Correction: A previous version of this brief misspelled Gorsuch’s surname.
Executive orders: how Trump and Obama measure up
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Conservative Republicans Double Down on Push to Repeal Health Law
Conservative Republicans, worried about growing voices within the party advising or accepting a slower pace for repealing the Affordable Care Act, are redoubling their push to speed the GOP’s long-desired goal. President Donald Trump on Sunday became the latest top Republican to sound cautious notes about the party’s ability to rapidly repeal large swaths of the 2010 health law and enact its own vision.
Will Gorsuch Have to Rule on Trump’s Travel Ban?
President Trump’s controversial travel ban might be significantly weaker by the time his Supreme Court nominee has a chance to weigh in on it, legal experts said. Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court just as a nationwide legal battle was unfolding over the president’s executive order barring all refugees and many Middle Eastern visitors from the U.S. And Senate Democrats have said the ongoing legal fight will raise new questions about Gorsuch’s independence—whether he would be willing to strike down a signature policy of the president who nominated him.
Yemen Raid Had Secret Target: Al Qaeda Leader Qassim Al-Rimi
The Navy SEAL raid in Yemen last week had a secret objective — the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who survived and is now taunting President Donald Trump in an audio message. Military and intelligence officials told NBC News the goal of the massive operation was to capture or kill Qassim al-Rimi, considered the third most dangerous terrorist in the world and a master recruiter.
A Small Ohio Town Clamors to Curb Aggressive Policing
The scene was an all-too-familiar one on the streets of America’s cities: a black suspect on the ground, roughed up by white police officers as an angry crowd looked on. But Yellow Springs is a tiny, predominantly white village, and the arrest at the annual New Year’s street celebration was an awakening to many who live here.
U.N. Chief Presses U.S. to Keep Up Its Support
Secretary General António Guterres urged the U.S. not to scale back its support for the United Nations, saying that any move to defund or disengage from the world body would pave the way for other nations to fill in the void. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Guterres said he hoped to send a message to President Donald Trump that “there is value” to the U.S. for its contributions to programs and operations such as peacekeeping, climate change and humanitarian relief.
Hacker reveals dark arts of Russian blackmail and spies
A few hours before Vladimir Putin gave his 2014 new year’s speech, a shadowy group calling itself Shaltai Boltai — the Russian for Humpty Dumpty, the nursery rhyme character — beat the Russian president to it by posting the text online. “We’re always with you, even when you least suspect it,” the anonymous bloggers wrote.
Trump Asks Court to Reinstate Ban, Argues Security at Risk
The Trump administration will argue before a San Francisco court Tuesday that a temporary ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries should be reinstated to ensure the nation’s safety, a skirmish in what may be a long legal and political battle over the limits of presidential power. “The court’s sweeping nationwide injunction is vastly overbroad,” the administration said in a Monday filing challenging a Seattle judge’s halt of President Donald Trump’s plan.
‘If something happens’: Trump points his finger in case of a terrorist attack
President Trump appears to be laying the groundwork to preemptively shift blame for any future terrorist attack on U.S. soil from his administration to the federal judiciary, as well as to the media. In recent tweets, Trump personally attacked James L. Robart, a U.S. district judge in Washington state, for putting “our country in such peril” with his ruling that temporarily blocked enforcement of the administration’s ban on all refugees as well as citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Flynn to recommend Trump back NATO membership for Montenegro
White House national security adviser Michael Flynn will recommend that President Donald Trump support allowing the small Balkan nation of Montenegro to join NATO, POLITICO has learned — despite strong opposition from Russia. The move will be a major test of the new administration’s policy toward Moscow, which considers any further eastward expansion of the Western military alliance a provocation.
Bracing for Trump’s Revenge
Donald Trump has never made a secret of his penchant for personal vengeance. He boasts about it, tweets about it, tells long, rambling stories about it on the transcontinental speaking circuit
Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Has Another Problem: Undocumented Help
President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, employed an undocumented immigrant as household help, Puzder has informed members of the administration and officials in the Senate involved in his confirmation process. Hiring undocumented workers has sunk nominees in the past, particularly when it reflects directly on the scope of the Cabinet position.
Senate Dems Hold All-Night Floor Session in Effort to Stop DeVos
Senate Democrats stayed up for an all-night floor session to make their case against President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos . Starting on Monday afternoon, the Democrats vowed to talk on the Senate floor for 24-hours with the hopes of persuading one more Republican to vote against DeVos, which could tip the balance against her but is unlikely to happen.
Cotton and Trump plot crackdown on legal immigration
Overlooked in Donald Trump’s campaign crusade against illegal immigration was his vow to crack down on legal immigration, too. Now, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a reliable Trump ally, is taking steps to execute that part of the president’s immigration vision — and it could provoke a showdown between two competing ends of the GOP: the working-class populists led by Trump and the establishment Chamber of Commerce wing.
