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Prominent GOP donor pledges to withhold donations until candidates support weapons legislation

A top Republican donor vowed on Saturday to stop cutting checks for candidates and political groups that do not support a ban on assault weapons. More>>

Trump tweet angers survivors of Parkland shooting

Students who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting laid into President Donald Trump after he linked the FBI's failure to follow up on a report about the school shooter and the resources expended on the Russia... More>>

LA Times: Former Trump aide Gates to plead guilty, testify against Manafort

Former Trump presidential campaign aide Rick Gates has agreed to testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and will plead guilty to fraud related charges, according to the Los Angeles Times. More>>

Billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay 'significantly higher' taxes

Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay more in taxes and that the government should require other superwealthy people like him to contribute "significantly higher" amounts. More>>

What to watch for in the Russia investigation

Here are the stories our D.C. insiders are talking about in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow's headlines today. More>>

Pruitt postponing visit to Israel after reports of expensive travel

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has postponed a planned visit to Israel following criticism for taking expensive flights on the taxpayer dollar, an EPA spokesperson confirmed to CNN. More>>

Orrin Hatch apologizes to Rob Porter's ex-wives

The ex-wives of Rob Porter, a White House aide who recently resigned over domestic abuse allegations, say they have received letters of apology from Porter's old boss, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who previously... More>>

Donald Trump's Russia delusion bubbles over

President Donald Trump has long been obsessed with the idea that the investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the 2016 election is really nothing more than a political scheme to rob him of the credit he so rightly... More>>

Trump blames everyone but Russia

President Donald Trump, ensconced in his opulent private club of Mar-a-Lago this weekend, had a screed of combative thoughts. More>>

Kasich: 'No confidence' Congress will address guns

Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said the deadly school shooting on Wednesday should be a rallying moment for the nation on guns, but that he predicted Congress would not live up to the task. More>>

Trump slams FBI's handling of tip on Florida school shooter

President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI late Saturday, describing its failure to follow up on a tip about Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz as "very sad." More>>

Trump: 'They are laughing their asses off in Moscow' over how US handled Russia investigations

President Donald Trump says Russians are "laughing their asses off in Moscow" for the way Washington has handled the Russia investigations, following the Department of Justice's charges against Russian nationals last week... More>>

WaPo: Emails detail how senior US military officers dealt with Hawaii's false missile alert

After a false missile threat alert from Hawaii's government, top US senior military officers began discussing how to better handle such a threat if it were real, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post. More>>

NYT: McConnell 'can't imagine' Trump not supporting Romney

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he "can't imagine" President Donald Trump not backing Mitt Romney's campaign for a US Senate seat from Utah. More>>

Trump responds to Mueller indictment news

The White House continues to vehemently deny collusion with Russia a day after multiple indictments of Russian nationals and entities were announced by the Justice Department in special counsel Robert Mueller's... More>>

EPA documents show agency's justification for Pruitt travel

Newly released documents show how the Environmental Protection Agency justified several expensive charter flights for Administrator Scott Pruitt -- including a $14,000 bill for a business trip around his home state. More>>

Romney picked the perfect state to be an anti-Trump Republican

Mitt Romney declared his bid for the US Senate from Utah on Friday. Despite being a fellow Republican, Romney is expected to be a thorn in President Donald Trump's side. Romney refused to endorse Trump during the 2016... More>>

LeBron James: 'I am more than an athlete'

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James appears to be engaged in a feud with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who took to her show on Thursday to tell James that he should "shut up and dribble." More>>

Pence: School safety to be administration's top priority

Vice President Mike Pence signaled a new White House focus on school safety and mental health in light of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in a Saturday speech. More>>

Former Russian ambassador to US calls allegations of Russian meddling 'hunting spree'

The former Russian ambassador to the US called the allegations that Russia meddled in the US election part of a "hunting spree" and says it has "spoiled the trust" between the two nations. More>>

Romney open to new gun measures like 'enhanced background checks'

Mitt Romney said Friday that the nation must act swiftly to address the scourge of gun violence, stating that he was open to tougher measures like "enhanced background checks" if they would help keep guns out of the hands... More>>

McMaster: Evidence of Russian meddling is 'now really incontrovertible'

Evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is "now really incontrovertible," White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Saturday. More>>

Week of chaos, again, engulfs Trump's Washington

Another bitter week that took Washington to the brink of exhaustion landed Donald Trump at the epicenter of more tragedy, scandal and rancor than a conventional president would hope to face in a full year. More>>

Someone please remind Trump that he ended DACA

The world's most listless and impotent -- err, "greatest" -- deliberative body shelved further debate over the future of DACA on Thursday, after senators voted down four proposals, one of which didn't address the question... More>>

Concern grows within Pentagon about Trump's proposed parade

There is growing concern within the US military about the costs of President Donald Trump's proposed military parade and the disruption it could cause. More>>

Trump admin considers rule that could limit immigrants' ability to stay in US

The Trump administration is considering new rules that would make it more difficult for immigrants to be admitted to the US or get green cards if they or their children receive certain public benefits, including some forms... More>>

Trump wants to talk to Mueller despite lawyers' concerns

President Donald Trump's lawyers have aimed to hit the brakes on a potential sit-down with Robert Mueller, but Trump remains eager to speak with the special counsel, according to his allies. More>>

Who is @TEN_GOP from the Russia indictment? Here's what we found reading 2,000 of its tweets

The posts read like a "Who's Who" of right-wing and libertarian media icons: links to Alex Jones. Pamela Geller. Breitbart. More>>

Former intelligence chief predicts 'other shoes to drop' in Mueller case

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper predicted Friday there will be "other shoes to drop" in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. More>>

Special counsel court filing reveals new bank fraud allegations against Manafort

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office dropped more potentially damning details -- from an allegation of "additional criminal conduct" to personal financial troubles -- in a response to Paul Manafort's request to change... More>>

Trump visits Florida hospital, sheriff's office after Parkland shooting

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, aiming to honor the victims of Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, visited Broward Health North Hospital on Friday, the hospital where many of the victims... More>>

Bill Clinton wants to weigh in on whether to release sealed 1998 grand jury documents

Former President Bill Clinton told a federal court on Friday that he'd like to weigh in on whether sealed documents from his 1998 grand jury investigation should be released to the public. More>>

FBI says it didn't act on tip about Parkland shooter

The FBI failed to act on a tip about Nikolas Cruz, the confessed shooter in the Parkland, Florida, school massacre, the bureau said in a statement on Friday. More>>

Embattled VA secretary's staffer leaves in wake of watchdog report

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's chief of staff is stepping down, the latest fallout from an inspector general investigation that said she doctored an email and misled ethics officials, which led the department... More>>

VA secretary: White House didn't ask me to resign

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says he has no plans to resign -- and that during a roughly half-hour conversation with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Thursday, he was not asked to resign and did not... More>>

8 Indisputable facts about the Russia investigation

Friday's news that special counsel Robert Mueller had announced indictments against 13 Russians for their alleged roles in a massive -- and complex -- attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 election is a major moment... More>>

Trump appointee who was banned from Uber for alleged racial comments is out at federal volunteer agency

A senior adviser at the agency that oversees federal volunteer efforts is out after CNN's KFile reported last month that Uber banned him for allegedly harassing a driver. More>>

'Unwitting' former Trump campaign aides react to special counsel indictments

Former aides to the Trump presidential campaign viewed the latest indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday with a mix of shock and satisfaction. More>>

Mike Pence: Parkland shooting is 'every parent's worst nightmare'

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, "every parent's worst nightmare." More>>

Tillerson works to repair ties with Turkey

The US and Turkey will create working groups to tackle unresolved areas of tension, including Washington's anti-ISIS partnership with a Kurdish group Turkey staunchly opposes. More>>

#2020Vision: Warren talks 'Pocahontas' while Booker, Gillibrand swear off corporate cash

Our weekly roundup of the news, notes and chatter about the prospects for the next Democratic presidential race: More>>

Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the... More>>

Kelly issues memo changing security clearance process in wake of Porter scandal

White House chief of staff John Kelly, under fire over the White House's handling of domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide, ordered an overhaul of the security clearance process for current and incoming top... More>>

