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AUDIO and transcript: Supreme Court hears arguments on the travel ban - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:39pm - The Supreme Court took the unusual step to immediately release audio of oral arguments in the challenge of the Trump administration's travel ban Wednesday.

Why the win for Republicans in Arizona 8 is still good for Democrats - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:37pm -
The Shindigger: James Comey?s Book Party Was Larded With Journalists - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:23pm - Excluded from the Trumps? first state dinner, where else were they to go?

Vel Phillips, Housing Rights Champion in the ?60s, Dies at 95 - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:22pm - She broke racial and gender barriers on her way to spearheading open-housing legislation in Milwaukee and was a voice in Democratic national politics.

Macron breaks with Trump on climate change: 'There's no Planet B' - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:20pm - In an address to Congress, the French leader discussed the Paris accords, Iran and the dangers of isolationism. Was Trump listening?

Warner seeking Justice Department report on Haspel and destruction of CIA tapes - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:19pm - The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is asking the Justice Department to provide former federal prosecutor John Durham's investigative report into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes ahead of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing next month.

How Scott Pruitt Plans to Defend Himself on Capitol Hill: Spread the Blame - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:16pm - A new document shows how Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. chief, is preparing to answer tough questions about his ethics and spending scandals when he appears before Congress on Thursday.

Len McCluskey attacks Corbyn's anti-Semitism critics - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:11pm - The Unite union leader says MPs who attack the Labour leader will be "held to account".

White House stands by embattled VA nominee Ronny Jackson - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:10pm - Marc Short, President Donald Trump's top legislative affairs aide, said Jackson deserved a fair hearing and called the "candy man" allegation unfair.

Facebook will not testify at U.S. House hearing on social media - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:05pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said Wednesday it has declined an invitation to testify at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing Thursday on filtering practices by social media companies, a company spokesman said.

Key Justices Seem Skeptical of Challenge to Trump?s Travel Ban - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:04pm - By the end of the argument, which reached the justices 15 months after the first travel ban was announced, it was hard to identify five justices ready to strike down the ban.

Jackson spotlights the frustration with poor White House vetting - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:00pm - Republican lawmakers and aides have grown increasingly frustrated with the White House over the last several days -- tied in part to the unconventional nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs and the lack of congressional consultation before it was made.

Congressional hearings expected on Niger ambush - 25 Apr 2018 at 1:00pm - Congressional committees are planning to hold public hearings to question military officials after receiving an executive summary of the Pentagon's report into the October 2017 attack that killed four US soldiers during an operation in Niger.

James Comey to speak at town hall with CNN's Anderson Cooper - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:49pm - James Comey will answer questions during a live town hall hosted by CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, an appearance that comes amid the former FBI director's media blitz to promote his new book and a series of high-profile clashes with President Donald Trump.

In speech to Congress, Macron pushes US to stay involved globally - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:46pm - French President Emmanuel Macron is set to address Congress on Wednesday, following his meetings with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Just how big is the Democratic wave going to be this fall? - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:36pm - If you're wondering whether the 2018 midterm elections will be a Democratic wave, you're asking the wrong question. The fall contests will undoubtedly be a national referendum on Donald Trump's first two years in office and, if polling (and history) is to be believed, Democrats will reap the electoral rewards from the negative views of the President among a majority of the country.

U.S. Congress girds for fight over expected Trump spending cuts - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:35pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing to submit to the U.S. Congress up to $25 billion in immediate spending cuts, including possible reductions to social safety net programs, lawmakers said on Wednesday, in a move that could upend a budget deal enacted last month.

Facebook Replaces Lobbying Executive Amid Regulatory Scrutiny - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:34pm - Facebook shuffled its ranks in Washington as it confronts pressure from lawmakers over data privacy, election interference, misinformation and other issues.

Supreme Court hears Trump travel ban, appears likely to survive review - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:33pm - Justice Elena Kagan wondered what would happen if an anti-Semitic candidate got elected and called for a ban on immigration from Israel.

President George H.W. Bush doing much better - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:30pm - Former President George H.W. Bush is doing much better, a source close to the Bush family said Wednesday, days after the 41st President was admitted to intensive care.

