Author: Tamara Keith

Hillary Clinton Is ‘Done,’ But Not Going Away

NPR Hillary Clinton at the Glazier Arboretum Park, where she often likes to hike, in Chappaqua, N.Y.Adrienne Grunwald for NPR Hillary Clinton’s final campaign for office ended in a shocking defeat. But she isn’t going quietly into the night. “I think the country’s at risk, and I’m trying to sound the alarm so more people will at least pay attention,” Clinton told NPR. That said, her career as a candidate is over. “I’m done. I’m not running for office,” Clinton said. But for those, including Democrats, who would like her to just go away? “Well, they’re going to be...

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Meet President Trump’s Outside Legal Team

NPR Marc Kasowitz, attorney for President Trump, departs after speaking at the National Press Club on June 8, responding to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Win McNamee/Getty Images President Trump has brought on an eclectic team of outside lawyers to help him navigate the various investigations into Russian meddling in the election. At least six congressional committees are investigating. And, in addition to activities around the election, special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly now also looking into possible obstruction of justice by the president. If you asked a Washington insider to come up...

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Trump Deals In Saudi Arabia May Ultimately Be Less Than Advertised

NPR President Trump and Saudi King Salam participate in a signing ceremony at the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20. Evan Vucci/AP President Trump and Saudi King Salman sat side by side in the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and watched as agreement after agreement was signed by Saudi officials and American CEOs. The signing ceremony lasted 22 minutes. “Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments [into] the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs,'” President Trump raved to reporters a short time later. A State Department official says the agreements are worth $380...

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Trump Warns In ‘Art Of The Deal’: ‘Deliver The Goods’ Or Lose In A ‘Landslide’

NPR Donald Trump holds up his book The Art of the Deal at a campaign stop in November 2015 in Birmingham, Ala. Eric Schultz/AP The negotiator-in-chief couldn’t seal the deal. President Trump, the former businessman who has never been shy about touting his negotiating skills, has for several weeks been involved in a high-profile negotiation and persuasion effort with members of his own party in an effort to pass the American Health Care Act. That effort failed. But this is how Trump sold himself. “All those politicians in Washington, and not one good negotiator,” he bemoaned in August 2011....

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Why Eliminating Government Agencies Is A Lot Easier Said Than Done

President Donald Trump looks over towards Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, left, after signing his “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch” executive order. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP President Trump’s budget blueprint calls for eliminating dozens of government programs and zeroing out funding for 19 independent agencies. And that may only be a preview of things to come as the Trump administration seeks to reorganize the executive branch. On Monday, Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch,” which calls for the director of the Office of Management and Budget to consult with agency heads and within a year develop a plan for improving government efficiency. In the language of the executive order, that plan “shall include, as appropriate, recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs, and to merge functions.” This order has some speculating it may be part of top Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s mission to deconstruct the administrative state. Though, Trump is hardly the first president to call for streamlining the government. Obama In June 2011, former President Obama signed an executive order titled: “Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government.” That’s phrasing Trump echoed as he signed his own order earlier this week. “This executive order is another major step toward making the federal government efficient, effective and accountable to the people,” Trump said as cameras clicked...

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White House Says It Won't Comment On Trump's 'Wire Tapping' Tweets

Enlarge this image President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) listen on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pool/Getty Images More than 24 hours after President Trump tweeted, without any evidence, charges that his predecessor wire tapped his phones, the White House has put out a statement. But it too provides no proof for the president’s claims, and ends with a pledge not to comment further. In a statement, White House press secretary Sean Spicer says “reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.” It’s not clear what reports he is referring to or what prompted President Trump’s explosive charges on Saturday. The White House went radio silent for the entire day following Trump’s early Saturday morning tweetstorm, not providing evidence or an explanation for the claims the president made. In the Sunday morning statement, Spicer goes on to say “President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.” The House and Senate intelligence committees are both headed by...

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In Leaked Remarks, Hillary Clinton Explains Putin’s ‘Beef’ With Her

Matt Rourke/AP Hillary Clinton has kept a low profile since losing the election to Donald Trump, but at a private event before donors Thursday night, she blamed her loss, in part, on “some unprecedented factors” — namely Russian hacking and the letter about the investigation into her email server released by FBI Director James Comey days before the election. “Vladimir Putin himself directed the covert cyber attacks against our electoral system, against our democracy, apparently because he has a personal beef against me,” Clinton said, per audio obtained by the New York Times. The event, for campaign donors, was closed to the press. In the remarks, Clinton ties, the “beef” to the country’s parliamentary elections in 2011, which as secretary of state, Clinton said were “unfair, not free, illegitimate.” Around the time of those elections, Russian citizens took to the streets to protest Putin’s power grab. “Putin publicly blamed me for the outpouring of outrage by his own people,” Clinton said. “And that is the direct line between what he said back then and what he did in this election.” These were Clinton’s most extensive remarks to date about the Russian hacking, how it may have related to her electoral loss and the origins of what NBC termed as Putin’s “vendetta” against Clinton. Clinton has previously blamed the FBI, in part, for her loss. Her campaign staff also has...

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Bitterness Overwhelms As Trump And Clinton Campaign Staffers Face-Off At Harvard

Charles Krupa/AP There were moments when watching the Trump and Clinton campaigns discuss the election at the Campaign Managers Conference at the Harvard Institute of Politics was like watching The Jerry Springer Show without the chair-throwing (or paternity disputes). The 2016 campaign was an ugly, knock-down, drag-out fight between two different visions of America. So it was fitting that the typically polite and clinical quadrennial gathering of campaign professionals would erupt into shouting matches and accusations raw with emotion. As Harvard’s Nicco Mele regularly reminded the political operatives, journalists and students in the audience, the event was intended to take down “a first draft of history and we are trying to capture what happened here for generations to come.” For the final panel of the day, senior operatives from the Trump and Clinton campaigns sat across from each other around a big rectangular formation of tables. There were moments when it seemed like a very good thing that 10 feet separated them. Earlier in the day there was a sense of good humor and mutual respect between the various campaigns (more than a dozen were represented). But with the Trump and Clinton teams face to face, and with the weight of history being written, it turned ugly fast. Here are some key moments: Throughout the conference there was a lot of discussion of Donald Trump’s controversies and flare-ups. Trump’s...

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