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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Emily Cadei
Deportations

Trump Deportation Plans Would Cost Billions

The Trump administration’s aggressive immigration plans should be panicking federal budget officials, who are going to have to figure out a way to pay for the big boost in personnel and infrastructure envisioned in two memos Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued Tuesday. Experts estimate the total cost of implementation will be around $400 billion to $600 billion.

February 23, 2017
A woman is silhouetted against a projected image of the Democratic National Committee during its Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting in Washington May 31, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Does The Race For Democratic Party Leader Matter?

The awkward confrontation between Democrats’ old guard and a rebellious set of young activists is an apt metaphor for the party’s current conundrum as it tries to respond to the populist angst rippling through America.

February 21, 2017
Resistance

How The #Resistance Is Tapping Into The Tea Party’s Playbook

If other social movements are any guide, the biggest challenge the anti-Trump resistance faces in the weeks and months ahead is bringing some structure and strategy to these fragmented groups. On the flip-side, too much streamlining risks losing the grassroots authenticity that gets the attention of politicians.

February 17, 2017
Trump Cabinet, Swamp

This Washington ‘Swamp’ Has No Drain!

For an industry premised on dealmaking, the return of one-party rule in Washington offers the welcome end to political gridlock. That means major policy changes are in the works, which promise to fundamentally alter billion-dollar industries. Far from draining the swamp, the Trump administration is poised to make it rain.

February 9, 2017
LGBTQ

LGBTQ Groups Brace For Trump Religious Freedom Move

The White House issued an unexpected statement early Tuesday, promising that President Donald Trump intends to protect LGBTQ rights and would not repeal an Obama-era executive order thought to be in the firing line. Advocates for the LGBTQ community, however, are not comforted by this statement. In fact, they believe something else may be in the works, and that it may be worse for them.

February 2, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump

Trump’s Executive Orders: More Symbol Than Substance

President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders since his swearing in—a sign of “bold action,” according to his White House. Yet despite the pomp and circumstance of the signing ceremonies and the accompanying headlines, they do little, on their own, to advance Trump’s main policy goals.

January 27, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

Price Confirmation Hearing Previews Obamacare Fight

Price and the Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee described their coverage goals almost exactly the same, with the addition of one key word—providing access to coverage for everyone. It doesn’t sound like much of a departure from the Democrats’ language, but in fact, the phrasing implies a dramatically different approach.

January 19, 2017
Trump Cabinet, Swamp

The Limits Of Government Ethics Enforcement

One realization that has emerged during a chaotic week in our nation’s capital is that America’s system for preventing ethical conflicts in government is supremely overmatched by President-elect Donald Trump and his cadre of billionaire advisers.

January 13, 2017
Sessions

Democrats Wrestle With Sessions Nomination

Democrats face a tricky balancing act as the Senate kicks off its confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, this morning. In tension is the party base’s desire to hammer Sessions for his controversial past—particularly on issues of race— with senators’ lengthy professional and personal relationships with the Alabama Republican.

January 10, 2017
Intelligence Leaders

Intelligence Leaders Hit Back Against Trump

American intelligence officials on Thursday got a chance to hit back against the broad attacks Donald Trump has lobbed against them, a day ahead of their briefing with the president-elect on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

January 5, 2017
Democratic Leadership, Chuck Schumer, Trump

Democratic Leader Fires First Salvo At Trump

The most powerful Democrat in Washington issued a stern warning to President-elect Donald Trump as Congress returned to work on Tuesday. Senator Chuck Schumer’s combative remarks on the Senate floor, his inaugural speech as minority leader, signal there will be little in the way of bipartisan cooperation under President Trump.

January 4, 2017
Minimum wage

As Minimum Wages Rise, So Does Pressure On Trump

Worker advocates around the country are preparing to celebrate jumps in the minimum wage when the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, and they are bullish about building on those gains in 2017 despite a hostile federal government under President-Elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.

December 31, 2016
Trump, Financial Disclosure

Will Trump File A Financial Disclosure In 2017?

After refusing to make his tax returns public during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump may break with another presidential transparency tradition—filing personal financial disclosure documents during the first year in office.

December 20, 2016
Senate Democratic leader Schumer warns against Obamacare repeal

Rebranding The Democratic Party In The Era Of Trump

Reorienting the Democratic Party toward its millennial base is a long-term process, however, one that will require not only elevating younger voices but also rebuilding the Democrats’ thin bench, decimated by years of losses at the state level.

December 19, 2016
voter fraud

How Your Fellow Citizens Could Threaten Your Vote

Even if you’re a registered voter in Florida, your vote may not be a sure thing. That’s not due to fraud or Russian hacking of electronic voting machines, but because, under state law, virtually any other voter in your county can challenge your right to vote.

November 8, 2016
Hillary Clinton has an edge over trump

Clinton Still Has Edge In Early Voting

While there are some red flags for Clinton in certain parts of the country, namely the Midwest, they are being offset by strong turnout among key demographics in battleground states such as Colorado, Nevada, Virginia and Maine.

November 3, 2016
Voters take to the polls for early voting in North Carolina

North Carolina’s Black Voters Shrug Off Trump’s Voting Threats

As the early-voting period gets underway in the 2016 election, black voters are not about to let concerns about conflict at polling places—fanned by Donald Trump’s sinister predictions of voter fraud—keep them from casting their ballot.

October 26, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

First Debate: Fairly Or Not, Media Pressure Is On Clinton

Donald Trump has never participated in a one-on-one presidential debate. Hillary Clinton has been in 10 of them. Yet it’s Clinton, not Trump, who is under the most pressure when the two presidential candidates face off Monday night in New York.

September 25, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at a campaign rally in Miami, Florida, U.S., September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Donald Trump’s Economic Leap Of Faith

“Over the next 10 years, our economic team estimates that under our plan the economy will average 3.5 percent growth and create a total of 25 million new jobs… This growth means that our jobs plan… will be completely paid-for in combination with proposed budget savings.”

September 18, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (L) and his son Eric Trumo (R) through the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Donald Trump: The Audacity Of Hype

It was another master class in how to win free airtime. Trump basically acknowledged the ploy, telling Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, “We have to—we have to keep the suspense going, OK?”

September 17, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the Commander in Chief Forum in Manhattan, New York, September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Campaigns In Race For Voters In Swing State Florida

Election Day is still two months away, but in Florida it feels as if it’s tomorrow. With the state’s voter registration deadline looming in mid-October, absentee ballots arriving around the same time and early voting starting October 24, the real scramble for votes is happening now.

September 9, 2016
Donald Trump

Trump Is Redrawing Election Map, To Republicans’ Peril

It wasn’t too long ago that the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was boasting he could make states that traditionally vote Democratic, like California and New York, competitive in the 2016 presidential election. Three months later, it’s not these so-called blue states where Trump is “playing heavy”—it’s rock-ribbed Republican states.

August 26, 2016
Syrian Refugees

Meet The Syrian Refugees Who Terrify Donald Trump

Violence and chaos in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and Libya, combined with long-running conflicts elsewhere, are fueling the largest mass migration of people since World War II.

August 23, 2016
A trader from BGC, a global brokerage company in London's Canary Wharf financial centre reacts during trading June 24, 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU BREXIT referendum. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Fight Over Trade Spilling Into Parties’ Conventions

The bipartisan consensus forged in the ’90s that foreign trade is good for America is quickly vanishing. The fiery populism that has fueled the 2016 presidential campaign has elevated candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, who are blaming free trade deals for the country’s economic malaise.

July 1, 2016