Michael Avenatti declares Donald Trump a 'Manchurian candidate' in White House speech

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:15

Michael Avenatti accused President Trump on Tuesday of being a Russian agent planted in the White House — a "Manchurian candidate."

The attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, who is suing Mr. Trump, said on Twitter on Tuesday evening that he had participated in a demonstration outside the White House ...

US expects first group of remains to be returned July 27 from North Korea

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:54
The United States is expecting North Korea to return the first group of possible US service member remains on July 27, according to a US official.

Inside the Beltway: Democrats pine for elusive 'fresh face' in 2020

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:51

At any given moment, the news media is bandying about 15 to 20 potential Democratic presidential hopefuls who will duke it out for the nomination in 2020.

They include predictable names like Sens. Bernard Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ...

White House opted for Russia indictments before Putin meeting

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:51
The White House told the Justice Department not to hold off on announcing the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers until after President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

The Latest: Man accused of rape drove for Lyft

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:45

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on a man accused of rape in Northern California (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A suspect charged with raping woman he picked up in Northern California posing as their ride-share driver actually drove for Lyft, one of the largest ride-sharing companies in the nation.


Scrap terminal illness six month rule, says Welsh Labour MP

BBC POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:41
Labour's Madeleine Moon says patients should not spend their last months worrying about their bills.

Manafort motion to change trial venue rejected by Judge TS Ellis III

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:30
A federal judge denied former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s request on Tuesday to reallocate his trial outside of Washington D.C. Manafort’s attorneys asked that the upcoming trial be moved from Alexandria, Virginia, located inside the Capital region, to Roanoke.

Texas group says 2 kids reunited with families had rash

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:13

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A group helping recently reunited immigrant families in Texas says it has had two children arrive at its facility in recent weeks with a contagious rash.

Catholic Charities of San Antonio says it served two children who had scabies, a treatable skin disease often found in ...

The Latest: Lawmaker says he didn't disclose complaint

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:08

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on a legislative ethics complaint in Alaska (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

An Alaska state lawmaker says he did not disclose the existence of a confidential ethics complaint to a reporter.

Republican Rep. David Eastman testified at a formal hearing before a legislative ethics ...

House passes bipartisan package on easing capital markets rule

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:01
The House of Representatives voted 406-4 on Tuesday to pass legislation easing rules for small businesses and entrepreneurs in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote that could boost support for the package among Democrats in the Senate.

Trump on Twitter (July 17): NATO, Putin

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:57
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Kamala Harris signs book deal amid 2020 speculation

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:52
Sen. Kamala Harris is set to release a new book about her life and her prescriptions for the country, the latest in a series of steps that signal a possible 2020 presidential run.

Bobby Wilson, Republican Arizona state Senate candidate, killed mother in apparent self-defense

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:52

PHOENIX — A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate is shocking gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago.

Bobby Wilson says he shot and killed his mother after she shot at him with a rifle one night in ...

Flake proposes bill backing US intelligence agencies

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:36
Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he is working on a resolution to "reaffirm support for the intelligence community," following President Donald Trump's comments Monday siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence agencies about election interference.

Wisconsin voters talk Trump after Russia summit

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:30
CNN traveled to a pivotal swing state to gauge what voters there had to say about President Donald Trump's time in office, on the heels of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With Trump, politics no longer stop at the water's edge

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:27

In 1947, Sen. Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan took to the Senate floor and delivered what many consider to be a "speech heard 'round the world."

Vandenberg, a Republican who helped create the United Nations, led the GOP away from isolationism to internationalism. He supported the Cold War, the Truman Doctrine, ...

Analysis: When it isn't just 'LOL. Nothing Matters' for Trump

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:20
President Donald Trump's performance at Helsinki left many shaking their heads. He was criticized by the left and perhaps surprisingly from normally friendly voices like former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Russian election meddling limited to 'a few thousand' of some 2 billion posts: Facebook

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:19

Executives from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube told Congress Tuesday that while they had identified accounts and posts linked to Russian internet operatives, their activity during the 2016 election was but a drop in the social media ocean.

Twice, Juniper Downs, a YouTube executive, said they had found a mere $5,000 ...

