Tag Archives: Washington Post

Treatment and rhetoric about undocumented children put the Trump administration in a new category on hard-line immigration policy

The Trump administration is receiving criticism after a top official disclosed during testimony before a Senate subcommittee that the Department of Health and Human Services lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children placed with sponsors in the United States. According Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at HHS, officials at the agency’s Office of Refugee Resettlement attempted to reach 7,635 Read More…

Meet Richard Painter, the anti-Trump former Republican running for Senate as a Democrat

Former Republican White House lawyer announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate as a Democrat on April 30. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) Richard Painter may be one of the most interesting — and confusing — Senate candidates of 2018. He served as an ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush’s administration, became a vociferous nonpartisan critic of Read More…

Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to condemn NFL decision shows why Democrats struggle with black millennials

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on May 1 in New York. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to unequivocally condemn the National Football League’s new rules — designed to prevent players from protesting by kneeling during the national anthem — is one of the reasons many black voters, particularly black millennials, question Read More…

Trump’s pardon of Jack Johnson is not insignificant. But caring about racial injustice in 2018 would be more meaningful.

President Trump’s posthumous pardon of boxing legend Jack Johnson is not insignificant. But it would probably be far more meaningful to many Americans if the president was more sympathetic to the concerns of black athletes about racial injustice in 2018. Trump granted the pardon to Johnson Thursday, wiping clean his 1913 Mann Act conviction. Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, Read More…

What Paul Ryan gets wrong about identity politics

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says “moral relativism” is creating identity politics, but the truth is more likely the reverse. The lawmaker, who is retiring from Congress after this term, spoke Thursday at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast about how the conflicting values of different groups of Americans are influencing our politics. “We live in a world where moral relativism Read More…

The letter Trump sent to Kim Jong Un canceling the summit, annotated

After weeks of receiving and even appearing to encourage chants of “Nobel” ahead of a planned historic meeting with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un, President Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled the June 12 summit. His withdrawal comes after North Korea’s regime called Vice President Pence a “political dummy” when Pence warned North Korea it could “end like Read More…

Trump promised to drain the swamp. Michael Cohen shows the swamp is just fine.

The BBC reported Wednesday that President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was paid at least $400,000 to arrange talks between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko last year. The allegation, which Cohen denies, follows previous reports that Cohen was paid at least $2.95 million in consulting fees after Trump’s victory. Cohen’s reported consulting contracts included: Read More…

President Trump wanted consequences for NFL players who protest racism before games. Today he got them.

When President Trump was stumping during the 2017 Alabama Senate race, he reignited a controversy that had mostly fallen out of the headlines by saying NFL owners shouldn’t allow players to protest the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a Read More…

The No. 1 reason Trump’s ‘spygate’ conspiracy theory doesn’t make sense

President Trump on his way to Marine One on Wednesday. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) President Trump has turned the “witch hunt” dial up to 11, tweeting more than ever about his supposed persecution by law enforcement and even lodging a particularly pernicious conspiracy theory about the FBI spying on his campaign. This comes after he baselessly accused Barack Read More…

Is Congress about to finally do something about its sexual harassment problem?

Congress looks like it’s on the verge of making changes to a secretive set of rules that critics say created an environment of minimal consequences for sexual or other workplace misconduct by lawmakers and staff. After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations that a number of their colleagues thought dragged on too long, senators unveiled a bill to overhaul those rules that has Read More…

Democrat Stacey Abrams just made history in Georgia’s governor’s race. But can she actually win?

Democrats across the country are absolutely thrilled Stacey Abrams is their candidate for governor in Georgia this November. If she wins, the state House minority leader would be the first black female governor of any state. If she wins. On paper, Abrams faces an uphill battle to the open seat in the governor’s mansion. This Read More…

Stacey Abrams’s historic Georgia primary victory speech, annotated

Stacey Abrams on Tuesday night became the first black female major-party gubernatorial nominee in the United States when she won the Georgia Democratic primary. Her primary against fellow former state lawmaker Stacey Evans drew national attention for pitting competing visions for the future of the Democratic Party against each other. Abrams won in a 53-point landslide, after which she delivered Read More…

Trump misquotes James Clapper to push ‘SPYGATE’ narrative

James R. Clapper said something Tuesday that he maybe shouldn’t have. In the course of rebutting President Trump’s conspiracy theories about the FBI “spying” on his campaign, the former director of national intelligence momentarily conceded Trump’s premise. “They were spying on — a term I don’t particularly like — but on what the Russians were doing,” Clapper said. Read More…

Trump admitted he attacks press to shield himself from negative coverage, 60 Minutes reporter says

60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl (left) speaking with PBC Newshour’s Judy Woodruff on Monday. (YouTube/Deadline Club) One of the foremost broadcast reporters in the country said this week that President Trump admitted to her that his relentless attacks on the press was a strategy to discredit reporters and news media organizations to shield himself from negative coverage. Read More…