Kelly to decide Kushner security clearance

President Donald Trump said Friday he will not decide himself whether to allow Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to keep his temporary security clearance, telling reporters at the White House he’ll leave the matter to his chief of staff John Kelly. The disclosure marked the latest development in an ongoing drama over Kushner’s clearance, which has been held up amid questions ... Read More »

The West won’t stop the horrors in Syria even if it could. We simply don’t care

Saying there are “no words” to describe a horror is infuriating. But now not saying anything has become the new way to talk about the world’s nastiest war. It is essentially the job of the United Nations to find the words — to articulate the savagery being again unleashed on the people of Syria. Instead, they put out a statement saying ... Read More »

Debunking ‘single greatest Witch Hunt in American history’

President Donald Trump has spent much of the last year running down special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s attempted interference in the 2016 election. His favorite term to describe it is “witch hunt” — as in “the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history.” Of late, Trump has tried to nuance that blunt-force rhetorical point by insisting that his name-calling ... Read More »

Rubio takes the heat but finds his voice during gun town hall

In fact, Florida’s junior senator finally seemed more like the substantial political figure he’s long had the potential to become. Marco Rubio rightly said Wednesday night that the guts he showed in standing before a grief-wracked crowd to defend gun policies six days after Florida high school massacre paled against the remarkable courage shown by the bereaved. But it took ... Read More »

McMaster could leave WH after months of tension with Trump

With tensions flaring between President Donald Trump and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the Pentagon is considering options that would allow the President to potentially move the three-star general out of his current role and back into the military, according to half a dozen defense and administration officials. A search is quietly being conducted by the Pentagon to ... Read More »

Trump suggests arming teachers as a solution to increase school safety

President Donald Trump, after listening to a series of emotional stories and pleas to enhance school safety at the White House Wednesday, floated the idea of arming teachers and school staff, an idea that was met with support from many of the attendees. “If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very ... Read More »

Trump challenges Sessions to investigate Obama, Democrats on Russia

President Donald Trump, after being criticized for his response to Russia’s election meddling, challenged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into the Obama administration for failing to do enough to stop the 2016 election foreign interference. The tweet is the latest in a series where Trump faults former President Barack Obama for not doing enough to stop Russian meddling, ... Read More »

Billy Graham, whose ‘matchless voice changed the lives of millions,’ dies at 99

Evangelist Billy Graham — a confidant to presidents, a guiding light to generations of American evangelicals and a globe-trotting preacher who converted millions to Christianity — died Wednesday at the age of 99, his spokesman confirmed to CNN. Graham passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, spokesman Jeremy Blume said. The skinny preacher with the booming voice evangelized ... Read More »

There are no longer any words to describe Syria’s horror

The war in Syria has exhausted all superlatives. Worst day, worst month, worst year, worst ever. Words fail to describe the destruction of this ancient, beautiful land. For the past few days, Syrian government warplanes, rockets and artillery have pummeled the area known as Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus. Eastern Ghouta has been under rebel control, and under siege, since 2012. On Monday ... Read More »

Trump keeps up attacks on Obama over Russian meddling

President Donald Trump is continuing to blame his predecessor for not doing enough to deter Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump’s latest criticism of President Barack Obama comes as he’s deflected questions about his own administration’s response to Russian meddling and measures the US can take to prevent it. The President notably has refused to condemn the interference in ... Read More »



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