Kimberly Guilfoyle leaving Fox News to campaign with Donald Trump Jr.

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:57

Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is leaving the network to join her boyfriend, Donald Trump Jr., on the campaign trail ahead of the midterm elections.

Mr. Trump Jr.'s spokesperson, Andrew Surabian, confirmed the news in a tweet Friday morning, calling it a big win "for the entire GOP."

Rock, paper, soccer: This week in politics, GIF'd

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:39
Much of this week's news centered on President Donald Trump's Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the rest of the week sure gave Monday a run for its money. Let's take a look back at some of the more animated moments.

Lord Heseltine: Pairing row made me swing mace

BBC POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:32
The atmosphere in the Commons reminds Lord Heseltine of an incident in 1976.

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen and Rev. Al Sharpton meet 'n tweet

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:17

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the Rev. Al Sharpton have met to renew a long acquaintance - and they've made a point of letting the public know.

Both tweeted about their get-together Friday.

Longtime Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger says Cohen recently contacted ...

Iowa school board group again criticized for GOP support

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:11

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For the second time this year, the Iowa Association of School Boards is facing criticism after an employee publicly supported a Republican elected official.

A flyer for Rep. Walt Rogers' campaign features association lobbyist Emily Piper praising him as a champion for education who helped ...

Three senior cybersecurity officials to retire from FBI: Report

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:00

Three senior FBI officials specializing in cybersecurity are retiring from the agency, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night.

Cyber Division Assistant Director Scott Smith; Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch Executive Assistant Director David Resch; and Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch Carl Ghattas were ...

Nazis and anti-Semites slip through GOP primaries, causing headaches for party

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:00
Several Nazis, Holocaust deniers or white supremacists have elbowed their way onto the GOP ballot for November’s midterm elections, causing headaches for the party.

Rape kit access would expand under bipartisan bill, as victims seek 'care and justice'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:00
When Leah Griffin was raped in 2014, she immediately went to the closest hospital to have a rape kit done – the first step, she thought, in prosecuting the man who assaulted her.

Liberal 9th Circuit surprises with pro-2nd Amendment decision blocking California ammo ban

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:50
Second Amendment activists were given a surprise boost this week when the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals backed a lower court’s decision to suspend California’s ban on the possession of large magazines.

Joe Biden scheduled to campaign with Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona Senate race

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:37

Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to hit the campaign trail Friday with Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat running in a U.S. Senate race in Arizona that is viewed as one of Democrats best chances to flip a GOP seat.

Mr. Biden is set to headline fundraiser in Phoenix, ...

Luis Walker reads Theresa May reply to Orkambi request

BBC POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:35
An eight-year-old wrote to the prime minister asking for Orkambi drug to improve his lungs.

4M get covered, premiums fall if states restore Obamacare mandate: Study

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:28

Nearly 4 million people would gain health coverage in 2019 and premiums would drop by an average of 12 percent if every state imposed its own version of Obamacare's "individual mandate" to hold insurance, a research foundation said Friday.

The Commonwealth Fund said average rate decreases would vary by state, ...

The Point: A Republican politician just concluded that 'Trump is being manipulated by Putin.' Wow.

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:22
In a New York Times op-ed — headlined "Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?" — Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd writes of this week's summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin:

Software for 3-D printed guns available August 1

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:19

3-D printable guns could be available starting August 1, after the U.S. government reached a settlement with the Second Amendment Foundation earlier this month.

SAF sued the Department of Justice on behalf of gun advocate Cody Wilson in 2015 after the State Department told Mr. Wilson his blueprints violated International ...

Rural county seeks to be first in Virginia to arm teachers

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:19

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A rural school district in southwest Virginia wants to become the first in the state to arm teachers.

The school board in Lee County, Virginia, voted last week to allow an undisclosed number of teachers and staff members to carry guns in school.

Board member Rob ...