Forensic team searches Syrian mass graves for American hostage remains

A team of US military and federal law enforcement forensic experts made its first visit to a suspected mass grave site near Raqqa, Syria, in recent days where the remains of executed US hostages may be located, two defense... More>>

Californian man pleads guilty to identity fraud connected to Russian interference in presidential election

A California man pleaded guilty to identity fraud in a second case unsealed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election. More>>

Clinton urges political action in response to Parkland shooting

Hillary Clinton urged political action Friday in response to the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, pushing her followers to "remember these feelings in November, and VOTE." More>>

Melania Trump arrives solo to air base amid second affair scandal as first couple heads to Florida

First lady Melania Trump eschewed the traditional South Lawn couple's walk to Marine One on Friday amid another adultery allegation scandal, opting instead to drive separately ahead of President Donald Trump. More>>

Robert Mueller just made it impossible for Trump to call the special counsel probe a 'total hoax'

On Friday afternoon, the Justice Department announced that special counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 13 Russian nationals for their roles in attempted meddling in the 2016 election. More>>

Vice President Mike Pence visits the Texas-Mexico border

Vice President Mike Pence travels to the Texas-Mexico border on Friday in his first visit to the area as vice president. More>>

New Yorker: Ex-Playmate alleges Trump system for covering up affairs

A former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump beginning in 2006 is going public with a description of Trump's alleged system for concealing affairs. More>>

Trump to host embattled Israeli prime minister next month

President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House next month, the White House announced on Friday. More>>

Potential 2020 hopeful Garcetti heads to South Carolina for Dem fundraiser

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will make his first foray into the Palmetto State as a potential 2020 presidential contender next week, addressing a South Carolina Democratic Party fundraiser and gathering a group of... More>>

Donald Trump's absolutely disastrous week

President Donald Trump hasn't had a lot of good weeks since becoming president last January. But this one looks like one of the worst. More>>

What makes Mitt run (and run and run)?

On Friday, Mitt Romney made it official: He is running for Utah's open Senate seat. Romney enters the race as the overwhelming favorite to succeed retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) and will become one of the highest profile... More>>

Republicans just got some much-needed good news on the recruiting front

The North Dakota Senate race may not be on the top of your mind right now. More>>

Read the indictment of 13 Russian nationals for election meddling

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment Friday against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating US laws to interfere with US elections and political processes. More>>

Florida vice mayor slams 'absurd' Trump visit

Mark Bogen, the vice mayor of Florida's Broward County, said Friday that President Donald Trump's expected visit with the victims of the Parkland school shooting is "absolutely absurd." More>>

Schiff says Bannon 'likely' to be held in contempt

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Friday it's likely that Steve Bannon will be held in contempt of Congress after refusing to answer questions before the panel, which is investigating Russian... More>>

Why Romney called out Trump on immigration

Mitt Romney caught many people off guard on Friday with his sharp rebuke of the Trump administration's exclusionary tone on immigration as he announced his campaign to represent Utah in the US Senate. More>>

White House adviser, a Kushner friend, leaving White House

A top White House adviser in the Office of American Innovation and longtime friend of Jared Kushner's is leaving the White House. More>>

It's been a full year since Donald Trump last held a news conference

Exactly one year ago today, Donald Trump held the first formal solo news conference of his presidency. More>>

Senate Key Race alert: North Dakota is now a Toss-Up

Despite a favorable map, Republican prospects for growing their Senate majority have appeared murky, given the party's struggles to land top-tier recruits to take on Democratic incumbents in several states where Donald... More>>

Trump to meet with those affected by Florida shooting on Friday

President Donald Trump said Friday he will head to Florida later in the day to meet with those affected by the school shooting that left 17 dead in southern Florida. More>>

The Political Runway: Fashion, gender and politics in America

There's more that goes into how Americans pick their politicians than where they stand on the issues. It's why politicians fill out March Madness brackets and release Spotify playlists. It's why they talk about their... More>>

The Trump cabinet is traveling in style. Thanks, taxpayers!

