WASHINGTON -- Looking ahead to a future vacancy on the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump on Friday named five conservative judges to his list of potential nominees to the high court.
They include Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett, 45, who was confirmed two weeks ago to a seat on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Shortly before last year's presidential election, Donald Trump Jr. flew to France for lunch at the Hotel Ritz Paris with a Syrian peace activist, who says she meets regularly with Russian officials, and her French husband, who nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize last year.
Donald Trump's eldest son ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan negotiations over protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation have stalled over demands from President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers that any new law also include tougher measures on legal and illegal immigration.
The legislative impasse persists more than two months after Trump ordered a gradual end to an ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., added her name to the growing list of those who say they have been sexually harassed in the nation's capital, telling CNN a "prominent" historical figure tried to put his hand up her skirt decades ago.
She also said Friday that a U.S. senator made unwelcome advances to her. Her office told the ...Read more
President Donald Trump, whose own campaign was rocked by sexual harassment allegations, has declined to publicly discuss accusations that Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in the Alabama Senate race, made inappropriate advances toward teenage girls several decades ago.
His reticence disappeared Thursday night when it came to Sen. Al Franken, ...Read more
President Donald Trump has started paying his own legal bills related to the Russia probe, rather than charging them to his campaign or the Republican National Committee, and is finalizing a plan to use personal funds to help current and former White House staff with their legal costs.
The Office of Government Ethics and a tax firm are working ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- U.S. taxpayers paid out more than $900,000 in the most recent fiscal year to settle claims on Capitol Hill, the highest amount in 10 years.
That's according to statistics released Thursday by the Office of Compliance, the independent congressional agency established under the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act.
The agency ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "There are three kinds of lies," Mark Twain once wrote: "lies, damned lies and statistics."
The Trump administration has employed them all.
From the exaggerated estimates of his inaugural crowd to the unraveling of claims that his campaign never dealt with Russia, Donald Trump's presidency has been a mosaic of untruths, half-...Read more
Errabundis [Kindle Edition]Carol Budinger
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WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, made up strictly of Democrats, rejected Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo's bid to join its ranks Thursday, saying some members are concerned about his stance on immigration.
The caucus, which has 30 members, took a vote on Thursday morning after Curbelo appeared in front of the group to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- State governments' practice of spending taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment lawsuits against legislators and staff has created an uproar in California's Legislature and other statehouses around the country. Now a picture is emerging of how the U.S. Congress is doing the same thing, with less fanfare and even less ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- A federal appeals court appeared reluctant Wednesday to scuttle a Trump University settlement so that a former student may try to take the president to trial.
The $25 million settlement, reached days after President Donald Trump's election, stemmed from lawsuits alleging that Trump engaged in fraud by inducing people to sign up ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined Rep. Jackie Speier to introduce new legislation that takes aim at sexual harassment in Congress.
"For all intents and purposes, a staffer in the Capitol is powerless and gagged," Speier said at the beginning of the news conference. Harassers are often allowed to walk away to prey on others, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 14, 2012, Elizabeth Esty was attending a social media workshop for new members of Congress at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She had been elected to represent Connecticut's 5th District a month earlier.
"I raised my hand and I said, 'Here's an example right now -- I'm getting texts and alerts that there's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Two current lawmakers allegedly have sexually harassed congressional staff in the past. And a former staffer reportedly asked to deliver papers to a member's home was greeted by him wearing only a towel.
That's what California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier and Republican Barbara Comstock of Virginia recounted during a hearing by ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump's power to launch nuclear weapons is under scrutiny by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress concerned over his comments about striking North Korea.
Going to war is a "heavy responsibility" for elected leaders, and the decision to use nuclear weapons is the "most consequential of all," Sen. Bob ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's picks for federal judgeships reflect a strikingly different direction when it comes to diversity on the bench -- it is the most white and male group of nominees in recent history.
So far, 91 percent of Trump's 58 judicial nominees for district and appeals courts are white, a pace that would make his ...Read more
President Donald Trump wrapped up his swing through Asia by boasting that he inked agreements to sell $300 billion in U.S.-made goods and predicting the total value of the deals could "quadruple."
"I think the fruits of are going to be incredible," Trump told reporters of his dealmaking during the 12-day trip just minutes before Air Force One ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a second special counsel to investigate a raft of allegations connected to Hillary Clinton, a move that would fulfill long-standing demands from President Donald Trump and the Republican base.
A Justice Department lawyer informed the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that ...Read more
ATLANTA -- Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the Democratic wave in last week's elections was a sign that the "fever is breaking and the tide is turning" after her stunning defeat by Republican Donald Trump.
Clinton said Monday that the Democratic victories in statewide elections in New Jersey and Virginia, along with down-...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Establishment Republicans once dreamed of replacing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with a less bombastic alternative in 2018.
Those dreams now appear out of reach, even as a North Texas Republican with ties to state's old political guard is on the verge of launching a challenge to the first-term senator.
A Fort Worth-based super PAC aimed ...Read more