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CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un, reports say

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:00
CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with dictator Kim Jong Un, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press Tuesday night.

Big names in showbiz, sports, business pay tribute to Barbara Bush

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:54
Former first lady Barbara Bush passed away Tuesday night at the age of 92, a spokesman for the Bush family confirmed.

Trump's CIA chief in secret meeting with North Korean leader: U.S. officials

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:53
WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State nominee and CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over the Easter weekend and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

McConnell shoots down White House plan to pare back spending bill that Trump signed

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:52
Aides have said the White House is looking to cut back $30 billion to $60 billion in spending from the “omnibus” bill.

US officials says Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. officials say CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un. 2018-04-17T17:43:00-04:00 2018-04-17T21:43:06-04:00

Senators leave classified briefing on Trump's Syria policy 'very unnerved'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:51
Lawmakers emerged from a classified administration briefing expressing concern about administration policy on Syria and the legal justification for last week's military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

As Congressional Republicans Push for 2nd Tax Vote, Democrats Say 'Let's See'

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:50
Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress are moving forward with a plan to vote before the 2018 midterm elections on a bill to make permanent the temporary individual tax cuts in their recent tax overhaul. It is not yet clear, however, if the plan would pick up support from Democrats, whose votes would be needed to pass legislation in the Senate. The Republican tax law, approved in December without Democratic support, permanently cut the top corporate rate to 21 percent from 35 percent and created a permanent deduction for pass-through businesses. It created lower rates and new credits for individuals, but those expire at the end of 2025. Democrats have said the tax code rewrite favors businesses and the wealthy, and that working-class taxpayers will see little benefit in their paychecks. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said last week that the tax bill, as written, is projected to add $1.9 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. "We fully intend to make these things permanent, and that's something we'll be acting on later this year," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Tuesday, referring to the individual rates. Making the individual cuts permanent after 2025 would cost an additional $1.5 trillion over the next decade, according to a Tax Foundation analysis of data from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, asked if he would hold a vote, said that if Democrats are interested, "that's something we ought to take a look at." But many Democrats have already said Republicans could have prioritized low- and moderate-income taxpayers over the wealthy and businesses when writing permanent sections of the original law. In order to comply with the Senate rules that allowed Republicans to pass the tax overhaul with a simple majority - and no Democratic support - the measure was not supposed to add more than $1.5 trillion to the U.S. debt over the next decade. "Look, we'd have to see what their bill is," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. In order to make the individual rate cuts permanent, other parts of the bill should be renegotiated, some Democrats have said. "Let's see what they do, but if they're going to create more debt, and they're not going to pay for it ... I think we can show the American people that is a shell game," Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, told reporters.

House rejects voting rights for felons on probation, parole

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:37

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House spurned an effort to restore voting rights to some convicted felons on probation or parole.

Louisiana's 1974 constitution allows suspension of voting rights for people who are "under an order of imprisonment" for a felony.

A law passed two years ...

The Latest: LBJ family calls Barbara Bush 'true patriot'

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:37
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 2018-04-17T17:33:00-04:00 2018-04-17T21:33:04-04:00

EPA defends Pruitt amid report he used 4 government email accounts

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:30
The Environmental Protection Agency defended its embattled boss, Scott Pruitt, after the Republican chairman of a Senate committee noted that Pruitt apparently used four government email accounts.

Syria Airstrikes Reopen War Powers Discussion

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:15
The airstrikes ordered by President Donald Trump against Syria last week have prompted the U.S. Congress to revisit an often-delayed debate that centers on the most serious of its powers: the decision to authorize U.S. military force abroad. A bipartisan group, led by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, and Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is now proposing new legislation that would reopen that discussion. "For as long as I have helped lead the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, beginning as ranking member in 2013, we have been engaged in a discussion over the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force," Corker said in a statement late Monday, adding that he hoped the new legislation "will ultimately strike an appropriate balance of ensuring the administration has the flexibility necessary to win this fight, while strengthening the rightful and necessary role of Congress." U.S. presidents are required by law to notify Congress of military action and must secure authorization to commit troops beyond 60 days. Sixteen years have passed and at least 37 different military operations have occurred since lawmakers last debated the United States' legal authority to conduct military action overseas. Passed in the months after the September 11 attacks, the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) originally justified the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, but has since grown to include action in 14 countries and to combat threats such as the Islamic State group that didn't exist at the time.  "Our proposal finally repeals those authorizations and makes Congress do its job by weighing in on where, when and with whom we are at war," Kaine said Monday. ​Some reluctance But some lawmakers are hesitant to replace the current AUMF, citing the 60-word document as sufficient justification. "The current AMUF does have the existing authority, and the question going forward on any new AUMF is does it give our military the tools they need, or does it tie their hands behind their back?" House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday morning, when asked whether he would bring a House version of the Corker-Kaine bill up for a vote. The Senate proposal also drew criticism from Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, who tried to open a debate on the AUMF in the House last year. "Rather than reining in the Trump administration's blank check for war, the Corker-Kaine AUMF would continue all current military operations, allow any president to unilaterally expand our wars and effectively consent to endless war," Lee said Tuesday. Some Democratic members of Congress expressed concern about the strikes in the context of the need for a broader U.S. strategy in Syria, while Kaine said, "President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress' approval is illegal." But as John Bellinger, a legal adviser for the State Department and National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration, told VOA, "The AUMF enacted after 9/11 is not so much focused on Syria and humanitarian intervention but in the authorization to use force against terrorist groups — al-Qaida, the Taliban and now, ISIS."  Bellinger — now a senior fellow in international law at the Council on Foreign Relations, a foreign policy research group in New York — said, "Of course, that would not have provided the authority for use of force in Syria or any other country for a humanitarian purpose."  Hearing next week The latest debate over the AUMF reflects a desire on Capitol Hill to weigh in on the United States' continuing military involvement overseas.The Corker-Kaine proposal will be considered in the Foreign Relations Committee on April 23. But passage could still be difficult, unless U.S. involvement in Syria deepens and continues for several weeks or months, Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow in defense studies at the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy research group in Washington, told VOA. "People have been talking about this for several years, but nothing has really happened, because even when President [Barack] Obama got involved in Syria to combat ISIS, he said that was still part of the 2001 AUMF," Korb said.  Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told VOA that while the Syria strikes had forced Congress to confront the issue again, the scale and scope of the decision was considerable. "To be frank," she said, "I think many people were happy to duck the issue for a long time because these are very hard decisions to make — whether to authorize the use of military force. There's no harder decision that a member of Congress can make — to commit troops to a foreign conflict."  VOA Senate correspondent Michael Bowman contributed to this report. 

