House Speaker Ryan remains non-committal about re-election

House Speaker Paul Ryan is still being non-committal about whether he'll seek re-election to an 11th term. The Republican says that's a decision he always makes with his wife "each and every term" before Wisconsin's filing deadline. The deadline this year is June 1. Ryan adds "I'm not going to share my thinking with you before I even talk to my wife." Ryan is being asked about...
House Speaker Paul Ryan is still being non-committal about whether he'll seek re-election to an 11th term. The Republican says that's a decision he always makes with his wife "each and every term"...

Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial

Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial. Daniel Black sued the sheriff for having deputies detain him and question him at Milwaukee's airport, but Clarke's taunting social media posts remain the focus of the case. Here's a look at history of the case and the legal issues that will play out...
Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial. Daniel Black sued the sheriff for having deputies...
Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed near the Syrian border that the Trump administration would demand that lawmakers reopen the government. Pence said they deserved their pay and benefits and service members and their families "shouldn't...
Mick Mulvaney finds himself in middle of another shutdown

Mick Mulvaney finds himself in middle of another shutdown

Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House. In both spots, he's been at the center of a government shutdown. But this time he is arguing against it and is faulting Democrats for seeking to use the very kind of leverage he tried to utilize in 2013. Then a congressman, Mulvaney...
The Latest: McConnell opposes Trump on ending filibusters

The Latest: McConnell opposes Trump on ending filibusters

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against President Donald Trump's calls to end Senate filibusters. When filibusters of legislation are underway, it takes 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to halt them. Republicans now control the chamber 51-49. But strong Democratic opposition and some defecting GOP senators have kept...
Trump the dealmaker comes up short ahead of shutdown

Trump the dealmaker comes up short ahead of shutdown

He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump's latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess. The failure to find consensus on immigration and spending is a blow to Trump's presidency on the anniversary of his inauguration — and perhaps more painfully, a blow to his...
Trump's attempts to show voter fraud appear to have stalled

Trump's attempts to show voter fraud appear to have stalled

President Donald Trump hasn't backed away from his unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegally cast ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016, but his efforts to investigate it appear to have stalled. He transferred the work of the commission investigating his claim to the Department of Homeland Security. This week, the department's top official made it clear that, when it comes to elections...
Iran deal 'fixes' to dominate Tillerson's agenda in Europe

Iran deal 'fixes' to dominate Tillerson's agenda in Europe

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seeking British and French support for tough new penalties against Iran and preventing a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson on Sunday began a nearly weeklong trip to Europe, and a U.S. official said Iran was expected to dominate Tillerson's talks in London and Paris, the first two stops. Tillerson left Washington as the government shutdown enters...
The Latest: Israeli Arab lawmakers to boycott Pence speech

The Latest: Israeli Arab lawmakers to boycott Pence speech

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's Middle East tour (all times local): 1:40 p.m. The main Arab party in the Israeli Knesset says it will boycott Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the parliament on Monday. Ayman Odeh wrote on Twitter Saturday that the members of his Joint List will boycott the speech. The Trump administration has infuriated the Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's...
After huge US crowds, European women join chorus for change

After huge US crowds, European women join chorus for change

Thousands of people on two continents picked up the baton from the United States and rallied Sunday in solidarity with women demanding equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment. Demonstrations in London, Paris, Sydney and other European and Australian cities followed much larger women's marches held Saturday across the U.S. to mark the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration,...
Federal shutdown enters Day 2 amid blame game on both sides

Federal shutdown enters Day 2 amid blame game on both sides

Senate leaders offered no obvious solution to reopening the government and engaged in unrelenting finger-pointing during a rare Sunday session in the hours leading up to a vote to end the shutdown before the workweek began. The chamber's top Democrat indicated that he would continue to lead a filibuster of a stopgap spending measure that's slated for a post-midnight vote, while congressional Republicans...
How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown. Many government operations will continue — U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered. But almost half the 2 million...
Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

