Kent Covington
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Weighing the nuclear option

Politics | Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could benefit from an earlier Democratic rule change
by Kent Covington
Posted 2/01/17, 12:54 pm

Democrats on Capitol Hill say they will do everything possible to stop the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. But their bark might be worse than their bite because of a rule change they introduced during the Obama administration.

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Trump, media spar over truth, accountability

White House | The new administration’s handling of the press is a rude awakening for Washington journalists
by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/25/17, 12:08 pm

Less than a week into Donald Trump’s presidency, his relationship with the mainstream media is off to a rocky start.

On Monday, press secretary Sean Spicer excoriated members of the press in the White House briefing room. 

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Pollsters are last night’s biggest losers

Campaign 2016 | Pre-election predictions mostly came true, except where it mattered
by Kent Covington
Posted 11/09/16, 11:00 am

Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race came as a shock to prognosticators and pollsters. The polling analysis blog FiveThirtyEight gave Hillary Clinton a 71 percent chance of winning in its final pre-election forecast, and the New York Times’ The Upshot put her odds of victory at 85 percent.

Some journalists this morning blamed their blown calls on bad polling. 

“We don’t know what happened, because the tools that we would normally use to help us assess what happened failed,” the Times’ Maggie Haberman said. “The polling on both sides was wrong.”

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