Longtime Ohio GOP official resigns over Trump's news conference with Putin

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 00:18
A longtime Ohio GOP official abruptly resigned Monday over President Donald Trump's comments during a news conference in Helsinki at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying "something snapped" during the conference.

Cuomo widens lead over Nixon in poll as he's under fire for fundraising tactics

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 00:01
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has raced out to a 36-point lead over his progressive primary challenger, Cynthia Nixon, according to a new poll -- welcome news to his campaign after a day spent fending off criticism over its fundraising tactics.

Bill Nelson-Rick Scott Florida Senate race: Public safety endorsements key in purple state

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:54

Sen. Bill Nelson heads into his re-election bid this year with the backing of the Florida chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Gov. Rick Scott, his Republican opponent, counters with the backing of 55 of his state's 67 sheriffs and the endorsement of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, ...

Judge denies Manafort's request to suppress evidence

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:41
A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by the FBI from his home as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

Trump says he holds Putin personally responsible for election meddling

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:39
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he holds Russian President Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Senate, after Helsinki, eyes swift sanctions in case of more election meddling

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:31
Sanctions targeting key Russian economic sectors would kick in swiftly if U.S. authorities determined the Kremlin had meddled again in a U.S. election, under a bill gaining momentum in the Senate on Wednesday.

Military parade requested by Trump initially estimated to cost $12M, official says

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:30
The military parade President Trump requested to be held later this year in Washington, D.C., is initially estimated to cost $12 million, a U.S. official told Fox News on Wednesday.

State Department: Russian claims against Americans 'absurd'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:29

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department threw cold water Wednesday on an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans, including former government officials, accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes.

Even as the White ...

WH entertaining Russian proposal to interrogate Americans in exchange for Mueller investigation assistance

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:28
The White House said on Wednesday it is entertaining a proposal raised by Russian President Vladimir Putin to interrogate Americans in exchange for assistance in the ongoing US investigation into election interference.

Trump wades into Georgia GOP gubernatorial primary

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:28
President Donald Trump has taken a side in the Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary headed into a runoff next Tuesday, opting to back Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Trump now says he holds Putin responsible for election interference

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:23
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he holds his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Moscow's attempts to interfere in the 2016 US election.

Cornyn on Senate immigration bill: 'I think it's dead'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:23
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Wednesday he thinks a bipartisan Senate immigration bill "is dead."

The Latest: DOJ says 6 states, NYC cheat citizens by suing

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:18

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on lawsuits filed in Manhattan federal court by six states and New York City to challenge Justice Department rules requiring immigration enforcement cooperation in return for federal anti-crime funds. (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

A Justice Department spokesman says six states and New York ...

U.S. judge orders accused Russian agent jailed pending trial

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:14
A judge on Wednesday ordered an accused Russian agent jailed until her trial after U.S. prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and could flee the United States.

Judge: No additional prison time for terror-related charges

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:09

DENVER (AP) - A Philadelphia man convicted of providing support to a terrorist group will not serve additional time in prison, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, crediting the Uzbek native for more than six years in custody since his arrest.

A jury in May found Bakhtiyor Jumaev guilty of providing ...

Democrats push Trump administration to provide more details on government reorganization plan

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:08
Senate Democrats accused an Office of Management and Budget official of withholding data from Congress that justifies a sweeping Trump administration proposal to overhaul the federal government, including merging some departments and shifting some programs for different agencies.

New York governor opens door to criminal case against Trump Foundation

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:04
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday opened the door to a possible criminal case against the Donald J. Trump Foundation with a statement from his counsel that Cuomo was prepared to provide a criminal referral if asked.

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, George Papadopoulos' wife, meets with House Intelligence Democrats

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:03

WASHINGTON — The wife of former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was on Capitol Hill Wednesday speaking to Democrats on the House intelligence committee.

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos was doing the interview with Democrats who are frustrated that the GOP-led House intelligence committee would not call more witnesses before it ...

