James Lankford

Government Shuts Down as Senate Fails to Advance Spending Measure

The Senate on Friday failed to cut off debate on a House-passed bill that would avert a government shutdown and extend funding another four weeks, …

Steve Scalise

Democrats ready to block bill to avert shutdown sang different tune in 2013

The Democratic Party appears willing to assign blame for this weekend’s looming government shutdown over failure to agree on the fate of Dreamers, but members might be called out for hypocrisy after fiery comments made about Republicans during 2013’s shutdown.<p>In 2013, Democrats called Republicans …

U.S. Politics

Politicians Threatening Government Shutdown Were Singing a Different Tune in 2013

Senate Democrats are so far refusing to get behind a federal spending bill that would temporarily keep the federal government running, thus risking a …

Conservative View

Trump scores few legislative wins against abortion in first year

Introduced at an anti-abortion rally Friday as “the most pro-life president in American history,” Donald Trump touted his accomplishments by video.<p>But the reality is that one year into his term, Trump and congressional Republicans have scored no major legislative wins on their abortion agenda.<p>Trump …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump’s Tweets Could’ve Trashed Republicans’ Shutdown Plans. But Republicans Are Tuning Them Out.

After nearly a year under Trump, Republicans in Congress have figured out when to pretend the president’s Twitter account doesn’t exist, even when he’s tweeting about what they’re doing.<p>Early Thursday morning, President Donald Trump seemed to throw a wrench into congressional Republican efforts to …

Donald Trump

Lawmakers Point Fingers Over Failure to Prevent Shutdown

Republicans and Democrats, predictably, blamed each other in the early hours of Saturday for the failure to prevent a federal government …

Dean Heller

GOP senators call for vote on 20-week abortion ban

Five Republican senators on Friday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks …

Rights & Freedoms

Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans.<p>The legislation, …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Trump is setting records in how few people he has appointed — and how long they take to confirm

In November, President Trump declared that he didn’t need to fill empty government positions. “I am the only one that matters,” he said. “When it comes to it, [my position is] what the policy will be.” Trump has filled the smallest percentage of top leadership positions compared with the previous …

U.S. Politics

Senate Republicans Steamroll Judicial Process

‘Advice’ dwindles in the GOP’s rush for judges<p>Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans hardly could have done more last year to help …

Politics

Loophole Benefits Abortion Providers at Taxpayers’ Expense, GOP Congressmen Say in New Letter

Two Republicans in Congress — Oklahoma senator James Lankford and North Carolina representative Robert Pittenger — are teaming up to crack down on …

Conservative View

Feds Team with Foreign Policy Experts to Assess US Election Security

Expert panel lays out potential risks for the 2018 election cycle and beyond<p>Speaking at a panel on election security in Chicago last night, Douglas …

Cybersecurity

White House chief of staff: Durbin-Graham bill wasn't inclusive enough

<b>(CNN) —</b> White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday defended the President's rejection last week of a bipartisan Senate immigration bill, saying it wasn't as inclusive as the President asked for.<p>Speaking to reporters in the Capitol in between four back-to-back meetings on the issue with …

U.S. Congress

Texas Senator John Cornyn on the Shutdown, Immigration, CIA Scandal

The audio:01-17hhs-cornynThe transcript:HH: Senator John Cornyn of Texas has served in the United States Senate since 2002. He is the majority whip, …

Immigration

The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State

We are told that one should avoid discussing two things at the dinner table: religion and politics. Clearly they have never eaten at our dinner …

Religion

Kirsten Gillibrand Running For President In 2020? Al Sharpton Jokes About It

Rev. Al Sharpton, joked about recruiting junior Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to run for President, after her invigorating speech at an annual …

Kirsten Gillibrand

Rep. Lankford: “tough call” on whether Trump should sit down with Mueller

Rep. James Lankford tells Kasie Hunt after news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would like to interview President Trump that it is a “tough call” …

Politics

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Diverse Leaders Dream of the Next Big Step for Racial Equality

As Americans mark the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., few deny that racial tensions have come to the forefront of society. A recent …

Conservative View

Trump hotel branded a ‘****hole”

Footage posted on Twitter appears to show the word “This Place is a ****hole” projected on the outer wall of the hotel around and above the main …

Donald Trump

For Evangelicals, a Change of Heart on Immigration

The last time a Republican president was pushing for an immigration overhaul, Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, was summoned to the White House.<p>It was 2006, and George W. Bush administration officials gave him an assignment: Persuade white …

U.S. Politics

Have They No Sense of Decency?

In the “shithole era,” the Republican U.S. senators who object to the president’s vulgarity have a choice to make.<p>“Have you no sense of decency?” It’s the question that the members of the Republican majority in the Congress—51 senators, 239 representatives—might bear in mind, in the “shithole” …

Politics

New voices, like North Carolina’s Tillis, clash with old guard on immigration reform

Veterans with the scars of previous immigration reform battles and new voices hoping to make their mark by solving the vexing issue, such as North …

Immigration

How Republican lawmakers responded to Trump’s vulgar immigration remarks

Reports that President Donald Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries” and disparaged Haitians during an immigration meeting on …

Lamar Alexander

How Much More of Trump's Insanity Are We Willing to Take?

Reflections on the morning after President* Trump's "shithole" comments.<p>At or near the end of business on Thursday, as the entire world—even the shitholes—knows by now, via <i>The Washington Post</i>, the president* provided a perfect ending to another day in our lunatic paradise.<p>Trump questioned why the …

Raj Shah

Marco Rubio was once a key player in a Senate immigration deal, but not this time

WASHINGTON – As lawmakers grapple with the complex issue of immigration and the fate of nearly 800,000 “DREAMers,” one voice seems conspicuously missing from the effort: Sen. Marco Rubio.<p>The Florida Republican was an original member of the “Gang of Eight,” the bipartisan group of senators that …

Marco Rubio

New Tax Law Lets Billionaire Team Owners Keep Building Stadiums With Your Money

Republicans in the House almost killed the subsidy, but senators just wanted it more.<p>WASHINGTON ― Though Republicans talked a good game about getting rid of it, their new tax law preserves a tax exemption that helps billionaire team owners build sports stadiums at public expense.<p>Republicans haven’t …

Dean Heller

The Atlantic Daily: When a President Insults the World

Offensive remarks on immigration, U.S. nuclear policy, how the Trump presidency could end, and more<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Trump’s Offensive Comments:</b> During a meeting Thursday with lawmakers about immigration policy, President Trump reportedly spoke disparagingly of immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

World Leaders Denounce Trump's "Reprehensible and Racist" Insult to Haiti and African Countries

Leaders from around the world expressed disgust and outrage as news spread on Friday that President Donald Trump reportedly referred to El Salvador, …

Liberal View

'People Who Are Different Are Not the Problem in America'

Two members of the U.S. Senate urge Americans to honor the legacy of the Martin Luther King Jr. by engaging with others of different backgrounds.<p>This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day carries additional significance, as it marks the 50th anniversary of his tragic death. In April of 1968, King was …

Politics

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Insult to Injury

President Trump said he used "tough" language during a meeting with lawmakers Thursday, but denied using the term "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries.<p>Today in 5 Lines<p>President Trump said he used “tough” language during a meeting with lawmakers Thursday, but denied using the term …

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