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Prosecutors: Butina is flight risk, should stay in jail until trial

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:50
Prosecutors on Wednesday said Mariia Butina should be held in jail until her trial, because her life in the US has been predicated on deception.

Democrats calling for ICE to be abolished include Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and others

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:50
Some Democrats have joined the call to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency -- especially under President Trump’s administration.

Afghan 205th Corps Increases Capabilities with Quick-Response Company

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:47
More than 100 soldiers from the Afghan army’s newly established Eagle Strike Company, a quick-response company, finished six weeks of training and exercises and received their graduation certificates.
Afghan soldier salutes.

Charles Schumer calls President Trump's Putin walk back 'pathetic' and 'weak'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:39

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said President Trump's "half-hearted" and "ham-fisted" attempts to distance himself from controversial comments he during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin are ringing hollow.

"Yesterday, President Trump went through a 'walk back,'" Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, said Wednesday on the Senate Floor. "President ...

Judge rules Michigan cafe owner won't be deported

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:30

HARBERT, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan restaurant owner from Turkey who has been facing deportation for more than a decade will now be allowed to stay in the U.S.

Ibrahim Parlak learned Tuesday he was granted a deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, an international law protecting refugees ...

President Trump today

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:25

Prosecutors want suspected covert Russian agent kept in jail

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:24

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 29-year-old gun-rights activist accused of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while she lived in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday in court papers.

Maria Butina had contact information for people who, prosecutors say, were employees of the Russia's Federal ...

Trump versus US intelligence on Russian election interference

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:22
The US government is convinced Russia interfered in the 2016 election, the operation was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it was designed to help Donald Trump win. The US intelligence community announced these conclusions in a bombshell report in January 2017.

U.S. asks court to detain alleged Russian agent pending trial

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:22
The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal court on Wednesday to detain alleged Russian agent Maria Butina pending her trial, saying she poses a serious flight risk and will likely appeal to people in the Russian government to assist her in fleeing.

The Point: Democrats should maybe slow their roll on pushing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as their next big star

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:20
Since her massive upset victory over New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been touted as the fastest-rising star in the Democratic firmament. Potential 2020 presidential contenders seized on her victory as a sign that unapologetic liberalism is where the party is headed. Suddenly would-be national candidates were falling all over themselves to call to abolish ICE. Think pieces over What It All Means -- including in this space -- were launched.

GOP rep.: 'I don't really care' about repercussions of criticizing Trump

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:12
A retiring Republican congressman who has been critical of President Donald Trump's handling of the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he doesn't care about any repercussions he may face from speaking out.

Boeing gets contract for $3.9 billion to build two new Air Force One planes by 2024

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 17:07

Boeing has reached a $3.9 billion deal with the Pentagon to build two Air Force One planes by 2024, as President Trump pushes for the new planes to be painted patriotic red, white and blue instead of the current baby blue aircraft.

The White House said Tuesday that the deal ...

House spending bill would provide $5 billion for barriers, tech on southern border

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:58

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released its 2019 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that includes $5 billion to go toward "border security assets and infrastructure," including more than 200 miles of new barrier construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The $5 billion would be for "physical barriers ...

Former FBI Director Comey on Twitter: vote Democratic

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:57
Former FBI Director James Comey, a longtime Republican who has clashed with President Donald Trump over the federal Russia probe, urged Americans to vote for Democrats in November congressional elections.

Arizona Senate candidate who fatally shot his mom decades ago argues for gun rights for self-defense

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:52
When it comes to gun ownership, Arizona state Senate candidate Bobby Wilson says it’s important to have a “good guy with a gun” in dangerous situations.

Obama says men have been getting on 'his nerves' and urges 'empowering more women'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:47
Former US president Barack Obama is urging more women to get involved in social movements and governance "because men have been getting on my nerves recently."

Air Force Recruiters Learn About Innovations for Next-Gen Special Ops Airmen

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:45
For the first time in the Defense Department, a series of career field specialties is using human performance monitoring and a data collection system, as well as specialized recruiters.
An airman stands in a lighted pod during a body composition test.

In full: Boris Johnson's resignation speech

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:44
The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson attacks the government's approach to Brexit.

House panel would provide $5b for Trump border wall

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:43

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House spending bill would provide $5 billion next year for building President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. That's well above the $1.6 billion the Senate version of the measure provides, suggesting that a budget battle lies ahead.

Trump's budget requested $1.6 billion for 2019 ...

