• As CNN's Acosta Returns, White House Seeks ‘Decorum’ for Press

    As CNN’s Acosta Returns, White House Seeks ‘Decorum’ for Press

    CNN reporter Jim Acosta is back in the White House, and the Trump administration is working on rules for “decorum” during press conferences.

    “People have to behave. We’re writing up rules and regulations,” President Donald Trump told reporters Friday afternoon, when asked about the court ruling. He said other reporters were treated unfairly, “because you had somebody interrupting you. With the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.”

    U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, of the District of Columbia, granted CNN a temporary restraining to halt the Trump administration from blocking Acosta’s access to the White House, and ordered his press pass to be returned. READ MORE...

  • Trump Calls Out Broward's Brenda Sipes Over Florida Election Mess

    Trump Calls Out Broward’s Brenda Sipes Over Florida Election Mess

    President Donald Trump is scrutinizing the Florida election-recount process, and he isn’t the only one—largely because of Broward County.

    On election night, it appeared likely that Rick Scott, the outgoing Florida Republican governor, had defeated Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for his seat. It appeared even more likely that Republican ex-Rep. Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, to be Florida’s next governor.

    By Friday morning, both Nelson and Gillum were challenging the outcome. READ MORE...

  • How Trump is Toughening Asylum Rules for Immigrants

    How Trump is Toughening Asylum Rules for Immigrants

    President Donald Trump’s administration is clamping down on asylum rules for immigrants coming to the United States, the White House announced Thursday.

    The Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department jointly issued a new rule requiring that immigrants seeking asylum along the southern border must present themselves lawfully at a port of entry.

    Trump will sign a proclamation with specifics. The president last week announced his intention to do so.

    The new rule is aimed at ensuring illegal immigrants who are subject to the terms of the proclamation that Trump issues are not eligible for asylum. READ MORE...

  • Historic Midterms: Shellackings, Triumphs, Could’ve-Been-Worse Results

    Historic Midterms: Shellackings, Triumphs, Could’ve-Been-Worse Results

    President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot, but will face the biggest electoral test of his presidency so far during Tuesday’s midterm election—one that may well end in repudiation or vindication.

    History is not on any president’s side in a midterm election. Since 1862, the president’s party on average loses 32 House seats and more than two Senate seats in a midterm.

    And in the 47 midterms since 1826, the president’s party lost seats in 41 of them.

    Several scenarios could play out.

    The opposition party could gain what President Barack Obama called a “shellacking” when Republicans won 63 House seats in 2010. It could be a rare victory for the president’s party—which occurred only three times in the past 100 years: 1934, 1998, and 2002. READ MORE...

  • Trump Aims to Stop ‘Meritless’ Asylum Claims at Border

    Trump Aims to Stop ‘Meritless’ Asylum Claims at Border

    President Donald Trump said Thursday he is working on an executive order to deny automatic entry to the U.S. to illegal immigrants claiming asylum unless they go to a legal port of entry.

    “My administration is finalizing a plan to end the rampant abuse of our asylum system, to halt the dangerous influx, and to establish this control over America’s sovereign borders,” Trump said.

    “Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum,” he said. “Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry.” READ MORE...

  • Here Are the 3 Times in Past Century That President’s Party Gained Seats in Midterms

    Here Are the 3 Times in Past Century That President’s Party Gained Seats in Midterms

    History is not on any president’s side in a midterm election. But there are three occasions since 1934 when a president’s party actually gained seats.

    Since 1862, the president’s party on average loses 32 House seats and more than two Senate seats in a midterm election. And in the 47 midterms since 1826, the president’s party lost seats in 41 of them, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Here’s a look at the three notable exceptions.

    1. FDR’s Party in 1934

    President Herbert Hoover, a Republican, presided over the Great Depression spurred by the 1929 stock market crash. In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Hoover in a landslide and went on to push his New Deal legislation. READ MORE...

  • 4 Key Points About Birthright Citizenship

    President Donald Trump’s plan to end birthright citizenship through executive order—if it holds up—could save taxpayers billions and significantly reduce future illegal immigration, according to estimates from the government and an immigration-focused think tank.

    An 1898 Supreme Court ruling helped shape the modern interpretation that the 14th Amendment means any child born on American soil is a citizen. However, many legal scholars dispute the interpretation.

    The dispute comes down to whether illegal immigrants fall under those who are “subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.” READ MORE...