Friday, February 15, 2019

MixedTimes - Politics

DHS official: Border security bill does not contain ‘amnesty’ poison pills

Immigration hawks slammed the border security compromise President Trump signed into law Friday for containing last-minute provisions that they argued gives "amnesty" to many – but a Department of Homeland Security official insisted to Fox News that’s a misunderstanding of the bill.

Sarah Sanders says she ‘voluntarily’ agreed to Mueller interview

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged Friday she was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team as part of their probe into whether anyone on the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Judge imposes partial gag order in Roger Stone case

A federal judge on Friday issued a partial gag order in the criminal case of former Trump political adviser Roger Stone as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

McCabe rep downplays DOJ discussions on using 25th Amendment to oust Trump

A spokesperson for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sought to downplay the significance and scope ofJustice Department discussions about using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, as Republicans demanded he andDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein be called to testify on the issue.

Fox News Poll: Majority thinks Democrats have a chance to unseat Trump in 2020

After President Donald Trump took office, many voters doubted he would finish his term, much less stand for re-election, but as the 2020 race heats up, voters are increasingly confident the eventual Democratic nominee will indeed face off against the current occupant of the White House.

California Republicans call for re-do vote on high-speed rail project after Newsom's 'bait-and-switch'

After California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared during his State of the State address earlier this week that he was shelving plans for a costly and controversial high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Republican lawmakers in the Golden State are calling for a referendum vote on Newsom’s plan to build a similar railway through the state’s Central Valley.

Democratic 2020 candidates slam Trump's national emergency plan: 'Closer to a dictatorship'

A slew of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls on Thursday condemned the Trump administration after the White House announced that in addition to signing a border security compromise package, the president would also declare a national emergency to acquire funding for his campaign-promisedwall at the nation’s southern border.

Texas lawmakers propose funding border wall on their own

AsWashington, D.C. debates a budget deal that would getPresident Trump barely 1/20th of the border wall funding he requested, and with significant strings attached, two local Texas lawmakers are proposing dipping into the state’s "rainy day" fund to finance the border barrier on their own.

William Barr confirmed by Senate for attorney general

William Barr was confirmed Thursdayby the Senate to serve as President Trump’s next attorney general, sending him to lead a Justice Department whose past officials have come under sharp criticism from the president over the ongoing Russia investigation Barr will now oversee.

Trump blasts McCabe as a 'disgrace' to FBI, country

President Trump on Thursday blasted former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as a “disgrace” to the FBI and to the country while criticizing his handling of the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and his work on the “Russia Hoax.

McCabe details central role in Russia probes; DOJ meetings on whether to oust president

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, speaking out in a new book and TV interview, detailed the central role he played in the bureau's Russia probe and the eventual appointment of a special counsel -- while reportedly describing Justice Department meetings where officials discussed ousting President Trump.

Omar grills Trump envoy to Venezuela after botching his name

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar,D-Minn., blasted President Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela on Wednesday over his history of supporting right-wing governments in Latin America and his guilty plea in 1991 to two misdemeanor counts of lying to Congress but started by called him the wrong name.

Trump, Newsom spar over California scaling back $77B bullet train

President Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom got into a Twitter battle Wednesday night over the curtailment of the state’s massive high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco that was more than a decade behind schedule and billions in the red.

Doug Collins: Omar offered an 'oops,' not a real apology

After Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., apologized for her widely condemned anti-Semitic tweets Monday, many Republicans continued to criticize the newly elected congresswoman doubting the sincerity of her apology.

Judge rules Manafort 'intentionally' lied to Mueller team, voiding plea agreement

A federal judge on Wednesday found that Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager, "intentionally" lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in response tosome, but not all, of their inquiries -- a ruling that voids his plea deal and exposes Manafort, at a minimum,to a harsher sentence.

House Republicans, in latest foreign policy revolt, rebuke Trump on Yemen

House Republicans joined with Democrats to issue a bipartisan rebuke of President Trump's support for Saudi-led military involvement inYemen on Wednesday, in the latest GOP legislative revolt over the administration'sforeign policy that underscored the continuing unease in Congress over the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Fox News Poll: Most voters favor immigration deal

A sizable majority of voters favors a broad immigration deal that includes a border barrier, non-barrier security measures, and humanitarian aid. At the same time, support for a wall along the U.S.

Fox News Poll: Capitalism buries socialism

Capitalism is far more popular than socialism, according to a Fox News Poll of registered voters. The poll also finds economic optimism high, and the number wanting help from the government the lowest in years.

Rep. Liz Cheney enters draft summary of Green New Deal into Congressional Record

House Republicans announced Wednesday that they have entered an outline of the controversial "Green New Deal" and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the sweeping Democratic proposal into the Congressional Record after the document was deleted from the website of Rep.

Trump promises law enforcement that 'the wall is coming'

President Trump reiterated his pledge on Wednesday that the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will be built, while slamming the “radical Left” for fueling attacks against police officers in the country.

Howard Schultz rips Green New Deal

Add Howard Schultz to the small, but growing, list of potential or declared presidential contenders raising alarmover the proposed Green New Deal.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long announces resignation

Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), announced Thursday that he was resigning from his position, saying "it is time for me to go home to my family.

Border security package hits hurdles in final stretch

The border security compromise package on Capitol Hill aimed at averting another government shutdown is running into problems, with one conservative source telling Fox News that the bill “is leaking oil right now” -- asPresident Trump won't say whether he’ll support it.

House Democrats planning expansive Trump probes, even after Mueller report

No matter when and how Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe ends, House Democrats are planning to aggressively ramp up their own Trump-related investigations that will include a network of committees and high-profile public hearings likely to last well into the 2020 election year.

Trump's Venezuela envoy clashes with Ilhan Omar at hearing: 'That is a ridiculous question'

The Trump administration's new special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, clashed Wednesday with freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., during a Househearing on the Caracas crisis after the congresswoman tried to turn focus to Abrams' history in Latin America while asking him point-blank whether he'd support "genocide" if it served American interests.

Massachusetts prosecutor offers to hear from Justin Fairfax accuser

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office inMassachusetts has offered to hear from one of the women accusing VirginiaLt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, saying in a statement that office “resources” are available to her and underscoring that victims can come forwardwithout being compelled to testify at trial.

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