FBI Director Comey Testifies at House Hearing on Russian Interference in the U.S. Election

FBI Director Comey Testifies at House Hearing on Russian Interference in the U.S. Election

James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, confirmed early in Monday’s hearing that the bureau is indeed, as has been widely reported, investigating the interference by Russian intelligence in the 2016 American presidential election — including any possible collusion by aides and associates of President Trump. Read more at The New York Times: Highlights From the […]

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Ivanka Trump moves into West Wing office, acknowledges ‘no modern precedent’ for role

Ivanka Trump moves into West Wing office, acknowledges ‘no modern precedent’ for role

Though Ivanka Trump lacks a formal White House job, the president’s older daughter is moving into her own West Wing office, an administration spokesperson said  — a move that increases her profile as an influential, though unofficial, adviser to her father. Read more at The Washington Post : Ivanka Trump moves into West Wing office, acknowledges ‘no […]

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5 things to watch as Gorsuch gets grilled

5 things to watch as Gorsuch gets grilled

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faces the Senate’s bright lights. Neil Gorsuch heads into his confirmation hearings on Monday with a singular goal: Be boring. The impeccably polished Supreme Court nominee has, so far, encountered few obstacles in his path toward confirmation. He’s privately impressed senators, while opponents have struggled to make criticism against him stick. Not […]

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What the Senate Should Ask Judge Gorsuch

What the Senate Should Ask Judge Gorsuch

A few good questions could rescue the Supreme Court hearings from the charade they’ve become. Read more at Politico: What the Senate Should Ask Judge Gorsuch When Judge Neil Gorsuch faces the Senate Judiciary Committee today, will we see a series of crisp, clear exchanges on the nature of the Constitution, the role of precedent, […]

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Civil Rights and American Government – The Top 12 Highlights of Chapter 16

Civil Rights and American Government – The Top 12 Highlights of Chapter 16

Watch the Top 12 Highlights of Chapter 16. From origins of the Civil Rights movement to anti-discrimination laws and actions today, the Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 16 addresses the issues facing minorities in America today. From the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to the Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, from the Civil Rights Movement in […]

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CBO: 24 million fewer insured under House bill repealing Obamacare

CBO: 24 million fewer insured under House bill repealing Obamacare

Roughly 24 million more people would be uninsured over a decade if the House Republican Obamacare repeal bill is enacted, according to a much-anticipated Congressional Budget Office analysis that could threaten GOP hopes of getting the measure through the House in the coming weeks. The legislation would lead to 14 million more people being uninsured […]

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Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led Congress in contributions from lobbyists

Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led Congress in contributions from lobbyists

Sen. Chris Van Hollen‘s (D-Md.) star has been on the rise in the Democratic party: After seven terms in the House, he won a Senate seat last November, and now occupies a much-coveted spot on the Appropriations committee while also chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the party’s fundraising arm for its Senate candidates. Read more at […]

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You have that right! Chapter 15: Civil Liberties and Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights

You have that right! Chapter 15: Civil Liberties and Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights

What protected civil liberties do you have? Do you have that right? In chapter 15, we differentiate between civil rights and civil liberties (we cover civil rights in the next chapter, so stay tuned next week!). Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98bHbQnFiSQ&t=7s In this chapter, we also look at selective incorporation — how the the US Supreme Court applied […]

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WaPo: In the Trump administration, it’s always ‘A Day Without a Woman’

WaPo: In the Trump administration, it’s always ‘A Day Without a Woman’

(OPINION) — By Dana Milbank — Let’s hope there’s generous funding in Republicans’ new health-care bill to prevent and cure tone-deafness. Wednesday was International Women’s Day, and to observe this annual commemoration House Republicans formally took up their legislation defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of health services for women. Read more at The Washington […]

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Speaker Ryan issues Namath-like ‘guarantee’ on Obamacare repeal (Legislative process)

Speaker Ryan issues Namath-like ‘guarantee’ on Obamacare repeal (Legislative process)

“We’ll have 218 when this thing comes to the floor,” Ryan pledges. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he can “guarantee” the GOP’s Obamacare alternative bill will get the 218 votes needed to pass the House. “We will have 218 votes,” he said. “This is the beginning of the legislative process. We’ll have 218 when […]

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Hillary coming to terms with her new life

Hillary coming to terms with her new life

“She’s in a much better place than she was in two months ago,” said one confidant. For months, in private conversations, Clinton has griped about Trump’s connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin and suggested that no one seemed to care about it during the election. At a gathering with donors in December, she was blunt. […]

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Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas (Executive Orders)

Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas (Executive Orders)

President Trump signed a new travel ban Monday that administration officials said they hope will end legal challenges over the matter by imposing a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim nations, authorities said. In addition, the nation’s refu­gee program will be suspended for 120 days, and it will […]

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Knives are out for Reince Priebus (White House Chief of Staff)

Knives are out for Reince Priebus (White House Chief of Staff)

Trump’s chief of staff is becoming a singular target of criticism as persistent controversies plague the presidency. With the White House struggling to gain its footing almost two months into Donald Trump’s presidency, administration officials are increasingly putting the blame on one person: Reince Priebus. Read more at Politico: Knives are out for Reince In […]

