Mueller charges lawyer with false statements in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. special counsel who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged an attorney with lying about his communications with Rick Gates, a former aide to Donald Trump’s campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed criminal charges on Tuesday against lawyer Alex Van der Zwaan for allegedly lying…

Character witnesses testify for embattled Allentown mayor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Religious, community and business leaders in Pennsylvania’s third-largest city are taking the witness stand in defense of the embattled mayor in his federal corruption trial. Two pastors, a teacher and a business owner are among the character witnesses telling a jury Tuesday that Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is honest, trustworthy and…

Top court rejects challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a constitutional challenge brought by gun rights activists to a California law imposing a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of firearms, intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides. Signaling its continued reluctance to step into the growing national debate over gun control,…

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule that such plans,…

Supreme Court rejects 2 gun rights appeals

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is rejecting two challenges by guns rights groups to California laws regulating firearms’ sales. The action Tuesday came less than a week after a gunman in Florida killed 17 people at a Florida high school. The justices did not comment in leaving in place two rulings by the San…

Tim Ryan: ‘No question’ the NRA prevents change on gun violence

Rep. Tim Ryan said Tuesday there is “no question” the National Rifle Association has prevented change on gun laws in Congress. “Seventy to 80 percent of NRA members support universal background checks. So why can’t we make some headway on that?” Mr. Ryan, Ohio Democrat, said on CNN. “If we articulate the other side of…

Supreme Court May Weigh in on DACA Fight

FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington, at sunset. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) OAN Newsroom UPDATED 6:29 AM PT — Tues. February 20, 2018 As hopes for a bipartisan DACA-deal stall in Congress, the program could now be in the hands of the Supreme Court. The Justice…