Politics

  • Hillary Clinton on foundation attacks: ‘I know there’s a lot of smoke, and there’s no fire’
    Dylan Stableford

    Hillary Clinton on foundation attacks: ‘I know there’s a lot of smoke, and there’s no fire’

    “He is taking a hate movement mainstream,” Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a phone interview shortly after Trump made the remark at a rally in Mississippi. Recently released emails showed a foundation official reaching out to the State Department on behalf of donors.

  • What is the ‘alt-right’? A beginner’s guide
    Caitlin Dickson

    What is the ‘alt-right’? A beginner’s guide

    A political movement most Americans have never heard of is suddenly in the spotlight, thanks to Donald Trump — who has hired one of its leading spokesmen to run his campaign — and Hillary Clinton, whose speech planned for Thursday afternoon is expected to denounce it. It’s the “alt-right,” a loose aggregation of bloggers, radio hosts, think tanks and activists that emerged from the “white nationalist” movement of the 1980s and 1990s. Trump has for much of his campaign flirted with “alt-right” themes, mostly through retweets, some of which he later disavowed.

  • Trump calls Clinton a ‘bigot’ at surreal rally with U.K. Independence Party leader
    Holly Bailey

    Trump calls Clinton a ‘bigot’ at surreal rally with U.K. Independence Party leader

    As he seeks to make inroads with African-Americans and other minority voters, Donald Trump dramatically escalated his rhetoric against rival Hillary Clinton, accusing her of being a “bigot” who does not truly care about blacks and Hispanics. “Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future,” the GOP presidential nominee declared at a rally here Wednesday night. Beginning with a speech last week outside Milwaukee, the GOP nominee has repeatedly condemned “the bigotry of Hillary Clinton” while arguing that Democrats have failed minority voters and taken them for granted.

  • Trump adds former Heritage Foundation president to transition team
    Jon Ward

    Trump adds former Heritage Foundation president to transition team

    Ed Feulner, former president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, has joined Donald Trump’s transition team to help prepare for the possibility of a win by the Republican presidential candidate this fall. Feulner, 75, is the first major figure with deep credibility in the conservative movement to join the Trump transition effort, which is being run by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

  • ‘Trump Revealed’ writers: Immigration shift was no surprise
    Michael Walsh

    ‘Trump Revealed’ writers: Immigration shift was no surprise

    Donald Trump’s recent pivot on immigration should not have come as a surprise to anyone who knows about his career-long knack for giving the crowd what it wants, according to two Trump biographers. Washington Post investigative reporter Michael Kranish and Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher, authors of “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power,” discussed Trump’s evolving immigration stance in an appearance on Yahoo News Now with Stephanie Sy. The Republican presidential candidate who during the primary called for a deportation force to round up the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants has toned down his rhetoric over the past week.

  • Clinton tries to stop Trump, mid-pivot, by tying him to ‘alt-right’
    Liz Goodwin

    Clinton tries to stop Trump, mid-pivot, by tying him to ‘alt-right’

    Hillary Clinton will make the case in a speech Thursday that Donald Trump’s campaign is led by people who propagate extreme and racist viewpoints that belie Trump’s recent attempts to pivot to the center ahead of the election. “[Trump] is taking a hate movement mainstream,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN Wednesday. Ahead of the speech, the campaign released a video showing white supremacists and members of the KKK praising Trump.

  • Army pulls training slide listing Hillary Clinton as example of ‘insider’ threat
    Dylan Stableford

    Army pulls training slide listing Hillary Clinton as example of ‘insider’ threat

    The U.S. Army has pulled a slide from a training presentation that described Hillary Clinton as an “insider” threat to national security. The slide, which was used in a PowerPoint presentation at Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood, included the image of the Democratic nominee alongside pictures of disgraced retired Gen. David Petraeus, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis and described them as “insiders” who were “careless or disgruntled” government employees.

  • Donald Trump says he’s open to ‘softening’ immigration law
    Michael Walsh

    Donald Trump says he’s open to ‘softening’ immigration law

    The Republican presidential candidate’s hard-line stance and policy proposals surrounding illegal immigration have been a centerpiece to his campaign. In a Tuesday conversation with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump said he would consider changing aspects of immigration law as it relates to people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but have not otherwise broken the law. Trump described the two-tier policy toward illegal immigration that he touched upon the day before.

