A federal appeals court said Thursday that it would hear arguments in early May over the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling against its travel ban, potentially leaving the ban stalled for several more weeks.
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals filed notice scheduling oral arguments for May 8 on the Justice Department's appeal. The federal government is asking the court to reverse a ruling by a federal judge in Maryland that called for a national halt to the 90-day ban in President Trump's executive order on travel from six majority-Muslim countries.
The Justice Department said it planned to file a motion in the appeals court on Friday asking for the Maryland decision to be reversed more quickly for national security purposes. According to the court's schedule that was released Thursday, the court would wait until at least April 5 to rule on that request, though the process could take longer.
As Republicans scrambled for votes to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, President Trump will likely be making calls "throughout the night" to shore up support, a White House official said Thursday.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he is continuing to make the calls throughout the night," White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah H. Sanders told reporters.
GOP lawmakers decided to postpone the vote on the bill until at least Friday morning when it became clear that there weren't enough "yes" votes to pass it. The decision came only about an hour after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that there would be no delay, and it appeared to catch the White House by surprise.
President Trump can continue to lease a downtown Washington hotel from the federal government, a federal agency has decided, determining that the unprecedented arrangement does not present a conflict.
The Trump organization has changed the lease to prevent the president from receiving any of the proceeds from hotel operations, a contracting officer with the General Services Administration, the agency that serves as the government's landlord, wrote in a letter released Thursday afternoon.
Together with the president’s decision to turn operation of the business over to his sons, that was enough to satisfy GSA that the president’s company, Trump Old Post Office LLC, was not in violation of a provision of its lease that forbids any federal official from benefiting from the deal.
A planned vote Thursday on the GOP's Obamacare overhaul was postponed after President Trump failed to broker a deal with the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the bill continued losing support from moderate Republicans.
Instead of an expected floor debate, the day became a frenzy of closed-door meetings as different GOP factions huddled in rooms across the Capitol complex.
Early in the morning, it became clear that the caucus — whose strength comes from the estimated 30 votes the group brings to the table — was splintering.
Responding to Democrats' threat to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attacked the move as partisan and predicted it would backfire.
"We find [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer's announcement truly disappointing because it breaks with the tradition of how the Senate has handled Supreme Court confirmation votes in modern times and represents the type of partisanship that Americans have grown tired of," Spicer said.
Schumer, the New York senator, said Democrats would demand that Gorsuch receive at least 60 votes before his nomination comes to a full floor vote.
Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it.
Two officials told the Associated Press that Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon would issue the recommendation Friday. A 60-day deadline to complete a Trump administration review is set to expire next Monday.
The pipeline requires a presidential permit. The officials say the White House would announce the permit's issuance after the State Department makes its recommendation. The officials weren't authorized to comment publicly ahead of the announcement and requested anonymity, the AP said.