Jason Dick

Trump's Trade Agenda Dogs Portman in Cleveland

Former U.S. trade representative and incumbent Sen. Rob Portman is in the fight of his life to keep his seat. He's at odds with Trump on trade, and the issue followed him around Cleveland this week....
Portman, Kasich Head in Separate Directions on Trump
Ohio senator walks a fine line on contentious presidential nominee

CLEVELAND — Sen. Rob Portman fell into line behind Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday, telling the Ohio delegation here that it was important that the billionaire become president, a position that puts some distance between himself and his fellow GOP statewide officeholder, Gov. John Kasich.  

“What’s the election about? It’s about the direction of the country,” Portman said to the audience at the Double Tree Inn near the Lake Erie shoreline, adding that the next president could have a say over the direction of the Supreme Court for generations, with as many as four seats up for grabs. “This is for all the marbles,” he emphasized, repeating the GOP mantra that Hillary Clinton is unfit to lead and make such decisions.  

Cleveland Rises and Shines for the GOP
Rust Belt metropolis is a Democratic stronghold, but politics are always open for discussion

It’s been called everything from “the best location in the nation” to the “mistake by the lake,” from “the best governed city in the United States” to the “buckle of the Rust Belt.”  

People have made sport of it “for years and years and years,” as the local congresswoman, Democrat Marcia L. Fudge, puts it, over the weather, the pollution, the economic misery and, especially, the sports.  

Home-State Republicans Keep Distance as Trump Comes to Town
Sorry but I have to run

The Republican National Convention will have its share of no-shows among the GOP party elite, among them former presidents, former presidential nominees and several representatives and senators in tough re-election battles looking to put some daylight between themselves and the presidential standard-bearer, Donald Trump.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, warily eyeing his thin majority and the number of tight election races on the GOP side, has advised senators up for re-election, for instance, to limit their time at the convention or avoid it altogether.  

The Politics of Fear
Will fear of terror and economic uncertainty drive this year's elections?

The mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando  two weeks ago has brought out political-anxiety rhetoric in force. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is rocking the electoral world with his raw appeal to fears about terrorism and crime.  

His allies in Congress, acting as surrogates, have embraced some of his rhetoric — questioning likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's  commitment to combat Islamic terror — and demonstrated how fear can enter the political echo chamber and become all-consuming.   

Gov. Rick Scott Wants You to Buy a Few Homes in Florida
Florida governor tells RNC members how much he appreciates their business

In an election increasingly about whether people are being left behind economically, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a plan for his fellow Republicans: He wants them to "buy a few homes here."  

At Thursday's Republican National Committee spring meeting in Hollywood, Florida, the two-term chief executive of the Sunshine State delivered the keynote address, telling RNC members how much he appreciates their business.  

Band Just Can't Get Enough of Hillary
Corrigan Brothers work their music on Democratic front-runner

Political jingle masters the Corrigan Brothers are going all in for Hillary Clinton with "It's Time for Hillary," a campaign song set to the music of Depeche Mode's "I Just Can't Get Enough ."  

"Let's all get behind her/ be a part of the dream/ Hillary '16/ Hillary '16," a sampling of the song goes. Of course, there's some Donald Trump in there, too.  

Kasich Impresses by Bashing GOP
Editorial board likes him because he doesn't like his party

Maybe The Washington Post can set John Kasich and the Republican Party up on Date Lab.  

What did the Ohio governor do to get the love of the paper's editorial board? Apparently "he does not dismiss science," accepts compromise as a part of governing and rejects "fear-mongering," the Post's editorial board writes .  

Harriet Tubman Reshuffles the Deck
Choice of abolitionist on the $20 bill tests Jacksonian loyalists

Sometime in the future, someone looking to sell information in a crime movie will say, "I only speak to Harriet Tubman." And then that someone will be slipped a $20 bill.  

The Treasury Department's announcement on Wednesday that Andrew Jackson was coming off the front of the $20 bill and the black abolitionist was replacing him has been met for the most part with positive reactions.  

Like a Rolling Stone
Younger House Democrats getting restless as senior leadership shows no sign of going anywhere

Very few leaders, from professional sports coaches to Fortune 500 CEOs, keep their jobs after three straight losing seasons.  

Nancy Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003, bringing them out of the wilderness in 2006, taking them all the way to 256 seats after the 2008 elections only to oversee the drop to the current nadir of 188 members, the result of three straight elections of missing the majority mark.  

The Story Behind That Picture: 'Elvis & Nixon'
New movie fictionalizes real-life events at iconic White House meeting

It's one of the more bizarre incidents in U.S. history, an early intersection of pop and political culture that produced the most requested photograph in the National Archives and now, a motion picture starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey.  

