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Judge rules law allowing dogs in court is unconstitutional

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:05

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge has ruled that a law allowing child victims of sexual assault to testify while accompanied by a comfort dog is unconstitutional.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen determined Monday that state lawmakers exceeded authority by passing the ...

Stormy Daniels' lawyer: 'All the air was sucked out of the room' after Sean Hannity reveal

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

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, said Tuesday that the revelation that Fox News host Sean Hannity was a client of Michael Cohen took the air out of the room. 

"All the air was sucked out of the room. You could not breath in the room," Mr. ...

U.S. Supreme Court struggles with e-commerce sales tax case

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared hesitant to let states force out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases, with some of the justices saying Congress would be best suited to resolve the matter.

Gov. Colyer signs executive branch transparency measure

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:03

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed a bill that will require people who are trying to influence his office and judicial branches to register as lobbyists.

The measure Colyer signed Monday also requires people trying to promote contracts or influence actions to disclose some spending.

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Trump’s pick to lead Veterans Affairs says he’ll oppose push to privatize health care, senator says

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:02
Ronny Jackson is making the rounds on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers ahead of his confirmation hearing next week.

The Latest: Prosecutor: Informant in bomb plot saved lives

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:00

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the trial of three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants (all times local):

11 a.m.

A prosecutor is crediting a courageous militia member with saving the lives of innocent Somali immigrants targeted in a plot ...

California governor blames 'low-life politicians' as 'sanctuary' law backlash builds

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:56
California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, during a Tuesday visit to Washington, blamed “low-life politicians” for the backlash over his state's “sanctuary” laws and sparred with President Trump over a push to send National Guard troops to the southern border.

Stormy Daniels says she is 'done being bullied'

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — The porn actress alleging a sexual affair with President Donald Trump says she is "done being bullied." 2018-04-17T07:28:00-04:00 2018-04-17T11:28:38-04:00

Duckworth proposes rule allowing babies on Senate floor

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:33
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who just gave birth to her second child, is attempting the rare move of changing longstanding Senate rules in order to accommodate senators with newborns.

Supreme Court struggles with e-commerce sales tax case

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:30
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared uncertain whether to let states force out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases in a fight potentially worth billions of dollars pitting South Dakota against e-commerce businesses.

Anti-Semitism: MPs begin debate in House of Commons

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:28
It comes amid warnings that "anti-Jewish racism is infecting parts of British political life".

HHS secretary recovering from painful intestinal condition

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S health secretary Alex Azar is recovering from a painful intestinal condition and will be reducing some work activities for the time being, a Health and Human Services official said Tuesday. 2018-04-17T07:21:00-04:00 2018-04-17T11:21:07-04:00

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:26
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. 2018-04-17T07:21:00-04:00 2018-04-17T11:21:23-04:00

Who is Kimba Wood? Judge on Cohen case officiated Soros wedding, was Clinton AG pick

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:16
The federal judge presiding over the Michael Cohen case finds herself at the center of one of the toughest legal brawls of the Trump era -- but District Judge Kimba Wood is no stranger to the spotlight.

GOP Rep. Charlie Dent will leave Congress within weeks, potentially setting up special election

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:12
Dent said he would leave “in the coming weeks” and did not offer any reason for his decision not to serve out his term.

The Point: Trump's claim to be the toughest president ever on Russia just collapsed

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:10
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump made a bold declaration: "Probably nobody's been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump."

Another GOP congressman announces he's resigning

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:10
Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Charlie Dent announced Tuesday he is resigning in the "coming weeks," a decision that came after he first said he'd be retiring at the end of his term in Congress.

Charlie Dent to leave prior to the end of term

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

Rep. Charlie Dent announced Tuesday that he will leave his seat prior to the end of his term.

"After discussions with my family & careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks. Serving the people of #PA15 has been a tremendous responsibility & the privilege of ...

Trump's top economic adviser: 'Never believe the CBO ... never believe them'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:00
Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, criticized the non-partisan scorekeeper on "Fox and Friends" -- a frequently watched by President Trump.

