Author: Russ Choma

Trump Defrauded Lenders and Must Dissolve Businesses, Judge Rules

Donald Trump committed massive fraud in the state of New York and must shutter his businesses there, a judge ruled Tuesday afternoon. The ruling—if it stands, a massive blow to the former president’s business empire, essentially gutting it and potentially undermining all his finances—comes as part of a $250 million civil fraud lawsuit brought against […]

Trump Says He’s Received Lucrative Offers to Buy His Properties

Donald Trump says he’s recently received potentially lucrative offers for some of his most iconic properties, and he’s confident he could sell them for “astronomical” amounts of money—possibly even to the Saudi officials behind LIV golf. “I would be able to sell Turnberry quickly for a tremendous amount of money, far beyond what you would say […]

Black Republicans Aren’t Happy With DeSantis About Florida’s New Teaching Guidelines on Slavery

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has built his political brand on attacking “wokeness” and refusing to back down—his super-PAC is even called Never Back Down—but his support for Florida’s new education standards that include the claim that slavery helped African-Americans develop skills for their “personal benefit” is testing how well those two strategies can co-exist. The […]

Judge Dismisses Trump’s Defamation Suit Against CNN

Legal challenges to Donald Trump keep piling up, but despite his best efforts, the former president’s attempts to use the legal system to target his enemies keep coming up short. His latest defeat comes from a federal judge in Florida—a Trump appointee no less—who dismissed a defamation lawsuit Trump had filed against CNN for its […]

GOP Sen. Tuberville Thinks You’re Complaining Too Much About the Heat

The extraordinary heat stifling the country—and much of the globe—this summer continued to grind on Saturday, with nearly one-third of Americans under some type of heat advisory or warning. But GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville (Ala.), whose previous work experience before being elected in 2020 was as a college football coach, mocked the idea anyone might […]

Grassroots Republicans Aren’t Donating Much Money to Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis is failing when it comes to grassroots fundraising. The situation has gotten so bad that it’s possible the Florida governor might actually be losing money when it comes to courting small-dollar donors. DeSantis’ team has tried to spin the situation as a positive. In a New York Times piece last week, his advisers argued […]

The “BIG, BEAUTIFUL” Saudi Golf Deal Is Great News for Donald Trump

Donald Trump has a reason to gloat. “GREAT NEWS FROM LIV GOLF,” he crowed on his Truth Social platform, referring to the Saudi-backed golf league that will be merging with the PGA Tour. A BIG, BEAUTIFUL, AND GLAMOROUS DEAL FOR THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF GOLF. CONGRATS TO ALL!!!” For Trump, the blockbuster merger, announced Tuesday morning, […]

Erdogan Wins Reelection in Turkey, to Trump’s Delight

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan won reelection on Sunday, cementing his grip on power. First elected in 2003 as prime minister, Erdogan has reshaped Turkey from its secular moderate democratic system to a more religious and increasingly authoritarian power structure. Erdogan’s rule has complicated Turkey’s relationships with Western leaders—he is currently impeding Sweden’s entrance into […]

Here’s What’s in the McCarthy-Biden Deal on the Debt Ceiling

President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said this weekend that they had reached a deal in principle to raise the debt ceiling, but as of Sunday afternoon, lawmakers were still waiting to see the text of the deal to be voted on. The agreement reportedly includes a debt ceiling extension through 2025—sparing the […]