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High court worries about abandoning online sales tax rule

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded concerned Tuesday about doing away with a rule that has meant shoppers don't always get charged sales tax when they hit "checkout" online. 2018-04-17T12:36:00-04:00 2018-04-17T16:36:27-04:00

Kudlow says Haley 'got ahead of the curve' on sanctions

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:45
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 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. 2018-04-17T12:41:00-04:00 2018-04-17T16:41:49-04:00

Comey's Trumpy streak is showing during book blitz

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:42
In former FBI director James Comey's telling, he and President Donald Trump are perfect foils. He recalls their White House meetings in tense, cinematic terms -- the upright G-man, bound to "a higher loyalty," facing off with a glorified mafia boss in ruthless pursuit of fealty and favors.

Windrush generation: Dozens of new cases investigated

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:38
Landing cards belonging to Windrush migrants were destroyed by the Home Office in 2010, it has emerged.

Man faces deportation to Brazil, loses court appeal

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:37

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - An immigrant from Brazil who has lived in the United States for nearly 28 years has lost a court bid to stay and faces deportation this week.

Lawyers for 65-year-old Elvecio Viana, of Nashua, New Hampshire, say he came to the U.S. on a visa. He ...

Missouri governor faces new accusations, this time related to his veterans charity

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:34
The state’s attorney general said his office had evidence of a probable felony that he is turning over to the St. Louis circuit attorney.

Kudlow says Haley 'got ahead of the curve' on sanctions

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:34
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 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. 2018-04-17T11:54:00-04:00 2018-04-17T15:54:53-04:00

U.S. official warns of 'unintended consequences' of European data privacy law

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:33
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned on Tuesday that a European data privacy law taking effect next month may have "unintended consequences" that harm the United States' ability to protect itself from cyber attacks.

Trump welcomes Abe, gives 'blessing' to Koreas peace talks

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:32
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decadeslong war and said that without his help, the two countries "wouldn't be discussing anything." 2018-04-17T12:02:00-04:00 2018-04-17T16:02:24-04:00

Trump welcomes Abe, gives 'blessing' to Korean peace talks

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:31
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decadeslong war and said that without his help, the two countries "wouldn't be discussing anything." 2018-04-17T12:20:00-04:00 2018-04-17T16:20:01-04:00

What Charlie Dent's resignation means for his House seat

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:30
Longtime Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent announced in April that he would resign from Congress “in the coming weeks” instead of serving out the rest of his term in Congress.

U.S. in talks with U.S. airlines about expiring Russia overflight deal

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department met with U.S. commercial and cargo carriers on Tuesday over their concerns about the looming expiration of an agreement with Russia's civil aviation agency that could interrupt flights over Russia, a spokeswoman said.

David Hogg calls for Blackrock, Vanguard Group boycotts

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

After starting an advertiser boycott of Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham, gun-control activist has set his sights on two new targets — gun manufacturers and their capital backers.

In a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Hogg sicced his 764,000 Twitter followers on five investment companies, singling out two ...

Debt to the Penny for 04/16/2018

US TREASURY DEBT DAY-TO-DAY - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:15
Debt Held by the Public: 15,382,519,365,712.58
Intragovernmental Holdings: 5,688,447,055,185.07
Total Public Debt Outstanding: 21,070,966,420,897.65

Lawsuit: Immigration detainees forced to work for little pay

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:12

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Immigrant rights advocates say a private company that runs a Georgia immigration detention center forces detainees to do manual labor for very little money in a scheme to maximize profits.

Immigrant rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against CoreCivic Inc., which has a contract with ...

Stormy Daniels's lawyer is playing mind games with Michael Cohen

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:05
Michael Venatti took a break from bludgeoning Cohen with insults and tried bonding over family interests on “The View."

Senator wants info on EPA chief's multiple email accounts

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

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.

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso issued a letter asking EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to disclose all ...

The worst kind of crooks

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:04
Woof.