EPA rolls back Obama-era coal ash regulations

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:42
As one of his first major acts as acting director of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler signed and finalized new standards overseeing coal ash, the leftover waste created by power plants that burn coal. The new rules are a revision of 2015 regulations that were put into place by the Obama administration after two significant industrial coal ash spills.

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina offered sex in exchange for US job, prosecutors say

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:42
The 29-year-old Russian woman accused of covertly working as a foreign agent while living in the United States allegedly offered to have sex with an unnamed individual in return for a job in the United States, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Margaret Hodge faces 'action' over Corbyn anti-Semitism row

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:40
Dame Margaret Hodge is reported to have called Jeremy Corbyn "anti-Semitic".

Marco Rubio: U.S. must stop underestimating Putin

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:39

Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday warned against underestimating Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he said is a mistake made by previous administrations.

The Florida Republican explained during an interview on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" that whoever won the 2016 presidential election would have fallen into years of Russian spy controversy.

...

Secret Service agent dies after suffering stroke on the job

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:38
A United States Secret Service agent died after suffering a stroke while supporting President Donald Trump's trip to Scotland over the weekend, the Secret Service and multiple law enforcement sources tell CNN.

PMQs: Harman and May on pairing for MPs who cannot vote

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:36
The longest-serving woman MP and so Mother of the House, calls for proxy voting for women MPs on maternity leave.

PMQs: Jenkyns and May on Brexit and Remain

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:31
Theresa May tells one of her backbenchers that "Brexit continues to mean Brexit".

Novartis joins Pfizer in deferring drug-price hikes

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:27

Novartis on Wednesday became the second major drug company to defer price increases in 2018, citing a "dynamic environment" in the U.S. as President Trump attempts to swat away critics and use market-based pressure to bring costs down.

Mr. Trump took a victory lap after he convinced Pfizer Inc. to ...

George Soros: Obama was 'my greatest disappointment'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:09

Former President Barack Obama was "actually my greatest disappointment," liberal megadonor George Soros said in an interview published by The New York Times on Tuesday.

An early supporter of Mr. Obama's 2008 election campaign, Mr. Soros told The Times that he felt let down on a professional level by the ...

Trump Supreme Court pick: I would 'put the nail' in ruling upholding independent counsel

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:06
Judge Brett Kavanaugh two years ago expressed his desire to overturn a three-decade-old Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of an independent counsel, a comment bound to get renewed scrutiny in his confirmation proceedings to sit on the high court.

Secret Service agent dies after suffering a stroke during Scotland visit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:02

The Secret Service confirmed that an agent died Wednesday morning from health complications in Scotland during the president's European trip.

"It is with great sadness and regret to report that the agent, a 19-year Secret Service veteran and dedicated professional of the highest order, passed early this morning on July ...

The Latest: Louisiana election sign-up period has opened

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:00

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Latest on Louisiana's election sign-up period (all times local):

9 a.m.

Louisiana's election registration period has opened, with a flurry of candidates at the secretary of state's office to fill out paperwork and get on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Two of the four announced ...

Rand Paul: John Brennan is 'bigoted,' 'sort of unhinged'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:50

Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday continued to defend President Trump from one of his top critics, blasting former CIA Director John Brennan as "the most biased, bigoted, over the top, hyperbolic, sort of unhinged."

During an interview on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" Mr. Paul said it "really is an insult ...

Russia says no grounds for arrest in U.S. of suspected Russian agent: RIA

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:30
Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday the arrest in the United States of a 29-year-old woman accused of being a Russian agent was carried out to spoil the positive impact of Monday's Russia-U.S. summit in Helsinki, RIA news agency reported.

Clinton controversies return to spotlight in Kavanaugh confirmation

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:30
Some of the most salacious, tragic and infamous controversies of Bill Clinton’s presidency are being revisited, yet again, as the paper trail phase of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court ramps up.

Trump expects 'big results,' including North Korea, after Putin summit

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:25
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his meeting with Vladimir Putin would lead to "big results," in a continuing bid to calm a storm over his failure to criticize the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the 2016 U.S. election.

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

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

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Texas newspapers:

Corpus Christi Caller-Times. July 16, 2018.

Two stories in recent days of refugee mothers united with their children were happy. But they were not endings. Far from it.

The inhuman ordeal of separation has ended for them. But now they face ...

