Politics

/

ArcaMax

Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe/TNS

South Africa's ANC has no good options as majority vanishes

Politics / Political News /

Just hours after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa confidently predicted that the ruling party would easily retain its three-decade stranglehold on politics, it was increasingly clear that voters had other ideas — sending the country into uncharted terrain.

Early results from Wednesday’s election show the African National Congress ...Read more

Steven Hirsch/Pool/Getty Images North America/TNS

If Trump is convicted in New York, what happens next?

Politics / Political News /

If he is convicted in New York, former President Donald Trump is likely to remain free from custody while awaiting his sentencing and during an appeal, which could carry the case into 2025. He also faces possible home confinement in New York’s Trump Tower or a ban on out-of-state travel while on probation, legal experts said.

A new jail photo...Read more

Mark Peterson/Pool/Getty Images of North America/TNS

Jury returns to NYC courtroom for second day of deliberations in Trump hush money trial

Politics / Political News /

NEW YORK — The possibility of a verdict against Donald Trump loomed Thursday as the jury in the former president’s historic hush money trial returned to a Manhattan courtroom for a second day of deliberations.

Jurors are slated to get a refresher on crucial testimony from the first and last witnesses to testify against Trump, who walked ...Read more

CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Supreme Court gives NRA a 1st Amendment win in suit against New York officials

Politics / Political News /

The National Rifle Assn., best known for advocating for gun rights under the 2nd Amendment, won an unusual 1st Amendment free-speech decision from the Supreme Court on Thursday.

In a 9-0 decision, the justices agreed the NRA had a plausible free-speech claim that it had been targeted for harassment and threatened by state financial regulators ...Read more

Max Ortiz/The Detroit News/TNS

House Democratic leaders back Thanedar's reelection

Politics / Political News /

DETROIT — Detroit U.S. Rep. Shri Thanedar announced Thursday that House Democratic leadership endorsed his reelection to a second term in Congress.

Thanedar said Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Whip Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar of California were all backing his campaign.

“Shri is...Read more

ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Editorial: Whatever the jury's decision, the verdict on Trump's unfitness is already in

Politics / Political News /

For the first time in the 235 years since the Founding Fathers established an unprecedented system of government that put the law above any leader, an American jury on Wednesday morning began deliberating the fate of a former U.S. president in a criminal trial.

That remarkable milestone is testament to both the endurance of the Constitution’s...Read more

Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe/TNS

South Africa in uncharted waters with ANC set to share power

Politics / Political News /

South Africa’s ruling party looks set to fall short of securing a parliamentary majority for the first time since surging to power at the end of apartheid three decades ago, ushering in a period of uncertainty with a coalition partner needed to retain control.

The African National Congress is on course to win 42% of the votes cast in ...Read more

Rebecca Noble/Getty Images of North America/TNS

The newest election battlefield for abortion: State supreme courts

Politics / Political News /

As presidential candidates and state legislators campaign over the future of abortion in America, elections for the third branch of government have largely escaped scrutiny on the issue.

Until now.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, elections for state supreme court justices have become a new political frontier in the ...Read more

$1.5 million later, Georgia needs to replace 'new' campaign reporting system

Politics / Political News /

ATLANTA — Only a few years after introducing a new and “improved” e-filing system that is supposed to let the public know who is funding campaigns and what politicians are beneficiaries of Capitol lobbyists’ largesse, the state is looking to scrap it and start over.

After spending an estimated $1.5 million buying and trying to make the ...Read more

DANIEL SLIM/Getty Images North America/TNS

COUNTERPOINT: Calls for 'ethics reform' are disingenuous and dangerous

Politics / Political News /

Americans deserve a government dedicated to America’s best interests, not the highest bidder. And yet, Sen. Bob Menedez, D-N.J., is on trial for giving billions of your money to Egypt in exchange for gold bars and fancy cars.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, has also been indicted on charges of accepting bribes — more than half a million ...Read more

Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

POINT: The legitimacy of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance

Politics / Political News /

During John Roberts’ confirmation hearing as chief justice in 2005, he claimed that the “primary check on the courts has always been judicial self-restraint.” Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, then queried rhetorically, “If you don’t restrain yourselves, who does?”

