolt: Nathan Deal, Georgia Power, and a clout-heavy game of musical chairs

If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia Ports Authority. That required Bowers to give up another influential...
Primary election will lead to turnover in Georgia Legislature

Primary election will lead to turnover in Georgia Legislature

Next month’s primary elections feature races for 20 open seats in the Georgia General Assembly along with challenges to several vulnerable incumbents, potentially shaking up the state’s balance of power. All but one of the 20 seats without an incumbent are currently held by Republicans, creating an opportunity for Democrats to make inroads in the Georgia House and Senate. Five of those...
Tippins targets ‘strip club’ Cagle and ‘Benedict’ Hill 

Tippins targets ‘strip club’ Cagle and ‘Benedict’ Hill 

The bumbling Casey Cagle lookalike is back. And this time he’s joined by a furtive Hunter Hill impersonator. Republican Clay Tippins debuted a new TV ad Thursday for the homestretch of the GOP primary race that’s backed by $500,000 in spending. And the Navy SEAL takes square aim at the two candidates considered to be at the top of the heap in the GOP primary. It opens with the faux-Cagle...
Kempner: Ignore call from boss? Georgia shifts on distracted driving

Kempner: Ignore call from boss? Georgia shifts on distracted driving

Georgia’s new distracted driving rules are confusing and watered down, but they give Georgians a legal excuse not to work in their cars and to ignore calls from bosses and customers. Some workaholics won’t take the hint. Not when they spend all that time brewing in Atlanta’s traffic. Not when plenty of employees and business owners have learned that the virtual office is everywhere...
Cagle promotes ‘great session’ in official letters to superintendents

Cagle promotes ‘great session’ in official letters to superintendents

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is leveraging his public office in the final weeks before the GOP primary by sending letters to local superintendents touting his record on education.  The Republican front-runner for governor sent the dispatches on his office letterhead to each school superintendent earlier this month with estimates of how much their district will receive from an extra infusion cash. Gov...
Atlanta City Hall bribery probe: Feds eye mayor’s deputy chief of staff

Atlanta City Hall bribery probe: Feds eye mayor’s deputy chief of staff

Nearly six years ago a man who had defrauded elderly investors out of more than $1 million convinced the City of Atlanta that he could turn restaurant grease into fuel and prevent it from being illegally dumped. Now federal investigators want to know how his scheme slid past the City Council and the nature of his relationship to the mayor’s deputy chief of staff: Katrina Taylor Parks. Two subpoenas...
Deal appoints two Georgia Power execs to state boards

Deal appoints two Georgia Power execs to state boards

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that he’s appointed two Georgia Power executives to two of the state’s most influential boards. Paul Bowers, who had been on the Georgia Board of Regents, was appointed to the Georgia Ports Authority. Deal appointed Chris Cummiskey to fill the vacancy on the Board of Regents. Bowers is the chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power, the...
Melania Trump, Clintons, Obamas attending Barbara Bush’s funeral

Melania Trump, Clintons, Obamas attending Barbara Bush’s funeral

An awe-inspiring array of first ladies and presidents will pay their respects to one of their own on Saturday. First Lady Melania Trump will attend Barbara Bush’s funeral in Houston, her spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Joining Mrs. Trump at the private service for Bush will be Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama, their offices confirmed.  On Thursday morning, Jimmy...
Barbara Bush: Where to donate, post tributes in her honor

Barbara Bush: Where to donate, post tributes in her honor

Barbara Bush was much more than a presidential spouse and mother. She was a force for good in her own right, especially when it came to championing literacy. Bush, who died in Houston on Tuesday at the age of 92, first adopted literacy as a cause in the 1980s when her husband, George H.W. Bush, was vice president. She eventually established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Ultimately...
Operator of S. Georgia immigration detention center hit with lawsuit

Operator of S. Georgia immigration detention center hit with lawsuit

Three men who have been held in a South Georgia immigration detention center filed a federal class-action lawsuit this week against the private company that operates the facility, alleging the company is forcing detainees to cook and clean there for as little as $1 a day as part of a profit-making scheme. Filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Columbus, the lawsuit accuses Nashville-based...
Georgia 2018: Abrams wins LGBT advocacy group’s endorsement 

