Trump’s Palm Beach Trip Depends on Budget Deal

President Donald Trump will not leave for a weekend at his Palm Beach estate unless a government shutdown is averted. The White House said Friday that Trump will not head to Florida unless a funding bill passes. Trump was set to leave Friday afternoon and planned to celebrate...

Conway: Americans Don’t Want Shutdown Over DACA

Kellyanne Conway says national polls show that most Americans favor a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but they do not want the government to shut down over it. . .

Bipartisan Consensus on Abortion Could Be Midterm Factor

Carl Anderson, RCP
For years Americans have been told that abortion is an intractable, politically unsolvable issue. But polling numbers tell a different story. Far from being either a thorny political issue or a partisan one, a clear way forward now exists. Four-and-a-half decades after Roe v. Wade and its sister case, Doe v. Bolton, were decided, more than three-quarters of Americans want substantial restrictions on abortion, not the nearly unrestricted abortion regime that these cases allowed.

Trump’s Tweets Overshadowed a Consequential First Year

Susan Page, USA Today
One year later.In the 12 months since his inauguration, the headlines from Donald Trump’s presidency have been dominated by disruption: provocative tweets, derisive language and epic feuds.All of which has overshadowed some of the fine print — that is, the consequential actions Trump has taken that have changed the way the federal government works and the role the United States plays in the world. Indeed, that’s the implicit bargain congressional Republican leaders have made with the White House. Most have muted their public criticism of the president during controversies...

Trumping the Administrative State

Adam White, The Weekly Standard
During the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times alleged that the Trump campaign had offered to make John Kasich the most powerful vice president in history, through a novel division of duties: The vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy. The president, meanwhile, would be in charge of making America great again.The story might be apocryphal, but a year and a half later it resembles the Trump administration's approach to reforming or rolling back the modern administrative state. While President Trump's statements and tweets have dominated headlines, his...

Experts Silenced About Trump’s Mental Fitness

Bandy Lee & Norm Eisen, USA Today
Many Americans are asking questions about Donald Trump’s mental fitness for the heavy duties of the presidency and coming to their own answers. The topic has become so prevalent that the president himself asked his doctor to administer a cognitive test as part of his physical. Yet mental health experts who have been trying simply to raise this legitimate inquiry and contribute to its informed discussion have been chastised by those who wish to silence them. Now that Trump himself has opened up the issue, those professionals' voices are needed in the public discourse more than ever.

Blame Game Ramps Up as Shutdown Draws Near

James Arkin, RealClearPolitics
The House passed legislation Thursday to temporarily keep the government open, but it appears doomed in the Senate ahead of a potential vote Friday.Hours after the House voted, debate in the upper chamber devolved into a partisan blame-game, with Democratic and Republican leaders digging in their heels, convinced that the other party would suffer the political consequences of a government funding lapse.

Ex-mayor of Chicago suburb pleads guilty in bribery scheme

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) - A former mayor of a poor Chicago suburb has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged $300,000 bribery scheme involving city contractors.

The Daily Southtown reports former Markham Mayor David Webb pleaded guilty Thursday in an agreement with prosecutors to wire fraud and filing ...