Thu Feb 14, 2019 AT 10:16 AM EST

The new Democratic majority is making a major push to outlaw states from asking their voters to show ID at the polls, arguing that such laws push minorities and older people from voting.

According to a major new study, they’re wrong — strict voter ID laws have no significant effect on voter turnout, don’t keep interested voters from being able to vote, and for that matter don’t prevent them from registering.

But at the same time, the laws also don’t appear to boost confidence in the voting system, the study concluded, undercutting the reasons some conservatives are eager to pass such laws. Read Full Story at The Washington Times

Tue Feb 12, 2019 AT 12:33 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Monday said he would build his long-desired wall along the southern border regardless of whether Congress approves funding for it.

“Just so you know, we’re building the wall anyway,” Trump said at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, which sits directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico.

Trump spoke shortly after lawmakers said they had reached a funding deal in principle to avoid another government shutdown set to begin on Saturday. The deal includes some money for barriers along the border.

The president said he would not sign an agreement that cuts the number of detention beds used to house immigrants caught living illegally in the U.S. Read Full Story at The Hill

Fri Feb 8, 2019 AT 1:41 PM EST

The acting attorney general also told lawmakers he won’t discuss his ‘private conversations’ with the president.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker told the House Judiciary Committee on Friday that he has never interfered with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but he declined to discuss any conversations he’s had about the probe with President Donald Trump.

“There has been no event, no decision that has required me to take any action, and I have not interfered in any way in the special counsel’s investigation,” Whitaker said after Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., pressed him about his involvement overseeing Mueller’s 20-month-old probe since the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions last November.

Whitaker’s long-awaited testimony was dramatic on multiple fronts. He stood his ground insisting he would not “talk about my private conversations with the president of the United States” — citing the possibility that the president would invoke executive privilege to shield the contents of those discussions. Read Full Story at Politico

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