WASHINGTON -- House Republicans might have ditched a plan to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. But the future of Congress' only outside ethics review board is far from guaranteed.
The Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, has been under fire from both parties since it was created eight years ago. Now the House GOP majority is promising ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump railed against his main political opponent for allowing a tax break that lets some investment managers pay lower tax rates than average workers. After he takes office, he may have no one to blame but himself.
Some tax law experts say Trump could unilaterally end the so-called "carried interest" ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's transition to the presidency has seen his popularity decline, not expand, and he will enter the White House on Friday far weaker in that regard than any president in decades.
Trump is unique among the last seven presidents-elect: He is the only one whose popularity dropped between Election Day and his swearing-in, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Once the parade winds down and the spectators leave the National Mall on Friday, incoming President Donald J. Trump is set to use his first hours in office to reverse some of his predecessor's highest-profile policies.
Even before he begins dismantling the Affordable Care Act and building a wall on the border with Mexico, Trump ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Even before he enters the White House on Friday, President-elect Donald Trump has signaled that his foreign policy could include a diminished Europe and an unfettered Russia, creating deep unease in many of America's traditional allies.
In recent days, he has called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance "...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, hearing arguments Tuesday in a California deportation case, signaled it may make it harder for the government to forcibly remove legal immigrants with certain kinds of crimes on their record.
The case involves a native Filipino and longtime legal resident of the Bay Area who was convicted of breaking into a ...Read more
President-elect Donald Trump accused approval rating polls of underestimating his support as he nears inauguration, tweeting early Tuesday morning that they were "rigged" against him.
"The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls," he wrote. "They are rigged just like before."
A new ...Read more
During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to roll back many of President Barack Obama's policies on day one of his administration, some of which can be swept away with a simple stroke of the pen.
Trump will officially become president after he delivers the oath of office at his inauguration on Friday, but it appears the ...Read more
The Railroad ManJohn V. Pasquariello
Mike Vincente’s life hit rock bottom after being unjustly drummed out from the New Jersey State Police. Now a railroad cop, he thinks he’s nothing more than a boxcar babysitter. But while he’s on a routine call to roust yet another trespasser from the yard, Laura ...
WASHINGTON -- Too-cool-for-school upper-class students at Santa Monica High scoffed when administrators in 2002 reinstated a daily recitation of the pledge of allegiance.
Most students in the liberal enclave slouched in their chairs and chatted over the morning ritual, which was widely viewed as a throwback to an American patriotism that seemed...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Ana Corona came from Mexico to California in 1967, following her father, brothers and sisters and joining millions who would live in the United States illegally.
Corona watched as family members got deported and escaped deportation herself. From the moment she crossed the border at age 14, her father reminded her and her siblings...Read more
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- What could prove to be a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case over whether state money can be used to aid religious institutions began with recycled tires and a children's playground in Missouri.
A grant program through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources repurposes tires and uses the scrap rubber for playgrounds. ...Read more
Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son Monday to mark the national holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader's work -- and discuss the president-elect's war of words with Georgia Rep. John Lewis over the weekend.
"First of all, I think that in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides," Martin ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King III on Monday, a holiday commemorating the life of King's father, which this year was marked by Trump's quarrel with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a hero of the civil rights struggle.
King, the oldest surviving child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., described the meeting at Trump Tower as ...Read more
The jaw-dropping speed at which certain stocks have moved in response to Donald Trump's tweets about corporate America makes it seem as if Wall Street already was waiting for the president-elect's words.
Some sophisticated traders with automated programs are using computer algorithms that instantly capture Trump's Twitter remarks and ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is keeping the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities next week secret –– a break from Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.
At least the last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, disclosed the names of donors ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As a developer and a reality-TV star, Donald Trump seemed to believe there was no such thing as too much publicity.
As president-elect, he's finding that's not so.
Trump hasn't yet taken the oath of office, but judging by the latest polls, he's already started to wear out his welcome.
In the weeks immediately after the election,...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Adding another chapter to the intense conflict between Donald Trump and the intelligence community, CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday sharply criticized the incoming president for equating spy agencies to Nazi Germany and suggested that he needed to focus more seriously on the security issues facing the nation.
"What I think Mr....Read more
WASHINGTON ––The incoming Trump administration is considering moving White House news briefings out of the West Wing to accommodate more than the "Washington media elite," President-elect Donald Trump's press secretary said.
"This is about greater accessibility, more people in the process," Sean Spicer said Sunday on Fox News. Involving ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff said Sunday that the top U.S. ethics official "ought to be careful" after publicly criticizing the president-elect's plan to step down from leading his businesses while keeping his ownership interests.
"That person is becoming extremely political," Reince Priebus said Sunday of Walter Shaub ...Read more
WASHINGTON ––The outgoing CIA director Sunday called Donald Trump's comments about the U.S. intelligence community "outrageous" and suggested that the president-elect's attitude toward Russia reflected an incomplete understanding of that country's intentions.
The comments by John Brennan on "Fox News Sunday" came as tensions rise between ...Read more
- Trump meets with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son on MLK Day
- Trump says low approval ratings are rigged
- Trump's transition hits a rough patch, polls show
- Trump set to make major policy changes in first hours of presidency
- Trump says first day of his administration will be Monday, not his inauguration