In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base

In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base
Washington (CNN)The only surprise about President Donald Trump's flare-up with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is that it took so long.Political logic?While Trump appears to be alienating one of the top Republicans he needs most in Washington by searing McConnell, there is some political logic behind his attacks.To begin with, the clash gels with the President's political sweet spot, setting him up as the frustrated agent of change taking on a crusty exemplar of Washington inertia and the political

Netflix CEO let Peter Thiel know damn well what he thought of Donald Trump

Netflix CEO let Peter Thiel know damn well what he thought of Donald Trump
The battle of the Valley Titans: Reed Hastings, left, and Peter Thiel, right.Image: Mashable composite: Left,  Masatoshi Okauchi/REX/Shutterstock; Right,  Jim Lo Scalzo/Epa/REX/ShutterstockRemember those heady days of August 2016, just a year ago before the Trump presidency had us genuinely wondering how to prepare for a nuclear attack? SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg says 'diversity' is why Peter Thiel should remain on Facebook's board That happened to be when Silicon Valley big shot and New Zealand fanboy Peter Thiel was being

Robert Mueller team details millions in ethics disclosures

Robert Mueller team details millions in ethics disclosures
(CNN)Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller and key members of his team revealed millions of dollars of financial holdings and previous legal work for companies that could figure into their investigation of President Donald Trump's campaign, according to financial disclosures released Tuesday.Mueller and Aaron Zebley, Mueller's former chief of staff at the FBI, both represented Facebook at WilmerHale before leaving for the special counsel's office. And Jeannie Rhee, a senior lawyer on Mueller's team, represented Google at WilmerHale before

Pence slams Russia as sanctions dispute escalates

Pence slams Russia as sanctions dispute escalates
(CNN)US Vice President Mike Pence launched into a wide-ranging tirade against Russia on Monday, signaling no let-up in an increasingly bitter row between Moscow and Washington over sanctions.Pence's intervention, on a visit to the Estonian capital of Tallinn, came a day after President Vladimir Putin announced he would gut US missions in the country. That decision came after US Congress passed a bill last week to slap fresh sanctions on Russia over its 2016 US election meddling.Putin's decision to

Putin confirms US diplomatic missions in Russia will be cut

Putin confirms US diplomatic missions in Russia will be cut
Moscow (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Sunday the staff at US diplomatic missions in Russia will be cut in response to a sanctions bill the US Congress passed last week.The Russian President sought to reduce the number of US diplomats operating in Russia to 455, a figure equal to the number of Russian diplomats in the United States, according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday. The statement gave a deadline of September 1 for the

A Congressional resolution was written with the help of an alt-right subreddit. Seriously.

A Congressional resolution was written with the help of an alt-right subreddit. Seriously.
Image: Getty ImagesA conspiracy theory subreddit devoted to President Donald Trump is apparently writing our legislation now. According to Wired, a Republican staffer actively asked r/The_Donaldwidely known for being home to racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobiafor advice in crafting an amendment. H.Res.477, which was proposed on Wednesday, calls for an investigation into the alleged misconduct of ... you guessed it, Hillary Clinton and James Comey. SEE ALSO: The alt-right weaponisation of the 'friend zone' Sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz,

Lawmakers, LGBTQ groups divided over transgender military service

Lawmakers, LGBTQ groups divided over transgender military service
Washington (CNN)Less than a month into the six-month delay set by Defense Secretary James Mattis to review the United States military's policy on transgender service members, President Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to enlist or serve in the military.The transgender military ban, as well as Rep. Vicky Hartzler's failed controversial amendment to cut funding for transgender service members' medical treatments, has sparked renewed debate over transgender personnel serving in the US military. Ash

The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?

The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?
(CNN)The plan is out and the verdict is in. Progressives are greeting the Democratic congressional leadership's new economic agenda with cautious optimism, choosing to highlight notes of common cause -- and mostly play down the now familiar divisions -- as the party begins a fresh play to rebrand itself ahead of the coming midterm election. But the question for national Democrats in this chaotic moment is less about policy -- an ongoing debate that both invigorates and threatens to

Trump administration transfers foreign terror suspect to US for trial in federal court

Trump administration transfers foreign terror suspect to US for trial in federal court
(CNN)The Trump administration has transferred an Algerian terror suspect from Spain to the United States to be tried in federal court rather than at the Guantnamo Bay naval prison.In 2011, he was indicted in the United States and accused of conspiring with three others to recruit men to "wage violent jihad" in Europe and South Asia and of organizing a "violent jihad organization consisting of men and women from Europe and the US."

Should Americas Tech Giants Be Broken Up?

Should Americas Tech Giants Be Broken Up?
As a former tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, Jonathan Taplin isn’t your typical academic. Lately, though, he’s been busy writing somber tomes about market shares, monopolies, and online platforms. His conclusion: Amazon.com, Facebook, and Google have become too big and too powerful and, if not stopped, may need to be broken up.Crazy? Maybe not. Taplin, 70, author of , knows digital media, having run the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. Ten years

President has rare meeting with US attorney nominee

President has rare meeting with US attorney nominee
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has nominated a slew of prospective federal prosecutors to fill top US attorney seats across the nation, but personally met with one prior to her selection in June -- a move some former Justice Department and White House sources say sharply departs from past practice and more generally is at odds with the understood custom of insulating US attorneys from political influence.

Why is everyone talking about Russian adoptions?

Why is everyone talking about Russian adoptions?
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an encounter not initially disclosed on the sidelines of an international summit this month. One of the topics, according to Trump? Russian adoptions.So why are adoptions of Russian children by US parents, which are currently banned, such a hot topic of conversation for Russian officials and representatives?

No red carpet for Trump, says London’s Khan

No red carpet for Trump, says London’s Khan
London (CNN)London Mayor Sadiq Khan has reiterated his opposition to US President Donald Trump being afforded an elaborate state visit when he comes to the UK next year. Trump met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 summit in Hamburg and told reporters he would be visiting London. May's offer of a state visit, which typically includes a banquet with the Queen, was made during her visit to Washington in January, just days after Trump's inauguration. Khan,

Twitter imagines who else could have possibly been at Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting

Twitter imagines who else could have possibly been at Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting
Donald Trump Jr. delivers a speech for the opening of Trump International Tower and Hotel in Canada.Image: Jeff Vinnick/Getty ImagesThe world is slowly piecing together more and more of the puzzle that is Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. A cascade of revelations on Friday made it clear that the gathering wasn't as intimate as first suggested. In fact, the latest reports say at least eight ( !!! ) people

The ever-changing story about Trump Jr.’s meeting — what we know

The ever-changing story about Trump Jr.’s meeting — what we know
Washington (CNN)New revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer are continuing to surface a week after the revelation rocketed the President's eldest son to the center of allegations of collusion with Russia.A Russian-American lobbyist has now confirmed to The Associated Press and The Washington Post that he also attended the meeting with Trump Jr. -- the latest piece of information to surface since emails revealed that Trump Jr. hoped to obtain damaging information on