November 1, 2019

It looks like the beginning of the end for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

The 2020 contender's presence in New Hampshire is fading fast, with a spokesperson confirming to The Associated Press that she's closing down all her field offices in the state. And with news that her campaign is sputtering in other states too, it likely means Harris' frontrunner status isn't on track to return.

After noticing that the lights had gone unendingly dark in Harris' New Hampshire offices, a spokesperson confirmed to Politico that Harris' three field offices were closed for good and that her field organizing team in the state was being laid off. Harris also won't come to the state capital of Concord to file in person for the state primary, like she was planning to do next week. Harris will still appear on the ballot as she'll file via mail or surrogate, her campaign said.

Harris will still have a "staff presence" in New Hampshire, spokesperson Nate Evans told Politico, but called the closures a "strategic decision to realign resources to go all-in on Iowa." The news comes just two days after Harris' campaign announced it was laying off staffers in other states and pulling others to Iowa. But Harris' hopes in Iowa don't look super promising, seeing as she came in at just 3 percent in a Friday New York Times/Siena College poll, a percentage point behind Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Kathryn Krawczyk

October 29, 2019

Joe Biden is far from inevitable, especially in Iowa.

While other candidates doubled down in the early-caucus state immediately after joining the 2020 race, Biden didn't enter the fray until April, after most top Iowa hires were already picked up. That, along with a host of other mistakes, could cost the former vice president Iowa if he doesn't shape up, 11 top state Democrats tell Bloomberg.

Biden may have hopped into the 2020 competition and immediately claimed first place, but that hasn't held up as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has taken the lead in the state. Top Democrats attribute the fall to Biden's reliance on big-dollar fundraisers. Instead of spending time with voters who "expect to meet candidates face-to-face," Biden is "criss-crossing the country," only spending three days of September in Iowa, Bloomberg writes. It all leaves Biden risking "a humiliating third or fourth-place finish in Iowa early next year," the top Democrats tell Bloomberg.

That's not to say losing Iowa will cost Biden the entire race, seeing as he'll almost certainly win South Carolina not long after. But it would severely damage his frontrunner reputation and "would slice into his chief argument — that he's best suited" to beat President Trump, Bloomberg writes.

In a statement, Biden's team says the former vice president has 70 endorsements and more on the way, and that his wife Jill Biden and other pro-Biden officials are campaigning strongly on his behalf. Read more at Bloomberg. Kathryn Krawczyk

May 27, 2019

The View co-host Meghan McCain took issue with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) discussing a moment she shared with her former colleague, McCain's late father Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

While in Iowa on Saturday, Klobuchar, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said that during President Trump's inauguration, McCain recited the names of different dictators. He "knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation, he understood it," Klobuchar added. "He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did."

On Monday, Meghan McCain tweeted: "On behalf of the entire McCain family — @amyklobuchar please be respectful to all of us and leave my father's legacy and memory out of presidential politics." McCain, who died last August from brain cancer, had a combative relationship with Trump, and was one of his most vocal critics.

Twitter users blasted Meghan McCain for trying to police who can talk about John McCain, and asked why she didn't privately contact Klobuchar. Some brought up the fact that she regularly talks about her father on The View, and others reminded her he was a longtime public figure, and people are free to share stories about him. "I don't know why anyone is surprised that you'd say this, Meghan," one person tweeted. "Everyone should realize that you're the only one allowed to use your father's name for political points and a career." Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2019

Suspense novelist Dan Mallory acknowledged on Thursday that he doesn't just save the fiction for his books.

Mallory's debut novel, The Woman in the Window, was released in 2018, under the pseudonym A.J. Finn. The Woman in the Window instantly became a New York Times bestseller, and will soon be a movie, starring Amy Adams. This week, The New Yorker published an exquisite investigation into Mallory, interviewing colleagues in London and New York who said he told them he had cancer, that his mother died of cancer, and his brother died by suicide. Mallory was able to skate by while working at top publishing houses, they said, and lied about everything from job offers to education.

