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U.S. investigators seek to turn Manafort in Russia probe: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of …

What Congress can learn from Kansas’s failed tax experiment

If President Trump and his supporters want to know how his proposed tax cuts will play out, they should look at what’s happened in Kansas since 2012.<p>That year, Gov. Sam Brownback pushed through aggressive tax cuts very similar to what Trump wants Congress to do. The state increased the standard …

Donald Trump

The Latest: White House says Trump pressed envoy on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Washington visit of Russian's top diplomat for meetings with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (all times local):<p>12:55 p.m.<p>The White House says President Donald Trump stressed several issues in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister …

Donald Trump

Trump fires FBI Director Comey, setting off U.S. political storm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm on Tuesday by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome.<p>The Republican president …

Federal role in education has a long history

President Donald Trump has directed the United States Department of Education to evaluate whether the federal government has “overstepped its legal …

Education

Senate bars women from healthcare working group

Got a minute? Republicans hand-pick 13 men, 0 women to rewrite nation’s healthcare laws … Spicer struggles with latest Flynn twist … and everything else in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

Trump’s Proposed Tax Cut Could Open a Path to Widespread Avoidance

President Trump’s proposal to cut taxes is short on details. But some people can already see opportunities for widespread tax avoidance.<p>The problem: an across-the-board business tax of 15 percent intended not only for large multinational companies, but also for partnerships and sole proprietorships …

First on CNN: Senate Russia investigators ask Treasury for Trump team financial information

<b>(CNN) —</b> Senate Russia investigators have sent a request to the Treasury Department's criminal investigation division for any information related to President Donald Trump, his top officials and his campaign aides, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee told CNN Tuesday.<p>"We've made a …

CNN

Ivanka Trump is not your friend and she's not coming to save you

It's time to cut the charade: Ivanka Trump is not the hero that will thwart the Trump administration's worst policies and rhetoric and no amount of …

Donald Trump

Even Edward Snowden Thinks Firing James Comey Was a Bad Idea

Edward Snowden has slammed the decision by President Donald Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey Tuesday.<p>“This FBI Director has sought to jail me …

Key to Keeping Trump-Russia Inquiry Alive: 3 Republicans

To force Trump's hand on investigating Russia, all it takes is 3 of the 52 Senate Republicans to work with the 48 Democrats.<p>As I write, we don't really have any idea why Donald Trump decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, but there is widespread agreement that it's inappropriate for the …

Donald Trump

Paul Ryan, Sean Hannity and every other Republican is deflecting from Russia-Trump investigation

Conservatives are now more concerned with who’s leaking than what Trump’s Russia connections are<p>Republican leaders and right-wing media figures continue to insist that the real scandal in the Russia investigation is the leak that ultimately ended former Gen. Mike Flynn's tenure as President Donald …

Donald Trump

Anderson Cooper Grills Kellyanne Conway on Comey Firing: ‘That Makes No Sense’

Kellyanne Conway clashed with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Tuesday night over the real reason Trump decided to fire the FBI director.<p>President Donald Trump …

All of Trump’s campaign statements just vanished from his website. So let’s remember them.

Scenes from the Republican’s beginning months in the White House.<p>Scenes from the Republican’s beginning months in the White House.<p>The Trump campaign website got an upgrade this week. According to a news release from the president's reelection campaign (yes, already), it's now a one-stop shop for …

Donald Trump

There's no reason to believe Donald Trump's rationale for firing James Comey

It’s past time for Republicans to recognize Trump is dangerous.<p>Donald Trump says he is firing James Comey because of the way Comey mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Donald Trump is also, rather obviously, lying.<p>Trump expressed no qualms about Comey at the …

Texas House OKs letting adoption groups deny non-Christians

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many state-funded Texas adoption and foster care agencies routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants on religious grounds — and legislation that got initial approval in the state House on Tuesday is designed to protect them from potential lawsuits from doing so.<p>…

LGBTQ

Mitch McConnell deflects criticism about the all-male group working on health care bill

"Nobody is being excluded based upon gender," McConnell told reporters. He added that all 52 Senate Republicans were involved with reworking the American Health Care Act, which was narrowly approved in the House last week.<p>"Everybody is at the table. Everybody," he added.<p>McConnell came under fire …

Mitch McConnell

Sessions to Toughen Rules on Prosecuting Drug Crimes

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to soon toughen rules on prosecuting drug crimes, according to people familiar with internal deliberations, in what would be a major rollback of Obama-era policies that would put his first big stamp on a Justice Department he has criticized as …

Donald Trump

The House will vote on the Republican Obamacare replacement bill on Thursday

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters he plans to bring the American Health Care Act to the floor of the House and is confident that the bill will pass.<p>"Do we have the votes? Yes. Will we pass it? Yes," McCarthy said.<p>The vote will take place just over a month after House …

Fred Upton

Trump splits from the GOP and says Trumpcare 2.0 will guarantee pre-existing protections nationwide

President Trump appeared to suggest on Sunday that the GOP's new iteration of its healthcare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would cover pre-existing conditions for all Americans.<p>Trump, seeming to break from House Republicans' latest proposal that states could opt out of an …

Health Care

Court says California's 10-day waiting period is Constitutional

Even if they already own a firearm, Californians will continue to have to wait 10 days to buy additional ones under a court ruling handed down …

Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Texas From Requiring Fetal Remains to Be Buried

(AUSTIN, Texas) — A federal judge on Thursday blocked until at least next month hotly debated Texas rules mandating burial or cremation of fetal …

Here’s how we’ll know if Trump engages in secret surveillance

Privacy advocates are deeply worried about how President-elect Donald Trump will use the investigative and surveillance capabilities of the Justice Department, the FBI and the National Security Agency.<p>One fear is that he will skirt the law to order surveillance of critics and political opponents. A …

Surveillance

Attacking Our Founders

Many of my columns speak highly of the wisdom of our nation's founders. Every once in a while, I receive an ugly letter sarcastically asking what...

Today, March 11, 1861

In 1776, thirteen American colonies rebelled against the tyrannical rule of the British government by declaring their independence. To help govern …

U.S. Constitution