WASHINGTON - The future of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign was thrown into uncertainty Wednesday after President Donald Trump ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, giving a political loyalist oversight of the probe. Trump named as acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, who as a legal commentator last year wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller appeared to be taking his investigation too far.
WASHINGTON - House Democrats are prepared to open multiple investigations of President Donald Trump when they take control in January but are wary of immediately pursuing impeachment - working to balance the demands of an energized base with the voters they need in the next election. Trump's Wednesday threat to adopt a "warlike posture" in response to any probes of his presidency or personal finances angered rank-and-file Democrats, some of whom argued they should get "very aggressive" and try to beat Trump at his own game.
Two years ago, when President Donald Trump was still on the campaign trail, he told an audience during a rally at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport that Minnesota had "suffered enough" at the hands of Somali immigrants, who began moving there as refugees in the early 1990s.
Thirty-nine days before she would lose the home she loved, Kathleen Willey poured her coffee, fed the dogs and clicked on the TV above her fireplace. Fox News was the ever-present background noise to her life, but on this morning, Willey would be paying close attention. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh were about to testify before Congress.
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at President Donald Trump's request, ending the tenure of a loyalist he soured on shortly after Sessions took office in 2017 because the former senator from Alabama had recused himself from oversight of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
A racial taunt turned a California classroom into the site of a brawl between two unlikely participants last week: a 64-year-old music teacher and a 14-year-old student. Days later, thousands of supporters have flooded a GoFundMe account, raising more than $135,000.
The midterm election results pouring in on Tuesday night, Nov. 6, included a number of significant demographic milestones. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American women to serve in Congress. Capitol Hill will have its first Muslim congresswomen with Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. And Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., will be the first openly gay man to serve as a state's governor.
Nancy Pelosi is poised to take back the House speaker's gavel with the new Democratic majority, rebounding as the face of her party in a political "year of the woman" as a rebellion among younger Democrats lacks any real leaders. This time, Pelosi is signaling publicly she's ready to serve a "transitional" speaker to lay the groundwork for future leaders, although she hasn't said how long she will stick around.
Democrat Andrew Gillum was defeated in his bid to become Florida's first black governor in one of the nation's most closely watched races Tuesday, but the party still picked up at least two governorships after strong performances by their candidates in some Midwestern states in early results.
Republicans cemented control of the Senate for two more years Tuesday and positioned themselves for a more conservative majority, with victories by candidates who aligned closely with President Donald Trump. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer and Indiana businessman Mike Braun, both staunch Trump allies, won seats held by Democrats. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican and another Trump loyalist, defeated a popular former governor in Tennessee.