FROM Molly Ball
Suspicion grows around spies in Washington DC With the Trump administration’s ties to Russia under scrutiny, some Washington DC residents are re-examining their own encounters with foreign diplomats. Those meetings may have seemed friendly at first, but in hindsight were anything but.
Who is on Hillary Clinton's Shortlist for VP? About 99 percent of political journalists are calling Virginia Senator Tim Kaine the winner of Clinton’s Veepstakes. Rumor has it that she will be making the announcement sometime Friday or Saturday. But until the final decision has been made, what are the pros and cons of a few other contenders still in the running?
Clinton’s $40 Million v. Trump’s $1 Million Trump may be rich, but according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, he started this month with just a little more than $1 million in his campaign account. Clinton’s campaign was about $40 million dollars richer. Trump’s campaign staff is made up of about 70 people; there are about 700 people working for the Clinton campaign. What does this mean for the upcoming campaign between the two?
Should The Media Call Trump Racist? Republican Donald Trump has said that the federal judge overseeing the fraud case against Trump University, Gonzalo Curiel, isn’t qualified to hear the case because of his Mexican heritage. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Thursday , Trump said, “I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest.” His position, and his continuous divisive rhetoric, raises the question: at what point is it okay for the media to report his statements as “racist”, rather than using terms like “racially charged” or “controversial”? And how else is Trump challenging conventional campaign coverage?
Does the GOP Really Matter? After one of the nastiest primary campaigns in America's political history, Donald Trump claims he can unite Republicans – but he's also said it's not all that important. Trump has questioned the tradition of giving the senior leader, House Speaker Paul Ryan, leadership of the nominating convention. As he looks for a running mate with insider credentials, some GOP veterans are openly dreaming about a Third Party. The billionaire now says he'll need to raise money, but many senior contributors are spending on the House and the Senate. Can new voters bring life to the GOP?
Rubio Wins in Iowa? First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the treasure chest. That old children's’ rhyme certainly rang true last night at the Iowa caucuses. Ted Cruz definitely walked away with the top prize. But Donald Trump and Marco Rubio acted like the big winners, even though they came in at second and third place, respectively. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has been declared the official winner in Iowa. But it was just a narrow win, with analysts and Bernie Sanders himself calling it a "virtual tie." We look at what this means for New Hampshire and the rest of the upcoming caucuses.
Assessing Bernie Sanders President Obama wasn’t the only one to give a policy speech today. Sen. Bernie Sanders did as well. He has broadly attacked Wall Street and corporate greed throughout his campaign, but today he added some specifics. Can Sanders parlay his financial policy speech to wins in Iowa and New Hampshire?
Breaking Down the Final Republican Debate The first two Republican debates between presidential hopefuls this year were the highest rated TV debates ever. And the overnight numbers from last night’s final one are looking good for CNN this time, too -- likely fueled in part by the country’s fascination with the candidacy of Donald Trump. We recap the highlights, lowlights and big takeaways from last night’s debate.
"It's the Economy, Stupid…" The economy was the subject of last night's fourth Republican presidential debate, and you could almost hear Bill Clinton's slogan from 1992. But the eight candidates struggled to define their differences, when they were almost unanimous: ‘cut taxes, cut spending; don't raise the minimum wage.' Despite a recovery that's driven unemployment down to 5%, polls show that Republican voters are anxious about the economy. We hear about last night's appeals to the base of the party and how the GOP's economic vision compares to the Democrats'.
The Showdown in Simi Valley At the Ronald Reagan Library near Los Angeles last night, CNN moderators were determined to generate conflict. Eleven Republican candidates for president responded with almost three hours of political theater. The big question: could anybody lay a hand on front-runner Donald Trump? What's changed in a campaign that's still just getting started? We hear a range of opinions.
GOP Roundup Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker became the 15th Republican to enter the presidential race today, selling himself as a Beltway outsider who’s not afraid to fight the establishment. Candidates on both sides are competing over who’s going to do the most for the middle class and push back against society’s elite. But how convincing are they?
Florida Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Fans In a bizarre standoff that lasted nearly seven minutes, the Republican governor of Florida, Rick Scott, refused to take the stage for a planned debate with his opponent, Democratic candidate Charlie Crist. At issue...a fan Crist had nestled under his podium.
The Politics Behind Obama’s ISIS Speech President Obama made his case last night for taking on the radical Islamist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL. The President announced a campaign of airstrikes in Syria, an effort to arm moderate rebels in the country and that he’d be sending an additional 475 troops to Iraq. But how much of the speech was really about politics, as opposed to national security?
The Fight Over GMOs Scientists say foods containing GMO ingredients are safe to eat, but 93% of Americans want GMO foods to be labeled, and there are 84 GMO labeling bills in 29 states, as well as two competing bills in Congress. What’s going on here?
Sasse's NC Primary Win and the Establishment-Tea Party Narrative The division between the Republican Establishment and the Tea Party appears to be getting smaller and smaller. Two years ago, so-called "Tea Party extremists" beat moderates in GOP primaries and went on to defeat by Democrats. This year may be different. Yesterday's Senate primary in Nebraska is the latest case in point, as we hear from Molly Ball, who reports on politics for The Atlantic magazine.
Trump's travel ban goes to 9th Circuit Court Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle heard arguments on President Trump’s revised travel ban. Tomorrow, Angelenos will vote in a local election for seats on the city council and school board, and on a measure on police discipline.
The latest on the Manchester attack and ISIS ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terrorist bombing in Manchester that killed 22. We get the latest. LA has thousands of rehab centers and unlicensed sober living homes. But some of these rehab centers are bilking insurers and taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars, while doing little to treat those desperate for help.
Border wall builders, private art museums, Stamen Design An LA city councilman wants companies who want to do business with LA to disclose if they're also working on the US-Mexico border wall. Forget old-school bar graphs and pie charts -- depicting data has become an art form. And another private art museum opens soon in Los Angeles, but this one takes you into the fascinating world of freemasonry.
Who will lead California's Democratic Party? It’s been a hectic week in politics. There’s been talk of impeachment, Watergate, and Mike Pence’s political action committee. Also, the California Democratic Party is having its convention in Sacramento this weekend, where they’ll talk strategy and pick a new leader.