Manafort sentencing highlights Russia probe looming over Trump

Washington (CNN)Paul Manafort’s final date with his legal destiny on Wednesday — barring a presidential pardon — is sure to show why impeachment talk will not be quelled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s fresh attempts to tamp it down. That’s because the President will likely find it almost impossible not to weigh in on what happens in the courtroom. His comments and criticism will revive the question of whether he is planning a pardon for Manafort and potentially other indicted associates, the prospect of which plays into allegations of obstruction of justice and abuse of power. Pelosi tried to temper surging talk that her party could try to oust Trump — stimulated by its liberal grass roots and Republicans seeking …

Trump’s budget proves GOP deficit hawks are a dying breed

Washington (CNN)In the introduction to his new budget proposal President Donald Trump warns that the federal government “must protect future generations from Washington’s habitual deficit spending.” He then lays out a budget that makes clear he won’t be the one to curb that habit. When budget hawks ran the GOP During the Obama era, Paul Ryan spent years presenting lean, entitlement-reforming budgets in the House, knowing they would go nowhere with Democrats in control of the Senate and the White House. Still, it was a political move to lay out priorities that Republicans would presumably enact should they ever get full control of Washington. Among those most prominent Tea Party conservatives pounding the table for significant spending cuts was Mick …

‘I know where I came from!’: Sanders begins 2020 campaign with personal speech in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York (CNN)Bernie Sanders on Saturday spoke about his father’s escape from Europe, where “virtually his entire family there was wiped out by Hitler and Nazi barbarism.” “I know where I came from!” he howled, a hint of exuberance in his voice. “And that is something I will never forget.” The crowd of around 13,000 supporters, according to a campaign estimates, many of them having spent the preceding hours tapping their sludgy feet to a live band after queuing up around Brooklyn College’s East Quad early Saturday morning, roared back. Sanders is already striking a different chord as he seeks the Democratic nomination a second time. He has a new campaign manager, a more diverse staff and an inner …