Tom McCarthy

What Will Obama's Next Act Be?

There’s the library. There’s the memoir. There might be a foundation. Maybe some paid speeches. Perhaps a new hobby, like oil painting. Maybe, in the case of George HW Bush, accusations of groping by eight women.

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Has Trump Alienated a Key Segment of His Base?

Reports of a deal between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders to protect undocumented migrants who arrived in the US as children have generated ripples of doubt among the president’s supporters, some of whom were alarmed by Trump’s statement on Thursday that “a wall will come later”.

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Legal Experts Seriously Doubt Trump Could Absolve Himself in Russia Inquiry

An apropos-of-nothing assertion by Donald Trump on Twitter on Saturday morning, that “all agree the US president has the complete power to pardon”, raised interesting questions: How broad is the president’s pardoning power, and does it extend to self-pardons?

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Trump Supporters Are Desperately Trying to Convince Themselves Hillary Would Have Been Worse

Wayne Bisher, a lifelong Democrat, says he looks forward to voting for a Democrat for president again someday.

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5 Unanswered Questions from Donald Trump Jr.'s Russia Emails

Donald Trump Jr’s email chain, which revealed his enthusiasm for a meeting with a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton, has been greeted as evidence of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Moscow.

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What Would Happen If Donald Trump Were Impeached?

Around midday on Monday, Congressman Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, held a press conference to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump. The firing of FBI director James Comey, Green said, was an obstruction of justice falling clearly into that basket of “high crimes and misdemeanors” prescribed in the Constitution as grounds for impeachment.

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White House Now Denies Report Trump Urged Comey to 'Let Go' of Michael Flynn Investigation

Donald Trump directly asked the former FBI director, James Comey, to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to notes kept at the time by Comey and first reported on Tuesday by the New York Times.

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Will Trump Be Impeached - Or Is It Just a Progressive Fantasy? Here's How It Would Work - If It Would at All

On 21 July 2007, George W Bush underwent surgery to have five polyps removed after what was described as a routine colonoscopy. The date may have been lost to history, but for the rare invocation at the time of a constitutional amendment laying out how the transfer of power to the vice-president works in cases of presidential disability.

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Trump White House Scrambles to Check Scandal Over FBI Inquiry Into Russia Ties

The White House made a messy attempt on Sunday to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, alleging that the FBI had dismissed reports of such links.

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Steve Bannon's Islamophobic Film Script Explains His Whole Diseased World View

The emergence this week of a script for an Islamophobic film written a decade ago by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist, has drawn new attention to Bannon’s past statements about Islam and to his view that the "Judeo-Christian west” is engaged in a global war against “jihadist Islamic fascism.”

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Republican Debate in South Carolina: 11 Moments You Might Have Missed

The sixth Republican presidential debate is history. Here’s a summary ICYMI, as the kidz say:

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The 2016 Presidential Election Is Getting Pretty Surreal

The 2016 presidential election is shaping up to be the most surreal political contest in modern American history. 

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South Carolina Governor Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag from Statehouse

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley on Monday called for a Confederate battle flag that has flown on the statehouse grounds for more than 50 years to be removed, in an abrupt about-face as local protesters and national advocates brought intense pressure to bear on the state to make a concrete gesture of healing after the killing of nine African Americans last week inside a Charleston church.

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'It's a Publicity Stunt': Critics Say Obama's Ban On Police Military Gear Falls Short

It has become an emblematic image of police militarization: a half-dozen heavily outfitted officers, assault rifles drawn, advancing on an African American man in a T-shirt with his hands way up.

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The Uncounted: Why the Government Can't Keep Track of the Number of People Killed by Police

A year ago, in a bureaucratic shift that went unremarked in the somnolent days before Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, the US government admitted a disturbing failure. The top crime-data experts in Washington had determined that they could not properly count how many Americans die each year at the hands of police. So they stopped.

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Mitt Romney Says He Won't Run for President Again

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney told supporters on Friday that he was not making a third run at the White House, putting an end to weeks of what appeared to be possible preparation for such a bid.

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Gay Rights Advocates Hail 'Extraordinary' Victory After Scotus Refuses to Hear Appeals

In the end, the last word on the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia may not come with a sweeping and historic ruling from the supreme court. In fact, the last word may already have been written with Monday’s terse denial from the justices to hear any of the pending appeals from the states still defending their constitutional bans.

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Snowden: 'Sometimes to Do the Right Thing, You Have to Break a Law'

One year after revealing himself as the source of the biggest intelligence leak in US history, Edward Snowden appeared in a long network television interview on Wednesday to describe himself as an American patriot and to make the case that his disclosures were motivated by a desire to help the country.

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Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio Names Bill Bratton New York Police Chief

The incoming mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, announced on Thursday that he plans to re-install Bill Bratton, who was police commissioner under former mayor Rudy Giuliani, to the post of top cop.

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BREAKING: Senate Approves Change to Filibuster Rule After Repeated Republican Blocks

The US Senate voted on Thursday to change the rules that have enabled Republicans to block Barack Obama's nominees for top administration posts.

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Syria Crisis: 6 Crucial Developments from Today

Here's a summary of where things stand:

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