Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real...
Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office...

The Latest: Ex-Russian diplomat calls US charges 'fantasies'

The Latest on the Russian response to U.S. indictments (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Russia's former ambassador to the United States is dismissing detailed allegations of attempted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as "fantasies" rooted in domestic politics. Former Ambassador Sergei Kislyak said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday: "I'm not sure that I...
The Latest on the Russian response to U.S. indictments (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Russia's former ambassador to the United States is dismissing detailed allegations of attempted Russian interference...


FBI pressure increases with failure to avert school shooting

FBI pressure increases with failure to avert school shooting

The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America's top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political pressure. Even before the startling disclosure that the FBI failed to investigate a warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, could be plotting an attack, the bureau was facing...
Key players in the Trump-Russia probe

Key players in the Trump-Russia probe

A look at some of the key players in the Trump-Russia probe after a federal indictment charged 13 Russians in a plot to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election: PUTIN'S CHEF One of the key figures indicted with plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential is a Russian restaurateur believed to have ties to President Vladimir Putin. An entrepreneur from St. Petersburg, Yevgeny Prigozhin...
Takeaways from Mueller's Russian meddling indictment

Takeaways from Mueller's Russian meddling indictment

Special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies on Friday with interfering in the 2016 election by assuming U.S. identities, sowing discord on social media, communicating with unwitting Americans and even setting up political rallies from afar. President Donald Trump tweeted that the indictment proves there was "no collusion!" with Russia. The White House repeated...
Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race

Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed...
Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly has ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration "must do better" in how it handles security clearances. Kelly issued a five-page memo Friday that acknowledged White House mistakes...
Suspect was a 'good shot' on NRA-backed school rifle team

Suspect was a 'good shot' on NRA-backed school rifle team

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training...
Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged...
Takeaways from Mueller's Russian meddling indictment

Takeaways from Mueller's Russian meddling indictment

Special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies on Friday with interfering in the 2016 election by assuming U.S. identities, sowing discord on social media, communicating with unwitting Americans and even setting up political rallies from afar. President Donald Trump tweeted that the indictment proves there was "no collusion!" with Russia. The White House repeated...
Failure to avert school shooting adds to pressure on FBI

Failure to avert school shooting adds to pressure on FBI

The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America's top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political pressure. Even before the startling disclosure that the FBI failed to investigate a warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, could be plotting an attack, the bureau was facing...
Key players in the Trump-Russia probe

Key players in the Trump-Russia probe

A look at some of the key players in the Trump-Russia probe after a federal indictment charged 13 Russians in a plot to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election: PUTIN'S CHEF One of the key figures indicted with plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential is a Russian restaurateur believed to have ties to President Vladimir Putin. An entrepreneur from St. Petersburg, Yevgeny Prigozhin...
Lawyer: California man in Russia probe 'has made mistakes'

Lawyer: California man in Russia probe 'has made mistakes'

A California man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to unwittingly selling bank accounts to Russians meddling in U.S. elections made a mistake and is coming to terms with his role in the matter, his attorney told The Associated Press on Friday. Richard "Ricky" Pinedo pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to set up bank accounts that were then used by the Russians. The U.S. government...
'Putin's chef' among Russians indicted by Mueller

'Putin's chef' among Russians indicted by Mueller

He's known as "Putin's chef" — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach. On Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin — along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations — was charged by the U.S. government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election...
VA's chief of staff steps down after travel flap

VA's chief of staff steps down after travel flap

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that the agency's chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation alleged she had doctored emails to justify Secretary David Shulkin's wife accompanying him on a European trip at taxpayer expense. The internal investigation by the department's inspector general found "serious derelictions" by Shulkin and his staff and urged administrative...
EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and staffers billed taxpayers nearly $200,000 for his trips over six months last year, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental organization. Pruitt is one of several Trump administration officials who have drawn attention over travel costs, including Pruitt's frequent travel at first-class rates. Pruitt earlier this week...
Trump seizes on Mueller charge as proof of 'no collusion'

Trump seizes on Mueller charge as proof of 'no collusion'

President Donald Trump on Friday seized on what was wasn't in special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of Russians as evidence that his campaign didn't collude in Moscow's effort to influence the 2016 election. Mueller's detailed charges against Russian nationals and companies for election meddling aimed in part at trying to boost Trump's candidacy said they cooperated with "unwitting"...
Under fire, Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under fire, Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration "must do better" in how it handles security clearances. Kelly issued a five-page memo that acknowledged White House mistakes...
Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training...
The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election

The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election

The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel's Russia probe (all times local): 10 p.m. The U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by...
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed...
Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel

Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel

The Commerce Department is urging President Donald Trump to impose tariffs or quotas on imported aluminum and steel, which it calls a national security threat. The recommendations unveiled by Secretary Wilbur Ross Friday are likely to escalate tensions with China and other U.S. trading partners. Stepped-up foreign production of steel and aluminum, especially by China, has driven down prices and hurt...
Magazine obtains ex-playmate's notes on alleged Trump affair

Magazine obtains ex-playmate's notes on alleged Trump affair

President Donald Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the year beginning in 2006, showing the woman his wife's bedroom in Trump Tower and bringing her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the woman's eight-page, handwritten account of the relationship obtained by The New Yorker magazine. The woman, Karen McDougal, confirmed in the...
The Latest: Trump blames Dems for immigration bill fail

The Latest: Trump blames Dems for immigration bill fail

The Latest on immigration (all times local): 10:10 a.m. President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of abandoning "Dreamers," immigrants brought to the country as children and who stayed illegally, because they wouldn't back his immigration plan. But the Senate proposal he supported only gained 39 votes in the Senate. Trump tweets: "Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been...
Romney's Utah bid for Senate could revive rift with Trump

Romney's Utah bid for Senate could revive rift with Trump

Mitt Romney and President Donald Trump have harshly criticized each other but also have been willing to sit down to talk when it's mutually beneficial. Romney's announcement Friday that he is running for the U.S. Senate in Utah creates the potential for more battles or deal-making. A look back at some of the most memorable moments in recent years between the two wealthy businessman and politicians...
The Latest: Trump praises Fla. law enforcement members

The Latest: Trump praises Fla. law enforcement members

The Latest on President Donald Trump's response to the Florida school shooting (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says he hopes law enforcement members are "getting the credit" for their response to a deadly Florida high school shooting. Trump and first lady Melania Trump are in Fort Lauderdale to meet with Broward County Sheriff's officers who responded to Wednesday's shooting...
Romney makes it official: He's running for Utah Senate seat

Romney makes it official: He's running for Utah Senate seat

Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is running for a Utah Senate seat, officially launching his political comeback attempt Friday by praising his adopted home state as a model for an acrimonious national government in Washington. Having been one of the Republican Party's fiercest internal critics of President Donald Trump, Romney didn't mention the administration or Trump himself in a campaign...
With McCain’s retreat, some look to Romney to carry traditional GOP torch

With McCain’s retreat, some look to Romney to carry traditional GOP torch

In more ways than one, followers of traditional Republican orthodoxy are facing an emotional inflection point this week.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at home battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, will not attend this weekend's Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of foreign policy leaders from NATO nations that has become a central clearinghouse for global security matters and...
Mike Pence bought a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife at . . . CVS Pharmacy

Mike Pence bought a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife at . . . CVS Pharmacy

Hey, isn't that . . . Vice President Mike Pence, on Wednesday night dropping by a retail spot known for its selection of gifts every woman loves? The Veep was spotted on Valentine's Day making his way out of the CVS at Pennsylvania Avenue and 19th Street NW. And it seemed he hadn't just made the drugstore run for a pack of gum.  CBS White House reporter Jacqueline Alemany tweeted about the sighting...
Mnuchin calls on Congress to look into gun violence, breaking with rest of White House

Mnuchin calls on Congress to look into gun violence, breaking with rest of White House

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday called on Congress to look into issues related to gun violence less than 24 hours after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Florida.  "I will say, personally, I think the gun violence — it's a tragedy what we've seen yesterday, and I urge Congress to look at these issues," Mnuchin said at a House Ways and Means Committee...
Oprah says people are trying to persuade her to run for president, but she hasn’t received a calling

Oprah says people are trying to persuade her to run for president, but she hasn’t received a calling

Preliminary polling showed that there was high interest among women in an Oprah Winfrey presidential candidacy in 2020. According to a Quinnipiac poll in January, women would back the former talk-show host 58 percent to 33 percent against President Trump. Men were evenly divided, with 45 percent supporting each.  But Winfrey shared that some influential men have encouraged her to consider a run...
Former GOP lawmaker’s blunt words on gun control: ‘Republicans are not going to do anything’

Former GOP lawmaker’s blunt words on gun control: ‘Republicans are not going to do anything’

As his fellow Republicans offer thoughts and prayers after yet another mass shooting, former Florida congressman David Jolly wants to burn the gun policy impasse to the ground.  "Republicans are not going to do anything on gun control," Jolly told The Washington Post on Thursday as the nation reeled from 17 deaths across the peninsula from his former district. "And history shows...
The AR-15, a symbol of America’s political gulf, is easy to use and obtain

The AR-15, a symbol of America’s political gulf, is easy to use and obtain

The AR-15, the military-style rifle that a gunman used to kill 17 people at a south Florida high school Wednesday, is at once a ferociously powerful weapon, a symbol of freedom and individualism, and an object of despairing worry about the future of democracy.  It is, depending on which political and social camp you belong to, "America's rifle," a way to "Control Your Destiny"...
GOP leaders consider steps, including contempt, after Bannon refuses most questions

