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  • In flurry of legislative action, Congress delivers pair of bipartisan bills to Trump

    With the support of a few dozen Democrats, Congressional Republicans notched a pair of legislative victories for President Donald Trump on Tuesday in the U.S. House, giving final approval to a plan to roll back certain regulations on smaller banking institutions, as well as voting out a bill to help terminally-ill Americans seek new medicines and treatments.

    Known as the “Right to Try” legislation, that measure would open new avenues to experimental drugs for those people who have found no cure for a life threatening disease or medical condition.

    “As President Trump said in his State of the Union Address this year, [More]

  • House poised to approve plan to loosen federal banking regulations

    With Republicans unable to muster the votes to repeal a major financial regulation law put in the place after the 2008 Wall Street Collapse, the House on Tuesday is expected to give final approval to a less sweeping plan already backed by the Senate, which would ease a series of financial rules and regulations on smaller banking institutions enacted under the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.

    “The cycle of lending and job creation has been stifled by onerous regulation,” said Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), who shepherded the bill through the Senate with bipartisan support, and then prevailed on House Republicans to simply accept [More]

  • White House agrees to review of DOJ actions in 2016 campaign

    A day after President Donald Trump demanded an investigation into how the FBI dealt with investigations during the 2016 campaign, the White House accepted a plan from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to expand an ongoing review of the probe into Russian interference in the elections, and how it touched on the Trump Campaign.

    “Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” read a statement issued by the [More]

  • Trump targets ex-Obama CIA chief in fresh attacks on Russia probe

    For a second straight day, President Trump used Twitter to go on the attack over the probe into links between Russian interference into the 2016 elections and his own campaign for President, this time targeting a former CIA Director in the Obama Administration, John Brennan, who publicly ridiculed the President and GOP leaders in Congress on Sunday, after Mr. Trump launched a Twitter barrage over the fairness of the Russia probe.

    “John Brennan is panicking,” the President said of the former CIA chief. “He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community.”

    In his tweets, [More]

  • Trump explodes on Twitter, demands new review of 2016 investigation

    Venting his frustration in a series of tweets on Sunday, President Donald Trump again demanded to know how the Justice Department, FBI, and Obama Administration handled questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying he would request a new review specifically to see if an investigation was opened for ‘political purposes’ involving his campaign.

    “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” [More]

  • Farm bill derailed over House GOP battle on immigration

    Unable to broker an agreement on a schedule for votes on bills dealing with immigration, a simmering internal fight among Republicans on that hot button issue boiled over on the House floor Friday, resulting in the defeat of a major farm policy bill, with the outcome raising the chances that the House will have a wide open showdown over DACA and illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in June.

    A frustrated House Speaker Paul Ryan stood with his arms folded in the Well of the House as the 213-198 rejection of the Farm Bill was an embarrassing reminder of the inability of GOP leaders [More]

  • Trump expresses support for victims of Texas school shooting

    In the wake of shooting at a high school in Texas, President Donald Trump on Friday expressed the grief of the nation, telling the families of the victims, “We’re with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever,” as Mr. Trump bemoaned what has become a familiar occurrence, a mass shooting involving young students.

    “This has been going on too long in our country,” the President said in the East Room of the White House. “Too many years. Too many decades.”

    “My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, [More]

  • Immigration debate roils Republicans again in Congress

    An internal wrestling match over the best path forward on immigration left various factions of Republicans in the House increasingly at odds with each other Thursday, imperiling approval of a major farm policy bill, as GOP leaders struggled to prevent an arcane rules maneuver from being used to force a vote on the DACA program.

    “What we’ve been trying to do is find an immigration bill that has 218 votes,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “We’ve been laboring to get to 218.”

    “It’s clear that we don’t have 218 for a specific bill,” Ryan told reporters, the first real public admission [More]

  • Trump denounces Russia probe one year after Mueller appointment

    A year to the day after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named as Special Counsel to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump lashed out at the ongoing probe, again denying that he coordinated any actions with Russia, or obstructed justice in the resulting investigation, as Mr. Trump charged that the FBI ‘spied’ on his campaign.

    “Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history,” the President wrote on Twitter.

