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Cruz and O’Rourke face off in testy Texas Senate debate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Seeking to regain the edge in a race that has been surprisingly competitive, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz faced off with his Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, for the first time Friday evening, in an hour-long debate that was marked by sharp differences on policies like immigration and law enforcement and some pointed personal attacks. The fireworks began almost immediately on stage at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where the candidates met for the first of three scheduled debates in coming weeks in Texas’s closely watched Senate race in which Cruz, the one-term incumbent, has struggled to stay ahead of O’Rourke, a rising star Democrat whose candidacy has attracted large crowds and celebrity support. Cruz, a champion debater going back to his college years at Princeton, seemed more comfortable at the podium, and more confrontational.
Sessions's push to speed immigration cases meets resistance from judges union
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Ashley Tabbador, the head of the union that represents federal immigration judges, accused the Department of Justice of prioritizing efficiency over due process Friday, and renewed calls for the creation of an independent immigration court system.
Activists protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
More than 50 protesters opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court were arrested on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Whatever happens to Kavanaugh, Trump has already made 2018 the Year of the Woman
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Women have contributed to a rise in activism that has also been mirrored by a surge in candidate recruitment.
Georgetown Prep president says school has been soul
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“This is a challenging time for a lot of reasons,” Rev. James Van Dyke wrote in a letter to parents, faculty and alumni.
Women's groups outraged by pressure to rush Ford's testimony
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Advocacy groups are targeting two pro-choice, female GOP senators in an effort to block Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Defense of Kavanaugh turns to theory of evil look
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Brett Kavanaugh’s allies suggested a look-alike had committed the sexual assault of which the nominee has been accused.
In the marquee Texas Senate race, Cruz and O'Rourke take to the debate stage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The debate is the first of three scheduled forums between Cruz and O’Rourke, a matchup that has garnered national attention pitting one of the country’s best known tea party conservatives against a fiercely liberal three-term congressman who has charisma, celebrity supporters and ample funding.
Trump starts attacking credibility of Kavanaugh accuser
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Friday publicly questioned the sexual assault allegations by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh, and suggested his Supreme Court nominee is the one “under assault.”
Could Democrats pull off another Deep South surprise in Mississippi Senate race?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A three-way Senate race offers Democrats a possible path to win another Deep South Senate seat.
Puerto Rico still recovering 1 year after Hurricane Maria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The United States’ deadliest hurricanes have killed most of their victims with powerful winds and flooding in the hours and days immediately before and after landfall. The National Hurricane Center says that when Katrina struck Louisiana and other states in 2005 it caused 1,500 direct deaths and 300 indirect ones from causes like heart attacks and failed medical equipment.Largely due to decades of neglect and years of fiscal crisis, the Puerto Rican electrical grid collapsed into the United States’ longest-ever blackout after Maria hit on Sept. 20, 2017. That spawned a long and deadly tail for the storm, with hundreds of deaths coming long after the first weeks, as medical equipment failed and sick people weakened in the suffocating heat.Researchers from George Washington University hired by Puerto Rico’s government estimated last month that 2,975 people had died because of Maria in the six months after landfall, a number Puerto Rico accepted as official.Though President Trump continued to assert this week that his administration’s efforts in Puerto Rico were “incredibly successful,” both the local and federal governments have been heavily criticized for inadequate planning and post-storm response. The GWU report found that Puerto Rico had no plan for communication with its citizens in a crisis. The Center for Investigative Journalism found in May that the island’s health department had no emergency-response plan for hospitals and other medical facilities.As for the Trump administration, more than half of federal emergency personnel in Puerto Rico were not qualified for their assigned tasks as of October 2017, a month after landfall, according to a Sept. 5 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.An after-action report by FEMA found it had underestimated the food and fresh water needed, and how hard it would be to get supplies to the island. Puerto Rico was understocked in part because Hurricane Irma had struck two weeks before Maria, battering the U.S. Virgin Islands. Staff was depleted because of wildfires and other major natural disasters.On Oct. 19, Trump said he graded the federal response to Maria as an “A-plus” and a 10 out of 10.“We have done a really great job,” he said. (AFP)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
Do Americans value climate action enough to vote for it?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
With several hot-button issues weighing on Americans, how important will climate change be for this year’s midterms?
