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Here's where New Yorkers think upstate New York is

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:57
Cynthia Nixon says "Ithaca," which is completely wrong.

Push for 'Dreamer' immigration bill gains steam in House

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule debate on bills to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a move aimed at reviving a push that sputtered in the Senate in February.

Senate favors undoing consumer bureau's auto guidance

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:46
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 51-47 on Wednesday in favor undoing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 guidance restricting how car dealers extend auto loans to consumers, in the latest move to weaken the agency.

Sanders: Cardi B is right on social security

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:39
Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders invoked rapper Cardi B in a tweet Wednesday, writing, "Cardi B is right. If we are really going to make America great we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve."

GOP lawmakers demand criminal probe of Comey, McCabe, Clinton, Lynch

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:38

A group of conservative Republicans sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department Wednesday asking prosecutors to consider bringing charges against former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others involved in the probe into Mrs. Clinton's emails.

They also complained ...

Pruitt upgraded to a larger, customized SUV with bullet-resistant seat covers

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:37
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt upgraded his official car last year to a costlier, larger vehicle with bullet-resistant covers over bucket seats, according to federal records and interviews with current and former agency officials.

ISIS Contained in Syria, Changing Tactics, OIR Spokesman Says

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:34
Iraqi security forces and Syrian Democratic Forces continue to contain Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters in areas of the middle Euphrates River valley, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said.
Iraqi soldier fires artillery.

Mitch McConnell sees 'no indication' Donald Trump might fire Robert Mueller. Um, what?

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:30
Mitch McConnell said something very odd Tuesday in an interview with Fox News Channel.

The Latest: Court hears arguments in Aaron Schock appeal

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:24

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on oral arguments in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's appeal (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

A lawyer for former Republican Rep. Aaron Schock says prosecutors are aiming to be the first to imprison a former member of Congress over ambiguous rules the U.S. House set ...

Senate Dems propose Medicare buy-in bill

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:23

A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that allows many Americans to buy into the Medicare program that's currently limited to seniors and people with disabilities.

Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon said the Choose Medicare Act is a good way to help individuals ...

Texas Gov. Abbott to tax-burdened New Jersey residents: 'Come to Texas'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:16
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is urging tax burdened New Jersey residents to move to the lone star state, following the release of the northern state’s budget proposal calling for tax hikes in a place whose rates are already among the highest in the nation.

Feds expose network that smuggled illegal immigrants from Syria to U.S.

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:14

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions Wednesday on a Syrian man and his criminal syndicate, blaming them for smuggling "hundreds" of illegal immigrants from Syria and Lebanon into Mexico and then helping them to jump the border into the U.S.

Nasif Barakat and his syndicate, which authorities labeled the Barakat Transnational ...

Immigrants optimistic financial aid bill will pass this year

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:08

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Immigrant students without legal status in the United States are hopeful this will be the year Connecticut legislators make them eligible for institutional financial aid at state-run colleges and universities.

This year's version of the bill includes provisions from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ...

Pompeo nomination runs into more U.S. Senate Democrat opposition

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday he will oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, making it unlikely he will have the committee's backing before the full Senate votes.

Comey says he doesn't expect Trump will fire Mueller

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:57
Former FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that he does not believe President Donald Trump will fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Push for 'Dreamer' immigration bill gains steam in U.S. House of Representatives

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule debate on bills to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a move aimed at reviving a push that sputtered in the Senate in February.

Service Dog Lends War Veteran a Helping Paw

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:55
What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members? That is exactly how retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brandon Jones felt as he reached a breaking point in his military career and decided it was time to reach out to military agencies to get the help he desperately needed.
Man and dog stand beside airplane.

Comey says McCabe lied, confirms he kick-started probe that led to his firing

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:54
James Comey on Wednesday confirmed he was the one who kick-started the inspector general probe that led to his former deputy Andrew McCabe’s ouster, while seeming to back its findings that McCabe lied about a media leak.

Starbucks incident is a reminder that 'liberal' companies with 'woke' leaders also have racism issues

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:43
Not even the politically correct Starbucks is immune to incidents of racial bias.

Eric Holder, former Obama attorney general, set to headline June event in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:40

Eric Holder is headed to New Hampshire.

The former Obama attorney general and chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee is slated to appear at June 1 "Politics and Eggs" forum at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College — a visit that is sure to spark ...

In Photos: Barbara Bush

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:40
Former US First Lady Barbara Bush died April 17 at the age of 92.  A family statement says she died in the evening with her family beside her.  These photos are a few of the highlights of her life.

