American Indians

Trump Reduction of National Monuments a Rare Move
Antiquities Act has primarily been used to increase, not reduce protected areas

Part of the Bears Ears monument in Utah. (Wikimedia Commons)

President Donald Trump on Monday signed two executive actions that drastically slash the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, and criticized former presidents for their use of the Antiquities Act to designate such monuments.

Trump called former President Barack Obama’s designation of Bears Ears an overreach of executive power, even as he unilaterally undid much of the designation himself. President Bill Clinton first designated the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument in 1996 .

Warren: Trump Won’t Shut Me Up on CFPB
Comes after president made Native American slur

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., attends the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee confirmation hearing for Jerome Powell, nominee to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, in Hart Building on November 28, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said President Donald Trump making a racial slur would not prevent her from criticizing his actions at the consumer agency that was her brainchild.

Trump was speaking at a Monday event honoring Native American code talkers from World War II when he referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”

‘Tax Week’ Starts With a Wacky Day at White House
‘Pocahontas’ remark, CFPB move threaten to overshadow tax message

Republicans want to talk about taxes this week, but other topics are competing for attention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“Tax Week” kicked off with another wacky day at the Trump White House.

A relatively quiet morning at the executive mansion turned into a chaotic afternoon Monday, with the White House again going on the defensive just as President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers attempt to pass major legislation.

During Native American Event, Trump Drops ‘Pocahontas’ Quip
President again uses term to refer to Sen. Warren

During an event with Native American war heroes in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump again referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”

He has been slammed by Native American groups in the past for using the term when referring to the Massachusetts Democrat.

Supreme Court to Mull Congressional Power in Lawsuits
Michigan case could reshape Congress’ power to affect court outcomes

The Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about a law that required federal courts to dismiss lawsuits related to a Michigan land tract. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that questions whether Congress crossed a line by telling federal courts what to do with challenges to a Michigan land tract and its use as a Native American casino.

It will be the second time in two years the justices will consider a case that could reshape Congress’ power to use legislation to affect the outcome of specific ongoing court cases.

Warren Challengers Divide Massachusetts Republicans
Conservatives vs. moderates reflect divisions among national GOP

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has built a formidable war chest to take on any Republican challenge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The fight among Massachusetts Republicans to unseat Democratic favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren is reflecting the fissures within the national GOP.

Among moderate Republicans looking to challenge the liberal Democrat are businessman John Kingston, who has yet to formally announce, and adviser to former Gov. Mitt Romney Beth Lindstrom, according to the Associated Press.

Opinion: The Rule of Law, the Role of History
What happens if Arpaio runs with Trump’s backing?

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to the press prior to a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

It was as predictable as clockwork. When I worked at a newspaper in Tucson, Ariz., the letter would arrive or the phone would ring and the message would be filled with outrage and surprise. Imagine being in a store or on the street and hearing two or more people having a conversation — in Spanish.

The spanking new desert denizen— just arrived from Michigan or Minnesota or somewhere else where it got cold in the winter — could not understand a word and this is America, right?

Democrats Want Probe of Interior Scientists' Reassignments

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and other Democrats are concerned the administration is reassigning scientists to try to get rid of them. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats at a hearing for Interior and Energy Department nominees seized on the published comments of an Interior scientist who claims that Secretary Ryan Zinke was using forced reassignments to coax experienced scientists to resign.

The top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Maria Cantwell of Washington, said at the Thursday hearing that she will ask Interior’s Inspector General to investigate the allegations raised by the scientist, Joel Clement, in an op-ed published by The Washington Post.

At the Races: Democrats Announce for Wide Swath of Congressional Races

Angie Craig, the Democratic Farmer Labor candidate in Minnesota's 2nd District in 2016, announced on Monday she's running again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats continued to announce their intentions for several congressional races on Monday, which ranged from tossup match-ups to crowded primary races to nearly hopeless cases in heavily Republican states. 

Angie Craig lost last year’s open-seat race in Minnesota’s 2nd District by less than 2 points. On Monday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate announced she’d try to unseat last year’s rival, freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis.

Salt Lake Democrat Announces Challenge to Orrin Hatch
Jenny Wilson faces uphill battle for solidly Republican Senate seat

Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch has not made a final decision about running for re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch has yet to make a final decision about whether he is running for re-election, but the Utah Republican now has another Democratic challenger.

Salt Lake County council member Jenny Wilson announced Monday that she is taking on Hatch, who would be running for his eighth Senate term. But Wilson’s bid would be an uphill battle in the deeply Republican Beehive State. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race as Solidly Republican.