Trump Appears to Confirm He’s Spoken With Kim Jong Un

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:15
The White House on Tuesday quickly walked back what was initially taken as confirmation from President Donald Trump that he had been in direct contact with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During a walk with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their spouses on the grounds of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, the president was asked by a reporter if he had talked with Kim. Trump turned toward the group of journalists, smiled and replied, "Yes." A few minutes later, at the start of dinner with the Japanese couple, the president was asked the same question. "Let's leave it a little bit short of that. But we've had talks at the highest level," Trump replied. "And it's going very well. We'll see what happens." Not with Kim 'directly' Within minutes, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also knocked down any confirmation of direct communication between Kim and the president or his top officials. "In regards to talks with Leader Kim Jong Un: The President said the administration has had talks at the highest levels and added that they were not with him directly," Huckabee Sanders said in a comment emailed to reporters. In another sign of an advance in relations between the two countries, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend and met with Kim, according to multiple media reports Tuesday evening. "The administration does not comment on the CIA Director's travel," Huckabee Sanders said in a separate statement emailed to reporters after the Post story went online. Praise from Abe Earlier in the day at Mar-a-Lago, Abe praised Trump for agreeing to hold a summit with Kim, saying the move took "courage." Trump said the meeting "will be taking place probably in early June or a little before that, assuming things go well. It's possible things won't go well, and we won't have the meetings, and we'll just continue to go along this very strong path that we've taken." Shortly afterward, in an extended bilateral meeting, Trump revealed that in preparation for the summit, "we have also started talking directly to North Korea. We have had direct talks at extremely high levels." But that response did not mention Kim by name. The president said of the North Koreans that "they do respect us, we are respectful of them." Trump also said Seoul had his blessing to try to negotiate with Pyongyang on ending the Korean War. "They do have my blessing to end the war," Trump told reporters as he sat next to Abe at the start of their meeting Tuesday. "People don't realize the Korean War has not ended. It's going on right now. And they are discussing an end to the war." Fighting ended with armistice Active combat in the war ended in 1953 with an armistice signed by the United States (which commanded U.N. forces), North Korea and China. South Korea was not a signatory, and the two Koreas have never established diplomatic relations. Abe expressed relief that Trump had pledged to address with Kim issues of concern to Tokyo, including abductions of Japanese citizens over the decades. He praised the U.S. president for maintaining a tough stance toward Pyongyang's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs. "Donald, you demonstrated your unwavering determination in addressing the challenge of North Korea," the Japanese prime minister told Trump. According to Larry Kudlow, assistant to the U.S. president for economic policy, "a lot of key issues are on the line" during the two days of talks between Trump and Abe. The discussions Tuesday at Mar-a-Lago focused on North Korea, and they will turn to trade issues Wednesday, according to White House officials. "We're certainly going to be taking into account the full range of threats North Korea poses to regional security," said Matt Pottinger, senior director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council. Japanese officials also want to avoid having Trump try to link any trade negotiations to security matters, a separation strictly maintained during decades of post-World War II diplomacy between the former enemies. But Trump has frequently stated that military allies, such as Japan and South Korea, should pay more for American forces defending them. "I don't think Prime Minister Abe will leave Mar-a-Lago with anything other than a high degree of confidence in the alliance," Pottinger said. ​Tokyo tariffs There is disappointment in Japan that despite the close relationship between Trump and Abe, the U.S. government has not exempted Tokyo from tariffs placed on steel and aluminum imports. "It will be under discussion," Kudlow told reporters. "It's a key point on the agenda." On a related topic, "the United States would probably like to see a free-trade agreement [with Japan] come out at some point," Kudlow told reporters before Trump and Abe met. The economic adviser also said that "there's nothing at all concrete" yet on the United States returning to what was the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. "It will come up in the summit, no question about it," added Kudlow, in reference to the TPP, from which Trump withdrew shortly after becoming president.  Kudlow, a conservative economic commentator who recently joined the Trump administration, also denied any linkage between TPP and China trade issues. But he said a global "trade coalition of the willing needs to be formed as a bulwark against Beijing." China, added Kudlow, "really needs to play by the rules, or there will be consequences." One unscheduled item appears to have been added to the Trump-Abe agenda: "We're going to sneak out tomorrow and play a round of golf if possible," the president told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Missouri Gov. Greitens says he won't resign after new claims of wrongdoing

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:15
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' legal woes mounted Tuesday after the state's attorney general suggested that Greitens had illegally used a charity donor list for political purposes.

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:09
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. 2018-04-17T16:59:00-04:00 2018-04-17T20:59:57-04:00

Stormy Daniels Offers Reward for ID of 'Thug' Who Threatened Her

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:00
Adult film star Stormy Daniels is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the identify of the man who she said threatened her to keep quiet about her alleged sexual affair with President Donald Trump. Daniels appeared on ABC television's “The View” Tuesday morning and displayed an artist’s sketch of the man who 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 said 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 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's intelligence chief had secret meeting with North Korean leader: U.S. official

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:54
WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State nominee and CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over the Easter weekend and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Barbara Bush remembered for 'devotion to country and family'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:51
People set politics aside Tuesday evening following news that former first lady Barbara Bush had died, wishing the family well and offering condolences.

San Diego County backs Trump challenge to California 'sanctuary' law

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:50
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - San Diego County leaders voted on 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.

Rep. Meadows: Documents show 'concerning level of coordination' between FBI, DOJ in Clinton email probe

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:45
The head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus has asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to take a closer look at emails and texts between demoted FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that have previously been given to Congress.

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:41
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. 2018-04-17T16:35:00-04:00 2018-04-17T20:35:17-04:00

Missouri House moves to strengthen open records law

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:38

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would beef up the state's open records law.

The proposal, passed Tuesday, would essentially give the attorney general's office subpoena power when investigating open records violations. Attorney General Josh Hawley has said his inability ...

CIA Director Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un over Easter, report says

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:30
CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend to meet with dictator Kim Jong Un, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

