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Top GOP super PAC books $48 million in ads for House races

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:16
Most of that — $38 million — is reserved for television airtime in 20 battleground House districts.

New Mexico's largest city curbs federal immigration agents' powers to deport illegals

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:15
The city of Albuquerque passed measures on Monday that curb federal officials’ authority to deport illegal immigrants.

France's Macron urges defence of democracy in EU

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:09
The French leader warns Europe not to be a "generation of sleepwalkers" ignorant of its past.

How to make sense of our collapsing global order

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:06
We don't know what's happening, and we desperately need good scholarship to inform us.

Windrush deportation: Who are the Windrush generation?

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:01
Thousands of people from across the Commonwealth moved to the UK in the mid-20th century.

Why Comey used ABC's platform to go scorched earth against Trump

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:00
James Comey, whose public persona is based on the image of an upright G-man, has tarnished his own halo.

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

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:59
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. 2018-04-17T00:37:00-04:00 2018-04-17T04:37:55-04:00

Trump to host Japan's Abe amid strain over N. Korea, tariffs

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:47
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will play host to Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago this week amid growing strain between the two countries over the president's planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his push for new tariffs. 2018-04-17T00:39:00-04:00 2018-04-17T04:39:34-04:00

Legal challenge to devolved Brexit bills

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:41
The UK government asks the Supreme Court to rule whether the Scottish and Welsh legislation is legal.

UK pay squeeze comes to an end

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:35
Average weekly earnings in Britain in real terms increased by 0.2% excluding bonuses.

Brexit: Welsh Government continuity bill referred to Supreme Court

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:29
UK ministers force a challenge to the Welsh Government's bid to protect devolved powers.

Pound climbs to highest since Brexit vote

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:01
Sterling continues to climb above $1.43 as recovery continues from post-referendum lows.

ABC makes unusual decision to release all of Comey talk

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:35
NEW YORK (AP) — Before airing George Stephanopoulos' interview with former FBI Director James Comey, ABC News made the unusual decision of releasing a full transcript of its nearly five-hour talk, including all the material that was not included in the broadcast. 2018-04-16T18:19:00-04:00 2018-04-16T22:19:01-04:00

Orange County city votes again to opt out of California's sanctuary state law

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:24
A Southern California city council voted Monday for the second time to cement its opposition to the state’s sanctuary law following a tense 5-hour debate and clashes between anti-sanctuary measure supporters and protesters.

California city debates sanctuary law exemption

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:59

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) - The conservative backlash against California's sanctuary law has taken the form of lawsuits and public tongue-lashings.

But one tiny city in Orange County may take the step of declaring itself legally exempt.

On Monday evening, after a peaceful but noisy confrontation by pro- and con ...

Trump's tabloid past may come back to haunt him

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:28
Donald Trump's tabloid lifestyle made him rich, famous and ultimately built the persona that made him President. Yet his back-to-the-future encounter with his sensational and melodramatic past might become his Achilles' heel.

Trump Remains in Battle Mode Over Comey Interview

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:15
The Trump White House remained in battle mode Monday, one day after former FBI director James Comey described the president as “morally unfit” for office in an interview with ABC News. The administration has mounted a furious counterattack against Comey through Twitter and White House surrogates, as we hear from VOA National correspondent Jim Malone.

Electoral commission looks into Ian Paisley event

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:05
Mid and East Antrim Council paid £1,500 for a table at an event hosted by DUP MP Ian Paisley.

White House says Russia sanctions still under consideration

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House scrambled Monday to walk back U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's weekend announcement that new economic sanctions against Russia are imminent, but stressed the penalties are still being considered. 2018-04-16T14:52:00-04:00 2018-04-16T18:52:29-04:00

Senators introduce new war powers resolution

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman and other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unveiled a bipartisan resolution Monday authorizing the use of military force overseas, accelerating a debate that Congress has been reluctant to have, but that's taking on new urgency after President Donald Trump's strikes on Syria. 2018-04-16T15:01:00-04:00 2018-04-16T19:01:35-04:00

Potential Greitens impeachment would face legal ambiguities

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:59
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers considering whether to impeach Republican Gov. Eric Greitens may first have to wrestle with an unprecedented question: Does it matter that the alleged actions occurred before he was in office? 2018-04-16T20:36:00-04:00 2018-04-17T00:36:52-04:00

Warrenpoint Port master plan aims for 80% growth

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:35
Warrenpoint Port pledges resilience and aims for 80% growth in roll-on, roll-off freight.

