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

2 hours 47 min ago
Survivors, politicians and gun lobbyists discuss which actions should follow the Parkland shooting to prevent others.

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

5 hours 34 min ago
The 70-minute listening session with students, parents and teachers was a remarkable event with participants’ raw emotions often on display.

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

6 hours 26 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.”

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

6 hours 55 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.

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

7 hours 17 min ago
Photographers captured Trump's notes from his gun-violence listening session. No. 5: "I hear you."

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

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

Supreme Court says whistleblowers must alert government to get legal protections

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

How Trump can (and probably will) spin out of questions about Melania's parents and 'chain migration'

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:59
The president has justified taking advantage of laws he wants to change, and he is not the only politician to do so.

Trump is his own worst enemy, even among those who like his policies

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:59
Eight percent of Americans like Trump's policies — but dislike Trump.

Add Democrats' win in Kentucky to the growing evidence that they will have a good 2018

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:35
It's not even a surprise anymore when Democrats win state legislative seats in deep-red states.

Company run by Trump associate has received $75,000 from RNC

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:17
Keith Schiller, former bodyguard and Oval Office director of operations, has intimate knowledge of president’s actions

GOP lawmaker suggests student protesters advocating for gun control are not students at all

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:06
"This morning I was working out and listening to the news about “students” being bused in to the Florida Capitol,” Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe wrote on Facebook.

Ivanka Trump plans to focus on U.S. athletes, not North Korea, during trip to Winter Olympics

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:57
The president's daughter was involved with the effort to bring the 2028 Summer Games to Los Angeles and was described by White House officials as a “winter sports enthusiast."

Conservatives’ annual conference to toast Trump with critics out of sight

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:47
President Trump and Vice President Pence will address the Conservative Political Action Conference. Other officials will focus on the administration’s record.

The media savvy of Billy Graham

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:37
The evangelist captured and kept the media spotlight for decades, without becoming as polarizing as many famous religious figures.

Billy Graham may have been the last bipartisan evangelical leader

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:27
Many Americans struggle to name as high a profile evangelical leader as Graham that they’d say desires to “advance understanding and mutual respect” between varying political communities.

Jared Kushner is showing us exactly why anti-nepotism laws exist

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:27
His standoff with John Kelly over access to classified information is significantly messier because he's Trump's son-in-law. That's what anti-nepotism laws seek to prevent.

The Parkland shooting survivors should have just joined Mar-a-Lago

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:56
Over the weekend, Trump asked club members for their views on gun control and John Kelly.

The yearly Corruption Perceptions Index just came out. Who got the gold medal?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:44
It takes time for real-world events to filter into this poll of polls.

Three of Barron Trump's grandparents probably came to America through 'chain migration'

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:33
And his other grandparent's father arrived the same way.

The huge questions about Melania Trump's immigration history nobody will answer

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:23
Her parents very likely benefited from something President Trump wants to eliminate. And there are lingering questions about her own past status.

Melania Trump’s parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions about whether they relied on ‘chain migration’

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:54
Immigration experts said Viktor and Amalija Knavs very likely relied on family sponsorship to obtain their green cards, a process Trump has derided.

How will the battle over dreamers end? Here are four scenarios.

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:36
At this point, en masse deportations seem ore likely than a deal in Congress to protect dreamers.

What Obama did, didn't do and couldn't do in response to Russian interference

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:21
In part, Obama was worried about bolstering Trump's claims about a rigged election.

Top Democrats seeking $300 million for FBI to fight foreign election interference

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:49
The request, just days after the Justice Department indicted Russians for meddling in the 2016 elections, signals that Democrats believe it's a politically palatable issue to be touting during contentious spending talks. 

‘They needed to see it’: Fla. lawmakers’ emotional tour of shooting site sparks bipartisan talks on gun limits

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:12
Potential agreement would stop short of assault weapons ban, which suffered legislative defeat this week.

Trump suggests supporters should pressure Sessions to investigate Obama's inaction on Russian meddling

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:49
The tweet is the latest in a running series in which the president is trying to deflect attention about allegations of collusion with his campaign.

In a community shadowed by tragedy, a congressman gets an earful about guns

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:38
Rep. Mike Coffman confronts Colorado constituents eager for action after endless mass shootings. They want gun control. His preference: ‘Force has to be met with force.’

The Energy 202: Koch brothers try to kill gas tax hike

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:29
They're at odds with Trump on this one.

The Daily 202: Jury still out on Trump’s seriousness about banning bump stocks, improving background checks after Florida massacre

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:38
The president might be having a true change of heart, but this could also be political posturing.

The Finance 202: Senate Republicans not on board with Trump's protectionist agenda

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:29
They want Trump to reconsider the U.S. withdrawal from TPP.

The Health 202: Azar makes his first Obamacare move

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:08
The new HHS secretary signals he may weaken the health-care law's enforcement.

