Congressman claims undisclosed firm wasn't 'doing business'

A congressman from Iowa said in a sworn statement made public Thursday that a company he failed to disclose wasn't "doing business" in 2016, despite claims in its own advertising to the contrary. GOP Rep. Rod Blum filed an amended personal financial disclosure listing himself as the majority shareholder and director of Tin Moon Corp. He also listed the digital marketing company as an asset...
A congressman from Iowa said in a sworn statement made public Thursday that a company he failed to disclose wasn't "doing business" in 2016, despite claims in its own advertising to the contrary...

Trump mulls pulling some federal agents from California

President Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering pulling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California, warning that the nation's most populous state would turn into a "crime nest" without the federal agents. Trump said heavily Democratic California, which gave Hillary Clinton a resounding victory in the 2016 presidential race, was "doing a lousy management...
President Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering pulling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California, warning that the nation's most populous state would turn into a "...


Trump suggests supporters should pressure Sessions to investigate Obama’s inaction on Russian meddling

Trump suggests supporters should pressure Sessions to investigate Obama’s inaction on Russian meddling

President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the president's supporters should pressure Sessions to focus the investigation into Russian election meddling on President Barack Obama's administration.  Taking to Twitter, Trump said that the meddling occurred while Obama was in office and asked why his predecessor didn't intervene.  "Question...
How will the battle over dreamers end? Here are four scenarios

How will the battle over dreamers end? Here are four scenarios

A deadline to protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants is less than two weeks away, and it's looking less and less likely that Washington will act in time to protect them.  So, where does that leave the estimated 700,000 "dreamers" who could face deportation as soon as March 5?  There are a few possibilities, and not all of them are good for dreamers. Here...
The Latest: Trump criticizes active-shooter drills in school

The Latest: Trump criticizes active-shooter drills in school

The Latest on President Donald Trump, guns and school violence (all times local): 12:40 p.m. President Donald Trump says drills that teach students how to respond if an active shooter ever enters the premises "are a very negative thing." Trump says he wouldn't want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill. The youngest of Trump's five children, 11-year-old Barron...
What Obama did, didn’t do and couldn’t do in response to Russian interference

What Obama did, didn’t do and couldn’t do in response to Russian interference

It's proved hard for social media companies to completely uproot trolls apparently working on behalf of the Russian government. After all, the point of those trolls' activity has been to blend in with regular all-American trolls who have free rein on Twitter and Facebook. Automation is one thing; bots often demonstrate patterns of behavior that set them apart from humans. But humans trying to stir...
Marco Rubio and the NRA confronted by shooting survivors, grieving parents at tense town hall

Marco Rubio and the NRA confronted by shooting survivors, grieving parents at tense town hall

There appeared to be little room for nuance Wednesday evening at CNN's emotionally charged town hall, which brought survivors, lawmakers and a prominent Second Amendment advocate together for the first time since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Little room for discussing whether a ban on "bump stock" devices — which allow semiautomatic...
Senate to weigh punishment for member accused of misconduct

Senate to weigh punishment for member accused of misconduct

California's Senate leader introduced a resolution to kick out a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct, setting up a dramatic session Thursday where senators plan to debate punishment that could include the first expulsion since 1905. The highly unusual session comes a day after Republicans and Democrats met separately in secret caucus meetings to decide the appropriate discipline for Sen. Tony Mendoza...
Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

Foreign leaders are looking to cultivate stronger ties with U.S. governors and mayors, an interest that will be on display at this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association. When Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in Washington to meet with President Donald Trump, he won't be traveling solo. Turnbull is bringing the most senior Australian political and business delegation...
Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is "more of a solution" than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks "the instincts" of a law enforcement officer and can't easily see herself carrying a gun in class. Both say carrying a gun in school is a matter of personal...
Liberal group proposing plan for health coverage for all

Liberal group proposing plan for health coverage for all

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal to be released Thursday by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized Democrats more options to achieve a long-sought goal. Still, the plan would preserve a role for employer coverage...
Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting. Trump said he spoke Wednesday night with many members of Congress and "they're into background checks." The...
Oversight committee wants to look at Pruitt's travel records

