Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could make the bleeding stop. On Aug. 28, 1999, on a rural road outside Henryetta, Okla., Patrick Murphy murdered fellow Creek citizen George Jacobs. He was tried and sentenced to death. In 2004, Murphy's public defender argued that the crime occurred within Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation and -- because only tribes and the federal government can prosecute crimes on Indian land -- the state of Oklahoma did not have jurisdiction to try the case. In 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit agreed. Oklahoma appealed, and now the outcome of Murphy v. Carpenter affects not only the fate of one man but the treaty territory of five tribes and nearly half the land in Oklahoma. If the Supreme Court upholds the 10th Circuit's decision, the ruling would result in the largest restoration of tribal jurisdiction over Native land in U.S. history.
No more dinners with female colleagues. Don't sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings. In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is "an unknown risk." What if she took something he said the wrong way? Across Wall Street, men are adopting controversial strategies for the #MeToo era and, in the process, making life even harder for women.
Sources close to the president say he has repeatedly shrugged off the national debt, implying that he doesn't have to worry about the money owed to America's creditors -- currently about $21 trillion -- because he won't be around to shoulder the blame when it becomes even more untenable.
Newly-elected New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she will pay her interns $15 per hour, in what she calls an effort to "walk the walk" and have her policies match her political viewpoints. read more
Spinning off from the special counsel's Russia probe, prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into foreign lobbying by two major Washington firms that did work for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation had been quiet for months since special counsel Robert Mueller referred it to authorities in Manhattan because it fell outside his mandate of determining whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia. But in a flurry of new activity, Justice Department prosecutors in the last several weeks have begun interviewing witnesses and contacting lawyers to schedule additional questioning related to the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, the people familiar with the inquiry said. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing work.
In contrast with leaders seated around them, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump did not recite the Apostles' Creed -- a common statement in Christianity -- at the Washington, D.C. funeral for late President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday. Video of the funeral showed former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and Vice President Mike Pence, among others, reciting the Apostles' Creed during the funeral. The Trumps, meanwhile, silently held their sheets as others recited the creed, which begins: "I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth." read more
Republican lawmakers early Wednesday pushed through a sweeping set of bills that will limit the power of Wisconsin's incoming governor, a Democrat. The legislation, which Democrats vehemently opposed and protesters chanted their anger over, passed through the Republican-held State Legislature after hours of closed-door meetings and some amendments. The votes fell largely along party lines; no Democrats supported the measures. read more
Rep. Thomas Massie isn't sure that Americans should have a right to food. Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, posed the question on Twitter, seemingly in an attempt to combat criticism from Democrats of conservative lawmakers' proposals to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, against a backdrop of Democrats, emboldened after the midterms, proposing that Medicare be made available to all Americans. read more
France and the UK have echoed warnings by Donald Trump's administration that Iran may be in breach of United Nations obligations by testing medium-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying multiple warheads. The remarks from Paris and London will be seen as the first sign that its key European partners may consider Iran's broader behaviour as so dangerous that their support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal can no longer be justified.
Republicans in North Carolina are attempting to push through a bill that would ensure their control over voting procedure in election years. read more
When the 37-year-old Chinese woman stepped over China's border into Kazakhstan last July, she felt free. The woman -- who doesn't want NPR to use her name for fear of retaliation by Chinese authorities -- says after her husband died in 2015, she was left with two children, a tiny house in the countryside of China's Xinjiang region, and little else. She despaired of her future. Then she met the man who changed her life. Like her, he was an ethnic Kazakh. Unlike her, he was a citizen of Kazakhstan, from across the border. They married last summer, and she and her children left China. They moved to a small town outside Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, and the children enrolled in Kazakh schools. When she crossed back alone into Xinjiang last year, the problems began.
In the Illinois Capitol rotunda this month, several traditions are being celebrated. There's a Nativity scene for Christmas, a menorah for Hanukkah, and then something a little different: an arm holding an apple, with a snake coiled around it. It's a gift from the Chicago branch of The Satanic Temple. read more
Special counsel Robert Mueller told a federal court Tuesday that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has given "substantial assistance" to the Russia investigation and should not get jail time.
Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who shocked the scientific community by claiming he had created the world's first gene-edited babies, has gone missing, according to Chinese media. read more
President Donald Trump's confidant Roger Stone is telling congressional committees that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in order to not testify in response to requests for documents and testimony. read more