House oversight panel backs contempt vote in census dispute

Politics 06/12/19, 15:41

A House committee voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to a decision adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee voted 24-15 to advance contempt measures against Attorney General William ...

Schiff threatens to subpoena FBI for info on Russia probes

Politics 06/12/19, 14:56

The House Intelligence Committee chairman is threatening to subpoena FBI Director Christopher Wray for information related to the bureau's counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Wednesday that he has unsuccessfully sought more information about that investigation and any links to Donald ...

Joe Biden makes cure for cancer a 2020 campaign promise

2020 Campaign 06/12/19, 10:29

Joe Biden, one of 24 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, has promised that if elected president, “We’re gonna cure cancer." “I’ve worked so hard in my career, that I promise you, if I’m elected president you’re gonna see a single most important thing that changes America—we’re gonna cure cancer,” said ...

New House Resolution clears a path for more law suits against Trump officials

U.S. 06/12/19, 05:11

On Monday this week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to gain access to background intelligence gathered by the FBI during the Mueller investigation. As part of the agreement, Nadler canceled a House vote, scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, that ...

US gift to China shows North Korea sanctions go unenforced

Politics 06/11/19, 22:26

The meeting between acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Chinese counterpart began with all the hallmarks of a routine staged and scripted session between two uneasy rivals. First came the posed photo, as the two men shook hands with broad smiles in front of their nations' flags, and then they ...

Trump says he’s looking at protections for Venezuelans in US

Politics 06/11/19, 21:48

President Donald Trump says his administration is considering granting Temporary Protected Status to thousands of Venezuelans who have fled to the United States amid ongoing unrest. The once-wealthy oil nation is now facing severe shortages of basic goods and hyperinflation. Trump says the situation in Venezuela is a horrible thing that's ...

US troops, civilian defense workers get political reminder

Politics 06/11/19, 21:10

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is reminding civilian Defense Department employees and service members not to engage in political activity while on the job. The warning comes after the Navy was engulfed in controversy over White House pressure to keep the USS John S. McCain out of sight during President ...

Sanders to outline ‘what democratic socialism means to me’

Politics 06/11/19, 20:03

Seeking to rebut President Donald Trump's attempts to cast him and Democrats as too liberal, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to give a speech Wednesday on democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career. He made similar remarks during his first presidential campaign in 2016, when he faced ...

President Trump criticizes Biden for defending and supporting China

U.S. 06/11/19, 19:40

President Donald Trump stopped to speak with the press on the White House South Lawn as he was about to board Marine One bound for Air Force One departing for Iowa where the president will attend multiple events. The president was asked about comments from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ...

Trump orders simpler path for genetically engineered food

Politics 06/11/19, 19:13

President Trump wants to make it easier for genetically engineered plants and animals to enter the food supply, and he signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to simplify the "regulatory maze" for producers. The move comes as companies are turning to newer genetic engineering techniques that make it easier ...

Update: House authorizes lawsuits against Barr, McGahn

Politics 06/11/19, 15:35

The Latest on Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller's report (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The House has approved a resolution that will make it easier to file lawsuits against the Trump administration when officials defy subpoenas. The legislation passed 229-191, along party lines. It empowers Democrats to take legal action to enforce subpoenas ...

Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband

Politics 06/11/19, 13:03

Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man. The ...

Justin Amash, impeachment supporter, resigns conservative group

Politics 06/11/19, 10:08

The lone Republican calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment has quit an influential caucus of House conservatives. A spokeswoman for Michigan Rep. Justin Amash confirmed on Tuesday that he had resigned from the Freedom Caucus. Amash is one of the group's founders, but it is now controlled by Trump's allies. Amash called ...

US submits extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Assange

Politics 06/11/19, 08:56

The United States government has formally submitted an extradition request to the United Kingdom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a U.S. official. Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and of conspiring with former Army private Chelsea Manning to crack a Defense ...

Democrats step back from plans to hike lawmakers’ pay

Politics 06/11/19, 08:19

A bipartisan push to increase lawmakers' salaries after a decade-long pay freeze is running into predictable obstacles and could be close to unraveling. The issue has caused a ruckus inside the ranks of House Democrats, where freshmen in politically competitive districts are recoiling at the idea. The tumult prompted Democratic leaders Monday ...

Biden says family more important than missed campaign trip

Politics 06/10/19, 18:58

Former Vice President Joe Biden is shrugging off criticism that he skipped a weekend campaign event in Iowa attended by most of the 2020 Democratic presidential field, saying family obligations were more important. Speaking at a fundraiser Monday in Washington, Biden said, "I got criticism from one of my competitors because ...

Justice Department: Review of Russia probe ‘broad in scope’

Politics 06/10/19, 17:25

A Justice Department review of the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation is "broad in scope and multifaceted," and intelligence agencies have already been asked to preserve records and make witnesses available, according to a letter sent to Congress on Monday, June 11. Attorney General William Barr said last month that ...