DHS watchdog clears top Trump official of stonewalling IG probe

In a letter Monday to acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf that was also shared with several key Capitol Hill committees, James Read, the DHS IG’s counsel, said that the watchdog’s office is retracting that memo. The original memo did not have “an adequate factual basis,” Read’s letter said. DHS has also agreed to reimburse Ciccone … Leer más

Never mind Navalny, Germany won’t get tough with Russia

Critics of the chancellor say that continuity is exactly the problem. In the face of countless Russian aggressions in recent years — from the annexation of Crimea to the assassination of a Chechen rebel in broad daylight in central Berlin — Merkel has stressed time and again the importance of engaging Vladimir Putin in “dialogue.” … Leer más

March on Washington highlights generational divide on police reform

“To a certain extent, you’ve always got that energy,” explained Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter. Albright argued that the march’s timing didn’t match the needs of the moment, saying that hosting a national gathering like Sharpton’s could alienate younger grassroots activists who’ve spent months organizing protests and other direct action. “A lot of … Leer más

Yes, We Just Saw the Future of Conventions

Jennifer Lawless is an author and professor of politics at the University of Virginia whose research focuses on political ambition, campaigns and elections, and media and politics. Crazy hats, cheering delegates, balloon drops, drama on the floor—all gone in 2020. These mainstays of political conventions went the way of the rotary dial phone. But as … Leer más

Lobbyists drop Ukrainian lawmaker tied to Russia

A Ukrainian politician accused of helping the Kremlin interfere in the 2020 election interference has quietly parted ways with his D.C. lobbying team, POLITICO confirmed. One of the ex-lobbyists said he is now cooperating with U.S. law enforcement. In April of this year, Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Derkach retained former Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Artemenko and a … Leer más

Michelle Obama: ‘Systemic racism’ is coming from the White House

Obama’s statement represents another intense criticism of President Donald Trump following her Democratic National Convention address last week. It also comes as the violence in Kenosha has emerged as a new flashpoint in the 2020 White House race. Trump and his allies have sought to highlight incidents of rioting and looting that have accompanied the … Leer más

Kamala Harris: Cop who shot Jacob Blake ‘should be charged’

Harris, a former prosecutor and California attorney general, conceded that she doesn’t know all the facts of Blake’s case and reiterated she would want the officer to be given due process. Asked if she felt the officer’s use of force was justified, Harris said «I don’t see it. But I don’t have all the evidence.» … Leer más

Protesters confront Rand Paul outside White House after RNC

Videos on social media showed protesters circling around Paul and his wife, Kelley, after they left President Donald Trump’s keynote speech. Protesters shouted at the Pauls, crowding the couple on the street. Protesters demanded the Kentucky senator acknowledge the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police executing a no-knock warrant in her Louisville, … Leer más

Congress could provide stability to space program in an election year

One way to insulate the space agency from unnecessary turmoil is for Congress to pass a NASA authorization bill for the first time in three years, says Mike French, a former NASA chief of staff who is now vice president of space systems at the Aerospace Industries Association. “Having an authorization absolutely provides that level … Leer más