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Senate silence speaks volumes about Russia probe

A surprise meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday with the FBI Director yielded a surprise reaction from Senators, as normally chatty members of the Senate said next to nothing about their closed door meeting, raising eyebrows over that discussion and that panel’s investigation of Russian meddling in the ...

2020 campaign begins with Trump rally in Florida

The announcement of President Trump’s visit to Melbourne, Florida today didn’t come from the White House. What rolled into my email inbox this week was from “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.,” the official campaign arm of President Trump, as the 2020 campaign for the White House gets underway with ...

Trump frustrates supporters with inaction on immigration “Dreamers”

In the face of widespread calls from Republicans to end a special Obama Administration plan that allowed certain younger illegal immigrants to avoid being deported, President Donald Trump signaled again this week that he is not yet ready to simply shut down the “DACA” program, disappointing some of his supporters, ...

Senate approves Pruitt for EPA as Democrats delay other Trump picks

Brushing aside complaints from critics, the Senate on Friday approved President Donald Trump’s choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Administration, as Democrats blocked quick votes on four other Trump nominations, delaying action on them until later this month. The vote ...

No shortage of notable moments in Trump’s first solo news conference

President Trump created all sorts of headlines in his over one hour news conference at the White House on Thursday, as he strongly defended the work of the new administration, using almost every chance he had to slam the press corps, accusing reporters of doing all they could to undermine ...

Trump defends his work in office, spars with press over coverage

In a wide ranging White House news conference, President Donald Trump defended the work in the first four weeks of his administration, as he repeatedly accused the news media of doing all they can to fight against his plans. “In other words, the media is trying to attack our administration ...

Hearings for Trump Supreme Court pick to start March 20

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced today that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch will begin on March 20, likely pushing the start of a Senate floor fight over his confirmation until after Easter, and maybe into the summer, if Democratic opponents filibuster that nomination. ...

Pruitt loses one GOP vote, but still seems headed for EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Administration, lost the support of his first Republican on Wednesday, as Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced she would oppose his nomination, leaving opponents of Pruitt still short of blocking his confirmation. “The fact is, Mr. Pruitt ...

Republicans plow ahead with repeal of late Obama regulations

Using a rarely used legislative power, the Senate on Wednesday joined the House in voting to reverse an Obama Administration rule that funneled information from Social Security about people with mental health issues to the instant background check system for gun purchases, all part of a broader effort by Republicans ...

Trump pick for Labor Secretary withdraws nomination

Under fire on multiple fronts, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday, a day before he was to go before a U.S. Senate committee for confirmation hearings. “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of ...

Trump praises Flynn, denounces leaks by Intelligence Community

Angered by leaks about the investigation of his former National Security Advisor and questions about the ties of his campaign to Russia, President Donald Trump again strongly criticized the U.S. Intelligence Community, as Mr. Trump charged that Flynn was the victim of a smear campaign by both the press and ...

Democrats demand broader focus in Congress on Trump-Russia ties

Galvanized by the resignation of a top White House official and news reports on possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign for President and Russia, Democrats on Tuesday night demanded that GOP leaders in Congress back the creation of a blue ribbon panel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. ...

After Flynn resignation, Democrats push larger probe of Russia-Trump ties

Hours after the resignation of President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Democrats in Congress demanded a broader investigation of Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, as well as the actions of the Trump Administration, accusing Republicans of conducting “no oversight of President Trump.” “Do you hear the silence?” asked Rep. Elijah Cummings ...

The latest on the legal fight over the Trump immigration order

The Trump Administration on Monday suffered two more legal setbacks on President Donald Trump’s plan to slow refugee admissions, as well as visits from seven different Muslim-majority countries, as despite concerns voiced by Mr. Trump about the need to swiftly address terrorism threats to the U.S. coming from refugees and ...

Trump’s National Security Advisor resigns over contacts with Russia

After a day of fast moving events, President Trump’s National Security Advisor resigned on Monday night, amid charges that he had not told the truth to Vice President Mike Pence and others about his post-election contacts with the Russian Ambassador to the United States. “I have sincerely apologized to the ...

Senate confirms Trump nominees for Treasury, VA

Kicking off a week in which Republicans hope to win final confirmation for a series of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, the Senate on Monday evening approved his choices for Treasury and VA secretaries, but Democrats showed no sign that they were ready to ease up on their delaying tactics that ...

No swift legal moves by feds as Trump reaffirms support for immigration restrictions

Four days after a federal appeals court refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s order on immigration and travel restrictions, the White House and Justice Department are not making any swift moves in court to appeal that ruling, even as the President said again on Monday that his efforts have strong ...

Questions swirl over future of Trump’s National Security Adviser

The White House on Sunday refused to publicly defend the President’s National Security Adviser while questions swirled over whether Michael Flynn told the truth about his post-election telephone contacts with a top Russian official, as Democrats in the Congress stepped up their demands for Flynn’s ouster. Asked if the President ...

Democrats make Senate Republicans work to confirm Trump Cabinet

It was very early last Friday morning, and the Senate was at work on another late night. A couple of young pages were up well past their bed time again. Floor aides were tired. Senators had been told to expect more votes around 2 am. Democrats had already forced all-night ...

Immigration groups on alert over recent reports of raids

Immigration activists have been sent scrambling in recent days amid reports from around the nation of a surge in immigration raids, as Democratic lawmakers in Congress demanded answers from federal officials, worried this was the start of big push against illegal immigrants by the Trump Administration. “At this point it ...

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