Pence to Offer Alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative in Singapore

Pence to Offer Alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative in Singapore

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is in Singapore to attend regional summits during which he will highlight the Trump administration's commitment to keeping the Indo-Pacific region free and open. As White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara reports from Singapore, leaders are looking closely at what concrete offers Pence might bring to counter China's growing influence in the region.

Incoming House Members Prep for Dos and Don'ts on The Hill

Incoming House Members Prep for Dos and Don'ts on The Hill

Incoming House Members Prep for Dos and Don'ts on The Hill Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley, Democrat-Massachusetts, listens during a news conference with members of the Progressive Caucus in Washington, Nov. 12, 2018. WASHINGTON — Don't hire someone you can't fire, like the son of a campaign donor or the child of the mayor. No matter what you may have said during the campaign about changing Congress, hire enough Hill veterans to make the office run smoothly. And make sure the person answering the phone sounds like folks from back home. That's only some of the advice headed for the historic class of House freshmen of both major political parties streaming into Washington this week for orientation on the nuts and bolts underpinning a job like none other. Under tight security, new members and their staffs pulled up in front of a hotel near the Capitol on Tuesday. A bank of cameras and a table marked “luggage drop-off” awaited their arrivals in the morning chill. “I'..

Trump Assails France, Macron

Trump Assails France, Macron

Trump Assails France, Macron President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron gesture during their meeting inside the Elysee Palace in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump launched verbal assaults Tuesday on France and President Emmanuel Macron, citing his low voter approval ratings and attacking French tariffs on U.S. wine exports and failure to meet NATO's defense spending goal. "Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia," Trump said first in a salvo of Twitter comments. "But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!" FILE - U.S President Donald Trump, second left, and first lady Melania Trump, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, third left, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attend ceremonies at the Arc..

Why Wait? Democrats Openly Flirt With 2020 White House Bids

Why Wait? Democrats Openly Flirt With 2020 White House Bids

Why Wait? Democrats Openly Flirt With 2020 White House Bids FILE - Sen. Cory Booker (Democrat-New Jersey) speaks at a get-out-the-vote event hosted by the NH Young Democrats at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hamshire, Oct. 28, 2018. WASHINGTON — In the days after the midterm election, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked the phones with Democratic luminaries in Iowa. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock courted high-dollar donors in New York. Other Democrats openly mused about their White House ambitions on live television. Motivated by an urgency to unseat President Donald Trump and the prospect of a historically large primary field, Democrats see little incentive to delay or downplay their 2020 presidential hopes. Their more transparent approach is upending one of Washington's favorite “will they or won't they” parlor games and pushed the campaign calendar up earlier than ever before. “No one is waiting for anyone in the race to run for president,” said Jim Messina, ..

Florida Recount Chugs Along as More Irregularities Surface

Florida Recount Chugs Along as More Irregularities Surface

Florida Recount Chugs Along as More Irregularities Surface Workers load ballots into machines at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office during a recount on Nov. 11, 2018, in Lauderhill, Florida. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — Florida’s election recount is chugging along as more irregularities are uncovered and a judge asked the warring sides to “ramp down the rhetoric,” saying it erodes public confidence in the election for Senate and governor. One county revealed Monday that it had allowed some hurricane-displaced voters to cast their ballots by email — a violation of state law. Another had to restart its recount after getting about a quarter finished because someone forgot to push a button. Palm Beach said it won’t finish its recount by the Thursday deadline. And in oft-criticized Broward County, additional sheriff’s deputies were sent to guard ballots and voting machines, even though a judge said no Republican who has publicly alleged fraud in the county’s process — a list ..

CNN Sues Trump to Restore Reporter's White House Access

CNN Sues Trump to Restore Reporter's White House Access

CNN Sues Trump to Restore Reporter's White House Access As President Donald Trump points to CNN's Jim Acosta, a White House aide tries to take the microphone from him during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an effort to restore White House access for Jim Acosta, a reporter who had his press credentials revoked. The television news network filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. "The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process," CNN said in a statement. "We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process." Acosta is one of CNN's highest-profile reporters. He is known for his tough questioning of President Donald..

US Acting AG Will Consult With Ethics Officials on Possible Recusals

US Acting AG Will Consult With Ethics Officials on Possible Recusals

US Acting AG Will Consult With Ethics Officials on Possible Recusals FILE - Then-Chief of Staff to the Attorney General Matthew Whitaker attends a roundtable discussion at the Justice Department in Washington, Aug. 29, 2018. WASHINGTON — Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will consult with ethics officials about any matters that could require him to recuse himself, the Justice Department said on Monday, after critics called on him to step aside from overseeing a Special Counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "Acting AG Matt Whitaker is fully committed to following all appropriate processes and procedures at the Department of Justice, including consulting with senior ethics officials on his oversight responsibilities and matters that may warrant recusal," spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement. Whitaker became the acting attorney general last week after President Donald Trump ordered Jeff Sessions to resign following months of criticizing him for..

Liz Cheney Poised for Ascent into Republican Leadership

Liz Cheney Poised for Ascent into Republican Leadership

Liz Cheney Poised for Ascent into Republican Leadership Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, waits for President Donald Trump to arrive to sign various bills in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 27, 2017. CHEYENNE, WYOMING — Liz Cheney has had a quiet first term as congresswoman, but that's about to change. She's seeking a House Republican leadership post that's key to her party's strategy against next year's Democratic majority. If she succeeds, Cheney will be the only woman in House Republican leadership — and follow in the footsteps of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who won the same post more than 30 years ago. She is seeking the position of GOP conference chair, which would put her at the forefront of the House GOP's communications strategy when Democrats take over the chamber in January. House Republicans are looking for a more forceful approach to communications. "We've got to change the way that we operate and really in some ways ..

No 'Blue Wave,' But Democrats' Midterm Success Sinking In

No 'Blue Wave,' But Democrats' Midterm Success Sinking In

No 'Blue Wave,' But Democrats' Midterm Success Sinking In Balloons fall around Democratic candidate for U.S House of Representatives Ayanna Pressley at her primary election night rally in Boston, Sept. 4, 2018. NEW YORK — No, it wasn't a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House of Representatives and statehouses. The slow roll of wins has given the party plenty to celebrate. President Donald Trump was quick to claim victory for his party on election night. But the Democrats, who hit political rock bottom just two years ago, have now picked up at least 32 seats in the House — and lead in four more — in addition to flipping 7 governorships and 8 state legislative chambers. They are on track to lose perhaps two seats in the Senate in a year both parti..

Roger Stone Associate Expects to Be Charged in Mueller Probe

Roger Stone Associate Expects to Be Charged in Mueller Probe

Roger Stone Associate Expects to Be Charged in Mueller Probe FILE - Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York, May 25, 2011. WASHINGTON — An associate of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone said Monday that he expects to face charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation. Conservative conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi said on his YouTube show that negotiations fell apart with special counsel Robert Mueller's team and he expects in the coming days to be charged with making false statements. The Associated Press couldn't immediately confirm Corsi's claims that charges against him are forthcoming. Corsi's attorney, David Gray, did not immediately respond to an email and phone message Monday evening. A spokesman for the special counsel's office also did not immediately return a phone message and email seeking comment. Corsi is one of several Stone associates who have been questioned by investigators as Mueller probes S..

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