Mueller seeks immunity, anonymity for 5 'potential witnesses' in Manafort trial

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:15
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team on Tuesday revealed that "five potential witnesses" will be granted immunity from prosecution for their testimony at former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's upcoming trial, court records show.

Jeanne Shaheen, Joe Kennedy want Trump interpreter in Putin meeting to testify before Congress

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:14

At least two Congressional Democrats want President Trump's interpreter to testify about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

So curious are Democrats to learn what was said in Monday's private meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin — there were no other officials in the room; only each man's ...

Biden: Trump's news conference with Putin 'beneath the office of the President'

CNN POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:11
President Donald Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was "beneath the office of the President," former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.

Judge denies motion by Trump ex-campaign chief to move Virginia trial

REUTERS POLITICS - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:01
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.

Exclusive: Trump's defense chief open to first talks with Russian counterpart - sources

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:56
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is open to the possibility of the first talks since 2015 between the defense chiefs of the United States and Russia, a move that would deepen communication between Washington and Moscow, U.S. officials said.

Congress told to find money to fill billion dollar gap in funding for veteran health care

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:55

The White House is siding with House Republicans and the chairmen of Congress's budget committees in a dispute with senators over veterans' health care funding that has stalled negotiations over an initial package of 2019 spending bills.

Senate appropriators are trying to figure out how to make up a billion ...

Nebraska town might bar illegal immigrants from jobs, renting houses

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:55
A Nebraska town is considering blocking undocumented immigrants from obtaining jobs or renting houses ahead of a new Costco plant opening in the area.

'Baby Trump' balloons are coming to New Jersey after flying in the United Kingdom

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:49
Activists in New Jersey are bringing "Baby Trump" blimps to the United States after seeing the diaper-clad balloon's scene-stealing appearances during protests against President Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom.

Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:44
Jo Swinson says Tory chairman Brandon Lewis broke an agreement not to take part in a Brexit vote.

US and UK intelligence agencies concerned Russia is readying to ramp up aggression after World Cup lull

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:35
Russian intelligence agencies are planning to ramp up operations targeting western countries now that the World Cup and the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit have ended, according to sources familiar with intelligence collected by the United Kingdom, the US and other allies.

Linda Sánchez launches bid for Democratic caucus chair

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:30
California Rep. Linda Sánchez announced on Tuesday that she plans to run for the position of House Democratic Caucus Chair, launching a bid to take over Rep. Joe Crowley's leadership role following his stunning primary defeat last month.

Senate beefing up NATO oversight group

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:27
The Senate group that acts as the liaison to NATO is appointing and announcing new members following President Donald Trump's tumultuous appearance at the annual NATO summit in Brussels and his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump backtracks on Russia comments

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:20
President Donald Trump, facing an onslaught of bipartisan fury over his glowing remarks about Vladimir Putin, said more than 24 hours afterward that he had misspoken during his news conference with the autocratic Russian leader.

House Republicans won't hold vote on Democrats' bill to abolish ICE

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:18

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders won't hold a quick vote on a Democratic bill abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and instead will offer a non-binding GOP measure lauding the agency and ridiculing calls for its elimination.

No. 3 House GOP leader Steve Scalise, R-La., and other Republicans had at first ...

Mueller seeking immunity for five witnesses

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:18
Special counsel Robert Mueller is asking a federal court to provide immunity for five unidentified witnesses slated to testify against former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort at his financial crimes trial beginning next week.

Immigrant children describe hunger and cold in detention

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:57

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Immigrant children are complaining of being hungry, cold and afraid of the guards at U.S. holding centers where they were placed after crossing the Mexican border.

The accounts form part of a voluminous court filing in Los Angeles in a case over whether the Trump ...

Clinton confidant, Stormy Daniels lawyer team up for high-volume protest outside White House

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:54
The unlikely pairing of Hillary Clinton fixer Philippe Reines and Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti are teaming up to protest outside the White House on Tuesday night, and they say they're planning to bring out not only "whistles," but also high-capacity "air horns."

Democrats want Trump's interpreter to testify before Congress

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:51
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, is calling on President Donald Trunp's interpreter from his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to testify before Congress.

