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DOJ says it's settled 'contraception mandate' cases

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:50

The Trump administration announced Monday it has settled dozens of lawsuits that Catholic universities, charities and others filed over President Obama's "contraception mandate," defusing a yearslong legal saga that had reached the Supreme Court.

Mr. Trump recently issued rules that vastly expanded the universe of employers who can claim an ...

McCain says it's 'wrong' that the wealthy got draft deferments for 'bone spurs'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:48
In a Sunday, Oct. 22, C-SPAN interview Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) discussed the legacy of the Vietnam War and lamented that those from "the highest income level found a doctor that would say they have a bone spur."

Tax reform: Quiet positive news but the real work is ahead

CNN POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:44
Quietly, in the final hours of the Senate budget debate last week, a dam of sorts broke, with House GOP leaders agreeing to small-ish technical changes to the Senate budget that would allow them to pass it as is.

Juncker on German press reports about Theresa May meal

BBC POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:42
The EU's Jean-Claude Juncker denies leaking an account of dinner with Theresa May and says she was "in good shape" and "not tired".

Retired Vermont AG deposed in public records case

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:41

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The attorney for a group seeking access to public records that could be contained in the private email account of retired Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell says Sorrell refused to answer 95 percent of the questions posed to him.

Matthew Hardin, of the Washington-based Energy and ...

First Lady Melania Trump to Kick Off the “Week of Inclusion” at Michigan Middle School

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:37

First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Michigan to kick off the “Week of Inclusion,” part of National Bullying Prevention Month.

During her visit, Mrs. Trump will spend time in the school’s Viking Huddle Class, a 6th grade classroom that focuses on social emotional learning. The First Lady and Mrs. DeVos will observe and participate in lessons about respecting others, kindness, and inclusion.

In addition to classroom participation, Mrs. Trump will visit with 7th and 8th grade students in the school's cafeteria in an effort to bring awareness to “No One Eats Alone,” a concept that seeks to reverse the trends of social isolation by asking students to engage in simple acts of kindness - such as making sure that no one is eating alone and students are making an effort to eat with new classmates and peers.

“As part of my ongoing commitment to the overall well-being of children, I am looking forward to today’s visit,” stated First Lady Melania Trump. “By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit. We need to remember that they are always watching and listening. It is our responsibility to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership.”

Former NY Assembly ethics official: Job was 'waste of money'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:35

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The former Colorado public ethics official hired by the New York state Assembly in the wake of a scandal involving its leader at the time says her Albany job was "a waste of money."

Jane Feldman told the Times Union that she "didn't do anything" after ...

WH: Trump likely not to visit Korea's DMZ during Asia trip

AP POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:34
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is not planning to visit the border between North and South Korea known as the Demilitarized Zone when he visits Asia next month. 2017-10-23T06:26:00-04:00 2017-10-23T10:26:10-04:00

The critique of American military policy that got sidelined in McCain's insult of Trump

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:28
McCain's point was about economics as much as about Trump.

The art of the unreliable deal: Trump’s bad-faith negotiating could undermine the GOP’s agenda, and his own

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:26
In the best of times, it's hard to reform the tax code. It's nearly impossible when lawmakers have a president they can't trust.

Donald Trump's Asia trip to skip Korean Demilitarized Zone

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:17

President Trump embarks next week on a trip to Asia, focusing on U.S. economic and security alliance and the looming nuclear threat from North Korea — but a visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone is currently not on the schedule, a senior White House official said Monday.

The official attributed ...

The Point: Trump just hit a new low in the La David Johnson fiasco

CNN POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:13
Calling the widow of an American soldier killed in action is, emotionally speaking, absolutely gut-wrenching. Knowing that nothing you will say can bring true comfort. Knowing a life -- and likely many lives -- have been altered forever. Facing down pure loss and pure grief.

Trump tweets that 401(k) tax incentives 'safe' in tax plan

AP POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Monday there will be "no change" to tax incentives for the popular 401(k) retirement programs. 2017-10-23T05:53:00-04:00 2017-10-23T09:53:15-04:00

Call to tax unoccupied homes with stamp duty and council tax review

BBC POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:05
A call is made for new taxes on the empty homes that are owned by super-rich investors.

Patrick O'Donnell, the self-proclaimed MP for Clapham

BBC POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:02
An 18-year-old has been posting images of him campaigning, meeting constituents and politicians on social media.

Opening arguments to begin in case that sparked sanctuary cities debate

CNN POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:01
Kate Steinle's killing inspired an immigration bill while President Donald Trump and other Republicans have invoked her name in decrying sanctuary cities and promoting the construction of a border wall.

Trump defends call to fallen soldier's widow

AP POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending his call to a fallen soldier's widow, saying he was "respectful" and did not forget the slain soldier's name. The widow says Trump's tone in the phone call angered her and that the president "couldn't remember my husband's name." 2017-10-23T05:45:00-04:00 2017-10-23T09:45:55-04:00

Brother of U.S. soldier killed in Niger says equating attack to Benghazi 'a bit far'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:50

The brother of one of the soldiers killed this month during an ambush in Niger said Monday that equating the attack to Benghazi is "a bit far."

"I think anytime something like this happens and it gets so much attention — especially when many people didn't know we were there ...

Face of Defense: Marine Heavy Equipment Operator Supports Relief Efforts

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:50
When he packed his bags to deploy in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, 28-year-old Marine Corps Cpl. Michael A. Fleenor had no idea that he and his forklift driving skills would be playing such an important role in U.S. Southern Command’s response to hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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