FROM Byron Tau
Will 2016 Be the Year of the Libertarian Party? While the mainstream candidates are battling it out in California, Libertarians are gathering in Orlando, Florida for their nominating convention this weekend. Unlike in past elections, however, the Libertarian Party is getting a lot of attention this year. In recent polls, leading Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson nabs 10 percent of the general election vote. With unpopularity high for the major party candidates, could 2016 be the year the party has a real impact on the November election?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.