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  • Obama library foundation now allows corporate donations, millions roll in

    July 15, 2017 1:56 PM 19

    Barack Obama’s presidential library foundation has reportedly lifted the donor restriction imposed while he was in the White House, resulting in million-dollar gifts from such corporations as Microsoft and Exelon. The foundation reported Friday that eight donors have pledged at least $1 million and that it has raised $1.2 million in the second quarter

  • U.S. lawmakers fight White House transportation budget cut plan

    July 13, 2017 8:58 PM 24

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House plan to cut transportation spending, privatize air traffic control and scrap long-distance train service is facing strong resistance in Congress . In May, the Trump administration proposed cutting discretionary U.S. Transportation Department spending by 12.7 percent, or $2.4 billion to $16.2 billion. A House of Representatives

  • Republican Scalise undergoes surgery, in fair condition: hospital

    July 13, 2017 8:51 PM 27

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, shot at a congressional baseball practice last month, underwent surgery on Thursday to treat an infection, a hospital statement said. The hospital said the deep tissue infection was related to bullet wounds. Scalise was in "fair condition, and will require careful monitoring to see if and when further

  • Trump told French first lady, 'You're in such good shape'

    July 13, 2017 7:54 PM 29

    President Donald Trump today complimented the French first lady's physical appearance during a tour of the historic Parisian site Les Invalides. "You know, you're in such good shape," President Trump said to Brigitte Macron in a video the French government posted to its official Facebook page. The moment came as Trump, first lady Melania Trump, President

  • FEC says lawmakers may use campaign funds on home security

    July 13, 2017 7:43 PM 24

    The Federal Election Commission has voted 5-0 to let lawmakers use campaign funds to upgrade security systems at their homes after a House member was critically wounded in a shooting last month. The commission cited rising threats of violence against members of Congress in making its decision. The commission is basing its decision on request from Paul Irving

  • CNN anchor mistakes Star-Spangled Banner for French national anthem

    July 13, 2017 4:03 PM 23

    CNN anchor Poppy Harlow mistook the Star-Spangled Banner for the French national anthem, while covering President Trump's arrival in the country Thursday. Trump is in France to meet with President Emmanuel Macron, before celebrating Bastille Day together. Trump and Macron shook hands during the arrival, and a band played the United States' national anthem

  • New laws hitting Texas in 2017

    July 13, 2017 11:00 AM 67

    Updated 6:00 am, Thursday, July 13, 2017 A number of new laws were implemented by the Texas Legislature this session, ranging from drones, to swords, to texting while driving. The legislature, which met for 140 days stretching from January through May, managed to pass a number of new laws that will have a notable impact for Texans, and some that may be a little

  • Conway: 'What's the conclusion? Collusion? No, we don't have that yet'

    July 13, 2017 4:01 AM 29

    Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway used what she called the "Word of the Day" to explain the administration's response to the ongoing controversy over Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during last year's presidential campaign. During an interview with Fox News' "Hannity," Conway held up two pieces of paper. One had the words

  • House panel lifts ban on slaughtering horses for meat

    July 12, 2017 6:38 PM 21

    A House panel has voted to lift a ban on slaughtering horses at meat processing plants. The move by the House Appropriations Committee would reverse a horse slaughter ban that was contained in a huge catchall spending bill signed into law by President Trump in early May. A move to renew the slaughter ban, pushed by California Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard

  • World in Progress: Volkswagen heaven in Rawalpindi

    July 12, 2017 4:07 PM 21

    If you're looking for an incredibly gifted car mechanic, look no further than an exciting backyard in the northern Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. It's here that Arshad and his business partner Nasir turn old Volkswagen wrecks into gorgeous, roadworthy cars. Their big dream now is a road trip with a classic VW van - to Germany, the home of Volkswagen