Three-dozen Republican lawmakers on Tuesday called on party leaders to help enact a permanent solution for "dreamers" by the end of the year, saying the issue has festered for too long, creating legal and economic uncertainty for young immigrants and the companies that employ them. The 35 members of the House GOP caucus -- 34 representatives and Puerto Rico's nonvoting member -- represent the largest bloc of Republicans to date to publicly voice support for a solution to one of the most emotionally charged elements of the years-long fight over immigration policy. "They are American in every way except their immigration status," the group wrote. read more
U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested they may uphold New Jersey's legalization of sports gambling, in a move that could ripple quickly across the country and let other states grab some of the billions of dollars now bet illegally. In an hour-long argument in Washington Monday, a majority of the justices voiced doubts about a 1992 federal law that bars wagering on individual sporting events in every state except Nevada. New Jersey, which is attempting to repeal its prohibition on sports gambling, contends the federal law violates states' rights. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the court's swing vote, said the federal law "leaves in place a state law that the state does not want." read more
Sen. Al Franken, who until two weeks ago was one of the Democratic Party's brightest stars, is now fighting for political survival amid mounting allegations that he committed sexual abuse and a solidifying resolve within his party to take a hard line on any such transgressions.
The senator from Minnesota's problems were compounded Thursday by a move by top Democrats to force out another lawmaker showed a growing eagerness to immunize the party on an issue that is turning into a social movement.
In the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and her three deputies called on Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D., Mich.), the longest-serving member of Congress, to resign in the face of accusations that he mistreated female aides for more than two decades. "Zero tolerance means consequences for everyone," Pelosi said.
If she decides to challenge President Trump in 2020, Warren will have to relitigate a controversy that first ignited in 2012.
When President Donald Trump casually invoked "Pocahontas" during a ceremony honoring Native Americans on Monday, Washington's political class swiftly went into its familiar and usually unfulfilling ritual of trying to decipher his deeper intentions.
Was he attempting to purposefully distract media coverage away from the White House's skirmish with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Was he simply reaching for cheap levity among a group he was largely unfamiliar with?
Or did he view it as an irresistible opportunity to strike at a reoccurring political nemesis who he views as a gathering threat to his re-election prospects in 2020? read more
During an interview on Andy Cohen's satellite radio show Radio Andy, actress Melissa Gilbert claimed that director Oliver Stone sexually harassed her during an audition for his 1991 film The Doors.
At first, Gilbert told her story without naming any names. She kept the accusations very anonymous saying that she was humiliated during an audition because she had "embarrassed him in a social situation." Gilbert ended up running out of the room crying.
"I'm actually sitting here telling you this story, afraid to say his name, because I'm worried about backlash," she said in the interview. After being reluctant she eventually said, "Oh f*** it! It was Oliver Stone, and it was The Doors."
Gilbert says the role she was auditioning for was the Meg Ryan's character. She goes into detail about the scene she had him read -- a scene he said he wrote especially for her. read more