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In some midterm races, addiction is a crisis that transcends party politics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democrats and Republicans may have different proposals to confront the opioid epidemic, but this doesn’t appear to have created a national trend toward either party. Instead, in the midterms, the opioid issue is more likely to play out locally — candidate by candidate — as people look for solutions rather than politics. Yahoo News turned to a competitive race in New Hampshire to see this up close.
Trump: I'm told I shouldn't ask my SCOTUS nominee about Roe v. Wade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump said he probably won’t ask potential Supreme Court candidates about their opinions on abortion before nominating Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s replacement. In a program that aired Sunday morning, Fox News journalist Maria Bartiromo asked Trump if he would ask his nominees beforehand how they might vote on Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision affirming that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Trump responded that he’s been advised not to ask such specific questions and that he plans to appoint another conservative justice like Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump appointed to replace Antonin Scalia.
Thousands march nationwide in ‘Families Belong Together’ protests against Trump's immigration policies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Thousands of protesters across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, marched Saturday — in major cities and tiny towns — to demand President Donald Trump’s administration reunite the divided families. Thousands dressed in white and gathered early Saturday morning in sweltering 90-degree heat in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest of the day’s protests. Concentration Camps?” one marcher’s sign read.
The Democratic Socialists of America show their muscle in New York congressional upset
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The primary defeat Tuesday of Rep. Joe Crowley, D-NY, who was both a top-ranking House Democrat and the head of one of New York’s last political machines, is an upset that is still sending shockwaves through the Democratic Party. Crowley was taken down by a 28-year-old political rookie named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won in part by denouncing Crowley’s brand of old school machine politics.
The coming war over Trump's next Supreme Court nominee
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Immediately after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on Wednesday, pro-choice and civil rights organizations across the country started preparing for a fight.
Trump: 'Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Amid a debate over whether rising anti-media sentiment may have motivated the alleged gunman in a deadly mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper, President Trump toned down his divisive rhetoric while condemning the killings.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — and ICE agents themselves — join the call to overhaul immigration agency
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Activists' call to overhaul the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency got a boost from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and from 19 supervisors in the agency itself, who wrote Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen last week saying that the current emphasis on deporting illegal immigrants undercuts efforts to combat cross-border crime and terrorism.
Trump SCOTUS pick should be grilled about Mueller probe 'before their rear end hits the chair,' says top Dem strategist
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A senior Democratic strategist says that the first question for President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court – before “their rear end hits the chair” – should be whether he or she was required to offer a pledge of loyalty to the president on key issues related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Unfiltered: ‘We need to decrease the power that police officers have over black women.’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
There was Mike Brown, an eighteen-year-old who was fatally shot a total of 12 times by an officer responding to a robbery in progress. Perhaps the best-known female victim of police violence, is Sandra Bland: Originally stopped on a highway in Texas for failing to use a turn signal, the interaction escalated, with the officer involved threatening to use a taser, then removing her from her car, throwing her onto the ground and later arresting her. Groups like Say Her Name, a social movement founded in 2015 to bring awareness to black female victims of police brutality, brought Bland’s name to the forefront of the media conversation surrounding police violence and are trying to do the same for other black women whose experiences struggle to make it into the mainstream.
Capital Gazette journalists recount horrific Annapolis mass shooting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Staff members at the newspaper described what they witnessed when a gunman opened fire at their offices on Thursday.
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here,” the crowd of about 500 protesters, including many white-clad women, chanted as they began marching down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Department of Justice. Women’s March, a movement that began when U.S. President Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2017, then spread internationally, has called on women to risk arrest at Thursday’s protest.
Democrats gear up for a fierce and probably losing fight against Trump’s court pick, whoever it is
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump’s opponents see little likelihood of blocking the president’s eventual nominee. But liberal groups are huddling to draw up battle plans anyway.
Rep. Jim Jordan and Rod Rosenstein face off in fiery hearing on Capitol Hill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In one remarkably tense exchange, Rosenstein sparred with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who accused the deputy attorney general of “hiding” information from Congress.
NASA’s Jim Bridenstine shoots for the moon and for Mars, vows to leave politics on Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jim Bridenstine was far from the science community’s first choice for NASA administrator, but his first few months have won “cautious optimism” from even his fiercest critics. The former Republican congressman vows to keep politics out of his current post, as he sets his sights on the moon and Mars.
Ahead of Putin summit, Trump casts doubt on Russian meddling
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Shortly before the White House announced President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month, the commander in chief relayed Moscow’s denial that it interfered in the 2016 presidential election — despite the conclusions of top U.S. intelligence agencies that it did.
Trump's policy is inhumane. It is not the same as 1942.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Some people have compared the disgraceful caging of children on the southern border to the internment of Japanese-Americans in 1942. But the internment was qualitatively different from what we’re seeing today.
Trump pushes Supreme Court pick as campaign issue for Republicans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Stumping for Rep. Kevin Cramer in his race with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the president told his audience that Democrats would “destroy your freedoms.”
'The McConnell rule': Some Dems say the vote for Justice Kennedy's replacement should be delayed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s surprise announcement on Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court reverberated throughout Washington, where President Trump and his fellow Republicans are now poised to cement conservative control of the high court.
Appellate judge on D.C. Circuit seen as early favorite on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times are both reporting that the favorite is Brett Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appellate court judge based in Washington, D.C., who previously clerked for Kennedy.
Both sides on abortion agree: Roe is in play now
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement after 30 years as a moderate swing vote on the Supreme Court poses a real threat to abortion rights in the United States, advocates and constitutional scholars agree. But exactly how that threat will play out is uncertain.
Democrats have a risky long shot at blocking Trump's next Supreme Court pick
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Democrats are reeling from the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring. They could try to use the so-called quorum rule to block Republicans from tipping the balance of the court — but they probably won't.