Senators demand more information about DC mobile snooping devices

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:39
A bipartisan group of four Senate privacy hawks are demanding the Department of Homeland Security publish more information about the evidence of mobile snooping devices in Washington and surrounding areas.

The Latest: Trump playing golf in Florida with Japan's Abe

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:38
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (all times local): 2018-04-18T05:03:00-04:00 2018-04-18T09:03:08-04:00

Immigration authorities criticize Albuquerque measure

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:33

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal immigration authorities are criticizing an Albuquerque measure to strengthen immigrant friendly policies, saying the proposal would undermine public safety and make New Mexico's largest city a safe haven for people living in the country illegally.

The Albuquerque City Council voted Monday to bar federal agents ...

Lawyers for Trump attorney propose candidates to review seized files

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:29
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen have asked a federal judge to consider four candidates to review material seized by the FBI that may be protected by attorney-client privilege, rather than let prosecutors look at it first.

GOP reps refer Comey, Clinton, McCabe for criminal investigation

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:28
Nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress on Wednesday sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department and FBI seeking an investigation of former bureau boss James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton in connection with 2016 campaign controversies.

Senate panel divided over Pompeo for secretary of state

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:26
President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, is facing so much opposition from Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the panel could be forced to take the unusual step of sending the nomination to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vows to sign executive order giving parolees in his state the right to vote

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:25
A proposal to accomplish Cuomo's aim was rejected by the legislature.

Senate panel divided over Pompeo for secretary of state

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, is facing so much opposition from Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the panel could be forced to take the unusual step of sending the nomination to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation. 2018-04-18T08:09:00-04:00 2018-04-18T12:09:26-04:00

Prosecutor: Mayor corruption charges shouldn't be dismissed

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:08

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says an indicted northwest Indiana mayor hasn't proved that his corruption charges should be dismissed because of how case-related emails were handled.

Portage Mayor James Snyder recently filed a motion to have bribery and tax evasion charges dismissed because trial attorneys had seen ...

Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:08
Puerto Rico has suffered an island-wide power outage, Puerto Rico's power authority said Wednesday.

Richard Blumenthal: Judiciary Committee pushing bill to protect Robert Mueller

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:07

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday the Senate is working on a bill to prevent President Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

"The latest draft will probably be voted within the next 10 days by the Judiciary Committee. We are working hard to resolve all of the issues with the ...

US VIPs Pay Tribute to Barbara Bush

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:07
Top U.S. political figures are paying tribute to former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush as a woman who was devoted to her family, her country and the public good. President Donald Trump praised Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, as "an advocate of the American family." He said that "amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.” Former President Barack Obama said he and former first lady Michelle Obama will "always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we're even more grateful for the way she lived her life — as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit." Former President Bill Clinton, who defeated Bush's husband, former President George H.W. Bush, when he ran for re-election in 1992, said, "Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. "She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory." Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter recalled Barbara Bush as the "matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation's progress." Barbara Bush was only the second woman in U.S. history who was both married to a U.S. president and the mother of a second, former President George W. Bush. The other was Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the country's second president in the 18th century, and his son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president. Family members and former President George H.W. Bush, the country's 41st president from 1989 to 1993, were at her side at her death. George and Barbara Bush were married for 73 years, the longest-married couple in U.S. presidential history. The former president's chief of staff, Jean Becker, said that "of course he is heartbroken to lose his beloved Barbara. He held her hand all day today and was at her side when [she] left this good Earth." Her son, former President George W. Bush, said he, his wife, Laura Bush, and their daughters Barbara and Jenna were saddened by her death, "but our souls are settled because we know hers was." "Barbara Bush was a fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions," he said. "To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.” The former first lady suffered in recent years from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She declined to seek further medical treatment as her condition worsened in recent days. Her funeral is set for Saturday in Houston, Texas. She will lie in repose for public viewing on Friday at the Episcopal church she and her husband attended.

Lawyers for Trump attorney propose candidates to review seized files

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:07
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen have asked a federal judge to consider four candidates to review material seized by the FBI that may be protected by attorney-client privilege, rather than let prosecutors look at it first.

Trump, Cohen and Cohn: When ‘my attorney’ becomes just ‘one of my lawyers’

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:04
When going gets tough, the president has sometimes distanced himself from his lawyers.

