Politics

  • Who will pay for the border wall? Trump, Mexican president disagree on whether topic even came up
    Holly Bailey

    Who will pay for the border wall? Trump, Mexican president disagree on whether topic even came up

    After more than a year of bashing Mexico as an enemy of the United States that endangers American jobs and safety, Donald Trump sounded a more conciliatory tone during a whirlwind visit south of the border, emphasizing the “bond” the U.S. shares with its neighbor. It was unclear why the Mexican president did not correct Trump during the press conference, and the Trump campaign had no immediate response.

  • Trump doubles down on hardline immigration stance: 'There will be no amnesty'
    Holly Bailey

    Trump doubles down on hardline immigration stance: 'There will be no amnesty'

    PHOENIX—After days of hints that he might soften his approach to appeal to more moderate voters, Donald Trump reiterated his hardline proposals for tackling illegal immigration, insisting there would be “no amnesty” for those who come into the country illegally and proposing restrictions to limit legal immigration as well. Lamenting a “broken system” that has put America’s safety at risk, Trump doubled down on controversial proposals he’s stated before, including his pledge to institute a values test for those seeking entry into the country—to determine whether they truly “love” America and are willing to assimilate. “For those here illegally today who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only: To return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined today,” the GOP presidential nominee declared.

  • Clinton says diplomacy is ‘more than a photo op’ as Trump heads to Mexico
    Liz Goodwin

    Clinton says diplomacy is ‘more than a photo op’ as Trump heads to Mexico

    Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Legion’s convention in Cincinnati. Clinton said she believes in American exceptionalism, unlike her rival, and that America’s unique economic and military might gives the nation a special responsibility to lead in the world. “It’s more than a photo op, it takes consistency and reliability,” Clinton said of forming alliances.

  • ‘Political stunt’: Ex-Mexican President Vicente Fox rips Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico
    Colin Campbell

    ‘Political stunt’: Ex-Mexican President Vicente Fox rips Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico

    “He is not welcome to Mexico. Fox is a fierce critic of Trump, who launched his campaign last summer with a speech in which he accused the Mexican government of sending rapists and other criminals across the U.S. border.

  • Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Mexico threatens to overshadow immigration speech
    Holly Bailey

    Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Mexico threatens to overshadow immigration speech

    In yet another strange twist in an already unusual campaign season, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will make a last-minute Wednesday visit to Mexico City, where he will meet privately with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The sit-down, confirmed late Tuesday night by Trump and the Mexican leader in separate Twitter posts, will take place just hours before the GOP nominee is set to make what aides have billed as a pivotal immigration speech Wednesday evening in Phoenix. The Trump campaign did not respond to repeated inquiries about the trip, which came at the request of Peña Nieto.

  • Clinton camp expects Trump to repackage old policies in big immigration speech
    Liz Goodwin

    Clinton camp expects Trump to repackage old policies in big immigration speech

    In a Wednesday night immigration policy speech in Arizona, Trump could clear up some confusion on his immigration stance, but the Clinton campaign is not expecting Trump to significantly alter his stance on wanting to deport all undocumented immigrants.

  • Green Party’s Jill Stein makes pitch to both Trump and Clinton voters
    Lisa Belkin

    Green Party’s Jill Stein makes pitch to both Trump and Clinton voters

    “Most of Donald’s supporters don’t even support him,” Green Party candidate Jill Stein says. “Most are motivated by dislike of Hillary Clinton."

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump can get rid of wind energy ‘over my dead body’
    Michael Walsh

    Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump can get rid of wind energy ‘over my dead body’

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters on his way to a vote at the Capitol. Donald Trump has railed against wind energy for years, but he’d face a backlash from members of his own party if he wins the White House and his administration pushes too hard on the issue. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the author of the original wind energy tax credit in 1992, said a hypothetical President Trump wouldn’t be able to get rid of wind power in the U.S. as long as he’s alive.