Trump Defends Efforts to Build a Rapport With Putin

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:12
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Vladimir Putin in an interview broadcast on Friday after he invited the Russian leader for a second meeting in the midst of an uproar over their first. Trump's administration has sought to control the damage from Monday's summit in Helsinki, where the president shocked the world by siding with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies on Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. As the White House tried to put some distance between the two leaders, Trump made a jarring move in the opposite direction on Thursday, offering to host Putin in Washington in the fall. In a television interview taped on Thursday, Trump said that he and Putin, who U.S. intelligence agencies say directed interference to sway the 2016 vote toward Trump, had a rapport during their meeting in Helsinki. "Look, the fact is we got along well," he told CNBC, adding that the two did not agree on everything. "So I had a meeting that lasted for more than two hours. It wasn't always conciliatory in that meeting," Trump said, without elaborating. "We discussed lots of great things for both countries, frankly." Only interpreters were present for the two leaders' private meeting and details of what was discussed remain unknown. Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Putin and Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday. Antonov said Putin had made concrete proposals to Trump about resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Interfax said, though he did not spell out what these were. The Russian ambassador suggested a meeting between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his U.S. counterpart, James Mattis, adding that a group of U.S. lawmakers are also planning to visit Russia, according to Interfax. Election meddling American intelligence agencies concluded last year that Russia carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 U.S. election, seeking to sow discord, disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help Trump's candidacy. Putin has denied any such meddling. Angered by a federal probe into Russian interference that is also examining possible collusion by his campaign, Trump has long denied any collusion and has denounced the investigation as a witch hunt. Top U.S. intelligence officials have said Moscow is targeting congressional elections in November as well. The Justice Department said on Thursday it would alert the public about foreign cyber operations like Russia's disinformation campaign. Warning the American public about disinformation could allow people to make better-informed decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado. Illustrating the gulf between Trump and some of his own advisers, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Thursday that he did not know what Trump and Putin discussed in their private meeting. Coats, the head of the U.S. intelligence community and a chief adviser to the president on national security, learned of the proposed second meeting with Putin when the White House announced it on Twitter, while he was being interviewed at the Aspen conference. In his CNBC interview, Trump also blamed the news media for reporting that he did not publicly confront Putin over the election meddling in Helsinki. "I mean I had these — some of these fools from the media saying, 'Why didn't you stand there, look him in the face, walk over to him, and start shouting at him?' I said, 'Are these people crazy? I want to make a deal.' I want to make a deal." Critics of Trump's performance in Helsinki included many fellow Republicans. A Republican congressman and former CIA officer, William Hurd, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times late on Thursday entitled, "Trump is Being Manipulated by Putin. What should we do?"

Kavanaugh said Congress should investigate a president, raising questions about his views on Mueller

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:59
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has raised concerns about indicting a sitting president and expressed his desire to overturn a ruling upholding the constitutionality of an independent counsel.

Oregon Airmen Train to Support Wildland Firefighters

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:54
Fifty-seven airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, spent two weeks learning to assist wildland firefighters.
Oregon National Guardsmen deploy emergency fire shelters during training.

Donald Trump on the rebound: President can flip the script against his opponents, says expert

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:45

Analysis continues over President Trump's summit with Russia President Vladimir Putin earlier this week. Mr. Trump will rebound following that controversial press conference, says Ford O'Connell, an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and a former presidential campaign adviser.

"Trump will ultimately rebound from ...

Michel Barnier questions Theresa May's Brexit White Paper

BBC POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:40
EU's negotiator says UK plan for a future trade relationship runs risk of weakening single market.

United Accord Brings Together U.S., Ghanaian Troops

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:34
Members of Ghana’s armed forces are partnered with participants from other African nations, European allies and U.S. Army Africa for exercise United Accord 2018.
A Ghanaian soldier greets an American soldier.

Lincoln council, McKenzie Township violated open meeting law

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:31

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Lincoln City Council and the McKenzie Township board recently violated the state's open meetings law.

Stenehjem says the Lincoln City Council improperly took final action while meeting in executive sessions in March and April. Under state law, final ...

