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Senate Pulls 'Nuclear' Trigger To Ease Gorsuch Confirmation

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:33am

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a new precedent in the Senate to advance Supreme Court nominations with a simple majority. The GOP change ended a Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch.

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In The Senate, A Showdown Over A Rule Change

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:58am

The Senate is facing a major change to how it considers Supreme Court nominees Thursday morning, as it debates Neil Gorsuch's path to the high court.

Nunes Steps Down From Russia Election-Meddling Investigation

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:48am

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has stepped down from his committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes To Step Aside From Russia Probe

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 8:55am

Nunes will remain as the committee's chairman and remain involved in other matters before the panel. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, will temporarily take lead on the Russia investigation.

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Ethics Panel Sends Case Against Alabama Governor To Prosecutors

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 6:36am

For the past year, Gov. Robert Bentley has faced allegations that he had an affair with an aide and misused funds. Now there's a chance he could face two felony accusations.

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States Find Other Execution Methods After Difficulties With Lethal Injection

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 6:07am

Nationwide, the number and pace of executions are down, but states are looking at alternative, previous methods after restrictions have increased making the drugs for lethal injection hard to obtain.

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Activists Plan 'Tax Day' Marches Calling For Release Of Trump's Taxes

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:19am

As tax day approaches, Democratic activists are calling on President Trump to release his taxes. On April 15, critics are planning anti-Trump tax marches across the country.

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Morning News Brief: Trump And Foreign Policy, Bannon Out Of NSC, Gorsuch Confirmation

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:08am

Today, the Senate is poised to change its rules to confirm Neil Gorsuch. Also, President Trump has removed his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, from a top national security position.

Trump Faces First Foreign Policy Challenge After Syrian Chemical Attack

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:08am

President Trump is now faced with how to respond after a suspected chemical attack in Syria killed more than 70 people, including children.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chief Responds To Republican Critics

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:08am

Republicans spent hours attacking the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, at a hearing Wednesday. Cordray talks with Rachel Martin about the agency's role.

Republicans' 'Nuclear Option' Could Have Lasting Effects On Federal Judiciary

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:08am

Senate Republicans are expected to make a rules change Thursday on Supreme Court nominees that would have lasting consequences, and likely change the federal judiciary for years to come.

Activists Plan 'Tax Day' Marches Calling For Release Of Trump's Taxes

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:08am

As tax day approaches, Democratic activists are calling on President Trump to release his taxes. On April 15, critics are planning marches around the country.

Legal Marijuana Advocates Are Uneasy With Sessions' Stance

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:08am

Drug legalization advocates and former prosecutors are watching the Justice Department to see how it shifts emphasis on marijuana prosecutions. Attorney General Sessions takes a hard line on the drug.

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5 Insights On The 'Nuclear' Battle Over The Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:00am

The high court will be even more polarized as future nominees become more ideologically extreme. The Senate will also be changed, as will faith in U.S. democratic institutions in general.

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Apprehensions At Southern Border Continue To Drop, CBP Says

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 6:19pm

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the number of people arrested or "deemed inadmissible" along the Southwest border continued to drop in March, after showing sharp declines in February.

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Trump Picks Strategy To Counter Russia Storyline: Blame Susan Rice

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 6:02pm

It took a while to get going, but the White House has settled on its alternative narrative to potential connections between the Trump team and Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.

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PHOTOS: The Many Possible Shapes Of Trump's Border Wall

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 5:22pm

The bidding period has closed for the companies hoping to design and deliver the president's signature campaign promise. Here's a glimpse of some proposals — from wire mesh to 30-foot pipe organs.

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Congress Set To Extend Troubled 'Veterans' Choice' Program

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:33pm

Congress on Wednesday is set to extend the troubled VA "Veterans' Choice" program that was intended to fix the long wait times that embarrassed VA officials under then-Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Economists Say Trump Seems To Misunderstand Significance Of Trade Deficit

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:33pm

The Trump administration has launched an investigation into the cause of trade deficits with U.S. trading partners. But most economists, say Trump appears to misunderstand what a trade deficit means.

President Trump Meets With China's Xi Jinping

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:33pm

Many Chinese wanted Trump for president because they saw him as someone they could cut a deal with. Some also see a chance for China to profit from Trump's distancing the U.S. from traditional allies.

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