Politics

Attacking Critics, Trump Commemorates Columbus Day

By: Vanessa Sam

By Vanessa SamPresident Donald Trump took aim at Christopher Columbus’ critics in a proclamation Monday for the annual Columbus Day holiday. The explorer first set foot in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492, but his legacy is hotly debated. This summer, protesters demolished monuments representing him: Chicago authorities temporarily removed...

Business Lessons in the War of the Presidential Ad Campaigns

By: Erik Sherman

By Erik ShermanA mix of political consultants, professional marketers, and seemingly endless ads burned through billions of dollars and steered the outcome of the presidential election. And experts say the advertising they produced and deployed—not “foreign interference” or “conspiracy theories”—are what really made a difference. C-suites everywhere take notice: The...

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Got Big Social Media Boost from Indian Troll Farms

By: Siddharthya Roy

By Siddharthya RoyMUMBAI, India — Joe Biden’s Twitter account got a sizable boost beginning in August from tens of thousands of fake followers purchased on the open market from troll farms in rural India, an investigation has found. Within two weeks of Biden selecting Kamala Harris as his running mate on August...

Trump Campaign Could Run Out Of Money Before Election Day

By: Erik Sherman

By Erik ShermanDonald Trump’s re-election campaign is burning cash so fast that it might run out of money before Election Day, a Zenger News analysis of Federal Election Commission data concluded. Joe Biden’s campaign, however, would have enough money to keep going for more than four years. As of September...

Trump Short on Vow to Eliminate National Debt

By: Paul Brandus

By Paul Brandus WASHINGTON — America’s national debt is larger than the economy itself. A key pledge Donald Trump made in his 2016 campaign was that he would eliminate the entire national debt in eight years. Not deficit—the difference between what the federal government spends and brings in each year—but...

After His Bout With the Disease, Trump Defends Coronavirus Handling

By: Kevin Briscoe

By Kevin BriscoePresident Donald Trump’s final debate appearance Thursday started out restrained, but likely not from the president’s recent case of Covid-19, which led to the cancellation of the second of three planned debates between the Republican president and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the...

Gloves Come Off as Trump, Biden Talk Foreign Policy

By: K.B. Mensah

By K.B. MensahThe final presidential debate on Thursday saw both candidates being grilled on allegations that they may have been compromised by foreign entities, as well as their ability to stand up to them. Both former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump used the topic of national security...

Road Stories: Tens of Thousands Descend on D.C. for “Million MAGA March”

By: Ford Fischer

By Ford FischerWASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of supporters of Donald Trump gathered Saturday in Washington, D.C. for a “Million MAGA March” to encourage the president not to concede the 2020 election to Joe Biden. “Stop the steal!” the pro-Trump coalition chanted as they assembled at the Supreme Court. While...

Harris, Pence Spar Over Economy, Tax Cuts and Green New Deal

By: David Dudley

By David DudleyThe president’s income taxes, the employment effects of a Green New Deal, Sen. Kamala Harris faced off with Vice President Mike Pence on the economy as part of their vice presidential debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. While Wednesday’s debate was the only time...

Debate Night in America: Pence, Harris Square Off in High-Stakes Battle

By: Allison Gualtieri

By Allison GualtieriPartisan sniping led off Wednesday’s vice presidential debate and never subsided, with Sen. Kamala Harris insisting that “210,000 dead bodies” of Americans killed in the Covid-19 pandemic are an indictment of the Trump administration and Vice President Mike Pence countering that Joe Biden’s plan largely plagiarizes the one...

‘Divine Nine’ Will Be Watching Kamala Harris During VP Debate

By: Cynthia Yeldell Anderson

By Cynthia Yeldell AndersonSome of the Americans watching Kamala Harris’s performance at Wednesday’s vice presidential debate with the greatest intensity are organizers, alumni and alumnae of the Divine Nine, a collection of African American fraternities and sororities that have played an enormous role in the political life of the United...

VP hopeful Kamala Harris isn’t making history, she’s fighting it

By: Caitlin Yilek

By Caitlin YilekAs Sen. Kamala Harris debates Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City on Wednesday—the first African American woman and the first Indian-American of either sex to be nominated for the vice presidency by a major party—the claim of making history is front and center. But is the...

Trump Toll: Rising Covid-19 Cases in the White House as Staffers Fall Ill

By: Paul Brandus

By Paul BrandusPresident Donald Trump is back where he wants to be—the White House—even as the growing number of staffers and reporters who have tested positive for the coronavirus threatened to turn the executive mansion into an 18-acre petri dish. Even before Trump emerged from Marine One after it touched...