Democrat concedes Arizona special election to Republican Debbie Lesko - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:26pm - Lesko's lead might have kept a conservative congressional district in Republican hands ? but the margin might be too close for comfort.

Windrush: Corbyn urges review of 'cruel' immigration policy - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:24pm - The Labour leader urges an end to "bogus" targets but Theresa May says the public backs her policy.

U.S. Supreme Court leans toward upholding Trump's travel ban - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:19pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled they are likely to uphold President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, one of the most contentious policies of his presidency.

Kennedy, conservatives appear to back Trump on travel ban - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:17pm - More than a year after President Donald Trump caused chaos in the airports by following through on a campaign promise and restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries, the Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments on the legality of a third version of the original travel ban and decide whether the President ultimately exceeded his authority.

Brexit: Remain-backing MP seize on David Davis comments - 25 Apr 2018 at 12:13pm - The Brexit Secretary suggests MPs will be able to amend a government motion on the final EU deal.

Comey's legal team includes former US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald - 25 Apr 2018 at 11:53am - James Comey has hired Patrick Fitzgerald, a former US attorney and personal friend of his, to represent him, Fitzgerald's office confirmed Wednesday.

Republicans hold off challenge to keep Arizona House seat - 25 Apr 2018 at 11:36am - PHOENIX (Reuters) - Republicans declared victory on Wednesday in a special Arizona election for a vacated U.S. House of Representatives seat after a tight race that some observers said could still bolster Democratic momentum heading into November's midterm vote.

On the Runway: Melania Trump, at the State Dinner in Chanel, Gave Everyone So... - 25 Apr 2018 at 11:28am - The first lady?s couture selection was an exceptional, if not unexpected, choice by a woman adapting the role to fit herself.

Blankenship says McConnell has conflicts of interest because father-in-law is... - 25 Apr 2018 at 11:04am - Don Blankenship, the coal executive recently released from federal prison and now running for US Senate in West Virginia, this week accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of having conflicts of interest in foreign relations because his father-in-law is "a wealthy Chinaperson."

The big legal issue buried in the travel ban case - 25 Apr 2018 at 11:03am - Most of the attention at Wednesday's dramatic Supreme Court hearing will center on President Donald Trump's travel ban, but a second major legal issue lurks in the case that could affect future White House occupants as well: the propriety of federal courts issuing nationwide injunctions that can bring a president's policy goals to a screeching halt.

CNN, news orgs ask court to unseal Manafort court documents - 25 Apr 2018 at 11:02am - Five national news organizations, including CNN, are asking a federal court to unseal records from the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election.

'Do not try to hide behind me or Labour' - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:52am - Yvette Cooper says Theresa May was "warned repeatedly" about the damage caused by her "obsession" with migration targets

PMQs: Corbyn asks May about Windrush generation immigration - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:50am - The British people want the government to deal with illegal immigration, Theresa May tells the Labour leader.

PMQs: Corbyn asks May about immigration and Rudd future - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:48am - Jeremy Corbyn attacks the "hostile environment" for migrants created by Theresa May and says Amber Rudd carried on with the "cruel and misdirected" policy.

Top VA committee Dem on Jackson: 'We need to get to the bottom of these accus... - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:47am - The top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs committee says he was aware of allegations that Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, was intoxicated and banged on the hotel room door of a female employee.

PMQs: Villiers and May on Labour and anti-Semitism - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:47am - Labour needs to take action to deal with anti-Semitism says Theresa Villiers, referring to a parliamentary debate on the issue.

Business department's Brexit planning criticised by MPs - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:36am - The Public Accounts Committee has "grave concerns" about the business department's preparation.

Harry Reid: Trump is damaging the U.S. but 'stop' impeachment talk - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:18am - The former Democratic Senate leader breaks his silence on Trump, Russia and Republicans.

Debbie Lesko Wins Arizona Special Election for Congress, Rallying G.O.P. - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:03am - The former state senator benefited from more than $1 million in outside spending by Republican groups determined to avoid repeats of losses in Alabama and Pennsylvania.

Scandals and Investigations, but Few Arrests, for Air Marshals Program - 25 Apr 2018 at 10:02am - The marshals view their jobs as critical to protecting planes and airports from terrorists. But their complaints of alcohol abuse, sexual harassment and racist behavior describe an agency in chaos.