Neil Gorsuch’s Dance Card Filling Up
Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Senate dance card is filling up with Democrats who could be key to his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is scheduled to meet with 14 senators this week, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
Senators introduce resolution in support of Australia after Trump call
Senators are moving to shore up the U.S.-Australian relationship after reports of a contentious call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bipartisan resolution on Monday “reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Australia alliance relationship.”
House staffers under criminal investigation still employed
Multiple Democratic lawmakers have yet to cut ties with House staffers under criminal investigation for wide-ranging equipment and data theft. Imran Awan, a longtime House staffer who worked for more than two dozen Democrats since 2004, is still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, though his access to the House IT network has been blocked since last week.
House Passes the Email Privacy Act (Again)
The House passed the Email Privacy Act unanimously by voice vote on Monday. The bill requires government agencies and law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing the contents of any electronic communications that are being stored by third-party service providers.
How Attorneys General Became Democrats’ Bulwark Against Trump
The three Democratic lawyers met over dinner in a cavernous hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., picking at seafood as they discussed how to take on President Trump: Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York; Josh Shapiro, his counterpart in Pennsylvania; and Xavier Becerra, a former congressman who had been sworn in as attorney general of California only a day earlier. Unrecognized so far from home, and little known to one another, the men spent a Wednesday evening late in January discussing a range of White House policies that might unsettle their states, including a mass deportation of unauthorized immigrants.
Gov. signs bill making Missouri 28th right-to-work state
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday made Missouri the 28th state to ban mandatory union fees and dues, delivering a big win for primarily GOP supporters who have worked for years to pass the so-called right-to-work measure. The move comes amid a national push to implement such policies.
Top lawyer to help Wisconsin Republicans in fight over legislative maps
Wisconsin Republicans are retaining former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement — one of the best-known litigators in the country — to try to get the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent them from having to redraw maps of legislative districts. Clement has charged clients more than $1,300 an hour, but state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said it hasn’t been determined yet how much Wisconsin taxpayers will have to pay to have Clement write a friend-of-the-court brief.
In response to Trump, Assembly passes ‘sanctuary state’ bill
In New York’s broadest response yet to President Donald Trump’s early weeks in office, Democrats who dominate the state Assembly passed a bill Monday that would make New York a “sanctuary state,” and members are poised to again pass legislation that would open tuition assistance programs to undocumented students. The bills were part of a slate of legislation, which passed the chamber over GOP objections, that face an uncertain-at-best fate in the state Senate, which is controlled by Republicans in coalition with the Independent Democratic Conference.
HB2 could soon cost NC six years of NCAA championship events, sports group says
The NCAA could soon block its college sports championships from being held in North Carolina through 2022 if House Bill 2 is not repealed, according to a letter sent to state legislators Monday by the N.C. Sports Association. “Our contacts at the NCAA tell us that, due to their stance on HB2, all North Carolina bids will be pulled from the review process and removed from consideration,” Scott Dupree of the N.C. Sports Association and Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance wrote.
Lobbying’s top 50: Who’s spending big
Fifty companies and industry groups shelled out more than $716 million to lobby the federal government and Congress last year, according to data provided to The Hill by the Center for Responsive Politics. The eye-popping total represents nearly a quarter of all federal lobbying dollars in 2016 and a slight increase over 2015, when the 50 biggest spenders doled out $715 million.
Lobbyists, Corporate Clients Open Wallets for Trump
K Street has entered the Trump era. Lobbyists and organizations that seek to influence Washington mostly neglected the presidential campaign of Donald Trump early last year, but by the end of 2016, the sector had begun to embrace him, new lobbying disclosures show.
Opinions, Editorials and Perspectives
Neil Gorsuch Needs 60 Votes
In a little more than two weeks, President Donald Trump has put an unprecedented strain on the Constitution. He’s unleashed a flurry of legally dubious executive orders, including his travel ban designed to keep people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering our country.
How to Build an Autocracy
The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.
Keith Ellison Is Everything Republicans Thought Obama Was. Maybe He’s Just What Democrats Need.
Last May, as Donald Trump was locking up the Republican nomination, a prophetic clip began circulating among portions of the left. It was a nearly one-year-old segment of ABC’s Sunday show This Week, featuring Rep. Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat then on the verge of winning a sixth term.
The ObamaCare Cleanup Begins
All of a sudden the press is filled with stories about Republicans supposedly retreating from their promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Liberals are claiming vindication and conservatives are getting nervous, but the stampede to declare failure is premature.
Trump is a boy’s idea of a man
My friend has a teenage son. He’s a good kid, well-behaved, impeccably mannered and exasperatingly unpredictable, as many teenagers are — a man one minute, a boy the next. My friend has schooled his son in the verities of life — be truthful, be reliable, be civil, be patient and, above all, be humble.
Research Reports and Polling
Diversity welcomed in Australia, U.S. despite uncertainty over Muslim integration
The global surge of refugees in recent years has raised questions not only about border security and immediate aid to those fleeing persecution and conflict, but the challenge of countries settling and assimilating refugees from different cultures. These issues are in the news again in Australia, where a refugee resettlement agreement between the Turnbull government and the United States’ former Obama administration is making headlines.