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impeachment 1 hour ago

House Committee to Take Historic Vote on Trump Impeachment

The House Judiciary Committee abruptly postponed a historic vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, shutting down a 14-hour session that dragged with partisanship but had been expected to end with the formal charges being sent to the full House for a vote next week. Approval of the two charges against the president is still expected Friday in

  • Twitter 13 hours ago

    Twitter Brings Back Election Labels for 2020 US Candidates

    Twitter is bringing back special labels to help users identify accounts and tweets from U.S. political candidates.

    The company, which first used such labels for the midterms last year, said it is trying to provide users with original sources of information and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling voters.

    Many political candidates already have blue checkmarks to indicate that Twitter has

  • Congress 16 hours ago

    Congress Reaches Tentative Deal on Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

    Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues.

    The handshake agreement was announced by the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and other top members of Congress.

  • Medicare 17 hours ago

    Eyeing 2020, House Empowers Medicare to Negotiate Drug Costs

    Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill would cap Medicare recipients’ out-of-pocket costs for medicines at $2,000 a year. It would use about $360 billion of its projected 10-year savings from lower drug costs to establish

  • Armenian Genocide 12 hours ago

    Senate Backs Measure Affirming Century-Old Armenian Genocide

    Mass killings of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago were genocide, the Senate declared Thursday in a vote that prompted angry denunciations by Turkey and accusations that the U.S. was undermining its relations with a key NATO ally.

    The Senate action follows a vote by a Senate committee to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive

  • Elizabeth Warren 19 hours ago

    Warren Slams Moderate Rivals, Laying Bare Ideological Divide

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Warren is lashing out at her moderate Democratic rivals seeking the White House. She says they naively accept Republican calls for unity instead of standing up to the rich and too quickly bend to the whims of their own wealthy donors. Warren didn’t name-drop former Vice President Joe Biden or South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete

  • Pentagon 19 hours ago

    Pentagon Watchdog Investigating $400M Border Wall Contract

    The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon’s inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson telling him the contract awarded to North Dakota-based firm Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. would be

  • Trump Impeachment 18 hours ago

    ‘Pot Calling the Kettle Black’: Rep. Gaetz Called Out for Bringing Up Hunter Biden’s Past Substance Abuse

    Impeachment debate surrounding the next amendment to be introduced quickly divulged into a tit-for-tat involving allegations of cocaine usage and driving under the influence charges.

    It began with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introducing an amendment to strike former Vice President Joe Biden from the articles of impeachment as the subject of an investigation Trump wanted Ukraine to launch and replace him

  • Trump Impeachment 18 hours ago

    If ‘Strike the Last Word’ Was an Impeachment Drinking Game, No One Would Survive

    As members of the House Judiciary Committee debated the two proposed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Thursday morning, one phrase kept popping up: “I move to strike the last word.”
    Why were they saying that?
    Turns out, they were using a parliamentary procedure to keep talking longer than a five-minute rule would allow.

  • Trump Impeachment 8 hours ago

    Judiciary Panel Presses Toward Historic Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee has debated into the evening, moving deliberately toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Though split sharply along party lines, the panel is expected to send the charges to the full House for it to take pre-Christmas action next week.

  • British Elections 8 hours ago

    UK’s Johnson Claims Brexit Mandate as Tories Secure Majority

    Britain’s Conservative Party has secured a majority by winning 326 seats out of 650 in the House of Commons. While results are still coming in, the decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election means Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be able to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. The victory makes Johnson the

  • Donald Trump Dec 12

    Appeals Court to Rehear Arguments in Trump Hotel Lawsuit

    A federal appeals court is set to rehear a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. Earlier this year, a three-judge panel threw out a lawsuit alleging Trump of violating the Constitution by accepting profits through officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel. On Thursday, the state of Maryland

  • Donald Trump Dec 12

    Trump Signs Order Targeting College Anti-Semitism

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday targeting what his administration describes as a growing problem with anti-Semitic harassment on college campuses. Trump has sought to closely align himself with Israel, a move that appeals to many evangelical voters, too. He said Wednesday that the order sends a message to universities: “If you want to accept the tremendous amount…

  • North Korea Dec 12

    US: North Korea Missile Tests Are ‘Deeply Counterproductive’

    The United States warned North Korea Wednesday that its “deeply counterproductive” ballistic missile tests risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace but said it is “prepared to be flexible” and take concrete, parallel steps with Pyongyang toward an agreement.