White House not ruling out Putin proposal to let Russia question ex-US ambassador, prominent financier

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:00
The White House said Wednesday that President Trump would consider whether Russian prosecutors would be allowed to interview a onetime U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, and others in connection with a case against Bill Browder, a hedge fund manager and prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Barbara Bollier, Republican Kansas senator, loses committee leadership post for backing Democrats

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:51

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Senate's top Republican has stripped a fellow GOP senator of a committee leadership post for publicly expressing support for two Democratic candidates.

Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills on Wednesday lost her position as vice chairman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee after ...

Trump's Helsinki performance puts translator in the spotlight

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:45
The continuing furor over President Donald Trump's Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin is focusing a spotlight on a figure meant to be invisible in high-stakes diplomacy: the translator.

Massachusetts House votes to repeal abortion ban

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:45

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House has voted to repeal a series of antiquated state laws, including a 19th-century ban on abortion.

Supporters describe the move as a hedge against possible future rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the court has raised ...

Oregon's sanctuary state policies could be repealed in November

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:34
Oregon could start allowing its law enforcement officers to cooperate with federal immigration officials if voters choose to repeal its sanctuary status in November.

A GOP congressman once lamented not being able to call women 'sluts' anymore

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:32
A Republican congressman from Minnesota has a long history of making deeply misogynic comments on the radio, including lamenting that women can no longer be called "sluts."

Maria Palacios, Democrat Georgia House candidate, disqualification over citizenship rules upheld

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:31

ATLANTA — A judge has upheld the disqualification of a Georgia House candidate over citizenship requirements.

Maria Palacios filed a lawsuit in May seeking to overturn Secretary of State Brian Kemp's decision before the primary in May to remove her from the ballot.

Palacios was the only Democrat running in ...

Families mulling next step in lawsuit over border separation

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:31

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A federal judge in Connecticut has agreed to a delay in a court case involving two immigrant children who were reunited with their parents this week, to give the families more time to decide how to proceed in a lawsuit against federal officials.

The mother of ...

Six states, New York City sue federal government over sanctuary city policy

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:27

NEW YORK — Six states and New York City sued the federal government Wednesday, joining other cities and states who say the government is trying to unlawfully force "sanctuary" communities to engage in federal immigration enforcement if they want anti-crime funds.

Lawsuits were filed in Manhattan federal court on behalf ...

California Supreme Court blocks proposal to split state in 3 from November ballot

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:23
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a proposal that would split the state into three from the November ballot.

Watchdog exposes $14.7B of pork-barrel spending, including 'brown tree snake eradication' project

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:18
The federal government is spending millions to save Pacific Coast salmon. And it’s doling out more than $600,000 to kill brown tree snakes in Guam.

California Supreme Court blocks measure to divide state in three from ballot

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:15

The California Supreme Court blocked Wednesday an initiative to split the state into three amid questions about whether the measure violates the state constitution.

The Cal 3 proposal qualified for the ballot in June, but opponents have argued that dividing the state into three separate states cannot be accomplished with ...

