Category: Politics

Maile Pearl makes her debut on Senate floor

By Laurie Kellman | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Tiny Maile Pearl made Senate history Thursday without making a sound. The tightly wrapped 10-day-old baby, brought to the well of the chamber by her mother, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, became the first newborn to appear there, just one day after the Senate approved a new rule permitting it. Start your day with…

Read the transcript of Andrew Weaver’s legislature rant

Below is the Hansard transcript of Andrew Weaver’s address to the legislature during Tuesday’s debate about legislation that would expedite compensation for police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency workers suffering from job-related mental stress. You can also watch it here. (It begins at the 1:37 mark.) Third Reading of Bills BILL 9 — WORKERS COMPENSATION AMENDMENT ACT, 2018 A.…

Queen taps Prince Charles to lead Commonwealth

By Jill Lawless | Associated Press LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth on Thursday, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies. In a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the queen said she hoped Charles would “carry on the important work” of leading…

Dionne: Nikki Haley’s powerful statement sheds light on the greatest Trump mystery

WASHINGTON — “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” These eight words from Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will go down as among the most powerful indictments of the rancid governing culture President Trump has fostered. They may also shed light on one of the great mysteries of the moment: Why is it that Trump…

The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

Updated on April 19 at 2:52 p.m. ET If you want to see a political wave forming a year before an election, watch the retirements. They’re often a leading indicator for which direction a party is headed, and so far, 2018 is shaping up ominously for Republicans, who will be defending twice as many open seats this fall as Democrats.…

Trump attorney Michael Cohen withdraws libel lawsuits over Russia dossier

By Rosalind S. Helderman and John Wagner | The Washington Post Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen withdrew defamation lawsuits late Wednesday against BuzzFeed and the political research firm Fusion GPS related to a dossier that included claims Cohen helped organize Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. The lawsuits would have required Cohen to submit to an…

Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | The Associated Press HAVANA — A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. The National Assembly announced that…