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House panel approves background checks for all private gun sales

8:18 pm Feb. 13, 2019

Setting up a vote in the full House later this month, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Wednesday evening to approve a bill to extend background checks on gun sales to all private gun transactions, along with a separate measure to give law enforcement more time to deal with background check investigations, as Democrats moved forward on one of their prime agenda items now that their party controls

Bringing up Iran-Contra guilty plea, Rep. Omar clashes with Trump official

1:57 pm Feb. 13, 2019

At almost the same moment that Vice President Mike Pence was calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Omar tangled Wednesday with the Trump Administration’s special envoy on Venezuela, bringing up a guilty plea made by Elliot Abrams in 1991 for misleading the Congress about details of the Iran-Contra affair.

“I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people

Trump hints at ‘national emergency’ to funnel money to border wall

8:17 pm Feb. 12, 2019

Even as President Donald Trump publicly grumbled on Tuesday about the details of a border funding agreement worked out by House-Senate negotiators, some of his supporters in Congress were convinced that the President would sign that bill into law, and then swiftly move to use executive powers to funnel other money into construction of a border wall, all but assuring a legal fight over such a unilateral move.

“I’ve heard a

Trump not ‘thrilled’ with border security funding deal in Congress

11:48 am Feb. 12, 2019

A day after top negotiators hammered out a tentative agreement on a plan to fund additional fencing along the Mexican border, along with deals on a series of bills to fully fund the operations of one-quarter of the federal government, President Donald Trump made clear to reporters Tuesday that he wasn’t pleased with the final product.

“I can’t say I’m happy,” the President said during a Cabinet meeting at the White

GOP conservatives pan tentative border security funding deal

10:51 pm Feb. 11, 2019

With the clock ticking towards a possible second partial government shutdown at the end of the week, a tentative deal struck Monday night by Congressional negotiators earned a quick thumbs down from more influential conservative voices – inside and outside of the Congress – leading to questions on whether House-Senate talks had produced something that President Donald Trump would sign into law.

“While the President was giving a great speech in

Muslim Democrat apologizes after Pelosi rebuke over anti-Semitic tweets

2:21 pm Feb. 11, 2019

Amid building criticism in both parties over her statements on Israel, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) publicly apologized on Monday for a series of tweets which Jewish lawmakers had said wrongly given voice to anti-Semitic Jewish tropes, as the newly-elected Muslim Democrat from Minnesota said she never intended any harm.

“I unequivocally apologize,” Omar said.

“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” Omar tweeted, an hour

Trump rallies in El Paso with border security talks stalled in Congress

3:00 am Feb. 11, 2019

As President Donald Trump takes his call for funding for a border wall to the border city of El Paso, Texas on Monday evening, House-Senate negotiators are struggling to finalize a 2019 funding deal on border security and the operations of the Department of Homeland Security, raising the possibility of another partial government shutdown at the end of this week if no agreement can be reached.

“The Border Committee Democrats are