US Lawmakers Still Seething Over Trump-Putin Summit

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:15
U.S. President Donald Trump's defense of the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin did nothing to quell furor on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers on Wednesday demanded answers from the administration and pressed punitive legislation aimed at Moscow. "Americans and the members of this committee deserve to know what the president and foreign autocrats are agreeing to behind closed doors," said the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez of New Jersey. Menendez expressed consternation over Russian statements signaling a willingness to launch security cooperation agreements Trump and Putin allegedly agreed to during their encounter. "Pro-Kremlin media at this moment are putting out more information … than anything that I know as the senior-most Democrat on this committee, than any member of the committee knows, and that the American people know," the senator said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to testify before the committee next week. The panel's chairman, Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, said Democrats are not alone in demanding answers. "I take a back seat to no one on challenging what happened at NATO, what happened in Helsinki," Corker said in response to Menendez. "I look forward to working with you in putting whatever pressure we need to put on the administration to make sure we find out [details of Trump's trip]." One day after insisting he misspoke during Monday's press conference with Putin in which he did not defend U.S. intelligence conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, Trump blasted critics of his performance in Helsinki and proclaimed the summit a success. Of his closed-door meeting with the Russian leader, Trump wrote on Twitter that he and Putin "discussed many important subjects" and added: "Big results will come!" Democrats' suspicions of Trump have risen to new heights, prompting an unprecedented demand that the U.S. interpreter who attended the Trump-Putin meeting testify as to what was said. The Senate's Democratic minority leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, noted that Trump excluded all members of his national security team from the private chat with Putin. "President Trump wanted no one else in the room. So, to have the translator come testify and tell what happened there is an imperative," Schumer said. "It is rare for translators to come before Congress, but in this case, it's warranted." Republican leaders did not echo the call, but some Republican lawmakers reaffirmed their backing for bipartisan legislation to further sanction Russia if it meddles in U.S. midterm elections in November, and to protect the special counsel in the Justice Department's Russia probe, Robert Mueller, a frequent target of Trump's ire. "The only thing that Vladimir Putin understands is deterrence," Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio said, advocating the DETER Act that he and Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen introduced in the chamber. "Sanctions will go into effect immediately if the Director of National Intelligence … determines that Russia is once again interfering in our elections. So that before he [Putin] even does it [orders meddling], he has a very clear understanding of what the price is going to be." Separately, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake told reporters he is working with Democrats to craft a Senate resolution affirming support for America's intelligence community and demanding the administration fully brief lawmakers on Trump's discussions with Putin in Helsinki. Flake has said he was "floored" by the Trump-Putin news conference, calling it "shameful." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, on Tuesday did not rule out Russia-related votes, saying, "There's a possibility that we may well take up legislation related to this."

Debt to the Penny for 07/17/2018

US TREASURY DEBT DAY-TO-DAY - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:15
Debt Held by the Public: 15,512,500,347,731.11
Intragovernmental Holdings: 5,742,914,138,752.30
Total Public Debt Outstanding: 21,255,414,486,483.41

Rep. Matt Gaetz voices regret over Alex Jones interview

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:14

Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican, expressed regret Wednesday over appearing on the program hosted by Infowars publisher and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

"I would not go back on Alex Jones's show," Mr. Gaetz told The Hill.

"Upon further reflection, I think the things that Alex Jones has said and ...

Judge upholds candidate disqualification over citizenship

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:10

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge on Wednesday upheld the disqualification of a Georgia House candidate over citizenship requirements.

Maria Palacios had filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Secretary of State Brian Kemp's decision before the primary election in May to remove her from the ballot.

Palacios was the only Democrat ...

Homeland Security advisory council members resign over 'morally repugnant' immigration policy

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:07
Four members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which advises the Department of Homeland Security, have resigned, saying in a letter that they can no longer be associated with the Trump administration's immigration policies and calling the separation of migrant families "morally repugnant."

Trump makes endorsement in runoff for Georgia governor

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:04

ATLANTA (AP) - President Donald Trump has endorsed Secretary of State Brian Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for Georgia governor, just days before the contentious Republican runoff is decided.

Trump tweeted his support for Kemp on Wednesday, saying he was tough on crime and "strong on the border and ...

Civic pride in 'the swamp': How DC feels about itself

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:02
Sports have a way of bringing a city together and fostering civic pride like few things can. So what does that mean for Washington, home of the Stanley Cup champion Capitals and 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, but also a city whose reputation is defined today by a growing number of political crises and controversies, a city derided by the President as "the swamp"?

Trump's military parade expected to cost nearly as much as 'tremendously expensive' canceled war games

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:00
President Donald Trump's military parade in DC is likely to cost nearly as much as the now canceled military exercise with South Korea that Trump called "tremendously expensive" and said cost "a fortune," three US defense officials tell CNN.

