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Congress May Hold Steve Bannon in Contempt

The House intelligence committee is considering a vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress, after the former chief White House strategist refused to answer key questions when he appeared before the panel on Thursday in connection with its ongoing Russia investigation.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, said Bannon […]

Suspected Florida School Shooter Trained With White Supremacist Group, Leader Says

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old arrested and charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day, trained at one point with a white supremacist group, the group’s leader told the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday.  The ADL, an organization that tracks hate groups, contacted Jordan Jereb, who is believed to be the leader of the Republic of […]

Jeff Sessions Just Tried to Blame Florida School Shooting on Gang Violence

In response to Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested, in a speech to a  sheriff’s convention in Washington on Thursday, that cracking down on gang violence could prevent school shootings.  “When parents once again go to sleep fearful that their kids will not be safe, even when they go to […]

The White House Is Asking Senators to Withdraw Their Sponsorship of Bipartisan Immigration Bill

The Trump administration is asking senators to withdraw their sponsorship of a bipartisan immigration bill, a White House official told reporters on Thursday. The official, who asked not to be named, said the bill is “so spectacularly poorly drafted” that the White House is “officially asking the sponsors of the bill to withdraw their sponsorship, […]

Now Republicans Are Blaming Sanctuary Cities for the Opioid Epidemic

Republicans in Congress have a new scapegoat for the country’s opioid crisis: undocumented immigrants. At a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, GOP lawmakers repeatedly claimed that so-called sanctuary-city policies are fueling the drug epidemic—a theory that a number of experts say simply isn’t true. Show More Summary

Trump Refuses to Talk About Guns After Florida School Shooting. So This Student Is Doing it for Him.

President Donald Trump on Thursday addressed a grieving nation once again gripped by the horrific violence of a school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida, where at least 17 people inside a high school were killed the day before. The president urged Americans to “answer hate with love” and vowed to tackle issues of mental […]

Trump Administration Says Bipartisan Immigration Plan Will Turn US Into a “Sanctuary Nation”

The Trump administration is sticking with its unusual definition of compromise: our plan or nothing. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of 16 senators introduced a plan to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall in exchange for providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers—young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. In a […]

Donald Trump Jr. Just Liked a Tweet Blaming the Florida Shooting on the Russia investigation

Less than an hour before President Trump was scheduled to deliver remarks on Wednesday’s shooting at a South Florida high school, his son Donald Trump Jr. showed support for a tweet blaming the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian election meddling for its failure to prevent the violence. Donald Trump Jr appears to […]

Trump, Who Made it Easier for Mentally Ill People To Buy Guns, Blames Mental Health Issues for Florida Shooting

President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to suggest that underreported instances of mental illness were to blame for the deadly shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school that killed at least 17 people Wednesday afternoon. The tweet, which followed a brief message offering his condolences to the victims of the worst school shooting since Sandy […]

Senate Republicans Are About to Break Precedent to Move This “Far-Right” Judge Forward

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Michael Brennan to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which oversees district courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Brennan came to wide attention after a January hearing where he could not answer questions from Senator […]

I Cover the Opioid Epidemic Full Time. Ask Me Anything.

Sixty-four thousand. That’s the number of Americans who died of overdoses in 2016—and it’s a hard one to wrap your mind around. It’s more than the annual deaths from AIDS, car accidents, or gun violence have ever been. It’s more than all the US military deaths during the Vietnam War.  I’ve covered the opioid epidemic since […]

A Climate Caucus Has Turned Into a Magnet for House Republicans. Wait, What?

Matt Gaetz, a freshman congressman from Florida, would like to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Known for attacking the FBI’s Russia probe and inviting a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union, the House Republican earlier last year introduced a one-sentence bill to terminate the EPA. Show More Summary

“The Water Stinks.” For Many Rural Americans the Only Choice Is Toxic.

This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “I’ll be honest with you,” said Gary Michael Hunt. “You never know when you go in there and turn on the faucet if you have water, or if you ain’t going to have no water.” Hunt, a former coal miner […]

Trump’s Anti-Refugee Campaign Just Hit a New Low

More than 20 refugee resettlement offices are preparing to close across the United States, following a Trump administration order to downsize resettlement operations, Reuters reported Wednesday. More than 40 other offices will also cut...Show More Summary

A Federal Judge Ordered Wealthy Orange County to Find Housing for its Homeless

A federal judge in California is fed up with how officials in affluent Orange County treat homeless people, and on Tuesday he demanded that they work to find shelter for dozens living in encampments along the Santa Ana River.   “I’m tired of the paperwork and the ‘we can’t get it done’ nonsense,” District Court Judge David […]

Sheriff: At Least 17 Are Dead After Florida School Shooting

Update, 6:35 pm ET: At a press conference Wednesday evening, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that 17 are dead after a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Israel confirmed the perpetrator was Nicolas Cruz, 19, who was previously expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. Update, 4:37 pm ET: […]

Sen. Chris Murphy Slams Congress’ “Inaction” On Gun Violence After Florida Shooting

As news broke of a deadly shooting at a high school in southern Florida, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took to the Senate floor to condemn Congress’ “inaction” in addressing gun violence.  “This happens nowhere else other than the United...Show More Summary

Sheriff: Suspect Arrested in Florida School Shooting

A shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida resulted in multiple injuries, local news outlets are reporting on Wednesday afternoon. Broward County Sherriff’s Office tweeted that they were responding to an active shooter and there...Show More Summary

Special Elections Suggest Democrats’ Momentum Might Be Slowing

On Tuesday night, Democrats celebrated another victory in what they see as a steady march to a wave election in November that could give them control of Congress. Margaret Good’s win over Republican James Buchanan in a special election in southwest Florida marks the 36th statehouse seat to flip from red to blue since Donald Trump […]

ICE Official Charged with Stealing Immigrants’ Identities

An attorney with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) allegedly stole the identities of immigrants and used them to defraud credit card companies, according to the charging document filed against him Monday. Raphael Sanchez,Show More Summary

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