Top Committee Democrats announce opposition to secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:01
The two top ranking Democrats on the Senate foreign relations committee announced their opposition Wednesday to CIA Director Mike Pompeo becoming the next secretary of state.

US warns Turkey of consequences if jailed pastor isn't freed

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it's considering "consequences" for NATO ally Turkey if Turkey doesn't throw out the charges or acquit an American pastor accused of espionage and aiding terrorist groups. 2018-04-18T07:44:00-04:00 2018-04-18T11:44:41-04:00

Retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker calls Democrat seeking to replace him a 'very good governor'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:55
"I'm not going to campaign against someone I've been a friend with and worked with," Corker said.

George W. Bush recalls his mother as strong, lucid and funny as she approached death

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:55
The former president told the Fox Business channel that Barbara Bush believed in an afterlife and did not fear death.

Trump's first tweet about Stormy Daniels makes no sense — and he may regret it

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:53
Trump denies a man threatened Daniels in 2011, which suggests he knew about the situation back then.

Prof Manning: Low skill sectors to 'struggle most' post-Brexit

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:49
The chair of the migration advisory committee says immigration curbs after Brexit will hit agriculture and food manufacturing.

Trump Contradicts Himself Over Comey Firing

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:47
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not fire James Comey "because of the phony Russia investigation," contradicting his 2017 statement that he ousted the FBI director last year over the probe. Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, as the law enforcement agency investigated alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign. The firing prompted the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the inquiry and look at possible obstruction of justice. Trump, who has denied collusion with Moscow, on Wednesday posted a tweet referring to "Slippery James Comey" and said he "was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation." Trump did not elaborate. American intelligence agencies have said Russia interfered in the 2016 election through a campaign of propaganda and hacking in a scheme to sow U.S. discord and help get Trump elected. Russia has denied interfering in the election. Two days after dismissing Comey, Trump had explained why he did it in a televised interview with NBC News. "In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story," he said. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won." The Republican president has escalated his attacks on Comey, calling him a liar and a "slimeball," as the former FBI director embarks on a media tour to promote his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. Comey's book chronicles his brief service under Trump, who he described as "morally unfit" to be president, while likening his leadership style to that of a mafia boss. Comey, a longtime Republican who said he did not vote in 2016, told ABC News on Wednesday that he no longer considered himself a member of the party. He said Republicans have "lost their way" in adopting Trump and becoming "transactional" instead of maintaining conservative values.

Legislature passes bill to expand post-conviction relief

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:46

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Many bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland's 90-day legislative session.

Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction relief - a process of challenging a conviction in court.

...

Peers say citizenship test should focus on essential knowledge, not trivia

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:46
Peers say the 45-minute exam should focus on essential knowledge rather than facts "few people know".

Pompeo’s critics offer grudging praise for North Korea meeting

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:43
The revelation that he has already been carrying out high-level diplomacy for the Trump administration could help him win some Democratic support when his nomination comes up for a full Senate vote.

Trump rewrites history on rationale for firing Comey

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:42
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is attempting to rewrite history on his rationale for firing James Comey as FBI director last year. 2018-04-18T07:38:00-04:00 2018-04-18T11:38:13-04:00

Subpoena seeks records related to former Atlanta mayor

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:36

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors investigating corruption in Atlanta's city government are seeking records related to city-issued credit cards for former Mayor Kasim Reed and several others.

A subpoena dated April 6 asks the city to produce credit card statements and other information for Reed; his brother Tracy Reed, a ...

Trump urges Congress to fix deportation law partially struck down by Supreme Court

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:34
The White House press secretary says legislative action is ‘a matter of vital public safety’

Student from Zambia fights to compete in US poetry contest

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:34

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Lawyers for a high school student who fled his native Zambia and is suing to compete in a government-funded national poetry competition will argue their case to a federal judge.

Last month, 17-year-old Westbrook student Allan Monga won the Maine "Poetry Out Loud" contest.

The Bangor ...

Sportsman's club files lawsuit over gun restrictions

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:33

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont sportsman's club has filed a lawsuit over the state's new gun law that bans high-capacity gun magazines.

WPTZ-TV reports the Vermont Federation of Sportsman's Clubs filed the lawsuit Wednesday challenging the state's limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds for long guns and 15 ...

The Point: Trump blasts 'breeding' in sanctuary cities. That's a racist term.

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:32
What exactly did President Donald Trump mean by "breeding" when he tweeted Wednesday about cities that will not cooperate with the federal government to deport the undocumented.

