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San Francisco will wipe out thousands of marijuana convictions dating back decades

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 02:00
The city of San Francisco plans to retroactively apply California’s current marijuana legalization laws to past criminal cases dating back decades, the district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

AP POLITICS - 16 min 36 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared "victory" for getting changes that benefited them in the tax overhaul. 2018-02-21T19:41:00-05:00 2018-02-22T00:41:38-05:00

For decades Graham offered counsel and comfort to presidents

AP POLITICS - 31 min 34 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in — and deeply hurt by — Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety. 2018-02-21T20:10:00-05:00 2018-02-22T01:10:46-05:00

Trump on preventing mass shootings: 'We're going to get it done'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 43 min 52 sec ago
President Trump said Wednesday the administration is going to strengthen background checks and “put a strong emphasis on mental health,” as he promised students and families “we are going to get it done.”

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

AP POLITICS - 44 min 36 sec ago
In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, President Donald Trump says that if one of the victims, a football coach, had been armed "he would have shot and that would have been the end of it." 2018-02-21T19:42:00-05:00 2018-02-22T00:42:51-05:00

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

AP POLITICS - 1 hour 35 sec ago
In the aftermath of the latest mass school shooting, President Donald Trump has raised the idea of arming teachers. 2018-02-21T19:40:00-05:00 2018-02-22T00:40:18-05:00

Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

AP POLITICS - 1 hour 35 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign leaders are looking to cultivate stronger ties with U.S. governors and mayors, an interest that will be on display at this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association. 2018-02-21T19:37:00-05:00 2018-02-22T00:37:59-05:00

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

AP POLITICS - 1 hour 35 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Donald Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to influence his administration. 2018-02-21T19:36:00-05:00 2018-02-22T00:36:34-05:00

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 3 min ago

In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, President Donald Trump says that if one of the victims, a football coach, had been armed "he would have shot and that would have been the end of it."

Revisiting an idea he raised in his campaign, Trump's comments in favor ...

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 7 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared "victory" for getting changes that ...

Florida students pushing for gun regulations face pushback

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 10 min ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre want the Legislature to enact stricter limits on guns. What that might entail remains debatable - if any changes are forthcoming at all.

The 100 Stoneman Douglas survivors who ...

For decades Graham offered counsel and comfort to presidents

AP POLITICS - 1 hour 11 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in — and deeply hurt by — Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety. 2018-02-21T19:17:00-05:00 2018-02-22T00:17:12-05:00

House to vote on bill to allow guns on college campuses

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 23 min ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Pistols and revolvers would be allowed on the campuses of New Hampshire's public colleges, universities and community colleges under a bill up for a vote in the House.

House lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on a bill that would allow anyone who is not otherwise ...

For decades Graham offered counsel and comfort to presidents

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 26 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in - and deeply hurt by - Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety.

The Rev. Billy Graham, who died ...

Trump pledges action on school safety, gun violence

AP POLITICS - 1 hour 28 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers. 2018-02-21T19:11:00-05:00 2018-02-22T00:11:16-05:00

6 things Rubio said at the CNN town hall that made news in the US gun debate

CNN POLITICS - 1 hour 28 min ago
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, facing high school students Wednesday night who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting, defended his stance on gun rights -- while changing the conversation surrounding the issue.

Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 30 min ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Holding hand-scrawled signs and wearing black "Parkland Strong" T-shirts, the 40 teenagers filed warily into a committee room at Florida's state Capitol on Wednesday. They hadn't been invited and the lawmakers they were intruding upon were in the middle of a meeting. Timid yet determined, they ...

Trump pledges action on school safety, gun violence

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 32 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of ...

U.S. students protest over gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

REUTERS POLITICS - 1 hour 36 min ago
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

Brexit: Theresa May heads to Chequers for cabinet talks

BBC POLITICS - 1 hour 48 min ago
Senior ministers gather to try to reach a deal on the government's Brexit strategy.

Parkland congressman: 'It's not too soon, it's too late' to talk about gun control

CNN POLITICS - 2 hours 13 min ago
Rep. Ted Deutch said "it is too late" to be having the conversation about gun control after 17 people were killed last week in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Billy Graham dies: 'America's Pastor,' adviser to presidents

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 30 min ago

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - As a young man, he practiced his sermons by preaching to the alligators and birds in the swamp. At his height years later, he was bringing the word of God into living rooms around the globe via TV and dispensing spiritual counsel - and political advice ...

