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Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti an 'adrenaline junkie' who learned at the knee of Rahm Emanual

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:58
Even for a high-profile attorney, Michael Avenatti has been in the news a lot lately thanks to his client, Stormy Daniels--the porn star who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump.

Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti an 'adrenaline junkie' with a keen intellect and liberal stripe

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:58
Even for a high-profile attorney, Michael Avenatti has been in the news a lot lately thanks to his client, Stormy Daniels--the porn star who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump.

Trump rewrites history on rationale for firing Comey

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:54
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is saying he did not fire James Comey as FBI director because of the Russia investigation, even though he revealed last year the probe into potential collusion during the 2016 campaign was on his mind at the time. 2018-04-18T04:44:00-04:00 2018-04-18T08:44:54-04:00

Trump slams California governor over US troops at border

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:54
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing California's governor of "trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border." 2018-04-18T04:47:00-04:00 2018-04-18T08:47:51-04:00

The Daily 202: New coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:50
Pollsters will prepare monthly reports on the best lines of attack against the GOP.

Trump, Japan's Abe work on strengthening ties — but also change them after awkward coincidence

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:50
Japan's prime minister made a quick wardrobe change after he arrived at Mar-a-Lago wearing the same tie as the U.S. president

Beaverton school official resigns after immigration retweet

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:46

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Beaverton School District deputy superintendent who retweeted a claim that immigrants in the country without legal permission "were more dangerous than assault rifles" and should be banned from the U.S. has resigned.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Steve Phillips' resignation came on Tuesday, a day after the ...

US farmers concerned Trump's trade war with China will hurt them

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:43
Douglas Coleman is a soybean farmer who tends 5,000 acres in 10 different counties in Virginia.

Trump calls sketch released by Daniels 'a total con job'

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years ago. 2018-04-18T04:29:00-04:00 2018-04-18T08:29:21-04:00

Trump, contradicting his own words, denies firing Comey over Russia probe

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:38
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey was not fired because of the Russia investigation -- a statement directly at odds with the President's own comments on Comey's dismissal.

Prime Minister's Questions: The key bits and the verdict

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:37
Theresa May clashed with Jeremy Corbyn over the Windrush scandal - here are the key bits.

Cohen provides list of names for judge to consider in document review

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:34
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has suggested four former prosecutors to serve as an independent agent to vet documents seized in the FBI raid of his home, office and hotel room.

Analysis: The runaway president: Trump is the lawyer-in-chief

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:34
The byzantine world of President Donald Trump's legal soap opera is now a daily spectacle that even the National Enquirer might try to catch and kill — if only it could.

The Finance 202: 'Happy hour in America.' Tax cuts could leave economy weaker after short-term boost

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:30
Morgan Stanley sees signs that a reckoning may be coming.

Trump says did not fire Comey over Russia probe despite 2017 comments

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:20
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not fire James Comey from the FBI "because of the phony Russia investigation," contradicting his 2017 comments that he fired the agency's then-director over the probe.

Trump to meet Germany's Merkel at White House

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:02
The two leaders will 'work together to address a broad range of geopolitical and economic challenges'

'I’m like a breakup he can't get over': James Comey joins Stephen Colbert and mocks Trump

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:02
The former FBI director was pretty even-keeled on “The Late Show,” until Colbert brought up the president's tweeting habit.

Trump administration's lawsuit against California sanctuary laws backed by these cities, counties

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:00
These are the cities and counties that have supported the Trump administration's efforts to combat California's so-called sanctuary laws.

Trump Accuses Porn Star Stormy Daniels of Pulling 'Total Con Job'

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:59
U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the credibility of adult film star Stormy Daniels Wednesday, saying a composite sketch of the man who allegedly threatened her to keep quiet about her alleged sexual affair with the president is a fabrication. "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man," Trump said in a post on Twitter. "A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!" Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, had initially offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the man but said he has increased the amount to $131,000. Daniels appeared on ABC television's The View Tuesday morning and displayed an artist's sketch of the man whom she said approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot and threatened her. Daniels called the man “a thug.” "Leave Mr. Trump alone," Daniels said the man told her, and then pointed to her daughter and said, "That's a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom." Daniels claims she and Trump had a sexual encounter at a Lake Tahoe resort in 2006. Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about the alleged affair, fearing the news would ruin Trump's chances of winning the 2016 election. Some legal experts said the payment could be construed as an illegal campaign contribution. Trump denied knowing about the payment and has also denied there was an affair. Some of the documents seized in an FBI raid on Cohen's home and New York office reportedly relate to the payment to Daniels. When asked on The View why she insists on pursuing a legal challenge to the president, she said she was "tired of being bullied." "I'm tired of being threatened, intimidating me, and trying to say that you'll ruin my life and take all my money and my house. I'm done."  

