The substance of the Mueller report is only now beginning to penetrate through the fog of lies and distortions coming from the Attorney General William Barr, backed by his loyal lieutenant Rod Rosenstein. There is ample evidence of behavior on the part of the president that fits any reasonable definition of high crimes and misdemeanors—and most likely there will be a lot more, when the Southern District of New York and other jurisdictions of the Justice Department finish their work—at least if Barr does not stymie them.
'This organization looks like it's in free fall,' one former senior federal official says. The White House team that ensures federal agencies build better technology and defend networks from hackers is plagued by cratering morale — jeopardizing efforts to modernize the government and protect sensitive data from spies and cybercriminals. Few Americans may have heard of the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer, but the unit inside the Office of Management and Budget coordinates tech improvements across the government, helping agencies boost cybersecurity and manage technology and cybersecurity budgets that totaled $105 billion in the past fiscal year. Story Continued Below But many OFCIO
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House.
Constitutional questions, some subtle and some obvious, some familiar and some unusual, very likely will shape how the Supreme Court on Tuesday looks at the high-stakes fight over the 2020 census, and could also be a major factor when the Justices ultimately decide.
‘The people want someone to articulate their rage for them,” says the fictional network programmer played by Faye Dunaway in the 1976 movie classic Network. She then unleashes on audiences a newscaster named Howard Beale, who electrifies the country with his manta “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.”Increasingly, voters are plumping for reality-TV stars to express their anger and seek solutions to intractable problems. Donald Trump, who used his NBC show The Apprentice to catapult himself into the White House, is the most obvious example. But look at Ukraine: This nation of 44 million people just saw a comedian who plays a fictional Ukrainian president on TV win 73 percent of the vote and become, as of today, the president-elect.Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian, began his hit TV show Servant of the People in 2016. It’s the story of a humble schoolteacher who becomes a national sensation after a video of him delivering an impromptu rant against political corruption goes viral. He is quickly thrust into the role of a presidential candidate and wins amid voter despair that the political establishment is full of self-serving crooks.He is elected on the promise that he’ll fight entrenched economic oligarchs and not be bought. But he tangles with the nation’s sluggish parliament, and in a dream sequence he imagines himself gunning down its members by firing two submachine guns Rambo-style into their ranks. In the show’s second season, Zelensky’s character resigns as president after rejecting an International Monetary Fund aid package, and then he wins an improbable reelection.When Zelensky started his own real-life campaign last January, he was ridiculed for naming his new party “Servant of the People” after his own show’s title. His campaign videos even included footage of him from the fictional series. “People are voting for the plot of the show,” Ukrainian political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko told the Washington Post. “They want to bring the plot of the show to life.”And Zelensky was happy to encourage that wish. “To some degree, maybe people really do have the feeling that the guy on screen and the guy in real life are one and the same person,” he told foreign journalists this month at a briefing in Kiev. “This might even be true, to some extent.”Zelensky is a young, pro-Western entrepreneur, so there may be cause for hope that he can break the country’s domestic-policy gridlock and stand up to the neighboring Russians at the same time. But you wouldn’t know much about the details of his plans from his campaign, which was full of showmanship and light on specifics.That seems to be the pattern when TV celebrities step off stage to run for office. Beppe Grillo, a famous Italian comedian, launched the radical centrist Five Star Movement a decade ago because he was furious at the corruption of entrenched elites in his country. “I don’t want to let my children live in this world,” he said at a rally in 2014 as he stood next to Nigel Farage, a leader in the U.K.’s Brexit movement. “That’s why I’m here and why I changed my job and also changed my mental structure to come here and not make you laugh, not to make jokes. I am here to speak to you seriously.”Italians wound up taking Grillo very seriously. Even though he has stepped away from the leadership of the Five Star Movement, his disciples took over the Italian government last year in a coalition with a right-wing populist party.The interest in electing “celebrity savior” figures to high office isn’t limited to the U.S. and Europe. Examples pop up on almost every continent.In 2015, comedian Jimmy Morales used an anti-corruption platform to win election as president of Guatemala. Like Zelensky, he had played a fictional president. The 2007 film A President in a Sombrero featured Morales as a cowboy named Neto who accidentally tumbled into politics. In Peru, a popular actor named Salvador del Solar was named his country’s prime minister just last month.The African nation of Liberia elected George Weah its president in 2017 after his remarkable career that saw him rise from the slums of the capital, Monrovia, to become an internationally recognized soccer star. Similarly, Pakistan has been ruled since last year by former cricket champion Imran Khan, who in 1992 led his country’s team to its only World Cup victory.Given this track record of success, is it any wonder that Democrats got overheated with excitement last year when rumors spread that TV personality Oprah Winfrey might run for president? Consultants noted that Winfrey had almost universal name recognition and that she even had a 39 percent favorable rating among Republicans. “There’s only person whose name is a verb, an adjective, and a feeling,” actress Reese Witherspoon gushed. “And that is Oprah.” But the savvy Oprah quickly figured out just how quickly her star might dim if she entered the grubby world of politics -- she declined to run.Another problem she would have faced is that she doesn’t fit the mold of most successful celebrities in politics. They have projected anger at the status quo, not Oprah’s blend of optimism and soothing emotional balm.Think Arnold Schwarzenegger, who muscled his way into the California governor’s office in 2003 with the theme song “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” by the hair metal band Twisted Sister. Or Silvio Berlusconi, the TV-network mogul and former singer, who three times served as prime minister of Italy by railing against the elite -- of which he happened to be a card-carrying member.Indeed, when it comes to populist politics, for now, it’s anger that seems to sell more than Reagan-style “Shining City on a Hill” optimism. As that executive in the eerily prescient Network explained to her staff: “I want angry shows. I don’t want conventional programming on this network. I want counterculture. I want anti-establishment.”
