May 22
FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo, shows the Internal Revenue Service headquarters building in Washington.

IRS memo: Tax returns must be given to Congress unless privilege invoked

The memo contradicts the Trump administration's justification for denying lawmakers' request for President Donald Trump's tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch.
May 21

Mississippi police officer charged in woman's killing

A north Mississippi police officer is charged with murder in the death of a woman that he was romantically involved with.
May 21

Former judge files new motions in Jussie Smollett case

A former judge who wants a special prosecutor appointed in the Jussie Smollett case is back in court with new motions to obtain her goal.
May 21

Philadelphia mayor easily fends off 2 challengers in primary

Democrat Jim Kenney is poised to keep his job as mayor of the nation's sixth largest city after fending off two challengers in Tuesday's primary who criticized his signature achievement: a soda tax to help provide free preschool classes.
May 21

Kentuckians set up Bevin vs. Beshear gubernatorial showdown

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin cleared his first hurdle toward a second term but had to fend off a strong primary challenge Tuesday, setting up a long-anticipated showdown with his arch-nemesis — Democrat Andy Beshear — that will settle the feud they've fought in courtrooms over education and pension policies.
May 21

The Latest: Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran

The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local):
May 21

SEAL's lawyer says Navy spied on defense without approval

Military prosecutors seeking the source of news leaks in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of murder misled a judge to get permission to track emails sent to defense lawyers and a journalist, an attorney said Tuesday after reviewing newly released investigation documents.
May 21

Arizona prisons urged to end ban on book about black men

Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship.
May 21

The Latest: Philadelphia mayor fends off 2 in primary

The Latest on the Democratic primary for Philadelphia mayor (all times local):
May 21

AG Barr says nationwide rulings are hampering Trump's agenda

Attorney General William Barr is taking on another item from President Donald Trump's agenda, railing against judges who issue rulings blocking nationwide policies.
May 21

Congressional leaders make progress on debt, spending talks

Top leaders of both parties in Congress made progress Tuesday on two must-do items on the legislative agenda: averting automatic budget cuts and meeting a deadline later this year to increase the government's borrowing limit.
May 21

Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure.
May 21

The Latest: House panel subpoenas Hicks and counsel's aide

The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee and Don McGahn (all times local):
May 21

California governor forms group for homelessness solutions

Gov. Gavin Newsom called growing homelessness in California a national disgrace as he announced Tuesday that he is launching a task force to find solutions amid a housing crisis in the most populous state.
May 21

Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

Mississippi lawmakers were giving Weight Watchers $1.5 million for a program that never appeared in any education funding bills or state contracts, just one example of how state legislators have been funneling education funding to favored vendors.
May 21

The Latest: Kentucky AG Beshear wins Democratic gov. primary

The Latest on Kentucky's primary election (all times local):
May 21

Texas Senate restores key part of child sexual abuse bill

The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would give child sexual abuse victims more time to sue in civil court after restoring a key provision that allows them to take on institutions.
May 21

Trump calls for taking up trade pact before infrastructure

President Donald Trump told Democratic leaders Tuesday that he believes Congress should first pass a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico before taking up a bill to boost the nation's infrastructure.
May 21

Report: Mississippi lawmaker punched wife in face over sex

A south Mississippi lawmaker punched his wife in the face after she didn't undress quickly enough when the lawmaker wanted to have sex, according to a police report in the case.
May 21

Mississippi abortion law 'smacks of defiance,' US judge says

A federal judge indicated Tuesday that he is likely to block a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.