California GOP gathers to chart a course after 2018 defeats
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The 2018 election left California Republicans in dismal shape, with no statewide officeholders, just seven of 53 U.S. House seats, less than a quarter of all state...
Trump says he told Sanders ‘not to bother’ with briefing
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump says he directed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders not to bother with the traditional daily briefing of reporters.
The last briefing took place on Dec. 18.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the president said the press covers Sanders "so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press.
"I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway!" he tweeted. "Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!"
Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer become neighbors in Rhode Island
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has bought a house in Rhode Island, and his new neighbor is a familiar face from their days together in the Trump administration: former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump former staff chief on track to join Navy Reserve
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says President Donald Trump's former chief of staff is on track to join the Navy Reserve, buoyed by a recommendation from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Reince Priebus, 46, served as chief of staff for about six months, beginning at the start of Trump's administration in January 2017. He also was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017.
Press secretary defends scarcity of daily press briefing
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is defending the scarcity of the daily press briefing.
Sanders last answered questions from reporters in the White House briefing room on Sept. 10 — an appearance that followed a nearly three-week absence by Sanders.
She tells "Fox News Sunday" that she's no longer doing a daily briefing because President Donald Trump is doing more short question-and-answer sessions with journalists.
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Sean Spicer says an accusation that the former White House press secretary used a racial slur to describe a black student while in high school is false.
Attorney Michael Bowe says in emails to The Associated Press on Saturday night and Sunday that the allegation is false and defamatory.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A black man yelled at former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a bookstore and accused Spicer of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a prep school decades ago.
Spicer was "taken aback" by the man's "outrageous claim" and had no recollection of him or of being in school with him, his publicist said on Saturday.
SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer's publisher says a book signing at a Massachusetts warehouse store has been canceled "due to the political climate."
Regnery Publishing said in a statement that the BJ's Wholesale Club in Seekonk canceled Spicer's book signing that was scheduled for Saturday to mark the release of "The Briefing," which came out Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer's new book reflecting on his time at the podium paints a rosy if sometimes thorny picture of his former boss, describing President Donald Trump as "a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow" and a man to whom the regular rules of politics don't apply.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News says host Kimberly Guilfoyle is leaving the network, amid reports that she's about to take on a new role with a super PAC supporting President Donald Trump's agenda.
A Fox spokeswoman confirmed her departure Friday. Guilfoyle has been one of the co-hosts of the network's afternoon show "The Five" and has been dating Trump's son Donald Jr. She was considered for White House press secretary last year after Sean Spicer departed the administration.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Spicer's book tour will be a mix of public and private.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is working on a television interview show in which he banters with guests about a variety of topics.
A spokesman for TV syndication company Debmar-Mercury said Monday that a pilot episode of the series, titled "Sean Spicer's Common Ground," is in the works.
No other details about the episode were released. The plans were first reported by The New York Times.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is speaking at a fundraiser held by his biggest super PAC.
Trump is the keynote speaker at the first America First Action Leadership Summit, which is being held at his hotel in Washington.
It's the first official fundraiser for America First Action, the primary super PAC supporting Trump and working to elect candidates who support his agenda.
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Michael Blake, University of Washington
Almost from the start, the emergence of Sean Spicer, Connecticut College Class of '93, as press secretary for President Donald Trump, produced one cringe-worthy moment after another for fellow alumni like me, starting with the lies about the size of the Trump inaugural crowds.
The Shale Insight Conference, which has attracted the likes of Donald Trump and Sean Spicer, will return to Pittsburgh on Oct. 23-25.
The organizers -- the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Ohio Oil and Gas Association and West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association -- have not yet announced a keynote speaker but said that registration is now open.
The event will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Empty White House
Editor: President Trump’s character flaws are overwhelming his administration and placing our country in jeopardy. Former CIA Director John Brennan recently referred to Trump as “unstable, inept, inexperienced and also unethical.” I would add divisive, chaotic and suffering from terrible judgment.
- The Washington TimesRobert Mueller interviewed Sarah Huckabee Sanders: ReportFebruary 15, 2019
- The SunSpicer Draws Big Crowd at UMass AmherstNovember 28, 2018
- Connecticut PostFormer WH press secretary Sean Spicer to speak at SHUOctober 2, 2018
- The Times-TribuneSpicer Still GrovelingAugust 1, 2018
BOSTON (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is wading into the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.
Spicer will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl on April 12 at the Union Oyster House in Boston.
