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Nunes' FBI memo becomes conservative rallying cry

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:01
House conservatives are demanding the public release of a memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, detailing allegations of FBI missteps during the 2016 election -- a move that Democrats say is an effort to torpedo special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign by discrediting FBI work central to his inquiry.

As clock winds down and protest flares, still no deal to avert shutdown

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:00
The White House coined a decidedly Trumpian phrase Friday in the battle to assign blame for the looming budget standoff, branding it the "Schumer Shutdown."

This is what Trump heard when he watched 'Fox and Friends' as president

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:57
A review of every time “Fox and Friends” talked about him — and his opponents.

Prosecutors to retry Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:47
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him. 2018-01-19T11:45:00-05:00 2018-01-19T16:45:18-05:00

Deputy Secretary, South Korea’s Vice Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:44
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk met at the Pentagon and “reaffirmed the ironclad nature of the alliance and the importance of maintaining vigilance and unity in the face of North Korean aggression.

Leaders on aging prepare for funding cuts to senior services

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:41

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A top advocacy organization on aging is rallying supporters to lobby the state Legislature for $12.4 million more in funding to organizations around the state that provide community care services for elders.

Officials with the Florida Council on Aging and the Area Agency on Aging for ...

Senate Dems Cruz-ing for a bruising

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:39
Can they take the heat?

Lawmaker in sexual harassment scandal to run for re-election

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:34

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A second Republican state representative in Kentucky who signed a secret sexual harassment settlement has decided to run for re-election in 2018.

State Rep. Michael Meredith filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's office on Friday.

Meredith was one of four GOP lawmakers to sign a ...

In year of drama and chaos, Pence quietly advances conservative agenda

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the run-up to President Donald Trump’s decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Vice President Mike Pence, a conservative Christian who had long advocated for the move, did something he does only selectively: speak up.

Theresa May to meet Donald Trump in Davos

BBC POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:27
The prime minister will meet the US president at the World Economic Forum.

Government shutdowns: A look back at modern 'funding gaps'

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:25
When the clock strikes midnight, the US government could shut down in historic fashion.

Editorials from around New England

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:18

Editorials from around New England:

MASSACHUSETTS

The (Springfield) Republican, Jan. 18

You could think of it as detente - with an asterisk.

Athletes and others from North Korea and South Korea will march together under one banner in the opening ceremony of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. ...

Menendez corruption and bribery case: What to know

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:15
After a federal judge declared a mistrial in Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption and bribery trial in November, the Department of Justice announced it would retry the New Jersey Democrat.

Trump signs bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he had signed into law a bill renewing the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program.

Shutdown deadline nears; no accord in Trump-Schumer meeting

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in stare-down over federal spending and legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation. 2018-01-19T10:54:00-05:00 2018-01-19T15:54:41-05:00

U.S. to retry Senator Menendez on bribery, corruption charges

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:03
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it plans to retry Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked during a trial in November.

CNN Poll: Trump's approval rating edges up to 40%

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:01
President Donald Trump's approval rating ticked up to 40%, matching his highest mark since last April but still the lowest for any elected president at the one-year mark since modern public opinion polling began, according to the latest CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:00
With hours to go before a midnight deadline for Congress to fund the government or shut it down, most Americans say avoiding a shutdown is more important than passing a bill to maintain the program allowing people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

OMB tells federal agencies to prepare for shutdown

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:54
If appropriations bill fails to pass, federal workers will have to return on Monday to complete process.

Budget Uncertainty Puts DoD in ‘Difficult Situation,’ Deputy Secretary Says

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:53
The uncertainty over government funding is putting the Defense Department workforce in a “difficult situation,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said in a memorandum to employees.

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