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The spiraling president adds self-impeachment to repertoire

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly unhinged public performances (Google the one with ...

Trump channels McGovern

The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about “progress” toward defeating the communists. Democratic presidential candidate George ...

Biden’s son Hunter stepping down from Chinese board

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned ...

Arrest of Giuliani associates introduces ‘Congressman 1’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the lawmaker. An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as ...

Envoy to Ukraine removed after pushback on Giuliani

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post after insisting that Rudy Giuliani’s requests to Ukrainian officials for investigations be relayed through official channels, according to a former diplomat who has spoken with her. The ambassador, Marie ...

Governor’s vetoes have real consequences

I have taken the last week to review the 147 line-item vetoes and nearly $1 billion in money the governor stripped away from programs funded by the Michigan Legislature, and my dismay has grown deeper and deeper with each passing day. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she targeted political ...

Domestic and foreign wars

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party. She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. But Democrats were supposed to be the anti-war party, I say to her in my newest video. ...

Rev. Graham’s tour evokes evangelical support for Trump

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Rev. Franklin Graham did not utter the word “impeachment” as he spoke to thousands of Christians here this week, the latest stop on a long-running tour he has dubbed Decision America — a title with political and religious undertones. But evangelicals who ...

Corrosion of the soul

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” — Harold Coffin Unnoticed, it ever so slowly attaches itself to the soul and its caustic solution begins the process of damaging it. For example, frogs were immersed in cold water and the heat was slowly ...

Problematic relatives: A true American political tradition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since America’s early days, leading politicians have had to contend with awkward problems posed by their family members. Joe Biden is the latest to navigate this tricky terrain. President Donald Trump has sought, without evidence, to implicate Biden and his son Hunter in ...

Corrosion of the soul

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” — Harold Coffin Unnoticed, it ever so slowly attaches itself to the soul and its caustic solution begins the process of damaging it. For example, frogs were immersed in cold water and the heat was ...

Problematic relatives: A true American political tradition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since America’s early days, leading politicians have had to contend with awkward problems posed by their family members. Joe Biden is the latest to navigate this tricky terrain. President Donald Trump has sought, without evidence, to implicate Biden and his son Hunter ...

How old is too old? White House hopefuls confront age debate

The fraught debate over whether someone is too old to manage the rigors of the presidency has largely been overlooked during a Democratic primary that has put more emphasis on issues such as health care, immigration and gun control. That changed this week. The hospitalization of ...

Punching back at Trump, Biden defends his record in Ukraine

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Joe Biden is intensifying his counterattacks on President Donald Trump and more explicitly defending his record, with top aides saying the former vice president won’t ignore or sidestep Trump’s attempts to smear him. Biden’s more aggressive approach was on display ...

Trump seizes on unsubstantiated China claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, President Donald Trump is seizing on unsubstantiated claims promoted by political allies as he seeks a foreign government’s help finding dirt on Democratic political rival Joe Biden. This time it’s China. In remarks to reporters outside the White House on ...

GOP that impeached Clinton counsels caution on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some have regrets. A few can’t talk about it. Others would do it all again. But the Republicans who carried out President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 are unanimous in urging caution and restraint as Congress embarks on yet another impeachment struggle, this time ...

Sanders cancels campaign events for now after heart procedure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders' campaign said Wednesday that the Democratic presidential candidate had a heart procedure for a blocked artery and was canceling events and appearances "until further notice." The 78-year-old Vermont senator experienced chest discomfort during a campaign ...

Trump, RNC raise record $125M in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $125 million in the third quarter of the year, a presidential fundraising record. The pro-Trump effort said Tuesday it has raised more than $308 million in 2019 and has more than ...

Sanders raises $25M, Buttigieg $19M

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders raked in $25.3 million over the past three months, putting him on top of the Democratic presidential fundraising field for now. But in a sign of what he and his rivals are up against, President Donald Trump and his allies raised $125 million. Other leading ...