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump was joined by 300 guests at the White House one evening early this month to celebrate the criminal justice system's most significant retooling in a decade. The president applauded the First Step Act, which revises sentencing laws and expands reentry and early release programs, as a bipartisan victory. Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and the law's champion, drew applause from an unlikely coalition of liberals, conservatives and ex-offenders. That day, Cabinet secretaries highlighted the changes at public events. But as activists and supporters toasted with sparkling wine in the East Wing, the Trump administration was taking steps that critics say would throw up
The White House and top lawmakers from both parties think a bill to lower drug prices has a better chance of becoming law before the 2020 election than any other controversial legislation. Between the lines: Republican politics on drug prices have changed rapidly. The White House has told Democrats it has no red lines on the substance of drug pricing — a position that should leave pharma quaking.
James McCord, a retired CIA employee who was convicted as a conspirator in the Watergate burglary and later linked the 1972 break-in to the White House in revelations that helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon, died June 15, 2017, at his home in Douglassville, Pa. He was 93. McCord's death was first reported in “Dirty Tricks,” a 2018 history of the Watergate investigation by filmmaker Shane O'Sullivan. McCord served in the CIA for 19 years, including as chief of the agency's physical security division, before his supporting and at times sensational role in the events that precipitated the first resignation in history of a U.S. president. Preparing for the break-in, the conspirators rigged door latches at the Watergate complex with adhesive tape to prevent the doors from locking.
The White House released photos of president Donald Trump on the course over Easter weekend with LPGA superstar Lexi Thompson and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
In what seems a 180 degree turn from Washington, President Trump has called Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, pledging support and thanking him for securing oil supply
Kim Kardashian has no time for criticism and she did not hold back on her viewers after facing backlash over working with US President Donald Trump. In June, last year, Kardashian commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who had been serving time in prison since 1996 for a first-time drug offense, reported E! News. Trump granted her clemency after Kardashian met him and spoke to him at the White House. 'The Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star later met Johnson after she was released on parole. Kardashian, who recently revealed that she is studying to become a lawyer, has continued to work for criminal justice reform. The 38-year-old star has maintained a relationship with the White
Donald Trump retweeted a message Saturday in which the White House socialmedia director said that he had never seen the president happier -- andTwitter followers were scratching their heads
AMHERST, N.H. (AP) — Some Democratic contenders for president aren't saying whether they would re-open investigations into President Donald Trump if they were to oust him from the White House in 2020. Their reluctance comes as some liberals, including fellow 2020 challenger Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have increased the pressure on Democratic leaders to pursue impeachment following the release of a redacted version of the Mueller report. During recent stops in early-voting states, two U.S. senators in the race and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg wouldn't say whether they'd press the Justice Department to reopen investigations into Trump. "Well, let's see because when I'm elected president
Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Year of Music A guest post by Elise Kirk, author of Music at the White House Author Elise Kirk recently released a revised edition of her authoritative history, Music at the White House: From the 18th to the 21st Centuries. In honor of President's Day, we offer an excerpt from the chapter on George Washington, below. Ms. Kirk will be speaking at the Smithsonian on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. as part of a four-part series co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates and the White House Historical Association, "The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History." Visit the Smithsonian Associates website for more information and to purchase
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon.