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The Victims Of The Douglas High Mass Shooting

Martin Duque, a 14-year-old freshman, was at school Wednesday and died in the shooting. His older brother Miguel, who graduated from Douglas High last year, shared the news via an Instagram post early Thursday morning. “Words can not describe my pain,” he wrote. “I love brother Martin you’ll be missed buddy.”

February 16, 2018

How Trump Will Blow Up Kushner’s Peace Deal

That’s a question one asks all too often about the president. But the contradiction between President Donald Trump’s expected announcement that he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — at the very same time his son-in-law is trying to concoct the “ultimate” deal between Israelis and Palestinians — is downright schizoid.

December 6, 2017
Mnuchin Treasure Secretary

Mnuchin Used Military Planes Without Adequate Justification, Inspector General Finds

The inspector general said that Mnuchin’s use of the planes was not illegal but that he had failed to meet rules that require that military flights be used only if the White House determines in advance that doing so is justified by costs or specific security or emergency needs.

October 8, 2017
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)

House Majority Whip, Several Others Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

Five wounded people, including the suspect, were taken to area hospitals for treatment, the police said. Scalise, 51, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was shot in the hip and was in stable condition, undergoing surgery, according to a statement issued by his office.

June 15, 2017

House Majority Whip Scalise, Four Others Shot At Baseball Practice; Suspect Killed

Speaker Ryan noted that House Democrats “gathered in prayer” after they heard news of a gunman shooting Scalise and four others.

June 14, 2017

Poll: Texans Oppose Border Wall And Sanctuary Cities, Think Immigrants Help More Than They Hurt

Overall, 27 percent of Texans said that immigration or border security is the state’s most important problem — beating out other issues like the economy, political corruption and health care. That was not a surprise, as these subjects regularly rank near the top of public opinion polls in the state. But the survey also revealed stark differences between the heated rhetoric around immigration and the policies lawmakers want to use to address it.

April 19, 2017

Viral Video: Shouting And Cursing Trump Supporter Disrupts Delta Flight

“Donald Trump, baby!” shouted the disruptive passenger on a Delta flight to Allentown, PA, clapping his hands. When the passengers remained silent, he said, “We got some Hillary bitches on this plane?”

November 27, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a round table with the Republican Leadership Initiative at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The Shackles Are Off As Trump Targets Fellow Republicans

The path Trump is pursuing has also intensified concern among Republicans about the enduring legacy of Trumpism, and the prospects for rebuilding the party’s splintering factions after November.

October 12, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

Hurricane: Florida Governor Rejects Request To Extend Voter Registration Period

“I’m not going to extend [the voter registration period]” despite the hurricane’s impact, said Gov. Rick Scott in Tallahassee.”Everybody has had a lot of time to register.”

October 7, 2016
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A Day After Veto Override, Congress Has Second Thoughts And May Fix Sept. 11 Bill

Less than a day after Congress overrode President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia, top GOP leaders said they might need to fix the new law to protect U.S. national security interests.

September 30, 2016

Clinton And Trump, Who Disagree Sharply On Gun Rights, Seem To Agree On ‘No Fly, No Buy’ Restriction

One of the starkest differences on policy that exists between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on guns, specifically what limitations there should be on gun ownership and the role of Congress and the courts in establishing clear guidelines.

September 27, 2016
debate moderator

Campaigns Differ On Whether Debate Moderator Should Challenge Lies

Campaign managers for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton disagreed Sunday on whether the moderator of Monday night’s debate, NBC’s Lester Holt, should challenge false assertions by the candidates.

September 26, 2016
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion walks past damaged buildings in the rebel held Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria September 6, 2016. Picture taken September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

US-Russia Deal On Syria Will Test Influence Of Big Powers, Convictions Of Those On The Ground

On paper at least, the U.S. and Russia come away from marathon negotiations with components they demanded. But the room for doubt that the complex agreement announced early Saturday will work is enormous, hardened by years of broken promises and cynical gambits by the warring parties and their backers.

September 11, 2016
Fire rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before they fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq, which has been recaptured by Iraqi forces, August 29, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Trump Says The US Should Have Taken Iraq’s Oil; Here’s Why That Wasn’t An Option

Donald Trump says he wants to end long U.S. military entanglements. But he has also repeatedly said the U.S. should have seized Iraq’s oil after the 2003 invasion — an undertaking that would have been illegal, required decades of occupation by hundreds of thousands of troops, increased the risk of casualties and probably cost more than the oil itself was worth.

September 10, 2016
An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

US Intelligence Indicates A Weaker Islamic State

The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this summer near Syria’s border with Turkey and in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, two areas where Islamic State had appeared entrenched.

August 28, 2016

Trump Delivers Another Week Of Outrageousness

You’d think that after getting into trouble for calling on the Russians to spy on the former secretary of state while on a campaign stop in Miami, Trump would reassess, polish a little, and act just a tad presidential. Instead, he started the week blaming the media for his shortcomings. He lashed out at The New York Times: “They don’t write good. They have people over there, like Maggie Haberman and others, they don’t — they don’t write good. They don’t know how to write good.”

August 6, 2016
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. John Yarmuth shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth/Handout

#NoBillNoBreak: As House Democrats Stage Sit-In To Force Gun Vote, Republicans Return To Take Up Unrelated Bills

The scene, including chants of “No bill, no break!” was like nothing that has occurred in Congress in recent years, more reminiscent of the civil rights battles of the 1960s than today’s often predictably scripted debates.

June 23, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters on the night of the Michigan, Mississippi and other primaries at a Sanders campaign rally in Miami

Bernie Sanders Wins Indiana, Keeping His Movement Alive

Bernie Sanders is still far behind in delegates but he nonetheless managed to keep his agenda at the center of the Democratic race with a victory in Indiana over front-runner Hillary Clinton.

May 4, 2016
Pat McCrory, North Carolina, GOP

NC Democrats In Congress: HB2 Treats LGBT People As ‘Second-Class Citizens’

For several weeks, North Carolina has been the target of national protests and boycotts due to HB2.

April 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz reacts to the primary election results from Florida, Ohio and Illinois during a campaign rally in Houston, Texas March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Trish Badger

Analysis: Cruz Can Forget A First-Ballot Win As Trump Soars

The senator from Texas now needs to win almost every delegate awarded in upcoming primaries to reach the 1,237 needed for nomination at the July convention.

April 20, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court Justices arrive in House chamber prior to

Supreme Court Appears Split Over Obama’s Immigration Plan

The Supreme Court appeared deadlocked over President Barack Obama’s plan to offer work permits to as many as 4 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

April 18, 2016
Wall Street

Wall Street’s View Of Itself In Bernie Sanders’ Campaign: Maligned, Misunderstood

“I, frankly, despise him,” said Michael Bachner, 59, a criminal justice attorney whose clients include Wall Street investors.

April 18, 2016
A man walks though a crowd of supporters with a cut-out depicting Bernie Sanders before a campaign event in Miami, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Sanders’ Supporters Are Lashing Out, But Here’s How They Might Be Hurting His Campaign

“Why is Bernie Sanders letting these people loose on us?” said superdelegate Shawn Bagley, a Hillary Clinton backer who says he’s been branded corrupt, immoral and thickheaded by Sanders fans. “He lost my vote at 2 a.m.”

April 15, 2016