5 words that reveal Trump still isn't convinced Russia meddled in the 2016 election

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:48
President Donald Trump had one clear mission when he spoke to the press Tuesday afternoon before meeting with a handful of congressional Republicans: Clean up the damage he did on Monday when he broke with the intelligence community by suggesting that Russia might not have been behind the 2016 election interference and arguing that there was blame on both sides of the matter.

Trump, House Republicans discuss further tax cuts at White House

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:45
President Donald Trump and Republican U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday discussed another possible round of deficit-financed tax cuts, highlighting an initiative seen by some tax experts as an election-year effort with little chance of becoming law.

Robert Mueller seeks immunity for five witnesses in Paul Manafort trial

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:42

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Mueller's office told a federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday that they were seeking to compel the witnesses to testify under condition of immunity.


What's a sanctuary church? A look at the policy and its legality in US

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:36
Most churches have what is called a sanctuary – a designated, sacred area for worship. But for many undocumented immigrants, these religious buildings are becoming a type of sanctuary.

Cuomo outraises Nixon, but questions about donors linger

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:35

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easily outpacing Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon in campaign contributions but can't shake questions about some donors.

Cuomo raised more than $6 million in the first half of 2018 and now has $31 million in his re-election account, according to ...

Russian national indicted on two charges, including acting as a foreign agent

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:32
A federal grand jury has formally approved a criminal indictment of Maria Butina with two charges, conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent.

Why Netanyahu liked what he saw from Trump in Helsinki

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:30
Donald Trump went into his meeting Monday with Vladimir Putin in Finland deeply concerned about national security. It wasn't the security of American citizens, however, but rather those of Israel that the US President appeared to have on his mind.

Clinton confidant, Stormy Daniels lawyer teaming up for noisy protest outside White House

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:30
The unlikely pairing of Hillary Clinton fixer Philippe Reines and Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti are teaming up to protest outside the White House on Tuesday night, and they say they're planning to bring out not only "whistles," but also high-capacity "air horns."

Trump hits ex-CIA Director Brennan in Tucker Carlson interview for calling Putin news conference 'treasonous'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:30
President Trump slammed former CIA Director John Brennan in an interview with Fox News Monday after the ex-intelligence chief described Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "treasonous."

Portland art gallery removes image of President Trump with bloody knife at throat after outcry

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:29

An art gallery in Portland, Oregon, has removed a graphic window illustration of President Trump being threatened with a bloody knife at his throat after an angry outcry.

The One Grand Gallery took down the image entitled "F*** Trump" Tuesday in response to complaints, threats and a request ...

US Embassy in Jerusalem to cost $20 million more than Trump's estimate

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:25
President Donald Trump boasted earlier this year that the US would spend only $200,000 to $300,000 on a new US Embassy in Jerusalem, but it seems the project will cost nearly $20 million more than that estimate.

Ethics panel hearing complaint against Alaska lawmaker

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:19

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A legislative ethics panel is hearing whether an Alaska state representative violated ethics law by disclosing to a reporter the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.

Republican Rep. David Eastman requested the formal hearing on the subcommittee's probable cause finding, released earlier this year.


Debt to the Penny for 07/16/2018

US TREASURY DEBT DAY-TO-DAY - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:15
Debt Held by the Public: 15,512,046,919,636.02
Intragovernmental Holdings: 5,731,325,924,435.80
Total Public Debt Outstanding: 21,243,372,844,071.82