Georgia 2018: Abrams wins LGBT advocacy group’s endorsement 

The state’s most prominent gay rights advocacy group endorsed Stacey Abrams, the latest left-leaning organization to support the Democrat’s campaign for governor ahead of May 22 primary.  Georgia Equality said it backed the former Georgia House minority leader over her rival, ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans, after an extensive process that included surveys and interviews. Both have championed...
When the opioid crisis touched Johnny Isakson’s family

When the opioid crisis touched Johnny Isakson’s family

In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The Hill newspaper is attempting to show the ubiquitous nature...
Torpy at Large: Hey, Gov. Deal, don’t allow cities to cannibalize

Torpy at Large: Hey, Gov. Deal, don’t allow cities to cannibalize

Gov. Nathan Deal has not been afraid to use his veto when the Legislature, in all its wisdom, passes a bill that needs to be strangled and quickly buried. Two years ago, he shot down a “religious liberty” bill to avoid a business-sapping controversy. He also stopped the campus carry gun law (although a year later he allowed a watered-down version to become law). Both were big-time...
Comey urges his successor in FBI to ‘stay the course’ 

Comey urges his successor in FBI to ‘stay the course’ 

FBI Director Chris Wray is facing the threat of impeachment over his handling of documents related to an investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. His predecessor, Jim Comey, had some advice for the Atlanta attorney.  “Just be you, just stay the course, do the right thing,” Comey told Channel 2 political reporter Richard Elliot. “In the long...

PolitiFact: Women’s pay-lag figure can be misapplied

On April 10, “Equal Pay Day,” Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., tweeted out her support for an end to differential pay for men and women. But there’s a problem with her tweet: The statistics showing that women earn 80 percent of what men earn are overall comparisons and do not specifically compare men and women in the same jobs. After we reached out to Smith’s office, she sent a new...
Barbara Bush’s heartfelt link to Georgia went back 73 years

Barbara Bush’s heartfelt link to Georgia went back 73 years

As the wife of one president and the mother of another, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, spent time in Georgia both on and off the campaign trail. But it was an affair of the heart that first brought her here 73 years ago, when she married the dashing young Navy pilot  George H.W. Bush when he was home on leave from World War II. The wedding took place on Jan. 6, 1945 in the 19-year-old...
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter mourn passing of Barbara Bush

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter mourn passing of Barbara Bush

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on Tuesday night mourned the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, calling attention to her generous spirit, gregarious nature and devotion to family. “Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Barbara Bush,” the couple said In a statement released by the Carter Center not long after the news of the 92-year-old Bush’s passing in Houston “She touched...
Atlanta corruption probe seeks former Mayor Kasim Reed’s records

Atlanta corruption probe seeks former Mayor Kasim Reed’s records

The sprawling federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now reached the office of former Mayor Kasim Reed. An April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury demands information about charges made to Reed’s city-issued credit card, along with information about Reed’s brother, Tracy; political consultant Rev. Mitzi Bickers, who was indicted on bribery charges last week; and...
As an apostle of Donald Trump’s impeachment makes his case, remember Newt Gingrich

As an apostle of Donald Trump’s impeachment makes his case, remember Newt Gingrich

To impeach or not to impeach. That’s not the question. The dilemma for Democrats is whether to broach the topic at all. California billionaire Tom Steyer, he of the non-stop “Need to Impeach” ads on cable TV news, clearly thinks they should. My advice? I say, “Remember Newt Gingrich.” But that can wait. Steyer, who was in Atlanta on Monday, has spent enough money on his...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont have a ‘handshake deal’

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont have a ‘handshake deal’

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on paper and sign it,” said Matt Gove, a spokesman for...
Neo-Nazis – and about 400 cops – will be in Newnan on Saturday