DHS decision to end Haitian immigrant protections questioned

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:57
Newly released internal documents are raising questions about the Trump administration's decision to end protections for tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants -- and whether the argument that the protections were no longer merited was valid.

Trump's alleged sexual misconduct doesn't matter to most Republicans

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:44
While only 1-in-4 Americans see it as an issue, the majority of Americans do, especially Democrats and women.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes DACA immigration bill

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

Iowa Senate updates policies and rules on sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:40

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have updated employee policies and ethics rules to better address allegations of sexual misconduct and other harassment within their half of the state Capitol.

The Republican-controlled chamber held last-minute procedural votes Tuesday amid the expected final days of the legislative ...

Missouri attorney general accuses Greitens of misusing charity donor list

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:37
Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who is already facing calls to resign over an extramarital affair and abuse allegations, was accused Tuesday by the state's attorney general of obtaining a charity donor list without permission.

Stormy Daniels turns down multiple invitations to attend White House Correspondents Dinner

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:34

President Trump is not going to the White House Correspondents' Dinner later this month. Neither is adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had a liaison with the president a dozen years ago and is currently on a media tour to have her say about the issue.

"According to her ...

Missouri Gov. Greitens accused of wrongdoing over charity donor list

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:30
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.

US again seeks to cancel immigrant's deportation protection

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:29

SEATTLE (AP) - Immigration officials forced by a court order to reinstate a Mexican man's participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the United States illegally as children are again trying to revoke it.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 25, drew international attention last year when he was placed ...

GOP leaders made trip with lobbyists, Ohio speaker who quit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Republican legislative leaders from at least four states have acknowledged taking part in a London summer trip with lobbyists and an Ohio speaker who recently resigned citing questioning by federal investigators about his activities.

Minnesota Speaker Kurt Daudt, Wisconsin Speaker Robin Vos, Michigan Speaker Tom Leonard ...

Senate votes 50-47 to debate undoing consumer bureau's auto-loan guidance

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 50-47 on Tuesday in favor of debating whether to undo the consumer watchdog's March 2013 guidance restricting how car dealers extend auto loans to consumers.

Legislators reject proposals to change Louisiana gun laws

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:26

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The push to change Louisiana's gun laws is falling flat.

A House criminal justice committee Tuesday rejected several proposals brought by both sides of the political aisle, largely capping efforts to alter firearm rules after the massacre at a Florida high school where 17 people ...

Chicago body armor ban criticized as too restrictive

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:26

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's City Council is expected to water down its ban on most residents wearing body armor after criticism that it could put in danger people such as 7-Eleven store clerks in crime-ridden neighborhoods.

The ban, which experts say is the most restrictive in the United States, was ...

Republican Rep. Dent to resign from Congress within weeks

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:25
The Trump had already announced his retirement in September. He did not offer a reason for not finishing his term.

Sean Hannity was very concerned about conflicts of interest — until he had one

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:25
In 2015, Hannity spent days lambasting George Stephanopoulos for hiding his ties to the Clintons.

Iran Using Yemen as ‘Test Bed’ for Malign Activities, DoD Official Says

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:25
Iran is exploiting the situation in Yemen, arming opponents of the internationally recognized government and using the country as a "test bed" for malign activities, a top Defense Department official told lawmakers today.

Fox News pledges full support of TV host Hannity

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:24
(Reuters) - Fox News said on Tuesday it was putting its "full support" behind television host Sean Hannity after it was revealed that he had an "informal relationship" with U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Trump: North and South Korea 'have my blessing' to end their war

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:23

President Trump said Tuesday that North Korea and South Korea have his "blessing" to negotiate an end to their war, which dates to 1950.

"South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet with North Korea to see if they can end the war and they have my blessing on ...