EPA Proposal to Limit Science Studies Draws Opposition

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:14
Democratic lawmakers joined scores of scientists, health providers, environmental officials and activists Tuesday in denouncing an industry-backed proposal that could limit dramatically the scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency considers in shaping protections for human health. If adopted by the Trump administration, the rule would allow an EPA administrator to reject study results in making decisions about chemicals, pollutants and other health risks if underlying research data is not made public because of patient privacy concerns or other issues. Opponents said the move would throw out the kind of public-health studies that underlie enforcement of the Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental controls, since the studies drew on confidential health data from thousands of individuals. Democratic Rep. Paul Tonko of New York said the proposed rule was "a thinly veiled campaign to limit research ... that supports critical regulatory action." The rule was proposed by then-Administrator Scott Pruitt before his resignation earlier this month amid mounting ethics scandals. At the public hearing Tuesday, opponents outnumbered supporters. It "enables the public to more meaningfully comment on the science" behind environmental regulation, said Joseph Stanko, a representative of industry trade groups and companies affected by what he said were increasingly stringent air-pollution regulations. Backers have expressed their own worries about how the broadly written rule would apply to confidential trade secrets. Ted Steichen of the American Petroleum Institute said his group supports the initiative to "enhance transparency while ensuring privacy." Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., said the EPA proposal was the latest version of years of "transparency" legislation for EPA that Congress had rejected. She called it "an administrative attempt to circumvent the legislative process." New York state officials and representatives of public and private universities were among others speaking against the proposal. Opponents also included community health practitioners who had taken time off their jobs to speak at the hearing. Researcher Pam Miller, who works with Alaska Native communities affected by toxins, said she traveled from Anchorage to speak at the meeting. Hospital nurse Erica Bardwell came from nearby Arlington, Virginia. Health workers "care about patients and won't surrender their confidentiality. Which means studies won't get done," Bardwell said after her testimony. "Which is the point" of the proposal, Bardwell added. Critics said the policy shift is designed to restrict the agency from citing peer-reviewed public-health studies that use patient medical records that must be kept confidential under patient privacy laws. Such studies include the Harvard School of Public Health's landmark Six Cities study of 1993, which established links between death rates and dirty air in major U.S. cities. That study was used by EPA to justify tighter air-quality rules opposed by industrial polluters. While Pruitt introduced the proposal, the EPA is continuing the steps toward its formal adoption under the new acting administrator, former Pruitt EPA deputy Andrew Wheeler. In an email, EPA spokesman James Hewitt indicated Tuesday that Wheeler wanted to balance transparency and privacy concerns. "Acting Administrator Wheeler believes the more information you put out to the public the better the regulatory outcome. He also believes the agency should prioritize ways to safeguard sensitive information," Hewitt said. The proposal is open for public comment through mid-August before any final EPA and White House review.

State lawmakers accused of harassment are running for office

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:03

Dozens of state lawmakers nationwide have been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct since the beginning of 2017. Here are those running for re-election or another office since the allegations surfaced:


- Rep. Don Shooter, R, expelled from office Feb. 1 by an overwhelming House vote after an investigation ...

Lawyers to focus on addressing immigrant children's trauma

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:01

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawyers who helped reunify two Central American children and their parents who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by federal authorities say their focus now is on ensuring the children get treatment for the trauma they suffered.

The 14-year-old El Salvadoran girl and 9-year-old ...

Obama Urges World to Follow Mandela's Example

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:00
Former U.S. president Barack Obama Tuesday delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg. He urged people in South Africa and elsewhere to follow the late Nobel Peace Prize winner’s example and combat the politics of fear and division. In his speech, Obama bemoaned what he described as the return of the old order of things. He said there is evidence of continued racism in both the U.S. and South Africa despite Mandela’s 67 years in confronting the issue. Turning to diminishing democracy in some parts of the world, Obama urged leaders to follow the example Mandela set. “Madiba guided this nation through negotiation, painstakingly, reconciliation, its first fair and free elections,” Obama said, referring to Mandela by his tribal name. “We all witnessed the grace, the generosity with which he embraced former enemies, the wisdom for him to step away from power once he felt his job was complete.” Obama said it was sad that new wealth has compounded inequalities, with the captains of industry growing increasingly detached from the people around them. He also reflected on global events, saying America’s interference in the Middle East and the growing influence of Russia and China were some of the worrying developments. Obama sounded a warning, saying the politics of fear, resentment and retrenchment are growing stronger at a pace never seen before. However, he said, all hope was not lost. I believe in Nelson Mandela's vision…. I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy built on the premise that all people are created equal and are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights." Obama’s speech was welcomed with applause, cheers and ululation. Godfree Moketsi traveled 400 kilometers from the Limpopo Province to Johannesburg to see and hear Obama speak. “Yah, Obama is on point,” he said. “He has been talking about capitalists who are enriching themselves. They forget about the poor and it’s not the reflection of Madiba. Economical radical transformation is what we want now and Obama touched those kinds of things.” The other speakers of the day thanked Obama, saying he was a great inspiration to young people across the African continent.