Oversight committee wants to look at Pruitt's travel records

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy issued a letter to Pruitt this week seeking an accounting of all flights taken by the EPA administrator over the last year and whether the ticket was coach, business or first class. Pruitt defended his use of...
Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court. The filing made late Wednesday asked Justice Samuel Alito to intervene, saying the state Supreme Court overstepped its authority in imposing a new map. More litigation may follow, as Republicans are considering a separate legal challenge...
Sen. Rubio says he would support raising age to buy rifles

Sen. Rubio says he would support raising age to buy rifles

On the defensive after the Florida school shooting rampage that killed 17, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, an ardent gun-rights advocate, said he would support raising the age to buy rifles and other restrictions. Rubio faced angry students, teachers and parents demanding stronger gun-control measures at a town hall meeting Wednesday in Florida. Rubio, the lone Republican at CNN's "Stand Up" town...
The Latest: Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

The Latest: Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

The Latest on Billy Graham's relationship with the presidents (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The Rev. Billy Graham was a presidential fixture stretching back to the early years of the Cold War. Harry Truman rebuffed but later embraced Graham. He urged Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president and played golf with John F. Kennedy. Graham was close to Lyndon B. Johnson. His relationship with Richard Nixon...
Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal to be released Thursday by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized Democrats more options to achieve a long-sought goal. In a nod to political pragmatism, the plan would preserve...
Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in — and deeply hurt by — Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety. The Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was a fixture of the presidency to every man who has held the office back to the early years of the Cold War....
Woman in affair that led US rep to resign now seeks office

Woman in affair that led US rep to resign now seeks office

A woman whose affair with a married eight-term Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation said Wednesday she is pursuing her own run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Shannon Edwards, 33, announced in a statement that she is seeking the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Pittsburgh U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle. It was first reported by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Republican Rep. Tim Murphy...
House panel seeks info on EPA chief's first-class flights

House panel seeks info on EPA chief's first-class flights

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy issued a letter to Pruitt this week seeking an accounting of all flights taken by the EPA administrator over the last year and whether the ticket was coach, business or first class. Pruitt defended his use of...
Reports suggest GOP House hopeful got racy texts from aide

Reports suggest GOP House hopeful got racy texts from aide

A Christian minister seeking the congressional seat of a disgraced Arizona congressman is labeling reports that that he traded suggestive texts with a female staffer who included a topless photo of herself in one of the exchanges as "tabloid trash." But former state Sen. Steve Montenegro didn't deny that he received the messages. Meanwhile, one of the other Republican front-runners in the...
The Latest: NRA protests minimum age hike for rifles

The Latest: NRA protests minimum age hike for rifles

The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The National Rifle Association says any legislation aimed at raising the age requirement for rifle and shotgun purchases would deprive young Americans their constitutional right to self-protection. Federal law already prohibits those under the age of 21 from purchasing handguns from licensed gun dealers. But some have proposed...
Geraldo Rivera talks weapons age-limits with Trump

Geraldo Rivera talks weapons age-limits with Trump

Television personality Geraldo Rivera says he has discussed the idea of raising the minimum age to purchase assault-type weapons with President Donald Trump, adding that Trump "took it under advisement." Rivera, a Fox News contributor, says in an email Wednesday that he spoke with Trump during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend. He added that Trump "further suggested strongly that...
NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

Witnesses told investigators that a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen through rural Virginia entered the railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Wednesday. The report on the Jan. 31 crash said the probable cause of the accident has not yet been determined. But it offered some...
White House says US could reach 3 percent growth rate

White House says US could reach 3 percent growth rate

The White House's top economist said Wednesday the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump's policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted. The Council of Economic Advisers released its annual economic report, which praises the effects of the tax cuts and tax overhaul signed into law by Trump last December. The report forecasts...
Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, not more broadly. The justices said that a part of the Dodd-Frank Act that protects whistleblowers from being fired, demoted or harassed only applies to people who report legal violations to the...
Supreme Court sides with Chicago museum in terror case

