President Trump Names Mick Mulvaney As Acting White House Chief Of Staff

It's unclear how long the OMB director will serve in the role, succeeding outgoing chief of staff John Kelly. On Dec. 8, Trump announced that Kelly would be leaving the job at the end of the year.

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl To Step Down, Leaving McCain's Seat Vacant Again

Kyl previously retired from the Senate in 2013 and indicated his return would be temporary after Sen. John McCain's death. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a replacement to serve until 2020.

Michael Cohen On Trump In TV Interview: 'The Man Doesn't Tell The Truth'

President Trump's former lawyer says in a new interview that he is being forced to take responsibility for Trump's "dirty deeds" — and that the president directed Cohen to commit crimes.

Puerto Ricans Angry Over Impending Ban On Cockfighting

As part of the farm bill, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have voted to ban cockfighting in Puerto Rico. The practice is already banned in all U.S. states, but the island has scores of cockfighting arenas.

Here Are The 'Outside The Box' Progressive Ideas 2020 Democrats Are Pitching

The likely Democratic presidential pack is embracing ambitious economic policies, like Medicare for all and a $15 minimum wage. Those policies could drive the big debates during the 2020 primaries.

First Latina Elected To Congress Retires With A Warning To Republicans

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tells NPR her party is "going backward," focusing on "the white, male conservative" with potentially dire consequences in a changing country.

Trump Defends Hush-Money Payments In Fox News Interview

The president says he never directed his onetime personal attorney Michael Cohen to do anything wrong. Cohen pleaded guilty Wednesday to making illegal payments before the 2016 election.

Maria Butina Pleads Guilty In Foreign Agent Case, Admits Clandestine Influence Scheme

The Russian gun rights activist had sought to establish back-channel ties between the Russian government and leading U.S. conservative groups, including the Trump campaign and the NRA.

Obama Photographer Uses 'Shade' To Contrast Presidents, Political Landscapes

On Instagram and in his latest book, former White House photographer Pete Souza juxtaposes images of the 44th president as critical counterpoints to headlines and tweets generated by the 45th.

As Election Fraud Probe Centers On N.C.'s 9th District, A Cynical Cloud Settles In

"We'll never have any decent people run for office again," said one lifelong Bladen County resident. The district might have to rerun the primary and general elections for Congress.