Trade policy complications will only be 'short term,' White House says

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:55

The White House said Wednesday that any U.S. market disruption from President Trump's get-tough trade policy would be short-lived.

"This is short term. The president hopes to open up a number of different markets and to create a more [level] trading field across the globe," said White House press secretary ...

White House struggles to contain fallout from Trump-Putin summit

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:53
The White House struggled on Wednesday to contain the furor over President Donald Trump's heavily criticized summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, denying Trump ever meant to say that Moscow was no longer targeting the United States.

Judge orders alleged Russian agent jailed pending trial

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:48
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered accused Russian agent Maria Butina jailed until her trial after U.S. prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and poses a serious flight risk.

U.S. says Russian assertions against U.S. citizens it wants to question 'absurd'

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:45
The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that assertions the Russian government has made about 11 U.S. citizens, including former U.S. officials, that it wants to question are "absurd."

House expresses support for ICE, denounces calls to abolish agency

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:44

The GOP-controlled House passed a resolution Wednesday putting the chamber on record in support for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has become a whipping post for the left-wing of the Democratic Party.

The non-binding resolution, authored by Rep. Clay Higgins, celebrated the work of an agency that still ...

Schumer: Kavanaugh should recuse from cases dealing with Mueller probe

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:40

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh should recuse himself from any case dealing with the special counsel's probe involving President Trump if he's confirmed to the high court.

The New York Democrat made his remarks after CNN reported about an interview Judge ...

U.S. judge orders accused Russian agent Butina jailed

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:34
A U.S. judge ordered accused Russian agent Maria Butina jailed on Wednesday pending trial after federal prosecutors warned that she has ties to Russian intelligence and was a flight risk.

Maria Butina, alleged spy, in contact with Russian intelligence, offered sex for job; Prosecutors

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:32

A Russian woman accused of working as a covert foreign agent was in regular contact with operatives from Moscow and offered sex in exchange for a job, prosecutors said Wednesday in newly filed court papers.

Those claims are part of the Justice Department's argument that the woman, Maria Butina, should ...

Republicans poised to choose Charlotte for 2020 convention

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:30
Charlotte, North Carolina, is poised to host its second major-party convention in a decade after Republican officials voted Wednesday to recommend the city for the party's 2020 national convention.

GOP bill applauding ICE approved in House, as Dems lament 'stunt'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:30
The House passed a resolution Tuesday expressing support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, as a growing number of liberals in the Democratic Party call for the abolishment of the agency that enforces federal immigration laws.

Trump touches off new Russia controversy – and prompts new clarification

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:30
President Trump, just as he was moving to quell the raging controversy over his press conference with Vladimir Putin, touched off a new one Wednesday when he appeared to deny Russia is still targeting the U.S. – prompting another White House clarification.

Former WH stenographer: 'I quit because I couldn't be proud of where I worked anymore'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:24
A former White House stenographer who quit working for President Donald Trump after years in the Obama administration said she left after losing pride in her workplace under Trump.

Sarah Sanders says press 'out of control' for confusing Russian spy, White House staffer

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:19
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted “media hysteria” on Wednesday, accusing reporters of confusing a Russian spy with a National Security Council employee simply because they both have red hair.

Special counsel still investigating Roger Stone

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:13
Robert Mueller's special counsel's office appears to still be investigating Trump adviser Roger Stone and working on a case in court involving one of his former associates.

The Latest: Kevin Nicholson launches first TV ad

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:11

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on U.S. Senate race (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson has launched his first television ad of the primary, calling it a "disgrace" that Congress won't stop illegal immigration or build a border wall.

Nicholson unveiled the ad Wednesday, shortly ...

White House reveals range of topics for Trump-Putin meeting

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:09
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday listed a number of topics that were included in President Donald Trump's private one-on-one meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Schumer demands Kavanaugh recuse himself from Mueller cases

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:06
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the video showing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's desire to overturn a 1988 Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of an independent counsel "deeply, deeply troubling."

