Mike Pompeo compared Trump to ‘authoritarian’ Obama in 2016

Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post’s breaking political news team August 19 at 2:43 PM Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in 2016 that Donald Trump was an “authoritarian” in the mold of then-President Barack Obama, according to a video newly resurfaced by the New Yorker magazine. The remark by Pompeo, who at […]

Trump calls on Fed to cut rates by 100 basis points amid recession fears

Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post’s breaking political news team August 19 at 2:05 PM President Trump on Monday sought to play down the risk of a recession while also pinning the blame for a potential economic downturn on the Federal Reserve, chastising the central bank’s chairman, Jerome H. Powell, for a “horrendous […]

The risky game Mike Pompeo is playing with an ‘authoritarian president’

Aaron Blake Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix August 19 at 1:37 PM The New Yorker’s big new profile of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is getting buzz for two reasons: 1) the newly discovered video above, in which a 2016 Pompeo warns Trump would be “an authoritarian President who ignored our Constitution,” and […]

An Afghan wedding attack adds a tragic twist to peace talks

Adam Taylor Foreign reporter who writes about a variety of subjects August 19 at 12:59 AM Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday, along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter. (Rafiq Maqbool/AP) On Saturday evening, a man detonated a bomb […]

Nearly a third of Americans were alive during Jim Crow

This confluence of factors meant that the response to the project’s release was probably predictable. The essays were framed by some critics as questionable, flawed or even unnecessary. Some critics, like former House speaker Newt Gingrich, determined that the project was about impeaching Trump. Others argued that it was an effort to diminish the United […]

Gillibrand on whether Franken should make a comeback: ‘It’s not my decision’

Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post’s breaking political news team August 19 at 10:47 AM Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) declined to say Monday whether she opposes a comeback by former senator Al Franken, suggesting that the Minnesota Democrat should make that decision himself. Gillibrand, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, […]

Maybe it’s time for Larry Kudlow to stop making predictions

Aaron Blake Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix August 19 at 9:41 AM Nobody knows whether we’re headed for a recession. Even those who are the most bearish on the economy aren’t saying it’s a 50-50 shot — just that it’s an increasing possibility. But whatever fears exist, President Trump’s chief economic adviser, Larry […]

Commerce Department will extend Huawei reprieve, Ross says

Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post’s breaking political news team August 19 at 7:57 AM Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday that his department will grant another temporary reprieve to Huawei Technologies, delaying the implementation of a penalty on the Chinese tech giant for another 90 days. Ross made the announcement during an […]