Former White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday he is OK with the reports of "chaos" inside the Trump administration, considering the president's record of accomplishment and the way he has followed through on his campaign promises.
"If chaos gets you 313,000 jobs last month, it gets North Korea to the table, it gets ISIS on the run, border crossing down, the regulatory state dismantled, conservative judges, than I think we are doing pretty damn good," Mr. Spicer said on "Fox Friends."
Sean Spicer: DOJ needs to review memo on alleged FISA abuses prior to release
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that any information regarding possible improper conduct regarding FISA warrants should be reviewed prior to releasing them to the public.
"I would actually agree that I think until people at the Justice Department have an opportunity to look at it, we would not want to do anything that would compromise sources and methods," Mr. Spicer said on MSNBC.
German linguists: ‘Alternative facts’ the non-word of 2017
BERLIN (AP) — German linguists have declared the phrase "alternative facts," popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway, the non-word of 2017.
Conway used the phrase last year when asked why President Donald Trump's then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of the inauguration crowd.
A team of six language experts at Darmstadt University chose "alternative facts" from among 684 suggestions.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday he is troubled that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has not denied the statements attributed to him in a recent book about the early days of President Donald Trump's tenure.
"While he may continue to say he's a supporter of the President and his agenda, what we didn't hear is a denial," Spicer said in a conversation on HLN's "SE Cupp Unfiltered."
Timeline for 13 days that transformed Trump White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — A timeline for 13 days in July that transformed President Donald Trump's White House:
July 19 — Trump gives an interview to the New York Times saying he regrets hiring Attorney General Jeff Sessions; he attends the first meeting of his electoral fraud council, repeating baseless claims of widespread vote fraud.
Timeline for 13 days that transformed Trump White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — A timeline for 13 days in July that transformed President Donald Trump's White House:
July 19 — Trump gives an interview to the New York Times saying he regrets hiring Attorney General Jeff Sessions; he attends the first meeting of his electoral fraud council, repeating baseless claims of widespread misconduct.
CIA says it won’t confirm it has documents about Yemen raid
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. government lawyer argued on Tuesday that even just confirming or denying that the CIA has records about a January raid in Yemen would reveal intelligence secrets.
The raid resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy sailor and Yemeni civilians. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in May seeking documents about the operation from the CIA and the departments of Defense, Justice and State.
Sean Spicer book coming out next summer
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has a book deal. But don't expect him to criticize his former boss, President Donald Trump. Spicer's target will be some of the media outlets he once sparred with.
Regnery Publishing, a leading conservative press, announced Tuesday that Spicer's book will come out next summer. Its working title is "The Briefing."
‘Alternative facts’ remark tops 2017 list of notable quotes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The use of the term "alternative facts" by Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2017.
The statement Conway made when asked why Trump's then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of inauguration crowds is one of many Trump-related quotations on the list, assembled by Fred Shapiro, an associate director at the library.
Federal court order ends in RNC voter-intimidation case
A long-standing court order prohibiting the Republican National Committee from engaging in voter verification and other "ballot security" measures expired Friday, although a federal judge left open the possibility it could be extended if a prior violation is found.
The consent decree, first implemented in 1982, expired after Judge John Michael Vazquez of U.S. District Court in New Jersey took no action to extend it. Democrats continue to press their concerns with the judge.
Assessing President Donald Trump’s first year: Editorial Board Roundtable
Assessing President Donald Trump's first year: Editorial Board Roundtable
It's been a year this week since Donald Trump was elected president, surprising many in the mainstream. And while President Trump promised to be more presidential than any other president, has he succeeded?
Are White House press briefings pointless?
After rough night, top Trump backers differ on path forward
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Marking a year since President Donald Trump's election, his fiercest advocates offered different approaches Wednesday for the Republican Party's way forward after some tough losses Tuesday.
Sean Spicer’s Harvard fellowship included 11 events in three days, all off-the-record: Report
Sean Spicer's visiting fellowship at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government has come to an end, and practically everything President Trump's former spokesman told students was off the record, according to the school's newspaper.
Each of the 11 events held at Harvard during Mr. Spicer's three-day fellowship were either closed-door forums, invitation-only get-togethers or private gatherings closed to the general student body and public, The Harvard Crimson reported Friday.
WASHINGTON — Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is scheduling an interview with White House communications director Hope Hicks as part of his ongoing investigation of links between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to multiple news reports.
