Asylum officers get broader powers in new government guidelines

The government's citizenship agency issued new guidelines this week that give asylum officers broader powers to reject claims based on domestic abuse or gang violence, clearing the way for those with bogus claims to be speedily deported.

The guidance could help control the surge of migrants from Central America, many ...

Red state Democrats plan to give Brett Kavanaugh a fair hearing

The most venomous jabs on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court are coming from coastal Democrats, hindering the party's attempt to shed the idea it's become disconnected from middle America.

Northeastern and left coast Democrats have led the charge, joined by some of the party's members from ...

Inside the Beltway: Centrist Democrats issue a call to arms

Amused Republicans already know that the shrill call of left-leaning progressives ultimately could backfire on the Democratic Party as significant elections loom. But the GOP has a new wrinkle to worry about. Some Democrats also know this and are poised to mute all the left-leaning noise and "resistance," and retool ...

AP FACT CHECK: No proof Rauner profits off family separation

CHICAGO (AP) - A new television campaign accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump's since abandoned "zero tolerance" border policy of separating immigrant children from their families.

Rauner's Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, launched the ad Wednesday.

It is the ...

Donald Trump says Boris Johnson would make ‘excellent’ prime minister: The Sun

President Donald Trump says he thinks Britain's ex-foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make an "excellent" prime minister.

The comment was published in The Sun newspaper just as Trump was leaving a black-tie gala hosted by current British Prime Minister Theresa May during Trump's maiden visit to the U.K. as president.

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Brett Kavanaugh female law clerks say judge an advocate for women

Eighteen female former law clerks of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the nominee is a strong supporter of women in the legal profession.

The women said Judge Kavanaugh achieved "rare gender parity" on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, hiring ...

House passes US intelligence bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to authorize funding for intelligence agencies and support critical national security programs, including those that counter threats from Russia and China.

Thursday's vote was 363 to 54.

The House bill would increase the pay for intelligence employees with cyber skills and ...