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Jeff Sessions Just Revived a Policy Nobody Supports

Why is the Justice Department going backward on civil forfeiture?<p>Every day, law enforcement officials across the United States seize cash from motorists stopped at the side of the road. It’s called “civil forfeiture,” and the stories of abuse are legion: over $17,000 seized from the owner of a …

Republicans lament an agenda in 'quicksand'

GOP lawmakers’ mood is darkening as the August recess approaches and they’ve made little progress on their priorities.<p>Sen. David Perdue persuaded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week to scrap two weeks of August recess to advance President Donald Trump's agenda. But since then, the …

As repeal and replace falters, more say GOP should abandon repeal plan

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A new CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds a growing share of Americans want to see the GOP abandon its effort to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law known as Obamacare, as majorities across party lines want congressional Republicans to aim for a bill with bipartisan …

By embracing Russia, Trump bumps up against top advisers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent overtures toward Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and …

U.S. Supreme Court partly rejects Trump on travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday a bid by President Donald Trump to block a judge's ruling that prevented his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries from being applied to grandparents of U.S. citizens.<p>But in a partial win for Trump, the court put on hold part of the …

Sen. Paul backs Trump's frustration with Sessions' recusal

Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday backed President Donald Trump’s criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, using the president’s scolding of the nation’s top law enforcement official to push his own libertarian-leaning criminal justice policy.<p>“I agree with @realDonaldTrump, his Attorney General should …

Mulvaney criticizes CBO: 'It’s almost like it’s not a fair analysis"

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney criticized the Congressional Budget Office again Thursday morning, though he focused on blasting its methodology and blaming it for hindering healthcare reform.<p>“We can talk for an hour about this CBO if we wanted to,” Mulvaney said. “Keep in …

Wray’s FBI nomination approved by Senate committee

Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the FBI, easily cleared a key Senate committee Thursday — even following an explosive Trump interview in The New York Times that prompted Democrats to raise renewed concerns of political interference with the Department of Justice.<p>The …

Jeff Sessions: 'I plan to continue' as attorney general

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he plans to continue in his job despite President Donald Trump's comments that he'd have picked someone else had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the Justice Department's Russia investigation.<p>"We love this job. We love this …

Sessions: No plans to resign after Trump criticism

The White House also says Trump 'has confidence' in the attorney general despite his displeasure at Sessions' recusal.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday he plans to stay on in his current job, even after President Donald Trump harshly criticized him a day earlier for recusing himself …

Treasury fines ExxonMobil $2 million for violating Russia sanctions while Tillerson was CEO

The Treasury Department and ExxonMobil locked horns in a legal battle Thursday, with the oil giant filing a lawsuit to stop a $2 million fine the department slapped on it earlier in the day it for violating sanctions against Russia in 2014, when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was head of the …

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Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday pitched Republican plans for overhauling the nation's tax code at a shoe factory, as …

Foreign leaders try to find their footing with a mercurial yet crucial ally: Trump

At their first meeting, the Japanese prime minister presented President Trump with a gold-plated golf club — and when he returned for a second visit, the two played 27 holes in a single day.<p>The British prime minister, eager to reaffirm her country’s “special relationship” with the United States, …

ACLU is leading a million-dollar resistance effort against Trump’s policies

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — It had all the trappings of a campaign rally: the signs, the Bruce Springsteen songs on repeat, the clipboard-hugging volunteers in matching T-shirts.<p>But the 2,000-odd people in the University of Miami’s basketball arena were there to hear Anthony Romero, the executive director …

The IoT-Connected Car of Today—Case Studies

Imagine a world where your car not only drives itself, but also says intelligent things. This would look like an impossibility about five years ago, …

Secretary Tillerson Recused Himself in Keystone XL Decision, State Department Says

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, has recused himself from any deliberations involving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the State Department confirmed.<p>Energy company TransCanada requested a permit last month to move forward with construction of …

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VP Pence: ObamaCare replacement will be 'all done by this spring'

Vice President Mike Pence laid out an ambitious timetable for the GOP's ObamaCare replacement legislation Thursday, telling "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the measure would "be done by this spring."<p>"President Donald Trump is a man of his word," Pence told Bret Baier. "He decided the day …

Another judge sets hearing on blocking revised Trump travel ban

Federal judge in Wisconsin blocks impact on Syrian family as other courts mull broader relief.<p>President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban executive order suffered its first legal setback Friday as a federal judge blocked the directive's potential impact on the family of a Syrian refugee living in …

Hill Republican leaders reject suggestion to move up Medicaid expansion sunset

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican congressional leaders rejected Friday any hint from the White House that they should disrupt their carefully crafted bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.<p>After CNN reported Thursday night that President Donald Trump was open to moving up the sunset of the Medicaid expansion up …

Paul Ryan: Obamacare repeal defeat would be 'momentum-killing' for GOP agenda

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that a failure on the part of Republicans to pass health care legislation rolled out by House leadership earlier this week would be a momentum-killer for the remainder of the GOP agenda.<p>Speaking to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Ryan said the bill to repeal …

Freedom Caucus head fires Obamacare warning shot

If Republican House leaders are counting on conservatives to cave and back their version of an Obamacare replacement bill, they should think again, a top conservative lawmaker warned Friday.<p>“That would be a faulty assumption,” said Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.<p>The …

Trump team was told Flynn might need to register

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's transition team learned before the inauguration that incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn might register with the government as a foreign agent, White House officials acknowledged Friday.<p>The disclosure suggests that Trump transition lawyers did …

Trump claims Obamacare was 'meant to explode' in 2017

President Donald Trump suggested Friday that his predecessor’s signature legislative achievement is a ticking time bomb that was set to detonate once former President Barack Obama left office.<p>Trump defended the rapid pace at which Republicans are trying to usher through legislation to repeal and …

White House submits some paperwork for agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has submitted nomination paperwork for agriculture secretary pick Sonny Perdue — more than seven weeks after …