Supreme Court sides with Chicago museum in terror case

The Supreme Court is preventing survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at a Chicago museum to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran. The court ruled 8-0 Wednesday against U.S. victims of a Jerusalem suicide bombing. They want to lay claim to artifacts that were loaned by Iran to the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute more than 80 years ago. Justice...
Secret Service clears suspicious vehicle by White House

Secret Service clears suspicious vehicle by White House

The Secret Service says they have cleared a suspicious vehicle near the White House. The law enforcement agency says on Twitter Wednesday that vehicle road closures have been lifted, though some areas remain closed to pedestrians. Earlier in the morning, the agency said they were responding to a vehicle near 17th Street, by the White House. In response the New Executive Office Building was being evacuated...
Right-wing media uses Florida school shooting as conspiracy fodder

Right-wing media uses Florida school shooting as conspiracy fodder

The teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who a week ago lost 17 of their classmates and school staff members in a mass shooting, have emerged as passionate advocates for reform, speaking openly of their anger in the hope of forcing a reckoning on guns.  But in certain right-wing corners of the web — and, increasingly, from more mainstream voices like Rush...
Trump’s ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama

Trump’s ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama

To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he is tougher than former president Barack Obama. He is smarter than Obama — more shrewd, more effective, more respected. The 45th president is, by his own accounting, superlative to the 44th in almost every way.  In private and in public, while devising policies and while crafting messages, Trump frequently draws flattering comparisons with his predecessor...
Trump tries to shift blame to Obama for not countering Russian meddling

Trump tries to shift blame to Obama for not countering Russian meddling

President Donald Trump, who spent months belittling charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, has managed to revive questions about how his predecessor, President Barack Obama, handled suspicions about Russia in the months before the election.  Some former Obama officials now confess to misgivings about Obama’s reluctance to act, or speak out more forcefully, even as the evidence...
Rubio faces backlash for gun control inaction

Rubio faces backlash for gun control inaction

He called it "heartbreaking" and said he was devastated. Dozens killed or injured in a shooting rampage that shook Florida and the nation - and "deeply impacted" him as he considered his political future.  Twenty months passed. Then, it happened again. Another mass killing.  Now, Marco Rubio has become the face of congressional inaction on tougher gun restrictions, especially...
As Florida students head to state capital, lawmakers fail to take up assault rifle bill

As Florida students head to state capital, lawmakers fail to take up assault rifle bill

Driven by rage and grief over one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history, students from across the country were taking action in hopes of pushing their lawmakers to rethink their positions on gun control, even as the Florida House rejected a move on Tuesday to consider a bill that would ban assault rifles.  From California to Florida, teenagers walked out of classes, stopped...
Lawyer pleads guilty to lying in Russia investigation

Lawyer pleads guilty to lying in Russia investigation

The son-in-law of a Russia-based billionaire admitted Tuesday to lying to investigators about his communications with a former Trump campaign aide. The guilty plea by the defendant, a lawyer at a powerful New York-based law firm, broadened the scope of the special counsel’s inquiry into Russia’s election interference.  The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, acknowledged...
Kushner resists losing access as Kelly tackles security clearance issues

Kushner resists losing access as Kelly tackles security clearance issues

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets, according to White House officials and others briefed on the matter.  Kushner is one...
Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Donald Trump Jr. said any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" during a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures. The eldest son of President Donald Trump said his family is actually missing out on business opportunities because his father pledged to conduct...
California lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologizes

California lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologizes

A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct apologized Wednesday to anyone who felt uncomfortable because of his behavior but flatly denied two of the more serious allegations, one involving a 19-year-old female intern, a day before his fellow senators could decide his punishment. Sen. Tony Mendoza offered his first words of conciliation but otherwise struck a defiant tone in a two-page...
Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting. "Let's do something for them!" one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall Tuesday night. Another participant cried out, "We're done with thoughts and prayers!" Coffman's swing district in the Denver suburbs is all too familiar...
'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers. "I turned 18 the day after" the shooting, said a tearful...
State Department says NKorea passed up meeting with Pence