  • Down Ticket #7: Rubio. McCain. Wasserman Schultz. Why Tuesday’s primaries in Florida and Arizona matter.
    Andrew Romano

    Down Ticket #7: Rubio. McCain. Wasserman Schultz. Why Tuesday’s primaries in Florida and Arizona matter.

    Down Ticket is Yahoo News’ complete guide to the most fascinating House, Senate and governors’ races of 2016. Happy Florida Primary Day! Here are four storylines to watch as the results come rolling in. If we had to pick just one state to watch for the rest of this election cycle, Florida would be it.

  • Trump doubles down on ‘great wall’ amid latest policy confusion
    Michael Walsh

    Trump doubles down on ‘great wall’ amid latest policy confusion

    Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment Tuesday morning to building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border amid reports that the GOP nominee’s planned project might actually be a “virtual” rather than physical construction. Trump, whose proposed wall has been a centerpiece of his campaign since it was launched last summer, tweeted that the “great wall” would in fact be built along the country’s southern border — just as he’d been saying all along. Trump is scheduled to outline his immigration plan on Wednesday after weeks of heated discussion around whether or not he flip-flopped by softening his rhetoric on illegal immigrants.

  • Muslim Americans strive to make their voices heard at the polls
    Caitlin Dickson

    Muslim Americans strive to make their voices heard at the polls

    Alena Khan was catching up with friends at the start of the Pakistan Day parade in Edison, N.J., last weekend when she spotted a large blue-and-white banner for the New Jersey Muslim Voters Project (NJMVP), urging her to register to vote. For most Americans her age, this will be the first presidential election in which they can vote. “It’s the divisive rhetoric that makes us feel we’ve got to prove ourselves,” said Shawn Butt, who helped found NJMVP with a small group of local Muslim leaders.

  • Donald Trump says Colin Kaepernick should perhaps ‘find a country that works better for him’
    Colin Campbell

    Donald Trump says Colin Kaepernick should perhaps ‘find a country that works better for him’

    Donald Trump fired back at football star Colin Kaepernick on Monday, suggesting in a radio interview that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback find a new country if he isn’t happy with the United States. “I think it’s — personally — not a good thing,” Trump said on the “Dori Monson Show” on Monday, as BuzzFeed reported. It won’t happen,” the Republican presidential nominee continued.

  • Donald Trump waged a ‘personal’ social media crusade against Anthony Weiner for over 5 years
    Hunter Walker

    Donald Trump waged a ‘personal’ social media crusade against Anthony Weiner for over 5 years

    On Monday morning, Donald Trump released a statement on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal. In his statement, Trump praised Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, for deciding to separate from the former Queens congressman. Trump also suggested that Weiner’s closeness to Clinton could have posed a threat to national security.

  • White House: Kaepernick’s anthem views ‘objectionable’ but protected
    Olivier Knox

    White House: Kaepernick’s anthem views ‘objectionable’ but protected

    The White House said Monday that it disagrees with Colin Kaepernick’s “objectionable” decision to stay seated during the national anthem in protest but defended the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s right to freedom of speech. President Obama, a devoted sports fan, is “aware of this issue,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing.

  • Gary Johnson: I have better than '50 percent chance' at making a debate
    Yahoo News Now

    Gary Johnson: I have better than '50 percent chance' at making a debate

    Despite currently polling below the 15 percent threshold, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is “really optimistic” about his chances of making the general election presidential debates. Since 2000, the Commission on Presidential Debates has required a candidate to reach at least 15 percent in an average of five national polls in order to qualify for the autumn’s general election debates. Recent four-way polling (featuring Johnson, along with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Green Party candidate Jill Stein) has him in the high single digits, with some state polling placing him right at the necessary number.

  • Rudy Giuliani calls Beyoncé’s VMA performance ‘a shame’
    Jason Sickles

    Rudy Giuliani calls Beyoncé’s VMA performance ‘a shame’

    For the second time this year, the former New York City mayor and prominent Donald Trump surrogate is sharply criticizing Queen B — this time following the megastar’s show-stealing tribute to Black Lives Matter at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. “It’s a shame!” Giuliani said on Fox News on Monday morning while discussing Beyoncé’s 15-minute performance, which included a visual composition about gun violence against black people in America.

