Sessions won’t comment on Trump ‘coward’ remark about Florida deputy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to comment Tuesday when asked whether he agrees with President Donald Trump’s suggestion that a sheriff’s deputy who failed to intervene in a deadly school shooting earlier this month was a “coward.” “I don’t have any comment on that,” Sessions said in respond to a question from POLITICO at an […]

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Rick Scott gets gun control makeover

MIAMI — Florida Gov. Rick Scott broke with President Donald Trump over the question of gun-toting educators. He’s ticked off the National Rifle Association. Suddenly, he’s in good graces with the state teachers union, his longtime adversary. Scott’s reaction to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting is making Democrats wonder if they’re witnessing […]

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Supreme Court could cripple public unions in run-up to 2018 midterms

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a case that could shrink government unions and their campaign war chests by as much as two thirds, with potentially devastating consequences for the Democratic Party in a competitive election cycle. The case, Janus v. AFSCME, challenges the money that public unions representing teachers, firefighters, nurses and other […]

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Russia fears have election vendors feeling the heat

The furor over fake news and Russian bots is overshadowing another weak link in the security of U.S. elections — the computer equipment and software that do everything from store voters’ data to record the votes themselves. Now the voting vendor industry is receiving increased attention from Congress and facing the prospect of new regulations, […]

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Bernie Sanders promoted false story on reporting Russian trolls

Bernie Sanders is taking credit for action to combat the Russian incursion into the 2016 election that he didn’t have anything to do with — and didn’t actually happen. Twice this week, in response to questions about whether he benefited from the Russian effort, as prosecutors allege, or did enough to stop it, Sanders said […]

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What Happens When Your Town Lands on the Hate Map

It was mid-August 2017, days after white supremacists had flocked to Charlottesville, when Aaron Lawlor learned that the same far-right hate that had boiled over in Virginia was supposedly lurking in his quiet corner of northern Illinois. The country seemed fixated on exposing where these tiki torch-toting bigots might be hiding, so the Chicago Tribune ran a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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