Democrat Jon Ossoff came extraordinarily close to pulling off a seismic electoral feat Tuesday night in Georgia that would’ve been read as a brutal embarrassment to President Donald Trump.
But coming so close might’ve cost him a seat in Congress.
Although the top Democratic candidate for a vacant U.S. House seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District earned the most votes in the special election to replace former GOP Rep. Tom Price, Ossoff failed to clinch a majority of the vote. That means he’s been forced into an onerous two-month runoff campaign in which he’s bound to become a national target for roused Republicans.
As the Democratic Party works to remake itself amid the tenure of President Donald Trump, a timely test case has materialized in the race for Virginia governor.
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the originally presumed party favorite to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe next year, is no longer the lock for the nomination due to the blossoming candidacy of Tom Perriello, a former one-term congressman who’s embraced the idea that the primary battle is a proxy war over what the future of the Democratic Party should look like.
The Northam-Perriello contest – which will be decided in a June 13 election in one of the country’s most prominent political battlegrounds – will provide the first inkling of the party’s mood moving forward.
Democrats across the spectrum agree the race will be viewed as a national weather vane. But the exact undercurrents at play are in dispute.
In Washington political circles, there is the non-denial denial. (I didn’t do it, but if I did, there was nothing wrong with it.) There is the non-apology apology. (I’m sorry if I offended anyone.) And when it comes to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, there is the defense by omission, in which GOPers, if unable to say something nice, just don’t say anything at all. Or at best, demand more information.
As Capitol Hill reels over another Trump White House bombshell – Monday’s late-day reports that the president revealed highly sensitive, classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office – Republicans were again forced to answer the question of whether they could defend the chief executive.
Multiple California high school students have filed federal lawsuits alleging they were wrongfully suspended and presented to a mob after interacting with offensive Instagram photos posted by another student.
Future rulings in the cases could have a broad impact on American students’ ability to communicate freely online while not in school, with the lawsuits seeking a judgment that the First Amendment allowed the students to “like” photos and write comments.
The Instagram images were shared using a private account and reportedly included a black doll next to a white-robed figure and a noose, as well as photos of African-American students next to apes, creating an uproar at Albany High School north of Berkeley.
More than a dozen students were disciplined by school officials in March, most of them given short suspensions for commenting on or “liking” the content. At least two, including the account’s alleged creator, still are awaiting possible expulsion.
Four students filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month, and were joined by two others who filed their own lawsuit Friday, seeking to clear their disciplinary records and have their actions declared constitutionally protected speech.
Ohio Governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich speaks to reporters after an event honoring the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA championship team, at the White House in Washington in this file photo dated November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque REUTERS
Donald Trump’s shrinking presidency seems to get smaller by the day, eroded by a series of stumbles, missteps and fumbles by Trump and his key advisers, and escalating accusations against them.
Three more furors have broken into public view during the past two days.
First, and most explosive, there was the claim by former FBI Director James Comey, fired recently by Trump, that the president asked him to call off an FBI investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Part of this probe involves whether Flynn acted improperly with Russian operatives when the Kremlin was trying to damage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last year while Flynn was a Trump campaign adviser. Comey made the claim in a memo he wrote to himself at the time of the alleged request, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Comey wrote that Trump said, “I hope you can let this go,” referring to the investigation. Comey said he didn’t agree to the request. White House officials denied that this happened.
Legal scholars say that, if Comey’s charge is true, Trump might be guilty of obstruction of justice.
Trump supposedly made the request on Feb. 14, the day after Flynn was ousted following the disclosure that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.