January 2017

Kellyanne Conway draws fire after "alternative facts" defense

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, drew widespread criticism Sunday after she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s press briefing on inauguration crowd sizes, saying the newly minted spokesman had given “alternative facts” to those cited in media reports.

Chuck Todd, of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” asked Conway early Sunday morning why Mr. Trump had Spicer utter a “falsehood” the first time he formally faced reporters from the White House briefing room.

Democrats once dreamed of Inauguration Day. Now they're soul-searching instead

Miami is not where Jon Cowan expected to be on Inauguration Day.

He was certain he would be holding a champagne glass and toasting the nation’s first female president alongside the inaugural parade route at the Washington pub Elephant & Castle. “It was this unbelievable space where we were going to have this large gathering of Democrats,” said Cowan, who runs the left-of-center think tank Third Way.

Democrats Have Finally Learned to Fight Like Republicans

Yvette Clarke, a Democratic congresswoman from Brooklyn, New York, had initially planned on attending Donald Trump’s inauguration out of respect for tradition and the institution of the presidency. But last week, she started to waver. “We had the opportunity as members of Congress to attend the intelligence community briefing about what took place in terms of hacking and the intrusion of the Russian government into our electoral processes,” she told me.

The full meaning of Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear button

Shortly before noon on Friday a military aide will enter the Capitol with President Obama carrying a leather-covered aluminum briefcase with the information and equipment needed to launch nuclear war. Precisely at noon, control of that briefcase will pass to a man who has been described by scores of security experts in his own party as lacking the judgment, temperament and knowledge to command nuclear weapons.

Fueling Yemen’s war: A congressman calls out the US for potential war crimes in Yemen

Yemen’s civil war between Saudi-backed government forces and Iranian-backed rebels has left thousands dead since 2015.

The U.S. military has played a key role in the conflict for much of that time, supporting Saudi warplanes with intelligence and refueling even as their bombs have reportedly killed civilians.

Here's A Complete List Of Democrats Boycotting Trump's Inauguration

Congressman John Lewis’ decision to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration has opened the floodgates to a protest movement choreographed by top Democrats in Congress. To date, 55 Democratic lawmakers have joined Lewis in refusing to attend the ceremonies on January 20.

Under the Twitter moniker #IStandWithJohnLewis Democrats from California to New York to Texas are essentially throwing a collective temper tantrum in light of Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss to the anti-establishment figure.

55 Politicians Boycotting Donald Trump’s Inauguration – and Why

Congressional Democrats are announcing in droves they won’t attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, and we’ll be updating the list of politicians who will boycott Trump.

The number of lawmakers boycotting the inauguration shot up after Trump lashed out on Twitter at Georgia Rep. John Lewis, the Civil Rights icon who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and who said on “Meet the Press” this weekend that he would boycott the inauguration because he doesn’t think Trump’s presidency is legitimate.

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