Bipartisan insurgents try to kick-start DACA debate

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:29

A bipartisan majority in the House tried to jump-start the DACA debate Wednesday, announcing they have around 240 members who have signed onto a plan to push immigration onto the floor of the chamber and insist a solution to emerge.

As of now the lawmakers have only signed onto an ...

Comey says he was driven from the Republican Party by Trumpian politics

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:22
And what's more, he says he wasn't the only one.

Read a love letter Bush H.W. sent to Barbara Bush during World War II

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:19
In 1943, George H.W. Bush was more than 40 years away from becoming the 41st President of the United States. He was 19 and serving in the Navy during World War II. He was also deeply in love with his fiancee, Ms. Barbara Pierce, who would go on to be a beloved First Lady.

HHS secretary back in hospital for bowel condition

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:17
A spokeswoman says U.S. health secretary Alex Azar is back in the hospital for additional treatment and observation. He's been diagnosed with a painful bowel condition called diverticulitis.

Trump says initial high-level meeting between U.S. and North Korea ‘went very well’

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:13
The president confirmed he sent CIA Director Mike Pompeo to confer with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Face of Defense: Doctor Builds Partnerships Through Global Health Engagement

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:13
Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Elizabeth Erickson’s experiences in military health outreach around the world allows her to build strong partnerships.
Air Force doctor poses with Afghan women.

UKIP AM Michelle Brown exclusion appeal over racial slur fails

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:12
Michelle Brown denied the word she used to describe Labour MP Chuka Umunna was racist.

'Read my lips: No new bill to protect Robert Mueller' — Mitch McConnell, basically

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:03
McConnell's most forceful rejection yet of a bipartisan bill to protect the Russia investigation carries with it significant risk that he's flat-out wrong.

Mick Mulvaney: White House hopes to release spending cuts package in coming weeks

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:55

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday said the White House hopes to send Congress a package of new spending cut proposals in the coming weeks, even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears cool on trying to roll back parts of the recent $1.3 trillion spending bill.

Some ...

Brexit row 'reaching endgame' - Sturgeon

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:46
The first minister says the dispute over powers after Brexit needs to be resolved in "days rather than weeks".

Corker decries Trump’s ‘constant chaos,’ denounces his attacks on media and FBI

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:43
The Foreign Relations Committee chairman praises the administration’s recent sanctions on Russia, but says he wishes Trump adopted a more adversarial approach toward Putin

Tom Steyer endorses Kevin de Leon over Dianne Feinstein: Report

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:42

Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist, is endorsing California state Sen. Kevin de Leon's primary bid against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Mr. Steyer, who's flirted with his own political run at times, told the newspaper he has "nothing bad to say" about Mrs. Feinstein but ...

Brexit: Labour promises Lords scrap over EU Withdrawal Bill

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:40
Opposition peers say they will seek to defeat the government as flagship Brexit bill is examined in detail.

The Point: Nikki Haley's savage own of Larry Kudlow is one for the ages

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:35
Nikki Haley is not to be trifled with -- especially by the likes of a TV anchor-turned-newly-minted White House aide.

Senator Menendez to vote against Pompeo as secretary of state

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Wednesday he would oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, in a blow to the nomination.

Trump said ready to kill Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:32

President Trump stands ready to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal next month, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Wednesday.

The Tennessee Republican said there was a chance frantic last-minute negotiations with America's European allies could produce a "framework" to address Mr. Trump's longstanding complaints ...

From catchphrases to fashion: 'Scandal's' pop culture impact

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:27

NEW YORK (AP) - As "Scandal" wraps up its seventh and final season on ABC, the political drama starring Kerry Washington as professional problem solver in the nation's capital will leave behind a number of contributions to pop culture including catchphrases and a killer wardrobe.

The finale airs on Thursday ...

Trump undercutting ambassador plays right into Comey's tease about the worst Russia narrative

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:18
If there is one subject (just one!), on which, you'd think the President would be doing everything in his power to make sure the world knew he was tough, resolved and independent, it would be Russia.

Melania Trump will attend Barbara Bush's funeral

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:15
First lady Melania Trump will attend the funeral for Barbara Bush in Texas on Saturday.

Pompeo's visit suggests the Trump-Kim summit is on track. Here's why Kim is ready to talk.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:13
Kim’s political confidence and economic ambitions have created an opening.

North Korea meeting won't affect Pompeo vote in U.S. Senate: committee chair

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday he did not expect that CIA Director Mike Pompeo's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would affect votes in the Senate on his nomination to be secretary of state.

