Politics, Policy, and Elections

Congress Reaches $1T Budget Plan With No Money for Border Wall

Congress Reaches $1T Budget Plan With No Money for Border Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, denying President Donald Trump funding for a border wall and rejecting his cuts to popular domestic programs. Aides to lawmakers involved in […]

Congress Passes Budget That Funds Government Through May 5

Congress Passes Budget That Funds Government Through May 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he’s coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a […]

In the New Word Order, the Border Wall Becomes a Figure of Speech

In the New Word Order, the Border Wall Becomes a Figure of Speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is “a bit of a metaphor as to border security,” in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a “quote, wall,” as Sen. John McCain of Arizona […]

New Orleans Removes Confederate Statues From Heart of City

New Orleans Removes Confederate Statues From Heart of City

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South. The Liberty Place monument, a 35-foot granite obelisk that pays […]

Democrats: Dropping Border Wall Demand Will Lead to Budget Deal

Democrats: Dropping Border Wall Demand Will Lead to Budget Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown this weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress’ two top Democrats said Monday. “If the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done […]

Child Care Bill Passes Ala. House After Compromise Is Reached

Child Care Bill Passes Ala. House After Compromise Is Reached

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday approved a compromise day care bill that will require yearly inspections for church-run facilities and licenses for ones that take government subsidies. Representatives approved the child care regulation legislation, HB 277, on an 88-9 vote, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration. Alabama […]

Uproar Is Likely After DHS Chief Tells Critics to ‘Shut Up’ on Immigration

Uproar Is Likely After DHS Chief Tells Critics to ‘Shut Up’ on Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday bluntly challenged members of Congress critical of the Trump administration’s aggressive approach to immigration enforcement to either change the laws or “shut up.” In a wide-ranging speech, Kelly also promised a border crackdown on marijuana, which is illegal under federal law but legal under state […]

Il. Advocates: TRUST Act Is a Solution Amid Immigration Crackdown

Il. Advocates: TRUST Act Is a Solution Amid Immigration Crackdown

The Trump administration has led a public crackdown on immigration, marked by raids in courthouses, plans for a growing army of federal agents and even a state legislative threat to jail local law enforcement officials who don’t cooperate. This crackdown is spreading fear throughout immigrant families and their communities from the Rio Grande Valley in […]

Concerns Grow That Justice Dept. Under Jeff Sessions Is a Step Back

Concerns Grow That Justice Dept. Under Jeff Sessions Is a Step Back

WASHINGTON (AP) — For three decades, America got tough on crime. Police used aggressive tactics and arrest rates soared. Small-time drug cases clogged the courts. Vigorous gun prosecutions sent young men away from their communities and to faraway prisons for long terms. But as crime rates dropped since 2000, enforcement policies changed. Even conservative lawmakers […]