Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

WASHINGTON — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since taking office in January 2017, President Donald Trump […]

Sanders’ criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation’s prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of color, addicts or the mentally ill. “We have a system […]

Trump picks new acting national intelligence director

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday named Joseph Maguire, the nation’s top counterterrorism official, as acting national intelligence director, part of a leadership shake-up at the agency that oversees 17 U.S. spy agencies. Maguire will become acting director on Aug. 15, the same day that National Intelligence Director Dan Coats’ resignation takes effect. It’s […]

Trump heads for golf club holiday – but summer storms loom

NEW YORK — Now is the summer (vacation) of the president’s discontent. As Donald Trump prepares to leave Friday for his annual August holiday at his lush New Jersey golf club, he’s confronting a storm of crises, at home and abroad, that could set the course for his upcoming re-election bid. With his poll numbers […]

Democrats: Trump should demand Senate vote on gun bill

WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump is serious about strengthening gun laws in the wake of two mass shootings, he should demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a House-passed bill strengthening background checks up for a vote, congressional Democrats said Monday. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate GOP leader is blocking […]

Nadler: Mueller hearing to air evidence of Trump wrongdoing

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that this week’s hearing with Robert Mueller will air “very substantial evidence” of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledged sharp questioning of the special counsel about what they see as a “one-sided” Russia investigation. Days before back-to-back hearings […]

Letter to the Editor: Mueller failure? My foot!

Frank Daniels’ DSN Commentary (6/6) said that the Mueller investigation was an “absolute failure.” My “investigation” of Daniels’ commentary says that his story might be best judged to be a propaganda success but would otherwise be a failure as a search for truth or justice. The political universe of reality has this important problem: ask […]

Case opened: Democrats begin public airing of Mueller report

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says it’s “case closed .” But Democrats are just getting started with Robert Mueller . House Democrats have scheduled a series of hearings this coming week on the special counsel’s report as they intensify their focus on the Russia probe and pick up the pace on an investigative “path” — […]

Trump still hangs tariff threat over Mexico despite deal

STERLING, Va. — President Donald Trump on Sunday dangled the prospect of renewing his tariff threat against Mexico if the U.S. ally doesn’t cooperate on border issues, while some of his Democratic challengers for the White House said the last-minute deal to avert trade penalties was overblown. In a series of tweets, Trump defended the […]

US and Mexico: More talks, no deal yet to avert tariffs

WASHINGTON — Ending a second day of tense negotiations, U.S. and Mexican officials failed Thursday to reach a deal to avert import tariffs that President Donald Trump is threatening to impose as he tries to strong-arm Mexico into stemming the flow of Central American migrants across America’s southern border. Vice President Mike Pence, monitoring the […]