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Senate silence speaks volumes about Russia probe

8:04 pm Feb. 18, 2017

A surprise meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday with the FBI Director yielded an unusual reaction from Senators, as normally chatty lawmakers said next to nothing about their closed door meeting, raising eyebrows about that discussion and the panel’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Usually, the appearance of someone as senior as FBI Director James Comey would have been on the schedule and known about it


2020 campaign begins with Trump rally in Florida

7:30 am Feb. 18, 2017

The announcement of President Trump’s visit to Melbourne, Florida today didn’t come from the White House. What rolled into my email inbox this week was from “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.,” the


Trump frustrates supporters with inaction on immigration “Dreamers”

4:43 pm Feb. 17, 2017

In the face of widespread calls from Republicans to end a special Obama Administration plan that allowed certain younger illegal immigrants to avoid being deported, President Donald Trump signaled again this week that he is not yet ready to simply shut down the “DACA” program, disappointing some of his supporters, but drawing hopeful expressions of support from lawmakers in both parties.

“We’re going to show great heart,” the President said at


Trump defends his work in office, spars with press over coverage

1:11 pm Feb. 16, 2017

In a wide ranging White House news conference, President Donald Trump defended the work in the first four weeks of his administration, as he repeatedly accused the news media of doing all they can to fight against his plans.

“To be honest, I inherited a mess, it’s a mess,” the President said of the problems facing America.

“In other words, the media is trying to attack our administration because they know we


Hearings for Trump Supreme Court pick to start March 20

9:39 am Feb. 16, 2017

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced today that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch will begin on March 20, likely pushing the start of a Senate floor fight over his confirmation until after Easter, and maybe into the summer, if Democratic opponents filibuster that nomination.

In a release issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said he expects the Gorsuch hearings to last


Republicans plow ahead with repeal of late Obama regulations

3:00 am Feb. 16, 2017

Using a rarely used legislative power, the Senate on Wednesday joined the House in voting to reverse an Obama Administration rule that funneled information from Social Security about people with mental health issues to the instant background check system for gun purchases, all part of a broader effort by Republicans to roll back regulations unveiled late last year by the Obama Administration.

“Social Security’s flawed regulation risks erroneously adding tens of


Trump pick for Labor Secretary withdraws nomination

2:51 pm Feb. 15, 2017

Under fire on multiple fronts, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday, a day before he was to go before a U.S. Senate committee for confirmation hearings.

“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder said in a written statement.

“While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his