Closed attractions like the Statue of Liberty and suspended services such as the American Forces Network are examples of victims of the government shutdown. Federal services fall into two categories during a shutdown, essential and non-essential. Essential services such as the mail and Social Security checks continue. Non-essential services like processing of new veterans benefits claims are suspended...
Jordan urges Pence to 'rebuild trust' after Jerusalem pivot

Jordan urges Pence to 'rebuild trust' after Jerusalem pivot

Jordan's king appealed Sunday to Vice President Mike Pence to "rebuild trust and confidence" in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following fallout from the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Pence tried to reassure the monarch that the U.S. was committed to restarting peace efforts and to a two-state solution...
Congressman denies misconduct claim; ethics probe may follow

Congressman denies misconduct claim; ethics probe may follow

House Speaker Paul Ryan called for an Ethics Committee investigation Saturday after the New York Times reported that U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures. The story, published online Saturday, cited unnamed people who said the Republican Pennsylvania representative used thousands...
The Latest: Senate GOP plans a vote aimed at ending shutdown

The Latest: Senate GOP plans a vote aimed at ending shutdown

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A Senate showdown vote on a Republican plan for ending the federal shutdown is on track to occur by early Monday. Democrats say they have the votes to block it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed a measure financing the government through Feb. 8. Senate Democrats derailed a House-passed measure early Saturday that...
Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns

Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns

President Donald Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House. In both spots, he's been at the center of government shutdowns. As a congressman in 2013, Mulvaney was among a faction on the hard right that bullied GOP leaders into a shutdown confrontation...
Administration pledge to minimize shutdown faces early test

Administration pledge to minimize shutdown faces early test

The Trump administration's pledge to minimize the impact of a government shutdown faces an early test as a number of iconic American landmarks announce they will be closed. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, symbols of American promise, were shuttered Saturday due to what the National Park Service describes as "a lapse in appropriations." That's a bureaucratic term for a lack of money...
Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'

Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'

If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks lower and dragging down the economy. Economists and investment advisers interviewed by The Associated Press generally didn't foresee the shutdown...
Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long "consensual relationship" with his former hairdresser. Greitens told The Associated Press that he has no plans to resign from office as a result of the affair...
Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama

Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama

A bleak description of "American carnage." A forceful rollback of his predecessor's achievements. A blatant falsehood from the White House podium. And that was just the first 24 hours. In his first year in office, Donald Trump proved to be a singular figure, casting aside norms and traditions, fighting with Republicans and Democrats alike and changing how the nation and the presidency are...
VP Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

VP Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism on Saturday as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region amid a government shutdown in Washington. Pence told reporters that he raised the issue of two Americans who have been imprisoned for several years in...
Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it. The finger-pointing played out in rare weekend proceedings in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively working for...
The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a 'present' from Democrats

The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a 'present' from Democrats

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:35 a.m. President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown — tweeting that they wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. He says Democrats "could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead." And as part of a series of...
US government shuts down as partisan blame game heats up

US government shuts down as partisan blame game heats up

The federal government has shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday. That has halted all but the most essential operations and marred the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown...
Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected?

Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected?

The federal government shutdown only partially curbs operations. But the longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday. How key parts of the federal government would be affected...
AP Explains: Congress has shut down the govt. Now what?

AP Explains: Congress has shut down the govt. Now what?

The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government. ___ WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT? Since the end of the fiscal year in September, the government has been operating on temporary funding measures. The current...
Trump travel ban to get day in Supreme Court

Trump travel ban to get day in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers who claim it is illegally aimed at Muslims and stems from Trump's campaign call for a "complete...
US competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis

US competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says they even outpacing the threat of terrorism. He said Friday that competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world. Mattis is laying out a broad new strategy for the Defense...
Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. A group that tracks Russian-linked...
Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat

Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat

A tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star's 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue, four former employees of the tabloid's publisher told The Associated Press. In Touch magazine published its 5,000-word interview with the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels on Friday — more than six years after Trump's...
Trump signs surveillance law after confusing tweets