It's "Elvis & Nixon," and it's a fictional account of the real-life, Dec. 21, 1970 meeting of Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, when the King of Rock ‘n Roll offered his services as an undercover federal agent to crack down on subversives in the counter-culture.  

What Would Machiavelli Do?
Original political prognosticator has advice for voters as Trump, Clinton cruise

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton start to turn their attention to a more-and-more likely general election matchup, what would the original political gamer, Niccolo Machiavelli, think of this year's rough-and-tumble presidential race?  

Clinton, Trump Win Big in New York One could reread "The Prince," Machiavelli's manifesto for political maneuvering in 16th century Renaissance Italy — or refer to "How to Choose a Leader," Maurizio Viroli's new book breaking down the godfather of political science's advice on selecting the leaders of a thriving republic.  

Colbert Asks Ryan if the Closed Door is Locked
Speaker just happens to be on The Late Show on Trump's big night

Speaker Paul D. Ryan keeps saying he won't run for president, but he has this habit of showing up in the middle of things, like being counterprogramming for the news networks' coverage of a huuuge presidential primary night .  

On Tuesday night, as New York's returns showed victories for two unpopular front-runners — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton — there was Ryan on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."  

Yes, Bill Clinton Wants Fries With That
Former president still connects over food on the campaign trail

With Bill Clinton, life imitates art and art imitates life. Especially when it comes to french fries.  

In a campaign swing through Western New York on Monday, the former president urged folks to vote for his wife, former Sen. Hillary Clinton, in Tuesday's presidential primary.  

Football Has Not Been Good to Donald Trump
GOP front-runner's USFL, Buffalo Bills, Penn State experiences not overly positive

Donald Trump keeps bringing up football on the campaign trail, but his history with the sport, from his 1980s United States Football League experience to Monday's riffing with Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan , is awkward.  

"Amazing. He won the championships in New York twice and always had brutal teams," Trump said after Ryan introduced him at a rally at Buffalo's First Niagara Center. The GOP front-runner was referring to Ryan's tenure with the New York Jets. The only problem with the statement was that the Jets never won any championships under Ryan.  

Coachella Prepares for 'Berniechella'
Sanders has extended presence at California music festival

One can only imagine what Burning Man — or will it be changed to "Berning Man" — will be like this summer.  

Not only did Sen. Bernie Sanders introduce a musical act at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday night, supporters will throw "Berniechella," a block party on Thursday and Friday night in Old Town Coachella, before the Southern California festival's second weekend. One of the DJs featured will be Shepard Fairey, the street artist of the Obama "Hope" poster fame. There will be food trucks, a beer garden and "live art."  

Jimmy Carter Keeps Adding to Resume
Former president gets to try on a new hat

If you think you see a 91-year-old former president while hiking around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer, that would be Ranger Jimmy Carter.  

Over the weekend, the National Park Service made the 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner and cancer survivor an honorary park ranger.  

Ted Cruz Gets Empire-Sized Back of Hand
New York GOP gala-goers talk over his speech

Now Ted Cruz knows what it's like to be a speaker at the White House Correspondents Dinner. You've got something to say, but the thousands of people in front of you have no desire to listen as they chat with friends and reach for the wine and bread rolls.  

Cruz, trailing big in the polls in New York to native son Donald Trump and even Ohio Gov. John Kasich, miffed New Yorkers in January when he said "New York values" weren't welcome in Iowa, where he won the caucus.  

Trump: It's Time Americans 'Got Theirs'
GOP front-runner questions 'the system' in new op-ed

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump wants Americans to know it is time they "got theirs."  

Trump writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that "the political insiders have had their way for a long time. Let 2016 be remembered as the year the American people finally got theirs."  

Sanders Courts Catholics, But Won't Meet Pope
He's not really off campaign trail in Rome ahead of primaries in heavily Catholic states

Sen. Bernie Sanders' trip to Rome comes before a host of presidential primaries in Catholic-heavy states, giving the Vermont independent and avowedly non-organized religious type a way to connect with millions of people he might not otherwise have. Sanders is jetting off to Italy after Thursday night's Democratic debate in Brooklyn, right before Tuesday's crucial New York primary. But he will not be meeting with Pope Francis, a Vatican spokesman has said, and was never scheduled to do so.  

The pontiff's focus on economic inequality and the environment match up well with Sanders' own, though the candidate's views of abortion and same-sex marriage do not, of course. The senator, who is Jewish and is not known to be particularly religious, is attending an academic conference marking the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's economic encyclical, Centesimus Annus. Those attending will discuss global economic, political and cultural changes since then that the church needs to address.