Expert: Trump could have defended Capitol on Jan. 6

DENVER — Then-President Donald Trump could have mobilized the National Guard and other federal agencies to protect the U.S. Capitol once violence broke out on Jan. 6, 2021, a law professor testified Tuesday as a case to bar the former president from the 2024 ballot moved into a new phase.

Mike Johnson is the new House speaker

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Mike Johnson is the new speaker of the House, but the ally of Donald Trump inherits many of the same political problems that have tormented past GOP leaders, tested their grasp of the gavel and eventually chased them out of office.

Prosecutors urge judge to reinstate Trump gag order

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to reinstate a gag order on Donald Trump, citing recent social media posts about the former president’s chief of staff that they said represented an attempt to influence and intimidate a foreseeable witness in the case.

U.S. and China prepare for Biden-Xi summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the midst of two active and potentially world-changing conflicts in the Middle East and Europe, the U.S. is hoping to find at least a small measure of common ground with China as China’s top diplomat visits Washington this week.

DOH cancels ambulance provider contracts

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health (DOH) announced the cancellation of its decision to switch to a new emergency medical provider for both Maui and Kaua‘i, admitting to flaws in its procurement process following protests by current provider American Medical Response (AMR).

Jim Jordan will try again, detractors considering options

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Having lost the first vote to become House speaker, Rep. Jim Jordan will try again on a decisive second ballot that will test whether the hard-edged ally of Donald Trump can win over the holdouts or if his bid for the gavel is collapsing, denied by detractors.

Trump returns to his civil fraud trial

NEW YORK — Donald Trump returned Tuesday to the civil fraud trial that imperils his real estate empire, watching and deploring the case as an employee and an outside appraiser testified that his company essentially put a thumb on the scale when sizing up his properties’ value.

Trump is appealing a narrow gag order

Former President Donald Trump is appealing a narrow gag order that bars him from making statements attacking prosecutors, potential witnesses and court staff in his election interference case in Washington, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Poll: GOP, Dems agree Afghan war wasn’t worth it

WASHINGTON. D.C. — At a time when Americans are deeply divided along party lines, a new poll shows considerable agreement on at least one issue: The United States’ two-decade-long war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting.

GOP will try to elect Rep. Jim Jordan as House speaker

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans will try to elect a firebrand Rep. Jim Jordan as the new House speaker, elevating a chief ally of Donald Trump to a center-seat of U.S. power and showing just how far the hard-right flank has moved into the GOP mainstream.

Trump spends millions in donor cash on attorneys

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Donald Trump’s political fundraising machine is raking in donations at a prodigious pace, but he’s spending tens of millions of dollars he’s bringing in to pay attorneys to deal with the escalating costs of the various criminal cases he is contending with as he moves further into the 2024 presidential campaign.

Trump returning to his civil fraud trial

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump returns to a New York City courthouse Tuesday to be a spectator at the civil fraud trial threatening to disrupt his real estate empire.

Waipouli Courtyards advocate proposes ‘Plan B’

LIHU‘E —An affordable housing researcher is advocating for the Waipouli Courtyards to become cooperative housing, outlining a plan that involves a roughly $10 million county purchase to keep the apartments affordable.

Steve Scalise nominated to be House speaker

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Having won the nomination to be the next House speaker, Rep. Steve Scalise is heading straight into a familiar Republican problem — skeptical GOP colleagues are reluctant to give their support, denying him the majority vote needed to win the gavel.

Trump attacks Biden on foreign policy

MIAMI — Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his record governing the nation for four years without any new wars, and criticized President Joe Biden’s foreign policy as the world watches a war that has already claimed 2,300 lives unfold in Gaza, ignited by Hamas’ attack on Israel.

U.S.-Mexico border, one of Biden’s biggest problems

MIAMI — The ad sounds like something out of the GOP 2024 playbook, trumpeting a senator’s work with Republicans to crack down on the flow of fentanyl and other illegal drugs into the U.S., getting tough on Chinese interests helping smugglers, and noting how he “wrote a bill signed by Donald Trump to increase funding for Border Patrol.”