Abdul Seeks to Become Michigan's First Muslim American Governor

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:28
It's standing room only in the large ballroom of this northern Michigan resort as people eagerly await the arrival of a young, well-spoken, charismatic Rhodes scholar seeking to reach Michigan’s highest elected office. “When I graduated college, Bill Clinton asked me why I was going to med school, and he asked me if I ever considered running for office. And at that time, I thought that was off limits to me,” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed told VOA. Muslim American El-Sayed grew up in Michigan, where he often faced prejudice. “I was the captain of my football team, and I was a junior in high school. And the week after 9/11, the games were canceled that week, but the week after, we were back on the field. And I remember that football game. For the first time, people were calling me names that I would hear for the rest of my life: ‘Raghead.’ ‘Osama.’ " he recalls. "Funny thing is, my brother’s name is Osama. And I used to say, ‘You’ve got the wrong El-Sayed.’” But he could be the right El-Sayed to make history as Michigan’s — and the nation’s — first elected Muslim American governor. One of his biggest challenges is convincing enough voters to support him in a state that narrowly helped Republican Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016. About 90 Muslim Americans are seeking elected office throughout the United States during midterm elections this year. Many are running as Democrats hoping to be part of a “blue wave” that shifts control of the U.S. Congress. El-Sayed is among 13 Muslim candidates running for office in the state of Michigan, where his faith and ethnicity have been important facets of his life that are now also fueling attacks and accusations by political opponents. ​A welcome change For those in Michigan’s large and growing Arab American community, the fact that El-Sayed is a viable candidate at all is a welcome change in politics. “In the last 10 years, things have changed dramatically for Arab Americans,” said Osama Siblani, publisher of Dearborn, Michigan-based Arab American News. But he explains the path to the governor’s mansion depends on El-Sayed’s overall appeal to a majority of voters. “When John Kennedy ran, you know, everybody thought, ‘This was the first Catholic, would he make it to White House?’ And he did,” said Siblani. “When Barack Hussein Obama ran, they said, This is the first African-American. Will he make it? Are there enough African-American voters to elect an African- American?’ No. But did he make it? Yes. Twice. So, is there a chance for a Muslim-American to win the governorship? Yes.” El-Sayed said he isn’t focused on the potential of such a historic moment. He simply wants to give back to the community that shaped him. “My grandmother was illiterate and never got to go to school. My grandfather had an eighth-grade education. My cousins — just as smart as whatever, as I am — they never got the opportunities that I got. They drive cabs in Egypt, and that’s not my life,” he said. “That’s not my life, because of the opportunities I had here. And I’m watching as we have leaders, whether it be at the city level in Detroit or at the state level, who are making decisions that are taking away access to those basic goods and services from people.” Water and politics El-Sayed, who gained recognition as Detroit’s top health official, seeks to lead a state still dealing with a water contamination crisis in the city of Flint that began during current Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s tenure. “The responsibility is to promote justice, whether it be with my hands. And if not, then with my mouth. And if not, then at least with my heart,” he told VOA. “That promotion of justice, to address racial and ethnic inequalities, social inequalities, regional inequalities, and access to the basic goods and resources that people deserve in their lives. That has been the work that I’ve committed myself to as a doctor, as an epidemiologist, as a public health practitioner and now as a public servant.” El-Sayed is among several candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor in Michigan’s primary election August 7. He’s considered a progressive and has the backing of many Michigan voters who supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid to win the Michigan presidential primary in 2016. If Democratic voters ultimately choose him in August, he will have to garner enough statewide support to defeat a Republican opponent in the November general election.

Trump Ready to Hit All Chinese Imports With Tariffs

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:24
President Donald Trump has indicated that he's willing to hit every product imported from China with tariffs, sending U.S. markets sliding before the opening bell Friday.   In a taped interview with the business channel CNBC, Trump said "I'm willing to go to 500," referring roughly to the $505.5 billion in goods imported last year from China.   The administration to date has slapped tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods in a trade dispute over what it calls the nation's predatory practices.   Dow futures which had already been pointing modestly lower slid sharply after the comments were aired by CNBC early Friday, indicating triple-digit losses when the market opens.   The yuan dipped to a 12-month low of 6.8 to the dollar, off by 7.6 percent since mid-February.   There is already pushback in the U.S. from businesses that will take a hit in an escalating trade war.   Trump has ordered Commerce to investigate whether auto imports pose a threat to U.S. national security that would justify tariffs or other trade restrictions. Earlier this year, he used national security as a justification for taxing imported steel and aluminum.   Auto tariffs would escalate global trade tension dramatically: The U.S. last year imported $192 billion in vehicles and $143 billion in auto parts — figures that dwarf last year's $29 billion in steel and $23 billion in aluminum imports.   In the same interview, taped Thursday at the White House, Trump broke with a long-standing tradition at the White House and voiced displeasure about recent actions at the U.S. Federal Reserve. Both political and economic officials believe that the central bank needs to operate free of political pressure from the White House or elsewhere to properly manage interest rate policy.   Last month, the Fed raised its benchmark rate for a second time this year and projected two more increases in 2018. Its rate hikes are meant to prevent the economy from overheating and igniting high inflation. But rate increases also make borrowing costlier for households and companies and can weaken the pace of growth. In particular, the Fed's most recent rate hikes could dilute some of the benefit of the tax cuts Trump signed into law last year.

Trump calls Obama 'total patsy' for Russia, claims he's been 'tougher'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:23
President Trump claimed in a new interview he’s been “far tougher” on Russia than his predecessors and went so far as to call Barack Obama a “total patsy” for Moscow, as his administration tries to push past this week’s bipartisan criticism over the summit with Vladimir Putin.

