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Trump slashes grant for group combatting white extremism

The Trump administration today slashed $400,000 in federal funding for one of the few U.S. groups that combat white extremism but denied it is now focusing only on fighting radical Islamists. Read More

Frustrated Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm
A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go after a dispiriting loss in a Georgia House election. They just don’t know how to make it happen. Read More

Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets’ care

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law today that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets. Read More

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership, and her job, today in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss. Read More

Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election

President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning today why the Obama administration didn’t try to stop it. Read More

Trump says he didn’t tape his conversations with Comey

Updated on  June 22, 2017 at 8:27 am
President Donald Trump said today on Twitter that he “did not make” and doesn’t have any recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey. Read More

Senate GOP unveils ‘Obamacare’ overhaul, but not all aboard

Updated on  June 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm
Four conservative GOP senators quickly announced initial opposition to the measure and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body. Read More

Republican convicted of attacking reporter joins House

The newest member of Congress drew boos from some in his own Republican caucus today as he called for withholding lawmakers’ pay unless they approve a balanced budget. Read More

ACLU sues over police actions in D.C. on Inauguration Day

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing over the actions of District of Columbia police on Inauguration Day, saying police acted improperly by using pepper spray and flash-bang grenades without warning or justification and holding demonstrators without food, water or access to toilets, among other actions. Read More

Congress hears sinister tale of Russia election meddling

The Russians “used fake news and propaganda and they also used online amplifiers to spread the information to as many people as possible,” Bill Priestap, the FBI’s top counterintelligence official, told the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read More

Trump likely to reveal this week whether secret tapes exist

President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement in the coming days on whether any recordings exist of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, potentially bringing to an end one of the central mysteries of the ongoing probe that has consumed his White House. Read More

White House to negotiate tax overhaul behind closed doors

The White House plans to privately negotiate a massive overhaul of the tax system with Republican leaders in Congress, possibly giving rank-and-file members little if any say over the finished product, according to a top aide to President Donald Trump. Read More

After Warmbier’s death, U.S. weighs travel ban on N. Korea

The Trump administration is considering banning travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea, officials said today, as outrage grew over the death of American student Otto Warmbier and President Donald Trump declared it a “total disgrace.” Read More

Republican Handel wins Georgia House seat

Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 10:39 pm
Karen Handel has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia, avoiding an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Read More

Senate steers toward showdown vote next week on health bill

Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they’ve yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they’ll need to avert an embarrassing defeat. Read More

McCain: Americans ‘stupid’ to still want to travel to N.Korea

Sen. John McCain said today that Americans who are “stupid” enough to still want to travel to North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame should they be harmed while there. Read More