State Department says NKorea passed up meeting with Pence

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly anticipated moment of the vice president's visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where...
White House: New policy won't affect Trump's son-in-law

White House: New policy won't affect Trump's son-in-law

It's a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year. Those who have been operating with interim access to top secret information since before June are set to see that access halted Friday under a new policy enacted last week by chief of staff John Kelly. Some officials...
PolitiFact: Trump misstates Brits’ angst on health system

PolitiFact: Trump misstates Brits’ angst on health system

As thousands marched in the streets of London recently to protest funding cuts to the British National Health Service, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the idea of universal health care. We looked at the origins of the march and recent polling statistics about British public opinion on the National Health Service, commonly called the NHS. We also looked at the current funding situation...
PolitiFact: Sanders’ statistic on guns not accurate

PolitiFact: Sanders’ statistic on guns not accurate

Like many other politicians before him, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., repeated a false claim that 40 percent of guns are sold without background checks. Three years after we first debunked this statistic, it’s still not true. It comes from a 20-year-old study by the National Institute of Justice that looked at gun owners’ responses to a 1994 national survey asking how they got their...
The left has a right to be happy with redrawn Pennsylvania lines

The left has a right to be happy with redrawn Pennsylvania lines

New district lines drawn in Pennsylvania will make a difference in this fall’s midterm elections. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From The National Journal: It boils down to whoever draws the map holds the power. Both parties have benefited, at times, in Pennsylvania. From Bloomberg: Democrats definitely got a boost with Pennsylvania’s redrawn map. How much...
The right has questions about who knew what concerning the Steele dossier

The right has questions about who knew what concerning the Steele dossier

The story about who had a part in the Steele dossier has yet to be fully revealed. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch: What part did Comey play in the Steele dossier? From Pat Buchanan: Collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia is something we have yet to see. But we have seen evidence that Hillary Clinton’s campaign...

Trump backs arming “highly trained teachers” over school guards to deter future school shootings

A day after an emotional meeting with parents and family members to discuss the threat of school shootings in the United States, President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled his strong support for the idea of allowing some teachers and administrators to carry a firearm at schools, in order to form a first line of defense. “Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would...
Trump searches for answers amid wrenching stories from Florida school shooting

Trump searches for answers amid wrenching stories from Florida school shooting

Hearing from parents and students who lost friends and family members in last week’s school shooting in Florida, President Donald Trump said it was time for the nation to work together to better safeguard schools, as he advocated stronger security including the possibility of allowing teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons during the school day. &ldquo...
Congress waits to see what President Trump does on various gun control plans

Congress waits to see what President Trump does on various gun control plans

As several hundred high school students rallied at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to press for gun controls, there were more calls in the halls of Congress for action on gun violence, with both parties waiting to see what the President might do on guns, as the White House did not immediately reject some of the ideas, like age limits for people buying high-powered...
The left congratulates Putin on his choice of Trump to help divide America

The left congratulates Putin on his choice of Trump to help divide America

The Kremlin could find no better friend to demoralize the United States than its current president. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1. From The Guardian: Journalists need to hammer Trump with the same question until he answers it. 2. Trump Is helping to undermine American democracy From CNN: Trump’s tweets are as effective a tool as Russian meddling when...
The right wonders if Mueller is indicting the right people. Spoiler alert: He isn’t

The right wonders if Mueller is indicting the right people. Spoiler alert: He isn’t

Robert Mueller is issuing indictments, but is he indicting the right people? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1. Silly Russian ads didn't swing voters; federal coverups did From The Hill: Sure, we should take action against the Russians, but what about the leaders in this country? 2. Mueller gets his ham sandwich, doesn't lay a glove on Trump From The Washington...
White House: President Trump open to series of gun control ideas

White House: President Trump open to series of gun control ideas

In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week, the White House told reporters on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is ready to discuss a range of gun restrictions that have been championed by Democrats in Congress, while also stressing that there is no quick legislative answer to such mass shootings. Asked about the President’s past support...
The right is looking for an honest debate on guns