Neo-Nazis – and about 400 cops – will be in Newnan on Saturday

The city of Newnan, mindful of the violence last year in Charlottesville, is going into full defense mode for a neo-Nazi rally planned there on Saturday. The National Socialist Movement, a far-right hate group, has a city permit for a rally at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Greenville Street Park, a few blocks from Newnan’s court square. The group’s application anticipated between 50 and 100 people...
Early voting for the May 22 Georgia primary

Early voting for the May 22 Georgia primary

On May 22, voters across metro Atlanta and Georgia will cast  ballots in the Republican and Democratic primaries, nonpartisan and special elections.  Voters who want to beat the crowd on Election Day can vote early beginning on April 30. The most prominent election on May 22 will be for governor. The Democrats and Republicans have contested primaries to choose nominees to replace Gov...
In Georgia, calls for Trump impeachment met with caution, zeal, scorn

In Georgia, calls for Trump impeachment met with caution, zeal, scorn

To some Democrats, billionaire Tom Steyer is a heaven-sent financier with a powerful message built around impeaching Donald Trump. To others, he’s a rogue who could threaten the party’s midterm election hopes at a time when Democrats can ill afford a distraction. The California philanthropist this week brought his national movement — dubbed Need to Impeach — to Atlanta, where...
At small business forum, Georgia gov candidates sharpen economic message 

At small business forum, Georgia gov candidates sharpen economic message 

The leading candidates for Georgia governor honed their economic policies Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Georgia chapter of National Federation of Independent Business.  The event, moderated by the AJC’s Jim Galloway, featured Democrats Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans along with Republicans Casey Cagle, Hunter Hill and Clay Tippins. Brian Kemp appeared on video and Michael Williams, a...
Dem candidates steer clear of Trump impeachment debate

Dem candidates steer clear of Trump impeachment debate

Many of the Democrats challenging GOP incumbents in the north Atlanta suburbs say it’s too soon for their party to push for impeaching President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill.  Few if any of the Democrats seeking to unseat U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts are publicly embracing the campaign from some prominent liberals, including...
How to hack elections on Georgia’s electronic voting machines

How to hack elections on Georgia’s electronic voting machines

A rapt audience watched as professor Alex Halderman, an expert on electronic voting machines, changed votes in a hypothetical election before their eyes. At a Georgia Tech demonstration this week, Halderman showed how to rig an election by infecting voting machines with malware that guaranteed a chosen candidate would always win. Four people from the audience voted on the same kind of touch-screen...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal’s pick for PSC gets GOP foe with tea party, solar backing

The Jolt: Nathan Deal’s pick for PSC gets GOP foe with tea party, solar backing

So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor’s handpicked choice for state Public Service Commissioner...
In Atlanta, a sober push to impeach Trump aims to take root

In Atlanta, a sober push to impeach Trump aims to take root

Almost as soon as he took the stage Monday in Atlanta, California billionaire Tom Steyer spoke gravely about the national movement to impeach President Donald Trump.  It’s a serious issue to openly broach, he said, but our “democracy is under attack.” “We don’t view this as a partisan issue,” added Steyer. “We view this as a question of patriotism.&rdquo...
Planned Parenthood endorses Abrams, making waves in Democratic race  

Planned Parenthood endorses Abrams, making waves in Democratic race  

Planned Parenthood endorsed Stacey Abrams in the race for governor Monday, giving the former House Democratic leader a powerful new ally while dashing her rival’s hopes that the abortion rights group would stay neutral in the contest.  Staci Fox, the president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said Abrams was an “unwavering champion for reproductive health and rights” and said...
Ga. lawmakers stockpile cash in anticipation of tough midterm climate

Ga. lawmakers stockpile cash in anticipation of tough midterm climate

Some of Georgia’s GOP members of Congress stepped up their campaign fundraising during the first three months of the year, stockpiling cash as party leaders warn about a tough political climate in the upcoming midterm elections.  U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, who won the most expensive House race of all time last year, raised $375,000 between Jan. 1 and the end of March, according...
Podcast: Where do Georgia’s 2018 candidates stand on immigration?