    U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft delivered the message at a Security Council meeting less than three weeks before North Korean leader

  • impeachment Dec 12

    Judiciary Panel Takes First Steps Toward Impeachment Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee has taken the first steps toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol.

    Democrats and Republicans used the otherwise procedural meeting Wednesday evening to deliver sharp, poignant and, at times, personal arguments for and against impeachment. Both

  • Donald Trump 15 hours ago

    Imprisoned Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Asks for Reduced Sentence, Blasts ‘Barr-Led’ Justice Department

    President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on Wednesday asked a judge to consider either reducing his three-year prison term or release him on a new sentence of home confinement and community service.

  • Afghanistan Dec 11

    US Considers Leaving Smaller Number of Troops in Afghanistan

    The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not disclose any potential troop totals, but he agreed that leaving a minimal U.S. footprint in

  • Rudy Giuliani Dec 11

    Investigation Into Alleged FBI Leaks to Giuliani During 2016 Campaign Is Ongoing, DOJ Watchdog Says

    The Department of Justice inspector general’s office is still investigating alleged leaks from the FBI’s New York field office regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation to Rudy Giuliani in the final days of the 2016 campaign, the IG testified Wednesday.

  • Coast Guard Dec 11

    Congressional Report Finds Coast Guard Failed at Investigating Harassment

    A congressional investigation released Wednesday has found that the U.S. Coast Guard’s leadership has failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations. It concludes that the service needs to make “significant improvements” in its policies and procedures to address harassment and bullying. Congress launched the 18-month investigation after questions were raised about how complaints were

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 11

    Analysis: Trump Faces Narrow But Consequential Charges

    The articles of impeachment offered up Tuesday against President Donald Trump are narrow, but consequential. They are also likely to be approved by Democrats alone. The impending vote will thrust Trump into a club no president wants to join: only the third American leader to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He’s confronting his allegations without a hint of contrition,

  • russia probe Dec 12

    DOJ Watchdog Caught in Political Crossfire Over Russia Report

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog told Congress on Wednesday that he is concerned that “so many basic and fundamental errors” were made by the FBI as it investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee comes two days after the release of a report that identified significant problems with applications to receive

  • Decision 2020 Dec 11

    Democrats’ Divide: Free College for All or for Some?

    Pete Buttigieg’s latest ad on college affordability was a relatively quiet one: The presidential candidate is seen explaining his plan for free public college tuition for some to a small group of nodding middle-aged voters, his measured tone hardly shifting as he takes an indirect swipe at his Democratic rivals.  But the message was received and returned — in

  • Pete Buttigieg Dec 11

    Buttigieg Discloses Ex-Clients as Fundraising Swing Begins

    Facing intense pressure to answer questions about his work in the private sector, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday disclosed a roster of former consulting clients that include a major health insurance provider, a nationwide electronics retailer, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. He also opened a big-dollar fundraiser for the first time to

  • Donald Trump Dec 11

    Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism at Colleges

    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting antisemitism on college campuses, the White House said. The order, which is likely to draw criticism from free speech advocates, will broaden the federal government’s definition of antisemitism and instruct it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses, according to three U.S. officials. The

  • connecticut politics Dec 10

    Gov. Lamont Announces Plans for Special Session to Address Transportation Plan

    Governor Ned Lamont and the Senate and House Democrats have announced a plan for a special session next month. The special legislative session is expected to address a bonding bill and a long-term plan for the state’s transportation infrastructure, according to a statement from Lamont. “We are committed to investing in transportation without recklessly raiding the rainy day fund,

  • russia probe Dec 10

    Prosecutors OK With Probation for Ex-Trump Aide Rick Gates

    The Justice Department is not opposing a sentence of probation for a former Trump campaign official who cooperated extensively in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Prosecutors say in a sentencing memorandum that Rick Gates provided “extraordinary assistance,” meeting with investigators more than 50 times. They say he testified in three criminal trials and admitted to his participation in crimes about

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 10

    Hints of Mueller: How the Russia Probe Informs Democrats’ Case on Impeachment

    House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that focus narrowly on allegations related to Ukraine, but the ghost of Robert Mueller appears to inform both.

