WASHINGTON -- In 1925, at the behest of New York merchants, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to uphold as "valid, irrevocable and enforceable" the contracts they had negotiated for shipping and delivering goods. They agreed to settle disputes through private arbitration, which was seen as quicker and cheaper than going to court.
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday afternoon that his "big news" for U.S. autoworkers could have to do with plans to rewrite -- or withdraw from -- the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Wednesday morning, Trump posted a cryptic message on Twitter, saying there would be "big news coming soon for our great American ...Read more
BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday reaffirmed his condemnation of immigrant gang members as "animals" as he pressed his call for tougher border security at a Long Island forum with public officials and victims' parents.
He also threatened to cut foreign aid to the immigrants' countries of origin unless those nations do more ...Read more
President Donald Trump has made directing scorn on Twitter a defining feature of his presidency. But when the animus is leveled back at him, the nation's leader has a habit of silencing those critics by blocking them.
Now a federal judge says Trump has to face the heat, ruling that the president and his staff blocking anyone on Twitter is ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to prevent or expose conflicts of interest in the executive branch, House and Senate Democrats are pushing legislation that would force senior members of the Trump administration to reveal more about their business interests.
The legislation, introduced this week, would empower the Office of Government Ethics to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- After months of delay, senators said Wednesday they have reached a deal on legislation to reform how sexual harassment claims against lawmakers and staff are handled on Capitol Hill.
The legislation requires members of Congress to personally repay taxpayers for settling harassment claims filed against them, even if they resign.
WASHINGTON -- A new poll found most Americans don't like what Congress has been doing the past few years, even if they don't know the major players in office.
Over 59 percent of respondents to this week's Economist/YouGov poll said they disapproved of Congress' performance, placing the blame on both parties.
But no one is quite sure of how ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The 2018 electoral map is dotted with Democratic campaigns that closely resemble Bernie Sanders' own unabashedly liberal, anti-establishment presidential candidacy.
But it has markedly fewer candidates who actually supported the progressive champion in 2016.
All across the country this year, many of the progressive heroes of 2018...Read more
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WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that banking records of President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen appear to have been leaked from a database maintained by his department.
"Our inspector general is reviewing the issue of leaks. There is the appearance that some of the information may have gone out," Mnuchin told the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- A longtime business partner of Michael D. Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion in a deal that allows him to dodge prison time, indicating that he is cooperating with prosecutors.
Evgeny Freidman, a taxi operator who allegedly owed some $5 million in back taxes, entered into the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan legislation focused on easing regulations for small and mid-sized banks passed the House on Tuesday and headed to President Trump for his expected signature.
Although the bill provides some significant relief for larger financial institutions, it falls short of the sweeping overhaul of the Dodd-Frank post-crisis reforms...Read more
Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is injecting himself into the campaign by Disneyland resort workers demanding to get paid a "living wage."
The U.S. senator from Vermont will be a featured speaker at a June 2 Anaheim rally, alongside union leaders who have been calling for higher wages for workers at Disneyland, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It was Sen. Marco Rubio, not Donald Trump, who used a morning tweet Tuesday to help shape the day's agenda. The Florida Republican slammed the president's trade talks with China, prompting other members to voice their concerns.
Rubio wrote that China is "out-negotiating the administration & winning the trade talks right now," ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "Dreamers" should be able to enlist in the military and become legal residents, says a strong coalition of congressional Republicans and Democrats as they make a renewed push for their initiative.
They have enough votes in the House to pass their plan, but Republican leaders are balking.
Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., Carlos ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was hit with a $10 million judgment Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.
Judge Catherine Bauer of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana ordered the Eagan Avenatti law firm to pay $10 million to Jason Frank, a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended himself Tuesday amid reports of threats to his leadership position and reiterated his view that it's not in Republicans' best interest to have a divisive leadership race before the November midterm elections.
"Obviously I serve at the pleasure of the members; those are the people who drafted me in ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With political primaries already underway and the November midterm elections fast approaching, top national security officials briefed members of Congress on Tuesday about gaps in election security.
The Trump administration has been under pressure to take stronger steps to deter Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. campaigns. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The future of hemp legalization is up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Period.
House supporters of the idea tried to include legalization measures into the big farm bill lawmakers have been considering, but were advised to back off
McConnell, R-Ky., is taking care of things, they were told.
His fellow Kentucky ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell physically abused his former wife in the 1970s, according to court documents unearthed by his campaign and obtained by The (Charleston) Post and Courier.
Parnell's campaign manager and his finance manager have quit, according to a source close to the campaign.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ...Read more
HOUSTON -- Democrats say they're ready to take charge in Washington. They just can't agree how.
After nearly a decade of GOP rule, the party stands its best chance in years to seize control of the House, an opening that's intensified the long-standing fight between progressives, pragmatists and party professionals.
Some at the grassroots favor...Read more
- Bernie Sanders to speak out for higher wages for Disneyland workers
- Democrats seek legislation to force more transparency from Trump administration
- Trump suggests 'big news' for US autoworkers involves NAFTA
- Members join Rubio in criticizing Trump over China talks
- Senate leaders reach bipartisan deal for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill