Monthly archives: October, 2017

John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Thursday unequivocally defended President Trump’s calls to the families of four fallen soldiers, using his credibility as a retired general who lost a son on the battlefield to try to help his boss contain a public relations crisis. In an extraordinary, emotional appearance in the White …

Senate passes budget framework for tax reform

Senate Republicans narrowly passed a $4 trillion budget plan Thursday, taking their first big step toward a tax reform package promised by President Donald Trump. Approval of the nonbinding plan allows the Senate to use a special process known as “budget reconciliation” that would forestall a Democratic filibuster. “Tonight we completed the first step towards …

Proposed settlement reached in North Carolina’s transgender bathroom lawsuit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) – Transgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a settlement agreement filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state’s widely criticized bathroom law. The consent decree proposed by Governor Roy Cooper, the American Civil Liberties Union …