Dino Sajudin, Trump doorman, paid $30,000 by National Enquirer owner

NEW YORK (AP) - Eight months before the company that owns the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate who claimed she'd had an affair with Donald Trump, the tabloid's parent made a $30,000 payment to a less famous individual: a former doorman at one of the real ...

Oklahoma teachers shift from marching to running for office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - When Oklahoma second-grade teacher Cyndi Ralston heard her state representative berate teachers for walking out of the classroom and marching on the Capitol, she knew she'd be running against him in November.

Rep. Kevin McDugle, an ex-Marine Corps drill instructor, chastised teachers in a video he ...

Illinois lawmakers urge Rauner to say no to Trump on border

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Senate Democrats urged Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday to reject any request from President Donald Trump to send National Guard troops to secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

The Senate voted 33-22 on a resolution a day after Republican Rauner said he would comply with a presidential request, ...

Heitkamp calls on Cramer to condemn ad showing Syrian children dying

North Dakota's Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp called Thursday on her GOP challenger to condemn a recent ad put out by a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The ad begins with Ms. Heitkamp in a 2013 television interview, where she said the Russians should be trusted to ...

Student from Zambia sues to compete in ‘Poetry Out Loud’

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) - A Maine high school student who fled his native country of Zambia last year is suing the National Endowment for the Arts because it will not let him compete in the national "Poetry Out Loud" contest.

Westbrook resident 17-year-old Allan Monga, a junior at Deering High ...

House to vote on balanced budget amendment

House Republicans are pushing for the passage of a balanced budget amendment Thursday, following a damning Congressional Budget Office report that said the tax reform law and the omnibus package would push the deficit to just under $1 trillion in 2019.

If You Want to End This, Mr. President, Start Pardoning

Rush Limbaugh
RUSH: Audio sound bite. I got two more here. And these are related to the point that I made yesterday that the real thing Trump could do, if he wants to stop this, is start pardoning people. If you really want to stop the investigation, if you want to stop the distraction — because, look, this investigation is bogus to begin with. It’s an investigation into Trump colluding with Russia to steal the election. It didn’t happen. Am I broken record on this or what? The only collusion is with the Hillary camp and the DNC and the Russians.

The Latest: Gun rally organizers face $6,700 security bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on plans to hold gun rights rallies at U.S. state capitols on Saturday (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Organizers of a gun rights rally in Atlanta this weekend are being charged to gather outside the Georgia state Capitol.

Capt. Mark Perry of the Georgia Department ...

Media black out pro-life walkout after pushing anti-gun protests: Study

In the nearly two months since the February 14 Parkland school shooting, mainstream broadcast media have given significant coverage to student-led anti-gun walkouts. But a prominent conservative media watchdog group says the same outlets ignored a protest by pro-life students.

The major broadcast television networks—ABC, CBS and NBC—failed to mention ...

Trump Is Going Full Nixon on Mueller

Richard Ben-Veniste, The Atlantic
Richard Nixon needed a reason.He’d resolved to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating his involvement in Watergate, more than three months before the Saturday Night Massacre, when Cox was eventually dispatched. It was only a matter of time until Nixon would find a suitable pretext to give him political cover—and soon, Cox gave him one. The investigator refused to accept a so-called compromise on Nixon’s secret White House tapes, whereby Cox would receive summaries of the recordings instead of the tapes themselves. The former president quickly moved to...

ICE deports man arrested at Houston apartment complex

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported a man whose family says he was approached at his Houston apartment complex by agents who said they were looking for someone else.

An ICE spokeswoman said Thursday that Carlos Gudiel Andres was taken Wednesday to Guatemala.

The Houston-based advocacy ...

Maine justices ponder 11th-hour ranked-choice voting query

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - With the clock ticking, state supreme court justices hastily convened attorneys Thursday to consider whether the secretary of state's implementation of ranked-choice voting for the June primaries without funding by state lawmakers violates the Maine Constitution.

An attorney for the Maine Senate warned that the Separation ...