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- Hillary Clinton repeatedly tweaks Trump during a college commencement address
Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College, Friday, 48 years after she was the school’s first-ever student commencement speaker when she graduated in 1969. In one of her most high-profile appearances since losing the presidential election, Clinton doled out biting criticism of President Trump’s tumultuous administration, albeit without mentioning him by name. Pointedly, she referenced the political climate at the time of her 1969 speech, when “we were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would end with disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice, after he fired the man running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice.” This reference to Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal was an apparent connection to Trump, who sparked a firestorm by suddenly firing James Comey as FBI director earlier this month (although Nixon resigned before he was actually impeached).
- Shaking hands with President Trump
Of President Trump’s many idiosyncrasies, one that stands out is his aggressive style of shaking hands, which many have experienced since he took office. His handshakes have become an event to watch in and of themselves as he makes the rounds meeting world leaders.
- Representative — and defendant — Greg Gianforte: How will it work?
- President Trump’s first trip abroad
- Trump exalts ‘great win’ for candidate charged with assault
- In Chicago’s Back of the Yards, a new generation of immigrants fights the old turf wars, with deadlier weapons
Ramiro Alvarez, a Chicago police officer and vice president of the Union Impact Center, welcomes kids and their families from Back of the Yards to celebrate the end of the winter soccer season. The center’s soccer program is just one of several community-based programs designed to deter the neighborhood’s youngest residents from getting sucked into the cycle of gang violence. CHICAGO — On a recent Friday afternoon, the aroma of birria, a spicy Mexican stew, filled the basement of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
- Gianforte wins Montana special House election despite being charged with assault
Republican Greg Gianforte claimed a narrow victory in Montana’s special election for the state’s at-large congressional seat, defeating Democrat Rob Quist one day after being charged with misdemeanor assault.
- Sen. Portman lauds new Netflix sex-trafficking documentary ‘I Am Jane Doe’
- ‘A big reach’: Rumsfeld dismisses comparisons between Russia investigation and Watergate
“I don’t see any there there,” Rumsfeld, who served in multiple Republican administrations, added in an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. Rumsfeld, as the chief of staff for President Gerald Ford, was privy to the tumult wrought by and in the immediate aftermath of the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon’s resignation. Trump sparked a storm of comparisons to Nixon when he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month.
- Trump caught on camera – awkward moments at NATO summit
- Montana governor slams alleged Gianforte body-slam: Yahoo interview
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock called Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault of a reporter “a real wake up call” in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, as voters in his state head to the polls today.
- ‘Knuckles turning white’: Macron is a match for the Trump power handshake
Of President Trump’s many idiosyncrasies, one that stands out is his aggressive style of shaking hands, which he has bestowed upon various world leaders since taking office. Trump and the newly elected Macron met in Brussels before a NATO summit and held the customary photo op, complete with an intense handshake.
- GOP senators urge Trump to make ‘clean exit’ from Paris Agreement
- Paul Ryan says Gianforte should apologize, not withdraw, after altercation with reporter
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that GOP candidate Greg Gianforte should apologize for an apparently violent interaction with a reporter, but Ryan also said he would accept the Montanan into the House if he won his special election later in the day. “First, let me just say physical altercations — there’s never a call for physical altercations,” Ryan said when asked whether Gianforte should withdraw from the race. “There is no time where a physical altercation should occur or just between human beings, so that is wrong and it should not have happened.
- Sens. Kaine, Flake seek vote to authorize war on Islamic State
- ‘Answer the question’: Bernie Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief during hearing
Fireworks erupted Thursday when President Trump’s budget chief sparred with a Senate panel over the administration's proposed 2018 budget, most notably trading barbs with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over potential cuts to entitlement programs.
- Who is Greg Gianforte, the Montana House candidate who allegedly attacked a reporter?
- Obama in Berlin: ‘We can’t hide behind a wall’
Former President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on May 25. Former President Barack Obama seemed to take a subtle swipe at his successor Thursday, telling a Berlin audience that the world cannot “hide behind a wall” — an apparent reference to President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Obama was in Germany for Kirchentag, a conference affiliated with the Protestant church that he attended at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Montana papers retract their Gianforte endorsements after assault citation
- On Trump and Russia, Mark Warner emerges as the accidental investigator
- To evangelicals, Trump is the whirlwind. And they’re fine with that.
Donald Trump spoke at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. — birthplace of the Moral Majority — in January 2016 while on the campaign trail. To Americans who stand outside the evangelical tradition, Franklin Graham’s recent proclamation that there’s “no question” that God supports Donald Trump’s presidency was another head-scratcher in a growing list of puzzling statements by Christian leaders over the past year.
- Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate in Montana special election, allegedly body-slams reporter
- Flynn should respond to subpoenas, Republican senator says
Sen. Ben Sasse finds it troubling that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn hasn’t been more cooperative with the Senate investigation into Russia’s interference with the U.S. election.
- CBO: 23 million more Americans would be uninsured under House bill
- DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private school discrimination
Democratic legislators pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in her first public testimony since a contentious confirmation process. DeVos was answering questions on the White House budget proposal in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The budget proposal has been criticized by some for making deep cuts to public education to fund school choice voucher programs such as those that DeVos promoted in her home state of Michigan.
- NATO chief wants allies to ‘step up’ in fight against ISIS after Manchester bombing
- Trump budget chief faces sharp questions during House hearing
- Paul Ryan says James Comey is no ‘nut job’
- Obama should have confronted Russians on hacking, Democratic House intel leader says
Adam Schiff’s surprisingly sharp critique of the Obama administration came during a breakfast meeting with reporters in which he signaled that the House committee — like its Senate counterpart — plans to subpoena documents from Michael Flynn and his businesses. The former Trump White House national security adviser has refused requests for the documents, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
- In jest, Pope Francis asks Melania Trump if she feeds pastries to the president
- Seth Rich’s parents speak out against ‘unspeakably cruel’ conspiracy theories
- CBO score could roil Senate health care negotiations
The Congressional Budget Office will release its prediction of the effects of the House-passed health care overhaul Wednesday afternoon, potentially stirring up more dissent among Senate Republicans who have spent much of this month attempting to hash out their own health care deal. The CBO will likely deliver a similar verdict for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it did for an earlier version of the House bill, which the office said would result in 24 million fewer Americans having health care coverage and $150 billion in deficit reduction over 10 years compared with Obamacare.
- Fox News retracts Seth Rich conspiracy story as Hannity vows to press on
A controversial Fox News report about the death of a Democratic National Committee employee last summer — a story that had fueled a conspiracy theory that rocketed across right-wing media, but reportedly embarrassed some of the network’s staffers — was retracted by the network Tuesday afternoon. The report attempted to tie the death of data analyst Seth Rich — who was shot in what Washington police believe was a botched robbery attempt — to the leak of DNC emails to WikiLeaks, which began publishing them two weeks later. The implication, spelled out most directly by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, was that Rich had provided the emails and was assassinated in retaliation or as part of a coverup.
- Republicans and Democrats dismiss Trump’s budget as ‘dead on arrival’
- Ex-CIA chief Brennan describes warning Kremlin to cut the dirty tricks — to no avail
Former CIA Director John Brennan was so disturbed by Russian “active measures” against the United States last summer — including meddling in the presidential election — that he issued a stern warning to his counterpart in the Kremlin, Alexander Bortnikov, director of the Russian FSB. Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. would “backfire” and Americans “would be outraged,” destroying any hopes for improvements in U.S.-Russian relations, Brennan warned Bortnikov in a phone call on Aug. 4. The FSB chief, Brennan said, did what the Russians typically do — deny the allegations and blame the U.S. for concocting them — although he did promise to pass along the message to his boss, Vladimir Putin.
- Putting campaign rhetoric behind him, Trump will come face to face with the pope
- U.S. intelligence chief Coats sidesteps questions on Trump, Russians and Israel
- As Iraqi forces close in on ISIS in Mosul, civilians are still caught in crossfire
In the Tamuz district on the outskirts of western Mosul, Iraqi forces traded fire with remaining ISIS snipers. Iraqi soldiers built a barricade of destroyed cars carried to the front lines by construction trucks. The Iraqi government wants to complete the reconquest of Mosul before the start of Ramadan, the monthlong Muslim fast, on May 26.
- Pentagon report shows Flynn misled investigators about Russia trip
- Gingrich disproves the whole Trump-Russia thing, based on an unsolved murder on a Washington street
- Comey friend: Here’s what the fired FBI director will — and won’t — reveal in Senate hearing
- Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter
- Trump on sharing intelligence with Russians: I never said ‘Israel’
- Mississippi lawmaker apologizes for lynching comment over removing Confederate statues
- The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on a White House tightrope
- Dianne Feinstein: ‘Comey is in no way a nut job’
- Marco Rubio: The Russia probe is not a ‘witch hunt’
- Trump heads for Israel, and a wary welcome by the once adoring right wing
President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel (not pictured) at a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 15, 2017. As a candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump was widely popular in Israel, especially on the right. For the first time, it seemed, an American president would be unreservedly sympathetic to the demands of West Bank settlers and supportive of its ambitions.
- A cancer patient wonders: ‘Will the government still have my back?’