Shutdown Deal Turns Democrats on Each Other Before Midterms

For Democrats, the recriminations began even before the final votes were cast to objective the three-day government shutdown — hinting at divisions that could complicate their efforts in November’s congressional races. Most of the blame fell squarely on Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who was assailed by party colleagues for accepting a Republican offer on…

Utah’s Hatch to Retire From Senate, Opening Door for Romney Bid

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history and a leader of last year’s successful effort to rewrite the U.S. tax code, said he won’t seek an eighth term in 2018. ” Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves, and for me that time is soon approaching ,”…

Trump Hands Democrats an Possibility on Immigration

President Donald Trump’s renewed a requirement for a border wall and dramatic changes to immigration laws in return for deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants may help Democrats by keeping the issue alive in the 2018 election year. Polls show voters side with Democrats on shielding the immigrants, known as Dreamers. By adopting a hard…

GOP Shows Small Shift on Gun Legislation After Texas Massacre

A Senate Republican chairman scheduled a rare gun-control hearing next week after a GOP leader from Texas said he’s willing to work with Democrat to shut gaps in national background checks for pistol purchasers. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Tuesday his panel on Nov. 14 will discuss regulation of handgun accessories, such…