Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Julie Pace and Catherine Lucey Associated Press February 05, 2019 WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject ‘‘the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.’’ He warned emboldened Democrats that ‘‘ridiculous partisan investigations’’ into his administration and businesses could hamper a surging American economy.Trump’s appeals for bipartisanship in his State of the Union address clashed with the rancorous atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation’s capital — as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his agenda during his next two years in office. Their opposition was on vivid display as Democratic congresswomen in the audience formed a sea of white in a nod to early 20th-century … [Read more...] about In 2019 State of the Union, Trump claims ‘ridiculous partisan’ probes may upset economic progress
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Robert Mitchell, The Washington Post Published 8:13 am PST, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 The president stepped into uncharted territory as he prepared to address Congress. It was Jan. 8, 1790, the dawn of a new era of politics and government in the United States. George Washington, the first president of the new nation, had arrived by carriage at Federal Hall in New York, the temporary capital, to deliver a speech to the First Congress. The powers and responsibilities of the office held by Washington remained in significant ways undefined in the early years of the Republic. There was "an elected president," author Fergus M. Bordewich has written,"but little agreement on what his job entailed." There was even uncertainty about decorum. Congress wrangled over the title for the chief executive - with Vice President John Adams favoring aristocratic-sounding titles such as "His Highness" or "His High Mightiness," according to Bordewich - before agreeing to address him simply as … [Read more...] about George Washington’s first State of the Union address: Little pomp and no applause lines
PHILADELPHIA — A powerful union boss who has held a tight grip on construction jobs and politics in the Philadelphia region and beyond has been indicted in an FBI probe along with a city councilman and at least six others. Federal prosecutors say Johnny "Doc" Dougherty (DAHK'-ur-tee) used union funds as "his own personal bank account." Dougherty leads the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, along with the city's Building Trades Council. He has been at the helm of the century-old electricians union for 25 years. Dougherty is credited with helping Mayor Jim Kenney win office in 2015, the same year his brother, Kevin Dougherty, won a seat on the state Supreme Court. City councilman Bobby Henon is also charged. During the long-running investigation, Dougherty has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer had no immediate comment. … [Read more...] about Feds indict powerful Philly union boss, councilman, others
Left to right: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Nearly a year before the 2020 presidential primaries formally begin, more women than ever from a major political party have announced their candidacy or formed an exploratory committee. Four of the nine Democrats who have thrown their hat in the ring for their party’s nomination are women. And yet more may join. “We’ve never seen this before, this is part of the revolution of women, of political progress,” said Debbie Walsh, director of Rutgers University's Center for American Women in Politics. “We’ve never had multiple women like this, running on one side. In the Democratic primary debates, the stage is going to look different.” Two members of Congress -- Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii -- have formally launched campaigns. Two others, Sen. … [Read more...] about Historic number of women aim for Madam President; experts credit #MeToo, recruitment efforts
Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville, Associated Press Updated 2:06 pm CST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 FILE - This Jan. 25, 1988 file photo shows President Ronald Reagan holding up 14-pound continuing resolution for the budget, part of a total package weighing 43-pounds, which the president said was two months late from Congress, during his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. Vice President George H.W. Bush, left, and House Speaker James Wright of Texas listen behind him. less FILE - This Jan. 25, 1988 file photo shows President Ronald Reagan holding up 14-pound continuing resolution for the budget, part of a total package weighing 43-pounds, which the president said was two months ... more Photo: Bob Daugherty, AP Photo: Bob Daugherty, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close … [Read more...] about Does Trump have to give a State of the Union speech? No.