Trump signs surveillance law after confusing tweets

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bill into law to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program, announcing his action in the latest in a series of confusing tweets about the spy program. Trump's tweet on Jan. 11 created chaos in the House just before it voted to reauthorize what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He linked the intelligence program to...
Washington vows to stay open if government shuts down

Washington vows to stay open if government shuts down

District of Columbia officials are vowing not to let the looming shutdown of the federal government affect the city's normal functions, with local departments picking up the slack for shuttered federal agencies. At a Friday press conference, with the shutdown due to start at midnight, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced, "Shutdown or no shutdown — D.C. is open." Vast swaths of...
Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

Talk about lousy timing. President Donald Trump had hoped to spend the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration amid friends at his opulent Palm Beach, Florida, estate. Instead, he's reckoning with a federal government shutdown. Trump scrapped plans to depart Friday for his Mar-a-Lago club, where he'd been set to attend a high-dollar fundraiser Saturday night to commemorate...
Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him. Prosecutors from the Department of Justice told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge seeks a retrial "at the earliest possible date." The announcement...
Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers who claim it is illegally aimed at Muslims and stems from Trump's campaign call for a "complete...
Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

Advocates for an award-winning journalist trying to win asylum in the United States because he says he received death threats in Mexico accused U.S. immigration officials Friday of unjustly detaining him based on a disputed 1999 incident. An attorney for Emilio Gutierrez Soto said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are trying to discredit the journalist, who in October accepted the...
Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

The Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke has proposed opening nearly all U.S. coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling, but said soon after announcing the plan that he will...
What won't get done during a government shutdown

What won't get done during a government shutdown

Although the government won't actually close if Congress fails to pass a spending bill by Friday at midnight, there's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until Washington agrees on a budget plan. In the event of a shutdown, U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal...
The Latest: VP Pence greets troops in Ireland

The Latest: VP Pence greets troops in Ireland

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Middle East (all times local): 2:45 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence is greeting US soldiers at Shannon Airport in Ireland hours after the federal government shutdown. Pence shook hands and posed for photos with soldiers in the airport terminal during a re-fueling stop by Air Force Two. Pence tells some of the troops, "We'll get this thing figured...
The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local): 1:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished." Trump spoke Friday via video from the White House Rose Garden to thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered for the annual March for Life. He says he is the first president...
Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way." In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished." The moment marked...
Full slate of speakers set to mark anniversary of Atlanta women’s march

Full slate of speakers set to mark anniversary of Atlanta women’s march

The final list of speakers at a Saturday rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women features two organizers of the 2017 national march in Washington, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, and a key catalyst of the #MeToo movement, actress Alyssa Milano. The three women will share the stage at the Power to the Polls rally in southwest Atlanta with U.S. Reps....
Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world. Laying out a broad new strategy for the Defense Department, Mattis warned...
Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers

Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that's likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent...
PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked out claims including boasts by Atlanta’s new mayor about the city’s financial condition and by New York’s mayor about that city’s high school graduation rate; and a criticism by Democrats regarding the effect of the new tax cut. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Atlanta is on its strongest...
Feds approve Georgia’s “ESSA” plan for schools

Feds approve Georgia’s “ESSA” plan for schools

Gov. Nathan Deal wouldn’t sign it, but U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved Georgia’s plan to comply with the new federal education law. The U.S. Department of Education announced the approval of Georgia’s plan and the plans of five other states -- Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Montana and New Hampshire-- in a bulletin released at 7:45 p.m. Georgia’s report...
The right is standing firm on reforming immigration, ending chain migration

The right is standing firm on reforming immigration, ending chain migration

No, a solution on DACA is not going to be part of a bill to keep the government running. Why would it? From Townhall: Why is the left willing to hurt American citizens by shutting down the government in favor of the issues of non-citizens? From Sens. Tom Cotton, (R-Ark.), David Perdue, (R-Ga.), and Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa): A bad immigration bill that doesn’t address chain migration would do...
A year in and the left finds Trump as bad as they first thought

