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…

Trump Signals Interest in Gun Background Checks After Shooting

President Donald Trump is using part of the U.S. vacation weekend in South Florida to discuss how to improve school safety and avoid gun violence following the country’s latest mass shooting. Trump, staying at his Mar-a-Lago retreat and venturing out to the golf course, has been speaking with people ranging from members of his resort…