WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Wednesday were making plans to undermine President Donald Trump at his Jan. 29 "State of the Union" address. Just past 8:30 a.m., the leadership's communications arm sent an email to lawmakers urging them to bring furloughed federal workers or other "message-related" guests to the nationally televised event. Unknown to most of her caucus, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had decided on a more confrontational approach.
BEIRUT - The Islamic State asserted responsibility Wednesday for a suicide blast in the U.S.-patrolled city of Manbij in Syria, the first such attack since President Donald Trump said American forces would withdraw from the country because the militant group has been largely defeated. In a message posted to Twitter, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State said that U.S. service members were killed while conducting a routine patrol in the city but did not say how many died or provide further details.
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address - or deliver it in writing - because of the partial federal government shutdown. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi said the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, both of which have key responsibilities for planning and implementing security at the scheduled Jan. 29 address, have been "hamstrung" by furloughs.
The swirling winds tens of thousands of feet high in the sky above the Arctic - the dreaded polar vortex - broke apart into three parts to ring in 2019. Now the eastern half of the United States is about to feel the consequences. Weather models project the onset of a severe and punishing winter weather pattern in just over 10 days, with extreme cold and heightened storminess. In fact, the transition to this harsh winter pattern has likely already begun.
WASHINGTON - As the longest government shutdown in history continues, President Donald Trump is not the only member of the first family affected. First lady Melania Trump also has a skeleton crew. The White House residence staff - who cater to the first family and maintain the White House - is down to 21 people from its usual 79, according to a shutdown memo from the Office of Management and Budget. The first lady's staff, which promotes her work, has been cut in half down from 10 to five, according to her spokeswoman.
A flaw in Epic Games Inc.'s Fortnite opened the accounts of millions of users to the risk of a malicious attack, researchers from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said in a report Wednesday, Jan. 16.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Tuesday said it has called back tens of thousands of federal workers to fulfill key government tasks, including disbursing tax refunds, overseeing flight safety and inspecting the nation's food and drug supply, as it seeks to blunt the impact of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The nearly 50,000 furloughed federal employees are being brought back to work without pay - part of a group of about 800,000 federal workers who are not receiving paychecks during the shutdown, which is affecting dozens of federal agencies large and small.
WASHINGTON - Attorney general nominee William Barr suggested Tuesday that any report written by special counsel Robert Mueller III might not be made public, signaling the possibility of future battles within the government over his findings. The remarks by Barr, who is expected to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, highlight the uncertainty surrounding how he will grapple with what many expect will be the final steps of Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump, his advisers, and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Barr pledged at his confirmation hearing Tu
A federal judge has ruled against the Trump administration's addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In the first major ruling on the controversial question, U.S. District Judge Furman of New York's Southern District court ordered the administration to stop its plans to add the question to the survey "without curing the legal defects" identified in his opinion.
WASHINGTON - A group of rank-and-file House Democrats turned down an invitation to have lunch with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, a snub that underscores the extraordinary divisions that have brought negotiations over the government shutdown to a standstill. The invited Democrats, including centrist-leaning freshman and sophomore members, skipped the meeting amid calls for unity from Democratic leaders and fellow lawmakers who had voiced concerns the meeting would be little more than a photo opportunity that bolsters Trump.