Sunday, January 26, 2020

MixedTimes - Joseph Weber

Trump calls Jones 'weak,' but mum on Moore in Alabama Senate race

President Trump on Sunday weighed in again on the fast-approaching Election Day in the Alabama Senate race, calling Democratic nominee Doug Jones “weak” on crime and other conservative issues, but stopping short of backing embattled GOP candidate Roy Moore.

Judge grants Manafort Thanksgiving travel – but no boozing

A federal judge on Tuesday eased the terms of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's house arrest so he can travel during the Thanksgiving holiday -- with the caveat he will not drink alcohol or remove his GPS ankle monitor.

Manafort asks court to ease house arrest for Thanksgiving travel

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge to ease the conditions of his arrest in the Russian meddling investigation so he can travel over the Thanksgiving holiday -- with the caveat he will not drink alcohol or remove his GPS ankle monitor.

Trump’s Senate critics see support collapse – who’s next?

The two Republican senators who have cited frustration with Donald Trump’s presidency as reason for their retirement also were grappling with weak poll numbers, spurring questions about whether more Trump critics might face pressure to call it quits.

Trump slams 'failing' New York Times reporter for ignoring successes on trade, climate

President Trump on Sunday criticized a New York Times story stating that he’s failed to fulfill campaign promises on undoing key Obama administration policies, calling the newspaper “failing” and pointing to early successes like exiting the international Paris climate accord and getting conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

Trump: Talking to NK's Kim a waste, 'will do what needs to be done'

President Trump on Sunday sounded a war drum over North Korean leader Kim Jung Un refusing to de-escalate his nuclear weapons program, telling Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to stop wasting time negotiating with Kim because the U.S.

Trump attacks Puerto Rico mayor, who vows to do 'whatever' necessary

President Trump on Saturday defended his administration’s hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico and questioned the leadership of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz who is criticizing the president's effort to get supplies, electricity and other relief to the U.S.

Pelosi latest Dem facing backlash from liberal base for Trump dealing

The shout-down that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi encountered Monday at a San Francisco town hall from ‘Dreamer’ advocates is just the latest example of the backlash Democrats are facing from the liberal base for so much as hinting at cooperation with President Trump.

ObamaCare push may show Senate Republicans 'getting there'

Senate Republicans are trying again to repeal and replace ObamaCare, pushing a measure that would give states broader authority through block grants and which appears to have wide support among GOP members.

Dems' fundraising challenges extend to gubernatorial races

Republicans’ multimillion-dollar fundraising edge over Democrats extends to the battle for control of state capitals, with the party’s gubernatorial fundraising arm outpacing its Democratic counterpart by $15 million so far this year.

Trump huddles with Cabinet over Irma; Pence vows 'We'll be there'

President Trump and his team on Sunday were closely monitored Hurricane Irma from Camp David and FEMA headquarters, with Vice President Pence saying the president has “great concern” and that wherever the storm goes, “we'll be there first.

Republicans eye legislative fix as Trump ends DACA; Dems blast decision

Congressional Republicans indicated Tuesday they will take up the Trump administration's call to consider legislation to replace the Obama-era DACA program, though condemnation from Democrats over the decision to end it points to a heated battle ahead.

Congress returns to several pressing issues, with Harvey money, debt ceiling at forefront

Leaders of the GOP-controlled House purportedly plan to vote Wednesday on a $7.9 billion Hurricane Harvey relief package separate from deciding on whether to raise the federal debt ceiling, setting up a potential White House showdown and adding another twist to what will be an action-packed next several weeks on Capitol Hill.

Trump nominations set up more special elections, chances for Dems to upset

President Trump has announced the names of dozens of likely nominees for top administration jobs including two House Republicans, setting up another possible round of special elections that will against test the president’s political strength and give Democrats another opportunity for an upset win.

Mueller's Russia probe team reportedly has Trump's draft letter on Comey firing

The Justice Department has reportedly given special counsel Robert Mueller the original letter that President Trump wanted to use as grounds for firing FBI Director James Comey, as part of Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 White House race.

DNC 'in cahoots' with Clinton? Judge tosses case, but allegations live on

A federal judge in Florida has thrown out a class-action lawsuit led by Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters who accused the Democratic National Committee of “being in cahoots” with Hillary Clinton -- but only after the DNC's legal team argued they had no obligation to adhere to a fair nominating process.

Republicans line up to challenge Elizabeth Warren for Senate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren may have her eyes on a 2020 White House bid, but first she'll have to make it through her own Senate reelection – and several Republicans are competing for a shot to challenge her.

DNC cash crunch fuels Dem frustration, questions about Perez leadership

The Democratic National Committee just posted its worst July fundraising numbers in a decade, raising questions about why the party machine cannot capitalize on President Trump’s low approval ratings and whether new Chairman Tom Perez is up to the task.

Rosenstein, Christie temper reports of Mueller grand jury in Russia probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and supporter New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday tempered news reports about special counsel Robert Muller impaneling another grand jury in his Russia meddling-collusion case, suggesting the move doesn’t mean the investigation is expanding or perhaps and indictment is now imminent.

Conway still mum on who reports directly to Trump, after Kelly's arrival

President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway declined Sunday to say whether she and new White House communication director Anthony Scaramucci will report directly to new Chief of Staff John Kelly, raising questions about whether the president’s recent staff shakeup will bring order to the West Wing.