Politics

  • ‘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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.