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Lawmakers stunned, baffled by Trump’s wiretap allegations

Lawmakers stunned, baffled by Trump’s wiretap allegations

The White House, meanwhile, is pushing for a probe of the Obama administration. Congressional Republicans were flummoxed Sunday by President Donald Trump’s and his White House’s continued assertions — provided without evidence — that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. A day after Trump made the charge, Hill Republicans […]

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AG Sessions recuses himself from Trump-Russia probe

AG Sessions recuses himself from Trump-Russia probe

The attorney general is removing himself following reports he met twice with the Russian ambassador during Trump’s campaign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he will recuse himself from any investigations related to campaigns for president, including any probe into contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. “I have recused myself in […]

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Trump tries on normal

Trump tries on normal

Sticking to the teleprompter, he embraces a more polished and traditionally presidential tone. President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress was remarkable for how unremarkable it was. Stately, scripted and subdued, Trump delivered perhaps the most traditional speech of his political career on Tuesday night. Sounding much like so many of the other presidents who […]

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Democratic FEC commissioner resigns, appeals to POTUS

Democratic FEC commissioner resigns, appeals to POTUS

Ann Ravel, a Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission, submitted her resignation letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday with a plea to embrace campaign finance reform. Ravel’s last day will be March 1. In her letter, which she posted on Medium, Ravel blasted the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which she said […]

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Four weeks into his presidency, Trump returns to campaign mode

Four weeks into his presidency, Trump returns to campaign mode

The president used an adoring crowd in an airport hangar to project his strength after a rocky first month in the White House. President Donald Trump’s rally here on Saturday featured all the classic signatures of his campaign: boasts about his poll numbers and magazine appearances, grandiose promises of quick action, protesters lining the streets, […]

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Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?

Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?

Let’s stop focusing on the resignation, and start focusing on the real issue here: The mystery of Trump’s Russia ties. Hours after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid reports that he misled top officials about his pre-inauguration talks with the Russian ambassador, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage everyone to move on. […]

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WaPo: Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser

WaPo: Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser

Flynn said he “inadvertently” gave Vice President Pence “incomplete information” on contacts with the Russian ambassador. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Trump, resigned late Monday over revelations about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his misleading statements about the matter to senior Trump administration officials. […]

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How can I differentiate between the bureaucratic agencies within the executive branch?

How can I differentiate between the bureaucratic agencies within the executive branch?

Many students find it challenging to differentiate between the four types of bureaucratic agencies: (1) Cabinet Departments, (2) Independent Executive Agencies, (3) Independent Regulatory Commissions, and (4) Government Corporations. 1 – Cabinet Departments The first category of agencies is the cabinet departments. Because of the “Department” in the name, we know that if the agency […]

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Hogan focuses on bipartisanship, state issues in annual address to Maryland General Assembly

In his third State of the State address, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan spoke of a need for bipartisanship in Annapolis and pressed the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to approve his most ambitious legislative agenda yet. Read more at The Baltimore Sun: Hogan focuses on bipartisanship, state issues in annual address to Maryland General Assembly In the […]

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Who is SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch? (Nominations)

Who is SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch? (Nominations)

Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated a year ago by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch has the typical pedigree of a high court justice. He graduated from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford, clerked for two Supreme Court justices and did a stint at the […]

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Trump picks Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court (Nominations/ Appointments)

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court (Nominations/ Appointments)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, elevating a 49-year-old judge who has served on a federal appeals court for more than a decade to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. “When Justice Scalia passed away suddenly last February, I made a promise to the American people: If I […]

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Trump’s Supreme Court pick gets personal (Appointments/ Nominations)

Trump’s Supreme Court pick gets personal (Appointments/ Nominations)

President Donald Trump’s two finalists for the Supreme Court offer him a choice between a pair of competing personal narratives: an Ivy League pedigree or a blue collar history … Source: Trump’s Supreme Court pick gets personal – POLITICO During the campaign, Trump largely outsourced the creation of his initial list of potential justices to […]

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‘Monday Massacre?’ Trump fires defiant acting attorney general (Cabinet Offices)

‘Monday Massacre?’ Trump fires defiant acting attorney general (Cabinet Offices)

President Donald Trump fired the nation’s acting attorney general Monday night after she refused to defend an executive order he issued last week restricting immigration in the name of national security. In an act of high political drama just 10 days after taking office, Trump replaced Obama administration appointee Sally Yates with Dana Boente, the […]

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It’s ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ (Bully Pulpit)

It’s ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ (Bully Pulpit)

President Trump is bringing his top two candidates for the Supreme Court to the White House on Tuesday, adding to the tension ahead of his prime-time court announcement. Networks will give Mr. Trump the show he wants, cutting into prime-time programming to broadcast his Supreme Court choice. They may be “getting away with murder” but […]

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Amid protests and confusion, Trump defends executive order: ‘This is not a Muslim ban’

