U.S. Congress

Paul Ryan used a comedy routine to say what he really thinks about Donald Trump

Ryan made a lot of jokes about Donald Trump. But he wasn’t kidding.<p>The political media is chuckling over House Speaker Paul Ryan’s performance at the Al Smith charity dinner. The event traditionally features leading politicians telling self-deprecating jokes, and in this case, it featured Paul Ryan …

Donald Trump

Paul Ryan's Friends in Congress Are Abandoning Ship

The list of establishment Republicans washing their hands of Washington continues to grow.<p>At the white-tie Al Smith dinner in New York on Thursday night—an annual affair at which speakers traditionally roast high-profile politicians—House Speaker <b>Paul Ryan</b> engaged in a bit of self-deprecation in …

Republican Party

There’s talk of capping 401(k) contributions at $2,400 per year - MarketWatch

Proposals floating around Washington to cap the amount that Americans can contribute before taxes to 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts …

Retirement

Megadonor Tom Steyer launches TV ad campaign for Trump impeachment

Political mega-donor Tom Steyer is funding an eight-figure TV ad campaign to “demand that elected officials take a stand” on impeaching President Trump.<p>“A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less, and today people in Congress and his own administration know that this president is …

Politics

Republicans Consider Sharp Cut in 401(k) Contribution Limits

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are considering a plan to sharply reduce the amount of income American workers can save in tax-deferred retirement accounts as part of a broad effort to rewrite the tax code, according to lobbyists, tax consultants and congressional Democrats.<p>It is unclear if …

Retirement

Donald Trump Planning War? Fears Rise Over Executive Order Recalling Retired Service Members To Active Duty

Donald Trump is stoking fears that he could be preparing war after he issued an executive order that will allow the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 …

Donald Trump

Senate investigators spoke with Russians present at Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate intelligence committee investigators have spoken with several Russians who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., a sign that the matter remains a significant focus for lawmakers looking into potential coordination between Trump associates and …

Politics

Cummings: Trump aides admitted to lawyers they used private email

A top House Democrat says White House lawyers acknowledged this week that “several” Trump administration officials used their private email accounts for government business in violation of federal record-keeping law.<p>But Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said …

Politics

Paul Ryan gets in some good Trump burns at Al Smith dinner

House Speaker Paul Ryan has largely avoided public criticisms of President Trump, but he hit the president with some zingers during a comedic address at a New York charity dinner Thursday night.<p>"Enough with the applause," Ryan told the elite crowd dressed in tuxedos and dinner gowns. "You sound …

News (U.S.)

Republicans are considering a proposal that would radically change the way you save for retirement

• <b>Republicans are reportedly considering a cap on the amount people can put into a traditional, tax-deferred retirement account.</b>• <b><br>One proposal would cap the amount at $2,400 annually and force people to use a Roth account for anything over that.</b>• <b><br>The plan would help pay for the GOP's massive tax</b> …

Retirement

White House pushing for new concessions in bipartisan health bill

The White House signaled to Senate Republican negotiators Friday that they want to include retroactive relief this year for both individuals and employers subject to the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandate in a bipartisan health bill, according to individuals briefed on the matter, a request …

Health Care

Niger attack fuels new push for war vote

Calls to update the 2001 authorization come as the Pentagon telegraphs more such missions in more places.<p>Some lawmakers, citing the deaths of four U.S. soldiers ambushed by terrorists in Niger, called on Congress on Friday to reconsider the broad war authority it granted in 2001 — as the Pentagon …

Politics

U.S. Budget Deficit Swells, Adding Wrinkle to G.O.P. Push for Tax Cut

WASHINGTON — The United States has recorded its largest annual budget deficit in four years, highlighting the nation’s worsening fiscal trajectory as lawmakers consider a $1.5 trillion tax cut.<p>A Treasury Department report released on Friday showed that the budget deficit for fiscal 2017 grew by $80 …

Economics

Paul Ryan tried to crack jokes about Trump and Twitter, and people hated it

When people think "funny," I'm fairly confident Paul Ryan does not come to mind.<p>Still, the Speaker of the House decided he'd try to roast Donald …

Donald Trump

How New Wealth, Few Rules Fuel Family-Office Boom

The descendants of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller have them. So do Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman. They are …