  • Lisa Page Dec 10

    Trump Target Lisa Page Sues Justice Department, FBI Over ‘Unlawful’ Disclosure of Texts With Peter Strzok

    Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page — who has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s barbed tweets and comments — on Tuesday sued the Justice Department and the FBI over what she claims were illegal and “improper” disclosures to media outlets of her nearly 400 text messages with an FBI agent with whom she was having an affair. Page’s

  • Russia Dec 11

    Trump Meets Russian Official as Impeachment Charges Unveiled

    President Donald Trump is meeting with the Russian foreign minister at the White House just hours after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment against him. Democrats claim Trump enlisted Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including Joe Biden, while temporarily withholding aid from the country, which is fighting Russian aggression. Sergey Lavrov met earlier with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,

  • russia probe Dec 10

    Trump Lashes Out at FBI Director Wray Over IG Report

    President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at FBI Director Chris Wray over his characterization of a Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation, claiming in a tweet early Tuesday the bureau is “badly broken” and incapable of being fixed. The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog concluded in its report issued Monday that the

  • Nancy Pelosi Dec 10

    Democrats, White House Forge New North American Trade Deal

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to announce her endorsement of a modified North American trade pact Tuesday morning. That concludes a long set of negotiations and gives President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day Democrats are set to announce impeachment their charges against him.

  • Boris Johnson Dec 10

    UK’s Boris Johnson Criticized for Putting Reporter’s Phone in Pocket After Being Asked to Look at Photo of Sick Child

    Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to get his campaign back to the issue of Brexit after being accused of a lack of empathy for looking away from an image of child sleeping on a hospital room floor while awaiting treatment. The story of 4-year-old Jack has overshadowed campaigning for Thursday’s general election as Johnson and his Conservatives pushed

  • impeachment Dec 11

    Democrats’ Impeachment Charges Say Trump ‘Betrayed’ US

    House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. That’s according to two sources familiar with the discussions but unauthorized to discuss the proceedings and granted anonymity. One of the people says Democrats are expected to put forward one charge against the Republican president of abuse of power and another of obstruction of Congress. Democratic

  • Donald Trump Dec 9

    Trump, Dems in Tentative Deal on North American Trade Pact

    House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump. That’s according to a Democratic aide not authorized to discuss the talks and granted anonymity. Details still need to be finalized and the U.S. Trade Representative will need

  • Ukraine Dec 9

    Russia, Ukraine to Revive Peace Process, Exchange Prisoners

    The presidents of Ukraine and Russia have agreed to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine also agreed to an exchange all prisoners. But the two failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders

  • Donald Trump Dec 10

    Russia Probe Was Valid, Not Motivated by Political Bias: Watchdog Report

    The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias despite “serious performance failures” up the bureau’s chain of command, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said in a highly anticipated report Monday. The findings undercut President Donald Trump’s claim that he was the target of a

  • Department of Justice Dec 9

    Read Justice Department Inspector General’s Report on Russia Probe

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog report on the origins of the Russia investigation was released on Monday. Here is the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

  • Amazon Dec 9

    Amazon Says Trump’s ‘Improper Pressure’ Doomed Pentagon Bid

    Amazon says President Donald Trump’s “improper pressure” and behind-the-scenes attacks harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract. The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing contract to Microsoft in October. Amazon argues in a lawsuit unsealed Monday that the decision should be revisited because of “substantial and pervasive errors” and Trump’s interference. Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos have

  • Michelle Obama Dec 9

    Michelle Obama Speaks Out on Impeachment Proceedings: ‘It’s Surreal’

    Michelle Obama views the impeachment proceedings involving President Donald Trump as “surreal,” but believes the nation can make it through the current political turmoil.

    The former first lady gave her thoughts on the impeachment inquiry in an exclusive interview with Jenna Bush Hager on Today Monday during a trip to Vietnam to raise awareness about the importance of educating young girls.

  • Supreme Court Dec 9

    Supreme Court Leaves Kentucky’s Ultrasound Law in Place

    The Supreme Court has left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment Monday in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone abortion clinic. The ACLU argued that

  • Kim Jong Un Dec 9

    North Korea Calls Trump ‘Erratic’ Old Man Over Tweets

    North Korea in recent weeks has said it is unwilling to continue rewarding Trump with meetings and summits he could chalk up as foreign policy wins unless it gets something substantial in return. The North’s stance has raised doubts about whether Kim will ever voluntarily give away a nuclear arsenal he may see as his biggest guarantee of survival.