HHS Secretary Azar recovering from intestinal condition

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Health and Human Services official says Secretary Alex Azar is recovering from an intestinal condition and will be reducing some work activities for the time being. 2018-04-17T06:50:00-04:00 2018-04-17T10:50:07-04:00

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

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:00
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. 2018-04-17T06:51:00-04:00 2018-04-17T10:51:30-04:00

Stormy to release sketch of man who threatened her over Trump: lawyer

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels will release a composite sketch on Tuesday of a man she said threatened her and her young daughter against revealing her relationship with Donald Trump, her lawyer said.

Republicans who won't be coming back to Congress after 2018 midterm elections

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:56
On average, nearly two dozen House members retire each cycle without seeking another office.

Supreme Court strikes down key deportation provision, with Gorsuch help

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:54
Justice Neil Gorsuch provided the decisive vote Tuesday in a Supreme Court ruling striking down a key provision that made it easier to deport immigrants convicted of violent crimes, in a blow to the Trump administration.

Supreme Court strikes down key deportation provision

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:54
WASHINGTON-- 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.

Trump fundraising committee uses Comey interview to gain support

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:52

A pro-Trump joint committee on Tuesday used the release of former FBI Director James Comey's book as an opportunity for a fundraising tactic.

Supporters received an email blast from the Trump Make America Great Again Committee slamming Mr. Comey as being a member of "the swamp" and urging people to ...

An increasing number of Americans see the FBI as biased against Trump

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:51
More than half of Republicans say the FBI is biased against Trump.

GOP's internal war intensifies in key Senate races, as McConnell faces new attacks

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:51
There is new tension in the GOP campaigns in West Virginia and Mississippi.

Bipartisan senators' group demands EPA disclose small refinery hardship recipients

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:45
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of 13 U.S. senators told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to disclose the names of companies who received a hardship exemption from the nation's biofuel laws since 2016.

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:45
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. 2018-04-17T06:33:00-04:00 2018-04-17T10:33:47-04:00

Massachusetts court strikes down ban on stun guns

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:44

BOSTON (AP) - The state's highest court has struck down a Massachusetts law that bans the civilian possession of stun guns.

The Supreme Judicial Court said in Tuesday's ruling that prohibiting ownership of the weapons violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The decision marks a reversal for the ...

Paul Ryan cools Congress's fervor for new AUMF war debate

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:43

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan threw cold water on efforts to update the framework of the war on terror, saying Tuesday that he won't allow any bill to come to the House floor that he thinks would restrict military commanders' ability to fight.

Mr. Ryan also defended the legality of ...

Club for Growth endorses Michael Cloud in Texas race to replace Rep. Blake Farenthold

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:40

The conservative group Club for Growth announced its endorsement for Michael Cloud on Tuesday in the race to replace current Rep. Blake Farenthold in Texas.

"Michael Cloud is a true constitutional conservative in the mold of Ron Paul and Ted Cruz. This race presents the choice between an outsider — ...

King 'undecided' on Pompeo for secretary of state

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:40
Sen. Angus King said CIA Director Mike Pompeo does not yet have his vote to be President Donald Trump's next secretary of state.

James Comey casts himself as victim in new memoir

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:33

Fired FBI Director James Comey portrays himself as a victim because of the way Donald Trump reacted when he told the president-elect there was an allegation he spent time with prostitutes in Moscow.

In his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” released on Tuesday, Mr. Comey describes a five-minute one-on-one meeting ...

Supreme Court says Sotomayor breaks shoulder in fall at home

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her left shoulder in a fall at her Washington home. 2018-04-17T06:21:00-04:00 2018-04-17T10:21:28-04:00

Bernie Sanders takes aim at opioid companies

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:29

Sen. Bernard Sanders took direct aim at opioids' makers alleged role in fueling the drug-overdose crisis, releasing a bill Tuesday that says any company that tells consumers their product is not addictive could be fined a quarter of the profits they reap from selling those opioids.

Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent ...

The Latest: Attorney general dismisses call for recusal

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:25

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

A spokeswoman says a request for the Missouri attorney general's office to recuse itself from investigating a charity founded by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is "frivolous."

Greitens' attorney Edward L. Dowd ...

