Iranian foreign minister says ‘change of attitude’ needed for prisoner swap talks


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his nation is open to the possibility of a prisoner swap with the U.S., but it would require a “change of attitude” and “language” first. “You do not engage in negotiations by exercising disrespect for a country, for its people, for its government, by openly making claims, including […]

LGBT rights group takes aim at Pence as Trump woes deepen


A leading progressive group is launching a campaign-style effort to paint Vice President Mike Pence as an extremist who wields unprecedented power in the White House — an early sign that as the vice president takes a lead role in midterm campaigning, he also risks making himself a target. The Human Rights Campaign, a leading […]

Haley punches back at White House over sanctions: ‘I don’t get confused’


Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, hit back at the White House on Tuesday after a senior West Wing official said she was confused when she announced over the weekend that President Donald Trump would soon impose new sanctions on Russia. “With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley said in […]

Quotable Sen. John Kennedy mulls bid for La. governor


John Kennedy’s folksy witticisms have provided regular headlines for the Washington media. But the Louisiana Republican is already thinking about leaving after just 15 months as a senator. Kennedy is considering running for governor of Louisiana against Democrat John Bel Edwards, he said in an interview on Thursday, after he addressed the possibility with a home-state radio […]

Zuckerberg survived but Facebook still has problems


A composed and contrite Mark Zuckerberg held up under hours of grilling by more than 40 senators Tuesday — but his performance did little to mask Facebook’s growing political problems in Washington. The 33-year-old billionaire CEO, appearing before Congress for the first time, was clearly well-prepared, according to crisis communications experts who watched his nearly […]

U.S. official: Kim Jong Un ready to discuss nukes


WASHINGTON — North Korea’s government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood that the unprecedented summit will actually occur. The confirmation from Pyongyang directly, rather than from third countries like South […]

Mnuchin: China trade dispute won’t have ‘meaningful impact’ on U.S. economy


Top Trump administration economic officials emphasized on Sunday that reaching a trade deal with China remains their goal, but they’re prepared to take action to defend U.S. interests. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused repeatedly on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to comment on specifics of back-channel discussions with China. But “you’ll know when we reach a […]

Wall Street Journal staffers accuse editor of suppressing story


Wall Street Journal staff members circulated an anonymously written email on Thursday accusing “a senior editor” – which some later identified as editor-in-chief Gerry Baker — of suppressing a story and accompanying graphic because they were too liberal. The email urged staffers to begin tweeting the graphics-heavy story at noon, which many did. The story […]

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Tevi Troy, presidential historian and former Bush WH aide, VP of public policy at JUUL Labs and author of “Shall We Wake the President?”


How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “My family and I are having dinner with my parents. They are snowbirds in Florida and just coming back for the spring.” How did you get your start in politics? “My first real job in Washington was as a researcher for Ben Wattenberg at the American Enterprise Institute. […]