Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections

The Trump administration acted Friday to bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, energizing its conservative political base ahead of crucial midterm elections while setting the stage for new legal battles.

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

House Republican leaders suffered an embarrassing setback Friday when conservatives scuttled an ambitious farm bill.

Trump defends ‘animals’ remark, says he’ll always use it

President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his use of the word “animals” to describe some immigrants who enter the country illegally, saying he would continue to use the term to refer to violent gang members in spite of a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders.

Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking

As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will be casting ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes.

Trump rails against California for its immigration policies

President Donald Trump on Wednesday hammered California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies, in what appeared to be his latest push to embolden his base leading into the midterm elections.

Senate backs effort to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules

Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure Wednesday intended to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems insurmountable.

Judge rules Confederate statues removal by Memphis is legal

The removal of three statues of Confederate leaders from public parks in Memphis, Tennessee, did not violate state law because they were on private property when they were torn down, a judge ruled.

House OKs expansion of private care at VA, budget crisis fix

The House voted Wednesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system, a major shift aimed at reducing wait times and improving medical care despite the concerns of some Democrats who cast it as a risky step toward dismantling the struggling agency.

Trump pays return visit to recovering first lady at hospital

President Donald Trump visited his wife, Melania, in the hospital.

Nation’s most restrictive abortion law is challenged in Iowa

A lawsuit challenging the nation’s most restrictive abortion law was filed in Iowa.