Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't think Election Day should be a federal holiday because that would give Democrats too much power. McConnell took to the Senate floor Wednesday to rail against HR 1, the sweeping anti-corruption proposal House Democrats have put forward as their first bill in the majority. Among many other measures, it proposes making Election Day a federal holiday and encourages private sector businesses to do the same. McConnell, who calls the bill the "Democratic Politician Protection Act," sees that as a "power grab."
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday responded to outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskill on Twitter after the Missouri Democrat referred to the incoming freshman congresswoman as "a bright shiny new object" earlier this week. "Not sure why fmr Sen. McCaskill keeps going on TV to call me a 'thing' and 'shiny object,' but it's pretty disappointing," Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, wrote on Twitter. read more
President Donald Trump has agreed to a request from Defense Secretary James Mattis to propose a defense budget of $750 billion for the coming year, marking a reversal from plans to shrink defense spending, an administration official confirmed to CNN. Last week, Trump appeared to call the Defense Department budget of $716 billion "crazy" in a tweet. The next day Mattis and key Republican lawmakers who oppose any defense budget cuts met with the President for lunch to discuss military funding.
The House Judiciary and Oversight committees have released a transcript of former FBI Director James Comey's closed-door interview with the committees on Friday. Lawmakers and Comey said that the interview was tense and that Republicans were frustrated by instructions from a Justice Department attorney telling Comey not to answer certain questions about the Russia investigation. Comey and House Democrats said the interview was a waste of time consumed with questions about Hillary Clinton's emails. read more
When a judge acquitted a white St. Louis police officer in September 2017 for fatally shooting a young black man, the city's police braced for massive protests. But St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Dustin Boone wasn't just prepared for the unrest -- he was pumped. "It's gonna get IGNORANT tonight!" he texted on Sept. 15, 2017, the day of the verdict. "It's gonna be a lot of fun beating the hell out of these s---heads once the sun goes down and nobody can tell us apart!"