A year in and the left finds Trump as bad as they first thought

On the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, some are left asking if we really saw what we saw with this president.   From Leon Panetta, CNN: The values of America do not solely rest in the person who is leading the country. From USA Today: A group of contributors grade the president on his performance on the eve of the anniversary of his inauguration. From columnist...
PolitiFact: N.Y. mayor right about graduation rate increase

PolitiFact: N.Y. mayor right about graduation rate increase

Schools in New York City have one feature the rest of the state’s schools do not: They’re under the exclusive control of the mayor. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed graduation rates have soared by 50 percent since that power was granted. The New York State Legislature gave then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg control over the city’s schools in 2002. Before 2002, only about half...
Will Democratic ideals get in the way of a fair decision for ‘Dreamers’?

Will Democratic ideals get in the way of a fair decision for ‘Dreamers’?

As the threat of a government shutdown looms, will the left stick with their vision for immigration, or compromise with Trump for the “Dreamers” sake? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the choice the left faces. 1. Democrats hitch their party to immigrants From Bloomberg: The commitment to the issue of immigration is politically risky for Democrats, but now they must...
Why is the left ditching the DACA compromise?

Why is the left ditching the DACA compromise?

It looks like a plan that would have allowed “Dreamers” to stay in the United States is off the table for the moment. Why are Democrats backing away from a compromise that would help those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. 1. Here’s why Democrats are sabotaging the DACA compromise ...
The left just wants a DACA deal done and finished

The left just wants a DACA deal done and finished

The fate of thousands of Dreamers should not depend on the political whims of the members of Congress and the president. From the Orlando Sentinel: Both parties need to step up their game on DACA and avert a government shutdown. From Cleveland.com: Message to party leaders – both Democrats and Republicans will be blamed if there is no DACA deal and the government shuts down. From the St. Louis...
The right is ready for DACA as long as there is a strong border behind it

The right is ready for DACA as long as there is a strong border behind it

Is diversity really what we want in the United States? Plus, a look at DACA from a Dreamer’s perspective and from the governor of Florida. From The Citizen Times: A DACA recipient argues his case for a deal to keep Dreamers in the U.S. From Florida Gov. Rick Scott: How can someone be against securing our borders in this day and age? From the National Review: Exactly what kind of diversity makes...
On the left, the deal for the Dreamers should be the only thing that matters

On the left, the deal for the Dreamers should be the only thing that matters

Should you care about giving in on a wall if those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals get to stay in this country? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The Los Angeles Times: Fixing DACA has become a fight to cover both parties sins when it comes to illegal immigration.   From U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-Texas): Forget the wall, put all that money...
The right is urging Trump not to give in on the wall

The right is urging Trump not to give in on the wall

President Donald Trump needs to hold firm to his call for a wall across the country’s southern border whether there is a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or not. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From the National Review: Democrats should give Trump the wall in exchange for a DACA deal. They can always take it back if they win back the House. From columnist...
Left wonders where we go on immigration after Trump’s vulgar comments

Left wonders where we go on immigration after Trump’s vulgar comments

On Thursday, President Donald Trump questioned, in vulgar terms, according to reports, why the United States allows immigrants from Haiti and countries in Africa to come to the United States. A roundup of editorials Friday dissects Trump’s words on immigration, and where the conversation goes from here. (Note: These editorials contain crude language.) 1. Why Trump can’t understand...
The right cautions Trump not to give away the store with DACA deal

The right cautions Trump not to give away the store with DACA deal

Members of Congress are working on a program to address the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Will the GOP be better served to focus on a wall along the country’s southern border, or reforming chain migration? A roundup of editorials Friday looks at DACA, the wall and immigration reform. 1. If Trump will deal, Dems should, too  From The Detroit News: The...
Before and after his arrival, Trump causes a stir at title game

Before and after his arrival, Trump causes a stir at title game

President Donald Trump made his presence at the college football title game Monday known on and off the field. His arrival briefly paralyzed traffic and caused long delays for fans waiting to enter Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch Georgia take on Alabama for the championship. Once inside, he was greeted with a booming chorus of cheers — mixed with some boos — as he took the field for the...
PolitiFact: Trump misquotes Feinstein on Russia probes

