Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByLisa Lerer Sept. 13, 2018 Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host. If you live in New York, you have until 9 p.m. to vote in the primary. Find your polling station here , and see live results here tonight . As I wrote on Day 1 of “On Politics,” we won’t be all-Trump-all-the-time, obsessing over each bit of noise. But sometimes, the president will say or do something that is worthy of … deeper review. Today is that day. As emergency responders braced for Hurricane Florence, President Trump decided to spend time disputing the death toll from another catastrophic storm. Mr. Trump stated (on Twitter, naturally) that 6 to 18 people died from Hurricane Maria last year, rejecting the Puerto Rican … [Read more...] about On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Florence and Maria
Major hurricanes can be devastating, and the government's response can mean life or death. That's why these storms can often make or break a president's career, and can even sway elections."The Weather Channel and the news channel just focus on these things 24/7. Even a Category 1 hurricane. So that means that anyone involved in the political process and the response process is going to be under the microscope, even for a small hurricane," said Patrick Michaels, a climatologist and director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Libertarian leaning Cato Institute.Poor preparation and response to a major storm can have devastating political consequences for presidents. In the fall of 2005, President George W. Bush saw his overall job approval ratings dip to around 40 percent — the lowest since his election — in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Bush and his administration received heavy criticism for what many saw as a lack of planning and a late response to the … [Read more...] about The Politics Of Hurricanes: Why Storms Can Make Or Break A Presidency
Swiss politician Pierre Maudet. Photo: Niels Ackermann Last year, Geneva politician Pierre Maudet was nearly voted in as one of Switzerland's seven presidents. On Thursday, he was forced to temporarily quit his role as Geneva president just months after landing the key job. So what happened? Who is Pierre Maudet? Until he caved to increasing political pressure and announced he would temporarily step aside on Thursday, Pierre Maudet was the president of the canton of Geneva with the small-business friendly, centrist Liberals party (FDP). A father of three, Maudet, who is known for his work ethic and charm, was a rising star of Swiss politics. His trajectory through the ranks of Geneva politics from city councillor to the canton's top job was nothing short of astronomical. Read also: Ten things you need to know about the Swiss political system Last year, he just missed out on becoming one of Switzerland's seven presidents, with Ignazio Cassis, the current foreign minister, … [Read more...] about Behind the headlines: How Switzerland’s political golden child fell from grace
close Video Tucker: Where are Dem leaders on progressive violence? Tucker: The left is moving from violent words to action. And why wouldn't they? Their heroes are encouraging it. #Tucker In the State of California, a man screaming obscenities about the president attacked Republican Congressional candidate Rudy Peters over the weekend. He tried to stab him with a switchblade. Meanwhile, here in Washington, police are investigating an angry progressive who apparently threatened to shoot Trump supporters at the Trump International Hotel. The man had a Twitter avatar promoting the Democratic Socialists of America. At the University of Southern Nevada, meanwhile, a sociology professor called Mark Bird apparently became so enraged by Trump that he showed up at school with a gun. He was going to stage some kind of protest. In the end, he shot only himself in the arm which may say more about his competence than about anything else. -- That story's sort of amusing. A … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson: When will Pelosi, Democratic leaders have the guts to speak up about political violence?
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — The political numbers look bad — very bad — for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans less than two months from the midterm elections. Or, in the succinct estimation of one veteran GOP strategist to NBC News, the House GOP is already "screwed." Several reputable polls released in the last week have placed Trump's approval rating below 40 percent, meaning there aren't many people outside his base who think he's doing a great job. Recent generic ballot surveys, which measure whether voters want Republicans or Democrats in control of Congress, have pointed to a Democratic advantage ranging from 10 points to 14 points. Polls in several individual House and Senate races in states where Trump romped to victory in 2016 show tight races. And Fox News polls in five Senate races in states where Trump won … [Read more...] about House GOP ‘screwed’ as bad political numbers pile on Trump