US Senator Sanders Introducing Bill Targeting Opioid Manufacturers

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:24
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would fine opioid drug manufacturers for deceptive marketing and implement the harshest penalties yet on drugmakers found responsible for contributing to the drug epidemic. Sanders, an independent who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, said the bill aimed to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the epidemic and force them to help pay for the crisis, which the White House Council of Economic Advisers has estimated cost more than $500 billion in 2015. The legislation, called the Opioid Crisis Accountability Act of 2018, would ban marketing that falsely suggests an opioid does not have addictive qualities or risks and would fine companies that are found liable for contributing to the epidemic $7.8 billion. Companies that violate the marketing provision would be fined 25 percent of the profits from their opioid products. The legislation would also create criminal liability for top executives of pharmaceutical companies that are found to have contributed to the epidemic. "At a time when local, state and federal government are spending many billions of dollars a year, those people will be held accountable and asked to contribute to help us address the crisis," Sanders said in an interview. "It shouldn't just be the taxpayer that has to pay for the damage that they did." The bill does not yet have any co-sponsors, and with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, it is unlikely to move forward anytime soon. More than 63,600 people died because of drug overdoses in 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congress has held several hearings on the opioid crisis in recent months and recently appropriated billions of dollars to address the epidemic. It is considering dozens of bills to address the crisis, but the legislation so far has been fairly limited in scope, including bills that address government policies and authorize the creation of grant programs. Several states, including Ohio and Kentucky —  among the hardest hit by drug addiction — have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers for fueling the epidemic. "The real legal struggles have taken place at the state level," Sanders said. "It seems to me that it's appropriate to take that fight... here to the federal government."  

Justice Sotomayor breaks shoulder in fall

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:24
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her shoulder in a fall, court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg said Tuesday.

Attorney: Suspect in Vermont school plot could be released

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:22

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's top public defender says he thinks the teenager accused of planning a school shooting that led to changes in the state's gun laws should be released following a bail hearing.

Jack Sawyer is due in court Tuesday.

The 18-year-old Sawyer has been held without bail ...

After a very brief respite, Trump resumes his war of words with California Gov. Jerry Brown

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:20
The president is unhappy with limits being placed on National Guard troops from the state being sent to the border.

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. 2018-04-17T06:11:00-04:00 2018-04-17T10:11:45-04:00

Supreme Court says Sotomayor breaks shoulder in fall at home

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her right shoulder in a fall at her Washington home. 2018-04-17T06:12:00-04:00 2018-04-17T10:12:36-04:00

Supreme Court invalidates part of federal law requiring mandatory deportation of immigrants convicted of crimes

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:15
The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some crimes, holding that the law is unconstitutionally vague.

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:11

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.

The court's 5-4 decision concerns a provision of immigration law that defines a "crime of violence." Conviction ...

Carl Sargeant: Carwyn Jones threatens legal action over report debate

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:53
First minister takes steps to stop AMs discussing a call for leak inquiry findings to be published.

Kimba Wood, judge in Michael Cohen's case, officiated George Soros' wedding

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:52

Federal Judge Kimba Wood, who is overseeing the court case against Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, officiated the 2013 wedding of George Soros, a billionaire supporter of liberal political causes, according to news reports at that time.

The judge is currently weighing whether to have a neutral third party ...

The White House is laughably distancing Trump from Michael Cohen. Here's how might it minimize other allies.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:48
The White House said Monday that Cohen was merely one of “many” Trump lawyers. Really?

Michael Cohen case: What comes next

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:48
The high-profile Monday court hearing tied to the FBI raid on President Trump's personal attorney sets up what could be a drawn-out battle over access to the seized materials.

Justice Sotomayor breaks shoulder in fall at home

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:45
The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her right shoulder in a fall at her Washington home.

The Energy 202: A key Senate Republican zeroes in on Scott Pruitt's emails

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:40
Sen. Barrasso's letter may give other Republicans cover to criticize the EPA chief more openly.

The Point: The single weirdest thing Comey has said about Trump

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:40
Donald Trump doesn't laugh.

Supreme Court says Sotomayor breaks shoulder in fall at home

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her right shoulder in a fall at her Washington home. 2018-04-17T05:35:00-04:00 2018-04-17T09:35:07-04:00

Trump criticizes California governor on troops at border

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing the California governor for rejecting proposed border duties for the National Guard. 2018-04-17T05:23:00-04:00 2018-04-17T09:23:41-04:00

Senator Sanders introducing bill targeting opioid manufacturers

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would fine opioid drug manufacturers for deceptive marketing and implement the harshest penalties yet on drugmakers found responsible for contributing to the drug epidemic.