On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump promised to fill his Cabinet with the "best people in the world." As President, Trump has indeed hired a fleet of high-flyers -- though not in the way most voters might have hoped. More>>

Romney announces US Senate run

Mitt Romney said in a video announcement Friday that he will run for the US Senate from Utah, setting out on a glide path to Washington where he will likely play a central role driving the direction of the fractious... More>>

Washington's political impotence is on full display

In Washington, political alienation is now so intense that the world's most powerful nation can't agree how to keep its next generation safe in school -- or fix the system regulating immigration, the human lifeblood which... More>>

Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors Friday on DACA

The Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors Friday to decide whether to take up a lower court opinion that temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals... More>>

Source: Blackburn takes WH meeting after Corker reports

Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn met with Kellyanne Conway and other officials at the White House on Wednesday, a source familiar with the meeting told CNN. More>>

Florida governor on gun laws: 'Everything's on the table'

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says "everything's on the table" when considering tightening gun control laws in the state following the school shooting that took the lives of 17 people on Wednesday. More>>

How do laws prevent mentally ill people from buying guns?

How could a young man whose lawyers say he has been "experiencing and enduring mental illness his entire life" purchase a semiautomatic rifle? More>>

Rebuffing Sessions, senators advance criminal justice reform bill

Senators of both parties on Thursday moved forward their long-odds legislation to enact some degree of reform for the federal criminal justice system. More>>

What's next for DACA? 'Don't know'

Most everyone in Washington had three words after the Senate failed to pass any bill that would have resolved the status of millions of young undocumented immigrants on the verge of deportation: More>>

If you blinked, you missed the immigration fight

Remember that big, amendment-laden debate the Senate was preparing for as the world's greatest deliberative body began to grapple with what to do about the nation's broken immigration system? More>>

Senators fume after immigration bill failure

It was supposed to be a raucous, week-long, open floor debate on immigration -- the President's signature issue and such a contentious topic that Democrats shut the government down over it just a month ago. More>>

Issa issues 'no ifs-ands-or-buts denial' of affair in congressman's divorce case

Outgoing California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa has denied an affair with a fellow congressman's wife, after the congressman requested his deposition in their divorce case. More>>

The pressure is on Kelly to put Porter crisis to rest

After weathering a week of self-induced crisis, the White House was at an impasse on Wednesday. It had been seven days since Rob Porter, the staff secretary accused of spousal abuse, had resigned. Pressure was mounting on... More>>

'President Trump, please do something!' - Grieving mother demands answers after daughter is killed in Florida school shooting

"President Trump, please do something! Do something. Action! We need it now! These kids need safety now!" More>>

There's a gun for every American. But less than a third own guns.

The debate over guns in America has been renewed following the mass shooting in Florida on Wednesday. The discussion has followed a familiar script, with Democrats wanting to enact gun control and Republicans tending to... More>>

Tillerson breaks protocol by meeting Turkey's Erdogan without translator

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met for more than three and a half hours of tough discussions with Turkish leaders in an attempt to ease increasing tensions with a key NATO ally -- but without a translator or policy aides. More>>

Exclusive: A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he's poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. More>>

We've heard from Twitter Trump and Teleprompter Trump on the school shooting

Early Thursday morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to share his views about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead Wednesday, More>>

Trump inaugural committee pays $26 million to firm founded by first lady's friend

A firm founded by a senior adviser to first lady Melania Trump was paid close to $26 million to plan events around President Donald Trump's first inauguration, tax documents provided to CNN revealed Thursday. More>>

White House blasts Russia for NotPetya cyberattack

The White House lambasted Russia in a statement Thursday for "the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history" and said it "will be met with international consequences." More>>

Democratic Rep. Walz: Justice Department should investigate Shulkin's hacking claim

The Justice Department should look into whether the email account for a top Veterans Affairs staffer had been hacked, and whether someone had been sending emails in her name, the top Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs... More>>

GOP Rep. Cramer plans Friday entrance into North Dakota Senate race

North Dakota's Rep. Kevin Cramer is set to announce Friday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in what's likely to become a marquee match-up in this year's battle for control of the Senate. More>>

National Democrats stay on the sidelines in close Pennsylvania House special election

Democratic candidate Conor Lamb is within 3 percentage points in a deep-red Pennsylvania congressional district ahead of a March 13 special election, a new Monmouth University poll shows. More>>

