GOP lawmakers walk the line between defying Trump and alienating their base

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) believes some of President Trump’s recent threats against the media run contrary to the Bill of Rights. Unlike some Republican senators, you won’t hear him question Trump’s character or fitness for office as a result. But Lankford has not shied away from pointing out, if sometimes indirectly, where he and Trump diverge. “I see that as […]

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E.U. may levy heavy fines against member states who defy directives on migrants

In a blatant slap at the European Union’s authority, Hungary’s Supreme Court on Tuesday paved the way for a referendum defying an E.U. order to resettle tens of thousands of migrants among member states. The proposed popular vote has long been pushed by Viktor Orban, Hungary’s hard-line prime minister, whose outspoken anti-immigrant platform and distaste for E.U. leadership is well […]

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Could Ryan defy White House history?

No House Speaker has ever been elected president except James Polk in 1844, who had left the Speakership by then to serve as Tennessee’s governor. That history suggests the odds against Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) being elected president are high. Indeed, many believed he closed the door on any future White House bid once he decided to run for Speaker last month. Ryan is now the head of […]

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