The Latest: Trump, Abe, to discuss NK, trade, energy in FL

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:22
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump hosting Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago (all times local): 2018-04-17T11:05:00-04:00 2018-04-17T15:05:32-04:00

Kudlow says Haley 'got ahead of the curve' on sanctions

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:22
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser says U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley "got ahead of the curve" when she said new sanctions against Russia were imminent. 2018-04-17T10:39:00-04:00 2018-04-17T14:39:33-04:00

Man with ALS who confronted Flake over tax law launches 'Be a Hero' campaign to beat Republicans

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:15
The ad shows Ady Barkan playing with his son, with the words “this dying man could lose his health care” flashing across the screen.

Missouri governor could face charge for charity donor list

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:07
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, already facing a felony charge related to an extramarital affair, could soon face another felony count after the state's attorney general cited evidence Tuesday suggesting that Greitens' use of a charity donor list for political purposes may have broken state law. 2018-04-17T10:58:00-04:00 2018-04-17T14:58:45-04:00

Phil Murphy, N.J. governor, approves 'motor-voter' registration law over GOP objections

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:00

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Tuesday making New Jersey the latest state with automatic voter registration at motor-vehicle agencies, after former Republican Gov. Chris Christie rejected earlier versions.

"We stand in stark contrast to President Trump and others whose only interest lays in restricting voting rights and suppressing voters' ...

Forgive and forget? No, say Clinton backers who still blame Comey for presidential loss.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:55
A year after Trump fired Comey, Democrats welcome the subsequent investigation, but they insist the former FBI director failed to be apolitical in the 2016 campaign.

New Mexico city digs in on immigrant protections

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:54

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's largest city has moved a step closer to enacting new policies that would bar federal immigration agents from prisoner transport centers without a warrant, and prevent city workers, including police, from asking about people's immigration status.

The City Council's vote to make Albuquerque more ...

Wyoming town votes on arming teachers in area cited by DeVos

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:54

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming school district where U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos suggested last year that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears is about to vote on doing just that, though concerns about school shootings worry parents more than the possibility of ...

Americans have increasingly unfavorable view of Robert Mueller: Poll

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:50

A new poll out Tuesday shows attitudes towards special counsel Robert Mueller changing in a negative direction.

In the Marist poll, 30 percent of Americans now say they have an unfavorable view of Mr. Mueller, up 10 points from 20 percent at the end of March. Little has changed ...

San Diego County may join Trump challenge to California 'sanctuary' law

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:49
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - San Diego County leaders on Tuesday began debating whether 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.

Fox News says did not know of TV host Hannity's ties to Trump lawyer

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:44
(Reuters) - Fox News said on Tuesday it did not know about television host Sean Hannity's "informal relationship" with Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Former Minnesota FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking classified documents to a media organization

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:41

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking classified documents to a media organization.

Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Earns ‘Mrs. Texas Galaxy’ Title

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:36
It what she calls the “blink-and-you'll-miss-it” town of Premont, Texas, Army National Guard Staff Sgt. San Juanita Escobar took the first steps that would change her life and the lives of hundreds of young women in Texas and around the world.
National Guard soldier in uniform.

Divided Supreme Court says part of immigration law used for deportation too vague

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:33
Court’s liberals, plus Trump nominee Gorsuch, rely on Scalia precedent to limit reach of law

Trump energy aide Catanzaro returns to lobbying

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top White House official on domestic energy issues, including biofuels quotas and upending Obama-era rules on car and power plant emissions, is stepping down to return to the lobbying practice he left last year, the firm said on Tuesday.

Trump and Abe aim to lessen tension over trade and North Korea

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:31
President Donald Trump is opening up his Florida estate to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday for a summit both men hope can smooth over differences on North Korea and trade.

The Point: Happy Tax Day! Trump still has never released his tax returns!

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:31
The White House made an announcement about President Donald Trump's taxes on Tuesday!

Guard Bureau Chief: 965 Guard Troops Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:21
The chief of the National Guard Bureau told a Senate panel that there are 965 National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border.
National Guard emblem

Air Force Squadron Strengthens International Bonds

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:15
The 387th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron has increased joint security operations through host nation cooperation in Kuwait, where a large-scale, temporary cargo facility is under construction.
Over the past few months, the 387th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron has taken great strides to increase joint security operations through host nation cooperation at Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base, where a large-scale, temporary cargo facility is currently under construction.

