After enduring an unusually bitter confirmation battle for a sitting U.S. senator, Jeff Sessions will barely have time to settle into his fifth-floor office at the Justice Department before he takes center stage in some of the nation’s most acute controversies.
If Sessions is confirmed as attorney general Wednesday by the Senate, as expected, he will be responsible for leading the legal defense of President Trump’s immigration restrictions, for halting and investigating terrorist attacks, and for probing hate crimes and abuses by local and state law enforcement.
He also is expected to play a key role in implementing Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration by increasing deportations.
Will the fifth time be the charm for Andy Puzder, President Trump's nominee for Labor secretary?
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for the fast-food executive on Feb. 16, said Taylor Haulsee, a spokesman for the committee chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).
Four previously scheduled hearings were delayed as senators awaited Puzder's paperwork from the Office of Government Ethics.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering arguments over lifting a temporary halt to President Trump's controversial travel ban, said Wednesday morning there would be no decision issued today.
Three judges from the court heard arguments from Department of Justice and Washington state attorneys Tuesday afternoon over whether to reinstate Trump's executive order stopping refugee admission and immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries.
The ban had been put on hold nationwide Friday following the order of a federal district judge in Seattle who is presiding over a lawsuit from Washington and Minnesota states against the ban. The Trump administration has asked the 9th Circuit to reverse the Seattle decision.
On the same day the Senate rebuked her for reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced she has a new book coming out in April.
“This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class” is scheduled to be released on April 18 by Metropolitan Books, the publisher announced Tuesday, before Warren was reprimanded on the Senate floor.
Warren's book will, the publisher promised, tell “the story of how the United States built the greatest middle class in history, and how big corporations and financial institutions then came to overpower the interests of poor, lower-income, and middle-class Americans.”
America’s once-solid middle class is on the ropes, and now Donald Trump and his administration seem determined to deliver the knock-out punch. At this perilous moment in our country’s history, it’s time to fight back -- and I’m looking for more people to join me.
In an extraordinarily rare move, Senate Republicans said that Sen. Elizabeth Warren had breached Senate rules by reading past statements opposing Jeff Sessions from figures such as the late senator Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and the late Coretta Scott King. Feb. 7, 2017. (C-SPAN)
The winner of CNN's prime-time debate between likely 2020 presidential contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz was clear: Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The Massachusetts Democrat punctured the political noise in a defining way late Tuesday night when Senate Republicans silenced her reading of Coretta Scott King's years-ago criticisms of Trump's attorney general pick, Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Warren was voted down by Senate Republicans — "The senator will take her seat," said the presiding officer — in a dramatic display of political clumsiness coming amid concerns over Sessions' past views on race and at the start of Black History Month.
President Trump was responding to Nordstrom's announcement last week that it would stop selling his daughter's clothing and accessories line because of poor sales. A boycott of stores that carry Trump-branded merchandise began after Trump was elected.
President Trump accused federal judges Wednesday of playing politics by suspending his travel ban and forcefully went after the appeals judges who are deciding whether to uphold that decision.
"It’s a sad day," Trump said. "I think our security is at risk today, and it will be at risk until we get what we are entitled to."
Speaking to a gathering of police chiefs in Washington, Trump put on a highly public show of trying to sway the judges. They heard arguments a day earlier in the lawsuit over his executive order suspending all refugee admissions and canceling visas from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has earned a rare rebuke by the Senate for — believe it or not — quoting Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor.
The Massachusetts Democrat ran afoul of the chamber's arcane rules by reading a 30-year-old letter from Dr. Martin Luther King's widow that dated to Sen. Jeff Sessions' failed judicial nomination three decades ago.
The chamber is debating the Alabama Republican's nomination for attorney general, with Democrats dropping senatorial niceties to oppose Sessions and Republicans sticking up for him.
The GOP majority on the House Administration Committee voted to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which was created by Congress after the 2000 Florida recount to upgrade voting technology and provide election-related information to federal entities, state officials and election administrators.
A lawyer for the Trump administration ran into skeptical questions from a panel of federal judges as the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals began a hearing on the president's travel ban.
"Haven't there been allegations here of bad faith" by President Trump in his decision making, asked Judge Michelle T. Friedland, referring to claims that the executive order restricting travel from seven countries was a thinly disguised way of banning Muslims from the country.
The three-judge 9th Circuit panel is hearing arguments on whether to allow Trump's executive order to be implemented. A district court judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the government from putting the executive order into effect.