Editors USA TODAY Published 11:55 AM EST Dec 22, 2018 In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic … [Read more...] about 2018 news year in review: Stories across United States that moved us
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It was one of those surreal evenings that makes covering American politics worthwhile, or at least so I had thought. Brothel-owner, reality TV star and Nevada assembly candidate Dennis Hof presided over a political rally that doubled as his birthday party: Hof turned 72 on Sunday, and Monday was his third or fourth night of celebration in a row. Porn star Ron Jeremy, Hof’s closest friend, gave a spirited rendition of Oh When The Saints Go Marching In on a harmonica. Anti-tax activist and conservative sage Grover Norquist spoke; signed copies of his book were auctioned off to raise money for a local dog shelter. Disgraced former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio gave a rambling speech. Fox News host Tucker Carlson called in live on the air to say happy birthday. Through it all, Hof held court from the dais with a grin. Twelve hours later he was dead. The Nye County sheriff’s office announced Tuesday that Hof had been found unresponsive by Jeremy that morning at the Love … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight I was Dennis Hof’s last ever interview, on the night he died. This is what I learned.
Heading into the midterm elections, the most volatile candidate this year isn't on the ballot. But President Trump still loves to take his freewheeling political stylings on the road on behalf of his fellow Republicans and he's raring to go for the sprint to Nov. 6. His eagerness to campaign for candidates — and protect his political flank — has led Republican officials and Mr. Trump's political team to devise a strategy for managing the president's time. It's designed to keep him in places where he can be helpful. They're also determined to try to manage his unpredictability so the party's strongest asset in turning out core GOP voters doesn't end up doing damage instead. There's a constant effort to keep him on best behavior. This past week, Mr. Trump heeded pleas from advisers and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, head of the GOP Senate campaign committee, to refrain from picking a favorite in the fractious Arizona primary, waiting until after the results were in to back the … [Read more...] about The most unpredictable candidate this fall: Trump