President Obama’s Final Message: ‘We’re Going to Be Okay’

President Obama’s Final Message: ‘We’re Going to Be Okay’

Barack Obama is the leader of the nation’s progressive political party, but his belief in progress is more fundamental than a simple political label. “Hope” may have seemed a facile or even juvenile basis for a presidential campaign in 2008, but it was a sincere one, as Obama demonstrated one final time Wednesday afternoon in […]

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All About the Legislative Branch: Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 11

All About the Legislative Branch: Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 11

Review one of the most important chapters in this course: The Legislative Branch! Look at some of the most important concepts, such as: the legislative process, the composition of the House and Senate, differences in the House and Senate, how a bill becomes a law, how members of Congress do their jobs, who controls Congress, […]

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WaPo Reporter: ‘A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump’

WaPo Reporter: ‘A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump’

“Trump will punish journalists for doing their jobs. Famously touchy and unable to endure serious scrutiny, he has always been litigious — although, as journalist Tim O’Brien has pointed out based on Trump’s failed suit against him, sometimes unsuccessfully so. Imagine that tendency, now with executive powers, a compliant attorney general and a lily-livered Congress. […]

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Reince Priebus: Press Access to White House ‘Hasn’t Been Determined’

Reince Priebus: Press Access to White House ‘Hasn’t Been Determined’

Trump’s incoming chief of staff said the administration hasn’t yet decided whether it will allow the press to continue to work in the White House. Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said President-elect Donald Trump’s administration hasn’t yet decided whether it will allow the news media to continue to work in the White […]

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Lawmakers condemn Trump for attack on John Lewis

Lawmakers condemn Trump for attack on John Lewis

Lawmakers took to social media on Saturday to defend Rep. John Lewis’s (D-Ga.) legacy after President-elect Donald Trump launched an early-morning Twitter attack on the civil rights leader. Pushing back against Trump’s criticism that Lewis is “all talk” and “no action or results,” Democrats and one Republican recalled Lewis’s role in the civil rights movement and painted […]

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Obama awards Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom “With Distinction”

Obama awards Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom “With Distinction”

A tearful Biden said, “I don’t deserve this, but I know it came from the president’s heart.” President Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to a shocked Vice President Biden on Thursday at the White House. Biden and the president had gathered with others for what the White House […]

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Obama’s bittersweet goodbye: ‘Yes we can. Yes we did.’

Obama’s bittersweet goodbye: ‘Yes we can. Yes we did.’

As he prepares to turn the White House over to Trump, Obama makes a pitch for enduring democratic values. Read the FULL SPEECH or WATCH THE SPEECH (Video) “Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment,” Obama said, urging mobilization. “It has no power of its own. We, […]

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Former CIA director Woolsey splits from Trump’s transition team

Former CIA director Woolsey splits from Trump’s transition team

“Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a Senior Adviser to President-elect Trump or the transition.” Former CIA director Jim Woolsey on Thursday announced that he would no longer serve as a senior adviser for President-elect Donald Trump, providing limited reasoning for his seemingly abrupt departure. “Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a Senior […]

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Trump flexes power over GOP

Trump flexes power over GOP

President-elect Trump tangled with Republicans in Congress for the first time since the election on Tuesday — and won. Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to criticize House Republicans who had voted to curb the powers of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). He argued that there were “so many other things of far greater importance.” Read more at […]

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Paul Ryan easily wins reelection as Speaker

Paul Ryan easily wins reelection as Speaker

  House Republicans overwhelmingly reelected Paul Ryan on Tuesday to another term as speaker of the House. Only one — Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) — voted against him. It’s the first full term for Ryan, who took the gavel from his predecessor John Boehner in late 2015. And the near-unanimous support of the Republican caucus […]

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Megyn Kelly Leaves Fox News for NBC

Megyn Kelly Leaves Fox News for NBC

Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed salary, NBC announced Tuesday afternoon. The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, […]

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House GOP reverses course on gutting ethics panel after Trump tweet

House GOP reverses course on gutting ethics panel after Trump tweet

Trump tweets his disapproval of Republicans’ decision to prioritize gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics. Following a public outcry, and tweeted criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans reversed course Tuesday on a proposal to gut their own ethics watchdog. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called an emergency House GOP conference Tuesday around noon […]

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President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Historic Visit to Pearl Harbor

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Historic Visit to Pearl Harbor

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Pearl Harbor to honor those lost and celebrate America’s post-war alliance with Japan. Watch via YouTube.

