The special election to fill Montana’s U.S. House seat took a weird turn on Wednesday night when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, reportedly body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. An audio tape of the incident seemed to indicate that Gianforte snapped after Jacobs asked him about the Republican health care bill. What effect all this will have on today’s special election is … unclear. Suffice to say that we don’t have much precedent for election-eve body-slamming.
Last year’s election was humbling for pollsters, and the Capitol Insiders Survey was no exception. The vast majority of congressional staffers surveyed by CQ Roll Call in the days before the election — 91 percent — predicted a Hillary Clinton win. Only 6 percent thought Donald Trump could pull it off. Still, the results reflect how Trump’s win blindsided the Washington establishment. The majority of Republican aides said consistently during the campaign that they wouldn’t
The early Trump administration has been many things, but “populist” hasn’t truly been one of them. When you discount the tweets, the all-consuming media controversies, the drama over personnel, and the Russia investigation — granted, that’s a lot of discounting — it has been a fairly conventional Republican administration on policy. The major legislation on the agenda so far — the health-care and tax bills — is shaping up about how you’d expect in any
SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Former North Carolina Rep. Renée Ellmers, who lost her re-election bid in 2016, has reportedly been named to the post of Regional Director for Region 4 for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the Progressive Pulse NC Policy Watch blog and the News & Observer, Ellmers was appointed to the mid-level post where she will represent HHS Secretary Tom Price as she oversees
Op-Ed Columnist May 25, 2017 Nicholas Kristof We certainly don’t want leading Republicans to tumble into hypocrisy, so let’s refresh their memories. Patriots like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have eloquently warned of the importance of ferreting out the truth and holding politicians accountable, including for leaking classified information. Thank God for their insistence on truth-seeking! As McConnell warned, for example: “The president did not value the sacred oath. He was interested in saving his
HONG KONG – A day after China’s sovereign debt rating downgrade, Hong Kong, by virtue of its links with the mainland, also saw its credit rating fall, despite robust fiscal strength. Credit agency Moody’s on Thursday cut the special administrative region’s both local and foreign currency issuer ratings to “Aa2” from “Aa1,” and changed its outlook to “stable” from “negative.” The move was triggered by a similar downgrade for the mainland to “A1” from “Aa3”
CHESTERTOWN — The annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival celebrates Colonial resistance leading up to the American Revolution over Memorial Day Weekend in downtown Chestertown. There is a full lineup of events celebrating the brave Colonists who stood up to British oppression, complete with a re-enactment of the tossing of Tory tea into the Chester River. “It’s a lot of people enjoying themselves and having fun,” Sabine Harvey, president of the executive committee for the festival,