The right is looking for an honest debate on guns

The way to keep our children safe is clear – shoring up our school security and getting better at spotting disturbed kids. Anything else is wasting time. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the Right:When hurting kids and parents have bad ideas: Addressing post-shooting activism From Townhall: Make schools secure, and learn how to spot kids who are disturbed...
The left has a solution for mass shootings – don’t sell the weapons the shooters use

The left has a solution for mass shootings – don’t sell the weapons the shooters use

The way to stop mass shootings is to restrict the sale of assault weapons. It’s the only thing that makes sense. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the left:On gun violence, we are a failed state From columnist E.J. Dionne: When will we stop letting the NRA decide if our children will be protected at school? No one becomes a mass shooter without mass-shooting...
Mueller unveils new indictment, charging lawyer with lying to investigators

Mueller unveils new indictment, charging lawyer with lying to investigators

The probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections produced another indictment on Monday, as the feds charged a man with making false statements to investigators working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also accusing the lawyer of deleting emails, and not cooperating with the probe. The initial document released by a Washington, D.C. federal court showed Alex Van...
While Trump backs bipartisan gun bill, there’s no guarantee of action in Congress on guns

While Trump backs bipartisan gun bill, there’s no guarantee of action in Congress on guns

The White House on Monday signaled that President Donald Trump is willing to back at least one bipartisan measure to strengthen the national instant check system for those who buy firearms, as Democrats in the House and Senate continued to argue that action by the Congress on gun violence is long overdue. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered...
The left has news for the president: The indictment of 13 Russians shouldn’t make you comfortable

The left has news for the president: The indictment of 13 Russians shouldn’t make you comfortable

Robert Mueller’s indictments of more than a dozen Russians are a good thing, but it’s just a start. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. 1. As Robert Mueller Fights Russian Meddling, Trump Is MIA From USA Today: What’s missing in the news of indictments of Russians for meddling in U.S. elections is some leadership from the White House. 2. Mueller Indictments...
The right wants to know where the left was on gun control when they had the White House

The right wants to know where the left was on gun control when they had the White House

The right wants to know where the left was on gun control when they had the White House As Democrats condemn the right for doing nothing after mass shootings, Republicans ask why the left did not pass another assault weapons ban when they were in charge. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. 1. Democrats, Spare Me Your Hypocrisy on Guns From S.E. Cupp, CNN: Where were the...
After latest indictments, President Trump vents on Twitter about Russia investigation

After latest indictments, President Trump vents on Twitter about Russia investigation

In the wake of a fresh round of indictments in the wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday and Sunday to repeatedly express his frustration with the probe, again proclaiming his innocence, attacking his critics, and demanding attention instead on actions of the Obama Administration...
PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked a Georgia gubernatorial candidate’s claim about high-speed availability for rural residents; a TV commentator’s statement on the number of immigrants in the country; and a senator’s comment about the nation’s rising national debt. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. In Georgia, “25 percent of...
Digging inside the details of the new indictments in the Russia probe

Digging inside the details of the new indictments in the Russia probe

The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for President on Friday presented some of the first official government evidence of actions taken in the campaign, as a federal grand jury returned an indictment against 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities, alleging that they used social media to support President Donald Trump, and oppose Democratic nominee ...
Mueller investigation charges 13 Russians in investigation over 2016 election interference

Mueller investigation charges 13 Russians in investigation over 2016 election interference

The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced Friday that thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian groups had been charged with violating U.S. criminal laws for interfering with the 2016 election, detailing a string of efforts to help President Donald Trump’s campaign, and sew doubt about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Defendants, posing as U...
The left wants you to know: It’s not mental health, it’s not society, it’s the guns

The left wants you to know: It’s not mental health, it’s not society, it’s the guns

The left is asking when people will realize the root of the problem of mass shootings is access to guns. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: You can’t shoot up a school – or concert, or night club – if you don’t have access to powerful guns and a lot of ammunition. From the Chicago Tribune: Events like the Florida high...
Arming teachers or fixing society? The right ponders the question

