After South Carolina, Trump’s march to the nomination quickens

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The reality has been clear for weeks, since former President Donald Trump trounced his opponents across the frozen fields and icy highways of Iowa. But his overwhelming victory on Saturday in South Carolina, where he defeated Nikki Haley in her home state, makes it all but official.

NRA loses landmark trial over millions in wasted donor funds

The National Rifle Association and its longtime leader Wayne LaPierre were found liable for violating New York law with lavish spending of donor funds, denting the gun rights group’s invincible aura after a six-week trial and years of embarrassing revelations in court.

NY fraud judgment against Trump finalized at $454 million with interest

NEW YORK — The devastating judgment handed down last week against Donald Trump in his fraud case was finalized Friday — coming out to more than $454 million with interest — a day after New York Attorney General Letitia James said she’d seize prized jewels in his real estate portfolio if he can’t afford to pay.

House Speaker Johnson must now confront his own party’s sabotage

Mike Johnson promised a “well-oiled machine” the night he won the U.S. House speaker’s gavel. Four months later, he hasn’t delivered. Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden is unraveling, Ukraine war aid languishes amid GOP opposition as Russia advances on the battlefield, and the U.S. government is on the brink of a politically damaging government shutdown.