• Trump Tells March for Life He Will Block Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

    Trump Tells March for Life He Will Block Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

    In remarks delivered by video to the annual March for Life on Friday, President Donald Trump vowed to veto any legislation that doesn’t protect life.

    “Today, I have signed a letter to Congress to make clear that if they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life, I will issue a veto, and we have the support to uphold those vetoes,” Trump said.

    Trump called every child “a sacred gift from God” and noted his administration’s pro-life policies, such as ending federal funding for abortions abroad. READ MORE...

  • 5 Expected Issues for Trump’s AG Nominee

    5 Expected Issues for Trump’s AG Nominee

    President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general faces a Senate committee Tuesday in what could turn into a proxy fight and speechifying over the probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

    Nominee William Barr, who was attorney general 27 years ago, will act to head off some questions from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee by calling it “vitally important” that special counsel Robert Mueller complete his investigation of Russia’s interference and any cooperation from the Trump campaign. READ MORE...

  • During Trump Visit to Border, Slain Officers' Families Call for Border Wall

    During Trump Visit to Border, Slain Officers’ Families Call for Border Wall

    After his police officer brother, who had immigrated to the United States legally, was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant, Reggie Singh says it’s time for the government to do whatever it takes to stop illegal immigration.

    “The way he was killed, what my family’s going through right now, I do not want any other family, law enforcement person to go through,” Singh said Thursday in McAllen, Texas, during a roundtable discussion led by President Donald Trump.

    Trump had spoken about the slaying of Newman, California, police officer Ronil Singh, 33, during his prime-time national television address Tuesday night. READ MORE...

  • 3 Things to Watch in Trump’s Shutdown Talks With Democrats

    3 Things to Watch in Trump’s Shutdown Talks With Democrats

    Two of President Donald Trump’s key themes as a candidate were building a border wall and being a deal-maker. But he is struggling on both points during the partial government shutdown as Democrats officially take control of the House of Representatives.

    Trump and congressional leaders will meet again Friday after an unproductive gathering Wednesday in which Democrats vowed to pass a bill in the House that Trump told them he wouldn’t support.

    Trump invited top congressional Republicans and Democrats to the White House for the Wednesday meeting, which included Department of Homeland Security officials. The “border security briefing” came as Democrats prepared to take over the House on Thursday and the sticking point in resolving the shutdown remained funding for a physical barrier at the southern border to curb illegal immigration. READ MORE...

  • 3 Cases Where Special Prosecutors Were Fired

    3 Cases Where Special Prosecutors Were Fired

    Democrats and a few Republicans—most notably among the latter outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona—have pushed legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by the president.

    For his part, President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted he doesn’t intend to fire Mueller. Still, critics of the president are not convinced.

    The legislation isn’t likely to pass, however—and if it did, it would likely face a presidential veto, along with questions of its constitutionality. READ MORE...

  • Trump Signs Sweeping Bipartisan Prison Reform Ahead of Partisan Shutdown

    Trump Signs Sweeping Bipartisan Prison Reform Ahead of Partisan Shutdown

    Hours before a partisan divide was set to force a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump signed the most sweeping bipartisan initiative of his presidency—a criminal justice reform bill.

    Trump signed the First Step Act, geared toward helping to integrate prisoners into society after they serve their sentence.

    At the bill signing, after talking at length about the need for border security and the potential government shutdown, Trump shifted to talking about the significant accomplishment of the reform. READ MORE...

  • Trump Snubs Senate Funding Bill as Shutdown Grows More Likely

    Trump Snubs Senate Funding Bill as Shutdown Grows More Likely

    President Donald Trump won’t sign a spending bill to keep the government fully running without funding for a wall along the southern border.

    The Senate passed a spending bill late Wednesday, sending it to the House of Representatives, but lacking Trump’s request for $5 billion to build the wall. Earlier Thursday, it was widely reported that Trump would sign a bill to avert a partial government shutdown.

    However, after House Republicans met with the president at the White House, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said legislation in its current form wouldn’t go forward. READ MORE...

  • House Freedom Caucus Makes Case for Border Wall as Shutdown Looms

    House Freedom Caucus Makes Case for Border Wall as Shutdown Looms

    Now in the final days of their control of the House, Republicans have failed to make good on a major promise they made to voters—namely, funding the border wall to curb illegal immigration, the former chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said.

    But some caucus members are holding out hope for a last-minute breakthrough.

    “How are our chances any better [for getting border-wall funding] when Nancy Pelosi becomes speaker?” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal on Tuesday, referring to the California Democrat and current House minority leader. READ MORE...

  • US Must Curb China, Russia Influence in Africa

    US Must Curb China, Russia Influence in Africa

    The United States must revamp policies toward Africa on improving trade, fighting terrorism, and providing financial assistance to stave off the growing influence of China and Russia on the continent, White House national security adviser John Bolton said.

    “Great power competitors, namely China and Russia, are rapidly expanding their financial and political influence across Africa,” Bolton said Thursday in an address at The Heritage Foundation in Washington. “They are deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage over the United States.” READ MORE...

  • Conservatives on Contenders, Wild Cards for Trump’s Next Chief of Staff

    Conservatives on Contenders, Wild Cards for Trump’s Next Chief of Staff

    Some seasoned conservatives wonder if President Donald Trump’s choice of a chief of staff actually matters, and they suggest room for a wild card not on the widely reported short list.

    “Trump’s chief of staff doesn’t really matter. He’s going to do what he wants to do,” presidential historian Craig Shirley told The Daily Signal. “Donald Trump should pick somebody he will listen to. We don’t know if there is such a person. He is his own chief of staff.”

    Most mentioned contenders for the top White House job under Trump include Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus; Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. READ MORE...