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Trump administration to end protected status for Haiti

The Trump administration has announced it will end the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti by July 2019, potentially forcing tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants to either leave the US or live in the shadows. More>>

Welcome to Steve Bannon's controversial candidates' club

In the grand narrative of American politics, there is a lofty -- and often lucrative -- place for the strategists and advisers who guide winning presidential campaigns. More>>

Judge rules Trump's sanctuary city order unconstitutional

A federal judge has permanently blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities. More>>

How the computer revolution is deepening America's partisan divide

Add the computer and communications revolution to the list of fundamental changes that are widening the political divide between red and blue America. More>>

LaVar Ball responds to Trump, wishes him a 'great Thanksgiving'

LaVar Ball denies being in a feud with President Donald Trump, but repeatedly refused to issue a "thanks" to the President for his involvement in the release of his son from China. More>>

Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. More>>

Judge rules Trump's sanctuary city order unconstitutional

A federal judge has permanently blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities. More>>

Trump administration asks SCOTUS to allow all of travel ban to go into effect pending appeal

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Monday night to allow the latest version of its controversial travel ban to go fully into effect, pending appeal. More>>

US conducts airstrikes on Afghanistan opium labs

The US conducted airstrikes targeting opium processing labs in Afghanistan Sunday, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Michael Andrews tells CNN. More>>

Americans haven't forgotten about Puerto Rico, poll finds

Two months ago today, Hurricane Maria made direct landfall in Puerto Rico, devastating the island and wiping out the power grid and transportation infrastructure for its millions of residents. More>>

The White House wants Roy Moore's vote, but doesn't want to talk about Moore

The White House isn't saying that President Donald Trump supports Roy Moore. But Trump's aides are openly acknowledging something close: They need Moore's Republican vote in the Senate. More>>

This President wants you to give thanks every day

President Donald Trump has shown an incessant craving for praise during his first 10 months in office. More>>

Bureau of Prisons ending contracts with 16 halfway houses

The Bureau of Prisons is cutting off funding for halfway houses throughout the country, saving money the bureau says it needs at the expense of what reform advocates say are vital programs to help prisoners transition... More>>

Qatari foreign minister calls out Saudi Arabia over 'drama and discord'

Qatar's chief diplomat warned of "dark ages" in the Middle East on Monday, calling out neighboring states for perpetuating "drama and discord" as part of a "dangerous game of power." More>>

The annual tradition of voting for White House Thanksgiving turkeys is upon us

It's become part of the annual tradition of the White House Thanksgiving turkey ritual: voting to see which of the two official birds will be pardoned, and which will be the alternate. More>>

Here are the Senate Republicans who will decide the fate of the tax bill

In the US Senate, the tax bill could fail or succeed based off of the votes of just a handful of members. After recess this week, Senators will return from Thanksgiving and move immediately to vote on a plan that would... More>>

Rand Paul to 'likely support' GOP tax bill, aide says

Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, will "likely support" the GOP's Senate tax bill, a Paul aide told CNN in an email Monday. More>>

This is Jeff Flake's chance to back up his tough talk

On October 24, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake made a speech. In the coming weeks, he'll have a chance to take a stand. More>>

Trump calls on NFL to suspend Raiders' Marshawn Lynch

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch early Monday morning. More>>

Flake: 'Hot mic' comments not that different from my public statements

After a live microphone captured him criticizing President Donald Trump, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Monday the comments he made are more or less what he says publicly. More>>

Donald Trump and LaVar Ball are perfect for each other

The celebrity beef between Donald Trump and LaVar Ball was the most predictable thing in the world. More>>

Life after 'Hope': Obama poster creator Shepard Fairey reflects on art and politics in the age of Trump

President Obama invited Shepard Fairey, the street artist who made the ubiquitous portrait of him titled "Hope," to bring his family and visit him at the White House the day after the 2016 election. More>>

Kellyanne Conway on Roy Moore: 'We want the votes' for tax bill

Kellyanne Conway suggested that the White House remains open to Roy Moore's embattled senate candidacy on Monday when she told Fox & friends that "we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through" -- less than... More>>

