Bill encouraging gun safety courses in schools advances

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Legislation encouraging public schools to offer gun safety courses is headed to the Idaho House.

KIVI-TV reports that the House Education Committee agreed to advance HB 443 on Monday with the panel's three Democratic members opposing.

If the bill is enacted, firearms would be permitted ...

Deportation form noted immigrant activist’s role in protests

SEATTLE (AP) - An official who targeted a Northwest immigrant rights advocate for deportation noted on a form that she had been extensively involved in Latino advocacy as well as protests against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Maru Mora-Villalpando says the newly released document proves the agency targeted her for ...

Lawsuit: 100,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania

More than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone, according to testimony submitted Monday in a lawsuit demanding the state come clean about the extent of its problems.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has identified similar noncitizen voting problems in studies of Virginia and New Jersey, said ...

Transgender recruit joins military, Pentagon confirms

The first transgender recruit has officially signed up for the U.S. military since the White House called for the ban of all such individuals from serving in the armed forces, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.

The individual signed their service contract on Friday, after meeting a slew of physical, psychological and ...

Education Department investigating Michigan State over Nassar allegations

The Education Department said Monday that it has opened an investigation into how Michigan State University handled allegations of sexual assault against Dr. Larry Nassar, a longtime employee who has been sentenced to decades in prison for molesting young athletes and possessing child pornography.

Immigrants suing over revoked DACA work permits face court

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Young immigrants who say their work permits were unfairly revoked by the Trump administration planned to make their case in a California courtroom Monday for a chance to have them restored.

A hearing was scheduled in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging the ...

Lawsuit targets Montana judge, deputy in immigration case

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An immigrant rights group says a Montana judge acted illegally when he asked a sheriff's deputy to take away from his court a Mexican-born man who was later detained by federal immigration authorities.

Attorney Matt Adams with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project said Monday that former ...

US Reps: ICE should review sexual abuse cases in detention

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - More than 40 congressmen have signed a letter calling on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to investigate its handling of sexual assault reports in its detention facilities.

The letter released Monday is based on the case of Laura Monterrosa, a detainee at the T. Don Hutto ...

White House says talks with North Korea must result in abandoning nukes

The White House said Monday that any talks with North Korea must lead to Pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons.

"Denuclearization must be the result of any dialogue with North Korea," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

South Korea's president has said North Korea is willing to engage ...

Still no cease-fire in Syrian enclave; Russia orders a pause

BEIRUT (AP) - As a U.N. cease-fire failed to take hold in Syria, Russia on Monday ordered a daily "humanitarian pause" to allow civilians to evacuate an embattled rebel-held enclave near Damascus, while airstrikes continued and Syrian ground forces fought to push into the besieged area from the west.

But ...

Rep. Ratcliffe: Dossier Played Major Role in FISA Warrant on Page

A dossier compiled against President Donald Trump was not a small part of the evidence used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, Rep. John Ratcliffe, who has seen the FISA applications, said Monday.

Screnock refuses to release letter to NRA in court race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock refuses to release a letter he sent to the National Rifle Association that resulted in winning the group's endorsement.

His opponent Rebecca Dallet is now making the NRA's support of Screnock a key part of her campaign against him for ...

The Chasm Between Racial Optimism and Reality

Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic
In 1868, the abolitionist and orator Anna E. Dickinson published What Answer?, a novel that explored, in a manner revolutionary for its time, the subject of interracial marriage. The Atlantic assigned its assistant editor, William Dean Howells, to review the book. Howells, who would later become the magazine’s editor in chief, was, in the years following the Civil War, something of a racial optimist. He opened his review by recounting a story told to him by one of The Atlantic’s most important contributors:

The Man Who Could Lead Impeachment Push vs. Trump

Susan Glasser, New Yorker
A political generation ago, Congressman Jerry Nadler was a backbencher from the Upper West Side. A liberal Democrat with a law degree and a debater’s temperament, he was seen in New York as “a garrulously intelligent, wonkish politician whose previous claims to fame” included “fighting against Donald Trump’s projects on the West Side,” as the Times noted, in a 1999 profile. When House Republicans impeached Bill Clinton, in 1998, for lying about his affair with the former intern Monica Lewinsky, Nadler emerged as one of Clinton’s most ardent and public...

The Russians Colluded Massively–With Democrats

Deroy Murdock, National Review
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators resemble axe-wielding firefighters frantically stomping through a house and not finding so much as a lit birthday candle. Meanwhile, the home next door burns to the basement. Team Mueller’s never-ending hunt for reds in October 2016 has found zero evidence of Russian collusion among Team Trump. In contrast, Russian collusion among Democrats has been as hard to miss as a California wildfire. And yet they still miss it.

Was ‘Cowardly’ Fla. Deputy Told to Wait for Backup?

Thomas Lipscomb, RCP
The failure of Scot Peterson, the sheriff’s deputy assigned to Stoneman Douglas High School as a resource officer, to engage a teenage shooter apparently required Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to call a nationwide press conference. After sending sheriff’s department cars on more than two dozen calls looking into Nikolas Cruz’s activities over the past decade, and doing nothing to either address concerns or prevent a clearly disturbed Cruz from being able to buy an AR-15 by properly entering a police record, Israel now was faced with this last-minute shocker.