Democratic FEC commissioner resigns, appeals to POTUS

Democratic FEC commissioner resigns, appeals to POTUS

Ann Ravel, a Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission, submitted her resignation letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday with a plea to embrace campaign finance reform. Ravel’s last day will be March 1. In her letter, which she posted on Medium, Ravel blasted the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which she said […]

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Four weeks into his presidency, Trump returns to campaign mode

Four weeks into his presidency, Trump returns to campaign mode

The president used an adoring crowd in an airport hangar to project his strength after a rocky first month in the White House. President Donald Trump’s rally here on Saturday featured all the classic signatures of his campaign: boasts about his poll numbers and magazine appearances, grandiose promises of quick action, protesters lining the streets, […]

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Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?

Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?

Let’s stop focusing on the resignation, and start focusing on the real issue here: The mystery of Trump’s Russia ties. Hours after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid reports that he misled top officials about his pre-inauguration talks with the Russian ambassador, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage everyone to move on. […]

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WaPo: Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser

WaPo: Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser

Flynn said he “inadvertently” gave Vice President Pence “incomplete information” on contacts with the Russian ambassador. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Trump, resigned late Monday over revelations about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his misleading statements about the matter to senior Trump administration officials. […]

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How can I differentiate between the bureaucratic agencies within the executive branch?

How can I differentiate between the bureaucratic agencies within the executive branch?

Many students find it challenging to differentiate between the four types of bureaucratic agencies: (1) Cabinet Departments, (2) Independent Executive Agencies, (3) Independent Regulatory Commissions, and (4) Government Corporations. 1 – Cabinet Departments The first category of agencies is the cabinet departments. Because of the “Department” in the name, we know that if the agency […]

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Hogan focuses on bipartisanship, state issues in annual address to Maryland General Assembly

In his third State of the State address, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan spoke of a need for bipartisanship in Annapolis and pressed the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to approve his most ambitious legislative agenda yet. Read more at The Baltimore Sun: Hogan focuses on bipartisanship, state issues in annual address to Maryland General Assembly In the […]

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Who is SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch? (Nominations)

Who is SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch? (Nominations)

Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated a year ago by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch has the typical pedigree of a high court justice. He graduated from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford, clerked for two Supreme Court justices and did a stint at the […]

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Trump picks Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court (Nominations/ Appointments)

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court (Nominations/ Appointments)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, elevating a 49-year-old judge who has served on a federal appeals court for more than a decade to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. “When Justice Scalia passed away suddenly last February, I made a promise to the American people: If I […]

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Trump’s Supreme Court pick gets personal (Appointments/ Nominations)

Trump’s Supreme Court pick gets personal (Appointments/ Nominations)

President Donald Trump’s two finalists for the Supreme Court offer him a choice between a pair of competing personal narratives: an Ivy League pedigree or a blue collar history … Source: Trump’s Supreme Court pick gets personal – POLITICO During the campaign, Trump largely outsourced the creation of his initial list of potential justices to […]

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‘Monday Massacre?’ Trump fires defiant acting attorney general (Cabinet Offices)

‘Monday Massacre?’ Trump fires defiant acting attorney general (Cabinet Offices)

President Donald Trump fired the nation’s acting attorney general Monday night after she refused to defend an executive order he issued last week restricting immigration in the name of national security. In an act of high political drama just 10 days after taking office, Trump replaced Obama administration appointee Sally Yates with Dana Boente, the […]

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It’s ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ (Bully Pulpit)

It’s ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ (Bully Pulpit)

President Trump is bringing his top two candidates for the Supreme Court to the White House on Tuesday, adding to the tension ahead of his prime-time court announcement. Networks will give Mr. Trump the show he wants, cutting into prime-time programming to broadcast his Supreme Court choice. They may be “getting away with murder” but […]

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Amid protests and confusion, Trump defends executive order: ‘This is not a Muslim ban’

Amid protests and confusion, Trump defends executive order: ‘This is not a Muslim ban’

President Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibiting entry into the United States for migrants from seven mostly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world fueled confusion, angst and a wave of protests across the country Sunday. Even as administration officials tried to clarify the reach of Trump’s action — “This is not a Muslim ban,” […]

