Illinois judge blocks village’s ban on semiautomatic rifles, magazines

Gun-rights advocates scored a notable win last week when a judge blocked the enforcement of a Chicago suburb's new ban on semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the village of Deerfield went further than state law allows.

Second Amendment supporters had warned the law would have not only stopped ...

Mitch McConnell has a chance to reduce the cycle of crime


Do you think the United States Senate is sufficiently tough on crime? Are you?

I used to be a "lock 'em up and throw away the key" conservative. After all, criminals deserve what they get. Prison will teach them a lesson.

Yep, I was tough on crime. Except, it ...

Paul Ryan seeks Donald Trump’s assurance on immigration compromise

Republican leaders have invited President Trump to visit Capitol Hill this week to try to repair the damage he did when he said he wouldn't sign the immigration compromise that House Republicans had spent months writing.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his team want to have a vote on their ...

China responds to Donald Trump moves by scrapping surplus trade agreement

Mere hours after the Trump administration announced new tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, Beijing hit back, escalating the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies even as the U.S. continues to seek Chinese support in keeping pressure on North Korea.

The 25 percent tariff announced Friday ...

The Latest: SUV in fatal Texas crash suspected of smuggling

BIG WELLS, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the fatal SUV crash in South Texas (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

The U.S. Border Patrol says the SUV that crashed, killing at least five people, was being chased by an agent who suspected it was part of a "smuggling event."

The ...

Wanna stop parent-child separation? Build the wall

Thousands of poor, innocent children streaming illegally across the border!

Picked up in the middle of the desert and detained like little criminals!

Rounded up and ripped away from their families!

Locked in wire cages like animals!

The human crisis raging on America's southern border has gripped the media like ...

1986 amnesty gave lawmakers a lesson

Rep. Joe Barton's son attends a public school in small-town Texas where more than half of his classmates are Hispanic, and he figures a good number of them are from homes where at least one parent is an illegal immigrant.

The congressman says it's one of several things that influences ...

Inside the Beltway: Trump’s still got the magic ‘MAGA’ touch

President Trump has been in office 514 days, give or take an hour or two. He's rocked both sides of the aisle, added a whole new dimension to politics, bettered the economy, challenged the liberal media narrative and finessed an unprecedented and historic meeting with North Korea. Mr. Trump has ...

Paul Manafort to remain in jail until trial

A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort's bail Friday and ordered him to remain locked up until his trial later this year, punishing him for allegations that he tried to tamper with witnesses.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Mr. Manafort had taken a cavalier approach to the court proceedings ...

5 dead as SUV chased by Border Patrol crashes in South Texas

BIG WELLS, Texas (AP) - At least five people are dead and several others hurt as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd says the SUV went out of control at more than 100 ...

Joe Manchin says his re-election bid is ground zero for Obamacare’s future

Sen. Joe Manchin III says his office has been flooded with flood with stories from West Virginia residents begging him to preserve Obamacare, saying they'll lose medical coverage and could face bankruptcy if core parts of the law are ended.

The Democrat, a top target for Republicans in this year's ...

Rep. Kennedy joins immigration protest in Texas

BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy has participated in a march in Texas to protest the Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents as families arrive at the nation's southern border.

The Massachusetts Democrat joined the protest Sunday to draw attention to a tent-like shelter to house ...

Peter Strzok’s Donald Trump messages trouble Michael Horowitz

FBI Agent Peter Strzok put the Trump-Russia investigation on a fast track during the 2016 election season at the same time he was sending text messages to his lover condemning the Republican presidential candidate as an "idiot" and vowing to "stop" him.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a ...