disaster relief

Elizabeth Warren to visit Puerto Rico

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to travel to Puerto Rico next week, marking her first visit to the Caribbean island as a presidential hopeful at a moment of heightened political sensitivity around a Trump administration proposal to divert hurricane relief funding for the island toward the controversial border wall.

What isn't getting done at DHS during shutdown

While the majority of Department of Homeland Security employees are working without pay during the partial government shutdown, thousands are furloughed and no longer doing the daily work of the department.

Trump says you can call his wall 'peaches' for all he cares

Despite previously unfruitful negotiations during the last round of shutdown talks, President Donald Trump says he's ripe to reopen the government -- urging party leaders to return to Washington and vote for a wall, or barrier, or whatever they wish to call it -- even "peaches."

WH lawyers prepping justification for national emergency

White House lawyers have begun laying the groundwork for the legal defense of a national emergency declaration on the southern border, officials familiar with the matter said, acknowledging the option remains a likelihood should President Donald Trump and Democrats not reach

Fact-checking Trump's immigration speech

In his first formal address to the nation from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump painted a picture of a national threat and humanitarian crisis occurring along the US-Mexico border, saying his signature border wall would provide a solution.

House Republicans move to gut resolution on war in Yemen

The Senate opened debate Wednesday on a bill to restrict US military involvement in Saudi-led war in Yemen, a dramatic move reflecting deep bipartisan anger over the Trump administration's handling of relations with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi crown prince's 'fit' delays UN resolution on war in Yemen

Multiple sources tell CNN that a much-anticipated United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities in Yemen and for Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid to reach millions of starving people was "stalled" this week after the resolution's sponsor, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, met face-to-face with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Oxfam hit with pay-for-sex allegations in Haiti

The UK government says it is reviewing its current work with one of Britain's biggest aid agencies, Oxfam, amid allegations some of its senior employees paid for sex in Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Senate leaders upbeat about possible deal to raise budget caps

Bipartisan Senate leaders were upbeat Tuesday that a deal to raise budget caps is within reach, a potentially key breakthrough needed to resolve long-term government funding needs, though it's unclear if comments President Donald Trump made saying he'd "love to see a shutdown" would harm negotiations.

FEMA stresses it's not leaving Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans were alarmed this week to hear that the Federal Emergency Management Agency planned to halt new shipments of food and water to the island -- and some assumed that meant FEMA was going to stop providing aid.