After a weekend marked by bitter recriminations over race and political bias, with the nation transfixed by viral videos depicting a confrontation between a crowd of Catholic schoolboys and a Native American elder, calls went out Monday - the federal holiday celebrating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. - for restraint. In the Twittersphere, a warning not to leap to conclusions gained currency across the political spectrum.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., both vowed anew Tuesday not to yield in a standoff over border-wall funding that has led to a partial government shutdown now a month old. In a morning tweet, Trump accused Democrats of playing "political games," exclaimed "No cave!" and argued that construction of a wall along the Mexican border would lead to substantially lower crime rates and fewer drugs coming into the United States. "Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security," Trump wrote.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is not likely to review during its current term the program that shields young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, leaving in place the Obama-era initiative that the Trump administration has tried to end. The justices on Tuesday took no action on the administration's request that it review the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected nearly 700,000 people brought to this country as children, commonly known as dreamers.
"Roma," a drama from director Alfonso Cuarón based on his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, and "The Favourite," a dark comedy about women vying for power in Queen Anne's court in the 18th century, dominated the 91st Academy Awards nominations Tuesday morning with 10 each, including best picture.
WASHINGTON - Congress takes up legislation this week to reopen the federal government after a new offer from President Donald Trump, but divergent efforts in the House and Senate look destined to go nowhere, leaving the month-old stalemate no closer to resolution. The Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will take up a proposal announced by Trump on Saturday to reopen the government - trading temporary protections for young undocumented immigrants and other immigration provisions in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump's broad restrictions on transgender people serving in the military to go into effect while the legal battle continues in lower courts. The justices lifted nationwide injunctions that had kept the administration's policy from being implemented. It reversed an Obama-administration rule that would have opened the military to transgender men and women, and instead barred those who identify with a gender different from the one assigned at birth and who are seeking to transition.
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - Two years ago, Jeff Daudert was fed up with politics. He wanted to shake up the status quo.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Scores of Afghan security forces were killed Monday when a suicide bomber in a Humvee rammed a training compound of the national intelligence agency in Wardak Province, officials there said. Taliban insurgents immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which some security officials in Kabul said had killed more than 120 people inside the facility and wounded many others. But provincial officials insisted that the toll was much lower. Spokesmen for the intelligence agency could not be reached Monday night to comment.
The number of Transportation Security Administration security airport workers who did not show up for duty Sunday reached a record 10 percent of the checkpoint workforce, leading to growing lines in several places, with the longest in Minneapolis and New Orleans. The union that represents the TSA workers, the American Federation of Government Employees, has warned since the federal shutdown began that its employees are among the lowest salaried on the federal pay scale and simply may be unable to make the commute to airports if stranded without a paycheck.
Jamie Birdwell-Branson had just moved to Toledo, when an old high school friend reached out on Facebook and asked to meet for breakfast so they could catch up. "She was so interested in meeting up that she agreed to meet up halfway between our two cities - which was about an hour's drive for each of us," Birdwell-Branson said. "I was so eager for friendship that I immediately agreed, even though I hadn't seen her in years."