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WaPo: Trump signs order temporarily halting admission of refugees, promises priority for Christians (Exec. Orders)

WaPo: Trump signs order temporarily halting admission of refugees, promises priority for Christians (Exec. Orders)

President Trump signed an order Friday to suspend admission of all refugees for 120 days while a new system is put in place to tighten vetting for those from predominantly Muslim countries and give preference to religious minorities. Trump said that the goal is to screen out “radical Islamic terrorists” and that priority for admission […]

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WaPo: VP Pence will join the March for Life (Policy Agenda)

WaPo: VP Pence will join the March for Life (Policy Agenda)

Vice President Pence will join Friday’s March for Life, a move from the White House considered historic by march organizers. President Ronald Reagan made a video for the march in 1988 and President George W. Bush called in to the march in 2008, but no president or vice president has spoken at the march before, according […]

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NBC: Pope Warns That Rising Populism Could Produce a New Hitler (Ideology)

NBC: Pope Warns That Rising Populism Could Produce a New Hitler (Ideology)

Pope Francis has warned against growing populism in Europe, saying such movements could result in the election leaders of like Germany’s Adolf Hitler. “In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me,” the pontiff said in an in-depth interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais. “The most obvious example of […]

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NYT: In a Corner, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico Punches Back (Foreign Policy)

NYT: In a Corner, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico Punches Back (Foreign Policy)

Hunkered down in the presidential palace, Enrique Peña Nieto, the unpopular leader of Mexico, was besieged on both sides. The new American president, Donald J. Trump, had just ordered the construction of a border wall between the two countries, and the public outcry in Mexico was deafening. Top cabinet officials, meanwhile, counseled caution, urging Mr. […]

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Report: Trump pressured parks chief for photos to prove ‘media lied’ about inauguration crowd (Bully Pulpit)

Report: Trump pressured parks chief for photos to prove ‘media lied’ about inauguration crowd (Bully Pulpit)

Donald Trump ordered the National Park Service director to produce additional photographs of his inauguration crowds, believing the images “might prove that the media had lied” about the size of the audience, according to the Washington Post. In a Saturday phone call, the president told Michael Reynolds, acting NPS director, that he wanted to see […]

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CNN: Trump floats 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for wall (Trial Balloon)

CNN: Trump floats 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for wall (Trial Balloon)

The White House on Thursday said President Donald Trump is considering a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a southern border wall, but that the President is still weighing other options. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Air Force One Thursday that Trump was backing the proposal and had […]

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Trump signs executive order on Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate (Policy Agenda)

Trump signs executive order on Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate (Policy Agenda)

President Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, which might include enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans. Read more at The Washington Post: Trump signs executive order […]

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Politico: Millions join ‘Women’s March on Washington’ around the globe (Interest Groups)

Politico: Millions join ‘Women’s March on Washington’ around the globe (Interest Groups)

Demonstrators flooded into Washington on Saturday to express opposition to President Donald Trump in numbers exceeding the crowd that turned out for his inauguration, cheering for unity but also vowing to press elected Democrats on progressive causes. Read more at Politico: Millions join Trump protest marches around the globe – POLITICO Crowds for the Women’s […]

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Sen. Orrin Hatch acting as ‘designated survivor’ during inauguration (25th Amendment)

Sen. Orrin Hatch acting as ‘designated survivor’ during inauguration (25th Amendment)

There’s not much resemblance to Kiefer Sutherland, but Sen. Orrin Hatch took on the role of the designated survivor during Friday’s inauguration events — one of the people playing the role. Outgoing President Barack Obama’s designated survivor was Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security. Hatch, a seven-term Utah Republican, was incoming President Donald Trump’s pick […]

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Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th President of the U.S. (Executive Branch)

Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th President of the U.S. (Executive Branch)

Donald John Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, taking office on a day that has featured smaller crowds and more subdued ceremony than previous inaugurations — but still ushers in a transformative shift in the country’s leadership. Trump, 70, was administered the oath by Chief Justice John G. […]

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President Obama’s Final Message: ‘We’re Going to Be Okay’ (Executive Branch)

President Obama’s Final Message: ‘We’re Going to Be Okay’ (Executive Branch)

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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