Schumer’s Rare Double-Buckle on the Shutdown Infuriates Liberals

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't smile much. But as the Kentucky Republican sat in his chair on the Senate floor Monday, listening to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announce that Democrats would vote to reopen the federal government, his lips spread into a nearly ear-to-ear grin. He looked like the cat that had just swallowed the Democratic... Read More

Senate Advances Measure to End Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The three-day government shutdown is on the verge of ending after enough Senate Democrats joined Republicans to advance a three-week extension of funding in exchange for GOP assurances that Congress would take up a larger immigration bill in that time. The stopgap funding measure, which needed 60 votes to clear a key procedural hurdle, was approved 81 to... Read More

The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Turns its Focus to the Ballot Box

The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Turns a Year Old — and Grows Up WASHINGTON — The pink "pussy hat" is in a museum collection, protesters have left the airports, and George Orwell's "1984" has fallen back off the best-seller list. But the energy behind the anti-Donald Trump protests that exploded a year ago, which turned everything from T-shirts to yoga into a... Read More

Federal Shutdown Drama Grows as Senate Stalls Spending Vote

House Republicans Pass Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown, Prospects Dim in Senate WASHINGTON — House Republicans overcame a major obstacle late Thursday when the most conservative wing of the conference announced its support for the short-term spending measure to avoid a government shutdown. The measure passed the House on a mostly party line 230-197 vote. But the fate of the... Read More

Congress Scrambles to Avoid Shutdown as Trump Adds New Confusion

WASHINGTON — As Republicans in Congress scrambled Thursday to put together a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump threw a new wrinkle into the mix, saying an extension of the children's health care insurance program should not be part of it. House GOP leaders have been confident that they have the votes to pass an... Read More

Trump Denies Haiti Slur Amid Fallout from ‘Shithole’ Comment

President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to deny he insulted Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" but admitted he used "tough" language during a discussion about an immigration deal with lawmakers. The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump tweeted. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal... Read More

Trump: ‘Seems unlikely’ I’ll Need to Speak with Mueller

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday it "seems unlikely" that he'll have to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller about the investigation into allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, repeatedly insisting there was “no collusion.” When they have no collusion…it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview," Trump said during a press conference... Read More

Judge Blocks Trump Decision to End DACA Immigration Program

Federal Judge Temporarily Revives Part of DACA Immigration Program A federal judge on Tuesday night ordered the Trump administration to revive part of the program that protected people who were illegally brought to the United States as children from being deported, calling the administration's abrupt decision to end the program last year "arbitrary" and "capricious." The ruling came just hours... Read More

DACA, a Government Shutdown and Partisan Politics at Play

'It's a mess': DACA Negotiations hit a Snag Ahead of White House Meeting (CNN) - Republicans and Democrats will sit down with President Donald Trump in a bipartisan meeting Tuesday aimed at moving closer to protecting hundreds of thousands of immigrants from deportation, but a long-entrenched partisan divide over immigration policy and a looming budget deadline are threatening progress. Republican... Read More

Democrats Can’t Escape Issue of Trump’s Impeachment in 2018 Midterm Campaign

WASHINGTON — Impeachment looms over this year's elections, whether either party's leadership wants that or not. Even before "Fire and Fury" raised questions about President Donald Trump's mental fitness, 70 percent of Democratic voters told NBC News/Wall Street Journal pollsters they wanted congressional hearings on impeachment, making it impossible for their party to ignore the issue as they try to... Read More

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to Retire; Romney Could Run

WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of his term this year, ending months of speculation about the political future of the longest-serving Republican currently in the Senate. Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching," Hatch, a former amateur boxer, said in... Read More

Senate Passes Sweeping GOP Tax Bill, but House to Vote Again

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted along party lines after midnight Tuesday to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax bill that slashes tax rates for corporations, provides new breaks for private businesses and reorganizes the individual tax code. The House approved the bill earlier Tuesday but will have to vote again on Wednesday. Democrats in the Senate persuaded the chamber's parliamentarian... Read More