U.S.-China trade dispute looms over Trump’s summit with Japan’s Abe

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:13
China should heed warnings about breaking global trade rules, a top Trump adviser said.

States and online sellers do battle in tax dispute before Supreme Court

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:10
Online shoppers may find their purchases will cost more if the Supreme Court does away with a decades-old ruling limiting the ability of states to collect sales taxes on out-of-state internet purchases.

Interior secretary says won't lower oil, gas offshore royalty rates 'at this time'

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday he will not lower royalty rates for offshore oil and gas lease sales "at this time" despite a recommendation from an advisory panel to do so.

Gov. Ivey campaign ad praises Confederate monument law

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:01

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey aired a campaign ad Tuesday praising a law she signed that prohibits taking down Confederate monuments.

In the 30-second ad, the camera pans around a memorial to fallen Confederate soldiers outside the state Capitol building and a mural of black heroes by ...

The Latest: Court strikes down Massachusetts stun gun ban

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:01

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the ruling by the supreme court of Massachusetts overturning the state's ban on stun guns. (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Legislative leaders in Massachusetts say they are examining their options after the state's highest court struck down a ban on the civilian possession of ...

Trump seeks extension for filing 2017 taxes on U.S. tax day: White House

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has requested an extension for filing his 2017 income tax return and will file a full return by the October extended deadline, a White House spokeswoman said on Tuesday, which is tax filing day in the United States.

MPs given standing ovation after anti-Semitism speech

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:48
Labour's Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth are applauded by MPs after their speeches about anti-Semitism.

Kudlow tamps down possibility of U.S. rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:47

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday downplayed the likelihood of the U.S. rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, saying the request by President Trump is more of a "thought than a policy" right now.

As Mr. Trump prepared to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday ...

The Latest: California sees agreement near on border troops

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:40

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's mission to deploy National Guard troops on the Mexican border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he is "pretty close" to an agreement with the Trump administration on sending ...

New Washington state rule helps illegal immigrants, hurts cops, critics say

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:38
Washington State’s effort to stymie immigration enforcement is now making it harder for all police in the state to positively identify criminals and lock them up.

Jones cleared of misleading Welsh Assembly

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:33
An inquiry says Carwyn Jones did not breach the ministerial code over 2014 bullying culture claims.

Trump files for extension on tax return

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:33

President Trump has filed for a six-month extension for his tax return, the White House said on Tuesday, the deadline for taxpayers.

"The president filed an extension for his 2017 tax return, as do many Americans with complex returns," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "He will file ...

Top WH aide says Haley got 'ahead of the curve' with sanctions announcement

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:30
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley got ahead of herself in announcing new sanctions on Russia, a top aide to President Donald Trump said on Tuesday.

Sean Hannity and the benefits of low expectations

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:29
Media ethics experts say the Fox News star was wrong to hide his lawyer-client relationship with Michael Cohen. They also say Hannity's bar is too low.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer offers $100,000 to identify man she says threatened her

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels on Tuesday released a sketch of a man she said warned her in 2011 to stop discussing her claims she had a sexual encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump, while her lawyer offered a $100,000 reward for information about the man.

Cory Gardner: State Department needs to consider adding Russia as a state sponsor of terror

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:22

Sen. Cory Gardner said Tuesday that the State Department needs to determine whether Russia should be considered a state sponsor of terrorism.

"Vladimir Putin understands strength and capitalizes on weakness, and what the United States needs to do now is show strength. That's why I believe that the State Department, ...

The new normal: We will have no idea how much Trump made in 2017

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:22
Trump's 2017 returns are perhaps the most important to see. Oh, well.

