GOP pushes Trump for new attorney general amid Mueller uproar

GOP pushes Trump for new attorney general amid Mueller uproar

“If we had some confidence that there is somebody nominated that would be confirmed in a reasonable period of time, to me it seems like it would relieve a lot of the controversy,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Congress Senate Republicans hope replacing Matthew Whitaker will calm the…
Michelle Obama Wants to Save Politics By Staying Out of Them

Michelle Obama Wants to Save Politics By Staying Out of Them

Michelle Obama is not running for president, people close to her insist. And she’s not running for mayor of Chicago, or for Congress, or for the Board of Overseers at Harvard, where her older daughter Malia started last year. She’s made that clear, repeatedly and painstakingly, describing how she was dragged “kicking and screaming” into…
Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory

Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory

In the sweaty, waning days of August, I went to a Cheesecake Factory in the Virginia suburbs to learn about a conspiracy that would rock the FBI, if true. The two men who met me for lunch, a retired CIA agent and a former National Security Council official in the Trump administration, were wearing shorts…
Wilbur Ross leaving? Mulvaney is waiting.

Wilbur Ross leaving? Mulvaney is waiting.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has said that he is interested in succeeding Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo White House Amid the drama around higher-profile Trump officials, the president's 80-year-old Commerce chief may be on the way out. By NANCY COOK and ANDREW RESTUCCIA 11/15/2018 08:40 PM EST To hear Commerce Secretary Wilbur…
Criminal justice overhaul hits Senate snags despite Trump endorsement

Criminal justice overhaul hits Senate snags despite Trump endorsement

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said he cannot formally oppose the proposal until he sees the bill's text. | John Shinkle/POLITICO A bipartisan criminal justice overhaul backed by President Donald Trump ran into a formidable political obstacle in the Senate on Thursday: Tom Cotton, normally one of the president's closest allies. The Arkansas Republican is a…
‘We broke down:’ Why Palm Beach County won’t meet recount deadline

‘We broke down:’ Why Palm Beach County won’t meet recount deadline

Under state law, if the deadline is not met, the vote count reverts back to the first unofficial results, which were due last Saturday. | AP Photo MIAMI — Due to malfunctioning voting machines and scores of missing recount votes, Palm Beach County is on the verge of being the only one of 67 counties…
Texas businessman challenges acting A.G.’s legality

Texas businessman challenges acting A.G.’s legality

Lawyers for former agricultural products executive Doug Haning filed a motion asking a federal court to rule that Matthew Whitaker’s installation atop the Justice Department was illegal. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo Legal 'This certainly appears to be a uniquely promising context,' said University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck. By JOSH GERSTEIN 11/15/2018 04:21…
‘Preparing for the worst’: Mueller anxiety pervades Trump world

‘Preparing for the worst’: Mueller anxiety pervades Trump world

President Donald Trump has been sequestered with his lawyers to discuss how to respond in writing to a series of special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions, only adding to the intrigue that something big is about to happen. | Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. insist they aren’t…
Florida judge extends deadline for fixing ballots with mismatched signatures

Florida judge extends deadline for fixing ballots with mismatched signatures

Walker’s ruling is the result of a challenge filed last week by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s reelection campaign against GOP Gov. Rick Scott. | Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo By AREK SARKISSIAN 11/15/2018 08:43 AM EST Updated 11/15/2018 09:19 AM EST 2018-11-15T09:19-0500 TALLAHASSEE — A Tallahassee federal court judge has given voters until Saturday to fix ballots…
Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ becomes flash point for Pelosi

Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ becomes flash point for Pelosi

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is gathering support for a resolution that would establish a select House committee to develop legislation on the Green New Deal | Win McNamee/Getty Images Nancy Pelosi is facing an unexpected flare-up on climate change that is complicating relationships among House Democrats ahead of crucial leadership elections. Incoming liberals, led by Rep.-elect Alexandria…

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