Podcast: Where do Georgia’s 2018 candidates stand on immigration?

Immigration is an issue to watch in Georgia’s major 2018 races. The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon and Greg Bluestein reported last month that Georgia’s GOP candidates for governor “put a bull’s-eye on illegal immigration.” Redmon also reported that a Georgia congressional candidate took aim at Trump over DACA in a new ad and many first-and second-generation...
Clarke County sheriff limiting cooperation with ICE amid crackdown

Clarke County sheriff limiting cooperation with ICE amid crackdown

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office in Athens has announced it is joining a growing number of Georgia law enforcement agencies that are limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities in their jails. The move by Clarke Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. comes amid threats from the Trump administration to cut off federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” across the nation...
Georgia 2018: Abrams debuts TV, online ads in race for governor

Georgia 2018: Abrams debuts TV, online ads in race for governor

Black women may be the key demographic in next month’s Democratic primary. But Stacey Abrams, running to be the nation’s first black female governor, went after a different bloc of voters with her first ads. The 30-second digital spot unveiled over the weekend features a trio of men praising the former state legislative leader’s economic policy. “She’s fighting against...
Gingrich parts ways with mega-law firm

Gingrich parts ways with mega-law firm

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Dentons mega-giant law firm are parting ways.  The firm said Monday in a statement that it ended a three-year relationship with the ex-Georgia politician.  The Daily Report has more:  Gingrich represented a northwest Atlanta district in the U.S. House for about 20 years and led the chamber for four years.  He launched a campaign for...
The Jolt: Clarke County sheriff says he won’t detain ICE targets without warrant

The Jolt: Clarke County sheriff says he won’t detain ICE targets without warrant

As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican candidate for governor who has made illegal...
CNN’s Tapper has emerged as a staunch defender of facts in Trump era. So why is he writing fiction?

CNN’s Tapper has emerged as a staunch defender of facts in Trump era. So why is he writing fiction?

Jake Tapper doesn’t seem to get rattled easily. He’s got a TV anchor’s unflappable poise and immovable hair, and radiates an almost eerie calm when a dozen explosive stories break during his daily CNN show. He’s weathered relentless online attacks from the right for his interrogations of Trump administration officials, and seemed unruffled when the president attacked him as...
Trump’s foreign policy makes everyone uncomfortable, the left says

Trump’s foreign policy makes everyone uncomfortable, the left says

1. Trump Foreign Policy Sows Utter Confusion From Washington Post: “Who knows what the president will ultimately decide?” 2. Trump's Actions Make Many Military Leaders Uncomfortable From Time: “In today’s environment, our senior active-duty military face three significant challenges.” 3. Aaron Blake: Trump's foreign policy chaosFrom The Winston-Salem...
The right examines the state of the Republican Party

The right examines the state of the Republican Party

1. Why has the Republican Congress given up on doing anything? From The New York Post: “If Republicans aren’t losing their congressional majority this coming fall, they are doing a good job of acting like it.” 2. The Republican Party is organised around one man From The Economist: “That is dangerous.” 3. Race for Republican Speaker rare chance...
Democratic Party sues Trump Campaign, Wikileaks, others, over 2016 elections

Democratic Party sues Trump Campaign, Wikileaks, others, over 2016 elections

The legal fight over the 2016 elections expanded further on Friday, as the Democratic National Committee filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign, top aides, one of Mr. Trump’s son, as well as his son-in-law, the Russian government, and others caught up in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 race for the White House...
Jeff Sessions: Incomplete Ga. info in U.S. criminal database a danger

Jeff Sessions: Incomplete Ga. info in U.S. criminal database a danger

The U.S. Department of Justice complains that Georgia, along with other states, is not providing complete information to a national criminal database. And it says this puts public safety at risk. According to a letter U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent recently to Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, 28 percent of the Georgia arrest records entered into the national...
Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

The morning after memos written by former FBI Director James Comey were delivered to Congress – and then immediately leaked to the news media – President Donald Trump blasted both Comey and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, denying that he had done anything wrong, and defending a top aide who had been caught up in...
Torpy at Large: Feds target Kasim Reed, but is that all there is?

