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In ‘fraud,’ Ohio House speaker ads run in CPAC chair's name

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:47:44 -0400

Top conservatives apparently had no idea a political action committee had named them as board members in paperwork used to purchase broadcast ads in contentious race for Ohio House speaker.


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Meghan McCain tweets photo of 'amazing hike with dad' after senator's brain-cancer diagnosis

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:49:13 -0400

Senator John McCain revealed he has a primary brain tumor, with doctors describing the tumor as a glioblastoma.


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Comey memos released to Congress, track his testimony and new book

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:51:45 -0400

The Justice Department formally notified Congress Thursday that it was providing lawmakers copies of the explosive memos authored by former FBI Director James Comey about his encounters with President Trump.


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Judge blocks transfer of American suspected of ISIS ties being held in Iraq

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:06:56 -0400

The ACLU had sought the injunction on behalf of the American citizen, who was picked up by Kurdish forces in Syria seven months ago and turned over to U.S. custody.


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OnPolitics Today: A Mueller firing? Police get riot gear ready, just in case

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:10:48 -0400

Also on Thursday: Rudy Giuliani gets a new gig on Trump's legal team, Time unveils its Most Influential People and Chuck Schumer OKs legal marijuana


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Meet the new U.S. senators

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:28:26 -0500

The 2017 freshman class includes the first Latina senator along with the first African American and Indian American to represent California in the Senate.


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USA TODAY's blog on all things political

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 12:15:47 -0500

USA TODAY follows the latest updates from Washington, D.C., and across the nation.


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Capital Download: Latest interviews

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:27:52 -0500

USA TODAY's weekly video newsmaker series with Susan Page.


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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer just says yes to marijuana legalization

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:28:00 -0400

The Senate's top Democrat — Charles Schumer of New York— plans to endorse legislation that would decriminalize marijuana.


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Bill Richardson: Trump must calibrate North Korea comments

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:18:08 -0400

The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, warned President Donald Trump Thursday to "be more careful" in his communications about North Korea and the upcoming summit. (April 19)


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Senators challenge Joint Chiefs about 'Bad Santa,' general who cried 'fake news'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:00:52 -0400

Senators called out the Navy’s top admiral and Marine Corps commandant Thursday for the bad behavior and inappropriate comments of officers in their command. The chastised members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff acknowledged mistakes, first reported by USA TODAY, and vowed to improve.


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State Dept.: Syria, Russia keeping inspectors out

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:47:55 -0400

The State Department says it believes Syria and Russia are working together to keep the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons team out of Douma, while they get rid of evidence of this month's chemical attack. (April 19)


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Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe's case referred to federal prosecutors

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:42:22 -0400

The Justice Department's inspector general has asked federal prosecutors to review findings that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe misled investigators about his role in providing information to the media before the 2016 election, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.


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Trump's claim that human trafficking is worst in history sets off race to history books

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:38:47 -0400

President Trump set off a debate Thursday when he told reporters in Florida that human trafficking is “worse than it’s ever been.” He was speaking after a tour of an inter-agency task force in Key West, Fla., that's charged with intercepting drug and human trafficking.


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Barbara Bush through the years

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:33:01 -0400

Barbara Pierce Bush, the former first lady, died at her Houston home Tuesday after a long struggle with congestive heart failure and pulmonary disease. The down-to-earth matriarch who saw both her husband and son win the White House, was 92.


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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to join President Trump's legal team

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:51:41 -0400

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump's legal team as the president mulls a possible interview with Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.


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Exclusive: Wells Fargo loses teachers union AFT over ties to NRA, guns

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:28:33 -0400

The American Federation of Teachers will drop drop the bank as a recommended mortgage lender. The union had asked it to cut off the NRA and gun makers.


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Sen. Tammy Duckworth's baby girl makes Senate debut during cliffhanger confirmation vote

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:44:02 -0400

Tammy Duckworth is first senator to give birth while in office. She was summoned to the Senate on Wednesday in case she was needed to cast a tie-breaking vote.


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Sen. Duckworth and daughter make Senate history

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:52:57 -0400

Sen. Tammy Duckworth and daughter Maile have made Senate history. The Illinois Democrat brought her daughter, in a pink hat, onto the Senate floor under new rules that permitted it. (April 19)



Hawking drones to U.S. allies, Trump loosens policy on arms sales to foreign countries

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:45:51 -0400

At the top of the sales list: U.S.-made military drones, which defense contractors will be able to sell directly to foreign governments.


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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to testify Wednesday to House Intel Democrats

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:28:28 -0400

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie will testify Wednesday before Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee about the massive privacy breach at Facebook.


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Interior Department takes step toward drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:03:12 -0400

The Interior Department to launch 60-day review process for oil and gas lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Republicans have tried for years to open the refuge to exploration.


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Trump gets 'great education' on anti-drug effort

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:52:06 -0400

President Donald Trump says a briefing he received on anti-drug trafficking efforts provided a "great education." Trump traveled to Key West, Florida, on Thursday for an update from the Joint Interagency Task Force South. (April 19)


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Trump resumes attack on California Gov. Jerry Brown over Mexican border patrols

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:43:10 -0400

President Trump resumed his attacks Thursday on "sanctuary cities" and California Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to restrict National Guard patrols along the Mexican border.


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Sunday Standings: Tallying the top talk-show guests

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:25:43 -0500

USA TODAY is keeping score, tracking who's most in demand week-to-week on the Sunday talk show circuit.


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Sanders backs Trump protests, questions Electoral College

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:51:59 -0500

The surprisingly strong challenger for the Democratic nomination wasn't shocked by Trump's victory


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