March 26, 2019

House set for failure on vote to overturn Trump's border emergency veto

The House on Tuesday will try — and fail — to overturn President Donald Trump's veto of a congressional resolution killing his national wall emergency, capping off a months-long congressional battle over the president's signature campaign issue.

But even as some members of the GOP face a backlash for defying Trump, few if any House Republican defectors who supported the disapproval resolution are expected to flip their votes and side with the president in the override vote, according to lawmakers and aides.

After the effort to block Trump's veto fails, the fight over his attempt to use executive action to build a border wall will shift to the courts, where its fate is far less certain.

Still, Tuesday's override vote will hand the president yet another victory this week following the conclusion of special counsel Bob Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, adding a cherry on top of what is undoubtedly the GOP's best stretch since losing their House majority last fall.

"It will fail," House Minorit

Flood of products containing marijuana extract puts FDA in a bind

Even by the superhyped standard of internet cures, the marijuana and hemp extract cannabidiol is unique, touted as everything from a hair conditioner to a sleep aid and a way to help manage diabetes and fight cancer.

The CBD boom is also giving regulators fits, blurring the line between a drug and a dietary supplement and testing how much the government can police health claims.

The product derived from the plant — which is not the component of marijuana that give the "high" — has been popping up online and in retailer's shelves in the form of lattes, shampoos, ointments and drops since the 2018 farm bill legalized hemp under certain conditions and allowed CBD items to be shipped interstate with restrictions. CVS Health is starting to sell items at m

March 25, 2019

In shift, Trump administration backs judge’s ruling that would kill Obamacare

The Trump administration on Monday said it supports a federal judge's ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be thrown out, signaling a shift in the Justice Department's position and alarming Democrats who vowed to oppose the move.

"The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's judgment should be affirmed," three Justice Department lawyers wrote to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now considering the case. "[T]he United States is not urging that any portion of the district court's judgment be reversed."

Regardless of the outcome, legal experts anticipate that the 5th Circuit's ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. If the courts ultimately strike down Obamacare — over the objections of a group of Democrat-led states

Mueller findings stifle pro-impeachment Democrats

Some of the most fervent supporters for impeaching Donald Trump are going silent.

Democratic lawmakers who have long sought to force Trump from office came to grips with a harsh new reality on Monday after special counsel Robert Mueller shuttered his investigation without a single charge against the president.

The nearly two-year investigation had been Democrats' best hope at turning up incriminating evidence against Trump. But its abrupt end — with no new explosive accusations against the White House — has stifled the Democratic Party's pro-impeachment caucus for the near future.

"Whatever the bet was last week that the president wouldn't finish out his term, that bet is not as good this week," Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who has twice filed articles of impeachment against the president, told POLITICO Monday night.

"Our best single source of game-changing revelations was the Mueller report, and according to Barr, there aren't any game-changing revelations in it," he said, referring to Attorney General William Bar

Mueller’s moves doom impeachment in Senate

The prospect of a Republican Senate removing President Donald Trump from office is now further away than ever. Just ask Susan Collins.

With special counsel Robert Mueller clearing the president on collusion with Russia and the Justice Department dismissing questions of obstruction of justice, the moderate Maine Republican sees no need for even a discussion of whether to convict the president should he be impeached by the Democratic House.

"He has been exonerated on the issue of conspiracy or coordination with the Russians," Collins said in an interview, adding that she wants to read the full Mueller report and get a classified briefing on the obstruction of justice issue.

She added: "But it seems to me that we have seen no grounds, at all, for impeachment proceedings to be started by the House. When even Speaker Pelosi says that it would not be the right route, I believe that puts it to rest regarding these allegations."

Collins was among more than a dozen Senate Republicans who directly took on the president recent