House GOP leaders plan to bring a Democratic measure calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the House floor, hoping to force Democrats into a difficult vote. The Democratic bill, introduced Thursday, would create a commission to examine ICE's responsibilities and then recommend transferring them to other agencies. Republicans see the growing "abolish ICE" movement as a political winner that will make at least some Democrats running in swing districts uncomfortable. read more
major investigation conducted by the Financial Times reveals how shady Russian cash flowed through the financial of President Donald Trump's Toronto hotel -- and, ultimately, back to the president himself. In particular, the report zeroes in on actions taken by Alex Shnaider, the Russian-Canadian billionaire who served as Trump's business partner in the construction of Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto. read more
A California man is charged with threatening to kill FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's children because he was "angry" about the repeal of net neutrality regulations, the Justice Department said today. Markara Man, 33, of Norwalk was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with threatening to murder an immediate family member of a U.S. official. Prosecutors say Man sent three emails to Pai in December 2017, the month the Republican-led FCC voted to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules. One of the emails, sent Dec. 20, to Pai's government and personal accounts had the subject line "Cheers." The body of the email listed the names and addresses of three preschools in and around Arlington, Va., where Pai lives, followed by, "I will find your children and I will kill them," according to the affidavit against Man.
Richard Ojeda backed Donald Trump for president, but the West Virginia state senator is now running as a Democrat for the House as his party seeks to wrest control of Congress from Republicans. Ojeda, a tattoo-adorned former paratrooper, doesn't necessarily fit the mold of most congressional candidates. He's been a vocal supporter of the recent teachers' strikes in his state and has called for medicinal marijuana as a solution to the opioid crisis. He also made clear in an interview with Mother Jones last month that while he wants Trump to succeed, he's frustrated with what he referred to as the "circus" surrounding the White House.
In a 5-4 decision issued Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that if the government wants to collect a suspect's cell-site location information (CSLI) -- detailed, granular data that shows where a person is every few seconds -- it needs a warrant to do so. However, the court declined to overturn the controversial "third-party doctrine," the 1970s-era legal precedent that found there was no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in data collected by a third party, like a phone company. The third-party doctrine, which was created by two cases known as Smith and Miller, was the underpinning for the National Security Agency's Section 215 metadata program, which was exposed by former contractor Edward Snowden.