James Mattis says government shutdown will have 'morale impact' in addition to practical concerns

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:56

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday that a government shutdown would have "a huge morale impact" on the military in addition to the financial complications.

"Our maintenance activities will pretty much shut down. We will not be able to induct any more of our gear that need maintenance," Mr. Mattis ...

House votes to stay in town as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:51

The House voted not to adjourn Friday, as GOP leaders told their members to "remain flexible" amid the threat of a government shutdown.

House lawmakers had been planning to hit the exits Friday morning and to be off all next week, after having passed their version of a bill to ...

Reporting glitch leaves Arizona without federal health data

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:50

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona health officials say a technical error has caused the state to be without a federal public health surveillance tool used to track deaths caused by diseases.

The Arizona Republic reports the state has not received death-surveillance reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since ...

CHIP: What to know about the Children's Health Insurance Program

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:47
The federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired at the end of September, and a permanent solution has not been passed.

At March for Life rally, Trump says late-term abortions are ‘wrong’ and must ‘change’

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:47
President Trump on Friday became the first president to deliver a live speech to the pro-life activists of the annual March for Life rally in Washington, as he called for the end to laws that allow late-term abortions.

The Latest: VP Pence still plans trip to Middle East

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Middle East (all times local): 2018-01-19T06:42:00-05:00 2018-01-19T11:42:02-05:00

IG: Homeland Security violated court orders during travel ban

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:41
The Department of Homeland Security was "caught by surprise" by President Donald Trump's first travel ban executive order, issued a week after he took office, and violated two court orders in preventing some travelers from boarding US-bound flights, the department's inspector general said in a report Friday.

Farage: Assange meeting claims 'are nonsense'

BBC POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:40
A US intelligence committee is told the ex-UKIP leader may have passed "data" to Wikileaks founder.

Sununu: Time to put politics aside and avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:37

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says the future of a government program affecting thousands of young immigrants should be addressed, but not at the expense of shutting down the federal government.

Sununu released a statement Friday as a bitterly divided Congress headed toward a government ...

Why isn't the Stormy Daniels story a bigger deal?

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:32
Donald Trump's personal lawyer formed a private company just before the 2016 election to pay $130,000 in exchange for a porn star's silence about her alleged 2006 relationship with the now-President of the United States, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Russia, Trump inauguration euphoria leaves lasting hangover

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:32
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A year ago on Saturday, Russian nationalists partied in central Moscow to celebrate Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

The Latest: Trump addressing March for Life from Rose Garden

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local): 2018-01-19T06:28:00-05:00 2018-01-19T11:28:32-05:00

White House slams Democrats, preps for shutdown

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:30
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said the Office of Management and Budget is "preparing for what we're calling a Schumer shutdown," slamming Democrats for obstructing a path to averting the imminent government shutdown.

The Latest: Trump addressing March for Life from Rose Garden

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:28

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is addressing the anti-abortion March for Life from the White House Rose Garden.

Organizers say the video address Friday makes him the first president to speak to ...

McConnell calls shutdown 'entirely avoidable' as he pushes for GOP bill

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:28
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Jan .19 criticized Democrats' concerns with the GOP's continuing resolution as "completely ridiculous."

U.S. health agency to issue religious objection regulations

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:26
(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

Maintenance Airmen Pull Duty in Frigid Antarctica

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:26
With 24 hours of daily sunlight in their favor, a team of seismic technicians traveled to Antarctica at the southernmost point on Earth to conduct annual maintenance of the equipment they use to monitor global nuclear treaties.

The senators whose votes will determine whether the government shuts down

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:21
Most of the senators listed here are ready to vote against a spending bill to keep the government open.

Dems fail in impeachment vote hours before shutdown

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:18

The House easily defeated an effort Friday to try to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, with even most Democrats joining the GOP in shooting down the attempt.

The vote came just hours before Senate Democrats were expected to lead a filibuster that could result in a government shutdown at ...

Ex-Earlham College president, peace activist dies at 104

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:13

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - Landrum Bolling, a former president of Indiana's Earlham College and Middle East peace activist, has died at age 104.

Earlham College says Bolling died Wednesday. He was president of the Quaker-affiliated college in Richmond from 1958 to 1973 and later used his experience studying the Israeli-Palestinian ...