Tillerson rejects criticism over State Department management

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended his management of the State Department Monday, following a host of recent criticisms from members of congress, a diplomatic union, and -- most recently -- The New York Times... More>>

Lisa Murkowski saved Obamacare. But here's why she may not abandon Republicans on taxes

When Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped defeat her own party's bill to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, she said she was applauded upon her arrival at airports across her home state of Alaska. More>>

Roy Moore accuser: 'I wonder how many me's he doesn't know'

One of the women accusing Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was in her teens is calling him out on his denials. More>>

Woman says Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010

A woman says Sen. Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, telling CNN that he grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair. More>>

Mueller interviews with senior White House officials coming up

Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller are scheduled to interview additional senior White House officials in the coming weeks, adding to their list of high-profile interviews and pushing the investigation... More>>

Donald Trump is playing zero-dimensional chess (again)

On Sunday night, President Donald Trump attacked Jeff Flake on Twitter. More>>

Trump: Administration will announce big-game trophy decision next week

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that his administration will announce a decision "next week" on allowing the import of elephant hunting trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. More>>

Trump swipes at Flake on Twitter, calling his career 'toast'

President Donald Trump slammed Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake on Twitter on Sunday evening, calling his political career "toast" after he was caught on mic criticizing the President and Alabama Republican Senate... More>>

Franken cut from broadcast of Letterman's Mark Twain Prize presentation

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken has been cut from the TV broadcast of "David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize" after allegations of sexual misconduct. More>>

Klobuchar takes sponsorship of Franken's sexual assault bill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has taken over the sponsorship of a bill championed by fellow Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken that aims to help survivors of sexual assault. More>>

Kushner's attorney accuses Senate panel of 'gotcha game' over documents request

Jared Kushner's lawyer says the Senate Judiciary Committee is playing a "gotcha game" by accusing Kushner of not disclosing key documents -- including information about WikiLeaks. More>>

Publicist who set up Trump Jr., Russian lawyer meeting says he's ready to talk to Mueller

The British publicist who set up a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and several members of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign team says he's open to speaking with special counsel Robert... More>>

Star Tribune: Franken won't resign, staffer says

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken has no intention of stepping down, a Franken staffer told the Star Tribune on Saturday. More>>

Trump to LaVar Ball: 'I should have left them in jail!'

President Donald Trump on Sunday shot back at Lavar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players arrested in China, for belittling the President's role in the students' release. More>>

Why White House aides worry about Trump's Mar-a-Lago holiday

White House aides are worrying about President Trump's Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago. The legislative agenda after tax reform is very much up in the air. And how can Congress work to avoid a government shutdown? More>>

Collins: Moore's denials aren't convincing

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said on Sunday that she does not believe Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's denials of the sexual allegations against him and hopes the state's voters do not send him to... More>>

Mulvaney: WH would drop individual mandate repeal if 'impediment' to tax reform

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the Trump administration wants a repeal of the individual health care mandate included in the GOP's tax reform plan, but is willing to take it out if... More>>

Top general says he'd push back against 'illegal' nuclear strike order

The top US nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against an order from President Donald Trump for a nuclear strike if it were "illegal." More>>

Trump's elephant trophy reversal comes as a surprise to administration employees, interest groups

President Donald Trump's move late Friday night to postpone a decision to allow the import of elephant hunting trophies from two African countries came as a surprise not only to interest groups, but also the US Fish and... More>>

US threatens to close Palestinian office in Washington

The Trump administration put the Palestinian Liberation Organization on notice Friday that it will close the group's office in Washington if the Palestinians don't get serious about peace talks with Israel, State... More>>

Panetta on Lewinsky affair: Bill Clinton 'more than paid the price'

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta defended President Bill Clinton on Saturday, telling CNN he "more than paid the price" for his affair with Monica Lewinsky while he was in office. More>>

LaVar Ball belittles Trump's role in release of son, 2 other UCLA players

Days after President Donald Trump touted his role in the release of three UCLA basketball students who were arrested in China, LaVar Ball, the father of one of those players, suggested the President had little to do with... More>>

