Rep. Harold Washington resigns to become Chicago’s mayor, April 30, 1983

On this day in 1983, Rep. Harold Washington of Illinois resigned his seat in Congress, the day after being narrowly elected as Chicago’s first African-American mayor. Washington had been the sixth in a series of black legislators from his inner-city district, beginning with Republican Oscar De Priest in 1928. He differed from his predecessors, however, […]

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GOP civil war in Ohio threatens another special election loss

Republicans’ latest special election headache is unfolding in central Ohio, where a chaotic primary has divided the party and stoked fears of losing another seat in Donald Trump territory to Democrats. The race pits the two wings of the House Republican Conference against each other, going all out to nominate rival candidates. On one side […]

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‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project

A West Palm Beach doctor’s ties to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago social circle have enabled him to hold up the biggest health information technology project in history — the transformation of the VA’s digital records system. Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, an internist and friend of Trump confidant Ike Perlmutter, who advises the president informally on vet issues, objected […]

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Joy Reid apologizes for ‘hurtful’ LGBT comments, doesn’t ‘believe’ she wrote anti-gay posts

MSNBC host Joy Reid apologized on Saturday for her past comments about the LGBT community, but the liberal commentator was still reticent to admit she’d written old blog posts attributed to her. “Here’s what I know, I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me but I […]

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Trump vilifies ‘dishonest’ press at Michigan rally

For the second consecutive year, President Donald Trump vilified the American press at a campaign-style rally orchestrated to effectively counter-program an annual dinner in Washington, D.C., celebrating the work of White House journalists. “These are very dishonest people, many of them. They are very, very dishonest people,” Trump said at a boisterous event in Washington, […]

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Wolf routine stuns White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Members of the Trump administration walked out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night after comedian Michelle Wolf ripped into White House staffers including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the absence of the president himself. A year after the White House boycotted the annual dinner — and with President Donald Trump holding a […]

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As Korean leaders make history, Trump stands ready to take credit

A dramatic Friday meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea is stoking optimism that President Donald Trump might strike a historic nuclear deal with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un — leading skeptics to worry that expectations are growing dangerously high. How high? “Following this historic announcement, President Trump should get the […]

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George H.W. Bush moved from intensive care to ‘regular patient room’

Former President George H.W. Bush has left the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, where he was admitted over the weekend to treat an infection, and is expected to continue his recovery the next several days from “a regular patient room,” his spokesman said Wednesday. Delivering an update on the 41st president’s health status […]

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