  • Finland Dec 9

    Finland’s Sanna Marin to Become World’s Youngest Prime Minister

    Finland’s next prime minister is breaking the mold in multiple ways. At 34, she will be the youngest government leader in the world when she takes the reins, probably on Tuesday. She is a new mother and says she experienced discrimination as a child when her mother was in a same-sex relationship. She leads a center-left coalition of five parties.

  • Donald Trump Dec 9

    Fact Check: Trump, GOP Misfires on Ukraine, Mueller Probe

    Facing almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are blasting theHouse inquiry into whether he abused his office as illegal and declaring him completely free of taint on Ukraine and in the Russia investigation. Those claims are untrue. When certain associates and acquaintances of Trump get into hot water, he also suddenly forgets he ever knew them. Various…

  • Donald Trump Dec 10

    Impeachment Witness: Trump Poses Election ‘Danger’

    President Donald Trump’s efforts to “cheat to win an election” are a threat to national security, the top Democratic investigator testified Monday as the House Judiciary Committee pushes ahead with articles of impeachment. In an acrimonious daylong hearing, Democrats outlined their case against the president, saying Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate rival Joe Biden while withholding U.S. military

  • impeachment Dec 8

    House Judiciary Chair Nadler Says Impeachment Articles Will ‘Presumably’ Be Introduced This Week

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday that his panel will “presumably” present articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week, NBC News reports. “We’ll bring articles of impeachment presumably before the committee at some point later in the week,” Nadler, D-N.Y., said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” On Monday, the committee will hear from both…Get

  • NATO Dec 8

    America’s Influence, Once So Dominant, Waning Under Trump

    It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated Press, diplomats, foreign officials and scholars from numerous countries describe a changing world order in

  • russia probe Dec 8

    Watchdog Expected to Find Russia Probe Valid, Despite Flaws

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document errors during the investigation that may animate Trump supporters. The report, as described by people familiar with

  • Election 2020 Dec 10

    Andrew Yang Keeps It Fun, But Messages Are Serious

    Of all the many Democrats running for president, Andrew Yang is having the most fun. Unburdened by expectations and unbothered by political convention, the tech entrepreneur has spent months cruising around the country, mixing his dark warnings about America’s new tech economy with doses of humor and unscripted bluntness. He has crowd-surfed, skateboarded and made memorable quips at nationally

  • North Korea Dec 8

    North Korea Conducts ‘Important Test’ at Once-Dismantled Site

    North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of negotiations, with the North threatening to seek “a new way” if…

  • Fact Check Dec 7

    Fact Check: Trump and the People He Forgets He Knew

    When certain associates and acquaintances of President Donald Trump get into hot water, he forgets he ever knew them. Various figures from the Russia investigation and the Ukraine matter as well as a British prince have fallen out of familiarity with the president in this way. For a few days, the stock market suffered a similar fate when it dipped…

  • impeachment Dec 7

    House Impeachment Report Looks at Abuse, Bribery, Corruption

    Previewing potential articles of impeachment, the House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on history and the Founding Fathers to lay out the legal argument over the case against President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. The findings from the House Judiciary Committee do not spell out the formal charges against the president, which are being drafted ahead

  • Congress Dec 7

    Impeachment Collides With Funding Deadline, Testing Congress

    The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing over the next two weeks, toggling between the impeachment of President Donald Trump and past-ripe issues including North American trade legislation and a massive government-wide funding bill. December is always a busy…

  • Iran Dec 7

    Iran Frees Chinese-American Scholar for US-Held Scientist

    A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions. The trade on the tarmac of a Swiss airport saw Iranian officials hand over Chinese-American graduate student…

  • Donald Trump Dec 7

    ‘All Roads Lead to Putin’: Impeachment Ties Ukraine, Russia

    House Democrats are bringing the impeachment focus back to Russia as they draft formal charges against President Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is connecting the dots — “all roads lead to Putin,” she says — and making the argument that Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine was not an isolated incident but part of a troubling bond with the Russian president…

  • Afghanistan Dec 7

    US Opens First Round of Resurrected Peace Talks With Taliban

    U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday the first official talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce violence, with a permanent cease-fire being the eventual goal, said a U.S. statement. Khalilzad is also trying

  • President Donald Trump Dec 7

    Trump to Delay Listing Mexican Cartels as Terrorist Groups

    President Donald Trump said Friday in a tweet that he will hold off on designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Trump said all the work had been completed and he was statutorily ready to issue a declaration but had decided to delay at the request of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The Mexican government had pushed back against…