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Weekly Address: Merry Christmas from the President and the First Lady

Weekly Address: Merry Christmas from the President and the First Lady

In this week’s address, the President and the First Lady wished all Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. They reflected on the honor of serving the American people as President and First Lady over the past eight years and the progress that has been made. The President and the First Lady recognized our troops […]

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Trump, Promising Arms Race, Could Set World on Uncertain Path

Trump, Promising Arms Race, Could Set World on Uncertain Path

If Mr. Trump should follow through on instigating a new nuclear arms race, the consequences could be severe and possibly catastrophic. If President-elect Donald J. Trump meant what he said, then the world may one day look back to recall that the first superpower nuclear arms race since the Cold War was announced by two […]

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With electoral college vote, Trump’s win is official

With electoral college vote, Trump’s win is official

Donald Trump clinched the presidency Monday as members of the electoral college cast ballots declaring him the victor, a perfunctory conclusion to the most stunning presidential contest in modern history. Trump became the winner Monday afternoon after electors from Texas cast ballots and put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Results will […]

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Who are the electors?

Who are the electors?

Here’s a viewer’s guide to how the Electoral College works, who will cast the votes, what to watch for — and what could go wrong. When the Electoral College meets Monday for the 58th time in American history to cast the only official vote for president, its 538 members will be acting as the most […]

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Trump, tech industry try to mend fences

Trump, tech industry try to mend fences

Leaders of tech giants like Apple, Facebook and Amazon meet with the president-elect who disparaged their industry. “There’s nobody like you in the world,” Trump said at the outset of a meeting. “There’s nobody like the people in this room. And anything we can do to help this go along, we’re going to be there […]

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Why Trump picked Rex Tillerson for State

Why Trump picked Rex Tillerson for State

The president-elect was charmed by the Exxon CEO’s Texas swagger and his restraint during the public audition. Donald Trump’s decision-making process for secretary of state — the Cabinet post that he and his advisers felt was the most important one — played out much as his campaign had. It was messy. There were rival factions. […]

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The Media and American Government – Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 10

The Media and American Government – Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 10

Welcome to Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 10: The Media and American Government & Politics! This includes the role and impact of the media, the fourth estate, on American Government and Politics today, including fragmented media, narrowcasting, the incredibly shrinking sound bite, the decline of newspaper and newsprint circulation, the media as a […]

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Dole Lobbied Trump Campaign, GOP for Taiwanese Leadership

Dole Lobbied Trump Campaign, GOP for Taiwanese Leadership

Firm paid $140,000 for services over six months, records show Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, acting as a paid lobbyist for Taiwan’s government, connected Donald Trump’s staff with Taiwanese officials in advance of an unprecedented phone call between the U.S. president-elect and Taiwan’s president. Documents filed by Dole’s firm, Alston & Bird, show that Dole, […]

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Bob Dole Worked Behind the Scene on Trump-Taiwan Call

Bob Dole Worked Behind the Scene on Trump-Taiwan Call

Former Senator Bob Dole, acting as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, worked behind the scenes over the past six months to establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s staff, an outreach effort that culminated last week in an unorthodox telephone call between Mr. Trump and Taiwan’s president. Mr. […]

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Trump’s tweet shaming startles corporate America

Trump’s tweet shaming startles corporate America

The president-elect is quickly putting the ‘bully’ in the bully pulpit. For corporate America, Donald Trump is quickly putting the bully in the bully pulpit. The president-elect has already singled out Rexnord, Carrier and Ford Motor for attacks over their plans to ship jobs out of the United States. And on Tuesday he lashed out […]

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Jeb Bush joining prominent Florida lobbying firm

Jeb Bush joining prominent Florida lobbying firm

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) has signed on with the major Florida lobbying firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, the firm announced on Monday. Bush, a onetime GOP presidential candidate, will not register as a lobbyist. Instead, he will serve as a strategic adviser through his own consulting firm, Jeb Bush & Associates, with a special […]

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Biden 2020? After Senate tribute, Vice President Biden jokes about 2020 run. Or maybe he was serious?

Biden 2020? After Senate tribute, Vice President Biden jokes about 2020 run. Or maybe he was serious?

“Are you going to run again?” CNN producer Ted Barrett asked. “Yeah, I am,” Biden, 74, replied. “I’m going to run in 2020.” “For what?” Associated Press reporter Alan Fram asked. “For president,” he said, deadpan. “What the hell, man.” “I’m not committing not to run,” he said. “I’m not committing to anything. I learned […]

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Democrats have lost an entire generation of congressional leaders

Democrats have lost an entire generation of congressional leaders

“Rep. Xavier Becerra will leave Congress to become California’s attorney general … but for the Democratic Party in Washington, Becerra’s decision is part of a troubling trend: young, ambitious lawmakers either falling by the wayside or giving up on the House entirely. Consider the fates of the handful of Democratic legislators seen, as recently as […]

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Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides

Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides

The raw, lingering emotion of the 2016 presidential campaign erupted into a shouting match here Thursday as top strategists of Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused their Republican counterparts of fueling and legitimizing racism to elect Donald Trump. The extraordinary exchange came at a postmortem session sponsored by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where top operatives […]

