Government

Despite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months In

<b>Updated 12:30 p.m. ET</b><p>President Trump kept one of his campaign promises, signing a bill Friday to make it easier for the secretary of veterans affairs to fire and discipline employees. It came in response to the 2014 VA scandal in which employees covered up long wait times while collecting …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.<p>Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a …

Russia

In Days Before Election, Democratic Lawmakers Urged Obama To Retaliate Against Russia

A week before the 2016 presidential election, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Benjamin Cardin sent President Barack Obama a letter and urging him to take swift action against Russia for meddling in the electoral process through state-sponsored cyberattacks “on United States’ democratic …

Russia

Trump signs VA reform bill, following through on campaign promise

President Trump on Friday signed Veterans Affairs reform legislation meant to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problematic employees at the department.<p>The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act passed by Congress earlier this month …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Trump labors to make Mueller-Comey tie a key talking point

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the Sept. 11 attacks, and James Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and …

James Comey

The Senate Judiciary Committe Will Investigate Loretta Lynch’s Actions In The Clinton Email Probe

Is there anyone in Washington who <i>isn’t</i> under some kind of investigation these days? Well, yes, of course there are. But last year’s election left more lingering questions than <i>Lost</i>. Included among them are a number surrounding Loretta Lynch’s possible interference, which is now under investigation …

Hillary Clinton

Trump Bluff of Tapes of Ex-FBI Chief Comey Could Be a Crime, Expert Says

Harvard law professor and ardent Donald Trump critic Laurence Tribe says the president may have violated federal law by tweeting a warning about …

Donald Trump

The Senate Is Now Investigating Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday began looking into former attorney general Loretta Lynch and her reported desire to go easy on Hillary …

Loretta Lynch

Bill would make U.S. Center for SafeSport eligible for federal funding

Two Senators have announced a bill that would allow the newly created U.S. Center for SafeSport to be established as an independent entity eligible to receive federal funding.<p>Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who respectively are the chairman and ranking member of the Senate …

Senate Judiciary Committee

Snyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives for Foxconn

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder urged the Republican-led Michigan House on Friday to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there is still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state despite the cancellation of a vote on the legislation.<p>Foxconn, which …

Rick Snyder

Trump: 'Bothersome' that Mueller is 'very good friends' with Comey

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump said "we're going to have to see" when asked about the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.<p>"Well, he is very very good friends with (former FBI Director James) Comey, which is very …

Elections

Poll shows Americans are way more likely to believe Comey than Trump

President Donald Trump has a massive credibility problem, a new poll shows: Far more Americans are likely to believe Former FBI Director James Comey's version of events that led up to his firing than Trump's.<p>Forty-five percent of respondents say in the new NBC/WSJ poll that they are more likely to …

Donald Trump

Republicans aimed for Obamacare, hit Medicaid, face tumultuous debate

For <b>President Trump</b>, <b>Sen. Mitch McConnell</b> and tens of millions of Americans who receive health coverage through Medicaid or by buying policies as individuals, it’s all coming down to one, big gamble on the Senate floor.<p>Within days — most likely Thursday or Friday of next week — the Senate will vote …

Politics

Intelligence officials worry State Dept. going easy on Russian diplomats

Lawmakers have also voiced concern that State is not preparing to crack down on diplomats’ illicit travel inside the U.S.<p>Intelligence officials and lawmakers are concerned that the State Department is dragging its feet in implementing a crackdown on Russian diplomats’ travel within the U.S., …

Russia

Trump Implies That He Wants Robert Mueller Gone and Lied About the Comey Tapes to Keep the Ex-FBI Director Honest

Advertisement<p>According to the Post, Trump has talked with advisers and friends about the possibility of firing Mueller, but TrumPutin did at least …

Donald Trump

Activist says voter suppression is a ‘greater threat to U.S. democracy than Russian election tampering. ‘

Rev. William J. Barber, the activist preacher known for helping to lead the fight against strict voter laws in North Carolina, will march with other faith leaders in Washington on Friday to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that all but neutered the 1965 Voting Rights …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump says Comey-Mueller friendship 'bothersome'

President Trump on Friday called the investigation into allegations of Russia collusion and claims he obstructed justice “ridiculous” while saying special counsel Robert Mueller’s friendship with fired FBI Director James Comey “is very bothersome,” during a wide-ranging interview on “Fox & Friends” …

Robert Mueller

Crazy waivers: the Senate bill invites states to gut important health insurance rules

With the release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate has finally shown its cards. Much will and should be made of how the bill, if adopted, would deprive millions of people of health insurance in order to finance huge tax cuts for the wealthy.<p>But the bill is troubling in another …

ObamaCare

Gowdy Will Defer to Mueller, Intel Panel on Russia Probes

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the newly minted chairman of the House oversight committee, said he will likely not probe directly Russia’s interference in the 2016 …

U.S. Congress

House Intel: No sign yet Comey memo will be turned over Friday

<b>(CNN) —</b> House intelligence committee members said Friday there was no indication that the memos from fired FBI Director James Comey would be turned over to the panel, despite a deadline imposed by the committee leaders to turn them over by day's end.<p>At a classified GOP-only meeting Friday, the …

News

Latest Russian Hacking Bombshell: Damning Revelations About GOP, Trump

It appears Obama administration could have done a lot more to alert the public to Moscow's actions in election interference<p>It wasn't just Donald …

Russia

Trump says he finds special counsel Mueller's relationship with James Comey "bothersome"

1 min read<p>Published 24 seconds ago on<p>by Eric Lutz<p>ShareEmail<p>Published 24 seconds ago on<p>by Eric Lutz<p>President Donald Trump said in an interview airing …

Donald Trump

Why Hasn’t Trump Actually Nominated an FBI Director?

Weeks ago, President Trump announced his choice to lead the FBI—but he seems to have stalled on the actual nomination part of the process.<p>Attorney Christopher Wray is on deck to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, if the president ever gets around to nominating …

Christopher Wray

Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election

The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to shape the FBI’s investigation into 2016 …

Loretta Lynch

Robert Mueller's team has prosecuted high-stakes cases — including obstruction of justice

When one of the country’s largest accounting firms destroyed thousands of files and emails after the Enron energy giant collapsed in a massive fraud in 2001, federal prosecutors were sure the shredding was a clear case of obstruction of justice.<p>“This case was really about a simple principle,” …

Robert Mueller

The health bill might pass because Trump has launched the era of Nothing Matters politics

When in doubt, lie and distract.<p>The health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans Thursday morning should, by the standards of the normal laws of politics, have approximately a snowball’s chance in hell of passing.<p>One well-known fact of American politics is that it is extremely hard, in general, …

Politics

Justice Department, FBI seem at odds over budget

The firing of FBI Director James Comey isn’t the only thing top Justice Department officials and FBI leaders disagree about at the moment.<p>They also don’t see eye to eye about something else always of great import in Washington: money.<p>Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director …

News

President Trump Boasts He 'Wasn't Very Stupid'

After more than 40 days, President Donald Trump finally confirmed what everyone suspected: that he had no secret tapes of former FBI Director James …

Donald Trump

The Fourth Branch of Government Is Having a Moment

All presidents must compete for influence over the executive branch, but Trump's having more trouble than most.<p>One effect of the Trump administration: We're getting an excellent (albeit unfortunate) education in the dangers and confusions caused by a historically weak president. Today's example: …

United States

The Risk of Rushing Through Legislation

New Hampshire Republicans almost legally authorized pregnant women to commit murder last week, providing a cautionary tale for their colleagues in Congress.<p>After weeks of secret drafting and backroom negotiations, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled Senate Republicans’ health-care bill on …

Health Care