Torpy at Large: Feds target Kasim Reed, but is that all there is?

One must remember that the DeKalb County corruption scandal a few years ago started with a grease trap. In 2011, a fats, oil and grease inspector fessed up to taking kickbacks from restaurant owners. Prosecutors suspected there was more to it and investigated. They ended up convicting CEO Burrell Ellis on unrelated charges that resulted from an investigation that pivoted and looked into election fundraising...
Instant leaks as feds deliver Comey memos to Congress

Instant leaks as feds deliver Comey memos to Congress

Bowing to demands from Republicans in the House, the Justice Department on Thursday night gave lawmakers memos written by former FBI Director James Comey after meetings and phone calls with President Donald Trump, with the resulting leaks only amplifying Comey’s story that Mr. Trump had pressed him repeatedly about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections...
The left must deal with its housing problem, the right says

The left must deal with its housing problem, the right says

1. Democrats’ housing problem From The Washington Post: “YIMBYism is shaping up to be for the Democrats what free trade was for the Republicans.” 2. The Democrats’ Gentrification Problem From The New York Times: “The nation’s largest cities and metropolitan areas — home to a majority of Democratic voters — are at the forefront of...
The issue is bigger than Starbucks, the left says

The issue is bigger than Starbucks, the left says

1. Firing Starbucks manager won't address Philly police's overboard response to her 911 call | Editorial From The Inquirer Editorial Board: “Whether the Starbucks manager is fired is a corporate decision that won't address the roots of a problem that reveals how pervasive racism remains in America.” 2. Calling the police on black people isn’t a Starbucks problem. It&rsquo...
Senate confirms Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK as NASA Administrator

Senate confirms Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK as NASA Administrator

After operating for almost fourteen months with acting leadership, NASA finally has a new Administrator, as the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) as the new head of the space agency, overcoming reluctance among some Republicans, and strong opposition from Democrats who said Bridenstine who too political for the job. “”It is an honor...
Trump lawyer drops defamation lawsuit over publication of Steele Dossier

Trump lawyer drops defamation lawsuit over publication of Steele Dossier

Embroiled in a new legal dispute after an FBI raid earlier this month, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has dropped a $100 million defamation lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed news, and the head of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which spearheaded the development of the Steele Dossier. “Michael Cohen hereby voluntarily dismissed the...
Human Rights Campaign: Pence ‘one of the greatest threats to equality’

Human Rights Campaign: Pence ‘one of the greatest threats to equality’

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign on Thursday called Vice President Mike Pence “one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement,” highlighting his record on issues important to the LGBTQ community. The gay rights organization argues Pence has taken advantage of the chaos of the Trump administration to amass “enormous power” ...
Lawmakers press for more publicity on harassment settlements

Lawmakers press for more publicity on harassment settlements

The head of the Capitol Hill office which deals with workplace harassment cases said Wednesday that she still does not have the power to reveal the names of lawmakers who used taxpayer dollars to pay legal harassment settlements, drawing sharp rebukes from members of both parties on a House spending panel, as lawmakers in both the House and Senate expressed growing frustration...
With switch by Rubio, Flake, Senate clears hurdle for Trump’s pick to head NASA

With switch by Rubio, Flake, Senate clears hurdle for Trump’s pick to head NASA

On hold for months, President Donald Trump’s pick to head NASA was finally given the green light by a pair of GOP Senators, as the Senate voted 50-48 to overcome a possible filibuster, and advance the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be the next Administrator of NASA. A final vote to confirm Bridenstine’s nomination could come as early as Thursday in...
The left makes suggestions to help Trump Administration improve its strategy in Syria

The left makes suggestions to help Trump Administration improve its strategy in Syria