Alleged California serial rapist wanted for deportation

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:56

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal immigration authorities say a suspected serial rapist charged with posing as a Northern California ride-hailing driver to prey on his victims was living in the country illegally.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Tuesday it plans to deport Orlando Vilchez Lazo to his ...

Senators considering what their options are after Trump-Putin summit

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:55
Senators in both parties said Tuesday there are a broad set of ideas under consideration to push back against President Donald Trump aligning with President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki.

Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:52

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers:

Southwest Times Record. July 15, 2018.

The ongoing lawsuit regarding city directors who violated the Freedom of Information Act continues, despite relatively easy ways to end the entire mess: 1. Admit you messed up. 2. Agree not to do it again. ...

Few Americans view Russia as warmly as Trump does

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:50
The American public has never liked Russia but their views have only grown darker since Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, in spite of President Donald Trump's attempt to warm relations.

Obama's full speech about the 'politics of fear and resentment'

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:49
Former President Barack Obama spoke in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday to honor the late Nelson Mandela. One day after President Donald Trump shocked the world with his news conference performance beside Russian President Vladimir Putin, Obama didn't mention Trump by name —--but he mounted a passionate defense of democracy and warned against the rise of "strongman politics."

Idaho voters to decide whether to expand Medicaid

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:48

Idaho voters will decide this fall whether to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, state Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said Tuesday, after proponents turned in more than enough signatures to put the issue on the general-election ballot.

Mr. Denney certified the initiative, which required grassroots supporters to collect 56,192 signatures from ...

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

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:43
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 on Monday.

Trump changes his words: I meant to say ...

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:42
President Donald Trump clarifies some of his remarks a day after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

US Army reverses course on discharging 1 immigrant recruit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:32

The U.S. Army has reversed its decision to discharge an immigrant recruit who was booted from the military after enlisting with a promised path to citizenship.

Brazilian immigrant Lucas Calixto filed a lawsuit against the Army last month, saying the Defense Department hadn't given him a chance to defend himself ...

New IRS policy allows some tax-exempt groups to veil donors

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:27
The Trump administration is lifting requirements that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their donors to federal tax authorities.

Writer removed from summit event says he only had a question

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:26

HELSINKI (AP) - The writer and political activist who was forcibly removed from a room where U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were about to give a joint news conference says he wasn't trying to protest.

Sam Husseini, a contributor to The Nation magazine, told The Associated ...

Jury convicts ex-N.Y. state senate leader of soliciting bribes

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:18
Former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos was found guilty of soliciting bribes and other federal corruption charges by a jury on Tuesday, nearly a year after an appeals court threw out an earlier conviction.

GOP, Dems turn to partisan talking points during House hearing on social media 'content filtering'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:55

A House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on monitoring social media content immediately broke down into partisan bickering and theater Tuesday, with minority Democrats highlighting instead President Trump's Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Republican lawmakers planned the hearing on "content filtering practices" as a follow-up ...

Trump says he, Putin discussed North Korea, curbing global nuclear weapons

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:53
U.S. President Donald Trump said he discussed North Korea's nuclear weapons program with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their meeting on Monday, and that the two leaders also discussed reducing nuclear weapons worldwide.

Trump says he has confidence in U.S. agencies on Russia, 'misspoke' in Helsinki

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:46
U.S. President Donald Trump, grappling with a torrent of criticism over his performance at a Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday he misspoke at their joint news conference and meant to say he saw no reason why it was not Russia that interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

July 17, 2018

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:46
A look at the best news photos from around the world.

Trump says he misspoke on Russian meddling during press conference, accepts US intel findings

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:45
President Trump said Tuesday that he accepts the U.S. intelligence agencies’ findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but pushed back on critics of his meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin.

Senate Republican leader warns Russia not to meddle in 2018 elections

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:44
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the chamber could consider new sanctions against Russia and warned Russia not to meddle in the U.S. mid-term elections in November.

Jury convicts ex-N.Y. state senate leader of corruption

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:40
Former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos was found guilty of federal corruption charges by a jury on Tuesday, nearly a year after an appeals court threw out his 2015 conviction.