Russian hacking was on Obama's watch: White House

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:01

The White House responded to a new storm of criticism about Russian meddling Wednesday by pointing out that the hacking occurred while President Barack Obama was in office.

"This didn't happen under President Trump's watch," said White house press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, referring to Moscow's cyber interference in the ...

White House denies Trump said Russia no longer targeting U.S.

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:56
The White House denied that U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russia was no longer targeting the United States, saying his answer "no" was about taking further questions not about potential interference in U.S. elections.

The Point: Trump thinks Russia is done targeting the US. He's the only one.

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:55
This exchange, between President Donald Trump and ABC's Cecilia Vega at the close of a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, is breathtaking:

Arkansas governor: Lawmaker should resign over unpaid taxes

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:50

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor says a state lawmaker and fellow Republican who was arrested after authorities said he didn't file an income tax return for 15 years should resign from the House.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that state Rep. Mickey Gates should also drop his bid ...

Trump Disputes Intel Chief on Russian Cyberattacks

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:34
U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he does not believe Russia is continuing to target the United States with cyberattacks, a direct contradiction of an assessment last week by Dan Coats, his director of national intelligence. Trump, meeting with his cabinet at the White House, shook his head and said "no" when asked whether Russia was still attempting to interfere in U.S. elections. Coats had told a Washington think tank that "the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack," and singled out Russia as the "most aggressive foreign actor, no question." Republican Senator Lindsey Graham immediately cited the wide gap between Trump's and Coats' views of Russia. He said "a BIG discrepancy between President Trump's statement and DNI Coates' warning. It's imperative we get to the bottom of what is going on so we can be prepared to protect ourselves in advance of the 2018 elections. My personal view: the Russians are at [it] again." Trump told reporters, "We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia. And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia." Earlier, in a string of predawn Twitter comments, Trump boasted again about his Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president's Twitter comments came hours after he said he accepted the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, walking back his Monday comments embracing Putin's denial that Moscow had interfered. "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday. But he then added: "Could be other people also. A lot of people out there," an assessment of the possibility that other countries tried to interfere in the U.S. election that was not part of the intelligence community's finding. The U.S. holds congressional elections in November, when the entire 435-member House of Representatives is being contested and a third of the 100-member Senate. On Twitter Wednesday, Trump wrote that his meeting with Putin could be more successful than the NATO summit in the long-term. Trump's revision of the comments he made as he stood alongside Putin at a news conference at the end of their summit came after a torrent of criticism from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, who said the U.S. leader appeared to be weak compared to his Russian counterpart. Only a handful of Republican colleagues of Trump praised his performance. Trump said that after he reviewed a transcript of his Helsinki remarks, he realized he misspoke. "In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't.' The sentence should have been ... 'I don't see any reason why it WOULDN'T be Russia" — that Russia interfered in the election, Trump said. But he added that the Russian actions had no impact on the outcome of his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state, and reiterated his frequent statement denying that there was any collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller is continuing his 14-month criminal investigation of Russian interference. Trump said his administration will do everything it can to thwart any Russian efforts to interfere with November's U.S. congressional elections. "We will stop it, we will repel it," Trump vowed. Before back-tracking, Trump said on Twitter he had a great summit with Putin and gave no ground in changing his statements about accepting Putin's denial of interference in the U.S. election two years ago. On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, responded to Trump's initial rosy assessment. "Let's be very clear: Russia meddled in our election," Ryan said. "We know they interfered with our elections, and we have passed sanctions on Russia to hold them accountable." When asked about election meddling during the joint news conference with Putin on Monday, Trump said, "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."

The Latest: GOP accuses Democrats of favoring open borders

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:34

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on congressional immigration proposals (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Republicans are using a House debate on symbolic immigration legislation to accuse Democrats of favoring open borders.

Firing back, Democrats say the GOP's campaign-season effort is aimed at distracting attention from President Donald Trump and his ...

