Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools. "There's nothing more important than protecting our children," Trump said, adding that he'd...
The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over...

NRA strikes a defiant tone, criticizes gun control advocates

Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, in his first public comments since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, said Thursday that NRA members mourn for the Florida victims, but at the same time...
Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety...


Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts

Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts

A Russian “troll farm” accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election spread criticism of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, repeatedly bashed Atlanta-based CNN, and helped spread messages on voter irregularities and police shootings in Georgia, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis has found. Georgia — the state, not the former Soviet republic — was on the minds...
Police advocacy group says it opposes arming teachers

Police advocacy group says it opposes arming teachers

An advocacy group for police officers assigned to secure the nation's schools has a simple message about arming teachers: Don't do it. The National Association of School Resource Officers said Thursday it strongly recommends that no firearms be allowed on a school campus except those carried by carefully selected, specially trained police officers. The organization, which has about 4,500 members,...
NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting FL shooting

NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting FL shooting

Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Thursday accused gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, in his first public comments since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, said NRA members mourn for the Florida victims but at the same time issued a...
New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate. The filing adds allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud and significantly increases the legal jeopardy facing Paul Manafort, who managed Trump's campaign for several months in 2016, and longtime...
Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance

Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday defended a proposal that would replace a portion of food stamp benefits with pre-assembled boxes of shelf-stable goods delivered to recipients' doorsteps — an idea one lawmaker called "a cruel joke." The idea was first floated last week in the Trump administration's 2019 budget proposal, tucked inside a larger plan to slash the Supplemental...
Congressman claims undisclosed firm wasn't 'doing business'

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...
Trump mulls pulling immigration agents from California

Trump mulls pulling immigration agents from California

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he may pull the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency out of California, an idea so unlikely that some of his staunchest critics dismissed it as an empty taunt against the state over immigration policies. Withdrawing ICE, partially or completely, runs counter to Trump's record of dramatically increasing deportation arrests and pledging to beef up...
After a year, Trump holds firm grip on conservative movement

After a year, Trump holds firm grip on conservative movement

Donald Trump's outsider candidacy rattled the conservative movement. But more than a year into his presidency, the onetime Democrat now holds what seems to be a near-total grip. The largest annual gathering of conservatives has all the looks of a Trump festival, with Republican critics absent from the event outside the nation's capital. Republicans are facing a challenging election season, and the...
Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn't know if it can

Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn't know if it can

President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to work toward banning rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre— but officials aren't sure they can. Trump's surprise order this week comes as officials from the department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are well into a review of whether they can regulate the devices without action...
Trump appears to voice support for raising assault rifle age to 21, presses case for arming some teachers

Trump appears to voice support for raising assault rifle age to 21, presses case for arming some teachers

President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to voice support for raising the age at which someone could buy an assault rifle to 21, and he doubled down on his idea of arming some teachers as a deterrent for school shootings.  In a series of morning tweets, the president claimed the latter strategy would be far less costly than hiring guards and that "ATTACKS WOULD END!"  With his...
Students take charge of gun-safety movement with some help from existing groups

Students take charge of gun-safety movement with some help from existing groups

On Sunday night, at 7:39 p.m., a half-dozen students from Iowa City High School logged onto a group chat and began planning their first-ever protest for gun safety. They wanted to do something in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman had killed 17 the week before.  "We need concrete actions, not just walking out cuz we're...
In world of conspiracy theories, even teenagers aren’t off limits

In world of conspiracy theories, even teenagers aren’t off limits

David Hogg, 17, went from Florida high school student to mass shooting survivor to telegenic advocate for gun-control laws in a few days. And just as quickly, online conspiracy theorists began spinning viral lies attacking the teenager's credibility.  By Wednesday — a week after a gunman wielding a semiautomatic rifle had killed 17 people at Hogg's Parkland, Florida, school — online...
Trump’s solution for school shootings: Arm teachers

Trump’s solution for school shootings: Arm teachers

Seated between teenage survivors of the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump said during an Oval Office listening session Wednesday that arming teachers and posting gun-toting veterans in schools could deter or stop school shooters.  His comments came during an emotional meeting that included Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and school-shooting survivors...
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: Ban proposed on young buying assault rifles

The Latest: Ban proposed on young buying assault rifles

The Latest on President Donald Trump, guns and school violence (all times local): 11:20 p.m. President Donald Trump endorsed barring those under 21 from buying semi-automatic weapons — a move that puts him in direct opposition with the National Rifle Association. His comments Thursday came amid a public reckoning over school gun violence after last week's Florida school massacre. NRA officials...
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...
California senator quits as Legislature grapples with #MeToo

California senator quits as Legislature grapples with #MeToo

A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation a farce and underscored the Legislature's struggle to respond to the #MeToo movement. Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of the Los Angeles area said he may still run for the seat this fall, putting his party in an uncomfortable...
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...
Trump comments points to deep divisions over arming teachers

Trump comments points to deep divisions over arming teachers

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 says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools. "There's nothing more important than protecting our children," Trump said, adding...
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...
GOP congressmen challenge new Pennsylvania district map

GOP congressmen challenge new Pennsylvania district map

Pennsylvania's highest court overstepped its authority in drawing new congressional district lines and did not give state lawmakers enough time to produce a map of their own, eight Republican congressmen said in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The complaint in Harrisburg federal court argued against the legality of the map put in place Monday by the state Supreme Court, and said a 2011 Republican-crafted...
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...
Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan

Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan

A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal Thursday from the Center for American Progress, or CAP, would provide a path toward universal health care coverage. But in a nod to political pragmatism, the plan would preserve roles for employer...
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...
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...
Trump presses for teachers to carry concealed weapons as part of plans to deter school shootings

Trump presses for teachers to carry concealed weapons as part of plans to deter school shootings

With political pressure for action in the wake of last week’s mass school shooting in Florida, President Donald Trump on Thursday said he supports the idea of allowing some teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools, proposing that those teachers get bonuses for helping with security improvements to deter school shootings in the future. “What I would recommend...
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...
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...
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...
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