Hatch ‘Fesses Up to Special Break in GOP Tax Bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch defended a late provision he added to the GOP tax bill that could extend significant tax breaks to real estate companies, among others. The controversy threw a spotlight on one of the bill's largest and most complicated tax provisions, one where even small tweaks can affect large swaths of the economy. The Utah Republican's statement... Read More

NTSB says Amtrak Train Derailed at 80 mph in 30-mph Zone

The train that careened off a bridge outside Tacoma, Washington, killing three people was traveling at 80 mph on a 30-mph stretch of track, federal investigators confirmed late Monday. During a late-night briefing with reporters, NTSB board member Bella Dinh-Zarr added that Train 501 of Amtrak's Cascades service from Seattle headed south to Portland, Oregon, was carrying 80 passengers, three... Read More

Net Neutrality Supporters Vow Lawsuits in Resistance to FCC Vote

A broad coalition of public officials, activists and content producers vowed to hit Control-Alt-Delete on the Federal Communications Commission's vote Thursday to end "net neutrality" rules intended to make sure that all internet traffic is treated equally. The FCC's party-line 3-2 vote after a lengthy and fractious public comment period had long been expected, and when it came Thursday, defenders... Read More

Democrats Made a Bet on Trump That Just Paid Off — Bigly

WASHINGTON — With two weeks to spare, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already raised twice as much money online this year as it did in 2015, officials said. Online donors gave $40.46 million in 2017 as of Thursday morning, easily outperforming the $19.7 million raised online two years ago, the most recent non-presidential election year. Many liberal and Democratic... Read More

Alabama’s Women Wrote the Verdict on Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Women drew the line at Roy Moore. There are many reasons why Moore became the first Republican nominee to lose an Alabama Senate race since 1992 on Tuesday night, including a strong turnout by African-American voters and a lack of enthusiasm among Moore's base. But with Moore denying multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior with teenage girls, and... Read More

House Passes NRA-backed ‘Concealed Carry’ Gun Bill

WASHINGTON — The House approved a Republican bill on Wednesday making it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines. The "concealed carry" bill is the first gun legislation in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people. The House approved, 231-198. The bill is a top priority of the National... Read More

Time’s Person of the Year is ‘The Silence Breakers’ of #MeToo Movement

"The Silence Breakers" of the #MeToo movement, who gave a voice to sexual assault and harassment survivors — and showed them that they are not alone — are Time's 2017 Person of the Year, the magazine revealed exclusively Wednesday morning on "Today." While the concept of #MeToo was started in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke, its use became part of... Read More

Democrats Turn on Franken to Get to Moore

WASHINGTON — By calling on one of their own to resign Wednesday, Senate Democrats tried to seize the moral high ground on sexual misconduct. The push to oust Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. comes before an Alabama special election next week in which President Donald Trump is supporting Roy Moore, a candidate dogged by multiple accusations of sexual misconduct with teenagers... Read More

Trump Announces Reductions to Two National Monuments

Trump announces reductions to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced the reduction of two national monuments in Utah on Monday, lambasting past administrations for overreach in a decision likely to touch off a battle with conservation groups and Native American tribes. Bears Ears, designated by President Barack Obama, was significantly downsized, from about 1.3 million... Read More

RNC Support for Roy Moore Born Again after Trump Endorsement

RNC jumps back in Alabama Senate Race after Trump endorses Roy Moore The Republican National Committee resumed supporting Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday after President Donald Trump earlier endorsed Moore, a Republican official said. The RNC dropped out of a joint fundraising agreement with Moore three weeks ago as Moore was hit with multiple accusations of sexual misconduct... Read More

Trump Offers Strongest Support Yet for Roy Moore

President Donald Trump on Monday offered his strongest support yet to embattled Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.... Read More

U.S. War Games in Kim Jong Un’s Backyard Trigger ‘Nuclear War’ Warning

U.S. drills in South Korea trigger ‘nuclear war’ warning from North Korea Two dozen U.S. stealth jets were among hundreds of aircraft involved in war games intended as a show of strength to neighboring North Korea on Monday. Dubbed Vigilant Ace, the annual military drills come amid heightened tensions in the region triggered by Kim Jong Un's missile and nuclear... Read More

