Why Acosta absolutely had to go

(CNN)Sometimes no deal is better than a bad deal. That is perhaps one of the most important lessons that now former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta should absorb as his career appears to be crashing and burning in the wake of the “Lolita Express,” the nickname accorded to Jeffrey Epstein’s now-infamous corporate jet. The reason is that pedophiles are well known to be repeat offenders. Acosta was an experienced enough prosecutor back then to know that any guilty plea likely to put a pedophile back in circulation where he can damage the lives of even more innocent children is most probably a very bad deal. It is also the kind of plea destined to rebound and destroy the prosecutor’s own reputation …

The ‘special relationship’ between the UK and US is crumbling

(CNN)There is an old joke that in Washington “the definition of a gaffe is telling the truth in public.” This is hardly news. Authors Bob Woodward and Michael Wolff have comprehensively covered the dysfunction at the Trump White House in their best-selling books. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook That was all a long time ago. And that kind of partnership today seems as distant as the presidency of Donald Trump is from the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Correction: An earlier version of this article referred to Boris Johnson as the UK foreign secretary. He formerly held that post. Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Sarah Sanders’ past won’t haunt her in Arkansas

(CNN)There’s nothing quite like the White House, but there’s no place like home for departing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. After more than three years with President Donald Trump, Sanders is leaving Washington to go back home to Arkansas. If the President has his way, Sanders will be the next governor of her state. Look, I’ve known Sanders for 15 years. I saw her grow up in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion when her father, Mike Huckabee, was governor. I’ve worked with her on his presidential campaigns. I can tell you that if anyone were going to make history by being the first female governor of Arkansas, it would be Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (And if any two were going to …

Mueller leaves Pelosi no choice on impeachment

(CNN)If you follow Robert Mueller’s words, offered in a surprise speech to the Justice Department press corps Wednesday, they lead to one conclusion: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no choice but to begin the process of impeaching President Donald Trump. The basis for impeachment can be found in Volume 2 of the special counsel’s report, which outlined 11 ways in which investigators probed whether Trump hindered Mueller’s work and intentionally obstructed justice. That Trump wasn’t indicted was a matter not of the evidence but of Department of Justice policy, which prohibits prosecuting a president. “Charging the president with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider,” explained Mueller. Answering questions hours after Mueller spoke, Pelosi said “nothing is …

The only way Biden can win the presidency

(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden officially launched his presidential campaign in Philadelphia on Saturday. Presenting himself as the antidote to President Donald Trump, Biden promised that he would unite and bring the nation together again. “I am running to offer our country — Democrats, Republicans and independents — a different path,” he said. One of the biggest and most important developments in recent American politics has been the extreme rightward shift of the Republican Party. When Biden talks about the possibility of bipartisanship in the near future, he ignores the extremism that has been front and center in recent years. While some observers still like to talk about extremism on “both sides” of the political aisle, the shift has been …

Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment remarks were laughable

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laughable announcement this week that she lacked enthusiasm for impeaching President Donald Trump ignored three things: the wishes of several vocal members in her conference, the bloodthirstiness of her party’s base and the credibility of Adam Schiff. Her political instinct is correct — impeaching a president is divisive and could backfire, as it did on Republicans after the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Pelosi’s conference defies her all the time. True to form, the goat rodeo continued this week as several broke with her on impeachment. Impeachment is “not a matter of whether, it’s a matter of when,” Rep. John Yarmuth, chairman of the Budget Committee, said. “That doesn’t mean we’re voting on it,” said …

Mount Rushmore isn’t changing just yet

(CNN)“I didn’t need to do this.” Trump began the week with an appearance in El Paso, Texas, fighting it out with Beto O’Rourke in dueling rallies offering opposite visions for the future of the border — and where Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin assessed that the President was soundly upstaged as “irrelevant” and “incoherent.” But Trump wasn’t the only one deserving of blame as Washington narrowly averted another shutdown, argued Michelle García: “Rather than bring an end to border security fights, Democrats may have signed on to a never-ending battle” by agreeing to new security funding and giving new life to the GOP’s focus on it. Stop throwing stones Inclusiveness also became a partisan battleground this week as David Perry …

Governors: States are where the action is

(CNN)About half of Americans say they are starting off the new year with firm resolutions for improving their lives. Many of our states are off to a fresh beginning, too, with much the same goal in sight. By the end of the month, 21 new governors will have been inaugurated across the country, joining Alaska’s Mike Dunleavy, who was sworn in at the start of December. That’s because the states are the engines of change in our democracy. While it may be the worst of times in Washington, with unprecedented political infighting and gridlock, it’s truly the best of times in the states. Citizens are involved, communities are resurgent, and progress is accelerating. Congratulations to each of our fellow outgoing …