McConnell Halts Bill to Protect Special Counsel

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:29
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. McConnell said the bill is unnecessary because President Donald Trump will not fire Mueller. “We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said on Fox News. His comments came amid widespread opposition to the bill among members of his caucus, with several GOP senators saying the bill is unconstitutional. Others said it’s simply not good politics to try and tell Trump what to do, likening the legislation to “poking the bear.” ​Bipartisan bill The bipartisan legislation was introduced last week as Trump publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. Trump, fuming about a raid of his personal lawyer’s office by a different division of the FBI, said last week that the Mueller investigation is “an attack on our country” and is “corrupt.” Trump has also privately pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller’s investigation. Within a day of Trump’s criticism, Republicans Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina combined two bills they introduced last summer to protect special counsels. They introduced the new bill along with Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, announced that his committee would vote on the bill. The legislation would give any special counsel a 10-day window to seek expedited judicial review of a firing, and would put into law existing Justice Department regulations that require a firing to be for “good cause.” Republicans cool Democrats immediately jumped on the legislation, but many Republicans have been cool to it. At least three of the 11 GOP members of the Judiciary panel have said they will vote against it and another five have said they have questions about its constitutionality. Grassley is one of those with concerns, but said he felt obligated to hold a vote. Republicans off the committee had questions too, and some acknowledged that it could be politically difficult. South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds said Tuesday that Trump that should make the decision on his own and be responsible for the consequences. “I think having Congress tell him what we believe he should do in this case is simply poking the bear, and I’d just prefer not to do that,” Rounds said. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Lankford said the bill is a “political distraction.” “You create this whole constitutional political stir over something that is not going to happen,” he said.  Others said there was little point. “It’s about as popular as cholera with the leader in the Senate and it’s about as popular as malaria in the House,” said Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary panel. “I think most people think we’re picking an unnecessary fight with the president.” Constitutional questions Coons bristled at the criticism that the legislation is unconstitutional, noting that several courts have upheld similar special counsel statutes. “If I were convinced this were unconstitutional, I would not be moving it,” said Coons, a lawyer. At a September hearing on the two separate bills, before they were combined, scholars were divided on whether the bills were constitutional, with some voicing concerns that allowing the judicial branch that authority over an executive decision may not pass muster in the courts. “I think it’s probably unconstitutional and I don’t think there’s any realistic chance that the president will fire Mr. Mueller,” Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate and the former Texas attorney general, said Tuesday. McConnell agreed, adding that Trump would never support the legislation. “Just as a practical matter, even if we pass it, why would he sign it?” McConnell said in the Fox interview. 'Nice to have some protections' Republicans who have talked to the White House almost uniformly have held the line that Trump will not fire Mueller or Rosenstein, including Tillis and Graham, who say they are pushing the legislation because it would be good policy under any president. “I don’t think he’s going to fire Mueller, but I think institutionally it would be nice to have some protections,” Graham said Tuesday. Tillis acknowledged last week that he had taken some “heat” from conservatives for the bill, but told the Judiciary panel, “this is really an opportunity to take an ethical stand, and not do it when the situation benefits you.” Democrats said Republicans opposed to the legislation were simply protecting Trump. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the argument over constitutionality is a “red herring used by some of my colleagues as a pretext for opposing the bill, when they really have other reasons.” He gave no specifics. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said the special counsel bill is “so much more” than another policy debate. “I think this will be one that history will judge us all,” Warner said.

Trump sours on talking with Mueller after FBI raid of lawyer’s office

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:28
The FBI’s seizure of records from Michael Cohen reportedly rattled the president and renewed his effort to expand his depleted legal team.

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:27
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. 2018-04-17T16:15:00-04:00 2018-04-17T20:15:34-04:00

WaPo: Pompeo secretly visited Kim Jong Un

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:20
CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend for a meeting with leader Kim Jong Un, The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening.

Trump Formally Nominates Gina Haspel to Be Next CIA Director

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:20
President Donald Trump formally notified Congress on Tuesday that deputy CIA director Gina Haspel is his pick to lead the agency. Trump tweeted last month that he had selected Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo, who is being considered to be secretary of state. But the president had not sent the formal paperwork to Capitol Hill.  Logistical issues, including an FBI background check that took longer than expected, was to blame, according to a U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss the issue and spoke only on condition of  anonymity.  Still, the delay prompted critics to speculate that the delay signaled the White House was having second thoughts about the nomination. Some lawmakers and human rights groups oppose Haspel’s nomination because of her role in the CIA’s detention and harsh interrogation of terror suspects after 9/11. The Senate intelligence committee is expected to have a confirmation hearing for Haspel in coming weeks, followed by a vote in the full Senate.

Barbara Bush: Things to know

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:16

HOUSTON — Here is a look at several things to know about the life of former first lady Barbara Bush:

LITERACY EFFORTS

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with a goal to improve the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents ...

'You have given me joy': A look at the 73-year marriage of Barbara and George H.W. Bush

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:15
Barbara Bush may be remembered as one of the most influential Americans ever.