Abdul Wants to Become Michigan's First Muslim American Governor

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:20
About 90 Muslim Americans are seeking elected office throughout the United States during midterm elections this year. Many are running as Democrats, hoping to be part of a "blue wave" that shifts control of the U.S. Congress. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, among the 13 Muslim candidates running for office in the state of Michigan is a young doctor who is hoping to make history.

Donald Trump accuses China, EU of manipulating currency rates

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:19

President Trump criticized China and the European Union over tariffs and trade barriers Friday morning, accusing both of manipulating currencies and interest rates.

Mr. Trump argued that unfair economic policies taken while the dollar gets stronger is "taking away our big competitive edge."

The Federal Reserve was also caught up ...

DC commissioners fight to revoke Trump Hotel liquor license

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:09
The anti-Trump resistance has gone from blasting Russia's interference in the White House race to interfering with White Russians.

He came to this country with $200 and hope. How Khizr Khan's American dream led him into a battle with Trump

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:38
In the two years since a fiery speech shot him to fame, Gold Star father Khizr Khan has remained steadfast in his mission against President Trump.

Civil rights legend Meredith says he's on a mission from God

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:28

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - James Meredith is a civil rights legend who resists neatly defined narratives.

He integrated the University of Mississippi while braving mob violence in 1962 - yet he worked in the late 1980s for archconservative Sen. Jesse Helms, considered a foe by many in the civil rights ...

10-year-old Somali girl dies after female genital mutilation

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:23

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A 10-year-old girl has bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia, an activist said, a rare confirmed death in the country with the world's highest rate of the practice.

The girl died in a hospital on Monday, two days after her mother took her ...

Face of Defense: Airman Finds Better Life After Abandoning Gangs for Service

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:21
Growing up in Gilroy, California, Jacqueline Jauregui had everything a girl could wish for: money, designer clothes and so much more. Shortly after her high school graduation, her father took everything from her and kicked her to the streets.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Jauregui, enlisted aide to the Air Force Space Command deputy commander, poses for a photo at the 21st Space Wing portrait studio at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 20, 2018. Jauregui made a life-changing decision in 2008 to separate herself from Crip gang activity and join the Air Force. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley

Moscow 'open' to Putin visiting Trump in Washington, Russian envoy says

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:50
The Russian ambassador to the United States said on Friday that Moscow was "open" to a follow-up summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump in Washington, four days after the leaders' private one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.

Pressure Mounting on ISIS as Operation Roundup Continues

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:46
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials congratulated the Syrian Democratic Forces on their successful clearance of Dashishah, Syria, and the ongoing success of their operations to clear Islamic State of Iraq and Syria remnants from northeast Syria.
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. DoD Graphic

Editorials from around New England

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:24

Editorials from around New England:



The Hartford Courant

July 18

A year ago, Hartford's future was far from certain. The city was on the verge of bankruptcy. Aetna was high-tailing it. The state budget was a mess, and legislators were divided on whether to support the city. Florida's ...

Theresa May repeats defence of chief whip in 'pairing' row

BBC POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:03
Julian Smith faces calls to resign in row over a breach of Parliamentary convention.

Sanctions law behind Putin's request to Trump for former U.S. officials

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:49
Russian President Vladimir Putin's request to U.S. President Donald Trump for a joint investigation of former U.S. officials sought by the Kremlin for "illegal activities," including a U.S. ambassador to Russia, is just the latest effort in a years-long campaign to undermine a U.S. law that imposes financial sanctions on Putin's officials.

There are absolutely two Americas. Sometimes in the same state.

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:29
A tale of two Virginia districts explains why the geographic, demographic and cultural chasm between the parties in the House of Representatives is about to grow much wider -- with ominous implications for America's escalating political tensions.

Sanctions law behind Putin's request to Trump for former U.S. officials

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:26
Russian President Vladimir Putin's request to U.S. President Donald Trump for a joint investigation of former U.S. officials sought by the Kremlin for "illegal activities," including a U.S. ambassador to Russia, is just the latest effort in a years-long campaign to undermine a U.S. law that imposes financial sanctions on Putin's officials.

U.S. attorneys summoned to court to account for separated families

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:14
Attorneys for the U.S. government were due in court on Friday to update a federal judge on efforts to reunite some 2,500 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Trump's advocate in Congress reflects on last day in the White House

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:14
Friday is the last day for President Donald Trump's legislative director Marc Short, ending a whirlwind tenure of a tumultuous time between the executive and the legislative branch of government.

Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to rally Democrats in deep-red Kansas

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:12

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Two luminaries in the democratic socialist movement — one its national leader, the other its new star — are descending on solidly Republican Kansas on Friday, taking their emboldened liberal message to an unlikely testing ground before next month's congressional primaries.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and ...

UK government borrowing at 11-year low

BBC POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:32
Public sector borrowing between April and June fell to the lowest level since 2007.

Parliament debates no-confidence motion against Modi's gov't

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:11

NEW DELHI (AP) - Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government of failing to live up to its promises as the Indian Parliament on Friday debated a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, accused the ...

The Latest: Russia pushing for US release of suspected agent

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:40

MOSCOW (AP) - The Latest on the meeting earlier this week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

The Russian government is pushing for the release of a gun rights activist accused of being a covert agent in the U.S., calling her ...

Russia ready to discuss Putin Washington visit: Ifax

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:39
Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.

Russia ready to discuss new Putin-Trump meeting in White House: Ifax

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:17
Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, the Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.

RNC members say Trump's Helsinki comments unlikely to affect midterm elections

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:01
Republican National Committee members appear unfazed by President Trump’s controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, suggesting the controversy won't end up hurting the party in the midterms.

Spicer harbored doubts about taking press secretary's job

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:00
"Sean, we're getting killed in the media."

U.S. lawmakers planning new Russia visit: Ifax cites Russian envoy

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:50
A group of U.S. lawmakers are planning to visit Russia again following a rare trip to Moscow by Republican members of Congress this month, Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States as saying on Friday.

The Russian accused of using sex, lies and guns to infiltrate US politics

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:21
The young Russian gun enthusiast was struggling. Maria Butina had twice applied for visas to attend the National Rifle Association's glitzy annual meeting. But she said she was twice denied.

Officials: Missing Pakistani peace activist returns home

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:05

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani officials say a peace activist who mysteriously went missing in December has returned home in the eastern city of Lahore after his abductors freed him.

Raza Mahmood Khan was detained during a raid at his home by armed men, who also seized his computer after ...

Top Dem candidate gave millions to groups advocating for taxing families 'to the hilt' for 'irresponsible breeding'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:45
Scott Wallace, a liberal millionaire candidate running for Congress in Pennsylvania, has given millions of dollars to so-called population control groups.

U.S. foreign, defense chiefs to travel to Delhi for high-level talks

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:20
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to New Delhi in September for high-level talks that were twice postponed this year, the Indian foreign ministry announced on Friday.

Pompeo: Russia 'will try to undermine Western democracy' in 2018, 2020

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:11
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he believes that Russia will try to undermine democracies around the world for the foreseeable future.

Pompeo: US Won't Send Any Americans to Russia for Questioning

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:40
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not send Americans to Russia for questioning. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to let U.S. investigators question officials in Moscow about Russia's interference in U.S. 2016 elections if Russian investigators are allowed to question American officials. U.S. President Donald Trump called Putin's proposal an "incredible offer." But in an interview with VOA on Thursday, Pompeo rejected the idea. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Trump Invites Putin to a Summit in US

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:26
U.S. President Donald Trump is inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to a second summit meeting. The announcement came as the storm of criticism and confusion that followed the first summit is still making headlines and getting the attention of the U.S. Congress. Here to explain is VOA's Carolyn Presutti at the White House.

Putin invite sends Washington into Russian twilight zone

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:18
It was a jaw-dropping moment that embodied the utterly unfathomable, logic-defying and increasingly troubling twilight zone into which Washington has plunged since the Helsinki summit.

Tony Podesta offered immunity to testify against Paul Manafort

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:00
Tony Podesta has been offered immunity by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify against Paul Manafort, Fox News' Tucker Carlson reported, citing two unnamed sources.

Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:44

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cheered on by a handful of activists, liberal House Democrats announced outside the Capitol that they were forming a caucus to push for "Medicare for All" - shorthand for government-financed health care.

At the same time Thursday, Democratic senators were introducing a resolution aimed at putting Republicans ...

Trump 'relentless' against Russia, won't let Kremlin question US officials, Pompeo tells FOX

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:30
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump “understands” that the Russians interfered in U.S. elections in 2016 -- and fired back at criticism that the president appeared weak at this week's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Critics of North Korea deal 'simply speculating,' says Pompeo, 'I've been there'

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:19
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has rebutted accusations that discussions over denculearization with North Korea are not going as expected.

