The Myth of George Washington’s Post-Presidency

In the wake of the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, little sums up the confused state of the campaign to defeat President Donald Trump better than reports of Democrats seeking a savior in the most prominent natural-born citizen constitutionally ineligible for the office: former President Barack Obama. Three years after completing the maximum two full […]

A cure for income inequality?

NEWARK, N.J. — Local leaders across the United States are turning to private donors to fund an out-of-the-box policy experiment they think could go mainstream: Giving cash to residents, no strings attached. Newark, Milwaukee and Stockton, Calif., are among the cities testing versions of what’s known as universal basic income, a program under which residents […]

De Blasio to endorse Bernie Sanders

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will endorse Bernie Sanders for president — a move intended to advance his own elusive quest for national relevance while underscoring his background as a left-leaning, establishment-wary Democrat, according to people familiar with the mayor’s plans. Though he styles himself a political risk-taker, the mayor […]

Pentagon to shift $3.8B for fighter planes, ships toward border wall

The Trump administration plans to sap money intended to build fighter jets, ships, vehicles and National Guard equipment in order to fund barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon told Congress on Thursday, a move that has agitated Democrats and even drawn condemnation from a top House Republican. The surprise reprogramming of another $3.8 billion, […]

McConnell forces Senate votes on anti-abortion bills

Mitch McConnell on Thursday set up two votes on anti-abortion bills for later this month, a move intended to excite conservatives and put a vulnerable Senate Democrat in a difficult position. The Senate majority leader teed up votes on a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks and also the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.” Both […]

House passes bill to revive Equal Rights Amendment

House action on Thursday inched the U.S. closer to enshrining gender equality in the Constitution — but a daunting maze of legislative and legal obstacles still stands in the way. Lawmakers voted 232-183 to pass legislation that would repeal the 1982 deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, a move that could advance […]

John Kelly defends Vindman: ‘He did exactly what we teach them to do’

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Wednesday that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was following his military training when he chose to report President Donald Trump’s now infamous July phone call with the president of Ukraine. That decision last summer ultimately led to the army officer’s ouster from a position with the National […]

House committee votes to rescind Trump travel ban

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted, 22-10, to terminate President Donald Trump’s expanded travel ban and rein in presidential authority to issue such travel restrictions. Now headed to the House floor, the bill is not expected to clear the Republican-controlled Senate. The legislation would void all of Trump’s executive actions establishing travel restrictions. It […]

Bipartisan group of senators to meet with Ukrainian president

A trio of senators will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky on Friday, just a week after the Senate acquitted President Donald Trump on charges he abused his power by asking Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden, a 2020 rival. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) will meet with Zelensky in […]