California rejects proposed border duties for troops, US says

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:30
The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard’s initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided.

Fed's bank regulator to pitch Congress on stress test, liquidity changes

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's top banking regulator will tell lawmakers on Tuesday that he wants more industry input into stress tests and to ease liquidity requirements for large, non-global lenders.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs South Dakota e-commerce sale tax fight

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider 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.

US-led strike raises questions about what's next in Syria strategy

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:08
The US-led attack on alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities raised a question around the world: What next?

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

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:51
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. 2018-04-16T20:37:00-04:00 2018-04-17T00:37:54-04:00

Trump to host Japan's Abe amid strain over N. Korea, tariffs

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:51
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will play host to Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago this week amid growing strain between the two countries over the president's planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his push for new tariffs. 2018-04-16T20:37:00-04:00 2018-04-17T00:37:00-04:00

Albuquerque, New Mexico passes 'immigrant friendly' measures

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:45
TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - The U.S. city of Albuquerque passed measures on Monday that make it harder for federal officials to deport illegal immigrants, a week after a federal judge blocked a Trump administration effort to withhold funding from cities that took such steps.

Trump to host Japan's Abe amid strain over N. Korea, tariffs

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:36
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will play host to Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago this week amid growing strain between the two countries over the president's planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his push for new tariffs. 2018-04-16T20:33:00-04:00 2018-04-17T00:33:29-04:00

Potential Greitens impeachment would face legal ambiguities

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:36
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers may face an unprecedented question as they decide whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens: Does it matter that the alleged actions occurred before he was in office? 2018-04-16T20:21:00-04:00 2018-04-17T00:21:26-04:00

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

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:34

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.

The result is that as ...

Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:26

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and his allies have hit a new level of anxiety after the raid on his personal attorney's office, fearful of deeper exposure for Trump, his inner circle and his adult children - and more than concerned that they don't know exactly what is in ...

Potential Greitens impeachment would face legal ambiguities

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:21

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers considering whether to impeach Republican Gov. Eric Greitens may first have to wrestle with an unprecedented question: Does it matter that the alleged actions occurred before he was in office?

There is no definitive answer to that question because only one Missouri executive ...

The Latest: Albuquerque immigrant measure goes to mayor

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:19

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on an Albuquerque City Council vote on a measure supporting immigrant-friendly policies (all times local):

10:20 p.m.

The Albuquerque City Council has approved a measure that would prevent federal immigration officers from entering a prisoner transport center without a warrant, and prohibit local tax ...

Japan's Abe to meet with Trump as scandals swirl at home

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:10

TOKYO (AP) - Domestic political scandals and sinking approval ratings are weighing on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he heads to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for two days of talks starting Tuesday.

Before boarding his flight from Tokyo, Abe took the unusual step of pledging to clean up ...

Senators release bipartisan proposal to reauthorize use of force against non-state groups

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
The legislation, which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take up later this month, would replace the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs with a new authorization.

John McCain has surgery after intestinal infection; aides say he's in stable condition

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
Senate colleagues who have spoken to McCain report that his mind is sharp, but his office has given no indication about when he will be able to return to the Senate.

The gaping hole in Sean Hannity's story about being Michael Cohen's client

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
As he railed against FBI raids last week, the Fox News host did not disclose that his own communications with Cohen might have been seized.

When it comes to Amazon, President Trump talks a good populist game, but will he act?

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
Moving against Amazon would require steps that go strongly against Trump's deregulatory philosophy.