Nikki Haley's extraordinary public rebuke of the White House

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:07
After the White House repeatedly laid the blame for a bungled Russia announcement at her feet, Haley hit back.

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:00
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. She was 92. 2018-04-17T15:52:00-04:00 2018-04-17T19:52:40-04:00

Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place.’

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:57
The president and the talk-show host speak regularly about Hannity’s shows, the news of the day — and even what Trump should tweet.

Larry Kudlow apologizes to Nikki Haley over 'confused' comment

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:55

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow apologized to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley Tuesday for telling reporters she was confused about possible new sanctions on Russia.

Mr. Kudlow called Ms. Haley to say he was "totally wrong" and he didn't have complete information.

"The policy was changed ...

Senate's top Republican rules out bill to protect Mueller: Fox News

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday ruled out introducing a bill to protect Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, from being fired by President Donald Trump, Fox News reported.

Haley says ‘I don’t get confused’ after White House official suggests she misunderstood Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:48
Economic adviser Larry Kudlow had said the U.N. ambassador may have had ‘momentary confusion.’

Barbara Bush, former first lady, dies at 92

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:45
Former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, family spokesman Jim McGrath announced Tuesday.

US says it plans to transfer accused American ISIS fighter from custody

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:41
The US intends to relinquish custody of an American citizen accused of fighting for ISIS within days, potentially averting a looming showdown over his detention that is calling into question the legal underpinning of the US war against ISIS.

Family: Former US First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at Age 92

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:40
Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son sworn in as U.S. president, died on Tuesday, the Bush family said. She was 92. This is a breaking news story. More details will follow.

Barbara Bush, former first lady, dead at 92

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:38
With her cloud of snow-white hair, signature three strand pearls and compelling presence, Barbara Bush's image was what she laughingly called "everybody's grandmother."

Mounting opposition to Pompeo makes positive Senate committee vote unlikely

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:36
Democrats who backed him for CIA director have publicly refused to support his move to State, but the nomination could still get a floor vote.

10 things to remember about Donald Trump's taxes

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:35
Happy Tax Day! You have until midnight tonight to file with the IRS -- or, like President Donald Trump -- to ask for an extension.

Haley fires back at Kudlow over Russia: 'I don't get confused'

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:35
UNITED NATIONS/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley fired back at White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday over his remarks that she may have been confused over Washington's plans to impose more sanctions on Russia.

Windrush: 'Implications for Brexit'

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:32
Foreign minister of St Kitts and Nevis says the UK government's handling of the Windrush generation might have implications for Brexit.

Woman accused of driving to CIA headquarters with loaded gun

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:31

WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement says a woman who drove to the entrance of the CIA headquarters in Virginia had a loaded gun, a passport and $100,000 in cash.

The Washington Post reports Beth Huth had her first court appearance on a charge of possessing a weapon on an agency ...

On ‘The View,’ Stormy Daniels reveals sketch of a man she said threatened her

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:28
The adult-film star used the show to defend her credibility in describing an alleged affair with Donald Trump.

Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs courts a skeptical Senate

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:22
President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs is meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and has told several key Democratic senators that he is committed not to privatize veterans' health care.

Inside the Beltway: The faithful B-52 breaks Vietnam-era record

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:18

Just a reminder that the America's heavy lifting and hard work continues — far from the endless squawking and media hubbub in the nation's capital. The incredible B-52 just keeps on keeping on, and has shattered old performance records, according to a new Air Force report. Keep in mind that ...

Lawmakers push to curtail US backing for Saudi campaign in Yemen

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:10
Administration officials pushed back against lawmakers who are seeking to end US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition unless its takes "urgent steps" to reduce the enormous toll of human suffering there.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen comes out against Pompeo nomination

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:09
New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday became the latest member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state.

US struck Syria without certainty on sarin

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:08
Even though US intelligence agencies did not have absolute certainty Syria's regime had used the nerve agent sarin against civilians, the Trump administration still felt there was enough evidence to justify retaliatory strikes last Friday, several intelligence and defense officials tell CNN.

Fed's bank regulator defends Volcker, lending rule easing

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's top banking regulator on Tuesday defended plans to ease lending rules and trading restrictions introduced following the 2007-2009 global financial crisis during his first appearance before Congress.

Stormy Daniels to donate to Planned Parenthood in Trump, Michael Cohen's names if she wins case

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:47

If Stormy Daniels wins her lawsuit against Michael Cohen for defamation, Planned Parenthood will be a major winner too.

