The Government’s Two-Decade Ban On Studying Gun Violence Was Supposed To End. It Hasn’t.
In March, Congress gave CDC the green light to study the causes of gun violence. One month later there is no sign of that work starting, and there is little research on what causes high gun death rates in the US.
A Bipartisan Group Of Senators Just Released A New Authorization For The War On Terror
For more than 16 years, the US has been waging the global war on terror using legal authority passed by Congress just after 9/11. Critics say that legislation is too broad and that administrations have used it to usurp Congress’s authority.
Trump’s Gun Laws Strengthen The Background Check Registry But Also Limit Mental Health Reporting
Congress’s big response to mass shootings this year was to beef up the background check registry, but the other major gun law signed by President Trump prevents some people with serious mental illnesses from being added to that registry.
Anti-Abortion Students Are Going All-In To Save This Democrat’s Seat
Susan B. Anthony List, the anti-abortion group beloved by Mike Pence, sent dozens of college students to help Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski keep his seat in Tuesday’s Illinois primary that’s united most national Democrats against him. Even the students were surprised: “I realized pro-life and a Democrat don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”
Republicans Are Looking To Pass A Minor Background Check Bill And Avoid A Gun Control Debate Altogether
Despite a series of gun control proposals in Congress, Senate leadership appears to be focused on a single background check bill, and even that may never see the floor due to disagreements between the two parties.
Protesters Left 7,000 Pairs Of Shoes In Front Of The Capitol For Children Killed By Gun Violence
The shoes represent the children killed just since the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. Protesters are pushing Congress to pass gun control legislation in the wake of the Parkland shooting last month.
Trump Once Promised He Would “Revisit” DACA If Congress Failed To Act. The White House Won’t Say If He Changed His Mind.
Every DACA proposal went down in flames this week, leaving Congress with no clear way forward to protect 700,000 DACA recipients before their legal status expires next month. “The ball is totally in President Trump’s corner,” one Senate Republican aide said.
The White House Has Delayed The Release Of A Democratic Memo On The Russia Investigation, Citing National Security
The House Intelligence Committee sent the Democratic memo to the White House on Monday night so the president could decide whether to make it public, as he did with a Republican memo the week before.
Steve King Started A Feud With A Powerful Anti-Abortion Group, And Isolated Himself In The Process
After the avidly anti-abortion congressman repeatedly attacked the National Right to Life Committee in speeches and on Twitter, other prominent anti-abortion groups are considering stepping away from him.
The Senate Just Announced A Massive Bipartisan Deal On Spending, But DACA Will Have To Wait
Republicans and Democrats announced a two-year budget deal on Wednesday that provides funding for most of the major issues Congress has to deal with this year. But it leaves out DACA, as members continue negotiating on an immigration deal.
Rep. Adam Schiff Says There Is "Certainly A Lot Of Evidence" Of Collusion Between The Trump Campaign And Russia
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said special counsel Robert Mueller would ultimately decide if the Trump campaign committed a crime. But he added: "In terms of ethical violations and acting against the interest of the United States, that evidence is already ample and in the public view."
The Government Could Shut Down Again Because Congress Can't Figure Out A DACA Deal
Congress and the White House are not on course to reach an immigration deal by the end of the month, meaning hundreds of thousands of people could lose their residency status and another government shutdown could be in the cards.
Democrats Think The Retiring Head Of Planned Parenthood Should Run For Office
Democrats in Congress and political operatives told BuzzFeed News they think the departing Planned Parenthood president should strongly consider running a campaign of her own. “She would be an amazing candidate if she wanted to run.”
The Head Of The EPA Just Proposed A “War On Lead” At His Rowdy Oversight Hearing
EPA head Scott Pruitt proposed a “war on lead” at his first Senate oversight hearing, while Democrats took shots. “Can I assume, like all decent Americans, that you did not find Morocco, a North African nation, to be a ‘shithole’ when you visited?” asked one senator.
All The President’s Tweets — And Every Lawmaker’s Too
BuzzFeed News looked at all the tweets written by President Trump and every member of Congress during his first year in office. Here’s how Democrats and Republicans dealt with his early morning bully pulpit — and what the most prolific tweeter on Capitol Hill thinks about finding a voice in the age of @realDonaldTrump.
An Embattled Anti-Abortion Democrat Didn't Show Up For His Speech At The March For Life
Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the few anti-abortion Democrats in Congress said he couldn't share a stage with President Donald Trump. His decision comes after two members of his own party took the rare step of endorsing his opponent, citing his views on abortion.