Interior Secretary Zinke kept some meetings off public calendar

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 05:28
On May 16, 2016, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican who was the first in Congress to endorse Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, according to Zinke's official calendar.

Bulk of families separated at U.S.-Mexico border remain apart

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:49
With one week left on a court-ordered deadline to reunite children and parents separated by U.S. immigration officials, government lawyers reported on Thursday that 364 of some 2,500 families with children aged 5 and older have been brought back together.It was unclear from the status report, filed as part of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging parent-child separations at the border, exactly how many more reunifications were likely.

Florida publication seeks FBI 9/11 records on family's ties

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:46

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida online publication asked a federal appeals court to order a trial be held on its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking FBI documents that may reveal a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers.

The case heard Thursday before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

NFL freezes anthem protest policy

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:37

The National Football League put on hold Thursday its policy requiring players on the field to stand for the national anthem.

In a statement, the league said it was engaged in "confidential" talks with the NFL Players Association to resolve a grievance the union had filed last week ...

Rosenstein Defends Charging Foreign Agents US Can’t Arrest

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:18
The top law enforcement official overseeing the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S. courtroom. Speaking Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also said the Justice Department will notify the U.S. public when it identifies efforts by foreign government to target U.S. politics. Rosenstein unveiled a report identifying the major cyber threats that the U.S. faces. “Exposing schemes to the public is an important way to neutralize them,” he said. “The American people have a right to know if foreign governments are targeting them with propaganda.” He offered a rebuttal to criticism that charging foreign agents involved in cyber-attacks or covert campaigns to sow dissent is futile if they are unlikely to be extradited. “That is a shortsighted view,” he said. Indictments as deterrent The debate has been sparked by the probe of special counsel Robert Mueller, who has indicted more than two dozen Russian nationals on charges related to Russia’s meddling in the election. Rosenstein said such indictments can act as a deterrent. “People who thought they were safely under the protection of foreign governments when they committed crimes against America sometimes later find themselves in federal prisons,” he said. He added that at a minimum, the indictments impede the suspects from traveling to other countries that might extradite them. He said revealing the charges also serves to air the allegations to the U.S. public, bolstering confidence in the justice system. More active approach Rosenstein signaled a more active approach by the Justice Department to counter foreign influence and cyber operations. The report outlines how the department will work to expose the foreign efforts without damaging counter-intelligence efforts or wading into U.S. politics. “The challenge calls for the application of neutral principles,” he said. More broadly, the report identifies six categories of cyber threats and current efforts to counter them.

Mattis and Dunford call for classified nuclear changes

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:08
Even as the Trump administration looks for further nuclear arms reductions with Russia and full denuclearization with North Korea, the Pentagon is making crucial changes in nuclear weapons employment and options after Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently called for classified changes.

MPs criticise head of public prosecution's rape case failures

BBC POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:57
The head of public prosecutions is criticised for her handling of issues around disclosing evidence.

Cyberattacks on 2018 US Political Campaigns Already Underway

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:48
Hackers targeted the campaigns of at least three candidates running for Congress in the upcoming 2018 U.S. elections, but the attacks were detected and thwarted, a Microsoft executive said Thursday. The attempted attacks tried to use a fake Microsoft domain as a landing page for phishing attacks, said Tom Burt, Microsoft vice president for customer security and trust. He refused to name which candidates were targeted, citing privacy concerns. “They were all people who, because of their positions, might have been interesting targets from an espionage standpoint, as well as an election disruption standpoint,” Burt told an audience at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado. He also did not identify the source of the phishing attacks, though the tactic was similar to those used by Russian operatives to target the Republican and Democratic parties during their presidential nominating conventions in 2016. Burt said Microsoft coordinated with the U.S. government and was able to take down the fake domains. He also said none of the campaign staffers targeted by the phishing attacks were infected. ​More attacks are coming Thursday’s revelation came in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s news conference Monday in Helsinki, Finland, after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump sided with Putin, supporting the Russian leader’s assertions that his country did not meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump’s comments, which directly contradicted the findings of the U.S. intelligence community, have drawn harsh criticism from politicians, and former diplomatic and intelligence officials. Current intelligence and security officials have warned repeatedly that not only was Russia responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, but that more attacks — both in the form of hacks and in the form of more subtle information operations — are coming. Russia taking lead “What we assessed and reassessed and have carefully gone over still stands,” U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said of Russia’s efforts. “It’s undeniable that the Russians are taking the lead on this,” Coats added, speaking during an appearance at the same security forum. “They are the ones who are trying to undermine our basic values, divide us with our allies.” But U.S. and private sector officials say that, at least to this point, Russian efforts to influence the 2018 elections appear to be somewhat subdued. “We’re not seeing the targeting of the actual state and local election systems that we saw in 2016 right now,” said Jeanette Manfra, the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for cybersecurity. New tools working For now, some leading private sector technology and social media companies agree. Facebook, which Russia used to run ads and false news stories as part of its 2016 influence campaign, thinks some of that could be related to more awareness and crackdowns on the fake accounts Russian-linked operatives had been using. “The new tools that would identify and remove fake accounts like the IRA [Russia’s Internet Research Agency] was running, combined with the new requirements for transparency in advertising, are such that I think we’re not seeing that same conduct,” Monika Bickert, head of Facebook’s product policy and counterterrorism, said. “But we are watching for that activity,” Bickert said. Microsoft’s Burt is also cautious, despite his experts “not seeing the same level of activity by the Russian activity groups” as they did two years ago. “It doesn’t mean we’re not going to see it,” he said. “There’s a lot of time left.” “I think we should all be prepared, given that capability and will, that they’ll do it again,” U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Thursday. “We would be foolish to think they’re not.”