PolitiFact: Trump misquotes Feinstein on Russia probes

In President Trump’s recent interview in The New York Times, he made that eye-opening claim about Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, two of the three congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. So, a statement from Feinstein declaring...
Trump to visit Atlanta one year after tweets blasting ‘crime-infested’ district

Trump to visit Atlanta one year after tweets blasting ‘crime-infested’ district

President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to Atlanta for college football’s national championship game Monday comes nearly one year after he set off a municipal firestorm with a series of tweets denigrating the city as “crime-infested” and in “horrible shape.”  The controversial tweets were a reaction to the decision by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga...
PolitiFact: In number of bills signed, Trump ranks last

PolitiFact: In number of bills signed, Trump ranks last

President Donald Trump made this claim that he’s enacted more legislation than any other president at a West Palm Beach, Fla., fire station. This was a variation on an earlier, Mostly True assertion by his former press secretary Sean Spicer that Trump has “worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Truman.” Eight months have passed...
2017 in review: Highest-grossing movies this year

2017 in review: Highest-grossing movies this year

The year in movies was dominated by superheros, but horror, science fiction and children’s movies also topped the box office. >> Read more trending news  Franchises like the revamped “Star Wars” films and Marvel movies like “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” were notable movies that audiences didn’t want to miss. ...
Second rail enthusiast killed in Washington train derailment

Second rail enthusiast killed in Washington train derailment

Rail enthusiast and Rail Passengers Association member Jim Hamre has been identified as one of three people who died in an Amtrak passenger train crash in Dupont, Washington, Monday morning.  The train was on an overpass when it derailed. Some cars toppled onto southbound I-5, striking vehicles, and at least one dangled from the trestle. >> Read more trending news  A news...
5 things to know about the FCC’s net neutrality repeal

5 things to know about the FCC’s net neutrality repeal

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines last week to repeal several rules surrounding net neutrality, a set of principles meant to stop broadband corporations from exercising control over what people see and do on the internet. Here are five things to know about what net neutrality is and what the repeal can mean for you. Net neutrality as it’s known today dates back...
City official accused of ‘teasing’ liberal coworker with shotgun

City official accused of ‘teasing’ liberal coworker with shotgun

A city official in southeast Missouri is facing criminal charges after investigators say he repeatedly pumped a shotgun inside the office to “tease” a liberal coworker. Denis Kearbey, the streets superintendent for the city of Poplar Bluff, is facing a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon, according to the Riverfront Times. Out on bond, Kearbey, 53, remains a city employee but...
Amtrak derailment: Trump calls for more infrastructure spending months after proposing cuts

Amtrak derailment: Trump calls for more infrastructure spending months after proposing cuts

President Donald Trump said Monday that a deadly train derailment in Washington state made the case for Congress to quickly approve of his “soon to be submitted” infrastructure plan just months after he submitted a plan that slashed federal funding to the country’s rail system. The president called for a boost to infrastructure funding Monday, a few hours after authorities first...
What color jersey will Georgia wear at 2018 Rose Bowl?

What color jersey will Georgia wear at 2018 Rose Bowl?

Second-ranked Oklahoma will be the home team when it faces No. 3 Georgia in the 2018 Rose Bowl Jan. 1, 2018, in the College Football Playoff semifinal in Pasadena, Calif. The Bulldogs, as the lower-seeded team, are considered the road team an will wear white jerseys. The Sooners will wear their crimson home jerseys. >> Read more trending news  Oklahoma will occupy the west sideline...
Lifelong rail, transit enthusiast killed in Washington train derailment

Lifelong rail, transit enthusiast killed in Washington train derailment

Nearly a day after a catastrophic train derailment in Washington state, family, friends and colleagues are remembering a man who was a lifelong enthusiast of rails and public transit. Pierce County Transit officials identified Zack Willhoite, one of the company’s employees, as one of the three people killed when Amtrak Cascades train 501 went off an overpass and dangled above Interstate...
Rose Bowl 2018: Flight prices skyrocket for Georgia vs. Oklahoma game

