Stories by Mike Allen

Mike Bloomberg kicks off his climate week

Mike Bloomberg
Bloomberg in Phoenix on Nov. 26. Photo: Rick Scuteri/AP

Mike Bloomberg will announce a climate week that kicks off on Monday with the campaign's first ad on climate change.

The big picture: It's an online-only spot in California that's called "Smoke and Fire." It calls President Trump "the climate denier," in contrast with Bloomberg's battles with the coal industry.

Rahm Emanuel riffs on Ukraine, 2020 candidates at Gridiron dinner

The mayor laughing.
As Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel laughs at one of his own jokes during a 2015 news conference. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images.

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel brought down the house at last night's Gridiron Club winter dinner, hitting hard on the Trump administration and 2020.

Some excerpts: "I want to welcome all the distinguished members of the press, elected officials and members of the Deep State."

How a big prisoner swap between the U.S. and Iran unfolded

Brian Hook stands with Xiyue Wang in Zurich today. Photo: State Department via AP
Brian Hook stands with Xiyue Wang in Zurich today. Photo: State Department via AP

Brian Hook, the State Department special representative for Iran, boarded a military plane at Andrews Air Force Base Friday night and flew to Zurich, where Saturday he swapped an Iranian scientist for an American student who'd been captive in Iran.

The latest: Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang, 38, detained in Tehran since 2016 on what the U.S. says are false charges, for scientist Massoud Soleimani, who faced a federal trial in Georgia.