1. Trump's Problem in Syria? It Was Obama's Too From The New York Times: “Now, more than ever, the United States needs to clarify its strategic objectives in Syria and pursue them with ruthless discipline.” 2. The Real Mission in Syria Was Never Attempted From The Washington Post: “The United States should help set up a coalition government that doesn’t...
The right honors Barbara Bush

The right honors Barbara Bush

1. Barbara Bush was as authentic as her pearls were fake From The Washington Post: “The matriarch of a presidential family could just as easily have stood on her own.” 2. Mrs. No-Nonsense From The New York Times: “Barbara Bush gave it to you with the bark off. But when you earned her affection, it meant all the more. You knew it was real.” 3. The depth of Barbara Bush&rsquo...
Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’

Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’

The phone calls between President Donald Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity's show, Trump's frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When he's off the phone, Trump is known to cite...
Barbara Bush in her own words: Quotes from the former first lady

Barbara Bush in her own words: Quotes from the former first lady

Former first lady Barbara Bush will be remembered for many things, but being shy about speaking out won’t be one of them.  Bush, who died Tuesday at her home in Houston, is being remembered as someone not afraid to speak her mind when asked and not shy about giving a blunt, straight-forward response.  Here are a few of Mrs. Bush’s best-remembered and refreshingly honest...
Trump acknowledges CIA chief met secretly with Kim Jong Un

Trump acknowledges CIA chief met secretly with Kim Jong Un

Confirming press reports about a secret trip by CIA Director Mike Pompeo to North Korea, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had gone “very smoothly and a good relationship was formed.” In the middle of his own summit with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said on Twitter this morning that details of a meeting...
Taxpayers get extra day to file federal taxes after IRS website snafu

Taxpayers get extra day to file federal taxes after IRS website snafu

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday gave Americans an extra day to file tax returns for 2017, after troubles surfaced for a number of hours with an online payment system, causing troubles for those trying to finish filing and paying their taxes just before the deadline. “This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system...
The right celebrated Trump’s tax plan on Tax Day

The right celebrated Trump’s tax plan on Tax Day

1. Donald Trump: America’s economy is back and roaring and its people are winning From Donald Trump, in USA TODAY: “Paychecks are climbing. Tax rates are going down. Businesses are investing in our great country. And most important, Americans are winning.” 2. Trump tax reform - why don’t more Americans understand the benefits? From The Hill: “The new...
Reconsider the way you think about taxes, the left says

Reconsider the way you think about taxes, the left says

1. It’s Tax Day. Don’t Forget to Read Thoreau. From The New York Times: “Our tax money makes us complicit in the awful things our government does. But we also chip in for Pell grants.” 2. Americans Don't Pay Enough Taxes From The Week: “We could all pay more, and in return get more from government than we're getting now. We just have to decide to do...
Gorsuch joins liberals to rule against part of federal deportation law

Gorsuch joins liberals to rule against part of federal deportation law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that part of a federal law which requires the deportation of certain criminal aliens was too vague, as Justice Neal Gorsuch, nominated to the Court by President Donald Trump, joined with the four more liberal justices to provide the majority opinion, upholding a ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the process. “Vague...
Comey: Trump's call to put him in jail isn't 'normal'

Comey: Trump's call to put him in jail isn't 'normal'

Former FBI Director James Comey says it's "not OK" or "not normal" for the president to call for the jailing of private citizens. President Donald Trump suggested earlier this week that Comey should be jailed and accused him of leaking classified information and lying to Congress. Comey said during a live interview Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that Trump is...
Republicans move to force vote on Trump pick to head NASA

Republicans move to force vote on Trump pick to head NASA

After waiting for months to get enough votes to win confirmation, Senate Republicans have decided to press ahead this week with the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to lead NASA, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the first procedural step on Monday evening to force a final vote on President Trump’s pick to lead the space agency by late in the ...

Judge rejects restraining order on evidence seized from Trump’s personal lawyer

A federal judge in New York on Monday refused a request by lawyers for President Donald Trump to stop federal investigators from going through evidence seized from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, but the judge held off on deciding how best to review those materials for questions of possible attorney-client privilege involving the President, and whether that should keep ...
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