Arming teachers or fixing society? The right ponders the question

Whether it’s arming teachers or working on what’s wrong with our society we have to make some progress toward ending such violence. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The National Review::Teachers could be taught to be a first line of defense against someone firing a gun at school. From columnist Patrick Buchanan: We can’t expect an end to such violence...
Congress goes home for 10 day break with no deal on DACA, Dreamers

Congress goes home for 10 day break with no deal on DACA, Dreamers

With the Senate failing to make any headway on how to deal with the status of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” lawmakers in the Congress went home for a ten day break Thursday with no clear path forward on the politically difficult issue of immigration, with a deadline to deal with DACA set by the President less than three weeks away. “It’s safe to say...
Nikolas Cruz's social media pages had 'disturbing' material; have been deleted from Facebook, Instagram

Nikolas Cruz's social media pages had 'disturbing' material; have been deleted from Facebook, Instagram

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram issued a statement Thursday saying they had deleted the profile of accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz. The 19-year-old gunman, who was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, had posted photos and at least one video that law enforcement officials called “very, very disturbing.” Cruz is charged with...
The right wonders where the media is on Clinton, the FBI and President Obama

The right wonders where the media is on Clinton, the FBI and President Obama

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at ties between the Obama administration and the mess at the FBI and Justice Department.Opinions from the right:Media Ignoring Ties Between Clinton Campaign & RussiansFrom The Washington Post: The Democrats need to get past the Russian collusion story. Scandals Claiming a Lot of Bodies at FBI and JusticeFrom Investor's Business Daily: Why has the media...
What is the left to do about immigration? Maybe take a step back for the time being

What is the left to do about immigration? Maybe take a step back for the time being

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Programs, immigration and what Democrats should be focusing on. From The Los Angeles Times: We need to stop violations of the Fourth Amendment by ending the use of warrantless detainers. From Politico: Democrats should wait to cut a deal on DACA. From Real Clear Politics: The speaker of the House needs to take...
NO DEAL: Senate hits immigration deadlock on DACA, Dreamers

NO DEAL: Senate hits immigration deadlock on DACA, Dreamers

Unable to find an acceptable middle ground on the politically explosive issue of immigration, and the future of well over a million illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” Senators of both parties on Thursday voted to filibuster a pair of plans from each side, as a high profile legislative effort achieved only failure. “This is it. This is your last chance to vote for...
After Florida school shooting, Democrats in Congress plead for action on gun violence

After Florida school shooting, Democrats in Congress plead for action on gun violence

The mass shooting that killed 17 people Wednesday at a high school in Florida plunged Capitol Hill back into a debate over gun restrictions, as Democrats cried out for some type of legislative response, criticizing the response of President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in the Congress. “Mr. President, are you listening?” said Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) on the House...
PolitiFact: Number of immigrants is highest but number needs context

PolitiFact: Number of immigrants is highest but number needs context

We wondered if Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was correct in saying the United States has more immigrants than ever. Carlson linked us to reports from the Center for Immigration Studies and Pew Research Center on the growing foreign-born population in the United States, which is now at a record high. The U.S. Census Bureau began asking people where they born in 1850. Large-scale immigration from Europe...
PolitiFact: Blame debatable but Paul is right on rising debt

PolitiFact: Blame debatable but Paul is right on rising debt

“George W. Bush doubled the debt from $5 trillion to $10 trillion. President Obama doubled the debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion. Now we’re on course to exceed $30 trillion in the next seven years or so.” — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 in a Senate floor speech As the House and Senate were rushing to head off a government shutdown during a late-night...
VA chief faces call to resign after report questions why feds paid for his wife to go on 2017 trip to Europe

VA chief faces call to resign after report questions why feds paid for his wife to go on 2017 trip to Europe

Veterans Secretary David Shulkin is facing increased scrutiny from Congress, after the release of an internal watchdog report today which found Shulkin’s 9-day government trip to Europe in the summer of 2017 was more like a personal vacation, as investigators said Shulkin’s top aide misled ethics officials, which allowed his wife’s travel costs to be paid...
The left wants to know how that populist agenda is going