Mallory's mother is very much alive, and would not speak with The New Yorker. His father did, though, and said his son did not have cancer. "He has his faults, like we all do," he told the magazine. "He's just a tremendous young man." In a statement released by a public relations firm on Thursday, Dan Mallory said he "stated, implied, or allowed others to believe that I was afflicted with a physical malady instead of a psychological one: cancer, specifically." He is sorry for hurting people, he said, as this was "never the goal." He blamed his lying on "crushing depressions, delusional thoughts, morbid obsessions, and memory problems" caused by "severe bipolar II disorder." Catherine Garcia

July 11, 2018

Former Secretary of State John Kerry hasn't held his tongue when it comes to criticizing President Trump. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has kept quiet, if he has criticism at all.

But both of these political veterans had sharp words for the president after he said that Germany is "totally controlled by Russia" at a Wednesday breakfast meeting during this week's NATO summit in Brussels. When asked if he agreed that Germany is "captive to Russia," as Trump said Wednesday, Hatch told reporters that the president "can be a little too critical of the other [NATO] counterparts, and I don't think he should be critical." Hatch added that he has met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and has "the highest opinion of her," Politico reports.

Kerry, who served as America's chief diplomat under former President Barack Obama, opted to completely tear Trump apart in a statement he shared on Twitter. In it, Kerry savages Trump's remarks as "strange," "counterproductive," "disgraceful," and "destructive," among a slew of other insults. "The president set America back this morning," Kerry wrote. "He is steadily destroying our reputation in the word." Read his full statement below. Kathryn Krawczyk

June 29, 2018

The Trump administration's candidate to head the United Nations' migration agency has been rejected in a blow to the United States, which has held the post since 1951. "The American is out," Senegalese diplomat Youssoupha Ndiaye told The Associated Press after voting in Geneva.

The American candidate, Ken Isaacs, is the vice president of an evangelical charity, with his only relevant experience being a short stint as a political appointee in charge of overseas disaster relief under former President George W. Bush. Isaacs' candidacy was called into question after his old tweets surfaced, containing messages calling Muslims violent and insisting that "Christians" be the "first priority" when it came to the Syrian refugee crisis.

The race to lead the migration agency is now between Portuguese Socialist Party member Antonio Vitorino and Costa Rica's Laura Thompson, the deputy director-general of the International Organization for Migration.

"The person who leads this needs to be a symbol of the international community's support for humanity," the president of Refugees International, Eric Schwartz, told The Washington Post. "And that means that dark-skin people and Muslim people have the same inherent worth as any other people." Jeva Lange

June 27, 2018

Rep. Joe Crowley lost the Democratic primary Tuesday night in New York's 14th congressional district. Key word: Democratic.

The winner, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is a 28-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America who is calling for universal health care and the end of ICE. President Trump was quick to kick Crowley while he was down (well, singing), tweeting that the 10-term congressman was a "Big Trump Hater" and insinuating that had Crowley been "nicer, and more respectful, to his president," he would have won.

Seeing as how it was a Democratic primary in New York City, it's doubtful any negative comments Crowley may have made about Trump pushed anyone to vote for his opponents, especially someone to his left. That didn't stop Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany from retweeting Trump's remarks, and adding her own head-scratching commentary. "STUNNING!" she wrote. "That so-called blue wave? More like a red tsunami ..."

Many people, including Politico's Jake Sherman, were confused as to how Crowley — from a heavily Democratic district — losing in his Democratic primary to a more progressive candidate was a win for the GOP. "What are you talking about," he asked. More tweets started rolling in, with most certain that McEnany thought Crowley lost to a Republican and had no idea this was a primary, and others pretty sure she doesn't even know what a primary is.

McEnany never clarified if she did, in fact, understand that this was a primary, instead declaring that the GOP is "celebrating this if you haven't noticed. As Democrats lurch toward the failed socialist platform of Bernie Sanders, our party's prospects of electoral success are secured for many years to come." Catherine Garcia

March 13, 2018

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was pushed out of the White House on Tuesday, with President Trump tapping CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed him. Trump's firing of Tillerson was reportedly rather unceremonious, as the president apparently never called Tillerson himself and the State Department said that Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" for his own dismissal.

Tillerson had been publicly at odds with Trump for months — and was also reportedly never close with Nikki Haley, the U.S.'s ambassador to the U.N. To that end, Haley's tweet congratulating Pompeo on his pending promotion is telling:

It's not yet clear whether tweeting shade at former colleagues is also a "great decision." Kimberly Alters

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