Face of Defense: Sailor Finds Balance as Navy Recruiter

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:15
Recruiters’ lives are rooted in their communities, making them representatives of the life the Navy has to offer. It’s a unique and often stressful job that requires sailors to creatively adapt to an ever-changing landscape, but also allows for great growth in a sailor’s personal and professional life.
A sailor stands in front of a Navy unit logo.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed by Democrats: Her socialist dreams 'would bankrupt the country'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:05

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old socialist who secured a stunning Democratic primary win over New York Rep. Joseph Crowley last month, is getting slammed by some Democrats who say her fringe views are damaging the party.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, now an independent, wrote an op-ed for The Wall ...

Prime Minister's Questions: The key bits and the verdict

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:42
Theresa May clashed with Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit - here are the key bits.

Minnesotan Somalis await decision on protected status

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:37

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expected to decide by Thursday whether it will extend temporary legal protections for about 250 Somalis who fled violence and famine in their home country, many of whom live in Minnesota.

The special immigration designation for Somalia was initially approved ...

Poll favors confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:21

A plurality of voters supports the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, including nearly one in five Democrats, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey found that 40 percent of voters want the Senate to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, while 28 percent ...

Germany on Helsinki summit: Dialogue is best way to solve problems

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:00
Germany welcomed this week's summit in Finland between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with a government spokesman saying talking is the best way to overcome differences.

Joe Kennedy III calls for Donald Trump's translator to testify before Congress

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:55

Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III called on the White House Wednesday to publicly recount what occurred in the private meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

If the White House does not come forward, Congress should bring the president's translator to testify, under subpoena if necessary, the Massachusetts ...

Trump resumes defense of Putin summit after walk-back, rips 'haters' with 'Derangement Syndrome'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:38
President Trump on Wednesday quickly resumed his full-throated defense of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after attempting to walk back the most controversial moment from their joint press conference, once again calling the summit a success and blasting his critics as “haters” with “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

Trump resumes defense of Putin summit after walk-back, rips 'haters' with 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:38
President Trump on Wednesday quickly resumed his full-throated defense of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after attempting to walk back and clarify the most controversial moment in the joint-press conference in Helsinki, while blasting the “haters” who suffer from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

Trump keeps up defense of Helsinki performance

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:26
President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued to defend his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a day after walking back his remarks in which he would not endorse US intelligence findings on Russian election meddling over Putin's denial.

Trump Offers New Boast of Successful Meeting with Putin

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:22
U.S. President Donald Trump is once again defending his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a day after reversing his acceptance of Putin's denial that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election. "So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki," Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning. "Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come!" The president's Twitter statement came after he said he accepted the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," Trump told reporters in remarks from the White House. But he then added: "Could be other people also. A lot of people out there." His comments come a day after he publicly accepted Putin’s denial that Moscow was involved in election interference, drawing sharp criticism from both Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers for taking the foreign leader’s word over his own intelligence agencies. Lawmakers called his comments shameful and a disgrace to the U.S. presidency. Claims he misspoke At a White House meeting with Republican lawmakers on Tuesday, Trump said that after he reviewed a transcript of his Helsinki remarks, he said 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," 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. He 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. He echoed that sentiment about his meeting with his Russian counterpart again Wednesday morning in another Twitter post. "While the NATO meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success." On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, responded to Trump’s 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 a joint news conference with Putin on Monday, Trump said, "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today." Congressional criticism A day later, U.S. lawmakers continued to condemn Trump's performance.   “It’s almost as if Donald Trump is embracing Putin’s knees. I’m ashamed of it. Every American should be,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said. “Can you imagine if President Kennedy believed Khrushchev when he said there were no missiles in Cuba?”   Some Republicans have come to Trump’s defense. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said, “The president has gone through a year and a half of totally partisan investigations — what’s he supposed to think?” Democrats are demanding action to rein in Trump and counter Russia, from congressional hearings on the Helsinki summit to increased sanctions against Russia to legislation protecting the special counsel in the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller. Mueller's 14-month investigation is ongoing, with no apparent end in sight.   “Words are not enough. Our response to the debasement of American interests before a foreign adversary demands a response not just in word but in deed,” Schumer said. “Our Republican colleagues cannot just go ‘Tsk, tsk, tsk.’ They must act.”   “I think there’s a lot we can do together,” the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, responded. “But as long as this becomes a political, partisan, stop-Trump-at-all-costs effort, I don’t think we are going to make much progress.” Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, told reporters he expects Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify on Russia as early as next week.   Some Trump critics called on his key national security aides to quit in the face of the president saying that he had "confidence" in both Putin and the U.S. intelligence community.   Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, asked in a Twitter comment, "If you're on the Trump national security team, and you've been out there saying how strong Trump is on Russia and how serious our commitment is to NATO, how do you not resign after the last four days?” There has been no indication so far that any of Trump's key aides planned to quit.

