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Enterprise ends car rental discount for NRA members - 23 Feb 2018 at 1:02am - Car rental company Enterprise says it is ending a discount program for National Rifle Association members....

At Olympics, omnipresent flags are a tricky political dance - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:47am - PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- A group of high school students plan to keep their new flags all their lives, as a souvenir of this historic political and Olympic moment that they traveled across their nation to witness....

AP Explains: Rare honor reserved for Graham at the Capitol - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:33am - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is reserving one of the nation's greatest distinctions for the Rev. Billy Graham, selecting him to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next Wednesday and Thursday....

Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:31am - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools....

Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:10am - ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens remains defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy, alleging the Republican took a compromising photo of a woman during an extramarital affair the year before he was elected....

Ex-Trump campaign associates face more charges - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:10am - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate....

Another Shooting, Another Gun Debate. Will the Outcome Be the Same? - 22 Feb 2018 at 11:30pm - Last week?s school massacre in Florida set the well-worn machinery of America?s gun debate in motion. But angry students inject new passion into a stale fight.

U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre - 22 Feb 2018 at 10:54pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

The Point: Greitens is in deep, deep trouble - 22 Feb 2018 at 10:10pm - The indictment of Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony charge of invasion of privacy Thursday night further imperils his already dicey political future.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted - 22 Feb 2018 at 10:02pm - Missouri GOP. Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted on Thursday, amid looming allegations of sexual misconduct and blackmail following an admission of an affair last month.

Immigration agency rewrites mission statement - 22 Feb 2018 at 10:02pm - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The agency that oversees legal immigration no longer describes the U.S. as "a nation of immigrants" in its mission statement....

Mueller files new charges against Manafort and Gates - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:52pm - Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed new charges against former Donald Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

Mueller Files New Fraud Charges Against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:42pm - The charges do not involve President Trump or his campaign, but they compound the legal problems for Mr. Manafort, his former campaign chairman.

Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:30pm - (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said.

US State spokesperson on Syria: 'I don't know what some of you expect us to do' - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:29pm - State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert struggled to describe specific steps the State Department and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are taking to end the violence in Syria at the agency's briefing on Thursday, exclaiming, "I don't know what some of you expect us to do," while arguing that the administration is "fully engaged."

Immigration agency drops 'nation of immigrants' from mission statement - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:26pm - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services changed its mission statement to no longer include a passage describing the country as "a nation of immigrants."

Trump Promotes Arming Teachers With Guns, but Rejects Active Shooter Drills - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:25pm - President Trump promoted arming specially trained teachers to fend off school shooters, but rejected active-shooter drills to survive a rampage.

WaPo: Key Russian oligarch in touch with Russia, Assad before mercenaries att... - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:23pm - Before a Russian mercenary attack on US and allied forces in Syria earlier this month, the Russian oligarch believed to control the mercenaries -- a man who the US special counsel indicted last week -- was "in close touch" with Russian and Syrian officials, The Washington Post reported Thursday evening.

Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:21pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Special counsel files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:09pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel in the Russia probe filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump?s Empathy? - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:57pm - Consoler in chief has been a role that President Trump has been slow and somewhat reluctant to embrace ? especially in contrast to his predecessor.

Justice Dept. to Prioritize Prosecutions for Lying in Gun Background Checks - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:43pm - The guidance, expected to be announced in the coming days, allows the Trump administration to take action on guns without issuing rules that might inflame gun rights supporters.

Ex-staffer regrets racy photos sent to congressional hopeful - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:41pm - PHOENIX (AP) -- A former aide to Arizona Senate Republicans expressed regret Thursday that she sent pictures of herself in "various states of undress" to an ex-state senator now running for the U.S. House seat of a disgraced congressman....

As Conservatives Gather, Anger at the News Media Runs Deep - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:32pm - The first panel of this year?s Conservative Political Action Conference took aim at the press, and the attacks did not let up from there.

Right and Left React to the Deepening Divide Over Gun Control - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:32pm - Writers from across the political spectrum on the divisive debate on gun restrictions in the wake of the mass shooting in Florida last week.

New indictment hits Manafort, Gates with tax and bank fraud charges - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:29pm - The 32-count indictment was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia

US immigration agency updates statement to no longer say 'nation of immigrants' - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:24pm - The agency in charge of US immigration services has updated its mission statement to no longer include the phrase "nation of immigrants."

1 guaranteed way to change the gun debate - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:23pm - We may well be in the midst of a landmark moment in the long and controversial history of the politics of guns in America.

Cruz embraces Trump ahead of re-election - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:16pm - Up for a second Senate term in Texas this year, "Lyin' Ted" Cruz, as President Donald Trump nicknamed him, is suddenly Trump's biggest fan.

Sources: Mueller probe stymies Kushner security clearance - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:11pm - Jared Kushner has been unable to obtain a full security clearance in part because of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Former Trump Aide Calls Paris Climate Accord ?a Good Republican Agreement? - 22 Feb 2018 at 8:03pm - In an interview, George David Banks, who stepped down recently, said he also believed Mr. Trump might still be willing to remain in the global climate pact.

Trump proposes bonuses for teachers who get gun training - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:59pm - President Donald Trump spent Thursday grappling with how to prevent more school massacres and address the gun debate gripping the country, offering solutions such as giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training.

Missouri governor indicted on invasion of privacy charge related to affair - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:52pm - A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's admitted extramarital affair with a woman in 2015.

Billy Graham to Lie in Honor at the U.S. Capitol - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:39pm - Mr. Graham, the evangelist and presidential pastor who died this week, will become the fourth private citizen to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

Ministers conclude crunch Brexit talks at Chequers - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:34pm - Brexit sub-committee meets for eight hours over Brexit strategy, ahead of a speech by the PM next week.

Far-right French politician condemns Muslim immigration in CPAC speech - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:29pm - Far-right French politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen railed against Muslim immigration during a speech Thursday at a major gathering of conservatives.

A Supreme Court Showdown Could Shrink Unions? Power - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:23pm - Workers in a small Illinois town are worried that a Supreme Court decision curbing union power would hurt their community.

Pentagon to provide recommendation on transgender individuals to Trump this week - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:16pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will provide his recommendation to President Donald Trump on transgender individuals and military service sometime this week, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

As conservatives party at CPAC, it's liberalism that's on the rise - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:13pm - The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is meeting this week in Maryland, and in some ways, it's a good time to be a conservative. Republicans control all branches of the federal government, while Democrats and liberals are shut out.

Ivanka Trump becomes an attack line in Nevada GOP primary - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:09pm - Nevada Sen. Dean Heller's Republican primary challenger is trying to tie him to Ivanka Trump as a way to cast him as too liberal.