Government

Who appoints Supreme Court justices and how are they appointed?

The latest Supreme Court vacancy has all eyes trained on the process for a justice's replacement. We will likely know the finalist for a spot on the bench next week. But where does that name come from? Who appoints Supreme Court justices, and what happens then? Who appoints Supreme Court...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 5:11pm

Stacey Abrams: Everything to know about the would-be first black female governor

Paulette Jordan (D-Idaho) is on her way to becoming the first Native American governor in history. Today, May 22, Georgia residents hit the polls for their primary election and chose Stacey Abrams to be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. This brought her one step closer to becoming the nation...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:35pm

Paulette Jordan: Everything to know about the would-be first Native American governor

Last night, Paulette Jordan won the Democratic primary of Idaho’s race for governor. "AJ is a good man and a formidable opponent," Jordan tweeted early this morning of adversary A.J. Balukoff. "He and I debated issues that haven’t been discussed in Idaho for decades...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:49pm

What are emoluments and what do they have to do with Trump?

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled that a lawsuit alleging that President Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution can proceed. But what are emoluments, and what does the judge's decision have to do with the president? What are emoluments? An emolument...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 3:22pm

All of Trump's friends who have been given government jobs

Since taking office, Trump has appointed a number of friends to government jobs. Those appointments have involved some stratospheric leaps in skill sets (from party planner to regional head of a federal agency, for example), some serious cash and — what the president reportedly prizes above...

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 3:38pm

Everything you need to know about the would-be 1st woman to run the CIA

Trump announced Tuesday morning, after firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, that he’s electing CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him and Gina Haspel, the current Deputy Director of the CIA, to take on the top directorial role. The president said during his announcement that Haspel is...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:59pm

What happens during a government shutdown?

What are government shutdowns and what happens during one? You might be about to find out first hand. For the 18th time since 1976, the prospect of a government shutdown loomed over Capitol Hill, as Democrats and Republicans seemed at an impasse over a short-term spending bill to keep the federal...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 3:39pm

U.S. government computers linked to revenge porn: Report

Top U.S. government computers have been connecting to an anonymous site that is the epicenter of so-called "revenge porn," the Daily Beast reported Thursday. A security analyst obtained the IP addresses connecting to Anon-IB, an image board where users share and request non-consensual...

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

What is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and what do they do?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was in the headlines this week because of an unusual battle about its leadership. When the government agency's director, Richard Cordray, resigned, President Trump appointed budget chief Mick Mulvaney as acting director. But the deputy director, Leandra...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:03pm

Ryan Zinke traveled to Vegas, ski resort, steakhouse on taxpayer dime

Another Trump cabinet official, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is under investigation for mixing official business with pleasure after it was revealed he attended fundraisers at a weekend ski trip and Alaskan steakhouse. Cabinet officials’ travel has been under scrutiny since now-disgraced...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:41pm

Secret Service kicked to the curb over Trump Tower lease dispute

The Secret Service has been kicked to the curb — literally — by the very people it’s supposed to be protecting. A lease dispute between the government and President Donald Trump’s company has forced the agency to vacate its Trump Tower command post, where it had been set up...

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 10:11am

Senators caught mocking Trump, fat shaming congressman on hot mic

Two senators forgot the cardinal rule of talking smack following subcommittee meeting Tuesday: Always make sure the mic is turned off. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island were caught on a hot mic at the end of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing questioning...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 3:06pm

Texas Republican representative threatens to shoot Democratic colleague in the head

A group of Texas Democratic representatives accused a Republican colleague of threatening to “put a bullet in the head” of a fellow lawmaker during a scuffle on the Texas House floor on Monday over immigration law. Protestors flooded the Texas House chambers shouting “Greg Abbott...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 11:38am

North Korea accuses CIA of 'bio-chemical' plot against leadership

North Korea on Friday accused the CIA and South Korea's intelligence service of a plot to attack its "supreme leadership" with a bio-chemical weapon and said such a "pipe-dream" could never succeed. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:50am

What actually happens when the government shuts down?

Republicans and Democrats have flirted with it for decades. President Trump made a hearty pitch for it with two tweets this morning, saying it would "fix the mess" in Washington. It’s a government shutdown.   The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 4:21pm

Congress passes short-term bill to avert government shutdown

Congress on Friday passed stopgap legislation to avert a government shutdown at midnight and give lawmakers another week to reach a deal on federal spending through the end of the fiscal year, with contentious issues remaining to be resolved. The Senate passed the measure by voice vote without...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:10pm

FCC chairman to propose reversing 'net neutrality' rules

The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. A plan to reverse the rules approved by the FCC under...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:35pm

Trump, Republicans face tricky task of averting US government shutdown

President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress face their first major budget test next week, with the threat of a U.S. government shutdown potentially hinging on his proposed Mexican border wall as well as Obamacare funding. With Republicans controlling the White House and...

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:45pm

Senate hearing on Russian ties to 2016 presidential election begins (live stream)

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearings on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election — and possible ties to President Donald Trump are underway.The first began Thursday morning and is set to include interviews with five witnesses, including former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:34am

Trump says 'do not worry' in first tweet about failure of health care bill

In his first tweet addressing the failure of the Republican health care plan, President Donald Trump urged Americans to not worry.“ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” he tweeted Saturday morning.ObamaCare will...

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 10:42pm