Rose Bowl 2018: Flight prices skyrocket for Georgia vs. Oklahoma game

For the first time since 1942, the Georgia Bulldogs are headed to to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. No. 3 Georgia will face off against No. 2 Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 2018. It’ll be the first time the powerhouses have faced each other at the Rose Bowl in college football history. If you want to secure a flight in time to catch the game in all its glory, you’ll want to act...
Feds: Soldier built, detonated chlorine bomb near Fort Polk

Feds: Soldier built, detonated chlorine bomb near Fort Polk

A federal grand jury has indicted a Louisiana soldier on charges accusing him of manufacturing a chemical weapon and detonating it in a forest adjacent to Fort Polk, where he was stationed. Ryan Keith Taylor, 24, of New Llano, Louisiana, is charged with producing, possessing and using a chemical weapon, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District...
UPS apologizes after driver caught throwing packages in video

UPS apologizes after driver caught throwing packages in video

Shipping company UPS is investigating after a woman said she recorded video of a UPS driver throwing packages onto her lawn from the back of a U-Haul truck. Sandy Bast told KMOV that she started to record the video Monday after she heard a loud crash outside her home. In the video, a person can be seen throwing packages from the back of a U-Haul truck. Company officials told KMOV that...
Trump calls for infrastructure investment after deadly Washington train derailment

Trump calls for infrastructure investment after deadly Washington train derailment

President Donald Trump called for increased infrastructure spending following a deadly Amtrak train derailment Monday morning near Seattle. Amtrak Cascades Train 501 was traveling between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, when it derailed around 7:45 a.m. Monday on an Interstate 5 overpass near DuPont, Washington. At least three people died and more than 70 others were injured. “The train accident...
Woman gives birth to baby frozen as embryo for 24 years

Woman gives birth to baby frozen as embryo for 24 years

A Tennessee woman gave birth last month to a baby girl who was frozen as an embryo in 1992, when her mother was just a year old. Tina and Benjamin Gibson became the proud parents of Emma Wren on Nov. 25. Emma weighed a healthy 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches long.  According to staff at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library, Emma holds the all-time record for the longest-frozen...
What is Positive Train Control, and would it have prevented the Amtrak wreck?

What is Positive Train Control, and would it have prevented the Amtrak wreck?

The Amtrak train that derailed Monday in Washington state was not using a safety technology system that Congress mandated nearly 10 years ago. The system, called Positive Train Control, possibly could have prevented the crash that killed at least three people and sent more than 100 to the hospital. According to National Transportation Safety Board officials, the train was traveling at 80 miles...
Donald Trump takes his place in Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction

Donald Trump takes his place in Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction

President Donald Trump is now appearing at Walt Disney World, at least in animatronic form. Theme park officials announced Monday that the long-awaited reopening of the Hall of Presidents attraction would happen on Tuesday, with the 45th president in a speaking role. >> Read more trending news  The attraction had been closed since January as imagineers created and installed a robotic likeness...
Amtrak derailment: Alaska Airlines temporarily lowers fares between Seattle, Portland

Amtrak derailment: Alaska Airlines temporarily lowers fares between Seattle, Portland

Officials with Alaska Airlines confirmed that the airline has lowered fares for flights between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, following Monday's deadly train derailment.  “We have dropped all fares for today and tomorrow,” an Alaska Airlines employee wrote Monday in response to a customer who asked on Twitter about airfares between the two cities. Amtrak Cascades Train 501 was traveling...
Eagle Scout climbs into trains, helps passengers in train derailment

Eagle Scout climbs into trains, helps passengers in train derailment

A Puyallup man who was driving on a highway alongside a train that derailed in near Lacey, which is about 60 miles south of Seattle, says he and his friend rushed to help the victims moments after the crash.  Daniel Konzelman and his girlfriend Alicia Hoverson say they saw train cars with the roofs ripped off or tipped upside down Monday and a few vehicles on the roadway that were damaged...
Grinch ‘caught in the act’ after 5-year-old calls 911 

