By this point in his presidency, George W. Bush had announced the outline of a tax plan that, with modifications, he would sign into law a few months later. Barack Obama had signed the stimulus, a bill to expand the children's health-care program, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
President Donald Trump is having a slower start. He has not ...Read more
ASpaceX capsule carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo aborted its attempt to dock at the International Space Station early Wednesday because of an "easily correctable" GPS error, officials said. It is scheduled to try again Thursday.
This was not the mission's first small delay. SpaceX scuttled its planned launch Saturday because of a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison picked up a semi-endorsement from an expected -- and potentially unwelcome -- source Wednesday morning in his bid to become Democratic National Committee chair: Donald Trump.
With DNC members set to vote on a new leader in just three days, the Republican president, apparently while watching morning cable news ...Read more
Astronomers using powerful space telescopes and ground-based observatories have discovered seven Earth-sized planets in orbit around a star just 39 light-years away. Several of these exoplanets are in the habitable zone, where water could exist in liquid form.
The TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, marks the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don't have benefits attached -- think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers -- cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance.
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Jose was hit by what officials described as the worst flooding in 100 years as the Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of Silicon Valley, overflowed, inundating neighborhoods and forcing thousands to evacuate.
The evacuations covered a large swath of central San Jose and involved an area where an estimated 14,000 ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- End Citizens United, a liberal PAC, is throwing its weight behind Democrat Jon Ossoff in the race to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia's 6th District.
The endorsement is the latest sign that Democrats want to make a play for this district, which President Donald Trump carried by less than 2 points, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rejected the use of "racial stereotypes" in death penalty cases Wednesday, reopening the case of a black man in Texas who was sentenced to die after his jury was told African-Americans are more likely than whites to commit crimes.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said this testimony had no place in a sentencing ...Read more
SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan RuthSteve Snyder
An Amazon #1 Best Seller and winner of 20 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by ...
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump wants Boeing's Super Hornet fighter to compete against Lockheed Martin's next generation F-35 jet. But that idea "doesn't make sense" to a key Republican lawmaker who would need to approve big changes in defense spending.
Boeing Co.'s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin Corp.'s stealthy F-35 are vastly ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Wonder the goldendoodle will get another shot in court.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals should reconsider whether Ehlena Fry and her family can sue a Jackson County school district for its decision years ago to tell Ehlena, who has cerebral palsy, that she couldn't ...Read more
MIAMI -- Before a national television audience, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez minimized reversing county policy for extending the detentions of county inmates sought for deportation by federal authorities.
During a brief appearance on a Fox News town hall in Ponte Vedra on immigration under President Donald Trump, Gimenez defended his ...Read more
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas House succeeded Wednesday morning in overriding Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a tax plan that he's dubbed the largest tax increase in Kansas history.
The House narrowly won a veto-proof majority, with 85 votes to 40.
That came after two Republican lawmakers decided at the last minute to change their votes before the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats have little sway over who the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee will be. But the eventual winner -- to be elected by DNC members this weekend in Atlanta -- may play an important role in shaping the direction of a party that desperately needs help articulating its message and organizing ahead...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The first African-American and first woman to hold the position of librarian of Congress says she is partly in her role thanks to the inspiration of Frederick Douglass. Carla Hayden, who was sworn in last year, discusses with Roll Call the significance of Black History Month, her own place in it and how African-American culture and...Read more
NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants is likely to trigger waves of lawsuits that may soon dwarf the legal fight over the administration's temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.
The Department of Homeland Security is pushing ahead with what the American ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- No state in this decade has seen a more meaningful boost than Tennessee in institutionalized congressional influence.
Only eight states, all with much bigger delegations because they're much more populous, have more overt sway at the Capitol this year. That is one of several notable findings from the new Roll Call Clout Index, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Freshman Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, 65, shares his thoughts on Congress so far, why he chose not to continue teaching law school, and what he eats when his wife isn't in D.C.
Q: In your first couple of months here, what have you discovered about the Senate that you didn't know before?
A: I think I knew all this ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- More than half of voters believe Donald Trump has done something illegal or unethical as he faces potential conflicts of interest by continuing to own his businesses while serving as president, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.
Even more voters -- nearly six in 10 -- say Trump's conduct as president makes them feel ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- During a nationwide operation this month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a team of ICE agents in Los Angeles approached the house of a man targeted for deportation.
"Good morning, police," one agent announced in the predawn darkness.
A man opened the door moments later.
"Good morning. How you doing? I'm a police officer...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If you wanted to know who visited the White House, how much the president's secretary is paid, or which state has the most federally funded teaching positions, the information was just a few clicks away. With a bit more technical knowledge, you could explore public data sets to analyze the president's budget, or look for trends in ...Read more
- Advocates gearing up to challenge tough new DHS rules on deportation
- Door closes on Obama administration's open data efforts
- Final DHS rules foresee immediate deportation for anyone caught anywhere in US
- A lethal shooting at the US-Mexico border divides the Supreme Court
- Storm brings record rainfall, gusts up to 199 mph and flooding to Northern California