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January 18, 2017 3:47 PM The Daily 202: Lamar Alexander is dragging Betsy DeVos across the finish line to become secretary of education

THE BIG IDEA: No senator has done more to shield a Donald Trump cabinet pick from scrutiny and tough questions than Lamar Alexander has for Betsy DeVos. After postponing the secretary of education nominee’s hearing for a week, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (known as HELP) rescheduled it for last night at the very unusual 20

January 17, 2017 12:06 PM Poll: Trump draws low marks for transition, response to Russian hacking

After a tumultuous campaign and transition, President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office Friday as the least popular incoming president in at least four decades, but a majority of Americans nevertheless express optimism that he will be able to fulfill campaign pledges to boost the economy and deal with threats of terrorism, according to a Washington 23

January 17, 2017 8:15 AM Three Reasons John Lewis is Right That Trump Is Illegitimate

All praises go to John Lewis for becoming the first nationally recognized political figure to question the legitimacy of Donald Trump's Presidency. He will hopefully not be the last. Lewis dared to say out loud what millions of Americans have been thinking. Lewis--who studied at the American Baptist Theological Seminary; led the first Freedom Rides 14

January 17, 2017 5:24 AM These are the Dems not going to Trump's inauguration

Congressional Democrats may have accepted the outcome of the election by now, but that doesn't mean they have to like it. Since December, several House members said they would not attend Donald Trump's presidential inauguration Friday. The number of Democratic representatives multiplied after Trump's insulted John C. Lewis, the veteran House member and civil 21

January 16, 2017 9:03 PM For fan in chief Obama, a Chicago champion caps his own record run

The Obama presidential library might need a special wing for all the memorabilia sports teams have given him, but by his own assessment, no team has delivered the sort of mementos the Chicago Cubs did Monday. Among the tributes: a “midnight pardon” for a Chicago sports fan whose baseball loyalties are for that city’s other baseball team, the White Sox. Add to that a “44” tile from the historic 2

January 16, 2017 3:12 PM Trump team scolds John Lewis' ' deeply disappointing' Trump comments

Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Monday that he was “disappointed” to hear Rep. John Lewis call into question the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. And it is precisely because of Lewis’s stature as an icon of the civil rights movement that Pence and other Trump allies have said they were so taken aback by the congressman’s 17

January 16, 2017 1:57 AM Outgoing CIA chief rips into Trump on Russia threat

NEW YORK — The outgoing CIA director charged on Sunday that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump’s relations with American intelligence agencies. John Brennan’s pointed message on national television 20

January 15, 2017 9:18 PM Donald Trump, attack me on Twitter, please

Trump to John Lewis: All talk, no action Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @TheDeansreport. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)On Saturday, President-elect Trump went after civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis 19

January 15, 2017 2:52 PM Kremlin counts days to Trump's inauguration, blasts Obama

MOSCOW – Exulted by Donald Trump's victory in the U.S., the Kremlin is counting the days to his inauguration and venting its anger at Barack Obama's outgoing administration, no holds barred. Careful not to hurt chances for a thaw in U.S.-Russia relations, President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have deferred questions about their plans for future 15

January 14, 2017 10:51 PM Trump-Lewis feud could be harbinger of new round of hyper-partisanship

A public feud between Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) seemed to jettison any lingering hopes that the inauguration would temporarily ease partisanship in Washington and instead threatened to widen the rift between the two parties. Lewis’s assertion that Trump is not a “legitimate president” and his announcement that he would skip Friday’s inaugural 17