Students take charge of gun-safety movement with some help from existing groups

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:08
Some students are attracting political attacks. Established groups are distancing themselves from students to avoid tainting them in a divided political environment.

For the first time, a woman and non-Christian will lead this group that thinks government is too involved in religion

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:15
Rachel Laser wants to rebrand the fight for church-state separation as a nonpartisan, patriotic cause.

The next ‘Korea problem’ may be about the growing identity divide on the Korean peninsula

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:06
Pyongyang may have the Olympic spirit, but it's not clear South Koreans share that sense of 'oneness.'

Did the U.S. ‘hack back’ at Russia? Here’s why this matters in cyberwarfare.

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:13
CIA Director Mike Pompeo dropped a big hint last week.

Here’s how little Americans have learned about Donald Trump

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:12
Have the news media been so negative that Americans are tuning out their coverage?

Wealthy donors ramp up political giving for 2018 midterms

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:53
A handful of individual donors have given seven figures or more thus far in the election cycle -- a sign of donor enthusiasm ahead of a crucial midterm year.

A lawmaker’s aide called school-shooting survivors ‘actors.’ Within hours, he was fired.

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:01
Benjamin Kelly, an aide to Florida legislator Shawn Harrison, was let go after making his claims on Tuesday.

Trump, citing ‘evil massacre’ in Florida, starts talking about gun control

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:02
The president has yet to cross the NRA, but has privately discussed ideas that could put him at odds with the gun-rights group.

Democrat wins state house race in Kentucky after a Republican's scandal and suicide

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:22
In 2016, as Donald Trump won Kentucky by the biggest margin of any Republican presidential candidate in history, Belcher lost her seat by just 156 votes to Republican pastor Dan Johnson.

Rubio faces backlash from students, gun control advocates after shooting

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:41
Rubio drew special attention when he said the 2016 Orlando shooting was a life-altering event and then ran for reelection. His Senate record on guns has drawn scrutiny.

25 GOP senators urge Trump to restart TPP trade talks, a deal he called a 'disaster'

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:22
It's the latest attempt by Republican lawmakers to get Trump to take a softer stance on trade.

Trump’s ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:52
The 45th president frequently tries to outdo the 44th, even when facts get in the way.

Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during the Olympics before last minute cancellation

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:29
The vice president’s office promoted his trip as an effort to combat what it said was North Korea’s effort to use the Winter Games for propaganda purposes and portrayed the cancellation of the meeting as evidence his mission was a success.

Toomey, sensing ‘momentum,’ plans revival of bill to expand background checks

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:47
“We’re going to take a swing at that and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do it,” said Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.)

USDA staffer shocks agency with public admission about sex for promotion

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:47
Agriculture Department employee was placed on administrative leave after she unexpectedly told her story at a Black History Month event.

Sarah Sanders offered a very bad defense of Trump's response to Russia

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:30
And a worse one on Trump's tweet blaming the Russia investigation for the recent mass shooting.

Trump directs Attorney General Sessions to propose regulations to ban 'bump stocks'

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:57
Trump said he expects “that these critical regulations will be finalized... very soon."

Trump was 'too controversial' for CPAC in 2016. Now Le Pen will address the conservative conference.

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:45
CPAC has been remade in the president's image. The inclusion of Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is further proof.

‘Making a Murderer’ subject asks for Supreme Court review

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:27
Brendan Dassey said his confession was coerced and violated rules for interrogating a minor.

Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at U.N. Security Council

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:17
The Palestinian president accused the U.S. of abdicating its commitment to Middle East peace, while the U.N. ambassador said Abbas is shortchanging his people.

Most Republicans think arming teachers could have prevented Parkland; new gun laws couldn't

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:17
The preferred strategy among Republicans? Metal detectors at schools.

Mueller probe: London-based son-in-law of Russian businessman to plead guilty to false statements

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:57
Alex Van der Zwaan allegedly lied about communications with Rick Gates in connection with work for the Ukrainian government.

Poll: A record-high number of Americans support stricter gun laws

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:45
Gun control seems to have newfound momentum. But is it enough?

New Pennsylvania congressional map erases 1,100 miles of district borders

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:27
Why compactness matters.

How the response to the shooting in Parkland compares to other recent massacres

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:45
For one: The NRA has been silent on Twitter longer.

Romney faces complicated path as he begins run for Senate seat

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:05
What motivates him, at age 70 and with two dozen grandchildren, to decide to submit himself to the rigors and occasional tedium of a statewide campaign in Utah?

Trump's talking points on Russia take a turn for the desperate

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:51
5 arguments. 5 non sequiturs.

The Florida school shooting is not fading from headlines

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:59
The public, it seems, is not ready to move on to the next story, and the media is not moving on, either.

Trump promised to exhaust people with his wins. A study says he's already won 'worst president ever.'