US to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia

US authorities will remove restrictions on importing African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. More>>

Trump says he has put big-game trophy decision on hold

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has decided to put a decision about big-game trophies on hold. More>>

Franken, Moore assault allegations dredge up accusations against Trump

As a swirl of sexual impropriety allegations roil Washington, President Donald Trump's top aides are trying to inoculate him from comparisons with the stories of more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual... More>>

The post-Weinstein wave of sexual misconduct charges, in one chart

In the six weeks since The New York Times report that brought down movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, dozens of new accusations against powerful men -- from Hollywood to Capitol Hill -- have dominated news cycles and set off a... More>>

The Puerto Rican migration could shape Florida politics for years to come

In the wish lists of Democratic strategists, one imagines the arrival of tens of thousands of Democratic-leaning voters to Florida, seemingly overnight, ranks pretty high. More>>

Despite Menendez mistrial, public corruption cases aren't dead

Twelve jurors in New Jersey couldn't reach consensus in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez after 11 weeks together, but it took only minutes for some outside the courtroom to form unanimous... More>>

Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should have resigned over Lewinsky affair

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand believes that former President Bill Clinton should have resigned in light of the Lewinsky affair. More>>

Kushner attorney fires back at Senate Judiciary Committee

The attorney for Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is pushing back against the Senate Judiciary Committee after the panel accused Kushner of not disclosing key documents. More>>

Lawmakers push to end 'hush money' deduction in tax fight

During a week where Congress is examining its own policies regarding sexual harassment settlements, one lawmaker wants to use Republicans' plans to overhaul the US tax code to eliminate a loophole for corporations to... More>>

National Republicans can't get rid of Roy Moore

National Republicans are increasingly resigned to what they see as a grim reality in Alabama: They're stuck with Roy Moore. More>>

New Roy Moore accuser: He grabbed me 'on my buttocks'

Eight days after The Washington Post first published reports alleging Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore pursued relationships with teenagers and sexually abused a 14-year-old and 16-year-old while he was in his... More>>

White House blasts Russia for vetoing UN investigation into Syria chemical weapons

The White House blasted Russia in a statement Friday for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution on an independent group investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. More>>

Mueller seeking interview with publicist who set up Trump Jr., Russian lawyer meeting

Special counsel Robert Mueller is in talks with the attorney for the British publicist who set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the matter. More>>

Florida's top Democrat resigns after claims of 'inappropriate behavior'

The head of Florida's Democratic Party resigned Friday on the heels of a Politico report alleging he had engaged in inappropriate and demeaning behavior toward women. More>>

Kushner testified he did not recall any campaign WikiLeaks contact

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told congressional Russia investigators that he did not communicate with WikiLeaks and did not recall anyone on the Trump campaign who had, a source with knowledge of his testimony... More>>

Trump adds five to his Supreme Court list -- but there's still no vacancy

President Donald Trump took the unusual step Friday of adding names to the roster of potential Supreme Court justices he distributed during his run for office, even though the court has no current vacancies and no justices... More>>

Sessions jokes: 'Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room?'

Standing before a friendly audience of conservative lawyers Friday afternoon at the Mayflower Hotel, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the elephant in the room. More>>

State Dept spokeswoman: 'Sure, there's a morale issue in this building'

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert acknowledged Friday that that there is a morale problem in the agency and offered this advice to workers: "Don't give up." More>>

WH official: 'Appropriate' for Sen. Johnson to have concerns on tax bill

A White House official said Thursday that it is "appropriate" for Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson to have concerns about the tax reform package being pushed by the White House. More>>

What's next for the Republican tax plan: All eyes move to the Senate

Senate Republicans are poised to return after the Thanksgiving break and begin debating their tax bill on the floor, but don't expect the body to move forward without a bit more controversy. More>>

US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky

In case there was any doubt, the US Navy has confirmed that there is "zero training value" in drawing penises in the sky. More>>

Tillerson under fire for turmoil at State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is facing a wave of withering bipartisan criticism that his effort to reform the State Department is instead spurring an exodus of talent that undermines American diplomacy and endangers... More>>

