The big favor Michael Avenatti actually did for Democrats

(CNN)And just like that, he is gone. THE POINT — NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! The early attention and support Avenatti secured, which, frankly, surprised me, was evidence that his message of “anything goes” when it comes to Trump and 2020 touched a chord with at least some chunk of Democratic base voters. The Avenatti boomlet, such as …

House Democratic priorities in new Congress: Trump tax returns and tackling corruption

Washington (CNN)House Democrats on Friday unveiled the outline for their first legislative push in the new Congress — a bill that would aimed at substantial government reforms on everything from voter rights to campaign finance to ethics requirements in Washington to the documents presidential candidates must hand over when they win the nomination. Pelosi added that it “will be transformative to Congress when we reduce the role of money, amplify the voice of everyday Americans so that they know that …

Trump’s military insults are piling up

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s attack on the Navy SEAL commander who oversaw the raid against Osama bin Laden is drawing new attention to the seesaw dynamic of a President who lavishes praise on the military even as he goes after its leaders and heroes. ‘Unforced errors’ The President has insulted war heroes, prisoners of war, Gold Star families and, some critics say, tried to use the troops to score political points. He’s directed 5% cuts at Veterans Affairs, which for …

Michelle Obama opens up about her friendship with George W. Bush

Washington (CNN)Former first lady Michelle Obama said that her oft-admired friendship with former President George W. Bush serves as a reminder of how relationships should be during a time when America only sees all the “nasty parts” of political discourse. “It’s so interesting how people are so interested in y’all’s friendship. I mean that hug was, like, the hug that went around the world,” Bush Hager said. “Why do you think people are so hungry for that, though?” she asked …

Justice Ginsburg hospitalized after fracturing ribs in fall

Washington (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs after falling in her Supreme Court office Wednesday night, the Supreme Court said in a statement. How RBG became an equal rights icon Ginsburg was not present at Thursday’s investiture of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s appointee confirmed last month that gave the court a solid 5-4 conservative majority. Health concerns Ginsburg’s health has become the subject of much attention in recent years. In November 2014, she underwent a heart procedure to have …