GOP leaders consider steps, including contempt, after Bannon refuses most questions

House Republican leaders are weighing "further steps" to force former top White House strategist Steve Bannon to answer investigators' questions in their probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election — including potentially declaring him in contempt of Congress — after a Thursday interview they called "frustrating."  Bannon came to speak with the House Intelligence...
Hungary's Orban steps up crackdown on critics before vote

Hungary's Orban steps up crackdown on critics before vote

Nearly 30 years after the end of communism, the tightening stranglehold Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his oligarch allies have on key sectors of Hungary's media has inspired a group of activists to relaunch a modern version of samizdat, the clandestine publications created by dissidents in the Soviet era. On a recent day, activists handed out copies of the publication to passengers on outbound trains...
The gun debate after the Florida school shooting is very quickly going nowhere

The gun debate after the Florida school shooting is very quickly going nowhere

Republican former congressman David Jolly took to CNN on Wednesday night - hours after 17 students were killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida - and delivered a commentary on gun control that has since gone viral. "There is a lot that is perhaps unknown, politically," the Floridian began, "but let's be brutally honest about what we do know, and I say this as a Republican: Republicans...
Immigration bills fail in Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of ‘dreamers’

Immigration bills fail in Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of ‘dreamers’

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday blocked both President Donald Trump's immigration plan and a bipartisan alternative, a failure that cast doubt on whether Congress will ever resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.  In a series of afternoon votes, senators failed to muster enough votes for a Republican plan backed by Trump that would have granted legal...
California Senate misconduct probe concludes

California Senate misconduct probe concludes

A California senator accused of sexual misconduct will learn next week whether he'll face formal disciplinary proceedings, the Senate Rules Committee said Friday after receiving the results of an investigation into his behavior. The findings of the investigation on Sen. Tony Mendoza have not been made public but were presented to the rules panel in a closed-door meeting. When it concluded, the five-member...
Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance": replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed "America's Harvest Box." Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney likened the box to meal kit delivery service...
Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation's gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners. The October deaths of 58 people in Las Vegas and other mass shootings have sparked debate but have had scant impact...
House GOP leaders struggle to push immigration bill

House GOP leaders struggle to push immigration bill

As badly as things have gone for immigration legislation in the Senate, it's not looking any easier in the more conservative House. Republican leaders there are scrambling to find enough GOP votes to pass a measure that's even more restrictive than a proposal by President Donald Trump that flopped spectacularly in the Senate on Thursday. Compounding those divisions are pressures from some of the House's...
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...
PolitiFact: Coulter’s link of opioids, border wall far-fetched

PolitiFact: Coulter’s link of opioids, border wall far-fetched

In his State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump said a stricter immigration system would help address the country’s opioid epidemic. Ann Coulter, the conservative author and commentator, attempted to provide some context for his comment. There are three claims to address in her tweet: the insinuation that the opioid crisis is limited to or caused by a rise in heroin and fentanyl use...
Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress

Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress

As the Congress moved to approve a stopgap funding plan to avoid a government shutdown, and a two-year budget agreement worked out by leaders of both parties, lawmakers were still digging into the details of that budget deal, which approves close to $400 billion in new spending over the next two years, the first significant increase since the Obama Stimulus law in 2009, ...
The right is waiting for the FISA scandal shoe to drop on Obama

The right is waiting for the FISA scandal shoe to drop on Obama

Will it be former President Barack Obama who sees more fallout from the FISA memos? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From Townhall: What happened to the press and progressives who used to take on Washington corruption? From The American Thinker: Who would have thought that the “what did the president know” moment would refer to President Barack Obama.  From...
The left wonders why immigration reform has become so divisive

The left wonders why immigration reform has become so divisive

What will immigration legislation look like when it gets through Congress if it ever does get through? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From The Los Angeles Times: The path forward is clear – pass a bill taking care of the Dreamers, then handle take on comprehensive immigration reform. From Jorge Castaneda: If you want Mexico onboard an American immigration plan you...
Two-year budget deal leaves conservative Republicans fuming over deficits

Two-year budget deal leaves conservative Republicans fuming over deficits

A two year budget agreement announced Wednesday by Congressional leaders was met with scorn from many more conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill, as the combination of big increases in military and domestic spending left some GOP lawmakers frustrated over a lack of budget discipline, while outside groups quickly predicted the plan could swiftly bring back $1 trillion yearly...
Will the GOP be thanking the left for the help come November? 

Will the GOP be thanking the left for the help come November? 

