Biden banks on Pennsylvania to frame 2020 ‘unity’ pitch

Biden banks on Pennsylvania to frame 2020 ‘unity’ pitch

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally in April 2019 in Pittsburgh. A survey of Pennsylvania voters found that Biden out-polled President Donald Trump 53 percent to 42 percent. | Jeff Swensen/Getty Images 2020 elections The former vice president’s 2020 kickoff rally in Philadelphia, where he is opening his campaign headquarters, highlighted…
How an exit poll arms race could create election-night confusion

How an exit poll arms race could create election-night confusion

In general elections, roughly four-in-10 voters cast their ballots in ways other than appearing in person on Election Day, making them unreachable by interviewers positioned outside polling places. | M. Spencer Green, File/AP Photo 2020 elections Competing exit polls may leave the public with conflicting signals in the final hours of the 2020 election. By…
Biden’s call for unity

Biden’s call for unity

Spencer Platt/Getty Images THE LATEST ON DISASTER RELIEF -- SCOOP via JENNIFER SCHOLTES and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “White House might need another $1.4B as border crisis blows past ‘high-end estimate’”: “The White House cautioned congressional leaders Friday that the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border has “continued to deteriorate” since President Donald Trump first requested $4.5 billion…
White House might need another $1.4B as border crisis blows past ‘high-end estimate’

White House might need another $1.4B as border crisis blows past ‘high-end estimate’

The number of unaccompanied immigrant children is at "unprecedented levels," according to the acting White House budget director. | Eric Gay/AP Photo The White House cautioned congressional leaders Friday that the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border has “continued to deteriorate” since President Donald Trump first requested $4.5 billion in emergency funding this month and that…
Trump reaches deal with Canada, Mexico to immediately lift metals tariffs

Trump reaches deal with Canada, Mexico to immediately lift metals tariffs

The agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada completely lifts the 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Trade U.S. lawmakers from both parties have warned that leaving the tariffs in place would hinder attempts to ratify the NAFTA replacement on Capitol Hill. By ALEXANDER PANETTA, MEGAN…
Bernie’s mystery Soviet tapes revealed

Bernie’s mystery Soviet tapes revealed

In 1988, then-mayor of Burlington, Vermont Bernie Sanders travelled to the Soviet Union to establish a “sister city” relationship with the city of Yaroslavl. | Alex Wong/Getty Images 2020 elections Unseen by the public for three decades, a POLITICO reporter views hours of footage from his 1988 'honeymoon' to the USSR. By HOLLY OTTERBEIN 05/17/2019…
Trump aides try to quash tax hike rumors amid infrastructure talks

Trump aides try to quash tax hike rumors amid infrastructure talks

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has been trying to quiet fears of a tax hike to support a White House infrastructure proposal. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images white house Senior advisers have repeatedly downplayed the possibility in private meetings with fiscal conservatives who are expressing alarm. By NANCY COOK and ANDREW RESTUCCIA 05/17/2019 06:49…
Trump’s silence on Alabama abortion bill is golden for activists

Trump’s silence on Alabama abortion bill is golden for activists

President Donald Trump has kept mostly quiet on the recent wave of restrictive abortion laws, which advocates say helps the cause. | Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo white house Aides and anti-abortion advocates have been advising the president to stay quiet, wary that his comments could bolster lawsuits challenging the new laws. By GABBY ORR 05/17/2019…
Republicans take $400k from casino mogul accused of sexual assault

Republicans take $400k from casino mogul accused of sexual assault

Casino magnate Steve Wynn has been accused of extensive sexual misconduct with female employees in his Las Vegas casino. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images politics In accepting the cash, the party says Steve Wynn has denied wrongdoing and not faced criminal charges. By ALEX ISENSTADT 05/17/2019 04:40 PM EDT The national Republican Party has accepted nearly…
Trump administration pressure on Iran strains Bolton-Pompeo relationship

Trump administration pressure on Iran strains Bolton-Pompeo relationship

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton both want President Donald Trump's ear, but their differing methods can put them at odds. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images foreign policy The Secretary of State has bridled at the seasoned national security adviser's grip on the policy process, but is more in sync with…

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‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

The Palestinian leadership has not been consulted about a US-led conference in Bahrain next month in support of Washington's Middle East peace plan, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said. Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as the unveiling of the first part of US President Donald Trump's long-awaited proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.…
Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

The handling of Robert Mueller's conclusions motivated one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, to call for the president's impeachment over the weekend. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Senior House Republicans are breaking with Donald Trump over the president’s legal claims that Congress can’t investigate whether a commander-in-chief violated the law. That view, advanced…
DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The move was announced on Monday by presidential spokesman Kasongo Mwema Yambayamba, who said Ilukamba was appointed under a political agreement between Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Ilukamba was previously the head of the DRC's national railway company. He also…