Ex-wife's photos raise questions about McGahn's role in Porter scandal

The FBI obtained photos of the bruised face of Colbie Holderness seven days after President Donald Trump's inauguration last year, according to emails obtained by CNN, raising questions about what information White House... More>>

NRA removes Valentine's Day retweet encouraging purchase of guns

Following news of a mass shooting at a Florida high school, the National Rifle Association removed its retweet of a post that encouraged people to buy guns as gifts on Valentine's Day. More>>

Rubio: Gun laws wouldn't have prevented Parkland

Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that gun restrictions would not have prevented the mass shooting at a high school in his home state. More>>

Bipartisan DACA, border security deal fails in Senate, putting immigration bill's future in doubt

In a resounding defeat after months of negotiations, senators on Thursday failed to advance a bipartisan proposal to resolve the future of millions of young undocumented immigrants, leaving talks seemingly back at square one. More>>

Special counsel questioned Bannon this week

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team questioned former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for hours over two days this week, according to a person familiar with the inquiry. More>>

School shooting highlights tough gap between warning about and eliminating a threat

News emerged in the wake of the nation's latest school shooting that the FBI had received warnings about the suspect prior to the deadly incident in Florida. More>>

Trump's one piece of gun-related legislation undid restrictions aimed at mental illness

The President had three things to say on Twitter about the Parkland school shooting in the 18 hours after it occurred. More>>

American being held as ISIS fighter sought media access

An American citizen being held by the United States in Iraq for allegedly fighting for ISIS said he traveled to Syria to work as a journalist and chronicle what life was like under the terror group, according to newly... More>>

Bipartisan immigration plan: Where the senators stand

A group of bipartisan senators struck a deal on an immigration compromise, but it's unclear whether it will garner the 60 votes it needs to advance the legislation in the Senate. More>>

Obama calls for 'common-sense gun safety laws' after Florida school shooting

In the wake of the Florida high school shooting, former President Barack Obama is calling for legislative action on gun control, saying it's "long overdue." More>>

Amid continued string of mass shootings, gun control going nowhere in Congress

Almost immediately after a gunman in Las Vegas mowed down dozens of people and injured hundreds of concert-goers last fall, there was unprecedented openness among many Republicans in Congress for some kind of gun control... More>>

Tillerson says Hezbollah must be constrained

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Hezbollah is threatening the stability of Lebanon and the wider Middle East and said the group should withdraw from foreign conflicts in Yemen and Syria. More>>

Steve Bannon says White House advised him to invoke executive privilege

Steve Bannon told the House Intelligence Committee that he had been instructed by the White House to invoke executive privilege on behalf of President Donald Trump, declining to answer a wide array of key questions... More>>

Paul Ryan says not yet time for political battles on guns

Amid renewed debate over gun control after Wednesday's school shooting in Florida, House Speaker Paul Ryan is arguing that now is not the time to wage political battles. More>>

Ex-wife: Porter informed in September security clearance was 'delayed' due to 'violent' past

Disgraced former White House aide Rob Porter told one of his ex-wives in September that he was informed that his security clearance check was "delayed" in part because of concerns that he was "violent." More>>

Empathetic Trump offers no tangible solution for mass shootings

President Donald Trump consoled America's children over a rash of horrific school shootings on Thursday but he made it clear that he's not breaking from his party or political base to shake Washington from polarized... More>>

In shooting's wake, Trump urges children to seek help if they feel 'lost, alone, confused or even scared'

President Donald Trump responded to the latest American school shooting on Thursday by speaking directly to children across the country, urging them to seek help if they feel "lost, alone, confused or even scared." More>>

Sanders will hit Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin to slam tax cuts

Sen. Bernie Sanders will join progressive groups in Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan next week as part of a nationwide campaign to drum up grassroots opposition against the new Republican-backed tax law ahead of the midterm... More>>

Appeals court rules against latest Trump travel ban

A federal appeals court ruled against the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban on Thursday, holding that it "continues to exhibit a primarily religious anti-Muslim objective." More>>

Read Trump's speech addressing the Parkland school shooting

President Donald Trump addressed the nation Thursday, a day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left at least 17 dead. Here's the President's speech, as released by the White House. More>>

Sessions says law enforcement 'should do better' after Florida school shooting

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that law enforcement "must do better" to prevent mass shootings in the wake of the massacre at a Florida high school. More>>