Who will pick up Kennedy's bipartisan legacy on the court? No one.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Justice Anthony Kennedy could please, and enrage, partisans on both sides with his even-handed approach. His successor is unlikely to do the same.
Rick Scott's ties to Trump may now be an asset in Florida's Senate race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president's approval rating edges up in the Sunshine State, giving Rick Scott some breathing room.
Reaction to Supreme Court decision upholding Trump’s ‘travel ban’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Donald Trump's controversial travel ban restricting entry to people from five Muslim-majority countries, delivering the president a major victory in a tortuous legal battle.
Ocasio
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley in Tuesday’s Democratic primary was a political stunner, an upset that sent shock waves from New York’s 14th congressional district to Washington, D.C., and beyond.
Russian pop singer linked to Trump says music video was 'satire'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A surreal new You Tube video released by a Russian pop singer who is a key figure in the investigations into ties between the Kremlin and the 2016 Trump campaign was a “satire” making fun of “some of the things I’ve been accused of,” the singer said Wednesday.
How to reunite 2,000 families: The government has no clue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump’s recent executive order on keeping migrant families at the southwest border together has sent several federal agencies scrambling to figure out how to reverse course on a policy that has already separated more than 2,000 children.
Former Twitter executive: Trump is in denial over social media threat to midterms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
It’s mainly internet companies themselves that are working to keep our next election from being manipulated: So says Adam Sharp, in a new edition of Yahoo News' “Bots & Ballots” podcast.
Trump's census citizenship question could lead to massive undercount of needy children, report says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A citizenship question on the upcoming census could cause as many as 1.5 million children to go uncounted, according to report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The civility trap: There's a right and a wrong way to express dissent
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The calls for civility are a distraction. But when you have a group of angry people confronting an individual, the person targeted will fear for their physical safety, and rightly so.
Trump officials won't say whether the government is still separating child migrants from their parents
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump administration officials refused to answer whether children are still being separated from their parents at the border during a heated conference call with reporters.
'A marker of shame': Democratic lawmakers rip Supreme Court's travel ban decision
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday tore into the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Donald Trump's controversial travel ban restricting entry to people from five Muslim-majority countries, delivering the president a major victory in a tortuous legal battle.
David Lynch rebukes Trump: 'You are causing suffering and division'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Filmmaker David Lynch on Tuesday issued an open letter to President Trump to clarify a quote the president and his supporters have latched onto in recent days.
A White House proud of being tough is looking for more people to pardon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother serving life in prison for drug trafficking was granted clemency by President Trump on June 6, a phone call went out from the White House counsel’s office — the administration wanted more people like her.
'Never!': Trump fumes at Harley
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Tuesday lashed out at Harley-Davidson over its decision to move some of its production out of the United States to avoid retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union in response to Trump’s trade policies.
Democrat's viral campaign video could be trouble for tea party Republican in deep
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
MJ Hegar’s biographical and cinematic campaign ad could give the Democrat a chance in the heavily Republican 31st Congressional District of Texas. Yahoo News spoke with Hegar to learn more about how the video came to be and what she hopes to do in Congress.
FDR's granddaughter on immigration: Our country did not learn
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The country hasn’t learned from history, says Anne Eleanor Roosevelt, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s granddaughter, who calls current immigration policies, like the internment of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor, “inconsistent with who we are as a country.”
Leading Israeli liberal praises Kushner’s unfinished, still
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jared Kushner’s Mideast peace plan is expected to be released in the near future, but one leading Israeli liberal already likes it.
Trump's attack on due process is the latest deviation from presidential norms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president's latest assault on U.S. norms strikes at one of the pillars of American democracy.
FDR’s granddaughter on immigration: Our country did not learn
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The country hasn’t learned from history, says Anne Eleanor Roosevelt, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s granddaughter, who calls current immigration policies, like the internment of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor, “inconsistent with who we are as a country.”
Civility alert: Can’t we all just get along, or even get dinner?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A year ago the EPA chief was mocked for trying to avoid hostile confrontations by flying first class. But the breakdown in civility that began during the 2016 campaign with chants of “Lock her up” has accelerated recently.
'Be careful what you wish for Max!' Trump warns Waters over call for public confrontations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Monday lashed out at Rep. Maxine Waters after the California Democrat urged protesters to publicly confront members of his administration over its controversial policies.
Melting ICE? A handful of Democrats turn up the heat.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency continues to draw criticism for its arrest of immigrants, the idea of abolishing the agency entirely is starting to gather momentum among Democrats.
Florida AG Pam Bondi says she won't be bullied after being confronted at Mr. Rogers movie
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said on Monday she refuses to be bullied by protesters like those who confronted her at a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary over the weekend for her support of President Trump.
'Needs a paint job': Trump blasts Virginia restaurant for asking Sarah Sanders to leave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Monday blasted a small restaurant in rural Virginia whose owner asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave because its staff disagreed with the administration’s policies.
Nationwide protests against 'zero tolerance' illegal immigration policy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Demonstrators led rallies and protests Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by U.S. border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them.
Ivanka Trump: We must foster economic opportunity in Latin America
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Ivanka Trump said she agrees with liberals and conservatives who think it’s important to help encourage stability and spark economic growth throughout Central America and South America — as the United States is engaged in a passionate debate over immigration policy.
From the 'Northern Triangle' to the Rio Grande: Violence, poverty and disasters drive migration
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The majority of families crossing the southwestern U.S. border are from the Northern Triangle of Central America — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — and many are fleeing violence and poverty.
President Trump's empathy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
This week in Trump’s America, the White House struggled to answer a simple question: Don't you have any empathy?