After high turnout in the 2018 midterms gave Democrats big gains, several Republican-controlled states are considering changing the rules around voting in ways that might reduce future turnout.
A former State Department official turned congressman questioned Mike Pompeo on Kim Jong Un's culpability for human rights violations, pressing the Secretary of State to answer how such a person could be likeable.
Many media sleuths are trying to get to the bottom of the latest mystery: How could President Trump be so shockingly mean and disrespectful in keeping up a multiday tirade against dead war hero John McCain? What set him off, and what strategy is behind all this?
Senators defied Trump's apparently unprovoked declaration that he's "not a fan" of McCain because he cast the deciding vote against the Republican repeal of national health care.
The jab was a continuation of attacks Trump has lobbed against the late senator.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to bash the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), telling reporters at the Oval Office that he was “never a fan.”
To bring down a politician, it's not enough to show that he has violated your principles. You have to show that he's violated his own.
In four weeks, Alabama will go to the polls to elect a new US senator, but recent and mounting allegations of sexual misconduct by Republican nominee Roy Moore have thrown the contest into disarray, with top GOP officials in Washington calling on their party's candidate to step aside.
Rumors have swirled for years that, in the early eighties, Roy Moore was banned from a mall for bothering teen-age girls.
Last week, much of official Washington rejoiced after President Trump made a deal with senior congressional Democrats to forestall a government shutdown, provide aid to hurricane victims, and raise the debt ceiling until December. The deal, some observers claimed, marked Trump’s long-awaited pivot to conventional Presidential leadership and a bipartisan style of governing. Some praised this maneuver as statesmanlike, while others denounced it as a betrayal of the President’s fellow-Republicans, but there was something close to consensus that Trump had jettisoned the hard-right politics expressed at the beginning of his term in office and begun a new and different chapter.
Bluntly calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions' hard-line stance on criminal justice as "wrong," a "mistake" and "aggressive," Senators Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, and Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, have pledged to fight for sentencing reform.
Two recent news stories crossed like ships in the night, without much public discussion of how they were related. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of all agreements between the Justice Department and local police departments around the country. Sessions wrote that "it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies," and said the DOJ might "pull back" on federal oversight responsibilities under Donald Trump.
A top adviser in the Trump administration says the justice system is "working exactly as designed."
His likely resignation shines light on another dark episode.
A person who has spoken to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to resign over allegations he covered up an affair with an aide.
Sen. Mitch McConnell has won his Supreme Court bet. Last year he risked control of the Senate by pressing even the most vulnerable Republicans to deny Merrick Garland the barest of consideration. He was rewarded with a Trump presidency. Now he will cash in by installing Neil Gorsuch on the Court after deploying the so-called nuclear option, abolishing the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
"First you get the votes, then you take the vote,” the Washington saying goes. Paul Ryan failed to get the votes for his health bill. So he’s not taking the vote. Republican leaders told members of Congress Friday that the House vote on the American Health Care Act, which President Donald Trump demanded for Friday, will not in fact happen.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued a personal campaign to demonize marijuana, calling cannabis a "life-wrecking dependency" that is "only slightly less awful" than heroin in a speech on violent crime in Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday.
Marijuana users and heroin addicts are basically the same, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia. “I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana?—?so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful,” said Sessions. He went on to call for a revival of hardline ’80s- and ‘90s-style “educating people and telling them the terrible truth about drugs.”
If there is one man on Capitol Hill that President Trump might want to stay in the good graces of, it's Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Nunes is the head of the House intelligence committee, which is in charge of investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election — you know, the one Democrats think could prove collusion between the Trump campaign and a foreign power.