presidential-race

Trump Calls Former Aide Omarosa a ‘Dog’
Says he gave a ‘crazed, crying lowlife a break’ in giving her a White House job

President Donald Trump listens to Omarosa Manigault Newman, then-director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office, during an event to honor winners of the National Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards Program in October 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on his former ally and employee Omarosa Manigault Newman on Twitter on Tuesday, calling his former aide a “dog.”

Trump praised White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for firing his former director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office and contestant on his show “The Apprentice.” 

Police, Opponents Criticize Warren’s Remarks on ‘Racist’ Justice System
Democratic senator said system was ‘racist ... I mean, front to back’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was criticized for her remarks calling the criminal justice system “racist.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was criticized by her Republican challengers and law enforcement in Massachusetts after declaring in a speech that the criminal justice system is “racist.”

Speaking at New Orleans’ Dillard University last week at an event hosted by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, the Massachusetts Democrat said “the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist ... I mean, front to back.”

Group Files Lawsuit to Challenge Electoral College
Includes former Massachusetts governor, Al Gore’s former lawyer

David Boies, is part of a group staging a legal challenge to the Electoral College. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group is suing two red states and two blue states to change the Electoral College system.

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig and David Boies, who served as former Vice President Al Gore’s lawyer in Bush v. Gore, make up the group according to the Boston Globe.

When Getting ‘Trumped’ Means Extra Dessert
Jim Warlick’s latest project is Presidential Scoops

Ice cream cones sit on the counter at Presidential Scoops as an employee scoops ice cream at the store in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When John F. Kennedy ate ice cream, he was on a boat, in a polo shirt, with his mouth open wider than the cone.

It’s executive moments like those that inspire Jim Warlick. The political history buff and JFK fanatic has branched out into frozen treats with Presidential Scoops, just a block from the White House.

Trump May Have Tipped His Hand on 2020 Democratic Foe
President appears leery of facing Biden, GOP operative says

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., watches Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrap up her speech during a rally in Washington. President Trump revealed he wants to run against one of the liberal senators in the 2020 general election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Already thinking about his 2020 re-election bid, President Donald Trump essentially dared Democratic voters Thursday evening to pick a nominee from that party’s most liberal ranks.

Trump often lets the world know his thoughts on legislation, policy decisions and foreign policy matters — either during free-wheeling political rallies or Twitter rants. That was the case during a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, when he signaled he would prefer to run against “Pocahontas” — his racially tinged nickname for Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren — or “Crazy Bernie” — his dismissive moniker for Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Top 10 Trump Nicknames and Why They Stick to His Foes
Derisive monikers often ‘are code words for something else,’ Dem strategist says

President Donald Trump at a business session with governors at the White House earlier this year. He has a way of weakening opponents with nicknames his critics call offensive. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump had the friendly crowd at a simmer during a campaign rally Tuesday evening in Tampa, Florida. Then the showman in chief dropped two words that sent them into a raucous boil: “Crooked Hillary.”

Trump had long pivoted away from the man he was ostensibly there to boost in his no-longer-long-shot bid for the Republican nomination for governor, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis. Trump was touting Trump. Just before employing the derisive moniker that helped him vanquish his 2016 general election foe, Trump was boasting about moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Why Rick Gates Was Always Going to Testify Against Manafort
Former righthand man expected to say Manafort directed him to directed him to conceal foreign bank accounts and lie on bank loan applications

President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort arrives court in Washington, D.C., in June for a hearing on whether his bail should be revoked. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Prosecutors in the Paul Manafort trial affirmed Thursday that they have “every intention” to call the former political consulting titan’s righthand man, Rick Gates, to testify against him.

The prosecution was probably always going to call Rick Gates to testify against Paul Manafort — even though U.S. attorney Uzo Asonye threw that plan into question the day before.

No Obstruction in Trump Tweet on Mueller Probe, Sanders Says
‘Ax could fall on the Mueller investigation at any time,’ former Obama aide warns

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was peppered with questions Wednesday about whether President Trump gave his attorney general a direct order to end the Russia probe, and whether it amounts to obstruction of justice. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

The White House pushed back Wednesday on the notion that President Donald Trump obstructed justice with a morning tweet saying Attorney General Jeff Sessions should “stop” the Justice Department’s Russia election meddling probe “right now.”

“The president is not obstructing, he’s fighting back,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “He’s certainly expressing the frustration,” he has long felt over “corruption” by former Justice Department officials like former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, she said.

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Manafort’s Defense: Gates Is Your Man, Not Me
Trump’s former campaign manager faces 30 years on each count of bank fraud and tax evasion

Media set up microphones in front of the United States District Court in Alexandria, Virginia where President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort stands trial July 31, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

The defense team for Paul Manafort made its message to the jury loud and clear in its opening statement Tuesday: Paul Manafort isn’t your man — Rick Gates, his longtime right-hand man, is the culprit.

“We’re primarily here because of one man: that man is Rick Gates,” Thomas Zehnle, one of Manafort’s attorneys, said Tuesday afternoon.