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will vote for Roy Moore

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Friday she plans to vote for Republican Roy Moore in the state's Senate special election on December 12. More>>

#2020Vision: Gillibrand starts the Clinton debate; Kaine wants superdelegates eliminated; Booker gets an endorsement

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

White House waits for McConnell to spell out Alabama options

The top Republican in the Senate plans to urge President Donald Trump to help contain the damage in the Alabama Senate race, though administration officials cautioned that Trump remains hesitant to get involved as the... More>>

Alabama GOP continues to support Roy Moore in face of allegations

A group of Alabama Republican women led by Kayla Moore gathered Friday to defend her husband, Senate nominee Roy Moore, in the wake of sexual allegations against him. More>>

Trump begins paying legal bills from own pocket

President Donald Trump has begun paying his personal legal bills stemming from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign out of his own pocket, relieving the Republican Party of future payments, the... More>>

Why did Trump attack Franken but stay quiet on Moore? Simple.

When it comes to making sense of President Donald Trump's public statements, especially his tweets, the first rule is to not think too hard. Trump is not operating out of a secret genius playbook. There is no game theory... More>>

Should Democrats turn on Bill Clinton?

Let's get these two things out the way: First, the overriding and unfortunate lesson of recent American politics is that if presidential candidates and presidents accused of sexual misconduct just stay the course, they'll... More>>

Republican calls Democrat's comments 'bullcrap' during shouting match over taxes

The Senate finance committee advanced Republicans' plans to overhaul the tax system on Thursday night, but not without a fiery argument between senators just minutes before the vote. More>>

Tillerson urges speedy return to civilian government in Zimbabwe

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed concern Friday over the apparent military coup in Zimbabwe, urging "a quick return to civilian rule in that country in accordance with their constitution." More>>

Rep. Dingell says she was groped by 'prominent historical person' in the '80s

Rep. Debbie Dingell recounted on Friday decades-old instances when a "prominent historical person" groped her and that a former senator acted inappropriately toward her. More>>

Has Trump weighed in on Roy Moore yet?

President Donald Trump is not known for being shy when it comes to hot-button political questions. But he's been unusually quiet, or circumspect, when it comes to the scandal enveloping Alabama Republican Roy Moore's... More>>

DACA deal state of play

Time is ticking away for a legislative solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and that President Donald Trump has chosen to... More>>

Neil Gorsuch reflects on 'surreal' court tenure

Justice Neil Gorsuch returned to the faithful on Thursday night to address the Federalist Society, a conservative group that was instrumental to his nomination to the Supreme Court. More>>

Trump blasts Franken, but stays silent on Moore

President Donald Trump, who has largely stayed mum on the allegations of sexual abuse against Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, blasted Democratic Sen. Al Franken Thursday night after a woman said he groped... More>>

Poor record-keeping hindering Zinke travel investigation, IG says

The Interior Department's internal watchdog has chastised agency officials for poor record-keeping as she investigates Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel expenses. More>>

Washington tells time in political bombshells

A day of scandal, laced with new claims of sexual misconduct, the taint of corruption, and the spectacle of political legacies being carved and destroyed in real time, contained a hidden marvel. More>>

US allies frustrated by Trump as they lobby hard to keep Iran deal

US allies campaigning hard in the halls of Congress to preserve the Iran nuclear deal are finding the process frustrating and confounding. More>>

Rep. Deutch on sexual harassment allegations: 'This is a moment of reckoning'

As the number of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men have grown over the past few weeks, they've spread from Hollywood to Washington, D.C., where Sen. Al Franken is one of the latest to be accused. According... More>>

Senate tax reform bill advances out of committee

The Senate Finance Committee approved the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul proposal late Thursday night after four days of markup. More>>

Special counsel subpoenas Trump campaign for more documents

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to the Trump campaign for more Russia-related documents, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. More>>

Alabama Senate poll: Jones opens up lead over Moore

Democrat Doug Jones has opened up an eight-point lead in the US Senate race in Alabama amid multiple sexual abuse allegations against Republican Roy Moore, according to a new Fox News poll released Thursday. More>>

Roy Moore continues to deny mounting allegations

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Thursday continued to deny the allegations against him as more women continue to come forward. More>>

Can Al Franken survive?

