Donald Trump’s candidacy raises novel ethics questions

If voters decide to hire billionaire Donald Trump as their president in 2016, they couldn’t actually fire him from the job he now holds. Federal law doesn’t explicitly prohibit President Trump from continuing to run the sprawling real-estate and brand-marketing empire that is the Trump Organization, federal ethics experts say. And the conflict-of-interest rules that bar Cabinet secretaries and other high-ranking executive […]


Israeli forces, Palestinians clash amid escalating violence in West Bank

BETHLEHEM, West Bank  — Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clashed across the West Bank on Tuesday as the Israeli military demolished the homes of two alleged Palestinian militants amid escalating violence that is threatening to turn into a full-scale uprising in the region. Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the latest clashes as Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, stun grenades and tear gas to disperse a crowd of […]


Microsoft has warmed my cold cynical heart with hot new hardware

The very concept of a Microsoft hardware event still feels weird to me. Software constitutes half of Microsoft’s name and most of its DNA, and yet today we were treated to a 110-minute presentation showing off Microsoft’s hardware-engineering acumen. And the whole thing was so breathlessly exciting that it felt more like 110 seconds. The most inspiring, intriguing, and frankly […]


Sweeping defense authorization bill advances in U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to limit debate on a $612 billion defense authorization bill, clearing the way for a vote on passage, although the measure’s future is clouded by a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over government spending policy. The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto the bill if it is passed in Congress because […]

UNITED STATES - APRIL 1: Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., leaves the Senate Republicans' policy lunch on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite Mass Shootings, Republicans Won’t Touch Gun Laws

Last week’s mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, was the 265th time that’s happened in the U.S. this year. It  came after the movie theater massacre in Lafayette, Louisiana, in July that left two dead and nine injured, which came after the mass shooting in  Charleston, South Carolina, in June that killed nine. There have been plenty of others. They just didn’t […]


Trade agreement could cause rift in political camps

An ambitious trade pact involving the United States and 11 other nations is a major victory for President Barack Obama but has the potential to create a rift among Democrats and cause friction with a key base of their political support, the nation’s labor unions. It will be weeks before the full scope of the agreement announced Monday is known, […]


NATO denounces Russia for violating Turkish airspace

In a signal of new tensions raised by Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria, NATO denounced Russia on Monday for “irresponsible behavior” after its warplanes violated Turkish airspace, and Turkey warned that any future aerial intruder would be treated like an enemy. Turkey, a NATO member, mentioned only one Russian intrusion over the weekend, but the military alliance said a second Russian […]


Reddit is launching its own news site called Upvoted

Reddit, the social aggregator countless publishers already crib news from, is starting its own news site. The new venture is called Upvoted, and when it launches tomorrow, will dig out interesting comments, pictures, videos, and other posts from Reddit itself, providing more context on their background through interviews with the Reddit users behind the stories. But while Reddit will be the source […]


Gun plan could help Clinton appeal to Sanders’ progressive base

Hillary Clinton’s pledge to take on gun manufacturers and unilaterally tighten background check laws sets up a contrast with Bernie Sanders on one of the few issues where she has a more liberal record. The Democratic front-runner’s proposal on gun control, which she rolled out the week after a mass shooting at an Oregon community college, could give her an issue […]


Could Congress Actually Pass New Gun Control Laws?

One telling sign of where the federal government stands on gun control in 2015 is that the plan Hillary Clinton rolled out on Monday describes what action she’d like Congress to take, and what she intends to do when those proposals go nowhere. “If Congress refuses to act to end this epidemic of gun violence, I’ll take administrative action to […]