Government

Report: White House Asked Intel Officials, Lawmakers to Downplay Russia Stories

Trump administration officials asked intelligence officials and members of Congress to help them downplay and speak out against news reports about the Trump campaign's connections to Russian intelligence, according to a <i>Washington Post</i> report. These individuals reportedly called journalists …

Russian Government

The White House's radical attack on the First Amendment cannot go unanswered

Denying journalists from the Guardian, New York Times and other outlets access to a press briefing is an authoritarian move. A swift response is needed<p>Those who said the presidency would change Donald Trump were correct. It has made him worse. In barring major news outlets like the New York Times …

Journalism

“Not everybody is going to have health care”: Leaked bill shows Republicans getting closer to an Obamacare replacement — sort of

Paul Ryan and company have finally agreed upon a plan for Obamacare and, surprise, less Americans will be covered<p>Just as Obamacare reaches an all-time high in favorability among U.S. voters, House Republicans are gearing up to introduce their so-called replacement plan that would dismantle the …

Health Care

GOP Senators Embrace Awkward Russia Probe That Could Hurt Trump - Bloomberg

A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Russia’s effort to influence last year’s U.S. election is shaping up as an unexpectedly bipartisan …

Russian Government

GOP Lawmakers Push Bills to Limit Protesting in 17 States

Republican lawmakers in numerous states are pushing legislation that would place restrictions on protesting rights. According to <i>The Washington Post</i>, the bills being introduced in 17 states would ramp up punishments for protesters who block highways and ban the use of masks, among other …

Politics

Trump Gives Pen to Dow Chemical CEO After Signing Executive Order to Eliminate Regulations

President Donald Trump has signed another executive order aimed at eliminating regulations that he claims are damaging to the U.S. economy, but some …

Ivanka Trump

TrumpBeat: Is Trump Already Messing With Government Data?

<i>Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. Want to get</i> …

Health Care

Donald Trump Plans To Bypass The Courts To Deport As Many People As Possible

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security released a pair of memos laying out how the agency intends to implement President Donald Trump’s executive orders on domestic immigration enforcement. In addition to calling for a massive increase in the number of immigration agents and the deputizing …

Immigration

Your taxes are funding a secret, multibillion-dollar government enterprise that tortures and kills millions of animals every year

Finally, Congress is seeking answers to cruel and unnecessary government dog experiments<p>Last week—following criticism from bipartisan Congress members, citizens, press, and advocacy groups like the White Coat Waste Project, a nonprofit that seeks to eliminate cruel, wasteful and unnecessary …

Liberal POV

At CPAC, Trump Delivers a Journalism Lecture — and a Threat

POTUS hits anonymous sources after ‘senior administration official’ briefs reporters<p>Donald Trump on Friday issued a blistering attack on news …

Journalism

AP FACT CHECK: Too much credit going to President Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is giving himself too much credit for sending criminal foreigners out of the country and saving money on fighter planes. He's getting too much credit from one of the few women with a top White House job for elevating women in the administration.<p>A look at …

Politics

Paul Ryan's Tax Plan May Not Do What Trump Says It Will

The president appears to be considering a border adjustment tax, which many economists favor. But its supporters warn it won’t give him what he wants.<p>For as loudly as Donald Trump complains about foreign trade, it’s hard to pin him to specifics. Does he prefer a 20 percent tariff on Mexican …

Paul Ryan

The White House’s genius plan to pass an infrastructure bill is really silly

It’s been sidelined in favor of cutting taxes for the rich.<p>Donald Trump’s oft-stated but rarely expounded-on desire for some kind of major infrastructure legislation has always faced two major hurdles. One is the simple reality that in general, it is hard to get laws passed in the United States. …

Politics

GOP Lawmaker: Remove Clinton Name from Arkansas Airport

A Republican state legislator in Arkansas has introduced legislation aiming to remove the Clinton name from Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field. The measure notably doesn't mention the former president and secretary of state by their names—however, State Sen. Jason …

Politics

The Growing Conflict-of-Interest Problem in the U.S. Congress

While concerns about conflicts of interest regarding President Trump’s business holdings have received a lot of attention, resulting in proposed legislation to end loopholes for the commander in chief, there has been much less discussion of another source of conflicting interests: the investments …

S&P 500

Rep. Chaffetz Says Town Hall Protesters 'Intimidate And Bully People'

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with Steve Inskeep about why he has declined to investigate President Trump's conflicts of interest, and responds to his raucous reception at a town hall.

Politics

Reince Priebus Needs to Leave Trump's White House. Today.

He made the FBI mess even messier, and he can't clean it up.<p>We should have seen this coming. Apparently, after CNN broke its big old scoop about how the White House tried to use the FBI to help squash news stories about the connections between Russia and the Trump team, the administration put …

Reince Priebus

Trump broke 64 promises in his first month in office

He kept 7.<p>On Thursday, Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steven Bannon spoke about their priorities after the first month of …

Donald Trump

Lawmakers: Hurry up and correct mistake

The Register's Feb. 23 editorial, "Lawmakers still owe us for health plans," should be more than enough impetus for lawmakers to stop cowering in the …

Des Moines

Boehner’s ’Bamacare Bombshell

John Boehner is right. Yesterday, in a clip played ’round the Interwebs, the former Speaker of the House and well-tanned Congressman scoffed at the …

John Boehner

CNN's Jake Tapper slams White House as 'un-American' for limiting press access

CNN anchor Jake Tapper delivered some pointed criticism of the Trump administration Friday after several news outlets were blocked from an off-camera White House press briefing, a move that alarmed media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.<p>Taking aim at “a White House that has had some …

Jake Tapper

Trump to order reversal of Obama water regulation rule: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a measure on Wednesday aimed at rescinding a major Obama administration water regulation and direct an end to the government's defense of the rule, a Trump official briefed on the plan said on Friday.<p>Trump is expected to direct …

21st Century

As Rio de Janeiro Implodes, Keynesians Have Some Explaining To Do

“The legacy of the Rio Olympics is a farce.” Those are the words of <i>USA Today’s</i> Nancy Armour in a recent edition of the newspaper. Truer words have rarely been written.<p>As Armour went on to note, while the “closing ceremony was six months ago,” “several of the venues are abandoned and falling apart. …

Government Spending

Marijuana Industry Angered By White House Reversal - Bloomberg

The cannabis industry was rattled Thursday after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Department of Justice to increase …

Marijuana

Montana Democrats accuse Republicans of voter suppression ahead of special election

War of words erupts over bipartisan bill for election to replace US congressman Ryan Zinke, with Republican party saying it gives Democrats ‘inherent advantage’<p>Montana’s Republican party leadership is opposing a Republican-sponsored measure to reform the state’s elections, warning that it would …

Elections

Trump Is the Government

Each day brings more signs that President Trump has no regard for democratic norms, no understanding of how government works, and no interest in …

Foreign Policy

No, Sweden isn’t hiding an immigrant crime problem. This is the real story.

Last weekend at a Florida campaign rally, the president of the United States made vague claims intimating that Sweden has an immigrant violence problem. Research we have conducted shows that this is not true. In fact, criticism of Sweden is based on common misconceptions and mishandled …

Sweden

Past immigration chiefs: Trump's quick deportation plan may be illegal

Former immigration enforcement chiefs are questioning the legality of President Trump's plan to ramp up a program that allows federal agents to quickly deport suspected undocumented immigrants without appearing before a judge.<p>"Expedited removals" have been in force for 20 years but have only been …

Immigration

Protecting Trump Tower for 3 Months Cost Taxpayers $24 MILLION

"We are seeking full federal reimbursement for all costs incurred related to security for President Trump and his family at Trump Tower."<p>Donald Trump has only been in office for just over a month, and already we are getting an idea of how much his lifestyle choices are costing taxpayers. According …

Donald Trump

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's Allies Move To Block Release Of More Emails

The Oklahoma Supreme Court will decide next Tuesday whether the state attorney general's office should comply with a county judge's order.<p>The Oklahoma attorney general’s office has asked the state’s highest court to block the release of more emails between energy companies and Scott Pruitt, the …

Scott Pruitt