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Past articles by John:

Trump says NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace should apologize for noose 'hoax'

President Donald Trump on Monday said NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace should apologize to those who stood beside him after his racing team discovered a noose in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway on June 21, describing the incident as a "hoax." Trump added an assertion that the Wallace incident combined with NASCAR's ban on the Confederate flag at its races have led to historically low television… → Read More

Trump criticizes Princeton for removing Woodrow Wilson's name from its public policy school

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Princeton University for removing Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of public and international affairs and called a push to remove John Wayne's name from a California airport "incredible stupidity." The president's twin broadsides, in a morning tweet, marked his latest objections to efforts to update names of facilities amid a tense… → Read More

Pelosi orders removal of portraits of House speakers who served in the Confederacy

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday ordered the removal of the portraits of four of her predecessors who served in the Confederacy, a gesture that comes during a national reckoning on issues of racial injustice and police brutality. Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the move during a morning news conference, saying "we must lead by example" and citing Friday's celebration of… → Read More

Trump lashes out at Supreme Court, calls decisions 'shotgun blasts into the face' of conservatives

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out at the Supreme Court on Thursday after being dealt a second major defeat this week, calling its decisions "shotgun blasts into the face" of conservatives and questioning whether the co-equal branch of government "doesn't like me." His broadsides, in a pair of tweets, came shortly after the court rejected the Trump administrations's attempt to… → Read More

Trump 'unfit for office,' lacks 'competence,' Bolton says in TV interview

WASHINGTON - Former national security adviser John Bolton says in a television interview that President Donald Trump is "unfit for office" and lacks the "competence to carry out the job." Bolton made the comments to ABC News as the former administration insider sought to promote a new book that Trump claimed in a tweet early Thursday is "made up of lies & fake stories." Excerpts of the interview… → Read More

Ben Carson predicts Trump will 'get there' on understanding athletes taking a knee

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson predicted Monday that President Donald Trump will "get there" when it comes to understanding why athletes want to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Trump famously suggested nearly three years ago that National Football League owners should fire players who take a knee, using profane language to describe the athletes,… → Read More

Trump downplays concerns of Pentagon's top general about church photo, calls it a 'beautiful picture'

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump in an interview broadcast Friday defended his photo opportunity at a church near the White House as "a beautiful picture" and downplayed concerns of the Pentagon's top general that it created the perception of military involvement in domestic politics. "I think it was a beautiful picture. I'll tell you, I think Christians think it was a beautiful picture,"… → Read More

Trump touts tear gas use in Minneapolis during conversation on race relations and policing in Dallas

President Donald Trump heralded the use of tear gas and other force to disperse Minneapolis protesters, calling it a "beautiful scene" and describing the National Guard's actions "like a knife cutting butter." "I'll never forget. You saw the scene on that road ... they were lined up. Man, they just walked straight. And yes, there was some tear gas and probably some other things," Trump said in… → Read More

Trump draws rebukes for suggesting 75-year-old protester pushed in Buffalo was part of 'set up'

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested without evidence that the 75-year-old protester in Buffalo, N.Y., who was seen on video being pushed to the ground by police in the past week could have been part of a setup coordinated by anti-fascist demonstrators. His musings on Twitter drew a rebuke from the man's lawyer, condemnation from Democrats and a now-familiar dance from many… → Read More

Murkowski calls Mattis's rebuke of Trump true; many in GOP distance themselves from former defense secretary

WASHINGTON - In a major break with President Donald Trump, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowksi said Thursday that she is struggling over her support for her fellow Republican and praised former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for a statement in which he accused Trump of trying to deliberately divide Americans. "I thought General Mattis's words were true and honest and necessary and overdue," Murkowski told… → Read More

Trump strongly hints at pardon of political adviser Roger Stone

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump strongly hinted Thursday at a pardon of friend and longtime political adviser Roger Stone, who has been ordered to report to prison later this month. Trump said Stone was the "victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt" and should "sleep well at night." Trump's comments on Twitter came in response to a tweet by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, who… → Read More

Obama speaks out on unrest, urges focus on state and local elections

Former president Barack Obama is urging those angered by the death of George Floyd to focus their efforts on state and local elections and to push officials on those levels for specific reforms to the criminal justice system. "If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation's long… → Read More

Anti-Trump super PAC launched by Republicans takes aim at McConnell

The Lincoln Project, a super PAC launched by veteran Republican operatives seeking to oust President Donald Trump from office, has now trained its sights on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accusing him in a new ad of neglecting his home state. The 60-second spot accuses McConnell of enriching himself during his long tenure in Washington, dubbing him "Rich Mitch," while noting… → Read More

Widower of late Joe Scarborough staffer seeks removal of Trump tweets that promote baseless conspiracy theory

The widower of a former congressional staff member for Joe Scarborough has asked Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey to delete tweets by President Donald Trump furthering a baseless conspiracy theory about his wife's death. "My request is simple: Please delete these tweets," Timothy Klausutis wrote in a letter last week to Dorsey, seeking his intervention as Trump continues to suggest… → Read More

Trump threatens funding for Michigan, Nevada over absentee, mail-in voting plans

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to "hold up" federal funds to Michigan and Nevada in response to the states' planned use of absentee and mail-in ballots in upcoming elections as a means to mitigate risk of exposure to the coronavirus. In morning tweets, Trump did not specify which funds he might withhold, and he has not always followed through with similar threats.… → Read More

Trump calls Romney a 'LOSER' following sharp criticism for firing inspectors general

WASHINGTON - Following sharp criticism by Sen. Mitt Romney over firing inspectors general, President Donald Trump on Monday attacked the Utah Republican as a "LOSER" and shared a video montage of contrasting news coverage of their respective presidential election nights. Romney apparently drew Trump's ire for speaking out in the wake of Trump's Friday night firing of the State Department's… → Read More

Pence acknowledges he should have worn a mask during his Mayo Clinic visit

Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Sunday night that he should have worn a face mask during a visit last week to the Mayo Clinic, a rare admission of a mistake by a senior Trump administration official. Pence's comments followed an uproar over his appearance Tuesday at the Rochester, Minnesota, facility, where news footage showed him speaking to staff members and patients without the face… → Read More

Pelosi 'satisfied' with Biden's response to sexual assault allegation, praises his 'integrity'

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she has "a great comfort level" with how former vice president Joe Biden has addressed an allegation of sexual assault from the mid-1990s and praised him as "a person of great integrity." Pelosi's comments - in a morning television interview and later at a news conference - amounted to her strongest defense to date of the presumptive… → Read More

Biden says Trump may try to postpone election; Trump campaign dismisses that idea

Former vice president Joe Biden predicted Thursday night that President Donald Trump will seek to postpone the November election, telling supporters participating in an online fundraiser "that's the only way he thinks he can possibly win." "Mark my words I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held," said Biden, the presumptive… → Read More

McConnell takes flak after suggesting bankruptcy for states rather than bailouts

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is taking flak from Democrats - and some fellow Republicans - after suggesting that states hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak should be allowed to seek bankruptcy protections rather than be given a federal bailout. McConnell's comments, made during a radio interview on Wednesday, come amid a push from governors of both parties for… → Read More