Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, the threat of government shutdown following Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders, the president’s search for a new chief of staff, and thoughts on who should host the Oscars. With funding for some federal agencies set to expire in less than two weeks, President Trump turned his Oval Office meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer into a reality-TV standoff over his border wall. Did their exchange increase or decrease the chance of a shutdown? My profound hope is that Trump makes good on his threat and shuts down the government right before Christmas. He will set his party back even further than he already has, and do so at a time when congressional Republicans are going to be trapped with angry constituents back home during the holiday break. I still can’t get … [Read more...] about Will Trump Follow Through on His Incredibly Dumb Shutdown Threat?
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Trump had never heard of Rex Tillerson, then he chose him to be secretary of State. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images It played out just like a reality show. Donald Trump invited the contestants to be the next secretary of State to meet with him one by one. Some had embarrassing parts of their personal lives exposed, while others were forced to choke down slimy animal appendages. And in the end, a dark horse rose from the shadows to claim the final rose. But even with all the made-for-TV drama that led to Rex Tillerson’s selection to head the State Department, there was plenty of behind the scenes action that has gone unreported. Until now. In the past 24 hours boththe Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal pulled back the curtain on how Trump settled on Tillerson to be his top diplomat. Here’s what we learned. Trump decided Giuliani was a diva who lacked physical stamina. Trump’s first instinct was to tap a loyalist for secretary of State and Rudy … [Read more...] about 5 Fun Facts About How Trump Picked His Secretary of State
Breitbart News was the bright, shiny object of 2016, when the angry-populist, nationalist, right-wing web operation went all-in for Donald Trump, and the bet paid off with lavish winnings. But as 2017 draws to a close, reality has inevitably intruded, and the tendentious news site—founded a decade ago by the late Andrew Breitbart as a rebellious antidote to what he saw as the hypocrisies of the political and media establishments—spent the first year of Trump’s volatile presidency losing its former luster. “It’s still Breitbart, and it still helps set the narrative in the right-wing echo chamber,” conservative pundit Charlie Sykes told The Daily Beast. “But I would say that the base continues shrinking, and they’re going to be the loudest intercom within the Trump bunker as we head into 2018. They will appeal to the 30 percent of hardcore Trump supporters. They will help set the tone for the Trump defense. But, again, it is a … [Read more...] about Breitbart News Helped Trump Win. Under Steve Bannon, It Might Also Help Him Lose
The Steele dossier will be front-and-center on Monday when the Justice Department’s inspector general releases a long-awaited report on the FBI’s handling of the salacious document. Released nearly three years ago, Steele’s dossier served as a roadmap of sorts of Democrats who believed that President Trump and his campaign were in bed with Russia. But developments in the Russia investigation steadily chipped away at Steele’s dossier, especially the parts that allege that Trump and his campaign aides conspired directly with the Kremlin. The Steele dossier is likely to come under intense scrutiny on Monday, when the Justice Department inspector general releases a report of the FBI’s surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, is expected to detail the FBI’s relationship with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the dossier. The bureau relied on unverified information from Steele … [Read more...] about FISA Report Will Give The Steele Dossier Its Toughest Test To Date. Here’s What’s True And False In The Salacious Document
Disgraced Fox News founder and former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes—whose death in Florida exile was announced Thursday morning, a mere 10 months after he was forced to resign amid allegations of workplace sexual harassment, retaliation, and millions of dollars in corporate payments to buy the silence of female victims—was a titanic figure in American politics and media. As a Republican strategist and then as a television mogul, Ailes had an outsize impact on the election of three U.S. presidents—the 37th, Richard Nixon, the 41st, George H.W. Bush, and the 45th, Donald Trump. Probably most significant, he launched a conservative television powerhouse that became the country’s top-rated cable channel as well as the multibillion-dollar profit engine of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Ailes died of a subdural hematoma (bleeding on the brain), Time reported. Ailes, who consistently denied all the allegations as sexual … [Read more...] about How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Empire, and Changed TV News Forever
Today marks the opening of the New Hampshire presidential primary filing period, a quadrennial tradition in the early voting state. Over the next three weeks, every presidential contender will shuffle into a small second floor office of the New Hampshire State House, appearing before the secretary of state to add his or name to the first-in-the-nation primary ballot. The filing period began Wednesday at 8 a.m. ET and will continue through November 15 (but not on Veterans Day). Little is required of candidates – just a declaration of candidacy and a $1,000 filing fee in the form of a certified check. Candidates who cannot afford the sum may submit 100 signatures in instead – 10 signatures from residents hailing from each of the states' 10 counties. "It's part of the whole pageantry of the primary process. And it's historic," New Hampshire Democratic Chair Ray Buckley told CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga of the filing period. That pageantry also comes with a … [Read more...] about 2020 Daily Trail Markers: Filing period for candidates begins in New Hampshire