Supreme Court rules in case watched for impact on Trump pardons

Those bracing for potential pardons by President Donald Trump of individuals convicted in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation were tracking the Terance Gamble v. U.S. case. | Alex Wong/Getty Images The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a closely watched “double jeopardy” case, issuing a decision that preserves states’ power to limit the impact of…

Dems eye Lewandowski, Christie and Manafort as new star witnesses

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski leaves a hotel in New York in April 2018. “If they want to call Corey that’d be their biggest mistake,” said former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova. | Mark Lennihan/AP Photo congress House Democrats are prepping a new oversight strategy to circumvent Trump's stonewalling. Democrats investigating Donald Trump for obstruction…

Are the U.S. and China on a war footing in space?

China's space ambitions have raised concerns within the Pentagon. | STR/AFP/Getty Images Defense Trump wants a Space Force, Beijing is developing weapons it could use in orbit, and ‘there is not a lot of dialogue’ between the two countries. A top Chinese general has a warning for any U.S. leaders planning an arms race in…

White House, congressional leaders will try again to reach spending deal

The bipartisan group met last month and reported surprising progress, only to see President Donald Trump — furious over a House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accusation that he was involved in a "cover-up" of Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential race — angrily walk out a White House meeting May 22 with Democrats. | Anna…

Trump campaigned on defeating the opioid crisis. It’s hard to tell if he’s winning.

Demonstrators protest the federal government’s policies related to pharmaceutical opioids in front of the Health and Human Services headquarters on April 5, 2019. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo health care Democrats aren’t ceding the issue for 2020. President Donald Trump’s focus on the opioid crisis may strengthen his bond with poor, disaffected voters in hard-hit…

My Weekend At the Activist Bootcamp Trying to Reshape the 2020 Race

STONY POINT, N.Y. — “When we were taught about the civil rights movement as kids, it was told to us as if a few big marches just happened and then the laws changed,” Emily LaShelle told me last weekend as she smoked a cigarette. Behind her, a group of her peers played Frisbee in a…

Howard Schultz’s Big Mistake

Michael Conroy/AP Photo 2020 Americans say we want a nonpartisan leader. But in times like this, we love to fight even more. The best response to Howard Schultz’s suspension of his moribund presidential campaign came well before it even began. Back in 1933, when told that former President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge had died, Dorothy…

Trump campaign zeroes in on a new threat: Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is enjoying a renaissance after a painful campaign rollout, engineering her turnaround with litany of policy plans, a nonstop campaign schedule, and a populist message. | Paul Sancya/AP Photo 2020 elections The president's team is about to go after a candidate he had left for dead. President Donald Trump’s reelection machine is…

Federal election official accused of undermining his own agency

The head of a small federal agency that plays a crucial role in assisting local election supervisors has been accused of blocking the agency from adequately doing its work. | David Goldman/AP Photo cybersecurity Troubles at the Election Assistance Commission could undermine the effort to safeguard the 2020 presidential contest from foreign meddling. A tiny…

Trump’s Pentagon choice fights to win over the doubters

Pat Shanahan believes he's set to be named Defense Secretary, but his reputation as the "Boeing guy" is hard to shake. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO exclusive Pat Shanahan’s critics call him a weak link on the president's team but the acting defense secretary says he knows how to deal with the unexpected. 'You have to…

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