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  • With the 2018 midterms fast approaching, wealthy donors are opening their wallets for the parties and super PACs in anticipation of a crucial election year. A snapshot of new Federal Election Commission filings made available Tuesday evening from the parties and major super PACs showed some individual donors already have given at least seven figures […]

  • President Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that he has signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban “bump stocks” and other devices that turn semiautomatic firearms into “machine guns.” The device was used by the shooter who opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas in October, killing dozens and immediately prompting […]

  • President Trump on Tuesday encouraged Republicans in Pennsylvania to challenge the way that the state's Supreme Court redrew congressional districts to more closely reflect the partisan composition of the state, saying that the original districts drawn by Republicans were “correct.” As part of a gerrymandering case, the court created a map that's more compact and […]

  • President Trump on Monday night threw his full support behind Mitt Romney’s bid to be the next U.S. senator from Utah, writing on Twitter that he would be a “worthy successor” to retiring Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah). The endorsement is significant because Trump had previously encouraged Hatch to seek another term, and Romney had […]

  • It’s been 17 years since Sens. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Dream Act, proposed legislation that would provide legal protections to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Since then, the Dream Act has had countless ups and downs. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama tried, and […]

  • President Trump is expected to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House next month, as the long-serving Israeli leader faces mounting legal and political problems at home. Netanyahu will meet with the U.S. president March 5, U.S. and Israeli government officials said. The meeting coincides with Netanyahu’s planned address to the American […]

  • President Trump on Thursday called the suspect in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., “mentally disturbed” and vowed to help local jurisdictions tackle mental health issues, but he made no mention of stricter gun-control laws. In a televised address at the White House, Trump focused his response on the need for the nation to […]

  • President Trump on Wednesday declared he is “totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind” as the White House sought to tamp down growing controversy surrounding former aide Rob Porter, who resigned last week after facing allegations that he had abused his two ex-wives. In a brief statement to reporters at the White House, Trump […]

  • President Trump donated his $100,000 presidential salary for the fourth quarter of 2017 to the Department of Transportation, to help fund a new grant program for repairing or building infrastructure, federal officials said Tuesday. Trump, who has claimed a wealth of $10 billion, promised before taking office he would donate his $400,000 annual salary. So far, […]

  • Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who has clashed with President Trump, is rethinking his political future and considering jumping back into this year’s Senate race, according to two Republicans close to him. But the Senate campaign of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), now the front-runner for the GOP nomination, told The Washington Post on Tuesday that anyone […]

  • While President Trump touted his long-awaited plan Monday “to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure,” his budget would cut more federal spending on such programs than it would add, according to an analysis by Senate Democrats. Trump’s infrastructure plan, which he pitched at the White House on Monday in a meeting with state and local officials, calls for […]

  • Senior White House aides insisted Sunday that President Trump remains confident in Chief of Staff John F. Kelly amid staff turmoil and said the president is not looking to replace the retired four-star general hired six months ago with a mandate to corral chaos. “I spoke with the president last night about this very issue, and […]

  • President Trump appeared to be coming to the defense of men accused of domestic abuse or other sexual misconduct, asking in a Saturday morning Twitter post, “Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” The president also said: “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and […]

  • President Trump will nominate the top U.S. military commander overseeing the Asia-Pacific region as the next ambassador to Australia, the White House announced Friday. Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. is completing a three-year assignment as head of U.S. Pacific Command, where his tough stance on North Korea and Chinese military adventurism drew notice and […]

  • President Trump on Friday afternoon lavished praise on one of his former top aides, Rob Porter, who resigned earlier this week amid accusations that he physically, verbally and emotionally abused his two ex-wives. “We wish him well; he worked very hard,” Trump said to a small group of reporters at the White House, providing his first public comments […]

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