On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that he would not be seeking re-election and would retire at the end of his term in 2019. This has huge national implications, of course: The GOP will have lost a major fundraiser and party leader, Republicans and Democrats see Ryan’s announcement as another…
President Donald Trump is batshit crazy, and one of the good things about being batshit crazy is that you don’t have any loyalty to anyone—therefore, anybody can get it.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican, is finally leaving Congress. He has announced that he won’t be seeking re-election at the end of this year.
As the year comes to a close, The Root takes a look back at those who took an L. We aren’t talking the kind of loss you feel sympathy for—or the kind of losses you point a finger and laugh at or shake your head in shame and secondhand embarrassment. Let’s review everyone—and everything—that caught an extreme loss in…
This election season could prove that “the resistance” is really all bullshit. On Tuesday, in states like Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and on Dec. 12 in Alabama, there are big chances to begin striking back—and in a language that can scare people like White House chief of staff John Kelly, his boss,…
In the past few days, two top Republican officials have insinuated that America might not get a sequel to this dumpster fire of a presidency that some news organizations refer to as “the Trump administration.”
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on whether Wisconsin’s legislative maps are so extremely partisan that they are, in fact, unconstitutional.
On Tuesday night, Roy Moore won the Alabama GOP primary by trouncing his opponent, Luther Strange, in what may be a double-digit margin, but the truth is, this was never really much of an election.
Another month, another GOP heath care bill, and another complete waste of time.
The one, true president, Barack Obama, had a lot to get off his chest on Wednesday while speaking in New York: He tore into Republicans and their continued efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, and also addressed climate change and white supremacy, all in the same breath.
In today’s water-is-wet news, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)—arguably one of the realest to ever do it—told guests gathered at Netroots Nation conference on Friday that the “Republican Party today is the party of racism” and former President Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t kick it with these racists.
You can do a lot in seven years if you really work at it. The world has seen a seven-year war; cicadas come out of the ground every seven years; Maxwell drops a new album about every seven years.
U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) is proof that in the age of Donald Trump, Republicans will say anything, and by “anything” I literally mean anything, and only if you are called on it do you have to walk it back.
A South Carolina woman vying for an open seat in the House of Representatives has reignited the debate over the Confederate flag, blasts acceptance of gays and doubles down on “Make America great again” in a series of ads that might be the most racist, homophobic and craziest campaign ever.
After the Republicans adjusted the rules in their favor, the Senate voted Friday to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, 49, will become the 113th justice to the highest court in the land and will serve a lifetime appointment, which means he’ll be messing shit up for possibly the next 30-40 years.
Donald Trump is not popular with black people. Donald Trump was not the most popular candidate for president in 2016. Donald Trump is so unpopular that he can’t convince a Bruce Springsteen cover band to perform at his inauguration. These are facts.
Updated Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, 12:48 p.m. EST: Ben Carson sat before a Senate committee Thursday morning to make the case that he should be confirmed to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson leaned on his upbringing growing up in inner-city Detroit and his family's need for public assistance,…
Updated Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, 1:08 p.m. EST: Even President-elect Donald Trump thought Republicans focused their attention on the wrong issues after they held a closed-door vote to weaken the independent ethics committee created to keep lawmakers honest. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted:
Two top congressional Republicans who were previously critical of President-elect Donald Trump are working to bridge the gap with him after his election win Tuesday night.
Gabrielle Gray is a little busy these days. The 26-year-old doctoral student in political science at Howard University is coordinating the school’s 2016 Presidential General Election Voter Protection Project. It involves putting together teams of students from HBCUs around the nation to keep voters of color from being…