  • Huma Abedin announces separation from Anthony Weiner
    Hunter Walker

    Huma Abedin announces separation from Anthony Weiner

    Huma Abedin, a top campaign aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, said Monday that she had decided to separate from her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner. The announcement followed a New York Post report detailing allegations that he had conducted sexually explicit communications with yet another woman on the Internet. “After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said in a statement that has been published by multiple media outlets.

  • Anthony Weiner deletes Twitter account after new sexting report
    Caitlin Dickson

    Anthony Weiner deletes Twitter account after new sexting report

    Former Rep. Anthony Weiner apparently deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts on Monday, in the aftermath of a new report him of sending more racy messages. Hours later, Weiner’s wife Human Abedin, announced she’d decided to separate from her husband. The New York Post reported Sunday that Weiner and an anonymous “40-something divorcee” had been exchanging flirty texts and photos from January 2015 until just a few weeks ago.

  • New evangelical group seeks to distance Christians from Trump
    Jon Ward

    New evangelical group seeks to distance Christians from Trump

    President Obama greets Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church in Longwood, Fla., at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, April 14, 2014. A collection of evangelical leaders has formed a new group to stand in contrast to conservative Christians who have endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump.

  • On the ground with the peshmerga, preparing to retake Mosul
    Ash Gallagher

    On the ground with the peshmerga, preparing to retake Mosul

    For many peshmerga, it is the first time they have fired an M16 assault rifle. Between training sets, they laugh and joke with each other, but when it’s time to focus, they work hard over the long days of the burning summer.

  • FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems
    Michael Isikoff

    FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

    The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections. Johnson emphasized in the call that Homeland Security was not aware of “specific or credible cybersecurity threats” to the election, officials said.

  • ‘I don’t speak for Donald Trump,’ says RNC Chair Reince Priebus
    Michael Walsh

    ‘I don’t speak for Donald Trump,’ says RNC Chair Reince Priebus

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that if you want to know the specifics of Donald Trump’s immigration policy, you’ll have to ask the real estate magnate himself. The GOP leader declined to spell out what his party’s presidential nominee planned to do about the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. This distancing comes after a week of Trump softening his anti-illegal-immigration stance, which had included calls for a deportation force to kick out every undocumented immigrant.

  • Chris Christie defends Donald Trump’s immigration policy as ‘completely consistent’
    Michael Walsh

    Chris Christie defends Donald Trump’s immigration policy as ‘completely consistent’

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that the core of Donald Trump’s immigration policy has been consistent — kicking criminals out of the country and denying amnesty to undocumented immigrants. The onetime Trump rival who is now the chairman of the Republican presidential nominee’s transition team defended Trump’s softening of his immigration policy during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning. In a conversation with journalist Martha Raddatz, Christie highlighted that Trump has said no undocumented immigrants will be eligible for citizenship unless they leave the United States and reenter through legal channels.

  • Trump sparks outrage with tweet about Dwyane Wade’s cousin’s death
    Caitlin Dickson

    Trump sparks outrage with tweet about Dwyane Wade’s cousin’s death

    Instead of initially offering condolences, Donald Trump looked ahead to Election Day when reacting to news that Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade’s cousin had been killed. Nykea Aldridge, a mother of four, was reportedly caught in the crossfire while pushing a baby stroller in Chicago’s South Side on Friday. “Dwayne [sic] Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago.

  • Tim Kaine Watches as Stephen Colbert Easily Fools New Yorkers With Kaine Impersonator
    Superfan TV

    Tim Kaine Watches as Stephen Colbert Easily Fools New Yorkers With Kaine Impersonator

    Vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine visited the "Late Show" Thursday, where he watched as Stephen Colbert walked the streets of New York with a man pretending to be Kaine. The imposter talked to voters, posed for pictures, and even played harmonica. At one point a man handed fake Kaine a baby, at which point the baby immediately began to cry. Most people believed the imposter was the real Kaine.