    Mr. Trump’s tweet came a day after the current FBI Director, Christopher Wray, rejected assertions that [More]

  • New documents spur new questions on Trump-Russia probe

    Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that he did nothing wrong in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting which had been advertised as one that might give the Trump Campaign “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, as an unexpected document dump by a Senate committee on Tuesday released new information about the investigation, spurred new questions, and filled in some blanks about the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

    “I did not collude with any foreign government and did not know anyone who did,” Trump Jr. said flatly in his interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, as the panel released [More]


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  • Seven men face murder charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a Carroll County motel. Villa Rica police found the victim lying on a second-floor landing at the Fairbridge Inn Express on Ga. 61 around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. K.L. Shaddix said early Wednesday in a news release. Brian Cook, 28, of Villa Rica, was pronounced dead on the scene. During the course of their investigation, police located and arrested five people. Warrants were secured for two more, Shaddix said. It appears the victim was shot after an altercation in a motel room. Police said Ramon Higgs, 29, also of Villa Rica, went to the motel and Cook accompanied him. Higgs was seen on video surveillance entering a second-floor room while Cook remained outside. A confrontation inside the room turned violent, according to police. Higgs then ran from the room with several men chasing him, Shaddix said.  “As Cook began to run away, he was grabbed by the suspects and shot while on the second-floor landing where he died from the injuries,” Shaddix said in the release. “Higgs was also shot but was able to flee the scene.” Investigators learned six Villa Rica men were inside the hotel room at the time of the shooting. Khaaliq Sims, 24, Isiah Roberts, 20, Alvon Darby, 20, and Kyron Doby, 23, were all located and arrested. Two others, Briahious McPherson and Ricardo Joiner, both 19, have not been caught. All six face two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of murder. Roberts was arrested on an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shaddix said police also charged Higgs with murder and aggravated assault as well as marijuana and weapons possession. Higgs was treated for a gunshot wound at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.  The investigation resulted in two unrelated arrests, Shaddix said. Police contacted the occupants of the room next door to the shooting and reportedly located suspected marijuana. Two people, including a 16-year-old boy, were arrested on possession charges. The other suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jaylon Stanton of Baton Rouge, La., was also charged with first-degree forgery after he was allegedly found in possession of a large amount of suspected drugs and counterfeit cash. The search continues for the two remaining murder suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Villa Rica police at 678-785-1100 or call 911.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • A judge is set to sentence Tex McIver, the Buckhead attorney who murdered his wife in 2016. Watch a live stream of the sentencing below.
  • The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Teachers have returned to work at a Texas high school where 10 people were killed. Santa Fe High School instructors and support staff returned to campus on Wednesday, four days after the mass shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead. Leigh Wall, the superintendent of the district about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston, said in a letter to parents Tuesday that teachers and support staff will be working to prepare for the return of students next Tuesday. Students on Wednesday were being given another opportunity to retrieve personal belongings from the school. Authorities say a 17-year-old student carried out the attack. He faces murder charges. ___ 12:01 a.m. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety have promised to wade into the thorny issue of gun control with the next round. The Republican has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and worked to expand them in the state in recent years. He called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting. Eight students and two teachers were killed last week at Santa Fe High School and more than a dozen wounded. Wednesday's meeting will include representatives of gun control group Texas Gun Sense and the Texas State Rifle Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association. But the gun-related groups are just two of the two dozen invited to attend.
  • Police in Las Vegas are promising to release some dispatch logs and additional officer reports about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A scheduled release of documents Wednesday follows a court order in a public records lawsuit by The Associated Press and other media organizations seeking information about the Oct. 1 shooting. The key unanswered question remains a motive for the gunman's rampage that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more. Police and the FBI have said they don't have a motive for the attack, and that the investigation is ongoing. Some 1,200 pages of reports released a week ago included accounts by two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in days before the attack about the federal government and gun control.
  • An unemployed Bronx man won a life-changing jackpot, but he doesn’t want to tell anyone about the good news.  But New York Gaming Commission says that’s not an option, and that the unidentified man will have to accept his $5 million mega check in front of cameras, the New York Post reported.  The 24-year-old man bought a $20 scratch-off in April, the New York Daily News reported. But the state says winners of $1 million or more have to appear at a press conference announcing their windfall, and accept their giant check. Each ticket has the rules spelled out on the back, the Daily News reported. The new multimillionaire from the Bronx tried to claim his winnings but was told that he had to be part of the press conference in his honor. But he told the New York Post that he doesn’t want his neighborhood to know how much cash he’s sitting on. >> Read more trending news  If the Gaming Commission doesn’t change its mind, then the man said he will sue to keep his identity secret, the Post reported. Once he collects his winnings he wants to do something for his mother, who raised him as a single mother and who worked two jobs at fast food restaurants to pay the bills. He plans to buy a house for his mother and a second one for him and his brother to share. He also has a 4-year-old daughter for whom he will save some of his winnings. The man also says he’ll invest $1 million, the Post reported.  A lawyer who specializes in the lottery says the man’s case against the Game Commission may not be as easily won as it sounds.  “I think it is a heavy lift,” Jason Kurland told the Daily News. “But sometimes the lottery commission will work with you. If they determine his life is in jeopardy, they have the flexibility to revise their regulations. But it is very difficult.” But it can happen. Earlier this year, a judge in New Hampshire ruled that the winner of a $560 million Powerball jackpot could stay anonymous, ABC News reported.