Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 18, 2019, 6:40 PM GMT By Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending a county elections supervisor who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election. DeSantis announced Friday that he is replacing Palm Beach elections supervisor Susan Bucher, a former Democratic state representative who has held the position since 2008. Florida had recounts in three statewide races: governor, U.S. senate and agriculture commissioner. DeSantis says Bucher violated the law by not completing recounts by a state mandated deadline. He says her office was the "Keystone Cops" of elections administration and notes the county didn't finish recounts until 50 days after the election. DeSantis appointed lawyer Wendy Link to fill the position. The state Senate will have the final say in … [Read more...] about Florida’s Republican governor suspends elections supervisor in heavily Democratic county
POLITICS 01/18/2019 12:31 pm ET One candidate emerged from his 2018 loss as a potential 2020 presidential contender, while the other seems poised for another statewide run. Jon Ward One was a three-term congressman known for once playing in a punk band, riding a skateboard and giving an answer about structural racism that went viral. The other was the leader of her party in a Deep South state with a long history of racial discrimination who had spent years mobilizing people of color to register to vote and whose opponent was overseeing the election while erecting numerous obstacles to voting that disproportionately affected her supporters. If one of these résumés seems more impressive than the other, you’d be forgiven for wondering why Texas’s Beto O’Rourke, the politician with the decidedly thinner personal story, became a national sensation while Georgia’s Stacey Abrams did not. O’Rourke was the biggest political story of the 2018 … [Read more...] about Why Was Beto O’Rourke A National Phenomenon While Stacey Abrams Wasn’t?
Trump won two years ago while losing the popular vote. That’s a difficult trick that involved lucky flukes. His position has deteriorated since then, and his current numbers put him far closer to candidates like George McGovern, who took 38% of the vote in 1972, or Walter Mondale, who lost with 41% in 1984, than to the successful presidents who defeated them. … [Read more...] about Trump begins Year 3 in a deep hole
POLITICS 01/17/2019 05:09 pm ET Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Llp reached the settlement over its role in producing a 2012 report on the trial of Ukraine’s former prime minister. Reuters - Text WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A prominent New York law firm whose work for Ukraine came under scrutiny in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, acknowledging it should have registered as a foreign agent for that work and agreeing to turn over $4.6 million in fees, the Justice Department said on Thursday. The law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Llp, reached the settlement over its role in producing a 2012 report on the trial of Ukraine’s former prime minister. The Justice Department said a partner at Skadden Arps in 2012 and 2013 had provided “false and misleading” statements about its work on the report, masking the true nature of its client and how the law … [Read more...] about Skadden Law Firm, Linked To Manafort, Settles U.S. Foreign Agent Violations
Elections Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, acknowledged his involvement in a scheme to inflate online poll results for Trump in order to make it appear he had more political support. Richard Drew/AP hide caption toggle caption Richard Drew/AP Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, acknowledged his involvement in a scheme to inflate online poll results for Trump in order to make it appear he had more political support. Richard Drew/AP President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen acknowledged on Thursday that he schemed to rig online polls that sought to make Trump seem like a more plausible presidential candidate. The story was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. In a tweet following the report, Cohen said he sought to help Trump's political aspirations, having been directed by the candidate. National Security House Intel Chairman Schiff … [Read more...] about Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Cohen Acknowledges Scheme To Rig Polls In Presidential Race