Facebook Accounts Purged Before Midterm Elections Russian-linked

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has announced that numerous pages and accounts taken down on the eve of the midterms were possibly connected to a Russian government-linked troll group. The pages targeted people across the political spectrum on Facebook as well as on Instagram. Some of the pages had been running for more than a year. […]

Suspect In Senator Doxxing Denied Bail

Former House Democratic staffer Jackson Cosko has been ordered held without bail ahead of his pending trial for doxxing GOP senators. He has been accused of posting the personal information of a Republican senator online. Cosko has been charged with several federal and local crimes in the District of Columbia. Cosko was arrested Oct. 3. […]

Uber Offering Free Rides To Go Vote

Uber is offering free rides to polling places on Election Day to help get people to vote during the midterm elections. Uber has also created a polling place button on its app that will help voters figure out where they are supposed to go to vote. Voting for the midterm elections is on Tuesday, Nov. […]

Defense Department Canceling $300M In Pakistan Aid

The Defense Department will cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that was previously suspended. The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies for costs incurred supporting counter-insurgency operations. The aid has now been canceled over Pakistan’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants. Military experts […]

Pay Raises For Civilian Federal Employees Canceled

Across-the-board pay raises for civilian workers in the federal government have been canceled by President Donald Trump. An across-the-board 2.1 percent pay increase for federal workers was slated to take effect in January. The action means that roughly 1.8 million people won’t get that automatic pay boost next year. In a letter to congressional leaders, […]

US Revokes $200 Million Of Economic Aid To Palestinians

The Trump administration has announced that nearly all the money the United States had planned to spend on aid projects in Palestine this year has been revoked. The State Department notified Congress of the decision on the more than $200 million in economic aid in a brief, three-paragraph notice. In the notice, the department said […]

DNC Curbs Superdelegate Powers With Historic Vote

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has just voted to enact the most consequential reforms to the party’s nominating process since the 1980s. The more than 400 voting members of the DNC overwhelmingly passed a reform package curbing the influence of superdelegates by a voice vote of acclamation. The reform package also included a host of […]

Administration Redirecting $200M Of Syria Stabilization Funds

The Trump administration has announced that it will be redirecting $200 million in funds slated for Syria stabilization efforts. That money would have had to have been returned to the Treasury Department at the end of this budget year on Sept. 30 if it had remained unspent. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the decision […]

US Weighing Further Increases In Tariffs On Chinese Goods

The proposed tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods may be raised from 10 percent to 25 percent, according to US President Donald Trump’s administration. The duties could take effect after the administration draws up its revised, final list of imports that will be affected by the tariffs. Hearings on the matter are scheduled for […]

Senate Defense Spending Bill Kills ZTE Deal

Ohio’s Voter Purges Found To Be Legal

A deeply divided Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that Ohio’s plan to purge voters from the state’s election rolls does not violate established laws. Under the plan in Ohio, the state would be purging voters who failed to vote for six years and did not confirm their residency. Ohio currently has the strictest such law […]

DNC Rule Change Angers Bernie Sanders Supporters

The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee has approved a prospective rule change aimed at preventing non-Democrats from seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. At a DNC meeting in Providence, R.I., the committee embraced a rule change that requires all candidates for the party’s nomination to “run and serve” as Democrats. DNC member Randi […]

Summit Meeting Between U.S. And North Korea Cancelled

The White House has announced that the United States will not participate in a planned meeting with North Korea’s leader. The meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. President Donald Trump said, “I believe this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and, indeed for the world.” […]

Comey Memos Released By Justice Department

The Justice Department has released redacted copies of a set of memos written by James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd notified the chairs of at least six congressional committees that it was providing both redacted and un-redacted versions of the documents. Unredacted versions of the memos will be delivered […]

Uncertainty Swirls Around $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

Congressional leaders have agreed on a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30. The House and Senate had until midnight Friday to pass the spending bill to avoid another government shutdown. The 2,232-page spending bill was unveiled two days before the deadline. The spending bill is long overdue, coming almost halfway […]

France’s National Front Tries Rebranding

France’s far-right National Front has rebranded with a new party name in a fresh start for the organization. National Front leader Marine Le Pen proposed the party should rename itself “Rassemblement National,” which translates to “National Rally.” Members now will vote on whether to confirm Rassemblement National as the party name. Marine Le Pen took […]

Bipartisan Group Advocates For Changes In Federal Sentencing Laws

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing to revive legislation that would bring big changes to federal sentencing laws. The proposal would significantly reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. The bill will also create a new system for determining which offenders would be eligible for early release and new programs to better prepare […]