Donald Trump: Haters upset there was no 'boxing match' at Helsinki summit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:16

President Trump said Wednesday that "many haters" were bothered by his good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he had a summit with earlier in the week in Helsinki, Finland.

Mr. Trump claimed "so many people at the higher ends" of the intelligence community approved of his comments at ...

Socialists working from within to push Democratic Party further left

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:00
In states all around the country, Democrats running for office are seeking the blessing of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Boris Johnson to make 'resignation speech' in Commons

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:58
The ex-foreign secretary will expand on his reasons for quitting the government over Brexit policy.

Alabama Republican who once spurned Trump wins runoff election

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:52
U.S. Representative Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican who spurned Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, has decisively won a runoff election against a former Democrat-turned-Trump supporter.

Russia agrees to help with North Korea relationship, Trump says

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:48
Russia has agreed to help improve relations with North Korea, President Trump said in a tweet Wednesday.

Trump says 'no rush' on North Korea nuclear negotiations

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:47
President Donald Trump said Wednesday there is "no rush" in its negotiations with North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Trump seems to question US commitment to defending all NATO allies

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:14
President Donald Trump seemingly questioned the United States' commitment to defending all NATO allies in an interview that aired Tuesday evening.

Support for abortion rights depends on how you ask the question

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:11
Justice Anthony Kennedy's resignation from the Supreme Court and President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh have created the possibility of a more conservative Supreme Court overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision, reopening the issue of abortion in American politics.

Trump says "big results will come" with Putin

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:10
U.S President Donald Trump said Wednesday he got on well with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Finland and "big results will come".

Theresa May to make two-day Brexit visit to NI

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:40
The prime minister will meet border businesses and give a speech on Brexit in Belfast.

Sen. Durbin calls for investigation of abuse allegations at shelter for separated children

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:40
Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin says the United States is investigating allegations of abuse at a Chicago facility that houses children separated from their parents at the Mexican border.

George Soros calls Obama 'greatest disappointment,' says he doesn't 'particularly want to be a Democrat'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:40
New York billionaire and philanthropist George Soros said Barack Obama was his “greatest disappointment,” during a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times published on Tuesday, while also appearing to try to distance himself from partisan politics.

Trump falsely claims Queen reviewed honor guard for first time in 70 years

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:18
US President Donald Trump has wrongly claimed that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years during his visit to the United Kingdom last week.

MP John Woodcock quits Labour with attack on "hard left"

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:45
The Barrow and Furness MP says Labour has been "taken over by the hard left".

Ex-FBI chief Comey urges voters to support Democrats in fall

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:33

WASHINGTON (AP) - James Comey, the FBI director who was fired last year by President Donald Trump, is urging voters to support Democrats in November's midterm elections.

Comey says on Twitter that the "Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders' design that 'Ambition must ... counteract ambition.'" That ...

Dem's campaign manager quits after video shows candidate secretly backing gun ban

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:30
The campaign manager of a Democrat seeking a U.S. House seat in upstate New York quit the campaign Tuesday, after a video showed the candidate saying she wouldn't publicly endorse a ban on certain firearms -- for fear that she’d lose the election.

German court releases man convicted in far-right trial

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

BERLIN (AP) - A German court has ordered the release of a man convicted last week as an accessory to the murder of nine victims of a neo-Nazi group that targeted immigrants.

Ralf Wohlleben was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment at the end of a trial that lasted more than ...

Trump tries a do-over as bipartisan criticism of Putin fiasco grows louder

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:00
As the searing criticism of President Trump grows even hotter, the latest leaks suggest that an old and damaging pattern is repeating itself.

Brexit: MPs 'frightened' by party extremists

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:49
Tory MP Anna Soubry says 'both political parties are in the grips of their own extremists'.

Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:33

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - When Aziz Abdul reached Australia's Christmas Island aboard a smuggler's boat, he had no idea that weeks earlier in 2013, his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed.

Australia drew a line in the sand on ...

Republican Senators Seek to Reassure US Allies After Trump Trip

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:08
President Donald Trump stunned many around the world with his refusal to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin as he stood beside him in Helsinki Monday. This coming after Trump's harsh criticism of close U.S. allies, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the European Union and NATO. VOA’s Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.

