Politics

  • Trump’s truth: the dinner-table standard
    Jerry Adler

    Trump’s truth: the dinner-table standard

    Call it the Lewandowski Doctrine: the proposition that in evaluating the statements of a candidate for president of the United States, the proper standard to apply is, How would this sound coming from my brother-in-law at the kitchen table? Specifically, Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, speaking at a forum Thursday night at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, was criticizing what he considered the media’s myopic focus on the accuracy of Trump’s statements during the campaign. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally,” Lewandowski said.

  • Howard Dean drops out of Democratic leadership race, leaving Keith Ellison as the frontrunner
    Liz Goodwin

    Howard Dean drops out of Democratic leadership race, leaving Keith Ellison as the frontrunner

    Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., speaks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to lead the Democratic National Committee got a shot in the arm Friday afternoon, as his chief rival for the spot, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, announced he was getting out of the race. “One of the problems we had in this election is we’ve got to connect more with young people — and that means not having faces like mine,” said Dean, 68, who ran as a presidential candidate in 2004, and led the DNC between 2005 and 2009.

  • Senators drafting bill to limit Trump-era deportations
    Michael Walsh

    Senators drafting bill to limit Trump-era deportations

    Democratic and Republican senators are reportedly crafting legislation that would put a limit on how many people President-elect Donald Trump would be allowed to deport if he reverses President Obama’s executive orders concerning illegal immigration.

  • Donald Trump’s ‘USA Thank You Tour’
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Donald Trump’s ‘USA Thank You Tour’

    Trump's event was the kickoff for what his team is billing as a "Thank You Tour," and his aides are quick to correct anyone who refers to it as a victory lap. All the rallies are expected to take place in key states where Trump scored victories.

  • Donald Trump is running victory laps and settling old scores
    Hunter Walker

    Donald Trump is running victory laps and settling old scores

    CINCINNATI, Ohio — President-elect Donald Trump isn’t quite done with the campaign. His first postelection event on Thursday featured a speech in which he delivered extensive riffs boasting about his performance in the election and airing old grievances.

  • Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race
    Liz Goodwin

    Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race

    A group of former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers is asking Facebook to expand its election alerts to include local races in time for a crucial Louisiana run-off election this month. The Clinton staffers formed a nonprofit called Flippable in the wake of their party’s crushing losses in November, in order to inform and organize Democrats around state and local races. Chris Walsh, a founder of Flippable who was the Clinton campaign’s Ohio regional out-of-state coordinator, said Facebook will consider their request if they are able to demonstrate a popular “outpouring of support.” The group has started a petition to prove that Facebook users would like to be reminded of local elections.

  • In Gen. Jim Mattis, Trump chooses a ‘warrior monk’ as secretary of defense
    Jerry Adler and Daniel Klaidman

    In Gen. Jim Mattis, Trump chooses a ‘warrior monk’ as secretary of defense

    Donald Trump was expecting a very different answer when he asked retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, at a meeting last month, for his views on the use of waterboarding. Mattis, who served in the Marines from 1969 until his retirement in 2013, represents a big change from the current secretary of defense, the bookish Ashton Carter, a former Harvard professor who was trained as a physicist.

  • Live updates: President-elect Donald Trump's rally in Cincinnati
    Yahoo News Staff

    Live updates: President-elect Donald Trump's rally in Cincinnati

    President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio for the first stop in Trump’s USA Thank You Tour 2016. Yahoo News’ Hunter Walker is on the ground in Cincinnati and will be providing coverage from the event.

  • The Obamas unveil the 2016 White House holiday decorations
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    The Obamas unveil the 2016 White House holiday decorations

    President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Sasha light the 2016 National Christmas Tree during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. First lady Michelle Obama previewed this year’s holiday decorations in Washington on Tuesday, Nov., 29. "The Gift of the Holidays" is the theme, as the Obamas prepare for their final Christmas celebration in the White House. Ornaments on display spell out the word "girls" in 12 different languages, paying homage to Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative. (Getty/AP)

  • Levi’s CEO pens open letter to patrons: Leave your guns at home
    Michael Walsh

    Levi’s CEO pens open letter to patrons: Leave your guns at home

    Levi’s has a simple request: Come for the jeans, but leave the heat at home.

  • Trump returns to Indiana for victory lap on Carrier deal
    Colin Campbell

    Trump returns to Indiana for victory lap on Carrier deal

    Donald Trump traveled to Indiana on Thursday to celebrate the fact that the air-conditioning and furnace manufacturer Carrier Corp. will be keeping some of its jobs in Indianapolis, instead of moving more than 2,000 to Mexico. Trump, who was introduced to the crowd by his running mate, outgoing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, praised his V.P. pick as “such a wise decision for me.” Pence played a key role in crafting the deal with Carrier.

  • Report: Chris Christie looking at becoming GOP chair
    Dylan Stableford

    Report: Chris Christie looking at becoming GOP chair

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who lost his spot as chairman of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team last month, is reportedly eyeing a new job: Republican National Committee chairman. Politico reports that Christie has expressed interest in the post currently held by Reince Priebus, whom Trump has tapped as his chief of staff. Priebus, who was elected RNC chairman in 2011 and reelected in 2013, said he would remain as chair until a successor is named.

  • Nobel laureates urge Trump to respect scientific integrity
    Michael Walsh

    Nobel laureates urge Trump to respect scientific integrity

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during his visit to Mexico last August. Dear Donald Trump: The scientific community is watching. More than 2,300 scientists, including 22 Nobel Prize winners, signed an open letter urging the president-elect and the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that the federal government will support scientific inquiry and rely upon it when shaping public policy.

