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Trump travel ban: US issues new visa criteria for 6 Muslim nations

WASHINGTON –  The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.…

Senate intelligence panel to get Comey memos, top Democrat says

The Senate intelligence committee will receive former FBI Director James Comey’s memos of his conversations with President Trump as part of its investigation into Russian actions during the 2016 election, the committee’s top Democrat told reporters Wednesday. “We have a commitment to get appropriate access to the Comey memos,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. “I’m…

Trump travel ban to go into effect: Timeline of a legal journey

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that blocked President Trump’s executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first appeals court to rule on the administration’s revised travel ban. A federal judge in Hawaii has also halted the ban, and the…

Ex-Clinton campaign chair Podesta meets with lawmakers investigating Russia

John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, met Tuesday behind closed doors with lawmakers investigating Russian actions during last year’s presidential campaign. Podesta spoke to members of the House intelligence committee, which is leading one of several investigations into alleged connections between Moscow and members of President Trump’s campaign. During the height…

House Ethics Committee launches probe of 3 Democrats

The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is conducting a preliminary probe of two Democratic Congressmen and a top Democratic House aide. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the Dean of the House, faces scrutiny as does Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-Calif. Luján is a top lieutenant to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and chairs the Democratic…

Trump takes aim at media after Russia story retraction

President Trump on Tuesday morning called out a host of major print and television outlets, decrying them as “Fake News” and taking particular aim at a familiar media nemesis. Trump’s tweets came in the aftermath of CNN’s retraction of a story linking a Trump adviser to a Russian investment fund. Three journalists involved in the…

Russia accuses US of provocation over Syria chemical-attack warning

A senior Russian lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the White House’s warning about a potential chemical weapons attack in Syria as a “provocation.” Frants Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the defense and security committee at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, accused the U.S. of “preparing a new attack on the positions of Syrian forces.”…

Hannity: Russia allegations ‘boomeranging back’ on Democrats

Fox News’ Sean Hannity said Monday night that the ongoing controversy over Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign had rebounded onto the Democrats and “opened the door for their own investigations and real trouble.” In his opening monologue, the “Hannity” host proclaimed that, “real colluders are the ones who have been claiming collusion.” “The…

White House criticizes CBO report, cites ‘history of inaccuracy’

The White House criticized the Congressional Budget Office on Monday, hitting the nonpartisan federal agency for its analysis of the Senate’s proposed health care legislation. Under the new plan, the CBO said, the number of Americans uninsured would grow to 22 million in 2026. The office, which issued its “score” with the Joint Committee on…

Trump says US, India ‘tied together in friendship’ after Modi meeting

President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed Monday to enhance the relationship between their two countries, with Trump vowing that “India and the United States will always be tied together in friendship and respect.” “The future of our partnership has never looked brighter,” said Trump during a joint appearance with Modi in…