Marco Rubio aims for nuance at town hall, while the crowd demands gun-control action

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 2 hours 32 min ago
Survivors, politicians and gun lobbyists discuss which actions should follow the Parkland shooting to prevent others.

Procession planned for 'America's Pastor,' Rev. Billy Graham

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 45 min ago

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

"America's Pastor," as he was dubbed, had suffered from cancer, pneumonia ...

NRA spokesperson: 'Insane monster' shouldn't have been able to get firearm

CNN POLITICS - 2 hours 51 min ago
Dana Loesch, the spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, says a shooter who killed 17 people last week at a school in Florida should not have been able to get a firearm.

Rubio stands by accepting NRA contributions: 'People buy into my agenda'

CNN POLITICS - 2 hours 51 min ago
Sen. Marco Rubio defended accepting contributions from the National Rifle Association, telling a Parkland school shooting survivor that the NRA's influence comes from the membership it represents.

Father of teen slain in Florida school massacre slams Rubio on gun stances

CNN POLITICS - 2 hours 56 min ago
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was murdered during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, challenged Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday for his positions on gun control.

Shooting town hall: Rubio on the defensive on gun control

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 3 hours 7 min ago

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive Wednesday by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school.

One of those confronting the Florida senator at a CNN's "Stand ...

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

AP POLITICS - 3 hours 17 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. 2018-02-21T17:08:00-05:00 2018-02-21T22:08:58-05:00

Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

AP POLITICS - 3 hours 17 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in — and deeply hurt by — Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety. 2018-02-21T16:35:00-05:00 2018-02-21T21:35:24-05:00

Obama's rogue consumer finance cops give sweetheart deal

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 3 hours 20 min ago

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Approximately 44 million Americans have student loan debt, and during former President Obama's historically weak economic recovery, many borrowers defaulted on their loans, contributing to an economic crisis.

When lenders are not paid, it has significant consequences for the future of student loan funding, both in the short-term for ...

Rubio says he'd support legislation blocking 18-year-olds from buying rifles

CNN POLITICS - 3 hours 48 min ago
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday he would support legislation to prevent an 18-year-old from buying a rifle.

U.S. students protest gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

REUTERS POLITICS - 3 hours 48 min ago
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

Superintendent: 'We don't need to put guns in the hands of teachers'

CNN POLITICS - 3 hours 55 min ago
The superintendent for the district that includes the Florida high school where 17 people were shot last week said arming teachers is not the solution to school shootings, after President Donald Trump suggested that schools give staff firearms to improve safety.

Tea party in Trump's shadow at CPAC 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 27 sec ago

When then-House Republican leader John A. Boehner appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010, he delivered a deep embrace to the emerging tea party movement, declaring its budget-cutting, limited-government goals the heart of the party.

As CPAC gears up for its latest iteration, the tea party has been ...

The Latest: Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

AP POLITICS - 4 hours 35 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Billy Graham's relationship with the presidents (all times local): 2018-02-21T16:33:00-05:00 2018-02-21T21:33:54-05:00

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

AP POLITICS - 4 hours 28 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. 2018-02-21T16:03:00-05:00 2018-02-21T21:03:47-05:00

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 40 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal to be released Thursday by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized ...

Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

AP POLITICS - 4 hours 40 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in — and deeply hurt by — Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety. 2018-02-21T15:50:00-05:00 2018-02-21T20:50:20-05:00

School shooting victims plead with Trump for action

AP POLITICS - 4 hours 53 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — With searing anger, raw emotion and heartfelt pleas, parents, students and others impacted by school shootings implored President Donald Trump to take action at the White House Wednesday. 2018-02-21T15:39:00-05:00 2018-02-21T20:39:27-05:00

Youth demanding to be heard in U.S. political discourse

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 53 min ago

The rallying cry among politicians for years has been to do it for the children. Now those children are embracing their political power first-hand.

From guns to immigration, the country's youths are increasingly laying claim to moral high ground in major national debates, demanding they be heard both as victims ...

Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 55 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in - and deeply hurt by - Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety.

The Rev. Billy Graham, who died ...

Woman in affair that brought down ex-GOP Rep. Murphy announces House run

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 4 hours 58 min ago
A Pennsylvania psychologist whose affair with eight-term congressman Tim Murphy led to his resignation said Wednesday that she is pursuing her own bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 3 min ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek lawmakers were voting early Thursday, following an 18-hour debate, on whether to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

The allegations follow a judicial investigation into bribes Swiss drugmaker Novartis allegedly paid to ...