  • Dec 7

    Supreme Court Keeps Federal Executions on Hold

    The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break. The justices denied the administration’s plea to undo a lower court ruling in favor of inmates who have been given execution dates. The first of those had been scheduled for Monday, with a second set for Friday. Two more inmates

  • Dec 6

    Warren, Buttigieg Scrap Puts Democratic Divide on Display

    Elizabeth Warren has spent weeks absorbing attacks from moderate rivals looking to blunt her surging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now, as the Massachusetts senator risks losing momentum, she’s starting to hit back. After a Democratic Party fundraiser in Boston on Thursday night, Warren blasted Pete Buttigieg, who is emerging as a leading moderate candidate in the lead-off

  • Dec 6

    Rep. Hunter Announces Resignation Days After Guilty Plea

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter said he will resign “shortly after the holidays” in a statement made three days after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds. Hunter’s office released the following statement Friday afternoon: “Shortly after the Holidays I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and

  • Dec 6

    Supreme Court Temporarily Shields Trump Bank Records

    The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily shielded the bank records of President Donald Trump and three of his children from House Democrats. In an order signed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the House cannot enforce subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One at least until Dec. 13. The justices are scheduled to discuss at least one and maybe two…

  • Dec 6

    Bloomberg Gun Plan: Permits, Assault Weapon Ban, Age Limits

    Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy on Thursday just steps from the site of one of Colorado’s worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to coordinate gun violence prevention.

  • Dec 6

    Sanders Announces $150B Plan to Expand Broadband Access

    Bernie Sanders is promising to invest $150 billion to bring high-speed internet to “every household in America” while breaking up and better regulating monopolies he says currently limit access to drive up their profits. The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate unveiled a plan Friday to provide that funding in infrastructure grants and technical assistance to states and municipalities through

  • Dec 6

    Articles of Impeachment: Explaining What’s Next in the House

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats will draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a crucial step toward a vote of the full House. The articles are likely to mostly encompass Democrats’ findings on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Democrats are still writing them, but the articles could charge Trump with abuse of office, bribery and obstruction.

  • Dec 6

    Report: Teen Who Died in US Custody Unresponsive for Hours

    A flu-ridden 16-year-old from Guatemala writhed in agony inside a U.S. Border Patrol cell and collapsed on the floor where he lay for several hours before he was found dead, according to video released Thursday that further calls into question the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant families.

    The footage published by ProPublica shows the last hours of Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, who

  • Dec 6

    Ex-Playboy Model Who Claimed Trump Affair Sues Fox News

    The former Playboy model who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump is suing Fox News over comments that host Tucker Carlson made about the matter. Karen McDougal’s lawsuit was filed Thursday in New York. It says Carlson slandered her by saying last year that what happened “sounds like a classic

  • Dec 5

    US Likely to Hit China Over Human Rights Despite Trade Talks

    Legislation in the Senate would direct the administration to come up with a list of Chinese officials who could face sanctions for their role in the repression of Muslim minorities. Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a second chance in less than a month to anger the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights as he

  • Dec 6

    Biden Snaps at Voter in Iowa After Receiving Kerry Endorsement

    Joe Biden sought to capitalize on President Donald Trump’s icy reception from world leaders by portraying himself on Thursday as someone who is well versed in foreign affairs and can restore American prestige abroad. But his moves risked being overshadowed by a testy confrontation with a voter in Iowa. As he nears the end of an eight-day tour of

  • Dec 5

    Booker’s Critical Test? Languishing Campaign Plots a Rebound

    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is hoping a speech in Iowa’s capital city could be a spark for his Democratic presidential campaign. With less than two months before the Iowa caucuses open the Democratic 2020 contest, Booker spoke Thursday in Des Moines. Booker argues California Sen. Kamala Harris’ recent departure from the primary forces the party to confront whether it’s

  • Dec 6

    Pelosi Sets Showdown Vote on Medicare Drug Negotiations Bill

    The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, expanded Thursday to provide seniors with dental, vision and hearing benefits not currently covered. Leading Democratic committee chairmen said the Congressional Budget Office has indicated that Pelosi’s bill would save the government $500 billion over 10 years, which they pledged…

  • Dec 5

    Trump Asks Supreme Court to Void Financial Records Subpoena

    President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to void a subpoena from the House of Representatives that seeks the president’s financial records from his accounting firm. The justices already have shielded the documents from being turned over while they consider whether to hear Trump’s appeal and his separate appeal of a court order that requires the same accounting

  • Dec 6

    Democrats Say Trump Impeachment Charges Must Come Swiftly

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, calling his actions toward Ukraine “a profound violation of the public trust and the Constitution.”