The Latest: Kudlow says tariff waiver for Japan on table

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:20
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump hosting Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago (all times local): 2018-04-17T09:12:00-04:00 2018-04-17T13:12:10-04:00

Stormy Daniels shows sketch of man she says threatened her

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stormy Daniels injected fresh drama into the sensational story of a president, a fixer and a porn star on Tuesday, releasing an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about her sexual tryst with Donald Trump. 2018-04-17T09:15:00-04:00 2018-04-17T13:15:05-04:00

The Point: How the heck is Eric Greitens still the governor of Missouri?

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:18
Five days ago, a Missouri state House committee released a troubling report detailing allegations made by a woman that the state's Republican governor, Eric Greitens, had subjected her to non-consensual sex and violence.

IRS systems experiencing 'technical difficulties' on tax-filing day

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:16

The IRS on Tuesday said some of its systems were experiencing "technical difficulties" as many Americans were racing to meet the April 17 deadline for most individuals to file their 2017 tax returns.

"On my way over here this morning, I was told that a number of IRS systems are ...

The Latest: San Diego County mulls 'sanctuary' law action

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:15

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Latest on actions by some local governments considering opposition to a California state law limiting police collaboration with federal immigration agents (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

A small crowd of supporters and opponents of California's so-called sanctuary law has gathered outside a meeting where the ...

Kucinich financial report omitted speech details

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:13

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio ethics officials have asked former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIH'-nich), a Democratic candidate for governor, to provide missing information from his state financial disclosure statement about groups that paid him to speak last year.

The Ohio Ethics Commission's request came Monday, the same day a ...

The other reason to split up California that nobody is talking about

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:09
The proposal backed by a California billionaire to carve up the nation's most populous state into three new states is either quixotic or cutting edge, but it seems very likely to find its way before voters in November.

What's changed for Kevin McCarthy since he blew his last chance to be House speaker?

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:08
His 2015 campaign imploded after seven days. Now he's the front-runner, again.

Dem senator: Trump VA pick vows not to privatize vets care

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is promising not to privatize the agency, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday, taking a stance on a politically charged issue that his predecessor says led to his firing. 2018-04-17T09:02:00-04:00 2018-04-17T13:02:15-04:00

Democratic FCC commissioner stepping down after policy clash

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic commissioner on the top U.S. telecommunications regulator said on Tuesday she is stepping down after more than eight years in the job and after clashing with Republican efforts to roll back many regulations.

Teachers, Democrats reject Kentucky gov's apology over sexual assault remarks

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:54
Some Kentucky teachers and politicians aren't ready to forgive Gov. Matt Bevin for suggesting that a teachers' strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault.

National Guard, Reserve Troops Participate in Disaster Response Exercises

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:54
More than 400 South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers are participating in the U.S. Northern Command-hosted Guardian Response exercise.
South Carolina National Guard Sgt. Paul Reid and other medics from the 251st Area Support Medical Company, in-process simulated casualties, April 12, 2018, during a drill at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, as part of Exercise Vibrant Response.

Dem senator: Trump VA pick vows not to privatize vets care

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:50

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is promising not to privatize the agency, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday, taking a stance on a politically charged issue that his predecessor says led to his firing.

The confirmation hearing of Ronny Jackson, Trump's White House ...

Republican Congressman Dent to Resign Next Month

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:48
U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, a leader of a moderate group of Republicans and a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said Tuesday he would resign from Congress next month. "After discussions with my family and careful consideration," I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks," Dent said. "It is my intention to aggressively advocate for responsible governance and pragmatic solutions in the coming years." Dent previously announced he would retire from Congress in September for personal reasons while also complaining that the Republican Party, which controls both houses of Congress and the White House, has shifted further to the right. Dent's initial announcement was made amid threats from Trump supporters to launch a campaign to replace him. Dent is chairman of the Tuesday Group, an informal alliance of several dozen moderate Republicans. He and Trump clashed in 2017 over the battle to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare — an effort that eventually failed. He also submitted legislation Friday that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election from any attempts by the Trump administration to oust him. Dent's resignation could lead to a costly special election if the Democratic governor in Dent's home state of Pennsylvania orders one. Republicans would have to spend millions of dollars to defend the seat. It is unclear if Gov. Tom Wolf would schedule a special election before the November 6 midterm elections. Democrat Conor Lamb was victorious in a March special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, which Trump won by 20 points in 2016. Dent's 15th district, which Trump captured by an 8-point margin, is more competitive for Democrats.  

