Beto O’Rourke loves the Odyssey.He loves it so much that he named his first child Ulysses, the Latin form of the hero’s name (“I didn’t have the balls to call him Odysseus,” O’Rourke has said).
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is struggling to defend the Trump administration’s proposal to cut funding for the Special Olympics from the federal budget — an idea that triggered a ferocious backlash this week among Democrats, celebrities, and sports personalities. Many Republicans have refrained from weighing in, though one GOP senator reassured the public that the cuts wouldn’t be approved.
President Donald Trump on Thursday said that the US Department of Justice and FBI will look into the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago, after local prosecutors dropped charges against the Empire actor for allegedly filing a false police report in a hate crime hoax.
The public debate over the Green New Deal has taken on a surreal quality. The non-binding resolution to address the dual crises of climate change and growing inequality introduced to Congress last month is just 14 pages long. Yet the debate has been dominated by phantasms and lurid projections, all sorts of things imagined to be in the GND, or imagined to be prohibited by it, e.g. cars and airplanes. The reality of what’s on those pages has made only glancing appearances.
President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to fill an open seat on the Federal Reserve Board, Heritage Foundation fellow Stephen Moore, reportedly owes more than $75,000 in taxes and penalties to the US government.
On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen signed a regional compact with officials from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to conduct joint police operations and fight unauthorized migration. On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump was (once again) blaming those same three countries, as well as Mexico, for the record levels of unauthorized migration of families into the US.
In the past few weeks, Pete Buttigieg — the 37-year-old gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana — has become a surprising standout in the crowded 2020 Democratic field.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has struggled to break through in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary. He is campaigning on an aspirational message — love and unity in short — and his policy prescriptions tend to have a more pragmatic bent.
A federal district judge has blocked Medicaid work requirements approved by the Trump administration in Arkansas and Kentucky.
House Democrats easily passed the Paycheck Fairness Act on Wednesday — their latest in a long series of attempts to make sure women and men are paid equally. The final vote was 242-187.