‘Fix it’: Students and parents tell Trump he needs to address gun violence at schools

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 5 hours 19 min ago
The 70-minute listening session with students, parents and teachers was a remarkable event with participants’ raw emotions often on display.

Claudia Tenney says 'so many' mass murderers Democrats

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 29 min ago

ALBANY, N.Y. — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York says "many" people who commit mass murder are Democrats.

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney made the comment Wednesday on Talk 1300 Radio during a discussion about calls for stricter gun control since last week's deadly Florida high school shooting. She says ...

California lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologizes

AP POLITICS - 5 hours 34 min ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct apologized Wednesday to anyone who felt uncomfortable because of his behavior but flatly denied two of the more serious allegations, one involving a 19-year-old female intern, a day before his fellow senators could decide his punishment. 2018-02-21T15:03:00-05:00 2018-02-21T20:03:15-05:00

Inside the Beltway: Rush Limbaugh: Democrats 'seized' Parkland shooting

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 36 min ago

Survivors of the Florida student shooting continue to be a presence in the news media, and their outreach has swiftly increased in size, scope and sophistication — now rife with strategic social media, crafted slogans and complex organization.

On Wednesday, some journeyed to the capital, Tallahassee, for an appearance before ...

The Latest: Iowa congressman failed to disclose new company

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 42 min ago

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Latest on a congressman from Iowa's failure to disclose an internet marketing company that he helped form in 2016 (all times local):

7:00 p.m.

A congressman from Iowa says he made an "administrative oversight" by failing to disclose his ownership of a company that ...

House Oversight Committee chairman inquires about Pruitt travel

CNN POLITICS - 5 hours 42 min ago
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's travel expenditures are being looked at by House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, according to a letter from the committee dated Thursday.

Pennsylvania Republicans ask Supreme Court to block new congressional map

REUTERS POLITICS - 5 hours 42 min ago
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republicans on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional map drawn by the state's top court from taking effect ahead of this year's mid-term elections.

Pennsylvania GOP leaders ask Supreme Court to block redrawn congressional map

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 5 hours 43 min ago
The Republican presiding officers of Pennsylvania's House and Senate asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to block a new congressional district map that is widely expected to boost Democratic prospects in the November midterm elections.

'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

AP POLITICS - 5 hours 48 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers. 2018-02-21T14:47:00-05:00 2018-02-21T19:47:18-05:00

Pennsylvania Republicans ask Supreme Court to block new congressional map

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 57 min ago

Pennsylvania's two highest-ranking Republican legislative leaders are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map viewed as likely to help Democrats.

The presiding officers of the House and the Senate on Wednesday electronically filed an emergency request to stay a state Supreme Court order issued Monday ...

Palestinian envoy pushes forward, estranged from White House

AP POLITICS - 6 hours 3 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few miles down the road from Israel's gated embassy, the Palestinian envoy to Washington sits in his office wrestling with a unique diplomatic dilemma: how to advance his people's cause when relations with the United States are so distant that he hasn't even spoken to the White House in months. 2018-02-21T14:36:00-05:00 2018-02-21T19:36:25-05:00

'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

AP POLITICS - 6 hours 3 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers. 2018-02-21T14:13:00-05:00 2018-02-21T19:13:05-05:00

House Judiciary Democrats: Focus after Parkland shooting should also be on guns, not just FBI's misstep

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 6 hours 11 min ago
The Democrats said they feared “that the Committee’s course of action in response to the urgent threat of gun violence will be inadequate once again.”

The Point: 8 numbers on guns that matter

CNN POLITICS - 6 hours 13 min ago
The gun debate is heating up, again, in the wake of the slayings of 17 people one week ago at a school in Parkland, Florida.

Trump says arming teachers could help prevent school massacres

REUTERS POLITICS - 6 hours 14 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres like last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, voicing support for an idea backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights group.

The Latest: Republicans ask court to block congressional map

AP POLITICS - 6 hours 16 min ago
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Republican efforts to stop new a congressional map in Pennsylvania (all times local): 2018-02-21T14:24:00-05:00 2018-02-21T19:24:13-05:00

Palestinian envoy estranged from White House, still working

AP POLITICS - 6 hours 16 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few miles down the road from Israel's gated embassy, the Palestinian envoy to Washington sits in his office wrestling with a unique diplomatic dilemma: how to advance his people's cause when relations with the United States are so distant that he hasn't even spoken to the White House in months. 2018-02-21T14:04:00-05:00 2018-02-21T19:04:18-05:00

More than 800,000 students live in school districts where shootings have happened

CNN POLITICS - 6 hours 17 min ago
One school shooting after another has struck communities across the country, and the toll goes beyond the dead and wounded.

