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66 Democratic Congress Members Planning to Skip Inauguration
Dozens of Democratic members of Congress have announced they will skip Donald Trump 's inauguration this Friday. While some of the 66 made their decision in previous weeks, many more have come forward in recent days, citing the president-elect's perceived insult of Rep. John Lewis as the final
Clinton Campaign, DNC Planning Counter-Convention During RNC
Talk about political mixed messages. The Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee are gearing up for their own joint counter-convention during the Republican National Convention next week, sending a full staff to Cleveland to troll the Republicans and fight back against every attack made
Officials: 'Inadequate' Government Efforts to Prevent US Terrorist Radicalization
The Obama administration's approach to combating terrorist radicalization inside the U.S. has been "inadequate" while ISIS has found extraordinary success at inspiring many to commit violence, current and former officials said at a congressional hearing today. So far this year, the FBI has arrested
Top DHS Official Denies Political Favoritism in '$500,000 Visa' Program
The former head of a controversial U.S. immigration program that provides wealthy foreigners an easy -- but expensive -- path to an American Green Card for the first time publicly defended himself before Congress Thursday against allegations of political favoritism. Alejandro Mayorkas, who is now
Lawmakers Told Top DHS Official Played Politics, Appeared to Violate Ethics
The Homeland Security Inspector General told Congress today that the federal agency's second in command violated his own ethics policy at least three times by giving special access -- or the appearance of favorable treatment -- to powerful political insiders seeking help with immigration matters.
Congress May Further Probe Special Immigration Program for Wealthy
Republicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest
Obama Pressed to Name an Ebola Czar
With news of a second confirmed case of Ebola on U.S. soil, questions are mounting over the government’s ability to respond to the crisis. Several Republican lawmakers have called for the Obama administration to name a single point person to make sure the deadly virus...
TSA Behavior Profiling Not Effective, GAO Report Finds
Behavioral screening at airports across the county has wasted up to $1 billion since 2007 and cannot be proven effective, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO released its report on the Transportation Security Administration’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques ...
Roundtable II: Boston Bombing Fallout
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Sen. Dan Coats, Richard Haass, Martha Raddatz, and David Remnick.
Sen. Dan Coats: 'The Information We Have is He was Shot in the Throat'
Below you can find some of the notable comments made Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” This week’s powerhouse roundtable guests included House Homeland Security committee ranking member Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; Senate Intelligence committee member Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.; ...