The Shadow Rulers of the VA — ProPublica

Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.” O’Rourke treated the email as…

Trump lawyers reject interview terms sought by special counsel in Russia pr…

President Trump’s legal team has rejected special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s conditions for an interview with their client, saying they consider questioning the president about possible obstruction of justice to be legally inappropriate. A letter from Trump’s lawyers sent to Mueller around noon on Wednesday significantly lessens the possibility of a voluntary presidential interview,…

The Ohio Results Point to Democratic Strength in 2018—And a Showdown in 202…

The results in Ohio’s special House election Tuesday night reinforced the electoral trends that have driven American politics since Donald Trump’s election—and underscored the precarious political trade the president is imposing on his party. The Republican Troy Balderson’s slim advantage over the Democrat Danny O’Connor in a district Republicans have held without much drama since…