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Democratic Women in Senate Call on Al Franken to Resign

WASHINGTON — Support for Al Franken all but collapsed on Wednesday among his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, with dozens calling for him to resign after a sixth woman said he had made an improper advance on her.<p>“Senator Franken should resign,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic …

Trump has decided to end DACA, with 6-month delay

Senior White House aides met Sunday afternoon to discuss how to roll out the controversial move affecting hundreds of thousands of Dreamers.<p>President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, …

Donald Trump

Nearly 20 State AGs to Sue FCC for Putting 'Corporate Profits Over Consumers'

Adding to the growing backlash among the public and members of Congress against the FCC's party-line vote on Thursday to repeal net neutrality …

More charges could be coming against former Trump aide in Russia probe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Robert Mueller may not be through with Rick Gates, a deputy Trump campaign aide and one of the four people who have been charged as part of the special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.<p>In a court appearance Monday in Manhattan, Gates' attorney Walter Mack said that …

Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban while legal challenges continue

The Supreme Court on Monday granted President Trump's request to fully enforce his revised order banning travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries while legal challenges to it proceed in lower courts.<p>It was a victory for the White House, which has seen the courts trim …

Immigration

Republicans Consider More Generous State and Local Tax Break

WASHINGTON — Republicans are considering adding a more generous state and local tax break into the $1.5 trillion package barreling through Congress, as they try to ease concerns among lawmakers from high-tax states and their constituents, who say they will be penalized by the current …

Yesterday The Supreme Court Jolted LGBTQ People With A Frightening Reality

Many thought the 2015 marriage ruling brought full equality. But everything could quickly slide back.<p>Inside the U.S. Supreme Court this week for the oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission I couldn’t help but look at Justice Neil Gorsuch and imagine how …

LGBTQI

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there, a move expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace.<p>"Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is …

Israel

Trump ignores backlash, visits Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and praises civil rights leaders

Amid backlash and boycotts, President Trump addressed an invitation-only gathering Saturday at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson — instead of attending the public opening ceremony.<p>The change in plans came after Trump’s plans to attend the opening of the museum, which honors civil …

Black History

Freedom Caucus Open to Linking Spending Deal to Health Care

Senate insurance market stabilization measure could be part of calculus now<p>As House Republicans continue to strategize about how to fund a defense …

A Lobbyist Wrote the Bill. Will the Tobacco Industry Win Its E-Cigarette Fight?

WASHINGTON — The e-cigarette and cigar industries have enlisted high-profile lobbyists and influential congressional allies in an attempt to stop the Food and Drug Administration from retroactively examining their products for public health risks or banning them from the market.<p>The campaign targets …

‘This is a nothing burger’: How conservative media reacted to the Mueller indictments

By Eli Rosenberg<p>, Reporter<p>The revelation Monday of charges against three former Trump campaign officials in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into possible Russian influence in American politics delivered a sharp jolt to the news cycle.<p>Anticipation over the arrests had been high for …

How Republicans split on the Harvey aid, fiscal deal

A majority of House Republicans voted for a package on Friday providing more than $15 billion to aid communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey, a …

Hurricane Harvey

Roy Moore’s ‘Alabama values’ tweet could not have gone worse

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore tried to drum up support on Tuesday night ahead of the special election later this month against Democrat Doug …

The 3 weirdest stories from Trump's campaign manager's new book

Trump’s McDonald’s order is something else.<p>“Two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted.” This is Donald Trump’s McDonald’s order, according to a new campaign tell-all written by fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former top campaign aide David Bossie.<p>Besides revealing the …

A very scary number for Republicans heading into 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of the best ways to gauge the relative health of a political party's brand is to see how willing people are to say they identify with the party. Which is why new Gallup poll numbers on party identification should worry Republicans heading into an election year.<p>Just 37% of people …

California DOJ Pushes New “Assault Weapons” Regulations

<b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> -(Ammoland.com)- Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) has issued the following statement regarding the latest California Department of …

Trump’s lawyer: the president can’t obstruct justice. 13 legal experts: yes, he can.

“Dowd’s argument is the last refuge of a scoundrel, and it would lead us down a path to despotism.”<p>A bombshell New York Times report suggests that President Donald Trump ordered the White House counsel to try to prevent Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from special counsel …

Minority groups: Dems still falling short in consultants' diversity

Campaign arms like the DNC and DCCC ‘can’t just keep hiring friends over and over again,’ some Democrats say.<p>Three months after a devastating loss that could put them deep in the political wilderness for years, House Democrats still haven’t fixed one of their members’ biggest complaints — the need …

When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent …

Is marijuana legalization in California the beginning of the end of the war on weed?

The door to legalized marijuana in California cracked ajar in 1996, when voters approved the Compassionate Use Act, which allowed doctors to recommend cannabis to their patients.<p>In November, the door flew open as voters approved Proposition 64 by a wide margin, a measure that legalizes marijuana …

Cannabis

Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton fulfilled his vow to “end welfare as we know it,” it’s fair to say: mission accomplished. The old U.S. …

Summer employers hired American amid Trump visa squeeze

What happens when guest-worker visas run out?<p>President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism of immigration programs and Congress’ refusal to lift a cap on work visas meant many seasonal businesses had to hire American this summer — and pay their workers more.<p>That's good news for Trump, for U.S. workers, …

The role players and the unfolding drama of “DACA”

Public figures at national and state government levels are maneuvering for position in the final hours before the so-called “DACA” controversy …

Ticket splitting is dead. National parties are now everything.

Every single state that elected a Republican senator this November voted for Donald Trump — and every single state that elected a Democratic senator voted for Hillary Clinton.<p>That’s a first in American history — at least going back to 1913, when the Constitution began mandating the direct popular …

Centrist Democrats begin pushing back against Bernie Sanders, liberal wing

By Paul Kane<p>Reporter<p>The high-profile stars of the Democratic Party’s populist wing have steered the agenda their way on Capitol Hill this year, but the fight over the party’s direction is far from settled.<p>As the party faces great expectations of big gains in the 2018 midterm elections, Democratic …

Middle-class

Obama to re-emerge in ‘delicate dance’ with Dems

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCNN asks Trump supporters outside rally to explain 'QAnon' theory Overnight Energy: Trump moves to …

Donald Trump

People Are Mass Unfollowing John McCain After He Asked for Help Hitting 3 Million on Twitter

Senator John McCain is learning the hard way that follows do not equal endorsements.<p>Around noon on Monday, McCain tweeted a call to action requesting …

Block California's egg law, 12 states ask the Supreme Court

A dozen states are banding together to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages.<p>Missouri Atty. Gen. Josh Hawley said Monday that he plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of the states alleging that …