What's in those seized records? Trump's biggest new worry

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies have hit a new level of anxiety after the raid on his personal attorney's office, fearful of deeper exposure for Trump, his inner circle and his adult children — and more than concerned that they don't know exactly what is in those records and electronic devices seized last week. 2018-04-16T16:12:00-04:00 2018-04-16T20:12:19-04:00

Trump lawyer forced to reveal another client: Sean Hannity

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
NEW YORK (AP) — A legal fight over what should happen to records the FBI seized from President Donald Trump's personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal a secret — that he had also done legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity. 2018-04-16T18:46:00-04:00 2018-04-16T22:46:06-04:00

Arizona lawmaker expelled for harassment files $1.3M claim

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona representative who became the first state lawmaker expelled for sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement swept the nation filed a $1.3 million claim Monday against the House speaker and Gov. Doug Ducey's chief of staff. 2018-04-16T18:01:00-04:00 2018-04-16T22:01:05-04:00

Dems ready to back bid for House votes on immigration

AP POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — Virtually all Democrats are poised to join a group of Republicans calling for House votes this election year on immigration, an effort that seems unlikely to succeed but would cast a campaign-season spotlight on an issue Democrats think will help their Election Day prospects. 2018-04-16T19:25:00-04:00 2018-04-16T23:25:20-04:00

Missouri lawmakers return to work under Greitens cloud

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:06

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers head into the final weeks of this year's legislative session with allegations of sexual misconduct against Gov. Eric Greitens threatening to distract from Republicans' legislative agenda.

Lawmakers still must pass a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and Republicans are pursuing tax ...

Windrush generation: May to meet Caribbean leaders after apology

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:58
The PM will meet Caribbean leaders following an apology for the Windrush generation's treatment.

Fox's Hannity revealed as mystery client of Trump's personal lawyer

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:30
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer was forced on Monday to reveal in a New York federal court that Fox News personality Sean Hannity, one of Trump's most ardent defenders, was also on his client list.

Syria air strikes: MPs to hold second emergency debate

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:40
The debate has been secured by Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, who accused the PM of by-passing Parliament.

Prawit Wongsuwon, Thailand defense minister, due in Washington for talks with Defense Secretary Jame

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

BANGKOK — Thailand's Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will travel to Washington next week for talks with Defense Secretary James Mattis, a visit seen here as boosting the military-installed government despite questions over its record on human rights, democracy and Mr. Prawit's own brush with corruption charges.

Uncertainty continues to swirl ...

Republicans content to duck fight over budget in election year, watchdogs say

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

The GOP-led Congress failed to pass a budget by April 15 this year, violating a federal law and earning another black mark on the party's record of fiscal stewardship.

Top budget-writers insist they still want to write a budget this year, but there have been few signs of action and ...

Judge won't let Trump attorney Cohen review seized files before the feds, as Stormy Daniels speaks out

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:15
A federal judge on Monday denied a request from President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen to review the documents seized from the lawyer's home and office last week before prosecutors see them, dealing a setback to Trump's legal team.

Donald Trump wants to put American on moon again, Mike Pence tells space summit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:10

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Vice President Mike Pence tells the 34th annual space symposium the Trump administration wants an American on the moon again.

Pence addressed the symposium in Colorado Springs on Monday. He told the crowd that the president has proposed building an orbital "platform" to simplify trips to ...

US Senators Offer Legislation Covering Military Action Against Militants

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:00
U.S. senators announced long-awaited legislation on Monday to provide congressional authorization for campaigns against militant groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, as lawmakers push to take back authority over the military from the White House. A group led by Senators Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Tim Kaine, a committee Democrat, proposed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that would authorize "all necessary and appropriate force" against al-Qaida, the Taliban, Islamic State and associated forces. Despite coming days after the U.S. bombing of Syria over chemical weapons, the proposed legislation does not authorize military action against any nation state, including Syria. It also does not set an end date for military action, although it proposes a congressional review every four years. Both Republican and Democratic members of Congress have long argued that they ceded too much authority over the military to both Republican and Democrat presidents — with no time limits — after the Sept. 11 attacks. Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress, not the president, has the right to authorize war. But presidents have used AUMFs passed in 2001 for campaigns against al Qaeda and affiliates, and one passed in 2002 for the war in Iraq, to justify a wide range of conflicts since. Corker said he expected the Foreign Relations Committee to debate and possibly vote on the new AUMF as soon as next week. It was not immediately clear if the House of Representatives would take up the measure. To become law, it would have to pass the Senate and House and be signed into law by President Donald Trump. Noting that Foreign Relations has been trying to pass a new AUMF for years, Corker said it was too soon to discuss the view of the Senate's Republican leaders. "I don't really worry about much beyond having a successful vote in the committee," he said. Trump national security aides have pushed back against congressional calls for a new AUMF. However, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Trump's nominee to be secretary of state, told senators last week it would be useful for lawmakers to weigh in on the military campaign. The legislation also would require the president to report to Congress on any new military actions and allow lawmakers to vote on whether to reject them. It would repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs after being in effect for 120 days.