Top FBI cyber officials set to retire

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:42
The FBI's top two cybersecurity officials are planning to leave the bureau, the FBI confirmed Thursday.

Tony Podesta granted immunity by Robert Mueller for Paul Manafort testimony: Report

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:05

Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly given a key Democratic operative immunity to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

According to Tucker Carlson, speaking Thursday evening on his Fox News program, Mr. Mueller has offered immunity to Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group and brother of former ...

U.S. to alert public to foreign efforts to undermine American politics

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:59
The U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday a policy to alert the public about foreign cyber operations like Russia's alleged hacking and disinformation campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Democratic rep says Trump's invite to Putin 'ought to offend all of us'

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:59
Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island says President Donald Trump's invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the White House is something that "ought to offend all of us."

Maxine Waters supporters burn American flag outside her office after Oath Keepers protest threat

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:56

LOS ANGELES — A small crowd that gathered Thursday outside the Los Angeles office of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to counter an expected protest by a self-styled militia group burned an American flag taken from the back of a pickup truck.

The incident happened after the far-right Oath Keepers group ...

Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar over Helsinki summit

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:33
President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, a daring rebuttal to the torrent of criticism in the United States over Trump's failure to publicly confront Putin at their first summit for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election.

Maxine Waters supporters burn American flag outside California rep's office

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:24
Supporters of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters gathered outside her California office on Thursday, burning and stepping on an American flag after a group of far-right demonstrators they intended to counter-protest failed to show up.

Counterprotesters burn American flag outside office of Maxine Waters

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:24
A group of counterprotesters gathered outside the California office of Rep. Maxine Waters Thursday, burning and stepping on an American flag after a group of far-right demonstrators failed to show up.

American ISIS member, captured in Syria, being transferred back to US for prosecution

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:54
A US citizen who fought for ISIS is being transferred back to the United States by the Department of Defense in order to face prosecution by the Department of Justice, a US defense official tells CNN.

The Point: 5 hard questions Democrats need to answer before 2020

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:37
Earlier today, we -- me and forecaster extraordinaire Harry Enten -- put out our first rankings of the 2020 field. (For more details on who ranks where, read our full write here.)

Why on earth would Trump invite Putin back for more? Here are some theories

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:26
There will be verdicts, votes -- and now Vlad? And it'll all end with a victory parade of sorts. This fall is going to be *lit* in Washington.

More than 300 older children split at border are reunited

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:24

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday that it has reunified 364 children ages 5 and older with their families after they were separated at the border, still leaving hundreds to go before a court-imposed deadline a week away.

The Justice Department reaffirmed in a court filing that ...

Inside the Beltway: Trump's strategic war on the media

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:24

Voters already know that President Trump has confronted a hostile news media, which has produced an unprecedented amount of negative coverage aimed at his campaign, presidency and administration for three years. The practice ultimately may backfire on the press; Americans dislike the media almost as much as the media dislikes ...

As upstart Ocasio-Cortez hits campaign trail with Bernie Sanders, high profile spurs fears of Dem rift

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:22
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hitting the national campaign trail this week with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to stump for other left-wing candidates, even as the upstart 28-year-old democratic socialist's rising profile continues to rankle top Democrats.

U.S. lawmakers reach pact to strengthen oversight of foreign investment

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:18
U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement that puts a measure to strengthen oversight of foreign investment from countries such as China into a must-pass defense policy bill, Representative Robert Pittenger's office said on Thursday.

