Buttigieg Gets Closer to a 2020 Campaign


TOPEKA, Kansas—Pete Buttigieg’s PAC is investing money here — but also in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Colorado. And Iowa, per an announcement coming Tuesday. Next month, he’ll campaign in Ohio. It’s not happenstance. Nor is keeping on Lis Smith, the hard-charging political operative who makes sure he’s constantly in the news. Or keeping up with […]

‘It’s Very Difficult to Overestimate the Potential Danger John Bolton Could Put Us In’


John Bolton has advocated for war with Iran and North Korea. He loathes the United Nations, disdains international law and still thinks the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was the right idea. He’s a China skeptic and a Russia hawk who, as one former colleague from the Bush administration put it to me the other […]

McMaster firing upends plan to oust other top Trump officials


President Donald Trump’s decision to abruptly fire national security adviser H.R. McMaster surprised senior White House aides who had been preparing a single statement announcing the departure of multiple top Trump officials, according to two senior administration officials. White House chief of staff John Kelly and other top aides were waiting for inspector general reports […]

Lawyer says Trump Org cooperating with Mueller probe after subpoena news


President Donald Trump’s private company scrambled Thursday to show it has long been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators in response to a media report that it had gotten a new subpoena for documents tied to the Russia probe. The New York Times first reported that Mueller in recent weeks made the formal demand to the […]

Carson was involved in $31,000 furniture purchase, emails show


Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was involved in selecting a $31,000 dining table set for his office suite, emails show, despite Carson and HUD’s statements that he had no knowledge of the costly request. A cache of emails obtained by the advocacy group American Oversight show a HUD employee referring to “print outs […]

Johnson’s impeachment trial opens, March 13, 1868


On this day in 1868, the Senate put Andrew Johnson, who had become the nation’s 17th president after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, on trial following his impeachment by the House. With Salmon Chase, the chief justice, presiding, Johnson’s defense panel requested 40 days to collect evidence and witnesses, but initially only 10 days were granted. The […]