BuzzFeed News Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie doesn't know exactly what his political future will be, but he isn't ruling out another run for president some day.Asked on BuzzFeed News' Profile about his future, he said, "There may be no political future, or I might run for president again. You know, I don't know. But I can guarantee you this: I won't run for president again if I don't think I can win."Christie, who published a political memoir this week, underlined that he has no interest in ever being a long-shot candidate."My personality is about having a chance to win," he said. "I'm competitive. And so if I had a chance to win, I would do it."He said he's...
BuzzFeed News; Google Maps WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that his company had not selected a location to build a Trump Tower Moscow during the 2016 presidential election.“That deal was not important. It was essentially a letter of intent or an option. I’m not even sure that they had a site,” Trump told the New York Times in a wide-ranging interview, excerpts of which the paper published online.“I don’t think they had a location,” he said later in the interview. “I’m not even sure if they had a location.”In fact, hundreds of pages of business documents, emails, text messages, and architectural plans obtained by BuzzFeed News show that the Trump Organization was scoping at least one prime location for the luxury glass s
CSPAN John Christy testifying to Congress in 2006. A climate science skeptic with a history of botched research is the latest controversial addition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board.John Christy, a climate scientist from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, was one of eight people added on Thursday to the panel, which provides scientific advice to the EPA’s director. Another 21 experts, many drawn from industry and state agencies, were also added to related advisory committees.Under President Donald Trump, the EPA has overhauled its advisers, shortened the term limits for advisers, and mandated that participating members refuse EPA grant money. Environmental and science advocacy groups, as well a
Ben King / BuzzFeed News On a recent Wednesday evening, off to the side and up the stairs of the 92nd Street Y, beneath an old colorful ceiling and four chandeliers, one of the leftiest lefties asked a question of the couple hundred people in attendance.“How did it happen,” Stephen F. Cohen wanted to know, “that liberals and progressives are embracing the FBI and the CIA in their war against Trump?”There was a time, he noted, when the left was deeply suspicious of the American intelligence agencies. Flanked by his wife, the Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Dan Rather, Cohen was there to sell and sign War With Russia?, which Tucker Carlson deems “a fantastic new book.” To the assembled, Cohen offered his longtime Putin apologia, waving
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Roger Stone leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, on Jan. 29. WASHINGTON — The judge presiding over Roger Stone’s criminal case said Friday that she is mulling imposing a gag order on Stone, President Donald Trump’s outspoken, longtime adviser who made a series of media appearances after he was arrested last week in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she hadn’t decided yet if an order limiting what Stone, his lawyers, and prosecutors say in public is necessary, but she noted the intense public interest and press coverage already surrounding his case. She also pointed out that the publicity had been “fueled” by Stone’s own statements.“This is a
Kena Betancur / AFP / Getty Images Cory Booker announced his campaign for president on Friday morning with a promise to unite the country behind a mission of “collective action” and “common purpose,” making the New Jersey senator the latest major entry into a Democratic primary that has already drawn a large and diverse field.The 49-year-old Democrat has been widely expected to run for president since he got to the Senate in 2013. Unapologetically enthusiastic and dramatic, Booker first achieved national attention as Newark's mayor for a series of heroic and constituent service-style feats, neatly catalogued on social media. He's a dynamic speaker, with a tendency to go long, and possessor of an ambitious life story that began
Noah Berger / AFP / Getty Images The day that Kamala Harris announced she was running for president, she faced a basic question. Most Democrats were running on their own signature issues: economic inequality, climate change, women’s rights, millennials. “What,” one reporter asked, “is the core issue of your campaign?”“The core of my campaign is the people,” Harris responded. “It’s about people.”With a huge, flashy rollout on Sunday in Oakland, the California senator has quickly cemented herself as one of the frontrunners for the Democratic nomination. But instead of giving Democrats easy answers on how to define her candidacy, Harris’s campaign has been broad, even vague. She leapfrogs between a host of progressive issues. She defies mos
Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty Images Howard Schultz’s clumsy and damaging entry into the 2020 presidential race this week offers a lesson for billionaires who would like to replace Donald Trump: They should consider running against Donald Trump. And the place to do that is the wide-open Republican primary.Donald Trump is, obviously, the defining feature of America in 2019. He’s the burning house at the center of a national crisis. The reason Schultz’s talk of an independent campaign next year has produced such rancor and amusement is, above all, how flaky it is. He’s presenting himself as a firefighter; and he’s standing in front of a burning building, giving speeches in which he promises to fight not this fire, but definitely the next o
Mark Wilson / Getty Images WASHINGTON — The law firm Alston & Bird is representing the mystery company owned by a foreign country that is fighting a grand jury subpoena at the Supreme Court, a lawyer involved in the proceedings confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is seeking to intervene at the Supreme Court to have the filings in the dispute — which has received significant attention due to its reported connection to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — unsealed.A lawyer for the committee, Gibson Dunn partner Theodore Boutrous Jr., told BuzzFeed News that Alston & Bird partner Brian Boone is representing the foreign country–owned company at the Supreme Court. The co
Peter Nicholls / Reuters WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a request to unseal any charging documents — if they exist, something the government won't confirm or deny — against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The fight over whether a court should unseal records that the government won't confirm exist began in November, when journalists picked up on an unusual court filing that had two references to "Assange" in a criminal case unrelated to him or WikiLeaks. The filing involved a request by prosecutors to seal criminal charges, leading to speculation that the filing was a sloppy copy-and-paste job by the government from a previous, secret request to seal criminal charges against Julian Assange.The fili
