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Who Is General John Kelly, Trump’s New Chief Of Staff?

General John F. Kelly is taking over for Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff, President Donald Trump announced via a tweet on Friday afternoon. The news came after days of reports about tensions between Priebus and the administration’s new director of communications, Anthony Scaramucci.

July 29, 2017
Cabinet Picks

Was Trump Cabinet’s Loyalty Ritual Funny — Or Scary?

To the Wall Street billionaires, politicians, and captains of industry who surround the president, loyalty equates with obsequious, sycophantic praise for Trump himself.

June 13, 2017
crazy

Former RNC Chairman: Nobody Wants To Work For ‘Crazy’ Trump

As Donald Trump considers staff changes, the White House talent pool is shrinking fast, according to former RNC chairman Michael Steel, “because who wants to sign up for crazy?”

May 31, 2017
Trump, Ryan health care

In Health Care Debacle, Trump’s Desperate Quest For Someone To Blame

What the big dope appears incapable of understanding is that for Northeastern Republicans in competitive districts, voting for the Trump/Ryan health care bill would amount to political suicide.

March 29, 2017
Danziger on Reince Priebus and FBI

Danziger: The Second Time As Farce

In the drama of Watergate, the Nixon White House was brought down by the coverup — notably its attempt to stymie the FBI. Similar maneuvers by the Trump White House in its current distress are sufficiently blatant and ridiculous to inspire a Danziger tableau.

February 26, 2017
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Trump And Russia: Is It Watergate Yet?

Do Trump and his associates have something to hide — something even bigger and uglier than Watergate? The ferocity of their reactions certainly arouses suspicion, and so did their peculiar effort to conceal the misconduct of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, which they attempted to hide even from the hapless vice president.

February 26, 2017
Steve Bannon, GOP, Republicans

At CPAC, Steve Bannon Calls Media The Opposition Party That Is ‘Always Wrong’

During a rare public appearance at CPAC on Thursday, Steve Bannon wasted no time in criticizing the media. Referring to the media, Bannon remarked,”You know but we’ve known it since August 15th, I think if you look at the opposition party and how they portrayed the campaign, how they portrayed the transition and now they’re portraying the administration, it’s always wrong.”

February 23, 2017
Trump, White House, Bannon

White House Denies Any Collusion Between The Trump Campaign And Russia

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus flatly denied Sunday that the two camps colluded during the 2016 presidential campaign. Priebus also insisted that ousted national security advisor Mike Flynn had done nothing illegal in discussing sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador to Washington prior to Trump’s inauguration, and batted aside questions about disorder and disarray in the White House.

February 20, 2017
Justice Warned Trump On Flynn

Justice Department Reportedly Warned Trump On Flynn

Top White House officials have been reviewing Flynn’s contacts with the Russians and whether he discussed the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia once Trump took office. That would potentially be in violation of a law banning private citizens from engaging in foreign policy, known as the Logan Act.

“He’s not out of the woods,” said a U.S. official who is familiar with the transcripts of intercepted communications between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in late December. This official said Flynn “did discuss sanctions.”

February 13, 2017
Seth Meyers unloads on Reince Priebus

#EndorseThis: The Latest Funny Lie Uttered By Reince Priebus

We had all better get used to hearing from Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, who comically attempts to explain away Trump’s years-long “birther” crusade against Barack Obama’s legitimacy by lying about it.

January 17, 2017
Colbert warns Trump: Don't mess with Meryl

#EndorseThis: Colbert Warns Trump, Don’t Mess With Meryl!

Donald Trump’s juvenile tweet deriding the legendary Meryl Streep as “overrated” went over the line — and Colbert’s rage is something to behold. Infuriated, he not only goes after the president-elect but saves a few sprays of vitriol for Kellyanne Conway, whose blatant dissembling has achieved historic levels, and Reince Priebus, who seems to believe that Russia has always chosen American presidents.