  • Trump campaign manager: Here’s why we think the polls are wrong
    Colin Campbell

    Trump campaign manager: Here’s why we think the polls are wrong

    Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, argued that polls showing her candidate losing are missing the “undercover Trump voter” who is embarrassed to admit support for the Republican nominee. “Our internal polling is proprietary and confidential so I won’t discuss it,” Conway said, according to an interview transcript published earlier this week by the British Channel 4 network. “Donald Trump performs consistently better in online polling where a human being is not talking to another human being about what he or she may do in elections,” she continued.

  • Obama visits flood-damaged Baton Rouge
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Obama visits flood-damaged Baton Rouge

    “Sometimes when these kinds of things happen, it can seem too much to bear, but what I want the people of Louisiana to know is that you’re not alone on this,” he said. The president praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its efforts coordinating a federal response, which he said has already reached $127 million in assistance.

  • Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Elderly’ presidential candidates like Trump and Clinton should release medical history
    Dylan Stableford

    Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Elderly’ presidential candidates like Trump and Clinton should release medical history

    Ben Carson says “elderly” presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should disclose their current medical records to voters before the election. “I think that somebody who is running for president of the United States, particularly if they’re elderly — and that would include both major candidates — should disclose their medical history,” Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential hopeful, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday. “I think that is common sense,” Carson, who turns 65 next month, continued.

  • Clinton campaign slams ‘utterly flawed’ AP report on foundation donors
    Dylan Stableford

    Clinton campaign slams ‘utterly flawed’ AP report on foundation donors

    Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is slamming an Associated Press report that more than half the people outside government that she met with while she was secretary of state donated to the Clinton Foundation. “It cherry-picked a limited subset of Secretary Clinton’s schedule to give a distorted portrayal of how often she crossed paths with individuals connected to charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • Donald Trump planning meeting with black and Latino activists
    Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell

    Donald Trump planning meeting with black and Latino activists

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is planning a Thursday morning meeting with Latino and African-American activists at his Manhattan headquarters in Trump Tower. The activists are fellows from the Queens, N.Y., office of the Republican Leadership Initiative, a program designed to train young, diverse recruits to be campaign field operatives. Multiple GOP sources confirmed plans for the meeting and characterized it as part of Trump’s outreach efforts in the African-American and Latino communities.

  • President of group leading charge on emails: ‘Even the Clintons are admitting there's something wrong’
    Christopher Wilson

    President of group leading charge on emails: ‘Even the Clintons are admitting there's something wrong’

    In a Tuesday interview with Yahoo News, the head of conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch said that Clinton Foundation’s move to shut down funding was an admission of error. Fitton was referencing the Clinton Foundation’s new promise to stop taking foreign and corporate donations should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton win the presidency in November. Former President Bill Clinton also promised to step down from the board should his wife win.

  • ‘Pics or it didn’t happen’ puts increased pressure on cops to release body-cam video in police shooting cases
    Jason Sickles

    ‘Pics or it didn’t happen’ puts increased pressure on cops to release body-cam video in police shooting cases

    Violence erupted earlier this month in Milwaukee after a man fleeing a traffic stop was shot and killed by police. Authorities say video from the shooting will not be released during the investigation. Increasingly, citizens want video proof before they’ll accept what authorities tell them about police shootings.

  • Obama says he doesn’t ‘worry too much about politics’ as November election looms
    Michael Walsh

    Obama says he doesn’t ‘worry too much about politics’ as November election looms

    President Obama’s Tuesday trip to flood-battered Louisiana may have turned into a political football, but he says he hasn’t paid it much mind. Obama batted down a question about the trip being politicized during a press conference in Baton Rouge, La. “First of all, one of the benefits of being five months short of living here [at the White House] is I don’t worry too much about politics,” he replied.

  • What’s Donald Trump doing in deep-red Texas? Money, ego and reviving the ‘Summer of Trump’
    Holly Bailey

    What’s Donald Trump doing in deep-red Texas? Money, ego and reviving the ‘Summer of Trump’

    Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a 2015 campaign event in Dallas. AUSTIN, Texas — After weeks of campaigning in mostly battleground states like North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Donald Trump takes his insurgent campaign for the presidency here Tuesday night, with a public rally scheduled in the heart of the Texas. Neither Mitt Romney nor John McCain visited the state so close to Election Day in 2012 and 2008.