Correction: CAIR Condemns Gosar story

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:17

PHOENIX (AP) - In a story July 18 about Rep. Paul Gosar being criticized by a Muslim civil rights group, The Associated Press incorrectly attributed a statement in response to the congressman's spokeswoman Melissa Brown. It was Gosar who responded.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Muslim group ...

Nicaragua marks 1979 revolution amid protests, bloodshed

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:04

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza on Thursday amid a political crisis that has seen hundreds killed in a government crackdown on protesters seeking President Daniel Ortega's exit from office.

The anniversary remembrance had the feel of a victory ...

Atlantic Council: Russia will continue to exploit US justice system

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:03
Congress and the Justice Department must establish measures to prevent the Russian government from interfering in the American judicial system, the Atlantic Council said in a report released Thursday.

Rosenstein: Russian attack on 2016 election 'one tree in a growing forest' of cyber activity

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:02
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called Russian interference in the 2016 US election "one tree in a growing forest" of malign cyber activity when he unveiled the Justice Department's Cyber-Digital Task Force report in his speech at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday in Colorado.

Justice Department to notify public of foreign election hacking

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:59

The Justice Department announced on Thursday it will now notify the public of foreign hacking operations targeting U.S. elections, a new policy implemented in the wake of Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Under the new policy, the government will inform companies, organizations and individuals they suspect ...

Trump Administration Wants to Scrap Some Species Protection

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:47
The Trump administration wants to scrap automatic federal protection for threatened plants and animals, a move that would anger environmentalists but please industry. A proposal unveiled Thursday would no longer grant threatened species the same instant protection given to endangered species. It would also limit what can be declared a critical habitat for such plants and animals. Officials with the Interior Department and Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that they wanted to streamline regulations. They said current rules under the Endangered Species Act were inconsistent and confusing. Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the new rules would still be very protective of endangered animals. "At the same time, we hope that they ameliorate some of the unnecessary burden, conflict and uncertainty that is within our current regulatory structure," he told reporters. But conservationists called the changes a "wrecking ball" and a gift to big businesses. "They could decide that building in a species habitat or logging in trees where birds nest doesn't constitute harm," the Center for Biological Diversity's Noah Greenwald said. Industries such as logging, mining and oil drilling have long complained that the Endangered Special Act has stopped them from gaining access to new sources of energy and has stifled economic development.

The Latest: Eastman: Ethics panel used for partisan attacks

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:44

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on an ethics complaint involving an Alaska legislator (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

An Alaska lawmaker says a legislative ethics panel that found he had violated ethics law has become a "political weapon used for partisan attacks on legislators."

In a statement, Republican Rep. ...

DOJ Cyber-Digital Task Force report outlines plan to combat midterm election meddling, other electronic threats

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:41
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled the first public report of the Department of Justice's Cyber-Digital Task Force at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, outlining a new policy for responding to foreign influence operations ahead of the midterm elections.

Donald Trump economy threatened by tariff wars, Federal Reserve interest rate hikes

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:40

A jobs boom has driven unemployment to record lows and bolstered the president's pro-worker agenda, but tariff wars and a likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike are darkening the horizon for the Trump economy.

President Trump's rollback of federal regulations and enactment of the biggest tax cuts in U.S. history ...

The Latest: Advocates say extension for Somalis not enough

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:22

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Trump administration's decision to extend protected status for Somalis (all times local):

6 p.m.

Advocates for Somali nationals who are living in the United States say they are disappointed that the Trump administration chose to extend - and not redesignate - a special ...

Ex-Texas mayoral aide indicted for not providing records

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:21

HOUSTON (AP) - A former press aide for Houston's mayor has been indicted for allegedly refusing to provide records that had been requested by a reporter.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office said Thursday that a grand jury had indicted Darian Ward on one count of failure of a public ...

Reversals and clean-up deepen questions about Trump and Putin's one-on-one

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:21
When President Donald Trump insisted he meet his Russian counterpart one-on-one, he cited the potential for leaks as rationale to bar aides from attending the session.

The 2016 National Teacher of the Year is now a candidate for Congress

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:17
In most years, Jahana Hayes wouldn't be considered the typical congressional candidate. But in 2018, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year is emblematic of a midterm election season full of fresh faces.

Can Democrats stay out of the Russia trap in Supreme Court fight?

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:12
From party leaders to the progressive challengers trying to uproot them, there's at least one thing uniting most Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterms: When it comes to Russian election interference, let special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments do the talking.