  • Dec 5

    Impeachment Takeaways: History Lessons, Partisan Feuds

    The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress’ impeachment power. Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans, and the experts split much like the committee, along partisan lines, over whether Trump…

  • Dec 5

    Trump Called Prince Andrew ‘a Lot of Fun’

    President Donald Trump has claimed that he does not know Prince Andrew, but a recently resurfaced interview with People from 2000 says otherwise, showing Trump describing Andrew as “a lot of fun to be with.” “He’s not pretentious. He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump told People magazine in 2000, speaking of Andrew. The article also states that Trump

  • Dec 5

    Andrew Yang Campaign Notified FBI About Emailed Death Threats

    Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s campaign has been in contact with the FBI about emailed death threats about the hopeful and his staff and supporters, NBC News confirmed Tuesday. The Hill reported earlier Tuesday that the Yang campaign reached out to the FBI about the threats during the candidate’s latest swing through New Hampshire. A Yang campaign official said that it received

  • Dec 4

    Trump Administration Acts to Cut Food Stamp Benefits for 688,000

    The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food stamp program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people.

    The final rule, announced Wednesday, will limit the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment in order to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps feed

  • Dec 4

    Gun Background Checks Are on Pace to Break Record in 2019

    Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year.

  • Dec 4

    Trump-Friendly Rep. Doug Collins Passed Over for Georgia’s Senate Seat

    Georgia’s governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Republican Johnny Isaakson. Gov. Brian Kemp’s choice of Kelly Loeffler pushes aside President Donald Trump’s preferred candidate in a play for the moderate suburban voters who have fled the Republican party. An Associated Press source says Trump made it clear he preferred

  • Dec 4

    ’Serious Misconduct’ by Trump Takes Center Stage at Hearing

    The House Judiciary Committee is moving swiftly to weigh findings by fellow lawmakers that President Donald Trump misused the power of his office for personal political gain and then obstructed Congress’ investigation as possible grounds for impeachment. Responsible for drafting articles of impeachment, the Judiciary Committee prepared Wednesday morning for its first hearing since the release of a 300-page report…

  • Dec 4

    Trump Calls Canadian PM ‘Two-Faced’ After NATO Open Mic Moment

    While NATO leaders professed unity on Wednesday at a summit near London, a spat rippled under the surface after several were caught in an unguarded exchange on camera apparently gossiping about U.S. President Donald Trump’s behavior.

    Trump branded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced” after the remarks captured during a reception in London at Buckingham Palace.

    Trudeau was seen standing in a

  • Dec 4

    China and US Clash Over Xinjiang, Hong Kong Bills

    Already strained relations between China and the United States were further muddied after U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill targeting Beijing’s mass crackdown on ethnic Muslim minorities Wednesday, less than one week after President Donald Trump signed separate human rights legislation on Hong Kong. China’s ruling Communist Party has long regarded Hong Kong and the far west Xinjiang region

  • Dec 4

    Asylum Seekers Jam US Border Crossings to Evade Trump Policy

    For months, asylum seekers have been prohibited from filing claims at U.S. border crossings under a much-criticized Trump administration policy.

    Now some are sprinting down vehicle lanes or renting cars to try to make it inside the U.S. Officials say the migrants’ efforts are causing traffic delays at Arizona crossings, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials barricading car lanes for

  • Dec 4

    Mueller Witness Conspired to Conceal Donations: Fed

    The Justice Department on Tuesday charged eight people — including a prominent political donor to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and a Lebanese-American businessman who was a witness in Robert Mueller’s investigation — with conspiring to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in donations to Clinton. The 53-count indictment unsealed in federal court in Washington detailed efforts…

  • Dec 4

    Giuliani Mystery Phone Calls Uncovered by Democrats’ Report

    Who in the White House budget office called Rudy Giuliani on an August afternoon, and what did they have to talk about for 13 minutes? House impeachment investigators were unable to answer either question in their report released Tuesday by Democrats on the Intelligence Committee. But the call — and more than a dozen others and texts between President Donald…

