Congress authorizes Washington bicentennial, Feb. 22, 1927


On this day in 1927, Congress initiated plans to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the nation’s first president. While the bicentennial festivities would not occur until 1932, Congress nevertheless held a joint session to get the project rolling. On Dec. 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge had signed a joint resolution […]

Majority polled says Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings


More than three-quarters of respondents to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll said Congress is not doing enough to stop mass shootings, while just over 60 percent said the same of President Donald Trump. The poll was conducted last week and over the weekend in the wake of a shooting at a Florida high school in which […]

Trump finally launching $1.5T sales pitch


The White House is rolling out President Donald Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan Monday, swinging for the fences with a $1.5 trillion initiative that is light on new federal dollars — but could inspire a wave of toll roads, ease decades-old regulations and permanently change cities’ and states’ expectations for assistance from Washington. The proposal faces […]

Trump Declines to Declassify Democratic Memo, Citing DOJ and FBI Objections


President Trump is declining to release the House Intelligence Committee Democratic memo, after the Justice Department identified portions that would raise “significant concerns” if released, the White House counsel announced Friday evening. “Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is […]

Senate Stumbles into Shutdown as Rand Paul Blocks Vote


WASHINGTON (AP) — The government stumbled into a midnight shutdown Thursday as a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington. A shutdown — technically a lapse in agency appropriations — became inevitable as GOP Sen. […]

‘I Hate Illinois Nazis’: GOP Tries, Fails to Stop Antisemite from Running Unopposed in Primary


Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi Art Jones is running for Congress in Illinois — and he is going to be the Republican nominee for the liberal third congressional district, over the objections of the Illinois Republican Party. The district, which encompasses the southwest side of Chicago and neighboring suburbs, is represented by 7th-term veteran Rep. Dan Lipinski […]

Stormy Daniels coy about whether she really signed denial statement on Trump affair


Adult film star Stormy Daniels stoked more controversy Tuesday night, suggesting that maybe it wasn’t her signature on a statement denying she had an affair with Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election. During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the host raised doubts about the signature after comparing it to past Daniels autographs, the New […]

What happens during a government shutdown? 7 things you should know


Congress is attempting to reach a deal to end the government shutdown over the weekend, with Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for the stalemate. Congress failed to reach an agreement before Friday’s deadline, prompting a government shutdown that continued into Sunday. A temporary spending bill passed in the House of Representatives Thursday night, 230-197, but Senate […]