James Comey's full Donald Trump memos remain sealed for now, DOJ says

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:41

The Department of Justice has missed a deadline to provide GOP congressmen full copies of the infamous memos fired FBI Director James B. Comey composed about his conversations with President Trump, then used in his new tell-all bombshell book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership."

Deputy Attorney General Rod ...

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. 2018-04-17T07:42:00-04:00 2018-04-17T11:42:27-04:00

Stormy Daniels shows sketch of man she says threatened her

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — The porn actress alleging a sexual affair with President Donald Trump released an artist's sketch Tuesday of a man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about the relationship. 2018-04-17T08:33:00-04:00 2018-04-17T12:33:59-04:00

Paul Ryan: Retirement unrelated to Trump; Kevin McCarthy likely successor

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:35

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that his decision to retire doesn't have to do with President Trump.

"Look at what his election got us. It got us, finally, a unified government," the Wisconsin Republican said on CNBC.

"I'm grateful that he has given us this chance with his election ...

Three-quarters of Republicans 'absolutely certain' to vote in the midterms: Poll

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:32

"How likely are you to vote in the congressional election in 2018?" asks a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday.

Such questions are of acute interest among those who either laud or condemn the idea that a "blue wave" of Democrats will be elected in November, retake Congress ...

Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:31

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers:

Texarkana Gazette. April 15, 2018.

Those who attended Leadership Texarkana's annual luncheon this month not only got to enjoy some food and fellowship, but no doubt took some inspiration home with them.

The ballroom at Texarkana Country Club was full of ...

DC booksellers expected 'Fire and Fury' crowds for Comey book. Instead, they got mostly journalists

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:29
When "Fire and Fury" hit bookshelves in January, the release became a Washington event, marked by people lining up at local bookstores and sold-out speaking events for author Michael Wolff. Washingtonian even compared the hype around the release to that of "Harry Potter."

Stormy’s sketch of harasser sparks social media frenzy of Tom Brady comparisons

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:26
Tom Brady found himself unwittingly pulled into another Trump controversy Tuesday as porn star Stormy Daniels released a sketch of the man she says threatened her to keep quiet about her relationship with the president – a drawing that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Patriots superstar.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer offers $100,000 for info on man who threatened her

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels revealed a sketch of a man she said threatened her to keep quiet about a relationship she alleges she had with U.S. President Donald Trump, while her lawyer offered a $100,000 reward for information about the man.

Stormy Daniels releases sketch of man who allegedly threatened her over Trump affair

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:19
Stormy Daniels released a composite sketch on Tuesday of the man she alleges threatened her in 2011 and is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can identify the perpetrator.

‘This has gone too far’: In some Senate primaries, Republicans air concerns about Mueller’s investigation

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:11
Many candidates are scrambling to win over GOP primary voters by attempting to appear more supportive of Trump’s presidency than their rivals.

The Latest: Daniels releases sketch of man in parking lot

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and adult film star Stormy Daniels (all times local): 2018-04-17T07:47:00-04:00 2018-04-17T11:47:39-04:00

Porn star releases sketch of man she says threatened her

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — The porn actress alleging a sexual affair with President Donald Trump released a composite sketch Tuesday of the man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about the relationship. 2018-04-17T08:02:00-04:00 2018-04-17T12:02:46-04:00

Defending Trump in Russia probe? It's hardly a dream job

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several prominent lawyers asked to help represent President Donald Trump in the last year have spurned the assignment at least partly out of concerns he wouldn't pay his bills and doesn't listen to legal advice, according to people familiar with the conversations. 2018-04-17T07:08:00-04:00 2018-04-17T11:08:58-04:00

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