WASHINGTON - Ten state governors seeking to avoid millions of dollars in federal healthcare cuts under Republican plans to replace Obamacare pressed their case in a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday, according to two people briefed on the talks. The governors are worried that repealing former President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law without a detailed replacement will take coverage away from millions of Americans and land the states with a large financial hit.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday he would recuse himself from any investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because he was involved with President Donald Trump's campaign. But Sessions, who was a long-time U.S. senator before becoming the country's top law enforcement official, said he did nothing wrong when he did not disclose during Senate testimony that he had met last year with Russia's ambassador.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump stood by his attorney general on Thursday as a political storm erupted after it emerged that Jeff Sessions met last year with Russia's ambassador but did not disclose the contacts in Senate testimony. Sessions is the country's top law enforcement official and several of his fellow Republicans in Congress called for him to recuse himself from investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday, Mar. 2 voted to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Energy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has promised to renew America’s nuclear weapons arsenal. The Senate also voted on Thursday to confirm retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in President Donald Trump's Cabinet.
A mouse caused a big delay for a flight from London to San Francisco, forcing passengers to switch aircraft after the tiny stowaway was discovered. The mouse was spotted scurrying under a door aboard British Airways Flight 285 at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday as passengers were buckled in for departure, a passenger told San Francisco television station KGO. This forced them to switch aircraft and endure a four-hour delay, according to KGO.
OTTAWA - It is not automatically guaranteed that more asylum seekers will seek to illegally cross into Canada from the United States as the weather improves, a Canadian government official said on Thursday. Several hundred people, mainly from Africa, have defied winter conditions to walk across the border since Jan 1. They are fleeing President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants, migrants and refugee agencies say.
BALTIMORE, Md. – Seven Baltimore police officers were arrested on Wednesday on federal racketeering charges for robbing and extorting up to $200,000 from victims, along with stealing guns and drugs, prosecutors said. Many of the alleged shakedowns took place while the Baltimore Police Department was under intense media scrutiny and facing a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation for the 2015 police-involved death of a black man that plunged the largely African-American city into turmoil.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump's campaign and in an executive order issued in January on border security, was to be financed, according to the White House, with "existing funds and resources" of the Department of Homeland Security.
WASHINGTON - Then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions spoke twice last year with Russia's ambassador, encounters he did not disclose when asked during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general about possible contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian officials, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing Justice Department officials.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee will investigate allegations of collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, the top Democrat on the panel said on Wednesday. "We have reached a written agreement, the minority and the majority in the House intelligence committee, that we will investigate allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign," Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said on MSNBC.