Omarosa Manigault spars with black journalist convention panel

Omarosa Manigault spars with black journalist convention panel
Washington (CNN)White House aide Omarosa Manigault's chilly reception on a panel at a convention for black journalists Friday spiraled into a screaming match following questions about President Donald Trump's views on police brutality.Gordon pressed Manigault about her role as director of communications for the White House's Office of Public Liaison and her views on the current state of the criminal justice system. Manigault began by talking about the deaths of her father and brother at the hands of violence

Venezuela calls Trump’s warning of possible military action a ‘crazy act’

Venezuela calls Trump’s warning of possible military action a ‘crazy act’
(CNN)US President Donald Trump would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, he told reporters Friday. "This is our neighbor," he added. "You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary." Venezuelan

Trump warns North Korea against making ‘overt’ threats

Trump warns North Korea against making ‘overt’ threats
(CNN)US President Donald Trump called the leader of China and spoke with the governor of Guam on Friday amid mounting tensions with North Korea. Trump also said he is considering "very strong" new sanctions against Pyongyang.Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, on the US territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles, said he spoke with Trump and chief of staff John Kelly, and he posted audio of the call on Facebook.Foreign

Unscripted Trump takes on tough questions

Unscripted Trump takes on tough questions
Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN)The President's two unscripted appearances before the press here Thursday revealed a commander in chief with a well of pent up opinions looking for an escape.In Washington, the President has been loathe to engage in public with reporters. He departed the White House last week having held fewer solo news conferences than any of his recent predecessors. Former President Barack Obama, he said, didn't want to talk about North Korea."But I talk. It's about time," he

Trump’s ad-libbed North Korean missile crisis

Trump’s ad-libbed North Korean missile crisis
(CNN)President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation -- largely due to both men's propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership.One day after Trump fired off a blistering and improvised warning to rain "fire and fury" over the communist state if it kept up its own threats, North Korea issued an unusually specific and provocative warning, threatening to

Trump’s credibility crisis goes nuclear

Trump’s credibility crisis goes nuclear
(CNN)With his jaw set and his arms crossed, Donald Trump delivered the most incendiary public threat by an American president in many decades.From political, diplomatic, and historical perspectives, Trump's threat, delivered from his golf club in New Jersey, was an extraordinary moment and shattered years of national security conventions in apparently threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to an adversary's rhetoric -- rather than an existential threat to US security.Given the position of power and influence the United

Trump at 200 days: Declining approval amid widespread mistrust

Trump at 200 days: Declining approval amid widespread mistrust
(CNN)Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump's overall approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN polling, while three-quarters of Americans say they can't trust most of what they hear from the White House.Enthusiasm breaks against Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. Nearly half in the new poll say they strongly disapprove of Trump's handling of the job (47%), while just a quarter say they feel strongly positive about Trump's performance (24%).

Lawmakers, LGBTQ groups divided over transgender military service

Lawmakers, LGBTQ groups divided over transgender military service
Washington (CNN)Less than a month into the six-month delay set by Defense Secretary James Mattis to review the United States military's policy on transgender service members, President Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to enlist or serve in the military.The transgender military ban, as well as Rep. Vicky Hartzler's failed controversial amendment to cut funding for transgender service members' medical treatments, has sparked renewed debate over transgender personnel serving in the US military. Ash

Conservatives lobbied White House on transgender policy but total ban wasn’t what they asked for

Conservatives lobbied White House on transgender policy but total ban wasn’t what they asked for
(CNN)Republicans on Capitol Hill are scrambling to respond to President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday to reinstitute a ban on transgender people serving in the military after conservatives who lobbied the White House say they were pushing only to prevent the Pentagon from paying for medical costs associated with gender confirmation -- not an outright ban. House Republican leaders knew the White House was already looking to change policy related to transgender people, but only as it relates to how

The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?

The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?
(CNN)The plan is out and the verdict is in. Progressives are greeting the Democratic congressional leadership's new economic agenda with cautious optimism, choosing to highlight notes of common cause -- and mostly play down the now familiar divisions -- as the party begins a fresh play to rebrand itself ahead of the coming midterm election. But the question for national Democrats in this chaotic moment is less about policy -- an ongoing debate that both invigorates and threatens to

The dramatic return of John McCain

The dramatic return of John McCain
(CNN)It will take more than a devastating diagnosis to keep John McCain out of the heat of political battle.McCain's return comes as he considers treatment options for the latest fight of a lifetime of military heroism and political combat that has made him one of America's most enduring public figures.

Why is everyone talking about Russian adoptions?

Why is everyone talking about Russian adoptions?
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an encounter not initially disclosed on the sidelines of an international summit this month. One of the topics, according to Trump? Russian adoptions.So why are adoptions of Russian children by US parents, which are currently banned, such a hot topic of conversation for Russian officials and representatives?