Biden says Congress has 'moral obligation' to take action after Parkland

Former Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Thursday to take action against gun violence in the wake of the Florida school massacre that left at least 17 people dead. More>>

Grassley: Gov't needs to do better on mental health and guns

In the wake of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday that the government has "not done a good job" of preventing those with mental health... More>>

CNN Exclusive: At least 100 White House officials served with 'interim' security clearances until November

Nearly a year into President Donald Trump's administration, senior-level staffers -- including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Rob Porter -- remained on interim clearances even as other senior advisers were granted full... More>>

10 Things the Parkland school shooting won't change

On Wednesday afternoon, a 19-year-old brought an AR-15 weapon to a high school in Parkland, Florida. He allegedly shot more than two dozen people, killing 17. It was not the first mass shooting of 2018, and it was one of... More>>

Shulkin tells House that 'optics' of Europe trip are 'not good'

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, under fire for a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe last year, told House lawmakers on Thursday that the "optics" of the trip, during which he took in tourist activities including... More>>

Immigration state of play: Senate gets ready to vote

The bipartisan deal has emerged, but doesn't yet have 60 votes. And it's not just Republicans -- a handful of Democrats are still on the fence, senators and aides say. More>>

Why Congress is hesitant to pass gun control, by the numbers

The mass shooting at a high school in Florida on Wednesday is the latest in a string of similar tragedies over the last few decades. It has some asking for Congress to tighten gun control measures, which Congress has been... More>>

Warriors coach Kerr blasts lawmakers after Parkland

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Wednesday rebuked the federal government's inaction to prevent gun violence in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. More>>

US Vice President Mike Pence says he ignored Kim Jong Un's sister

US Vice President Mike Pence said he actively chose to ignore North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister at the Opening Ceremony for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea. More>>

Tillerson faces prospect of 'Ottoman slap' amid Turkey tensions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faces perhaps the most difficult stop of his Mideast trip in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on anti-American rhetoric by appearing to threaten US troops in... More>>

Democrats scramble on taxes as Republicans gain steam

Caught flat-footed by the suddenly increasing popularity of the GOP tax plan, leading Democrats are urging the party's candidates to ignore the day-to-day controversies surrounding President Donald Trump's White House and... More>>

People are defecting from the GOP. But not to the Democrats

Fewer people say they consider themselves Republicans, according to recent polling. But they're not becoming Democrats instead. More>>

DACA hangs in the balance as bipartisan deal gets hit from all sides

The fate of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients could rest with moderate lawmakers in the Senate -- and whether they can convince President Donald Trump that their path forward is the only answer left, even if it... More>>

Bipartisan Senate group reaches immigration deal, but votes unsure

A group of bipartisan senators Wednesday struck a much-anticipated deal on a narrow immigration compromise -- but it remains unclear whether the proposal could garner the elusive 60 votes needed to advance legislation in... More>>

Melania Trump spends Valentine's Day visiting sick kids

First lady Melania Trump spent part of her Valentine's Day visiting sick children at National Institutes of Health's Children's Inn in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump, who last week toured Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical... More>>

Mitt Romney delays Senate announcement after Florida shooting

2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced on Twitter Wednesday he is delaying his scheduled announcement about the Utah Senate race, citing the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. More>>

Inspector general: VA Secretary Shulkin's chief of staff altered email for wife's expenses

The chief of staff for Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin altered an email and made false statements to a department ethics official that led to taxpayers covering expenses for Shulkin's wife on an official trip to... More>>

Trump signs sex assault bill as scandal engulfs White House

President Donald Trump signed a measure on Wednesday aimed at preventing the kind of systemic sexual abuse perpetrated by Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was recently sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. More>>

DACA parents become flashpoint in negotiations

As the debate over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program goes down to the wire, the parents of the young undocumented immigrants affected -- not the recipients themselves -- may be the trickiest flashpoint. More>>

Trump suggests 25 cent increase in gas tax, senator says

President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that a 25 cent increase in gas and diesel taxes would be needed to help pay for the administration's new infrastructure plan, according to Democratic Sen. Tom Carper. More>>