Senators introduce new war powers resolution days after Syria strike

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:00
Lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee introduced new Authorization for the Use of Military Force legislation to replace current war authorizations from 2001 and 2002 that have not been revised since they were passed.

The Latest: Governor applauds advancing gun control measures

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:49

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on gun control measures in the New Jersey Legislatures (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

New Jersey's governor is applauding lawmakers for advancing gun control legislation, including a measure to bar so-called ghost guns.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in a statement on Monday praised a ...

David Bowdich appointed FBI deputy director by Christopher Wray

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:39

FBI Director Christopher Wray has announced that David Bowdich has been appointed as deputy director of the FBI, replacing the fired Andrew McCabe.

Mr. Bowdich had served as the bureau's associate deputy director since April 2016. In that position, Mr. Bowdich "oversaw the management of all FBI personnel, budget, administration, ...

Arizona lawmaker expelled for harassment files $1.3M claim

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:10

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Arizona representative who became the first state lawmaker expelled for sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement swept the nation filed a $1.3 million claim Monday against the House speaker and Gov. Doug Ducey's chief of staff.

The claim filed by former Rep. Don Shooter as ...

Judge rules to unseal 11 cases related to Starr's Clinton investigation, following CNN request

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:10
Eleven court cases associated with independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky will largely be made public, a federal judge decided Monday in response to a request from CNN.

Half of 2016 election ads on Facebook had little financial information available, says report

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

Nearly half the groups that bought political ads on Facebook during the final, crucial weeks of the 2016 election season were black holes with little, if any, information available to indicate who they were or where their financial backing came from, researchers said Monday.

In a new study that details ...

June 2017 Zinke charter flight 'could have been avoided,' watchdog says

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:00
A $12,000 charter flight by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was reviewed and approved by department ethics officials without complete information, because staffers who helped schedule the trip did not provide sufficient details, an internal watchdog said Monday.

California in dispute over Trump administration plan for National Guard troops at border

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:00
California authorities pushed back Monday on a Trump administration official's claim that Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard's initial deployment to the Mexican border.

McCain undergoes surgery for intestinal infection

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:47
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who has has been undergoing treatment for a brain cancer diagnosis in his home state since late last year, is hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing surgery for an intestinal infection, his office said Monday.

White House backs away from Haley's pledge of new sanctions against Russia

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:15
The  Trump administration said Monday that it was "considering additional sanctions on Russia," a day after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stated emphatically that such penalties were imminent.

Gerry Connolly calls on Fox News to fire Sean Hannity

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:14

A Democratic lawmaker demanded Monday evening that Fox News Channel fire Sean Hannity for having Michael Cohen as a lawyer.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, Virginia Democrat, said on CNN that Mr. Hannity is untrustworthy because he did not disclose his ties to Mr. Cohen while commenting on or covering the Trump ...

Inside the Beltway: The blitz begins: James Comey's moment of truth

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:03

After weeks of hubbub, James B. Comey the author has emerged. His book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" is in stores Tuesday. His broadcast debut on ABC drew 9.8 million viewers on Sunday night but was still bested by the Academy of Country Music Awards on rival CBS, ...

Trevor Phillips: 'Government thought Windrush didn't matter'

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:01
Trevor Phillips, former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, speaks about the treatment of the Windrush generation.

Bolton era begins with exits and anxiety at NSC

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:42
By the start of John Bolton's second week aos national security adviser,m five top officials at the National Security Council had already resigned under pressure, been fired or decided to leave.