Grinch ‘caught in the act’ after 5-year-old calls 911 

The Grinch himself was caught red-handed, or would it be green-handed, in Mississippi this week. It all started when TyLon Pittman called 911 to warn police that the Grinch was stealing Christmas and to be on the lookout, The Clarion-Ledger reported. The child had been watching videos online of the Grinch doing his Grinchy deeds before he called police. >> Read more trending news ...
Photo at Magic Kingdom helps New Jersey man find lifesaving kidney donor

Photo at Magic Kingdom helps New Jersey man find lifesaving kidney donor

While the normal wait for a donor kidney can be as long as a decade, Robert Leibowitz found a match within a few months, thanks to a T-shirt and a trip to the Magic Kingdom. Leibowitz, a 60-year-old resident of New Jersey, made a T-shirt with his daughter before a trip to Orlando as a way to help search for a kidney donor. >> Read more trending news  Rocio Sandoval posted a picture...
David Spade pays tribute to his late friend Chris Farley

David Spade pays tribute to his late friend Chris Farley

Dec. 18, 2017, is the 20th anniversary of Chris Farley’s death, and comedian David Spade marked the occasion by sharing a touching tribute to his old friend. “(Twenty) 20 years ago today,” Spade wrote alongside an image of his fellow “SNL” alum on Instagram. In 1995, “Tommy Boy” was unleashed on American filmgoers and helped solidify the comedy duo of Farley...
Atlanta mayor explains delay in addressing airport outage amid major criticism

Atlanta mayor explains delay in addressing airport outage amid major criticism

For hours after an embarrassing power outage brought Atlanta’s busy airport to a standstill, the face of the city said nothing publicly about the unfolding catastrophe. >> Read more trending news  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed didn’t speak publicly about the airport blackout until nearly 7 p.m. — about six hours after it was sparked by an electrical fire — when he took...
Massachusetts school ditches term ‘freshman’ to be more gender inclusive

Massachusetts school ditches term ‘freshman’ to be more gender inclusive

Ninth-graders are typically called freshmen, but one Massachusetts school wants to ditch the term in attempt to be more gender inclusive.  >> Read more trending news  Easthampton High School is asking students and officials to replace the word with “first year students,” a move recommended by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Group at the school. After the organization...
Woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease helping scientists find a breakthrough

Woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease helping scientists find a breakthrough

Generally, doctors diagnose Parkinson’s disease by administering neurological and physical examinations, but now they may be able to identify it with just a sniff, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from Europe have enlisted the help of Joy Milne, a woman from Australia, who surprised doctors with her ability to detect the disease through...
Retired Navy pilot sharing nerve-racking story of unexplained UFO encounter

Retired Navy pilot sharing nerve-racking story of unexplained UFO encounter

The Pentagon recently revealed it operated a now-defunct secret program to investigate UFO sightings, and stories like retired Cmdr. David Fravor’s might lead some to ask if the program shouldn’t be restarted. >> Read more trending news  Fravor spent 18 years as a Navy pilot and during a November 2004 training mission, he says he saw something that he’d never...
Rob Lowe helps California firefighters fight blaze, feeds them dinner

Rob Lowe helps California firefighters fight blaze, feeds them dinner

Rob Lowe wasted no time jumping into the action and fighting one of the wildfires raging through California. The actor gave his local firefighters a hand against the blaze and later made sure they all had a warm meal to eat. Lowe shared the moments with fans on Instagram over the weekend. >> Read more trending news  “Helping earlier today. You do what you can, but when it&rsquo...
Older adults forget more because their brain rhythms don’t sync during sleep, study says

Older adults forget more because their brain rhythms don’t sync during sleep, study says

Wonder why people tend to forget more as they age? Their changing sleep patterns may have something to do with it, according to a new report. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley recently conducted an experiment, published in the Neuron journal, to determine how brain rhythms in sleep can affect memory loss.  To do so, they examined 20 young adults and 32 people in their...
Leaders warned of danger from new route before Amtrak derailment in Washington

