Today in Trump's America

This newsletter looks at the current state of play in America's political landscape — served fresh every weekday morning.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump doesn’t rule out pardoning Manafort

Trump on Wednesday refused to rule out a pardon for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whose cooperation agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller went up in flames this week.

Today in Trump’s America: Nancy Pelosi faces key speakership test amid ouster chatter

There’s been a lot of chatter from a group of moderate Democrats who want to oust Nancy Pelosi from her leadership spot and put in a new leader. Their quest, however, has been a mess.

Paul Manafort accused of lying, breaching cooperation agreement

Special counsel Robert Mueller accused Manafort of repeatedly lying to federal investigators after agreeing to cooperate with Mueller’s team in a September plea agreement.

Today in Trump’s America: US fires tear gas at migrants, including children and toddlers

United States officials launched tear gas at members of the migrant caravan — including toddlers — who had made it to the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump airs grievances on day meant for reflection and giving thanks

Thursday may have been Thanksgiving in the United States. But for Trump, it felt more like Festivus, the secular holiday created by Seinfeld, in which airing grievances is one of the main traditions.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump wanted the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton and Comey

Trump was talked down from making that call by now former White House counsel Don McGahn, who told Trump the president does not have the power to order someone to be prosecuted.

Today in Trump’s America: Ivanka Trump used personal email to conduct official WH business

Her use of a personal email is not only against federal records rules, but it’s an incredibly hypocritical act given her father campaigned against “Crooked" Hillary Clinton’s email use.

Today in Trump’s America: Backlash ensues after Trump criticizes Navy SEAL who took down bin Laden

In an interview with Fox News that aired Sunday, Trump criticized retired Navy Seal Adm. Bill McRaven, who led the mission that successfully killed Osama bin Laden.

Today in Trump’s America: Dems continue to pick up House seats, Florida Senate goes to hand recount

Democrats picked up two more House seats on Thursday, bringing the total number of House seats Democrats gained in the 2018 midterm elections to 36 — with a handful of races that remain to be called.

Today in Trump’s America: Judge set to rule on CNN lawsuit against Trump

A federal judge presided over a hearing on CNN’s lawsuit against the White House, claiming the Trump administration infringed on Jim Acosta’s First Amendment rights when it revoked his press pass.

Today in Trump’s America: Democrats continue to flip House seats as more ballots are counted

Democrats netted their 33rd House seat Tuesday night, when the Associated Press called California’s 10th District for Democrat Josh Harder, who ousted GOP Rep. Jeff Denham.

Today in Trump’s America: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema becomes Arizona’s first female, LGBTQ senator

More ballots remain to be counted, but Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally, 49.7% to 48%, when the 'Associated Press' called the race.

Today in Trump’s America: Democrats making more midterm gains as ballots are counted

Late-arriving mail-in ballots, as well as provisional ballots cast on Election Day, continue to be counted in states across the country, and Democrats are making gains — especially in Western states.

Today in Trump’s America: Recount roils Florida Senate race as Democrats show optimism

In Florida, the Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and GOP Gov. Rick Scott is now in hand recount territory, as ballots continue to be counted.

Today in Trump’s America: White House cooks up fake excuse to revoke Jim Acosta’s press pass

The move appears to be yet another distraction from Trump’s behavior — this time the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which came Wednesday afternoon.

Today in Trump’s America: Democrats win the House, Republicans expand their Senate majority

It was a split decision in Tuesday’s midterms, as Democrats won the House majority for the first time since 2010 and picked up a number of key governor mansions, but lost seats in the Senate.

Today in Trump’s America: The midterms are here. These are the seats we predict will flip.

I’m laying bare my thoughts of what will happen tonight, putting it in writing so I will look like either a genius or a dunce come Wednesday morning.

Today in Trump’s America: Brian Kemp faces abuse of power allegations after “hack” accusation

“This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he cannot be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor."

Today in Trump’s America: Trump goes full racist in news conference on immigration

Trump said a migrant caravan filled with “strong men” were planning an “invasion” of the U.S., and border patrol agents and military may shoot if caravan members throw rocks at them.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump reportedly wants to send 15,000 troops to the border

Trump’s reaction to the migrant caravan is growing even more absurd as he pledged to send up to 15,000 troops to defend against a dwindling group of migrants that is still hundreds of miles away.

Today in Trump’s America: Smear attempt against Robert Mueller continues to unravel

Thousands of protesters lined the streets of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the shooting took place, with many holding signs reading “words matter” and “president hate leave our state.”

Today in Trump’s America: Trump claims he can revoke a constitutional amendment by executive order

In an interview with 'Axios,' Trump claimed he will sign an executive order to ban birthright citizenship — a right granted by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Today in Trump’s America: Nation once again thrust into gun control debate after Pittsburgh shooting

The gun control debate ramps up after almost every mass shooting, as Democrats call for “commonsense” gun reforms and Republicans insist more guns are needed to solve the scourge of gun violence

Today in Trump’s America: Trump considering travel ban-like order against asylum seekers in caravan

The order would limit people’s ability to claim asylum by banning Central Americans from the list of people who can legally claim asylum at the border.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump’s bipartisan tone after attempted bombings didn’t last long

Trump has already reverted back to his attacks on the media in a Thursday morning tweet.

Today in Trump’s America: Lies and falsehoods from Trump grow as election nears

As Trump hits the campaign trail to boost Republicans’ fate in the midterms, he’s lying about a number of easily verifiable things.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump appeals to fear, racism by pushing migrant caravan story

Trump on Monday night admitted in an interview with USA Today that he’s using the migrant caravan headed toward the U.S. as a way to motivate Republicans and hurt Democrats ahead of the midterms.

Today in Trump’s America: Protests erupt as Trump seeks to “define transgender out of existence”

The report sparked an outcry from Democrats and civil rights groups, who vowed to fight back against the policy with legal action and protests.

Today in Trump’s America: McConnell says Republicans may try to repeal Obamacare, again, in 2019

It’s almost Halloween, and in true spooky fashion, the ghost of Obamacare repeal might be making a comeback.