Trump rallies: MAGA with a side of shtick

Trump rallies: MAGA with a side of shtick

MISSOULA, Mont. — Donald Trump had the crowd hanging on every word, every pause, every gesture. The thousands who gathered here had come to see what the president might serve up next. But they weren’t all that interested in hearing his latest policy pronouncements — they wanted to see Trump’s stand-up shtick. And on Thursday night,…
Republicans romp in Senate battlegrounds

Republicans romp in Senate battlegrounds

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greets supporters at his election night party in Houston, after winning re-election. | AP Photo/David J. Phillip Senate The GOP padded its majority by at least one seat — and as many as five. By JAMES ARKIN 11/06/2018 06:23 PM EST Updated 11/07/2018 12:01 AM EST 2018-11-07T12:01-0500 Republicans rode a red…
Trump quietly meddles in McCarthy-Jordan leadership brawl

Trump quietly meddles in McCarthy-Jordan leadership brawl

President Donald Trump thinks Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) would be a ferocious defender for him as the top Republican on the powerful House Judiciary Committee. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo On the eve of Kevin McCarthy’s long-awaited defeat of his nemesis, Rep. Jim Jordan, President Donald Trump is jumping into the fray to play peacemaker. Trump…
Trump calls on Sessions to stop Mueller probe

Trump calls on Sessions to stop Mueller probe

"This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now," the president tweets, | Evan Vucci/AP Photo President Donald Trump Wednesday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the federal probe examining allegations of collusion and obstruction of justice — though the president's attorneys have tried…
Aides expect Trump to go rogue on Manafort pardon

Aides expect Trump to go rogue on Manafort pardon

Ever since President Donald Trump discovered that he could unilaterally pardon individuals, aides say he’s been thrilled by that level of unchecked power. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images WHITE HOUSE The president's comments are being read as a signal that he wants to ignore his lawyers and exonerate his former campaign chairman. By NANCY COOK 08/24/2018…
Walsh: Working-Class Trump Voters ‘Forgot Where They Came From’

Walsh: Working-Class Trump Voters ‘Forgot Where They Came From’

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. BOSTON—Marty Walsh is a college drop-out and recovering alcoholic who grew up in a union household and worked his way up through organized labor and local politics. In many ways, he fits the profile of the kind of white working-class man who…
Kavanaugh closer to Supreme Court with Flake support

Kavanaugh closer to Supreme Court with Flake support

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination cleared a key Senate hurdle Friday — before pausing for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegation against him, forced by a dramatic maneuver from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Flake announced his support for President Donald Trump’s high court pick Friday morning, only to say that he wouldn’t “be comfortable”…
Mattis: New White House directive doesn’t change border mission

Mattis: New White House directive doesn’t change border mission

The statement made by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reflects ongoing tension between the White House and Pentagon over the border mission that President Donald Trump ordered. | Win McNamee/Getty Images The 5,800 active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border will remain mostly unarmed and won't expand their duties to arresting migrants, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis…
More Dems threaten to withhold support for Pelosi

More Dems threaten to withhold support for Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi met with Problem Solvers Democrats last week after they sent her a letter “strongly” encouraging her to embrace their proposals to “Break the Gridlock.” | AP Photo/Susan Walsh Democratic members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus are warning House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) she won't win their votes for…
Wilbur Ross left out of G-20 activities

Wilbur Ross left out of G-20 activities

President Donald Trump's decision to leave Wilbur Ross in Washington appears to be another sign of the Commerce chief's diminished role in trade negotiations. | Win McNamee/Getty Images BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The White House has yet to release a list of officials who will accompany President Donald Trump at the highly anticipated dinner meeting…
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