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Trump gave himself a ’10’ on Puerto Rico. Then he tried to get its governor to do the same.

President Trump said on Oct. 19 that the Puerto Rico disaster response was “the most difficult,” but that he would rate the White House’s response “a 10.” (The Washington Post) President Trump held a news conference with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Thursday. In it, Trump rated his own response to the devastation that Hurricane Read More…

Is Richard Spencer a white nationalist or a white supremacist? It depends on the news source.

Richard Spencer at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Let’s start with what Richard Spencer — the man whose appearance at the University of Florida on Thursday triggered a state of emergency — calls himself. Spencer prefers the term “identitarian.” He also characterizes his views as “alternative right” or “alt-right.” News outlets generally consider those phrases Read More…

A Texas congresswoman said women are just as responsible for preventing sexual assault

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.) participates in a news conference in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Women need to stop inviting sexual harassment against them, said a congresswoman who initially gained recognition for making historic strides for women. “I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman’s responsibility as it was a man’s Read More…

The Trump White House is unmoored

President Trump listens as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks in the Rose Garden on Monday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump’s most faithful supporters like to believe he’s always a step ahead of the media and the political establishment — that he’s playing three-dimensional chess while we’re stuck on checkers. Where we see Read More…

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks at a campaign rally in Fairhope, Ala., on Sept. 25, 2017. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alabama, said that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are breaking the law. “It’s against the law, you know that?” Moore said in an interview with Read More…

Women are asking men in politics to step up in the fight against sexual harassment

Film producer Harvey Weinstein, seen here attending the 2016 Amfar New York Gala in Manhattan, is facing several sexual harassment allegations. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Ever since the bombshell sexual harassment allegations involving Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein made headlines, there has been a push to have men step up and help change the work environment for women. Read More…

Sarah Huckabee Sanders just admitted Trump’s ‘proof’ doesn’t exist

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Oct. 18 that Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) made “appalling and disgusting” comments about President Trump’s call to Myeshia Johnson. Johnson’s husband, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, was killed in Niger. (Reuters) President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that not only was Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) Read More…

Sessions says he can’t ‘make a blanket commitment’ not to jail journalists

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Oct. 18, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he would “commit to not putting reporters in jail for doing their jobs.” Sessions replied that he doesn’t “know that I can make a blanket commitment” on it. (Reuters) Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday Read More…

‘That’s a dumb question’: It’s no surprise that John McCain’s frustration with Fox News boiled over

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Let’s just establish, up front, that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) thinks pretty much all questions about President Trump are dumb. Recall that between Election Day and New Year’s Day, McCain went through a phase in which he simply refused to answer reporters’ Trump-related inquiries. At all. “On the Read More…

‘Give me a break’: Sessions gets heated with Franken over shifting Russia denials

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Oct. 18 got into a heated exchange about the 2016 presidential campaign while Sessions appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Reuters) It was an exchange with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) that started Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Russia problems earlier this year. And the bad blood Read More…

Jimmy Kimmel says he is willing to lose Republican viewers, but his ratings are going up

[embedded content] Jimmy Kimmel says he believes so strongly in his recent commentaries on health care and gun control that he is willing to lose Republican viewers who disagree with him. So far, however, the late-night host’s foray into divisive political issues has not hurt his ratings. If anything, it has helped. On three consecutive Read More…

Trump’s alleged ‘knew what he signed up for’ comment to widow is worth caution, but fits a clear pattern

[embedded content] Update: The widow’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, has now spoken with The Washington Post, and she says Wilson’s account is accurate. “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said. She said she was in the car at the time but declined to elaborate on the specifics Read More…