Trump doesn’t let facts get in the way of declaring a national emergency
A U.S. Border Patrol agent listens from the front row as President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border during remarks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 15, 2019. President Trump’s rambling declaration of a national emergency, the intent of which was to fund a barrier along hundreds of miles on the U.S. border with Mexico, was filled with factual inaccuracies, misleading statements and contradictions. In his Rose Garden remarks on Friday, Trump repeated many of the same disproven claims he has made over the last several weeks about drug smuggling, human trafficking and other crime at the border.
02/15/2019 - 09:12 PM
Lawmaker: Jesus died from the death penalty, so don't abolish it
“The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me,” State Sen. Lynn Hutchings, R-Cheyenne told the Casper Star-Tribune. If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.”
02/15/2019 - 04:54 PM
A national emergency has been declared. Now what?
On Friday morning, President Trump declared a national emergency in order to secure funding for a border wall, triggering what will likely be a long legal battle before anything is built.
02/15/2019 - 04:51 PM
Trump denies he takes orders from Sean Hannity
The president name-checks Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson and Ann Coulter at a press conference at which he declared a national emergency.
02/15/2019 - 02:12 PM
Stacey Abrams calls voter suppression 'the crisis of our day'
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said Friday that “voter suppression … has to be considered the crisis of our day,” a clear rebuke to Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border.
02/15/2019 - 01:33 PM
'I didn't need to do this': Trump declares national emergency to build a wall
In a rambling, teleprompter-free diatribe, President Trump announced that he was declaring a national emergency in order to build a wall at the southern border.
02/15/2019 - 11:27 AM
2020 Vision: Buckle up, America! It’s gonna be a long, crowded campaign
Candidates are crowding into the race, and to judge by this week's developments, the 2020 presidential cycle will make the last one seem tranquil.
02/15/2019 - 10:13 AM
Trump will sign spending bill but end-run Congress to build wall
President Trump will sign the bipartisan funding bill pending in Congress and then declare a national emergency to build the border wall, the White House announced Thursday afternoon.
02/14/2019 - 04:38 PM
Ocasio-Cortez takes a victory lap after Amazon scraps plans to build in New York
The Democratic phenom scores a victory over the "richest man in the world."
02/14/2019 - 03:12 PM
PHOTOS: Remembering Parkland: One year later
Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across Florida and beyond observed a moment of silence Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead.
02/14/2019 - 01:11 PM
'Did I say I love you?' One year after Parkland horror, tributes to victims pour in
Tributes poured in for the victims of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Thursday, one year after the massacre there.
02/14/2019 - 12:13 PM
McCabe: There were 25th Amendment discussions at DOJ to remove Trump from office
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says that after President Trump fired his boss, FBI Director James Comey, there were discussions within the Department of Justice about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
02/14/2019 - 09:06 AM
Pete Buttigieg is running for president. Also, he's gay.
Pete Buttigieg would rather talk about his record as the two-term mayor of South Bend, Ind., than about his identity as the first openly gay man to seek the Democratic nomination.
02/14/2019 - 05:00 AM
Ilhan Omar confronts Elliott Abrams over human rights
Omar suggested Americans would have reason to doubt Abrams’ testimony about the United States role in Venezuela. “If I could respond to that,” said Abrams. “I’m not going to respond to that question, I’m sorry,” said Abrams. Omar continued.
02/13/2019 - 04:02 PM
Pentagon releases blueprint for accelerating artificial intelligence
The publication of the Pentagon strategy’s core concepts comes eight months after a Silicon Valley revolt against the military’s premier AI research program.
02/13/2019 - 03:40 PM
What Trump got wrong about 'right to try'
In his first address to Congress, Trump called for a federal “right-to-try” law, modeled on existing laws in some states. But it appears only two patients have been treated under the act, and it is much too soon to tell whether it has saved any lives.
02/13/2019 - 10:40 AM
Does opposition research still matter in the age of Trump?
After the 2016 election, many Democrats hoped their presidential candidates were immune to attacks on their character — because they would be running against Donald Trump. But the practice of opposition research is alive and well.
02/13/2019 - 05:00 AM
As teachers in Denver demand better pay, Republicans in Washington say lack of money isn't what ails public education
At a House hearing, Democrats argued for more money to fix crumbling schools while Republicans said more charter schools are needed to give students choices.
