WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress are asking the Trump administration to slow down efforts to overhaul the $260 million family planning program, citing issues with what they call an "unconventional and nontransparent" review process.
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday blocked the military from forcing out a pair of HIV-positive airmen, saying she had seen no evidence that the disease should prevent them from serving. "These are the kinds of people that it seems to me the military wants to keep in the service," Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, said in court while issuing an injunction. Her ruling allows the two Air Force airmen who sued to remain in their posts pending trial; both would otherwise have been terminated in the next few weeks.
Rachel Sibley and John Meyer had been dating four months when they planned out a night to reflect on their relationship. They dimmed the lights, lit some candles and turned on a little soft music. And then they drew up a contract. "Both of us very much understand the value of a strategic plan," said Sibley, a marketing director for a company that makes virtual reality headsets, who splits her time between Austin, Texas, and San Francisco. "A contract is just so clearly the way to optimize happiness and clarity in a relationship."
Despite the passing years, Samuel Little still had all the details neatly filed away in corners of his mind. The particular shapes of noses. The way their hair was cut short or tumbled to their shoulders. The colors of their eyes. And decades later, as he sat in a Texas jail cell and received daily visitors from around the country, the 78-year-old serial killer began drawing the faces of his victims from memory.
WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court on Friday for the first time since she underwent surgery in December, a court spokeswoman said. Ginsburg, 85, participated in a private conference with her colleagues as they considered which cases to accept for review or reject, said court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg. One item on the agenda was whether the court should skip its normal procedures and consider whether the Trump administration may add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census form sent to every household in the country.
Over the weekend, something precious was lifted from a warehouse in Port Union, a hamlet near the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula, the rocky appendage of Newfoundland where the wind makes trees grow sideways and where Canada dissolves into the northern Atlantic Ocean. The pilfered material was valued at $6,800 and $9,000 (9,000 and 12,000 Canadian dollars). Vast enough to fill a tractor trailer tanker, the loot was hard to miss. But it was also as fluid as any plunder ever pursued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld told an audience in New Hampshire Friday that he will try to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primary, offering the first high-profile challenge to the president's reelection effort. Weld, 73, said he would seek to determine over the coming months if he can raise enough money to continue his challenge of the president. He said he would run on a traditional Republican agenda of fiscal responsibility and provide a stylistic contrast to Trump.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is prepared to sign a massive spending and border security deal, while at the same time declaring a national emergency to get more money to build his border wall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday. McConnell made the announcement on the Senate floor and told senators to prepare to vote shortly on the legislation that would stave off a government shutdown Friday at midnight. "The president will sign the bill. We'll be voting on it shortly," McConnell said.
Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Thursday, Feb. 14, that he authorized an investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia a day after meeting with him in May 2017 out of fear that he could soon be fired. "I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace," McCabe told CBS.
WASHINGTON - House Democrats are gearing up to pass a joint resolution disapproving President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to build his U.S.-Mexico border wall, a move that will force Senate Republicans to vote on a contentious issue that divides their party. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in an interview with The Washington Post Thursday evening that the House would take up the resolution in the coming days. The document is expected to easily clear the Democratic-led House.