Politics

  • 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
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    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
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    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.

  • Trump launches America First app, a competitive social network
    Caitlin Dickson

    Trump launches America First app, a competitive social network

    The Donald Trump campaign has released a new mobile app on Friday that encourages the Republican presidential nominee’s supporters to both interact with and compete against one another. The America First app serves as sort of a hybrid between social network and game, in which points are earned through actions such as checking in at a Trump-Pence rally, donating money to the campaign, and declaring support for “Team Trump” on social media. The app also has several point-free features, such Donald Trump Trivia, a running countdown of the “Time Left Until We Defeat Crooked Hillary” and the “Newsfeed,” which appears to be the candidate’s Twitter feed.

  • Barbra Streisand Called Apple CEO to Change How Siri Says Her Name
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    Barbra Streisand Called Apple CEO to Change How Siri Says Her Name

    Barbra Streisand has been living a nightmare. For decades people have been mispronouncing her name, putting a “Z” sound where the second S is in her last name. This Travesty came to a head when Streisand asked Siri (on her iPhone) how to pronounce her last name. Siri answered back, pronouncing it “StreiZand”.

  • ‘I am after you’: Maine governor threatens lawmaker in shocking, profanity-laced voicemail
    Michael Walsh

    ‘I am after you’: Maine governor threatens lawmaker in shocking, profanity-laced voicemail

    The Portland Press Herald reports that the governor left the expletive-filled message after a TV reporter said that Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook, was among several people who accused him of racism. “Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. The accusations of racism stemmed from comments LePage made during a town hall in North Berwick on Wednesday.

  • No, you’re a racist! Clinton, Trump repeatedly accuse each other of bigotry
    Michael Walsh

    No, you’re a racist! Clinton, Trump repeatedly accuse each other of bigotry

    After Hillary Clinton’s denunciations of Donald Trump as a race-baiting demagogue, he dug up the oldest comeback in the book: I know you are but what am I? You look at what’s happening to African-Americans and Hispanics in this country,” Trump said during a Thursday night interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Cooper pressed Trump, who had called Clinton a bigot at a rally Wednesday night, on the definition of “bigotry” and whether the GOP nominee thinks Clinton has antipathy or hatred toward a particular group, or if he just thinks her policies are bigoted.

  • After ISIS: Clearing mines amid the rubble of war
    Ash Gallagher for Yahoo News

    After ISIS: Clearing mines amid the rubble of war

    BASHIR, Iraq —  A group of Kurdish men arrive at sunrise, at an undisclosed location in Kirkuk Province, just steps behind the front lines of battle. Explosives are carefully piled in trenches and tied together so they will all blow up at once. An Iraqi official checks in on progress made by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action in its efforts to demolish explosives left by ISIS.

  • ‘Steady stream of bigotry’: Clinton rips Trump in speech linking him to ‘alt-right’
    Liz Goodwin

    ‘Steady stream of bigotry’: Clinton rips Trump in speech linking him to ‘alt-right’

    Hillary Clinton on Thursday laid out a comprehensive critique of Donald Trump’s worldview as full of “racially tinged” conspiracy theories outside of mainstream Republicanism. The speech is part of a sustained effort by the Clinton campaign to delegitimize Trump as unfit for the presidency in the eyes of mainstream voters. Clinton’s speech in Reno, Nev., came about a week after Trump shook up his campaign team and started making direct pitches to black and Latino voters. The Democratic nominee told her supporters that Trump has peddled “a constant stream of bigotry” during his campaign.

  • Trump’s past comments illustrate striking shift on deportation policy
    Michael Walsh

    Trump’s past comments illustrate striking shift on deportation policy

    Donald Trump’s campaign insists that he hasn’t flip-flopped on illegal immigration despite backing down on his promise to deport all the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. The Republican presidential nominee’s hard-line immigration stance and incendiary rhetoric swayed primary voters. Trump even cited President Obama’s approach to deportation as one he would also embrace.

  • Trump’s lack of a data operation is hurting the GOP, operatives say
    Jon Ward

    Trump’s lack of a data operation is hurting the GOP, operatives say

    One of the many ways that Donald Trump has weakened the Republican Party is by doing little in his presidential campaign to target voters through the use of data, analytics and digital tools, a group of Republicans said Thursday. “I don’t think there’s anyone who’s going to look at the Trump campaign and think that they ran a strong data operation,” said Chris Wilson, who oversaw data analytics for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.

  • Trump on Clinton: ‘It’s Watergate all over again’
    Dylan Stableford

    Trump on Clinton: ‘It’s Watergate all over again’

    Donald Trump responded to Hillary Clinton’s attempt to tie his campaign to hate groups by comparing her email scandal to one of the most infamous scandals in American political history. “A secretary of state sold her office to corporations and foreign governments, betraying the public trust— putting innocent lives in danger — and then she went to great lengths to hide, delete, destroy and lie about the evidence. “Just imagine the damage to our security, to our integrity, to our standing in the world, if Hillary Clinton is allowed to sell the Oval Office the same way she sold her office as secretary of state.

  • Vintage postcards of U.S. National Parks
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Vintage postcards of U.S. National Parks

    The National Park Service is inviting people to take part in the celebration of its 100th anniversary on Thursday. Since 1916, the federal agency has been entrusted with the conservation of the United States' national parks, national monuments and other protected areas. More than 275 million people visit these breathtaking preserved places every year. (Read more by Michael Walsh/Yahoo News) Here’s a look at a few vintage postcards of some of our national parks.

  • Down Ticket #6: Why Republicans who want to win in November — despite Trump — should be watching Nevada
    Andrew Romano

    Down Ticket #6: Why Republicans who want to win in November — despite Trump — should be watching Nevada

    Down Ticket is Yahoo News’ complete guide to the most fascinating House, Senate and governors’ races of 2016. On Tuesday, we took a breather from cataloging the many Donald Trump-related problems facing down-ballot Republicans in order to point out that, hey, maybe not everything is doom and gloom for the GOP right now.

  • 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. Instead, it postulates that the culture of white America is under attack, and sees itself as its defender.