Facing Capitol Hill Criticism, Trump Corrects Russia Comments

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:08
President Donald Trump accepted the U.S. intelligence community assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election Tuesday, just a day after saying the opposite as he stood alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump’s reversal came after strong criticism from both parties on Capitol Hill -- prompting many lawmakers to consider further action, as VOA’s congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson reports.

First woman MP Markievicz to be honoured in Parliament

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:26
A portrait of Constance Markievicz is to be hung in Parliament, 100 years after her election as an MP.

Ian Paisley: Report due into '£100k holidays'

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:15
A parliamentary watchdog investigated claims the North Antrim MP did not declare £100,000 in hospitality.

Lieberman slams Ocasio-Cortez, urges voters to pick Joe Crowley

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:15
A former Democratic Senator and Vice President candidate Joe Lieberman came out swinging against New York Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and urged voters to vote for defeated top Democrat Joe Crowley who will appear on the ballot of the Working Families Party.

Louisiana fall elections sign-up period opens Wednesday

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:58

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Candidates seeking seats in Louisiana's fall election have to declare their intentions and register for their races this week, in the sign-up period opening Wednesday.

Top of the Nov. 6 ballot are Louisiana's U.S. House elections and a special election for secretary of state, to ...

US pays $77G to Trump's golf resort prior to visit: report

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:07
The U.S. reportedly paid more than $77,000 to the Scottish golf resort owned by President Trump prior to his visit last week, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing federal spending records.

Discord over Trump's Helsinki humiliation hands Putin another win

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:06
Vladimir Putin is winning so much, he's going to get tired of winning.

200 new citizens to be naturalized

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 06:10

BOSTON (AP) - Approximately 200 people will become new citizens of the United States at ceremony in Massachusetts.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston will host a celebration of the naturalization presided by the Honorable Judge Mary Page Kelley for the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts ...

James Comey urges voters to choose Democrats, warns that 'history has its eyes on us'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 06:00
Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday said “history has its eyes on us” and encouraged people to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

Theresa May prepares for a grilling from MPs

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 05:30
After Prime Minister's Questions, the PM will be questioned by senior MPs and go to a meeting of backbenchers.

Ex-FBI head James Comey urges public to vote Democratic

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 05:19
Former FBI Director James Comey is urging "all who believe in this country's values" to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

Boeing Gets $3.9B Contract for New Air Force One Jets

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 05:10
Boeing has received a $3.9 billion contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One by the U.S. president, due to be delivered by December 2024 and painted red, white and blue, officials said on Tuesday. The Pentagon announced the decision on Tuesday, saying Seattle-based Boeing's previously awarded contract for development work had been expanded to include design, modification and fielding of two mission-ready presidential 747-8 aircraft. The contract followed the outlines of the informal deal reached between Boeing and the White House in February. That agreement came after President Donald Trump objected to the $4 billion price tag of a previous Air Force One deal, complaining in a Twitter post that "costs are out of control" and adding "Cancel order!" The White House said in February the new deal would save taxpayers more than $1.4 billion, but those savings could not be independently confirmed. Air Force budget documents released in February for fiscal year 2019 disclosed a $3.9 billion cost for the two-aircraft program. The same 2018 budget document, not adjusted for inflation, showed the price at $3.6 billion. The Boeing 747-8s are designed to be an airborne White House able to fly in worst-case security scenarios, such as nuclear war, and are modified with military avionics, advanced communications and a self-defense system. A congressional official briefed on Tuesday about the deal indicated it was little changed from the informal agreement reached in February, calling for two 747-8 aircraft to be built for $3.9 billion and delivered by December 2024. Trump told CBS in an interview that aired on Tuesday that the new model Air Force One would be updated on the inside and have a different exterior color scheme from the current white and two shades of blue dating back to President John F. Kennedy's administration. "Red, white and blue," Trump said. "Air Force One is going to be incredible. It's going to be the top of the line, the top in the world. And it's going to be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate."

James Comey urges voters to support Democrats in midterm elections

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:57

James Comey, the FBI director who was fired last year by President Donald Trump, is urging voters to support Democrats in November's midterm elections.

Comey says on Twitter that the "Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders' design that 'Ambition must ... counteract ambition.'" That refers to the ...

Ex-New York state Sen. Dean Skelos, son convicted of extortion, bribery

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:30
A former New York state Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges of pressuring businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican's political support.

GOP Rep. Will Hurd: Trump should not meet one-on-one with world leaders

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:23
Republican Rep. Will Hurd is advising against President Donald Trump having solo meetings with other world leaders because "too much is at stake."