Six Teens Running For Kansas Governor

Six Kansas teens are taking advantage of a loophole in state law to run for governor of the state. The teenagers have all submitted paperwork with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission to run in the November election for governor of Kansas. To stay in the race, they have to pay a filing fee by June […]

Federal Government Shuts Down Over Spending Bill

Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday morning because Congress couldn’t come to an agreement on funding. Funding for the government was set to expire at midnight January 19. Shutdowns usually happen in times of divided government. This is the first time it’s happened with one party controlling both Congress and the […]

New National Security Doctrine Calls Out China, Russia

A new 68-page national security doctrine published by the White House is under fire for describing Russia and China as “revisionist” powers for seeking a change in the American-led world order. The document acknowledges Russia’s hostile schemes, identifies long-term challenges with China, and builds on Trump’s “America first” rhetoric. The national security strategy provides Congress […]

U.S. Astronauts Going Back To Moon Under Trump Directive

President Donald Trump has signed a directive to begin the process to return Americans to the moon. The directive, titled “Space Policy Directive 1”, creates a foundation for a future mission to the moon. The directive also establishes a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and beyond. The directive would have NASA put people […]

Trump Administration Decision On Jerusalem Roils Middle East

President Donald Trump has roiled the Middle East with the announcement that the United States would formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr. Trump argued that acknowledging Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government was “the right thing to do” and “a long overdue step to advance the peace process.” The move drew a storm […]

Trump Expresses Disdain For AT&T-Time Warner Deal

AT&T Inc.’s (NYSE:T) merger with Time Warner Inc. is under fire after negative comments from the White House. President Donald Trump said the merger between the companies would be “not good for the country.” Trump made the comment as he departed the White House for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Earlier this week, […]

FCC Relaxes Rules On Media Company Mergers

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to eliminate some regulations regarding the mergers of media companies. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that the rules were harmful to traditional media outlets in today’s media world. The regulations were eliminated in a 3-to-2 vote. The rules that federal regulators rolled back are decades old. They were first […]

Trump Reveals Harsh Conditions For DACA Deal

President Trump is demanding a long list of line immigration measures that in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. The Dreamers are comprised of roughly 800,000 young immigrants brought here illegally as children. The demands represented terms that hard-line conservatives have been pursuing for decades. Administration officials say […]

Senator Warren Launches Bill Aimed At Equifax

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with 11 other Democratic senators, has introduced a bill to allow consumers to freeze their credit for free after a massive data breach at Equifax. The proposed bill would stop companies like Equifax from charging consumers to freeze their credit files. However, with a Republican-controlled Congress, it will be a […]

Despite Pledge by President Keystone Does Not Require U.S. Steel

The new Keystone XL pipeline project will not be required to purchase steel made in the U.S. to earn approval for construction from the White House administration, said President Donald Trump’s administration late last week, despite repeated claims by the president himself. The executive order by the president that mandates the use of steel made […]

Over Four Million Toys Seized by Venezuelan Authorities

Bicycles, play sets, dolls and other toys were amongst the close to 4 million toys seized by the government of Venezuela. The toys are now going to be sold at steep discounts after a government regulator said a big toy distributor hoarded the 4 million toys in an attempt to increase the price. Girls and […]

Hillary Clinton Announces Program to Stop Price Gouging

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has criticized a number of pharmaceutical companies that increase prices of older drugs to increase their profit margins. She called the price hikes of the EpiPen outrageous and has accused Martin Shkreli the embattled pharma executive of price gouging on a anti-parasitic drug that is decades old. On Friday, Clinton’s […]

Venezuela Paying Debts by Shipping Gold

So that it can pay debt, Venezuela has started to ship gold to Europe. In mid January, Venezuela sent gold bars worth over $1.3 billion to Switzerland according to Swiss Federal Customs administration data. The gold was sent only weeks prior to two large debt payments that were due in February that totaled $2.3 billion. […]

Donald Trump Rally Turns Violent, Protester Injured

On Saturday, a rally for the Donald Trump campaign erupted in violence when rally attendees attacked a protester who disrupted Trump’s speech. The rally attendees shoved, tackled, punched and kicked the protester, reportedly causing numerous injuries. Trump is currently the Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination and there were several thousand supporters at the rally. […]

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Ends Presidential Campaign

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the 2016 race for president Tuesday, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support among Republicans sifting through a long list of contenders for the GOP nomination. Jindal, whose term as governor expires at year’s end, said he would return to work at his […]

Obama Immigration Plan Suffers Setback in Federal Appeals Court

President Barack Obama’s plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally suffered another setback Monday in a ruling from a New Orleans-based federal appeals court. In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas-based federal judge’s injunction blocking the administration’s immigration initiative. […]