Amid protests and confusion, Trump defends executive order: ‘This is not a Muslim ban’

President Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibiting entry into the United States for migrants from seven mostly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world fueled confusion, angst and a wave of protests across the country Sunday. Even as administration officials tried to clarify the reach of Trump’s action — “This is not a Muslim ban,” […]

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WaPo: Trump signs order temporarily halting admission of refugees, promises priority for Christians (Exec. Orders)

WaPo: Trump signs order temporarily halting admission of refugees, promises priority for Christians (Exec. Orders)

President Trump signed an order Friday to suspend admission of all refugees for 120 days while a new system is put in place to tighten vetting for those from predominantly Muslim countries and give preference to religious minorities. Trump said that the goal is to screen out “radical Islamic terrorists” and that priority for admission […]

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WaPo: VP Pence will join the March for Life (Policy Agenda)

WaPo: VP Pence will join the March for Life (Policy Agenda)

Vice President Pence will join Friday’s March for Life, a move from the White House considered historic by march organizers. President Ronald Reagan made a video for the march in 1988 and President George W. Bush called in to the march in 2008, but no president or vice president has spoken at the march before, according […]

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NBC: Pope Warns That Rising Populism Could Produce a New Hitler (Ideology)

NBC: Pope Warns That Rising Populism Could Produce a New Hitler (Ideology)

Pope Francis has warned against growing populism in Europe, saying such movements could result in the election leaders of like Germany’s Adolf Hitler. “In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me,” the pontiff said in an in-depth interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais. “The most obvious example of […]

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NYT: In a Corner, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico Punches Back (Foreign Policy)

NYT: In a Corner, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico Punches Back (Foreign Policy)

Hunkered down in the presidential palace, Enrique Peña Nieto, the unpopular leader of Mexico, was besieged on both sides. The new American president, Donald J. Trump, had just ordered the construction of a border wall between the two countries, and the public outcry in Mexico was deafening. Top cabinet officials, meanwhile, counseled caution, urging Mr. […]

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Report: Trump pressured parks chief for photos to prove ‘media lied’ about inauguration crowd (Bully Pulpit)

Report: Trump pressured parks chief for photos to prove ‘media lied’ about inauguration crowd (Bully Pulpit)

Donald Trump ordered the National Park Service director to produce additional photographs of his inauguration crowds, believing the images “might prove that the media had lied” about the size of the audience, according to the Washington Post. In a Saturday phone call, the president told Michael Reynolds, acting NPS director, that he wanted to see […]

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CNN: Trump floats 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for wall (Trial Balloon)

CNN: Trump floats 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for wall (Trial Balloon)

The White House on Thursday said President Donald Trump is considering a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a southern border wall, but that the President is still weighing other options. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Air Force One Thursday that Trump was backing the proposal and had […]

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Trump signs executive order on Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate (Policy Agenda)

Trump signs executive order on Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate (Policy Agenda)

President Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, which might include enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans. Read more at The Washington Post: Trump signs executive order […]

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Politico: Millions join ‘Women’s March on Washington’ around the globe (Interest Groups)

Politico: Millions join ‘Women’s March on Washington’ around the globe (Interest Groups)

Demonstrators flooded into Washington on Saturday to express opposition to President Donald Trump in numbers exceeding the crowd that turned out for his inauguration, cheering for unity but also vowing to press elected Democrats on progressive causes. Read more at Politico: Millions join Trump protest marches around the globe – POLITICO Crowds for the Women’s […]

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Sen. Orrin Hatch acting as ‘designated survivor’ during inauguration (25th Amendment)

Sen. Orrin Hatch acting as ‘designated survivor’ during inauguration (25th Amendment)

There’s not much resemblance to Kiefer Sutherland, but Sen. Orrin Hatch took on the role of the designated survivor during Friday’s inauguration events — one of the people playing the role. Outgoing President Barack Obama’s designated survivor was Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security. Hatch, a seven-term Utah Republican, was incoming President Donald Trump’s pick […]

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Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th President of the U.S. (Executive Branch)

Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th President of the U.S. (Executive Branch)

Donald John Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, taking office on a day that has featured smaller crowds and more subdued ceremony than previous inaugurations — but still ushers in a transformative shift in the country’s leadership. Trump, 70, was administered the oath by Chief Justice John G. […]

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President Obama’s Final Message: ‘We’re Going to Be Okay’ (Executive Branch)

President Obama’s Final Message: ‘We’re Going to Be Okay’ (Executive Branch)

Barack Obama is the leader of the nation’s progressive political party, but his belief in progress is more fundamental than a simple political label. “Hope” may have seemed a facile or even juvenile basis for a presidential campaign in 2008, but it was a sincere one, as Obama demonstrated one final time Wednesday afternoon in […]

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All About the Legislative Branch: Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 11

All About the Legislative Branch: Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 11

Review one of the most important chapters in this course: The Legislative Branch! Look at some of the most important concepts, such as: the legislative process, the composition of the House and Senate, differences in the House and Senate, how a bill becomes a law, how members of Congress do their jobs, who controls Congress, […]

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