The city that gave Martin Luther King Jr. his pulpit and the south its first black mayor may elect its first white one in nearly half a century Tuesday. The debate over whether that's a step backward or forward has turned the contest into an ugly, racially tinged and nationalized battle that has divided a city known for better relations between its black and white communities. President Donald Trump has even become a factor in this heavily Democratic, majority African-American city. read more
As the tax cut legislation passed by the Senate early Saturday hurtles toward final approval, Republicans are preparing to use the swelling deficits made worse by the package as a rationale to pursue their long-held vision: undoing the entitlements of the New Deal and Great Society, leaving government leaner and the safety net skimpier for millions of Americans. Speaker Paul D. Ryan and other Republicans are beginning to express their big dreams publicly, vowing that next year they will move on to changes in Medicare and Social Security. President Trump told a Missouri rally last week, "We're going to go into welfare reform." read more
President Donald Trump, fresh off a victory in the Senate that puts him a step closer to passing a huge tax-cut bill by year-end, and with the U.S. stock market near record highs, declared himself "unbeatable" for 2020. "Unless they have somebody that we don't know about, right now we're unbeatable," Trump said Saturday at a Trump Victory Fund finance breakfast in New York City. Trump said, without elaboration, that "new numbers just came out" backing up his assessment of the electoral landscape. The White House and the Republican National Committee didn't immediately respond to questions on the numbers the president was referring to. read more
The holidays are great and I absolutely love this time of year, but even I am sick and tired of people who ask the same old boring family questions. What are you doing with your life? Are you seeing anyone? How's your job going? Et cetera, et cetera. It's even worse when you've got an annoyingly traditional family that's borderline backwards. Well if you wished there was a way to get back at them and mess with them real good this Holiday season, then you may want to take up Wesley Peterson on his "Guess who's coming to dinner" family service. read more
President Trump has told confidants that a government shutdown could be good for him politically and is focusing on his hard-line immigration stance as a way to win back supporters unhappy with his outreach to Democrats this fall, according to people who have spoken with him recently.
Over the past 10 days, the president has also told advisers that it is important that he is seen as tough on immigration and getting money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people who have spoken with him. He has asked friends about how a shutdown would affect him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on Democrats.