Author: Eugene Scott

President Trump wanted consequences for NFL players who protest racism before games. Today he got them.

When President Trump was stumping during the 2017 Alabama Senate race, he reignited a controversy that had mostly fallen out of the headlines by saying NFL owners should not allow players to protest the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired,” the president said to roaring applause in Huntsville, Ala. Those NFL players may not have been fired for their protests as Trump suggested. But the commander in chief may ultimately have gotten what he wanted:...

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Every lawmaker appears to want to rewrite Congress’ workplace harassment policies except GOP men

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), flanked by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.), talks to reporters at the Capitol on April 17. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Female lawmakers have been at the forefront of the push to revamp Congress’s sexual harassment policies. This has prompted some action, but not to the extent that some may deem appropriate or necessary. All 22 female U.S. senators have expressed “deep disappointment” at their chamber’s delay in approving changes to the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, which governs employee complaints in the legislative branch, my colleague Elise Viebeck previously reported. Members of the #MeToo movement...

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Cory Booker grills Mike Pompeo on whether he believes being gay is a ‘perversion’

After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, Mike Pompeo, the president’s nominee to head the State Department, called the decision “wrong” and “a shocking abuse of power.” In a statement condemning the decision, the then congressman said: “I am deeply saddened by the Supreme Court’s ruling that imposes legalized gay marriage on the 70 percent of Kansans who voted to honor and protect the traditional definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman. It is a shocking abuse of power. It is wrong. I will continue to fight to protect our most sacred institutions.” Now that President...

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Rick Saccone’s accusation that the left hates God may be more alienating than compelling

Some conservatives like to paint the Democratic Party as being hostile to religion. And Republican House candidate Rick Saccone, who appears to have narrowly lost his race Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, is one of the latest to do so. Saccone, a state representative, is not new to religious issues. Pennsylvania public school districts would be required to post “In God We Trust” in every school building under legislation sponsored by Saccone. Saccone’s bill passed the state House Education Committee on Wednesday by a 14-to-9 vote, with only one Democrat and one Republican crossing party lines. Saccone, a Baptist,...

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Trump prays for God to ‘raise up’ another Billy Graham following the evangelical leader’s death

Lawmakers and their staffs from both sides of the aisle filled the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday morning to pay their respects to the late Rev. Billy Graham, widely viewed as the most influential pastor in American politics. Graham drew wide acclaim by traveling the world and hosting crusades where he shared the teachings of Jesus Christ. But in Washington, he was perhaps known as much for his loyalty to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal and visiting George H.W. Bush the night the United States and its allies launched an air attack on Iraq, as he is for helping Lyndon B....

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Trump lashes out at Oprah Winfrey on Twitter, calling her ‘insecure’

[embedded content] After an early morning tweetstorm on Sunday, President Trump took to Twitter again later that night, this time lashing out a potential 2020 rival: Oprah Winfrey. “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!” the president tweeted. Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60...

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As list of Trump White House scandals grows, so does women’s disapproval

President Trump wished former White House aide Rob Porter “a wonderful career” on Feb. 9, saying Porter “says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that.” (The Washington Post) As the number of scandals in the White House racks up, with accusations that now-former top aide Rob Porter abused his ex-wives being the latest, some women who voted for President Trump are walking away from him. On Friday, Trump defended Porter, saying, “He did a very good job while he was in the White House.” “We found out about [the allegations from Porter’s ex-wives] recently, and I was surprised by...

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Trump once regularly praised law enforcement. He now regularly criticizes the FBI.

As the Russia investigation intensifies, President Trump has fluctuated his stance on the FBI’s credibility and independence. (Joyce Koh/The Washington Post) Throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump positioned himself as a great defender of law enforcement — particularly against those critical of the community. In the moments after he became president, Trump promised in his inaugural address that the nation would always be safe. “There should be no fear: We are protected, and we will always be protected. . . . We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected...

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