WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are lining up behind Marco Rubio's plan to automatically sanction Russia for any future election meddling a day after President Donald Trump's meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew widespread derision from the entire political spectrum.
Trump supporters such as Fox News host Laura ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The senator who once dubbed Donald Trump an "orange-faced windbag" and the president -- who derided Rand Paul as "truly weird" -- are now fast friends, thanks to Paul's support for Trump's performance in talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Trump and Paul had clashed bitterly during the presidential campaign but they've ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, seeking to stanch a national furor, said on Tuesday that he misspoke in Helsinki, Finland, and meant to say that he indeed does see Russia as the culprit that interfered in the 2016 presidential election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies have found.
The president's comments were unlikely to satisfy his ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The fight over who will lead House Democrats next year got its first public entrance Tuesday as Rep. Linda T. Sanchez made her bid official to lead the House Democratic Caucus.
Sanchez, of California, currently vice chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, sent a letter to her colleagues Tuesday confirming her interest in moving up ...Read more
Top Republican lawmakers on Tuesday attacked one of the legal protections most prized by social media companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc., questioning whether they should be held liable for content posted by users.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte asked representatives from the companies and Twitter Inc. at a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It used to be normal for fundraising by Senate candidates to dwarf that of House candidates. Not this year.
New Jersey's Mikie Sherrill, a Democrat trying to flip a longtime Republican stronghold, raised nearly $1.9 million during the second quarter of the year.
That's more than at least one Democratic senator facing a ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has lashed out at President Donald Trump's rebuke of American intelligence agencies during a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"President Trump, I just saw your press conference with President Putin and it was embarrassing, I mean you stood there like a little wet ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Conservative groups and jurists, including U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, have long advocated restricting the latitude of the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies to set rules and regulations, beyond what Congress has specifically authorized.
They may have that chance this fall. The Supreme Court...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Government transparency advocates were thrilled last spring when Congress ordered its in-house think tank to publicly release its reports.
Now, groups that lobbied for years to end the secrecy surrounding the Congressional Research Service say the website scheduled to launch in September would leave out crucial documents and cost ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In 2011, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was selected at random to rule on whether President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, was constitutional.
It was a career-defining moment for the aspiring Supreme Court justice, who was 46 at the time. The case promised to be a political bomb splitting two ...Read more
MIAMI -- Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz's statement to police should be kept "under wraps" to not taint a potential jury pool, his lawyer told a court Monday as a judge continues to weigh whether to release it to the media and public.
Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Monday listened to another round of arguments from lawyers over ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With the addition of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court could have a conservative majority to strike down bans on semiautomatic weapons in liberal states and to decree that law-abiding Americans have a right to carry a gun in public.
Although the fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has mostly focused on abortion and health ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- After months of negotiations could not secure an interview with President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller warned the president's lawyers in March that he could use a grand jury subpoena if necessary to compel his testimony.
That prompted a furious response from John M. Dowd, the president's lead attorney at the time. ...Read more
Katie Hill and Steve Knight are waging one of the most fiercely competitive congressional races in the country, a free-for-all spilling from the pin-neat subdivisions of Simi Valley to the scrubland of the high desert.
Hill, a Democrat, has been featured on HBO and profiled in several national publications. Knight, a two-term GOP incumbent, is ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The White House press secretary said the Trump administration had punished "bad behavior" after a planned CNN interview with national security adviser John Bolton was canceled following a tense exchange between President Donald Trump and one of the network's correspondents.
Bolton had been booked to appear on CNN's "State of the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's road to confirmation may have a little-noticed obstacle: Sen. Rand Paul's firm views on privacy.
While abortion has gotten most of the attention in the partisan fight over the nomination, the Kentucky Republican strongly disagrees with Kavanaugh on the meaning of the Constitution's Fourth ...Read more
WASHINGTON--Democratic members of the group of lawmakers with access to particularly sensitive intelligence information expressed concern Thursday about broader dissemination -- to other members of Congress.
The Thursday letter directed to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was publicly released on Friday.
"In recent days, we learned ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A whisper campaign is underway to promote U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina as the next speaker of the House of Representatives.
Allies of the Democratic lawmaker, currently assistant House Democratic leader, say the conversations are still in the early stages. They add, however, there are real and active efforts to pitch ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For a guy who regularly preaches the virtues of sovereignty, Donald Trump sure had a lot to say this week about how other people are running their countries.
He attacked Angela Merkel for a pipeline deal with Russia. He badgered NATO allies to more rapidly increase their defense spending. He chastised Theresa May for ignoring his ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a dear colleague letter to House Democrats Friday suggesting the caucus wait until after Thanksgiving to hold its leadership elections for the next Congress.
The letter may seem strange coming four months in advance of the lame-duck session during which intraparty leadership elections would be ...Read more
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