Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that the Trump administration is making school safety the “top national priority” as it responds to the deadly mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school.

“As the president has said, no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school,” Pence told the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC.

Trump was meeting at the White House with state and local government officials about school safety. Pence noted that the president later this week also will talk to state governors coming to Washington for their annual winter meeting.

  • Russia
John Dowd, pictured in 2007, is one of the lawyers representing President Trump.
John Dowd, pictured in 2007, is one of the lawyers representing President Trump. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

It’s time to end the investigation into whether President Trump’s team colluded with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election, one of the president’s personal lawyers said Saturday. 

The statement from John Dowd came the morning after Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions fired Andy McCabe, a former top FBI official who is accused of making misleading statements during an internal review. McCabe had been a frequent target of Trump’s criticisms and claimed his firing was another attempt to undermine the Russia investigation. 

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier,” Dowd said. He first provided his statement to the Daily Beast.  


President Trump is seeking more than $20 million in damages from the porn actress who is trying to void the deal that requires her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with him, according to court papers filed Friday by his attorneys.

Stormy Daniels has breached her confidentiality agreement at least 20 times, the Trump legal team alleged in filings in federal court in Los Angeles. The pact entitles Trump to at least $1 million in damages each time Daniels breaks her silence about the president.

Andrew McCabe, a former top FBI official who fell into the crosshairs of President Trump's angry tweets, has been fired less than two days ahead of his planned retirement Sunday after Justice Department officials concluded he had made misleading statements during an internal investigation.

McCabe was sacked Friday night by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, who acted on a recommendation from the department's Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles allegations of improper conduct.

President Trump praised the late-night firing of former top FBI official Andrew McCabe and blasted him and former FBI Director James B. Comey, whom Trump axed last year.

Democrats said the firing was inappropriate and vindictive. They questioned Trump’s motive.

Analysts projected the political fallout. 

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) with President Trump.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) with President Trump. (Michael Reynolds / EPA)

President Trump moved Friday to protect the GOP’s majority in the U.S. Senate by persuading a Republican challenger to drop out of the primary race against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.

Shortly after Trump tweeted that Danny Tarkanian, a staunch supporter of the president, should clear the way for Heller to run unopposed, Tarkanian did exactly that.

Heller is one of the nation’s most vulnerable Republican senators in a year when Trump’s unpopularity has imperiled many GOP incumbents.

  • Congress
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 25, 2014.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 25, 2014. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died.

Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee. She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led it from 2007 through 2010.

Hard on the heels of firing his secretary of State, President Trump is preparing another shake-up, moving toward replacing his national security advisor, H.R. McMaster.

The three-star Army general has been widely seen as a calming force in a chaotic West Wing, but never clicked with the commander in chief. A decision to replace him has long been rumored, and now seems increasingly imminent.


President Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of State probably augurs the end of the 2015 accord that has blocked Iran from building nuclear weapons, an agreement praised by world powers but detested by Trump — and by Pompeo, a notable hawk on the Islamic Republic.

Trump has set a May 12 deadline to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord unless European allies "fix" it, a prospect that appears unlikely. The president also has agreed to meet in May with Kim Jong Un to try to persuade the North Korean leader to surrender his already large nuclear arsenal, which seems even more remote.

A little more than a week after President Trump's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, quit in response to Trump's sweeping tariffs on imported metals, the White House announced a replacement who is similarly a staunch free-trader with experience on Wall Street and known for his hard-charging style.

What's different about Larry Kudlow, named Wednesday to be the new director of the National Economic Council, is that he shares the president's penchant for media promotion and, perhaps most important, has proved to be a loyal supporter and informal advisor from Trump's early days in the campaign.

President Trump was only out of Washington for 36 hours this week, for an overnight trip to California and, on Wednesday, to St. Louis. He returns to even more tumult than he'd left, largely the fallout of his own actions on his way out of town.

Besides creating heightened uncertainty throughout his top ranks about the standing of major advisors, even speculation about a purge, Trump also confronts elevated concerns in his party for its congressional majorities after Republicans apparently lost a special election in which he was an underlying issue.