Bannon’s ‘Trump @ War’ is a call to arms to keep Congress safe from Democrats
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
His film is Bannon’s latest effort to keep Trump in the Oval Office — and himself at the volcanic core of national affairs.
What Kavanaugh deserves — and what we deserve from him
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Is Kavanaugh lying when he says none of this could possibly have happened? And what does that denial tell us about his fitness to serve?
Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer research
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The government is diverting millions from programs including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children.
Unfiltered: ‘Before you slut
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Three years ago, Amber Rose opened her first SlutWalk event with a speech that began, “The first time I ever got slut-shamed I was 14 years old.”. With more than 2,500 attendance in Los Angeles, Rose spoke about how she’s continuously faced shame for her former career as a stripper, her high-profile relationships, and her prominent sexuality. After crying onstage, she said, “I decided to have this SlutWalk for women who have been through s***.
Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs—like cancer research
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families shows beds at the shelter used to house unaccompanied foreign children in Tornillo, Texas. The Department of Health and Human Services is diverting millions of dollars in funding from a number of programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children. In a letter sent to Sen. Patty Murray and obtained by Yahoo News, HHS Sec.
Trump surveys Florence storm damage in North Carolina
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that “America grieves for you” as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind in parts of North Carolina.
Jeff Flake blasts Donald Trump Jr. over Kavanaugh accuser post
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Arizona senator takes issue with an Instagram post by the president's eldest son.
Trump wants to hear from Kavanaugh's accuser but doesn't think she can change his mind
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump says he's eager to hear Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, but doubts it will change his opinion of Brett Kavanaugh.
Race for Paul Ryan's seat descends into family feud
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“There is now a group of people from Washington who consider it a good idea to pit my boys against each other for their own political gain. But they didn’t consider a mother’s pain at seeing her children used as tools in a political fight.”
Hillary Clinton adviser: We didn't recognize 'full scope' of Russian interference on social media
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Clinton's former senior policy adviser recounts how the campaign learned Russia was meddling in the U.S. election.
Duty calls more veterans back to serve — in Congress
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Veterans Campaign and similar organizations are helping veterans launch congressional campaigns.
Trumpnado! Tweeting about storms, Trump seizes opportunity to make everything worse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump has been widely criticized for accusing Democrats of inflating hurricane death tolls to make him look bad.
Republican men — and not a single GOP woman — will be Christine Blasey Ford's interrogators on the Senate Judiciary Committee
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Next week, Christine Blasey Ford will likely face intense questioning from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee about the truthfulness of her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, who she says attempted to rape her during a party in the 1980s. Her turn on Capitol Hill could decide Kavanaugh’s suddenly uncertain fate, as well as the Supreme Court’s direction for a generation.
Trump on Kavanaugh: 'I feel so badly for him'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump is standing by Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.
Kavanaugh’s downfall, once impossible, now seems very possible
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A nomination that appeared to be a sure thing for President Trump and the GOP is now barely hanging on.
Washington House race is about Trump, whether the candidates like it or not
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democrat Carolyn Long hopes to unseat four-term Republican incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and help flip the House of Representatives.
Kavanaugh’s downfall, once impossible, now seems likely
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A nomination that appeared to be a sure thing for President Trump and the GOP is now barely hanging on.
Bill Clinton: Taking on the NRA to pass assault
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
David Maraniss, author of “First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton” spoke to Yahoo News about Clinton’s defining moment of presidential leadership: getting an assault-rifle ban through Congress. The bill passed in 1994, but the provision banning those weapons expired after 10 years and has not been renewed.
Richard Nixon: A Nixon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Journalist and historian Evan Thomas, author of “Being Nixon: A Man Divided,” spoke to Yahoo News about Richard Nixon’s defining moment of presidential leadership: his decision to leverage his anti-communist reputation and personal diplomatic skills in order to initiate a relationship with China.
