Over the course of the 2016 election, CNN hired four Trump supporters -- Kayleigh McEnany, Scottie Nell Hughes, Jeffrey Lord, and Corey Lewandowski -- to act as full-time Trump surrogates and defend their candidate on-air. CNN has defended its hirings by suggesting that surrogates like Lewandowski are needed to provide "balance," especially after several of CNN's traditional Republican commentators expressed their opposition to the GOP presidential nominee.
This isn't entirely the fault of the professional Trump surrogates. CNN pays them to be Trump apologists; their jobs depend on them defending their candidate regardless of how ridiculous it makes them sound. In other words, the network incentivizes them to be intractable.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a flamboyant veteran lawmaker known for his fiery rhetoric, told Reuters in an interview that Trump was the only person able to de-escalate dangerous tensions between Moscow and Washington. By contrast, Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton could spark World War Three, said Zhirinovsky, who received a top state award from Putin after his pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) came third in Russia's parliamentary election last month. Many Russians regard Zhirinovsky as a clownish figure who makes outspoken statements to grab attention but he is also widely viewed as a faithful servant of Kremlin policy, sometimes used to float radical opinions to test public reaction.
A federal appeals court dealt a blow to the government's consumer watchdog Tuesday by ruling that the structure of the agency is unconstitutional.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the setup of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is led by a single director, is not in line with other independent agencies, which are typically run by a group of commissioners.
The decision was a response to a petition from mortgage lender PHH, which challenged an enforcement action from the agency and called for the CFPB to be eliminated.
But the court decided against shutting down the CFPB, instead ordering that the agency be restructured so that the director could be removed by the president at will. Currently, the director can only be removed with cause -- a system that Judge Brett Kavanaugh said lacked checks and balances.
Donald Trump's past tweets about taxes are drawing fresh scrutiny after the New York Times reported he paid no taxes for nearly two decades having declared losses approaching $1bn.
The Republican presidential candidate has used his Twitter megaphone in recent years to wag a finger at everyone from Barack Obama to Mark Zuckerberg on paying their fair share.
Black men who try to avoid an encounter with Boston police by fleeing may have a legitimate reason to do so -- and should not be deemed suspicious -- according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
In its ruling, the court made two major findings: The justices said police didn't have the right to stop Warren in the first place, and the fact that he ran away shouldn't be used against him. read more