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken's political future is decidedly dicey in the wake of reports that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman named Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 USO tour of the Middle East. More>>

Congress paid out $17 million in settlements. Here's why we know so little about that money.

Two things have become painfully clear on Capitol Hill this week: Lawmakers and staffers say sexual harassment is "rampant" -- but even members of Congress have no idea just how widespread the problem is. More>>

Homeland Security's head of community outreach resigns over past controversial comments on black community, Islam

Rev. Jamie Johnson resigned Thursday as the head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security after a CNN KFile report revealed inflammatory past comments he made about the black... More>>

Senate judiciary committee requests more information on Kushner

Senate judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein sent a letter Thursday requesting more information on President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner related to his security... More>>

Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne says he'll vote for Roy Moore

After being asked repeatedly and in different ways by reporters Thursday, Alabama Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne revealed he is still voting for Roy Moore, his party's embattled nominee for the state's open Senate seat. More>>

Democrats, liberal groups are on the defensive following Franken revelations

Democrats and allied liberal groups are on the defensive -- and cautiously weighing their next steps -- amid revelations of sexual harassment and assault by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. More>>

What Al Franken's Senate colleagues are saying

The US Senate is reeling from one woman's account of how she was kissed without her consent and groped in 2006 by Democratic Sen. Al Franken before he was elected. More>>

There's a massive moral vacuum in the country right now

When an "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Donald Trump making comments about how money and power allowed him to grab women in their private parts without penalty -- and he still won the White House -- we knew there would... More>>

The House Republicans who voted 'no' on tax reform

The House of Representatives passed major tax reform legislation Thursday, despite 13 House Republicans joining all House Democrats to oppose the bill. More>>

Lil Peep's death ignites a conversation about the addiction epidemic

News of Lil Peep's death shocked fans and ignited a new conversation about mental health and the opioid epidemic in America, which President Donald Trump declared a national public health emergency last month. More>>

Al Franken accuser: 'I've been angry about it ... for over 10 years'

Leeann Tweeden, who has said that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken forcibly kissed and groped her, said Thursday that Franken's forced kiss on her years ago was "persistent" and "uncomfortable." More>>

White House: Trump thinks Alabama voters should decide Moore's fate

President Donald Trump believes the allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are "very troubling," but isn't calling for the Republican, who has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers... More>>

Woman says Franken groped, kissed her without consent in 2006

A female radio news anchor said Thursday that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken groped and "forcibly kissed" her without her consent during an overseas USO tour in 2006, two years before Franken was elected to the Senate. More>>

Michigan congresswoman accepts aide's resignation following sexual harassment claims

The chief of staff for Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence has resigned after sexual harassment allegations from former staffers in her office. More>>

Trump set to pardon ... a turkey

The White House announced President Donald Trump will employ his pardoning powers next week -- on two turkeys, as is the tradition around this time of year. More>>

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey isn't changing Senate election date

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday that the state's Senate special election date will not change, despite national Republican leaders' efforts to get Roy Moore off the ballot. More>>

How a 51-49 Senate could change everything

Republicans across the nation's capital are wringing their hands over the prospect: A special election in deep red Alabama somehow ends up flipping a Senate seat blue. More>>

Congress passes $700B defense bill, sends to Trump's desk

The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 by a voice vote on Thursday, sending the nearly $700 billion defense policy bill to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature. More>>

Homeland Security's head of community outreach once said blacks turned cities to 'slums' with 'laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity'

The head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security has said in the past that the black community is responsible for turning cities into "slums" and argued that Islam's only... More>>

Former British PM Tony Blair to Trump: Keep your allies with you

For former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, US President Donald Trump's "America First" priorities are not inherently problematic. However, Blair says they must be promoted in a way that does not isolate the US from its... More>>