Trump-Russia probe counsel to interview ex-Trump aide Nunberg: sources

REUTERS POLITICS - 6 hours 21 min ago
(Reuters) - Sam Nunberg, a former political aide to Donald Trump, will be interviewed on Thursday as part of a U.S. special counsel's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

NRA rejects idea of raising minimum age to buy rifles

CNN POLITICS - 6 hours 31 min ago
The National Rifle Association is rejecting ideas to raise the minimum age for purchasing rifles.

U.S. looking at potential new sanctions against Russia

REUTERS POLITICS - 6 hours 33 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering new sanctions against Russia in response to election meddling and a devastating cyber attack last year, senior U.S. officials said on Wednesday, pushing back against criticism that it has been slow to act.

South Dakota Senate panel rejects refugee resettlement bill

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 6 hours 34 min ago

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state Senate panel has rejected a bill aiming to suspend refugee resettlement into South Dakota from countries on "any federal travel ban list."

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill, which would have also directed the state to refuse "chain migration" ...

House investigation allegations against lawmaker

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 6 hours 37 min ago

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House officials are reviewing an allegation against a Democratic lawmaker for alleged inappropriate behavior.

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that the allegation against Democratic Rep. David Sawyer is being investigated by House counsel and the chief clerk. No other details about the allegation were provided.

House ...

Trump's European climate change critics fuel U.S. coal boom

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 6 hours 40 min ago

As France, Germany and Italy chastised President Trump for rejecting the Paris climate accord in June and mocked the U.S. for turning its back on the environment, their nations were busy importing record amounts of American coal.

The U.S., federal data show, is seeing something of a coal renaissance, but ...

For some Democrats running for Congress, a strategic navigation of gun issues

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 6 hours 40 min ago
Democrats angling for the 2020 presidential nomination stand in stark contrast to those running for Congress in areas where a hunting license is ingrained in the culture.

Michael Gove tells water firms to clean up their act

BBC POLITICS - 6 hours 41 min ago
The environment secretary says water firms may face further regulation if prices and leaks aren't fixed.

DoD Highlights Achievements, Celebrates Engineers Week

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 6 hours 41 min ago
During the 13th Annual Engineers Week event at the Pentagon, officials highlighted cutting-edge developments in medicine and technology to infrastructure projects in the U.S. and around the globe as innovative Defense Department engineers deliver solutions.

The Latest: House seeks records of EPA chief's travel

AP POLITICS - 6 hours 45 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a congressional request for travel records of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 2018-02-21T13:48:00-05:00 2018-02-21T18:48:20-05:00

Here's what Congress is investigating from the Obama administration

CNN POLITICS - 6 hours 52 min ago
President Donald Trump requested the FBI investigate how the Obama administration was involved in Russian meddling in the 2016 -- questioning why Congress and federal investigators aren't probing how the Democratic administration handled certain issues.

Do something! Trump hears emotional students, parents

AP POLITICS - 6 hours 57 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers. 2018-02-21T13:38:00-05:00 2018-02-21T18:38:35-05:00

This photo of Trump's notes captures his empathy deficit better than anything

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 7 hours 2 min ago
Photographers captured Trump's notes from his gun-violence listening session. No. 5: "I hear you."

Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 7 hours 3 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Former U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday the dialogue between the two Koreas that began during the Winter Olympics must be kept alive so it can hopefully lead to reconciliation, peace and the denuclearization of North Korea.

Ban, who was South Korea's foreign minister before serving ...

Kelli Ward's DC charm offensive

CNN POLITICS - 7 hours 6 min ago
Arizona US Senate hopeful Kelli Ward is here to show conservatives that she's not crazy -- and to convince them that it's still worth spending money in GOP primaries.

Trump's note card for Parkland shooting discussion: 'I hear you'

CNN POLITICS - 7 hours 8 min ago
President Donald Trump heard emotional stories Wednesday from people affected by the nation's deadliest school shootings, and it appears he had an assist in responding to some of the powerful testimony.

Devin Nunes memo response shows FBI commitment to protecting image

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 7 hours 13 min ago

At the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, a guidance drummed into the heads of new agents is, "Don't do anything to embarrass the bureau."

Former agents say it is an appropriate lesson to maintain the G-men's straight-arrow standards. It also is an indication of how the FBI hierarchy is committed ...