02/12/2019 - 06:40 PM
A tiny chapel — and a law beloved by evangelicals — might stand in the way of Trump's wall
The Catholic Church looks to block further construction of a border barrier.
02/12/2019 - 05:13 PM
Contrasting realities on immigration as Trump, O'Rourke host dueling rallies in El Paso
Standing within earshot distance of one another, President Trump and Beto O’Rourke held opposing rallies in El Paso, Texas, that clashed over immigration. Trump and his contingent of an estimated 6,500 chanted “Build the wall” and “U-S-A” over and over, while O’Rourke and an estimated 10,000 supporters called for a path to citizenship for those wanting to cross the border. While Trump spoke from inside a packed El Paso County Coliseum arena with a large U.S. flag and “Finish the Wall” signs perched on either side, O’Rourke spoke outside on a stage set up inside a baseball field with a mariachi band as his backdrop.
02/12/2019 - 04:47 PM
Trump flaunts his concern for minorities. Native Americans need not apply.
He did not offer to resign himself over a mocking reference to Native American genocide, or call out his son, Donald Jr., for applauding that remark.
02/12/2019 - 02:53 PM
Beto’s counter-rally hints at how he might run against Trump
Privately, those close to O’Rourke offer nothing further than that. Among his fans was President Barack Obama, who praised O’Rourke for his authenticity. Those close to O’Rourke say they believe he would prefer to run the same kind of campaign for the White House.
02/12/2019 - 11:59 AM
RNC uses Hillary Clinton's 'Stronger Together' slogan for Trump
The Republican National Committee posted a pro-Trump graphic that borrowed the motto of Clinton's 2016 campaign — and the former Democratic nominee noticed.
02/12/2019 - 11:03 AM
Crackdown on opioids has its own victims: People who need them to live
Caylee Cresta, 27, a wife and mother of a young son, is a victim of the opioid epidemic, although not in the way you might think. Sudden stimuli like stubbing a toe or a hug from behind can trigger a spasm that lasts for hours.
02/12/2019 - 05:00 AM
O'Rourke, Trump duel over wall, immigration in possible 2020 preview
Potential White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke accused Donald Trump of fear-mongering on Monday and the Republican president mocked the Democrat as a "young man who lost" in dueling rallies that could preview the tenor of the 2020 election campaign. O'Rourke, who narrowly lost his 2018 bid for a U.S. Senate seat, accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants and telling "lies" about his hometown El Paso, which Trump said was a dangerous place before it had a border fence. "We stand for America and we stand against a wall," O'Rourke told a crowd of several thousand supporters, many waving "Beto 2020" signs and wearing "Immigrants Make America Great" baseball caps.
02/12/2019 - 02:17 AM
Trump returns to campaign form with El Paso rally promoting border wall
Donald Trump headed to the border and delivered what sounded like a stump speech for the coming presidential campaign.
02/11/2019 - 10:42 PM
'Preliminary agreement' reached to avert shutdown
“We’ve reopened negotiations so we’re not stalled. Yesterday we were stalled,” Sen. Richard Shelby told reporters. “We’ve reopened serious negotiations.”
02/11/2019 - 06:28 PM
Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for 'anti-Semitic' tweets
The Minnesota freshman Democrat issued a statement on Monday apologizing for what critics viewed as anti-Semitic comments that she made over the weekend.
02/11/2019 - 02:43 PM
Amy Klobuchar, latest presidential candidate, faces questions about temperament, treatment of staff
On the day she announced her intention to run for the presidency, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., faced intense headwinds in the form of reports that she has been routinely demeaning to her employees.
02/11/2019 - 11:58 AM
'And I did inhale': Kamala Harris admits marijuana use
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said in a new interview that she supports the legalization of marijuana — admitting that she has not only smoked pot, she has inhaled.
02/11/2019 - 11:29 AM
Trump declares racial 'double standard' in Virginia scandals
President Trump addressed the scandals currently involving several Virginia officials, tweeting that "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display" in the state.
02/10/2019 - 10:52 AM
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio flirting with a 2020 bid
“He’s a true blue liberal and would do anything for the cause. He may see this as a good platform,” a de Blasio ally said.
02/08/2019 - 05:14 PM
2020 Vision: Klobuchar, Warren would like a moment of your time this weekend
After a week in which the news was dominated by the State of the Union speech, focus will likely shift back to the 2020 race, as Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar are expected to formally announce their campaigns.