Is 2018 really all about Russia?

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:37
And how does it impact voters?

Jury convicts ex-N.Y. state senate leader of corruption charges

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:30
Former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos was found guilty of federal corruption charges by a jury on Tuesday, nearly a year after an appeals court threw out his 2015 conviction.

Ex-New York senator and son convicted of extortion, bribery

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:22

NEW YORK (AP) - 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.

A jury in federal court in Manhattan ...

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:19

July 15, 2018

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan

Illinois Secure Choice is a rare win-win for state

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs scores points for his self-deprecating humor.

In introducing Illinois Secure Choice, a state-sponsored program that will allow citizens to set up retirement accounts through their employers, Frerichs took dead ...

Democrats label Brett Kavanaugh 'the next Scott Pruitt'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:07

Senate Democrats on Tuesday coined President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh the "next Scott Pruitt," arguing he will damage America's clean air and water if he's confirmed to the high court.

While siting on the federal appeals court in D.C. for 12 years, Judge Kavanaugh sided with polluters, ...

Trump strikes back at critics of Helsinki summit with Putin

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:05

President Trump pushed back against the uproar over his deferential treatment of Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland, which drew fire from his own Republican lawmakers for disregarding U.S. intelligence agencies finding that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.

"This was our most successful visit," Mr. ...

The Point: Why don't Dan Coats and Jon Huntsman just quit?

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:04
On Monday, President Donald Trump threw not one but two senior officials in his administration directly under the bus.

Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:01

The (Munster) Times. July 13, 2018

Groping scandal will stain state government as long as Hill holds office

Anyone claiming a partisan witch hunt against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill will have to rethink an inconvenient part of that proposed storyline.

Yet another accuser came forth publicly Thursday, this time ...

New IRS policy allows some tax-exempt groups to veil donors

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is lifting requirements that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their donors to federal tax authorities.

The change benefits groups that spend millions of dollars on political ads, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an organization tied to the billionaire Koch ...

Butina not a flight risk, her lawyer says at first court appearance

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:55
Mariia Butina, the 29-year-old Russian gun enthusiast and alleged spy who wanted to set up back channels between her government and the Republican Party and Trump campaign, spoke little at her first court appearance Monday.

Government survives EU customs union vote

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:52
MPs reject a proposal to form a customs union if the UK and the EU do not agree a trade deal.

Boris Johnson under fire over clearance for newspaper column

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:40
Ex-foreign secretary did not seek watchdog's approval for column amid claims he broke ministerial code.

New Labour anti-Semitism code faces criticism

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:32
Labour officially adopts a new code of conduct - but it is condemned by Jewish groups and some Labour MPs.

Former President Obama: 'Denial of Facts' Could Spell End to Democracy

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:29
Former U.S. President Barack Obama warns the "denial of facts" could spell the end of of democracies around the world. Obama's remarks were made Tuesday in Johannesburg to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. It was his highest-profile event since leaving the White House in 2017 after eight years in office. "The denial of facts runs counter to democracy," he said. "It could be its undoing, which is why we have to zealously protect independent media. And we have to guard against the tendency for social media to become truly a platform for spectacle and outrage and disinformation." The former president called on proponents of democracy to follow Mandela's "example of persistence and of hope" and insist that schools "teach critical thinking for young people, not just blind obedience." Obama cited global warming as an example. Without mentioning U.S. President Donald Trump, who has in the past said climate change is not real, Obama said, "Without facts, there’s no basis for cooperation." "I can’t find common ground if somebody says climate change is just not happening, when almost all the world’s scientists tell us it is," he said. "If you start saying it is an elaborate hoax, I don’t know ... Where do we start?" Obama said today's politicians seem to "reject the very concepts of objective truth. People just make stuff up." He said "politicians have always lied," but today "we see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more." The former president said believers in democracy "have no choice but to move forward." But he cautioned, "We’re going to have to work harder and we’re going to have to be smarter. We’re going to have to learn from the mistakes of the recent past." "Democracy depends on strong institutions and it’s about minority rights and checks and balances and freedom of speech and freedom of expression and a free press and the right to protest and petition the government," the former president said. He also rejected the "false promise" of a more efficient autocratic form of government. "Don’t take that one because its leads invariably to more consolidation of wealth and power at the top. And it makes it easier to conceal corruption and abuse." "For all its imperfections," Obama added, real democracy best upholds the idea that government exists to serve the individual and not the other way around." At least 14,000 South Africans gathered in a Johannesburg cricket stadium to hear Obama. Obama encouraged South African youth to carry on Mandela's lifelong struggle for democracy, diversity and human rights during the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. "Now is a time to be aroused. Now is the time to be fired up. We have an obligation to help our youth succeed," he said. The speech was delivered on Obama's first visit to Africa since leaving office. Obama's long-time advisor Ben Rhodes said the speech was aimed at drawing attention to values that are under threat and to unite people in Africa and in other parts of the world to fight for justice and tolerance. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years under South Africa's harsh system of while minority rule before his release in 1990, and became the country's first black president four years later in the country's first multi-race elections.