Trump calls sketch released by Daniels 'a total con job'

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years ago. 2018-04-18T03:52:00-04:00 2018-04-18T07:52:17-04:00

Trump to host Merkel with Iran nuclear deal a pressing issue

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:59
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of two European leaders heading to Washington as he mulls the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran. 2018-04-18T03:50:00-04:00 2018-04-18T07:50:02-04:00

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, to visit the White House next week

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:53

President Trump will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on April 27, their first meeting since her re-election last month to a fourth term.

The White House said the two leaders "will reaffirm the German-American partnership — a bedrock of the transatlantic relationship and the NATO alliance ...

Senators push for information on cellphone surveillance around Washington: Report

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:51

Four senators pushed for additional information from the Department of Homeland Security regarding cellphone surveillance around Washington, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, along with Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Gardner have asked that information about possible surveillance on cellphones in the area be made ...

Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:45
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. 2018-04-18T03:30:00-04:00 2018-04-18T07:30:59-04:00

The Latest: Trump confirms Pompeo talks in North Korea

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and North Korea (all times local): 2018-04-18T03:05:00-04:00 2018-04-18T07:05:41-04:00

Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:30

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.

Mike Pompeo's highly unusual talks took place "last week," Trump tweeted, and "went smoothly," with ...

Trump calls California's sanctuary laws a 'ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:21
The president took fresh aim at the way the nation's most populous state treats undocumented immigrants.

A new era opens in Cuba as Raul Castro prepares for a successor

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:14
For the first time in the lives of most Cubans, a man not named Castro is set to take over the leadership of the Communist-run island nation.

I did the first long-term study investigating illegal ivory traders. Here's what I learned.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:11
This is what Facebook -- like most people -- doesn't understand.

New inspector general report points to recurring government problems

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:11
Why do the same issues come up over and over and over?

Trump says Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un last week

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:11
CIA Director Mike Pompeo visited North Korea and met with leader Kim Jong Un last week, President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning.

Four U.S. senators seek details on unusual cellular surveillance in D.C. area

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) to disclose additional information about unusual cellular surveillance activity that has been detected around the nation's capital.

Trump mocks Stormy Daniels’ sketch of ‘nonexistent’ harasser: ‘Total con job’

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:07
President Trump blasted adult film star Stormy Daniels' newly released sketch purporting to depict the man she claims threatened her to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump, calling the big reveal a “total con job” and the supposed harasser “nonexistent.”

Trump calls sketch released by Daniels 'a total con job'

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:05
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years ago. 2018-04-18T02:55:00-04:00 2018-04-18T06:55:44-04:00

Donald Trump confirms Mike Pompeo met with North Korea

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:02

President Trump confirmed Wednesday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

"Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be ...

'Con job': Trump takes aim at Stormy Daniels for releasing sketch of man she says threatened her

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:00
The president had not previously tweeted explicitly about the adult film actress who alleges a brief, decade-old affair.

Ahead of summit, CIA chief secretly meets with NKorea's Kim

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, a highly unusual, secret visit undertaken as the enemy nations prepared for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim within the next few months. 2018-04-18T02:41:00-04:00 2018-04-18T06:41:26-04:00

Donald Trump says there's a 'revolution' going on in California

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:49

President Trump said Wednesday that California is going through a "revolution" regarding its sanctuary city policy.

"There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at ...

Trump calls Stormy Daniels composite sketch 'a total con job'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:48
President Donald Trump dismissed on Wednesday the newly-released composite sketch of a man who adult film star Stormy Daniels says threatened her over her alleged affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

Donald Trump calls Stormy Daniels' sketch a 'con job'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:36

President Trump said Wednesday that porn actress Stormy Daniels' sketch of a man she said threatened her was a "con job."

"A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!" Mr. Trump tweeted along with ...

