Politics

Tess Torelli April 19, 2018

The number of GOP retirements suggests Republicans think the electoral environment will be difficult for them in November, said Molly Reynolds, a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. However, she also said it is tough to assess how departures will affect the midterm results. “It’s difficult to figure out just how big a […]

Tess Torelli April 19, 2018

Under the sweeping overhaul of the tax code that Republicans passed last year, private colleges must pay a 1.4 percent annual excise tax on the gains in their endowments. The provision only applies to institutions with endowments larger than $500,000 per full-time student. About 30 schools are likely to be affected, according to a list […]

Tess Torelli April 18, 2018

McCarthy’s account of Trump’s behavior differs from media reports and how the president carries himself on social media. Trump went on a social media rampage Sunday morning, blasting Comey as “slippery” and predicting the former FBI boss will be remembered “as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” @realDonaldTrump: Slippery James Comey, a man […]

Tess Torelli April 18, 2018

If California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy becomes the next House speaker, the move could carry significant implications for the nation’s most populous state and several major industries, including agriculture and oil. It would also give California’s GOP, which produced the likes of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in decades past, a reason to hope for […]

Tess Torelli April 18, 2018

Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images A man walks past a ‘Stand Up For Steel, Stand Up For America’ sign while arriving at the United States Steel Corp. Clairton Plant coke manufacturing facility as emissions rise in Clairton, Pennsylvania. A new poll shows warning signs for Republicans in Pennsylvania, one of the states most […]

Tess Torelli April 17, 2018

When President Donald Trump went to West Virginia this month to tout the Republican tax plan, his main political target in the state prodded the president on two major issues. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat running for re-election in a state Trump won easily in 2016, asked what would happen to West Virginia residents who […]

Tess Torelli April 17, 2018

Since Trump took office, though, Ryan has largely refrained from any criticism of the president. The House speaker said the president “absolutely” did not influence his decision to leave at the end of his current term. Ryan has said he merely wanted to spend more time with his family. The GOP is trying to hold […]

Tess Torelli April 17, 2018

Democrats, driven by an enthusiastic base opposed to many policies proposed by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, are pushing to flip 23 Republican seats and win the House majority in November. McCarthy said voters have a choice between the new GOP tax code and one pushed by Democrats, who may try to return some […]