Patriot North Exercise Prepares Military, Civilian First Responders

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:18
About 900 military members and civilian emergency management personnel and responders are coming together in Wisconsin for a domestic operations training exercise sponsored by the National Guard Bureau.
Airman uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree.

Senate Democrats warn of 'gigantic loopholes' in Trump tax cuts

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:10
U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday lashed out at Republican President Donald Trump's tax overhaul of December 2017, warning that it contains "gigantic loopholes" that could encourage companies to move plants and jobs abroad.

Defiant Trump says Russia not targeting U.S., calls critics deranged

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:06
President Donald Trump contradicted U.S. intelligence agencies again on Wednesday, saying that Russia was not still targeting the United States, and accused his critics of being deranged.

Abstentionist Irish rebel MP finally enters Westminster

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:04
The painting forms part of the UK Parliament's Voice and Vote exhibition

Net neutrality protections garner rare Republican support in Colorado congressman

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:59

Congressional efforts to restore Obama-era net neutrality protections garnered rare Republican support Tuesday from Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado.

An Army and Marine Corps veteran elected to the House of Representatives on 2009, Mr. Coffman on Tuesday put his weight behind separate efforts on Capitol Hill aimed at reversing the ...

Brexit: 1,000 new customs officers and vets for Irish ports

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:57
The Irish government is to hire 1,000 customs and veterinary inspectors to deal with Brexit.

Documents reveal DHS knew ending protections could cause more, not less, illegal immigration

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:56
The Trump administration was warned by intelligence analysts that ending protections for hundreds of thousands of Central Americans living in the US would likely drive a spike in illegal immigration. They did it anyway.

London mayoral race: Tories shortlist 10 candidates

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:48
Conservative MP Paul Scully describes the list as one which "reflects London's diversity".

Kevin de Leon, California Senate challenger, calls for Trump's impeachment

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:48

Senate candidate Kevin de Leon urged Capitol Hill leaders Wednesday to kick-start the steps needed to remove President Trump from office, saying his actions during the recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin amounted to treason.

Mr. de Leon, a Democrat running to the left of Sen. Dianne Feinstein in ...

States sue U.S. over policy tying funds to immigration compliance

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:46
New York and five other states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration from making cooperation with federal immigration authorities a condition for receiving millions of dollars in federal funding for law enforcement.

Editorials from around New York

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:43

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:


The Albany Times Union on President Donald Trump blaming the media following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

July 17

One day after his disastrous meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, and facing ...

President Trump chose to announce Russian indictments before summit:Report

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:36

The Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russians for election interference just before President Trump met with Vladimir Putin drew condemnation from some conservatives who viewed the timing as suspicious, but it was Mr. Trump himself who approved when the charges would be announced, according to a media report Wednesday.

Deputy ...

6 states and NYC sue US over immigration-related policy

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:26

NEW YORK (AP) - Six states and New York City are suing the federal government, saying it is unlawfully forcing them to engage in federal immigration enforcement to receive anti-crime funds.

Lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court on behalf of New York state and city, Connecticut, New Jersey, ...

Campaign arm for House Democrats raises record-breaking $15.2 million in June

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:20
The committee charged with delivering a House majority for Democrats in the midterm elections raised $15.2 million in the month of June, its best fundraising month of the 2018 cycle so far and the latest sign of Democratic enthusiasm ahead of November.

Cuomo widens poll lead over Nixon in New York governor race

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:14
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo widened his lead over Cynthia Nixon, an actress and activist running to his left in the Democratic gubernatorial primary election in September, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Luton MP Kelvin Hopkins: 'I want to clear my name'

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:11
The MP for Luton North says waiting eight months for a sexual harassment hearing has been "frustrating".

Key Republican looking at whether Trump translator should come before Congress

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:10
Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he is looking into whether it is appropriate to ask President Donald Trump's translator from the one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to testify or turn over her notes from the summit.

Proposed repeal of Oregon sanctuary law makes fall ballot

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:10

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The state Elections Division says a measure to repeal Oregon's sanctuary law has qualified for the November ballot.

