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A Fence by any Other Name is ... a Wall?
White House sees a 'wall' where spending bill calls for 'fencing'

According to the White House, this could be a wall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House on Wednesday contended the omnibus spending bill making its way through Congress allows the administration to erect a “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. There’s only one problem: The bill uses the word “fencing,” which isn’t exactly what President Donald Trump promised repeatedly on the campaign trail.

The president time and again as a candidate used language like “big, beautiful wall” to described the border barrier he would erect as commander in chief. He promised it would keep illegal immigrants, drugs and crime outside of the United States via thousands of miles of reinforced steel and thick concrete.

Utah Senator Meets Inmate Who Inspired Sentencing Law Rewrite

Sen. Mike Lee has told the story of Weldon Angelos’ prison term hundreds of times, describing the 55-year sentence over three marijuana sales in 72 hours as “crazy” and “nuts.”

Former McCain Fundraiser Pleads Not Guilty to Meth, Abuse Charges
Emily Orme Pitha was RSVP point of contact for McCain campaign and former Jon Kyl staffer

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters at the Capitol. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A former fundraiser for Sen. John McCain ’s re-election bid and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty in Arizona on multiple charges related to child abuse and drug possession.  

The Arizona Republic reported that Emily Orme Pitha, 34, and her boyfriend, Christopher Allen Hustrulid, 36, were arrested for allegedly running a meth lab in her north-central Phoenix home.  

Obama: Opioid Treatment Too Scant, 'Underresourced'
GOP lawmakers call president AWOL on anti-drug fight

President Obama speaks at at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit Tuesday in Atlanta. (AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called America's fight against prescription drug and heroin abuse "underresourced" as he tries to convince Republicans to fund his plan to fight the national epidemic.  

Speaking at a summit organized by House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., Obama said the country needs an "an all-hands-on-deck approach."  

Amid Testimonials, Biden Tamps Down 'Moonshot' Expectations

   

DURHAM, N.C. -- Phyllis Coley spoke softly as she talked about a good friend who died of cancer in January. But her voice grew louder and more forceful when she acknowledged worries that Washington politics could derail Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s quest for a cure.  

Candidates Need Answers to New Hampshire's Heroin Crisis

Ayotte gave a floor speech Tuesday about her home state's battle against heroin addiction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It's hard to get through a political event in New Hampshire these days without someone mentioning heroin.  

The Granite State's problem with opiate addictions has been leading news, and 2016 presidential candidates should be prepared to weigh in.  

Senators Moving Closer to Deal on Criminal Justice Bills

Cornyn testifies Tuesday on criminal justice at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama's stepped-up push for a criminal justice overhaul is in some ways playing catchup to congressional efforts already well underway.  

While Obama pushed for a broad overhaul bill to reach his desk this year in a Tuesday speech to the NAACP in Philadelphia, a working group of senators has been toiling away trying to agree on language — with various House pushes in progress.  

Obama Issues Rare Pardons, With More to Come

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama granted clemency to 20 people Wednesday in a relatively rare show of leniency from him — with the administration promising more to come.  

Obama cut short prison times for eight people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and vacated the convictions of 12 others, the White House announced.