According to an interview given to Penthouse magazine and cited by the Daily Beast, the adult-film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford will, if she wins the case, ...

Farenthold resigned before House panel could rule against him, Democrat's office says

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:46
Former Rep. Blake Farenthold resigned from his seat in Congress before the House Ethics Committee could rule against him in its investigation surrounding allegations of sexual harassment, according to the office of a Democratic lawmaker on the panel.

State DOL details cooperation with immigration officials

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:44

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Department of Licensing has released details about how often it provided information to immigration authorities in the months before it changed its procedures for doing so.

The Seattle Times reports that the agency responded to federal requests concerning about 900 people in the months before ...

Trump Economic Adviser Says Haley 'Got Ahead of Curve' on Sanctions

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:41
President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser said Tuesday that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley “got ahead of the curve” when she said new sanctions against Russia were imminent. National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told reporters Tuesday during a briefing in Florida that there “might have been some momentary confusion” about the issue. Haley said during an appearance on “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin would be announcing new sanctions directed at companies associated with Syria’s chemical weapons program. She said Mnuchin would be announcing them Monday, “if he hasn’t already.” But Monday came and went without an announcement. Kudlow says additional sanctions are under consideration but have not been implemented yet. The White House has been struggling to explain Haley’s comments, amid reports that Trump put the brakes on the new sanctions. Several administration officials are disputing that characterization, saying Haley was out of the loop.  A senior administration official said under the plan conceived last week the sanctions would have been announced Friday night, at the same time U.S., French, and British forces launched a missile strike on Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons facilities. But the sanctions were not ready in time for Trump’s 9 p.m. Friday statement.  The official said the sanctions were reevaluated over the weekend as the administration watched the Russian government’s response to the strikes, and they were put on hold once Russia’s response was deemed less robust than anticipated. The official was not authorized to discuss private administration deliberations publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Drama queen James Comey throws an embarrassing tantrum

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:39

Former FBI Director James B. Comey is an arrogant, pretentious, narcissistic, petty, egotistical, holier-than-thou crybaby who's indulging in a pity party and cashing in on his 15 minutes of fame by bashing the guy who rightly fired him.

He's also really, really weird.

That's the takeaway from Mr. Comey's five-hour ...

WH response to Russia sanctions confusion: Blame Nikki Haley

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:31
A consensus emerged Tuesday at the White House and Mar-a-Lago about how to clean up the administration's suddenly muddled plans to crack down on Russia: Blame Nikki Haley.

The battle over beach access in Florida heats up

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:30
A bill signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott on March 23 is still sending shock waves through coastal communities and causing confusion for beach residents and tourists, but legal experts say its effect on beach access when it goes into effect July 1 is not as serious as some fear.

Key steps that Scott Pruitt has taken at EPA

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:28
Scott Pruitt's tenure as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency has been marked by stories scrutinizing his first-class travel on the taxpayer dime, his lease agreement in Washington and his use of a full-time security detail.

Supreme Court divided on whether states should tax all online sales

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:26
Some justices seemed reluctant to throw out a precedent that states say is obsolete.

Comey's tell-all book piques readers' interest, stoked by Trump's fury

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:26
CHICAGO (Reuters) - 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.

'Roseanne' rides Trump, Fox News enthusiasm to huge ratings

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:24

NEW YORK — As the rebooted "Roseanne" continues to dominate the television landscape, research indicates that enthusiasm expressed for the show's initial success by President Donald Trump and Fox News Channel had an impact on its audience.

Both Trump and Fox commentators said the show's initial stunning success was a ...

Bipartisan Coalition Pushes DACA Bill in House

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:22
Pressure grew in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to debate legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a challenge to President Donald Trump, who has declared as "dead" an existing program allowing them to legally study and work in the United States. A coalition of Republican and Democratic lawmakers was expected to announce Wednesday that it had more than 218 House members on board with moving ahead with bipartisan legislation. That is the minimum number needed in the 435-member House to pass bills. A House Democratic aide with knowledge of the maneuverings said an announcement of the supporters was aimed at pressuring House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, to move to either bring such legislation to the House floor or to intensify high-level negotiations on crafting a new compromise bill. Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an emailed statement, "We continue to work to find the support for a solution that addresses both border security and DACA." Temporary legal status DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama, giving temporary legal status to immigrants brought illegally into the United States by their parents or other relatives when they were children. In September, Trump announced he was ending the program, effective March 5. But a court has ordered the program to continue for existing beneficiaries until legal challenges to its termination are resolved. Strong added that Republicans already had made "good-faith offers" to protect the young immigrants. Democrats rejected those offers, which included significant reductions in legal immigration that the Trump administration wanted. Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said that a bipartisan bill unveiled in January now had "over 218 votes. ... I think it's going to have significantly over" that number. If Ryan were to refuse to bring such legislation to the floor, the bill's supporters could employ a rarely used procedure to force action, if they had at least 218 backers. Under one strategy being weighed, the House could debate the bipartisan bill, along with two or three other alternatives. A similar debate played out in the Senate last February, with all the measures failing to win enough votes to advance.

Trump requests extension to file 2017 tax returns

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:21
PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — The White House says President Trump has filed an extension for his 2017 tax returns, like "many Americans with complex returns." 2018-04-17T13:17:00-04:00 2018-04-17T17:17:15-04:00

Fed's bank regulator defends Volcker, liquidity rule easing

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's top banking regulator on Tuesday defended plans to ease lending rules and trading restrictions introduced following the 2007-2009 global financial crisis during his first appearance before Congress.

McConnell: I won't put legislation to protect Mueller on Senate floor

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:18
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News on Tuesday he doesn't believe President Donald Trump will fire Robert Mueller, adding he doesn't want legislation on the issue.

White House denies confusion in approach to Russia sanctions

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:18
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday the United States had imposed a set of sanctions on Russia and was considering other measures for the future, adding that there was no confusion in the White House approach toward Moscow.

Trump says U.S. in 'extremely high' level talks with North Korea on summit

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:16
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at "extremely high levels" with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Don Blankenship's West Virginia Senate campaign fought by national Republicans

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:11

With less than three weeks until West Virginia's primary election, national Republican leaders seem to finally recognize that ex-con Don Blankenship has a very real chance to win the Senate contest and represent the party this fall against incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin III — and they are unleashing a last-ditch ...

San Diego County joins Trump challenge to California 'sanctuary' law

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:10
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - San Diego County leaders voted on 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.

Stormy Daniels' big reveal: sketch of man who threatened her

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stormy Daniels injected fresh mystery into the sensational story of the president, the fixer and the porn star on Tuesday, releasing an artist's sketch of the man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about her sexual tryst with Donald Trump. 2018-04-17T13:54:00-04:00 2018-04-17T17:54:03-04:00

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

AP POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:09
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. 2018-04-17T13:53:00-04:00 2018-04-17T17:53:45-04:00

Dick's Sporting Goods destroying all guns pulled from shelves after Parkland shooting

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:07

PITTSBURGH — Dick's Sporting Goods is destroying all the guns and accessories that it stopped selling earlier this year after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The retailer said Tuesday that it is in the process of destroying all the firearms it pulled from its shelves, rather than trying to ...

As Republicans push for second tax vote in Congress, Democrats say 'Let's see'

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:01
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress are moving forward with a plan to vote before the 2018 midterm elections on a bill to make permanent the temporary individual tax cuts in their recent tax overhaul.

Trump to rally in Michigan during White House Correspondents' Dinner

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:57
President Donald Trump will be in Washington during this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner -- Washington, Michigan, that is.

Senate leader appears to kill special counsel protection bill’s chances

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:56
In an appearance on Fox News, Mitch McConnell said he would not put to a vote a measure to give an ousted special counsel a chance to appeal being fired.

The Latest: Trump asks Congress to fix immigration law

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:53

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on a Supreme Court ruling on immigration law (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to act after the Supreme Court struck down part of a federal immigration law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted ...

The Latest: Kucinich paid $20k by pro-Syria government group

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on Dennis Kucinich's financial disclosure reporting (all times local):

5 p.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIH'-nich) has reported 2017 speaking income from a group with sympathies toward the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate reported Tuesday earning $20,000 for ...

Robert Mueller protection bill won't be taken up by Senate, Mitch McConnell says

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:39

The Senate will not take up a bill that would make it tougher for a president to fire a special counsel.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will not permit a bill being pushed in the Senate Judiciary Committee onto the chamber floor.

"I'm the one who ...

Senator wants info on EPA chief's multiple email accounts

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of a Senate oversight committee is pressing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to provide details about his use of multiple government email addresses. 2018-04-17T13:24:00-04:00 2018-04-17T17:24:40-04:00

Missouri governor may have committed felony related to fund-raising: state AG

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:38
(Reuters) - Missouri's attorney general said on Tuesday his office has uncovered evidence of criminal electronic theft by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, a fellow Republican already charged with invasion of privacy stemming from an unrelated sex scandal.