The left wants to know how that populist agenda is going

What happened to Trump’s promises to populists? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Guardian: A populist wave can be turned back. Here’s how you can do it. From The New Republic: Trump is not realigning anything. He’s throwing bones to the middle class and steak to the rich. From The Washington Post: Trump was never a friend of the working class...
The right wonders when the government will start treating us like grownups

The right wonders when the government will start treating us like grownups

The Democratic memo should be out, and we should see everything that was used to produce that memo and the Republican one. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The thing we have to do is open up the process to the light of day.  From The National Review: Keep Mueller’s investigation honest by opening another one. From the Journal-Times...
Senate Republicans unveil DACA/Dreamers plan with nearly $100 billion immigration price tag

Senate Republicans unveil DACA/Dreamers plan with nearly $100 billion immigration price tag

Pressing Democrats to accept an immigration plan along the lines of one endorsed by President Donald Trump, GOP Senators unveiled the details of their plan to address the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” a 592 page, nearly $100 billion measure that focuses mainly on new efforts at border security, limits on family migration, and an end to the Diversity Visa...
Reading between the lines – Senate panel raises eyebrows on Russia investigation

Reading between the lines – Senate panel raises eyebrows on Russia investigation

As the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded a public hearing on Tuesday with top intelligence officials, the main headline was a warning for lawmakers that Russia was planning influence operations in 2018 to again stir trouble in the upcoming mid-terms elections in the United States. But then, panel chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) gave his final remarks to end the hearing...
Some on the right fear the coming midterm elections; others aren’t losing sleep

Some on the right fear the coming midterm elections; others aren’t losing sleep

A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at where the Democrats stand as we edge closer to the midterm elections. From columnist Salena Zito: If the Democrats expect to be the change party then Nancy Pelosi has to go. From USA Today: The GOP is so far afield that some Republicans are hoping for a Democratic win in November. From Fox News: Are the Democrats celebrating a little too early when it...
The left warns Trump dismisses women at his own peril

The left warns Trump dismisses women at his own peril

A roundup of editorials Tuesday warns President Donald Trump that his attitude toward women will be the thing that takes him down. From columnist Juan Williams: Why are the GOP’s top stars providing cover for a president who has no past ties to the party? From The New Yorker: Trump’s bag of tricks will be useless when women decide they have had enough of him and his lack of empathy and...
Intelligence officials warn again that Russia will interfere in 2018, 2020 U.S. elections

Intelligence officials warn again that Russia will interfere in 2018, 2020 U.S. elections

Against the backdrop of an ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any possible ties to the Trump Campaign, top U.S. intelligence officials joined Tuesday on Capitol Hill to once more warn lawmakers that Moscow will try to again stir trouble with the 2018 and 2020 elections. “Any elections that are coming...
GOP, Trump press for fast action on immigration plan as Senate starts work on DACA, Dreamers

GOP, Trump press for fast action on immigration plan as Senate starts work on DACA, Dreamers

As the Senate voted 97-1 on Monday to move past the first procedural hurdle in the way of an immigration debate on the Senate floor, Republican Senators made clear they were not interested in a lengthy debate on DACA, as they pressed Democrats to simply accept a plan offered by President Donald Trump on illegal immigrant Dreamers, arguing no other measure would get through...
Trump 2019 budget proposal makes no headway on a balanced budget

Trump 2019 budget proposal makes no headway on a balanced budget

President Donald Trump on Monday sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget proposal for 2019 which all but waves the white flag on efforts to hold down on federal deficits, as the White House is predicting that the deficit will hover just below $1 trillion in four of the next five years, estimating that Mr. Trump would see over $7 trillion added to the debt if he served two terms...
The left asks what lengths the GOP will go to protect Trump

The left asks what lengths the GOP will go to protect Trump

A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the dossier, the dueling memos and why the Republicans are OK with trashing the FBI. 1. In Trump they trust From columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.: You won’t believe the FBI, but what President Donald Trump says is golden? 2. The Russians, the dossier and the memo From The Ashland Daily Tidings: What do you do when one party acts as an enabler...
The right looks at Hillary Clinton’s role in launching the dossier

