Politics

/

ArcaMax

Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images North America/TNS

Q&A: Tony Gonzales on why Capitol Hill needs more veterans

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — Freshman Rep. Tony Gonzales was having a pretty exciting week. “There’s a lot going on in my district, we launched humans into space,” the Texas Republican said in a video interview.

He was watching closely in July as Blue Origin co-founder Jeff Bezos shot himself and three others to the edge of the atmosphere from a ...Read more

Handout/TNS

Wealthy candidate pumps staggering $2.3 million of her own money into Florida special election

Politics / Political News /

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a candidate who has never held elected office, so badly wants a South Florida congressional seat that she’s pumped more than $2.3 million of her own money into the campaign.

The figure is staggering. It’s $1 million more than seven other Democratic candidates combined have raised — and...Read more

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images North America/TNS

Trump raised $56.8 million in 6 months from online donors

Politics / Political News /

Former President Donald Trump’s political operation raised $56.8 million from online donors in the first half of the year, but he didn’t contribute any to federal candidates he’s supporting for the midterm elections during that period.

Trump raised $21.3 million through WinRed, the GOP’s platform for online payments, for a joint ...Read more

Pool/ABACA/TNS

Biden's struggles on delta surge, evictions overshadow infrastructure victory

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is struggling with a surge in coronavirus cases, an impending wave of evictions and a spike in consumer prices that have left the White House looking unprepared and threaten to undermine months of more sure-handed work on the pandemic.

Biden surprised Congress on Thursday with a last-minute plea to extend a ...Read more

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/TNS

The Newsom recall: What happens between now and election day

Politics / Political News /

The stage is set.

The recall election asking voters if they want to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom will take place on Sept. 14. Nearly four dozen candidates will appear on the ballot as potential replacements, according to the secretary of state's office.

Newsom and the candidates vying to replace him are scurrying to sweep up donor ...Read more

Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/TNS

'Not a foregone conclusion:' Republicans confront limits of Trump's endorsement

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s highly sought-after endorsement has not provided quite the boost some Republicans expected so far this year.

Republican candidates backed by Trump are locked in crowded primary races against undeterred opponents. Some are raising less money than their competitors. And just this week one lost an ...Read more

Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to carry a gun onto a flight at NC airport in February

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a first-term lawmaker from far-western North Carolina, attempted to bring a handgun through security at the Asheville airport in February.

His congressional spokesman said it was done in error.

A Glock 9mm handgun was taken from Cawthorn’s bag as he attempted to go through security on Feb. 13, 2021,...Read more

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images North America/TNS

Justice Department tells Treasury to turn over Trump tax records to House

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department told the Treasury Department on Friday that it must turn over former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and information to the House Ways and Means Committee — although a legal fight could remain.

The opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel reverses course from the DOJ’s 2019 opinion, during the ...Read more

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images North America/TNS

Newsom asks Biden to ensure Pentagon OKs use of satellite data for wildfire program

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday publicly asked President Joe Biden to ensure California can continue to access the Pentagon’s sensitive military satellite information as part of a program to help spot and track wildfires.

The 2-year-old program, called FireGuard, relies on access to the military’s infrared satellites that ...Read more

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images North America/TNS

Newsom asks Biden for more 'boots on the ground' in fighting California wildfires

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — California Gov. Gavin Newsom pleaded with President Joe Biden for more federal support in combating forest fires Friday during a virtual White House meeting with Western governors.

Following the governors of Montana and Washington, Newsom offered some of the most pointed criticism of the federal government’s handling of the ...Read more

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images North America/TNS

Trump tax returns can be released to Congress, DOJ says

Politics / Political News /

The income tax returns of former President Donald Trump can be given over to Congress, the Department of Justice announced on Friday.

The Office of Legal Counsel for DOJ said that the U.S. Congress, specifically the House Ways and Means Committee, made a “legitimate request” to review the former president’s tax records.

Earlier this year...Read more

Sean Rayford/Getty Images North America/TNS

SC governor files brief urging justices to uphold Mississippi abortion ban; 11 others sign on

Politics / Political News /

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Henry McMaster has weighed in on a case in front of a U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, which protects the right of a woman to have an abortion.

McMaster filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion 15 weeks into a pregnancy except in cases of a ...Read more

Samuel Corum/TNS/TNS

Commentary: Mississippi's abortion brief dynamites standing law and 'super duper' precedents

Politics / Political News /

The new Supreme Court conservative supermajority has already radically changed notions of law in some pockets of America. For proof, look no further than the brief that the state of Mississippi filed last week in the most closely watched abortion case in a generation, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which the Supreme Court will ...Read more

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Europe/TNS

Biden will name American historian as ambassador to combat antisemitism

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to name Deborah Lipstadt, a historian and expert on Jewish and Holocaust studies at Emory University in Atlanta, as U.S. ambassador to combat and monitor antisemitism on Friday, three sources told McClatchy.

The goal of the position is to combat antisemitism overseas. Lipstadt, a New Yorker, has written ...Read more

TNS

Gavin Newsom to join President Biden in second White House meeting on Western wildfires

Politics / Political News /

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom and six other governors on Friday to discuss efforts to prevent 2021 wildfires, according to White House officials.

California so far has had 5,671 wildfires in 2021. The still-burning Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas and Tehama counties has already destroyed over ...Read more

Drew Angerer/Getty Images/New York Daily News/TNS

Republicans urge Supreme Court to topple Roe, slash abortion rights

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — A cascade of Republicans called on the U.S. Supreme Court to roll back constitutional abortion protections, potentially by overruling the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.

In a brief filed Thursday, 228 GOP members of Congress urged the court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 ...Read more

Biden will meet Cuban American activists at the White House on Friday

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will meet with Cuban American activists at the White House on Friday to discuss the recent wave of protests throughout the island nation, an administration official told McClatchy on Thursday.

The meeting comes after thousands of Cuban Americans rallied in front of the White House to draw attention to the ...Read more

First lady Jill Biden to undergo medical procedure to remove object from her foot

Politics / Political News /

First lady Jill Biden will undergo a medical procedure Thursday to remove an object lodged in her left foot, a White House official said.

Biden stepped on the unknown object while walking on a beach during an official event in Hawaii over the weekend, spokesman Michael LaRosa said in a statement. The procedure will be done at Walter Reed ...Read more

Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Devin Nunes has more cash on hand than any other Republican. What does he want to do next?

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes has more campaign cash on hand than any House Republican as he prepares for a 2022 reelection race that he’s favored to win.

The campaign committee for Nunes, R-Calif., who became a national political figure after aligning himself with former President Donald Trump, had more than $11.5 million on hand as of ...Read more

Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS

'Fix Congress' panel issues latest advice

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — A select committee tasked with improving how Congress works advanced a new slate of recommendations aimed at boosting accessibility and retaining staff.

“There are people who stick around for a long time, and people who are here for a short time, and then you see the average tenure at about that three- or four-year mark. So ...Read more