Friday, December 14, 2018

MixedTimes - Politics

Trump reveals chief of staff search down to 5 candidates

Speaking at a meeting with the nation's governors-elect at the White House on Thursday, President Trump revealed that he's down to five candidates to replace outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Federal court blocks Trump administration birth control coverage rules

A divided federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration Thursday from enforcing a series of revised ObamaCare rules that would have enabled more employers to opt out of providing contraception coverage to workers over religious or moral objections.

Justice Dept IG blames FBI-wide software failure for missing Strzok-Page messages

In a comprehensive report issued Thursday, the Department of Justice's internal watchdog blamed technical glitch for a swath of missing text messages between anti-Trump ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page -- and revealed that government phones issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office to Strzok and Page had been wiped clean after they left the Russia probe.

Comey admits decision to send FBI agents to interview Mike Flynn was not standard

Former FBI director James Comey admitted in a recent interview that he personally made the decision to send a pair of agents to interview President Trump’s national security adviser Mike Flynn in 2017, and acknowledged the arrangementwas not typical for dealing with a White House official.

Comey admits decision to send FBI agents to interview Flynn was not standard

Former FBI Director James Comey admitted in a recent interview that he personally made the decision to send a pair of agents to interview President Trump’s national security adviser Mike Flynn in 2017, and acknowledged the arrangementwas not typical for dealing with a White House official.

Judge in Flynn case orders Mueller to turn over interview docs after bombshell claim of FBI pressure

One day afterformer National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's legal team made the bombshell allegations that the FBI had pushed him not to bring a lawyer to his fateful 2017 interview with agents at the White House, the federal judge overseeing Flynn's criminal caselate Wednesday ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn over highly secret documents related to the questioning.

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Fox News Poll: President Trump ends year two with 46 percent job approval

Donald Trump continues to suffer from upside-down job ratings as his second year as president winds down. In addition, views of the economy remain divided, voters feel the administration’s economic policies have not helped them -- and fewer are optimistic about future economic conditions than two years ago, according to the latest Fox News poll.

Menendez and Graham announce resolution on Saudi Arabia in wake of Khashoggi killing

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday proposed by Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Todd Young, R-Ind., that would suspend weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions on people blocking humanitarian access in Yemen, among other actions following the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

House overwhelmingly passes farm bill, without tighter work requirements favored by Trump

In a sign that bipartisan agreement remains possible in Washington as Congress barrels towards a possible government shutdown over border wall funding, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a farm bill -- a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid -- by a comfortable 369-47 margin.

Pelosi, Democratic critics discuss term limits on party leaders

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats who oppose her bid to become speaker next month are discussing the possibility of imposing term limits on party leaders, a Pelosi aide confirmed to Fox News Wednesday.

Pelosi, Democratic critics agree to term limits for party leaders

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Wednesday evening that she had agreed to serve no more than four more years as leader of the chamber's Democrats under an agreement with party insurgents, virtually ensuring that she will be elected Speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes next month.

Flynn says FBI pushed him not to have lawyer present during interview

In a bombshell court filing Tuesday,attorneys for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn alleged that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe pushed Flynn not to have an attorney present during the questioning that ultimately led to his guilty plea on a single charge of lying to federal authorities.

Trump administration prepares major rollback of Obama-era water rules

The Trump administration on Tuesday took some of the final steps to end an Obama-era policythat placedthousands of miles of waterways under federal regulation, clearing the way for new economic development even as environmental activists promise legal challenges.

Senate overwhelmingly votes to renew farm programs

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program.

Christmas shutdown? Trump clash with Dems raises new concerns on budget deadlock

After an unexpected, dramatic on-camera dust-up between President Trump andDemocratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office on Tuesday, top Republicans are rallying behind the president's calls for funding a border wall -- even if it means shutting down the government.

NY Times' Paul Krugman says US part of 'new axis of evil' with Russia, Saudi Arabia

Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times opinion contributor Paul Krugman tweeted Monday that the United States had joined Russia and Saudi Arabia in a "new axis of evil,"after those three countries and Kuwait objected to the United Nations' endorsement of a landmark study on global warming.

Trump threatens to have military build border wall if Pelosi, Schumer won’t budge

President Trump threatened Tuesday to have the military “build the remaining sections” of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, appearing to revive a call to use Pentagon money to finish the project as he braces for a tense meeting with congressional Democratic leaders opposed to the president’s funding request.

Trump to meet with Democrats on border wall, possible partial shutdown

President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders are seeking to avert a partial government shutdown amid a sharp dispute over Trump's border wall and a lengthy to-do list that includes a major farm bill and a formal rebuke of Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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