What looks like a good chance to pick up a majority of seats in the House could be turning into a wash, thanks to some big blunders by Democrats. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1, Crumbs? 'I'll take it.' And Democrats should too From Roll Call: What have Democrats done for voters? So far, make fun of their paychecks. 2. Democrats need better cents From the New...
Signs point to a ‘blue wave’ in November, but it’s a long time until November

Signs point to a ‘blue wave’ in November, but it’s a long time until November

Even on the news that the Democrats flipped a House seat in a special election Tuesday, pundits are warning that taking control of the House may not be as easy as it would seem. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1. Taking back the House will be harder than Dems think  From The Washington Post: While a blue wave of Democratic candidates taking the House looks like...
Congress, White House, strike 2-year budget deal for $300 billion spending increase

Congress, White House, strike 2-year budget deal for $300 billion spending increase

Ending months of negotiations, Senate leaders on Wednesday announced an agreement with the White House to do away with restrictive budget caps for both the Pentagon and domestic spending programs, as the plan will add nearly $300 billion to the federal budget over the next two years. “This bill is the product of extensive negotiations,” said Senate Majority Leader...
Tiny Atlanta firm won $156M FEMA contract despite previous problem

Tiny Atlanta firm won $156M FEMA contract despite previous problem

Winning a $156 million Federal Emergency Management Agency contract was a stroke of good fortune for Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown. Brown’s Tribute Contracting, LLC, employed no one but her. She had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. A federal agency stopped awarding Tribute certain contracts after a botched order for tote bags, according to members of Congress. Yet days...
House approves GOP stopgap budget, as Senate leaders near overall spending deal

House approves GOP stopgap budget, as Senate leaders near overall spending deal

Facing the threat of a government shutdown on Thursday night, the House voted along party lines Tuesday evening to approve a six week extension of funding for most federal agencies, while Senate leaders worked behind closed doors to come up with a broader deal to increase spending for the military and non-defense programs. The GOP plan included full funding for the Pentagon...
The right sees more evidence of the ‘deep state’ to come

The right sees more evidence of the ‘deep state’ to come

Do you need any more proof there is a group within the government that wanted to keep Trump from taking office? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. Opinions from the right: 1.  FBI/FISA memo exposes 'deep state' From Ron Paul: Yes there is a ‘deep state’ and both sides play a part in it. 2. The FBI’s scandalous attempt to block the Nunes...
The left wonders why the right didn’t speak up about FBI secrets before 

The left wonders why the right didn’t speak up about FBI secrets before 

The release of the Nunes memo did exactly what the GOP wanted. It muddied the waters. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. Opinions from the left:1. The real shock of the Nunes memo From CNN: What Americans need to know isn’t bits and pieces of a process. They need to know everything the judge knew when he approved the extension of surveillance. 2. Nunes memo...
House votes to overhaul sexual harassment policies for members of Congress

House votes to overhaul sexual harassment policies for members of Congress

With no opposition, the U.S. House on Tuesday approved new policies on how sexual harassment cases involving members of Congress are dealt with, also approving a change in the rules of the House, to now strictly prohibit relationships between a lawmaker and staffers working on Capitol Hill. “People can’t hide behind the process anymore,” said Rep. Barbara...
Facing a Thursday shutdown deadline, GOP fills 515 page stopgap funding bill with legislative extras

Facing a Thursday shutdown deadline, GOP fills 515 page stopgap funding bill with legislative extras

With money for the federal government running out at midnight on Thursday night, Republicans in the House are pressing ahead with a plan that extends a temporary spending plan into late March, adding in full funding for the military, money for community health centers, along with dozens of unrelated provisions dealing with health care. Because of all the legislative extras...
Democrats call on President Trump to approve release of rebuttal memo on Russia probe

Democrats call on President Trump to approve release of rebuttal memo on Russia probe

Three days after the release of a GOP memo that raised questions about part of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to publicly release a rebuttal memo from Democrats – that document now goes to President Donald Trump, who will decide whether it is made public or not. “The President...
The right sees the Nunes memo as just the beginning

The right sees the Nunes memo as just the beginning

The fallout from the Nunes memo continues as the right highlights the document’s claims of abuse of power. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From columnist Ben Stein: What Nixon did was nothing compared to the abuse of power by the intelligence community. From USA Today: Intelligence officials would do well to remember they work for us. From The Federalist: You can&rsquo...
The left wonders when the right started hating the FBI

The left wonders when the right started hating the FBI

The left believes the Nunes memo muddies the waters of the Robert Mueller investigation, whether you believe it or not. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From columnist E.J. Dionne: Remember, the only purpose the Nunes memo serves is to discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation. From Politico: The White House needs to use caution if it is going to take on the agency that...
Republicans release new Russia memo, taking aim at Steele’s credibility

Republicans release new Russia memo, taking aim at Steele’s credibility

Three days after the public release of a GOP memo that raised questions about the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, a pair of Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a new document on Monday, which they shows more evidence of possible political bias in the investigation, as the GOP again attacked the credibility of former British intelligence...
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