Democrats aren't expecting an Arizona miracle, but their eyes are on November

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:25
Democrats don't think they are going to win next week's special election in the reliably Republican suburbs west of Phoenix.

Carl Sargeant: Minister defends withholding leak inquiry report

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:20
A minister defends withholding a report on a reshuffle conducted before Carl Sargeant's death.

Democratic House candidates hold fundraising edge after 1st quarter

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:18
Democratic candidates outraised Republican candidates in 50 of the 88 US House campaigns identified by CNN as key races in 2018, according to an analysis of first quarter Federal Election Commission filings.

McCarthy's relationship to Trump looms over speaker race

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:16
The speakership is Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's to lose.

The Point: These politicians are using the 'witch hunt' defense

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:10
Three or more is a trend, so it's worth noting the various people using what we can appropriately call here the "witch hunt" defense to explain away a troubling investigation or allegation.

Paul Ryan moves to shore up his staying power a week after announcing his retirement

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:07
Ryan told House GOP lawmakers Tuesday that he had the support of the constituency that might matter most: big-dollar Republican donors.

Pompeo sets an irreversible course to meet Kim that Trump may not want

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:47
The last time a US official of CIA director Mike Pompeo's stature visited North Korea was in 2014, when then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went to secure the release of two Americans held prisoner. There, Clapper met with low-level officials.

Brexit: 'Windrush warning' over right-to-remain process

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:12
EU nationals must not face a "bureaucratic nightmare" to stay in the UK, Guy Verhofstadt warns.

Russians are actually getting less xenophobic

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:07
But xenophobia is on the rise in Moscow.

Why Austria's response to the Skripal poisoning wasn't so tough on Russia

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:07
Austria may want to play diplomat in an escalating cold war.

Sean Hannity, Michael Cohen and the ethics of disclosure

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:00
I've been watching hours and hours of nonstop coverage about Sean Hannity.

UK inflation falls to 2.5%

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:33
UK inflation fell to 2.5% in March, down from 2.7% in February, official figures show

Ahead of summit, CIA chief secretly meets with NKorea's Kim

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, a highly unusual, secret visit undertaken as the enemy nations prepared for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim within the next few months. 2018-04-18T00:26:00-04:00 2018-04-18T04:26:36-04:00

Barbara Bush viewing, funeral plans set

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:31
A funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, is planned for Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Bolton dealing to build an Arab military force in Syria

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:27
President Donald Trump's newly minted national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo are among those spearheading a push to build a coalition of Arab military forces that could replace US troops in Syria and serve as a stabilizing force in the region once ISIS is defeated, according to sources familiar with internal discussions.

Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:25
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real. 2018-04-17T23:08:00-04:00 2018-04-18T03:08:52-04:00

Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:11
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real. 2018-04-17T23:04:00-04:00 2018-04-18T03:04:51-04:00

Dissecting House Speaker Ryan's remarks on deficits and spending

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:05
When challenged on deficits, Paul Ryan responded with inside-the-Beltway code. We explain what's going on.

Lawmaker, lobbyist to appear in federal court

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:54

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama legislator and a lobbyist who once chaired the Alabama Republican Party are scheduled to appear in federal court on conspiracy charges.

State Republican Rep. Jack D. Williams of Vestavia Hills and lobbyist Marty Connors are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in federal court ...

Outrage as California prof calls Barbara Bush 'amazing racist' and says she's happy 'witch is dead'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:45
A university professor in California has sparked a social media uproar after calling former first lady Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal,” and saying she’s “happy the witch is dead.”

De La Rue abandons passport appeal

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:43
The firm gives up its efforts to challenge government decision over new UK passport manufacture.

Trump Says U.S.-North Korea Having Direct High Level Talks

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:42
U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States has begun direct high level talks with North Korea. The statement comes weeks before a proposed summit between Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visiting Trump for bilateral talks, expressed a desire for Japan's interests to also be on the table during the talks. VOA's Jesusemen Oni has more.

Tributes pour in for 'force of a woman' Barbara Bush

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:03
From her family to those in the political world, many had words of praise and respect for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died at the age of 92.

Windrush: Labour calls for answers on destroyed landing cards

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:00
Documents issued to Windrush migrants were destroyed by the Home Office in 2010, it has emerged.

Trump re-election campaign reportedly rebuked Indiana Senate candidate sign

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:56
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign demanded that Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., take down yard signs for his Senate bid, saying that they give the false impression of endorsement from the president, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing from two people.