  • Dec 4

    AP Fact Check: Trump’s Misstatements at NATO Summit

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday wholly misrepresented the U.S. record on international trade disputes and dismissed as a mysterious “rumor” his own statement from months ago about Britain’s health system. Here’s a look at some of his statements from London, where’s he is attending a NATO meeting: TRUMP: “We won, in the World Trade Organization, we won seven and

  • Dec 4

    House Report: Trump Misused Power, Obstructed Congress

    The House has released a sweeping impeachment report outlining evidence of what it calls President Donald Trump’s wrongdoing toward Ukraine. The findings will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the 45th president should be removed from office. The 300-page report from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee makes the case that Trump misused the power of his office

  • Dec 4

    Kamala Harris Ends Democratic Presidential Campaign

    Sen. Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” the California Democrat said. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial

  • Dec 4

    Trump Loses Appeal to Block Deutsche Bank, Capital One From Handing his Financial Records to Congress

    A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Deutsche Bank and Capital One must hand over years of President Donald Trump’s financial records in compliance with House Democrats’ subpoenas.

  • Dec 3

    US Rep. Duncan Hunter Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds and could face up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in March.

  • Dec 4

    Trump Takes Bold Stance at NATO as Impeachment Boils at Home

    President Donald Trump tried to build up his image in foreign affairs at the NATO conference in England on Tuesday as he faced the impeachment inquiry back home.

    He claimed credit for transforming the military alliance, which is marking its 70th anniversary. though he also clashed with leaders of NATO members. In particular, he aimed insults at French President Emmanuel Macron,

  • Dec 3

    Congress Pushes Ahead on Trump Impeachment With Nation Split

    The House is plunging into a landmark impeachment week, with Democrats who once hoped to sway Republicans now facing the prospect of an ever-hardening partisan split over the question of removing President Donald Trump from office. Lawmakers were getting their first look at the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report Monday night behind closed doors, and Chairman Adam Schiff said

  • Dec 3

    New Haven Mayor-Elect Justin Elicker Discusses Transition, Hopes for Future

    The City of New Haven will have a new mayor for the first time in six years when Justin Elicker is sworn in in a few weeks.

  • Dec 3

    Newly Released Documents Shed Light on Mueller-Trump Meeting

    Former special counsel Robert Mueller had taken himself out of the running to be FBI director by the time he met with President Donald Trump about the job, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told federal investigators. Notes from Rosenstein’s May 23, 2017 interview were made public on Monday as the result of a court ruling in BuzzFeed News’ Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against

  • Dec 2

    2020 Watch: Why Biden Is Blitzing Iowa and More Questions

    With just two months before primary voting begins, top Democrats are confronting their principal political liabilities with a new sense of urgency. It’s unclear how many voters will be paying attention, however, as the 2019 holiday season is here and impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump accelerate. As Democrats fight amongst themselves in key primary states, Trump is focused on

  • Dec 2

    Trump Administration Quietly Releases Lebanon Military Aid

    The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. The $105 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Forces was released just before the Thanksgiving holiday and

  • Dec 2

    US Rep. Hunter to Plead Guilty to Corruption Charge, Leave Seat

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter said he plans to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and is prepared to go to jail. It’s a stunning turn of events for the six-term Republican who had steadfastly denied wrongdoing and claimed he was the victim of a political witch hunt by federal prosecutors. Hunter had pleaded not guilty, but in an interview that

  • Dec 2

    Trump to Tariff Steel and Aluminum From Argentina and Brazil

    President Donald Trump on Monday accused Argentina and Brazil of hurting American farmers through currency manipulation and said he’ll slap tariffs on their steel and aluminum imports to retaliate. Trump also called on America’s central bank to take action to prevent other countries from devaluing their currencies. Both South American nations were among a group of U.S. allies that Trump

  • Dec 2

    Democrat Steve Bullock Ends Struggling Presidential Campaign

    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Monday that he’s ending his Democratic presidential campaign, saying it’s become clear that he won’t have a shot at being his party’s nominee. The two-term governor and former state attorney general tried to make the case that he was the best bet to beat President Donald Trump because he was the only Democratic candidate to

  • Dec 2

    China to Suspend US Navy Visits to Hong Kong Over New Law

    China said Monday it will suspend U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy organizations in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats that the U.S. would bear the costs of the decision.

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