law enforcement

New Inspector General named for Capitol Police
Michael A. Bolton has been serving as acting IG since last March

The Capitol Police Board announced Wednesday the selection of Michael A. Bolton to be the department’s inspector general. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Police Board announced Wednesday the selection of Michael A. Bolton to be the department’s inspector general. Bolton has been serving in the role in an acting capacity since March of last year and previously served as assistant IG for investigations.

“Mr. Bolton’s more than 30 years of law enforcement and auditing experience, and 16 years in the OIG community have been an asset to the USCP Office of Inspector General and the Department. I look forward to our continued partnership in ensuring that the USCP continues to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of its programs and operations,” Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa said in a statement.

Trump Suggests Courts Mulling His Travel Ban are ‘Biased’
President suggests law means he ‘can do whatever’ he wants on national security

President Donald Trump said he “heard things I cannot believe” while listening to oral arguments over his executive order barring immigrants from some countries from entering the country. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday went directly after the appellate court judges mulling whether to revive his controversial order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

In a remarkable scene, the new president used words like “biased” and “political” to describe any court that disagrees with the executive order he signed on Jan. 29. His sharpest comments were directed right at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit judges who expressed deep skepticism of the order on Tuesday night.

McCarthy: No Gun Bill This Week, But Dallas Response Possible
Gun control vote 'will inflame things,' Ryan says

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House will not vote on its delayed counterterrorism and gun control package this week, but it may offer a legislative response to the Dallas shooting, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a brief interview Monday.   

"We're not bringing it up this week," the California Republican said of a GOP counterterrorism bill that includes a three-day delay on gun sales to anyone on a terrorist watch list. The sale would be blocked only if the government can produce evidence that the person belongs on the list.  

Maura Healey Targets ‘Ridiculous’ Gun Culture
First openly gay attorney general says civil rights should be on everyone’s agenda

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is a former basketball player, prosecutor and private attorney. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for EMILY's List)

Maura Healey has one word to describe the gun lobby — ridiculous.

The Massachusetts attorney general says it’s “ridiculous” the National Rifle Association has so much control over gun rights debates. “Ridiculous” that Congress won’t allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence as a public health issue. And “ridiculous” that people who are a danger to themselves and others can get guns.