National Newswatch

Trump, Democrats confirm outline of DACA deal, despite denials

Sep 14 2017 — — President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night to provide a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants known as “Dreamers” — but after a conservative backlash, the president and his aides sent conflicting signals about how firm the agreement was. After a meeting with Trump at the White House Wednesday […]

Democrats dread Hillary’s book tour

Sep 7 2017 — — President Donald Trump may be the only person in politics truly excited about Hillary Clinton’s book tour. Democratic operatives can’t stand the thought of her picking the scabs of 2016, again — the Bernie Sanders divide, the Jim Comey complaints, the casting blame on Barack Obama for not speaking out more on Russia. Alums of […]

Cruz, Texans accused of hypocrisy on Harvey aid

Aug 28 2017 — — Texas Republicans in Congress once stood nearly united against a bill to send billions of dollars in aid Northeastern states recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Sen. Ted Cruz even ripped the legislation as “a Christmas tree” with billions of dollars in extraneous goodies. New York and New Jersey Republicans haven’t forgotten the slight. And with Hurricane […]

Oil and gas allies to Trump: Slow down

Aug 25 2017 — — President Donald Trump’s aggressive drive to roll back environmental regulations is moving too fast even for some in the oil and gas industry. Publicly, petroleum companies and their trade groups are cheering Trump’s efforts to undo former President Barack Obama’s environmental regulations, including restrictions on fracking-related pollution, pipeline permits and offshore drilling. But quietly, people […]

My Weekend at the Falwells’ South Beach Flophouse

Aug 25 2017 — — “It’s actually that one,” our Uber driver said, pointing with one hand and shifting into reverse with the other. “Right here?” I asked, thinking he must’ve gotten the address wrong. All I saw was a liquor store.

Kelly moves to control the information Trump sees

Aug 24 2017 — — Confronted with a West Wing that treated policymaking as a free-for-all, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly is instituting a system used by previous administrations to limit internal competition —and to make himself the last word on the material that crosses the president’s desk.

Trump bans transgender individuals from U.S. military service

Jul 26 2017 — — The U.S. military will no longer allow transgender individuals to serve “in any capacity,” President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday morning. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump […]

Scaramucci to oust White House press aide, offers ‘amnesty’ to others

Jul 25 2017 — — Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday that he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short. It would be Scaramucci’s first step toward shaking up the communications shop, which has been dominated by former Republican National Committee staffers loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, a former RNC […]

Spokesman for Trump’s legal team resigns just two months after starting

Jul 21 2017 — — The spokesman for President Donald Trump’s legal team has resigned within two months of being on the job, according to people familiar with the matter. Mark Corallo, the spokesman, had grown frustrated with the operation and the warring factions and lawyers, these people said. Corallo also was concerned about whether he was being told the […]

GOP sirens blaze over Georgia special election

Jun 16 2017 — — The GOP is bracing for the prospect of a loss in Tuesday’s Georgia’s special election that could have far-reaching implications for President Donald Trump and his party’s fortunes in 2018. As grim confidential polling data circulates among GOP strategists, interviews with nearly two dozen Republican operatives and officials reveal that they are preparing for the […]

McCain: ‘I’m very worried we’re going to lose the House’

Jun 13 2017 — — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed deep concern on Tuesday that Republicans are at risk of losing their majority in the House due to a flimsy list of legislative accomplishments so far. “I’m very worried we’re going to lose the House of Representatives,” McCain said at a Wall Street Journal event for chief financial officers. “I […]

Republicans to Trump: Hands off Mueller

Jun 12 2017 — — Republican lawmakers have a warning for President Donald Trump: Don’t mess with Robert Mueller. Some Trump allies have begun agitating for Trump to fire the man appointed just last month as a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Late Monday, PBS’ Judy Woodruff reported that, […]

Trump surrogates go after Mueller

Jun 12 2017 — — Robert Mueller’s glow is fading. The special counsel who earned bipartisan praise last month as an unimpeachable investigator who would give President Donald Trump a fair shake in the Russia probe is now taking heat from Trump surrogates intent on trying to undercut his integrity.

Sarah Sanders: ‘The president is not a liar’

Jun 8 2017 — — White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “the president is not a liar” after former FBI director James Comey blasted the White House for telling “lies, plain and simple” about the circumstances surrounding his firing last month.