Former FBI chief says Trump's leadership style 'strikingly similar' to mob boss

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:25
(Reuters) - Former FBI director James Comey on Tuesday told late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert that the way U.S. President Donald Trump leads is "strikingly similar" to a mob boss.

Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:19
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real. 2018-04-17T21:17:00-04:00 2018-04-18T01:17:29-04:00

2nd California County Backs Trump Challenge to ‘Sanctuary’ Law

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:07
San Diego County leaders voted Tuesday to join the Trump administration’s court challenge to a California law limiting cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, amid a conservative backlash to the so-called sanctuary movement. The Republican-controlled Board of Supervisors voted to direct the county attorney to file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the administration’s lawsuit at the first available opportunity, which is likely to be on appeal, board Chair Kristin Gaspar said. The 3-1 vote during a closed-door session, with one of the five supervisors absent, followed an hourlong packed public hearing on the matter. Outside, pro-sanctuary protesters peacefully picketed the meeting, carrying signs with slogans such as “Sanctuary Cities Make Us Safer,” and “We Are All Immigrants.” Orange County The action by leaders of California’s second-largest county followed a similar move last month by the all-Republican board of supervisors for neighboring Orange County, the state’s third-most-populous county. The city council of the tiny Orange County municipality of Los Alamitos went even further on Monday night, approving an ordinance to “exempt” the town of about 12,000 people from the state’s sanctuary law.  The city of San Diego ranks as California’s second-biggest by population, and with the adjacent Mexican city of Tijuana, comprises the largest cross-border metropolitan area shared between the United States and Mexico.  California moved to the forefront of political opposition to Republican President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration with enactment last year of the first statewide law aimed at restricting local law enforcement participation in federal deportation activity.  The measure bars state and local authorities from keeping undocumented immigrants who are incarcerated locked up any longer than otherwise necessary for the purpose of allowing U.S. immigration agents to take them into custody. It also prohibits police from routinely inquiring about the immigration status of people detained in an investigation or in traffic stops. But the law, known as SB-54, allows local police to notify the federal government if they have arrested an undocumented immigrant with a felony record and permits immigration agents access to local jails. Trump administration The Trump administration has harshly criticized California’s law and similar sanctuary ordinances adopted by local governments across the country, saying they threaten public safety by protecting criminals who should to be deported.  Sanctuary supporters counter that enlisting police cooperation in deportation actions undermines community trust in local law enforcement, particularly among Latinos, and that Trump’s crackdown has targeted some immigrants over minor infractions.  The U.S. Justice Department sued California over SB-54 in February, claiming federal law pre-empts the statute, in a move Democratic Governor Jerry Brown denounced as a declaration of war on his state.  Since then, however, local politicians in a number of California’s more conservative cities and counties have pushed back against the sanctuary movement, approving resolutions in support of the Trump administration lawsuit.

Ethicist foresees choosing your baby from dozens of embryos

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

NEW YORK (AP) - So you want to have a baby.

Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability?

Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores and a ...

Nikki Haley fires back after Kudlow claims she was 'confused' about new Russia sanctions

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:00
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley fired back Tuesday after White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow claimed she was “confused” when she declared over the weekend that President Donald Trump would announce new sanctions on Russia.

Ahead of summit, CIA chief secretly meets with NKorea's Kim

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, a highly unusual, secret visit undertaken as the enemy nations prepared for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim within the next few months. 2018-04-17T20:37:00-04:00 2018-04-18T00:37:50-04:00

Trump and Abe talk trade as well as relations with NKorea

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:52
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Seeking to reassure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of their close alliance ahead of planned talks with North Korea, the Trump administration has signaled it is open to considering exempting Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs that Abe opposes. 2018-04-17T20:33:00-04:00 2018-04-18T00:33:21-04:00

White House quarrel over Russia sanctions erupts in public

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:38
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An internal White House quarrel over the timing of new Russia sanctions played out in public when the new economic adviser suggested U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was suffering from "momentary confusion" and Haley retorted: "With all due respect, I don't get confused." 2018-04-17T20:34:00-04:00 2018-04-18T00:34:03-04:00

Ahead of summit, CIA chief secretly meets with NKorea's Kim

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, a highly unusual, secret visit undertaken as the enemy nations prepare for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim. 2018-04-17T20:35:00-04:00 2018-04-18T00:35:27-04:00

Senate panel divided over Pompeo for secretary of state

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:38
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. 2018-04-17T20:27:00-04:00 2018-04-18T00:27:05-04:00

Federal court to hear argument in Aaron Schock appeal

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:28

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear oral arguments in the corruption case of U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock as his lawyers seek to have all his charges dismissed.