The initiative petition needed more than 88,000 valid signatures, and it easily surpassed that threshold.

The 1987 law prohibits state agencies from inquiring about a person's immigration status ...

Brexit: New move to keep EU citizenship for UK nationals

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:09
Campaigners petition Brussels to make EU citizenship permanent despite Brexit.

DNC alleges Secret Service blocked it from serving lawsuit to Jared Kushner

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:07
The Democratic National Committee tried and failed three times to serve Jared Kushner with a lawsuit at his Manhattan apartment and was turned away by a US Secret Service agent when it attempted to deliver the packet to the White House senior adviser's Washington, DC, home, according to court filings.

Trump says Russia is no longer targeting U.S.

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:07
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he does not believe Russia is still targeting the United States, contradicting U.S. intelligence assessments that Moscow was continuing its attempts to meddle in American elections.

Rep. Jim Jordan interviewed in OSU investigation

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:03
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has been interviewed in the investigation at Ohio State University into alleged abuse by an OSU team doctor, according to a spokesperson in Jordan's office.

The Latest: Budget compromise drops immigration proposals

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:02

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on a budget deal reached by lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state without a permanent spending plan in place (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

The chief House budget negotiator says Senate immigration language was dropped from a compromise spending plan over a lack of consensus.


You just aren't smart enough to understand what Donald Trump was doing with Vladimir Putin

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:59
Just hours removed from attempting to clean up his disastrous performance beside Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to make a startling claim: Smart people recognized that the summit -- and the press conference that followed it — was actually a massive win for him (and the United States).

High-tax blue states sue Trump administration over cap on treasured deduction

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:56
A coalition of high-tax blue states is suing the federal government, claiming the Republican tax overhaul singles them out by capping treasured deductions.

Trump says Russia no longer targeting the US

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:50
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States and that no other president has ever been tougher on the country.

Why the US is obligated to defend Montenegro

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:48
The country of Montenegro was thrust into the limelight after President Donald Trump was asked whether the US would come to the military aid of the most recent member of NATO.

Alaska Democratic congressional candidate doesn't live in state — or plan to campaign there

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:48
Carol Hafner hopes to represent Alaska in Congress – even though she doesn’t live in the state nor does she plan to campaign there.

Trump says he's tougher on Russia than any other president

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:40

President Trump said Wednesday that Russia isn't targeting the U.S. any longer, and said he's been tougher on Moscow than any of his predecessors.

"There has never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been," Mr. Trump told his Cabinet at the White House. "I think President ...

Asked if Russia still targeting U.S., Trump says 'no'

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:38
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he does not believe Russia is still targeting the United States, contradicting U.S. intelligence assessments that Moscow was continuing to meddle in American elections.

Pompeo says North Korea to begin returning MIA remains soon

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:27

North Korea will begin returning remains of U.S. soldiers missing in the Korean War in the next couple of weeks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

At a Cabinet meeting with President Trump, Mr. Pompeo said the U.S. has made progress in its negotiations with Pyongyang over the return ...

Cuomo campaign accused of trying to 'manipulate' donor stats with tiny contributions

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:26
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being accused of trying to “manipulate” donor statistics after campaign finance reports revealed teeny-tiny contributions from individuals on or associated with his staff.

