Chuck Grassley

Why did a DOJ official mysteriously resign before the Mueller charges?

A Democratic lawmaker wants to examine the abrupt resignation of a prominent Department of Justice official with connections to the special counsel’s …

Government

Key GOP senator breaks his promise on judicial nominees

As things stand, there isn’t a whole lot Senate Democrats can do to block Donald Trump’s most extreme judicial nominees. Filibusters on would-be …

U.S. Supreme Court

Sen. Tom Cotton: Here’s How to End Democrats’ Obstruction of Trump’s Nominees

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., says Democrats have forced the Senate into 47 cloture votes this year alone on President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, …

Conservative View

Trump allies are accused of 'another desperate attempt' to discredit 'pee tape' dossier

Fusion GPS, the research firm that commissioned a dossier featuring explosive and salacious allegations over President Donald Trump’s links to …

Fusion GPS

Tax reforms eliminate deduction that benefits Iowa farm co-ops

CLOSE<p>An economist reviewing the GOP tax overhaul plan says despite the view that lower corporate rates could boost growth, while reduced personal …

Des Moines

Trump Rejects Icahn-Backed Bid to Change Biofuel Mandate

The Trump administration is formally rejecting a bid to relieve refiners of their obligation to fulfill annual biofuel quotas, dealing a blow to …

Business

The big questions surrounding diversity visas

Today is the deadline to apply for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program lottery. President Trump has called on Congress to "terminate" the …

Politics

Kushner Reportedly Pushed Trump to Fire FBI Director James Comey

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, reportedly urged the president and top officials to remove former FBI Director …

Donald Trump

Trump really is restoring the constitutional order with his court picks

As the political world obsesses over the latest sexual-harassment scandals and policy wonks scrutinize the latest tax-reform proposal, the Trump …

Opinion

Judicial Nominations Update

Last week, another nominee to a U.S. District Court was confirmed, bringing the total number of federal judicial nominees confirmed thus far to …

Senate Judiciary Committee

Yes, There Are Political Things To Be Thankful For

Tough year, but it wasn't all bad.<p>It's been a tough year for those of us who call ourselves political junkies. That's not to say, however, that we haven't had our share of fun or that we have nothing to be appreciate. One pledge: In composing this item, I had no contact with former Russian …

Elections

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince to Appear Before Russia-Trump Probe

Prince offered advice to Trump during the transition, according to people familiar with his activities

Russia

Ingraham Calls On ‘Old Timers’ in Congress To Retire: They’re ‘Long Past Their Expiration Dates’

In wake of the recent sexual harassment allegations made against 88-year old Rep. <b>John Conyers</b> (D-MI), <b>Laura Ingraham</b> went after Capitol Hill’s …

Laura Ingraham

Special counsel is focusing on James Comey's firing, but here's what we already know

ABC News reported this week that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has now told the Justice Department to turn over any emails and other …

Government

FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show

An FBI informant gathered extensive evidence during his six years undercover about a Russian plot to corner the American uranium market, ranging from …

Corruption

Allegations Against Al Franken Could Cost Democrats A Progressive Fighter In The Senate

The Minnesota Democrat has made a name for himself with his tough questioning of Donald Trump's nominees.<p>WASHINGTON ― The allegations of sexual harassment against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) could cost Democrats a progressive voice who distinguished himself with his tough and incisive questioning of …

News (U.S.)

Whistleblower: Personnel at Planned Parenthood clinics took fetal body parts without patient consent

In a new video released Tuesday by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, a former StemExpress employee said she witnessed her colleagues working inside Planned Parenthood clinics collect fetal body parts following an abortion without obtaining consent from the patient who underwent the …

Conservative View

Tide of Right-Wing Judges Could Recede Quickly If Democrats Take Back the Senate

Last week, conservative legal organization the Federalist Society held its annual meeting in Washington. As Zoe Tillman reported, it had the air of a …

Politics

Bureau of Prisons ending contracts with 16 halfway houses

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Bureau of Prisons is cutting off funding for halfway houses throughout the country, saving money the bureau says it needs at the expense of what reform advocates say are vital programs to help prisoners transition effectively and safely out of the corrections system.<p>Some 16 …

Justice

Tax Reform Fight Shows Why Subsidies Never Die

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by the House last week, promised to save about $12.3 billion over the next decade by scaling back a "production tax …

Renewable Energy

Checks on Trump’s Court Picks Fall Away

Move to curtail ‘blue slips’ gives the president, and successors, wide leeway in picks for federal bench<p>The Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has curtailed one of the last legislative limits on a president’s power to shape the federal courts, giving Donald Trump more freedom than …

Donald Trump

It's Time To Repeal Obamacare's Individual Mandate

The feature of Obamacare that is least liked by the public is the individual mandate. Under current law, people are required to have health insurance. If they don’t, they can be fined. For example, if you are not insured by an employer plan or a government program (such a Medicaid) you are legally …

Opinion

Why We All Should Be Sick and Tired of This Tax Debate

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)Senators Debbie Stabenow, ranking member Ron Wyden, Chairman Orrin Hatch, and Chuck Grassley participate in …

Liberal View

GOP Faces Pressure to Slow Tax Bill's Progress in Senate

Click here to get the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter delivered to your inbox.<p>The Republican leadership in the Senate is full-steam ahead on getting a tax bill passed right after Thanksgiving. But one influential GOP senator, Maine’s Susan Collins, remains skeptical , raising pressure on the …

Politics

After Eight Years On The Sidelines, This Conservative Group Is Primed To Reshape The Courts For Decades

Trump's judicial nominees — and the administration lawyers vetting them — have deep ties to the Federalist Society, a prominent conservative lawyers group. But conservatives brush off charges that decisions are being outsourced to the group.<p><b>The Federalist Society</b>’s annual dinner last week looked …

Don McGahn

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

Des Moines Register. November 17, 2017<p>Grassley shouldn't be Trump's errand boy in takeover of courts<p>Sen. Chuck Grassley has been known for his …

Business

Klobuchar takes sponsorship of Franken's sexual assault bill

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. Amy Klobuchar has taken over the sponsorship of a bill championed by fellow Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken that aims to help survivors of sexual assault.<p>The legislation would provide grants for law enforcement personnel to receive training in how to question survivors of sexual …

Justice

The Russia Investigations: G-Men And 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.; Ex-Spy Steele: It's Real

<i>Last week in the Russia Investigations:</i> <i>The feds sitting down with White House aides. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stays the course. And will DOJ special counsel Robert Mueller give a "toothless" old law new fangs?</i><p><b>Knock, knock: It's the feds</b><p>White House officials are expecting some unusual guests …

Politics

Russian oligarch docks yacht in Palm Beach ahead of Trump visit

A prominent Russian oligarch with ties to President Vladimir Putin has docked his 500-foot yacht in the Port of Palm Beach just days before President …

Ivanka Trump

Kushner under scrutiny in Russian probe

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House advisor, is under increasing scrutiny in the myriad investigations into Russian …

Donald Trump