Lessons from Obama’s tan suit 5th anniversary

Washington (CNN)It’s been five years since then-President Barack Obama gave a news conference at the White House and announced “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS in Syria. It was a serious and consequential development, which, Obama added, he hoped to remedy shortly by meeting with his military and national security advisers. The crux of the issue was the shock of seeing Obama stepping out on his normal, traditional blue or gray suits that it caused such a divisive disturbance in America’s normal sartorial acceptance of the President’s choices. New York Rep. Peter King zeroed in on it during a CNN appearance at the time, saying it made the country look less serious about taking on ISIS. “(Obama) …

Owner of SoulCycle and the Miami Dolphins faces outrage and calls for boycott over Trump fundraiser

(CNN)The billionaire owner of Equinox is planning a high-dollar Hamptons fundraiser for President Donald Trump, leading to calls for a boycott of the luxury gym and its associated businesses SoulCycle and Blink Fitness. “Sorry @soulcycle … you can’t peddle ‘inspiration’ in your classes and have an owner funding hate and racism in the back room,” actor Conrad Ricamora wrote. “Byyyeeeeeeeeeee.” Ross responded in a statement to CNN, saying that “I have always been an active participant in the democratic process. … I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions. … I have been, and will continue to …

Robert Mueller tells Congress his report did not exonerate Trump

(CNN)Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that his investigation did not “totally exonerate” President Donald Trump as the President has claimed. After weeks of negotiations, twists and turns over Mueller’s appearance and a pair of subpoenas, the former special counsel is now answering questions about his probe for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee, and will appear at noon ET before the House Intelligence Committee. The former special counsel’s testimony is the closest thing to a make-or-break moment as it gets for Democrats in their investigations into the President. It’s a potential turning point for the House Democratic impeachment caucus that’s banking Mueller can reset the conversation about the special counsel investigation and convince the …

Donald Trump met with Twitter’s CEO

Can you picture a scenario in which Oreo cookies are discussed at a House Financial Services Committee hearing? No? That’s OK. No need to imagine hypotheticals, because as it turns out, on Tuesday HUD Secretary Ben Carson name-dropped the popular Nabisco sandwich cookie on the stand. He accidentally mixed Oreo cookies up with REO, a common real estate term. Casual! After California Congresswoman Katie Porter asked Carson to explain a disparity in REO rates, she took the time to confirm that he actually knew what REO stood for. And it’s a good thing she double checked, because Carson most certainly did not know. pic.twitter.com/GPsOCgQDxT — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 21, 2019 After the hearing, Carson tried to recover from the …

Elizabeth Warren’s first law review article blasted an anti-busing court ruling

Washington (CNN)The most dramatic showdown during the first Democratic debate was between Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden over his decades-long opposition to desegregation busing. At the time, busing was a highly unpopular policy in the US. Public polling in the mid-1970s found about three-quarters of Americans opposed it. Warren’s communications director Kristen Orthman told CNN that Warren stood by the article today and supported the Strength in Diversity Act, a bill which would “support voluntary local efforts to increase racial diversity and socioeconomic diversity.” “In addition, if localities are not taking action to desegregate schools, Elizabeth believes the federal government has a constitutional obligation to step in to deliver on the promise of Brown v. Board, …

Drone shooting raises risk of war, exposes Iran divides in Trump team

Washington (CNN)Iran’s downing of a US drone takes the bitter foes one step higher in a cycle of escalation that could soon overwhelm each side’s reassurances that they have no desire to tumble into war. Already, it is making Trump’s protests that everything is just fine look out of date and superficial — at a time when his 2020 campaign’s claims to have restored leadership in the world are being outpaced by events. “Don’t worry about a thing, everything’s under control, don’t worry about a thing,” Trump told Fox’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday. The events of recent weeks, including attacks on several energy tankers in the Gulf of Oman — which Iran has been blamed for and denied — and …