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‘Pentagon Papers’ Figure Running for President 2020

The Story: Michael Gravel, who is a former Senator (D) from Alaska and at 89 years something of a blast from the political past, is...
President Donald Trump offers a compromise to Democrats to secure the border

On Whether the President Will Face a Nomination Contest

The Story: It is rare that an incumbent President running for reelection faces any substantial opposition within his...

Trump addresses the nation, Democrats respond

Democrats, of course, have voted for border security funds just not for the wall the President wants. Trump wrongly claims Democrats won't fund border security President Trump claimed that "the federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.” It’s not true that Democrats oppose funding for border security, they just aren't willing to meet Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion in wall funding. Border security has been a cornerstone of Democratic immigration proposals for years. House Democrats voted last week to approve a stop-gap funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not allocate new wall funding, but would maintain the current $1.3 billion in border security money. President Trump claimed tonight that, "At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall." In border argument, Trump misleadingly claims drugs will kill more Americans than Vietnam President Trump claimed "more Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War." The only drug that is smuggled in higher numbers between legal entry points is marijuana, according to information from Customs and Border Protection and the Drug Enforcement Administration. President Trump claimed that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past." However, as long as the government remains shutdown, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have refused to offer any funding for a border barrier. According to data from Doctors Without Borders, 68.3 percent of migrants and refugees "entering Mexico reported being victims of violence during their transit toward the United States," and nearly one-third of women said they'd been sexually abused.

Don’t let politics overshadow love for one another

Some say our country has never been more divided politically than it is now. My parents practically disowned me when they found out I went to the convention riots in Chicago in 1968. When my father got a thank-you note from the CPUSA for the work he'd done circulating a petition to put them on the ballot in 1972, that was the last straw. My father and I have the same name. None of us remember the Civil War. You want to talk about divided? It was about Mary Surratt, a boarding-house owner with Confederate sympathies who was hanged for being a part of the conspiracy that resulted in President Abraham Lincoln's assassination even though she almost certainly had nothing to do with it. We don't talk about politics, religion or money. I've never understood why the most vocal anticommunists like to talk about politics so much. After you vote, love your bothers and sisters no matter how they voted.

SC lawmakers remember John McCain and impact on politics

Video COLUMBIA, SC - Senator John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81. Flags at the South Carolina State House flew at half-staff Monday to remember Senator John McCain. Political and community leaders say the war hero will be remembered for his heart and not his politics. Scott posted on Twitter, "John McCain is an American hero." "He told you what he thought not what he was supposed to think what the party thought but whatever was really his perspective on things. he almost treasured the notion that he was the maverick," said Charles Bierbauer. Maverick, according to Webster's Dictionary, is an independent individual who doesn't go along with the group. McCain was known for not caving under the pressure of his own political party and helping blend often divided party lines. Democrats like SC Representative Todd Rutherford offered a similar description of the late McCain. Rutherford tweeted, "I honestly think if we had more McCains in public service our politics would be better."
VP Pence helps clean Vietnam War memorialvideo

VP Pence helps clean Vietnam War memorial

Vice President Mike Pence assisted volunteers in a clean up project at the Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC.

John McCain Takes a Veiled Swipe at Donald Trump’s Medical Exemption From the Vietnam...

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) appeared to take aim at President Donald Trump's draft deferrals during the Vietnam War this week, following a series of public rebukes of the Trump administration. In an interview about the Vietnam War on C-SPAN3, American History TV, on Oct. 22, McCain criticized "high income" draftees who avoided military service while apparently alluding to the president's own draft exemption — but he did not mention Trump by name. “One aspect of the [Vietnam] conflict by the way that I will never, ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur," he said, naming the ailment under which Trump received medical deferrals. "That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve," McCain said. The president's 1968 medical deferral from the Vietnam War, his fifth, according to the Washington Post, was a frequent source of criticism during the 2016 presidential election. (Trump has also previously referred to avoiding sexually transmitted diseases as his own "personal Vietnam.") At an award ceremony last week at the National Constitution Center, McCain mourned a shift in American politics to "half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems." In July, McCain cast a key late night vote to defeat the Republican "skinny repeal" attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: DACA’accord

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: DACA'accord. Today in 5 Lines Insisting that he hasn't yet made a formal deal with Democratic leaders, President Trump did not deny reports that he would support DACA protections. “We want to get massive border security. And I think that both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, I think they agree with it,” Trump told reporters, referencing a dinner meeting he had Wednesday night with both lawmakers. At a news conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan, who did not attend the meal, said “these were discussions, not negotiations.” Trump visited Florida to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that Trump will visit Puerto Rico, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, to survey Irma’s destruction and discuss relief efforts. Not Such an Outsider After All: After showing a willingness to find a permanent solution to DACA, President Trump has proven to be more similar to his Republican predecessors than he campaigned to be. (David A. Graham) A Waiting Game: A new study found that America’s “racial generation gap” is shrinking. Ronald Brownstein explains how that might ease tensions between older whites and diverse young people. In the book, Clinton attempts to explain the factors that led to her defeat, from Bernie Sanders supporters to former FBI Director James Comey’s investigation into her private email server.