Bob Menendez trial ends in mistrial after jury deadlocks

The federal corruption trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday after the jury reported it was hopelessly deadlocked. More>>

Al Franken's absolutely awful apology

Shortly after Leeann Tweeden went public with allegations that Al Franken had groped her during a USO tour through the Middle East in 2006, the Minnesota Democrat released a statement. More>>

First on CNN: New George H.W. Bush accuser says he groped her during 1992 re-election campaign

Former President George H.W. Bush is facing new allegations from a Michigan woman who said he touched her inappropriately while he was in office at an event in April 1992. More>>

House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear

The House of Representatives passed major tax reform legislation along party lines, advancing a key agenda item for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. More>>

Who's in charge at Justice Department if Jeff Sessions leaves?

Jeff Sessions loves his job as US attorney general, but powerful Republicans keep floating his name as the party's favorite write-in candidate for the Alabama Senate race. More>>

Who is Kayla Moore, Roy Moore's wife and principal defender?

While Roy Moore faces accusations from several women that he pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers, one person has emerged as his strongest defender -- his wife, Kayla. More>>

Read Al Franken's apology following accusation of groping and kissing without consent

Sen. Al Franken issued a statement apologizing to Leeann Tweeden, who on Thursday accused Franken of groping her and kissing her without consent in 2006, before he was a senator. More>>

DHS reverses course on some rejected DACA renewals

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke late Wednesday ordered the government to accept renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that arrived late due to postal delays -- a... More>>

It's strange for Kellyanne Conway to want credit for starting sexual harassment discussion

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway took credit Thursday for trying to start a national debate about sexual harassment and particularly harassment on Capitol Hill, when she pointed out that she raised the issue more than... More>>

Ivanka Trump slams Roy Moore: 'There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children'

Ivanka Trump spoke out for the first time against embattled Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his early thirties. Her father,... More>>

Bipartisan background check improvement Senate bill announced

A bipartisan group of US senators announced a bill Thursday to improve reporting in the instant background system called the "Fix NICS Act of 2017, in the wake of the Texas mass shooting perpetrated by a person whose... More>>

All eyes on Senate for tax, health care bill

House Republicans are hours away from fulfilling their pledge of a full-scale tax overhaul. But all eyes have already shifted to the Senate, where the reality of tax reform is starting to bubble up: It's complicated, it's... More>>

Exclusive: Steyer's latest $10M anti-Trump ad buy takes aim at GOP tax plan

Tom Steyer is spending another $10 million to put a second anti-Donald-Trump advertisement on national television -- this time taking aim at the President's tax overhaul push. More>>

Ron Johnson: Tax bill doesn't give small businesses 'a fair shake'

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, explained his opposition Thursday to his party's tax bill, telling CNN's "New Day" that the plan as currently written is unfair to businesses. More>>

Trump to UCLA players: 'You're welcome'

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning accepted the appreciation of three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China, offering some fatherly advice while also thanking his Chinese counterpart. More>>

Republicans are going all in before 2018 - whatever the cost

Lawmaking on Capitol Hill is often compared to sausage-making because the process can be grisly and gross and, at least for the idealists out there, enough to turn your stomach inside out. More>>

Republican governors fear a 2018 midterm wipeout after Virginia loss

Republican governors sense a wave coming -- and they're terrified it could wipe them out in next year's elections. More>>

As judiciary nominees come quick, Democrats cry foul

Republican Senators continued their forward march to reshape the judiciary Wednesday, holding hearings for six federal judgeships while also aiming to discredit the nonpartisan review board that has cast doubt on the... More>>

Can Sessions actually run for his old Senate seat?