James Comey says he's not a Republican anymore

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:08

Former FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that he no longer considers himself a Republican.

"I just think they've lost their way, and I can't be associated with it," Mr. Comey said on ABC News podcast "Start Here."

Mr. Comey attributed the change in the party to the 2016 ...

Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. 2018-04-18T05:53:00-04:00 2018-04-18T09:53:10-04:00

Trump on Twitter (April 18) - Sanctuary areas, North Korea

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:05
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Trump on North Korea, from 'Rocket Man' to 'fire and fury'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:04
As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalated, President Trump’s tough rhetoric and warnings only increased.

US Election Calendar Could Factor into N. Korea Talks

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:00
The U.S. election calendar could be a key factor in determining the scope and timing of a potential deal to end the North Korean nuclear program. Planning is progressing for both the upcoming summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the end of April and the expected meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim in late May or early June. President Trump said Tuesday that there had been talks at “extremely high levels” between his administration and the North Korean government. Later it was reported that Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a secretary of state nominee, met recently with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. Trump also noted the talks have been marked by “a lot of goodwill” and that “there has been a major change in terms of North Korea’s behavior,” since Kim’s Olympic outreach this year, in which he sent a large delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter games in South Korea, suspended nuclear and missile tests, and expressed a willingness to engage in denuclearization talks. The turn toward diplomacy has reduced, for now, the potential for conflict over the North’s accelerated efforts last year to develop an operational nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the U.S. mainland. ​Re-election boost The North Korean leader’s decision to engage in denuclearization talks was likely motivated by both Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign, which increased sanctions and the threat of military action against the North, and by South Korean President Moon’s reassuring outreach efforts to improve inter-Korean relations. Trump’s motivation in pursuing a nuclear deal with North Korea, in addition to resolving a growing national security threat, could also have a political component. According to North Korea analysts at the Sejong Institute in South Korea, the Trump administration is likely calculating how achieving such an agreement could help boost the president’s chances for re-election in 2020. “If I were Trump, I would try to make a tangible accomplishment on the North Korea nuclear issue within the first term by 2020, and in my personal opinion, that would be a really huge achievement for Trump,” said Lee Sang-hyun, with the Sejong Institute. The North Koreans would also likely prefer to complete a nuclear agreement with Trump before 2020, for fear the president could lose his re-election bid and the next administration would call for a review of the negotiation process. ​October surprise The Trump administration has been critical of past nuclear agreements with North Korea that offered sanctions relief and other economic incentives for denuclearization promises that were later broken. This time around the U.S. is insisting on real progress on the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North’s nuclear program before any sanctions concessions are considered. John Bolton, the president’s national security adviser, has said North Korea should follow the Libya model, in which long-time Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi agree to give up all weapons of mass destruction in 2003, and soon after allowed in international inspectors to verify and oversee the dismantlement efforts. If Kim and Trump reach such a deal in early summer, it is possible that inspectors could conceivably be deployed to North Korea by October, just before the U.S. midterm legislative election, in which many Republican Party candidates affiliated with the president will face highly competitive races. “Just by showing the scene of an inspection team entering North Korea, President Trump would have plenty of things to show for the election that will be held in November this year,” said Woo Jung-yeop, with the Sejong Institute. Peace treaty For North Korea, the Libya model is a cautionary tale that ends, not with nuclear dismantlement, but with the civil war that erupted after, followed by a U.S. supported intervention and the violent overthrow of the Gadhafi government in 2011. Pyongyang has called for a step-by-step model, matching each denuclearization act to a specific concession, which would be implemented over a longer timeline to ensure the stability of the Kim government. South Korean officials said Wednesday that the upcoming inter-Korean summit would also focus on formally replacing the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 with a formal peace treaty that would normalize relations and increase security cooperation. “Our government is striving for such an end of war declaration and building a permanent peace regime,” said Unification Ministry spokesperson Baik Tae-hyun. South Korea and the U.S.-led U.N. force are technically still at war with North Korea, after fighting ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. Lee Yoon-jee in Seoul contributed to this report.

Bob Corker won't campaign against Democrat in Tennessee Senate race

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:56

Retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker had some unusually warm words for the Democrat running for his job in November, saying Wednesday he would not campaign against former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen this fall.

In one of the pivotal races for control of the Senate, Mr. Corker told a Christian Science ...

