Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pleaded Thursday for Congress to pass full-year funding for his department, saying that if it becomes ensnared in a prolonged debate next year it will hurt his ability to pay for more border security or to cover the bills he ran up during last summer’s illegal immigrant surge.
Two states — Oklahoma and Nebraska — filed a lawsuit Thursday against neighboring Colorado over its law legalizing recreational marijuana, contending that it violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The legal challenge, an original action filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, is the first of its kind since Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 in 2012, which allows recreational pot use and sales for adults 21 and over.
President Obama tapped CIA deputy Director Avril Haines Thursday to serve as one of his top national security advisers in the White House.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a federal court in Arizona last Wednesday that he has disbanded his criminal employment unit and will stop enforcing Arizona’s identity theft laws against illegal immigrants, in a move that Hispanic advocacy groups said was a major victory for them.
Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.
A 14-year-old boy whose father was murdered six years ago says he was protecting his grandmother Tuesday after he fatally shot a man who was trying to break into his grandparents’ home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Homeland Security Department continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars a year in overtime to its employees without being sure it is justified, despite years of warning that valuable tax money is in danger of being wasted.
President Obama made an unannounced call in to Boston Public Radio on Thursday afternoon to praise his buddy, outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order officially creating a “Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” a high-level group that will report directly to the president with recommendations on how to strengthen ties between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Proud, insular and stung by security lapses, the U.S. Secret Service needs new leadership from outside the agency to drive accountability, strategy and cultural change, according to an independent report released Thursday that laid bare the flaws of the agency that protects the president and his family.
A women’s advocacy group announced a new series of web ads Thursday to educate students applying to college about problems with rape and sexual assault on their prospective campuses.
The American Automobile Association predicts lower gas prices will increase holiday travel by at least 4 percent during the next two weeks. Nearly 99 million people will travel at least 50 miles during Christmas and the New Year.