A growing group of Republicans want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be the party's choice in the Alabama Senate race, but ethics experts say Sessions either would have to have to leave the Department of Justice or... More>>

Roy Moore's appalling 'yearbook' defense

Roy Moore faces accusations from five women that he pursued sexual relationships with them -- and in one case engaged in sexual assault -- while they were between 14 and 18 years old and he was in his mid 30s. More>>

Lawmakers raise State Dept. staffing concerns with Tillerson

Senators John McCain and Jeanne Shaheen warned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday that recent staffing decisions at the US State Department could "threaten to undermine the long-term health and effectiveness of... More>>

Roy Moore's lawyer casts doubt on accuser's story, yearbook inscription

Former Judge Roy Moore continues to deny allegations of sexual abuse against him, his attorney Phillip L. Jauregui said at a news conference Wednesday, during which he attempted to cast doubt on the story of one of Moore's... More>>

Fusion GPS co-founder: Steele didn't pay sources for dossier on Trump

The ex-British intelligence agent who authored the opposition research dossier on President Donald Trump and Russia did not pay the sources he used to compile the document, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson testified to... More>>

Here are the Republicans still sticking with Roy Moore

Sean Hannity gave Roy Moore an ultimatum. More>>

Rubio criticizes Trump's mid-speech water-sipping form

Sen. Marco Rubio had a chance at payback Wednesday, when President Donald Trump noticeably sipped from a water bottle multiple times during a speech -- a move Trump had mocked Rubio for during the 2016 campaign. More>>

Donald Trump's dry-mouthed victory lap

Donald Trump got back from Asia on Tuesday night. By Wednesday afternoon, he was taking a victory lap. More>>

Trump claims 'America is back' post-Asia trip

President Donald Trump, fresh off a five-country swing through Asia, sought Wednesday to cast his first 10 months on the world stage as an unmitigated success, claiming a "great American comeback" that has restored the US'... More>>

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson comes out against tax bill

Sen. Ron Johnson announced he is opposed to the tax bill Wednesday, making him the first member of the GOP to formally come out against the party's plan, though the Wisconsin Republican said he was hopeful about being able... More>>

Review of FBI's action during election coming early next year

A watchdog review of how the FBI handled its investigation into then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is on track for release next March or April, Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz said Wednesday. More>>

Sparkling wine, jets, the unborn and other special-interest wins in the tax bill

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee unveiled the latest version of a GOP tax plan, which includes a proposal to repeal Obamacare's requirement that most people have health care coverage or pay a fine. That's the most... More>>

Moore attorney invokes MSNBC host's 'background' to explain Moore's dating 'process'

An attorney for Roy Moore on Wednesday compared Moore's dating habits to arranged marriage and suggested that MSNBC host Ali Velshi's "background" would help him understand Moore's "process." More>>

Trump takes cautious approach on Roy Moore

It's been five days since the White House said President Donald Trump believes Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore should drop out if the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him are true. More>>

DHS inspector general slams air marshal program

A review of the air marshals program reveals how Transportation Security Administration "money gets wasted basically fighting the last war," its watchdog said Wednesday. More>>

Army admits to 'significant' omissions relaying criminal info to firearms database

The chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley, said Wednesday that the Army had made a "significant amount of omissions" following a review launched in the wake of revelations that Texas church shooter Devin Kelley's... More>>

House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump

House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday against President Donald Trump, though they acknowledged their efforts have no chance of success while Republicans control both houses of Congress. More>>

Justice investigation into Russian laundering through Deutsche Bank gone quiet

A Justice Department investigation into Deutsche Bank's role in a $10 billion Russian money laundering scheme has gone dormant months after the bank settled with regulators, according to people with direct knowledge of the... More>>

DOJ ramps up sanctuary cities battle as court deals it another blow

The Trump administration on Wednesday launched a new volley against jurisdictions it considers to be so-called sanctuary cities -- even as a federal judge put the brakes on a similar attempt earlier in the day. More>>

Hoyer predicts Dems take House, says now is not time for impeachment

A top House Democratic leader predicted Wednesday his party would regain control of the US House of Representatives in the midterm elections, but said now is not the time for members of his party to push impeachment. More>>

What Donald Trump's UCLA tweet reveals about him

Think about this: You've just spent nearly two weeks halfway around the world. You've spent most of the last 24 hours on a plane. Your body clock is somewhere between 12-14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. You are 71... More>>

4 Reasons why a Jeff Sessions write-in campaign might fail

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RNC withdraws from fundraising agreement with Roy Moore campaign

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Paul Ryan orders mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff

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