02/08/2019 - 04:17 PM
Some 'zero tolerance' kids might never get their parents back, U.S. admits
Patricia (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy) was among the thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their parents during the height of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy — the period between approximately April 6 and June 20, 2018, when immigrant families were systematically separated at the border, following an order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that all adults caught crossing or attempting to illegally cross the southwest border be referred directly for criminal prosecution. Since minor children cannot be held in jail, this required separating them from their parents. Patricia was transferred from Customs and Border Protection to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human services responsible for the care of unaccompanied immigrant children.
02/08/2019 - 12:46 PM
Virginia didn’t have a Southern governor for 20 years, and then the past collided with the present
When Ralph Northam was elected Virginia’s governor a little over a year ago, it marked the first time in almost two decades that the state had a chief executive who was really from the old commonwealth.
02/08/2019 - 12:19 PM
The hearings begin: Acting AG Whitaker clashes with House Judiciary Democrats
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Friday, which was in doubt as late as Thursday evening, featured a number of contentious moments.
02/08/2019 - 12:15 PM
PHOTOS: As poppies bloom, Mexico seeks to halt heroin trade
In the mountains of Mexico's tropical sierra, an ever-growing expanse of pink poppy flowers has pushed prices so low for opium paste, the gummy raw ingredient of heroin, that farmer Santiago Sanchez worries how he will feed and clothe his family.
02/08/2019 - 11:38 AM
As Trump administration negotiates peace with Taliban, some retired U.S. generals see defeat
“The Taliban are the victors,” said a retired general officer who commanded a brigade early in the war. “We just haven’t figured that out yet.”
02/08/2019 - 05:00 AM
Pelosi throws shade on Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' framework
The House speaker has a word of caution for the freshman superstar.
02/07/2019 - 02:31 PM
Trump credits people of faith for 'abolition of civil rights' at National Prayer Breakfast
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday, President Trump stumbled while crediting America’s God-fearing citizens for the country’s historic achievements.
02/07/2019 - 11:10 AM
Exploring Elizabeth Warren's 'Okie' roots
The controversy over Elizabeth Warren’s Native American ancestry has largely overshadowed the senator’s compelling personal story as a child of Depression-era parents who rose from humble Oklahoma beginnings to become a celebrated Harvard academic, senator and now presidential candidate.
02/07/2019 - 10:33 AM
As 5G war with China heats up, could a Cold War-inspired plan be the solution?
While U.S. experts may agree that Beijing’s dominance in 5G represents a national security threat, attempts to keep Chinese companies out of the U.S. market may not, on their own, solve the problem.
02/07/2019 - 05:00 AM
Patrick McHenry has some advice for the new rock stars of Congress
The North Carolina congressman said the new upstarts would do well to avoid the impulse for self-promotion.
02/07/2019 - 05:00 AM
Trump's rhetoric hits his wall
Our developer president could have focused his energy on building airports, high-speed rail lines and high-tech schools. But he can only think of one place to sink a shovel, and that’s turning out to be the sinkhole of his administration.
02/07/2019 - 05:00 AM
Trump, honoring Holocaust survivors, seems blind to events of today
President Trump honored Holocaust survivors in his State of the Union speech. But many could have been saved if the U.S. had opened its doors to refugees from Europe before World War II.
02/06/2019 - 09:26 PM
Partisan battle erupts over Democrats' bill to make Election Day a federal holiday and bolster ethics rules
If the rancor over the proposed legislation is any indication, it could be a long and not especially productive two years in Congress.
02/06/2019 - 05:38 PM
Six days of turmoil: Virginia Democrats' nightmare February
Although February is not even a week old, it’s already been a terrible month for Virginia Democrats as they attempt to assess the crises afflicting their top three state officials.
02/06/2019 - 02:06 PM
Trump’s State of the Union fails to mention the state of the planet: Hot and getting hotter
President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night clocked in at 82 minutes, the third-longest in U.S. history. Not once did he mention climate change.
02/06/2019 - 01:31 PM
Trump’s abortion remarks fire up both sides
Groups on both sides of the abortion issue reacted swiftly to the president's comments in his State of the Union speech.
02/06/2019 - 12:13 AM
Trump's idea of unity meets a skeptical State of the Union audience
The president's audience in the House chamber Tuesday night was more diverse than any before it.
02/05/2019 - 11:47 PM
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