  • Petraeus would need to inform his probation officer if he joins Trump’s Cabinet
    Dylan Stableford

    Petraeus would need to inform his probation officer if he joins Trump’s Cabinet

    The former CIA director — who pleaded guilty in 2015 to mishandling classified information that he shared with his mistress, Paula Broadwell — would apparently need to get permission from a probation officer to leave North Carolina to fulfill his duties as secretary of state, a condition of Petraeus’ two-year probation. “The defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of any change in residence or employment,” read a court judgment, which was shared on Twitter by USA Today reporter Brad Heath.

  • Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross compares Trump to Castro
    Caitlin Dickson

    Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross compares Trump to Castro

    Gross was a U.S. contractor who was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working on a project to provide wireless Internet access to the country’s Jewish community, and spent five years in a Cuban prison. Speak up, Cuba.

  • Breitbart urges boycott of Kellogg’s after cereal maker pulls ads
    Dylan Stableford

    Breitbart urges boycott of Kellogg’s after cereal maker pulls ads

    Breitbart News is blasting the decision by Kellogg’s to pull its advertising from the far-right conservative website and encouraging its readers to boycott the breakfast cereal maker. “For Kellogg’s, an American brand, to blacklist Breitbart News in order to placate left-wing totalitarians is a disgraceful act of cowardice,” Alex Marlow, Breitbart editor in chief, wrote in article published online Wednesday. “Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice.

  • Trump Transition Watch
    Yahoo News Staff

    Trump Transition Watch

    Donald Trump is filling out his administration. The celebrity businessman turned president elect has already announced his picks for defense secretary, attorney general, U.N. ambassador, treasury secretary, transportation secretary, commerce secretary, secretary of health and human services, chief of staff, national security adviser and more.

  • The real problem behind fake news
    Matt Bai

    The real problem behind fake news

    To the list of historic firsts that Donald Trump seems to rack up daily, we can now add this: He is the first candidate in the annals of American politics to allege massive fraud in an election he actually won. Trump took to Twitter last weekend to declare that he would have won not just the presidency but also the popular vote had it not been for 3 million people — presumably undocumented immigrants — who came out to illegally vote against him. Because, you know, nothing attracts undocumented immigrants more than a polling place crawling with Trump supporters and local sheriffs.

  • Activists deride Texas' fetal remains burial rule as unconstitutional
    Michael Walsh

    Activists deride Texas' fetal remains burial rule as unconstitutional

    Texas’ newly adopted amendments requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains every time a woman has an abortion are set to take effect on Dec. 19. The state’s Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopted the new rules on behalf of the state’s Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on Monday.

  • Trump fills out Cabinet with millionaires and billionaires
    Dylan Stableford

    Trump fills out Cabinet with millionaires and billionaires

    The family of Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has a net worth estimated at $5.1 billion. President-elect Donald Trump, who rallied populist voters by vowing to “drain the swamp” of the Washington elite, is filling his Cabinet with people who share a familiar trait: They’re very rich. On Wednesday, Trump announced Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive who served as his campaign finance chairman, as his choice for treasury secretary and Wilbur Ross, a private equity investor, as his pick for secretary of commerce.

  • Trump adviser: Appointments are a blend of ‘insiders’ and ‘disrupters’
    Hunter Walker

    Trump adviser: Appointments are a blend of ‘insiders’ and ‘disrupters’

    Anthony Scaramucci, founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, speaks to reporters at Trump Tower. Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the executive committee of Donald Trump’s transition team, on Wednesday defended the president-elect’s promise to “drain the swamp” in the face of the finance bigwigs and D.C. veterans set to join the Trump administration. Scaramucci, a financier and hedge fund investor, said Trump’s team is “superexcited” about the choice of former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and billionaire Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary.

  • Can a divided America come together under Trump? Historians weigh in
    Garance Franke Ruta

    Can a divided America come together under Trump? Historians weigh in

    Donald Trump’s upset win after an acrimonious presidential campaign has thrown the fault lines of a bitterly divided nation into even sharper relief. Against this backdrop I turned to historians and political scientists to ask how America is ever going to unwind the present atmosphere of dug-in political division. Is there any way to reknit our divided America?

  • Trump: Ohio State attacker ‘should not have been in our country’
    Dylan Stableford

    Trump: Ohio State attacker ‘should not have been in our country’

    President-elect Donald Trump believes that the Somali immigrant who plowed a car into a crowd of pedestrians on the campus of Ohio State University on Monday and then used a butcher knife to attack them should never have been allowed to enter the United States. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a 20-year-old Muslim who was a lawful permanent resident and student at the school, was shot and killed by police moments after the attack began. “ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday.

  • Cuba mourns Fidel Castro
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Cuba mourns Fidel Castro

    To waving flags and some shouts of "Long may he live!" Fidel Castro's ashes began a four-day journey across the island Wednesday, retracing the path of his triumphant march into Havana nearly six decades ago. A small, Cuban-flag covered cedar coffin containing the remains of the 90-year-old leader was taken out of Cuba's Defense Ministry just after 7 a.m. and placed into a flower-bedecked trailer pulled by a green military jeep for the more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) procession to his final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago. The ashes will be interred Sunday, ending the nine-day mourning period for the man who ruled the country for nearly 50 years.

  • Trump revives century-old debate over revoking citizenship
    Liz Goodwin

    Trump revives century-old debate over revoking citizenship

    Donald Trump revived a century-old legal debate Tuesday morning when he tweeted that anyone who burns the United States flag should face “loss of citizenship” or a year in jail. The Supreme Court held in 1989 that flag burning is a protected exercise of free speech, striking down 48 states’ laws prohibiting the act. Trump’s casual mention of stripping people of their U.S. citizenship as punishment, however, has an older and more tangled legal history — one that critics fear may get a fresh look under his presidency.