Could the Supreme Court remain a permanent victim of Washington gridlock?
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who famously led the charge that partially shut down the federal government in 2013, raised the specter of leaving an indefinite vacancy on the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
“There is long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices," Cruz told reporters while campaigning for a Senate candidate on Colorado. "Just recently, Justice [Stephen G.] Breyer observed that the vacancy is not impacting the ability of the court to do its job. That’s a debate that we are going to have.”
Earlier this month, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz sat before a CNN camera and invoked his 15-year-old daughter.
"Do you think I can look her in the eye and tell her that I endorsed Donald Trump for president when he acts like this," the Republican asked, referring to the 2005 recording of Trump boasting that, as a celebrity, he can grab women's bodies.
That was then. Chaffetz now says he will vote for Trump, though he is struggling with how to say it.
I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him. HRC is that bad. HRC is bad for the USA.
Donald Trump broached the issue of "urban renewal" with a fresh set of policy promises -- federal disaster funds for blighted neighborhoods, micro-loans for budding entrepreneurs and beefed-up law enforcement to protect the streets.
"Today I want to talk about how to grow the African American middle class and to provide a new deal for black America," he said. "Too many African Americans have been left behind. Massive numbers."
But what could have been a notable moment of serious outreach to voters in racially torn Charlotte became largely lost this week in the clutter of Trump’s unconventional campaign.
Suburban, staunchly Republican Utah was an unlikely place for a packed, late-October presidential campaign rally, humming with the air of suspense of an up-for-grabs race.
But in an election year defined by its improbability, this state has become a battleground, thanks to the candidate whom hundreds turned out to see last week in a high school gym: Evan McMullin, a little-known policy wonk turned political sensation who suddenly has a credible shot to win Utah’s six electoral votes.
Such a feat would make him the first candidate outside the two major parties to win a state in a presidential election since segregationist George Wallace in 1968. McMullin, though, is aiming for more than a spot in obscure political trivia. He has cast his campaign as the start of a “new conservative movement,” offering a glimpse of the post-election identity crisis that awaits the GOP.
A close aide to Bill Clinton said he arranged for $50 million in payments for the former president, part of a complicated mingling of lucrative business deals and charity work of the Clinton Foundation mapped out in a memo released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.
The report was written by Doug Band, who has transitioned from his job as a Clinton aide to a partner in Teneo Consulting, a firm whose client roster now includes some of the biggest companies in the world. Along the way, Band wrote, he also pushed his clients and contacts to donate millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and to help win business deals for Bill Clinton.
Band wrote the memo in November 2011 to John Podesta, now chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign, and sent copies to other key Clinton aides, apparently to explain and justify his work in the face of criticism from others in the Clinton orbit — notably Chelsea Clinton.