• Why Gold Star Parents Are a New Third Rail in Politics
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    For decades, politicians have feared that trimming Social Security benefits would be so deadly to their electoral future—they’d be electrocuted at the polls—that they haven’t made the tough choices needed to save it. Over the last several days, we’ve seen Gold Star parents—those Moms and Dads whose children have died in the nation’s wars—ascend to the same rarefied

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  • Buffett Rips Trump on Tax Returns, Bankruptcies during Rally
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    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett ripped into Republican Donald Trump Monday over his refusal to release tax returns, his business bankruptcies and his attack on a fallen soldier’s family, repeating a famous phrase from the McCarthy era, “have you no sense of decency, sir.”Buffett, campaigning on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, challenged Trump to meet him

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  • Trump Team Agreed to Crowd Size Despite Claim of Playing Politics, Columbus Fire Department Says
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    The Columbus Division of Fire is fighting back against Donald Trump's accusations that marshals were playing politics by limiting crowd size at his rally -- saying that Trump's people agreed to the capacity of the venue. Trump made a similar claim in Colorado Springs on Friday, where he accused the marshal of being a Clinton supporter and Democrat. The chief public information officer for the

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  • Essential Politics: Millions lifted for list magnitude campaigns
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    Tapping some high-profile donors, supporters of a California gun control initiative on the November ballot have a huge head start over opponents in campaign fundraising, according to financial reports filed Monday with the state.Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Safety for All Committee reported it has raised $3.8 million so far, compared with $467,000 raised by two committees opposing Propostion

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  • Want a summer internship in politics? Get a pursuit first.
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    With graduation on the horizon, Leah Goldman knew how she would spend the last summer of her college career: Interning.But she also knew something else: The likelihood of getting paid for her internship was slim to none, so she had to get a real job too. Advertisement “It’s just kind of become the norm,” said the Brandeis University student, who works two

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  • The Politics of Lena Dunham
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    Lena Dunham’s grandmother, Dorothy, died ten days before Lena spoke at the Democratic National Convention this past Tuesday. She was 96. Lena’s mother, the artist Laurie Simmons, told me about Dorothy. “My mother was a political junkie,” she said. “She always had the TV on, so I can’t help but think about how my parents would feel to not only see their granddaughter speaking

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  • Feds & politics: Remember a DDAOSATO order & you’re OK
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    Now that both of the major political parties have chosen their presidential candidates (sigh!) the next step is up to you. And you’ve got a lot of company, in the form of fellow feds and government retirees in your state. That could be important if it is one of those must-win, up for grabs states. States like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia. Those

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  • Essential Politics: And divided we go to a ubiquitous election
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    I’m Christina Bellantoni, and Essential Politics is here to kick off your week in politics. WEEKEND CAMPAIGNING WITH LESS THAN 100 DAYS TO GO Hillary Clinton set off on a three-day bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio after accepting the Democratic nomination, trying to drive a wedge between Donald Trump and the white, working-class voters he needs to

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  • Olympics? Brazilians are bustling with politics!
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    The Olympics start next Friday.  We trust that everything goes well, although there are many reasons to worry, from crime to infrastructure to even terrorism.  Let's hope that the accomplishments of the athletes, and nothing else, is the big story from Rio. On the political front, Brazilians are watching one amazing telenovela.  The latest is about Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former

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