House Republican oversight chair seeks EPA chief's travel details

REUTERS POLITICS - 7 hours 15 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives oversight committee sought details on Wednesday on how Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt got clearance to take numerous first class-flights revealed in recently released travel records.

Kansas Senate passes tougher lobbying law, higher gift limit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 7 hours 20 min ago

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has approved a bipartisan bill for strengthening lobbying laws that also would allow state officials to take more expensive gifts from people seeking to influence them.

The measure approved unanimously Wednesday would require people trying to promote contracts or influence actions by executive ...

Flake backs bill to raise age to buy AR-15 style weapons

CNN POLITICS - 7 hours 25 min ago
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday he's backing a bill to increase the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic rifle, lending bipartisan support to legislation that was introduced last week by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

House panel seeks info on EPA chief's first-class flights

AP POLITICS - 7 hours 27 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. 2018-02-21T13:07:00-05:00 2018-02-21T18:07:27-05:00

Congresswoman claims most mass shooters are Democrats

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:57
Rep. Claudia Tenney, an upstate New York Republican who is up for re-election in one of the most competitive congressional districts in America, told a radio host in Albany that Democrats are more prone to be mass shooters.

Florida workers' pension fund invested in gun manufacturers

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:52

TALAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's main pension fund for state workers and teachers has a half-million dollar stake in the company that makes the rifle used in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The Florida Retirement System had more than 41,000 shares in American Outdoor Brands Co. with ...

Trump says arming teachers could prevent school massacres

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's running commentary on Russia probe

AP POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — By its nature, the special counsel investigation of Russian activities in the U.S. election is casting a wide net in its search for malfeasance. At the same time, it's not a leaky enterprise — little is coming to light except what the prosecutor, Robert Mueller wants out. 2018-02-21T12:43:00-05:00 2018-02-21T17:43:27-05:00

High court won't block deportation of Cincinnati-area man

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:33

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Supreme Court justice is refusing to block the deportation of an immigrant in the Cincinnati area who has been helping care for a disabled child.

Justice Elena Kagan on Wednesday denied an emergency appeal from 27-year-old Yancarlos Mendez without comment.

Mendez says in court papers that ...

Do something! Trump hears emotional students, parents

AP POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen safety, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently as raw emotions reverberated at the White House. 2018-02-21T12:27:00-05:00 2018-02-21T17:27:03-05:00

Mary Lou McDonald speaks to Laura Kuenssberg after meeting Theresa May

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:32
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg interviews Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald after she met Theresa May.

Amazon's next big TV series is based on Iain Banks's Culture novels. What are the Culture novels?

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:29
The Culture novels show how ambiguous a real utopia would be.

Billy Graham and the end of political consensus

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:29
The truth is more complicated.

Students stage walkouts of suburban Chicago high schools

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:28

CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of suburban Chicago high school students joined a nationwide protest against gun violence.

Students at Oak Park-River Forest High School walked out of class on Wednesday, a protest that coincided with a march on the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee by students from Parkland, Florida. That ...

The Latest: Senator apologizes to anyone offended by conduct

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on alleged sexual misconduct at the California Legislature (all times local):

2 p.m.

A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct is apologizing to anyone who felt uncomfortable by his behavior.

But Sen. Tony Mendoza flatly denied two of the more serious allegations Wednesday, ...

The Latest: Wisconsin Assembly passes anti-crime package

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:14

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on anti-crime initiatives moving through the Wisconsin Legislature (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A package of anti-crime bills that would create stiffer penalties for repeat offenders and illegal firearm possession are on their way to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Assembly approved the bills Wednesday. ...

The Latest: Mayor decries guarantee to contributor

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:11

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on the Allentown mayor's testimony in his corruption trial (all times local):

5 p.m.

The Democratic mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city is telling a jury that he was horrified when he learned one of his political consultants had guaranteed favorable treatment to a real ...

Supreme Court says whistleblowers must alert government to get legal protections

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:07
Decision was one of four issued Wednesday as the justices begin to announce outcomes of cases they have heard this term

Trump hears wrenching tales at school violence meeting

AP POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump sat rapt and motionless, listening intently as raw emotions reverberated at the White House. 2018-02-21T11:58:00-05:00 2018-02-21T16:58:09-05:00

Trump meets with parents, students impacted by school shootings

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:01

President Trump held an emotional meeting at the White House Wednesday with students who survived last week's school shooting in Florida and their parents who pleaded with him for changes that will make schools safe.

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in ...

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