Wednesday's hearing at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes amid signs parts of the case against ...

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:23
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. 2018-04-17T20:12:00-04:00 2018-04-18T00:12:04-04:00

No new trial for former lawmaker convicted in fraud case

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't grant a new trial to a former Ohio lawmaker convicted of defrauding investors.

Prosecutors say Pete Beck, a former Republican state representative and mayor of Mason in southwest Ohio, used his position in the community to convince people to ...

Trump says he doesn't like TPP deal for US, citing restrictions

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:00
President Trump tweeted late Tuesday against the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after recently asking trade officials to explore the deal he pulled out of during his first days in office.

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:57
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. 2018-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 2018-04-17T23:51:46-04:00

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:43
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. 2018-04-17T19:30:00-04:00 2018-04-17T23:30:28-04:00

Pompeo nomination hits turbulence ahead of Senate vote

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:43
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. 2018-04-17T16:11:00-04:00 2018-04-17T20:11:31-04:00

The Latest: Funeral arrangements set for Barbara Bush

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:28
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 2018-04-17T19:09:00-04:00 2018-04-17T23:09:31-04:00

Ex-FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Leaking Secrets to Reporter

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:17
A former FBI agent accused of leaking government secrets to a reporter pleaded guilty Tuesday to two criminal counts related to retaining and disclosing defense information, the Justice Department said. Terry Albury, 39, a former special agent in the FBI’s Minneapolis field office, could face up to 10 years in prison for each of the two counts against him, the Justice Department said in a statement. “As this prosecution demonstrates, we will not waiver in our commitment to pursue and hold accountable government officials who violate their obligations to protect our nation’s secrets,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement. Albury’s attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment. 'FBI secret rules' At the time Albury was charged in March, his attorneys said his actions were “driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.” A source familiar with the case has told Reuters that the online news organization The Intercept was the recipient of the information Albury was charged with leaking. The Intercept could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. In January 2017, The Intercept published a series titled “The FBI’s Secret Rules” based on Albury’s leaked documents, which showed the depth and broad powers of the FBI expansion since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and its recruitment efforts, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The Intercept reported the initial charges against Albury and published a statement from its editor-in-chief, Betsy Reed, saying the news outlet did not discuss anonymous sources. But she said the use of the Espionage Act “to prosecute whistleblowers seeking to shed light on matters of vital public concern is an outrage” and defended the right of journalists to report such stories. Second leak to The Intercept It was the second time someone suspected of leaking information to The Intercept had been prosecuted. Last year, a U.S. intelligence contractor pleaded not guilty to an espionage count after being accused of leaking a classified report on Russian interference in the U.S. elections to the news outlet. The Justice Department did not identify the news organization that received the information Albury leaked. It said he worked at the time as a liaison with Customs and Border Protection at the Minneapolis airport and had a top-secret clearance that gave him access to some secret material. The Justice Department said that between 2016 and continuing through August 2017, Albury disclosed national defense information classified as secret to a reporter.

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:15
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. 2018-04-17T19:01:00-04:00 2018-04-17T23:01:51-04:00

High court worries about abandoning online sales tax rule

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded concerned Tuesday about doing away with a rule that has meant shoppers don't always get charged sales tax when they hit "checkout" online. 2018-04-17T18:32:00-04:00 2018-04-17T22:32:24-04:00

As GOP balks, McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee. 2018-04-17T16:04:00-04:00 2018-04-17T20:04:20-04:00

Trump says US and NKorea talking at 'extremely high levels'

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:15
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 2018-04-17T18:29:00-04:00 2018-04-17T22:29:46-04:00

Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:11
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump voiced his support on Tuesday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, in a case that has compounded strains in U.S.-Turkish relations.

Trump orders flags to half-staff for Barbara Bush

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:06
President Donald Trump late Tuesday ordered flags lowered to half-staff through Saturday night in memory of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died earlier Tuesday at the age of 92.

