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The Pain of the Second Missed Paycheck

January 24, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Friday, the 35th day of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, 800,000 federal employees will miss a second paycheck, ratcheting up the individual impact of the partial government shutdown. Food banks from the capital to Kansas that have served a growing trickle of federal workers anticipate a jump...

The Pain of the Second Missed Paycheck

January 24, 2019 On Friday, the 35th day of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, 800,000 federal employees will miss a second paycheck, ratcheting up the individual impact of the partial government shutdown. Food banks from the capital to Kansas that have served a growing trickle of federal workers anticipate a jump...

Ex-Envoy to the Anti-ISIS Coalition Says Trump Has ‘No Plan’ for What’s Next in Syria

January 22, 2019 When President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he was withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, his abrupt decision kicked up one of the most thoroughly bipartisan maelstroms of condemnation in his first two years as president. Trump had telegraphed his intention for months, if not years, but the sudden...

Trump’s ‘Major’ Border Deal Is No Deal for Democrats

January 20, 2019 The 29th day of the partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has been virtually indistinguishable from the first. On Saturday, President Donald Trump entered the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House to reveal the “major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border” he had teased...

The Dangerous ‘New Phase’ for Donald Trump

December 10, 2018 The talk on the Sunday morning shows took an ominous turn for the president after a week in which court filings put him in the middle of pre-election hush-money payments by his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and in interactions by Cohen with Russians during the 2016 campaign. Suddenly, the...

Trump Nominates Regulations Czar to Replace Kavanaugh on U.S. Court of Appeals

November 26, 2018 Before sexual-misconduct allegations transformed Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings into a nationally televised spectacle, Democrats focused on the Supreme Court nominee’s expansive view of presidential power. His single most controversial article suggested that sitting presidents should be immune from civil lawsuits, criminal investigation, or prosecution. Before taking his seat on the...

Trump Attacks McRaven Because Everything's Political

November 19, 2018 President Donald Trump fends off criticism with a simple tactic: He dismisses anyone who disagrees with him, often linking the person to prominent Democrats. During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked the president about his portrayal of “the fake-news media” as “the enemy of the American people.”...

Everything's Political to Trump, Even Killing Osama Bin Laden

November 19, 2018 President Donald Trump fends off criticism with a simple tactic: He dismisses anyone who disagrees with him, often linking the person to prominent Democrats. During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked the president about his portrayal of “the fake-news media” as “the enemy of the American people.”...

President Trump Just Called Jim Mattis ‘Sort of a Democrat’

October 15, 2018 Nikki Haley came to the Oval Office last week to announce she’s leaving her post as U.N. ambassador by year’s end. White House counsel Don McGahn is on his way out. Everyone’s guessing how long the beleaguered Jeff Sessions will last after the midterms, with speculation rampant about who would...

The Limits of the FBI’s Kavanaugh Probe

October 1, 2018 On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway said the White House was not trying to interfere in a supplemental FBI background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations lodged against Kavanaugh by three women: “We trust the hardworking men and women of the FBI to do their...