Category Archives: CNN – Politics

Mike Pence’s communications director is leaving

Vice President Mike Pence’s communications director Jarrod Agen is leaving the administration after two and a half years, CNN has learned. Agen was one of the vice president’s most trusted advisers who held multiple roles in Pence’s office. In a statement Monday, Pence thanked Agen for his work. “From traveling abroad for major international trips,…MORE

How Donald Trump’s Russia blindness impacts a lot more than elections

Donald Trump has never been a big believer in the idea that Russia actively interfered in the 2016 election to help him and hurt Hillary Clinton. He’s kept a healthy skepticism toward it despite the intelligence community and special counsel Robert Mueller’s assertion that there is zero question that Russia meddled in the election to…MORE

Pete Buttigieg says the U.S. has probably already had a gay president

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says it’s likely he wouldn’t be America’s first gay commander-in-chief if he’s elected in 2020. In an interview with Axios on HBO that aired Sunday, Buttigieg said he believes it’s probable that some of the country’s former presidents were gay. “I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were…MORE

White House not inviting Israel to Bahrain summit

The White House is scrapping plans to invite Israeli government officials to its economic conference in Bahrain later this month, a Trump administration official said. The White House had previously planned to invite an Israeli government delegation to attend the summit alongside finance ministers from several Arab countries and businessmen, sources familiar with the matter…MORE

Mistrial declared on murder counts in trial of Benghazi suspect

A federal judge on Monday declared a mistrial on 15 criminal charges against Benghazi conspirator Mustafa al-Imam, including murder charges related to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other Americans, after the jury couldn’t reach an agreement on al-Imam’s guilt. The jury previously found al-Imam guilty on two charges related to the September 11,…MORE

The 78 wildest lines in Donald Trump’s epic ABC interview

On Sunday night, ABC released the full transcript of George Stephanopoulos’ two-day(!) interview with President Donald Trump. And, well, wow. I went through the whole thing — and pulled out the best lines. They are amazing(ly) odd. 1. “Good event. Nice event. … (inaudible) ethanol in there. Great crowd, great people. Great people. Inaudible Ethanol…MORE

Supreme Court hands Democrats a win in Virginia racial gerrymander case

In a victory for Democrats in Virginia, the Supreme Court held Monday that the Republican-led Virginia House of Delegates did not have the legal right to challenge a lower court opinion that struck several district maps they had drawn as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. This means court-ordered maps that favored Democrats will continue to be…MORE

Blogs

When the “Victims” Strike Back

A lot of terms were used to describe the man that opened fire on Republicans members of Congress at their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.  “Bernie Sanders supporter”, “left wing extremist”, “disturbed”, and “troubled” were the most common used by those investigating the matter, those who were among the targets and those who…

Less Than Compelling

Usually us curmudgeons like to go on and on about how sports, music and movies were better in “our day”.  I think that you can add Congressional hearings to that list as well.  That’s what I was thinking during both the James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony the last couple of weeks.  While…

Un-settling the Science

While James Comey was sucking up all the oxygen in the room, there was a pretty major science announcement last week.  It turns out that the human species might be much older than we originally thought.  Fossils found in Morocco place our earliest ancestors on the planet as far back as 350-thousand years ago.  Until…

Open Week

Welcome to US Open week here in Wisconsin.  Many of you will be venturing down to Erin (or Hartford or Richfield–I’ve seen all three used to describe the location of the course in stories) for practice rounds the next three days–or for the competitive rounds Thursday through Sunday (and possibly Monday–more on that later).  Here…