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Senators Register Alarm About White House Security

As an avalanche of security issues distracts the Trump administration in its third week, two ranking Democratic senators have sent letters of inquiry to the White House regarding the staff’s possession of private Republican National Committee email accounts; the president’s use of a personal, unsecured smartphone; and reports of mishandling sensitive documents during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Florida over the weekend.

February 15, 2017
watergate

Senior Staff In Trump Administration Have Private RNC Email Accounts

According to Newsweek, senior Trump administration staffers including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer, and Steve Bannon have active accounts on a Republican National Committee email system. The system (rnchq.org) is the same one the Bush administration was accused of using to evade transparency rules after claiming to have “lost” 22 million emails.

January 26, 2017
FBI director Comey and other intelligence chiefs testifying on Russian interference in US presidential election

Comey: Russia Hacked GOP State Races And RNC Domains — But Not Trump Campaign

In a Senate hearing, Comey declined to comment on whether the FBI is investigating links between Russia and associates of Trump, who frequently called during the campaign for improved relations between Washington and Moscow.

January 11, 2017
Spicer, RNC, Trump

RNC’s Spicer Tapped For Trump’s White House Spokesman

Acerbic and professional, Spicer, a Navy Reserve commander, has been openly critical of media coverage of Republican candidates and the president-elect, but insists the future U.S. leader has a high regard for press freedom.

December 22, 2016
Kompromat, Putin, Trump

How Russian Hacking Harmed The Clinton Campaign

The Russians hacked into RNC computer systems, but did keep that data—unlike the release of damaging communications from the DNC and emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta.

December 11, 2016
Republicans ask for bipartisanship after 8 years of obstructing Obama's policies

GOP Obstructionists Now Insist We All Must Back Our New President

Never mind that Republicans obstruction and disrespect for President Obama endured eight long years. Now that Reince Priebus has landed the position of White House chief of staff, he’s just in love with bipartisanship and finding common ground.

November 21, 2016
DNC asks judge to sanction GOP over Trump's comments

Democrats Ask Judge To Sanction Republicans Over Trump

The DNC accused Republicans in a court filing of violating a longstanding consent decree, which restricts Republicans’ ability to question voters at the polls and prevent those people from casting a ballot.

October 28, 2016
Chris Wallace moderates third and final debate

‘Fair And Balanced’ Wallace Parroted Lies About Clinton Foundation

Contrary to the RNC press release, the notion that any Friend of Bill (or Hillary) got “taxpayer money” because they had donated to the Clinton Foundation is entirely untrue.

October 20, 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
#OperationTacoBowl

#OperationTacoBowl: RNC Director Of Hispanic Communications Retweets Fake Trump Account

Helen Aguirre Ferré, the relatively new Director of Hispanic Communications for the Republican National Committee, retweeted a fake Donald Trump account claiming Democrats began the #OperationTacoBowl hashtag.

August 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A Party Double-Cross In Troubled Times

“This is a time to stand up and be counted — just like supporters of the civil rights movement once chose to do,” says my newly liberal friend, cut free after an agonizing journey.

August 19, 2016
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leaves the podium after a speech in Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Trump Team, RNC To Hold ‘Come To Jesus’ Meeting: Report

Donald Trump’s team is set to meet with Republican officials today in what sources are calling a “come to Jesus” meeting to discuss the GOP nominee’s train wreck of a campaign. The meeting will be held in Orlando, FL and at least one source, according to Politico, has called it an “emergency” meeting.

August 12, 2016
Commander-in-chief test

The DNC Vs. The RNC: 10 Major Differences

The RNC had Scott Baio. The DNC had Meryl Streep. No contest.

August 1, 2016

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Breaks Down ‘Apocalyptic’ Republican Convention

Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver came back on Sunday after a month-long absence to comment on what was perhaps the most bizarre Republican National Convention in history, or as the HBO host called it, “the most apocalyptic thing ever to happen” in Cleveland.

July 25, 2016

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Plays ‘Trump Or False’ With RNC Delegates

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the delegates had a hard time believing some of the quotes Trump did say.

July 21, 2016
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republican National Convention Follows Witch-Burning Script

Walking around the streets of Cleveland, it’s hard to miss the gendered nature of the contempt shown for Clinton, what with the tee shirts for sale that read “TRUMP THAT BITCH,” or the frequent references to Trump’s cojones.

July 20, 2016

WATCH: Scott Baio Defends Vulgar Tweet About Hillary Clinton

“it’s just a picture somebody sent and we sent it out. You make of it what you want,” Baio told Bash of the tweet.

July 19, 2016

#EndorseThis: Colbert Brings The ‘Hungry For Power Games’ To The RNC

Today marks the start of the Republican National Convention, but yesterday Stephen Colbert stormed to the stage in Cleveland, in full makeup, to gavel in the beginning of another brutal ritual: the Hungry for Power Games.

July 18, 2016
A Cleveland mounted police officer talks to his horse during a demonstration of police capabilities near the site of the Republican National Convention July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Cleveland To Process Thousands Of Arrests At The RNC — And Activists Are Nervous

“I don’t want to be a naysayer here and rule out the possibility that everything is going to be hunky-dory … but knowing how the Cleveland Police Department has handled situations in the past, I just don’t have confidence that it’s going to work.”

July 15, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after addressing The Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Inside Trump’s D-List Convention Extravaganza

It’s going to be good: All the failed vice presidential contenders are speaking back-to-back, Apprentice-style, and D-list celebrities lie in wait around every corner.

July 14, 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

White Nationalist Group Involved In Sacramento Violence Plans To Attend RNC to Defend Trump Supporters

”He just has instincts. His instincts, I’m guessing, are opposed to having to press one for English when he turns on the telephone. His instincts are against walking into a 7-11 and being surrounded by people that he can’t understand. His instincts are against walking down a street in New York City and finding more people from Asia or Africa or the Middle East than people of European origin.”

June 29, 2016
Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed Jonah Peretti delivers a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

BuzzFeed Goes Back On $1.3 Million Ad Deal With GOP, Compares Trump To Cigarettes

“We certainly don’t like to turn away revenue that funds all the important work we do across the company,” CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in an email to BuzzFeed staff. “However, in some cases we must make business exceptions: we don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason.”

June 6, 2016

Republicans Sue State Department For Clinton Emails

RNC claims it has sought the information to ensure the public has information to decide if Clinton is “fit to serve” as president.

March 9, 2016

In Newest Assault, Trump Goes After Cruz, Rubio, Bush, RNC — And Bush

Trump: Cruz “the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them.”

February 15, 2016