Trump offers scaled-back border wall as Democrats soften resistance

Senate Democrats on Wednesday backed off their red line over President Trump's proposed border wall, saying they saw a deal in sight that could include permission to build more fencing as part of a broad agreement to legalize illegal immigrant "Dreamers."

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, is seeking a much less dramatic ...

Coal Baron’s ‘Action Plan’ Became Trump Policy Initiatives

In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations."We have listed our suggested actions in order...

Inside the Beltway: A third of Americans trust ‘nobody’ in the news

The era of fake news, relentless 24/7 coverage and shrill social media has taken a toll on Americans. Many have become wary of the news itself, and very selective about whom they believe. Amazingly, the old-school reporter tops the list of those the public still trusts as a news source. ...

Glenn Simpson praises Christopher Steele work on Trump Dossier

A released Senate transcript shows dossier paymaster Glenn Simpson had pure praise for the work of dossier writer Christopher Steele — an assessment disputed by intelligence professionals who have studied the product.

"Chris was, you know, a person who delivered quality work in very appropriate ways," Mr. Simpson, co-founder of ...

Democrats look for tax loopholes, gimmicks to cut federal burden

Democrats in high-tax blue states are already plotting ways to avoid the new tax law, hoping to seize on gimmicks that will allow their residents to cut their federal tax burden without costing the states themselves any money.

The Democrats are trying to get around a new $10,000 cap on ...

Time to block the crushing new Obamacare tax

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The issue of health care issue is maddeningly complex. The politics of health care are even more challenging.

No matter where you are on the ideological spectrum, all Americans should agree that the 2018 Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which just went into effect and is already hammering small businesses ...

Pence vows ‘maximum’ pressure on North Korea ahead of Olympics trip

Vice President Mike Pence promised in an interview with Fox News Wednesday night that the Trump administration would "continue to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure" on North Korea in response to the totalitarian nation’s ballistic and nuclear missile programs as he prepares to lead the U.S. delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The Latest: Democrat says Greitens has ethical failings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' State of the State address delivered Wednesday night to a joint session of the Missouri Legislature (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

Missouri Democrats say Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has failed to follow through on his campaign pledge to ...