Lawmakers optimistic about passing spending bill before next deadline

Lawmakers crafting a long-term spending bill to get the federal government past the next funding deadline in late March are optimistic there won't be another shutdown showdown — though they're keeping a weather eye on the immigration debate.

This month's budget deal, settling on the top-line numbers for domestic and ...

Trump last in presidential greatness survey

You can oversee America's slide into civil war. You can only be president for a month. And according to America's political scientists, you're still a better president than Donald Trump.

To mark Presidents' Day, the American Political Science Association released Monday its quadrennial assessment of the "greatness" of America's 44 ...

Idaho senator yells at students lobbying for birth control

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A state senator shouted at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood trying to schedule a meeting with him to discuss birth control and sex education.

Republican Sen. Dan Foreman said he would call law enforcement officials if they attempted to visit his office at ...

The Latest: Police: GOP senator sent naked photos to friend

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Latest on a Republican state senator accused of extorting sex from a Statehouse page and of video voyeurism against his girlfriend (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Rhode Island state police say Republican Senate Minority Leader Nicholas Kettle took naked pictures of his girlfriend without her ...

Jesse Jackson: LeBron’s ‘slam dunk for justice is needed’

CHICAGO (AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Monday he's deeply insulted by a Fox News host's "attack" on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and thanked the basketball All-Star for standing up for what he believes in.

Political commentator Laura Ingraham criticized the three-time NBA champion for his recent ...

LA gun-control protesters seek new laws after Fla. shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of sign-carrying, chanting protesters have converged on a downtown Los Angeles park, demanding tougher background checks and other gun-safety measures following last week's deadly school shooting in Florida.

About 500 protesters gathered in LA's Pershing Square shortly before noon Monday.

Many chanted, "Ho, ho, hey, ...

Heitkamp Will Regret High-Fiving Over Abortion Vote

Ashley McGuire, USA Today
When I think of high fives, I usually think of things that are good. Like acing a test. Or winning a race. Or getting an award. Not dismembering late-term babies. That’s just me. But apparently that’s not Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., or Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. In a clip memorialized for eternity, C-SPAN captured the two with their hands locked in an extended high five after Heitkamp cast her vote against a proposed bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.

Is Brunei Moving Into China’s Orbit?

Eugen Iladi, RealClearWorld
Nonetheless, the U.S. and its western allies want to hear from the Sultan and his government about what is happening on the island of Borneo. In particular, they would like to be reassured that Brunei isn’t moving – or worse, stumbling – into China’s orbit. Increased communication with Washington would go a long way toward answering that question.

Reckoning With Trump’s Legitmacy

Brian Beutler, Crooked Media
In announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals, whose efforts to subvert the 2016 election entailed conspiring to defraud the United States, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein included the conspicuous caveat that the charging documents contain “no allegation” that Russian interference “altered the outcome of the 2016 election.”

The AP Uses Fake News to Promote Hate

Hrand Tookman, LoveBreedsAccountability
In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Parkland, FL, a story emerged about the shooter being “trained” by a white nationalist group. The story had several holes from the onset, but that didn’t stop once-reputable organizations like the Associated Press from running and promoting it.

Is Conor Lamb the Next Big Democratic Upset?

Jim Saksa, Politico
“Jesus always started out by going and being with a certain group of people,” says Conor Lamb as we’re winding down hilly back roads to the Washington County Gun Show. It snowed a few inches in Southwestern Pennsylvania last night and, other than the highways we’re avoiding, nothing’s been plowed. While I’m silently saying Hail Marys as the campaign staffer driving whips around farms and fields, Lamb calmly continues explaining how his faith informs his politics

Liberal Conspiracy Theories Are Turning Into Borscht

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall
It’s been a sad week to be a liberal, again. Nothing seems to be going right for our betters and aspiring masters. America continues to prosper, to their dismay. Their conspiracy theories are turning into borscht. Donald Trump is breaking their collective collectivist spirit. They can’t even manage to effectively blame conservatives for things conservatives didn’t do.

Trump Attacks Everyone But Russia

Matthew Nussbaum, Politico
“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map For 2018 Elections

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday afternoon released a new congressional map for use in the 2018 elections — the result of a decision from the court earlier this month that the existing map is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander under the state's constitution.

Under the challenged map, only 5 of the state's 18 congressional districts are represented by Democrats — despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the swing state.

Republican lawmakers had asked the US Supreme Court to step in and halt the state court's opinion from going into effect, but Justice Samuel Alito — who oversees requests from Pennsylvania — denied the request.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new congressional map

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new map for the state's congressional districts Monday and analysts said it's a "dream come true" for Democrats.

The court had invalidated the old map, drawn by the GOP legislature, that had been used for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 elections, deeming it a ...