James Comey interview transcript released by ABC News

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:19

NEW YORK — ABC News' unusual decision to release a full transcript of George Stephanopoulos' interview with former FBI Director James Comey has attracted lots of readers interested in seeing more than what the network aired.

ABC News President James Goldston said in an interview Monday that the release is ...

Pruitt's chief of staff approved controversial raises for aides, EPA watchdog finds

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:15
The chief of staff for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt authorized salary increases for at least three employees -- one of which was worth 72 percent, the agency's watchdog said Monday.

U.S. senators offer legislation covering military action against militants

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators announced long-awaited legislation on Monday to provide congressional authorization for U.S. campaigns against militant groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, part of a push to take back authority over the military from the White House.

Senate VA panel chairman: Ronny Jackson hearing set for April 25

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:05
Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, whose path to become the next Veterans Affairs secretary remains unclear, will go before the Veterans Affairs' committee April 25, according to committee chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson.

2018 Pulitzer winners and finalists in journalism and arts

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:03

NEW YORK (AP) - The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists:

JOURNALISM

Public Service

The New York Times and The New Yorker for stories about disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men who have been accused of sexual harassment and abuse. The citation notes the reporting by the ...

Judge weighs appointing third party to sift through Cohen client documents

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

A New York federal judge said she would consider having a neutral third party decide which documents the FBI seized from President Trump's personal lawyer should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

District Judge Kimba Wood surprised some court-watchers even by saying she was open to that possibility in the dispute ...

UK makes £212m Commonwealth education aid pledge

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:55
Theresa May tells Commonwealth leaders children should spend at least 12 years in education.

DoD, DHS Outline National Guard Role in Securing Border

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:42
National Guard troops are deploying to the southern U.S. border to work in operational support missions for the Department of Homeland Security, officials from the departments of Defense and Homeland Security told reporters in Washington.
A Texas National Guardsman and a Customs and a Border Protection agent discuss the border security mission on the shores of the Rio Grande River.

John McCain undergoes surgery for intestinal infection, listed as stable

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:40
Arizona Sen. John McCain underwent surgery during the weekend to “treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis,” his office said on Monday.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer: Michael Cohen is 'radioactive'

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:31
In a pair of fiery statements from the courthouse steps Monday, porn star Stormy Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, insisted that they will never give up their legal push alleging that President Donald Trump's "fixer" Michael Cohen defamed the adult film star, who alleges a sexual encounter with Trump.

Trump Lawyer Cohen Secretly Represented Conservative Talk Show Host Sean Hannity

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:30
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer who is under criminal investigation for his business dealings, has secretly provided legal advice to conservative talk show host and unabashed Trump supporter Sean Hannity.    The disclosure came Monday during a hearing in a federal court in New York where lawyers for Cohen and Trump asked a judge for permission to review documents and records FBI agents seized from Cohen’s office, home and hotel room last week as part of their investigation of Cohen’s finances. Cohen has been under investigation for months for “criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings,” federal prosecutors disclosed in court on Friday.  The investigation is tied to hush money Cohen allegedly paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal to keep them quiet about alleged sexual encounters with Trump. Cohen’s lawyers called the FBI raid "completely inappropriate and unnecessary” and said it resulted in the “seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”  In a court filing on Sunday, Trump’s lawyers called the operation "disquieting to lawyers, clients, citizens, and commentators alike" and requested that they be given the first chance to review the documents and decide what documents can be viewed by prosectors. But Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, rejected the request, ruling that a “taint team” set up by prosecutors to filter out privileged documents is a “viable option,” while a “special master” – a court-appointed outside lawyer – may have “a role here.”  She asked prosecutors and defense lawyers for Cohen and Trump to propose names for a special master.    Prosecutors insisted that the bulk of the seized files was not subject to attorney client privilege, noting that search warrants executed on a number of email accounts held by Cohen showed that he "performed little to no legal work." But in a letter to Wood on Monday, lawyers for Cohen wrote that Cohen has had at least 10 clients in the past year, including seven that he provided "strategic advice and business consulting" to and three who received legal advice. Cohen's attorneys initially disclosed that Cohen represented Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy and a third client who wished to remain anonymous.  But Judge Wood ruled that the lawyers must disclose Hannity's name.   Hannity drew immediate fire for failing to disclose his relationship with Cohen while bashing the FBI raid on his radio and TV shows. But Hannity said he was not a client of Cohen's.   “Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter,” Hannity tweeted after Cohen’s lawyers identified him as the third unnamed client. “I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective."