U.S. Threatens North Korea with Destruction if War Erupts

At UN, Ambassador Haley warns against war in which North Korean regime ‘will be utterly destroyed’ The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday that the North Korean regime "will be utterly destroyed" if a war breaks out, a day after that country launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in a new provocative test. We have never sought war with... Read More

Trump Wrongly Says He Won’t Benefit from GOP Tax Plan

President Donald Trump made another sales pitch for his tax plan in Missouri on Wednesday, repeating his erroneous claim that the Republican bill, if passed, would cost him and other rich Americans “a fortune.” This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me," Trump told an enthusiastic crowd in St. Charles, just outside St. Louis. "This is... Read More

North Korea Missile Went 10 Times Higher than Space Station

Kim Jong Un's latest ballistic missile test flew 10 times higher than the International Space Station and twice as high as any satellite in low-earth orbit, according to South Korea's military. Although analysts were scrambling Wednesday to learn what they could about the North Korean launch, Pyongyang said it had tested a new type of missile, named the Hwasong-15. Dictator... Read More

Doug Jones is Outspending Roy Moore 10-to-1 on the Alabama Airwaves

WASHINGTON — Democrat Doug Jones is outspending embattled Republican Roy Moore by nearly 10 to one in Alabama’s closely watched Senate race, but his message on the airwaves over the past three weeks hasn’t completely focused on the sexual misconduct scandal that has enveloped Moore. According to the ad-tracking group Advertising Analytics LLC, Jones’ campaign has shoveled $5.6 million into... Read More

Trump Calls Warren ‘Pocahontas’ at Event Honoring Native Americans

President Donald Trump revived his derogatory nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Monday, referring to her as "Pocahontas" during an event honoring Native American veterans at the White House. Trump told the veterans: You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago.... Read More

TV Host Charlie Rose Suspended After Sexual Harassment Accusations

Talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose apologized and was suspended by three networks after eight women accused him of sexual harassment and unwanted advances in a report Monday in The Washington Post. The claims against Rose, 75, included groping female acquaintances and walking around naked in their presence, The Post reported. The women were either employees at the "Charlie... Read More

A Nation Divided Under Trump

WASHINGTON — Something most Americans are NOT thankful for on this Thanksgiving week is the state of the country's political discourse, with 86 percent of the public having a negative view of it, according to a new NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll. And 58 percent of Americans who say they celebrate Thanksgiving are dreading talking about politics at their Thanksgiving dinner, the... Read More

Anti-Gay Supporters Rally for Roy Moore, Worrying LGBTQ Community

Moore's hardline stance on gay rights — and those of his fiercest religious supporters — are troubling for the LGBTQ community in Alabama and beyond. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A smiling Roy Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies. Flanked by a huge sign for Moore's Senate campaign, one supporter railed against the "LGBT mafia" and "homosexualist gay... Read More

Keystone Pipeline Closed Through Several States After Big Leak

Keystone Pipeline Closed Through Several States After 200,000-gallon leak in South Dakota Part of the controversial Keystone Pipeline was shut down Thursday after more than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota, the state and the company that runs the pipeline said Thursday. Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist for the Ground Water Quality Program of the state Department of... Read More

Trump’s Silence on Roy Moore Speaks Volumes

The day after returning from his overseas trip, President Trump fired off tweets criticizing CNN and the New York Times, jabbing Democrats for not supporting the GOP’s tax plan and wondering if three UCLA basketball players would thank him for freeing them from jail in China. But he never once discussed the scandal involving Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore,... Read More

Bipartisan Deal on Gun Control Unveiled

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators Thursday unveiled legislation that would improve background checks for gun sales. The bill, crafted by Sens. John Cornyn, R.-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., would incentivize states to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check system to ensure all background check information is uploaded. Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, and his wife Sandy Cornyn visit... Read More

Gunman Kills Four, Wounds Child at School in California Shootings

A gunman in a rural part of Northern California killed four people and targeted an elementary school but was thwarted by a lockdown procedure, before continuing the rampage and later being killed by police, authorities said. No children were killed in the shooting spree that began at shortly before 8 a.m. PT in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about... Read More

Twitter Suspends Verifying Accounts After White Nationalist Gets Badge

It might take a bit longer to get that blue check mark on Twitter. The popular social media platform announced Thursday that it would suspend verifying accounts after it received heavy criticism for providing Jason Kessler, an organizer of the far-right Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a verification badge on Wednesday. Jason Kessler's verified Twitter profile. Verification... Read More

And the Winners from Election Day are….

