Tom Barrack and Donald Trump have been friends and confidants for more than three decades " the two men are so close, for instance, that Barrack comforted Trump during the funeral of his father, Fred. But the intimate relationship between the wealthy California investor and the president has fractured so badly that the two no longer speak, current and former White House officials say. "Barrack is the kind of guy who would tell him things he didn't want to hear, so Trump stopped talking to him," a former senior White House official said.
Like a band who's time has come and gone, going from playing full stadiums under the brightest lights to struggling as the opening act at the local amusement park before an audience of two, Rep. Steve King (IA-04) held the saddest town hall of all time. read more
The American people count on me, as the Chair of their Federal Election Commission, to protect the integrity of our elections. So I ask you, once again, to provide any evidence you may have to the American people and the appropriate law-enforcement authorities to substantiate your claims. The American people are ill-served when our leaders put forward unfounded allegations of voter fraud. To put in terms a former casino operator would understand: There comes a time when you need to lay your cards on the table or fold.
A federal judge has denied a request to move all of this fall's municipal elections in Georgia away from "unsecure, unreliable and grossly outdated technology" and toward hand-marked paper ballots that are optically scanned and counted. read more
The Washington Post is reporting that officials now say "they have probable cause that all five companies operating poultry plants raided by authorities in Mississippi last week violated immigration law by knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants, according to search warrant affidavits that cite videotaped statements of managers." On the basis of those search warrants, immigration officials had cause to arrest managers or executives of the companies during the raids. They didn't. " read more