Trump files extension for 2017 tax return

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:38
President Trump has filed for an extension to submit his “complex” 2017 tax returns, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Trump's CIA pick faces growing Hill scrutiny over destruction of interrogation tapes

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:31
President Donald Trump's choice to run the CIA has privately faced a barrage of questions from senators over her role in the Bush-era destruction of CIA interrogation tapes, but she still hasn't alleviated a number of concerns about the matter ahead of her confirmation hearings.

Legislation to protect Mueller 'not necessary,' McConnell says

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:30
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Fox News Tuesday that legislation designed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being dismissed by President Trump was "not necessary" and would not be brought to the Senate floor.

Former Minnesota FBI agent cites racism in explaining leak

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:29

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A black former Minnesota FBI counterterrorism agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking classified documents to a reporter, saying in a statement that he knew it was illegal but felt he had to act against a culture in the bureau that often treats minority communities with ...

San Diego County Board of Supervisors backs Trump administration in California sanctuary lawsuit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:27

A majority of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to back a Trump administration lawsuit against a California law that limits police cooperation with federal immigration agents.

The vote Tuesday was 3-1 in favor, with one member absent, to file a brief in support — but not ...

Trump knows how polling works, but he pretends he doesn't

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:27
His assessment of the best polls in 2016 has some flaws.

Trump to attend Michigan campaign rally instead of White House Correspondents' Dinner

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:19

President Trump won't attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner at month's end, which is exactly what he did during his first year in office. Where's Mr. Trump going instead? He'll be among his favorite people — thousands of them, in fact.

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. revealed Tuesday that ...

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

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:15
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 dictator Kim Jong Un. 2018-04-17T13:02:00-04:00 2018-04-17T17:02:14-04:00

Mattis Reaffirms U.S.-Albania Defense Relationship

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:07
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka to the Pentagon, to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the United States and Albania.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis sits at a table with other people.

Mattis Reaffirms U.S. Albanian Defense Relationship

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:07
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka to the Pentagon, to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the United States and Albania.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis sits at a table with other people.

Mike Crute running for Wisconsin governor

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:03

MADISON, Wis. — Liberal talk radio host Mike Crute says he is running for governor as a Democrat.

Crute announced the bid Tuesday on his Devil's Advocates radio show.

Crute joins a crowded field of more than a dozen announced candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Gov. ...

Trump's nicknames for rivals, from 'Rocket Man' to 'Pocahontas'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:03
President Trump is known for giving his political opponents nicknames, especially on social media.

McConnell won't allow vote to bill to protect Mueller

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't be holding a vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump, essentially killing the bipartisan bill. 2018-04-17T12:51:00-04:00 2018-04-17T16:51:53-04:00

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

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:59
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 dictator Kim Jong Un. 2018-04-17T12:42:00-04:00 2018-04-17T16:42:41-04:00

Senator McConnell warns against paring back spending law

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:57
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell warned on Tuesday against trying to rescind some spending from a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill passed into law in March, an idea that has been promoted by House of Representatives Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.

Fox News gives Sean Hannity 'full support' in wake of Michael Cohen revelation

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:53

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel said Tuesday that it was as surprised as anyone to learn that Sean Hannity shared a lawyer with President Donald Trump but that its popular prime-time host "continues to have our full support."

Hannity is a hot topic for journalism ethics experts and comedians ...

Trump says U.S. having direct talks with North Korea about summit

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:52
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump disclosed on Tuesday that the United States is having direct talks at "extremely high levels" with Pyongyang to try to set up a summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Dems demand hearings on Libby pardon, fear Trump sending signals in Russia probe

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:52

Congressional Democrats fired off a letter Tuesday demanding the House hold hearings on President Trump's decision last week to pardon former Bush White House figure I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, saying Mr. Trump is abusing his powers.

All of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee called on Chairman Bob Goodlatte, ...

Bureau Chief Details National Guard’s Contributions in Senate Hearing

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:52
The chief of the National Guard Bureau said on Capitol Hill that in support of the National Defense Strategy, the National Guard’s focus remains on the war fight, defending and securing the homeland, and building enduring partnerships.
South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers work to remove dirt and debris from the driveways for residents of Talante, Puerto Rico.

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