Donald Trump's presidential approval ratings are at steady levels according to the Telegraph's poll tracker.
A little over a year ago, before a packed joint session of Congress for the 2018 State of the Union address, President Donald Trump took a moment to recognize a North Korean escapee in the audience named Ji Sung-ho. Ji escaped from North Korea in 2006 and became an advocate for North Korean human rights. When he rose from his seat and raised the simple wooden crutches on which he fled North Korea and that he has kept to remember his ordeal, the chamber roared in a standing ovation. It was a singular moment of bipartisan harmony: different parties and branches of government coming together to recognize a man's sacrifices, unified in revulsion at the totalitarian regime he fled. Soon thereafter,
New York Times v. Sullivan is a unanimous Supreme Court decision handed down in 1964. It held that for a public figure to win a libel case against a news outlet, she or he would have to prove “actual malice”: that they printed something false either knowingly or with reckless disregard for the truth. For over 50 years, it has been at the bedrock of freedom of the press, all the more so in an age when the president of the United States has labeled the press “the enemy of the people.” And on Tuesday, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that he'd possibly overturn it. The context, perhaps ironically, was an appeal stemming from the Bill Cosby case. One of Cosby's accusers, Kathrine McKee, told her story
Elizabeth Warren has a list of problem areas she says are national emergencies, although she stopped short of saying Tuesday night that she'd take executive action to resolve them. Warren appeared on the 'Late Late Show' with James Cordon to promote her candidacy for president, and the comedian brought Donald Trump's border emergency up. Cordon asked Warren what she would consider to be a national emergency if she were in the Oval Office. 'Let's do the list,' she responded giddily. 'Climate change ... gun violence ... student loan debt, right off the top. That's what we've oughta be working on,' she said. Warren did not say she would use executive action to address the issues she believes emergencies.
The number of hate groups operating in the United States rose 7 percent to an all-time high in 2018, reflecting an increasingly divisive debate on immigration and demographic change, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday. The SPLC, which has tracked hate groups since 1971, found there were 1,020 operating in the United States last year, breaking the 1,018 record set in 2011. The group's annual report on hate activities blamed the rise in part on Republican President Donald Trump, whose administration has focused on reducing illegal and legal immigration into the United States.
When a lawsuit challenging President Trump's plan to build a border wall goes before a federal judge in San Francisco, California and 15 other states will argue that the administration's decision to bypass Congress violates the U.S. Constitution. “This is so clearly unconstitutional and illegal that the Supreme Court will say it is not permissible,” predicted UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. University of Texas law professor Robert Chesney, on the other hand, said California faces an uphill battle.
With Jacqueline Klimas and Wesley Morgan Story Continued Below — President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-4 on Tuesday, setting in motion a plan to create a separate Space Force military branch. Now the effort moves to Congress. — A bill to be introduced today would block the administration from doing anything to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty over the next six months before the official withdrawal. — Boeing is set for a win in the fiscal 2020 budget submission, with a potential order of eight F-15X fighters, and as many as 80 over the next five years. HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND WELCOME TO MORNING DEFENSE, where we're ready for the snow, and always on the lookout for
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller may never release a final report about the Russia investigation — and if he does, it may never become public. In yet another combative and lengthy appearance with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Conway hinted Mueller's long-awaited report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of collusion or obstruction of justice by the commander-in-chief, his presidential campaign or administration might not be completed. "Let's see if there's a report to even discuss," Conway told the CNN anchor on Tuesday. Cuomo insisted that Americans want the report. "No," Conway said. "Yeah," Cuomo interjected as Conway went
A reporter who survived last year's Capital Gazette newsroom mass shootingthat killed five co-workers tweeted an impassioned response to PresidentDonald Trump's latest attack on the media
President Donald Trump has a peculiar view of government in general, and of the Justice Department, specifically. He views himself as having unlimited authority over the executive branch - without regard to either constitutional or statutory obligations. It's the "unitary executive" on steroids. Combine this with his mob-based worldview, in which he imagines that his wiseguys (e.g., Roger Stone, Michael Cohen) "fix" things just like others did for other presidents. Trump demands to know, "Where is my Roy Cohn?" The result is a reflexive, constant demand from Trump to make his troubles go away - not by cooperating, but by eliminating the key person atop the investigation. Officials in this executive
RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. The pollution is a legacy of how the mining industry was allowed to operate in the U.S. for more than a century. Companies that built mines for silver, lead, gold and other “hardrock” minerals could move on once they were no longer profitable, leaving behind tainted water that
In an early-morning barrage of tweets, President Trump ripped The Washington Post and cheered the Covington teen's lawsuit against the paper that alleges the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts in a confrontation with Native American activists in January.
General Motors has been painted as villains by the likes of President Trump, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and the Canadian capital of Ottawa, labor unions and others in the wake of its plans to end production at five North American plants and slash around 14,000 jobs at a time when the company is solidly profitable. GM this week announced multimillion-dollar investments in two Michigan plants — Lansing Delta Township and Romulus Powertrain, near Detroit — and sent Chairman and CEO Mary Barra to the factory floors to press the flesh and pose for photographs with workers. The announcements, made on successive days, come in the same month when GM said it needs to fill 1,000 openings at its Flint Assembly plant to build in-demand heavy-duty pickups, and began handing out pink slips to around 4,000 salaried workers.
November of 2020 is just under two years away and the crop of Democratic candidates who will take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election continues to grow. Among them is Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Senator is currently touring the country to speak with voters and potential supporters. On Tuesday, Senator Gillibrand tweeted an article asserting that—though some might think it's risky—she's running “unabashedly as a mom.” She's likely right about the risk, considering a cultural climate in which the vast majority of male presidential candidates (and subsequent presidents) in the past have had children, but only female candidates have had to grapple with questions pitting parenthood against the presidency.