Today, we’re watching in real time what happens when our Supreme Court...Read more

Ian Maule/Getty Images North America/TNS

Commentary: Biden's housing headache

Politics / Political News /

President Joe Biden promised to lower housing costs during his State of the Union address earlier this spring. To date, his plan has been an utter failure.

Just ask Anthony and Caitlin Fumo. A recently married couple with a newborn baby boy, they assumed their combined income would be enough to finance a move closer to their parents. But thanks...Read more

Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/TNS

As summer interns descend on the Hill, this resource office is ready

Politics / Political News /

WASHINGTON — Being a congressional intern can feel like drinking out of a fire hose, or at least it did to Maggie Mahfood-Bradley when she arrived on the Hill in 2016.

Her boss’ staff had competing priorities, and getting interns oriented wasn’t always near the top of the list, said Mahfood-Bradley, who is now director of special projects...Read more

Hector Vivas/Getty Images North America/TNS

Sheinbaum's lead narrows days before Mexico's election

Politics / Political News /

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s presidential front-runner Claudia Sheinbaum saw her commanding lead in some opinion polls narrow less than a week before election day in Latin America’s second-biggest economy.

Sheinbaum, the candidate of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s ruling Morena party, has consistently led by more than 20 percentage ...Read more

Shannon Finney/Getty Images North America/TNS

Dobbs 'is not an end point:' Abortion advocates detail state of reproductive health in Massachusetts, future threats

Politics / Political News /

BOSTON — While Massachusetts is still adapting to the fall of Roe v. Wade, more threats are coming down the pipeline, abortion advocates warned in a Senate hearing Wednesday.

“Dobbs was a clear and devastating loss, but it is not an end point,” said Kathryn Fay, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital doctor and fellow with Physicians for ...Read more

Dreamstime/TNS/TNS

New poll shows Biden and Trump tied in Virginia

Politics / Political News /

NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia could be a battleground state in the upcoming presidential election, according to a Roanoke College poll released Wednesday.

The poll showed President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are tied (42% to 42%) in a head-to-head matchup in the commonwealth, while Biden holds a two-point lead (40% to 38%) when ...Read more

Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/TNS

President Biden coming to Connecticut next week for major Greenwich fundraiser

Politics / Political News /

HARTFORD, Conn. — With a tight race that could go either way, President Joe Biden will be in Greenwich next week for a big-dollar fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers.

Virtually the entire leadership of the state Democratic Party is rallying behind the event and is listed on the invitation: Gov. Ned Lamont, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal...Read more

Jabin Botsford/Pool/Getty Images North America/TNS

Jury weighing hush money case against Donald Trump ends first day of deliberations without a verdict

Politics / Political News /

NEW YORK — The Manhattan jury weighing the hush money case against Donald Trump completed its first day of deliberations Wednesday without rendering a verdict after submitting requests for testimony from former tabloid publisher David Pecker and Michael Cohen.

State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan sent the panelists home at 4 p.m., around ...Read more

Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Latest Biden, Harris pitch to Black voters slams Trump in crucial battleground

Politics / Political News /

Trailing Donald Trump in multiple national and battleground polls, President Joe Biden on Wednesday took his patchwork reelection bid back to Pennsylvania, trying to sew the crucial Black voter bloc back onto his campaign quilt by slamming Donald Trump.

“Folks, if anyone wonders whether their vote matters, remember this: Because Black ...Read more

TNS

Georgia lawmaker should not have been charged in Trump election case, his lawyer says

Politics / Political News /

ATLANTA — Georgia state Sen. Shawn Still followed legal advice when he cast an Electoral College vote for Donald Trump in 2020 and walked away thinking he had done the right thing, the legislator’s lawyer said Wednesday.

“Shawn Still should never have been charged in this case,” defense attorney Tom Bever told a Fulton County judge.

...Read more