WH: Christmas at the White House

Politics 11/28/18, 03:38

Yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 Christmas decorations at the White House. This year’s theme, fittingly called “American Treasures,” brings a spirit of patriotism to the holiday by honoring the unique heritage of our Nation. More than 40 topiary trees line the East colonnade as guests make their way ...

Divisive race ends with Republican Hyde-Smith victory

Politics 11/28/18, 03:05

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal Trump supporter after the president stumped for her in what was a divisive runoff marked by racial turmoil over a video-recorded remark Hyde-Smith made decried as racist.Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy, who was vying to become the state's ...

Pelosi unopposed as Dems meet to nominate House speaker

Politics 11/28/18, 00:54

Nancy Pelosi enters the House Democratic leadership elections Wednesday in an unusual position: She's running unopposed.This was not the plan from Pelosi opponents who vowed to usher in a new era for Democrats. But one by one, the powerful California congresswoman picked off the would-be challengers and smoothed the skeptics. ...

Supreme Court weighs constitutional case on excessive fines

Politics 11/28/18, 00:46

Tyson Timbs plunked down about $40,000 on a new white Land Rover in 2013. He spent the remaining $30,000 or so of the life-insurance money he received after his father's death on heroin.Desperate when the money ran out, Timbs sold less than $400 worth of heroin to undercover police officers. ...

New developments put Manafort back in Russia probe spotlight

Politics 11/28/18, 00:15

The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a news report about contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have thrown a new element of uncertainty into the Trump-Russia investigation.Manafort on Tuesday adamantly denied a Guardian report that he secretly met ...

Mexico to bestow top honor on Trump son-in-law

Politics 11/27/18, 20:30

Jared Kushner, who also serves as a senior White House adviser, will be admitted to the Order of the Aztec Eagle because of 'his significant contributions' to a new North American trade pact agreed to in August, government said in a statement

US to appeal judge’s order barring asylum restrictions

Politics 11/27/18, 19:37

President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday said it would appeal a judge's order barring it from enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, after the president's attack on the judge prompted an extraordinary rebuke from the nation's chief justice. The Justice Department filed a ...

NY Gov. Cuomo on 2020 presidential run: ‘I am ruling it out’

Politics 11/27/18, 17:41

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo again dismissed talk that he will run for president, saying Tuesday that he is focused on leading the nation's fourth-largest state and not preparing a run for the White House in 2020. "I am ruling it out," he said when asked about a possible presidential run ...

Update: US says 42 were arrested in border confrontation

Politics 11/27/18, 17:32

The Latest on the Trump administration's position on the migrant caravans (all times local): 2:30 p.m. U.S. authorities say they made 42 arrests during a confrontation with migrants at the border separating San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico. That number is lower than initially reported. Rodney Scott, chief of the Border Patrol's San Diego ...

Trump adviser: US ‘disappointed’ in China’s trade stance

Politics 11/27/18, 17:16

The White House warned Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday against trying to wait out President Donald Trump in the ongoing trade dispute between their countries. The warning from Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, came ahead of the two leaders' high-stakes sit-down on Saturday evening in Argentina. Over ...

Update: Trump warns GM could lose subsidies over layoffs

Politics 11/27/18, 14:49

The Latest on President Donald Trump and General Motors (all times local): 2:40 p.m. President Donald Trump is saying he's "very disappointed" in General Motors closing plants — and he says the White House is "looking at cutting all subsidies" for the auto giant. Trump tweeted his warning Tuesday, a day after GM ...

DeVos warns of crisis amid ballooning student debt

Politics 11/27/18, 13:48

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says ballooning student debt has caused a crisis in higher education and that the traditional path to college might not be the best choice for everyone.Speaking at a conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, DeVos raised a "red warning flag" that the federal government must change the ...

Pence, Kushner head to Capitol for criminal justice push

Politics 11/27/18, 13:01

Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are visiting Capitol Hill as lawmakers from both major political parties push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws.A rare bipartisan coalition is pushing for the criminal ...

Trump backs use of ‘very safe’ tear gas on crowd of migrants

Politics 11/27/18, 00:09

President Donald Trump is strongly defending the U.S. use of tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers but also barefoot, crying children.Critics denounced the border agents' action as overkill, but Trump kept to a hard line."They were being rushed by some ...

Trump strongly defends use of tear gas on caravan migrants

Politics 11/26/18, 21:21

President Donald Trump is strongly defending the U.S. use of tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers but also barefoot, crying children. Critics denounced the border agents' action as overkill, but Trump kept to a hard line. "They were being rushed by some ...