In the Trump era, Americans may be more polarized now than ever. But while Americans have always known they don't all share the same politics, more of them are now questioning whether their political opponents even share their same values.
According to the most recent Pew Research Centerdata, among those who approve of the job that Donald Trump is doing as president, 51 percent say that people who feel differently about the president probably do not share many of their other values and goals.
That's one way of protestingAndrew McCabe's firingas deputy FBI director, roughly a day before he was set to retire: At least one Democratic congressman has offered McCabe a temporary job so he can get full retirement benefits — and McCabe appears to be considering.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) announced Saturday afternoon that he has offered McCabe a job to work on election security in his office, “so that he can reach the needed length of service” to retire.
Saturday was a day in the Russia investigation that we pretty much knew would come, just not necessarily when: It was the day one of President Trump's lawyers said special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russia investigationshould be shut down.
John Dowd insisted that he was speaking only for himself and not as Trump's lawyer — after initiallysaying the opposite to the Daily Beast— but the practical difference is basically nil. This is a member of Trump's legal team floating a reversal of the team's long-standing policy of cooperating with Mueller's probe while suggesting it would find nothing. This is Dowd implying nothing valid could possibly come of the investigation. And it seems to lay the groundwork for either firing Mueller or a political clash over anything illegal Mueller does find.
Update: The Post is now reporting that McCabe, like Comey, keptmemos detailing his interactions with Trump— memos that “could help bolster McCabe’s credibility, insulating him from allegations that he misstated or misremembered his interactions with Trump.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessionsfired Andrew McCabe as deputy FBI director Friday night, mere hours before McCabe would have earned his full retirement benefits. And President Trump's tweets about McCabe's situation pretty much erase any doubts that he applied political pressure on Sessions's decision. Trump has derided McCabe for months, even highlighting his retirement timetable three months ago.
Andrew McCabestepped downas the FBI's deputy director in January and had planned to officially retire on Sunday, but Attorney General Jeff Sessionsfired himFriday night — a little more than 24 hours before the 20-year bureau veteran would have qualified for full retirement benefits.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said on Thursday that President Trump would leave the decision to Sessions. “But,” she added, “we do think that it is well documented that he's had some very troubling behavior and, by most accounts, [is] a bad actor.” In addition, Trump in tweets hadmusedabout McCabe's pension andsuggestedSessions should have removed him sooner.
Sean Hannity didn't appreciate what Fox News colleague Shepard Smith said in aTime magazine interviewpublished on Thursday, the day the network announced a contract extension for Smith.
That's understandable. Though Smith did not call out Hannity by name, he did say “some of our opinion programming is there strictly to be entertaining” and that “they don't really have rules on the opinion side. They can say whatever they want.”
Chief White House economic adviser Gary Cohn quit last weekover trade differences with President Trump— months after he publicly rebuked Trump over his Charlottesville comments. Trumpfired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Twitterthis week over personal differences. Now national security adviser H.R. McMaster isreportedly headed out the door for similar reasons— with Chief of Staff John F. Kelly possibly out, too.
If there’s a clear trend in President Trump’s recent decision to remove key advisers, it’s this: He gets rid of them because he doesn't get along with them. As he replaces them with people who seem to be more appreciative of his style, it's apparent that Trump is sharpening his focus on loyalty. But some critics worry that comes at the expense of people who can best do the job.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fed reporters and the public a whopper of an alternative fact at Thursday’s media briefing, denying that President Trump said something that is, in reality, on tape.
Fox News Radio’s Jon Decker tried to pose a question that he said “has to do with astory which appeared first in The Washington Postabout an audio portion from a fundraiser the president had in Missouri, in which he said he was not exactly truthful in his conversation with his counterpart from Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau.”
To fully appreciate how Stormy Daniels has kept herself in the news, consider the news shehasn'tyet made.
There is, most notably, the “60 Minutes” interview she taped last week,knowingit would not air until Sunday, at the earliest. Though she surely could have booked herself on any number of live TV shows, the porn star who claims to have had an affair with President Trump more than a decade ago picked a program with a relatively long lead time, building anticipation.