AUMF update would limit Donald Trump war powers

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:26

U.S. troops could continue fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda and would be given explicit new permission to battle the Islamic State — but would not be authorized to attack the capabilities of any nation state, such as Syria — under updated rules of war proposed by a bipartisan group ...

John McCain hospitalized, in 'stable condition': report

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:11

Sen. John McCain has been hospitalized in Phoenix and is in "stable condition," according to the Arizona Republican's office.

Mr. McCain, 81, was admitted to the Mayo Clinic on Sunday and underwent surgery to treat "an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis."

"Over the last few months, Senator McCain has been ...

Granddaughter: Former US First Lady Barbara Bush in Good Spirits Despite Failing Health

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:00
The granddaughter of former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush says Bush is in "great spirits'' and is grateful for "everybody's prayers," a day after the family said Bush is in failing health. A spokesman for the family, Jim McGrath, gave more details on Monday about the former first lady's health history but did not elaborate on her current health issues. He said she has suffered in recent years from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. McGrath said on Sunday that Bush, who is 92, has decided to seek "comfort care" rather than further medical treatment. Bush, the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of a second, made the decision following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, according to McGrath. Bush's granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, who is an anchor on NBC's Today show, told the program Monday that Bush is resting comfortably at her home in Houston, Texas, and is surrounded by her family. "She's the best grandma anybody could have ever had or have. ... She is in great spirits and she's a fighter," Hager said. She said the former first lady is with her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, and said their relationship is "remarkable." Hager said the former president "still says, 'I love you Barbie' every night." In years past, Barbara Bush has suffered from Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment. Barbara Bush, often known for her outspoken remarks and self-deprecating wit, was the U.S. first lady from 1989 to 1993 when her husband was the country's 41st president.  He is 93 years old and also has been in failing health in recent years. Barbara Bush is the mother of former President George W. Bush, the country's 43rd president, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. She is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president. 'Everybody's grandmother' The Bushes married on Jan. 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in U.S. history. While in the public eye, Barbara Bush was always a fierce advocate of her husband and children. As recently as 2016, she campaigned for her son Jeb, who was seeking the presidency of the United States. As first lady, she made her main focus literacy and became involved in a number of reading organizations. She established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy decades ago, promoting reading skills across America, particularly for young children. She's known for her white hair and triple-strand fake pearl necklace. Her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s, while her 3-year-old daughter Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia and eventually died in October 1953. Barbara Bush later said dyed hair didn't look good on her and credited the eventual all-white color to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother.''  Her pearls sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband's inauguration in 1989. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said she selected them to hide the wrinkles in her neck. The candid admission only bolstered her commonsense and down-to-earth public image. Sharp tongue She is also known for her quick temper and sharp tongue. Barbara Bush kept her sarcasm under wraps in public, though one noted slip came in 1984 when her husband was running for re-election as vice president with President Ronald Reagan. Their Democratic challengers, Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro, questioned whether wealthy people like the Bushes could relate to average Americans. An irritated Barbara Bush told a reporter that Ferraro was a "$4 million — I can't say it — but it rhymes with rich." Bush later said she meant "witch" and apologized. Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major U.S. political party, accepted the apology. She died in 2011. Barbara Bush also came under intense criticism was for her remarks after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The Bushes had toured relocation centers in Texas, where a number of victims had relocated. After the visit, the former first lady remarked that many of the poor people she had seen were faring better than before the storm hit. "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas," Barbara Bush said in a radio interview. "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway," she said, "so this is working very well for them." Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines. Along with her memoirs, she's the author of C. Fred's Story and Millie's Book, based on the lives of her dogs.