Business

Trump's week: Important signals masked by huge amounts of noise

The Trump presidency often plays out as a drama on two levels — a high-decibel reality show coupled with a stumbling, but persistent, effort to achieve conservative policy goals.<p>This week vividly illustrated both.<p><b>President Trump</b> fell into a quarrel with the family of a slain soldier, a public spat …

Politics

Bannon brings message of Republican revolt to California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former White House adviser Steve Bannon wants to oust Republican senators he feels are disloyal to President Donald Trump. But when he comes to Southern California on Friday, he'll be in a state Trump lost by over 4 million votes and where Republicans have become largely …

Elections

Pass the Senate Budget

A Senate majority hanging together to move the party’s agenda isn’t usually news, but then we’re talking about Republicans in the 115th Congress. On Thursday Senate Republicans passed a budget that is essential for tax reform. Now the House ought to whoop it through and move on to the substance of …

Opinion

'We will be shutting the door on an entire generation': In a letter to congress, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford urge protection for undocumented students

• <b>In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.</b>• <b><br>DACA provides temporary protection from deportation to individuals brought to the US as children.</b>• <b><br>Hundreds of colleges and universities — including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford — wrote</b> …

Immigration

Senate intelligence panel postpones hearing with Trump personal lawyer

The Senate Intelligence Committee has indefinitely postponed a public hearing planned for next week with Michael Cohen, the longtime Trump attorney and 2016 campaign surrogate.<p>“The Committee’s public hearing with Michael Cohen has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a later date,” the …

Politics

Members Of The Congressional Black Caucus Won't Let Facebook Get Away With Their Part In Russia's Meddling

From the very inception of Donald Trump's presidency, talks of Russian meddling in the 2016 election have hovered over the White House.<p>Nine months …

Women of Color

Bernie Sanders Steps Back from Women's Convention After Backlash

Last week it was announced that Bernie Sanders would give the opening night speech at the upcoming Women's Convention in Detroit, and the backlash to that decision was immediate and immense. The announcement sparked a heated debate among feminists, with those in favor arguing that his favored …

Bernie Sanders

Newt Gingrich: Bannon's strategy will undermine, not strengthen, the Trump agenda

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is on the verge of becoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer’s favorite person -- and Donald Trump’s worst enemy.<p>Bannon’s so-called “war against the GOP establishment,” is the worst strategic action Republicans could take right now. He is …

Opinion

US Senate chops key obstacle to Trump tax reforms

A key hurdle to Donald Trump’s tax reforms has been eliminated, as last night’s US Senate vote in favour of a 2018 budget resolution means the President will only need a simple majority of 51 senators, rather than 60, to pass his tax cuts.<p>As a result he will not necessarily need to seek the support …

Economy

Senate Republicans just voted for fiscal irresponsibility. But there’s still time.

THE SENATE late Thursday narrowly approved a budget plan that could cost the nation dearly. The goal is a massive tax cut with uncertain benefits for most Americans, in an economy that does not require the sort of short-term jolt that deficit-financed tax cuts are good for. The price tag is $1.5 …

Opinion

How much does your California lawmaker get from the gun lobby?

Following this month's mass shooting in Las Vegas that left dozens dead and hundreds more injured -- the deadliest in modern U.S. history -- …

Gun Control

This GOP senator thinks Jeff Sessions is totally wrong about crime – VICE News

Conservative Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah used to have an ally with the Department of Justice in the bipartisan criminal justice reforms he’s been kicking around Congress for the past few years. Now, he’s fighting against an attorney general from his own party.<p>When Eric Holder lead the DOJ …

Government

Ryan Takes Jabs at Trump at New York Fundraiser

House speaker does not spare Schumer, Weiner or Bannon in his standup delivery<p>House Speaker Paul D. Ryan jumped at the opportunity Thursday to poke a …

Politics

Google briefs US House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of 1 November hearing

Tech giant Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two 1 November hearings that will examine Russian efforts to …

Mike Conaway

Stop questioning each other's patriotism

**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**<p><i>On the roster: Stop questioning each other’s patriotism - I’ll Tell you What: There’s a hole… - On taxes, now the hard part - Mattis vows results on Niger ambush probe - What’s Russian for ‘do it for the Insta?’</i> <b><br>STOP QUESTIONING</b> …

Elections