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:02
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. 2018-04-17T18:46:00-04:00 2018-04-17T22:46:31-04:00

US officials say Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, two officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. 2018-04-17T18:49:00-04:00 2018-04-17T22:49:49-04:00

The Latest: Spokeswoman: Bush by wife's side when she died

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:47
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 2018-04-17T18:37:00-04:00 2018-04-17T22:37:00-04:00

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush Dies

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:40
Barbara Bush, the gregarious matriarch of a political dynasty that propelled two of its members to the White House, died Tuesday after a series of recent hospitalizations, the office of George H.W. Bush said in a statement. She was 92.

NYT: Trump and Mattis disagreed over congressional approval for Syria strike

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:26
President Donald Trump quashed Defense Secretary James Mattis' suggestion to obtain congressional authorization ahead of last week's strikes in Syria, military and administration officials told The New York Times.

US officials say Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, two U.S. officials said Tuesday. 2018-04-17T18:04:00-04:00 2018-04-17T22:04:34-04:00

The Latest: Carter hails Bush's warmth, generosity and wit

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:18
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 2018-04-17T18:03:00-04:00 2018-04-17T22:03:29-04:00

CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:15
CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend in an effort to lay the groundwork for a summit between Kim and President Trump, Fox News has confirmed.

Sean Hannity hired Jay Sekulow and Victoria Toensing, lawyers with Trump ties

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

Regardless of whether Michael Cohen was ever formally his attorney, Sean Hannity has hired at least two other lawyers with close ties to the White House and has frequently had them appear on his Fox News Channel show.

According to a report Tuesday in the Atlantic, Mr. Hannity ...

Comey's Tell-all Book Piques Readers' Interest, Stoked by Trump's Fury

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:00
Diane Kacprowski showed up at 57th Street Books in Chicago early on Tuesday on a mission to be one of the first to snap up a copy of James Comey's scalding memoir about his time at the helm of the FBI and his abrupt firing by President Donald Trump. "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" went on sale at midnight, and customers scrambled to bookstores around the country to buy the tell-all book that sparked a Twitter war between Trump and the man he fired. "I'm buying it for the same reason I bought 'Fire and Fury,'" Kacprowski, a 62-year-old airline employee and realtor said, referring to Michael Wolff's scathing book about the Trump White House. "To stick it to Trump." She was fortunate to have arrived early. The bookstore sold out all its stock within 20 minutes of opening for business. At other bookstores, owners said sales were slower and the publisher, Macmillan, would not release initial sales figures. Conservative commentators, such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson, have attacked Comey as partisan and indecisive in his handling of the email scandal that dogged Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Others, like former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, have denounced Comey for leaking memos about his discussions with Trump. Macmillan, Comey's publisher, ordered 850,000 copies to meet expected demand compared with Wolff's first print run of 150,000. At some stores, however, early sales of Comey's book were slower than Wolff's blockbuster. "I was very concerned that we wouldn't have enough," said Judy Hirsch, a saleswoman at a small, independent bookstore in New York's Greenwich Village. It ordered 25 books but had sold only four copies by late afternoon. In the nation's capital, shopper Phillip Carlisle rushed to buy the book at Washington's Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe when it was released just after the stroke of midnight. "I was excited to read a book by somebody who I think is a fundamentally honest person," said Carlisle, who described himself as a "pretty far-left person." Comey's firing by Trump last year led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign. In the memoir, Comey described an intelligence briefing in which Trump and his team were told about evidence of Russia's interference in the election. In response, the president-elect had only one question, Comey writes: "But you found there was no impact on the result, right?" The release capped a weeklong media blitz to publicize the book. In an ABC News interview on Sunday, Comey said Trump was a dangerous and "morally unfit" leader doing "tremendous damage" to U.S. institutional and cultural norms. For his part, Trump repeatedly hurled insulting tweets at Comey in the run-up to the release, challenging accusations made in the book and the author's integrity. "Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!" Trump wrote early on Sunday in one of five Twitter posts aimed directly at Comey. At The Strand in New York, Denise Thomas grabbed a copy of the book, which features a staid black cover with silver lettering, saying she hoped it would make sense of the barrage of news from Washington. "I'm hoping to be able to sift through just one person's telling," said Thomas, 52, an administrative assistant from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, vacationing in New York. "Every day there's not only one scandal, there's multiple scandals that are just flying at us," she said.

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