Russian officials expressed anger and frustration Wednesday at the new sanctions bill passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives, calling the proposal a devastating step in already fragile Russia-U.S. relations.
“The situation is highly worrisome,” said Konstantin Kosachev, a Russian senator in the upper house of parliament and the chair of that body’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
“We will have to get used to the new situation when we don't have any major reasons left to build relations with the U.S.,” he said at a press conference in Moscow.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, six weeks after he was shot at a congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Va.
Scalise and four other people were injured when a gunman opened fire at the practice. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman.
"Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago," according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center released by Scalise's office.
Scalise will begin an "intensive" inpatient rehabilitation, the statement said. "He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation."
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry was the butt of a practical joke this month after two Russian comedians engaged him in a 22-minute phone call in which Perry was led to believe that he was speaking to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
During the conversation, Perry discussed supplying coal to Ukraine, whose own supplies have been cut because of the conflict in its eastern regions, where Russia-backed rebels control large swaths of coal-rich territory.
President Trump ratcheted up pressure on Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to fire the acting FBI director, who has been a periodic target of conservative attacks.
In two tweets Wednesday morning, Trump criticized Sessions for not replacing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat in 2015 and received contributions from the state Democratic Party.
"Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe," Trump wrote.
Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got....
President Trump messaged Wednesday that he has decided to bar transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. armed forces, a policy that could affect thousands of Americans now in uniform and others hoping to serve.
In a decision he disclosed on Twitter, Trump said the military would not “allow or accept” transgender service members, reversing a policy begun by the Obama administration last year.
It wasn't immediately clear what would happen to transgender service members now in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Estimates vary widely, from about 1,300 to 16,000 members of the armed services who are transgender.
President Trump's former campaign chairman will not be testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as originally scheduled, after the committee rescinded its subpoena.
The committee withdrew its subpoena for Paul Manafort late Tuesday after Manafort agreed to turn over documents and to continue negotiating about setting up an interview with the panel, according to Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman. The committee also removed Donald Trump Jr. from the list of witnesses scheduled for Wednesday's public hearing.
The panel has sought to talk with Manafort about a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, among other issues including his foreign political work on behalf of Ukrainian interests.
After Senate Republicans agreed to open debate Tuesday to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, they quickly shot down what was once their leading proposal for repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Republicans rejected their revised bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, despite having added a provision from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) favored by conservatives and another from Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to court centrists worried about Medicaid cuts.
It failed 43 to 57, not reaching the 60-vote threshold needed to advance. Nine Republicans voted against it.
Shortly after Barry Goldwater was named the Republican presidential nominee in 1964, Fact magazine published an article headlined, "1,189 Psychiatrists say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be President!"
Goldwater sued the magazine for libel, and in 1973 the American Psychiatric Assn. implemented anethics rule that prohibits psychiatrists from publicly commenting on the mental state of public figuresthey have not examined in person and from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss.
The so-called Goldwater Rule has gained renewed attention in the age of PresidentTrump, as his speeches and tweets have prompted some psychiatrists to argue that they have a responsibility to the public to speak up about his mental state. Confusion over the rule grew Tuesday after an article on health site Stat News reported that the American Psychoanalytic Assn. – not to be confused with the much larger American Psychiatric Assn. – told its members that the long-standing rule should not restrict them from publicly commenting on Trump or any other public figure.
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, considered to be a vulnerable Republican in next year's midterm election, voted Tuesday to allow debate to go forward on a bill that would attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.
On Twitter, this did not go unnoticed.
His statement attached to his tweet about why he chose to “vote to move forward and give us the chance to address the unworkable aspects of Obamacare” generated more than 5,300 replies within three hours of posting it.
The Trump administration on Tuesday strengthened its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, announcing a new policy that says local governments will lose some federal grants if they do not give federal officials advance notice when immigrants who are in the country illegally are about to be released from custody and allow immigration agents access to local jails.
The new policy, announced by the Department of Justice, will apply to all cities that get grants from the so-called Byrne Justice Assistance grant program, for which the administration has requested just over $380 million for the coming year.
Under the policy, cities will have to meet three conditions if they want the grants: honoring requests to give 48-hour notice when detainees are about to be released; allowing agents access to local and state jails, in order to pick up undocumented people who are being released; and compliance with a law that prohibits any jurisdictions from stopping the exchange of information about an individual’s immigration status.