Following years of wrangling and a very public and damaging public shutdown over funding for one of Trumps controversial election promises - His Border wall - President Trump has threatened a new tactic. He has threatened to try to by almost by pass Congress by using one of his Presidential powers - to use Emergency powers - Whether this is even constitutional or not we will have to wait and see. Certainly the Wall is continuing to divide US politics.
Guest Post: Hannah Toner
Californian Senator Kamala Harris has announced her intention to run for the Presidency.
Born to immigrant Jamaican and Indian parents, Kamala Harris started off her political career back in 2004, as she served two terms as District Attorney of San Francisco (2004-2011), before being elected as Attorney General of California (2011-2017), the first woman of colour to do so. In 2017, she was eventually sworn in as California's Junior US Senator.
As described by BBCs Northern American reporter Anthony Zurcher, "Kamala Harris is the kind of Democrat who could stick around and prevail in what is sure to be a gruelling nomination battle." She has a tough reputation as a solid attorney but she has an even tougher stance on the failings of Donald Trump as President. Kamala Harris is probably best noted for her tough questioning of Justice Brett Kavanaugh about his views on abortion and the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference which attracted attention from Democrats and pushed her into primacy for a potential Presidential candidate.
The US Senate was rocked by protester yesterday who disrupted the latest confirmation hearings into a new Supreme Court judge who Trump has nominated and who could potentially sway the delicate balance of the court towards the conservative side. This causes a great deal of worry - from those worried about women's rights ; medical rights and even the ability of Trump to potentially bypass any intended impeachment. Click on the picture or link for the full story.
Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg appeared in front of a US Senate committee to answer questions relating to the sharing of data from Facebook to other companies. He appeared to do well in the face of the grilling. He faces the House Committees next.
DEMOCRATS WIN CRUCIAL SENATE SEAT IN DEEPEST ALABAMA CLOSING THE VERY NARROW GAP IN THE SENATE TO 1!
For the first time in 25 years the Democrats have won a Senate seat in the most unlikely of places - Alabama - This is deeply conservative and republican territory. However, the republican candidate - who was wholeheartedly backed by President Trump, has a string of allegations made against him.
Winning this seat has been a blow for Trump and another chip away at the very slim Republican majority in the Senate. This is now reduced to only 1 and makes control of Congress and the legislative agenda much harder for the Republicans.
It also makes Trumps decisions questionable as he backed Moore against the advice of his party leadership.
These are great articles which explain just how precarious President Trumps hold on the Senate is. He has already had John McCain voting against his repeal of Obamacare bill. Now he has Bob Corker, a very influential Senator and chair of the Foreign affairs committee speaking out against his policies. Although Corker will stand down at the next election which gives him some freedom. It clearly illustrates fluid and loose party ties in Congress.
Mr John Wishart -