Emily C. Singer
Emily C. Singer

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.

Pelosi wins Democratic nomination for leader as opposition crumbles

Pelosi still needs to win a majority of votes in front of the full House in January — when the new Congress is sworn in — in order to become Speaker.

4 of the most jaw-dropping assertions from Trump’s ‘Washington Post’ interview

The entire thing needs to be seen to be believed, but here are the four most absurd assertions he made during the sit-down.

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.

Trump threatens to cut subsidies to GM after announced layoffs, plant closures

President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened automotive giant General Motors, saying that he is looking into cutting subsidies to the company as retribution for GM’s impending layoffs.

Trump shores up support for Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith as controversial campaign closes

There’s an argument the seat, held by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), was already safe. But Trump is hoping that two rallies he held in Tupelo and Biloxi will put Hyde-Smith over the top.

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.

Immigration issues raise odds of a government shutdown in lame-duck session

With Democrats assuming control of the House soon, this looks like Trump’s last best chance to secure funding for the physical border structure.

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.

Trump calls on Senate to pass prison reform bill, which McConnell doesn’t want to bring to a vote

The bill has already passed the House, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there is not enough time in the lame-duck session to get through the Senate.

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.

Chief Justice John Roberts offers rare rebuke of Trump’s attack on judges

“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts said.

Betsy DeVos’ predecessor says new Title IX rules will dissuade victims from reporting sexual assault

“One of the likely effects of the rules as currently proposed is that people who today would report what happened to them and be protected will now be afraid to do so."

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.

Can Democrats really win a Senate race in Mississippi? We’re about to find out.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has made a number of racist comments since Election Day that have made this race closer than it should be.

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.

Report: White House caves, decides not to revoke Jim Acosta’s press pass

The White House reversed course Monday in deciding not to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, ending a saga that began the day after the midterm elections, ABC News reported.

Trump doubles down on criticism of military for not capturing Osama bin Laden sooner

The president is doubling down on his criticism of a decorated Navy Seal who led the successful mission to take down Osama bin Laden.

Senate Democrats file lawsuit to block Matthew Whitaker from serving as acting AG

This is the second such attempt to stop Whitaker from serving as Jeff Sessions' replacement any longer.

White House says it will revoke Jim Acosta’s press pass... again

CNN on Monday asked a federal judge for an emergency briefing, after the White House sent a letter to reporter Jim Acosta saying his press pass is slated to once again be suspended.