The right looks at Hillary Clinton’s role in launching the dossier

A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the role Hillary Clinton’s campaign played in the investigation of Russian interference in U.S. elections. 1. Clinton fingerprints all over FBI's Trump investigation From The Federalist: Three pieces of information the FBI used to surveil Carter Page can be linked to the Democrats. 2. Scandal deepens for Hillary and Obama The Las Vegas...
Trump sends $4.4 trillion budget to Congress featuring high yearly deficits

Trump sends $4.4 trillion budget to Congress featuring high yearly deficits

Moving away from Republican Party orthodoxy on fiscal matters, President Donald Trump on Monday sent Congress a budget plan for 2019 that makes little headway on reducing the federal deficit in coming years, as estimates from Mr. Trump’s own plan show the yearly deficit running close to $1 trillion in four of the next six years. Numbers from the fine print of the Trump...
Senate ready to start wide open immigration debate on DACA, Dreamers

Senate ready to start wide open immigration debate on DACA, Dreamers

With lawmakers in both parties unable to reach an agreement in negotiations in recent weeks on how best to deal with illegal immigrant “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States by their parents, the U.S. Senate on Monday is set to begin a freewheeling debate which could produce a compromise on DACA, Dreamers, and border security, or the effort could also...
Trump fires back at Democrats over rejected Russia probe memo

Trump fires back at Democrats over rejected Russia probe memo

A day after the White House told House Democrats to edit an intelligence memo about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections in order to remove sensitive intelligence materials, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of adding in too much classified information on purpose, as Republicans said the President’s critics were simply playing political games...
President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russia probe

President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russia probe

A week after giving the green light to a memo written by Republicans in Congress which raised questions about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump on Friday refused to release a rebuttal memo from Democrats, raising questions about details in the document. “Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th memorandum...
The left looks at the intel the White House had on Rob Porter and asks why he was still there

The left looks at the intel the White House had on Rob Porter and asks why he was still there

Accounts of abuse at the hands of Rob Porter were known to Chief of Staff John Kelly. Why didn’t he do something about it? A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. The Washington Post: Which man’s integrity are we talking about here – Rob Porter’s or Gen. John Kelly’s? From Vanity Fair: Is Kelly so tone deaf he can’t react to the claims (with photos)...
The right asks how the FBI can justify its faith in the Steele dossier

The right asks how the FBI can justify its faith in the Steele dossier

New allegations about the Steele dossier and its origins should have people asking the FBI to explain its methods in the case. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The Federalist: When did President Barack Obama know about the Steele dossier? Why isn’t the media asking that question? From The Washington Examiner: What caused the FBI to rely on uncorroborated information...
With early morning votes, Congress ends overnight government shutdown

With early morning votes, Congress ends overnight government shutdown

While most of America was asleep, the federal government suffered its second shutdown in less than a month, as one Republican Senator prevented action in Congress to avoid a budget lapse at midnight, forcing the House and Senate to work through the night to restore funding, ensuring that government offices would be open on Friday. “This is the dumbest shutdown ever,&rdquo...
Despite budget deal, Congress heads into an overnight government shutdown

Despite budget deal, Congress heads into an overnight government shutdown

For the second time in less than a month, the federal government officially ran out of money to operate, as the latest shutdown began at the stroke of midnight here in Washington, D.C., though Congressional leaders were hopeful that the federal government would be fully open for business by breakfast, as the House and Senate were poised to act after midnight. The lapse in funding...
PolitiFact: Trump exaggerates ‘loopholes’ he says let gangs in

PolitiFact: Trump exaggerates ‘loopholes’ he says let gangs in

The White House did not provide on-the-record information to back President Trump’s claim that gang members have taken advantage of loopholes and laws to come in as unaccompanied minors. He linked illegal immigration to the violence of the notorious El Salvadoran MS-13 gang, claiming “open borders” have caused the death of many people in the United States. It’s unclear exactly...
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