Wipeout: Democrats Drub Republicans Across the Country WASHINGTON — How big of an Election Night did Democrats have on Tuesday? And how rough was it for Republicans one year after Donald Trump’s surprising victory in 2016? Consider all of these results across the country: In the marquee gubernatorial contest in Virginia, Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie by 9 points,... Read More

Who Is Devin Kelley, the Texas Church Shooter?

He arrived at church ready for war, wearing black tactical gear and a ballistics vest and toting what authorities described as an "assault-type rifle." Devin P. Kelley while a freshman at New Braunfels High School in New Braunfels, Texas, in 2006. Poppel Yearbook Library Then Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, opened fire on a small Texas church on Sunday morning, killing... Read More

Trump Rips Mueller Target Papadopoulos as ‘Liar,’ ‘Low Level Volunteer’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos as a "liar" and "low level volunteer" after it was revealed a day earlier that he had secretly pleaded guilty and struck a cooperation agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller. The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manafort lawyer said, there was 'no collusion' and events mentioned took... Read More

Manafort, Gates Charged With Conspiracy in Mueller Investigation

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the U.S., special counsel Robert Mueller's office announced Monday. Other charges against Manafort and Gates include money laundering, being an unregistered foreign agent and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign... Read More

Major Trump Speech on Opioid Crisis May Prove Controversial

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is poised to deliver a major speech Thursday on fighting the opioid epidemic, the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history. We're going to have a big meeting on opioids tomorrow," Mr. Trump told reporters as he left the White House Wednesday en route to Texas. He said his plan to officially declare the crisis a national... Read More

Ex-Presidents Send Trump a Pointed Message

WASHINGTON — Politics has never been an innocent profession. Every generation has witnessed contentious arguments, division, scandals and below-the-belt attacks — McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iran-Contra, impeachment, the Iraq war and the all-out fight over Obamacare. But what was extraordinary about Thursday was having two ex-presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — deliver what amounted to a... Read More

Trump Told Soldier’s Widow He Knew ‘What He Signed Up For,’ Congresswoman Says

A Florida congresswoman said the family of a U.S. service member killed in Niger was "astonished" when President Donald Trump suggested in a phone call that the soldier "must've known what he signed up for." Rep. Frederica Wilson told NBC Miami that she heard the president's comment to Sgt. La David T. Johnson's widow, Myeshia, on a speakerphone as they... Read More

#MeToo: Hashtag Becomes Anti-Sexual Harassment and Assault Rallying Cry

The tweets and Facebook posts came flooding in: from actors and other celebrities, from women not normally in the spotlight, even from some men. On Sunday night, after a tweet from actor Alyssa Milano, social media was inundated with personal stories of being the victims of sexual harassment or assault. Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have... Read More

Trump Attacks Puerto Rico, Threatens To Pull Emergency Responders

President Donald Trump slammed Puerto Rico on Thursday, saying its power grid and infrastructure were a "disaster" before two hurricanes hit last month and he threatened to pull federal emergency management workers from the storm-ravaged island. His comments drew furious responses from Democrats who charged he is treating Americans there like "second-class citizens." Trump tweeted, 'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes,... Read More

Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room. Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted... Read More

Corker says Trump Could Set U.S. on Path to World War III

Following a day of trading twitter barbs, Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, is firing back at President Trump again, calling into question Mr. Trump's leadership ability and his turbulent running of the White House in a New York Times report. In an interview with the Times on Sunday, Corker said Mr. Trump was treating his office like "a reality show," with... Read More