Trump, House Republicans to talk tax cuts at White House

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:29
President Donald Trump on Tuesday was slated to discuss the possibility of more tax cuts with U.S. House of Representatives Republicans, who aim to make permanent some temporary cuts for individuals, families and private businesses passed in December.

RNC's red-lightning fundraising: $213M by mostly small donors fastest ever

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:24

The Republican National Committee said it had raised $213 million by mostly small donors at lightning speed.

Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel confirmed this week that RNC coffers are bursting at the seams for the midterm elections, thanks to a wave of small contributions. Passing the $200 million for the election ...

Social media companies defend filtering practices before Congress

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:21
Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc told a U.S. House panel on Tuesday that the social media companies are not discriminating against content for political reasons.

GOP Senate candidate wishes Trump 'would have been more forceful'

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:20
North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is running for Senate in a state that Donald Trump won by more than 30 points, sharply criticized the President for his comments earlier this week appearing to back Russian President Vladimir Putin over the United States Intelligence Community.

Biden blames Trump immigration policy for 'heartbreaking chaos and pain'

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:19
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday blamed the Trump administration's immigration policy for causing "heartbreaking chaos and pain," and criticized the separation of undocumented immigrant families.

Democrat running for Congress inflated intern role to claim bigger job with prosecutor’s office

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:15
A Democratic congressional hopeful in Ohio’s special election has made misleading claims about his experience working in a county prosecutor’s office, with public records revealing he was mostly a seasonal certified legal intern or intern supervisor.

Obama slams populist 'right-wing billionaires,' touts liberal push for 'universal income'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:02
Former President Barack Obama, in a rare post-presidency speech abroad, took several thinly veiled shots at his successor and other populist “right-wing billionaires” -- while openly touting a controversial liberal push for "universal income."

New York and three other states claim Trump tax law is unconstitutional

CNN POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:54
New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming last year's tax overhaul violated the constitution by unfairly targeting Democratic states.

Misconduct allegations no obstacle for many state lawmakers

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:53

ATLANTA (AP) - An analysis by The Associated Press finds that many state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era are having success running for re-election or new legislative seats.

Roughly two dozen of the 70 state lawmakers who have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct are running ...

U.S. move to protect 'dark money' donors raises Russia concerns

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:52
A U.S. Treasury Department decision to safeguard the identities of so-called "dark money" donors to politically active nonprofit groups spawned warnings on Tuesday that the policy could inadvertently aid foreign actors, including Russia.

Recess time

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:52
Do the UK's MPs work on more days than their equivalents in other countries?

Conservatives cheer IRS announcement on shielding donors to certain nonprofits, including NRA

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:51

Conservatives on Tuesday hailed a move by the IRS to stop requiring certain tax-exempt groups, including politically active organizations such as the National Rifle Association, to identify their donors.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was a victory for free speech and a "straightforward, commonsense policy decision."

"It's particularly ...

Grantham bids for rejected Thatcher statue

BBC POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:47
The bronze statue, by Douglas Jennings, was reported to cost £300,000.

Trump to speak about Putin meeting at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT): White House

REUTERS POLITICS - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:45
U.S. President Donald Trump will make remarks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on Tuesday before his planned meeting with members of Congress, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.