U.S. government watchdogs slam Trump Cabinet on spending

REUTERS POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government watchdogs rapped two members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet on Monday over their spending last year, adding pressure on an administration already roiled by ethics complaints.

Watchdog: Zinke charter flight approved without full info

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:51

WASHINGTON (AP) - A $12,000 charter flight by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was reviewed and approved by department ethics officials without complete information, because staffers who helped schedule the trip did not provide sufficient details, an internal watchdog said Monday.

A report by Interior's inspector general said Zinke's use of ...

Albuquerque City Council weighs 'immigrant friendly' measure

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:41

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque City Council plans to vote on a measure Monday evening that would prevent federal immigration officers from entering a prisoner transport center without a warrant, and prohibit local tax dollars from being used to enforce federal immigration laws.

The measure seeks to bolster the ...

Interior watchdog report: Zinke travel 'generally followed' policy

CNN POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:37
A new inspector general report has concluded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel customs "generally followed" policy.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission member McSweeny will resign: statement

REUTERS POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Trade Commission member Terrell McSweeny will resign next week after four years on the panel, the FTC said in a statement on Monday.

What's in those seized records? Trump's biggest new worry

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:31

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and his allies have hit a new level of anxiety after the raid on his personal attorney's office, fearful of deeper exposure for Trump, his inner circle and his adult children - and more than concerned that they don't know exactly what is in ...

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush enjoy storybook 73-year marriage

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:27

HOUSTON — They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18.

Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history.

"George Bush knows how I feel," Barbara Bush has said. "He is the hero... He is my hero."

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Independents cool on Democratic Congress

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:18
So what’s behind it?

Cuba's leadership transition is an illegitimate succession of power

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:06

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

This week will see a historic transfer of power in Cuba. On Thursday, for the first time since the 1959 revolution, Cuba will have a leader whose last name is not Castro.

But this change does not arise as the result of free and fair elections. Three generations into ...

GAO says EPA violated spending law on Pruitt's privacy booth

AP POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office. 2018-04-16T12:26:00-04:00 2018-04-16T16:26:47-04:00

Senators introducing new war powers resolution

AP POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are set to unveil a bipartisan resolution authorizing the use of military force overseas, accelerating a debate that Congress has been reluctant to have, but that's taking on new urgency after President Donald Trump's strikes on Syria. 2018-04-16T12:46:00-04:00 2018-04-16T16:46:45-04:00

The Latest: US sees room for California pact on border

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:50

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's plan to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

A U.S. Homeland Security Department spokesman says the federal government is committed to working with ...

‘Any Hispanics in the room?’: In South Florida, Trump reaches out to Hispanic voters who are receptive to his message

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:47
The president’s popularity remains low among many immigrant communities, but those with Cuban and Venezuelan roots were more supportive during a tax reform event

The unbelievable story of Michael Cohen and Sean Hannity

CNN POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:41
We thought the big news to come out of Michael Cohen's hearing on Monday in New York City would be porn star Stormy Daniels' presence in the courtroom.

Democrats pushing for Pelosi’s ouster as leader stand down — at least until elections

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:39
Incumbents put the challenge on hold, but House candidates are open about seeking new leadership.

White House cyber czar to leave, return to NSA

REUTERS POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House cyber security coordinator Rob Joyce will leave his post and return to the National Security Agency, a White House official said on Monday.

The Latest: Hannity: Cohen legal consultation 'no big deal'

AP POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:32
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on efforts by President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer to stop criminal prosecutors from reviewing materials seized in raids before they have a chance to review them for potential breach of attorney-client privilege. (all times local): 2018-04-16T12:18:00-04:00 2018-04-16T16:18:25-04:00

Supreme Court rejects anti-abortion pastor's appeal on noise

AP POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a pastor who challenged a state law's noise limit that was used to restrict his anti-abortion protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland, Maine. 2018-04-16T11:09:00-04:00 2018-04-16T15:09:10-04:00

George and Barbara Bush, a 'storybook' 73-year marriage

AP POLITICS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:32
HOUSTON (AP) — They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. 2018-04-16T12:27:00-04:00 2018-04-16T16:27:56-04:00

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