Priebus says he stopped Sessions from resigning or being fired

Former chief of staff Reince Priebus revealed that he helped persuade President Donald Trump not to fire his attorney general last year in the wake of a special counsel being appointed to investigate ties between his... More>>

Sessions and Grassley square off on criminal justice reform

Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially came out against a renewed effort for criminal justice reform Wednesday as lawmakers on Capitol Hill prepare for a mark-up of a bipartisan bill. More>>

Trump sends condolences to school shooting victims in Florida

President Donald Trump offered his prayers and condolences Wednesday as a school shooting in Parkland, Florida unfolded. More>>

Stormy Daniels' manager says the porn star 'is going to tell her story'

A manager for the porn star who was reportedly paid $130,000 by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer claims the agreement between the two is no longer valid. More>>

Trump's lawyer admits he paid a porn star. Legal questions remain.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has declared a payment he orchestrated to a porn star to be "lawful," but legal experts say the matter is far from settled. More>>

Sen. Murphy on Florida shooting: Congress 'responsible for a level of mass atrocity' in US

Sen. Chris Murphy said Wednesday that Congress bears responsibility for the "epidemic of mass slaughter" in the US, addressing the Senate floor while news of a school shooting unfolded in Florida. More>>

Michael Cohen's story on his Stormy Daniels payout doesn't pass the smell test

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, says he made a $130,000 payment from his own pocket to porn star Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 election -- a pre-emptive measure to protect the presidential... More>>

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says first-class travel is for security purposes

Scott Pruitt's flights in first class or via military jets are for security purposes, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator told The New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday. More>>

Dem senators ask FBI for names of WH staffers with interim security clearance

Six Democratic senators sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for the names of all White House staff members with interim security clearances, as well as those with completed background checks who are... More>>

Trump: 'I'm totally opposed to domestic violence'

President Donald Trump broke days of silence on the matter of spousal abuse, saying on Wednesday he was opposed to all manner of domestic violence. More>>

White House official resigns after not getting security clearance over pot use

A White House staffer is leaving after he learned that he wouldn't receive a permanent security clearance after he admitted to smoking marijuana, Politico reported on Wednesday. More>>

Warren responds to Trump's 'Pocahontas' jabs in speech to Native American group

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren defended her claims of Native American heritage and responded to the nickname President Donald Trump uses to refer to her -- "Pocahontas" -- in a surprise appearance Wednesday at a... More>>

The Porter scandal is not going away. Here's why.

When White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned last Wednesday, a day after domestic violence accusations against him became public, it felt like the beginning and end of yet another brief and ugly Trump era... More>>

Tillerson claims Middle East peace plan is 'well advanced'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan is "fairly well advanced" after several months of work, though he offered no details on when the proposal might be unveiled or... More>>

Mnuchin says more Russia sanctions are coming

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday the Trump administration is "actively working" on imposing sanctions on Russia over its interference in the 2016 US election. More>>

Kelly under fire but Trump stands by him -- for now

White House chief of staff John Kelly, facing a growing swell of internal strife, attempted Wednesday to bring a spiraling crisis under control even as morale has plummeted among West Wing aides who feel misled and... More>>

House conservatives put Paul Ryan on notice over immigration bill

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows issued a blunt warning to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, suggesting if he fails to address conservatives' concerns on immigration he'll risk his top leadership post. More>>

Shots fired, 3 in custody after vehicle attempted to enter NSA facility

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House oversight investigating WH handling of Rob Porter

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Trump issues fresh opposition to short-term DACA bill

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Gowdy on his retirement from Congress: 'I like jobs where facts matter'

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Trump's lawyer says he paid $130,000 to porn star ahead of election

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said Tuesday that he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who allegedly had a sexual encounter with the President before his time in office. More>>

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GOP worries White House can't quell Porter scandal

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North Dakota's Rep. Cramer weighing 'snowball of encouragement' to run for Senate

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Democrats flip 36th GOP-held state legislative seat with Florida win

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Congressman wants colleague Darrell Issa's deposition in divorce case

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Senate Intel Chair Burr steers clear of House counterpart Nunes in Russia probe

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White House hosts Black History Month event

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Democratic candidate turns #MeToo experience into TV ad

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Second federal judge blocks move to end DACA

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