BuzzFeed News / Via Metropolitan Police Department January 2017 search warrant application for a DNA sample from Damien Jones. WASHINGTON – On Nov. 4, 2015, a woman went to Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, DC, to report a sexual assault. She told detectives that a week and a half earlier, she’d gone to dinner with her supervisor, had multiple drinks, went back to his home, and was forced to perform oral sex. Her memory was fuzzy, but she said she woke up naked in the man’s bed the next day. She went to a hospital, where a medical examiner found she had a broken finger and bruising.The woman, referred to in court papers by the pseudonym Jane Doe, told detectives that her assailant was Damien Jones, the inte
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News Sen. Sherrod Brown’s not-quite presidential campaign debuted Wednesday on a warehouse floor, in front of more than 200 supporters, and in a state where Brown has been winning elections since Richard Nixon was in the White House. This is the easy part.Now the hard part: Can Brown, virtually unknown to voters outside Ohio, turn the pro-worker message he’s been sharpening for decades into a viable Democratic candidacy?“Too often, people — Democratic pundits and activists — act like our party has to choose between advocating for strong progressive values that excite our base, which we do, or talking to working class voters about their lives,” Brown said as he launched the Dignity of Work Tour, an exercise that
Carlos Barria / Reuters WASHINGTON — Some see it as a proud tradition, some see it as inappropriate and gross. Either way, members of Congress sleeping in their offices may soon come to an end.The Committee on House Administration will publicly study the issue, said chair Zoe Lofgren. It’s not the committee’s first priority, but “there’ll be a public process,” Lofgren said.There’s momentum among House Democrats to ban members from taking up residence in their offices: The leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus called Tuesday for the practice to come to a swift end. They join the Congressional Black Caucus, which collectively called for it to be banned last year.They argue the practice is unprofessional, potentially discriminator
Yuri Gripas / Reuters Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will not run for president.Garcetti, 46, had been openly mulling the possibility of a bid, traveling to early presidential nominating states Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and hiring a South Carolina Democratic operative.But Garcetti will not go through with a bid, he announced Tuesday at a press conference at Los Angeles City Hall."So I have decided not to throw my hat into the ring to run for president in 2020," he told reporters. He added that it was not an easy decision, but that it is "such an honor to work at the local level."He added that he feels "more secure" in his decision not to run given the Democrats who have already moved toward a...
Leah Millis / Reuters Roger Stone arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, on Jan. 29. WASHINGTON – Roger Stone, through his lawyer, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller that he lied to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks and tried to convince an associate to lie as well.Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, is facing a seven-count indictment, with the most serious offense — witness tampering — carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He was arrested Jan. 25 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and released on a $250,000 bond after making his first court appearance there. Tuesday marked Stone’s formal arraignment in federal court in Washington, DC, wh
Leah Millis / Reuters U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin WASHINGTON — A House Democrat is demanding answers about an alleged business deal that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had with an associate of a Russian oligarch whose companies recently received US sanctions relief.California Rep. Jackie Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Mnuchin last week seeking answers about a deal he reportedly made in 2017 with an associate of Oleg Deripaska, the billionaire aluminum magnate whose companies Treasury surprisingly announced it would be taking off the formal sanctions list in December. The letter, sent Wednesday, was obtained by BuzzFeed News.Mnuchin’s department has been embroiled in a fight on C
Alex Wong / Getty Images Howard Schultz at the Atlantic Council May 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Howard Schultz was exactly 30 seconds into reiterating that yes, he was “seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent” when a protester gave voice to the tweets that had been coming at the former Starbucks CEO since he first made that announcement on TV 24 hours before.“You’ll help elect Trump, you billionaire, egotistical asshole,” the man yelled. “Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter. Go back to Davos with the other billionaire elite.”The crowd, which had packed half of the fourth floor of a Barnes & Noble, ostensibly for the release of Schultz’s new book, booed the interruption. Minutes later, moderator A
Luke Sharrett for BuzzFeed News Kyra Howard stands for a portrait in front of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, Indiana, on Jan. 24. At the beginning of the school year, one of Kyra Howard’s high school classmates abruptly stopped showing up for classes.Nobody at Plainfield High School in Indiana knew what had happened to the student, Levi Stewart, and school administrators weren’t talking. Some kids guessed he’d been suspended. Among a suburban high school of 1,600 students, his absence was noticed because he was active on campus and a drum major in the state champion school marching band. “He was a prominent kid around school,” said Howard, who as a student journalist may have been more curious than others.Three weeks went by
Noah Berger / AFP / Getty Images Harris during the rally on Jan. 27, 2019 in Oakland, California. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — Kamala Harris officially launched her presidential campaign Sunday in Oakland in front of a crowd of some 20,000 people — an exuberant display at a scale designed to cement the California senator’s status as one of the most formidable Democrats to enter the presidential race so far.Harris’s speech swept from Medicare for All to middle-class tax cuts and tuition-free college, frequently invoking her own history as the child of two immigrants and a criminal prosecutor who, she said, spent her life “fighting for the people.”Unlike the smaller events in Iowa and elsewhere that other candidates have begun their campaig
Matt Rota for BuzzFeed News At 6 a.m. on November 19th, Aida Carolina Andrade-Amaya walked out of her home, on her way back to work, girding herself for her first full day separated from her two-month old baby Mario Jr.She had dreaded the day for weeks.Over the previous two months, Aida, 28, and her partner Mario, 21, had stumbled into a routine: she stayed at home, caring for and bonding with Mario Jr. in between reading books to her four-year-old Jade. When Mario would return from his warehouse job at 2 p.m., she would teach him how to bathe the baby and burp him. A first-time father, Mario was learning from Aida how to be a parent.And because Mario Jr. was born premature, his father seemed tentative, even afraid, when holding him, oft...