Trump Upends Norms of Presidential Behavior, Historians Say

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:22
President Donald Trump's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump's "America First" approach to foreign policy had him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting allies and sowing doubts about his commitment to the NATO alliance. "We've never had a president go abroad and not only lecture to our NATO allies, but also to embarrass them," said Russia expert William Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. "We've never had our president go on a foreign tour and categorize our allies as foes. And we've never had our president hold a joint news conference with a Russian leader where he assigned blame, from his perspective, to both parties, but in fact dedicated most of his time to blaming the U.S. Justice Department and intelligence services." While past presidents have had difficult foreign trips and been criticized for their summits with Soviet leaders, Trump's behavior has few parallels, in the view of presidential historians and longtime Russia watchers. Franklin Roosevelt was accused of "selling out" to Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference in 1945; John F. Kennedy and his aides admitted that he'd been unprepared for his 1961 Vienna summit with Nikita Khrushchev; the Reykjavik summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 was seen at the time to have ended in failure; and George W. Bush was mocked for telling reporters in 2001 after meeting with Putin that he had "looked the man in the eye" and "found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy." Trump's trip was seen as different. "Frankly, I don't think those U.S. presidents at any point came off as not pursuing U.S. security interests, as being taken in by the Soviet leader they were meeting with," said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution. "I think even President George W. Bush's meeting, where he had that famous quote about looking into Putin's eyes and seeing into his soul — this summit dwarfs that by a factor of a thousand." Indeed, even before he departed Washington, Trump had made clear that he was itching for a fight. He criticized members of NATO, the decades-old military alliance, for failing to spend enough on defense and suggested he might not be interested in "paying for Europe's protection" any longer. Germany In his first appearance at a pre-summit breakfast in Brussels, he went after German Chancellor Angela Merkel, claiming Germany was "totally controlled" by Russia and later asked on Twitter, "What good is NATO." The summit ended in a whiplash-inducing proclamation from the president that NATO was stronger than ever, as he claimed he'd secured new commitments to defense spending, which those present later disputed. United Kingdom The drama continued as Trump headed to his next stop, the U.K. His first official visit was overshadowed by fallout from the rhetorical grenade he'd lobbed at British Prime Minister Theresa May before arriving. In a tabloid interview, he criticized May's Brexit plans, said he might no longer be open to a trade deal with the U.K., and said one of May's political rivals would be an excellent prime minister, undermining her at a time when her government is in turmoil. Then came yet another interview, this one from one of his golf courses in Scotland, in which Trump categorized the European Union as a top geopolitical "foe." ​Putin summit Nothing, however, had quite prepared the world for Trump's comments in Helsinki after hours of meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded, meddled in the 2016 election, hacked Democratic Party emails and disseminated them in an effort to help Trump win. Standing on stage with the man accused of complicity in an attack on American democracy, Trump said his intelligence people "think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be." He also went after his Justice Department, calling its investigation into Russia's efforts and potential collusion with Trump's campaign a "disaster for our country." It was a stunning comment from an American president — one that he partially tried to walk back 24 hours later by blaming a grammatical glitch. But he did not retreat from a number of his other comments giving credence to Putin's denials of election interference. "Trump 0 - Putin 1," blared the front page of Finland's Kauppalehti newspaper. Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor at Rice University, compared Trump to "a bull carrying his own china shop around with him." "Just standing and selling your country downriver on foreign soil in front of your adversary — there's no precedent for such disgraceful and irrational behavior," Brinkley said. Pomeranz said Trump had done himself political damage by suggesting both sides were to blame for the Russia probe that has hurt U.S. relations with Moscow — just as Trump did when he blamed both sides when responding to violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Pomeranz said the damage Trump did by describing the E.U. as a foe and lecturing his NATO allies was significant. "I think that is what's going to be remembered from this week," he said.

Advocates: Many asylum seekers at New York jail disoriented

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:20

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Advocates scrambling to assist hundreds of asylum seekers flown from the southern border to an upstate New York jail say detainees are arriving confused and disoriented.

The Albany County Jail has taken in roughly 300 apprehended migrants this summer under an arrangement with federal immigration officials. ...

Secret Service agent died on Trump trip abroad, body returning to US

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:14
WASHINGTON- The body of a Secret Service agent who died in Scotland during President Donald Trump's overseas trip was being returned to the United States on Wednesday.

House Intelligence Chairman: Justice Department hoping 'Republicans will lose the House'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:02
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes blasted the Justice Department and the FBI for having "actively obstructed a congressional investigation" with what he sees as a political goal of waiting out Republican investigators.