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:20
The survey of scholars shows that, even among Republicans, he ranks 40th out of 44.

Thomas dissents from Supreme Court decision not to review California gun law

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:31
Justice says his colleagues are turning the Second Amendment into a “disfavored right”

Another peek inside the imaginary world where Trump is an unalloyed success

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:22
In one tweet, at least three false claims.

Trump encourages Pennsylvania Republicans to challenge new congressional districts drawn by state court

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:41
Trump said the original boundaries drawn by Republicans and overturned by the state's supreme court were “correct.”

Q&A for federal workers: Pay freeze

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:41
The last time salary rates were frozen, some employees received individual raises.

The Health 202: Trump administration pulls back from key Medicare goals

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:22
Should providers focus on quality or quantity?

The Finance 202: Trump's best defense on Russia could be offense against China

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:57
Several trade actions are pending.

The European ‘conservatives’ invited to this week’s CPAC conference are the ones Europe didn’t want

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:49
Marion Marechal-Le Pen and others are considered to represent a European far-right that has mostly run out of steam.

Do low-turnout elections make the electorate more conservative? Not that much.

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:12
Low-turnout elections also empower special interest groups — but again, not by much.

Locals call Boko Haram 'slave raiders.' Here's what that means, and why it matters.

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:07
They're following in a long tradition of smugglers, Islamist militants and slave traders.

‘It’s frustrating’: Women in Mo. bristle at Trump’s words on domestic violence, sexual abuse

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:07
Although Missouri has become a reliably red state, Democrats are hopeful that the frustration felt by many women here will influence the way they vote in the midterm elections this fall.

Bernie Sanders resurrects a 'zombie' claim on gun sales without background checks

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:13
The senator from Vermont says 40 percent of guns are sold without a background check. That's an old, discredited figure that's been debunked before.

Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:09
While the survey illustrates the differences in the country over how to respond to gun violence, it also highlights the intense frustration with the lack of any policy response coming out of Washington despite a series of horrific shootings in recent years.

Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat from Utah

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:57
Romney had previously called Trump "a phony" and "a fraud."

Lawmaker who led #MeToo push invited staffer to play spin the bottle, complaint says

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:02
Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has denied accusations that she sexually harassed former staffers.

Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:02
This Trump accuser keeps asking herself that. But she plans to keep talking about that day in 2006.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court draws 'much more competitive' district map to overturn Republican gerrymander

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:42
Elections experts say the new maps are “fairer,” “more compact” and “much more competitive."

Another House Republican announces retirement plans

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:23
Five-term Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) becomes the 28th House Republican to quit politics this election season.

All of American history fits in the lifespan of only three presidents

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 21:40
Van Buren to Taft to Bush spans all of America's existence.

For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 20:49
In aftermath of Florida shooting, Trump and his aides have escaped questions about a series of controversies. But the mayhem could return this week in Washington.

Gun found in bag of Trump motorcade driver, Secret Service says

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 20:08
Agents said the driver was in “lawful possession” of the gun found outside the gates of Mar-a-Lago on Monday.

Tom Ridge is lucky to be alive: ‘I’m told I flatlined three times.’

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 19:06
A near-death experience has given the former homeland security secretary fresh perspective on life and living.

What Trump left out of his tweets about Facebook and Russia

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:05
Facebook ads were more about sowing discord than boosting Trump, but the ads were just one small part of a bigger, pro-Trump plot.

Trump lashes out at Oprah Winfrey on Twitter, calling her 'insecure'

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:53
The president blasted the former talk show host — and maybe 2020 rival? — for her "60 Minutes” interview.

Trump expresses support for senators’ gun bill

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:45
The legislation would give states financial incentives for reporting crimes to the national criminal background system.

Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:13
They're a post-Columbine generation who grew up with the empowerment of social media.

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader died. Here’s what you need to know.

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:09
Once strong, Zimbabwe’s opposition is fractured. Elections are only six months away.

To win 'hearts and minds' in Afghanistan, some aid programs worked better than others

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:11
A program that combined vocational training and cash helped decrease people's willingness to engage in pro-Taliban actions.

Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 01:07
The defiant president attacks FBI and McMaster, blames Russian interference on Democrats and claims exoneration.

How presidents spent their birthdays

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:23
Presidents' Day started as a celebration of George Washington's birthday; today, it honors all U.S. presidents.

Under fire for travel expenses, Pruitt cancels trip to Israel

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:23
The Environmental Protection Agency chief has faced criticized over the past week for the cost of his domestic and international travel.

Trump tweets another anti-CNN cartoon — this one by the same artist who drew Clinton in blackface

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:41
Despite past criticism, the president still seems unconcerned about the origins of what he posts on Twitter.

Fact checking Trump's error-filled tweet storm about the Russia investigation

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:09
Here's a guide to the many errant claims made by the president during his tweet storm about the Russia probe.