Harry S. Truman: A courageous stand on integrating the armed forces
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Cornelius Bynum, associate professor of history at Purdue University and author of “A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” spoke to Yahoo News about Truman’s defining moment of presidential leadership: desegregating the U.S. military in 1948, an act that went against public opinion and the advice of many of his top military leaders.
Ronald Reagan: Setting back the ‘doomsday clock’ of nuclear war
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Journalist and historian Lou Cannon, author of five books about President Ronald Reagan, spoke to Yahoo News about Reagan’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the courageous decision to defy his conservative base and pursue nuclear disarmament with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
George H.W. Bush: Breaking a pledge, doing the right thing on taxes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, author of "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush," spoke to Yahoo News about Bush’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the costly decision to defy his Republican base and break his “no new taxes” pledge to bring the federal budget deficit under control.
Gerald Ford: Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Journalist Barry Werth, author of  "31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today," spoke to Yahoo News about Gerald Ford’s defining moment of presidential leadership: his pardon of Richard Nixon.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Facing down the Soviets — and the military
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Journalist and historian Evan Thomas, author of  "Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World," spoke to Yahoo News about Eisenhower’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the courageous decision to defy public pressure and push back on the military-industrial complex at the height of the Cold War.
Barack Obama: Going for broke in the bin Laden raid
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Peter Bergen, author of “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad” spoke to Yahoo News about Obama’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
John F. Kennedy: Cutting a deal with Khrushchev to save the world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Michael Dobbs, author of “One Minute to Midnight,” spoke to Yahoo News about JFK’s defining moment of presidential leadership: preventing nuclear war with Russia during the Cuban missile crisis.
Leadership in the Oval Office, from FDR to Barack Obama
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"CBS This Morning" co-anchor John Dickerson’s essay on presidential leadership is based on a series of Yahoo News interviews with historians.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Calling a ‘bank holiday’ for a collapsing economy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Leadership in Turbulent Times" spoke to Yahoo News about FDR’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the “bank holiday” he declared almost immediately upon taking office in 1933, in the hope that doing so would stem the run on the banks and help stabilize the financial system.
Jimmy Carter: Staking his reputation on a dream of Mideast peace
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Journalist and historian Jonathan Alter, author of a forthcoming biography of Jimmy Carter, spoke to Yahoo News about Carter’s defining moment of presidential leadership: his decision to risk his reputation and personally broker a peace deal between Egypt and Israel.
George W. Bush: Standing up for tolerance after 9/11
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Peter Baker, author of “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House" spoke to Yahoo News about the younger Bush’s defining moment of presidential leadership: standing up to anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination after the attacks on Sept. 11. 2001.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Moral clarity on civil rights
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Journalist and historian Jonathan Darman, author of “Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America,” spoke to Yahoo News about Lyndon Johnson’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the risky decision to pursue civil-rights legislation over the objections of his fellow Southern Democrats — and his own political advisers.
Trump seized on Iowa student's slaying to push immigration agenda, but will it help the GOP this fall?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The arrest of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in the murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts seemed tailor-made for Republican campaigning in the midterms. But realities on-the-ground show a more complex picture.
Trump breaks silence on Kavanaugh allegations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Monday responded to allegations by a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee.
New Kavanaugh allegations don’t change the fact that it’s all about politics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh raise questions about the responsibility of mature adults for events in the distant past. But the answers will be provided by politics, not moral philosophy.
Manafort’s capitulation leaves a wide
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The collapse of Paul Manafort's defensive line appears to leave exposed flanks even at the White House.
Full coverage: Tropical Storm Florence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The deadly storm hit the Carolina coast early Friday, bringing with it heavy winds, drenching rain and massive floodwaters.
Live coverage: Tropical Storm Florence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The deadly storm hit the Carolina coast early Friday, bringing with it heavy winds, drenching rain and massive floodwaters.
How to help Florence victims
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Five ways you can contribute to storm relief efforts right now.