Hicks, 29, of Greenwich, is one of several Trump operatives to be called in for interviews in recent weeks. Among the others: Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Notable firings and resignations from Trump’s White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Notable firings and resignations from President Donald Trump's White House since he took office in January:
__ Sept. 29: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price
“Was nothing real?” — Jim Carrey in “The Truman Show”
Funny covers a multitude of sins.
That has long been my go-to explanation of a dynamic unique to comedy. Meaning the fact that you are allowed to be crude and shocking, to transgress all kinds of isms, all bounds of propriety, if you can get a laugh in the process.
Emmys steady in ratings but no Colbert bump; football rules
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hard-working Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert and a Sean Spicer cameo helped the ceremony avoid a ratings slide but failed to significantly boost viewership.
Sunday's Emmys on CBS drew 11.38 million viewers to rank as the week's No. 6 program, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday. That's slightly more than last year's audience of 11.3 million, which was a record low for the ceremony.
Spicer suggests critics of Emmy appearance should lighten up
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously.
Clearly, not everyone was laughing, however. For Emmys host Stephen Colbert, there's also a risk that a joke he engineered could wind up doing collateral damage.
Nielsen says 11.4 million watch Emmy Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company estimated that 11.4 million people watched Sunday's presentation of the Emmy Awards, roughly equivalent to last year's show honoring the year's best in television.
Stephen Colbert hosted Sunday's show for CBS. It competed with pro football and the beginning of Ken Burns' lengthy documentary on the Vietnam War. Last year's audience of 11.3 million people was the lowest ever for the Emmy Awards.
Politics, diverse winners, new voices top key Emmy moments
NEW YORK (AP) — It was, not surprisingly, a night for politics, with everyone from host Stephen Colbert to Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Alec Baldwin getting in zingers about Donald Trump — all to be upstaged by Sean Spicer himself, in a controversial appearance that set social media afire. But Emmy night was not only about politics.
President Trump omnipresent over Emmy Awards ceremony
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump never won an Emmy, it's true. But his presence was felt at this year's television awards ceremony more than any actor, writer or producer.
White House aide unamused by political Emmy Awards
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide is offering a lackluster review for the politically-charged Emmy Awards.
Speaking Monday on "Fox & Friends," White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway says "America is responding by tuning out." Conway added people have a right to speak freely, but said "you're showing the world you're so easy with the insults about our leader."
‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Veep’ win big at Emmys
Politics and Sean Spicer take center stage at Emmy Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks after leaving his job, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was onstage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday joking about one of his first — and more dubious — claims from the press room.
Host Stephen Colbert, playing the straight man in his opening monologue, said it was difficult to tell how many people would be watching the show. At that point, Spicer wheeled a podium onto the Los Angeles stage.
Sean Spicer pressed (gently) as ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ guest
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a different Sean Spicer who paid a visit to ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night.
This was a smiling, chill Spicer, in marked contrast to the six hot-tempered months he spent as White House Press Secretary, conducting volatile news conferences that were given added heat thanks to Melissa McCarthy's unsparing impersonation of him on "Saturday Night Live."
Sean Spicer, Chelsea Manning join list of Harvard fellows
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The list of political fellows coming to Harvard University now includes former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning.
Both are among a group of political figures joining the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics this fall as visiting fellows.
Spicer served as press secretary for President Donald Trump until his resignation in July. He was previously communications director for the Republican National Committee.
Conservative commentator Mercedes Schlapp joins White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — A longtime conservative commentator is joining the White House as President Donald Trump continues to fill out his communications team.
Mercedes Schlapp will serve as senior adviser for strategic communications, the White House formally announced Tuesday.
Other changes are also in the works to fill vacancies following the departures of former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
‘SNL’ hosts Dave Chappelle, Melissa McCarthy win Emmy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy are Emmy winners, earning trophies for their appearances on "Saturday Night Live."
Chappelle and McCarthy were announced as best guest actor and actress on a comedy series at Sunday's creative arts awards, the precursor to the main Emmy Awards ceremony set for next weekend.
Sean Spicer finally gets to meet the pope
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sean Spicer finally got to meet the pope.
The former White House press secretary attended an audience with Pope Francis Sunday as part of an annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed Tuesday.
The most important thing to know about Steve Bannon, the departing White House “chief strategist,” is that he was an amateur. And just as Richard Neustadt tells us that the presidency is no place for amateurs, the same is true for White House senior staffers. The most important thing to know about Donald Trump’s first staff is that the actor — and activist — Kal Penn, who was part of yet another advisory group which collapsed on Friday, has more White House experience than Bannon and the following people combined: