CNN poll: Trump approval steady, but more say he’s leading in the wrong direction – CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump’s approval rating holds steady in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, but that overall stability belies declining views on how things are going in the country today. Overall, 37% of Americans... Read More

Georgia GOP Candidate Holds Rapid-Fire ‘Bump Stock’ Giveaway Contest

WASHINGTON — A Republican candidate for governor in Georgia is giving away a “bump stock,” the rapid-fire gun modification linked to the Las Vegas shooting, in a campaign contest to highlight his opposition to new... Read More

Cabinet split as Amber Rudd says no-deal Brexit ‘unthinkable’

A cabinet split has emerged over whether the UK could walk away from the EU without any Brexit deal, as Amber Rudd said it was “unthinkable” but David Davis insisted it must remain an option.... Read More

Trump Hits a New Low With Swipe at Former Presidents

It’s easy to get exhausted by all of the inappropriate statements and unfounded accusations that President Trump has made in his nine months in office — or to dismiss them as bluster. But we can’t... Read More

UK facing most severe terror threat ever, warns MI5 chief

Britain is facing its most severe ever terrorist threat and fresh attacks in the country are inevitable, according to the head of Britain’s normally secretive domestic intelligence service in a rare public speech. Andrew Parker,... Read More

Trump warns ‘I fight back’ after McCain hits foreign policy

President Donald #Trump on Tuesday warned Sen. John #McCain that “I fight back” after McCain questioned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America’s foreign policy. McCain, a former Navy pilot who spent 5½ years in a Vietnam... Read More

How Donald Trump negotiates like a hostage-taker

As a candidate, Donald Trump sold himself as a deal maker. As president, he’s governing more as a hostage taker. Across an array of domestic and foreign challenges, Trump’s go-to move has become to create... Read More

The time has come for Theresa May to tell the nation: Brexit can’t be done

As she tries to move the Brexit negotiations forward, how much better would Theresa May and the country feel if the speech she made to her party went as follows. “Leadership is about confronting the... Read More

The next CIA director could be Tom Cotton

We told you about internal administration conversations about sliding CIA Director Mike Pompeo over to replace SecState Rex Tillerson, whenever he heads back to Texas. Now we’re hearing about a top possibility for the next... Read More

Andrew Lloyd Webber quits as Conservative peer

The theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has quit as a Conservative peer, saying his busy schedule is incompatible with the demands of the House of Lords with crucial #Brexit legislation ahead. Lloyd Webber, whose musicals... Read More

Everyone Knew Houston’s Reservoirs Would Flood — Except for the People Who Bought Homes Inside Them

by Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune and Reveal, Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune, and Al Shaw, ProPublica This story was co-published with The Texas Tribune. When Jeremy Boutor moved to a master-planned community in Houston’s... Read More

Apocalypse wow: dust from Sahara and fires in Portugal turn UK sky red

The strange reddish sky reported over parts of the UK may appear to some a sign of impending apocalypse or a celestial Instagram filter, but experts say there is a scientific explanation. The hue is... Read More

North Korea rejects diplomacy with US for now, source says

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang’s commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching “all the way to the East coast of the mainland US,” on Monday, telling #CNN that the rogue... Read More

Democrat Bredesen confirms interest in Tennessee Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate. In a statement Monday... Read More

Trump says he and McConnell are “closer than ever before”

President #Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a surprise #press conference following their lunch meeting at the #White House Monday. Trump opened by stating, “McConnell and I have been friends for a long... Read More

Trump allies worry that losing the House means impeachment

Top White House aides, lawmakers, donors and political consultants are privately asking whether President Donald Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril. In more than a dozen interviews,... Read More

Bushonomics Is Back Because the GOP Has No Other Ideas

The last time Republicans had control of government, they explained that cutting taxes would not get in the way of fiscal responsibility. Not only would tax cuts produce faster growth, they argued, they would also... Read More

Jeff Flake’s Lesson for Republicans: Cross Trump at Your Own Risk

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Before Bob Corker, there was Jeff Flake. Mr. Flake, the even-tempered Republican senator from #Arizona, has for months offered stinging critiques of President Trump’s character, demeanor and truthfulness — the same message... Read More

A Financial System on the Brink

by A Generation on Borrowed Time I have been predicting the next financial crisis for over 2 years. Each time thinking maybe just maybe we’ve somehow escaped it, at least for now. Maybe by the... Read More

Theresa May and David Davis head to Brussels for urgent Brexit talks

Theresa May heads to Brussels today for an emergency meeting with EU chiefs in a bid to “break the impasse on #Brexit”, says The Times. The Prime Minister will be joined by Brexit Secretary David... Read More

Judge’s ruling deals blow to Menendez

Here are the highlights from Monday’s proceedings in the federal corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Menendez, a Democrat and New Jersey’s senior senator, is charged with doing official favors for his friend and... Read More

Cochran still out of commission because of health woes

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will not return to Washington on Monday as planned due to continued health problems — denying Senate Republicans a reliable vote as they take up a must-pass budget later this week.... Read More

Brexit: Tory ‘civil war’ intensifies over changes to EU Withdrawal Bill

Theresa May has postponed next week’s crucial debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill after rebellious pro-European MPs demanded hundreds of amendments. MPs were to start scrutinising the Bill in a session lasting up to eight... Read More

Cruz warns GOP could face ‘Watergate-level blowout’ in midterms if it fails on taxes, health-care

NEW YORK — Wealthy conservative donors and influential Republican lawmakers say they increasingly fear a historic backlash at the ballot box next year if the GOP effort to pass a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s... Read More

Children’s tsar savages NHS over paucity of mental healthcare

The children’s commissioner has launched a savage attack on the head of the NHS, accusing him of denigrating research that shows an “unacceptable” lack of children’s mental health provision. In a highly unusual move, Anne... Read More

Op Ed: Kneeling Protocol – ‘For God’s Sake’

by The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall KNEELING – Man’s Oldest Ceremony The history of kneeling goes back long before written history. We know of verbal accounts from Mesopotamia, clear back to 3000 BC and hieroglyphics... Read More

Trump healthcare move threatens sharply higher premiums and market chaos

President Trump’s move late Thursday to cut off critical federal payments to insurers sent shock waves through the healthcare system Friday, threatening widespread disruption to markets nationwide and igniting new legal and political battles over... Read More

Chairman Xi crushes dissent but poor believe he’s making China great

Like most residents of the sun-kissed fishing village of Tanmen, Huang Jie will never forget the day China’s “chairman of everything” came to town. It was the afternoon of 8 April 2013 – just a... Read More

School district pulls ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from reading list; ‘makes people uncomfortable’

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is being removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district. The Sun Herald reports that Biloxi administrators pulled the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum this week. School board vice... Read More

Manafort Had $60 Million Relationship With a Russian Oligarch

LONDON — Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, has much stronger financial ties to a Russian oligarch than have been previously reported. An NBC News investigation reveals that $26 million changed... Read More