Jerry Brown: 'Is this a war on California?'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:32

Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he still wants to find a way to send National Guard troops to the border to assist federal authorities on anything but helping Border Patrol agents catch illegal immigrants.

His commitment came just a day after officials said California had refused the initial request ...

Caroline Nokes: MP's office evacuated over 'powder-like substance'

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:26
Workers in protective suits have been at the immigration minister Caroline Nokes' constituency office.

Mnuchin seeks to explain Trump's mystifying Monday tweet on currency manipulation

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:19
The treasury secretary said the president's words were intended as a “warning shot."

Angus King still unsure whether he'll support Mike Pompeo as secretary of state

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:11

Sen. Angus King said Tuesday he's still on the fence about voting for current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state.

"I voted for him for head of the CIA. That is a very different job. That is a job essentially of reporting intelligence, passing info to the ...

Clinton World fumes over Comey book tour: 'He's now lying'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:11
The release Tuesday of James Comey’s highly anticipated memoir has rekindled the simmering feud with top Clinton family advisers, who still blame the fired FBI director for President Trump’s 2016 election victory.

Romanian prosecutors indict ex-leader for revolution deaths

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:09

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanian prosecutors have formally indicted former President Ion Iliescu for crimes against humanity over his role in deaths that occurred during Romania's anti-communist revolution.

Iliescu appeared at the general prosecutor's office Tuesday to hear the charges against him. He did not comment.

Iliescu came to power ...

Recent Missouri editorials

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:01

The Independence Examiner, April 13

Missouri House delay on Greitens is the wrong step

Missouri is in a tough spot - needlessly.

Its governor has failed to refute strong allegations of abusive behavior and violence toward a woman with whom he had an affair - he won't even answer the ...

Comey says FBI's reputation has worsened, but would have been worse without him

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:59
Fired FBI Director James Comey said in an interview that aired Tuesday morning that the FBI's credibility is worse now than it was a few years ago but would be even worse had it not been for his actions leading the bureau.

Trump, Abe to meet despite strain over North Korea, tariffs

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:55
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is playing host to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week amid growing strain between the countries over the president's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the push for new tariffs. 2018-04-17T04:52:00-04:00 2018-04-17T08:52:41-04:00

At least 40 arrested in North Carolina immigration raids

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:53

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - About 40 people have been arrested in North Carolina in raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Bryan Cox with the agency's Atlanta office said about 15 people were arrested in western North Carolina last week. Cox told the Asheville-Citizen Times about 25 people were ...

Trump on Twitter (April 17) - Tax cuts, Japan PM Abe

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:50
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Comey admits drafting Clinton exoneration before interview, defends move as routine

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:49
Former FBI Director James Comey, in his newly released memoir, admitted drafting what Republicans have dubbed an exoneration statement for Hillary Clinton, months before federal investigators interviewed the former secretary of state as part of the email probe.

May regrets colonial anti-gay laws

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:44
Theresa May says the laws, still used in 37 Commonwealth nations, "were wrong then and are wrong now".

The Point: 5 questions for Hannity about Cohen

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:36
On Monday afternoon, in a stunning development even a soap opera writer would roll his eyes at, an attorney for Michael Cohen, a longtime confidante of President Donald Trump, acknowledged that the mysterious third client of Cohen's was none other than conservative talk show host Sean Hannity.

Jim Jordan: Republicans need to focus on agenda, not speaker race

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:35

Rep. Jim Jordan said Tuesday that Republicans should be focused on their agenda and not the House speaker race.

"There is no race for speaker right now," Mr. Jordan, Ohio Republican, said on Fox News.

"If and when there is a speaker's race, I've been encouraged by colleagues to consider ...

Reality Check

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:32
The Home Office has announced a taskforce to help Windrush migrants prove their legal status.

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

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:30
These are the cities and counties that have supported the Trump administration's efforts to combat California's so-called sanctuary laws.

The Finance 202: Trump wants to make Wall Street great again

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:29
Big banks are getting tax cut windfalls.

The Daily 202: Trump fills the job of White House communications director – with himself

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:29
Comey pushback shows the president will always be his own spokesman.

