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North Korea threat lingers at start of Tillerson's first Asia trip

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:22pm
On his first trip to Asia as top U.S. diplomat, Rex Tillerson wants to forge cooperation with Japan, South Korea and China against the nuclear threat from North Korea and demonstrate "America First" does not mean a U.S. diplomatic retreat from the volatile region.
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Trump 2005 tax files released by MSNBC, White House rips ‘desperate’ story

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 9:45pm
In another major leak for the White House, MSNBC claimed Tuesday night that the network had obtained President Trump’s 2005 tax documents.
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Pelosi's ObamaCare tweet gets unintended response

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 8:45pm
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) tweeted out a question late on Monday about people's experiences with Obamacare but did not get the response she was looking for.
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Grassley holds up Deputy AG nomination until he hears from Comey on Russia

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 8:10pm
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that he will not permit President Trump’s nomination for deputy attorney general until members of the committee are briefed by FBI Director James Comey on Moscow’s involvement in last year’s election.
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Ryan: Leaked audio of Trump criticism 'ancient history'

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 7:17pm
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told Fox News' "The First 100 Days" Tuesday that leaked audio of him criticizing President Trump during last year's presidential campaign was "ancient history."
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US Military Schools Get New Reprieve from Hiring Freeze

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 5:16pm
The exemptions will allow the the DoDEA to hire teachers, administrators and other regional and headquarters support personnel.
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Mattis withdraws Pentagon pick seen as Muslim Brotherhood supporter

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:58pm
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn his nominee for the Pentagon's top civilian job over opposition from lawmakers concerned about her close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Trump pick for trade post calls for 'America first' policy

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:29pm
President Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations told Congress Tuesday that the U.S. should have an "America first trade policy."
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Trump hammered for government cuts – but Clinton pursued similar strategy

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:58pm
President Trump is taking a beating in the press for plans to pursue significant cuts to the federal bureaucracy. But despite the outrage, he's actually taking a page from President Bill Clinton, whose brash efforts to streamline government in the 1990s were praised not so long ago.
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White House distances itself from King comments

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:41pm
The White House on Tuesday distanced itself from Republican Rep. Steve King's inflammatory comments about immigrants, as Democrats pressed House GOP leaders to punish the Iowa lawmaker by stripping him of a chairmanship.
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Pelosi calls for GOP to strip King of chairmanship

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:41pm
The top Democrat in the House is calling on Republican leaders to strip Iowa Rep. Steve King of a chairmanship after his inflammatory comments about immigration.
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Top Marine grilled by senators over nude photo scandal

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:32pm
The nation’s top Marine told a group of skeptical senators on Tuesday that he intends to make cultural changes at the service branch in response to the scandal over nude photo-sharing that has rocked the military.
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Wisconsin official blames Sanders campaign, poll workers for minors voting

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:15pm
Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally across Wisconsin during last spring's intense presidential primary, apparently wrongly believing they could cast ballots if they turned 18 ahead of the November general election, according to a new state report.
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Plot thickens in probe of House IT contractors

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 1:27pm
A criminal investigation into IT contractors employed by dozens of House Democrats is sparking broader concerns about continuing access to sensitive government emails, amid new allegations of illicit activity beyond Capitol Hill.
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Trump voters taking hit? Health bill estimates show seniors facing high costs

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:51am
Raising a political problem as much as a financial one, newly released budget estimates show elderly Americans could be hit hard by premium hikes under Republicans' ObamaCare repeal bill -- affecting a key constituency for President Trump.
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Lawmaker mocks abortion law with call for masturbation fines

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:28am
A Texas lawmaker is making a point about legislation that restricts women's access to health care and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate.
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Budget 'score' rattles push to pass ObamaCare repeal

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 9:46am
A newly released budget analysis of House Republicans’ ObamaCare repeal bill is causing new turbulence for efforts to send a version of the legislation to President Trump’s desk, giving critics of the plan fresh ammunition ahead of a critical committee vote.
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Upside-down media: Even anti-Trump vandalism gets good reviews

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:01am
An outrageous lead in the Washington Post captured the animus that underlies much of the coverage of Donald Trump: “A group of environmental activists pulled off a daring act of defiance.”
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Florida to require unanimous jury recommendation for death penalty

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:01am
Florida will now require a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed under a bill signed late Monday by Gov. Rick Scott, who has remained relatively quiet about the problems with the state's death penalty law in recent months.
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Trump steps up ObamaCare repeal push, meets with law's 'victims'

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:00pm
President Trump stepped up his administration’s push Monday for an ObamaCare repeal bill, meeting at the White House with “victims” of the original law and vowing that Republicans’ proposal will drive insurance costs “down, down, down.”
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