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Interior Sec. says new elephant trophy policy '100% aligned' with Trump
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended the administration's reversal of the elephant trophy ban during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning. "Let me make it absolutely clear: We are 100 percent aligned with the president's policy," Zinke told reporters. "The court itself said
US lawmakers abroad seek to reassure allies despite Trump comments
Lawmakers on official overseas trips this congressional recess have made public comments appearing to reassure foreign partners that the U.S. relationship with their countries is not changing for the worse, despite remarks from President Donald Trump that can make those partners think otherwise.
Trump officials defend Afghanistan policy before skeptical senators
Sixteen years into America’s longest war - and six months into President Donald Trump ’s new Afghanistan policy - top officials with the Pentagon and State Department could not tell Congress Tuesday how many fighters the Taliban has, how many ISIS terrorists are in Afghanistan, or whether there’s
Lawmakers react to government shutdown with hashtags #TrumpShutdown, #SchumerShutdown
It didn't take long lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to react to the government shutdown at 12:01 a.m. While Republicans included the hashtag #SchumerShutdown, pointing the blame on the Sen. Chuck Schumer , Democrats opted for the #TrumpShutdown hashtag in their tweets. #TrumpShutdown appeared
HHS disputes report that it has banned CDC from using words like 'diversity' and 'fetus'
Trump administration officials in the Department of Health and Human Services said a report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading U.S. public health agency, is being barred from using certain words, including "diversity," " transgender " and "fetus," is a “complete
Lawmakers honor Women's Equality Day, push for legislation aimed at working families
Lawmakers took to Twitter Saturday to express their support of Women's Equality Day. The day celebrates women's achievements and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution , which allowed women to vote and went into effect on August 26, 1920. Rep. Elijah Cummings , D-Maryland, took
Lawmakers slam Trump for laying 'blame on both sides' in Charlottesville rally
President Donald Trump ’s press conference Tuesday afternoon, originally scheduled to focus on U.S. infrastructure, deteriorated into a spirited argument over Saturday's controversial statement on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, prompting swift responses on social media. Trump's
Senate confirms Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as head of FBI
Christopher Wray was confirmed Tuesday as the new director of the FBI , almost three months after President Trump controversially fired his predecessor James Comey amid the ongoing investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Wray's confirmation
Armed forces, federal departments, lawmakers honor Take Your Dog to Work Day
Woof! Lawmakers, branches of the armed forces and federal departments populated their Twitter timelines Friday with pooch pics in honor of Take Your Dog to Work Day, also referred to as Bring Your Dog to Work Day. The day was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, a North Carolina-based
House Speaker Paul Ryan declares 'An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us'
Members of the House of Representatives gathered at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., today after the shooting at a Virginia park that injured five people, including U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise. Democrats and Republicans held hands and prayed together at the start of the briefing, and