Las Vegas Shooter Booked Rooms Facing Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago in August

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock booked rooms in a Chicago hotel facing the Lollapalooza music festival in August, a law enforcement official told USA TODAY on Thursday. Paddock, 64, booked one room at the Blackstone Hotel starting Aug. 1, two days before the festival opened. He booked a second room Aug. 3. The Blackstone confirmed in a statement that rooms were... Read More

Las Vegas police say Gunman Stephen Paddock Had an Escape Plan

Police in Las Vegas now believe the man who carried out the deadliest attack on American soil since 9/11 had an escape plan and they are not ruling out possible accomplices. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says Stephen Paddock must have had some help, but the gunman's motive is still a mystery. More than 100 law enforcement agents have been... Read More

Las Vegas Gunman Meticulously Planned Shooting, Sheriff Says

Sunday night's shooting spree in Las Vegas was so meticulously planned that the gunman set up cameras in and around his luxury hotel room, the Clark County sheriff's office said Tuesday. The apparent attempts at surveillance by the gunman, whom authorities have identified as Stephen Paddock, were part of extensive preparations that included stockpiling nearly two dozen guns in his... Read More

LIVE Video – Las Vegas Concert Shooting

Someone shot into a crowd of 30,000 people at an outdoor concertin Las Vegas near the Mandalay Bay casino last night. It happened just after 10:00 p.m. PST. Over 50 people are dead, and there are more than 406 have been taken to the hospital. It is now being called the deadliest shooting in U. S. history. JASON ALDEAN was performing when his... Read More

Tax Reform is Going to be Really, Really Hard

The fight to repeal Obamacare is over -- for now -- and Republicans have pivoted to the fight ahead on their tax proposal. But writing the legislation won't be their only challenge: lawmakers will face several big hurdles before they can produce a final bill. Congressional Republicans have made clear that they want to rely on an approach which requires... Read More

Obamacare Repeal Failed, but the Damage Is Already Done

President Donald Trump pauses as he meets with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the Oval Office at the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON — Graham-Cassidy is officially over for now after Senate leaders announced they would not bring it up for a vote. But the damage to the health insurance market from... Read More

At Least 6 Close Trump Advisers Used Private Email for Government Business

In conducting official business, senior White House officials sometimes used private email accounts, CBS News confirms. These communications were initiated largely by people outside the White House seeking to arrange meetings with senior White House staff. Often, individuals asking for a meeting had an existing e-mail relationship with the White House official. For example, a Republican senator might email former... Read More

Kim Jong Un Calls President Trump ‘Dotard’ and ‘Frightened Dog’

North Korea's leader called President Donald Trump "a frightened dog" and a "gangster fond of playing with fire" in an official statement released Thursday. Kim Jong Un responded to Trump's United Nations speech in a dispatch written in the first person. South Korea's government said it was the first such direct address to the world by any North Korean leader.... Read More

Trump Threatens to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea in First U.N. Speech

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, derided Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, as a “rocket man” on Tuesday as the president warned that he may be forced to "totally destroy" the rogue nation. If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph," Trump said, as he... Read More

Deal or No Deal? ‘Dreamers’ Wait as Trump, Lawmakers Joust Over Immigration

The fate of 800,000 young immigrants hung in the balance Thursday as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck to protect them — and if so, exactly what it was. In the face of an intense backlash from conservatives inside the Capitol and out, Speaker Paul Ryan and other... Read More

How to Fix Identity-Theft Issues Posed by the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach not only exposed sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans, but it also underscored the huge and largely unaddressed vulnerabilities that make widespread identity theft possible. Experts have warned for years that the widespread use of Social Security numbers, lax corporate security and even looser individual password practices could lead to an identity-theft apocalypse. The Equifax breach... Read More

DACA and Dreamers Explained

(CNN) - Will nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants lose protection from deportation? That decision is up to Congress, the Trump administration said Tuesday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Pulling the plug on DACA overturns President Barack Obama's signature immigration policy and could upend the lives of more... Read More