Explanation of federal government shutdowns

Why do we keep hearing about a possible government shutdown? To understand why, you need to understand the federal budget process. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 established guidelines for funding the federal government. And it sets a detailed timeline. It starts with the president submitting a budget to Congress on the first Monday in…

Jeff Sessions, DOJ move toward showdown with ‘sanctuary cities’

The Trump administration on Friday pushed closer to a showdown with cities and counties that have enacted policies prohibiting law enforcement personnel from cooperating with federal immigration authorities about people in the country illegally. The Justice Department sent letters to nine jurisdictions, often referred to as “sanctuary cities,” escalating warnings that federal law enforcement grants…

Trump floats complete repeal of Dodd-Frank

Last week, President Donald Trump told a group of CEOs that his administration is planning a “very major haircut” on the Wall Street Reform Act. It was hardly the first time that Trump and members of his administration spoke of regulatory reform. On several other occasions, the Trump administration made it known that Dodd-Frank is a…

Trump pick Neil Gorsuch sworn in to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – Neil Gorsuch, picked by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice at the White House on Monday and was poised to have an instant impact on a court once again dominated by conservatives. Trump earned the biggest political victory…

President Trump’s situation room photo becomes instant meme

Apr 7th 2017 5:49PM A photo is circulating of President Donald Trump and his inner circle in what served as a situation room at Mar-A-Lago. The meeting was held regarding the launch of ballistic missiles on an airbase in Syria. The president is surrounded by advisors and cabinet members, including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus,…

Senate set to approve Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. Senate was poised on Friday to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, conservative appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, providing the president with his first major victory since taking office in January. Republicans have a 52-48 Senate majority and all of them support Gorsuch, as do a…

Trump says chemical attack in Syria crossed many lines

U.S. President Donald Trump accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government of going “beyond a red line” with a poison gas attack on civilians and said his attitude toward Syria and Assad had changed, but gave no indication of how he would respond. Trump said the attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them…

Trump is ordering airstrikes at 5 times the pace Obama did

US airstrikes in eastern Yemen over the weekend targeted Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, continuing the effort to disrupt “a terror organization that presents a very significant threat to the” US, a Navy spokesman said on Monday. The weekend strikes, reportedly about 20 in total and mostly unmanned, brings the total against AQAP since…