Comey: Trump's call to put him in jail isn't 'normal'

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey says it's "not OK" or "not normal" for the president to call for the jailing of private citizens. 2018-04-17T04:21:00-04:00 2018-04-17T08:21:28-04:00

Why Japan is making a big fuss over tiny islands — 4 things to know

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:08
Why a flag — or a department store catalogue — can provoke a heated response.

Fishing industry warning over future of small boats before Brexit

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:00
Hundreds of small boats will be lost unless they are allowed to land bigger catches, the fishing industry says.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Tax bill will help Republicans in tough midterm races

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:59

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Tuesday that Republicans are confident the tax bill will help them in the midterm races, but said her party isn't taking anything for granted.

"After years of stagnant economy, stagnant wages, people are seeing their take-home pay go up," Ms. Rodgers said on "The Hugh ...

A grumpy Trump welcomes Japan's weakened leader

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:28
Shinzo Abe visits Mar-a-Lago as both he and Trump grapple with spiraling domestic scandals.

Bipartisan majority want tougher action on Russia: Poll

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:21

A majority of Americans want tougher sanctions against Russia after its recent actions, according to a poll out Tuesday.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 68 percent support more action against Russia. The breakdown shows people agree on this issue across party lines with 74 percent of ...

'This is not some tin-pot dictatorship': Comey pushes back against Trump's suggestion he be jailed

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:19
The former FBI director told NPR that the president's tweets should not be considered normal.

Hague: War powers act not viable

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:17
Why did the former foreign secretary change his mind over a war powers act?

Putin wants a shining legacy. He has to solve 3 big problems first.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:09
Russians love his assertiveness now. But the consequences may be expensive.

Post-ABC Poll: Public supports Trump-Kim meeting, but isn’t getting its hopes up

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:09
Two-thirds doubt a Trump-Kim meeting will lead North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Large majority supports tougher Russia sanctions, Post-ABC poll finds

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:09
Nearly half say Trump has done “too little” to criticize Russia

County considers lawyers for those facing deportation

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:02

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county is considering whether it will fund lawyers for immigrants facing deportation.

The Montgomery County Council will vote Tuesday on whether it will spend $374,000 on the effort. The Washington Post reports deportation proceedings are civil matters, not criminal. As such, people facing deportation ...

Jurors to hear closing arguments in Kansas bomb case

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:59

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys will make their closing arguments this week to jurors deciding the fate of three men accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex housing Somali immigrants.

The jury in the trial Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen returns to the courtroom ...

AP Interview: Moon adviser says NKorea seeks economic growth

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:51

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un likely decided to put his nuclear weapons program up for negotiation to win outside rewards so he can improve his country's economy, win public trust at home and prolong his leadership, a special adviser to the South Korean president ...

Supreme Court hearing case about online sales tax collection

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about whether a rule it announced decades ago in a case involving a catalog retailer should still apply in the age of the internet. 2018-04-17T02:34:00-04:00 2018-04-17T06:34:22-04:00

Brexit: Leave.EU figure praised 'clever' Nazi tactics

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:23
An inquiry publishes recordings of a Leave.EU figure appearing to compare its Brexit campaign to the Nazis.

Zinke refers to himself as a geologist. That's a job he's never held.

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:16
Defending his decision to shrink the Bears Ears national monument to lawmakers last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke fell back one of his favorite credentials.

Pompeo hunts for Democratic votes in his floor confirmation strategy

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:15
President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next secretary of state may not get a favorable committee vote, but that won't stop his nomination, according to GOP lawmakers and aides.

The powerful pattern Democrats must break to win the Senate

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:13
The battle between the parties for control of the closely divided US Senate has become a contest between the exception and the rule.

Q&A for federal workers: 'Weather and safety leave' policies finalized

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:07
New policies set on when agencies may dismiss federal employees from work with pay for reasons ranging from snowstorms to building power outages.

Why do we need new rules on shipping emissions? Well, 90 percent of global trade depends on ships.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:07
The new rules won't be “Paris compliant,” though — they don't go far enough.

DOJ misses deadline to hand over Comey's Trump memos, seeks more time

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:00
The Justice Department missed a Monday deadline to provide GOP congressmen copies of memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about his conversations with President Trump – but is seeking a brief extension while officials review the request.

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