How Her 3-Year-Old Daughter’s Death Convinced Barbara Bush to Be Pro-Choice: ‘The Toughest Issue for Me’

April 7, 2019

“What do I feel about abortion?” That’s what former First Lady Barbara Bush wrote to herself as her husband was on the campaign trail and as she thought through one of the thorniest political issues in America. Across “four ruled sheets of paper” that were later tucked away from public view, Bush worked out exactly why she was pro-choice and how the wrenching death of her 3-year-old daughter decades earlier…


What Does the President Do All Day? Revealing Leak of His Schedules Shows … It’s Not Really Clear

February 5, 2019

President Donald Trump has spent about 60 percent of his work day in undefined “executive time” since the midterms, according to a detailed and revealing look at his daily schedules leaked from inside the White House. The 51 days of schedules, covering much of November up to Feb. 1 and published by the political news website Axios on Sunday, do not capture absolutely everything the president does in a given…


Art Smith Dishes on What It’s Like to Cook for Michelle Obama During Her Book Tour

January 30, 2019

Chef Art Smith has cooked for four presidents throughout his career, and now he’s on the road serving up delicious meals for former First Lady Michelle Obama. Smith is traveling with Mrs. Obama for her Becoming book tour after first meeting years ago through an introduction facilitated by Oprah Winfrey. (Smith worked as the media mogul’s personal chef for many years.) “She’s this mega-force at the moment,” Smith says of…


Nancy Pelosi’s State of the Union power play presents a unique dilemma to the president

January 19, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) knew that withdrawing an invitation to address the nation from Capitol Hill would crawl under President Donald Trump’s skin and irritate him in ways that nothing else might. So she did it. Earlier this week, citing security concerns raised by the ongoing shutdown of the federal government, Pelosi sent a letter to the White House suggesting that the president reschedule his 2019 State of the Union…


Immigrants Are Fed Up With the “Heartless” Ways the Government Is Vilifying Them for Using Public Benefits

December 14, 2018

As a Vietnamese refugee who came to the US with her family at the age of 5, Thu Quach understands firsthand how much of a lifeline food stamps and other government aid can be for new immigrants. “When we came to San Francisco, we had nothing,” she recalls. “We couldn’t even fill a suitcase.”  So as soon as she heard that the Trump administration wanted to expand the public charge rule—which…


Democrats Think They Can Flip Three Districts in California’s Heartland. But Will Latino Voters Get to the Polls?

October 13, 2018

Pedro Ramirez, a get-out-the-vote organizer in California’s Central Valley, has a grudge. And his anger is part of a potent force that could bounce as many as three Trump-aligned Republicans from the US House during next month’s midterm elections—if it can overcome the region’s deep political inertia. Ramirez’s beef started just over a decade ago, when he was a high school senior in Tulare County. In 2007, he was invited…


An Old Anti-Irish Law Is at the Heart of Trump’s Plan to Reshape Legal Immigration

September 9, 2018

Boston’s 1845 census grouped the home countries of the city’s indigent into three buckets: the United States, Ireland, and everywhere else. Massachusetts Protestants attacked Irish immigrants for draining public resources. The state’s solution was to turn back and deport people it considered likely to become “public charges.” That same strategy is now at the center of the Trump administration’s attempt to reshape legal immigration in the United States. US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that…


A new wave of progressive candidates is changing how we talk about environmental justice

September 2, 2018

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district, she did so while running on a progressive platform centering on a host of issues including a deep-seated commitment to environmental justice. On her website, the 28-year-old calls climate change “the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization” in a…


Meet the gringo who wants to abolish ICE, establish Medicare For All, and represent Little Havana

August 27, 2018

MIAMI, FLORIDA —In a strip mall two blocks from Calle Ocho in Little Havana, a gringo is preparing to flip a seat held by a Republican for nearly 30 years. David Richardson has represented parts of the district since 2012, when he made history by becoming the first elected openly gay member to serve in the state legislature. In Florida’s Aug. 28th primary, he is running for a seat in the…


Sarah Palin Claims ‘Evil’ Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Her into an Interview by Posing as a Disabled Vet

July 17, 2018

Sarah Palin claims she was unwittingly interviewed by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for his upcoming Showtime series, Who Is America?, after he “duped” her into believing he was a disabled U.S. veteran. In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate wrote, “Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now? I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim…