Government

Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election.

WASHINGTON — The day before he upended the 2016 election, James B. Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, summoned agents and lawyers to his conference room. They had been debating all day, and it was time for a decision.<p>Mr. Comey’s plan was to tell Congress that the F.B.I. had …

Russian Government

House GOP leaders won’t rush health care vote

On a members-only call, Speaker Paul Ryan issues a subtle signal to the White House, which is pushing for a deal before President Trump’s 100 day mark.<p>House GOP leaders during a members-only conference call Saturday vowed to avoid a government shutdown and said they're closer to a deal to repeal …

U.S. Congress

Trump's 25 executive orders in 100 days: more cosmetic than substantive

The president’s 25 executive orders, 24 memoranda and 20 proclamations establish big goals, but few provide legislative prescriptions<p>Since taking office on 20 January, Donald Trump has rolled out dozens of executive orders – aiming to fulfil a campaign pledge to undo what he called his …

Executive Orders

Congress returns to face daunting tasks: avoid a shutdown and an angry Trump

The House and Senate have only days to avert a government shutdown, while also coping with a president impatient to claim victories in his first 100 days<p>After two weeks away, the 535 members of Congress return to Washington this week facing a critical deadline: they have five days to keep the …

U.S. Congress

A legal expert lays out three cases for impeaching Trump

<i>Recently on</i> <i>Trumpcast</i> <i>, Jacob Weisberg discussed the three most pressing cases for impeaching President Trump with Noah Feldman, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School and author of the forthcoming biography</i> The Three Lives of James Madison <i>. The conversation has been edited and</i> …

Corruption

Speaker Paul Ryan's national popularity sags

Washington Bureau Chief Craig Gilbert gives an update on Speaker Paul Ryan's health care overhaul plans.<p>MILWAUKEE — Like other House speakers before him, Paul Ryan is seeing his national image sag while he presides over an unpopular Congress struggling to get things done.<p>As the House returns this …

U.S. Congress

Ryan: Russian election meddling probe will help US allies

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — One of the reasons the U.S. Congress has launched an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday.<p>Ryan spoke at a news …

Russian Government

Sec. Kelly: Trump will 'be insistent' on funding border wall

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Saturday that he believes President Donald Trump "will be insistent" that lawmakers include money for a US-Mexico border wall in a spending bill that they need to pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.<p>In a pre-taped interview …

U.S. Politics

President Trump: 'Dreamers' Can 'Rest Easy' Because Administration Is 'After the Criminals'

(WASHINGTON) — Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally can "rest easy," President Donald Trump says, …

Immigration

Paul Ryan says avoiding government shutdown, not repealing Obamacare is current priority

In yet more unwelcome news for the Republican Party and President Donald Trump's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Speaker of the House Paul …

U.S. Congress

Health Care Vote Likely in Early May, House Conservative Says - Bloomberg

A key House Republican lawmaker expects a vote during the first week in May on a new version of a health bill to be negotiated between Congress and …

U.S. Congress

The American government's secret plan for surviving the end of the world

Among the greatest foreign-policy dilemmas faced by former President Jimmy Carter is one that has never been publicly aired but is gaining new relevance. It concerns nuclear war, and how the U.S. government would survive it. Carter’s decisions remain classified, but documents newly declassified by …

Foreign Policy

Paul Ryan's First 100 Days Under President Trump

Michael Warren of <i>The Weekly Standard</i> tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about the effect of the Trump administration's first 100 days on House Speaker Paul Ryan.

U.S. Congress

Trump abruptly asks pro-gun control surgeon general to resign

His views may have clashed with Trump’s extreme gun rhetoric on the campaign trail.<p>The Trump administration asked U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. …

Gun Control

WHO'S RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT? Trump has yet to fill 85% of key executive branch positions

Nearly 100 days into his term, President Donald Trump hasn't nominated anyone for 85% of key executive branch positions that require Senate confirmation.<p>Of the 554 positions requiring confirmation, as of Saturday, 473 have no nominee, 35 have been announced but not formally nominated, 24 have been …

Military

On Iran, Trump does the right thing and rebukes the State Department 'swamp'

Earlier this week, I wrote in Fox News Opinion how State Department careerists – part of the so-called Washington, D.C. “Swamp” that President Trump ran against in his campaign -- scored a big win by declaring that Iran is in compliance with the disastrous 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the Joint …

Iran

Congress must make a deal to avoid a shutdown. So, about that wall…

REMEMBER HOW President Trump was going to construct a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico — paid for by Mexico? There’s been a change of plans. Now Mr. Trump wants the Democrats to put up the cash.<p>All right; that’s a slight exaggeration. What’s actually happening is that the …

Opinion

Here's how Trump's actions compare with his pledge to 'drain the swamp'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump began promising to “drain the swamp” while campaigning, with his rally crowds often chanting along with him. …

Donald Trump

Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners' benefits

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April.<p>West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state Democrats threatened to …

U.S. Congress

Bond Bulls See Opportunity as Government Shutdown Deadline Nears - Bloomberg

With days to spare before Congress has to reach a deal to keep the U.S. government running, bond traders see a potential showdown breathing new life …

Government Shutdown

Leadership is lacking in Colorado’s construction defects battle

Kathryn Scott, Denver Post fileAn apartment under construction in Littleton last month.The legislative deadlock over construction defect liability …

Denver

Bill Nye: Pruitt, DeVos are 'the least qualified' to run their agencies

Bill Nye the Science Guy is taking aim at President Trump's Cabinet picks, singling out Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt …

Bill Nye

Drugmakers dramatically boosted lobbying spending in Trump’s first quarter

This is a response to Trump, who's come down hard on drugmakers, saying the industry is “getting away with murder."<p>Eight pharmaceutical companies more than doubled their lobbying spending in the first three months of 2017, when the Affordable Care Act was on the chopping block and high drug prices …

Investing

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Education

AP FACT CHECK: When Trump takes credit and assigns blame

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most consistent features of President Donald Trump's public statements is his drive to take credit and assign blame. …

Economics

15 things both Trump and Obama wanted to trim from the federal government

There’s little doubt from the budget offered last month that Donald Trump wants to take the government in some radically different directions than that of his predecessor in the Oval Office, Barack Obama.<p>Trump’s initial blueprint for fiscal year 2018 calls for massive increases in military spending …

Barack Obama

Lawmakers fund public information board faced with closure

After being threatened with elimination, a state board that handles public transparency questions will emerge from the Iowa legislative session with …

Governance

Trump lawyer told Carter Page to 'cease' calling self adviser, as Russia concerns intensified

Donald Trump’s legal team was trying to distance the president from international businessman Carter Page in the aftermath of the 2016 White House race, amid mounting questions about Russia influencing the outcome, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.<p>Attorney Don McGahn told Page in a …

Donald Trump

Jay Dickey, Arkansas congressman who blocked research on gun safety, dies at 77

Jay Dickey, an Arkansas Republican who served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was best known for a 1996 amendment that effectively put an end to federal research on gun violence — and who later regretted what he had done — died April 20 in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was 77.<p>The death …

Guns

Do The First 100 Days Matter For Trump? How Other New Presidents Have Been Judged Early On

The federal government is currently being funded by a continuing resolution that expires on April 28, 2017 – which also happens to be the 99th day of …

Foreign Policy