Wednesday, April 17, 2019

MixedTimes - Politics

Trump reverses slew of Obama-era Cuba policies in new crackdown

The Trump administration on Wednesday rescinded several Obama-era policies toward Cuba, while imposing tough sanctions against Venezuela and Nicaragua – as part of a new crackdown on what National Security Adviser John Bolton dubbed the “three stooges of socialism.

Supreme Court asked to review Louisiana law on abortion access

A major battle over abortion access is teeing up at the Supreme Court as a Louisiana abortion clinic filed a new petition with the high court Wednesday seeking a full review on the merits of the state’s law restricting access to the procedure.

William McGurn on FBI investigation into Trump campaign: ‘The key is the Attorney General needs a grand jury’

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report is set to be publicly released, with some redactions, on Thursday but Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member William McGurn says the American people still don’t know when the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign really began and called on Attorney General William Barr to appoint a grand jury to find out.

Barr rules to keep asylum seekers in detention during deportation proceedings

Attorney General William Barrhas ruled thatasylum seekers facing removal who show they have a “credible fear” of being returned to their homeland will no longer be eligible for releaseon bond -- meaning they will have to remain in detention while their cases are pending.

US permits lawsuits against companies using property seized by Castro's Cuba, Pompeo announces

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the Trump administration will not suspend a previously revoked provision in a 1996 lawthat allows Cubans who fled Fidel Castro’s regime to sue companies that have used their former property on the island – marking a sharp departure from previous administrations and opening the door for a windfall of legislation against foreign firms operating in the island nation.

White House tries to standardize CBD rules and regulations

Americans spent about $600 million on CBD products last year, a number that is expected to climb into the billions, with the White House scrambling to standardize federal guidelines and regulations.

‘Shadowy’ dark money network behind left-wing causes exposed in new report

An expansive network of“shadowy” dark moneydonors has grown to rival the influence of theconservative Koch brothers --pumping millionsinto left-wing causes ranging from health care toclimate change to abortion -- all while flying well under the radar of public scrutiny, according to an explosive new report obtained by Fox News.

Beto O'Rourke confronted at town hall about stingy charitable donations

Former Democratic congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was confronted by a voter at a town hall on Tuesday about his recently-released tax returns and suggested that his attendance at the campaign event was in itself a charitable act.

California city tests universal basic income program ahead of 2020

The city of Stockton, California, which launched a universal basic income pilot program in February, will hear stories from a select group of recipients of the no-strings-attached cash by the end of April, adding tangible anecdotes to the national political conversation on income inequality ahead of 2020.

Candace Owens: Black vote is up for grabs in 2020

Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens appeared on “Hannity” on Tuesday night following a hostile confrontation with protestors on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Media addicted to Mueller, 'The Five' says

“The Five” was live in Nashville Tuesday with special co-host and country music star John Rich talking about the media’s continued fascination with the Mueller report.

FBI dropped requests for 'necessary' classified info during Clinton probe, and GOP asks why

FBI investigators looking into Hillary Clinton's email use in 2016 sought access to "highly classified information"they said was "necessary" to complete their probe, but later withdrew their request and cleared Clinton of wrongdoing-- and the Justice Department now has 10 days to explain itself, three top Republican Senate committee chairmen said Tuesday.

Nunes criminal referrals could affect 'two dozen' individuals, as GOP demands answers on apparent FBI stonewalling

FBI investigators looking into Hillary Clinton's email use in 2016 sought access to "highly classified information"they said was "necessary" to complete their probe, but later withdrew their request and cleared Clinton of wrongdoing-- and the Justice Department now has 10 days to explain itself, three top Republican Senate committee chairmen said Tuesday.

Karl Rove can't see Bill Weld taking primary run past NH

The architect of former President George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns said Tuesday he isn’t optimistic about Bill Weld’s chances in the presidential election against his party mate, Donald Trump.

Cher blasts 'thug' Trump after it appeared they reached a common ground

So much for common ground, Cher blasts "lizard-brain"Trump. Cher slams Trump’s “lizard brain” and said that Democrats “still don’t get it,” Monday in an attempt to reject praise from the 45th presidentonher stance on immigration and homeless vets in the city of Los Angeles.

Beto O’Rourke, wife underpaid two years of taxes, records show

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and his wife, Amy, appear to have underpaid their 2013 and 2014 taxes by more than $4,000 combined because of an error in the way they reported their medical expenses, according totax returns the couple released Monday evening.

2020 candidates’ 1st-quarter fundraising: By the numbers

All candidates running for president in 2020 have until Monday evening to file their full first-quarter fundraising reportsto the Federal Election Commission. Thefollowing are the first-quarter fundraising totals available for the 2020 presidential candidates.

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