Here are the top contenders to replace Ryan Zinke as interior secretary
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to leave the Trump administration at the end of 2018, marking yet another departure from a tumultuous White House that seemingly has a revolving door.
- David Bernhardt, who currently serves as Zinke's deputy, is reportedly expected to take over as acting head of the department in the new year.
- According to Bloomberg, which broke the news of Zinke's impending departure, other possible replacements include: former Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming; Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes; Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt; Idaho Governor C.L.
- "Butch" Otter; former Nevada Sen. Dean Heller; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state; and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
- Republican and former Navy lieutenant Adam Laxalt is currently serving as attorney general of Nevada.
- Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has represented Washington state's 5th congressional district since 2005.
Trump has been implicated in several federal crimes, but here's why experts say he hasn't faced legal consequences
- But federal prosecutors implicated Trump in felonies for the first time last week, stating he directed illegal payments to two women, with whom he is accused of having affairs, in an effort to protect his presidential campaign.
- A sentencing memorandum released by prosecutors for the Southern District of New York on Friday said the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, made the illicit payments "in coordination with and at the direction" of Trump.
- Cohen had previously implicated Trump in the illegal payments, which represent campaign-finance violations because they were intended to influence the election, when he pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges in August.
- This puts the Justice Department in a "difficult position" given the "statute of limitations to indict [Trump] will have lapsed if he nonetheless wins reelection in 2020 and serves out a full two-term presidency," Moss explained.
From the Adamses to the Clintons: The most influential US political families in history, ranked
- His son, John Quincy Adams II, also served in the Massachusetts state house before unsuccessfully running for governor multiple times in the 1860s.
- Though William Henry Harrison led the shortest presidency in the history of the United States (he died 31 days into his presidential term) his legacy, and his family's, make the Harrisons one of the most historic political dynasties in America.
- After eight years as first lady, Hillary Clinton began her own political career when she was elected (and reelcted) to the U.S. Senate representing New York.
- His son, Andrew, has served as governor of New York since 2011 and was almost appointed as Hillary Clinton's Senate replacement in 2009 after she was became US Secretary of State.
- The current governor, who has an estimated net worth of $5 million and used to be married to a Kennedy, has ruled out a 2020 run for the White House.
Here's a glimpse at Trump's decades-long history of business ties to Russia
- Trump's business ties to Russia jumped back into the spotlight this week, after his former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted that he lied to Congress about the extent of the Trump Organization's push to open a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 election.
- Prosecutors said Cohen "discussed the status and progress of the Moscow Project" with Trump "on more than the three occasions Cohen claimed" to the Senate Intelligence Committee last year and that "he briefed family members" of Trump within the Trump Organization about it.
- After Cohen's stunning revelations about the timeline of discussions on building Trump Tower in Moscow, Trump tweeted that he "lightly looked" at "doing a building somewhere in Russia." But the president added that he "didn't do the project" and claimed he made no verbal or financial commitments.
Biden is considering running for president — but friends say the 76-year-old is concerned about his age
- As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president.
- Past and current advisers to Biden have held frequent conversations about options to alleviate concerns about age, including teaming him with a younger running mate.
- One option that has been floated, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, is outgoing Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who at 46 has become the subject of intense 2020 speculation after nearly beating GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.
- Ronald Reagan was 73 when he won the White House a second time, making him the oldest person to win a presidential election.
$1 Billion a Month: The Cost of Trump's Tariffs on Technology
- U.S. companies paid $1 billion more in tariffs on technology products imported from China in October than a year earlier, as new duties imposed by the Trump administration took effect.
- The tariff costs rose more than seven-fold to $1.3 billion, as the world’s two biggest economies became embroiled in a trade war, according to data provided by the Consumer Technology Association and analyzed by consulting firm The Trade Partnership.
- President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports since early July.
- The duties have been implemented in three tranches, the latest of which applied to $200 billion in goods and took effect Sept.
- After Trump met President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1, the U.S. agreed to put off raising the tariff rate on the $200 billion of imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.
Embattled Interior Department secretary Ryan Zinke is stepping down
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is stepping down, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
- Trump wrote that Zinke would be leaving the administration at the end of the year after a two-year stint in the White House and that he would be naming a replacement next week.
- The embattled secretary's departure comes amid the pressure of numerous ethics probes into a series of questionable expenditures, including reportedly spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds for a government helicopter ride to arrive on time for a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence.
- Zinke has previously had similar issues related to his use of government funds.
- Zinke is the second major administration personnel departure in a week, following White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's departure and the reported struggle to replace him before Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, was tapped.
Pelosi and the 5-week battle with Democratic rebels over the speaker's gavel
- They would need a relatively small number of Democrats to prevent Pelosi from getting 218 votes come January, when the full House holds its speaker election.
- Meanwhile, Pelosi supporters were furious at the idea that Democrats would deny a woman the speakership after record numbers of women won on Election Day. Pelosi helped raise $135 million for Democrats, and she was widely regarded as an effective leader, even by some of her critics.
- Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who had challenged Pelosi two years ago for minority leader and won nearly a third of the caucus, toyed with the idea of another run but didn't step forward.
- Soon after Fudge, Rep. Brian Higgins of New York, one of the 16 Democrats who had signed the anti-Pelosi letter, announced he would support Pelosi after she gave him reassurances on two of his pet issues -- infrastructure and Medicare.
His worst nightmare: Trump's life under a legal microscope
- Washington (CNN) - Weeks of devastating legal revelations have left Donald Trump's political career clouded by criminality and his life, presidency and business empire under assault by relentless prosecutors on multiple fronts.
- Days of court filings, flipped witnesses, damaging disclosures and sentencing hearings over the last month have delivered blows that appear to expose Trump and key associates to deep legal and political jeopardy.
- The President himself has been indirectly fingered by New York prosecutors overseen by his own Justice Department of directing criminal attempts to subvert campaign finance laws.
- For now, however, it's clear: the President's legal and political position is far more perilous than it was weeks ago and he has reason to be worried about a flurry of investigations that are digging deep into his private, personal, business and political life.
Russia proposes UN resolution to preserve INF treaty
- Russia warned that the termination of the treaty "could seriously undermine international Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) non-proliferation and Arms Control mechanisms" and called for its preservation.
- The treaty, signed in December 1987 by former President Ronald Reagan and former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, forced both countries to eliminate ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between approximately 300 and 3,400 miles.
- Many analysts worry the withdrawal of the US from the treaty will open the door to an arms race.