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Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpasses 2 million

Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpasses 2 million

A half-dozen electors, those who will formally cast votes for Trump and Clinton on Dec. 19, are pushing to block Trump from winning a majority of votes. From POLITICO – A series of long-shot bids to reconsider the result of the 2016 election cropped up on Wednesday as Democrats and liberals dismayed by Donald Trump’s […]

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How Trump roasted Clinton in turkey country

How Trump roasted Clinton in turkey country

By Steven Shepard If your Thanksgiving turkey could vote, it probably would have cast its ballot for Donald Trump. Read more at POLITICO: How Trump roasted Clinton in turkey country – POLITICO The Republican president-elect won the nation’s top turkey-producing areas by a landslide, winning nearly all of the top 25 congressional districts ranked by […]

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Senator Boxer introduces bill to abolish Electoral College

Senator Boxer introduces bill to abolish Electoral College

Sen. Barbara Boxer called it an “outdated, undemocratic system.” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation on Tuesday to get rid of the Electoral College, after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election despite leading in the popular vote. “In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not […]

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Gallup: National Polling Accurately Nails Popular Vote, not Electoral College

Gallup: National Polling Accurately Nails Popular Vote, not Electoral College

by Frank Newport This was a complex election since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and Donald Trump won the Electoral College. In terms of forecasting, being “right” means two different things, depending on whether you were estimating the former or the latter … As of this writing, Clinton is ahead of Trump by 1.5 […]

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Hillary Clinton Supporters Call for Vote Recount in Battleground States

Hillary Clinton Supporters Call for Vote Recount in Battleground States

Her supporters have seized on reports by experts suggesting that Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin should manually review paper ballots. Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote is growing. She is roughly 30,000 votes behind Donald J. Trump in the key swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin — a combined gap that is narrowing. Her impassioned […]

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“We will not waterboard,” McCain warns Trump

“We will not waterboard,” McCain warns Trump

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pushed back on President-elect Donald Trump‘s past praise for waterboarding Saturday, maintaining that the U.S. wouldn’t use it as an interrogation tactic. “I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do … we will not waterboard,” McCain said at the Halifax International Security Forum, according […]

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Hillary Clinton Implores Supporters to Keep Believing in America

Hillary Clinton Implores Supporters to Keep Believing in America

Hillary Clinton held back tears on Wednesday as she asked her supporters not to lose heart after a crushing election loss and to continue working for a better country. “I will admit coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me,” Mrs. Clinton said at a gala for the Children’s Defense Fund, where she worked […]

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Exiting Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) takes sharp shots at Trump on way out

Exiting Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) takes sharp shots at Trump on way out

Retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is breaking his silence on Donald Trump’s victory, calling the president-elect “a sexual predator who lost the popular vote” and arguing his win bolsters hate groups and terrorists. “The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America,” Reid said in a statement […]

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President Obama meets President-Elect Trump in first White House meeting

President Obama meets President-Elect Trump in first White House meeting

Donald Trump’s remarks with President Barack Obama were his first since his victory speech early Wednesday morning, when the divisive candidate and self-avowed biggest “counterpuncher” in the world, declared it was “time for America to bind the wounds of division.” It seemed almost normal. Barack Obama called Donald Trump “Mr. President-elect.” Donald Trump called Barack […]

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Clinton campaign email: Comey letters threw the election to Trump

Clinton campaign email: Comey letters threw the election to Trump

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is still trying to pick up the pieces. Navin Nayak, the head of Clinton’s opinion research division, sent an email to senior campaign staff Thursday night sharing initial takeaways from the bruising loss that caught the Democratic nominee’s team completely off guard. “We believe that we lost this election in the last […]

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How did everyone get it so wrong?

How did everyone get it so wrong?

Polls and predictive models failed to predict Trump’s strength. Everybody was wrong. Again.When Election Day dawned, almost all the pollsters, analytics nerds and political insiders in the country had Hillary Clinton waltzing into the White House.   By the time polls had closed nationwide on Tuesday night, those projections had been left in shambles — […]

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NBC’s Final Battleground Map Shows Clinton Leads Trump

NBC’s Final Battleground Map Shows Clinton Leads Trump

NBC’s final battleground map: Clinton 274, Trump 170 First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter. Read more at NBC News: NBC’s Final Battleground Map Shows Clinton With a Significant Lead – NBC News In our final […]

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2016 Presidential Election Forecast Maps

2016 Presidential Election Forecast Maps

See 2016 electoral map projections from a wide range of sources. Select any of the links for the latest map and detail. All the maps are interactive, so you can use any of them as a starting point to create and share your own forecast. Source: 2016 Presidential Election Forecast Maps

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