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In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana

Pot advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Now I know how the Gipper felt

“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” – Ronald Reagan Now I know how the Gipper felt.


Dana Milbank: The GOP ignores the will of the people

Eight years ago, when Congress was about to pass Obamacare, John A. Boehner, leader of a powerless Republican congressional minority, gave a passionate, prescient speech on the House floor. “This …


Idaho GOP delegates talk immigration, marriage at convention

Idaho Republicans on Saturday spiked a last-ditch effort calling for harsher punishments for employers who hire workers living in the country illegally.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Idaho GOP lawmaker criticized over social media post

An Idaho state representative is being criticized for what critics say was a threatening social media message directed at young students protesting the state GOP convention.


Ryan sets House vote on GOP immigration bill for Wednesday

House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for Wednesday, but is showing little confidence that the package will survive.


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 11:27 a.m.

Romney aims to clinch GOP nod in Utah Senate race

Mitt Romney has a second chance during a Tuesday primary election to dispatch a Utah state lawmaker who defeated him at the state Republican Party convention in the race for …


GOP leaders eye new bill on family separations at border

Top House Republicans are discussing legislation aimed at curbing the separation of migrant families at the border, GOP aides said Monday. The election-year response to public uproar over the Trump …


Trump tweets, hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump’s next tweet and fear of riling conservative voters are undermining GOP leaders’ election-year struggle to shove an immigration bill through the House this week, …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Trump pushes tough immigration stance in Nevada appearance

President Donald Trump pressed his tough immigration stance at a Nevada political convention Saturday, telling hundreds “we have to be very strong” to keep people, including violent gang members, from …


Chaos on the border inflames GOP’s split with Latinos

When more than 1,000 Latino officials –– a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic –– gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Trump sabotages GOP immigration plans in Congress

Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump’s backing the most – on their big immigration overhaul – he dashed off a presidential tweet on Friday saying they should quit wasting …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

GOP-led House passes farm bill

The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

GOP struggles to salvage immigration bill, postpones vote

The House Republican immigration overhaul dangled precariously Thursday, imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions – and by President Donald Trump’s running commentary about a bill he only …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Trump, GOP leaders strain for migrant-kids solution

President Donald Trump on Tuesday told House Republicans he is “1,000 percent” behind their rival immigration bills, providing little clear direction for party leaders searching for a way to defuse …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 4:05 p.m.

Gun by her side, GOP U.S. Senate candidate talks of threats

With a holstered handgun next to her on a kitchen table, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir promises in her first television ad of the campaign released Monday to stand …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

White House: Trump supports GOP leaders’ immigration bill

President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, when he said he wouldn’t sign a “moderate” package. But the White House …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

GOP leaders sell immigration bills, with Trump’s blessing

Republican leaders began the problematic task of finding support for an immigration compromise Wednesday, telling lawmakers that President Donald Trump was backing the still-evolving bill. But cracks within the party …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

GOP, Democrats dodge disaster in California primaries

Republicans and Democrats alike appear to have escaped calamity in a crucial day of coast-to-coast primary battles as they fight to shape the political battlefield for the fall. There was …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

GOP senators push for bill to rein in Trump on tariffs

Key Senate Republicans are pushing longshot legislation that would require Congress to sign off on President Donald Trump’s import tariffs, a rare attempt to stand up to the administration on …


Pushed by voters, GOP moderates rebel on immigration

Across the country – from California’s lush Central Valley to suburban Denver to Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s district of strip malls, farms and the laid-back Florida Keys – moderate Republicans like …


Cal Thomas: The GOP’s fear factor

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he could not have foreseen today’s Republican Party. A bill authored by Sen. …


Republican chaos on immigration shows issue’s risks for GOP

The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for a party that badly needs unity heading into the elections …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 8:19 a.m.

Not all GOP candidates want Trump to stump

He is the Republican Party’s most powerful political weapon. Yet as the GOP fights to defend its delicate House and Senate majorities, President Donald Trump is not welcome everywhere.


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 2:36 p.m.

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Sen. John McCain still up for a fight, even in illness

As in so much of the senator’s extraordinary life, rebellious Republican John McCain is facing this challenging chapter – battling brain cancer – in his own rule-breaking way, stirring up …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Mailer targets Republican candidate for lieutenant governor

A campaign mailer aims to smear a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Idaho by claiming he’s a foreign agent and has other agents funneling cash into his campaign.


Democrats, GOP see tight Nevada race key to Senate control

Democrats hoping to take control of the U.S. Senate in November believe one of their best chances to pick up a seat this year lies in battleground Nevada, where Sen. …