Leaders warned of danger from new route before Amtrak derailment in Washington

City leaders in Lakewood, South Sound residents and members of the media had warned that the Point Defiance Bypass route, on which numerous people were killed or injured when an Amtrak Cascades passenger train derailed Monday near Lacey, could lead to fatal accidents and traffic disruptions. Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed Monday morning during its inaugural run on the Point Defiance Bypass route...
Santa poses with teddy bear for memorial to child

Santa poses with teddy bear for memorial to child

A grieving mother clutching a teddy bear stood in line to see Santa at a Pennsylvania mall. There was no child with Amanda Berman, only the stuffed bear, named Ian, The York Daily Record reported. In 2016, Berman’s son, Ian, was stillborn, and it has been 15 months since he died. Berman said the pain has not lessened, but the bear helps her cope after it was given as a gift by Sweet Grace Ministries...
How to check on injured family, friends involved in WA state Amtrak train derailment

How to check on injured family, friends involved in WA state Amtrak train derailment

An Amtrak train derailed in Washington state Monday, killing at least six people and injuring  dozens of others, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  Amtrak Cascades Train 501, carrying 78 passengers and five crew members, jumped the track near Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington, plunging off an overpass onto the I-5 freeway below, according to Amtrak officials. Amtrak...
Here’s what the Amtrak engineer said in his call for help after the Washington derailment

Here’s what the Amtrak engineer said in his call for help after the Washington derailment

CNN has obtained a short audio exchange between the engineer of the Amtrak train that crashed Monday morning near Dupont, Wash., and the Amtrak dispatcher. Here’s part of the emergency radio transmissions between the two:  Crew of the train: 'Amtrak 501 emergency, emergency, emergency... we are on the ground (inaudible) We are on the bridge (inaudible) ...on the freeway.' 'We need...
Meanwhile, at this Alaska airport: Polar bears spotted running on the airfield

Meanwhile, at this Alaska airport: Polar bears spotted running on the airfield

A massive power outage Sunday crippled Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — the world’s busiest — and left passengers stranded for hours as more than 1,100 flights were canceled amid the already-chaotic holiday travel season. More than 4,000 miles away, an airport in Alaska experienced its own share of unexpected mayhem. This time in the form of two...
A history of some of Amtrak's deadliest derailments

A history of some of Amtrak's deadliest derailments

A high-speed Amtrak train derailed in Washington state Monday morning in what law enforcement is calling a “mass casualty” event. According to officials, the train left Tacoma, Washington, Monday morning heading southbound. At least three cars derailed from an overpass above Interstate 5 near Dupont, Washington, around 7:40 a.m. local time. One witness told CNN that a passenger...
ESPN president John Skipper resigns citing substance addiction

ESPN president John Skipper resigns citing substance addiction

John Skipper, the president of ESPN, resigned from his position Monday citing a substance addiction problem, according to the sports network. The network announced that former ESPN president and executive chairman George Bodenheimer will serve as acting chair for the next 90 days. Bodenheimer worked for ESPN from 1981 to 2014.
Boy who gave up Xbox to help homeless gets Christmas wish directly from Microsoft

Boy who gave up Xbox to help homeless gets Christmas wish directly from Microsoft

One boy’s selfless act has been rewarded by tech giant Microsoft. Mikah Frye decided that the money that would have been spent to get him an Xbox for Christmas would go to better use this year. He used the money to buy more than 60 blankets for the homeless in his area. >> Read more trending news  After his story went viral, company officials at Microsoft, the creators of the Xbox...
George Zimmerman reportedly threatens JAY-Z over Trayvon Martin documentary

George Zimmerman reportedly threatens JAY-Z over Trayvon Martin documentary

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 and was acquitted of second-degree murder the next year, is now threatening JAY-Z. According to celebrity gossip site The Blast, Zimmerman himself says that he is being harassed by production crews working on a 6-part documentary on the late Martin. In March, Variety reported that JAY-Z was a partner...
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