January 10, 2017
Putin, Obama, Russian Sanctions

Putin: Russia Will Not Expel Diplomats In Response To U.S. Sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier proposed expelling 35 U.S. diplomats after President Barack Obama ordered the expulsions and sanctions, but Vladimir Putin said he would wait for the actions of President-elect Donald Trump before deciding on any further steps in relations with the United States.

December 30, 2016
Seth Meyers analyzes latest Trump tweets

#EndorseThis: Will Trump Tweets Replace White House News Briefings?

In “Tweetin’ with the Prez,” Seth Meyers reviews Trump’s latest online humiliations, with a focus on his China blowup over the undersea drone picked up (and then returned) by the Chinese Navy. As usual the Late Night host offers accurate context for that episode, far less flattering than the spin offered by Trump’s minions.

December 21, 2016
Samantha Bee disproves the GOP myth of voter fraud

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Exposes Big Lie Of Voter Fraud

Offering an overview of the Republican “voter fraud” myth, Samantha Bee includes a great 1970s clip of the late far-right guru Paul Weyrich, explaining exactly why Republicans always want fewer Americans to participate in elections. And she highlights current video of Reince Priebus, soon to be White House chief of staff, refining his capacity to lie on camera.

December 6, 2016
Reince Priebus

Sunday Show Hosts Fail To Hold Trump Surrogates Accountable

Journalists must raise the bar when interviewing Trump and his surrogates, from merely calling out falsehoods to actively putting statements into context and offering facts and data.

December 5, 2016
Trump wake up call

President Obama: ‘Trump In For A Wake-Up Call When He Takes Office’

“This office has a way of waking you up,” Obama said. “Those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick because reality has a way of asserting itself.”

November 14, 2016
Alt-right and anti-semitic publisher Stephen Bannon named senior adviser in Trump White House

Trump Names GOP Chair And ‘Alt-Right’ Publisher To Top White House Posts

Before joining Trump’s campaign, Stephen Bannon provided an online forum for the “alt-right,” a loose confederation of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anti-Semites.

November 13, 2016
Anti-Trump protesters March in Portland, OR, Nov. 11, 2016

Protester Shot During Third Night Of Anti-Trump Demonstrations

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Los Angeles, blocking traffic, and other cities including Miami and New York, where they again gathered outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

November 12, 2016

Ethical Questions Surround FBI Director’s Decision On Email Probe

Nothing could be less surprising than the partisan response by Congressional Republicans, ever ready to string up someone named Clinton immediately, if not sooner.

October 29, 2016
Trump

Trump Aggravates Attacks on ‘Disloyal’ Ryan and Republican Party

“Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty,” Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday. He added in a later Twitter post, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

October 11, 2016

Trump Slaps Ryan On Twitter After Speaker Vows To Shun Him

“Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

October 11, 2016
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican National Convention winter meetings in San Diego, California January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Why The GOP Deserves Trump As Much As Trump Deserves The GOP

Evidence suggests that thanks to the party’s co-dependent relationship with Donald Trump, the GOP may be on the verge of permanently losing two of the fastest growing groups of new voters — Latinos and Asian-Americans. Support from these two groups is dipping toward a percentage in the single digits.

October 10, 2016

Trump Hit By His Own Lewd Remarks About Women, Caught On Tape

In the recorded conversation, Trump was wearing a microphone and chatting on a bus with NBC’s “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. “I did try and fuck her. She was married,” Trump said. “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there.”

October 7, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump jokes about how difficult he says it is for him to listen to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's voice, as he holds a rally with supporters in Fresno, California, U.S. May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.

Trump Hates Fundraising — That’s Why Watching Him Raise $500 Million Is So Entertaining

Fundraising has become Trump’s priority: He’s spending his time fundraising in solidly Republican states instead of focusing on battleground ones, and last week, Trump and RNC Chairman Reince Preibus went on a Southern fundraising tour.

June 20, 2016