Andrew Cuomo donor Christopher Kim gave $1 67 times to drive down average donation

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:20

Always be a man of the people; especially if you can game the system to look like one.

At least since Sen. Bernard Sanders turned it into a talking point that the average donation to his 2016 presidential campaign was $27, politicians have touted a small figure as proof they ...

Mattis open to talks with his Russian counterpart

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:16
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is open to talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, but there are currently no plans for such a conversation, a US defense official tells CNN.

Alabama Republican who once spurned Trump appears headed for runoff win

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:09
U.S. Representative Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican who spurned Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, appeared headed for victory on Tuesday in a runoff election against a former Democrat-turned-Trump supporter.

Grenfell fire: Ban on combustible material 'not enough'

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 03:44
A committee of MPs say a wider ban on combustible material and requiring sprinklers would save lives,

Martha Roby wins Republican runoff in Alabama

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 03:42

MILLBROOK, Ala. — U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama's Republican runoff on Tuesday, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president.

The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot having ...

Onetime Trump critic Roby wins GOP Senate runoff in Alabama

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 03:37

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama's Republican runoff on Tuesday, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president.

The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot ...

Trump-backed Ala. Rep. Martha Roby withstands primary challenge, despite 'Access Hollywood' criticism

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 03:30
Voters in Alabama on Tuesday backed four-term Republican incumbent Rep. Martha Roby in a closely watched primary runoff, less than two years after she alienated some constituents by distancing herself from President Trump amid the "Access Hollywood" scandal.

US Judge Denies Motion by Trump Ex-Campaign Chief to Move Virginia Trial

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 03:15
A federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday denied a motion by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to move a trial set to start next week from the Washington suburb of Alexandria to the city of Roanoke, Virginia. Manafort had requested a change of venue on the grounds that local publicity about the case would make it hard to get a fair trial. But U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis denied the request, saying a questionnaire would ensure that a panel of impartial jurors could be selected. The trial is one of two at which Manafort must defend himself against a number of charges ranging from bank fraud to failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine. Manafort's prosecution arose out of U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. One trial is set for July 25 in Alexandria, Virginia, and the second case in Washington has a Sept. 17 trial date. Judge Ellis, who is overseeing the Alexandria case, has yet to rule on Manafort's motion to postpone proceedings until after the Washington trial is done. Earlier on Tuesday, Mueller filed a series of sealed motions calling for immunity for five potential witnesses in the Alexandria trial. Ellis last week denied Manafort's bid to stay at a jail in rural Virginia where he said he was being treated like a "VIP," and ordered him moved to a jail in Alexandria closer to his attorneys and his home.

Donald Trump's Vladimir Putin charm offensive aims to detach Russia from China, analysts say

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:42

For 18 months, the Trump administration has taken numerous firm actions against the Kremlin, and foreign policy analysts say President Trump's charm offensive toward Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday shouldn't overshadow that.

Hundreds of Russian businesses, power brokers and influential oligarchs remain under tough U.S. economic sanctions, and the ...

AP-AK--Alaska News Coverage Advisory, AK

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:39

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Alaska. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Anchorage bureau at 800-770-7549 or at apanchorage@ap.org. News Editor Mark Thiessen can be reached at 907-272-7549 or mthiessen@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not ...

Stop Oregon Sanctuaries anti-sanctuary initiative qualifies for November ballot

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:30

An Oregon anti-sanctuary initiative has qualified for the November ballot, raising the real possibility that one of the nation's bluest states could become the first to repeal sanctuary status for immigrants who crossed the border illegally.

The Oregon Secretary of State's office announced Tuesday that Initiative Petition 22 had cleared ...

Trump says 'I'm not pro-Russia,' hits ex-CIA chief Brennan for calling Putin news conference 'treasonous'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:30
President Trump denied that he was "pro-Russia" and slammed former CIA Director John Brennan in an interview with Fox News after the ex-intelligence chief described Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "treasonous."

US offers no details as Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:24
Russia announced it was ready to pursue agreements reached by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump "in the sphere of international security," though the White House and Pentagon would not confirm any agreements had been made or offer any details.

Trump, seeking to calm political storm over Putin summit, says he misspoke

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:23
U.S. President Donald Trump tried on Tuesday to calm a storm over his failure to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, saying he misspoke in a joint news conference in Helsinki.

Voice of Britain

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:18
What difference does a person's accent make to getting on in politics?

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