  • Donald Trump muddles hardline immigration stance from GOP primary
    Michael Walsh

    Donald Trump muddles hardline immigration stance from GOP primary

    Donald Trump’s nebulous immigration policy appears to be shifting away from the promise of mass deportations to something a bit more tenable: a focus on criminals living in the United States illegally. During the primary campaign, Trump advocated for a “deportation force” to remove the estimated 11 million people who have illegally immigrated into the United States. Last weekend, BuzzFeed and Univision reported that he told a Hispanic advisory council he would support legal status for some immigrants.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Trump has no credibility with black voters
    Dylan Stableford

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Trump has no credibility with black voters

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Donald Trump’s pitch to African-American voters won’t resonate in the black community unless the Republican nominee actually visits one. “If he’s going to change hearts and minds in African-American communities, he needs to go there and talk to African-Americans,” Abdul-Jabbar told Yahoo News on Tuesday. Last week, Trump argued that Democrats have taken black voters for granted and that those voters should vote for him.

  • Down Ticket #5: Have Republicans finally figured out how to save themselves from Hurricane Donald?
    Andrew Romano

    Down Ticket #5: Have Republicans finally figured out how to save themselves from Hurricane Donald?

    Are there any bright spots for down-ticket Republicans in this, the Season of the Donald? Down Ticket is Yahoo News’ complete guide to the most fascinating House, Senate and governors’ races of 2016. Down Ticket has already written about the challenges facing Republican candidates this fall — and how GOP nominee Donald Trump is making their lives even more miserable.

  • Hillary Clinton reads Trump quotes with a straight face — except for one
    Dylan Stableford

    Hillary Clinton reads Trump quotes with a straight face — except for one

    Hillary Clinton had no trouble opening a jar of pickles on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday, mocking conservatives who have raised questions about her health. “I think apologizing is a great thing, but you have to be wrong,” Clinton said, reading a Trump quote taken from a fishbowl on Kimmel’s desk. “Number one, I have great respect for women,” Clinton said, reading another quote from the real estate mogul.

  • Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fight Song’ is driving some people nuts
    Hunter Walker

    Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fight Song’ is driving some people nuts

    Celebrities perform “Fight Song” for a video played at the Democratic National Convention. It’s Hillary Clinton’s fight song, but some listeners don’t have a lot of fight left in them. Before and after the Democratic nominee takes the stage at rallies, her campaign inevitably plays the 2015 pop hit “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.

  • Republicans to query firms that ran Clinton's private server
    MICHAEL BIESECKER, EILEEN SULLIVAN and CHAD DAY

    Republicans to query firms that ran Clinton's private server

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans stepped up their attacks Monday on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and pointed to newly released messages to allege that foreign donors to the Democratic presidential nominee's family charity got preferential treatment from her department.

  • Ann Coulter on Khizr Khan: ‘We’re all going to be living under Sharia law if this guy has his way’
    Michael Walsh

    Ann Coulter on Khizr Khan: ‘We’re all going to be living under Sharia law if this guy has his way’

    Donald Trump may regret some of his recent public comments that have “caused personal pain.” But conservative commentator Ann Coulter, author of a new book boosting Donald Trump’s candidacy, is refusing to back down from her attacks on the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier. Indeed, Coulter accused the father of wanting Sharia Law to be enforced in the U.S.

  • ‘Shut it down’: Trump takes aim at Clinton Foundation as new emails released
    Liz Goodwin

    ‘Shut it down’: Trump takes aim at Clinton Foundation as new emails released

    Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a gathering of law enforcement leaders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Donald Trump on Monday called on the Clintons to “immediately” shut down their charitable foundation as a conservative watchdog group released new emails showing that Clinton Foundation officials asked favors of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s staff while she was secretary of state. In the new emails, Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band asks Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, to arrange a meeting between Clinton and the Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, whom he called “our friend.” Band also said they were asking for a meeting through “normal channels.” Abedin wrote back, saying Clinton wasn’t sure she had time, and then later wrote that the meeting was set.