In many states, GOP lawmakers are backing unusually strict antiabortion laws, many emboldened by a president who has been more supportive of their agenda. They also are eager to get tougher restrictions on the books in case November’s elections bring a surge of Democrats hostile to them.
The Republicans’ narrow majority allows a few senators — and even just one — to derail the most routine action. And that means the Senate majority leader may not be able to suppress a bill protecting special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
An influential confidant of the president has warned Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein that he could face impeachment proceedings or an effort to hold him in contempt if he did not meet GOP demands.
The January attack on Asifa Bano attracted little attention until last week, when police charged seven men and one juvenile, including four officers, in her death. The young girl was Muslim. Her alleged assailants are Hindu, a circumstance ripe for conflict in an area where religious tensions and nationalism are rising under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As tributes poured in for the late first lady from both sides of the political arena, a creative writing professor at California State University at Fresno is under intense criticism for saying she is "happy the witch is dead."