Mike Pompeo's role in North Korea talks could help confirmation battle in Senate

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:56

President Trump's surprise decision to send CIA Director Mike Pompeo to North Korea for top-secret talks with Kim Jong-un earlier this month could make it more difficult for Senate Democrats to oppose Mr. Pompeo's nomination as secretary of state, allies of the administration say.

"He has good experience there obviously ...

Republican senator opposes making temporary tax cuts permanent

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. Republican senator said on Wednesday he would strongly oppose any plan to make permanent the temporary individual tax cuts that are included in a tax overhaul recently passed by Congress.

DHS reveals dozens of MS-13, other gang members released by 'sanctuary' policies

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:50
Dozens of gang members, some of whom belonged to the notorious MS-13 gang, were shielded from deportation and released due to "sanctuary" policies last year, according to newly released stats from the Department of Homeland Security.

Comey says Republican Party 'has left me and many others'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:49
Former FBI Director James Comey said in an interview that aired Wednesday that the Republican Party no longer represents his values and that he "can't be associated with it."

Key Democratic senator to vote against Pompeo for secretary of state

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Wednesday he would oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state, in a blow to the nomination.

London mayor dubs Trudeau and Ardern 'leading feminists'

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:47
Sadiq Khan praises Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern for their influence on gender issues globally.

School shooting survivor calls for investment firm boycott

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:43

MIAMI (AP) - A survivor of a mass shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school in February is calling for a boycott of two of what he says are the biggest investors in gun manufacturers: BlackRock and The Vanguard Group.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior David Hogg ...

PMQs: Corbyn and May on cancer care for Albert Thompson

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:41
Theresa May says the Home Office has looked into the case and Albert Thompson will receive treatment for prostate cancer.

Sen. Menendez says will vote against Pompeo for U.S. secretary of state

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Wednesday he would oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state, in a blow to the nomination.

PMQs: Corbyn asks May about Windrush landing cards

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:30
Jeremy Corbyn asks Theresa May to clarify her role in the disposal of documents for people arriving in the Windrush generation.

PMQs: Corbyn and May clash over Windrush furore

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:29
A series of questions about Windrush immigration end with heated exchanges between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May.

Trump contradicts himself over Comey firing

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not fire James Comey "because of the phony Russia investigation," contradicting his 2017 statement that he ousted the FBI director last year over the probe.

Analysis: 'Apoplectic' Trump juggles legal drama and North Korea

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:24
One moment, Donald Trump is "apoplectic" about the gathering legal storm bearing down on his presidency that is threatening to lift the lid on his most guarded personal and business secrets. The next, he's presiding over covert diplomacy aimed at ending the most intractable foreign policy standoff of the last 70 years.

Trump's tweet on firing Comey is thoroughly debunked by Donald Trump

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:22
Trump's claim that the Comey firing wasn't related to Russia is undercut by his own words.

Trump denies Russia investigation was behind Comey firing

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:10
The president’s comments on Twitter followed the latest TV appearance by the former FBI director to promote his tell-all book.

Trump hits 'slippery' Comey amid book tour blitz, calls him 'worst FBI director in history'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:09
President Trump blasted “slippery” James Comey as “the worst FBI Director in history” early Wednesday, claiming he was not fired over the “phony” Russia investigation and again insisting there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 race.

Gold Star Children Take on Business World Thanks to TAPS

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:08
With the help of a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors initiative, 12 Gold Star children traveled to New York City, where they met Wall Street executives on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the opening bell, toured CBS News headquarters with producers and news anchor Jeff Glor and visited National Football League headquarters with commissioner Roger Goodell.
A New York Stock Exchange executive explains operations to two Gold Star children at the opening bell in New York City, April 12, 2018. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provided the opportunity for young adults who lost a parent who was serving on active duty in the military to meet with professionals in careers they hope to pursue. Courtesy photo

The Health 202: Health industry giants get tax windfall. But it's unclear how it will be used.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:02
Lowering drug prices doesn't seem to be a top priority.

The Energy 202: NAACP joins environmental groups in calling for Scott Pruitt's ouster

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:02
A coalition of labor and civil rights organizations want the EPA chief to go.

New poll shows growing support for stricter gun control among younger Americans

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:02
There was been a 15 percentage point jump since 2013 in the number of 18- to 29-year-olds who favor tougher measures.

The Point: The remarkable irresponsibility of Trump's Stormy Daniels tweet

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:58
On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump sent a tweet raising questions about the sketch of a man who allegedly harassed a porn star to keep her from talking about a sexual encounter with the current President of the United States aka Donald Trump.

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