Thad Cochran

Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern?

The federal government late Thursday faced increasing odds of a partial shutdown, the culmination of a long period of budget warfare that has now imperiled what most lawmakers agree is the most basic task of governance.<p>The immediate challenge Thursday was a refusal by Senate Democrats to join with …

Paul Ryan

Top Democratic recruit passes on Mississippi Senate run

Brandon Presley, Democrats’ top recruit for an acknowledged uphill campaign for Senate in Mississippi, announced Thursday that he would not run for the seat held by Republican Sen. Roger Wicker this year.<p>Sources familiar with the decision say that it was driven by a sense that Chris McDaniel — the …

Politics

Presley won't run for Senate; new poll shows Wicker with commanding primary lead

CLOSE<p>Download The Clarion-Ledger app for free on the Apple app store or Google Play.<p>The leading Democrat considering a bid for the Senate announced …

Elections

Medicaid is an effective, efficient program, highly valued by its beneficiaries. And yet, Republicans are relentlessly trying to cut it.

Many years ago, as a fledgling social worker in New York City, one of us (JB) helped a single mom with a young son suffering from asthma get Medicaid coverage for her son. When I told her the news, she cried with relief. As young, privileged white guy, I was surprised by her reaction. I soon came …

Health Care

Trump's chief agricultural negotiator will fight for American farmers

For the first time in 26 years, a sitting president spoke to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention.<p>President TrumpDonald John …

Agriculture

Trump offshore drilling opposed by Mississippi environmental groups, supported by Bryant

CLOSE<p>The Trump administration moved Thursday to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up …

Environment

Trump on shaky ground as critical week in Washington begins

The shortest presidential reset in American history has set the stage for a critical Washington week in which Donald Trump's role and relevance will face perhaps their toughest test yet.<p>Mr. Trump reacted to a disastrous first week of 2018 – an imbroglio over an insider account of a dysfunctional …

Donald Trump

GOP Representative Bid to Become NASA Head Stumbles

Rep. James Bridenstine’s controversial nomination to head NASA faces mounting troubles, and the uncertainty threatens to further delay potentially major changes in agency programs favored by the White House.<p>For the second time in three months, the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday is expected …

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

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 12, 2018

New GOP hijacked party, fails to protect regular folks<p>The current republican party oozes hypocrisy and smells of corruption on both the state and …

Mississippi

Are Democrats’ Senate Chances Overrated?

After Democrat Doug Jones won a stunning victory in Alabama’s special election to the U.S. Senate last month, lots of smart people whose work I read …

Politics

The Next Steps for 'NeverTrump'

The task facing Trump-skeptical conservatives is to change the incentives within the Republican Party that enabled his success, so that other candidates won’t follow his path.<p>NeverTrump began not as an insurgency but as an act of conscientious objection: We were Republicans who would not vote for …

Politics

Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 Introduced in Senate

The Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) of 2017 was introduced in the Senate on December 21 by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), along with Susan Collins …

Government

Trump administration slaps tariffs on Canadian paper

President Trump's trade team is getting tougher on Canada.<p>In a decision opposed by some Republicans, the Commerce Department late Tuesday applied tariffs as high as 10% to Canadian paper. This follows American tariffs of up to 18% on Canadian lumber, imposed last year.<p>Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross …

Angus King

Steve Bannon leaves a legacy: The GOP’s 2018 clown-show primaries

Joe Arpaio’s Senate campaign is just the start: The GOP’s 2018 primary season will be a total fiasco<p>No one is celebrating the news of Steve Bannon’s unceremonious ousting from Breitbart perhaps more than Mitch McConnell. The Senate Majority Leader and his allies had been targeted by the right-wing …

U.S. Politics

Is Dianne Feinstein too old to run for re-election?

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s age has become an increasingly unavoidable part of her biography.

Dianne Feinstein

White House Resubmits NASA and NOAA Nominations

WASHINGTON — The White House formally resubmitted nominations for leaders of both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the …

The Daily 202: Why Trump and Republicans are suddenly talking up bipartisanship

<b>Analysis</b> Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events

U.S. Politics

Barbour: Don’t expect a wave election from Democrats

Politics

DC forecast: Gathering winter storm over wall vs. DACA, possible shutdown

It’s unclear what the weather forecast holds for January 19 in Washington, D.C.<p>Run the different forecasting models: European. Pioneer. GFS. Or just peak out the window.<p>The barometric pressure is dropping. A storm could be coming.<p>A meteorological “bomb cyclone” ravaged the East Coast last week. A …

U.S. Politics

McConnell dances on Bannon's grave

But with nasty Republican primaries on the horizon, the Senate majority leader is hardly in the clear.<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies rang in the new year with a week-long celebration of Steve Bannon's self-immolation.<p>But the festivities may prove to be short-lived.<p>The …

Politics

Rep. Cummings hospitalized, wife suspends gubernatorial campaign

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTop intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Overnight …

Elijah Cummings

Doubts linger as US Navy preps to order 10 more Flight III destroyers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy is poised to order 10 more destroyers this year, all of which will be the new Flight III variant that integrates …

Military

Sessions’ Actions Against Cole Memo Triggers Call to Action from Medical Cannabis Advocates

<b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</b><b>:</b> Thursday January 4, 2018<p><b>CONTACT</b><b>:</b> Beth Collins | beth@safeaccessnow.org 571-499-1632<p>Still Protected by the CJS Amendment, …

Cannabis

Who could replace U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper in Congress?

CLOSE<p>Download The Clarion-Ledger app for free on the Apple app store or Google Play.<p>With U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper announcing he will not seek …

Mississippi

Age, Atrophy and Advantages

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.<p>Two Republicans, Senator Orrin Hatch and House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, both announced on Tuesday they would not seek re-election -- giving me an excuse for touching on three of my favorite hobbyhorses.<p>First of all, Hatch is currently …

Opinion

How Trump’s tweets are framing — and hurting — his presidency

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — On his first full day back at the White House after the Christmas/New Year’s holiday — with nothing on his public schedule other than a lunch …

U.S. Politics

Rep. Harper won’t seek reelection

Rep. Gregg Harper, chairman of the House Administration Committee, won't run for reelection, he announced Thursday.<p>Harper, 61, has been in Congress since 2009 representing Jackson, Miss., and the surrounding area. In a statement, the five-term congressman said he has been thinking about when he …

Politics

Democrats Gain Ground in Senate With Arrival of Doug Jones

Two new Democrats arrived in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, reducing the Republican majority to one vote and lifting the number of women in the chamber …

Business

It's Not Just Romney: Hatch Retirement Could Lead to Decisions for Grassley, Crapo

Judiciary chairman appears to have time left as leader of Finance panel<p>Much of the talk after GOP Sen. Orrin G. Hatch’s announcement that he will …

Politics