House Hearing Grows Heated Over Migrant Children’s Deaths

Posted: May 22, 2019, 7:58 pm

House Hearing Grows Heated Over Migrant Children's Deaths House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., looks to acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 22, 2019. WASHINGTON — A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration's border policies for the deaths of migrant children, an accusation the acting head of the Homeland Security Department called “appalling.”
The brouhaha came at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the budget for the sprawling law enforcement department, which has seen major upheaval over the past two months following a White House-orchestrated shake-up. Kevin McAleenan, the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was named to lead the department temporarily following the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
At the hearing, Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., questioned McAleenan about what he knew of the psychological problems mig..

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New York Puts Democrats a Step Closer to Trump Tax Returns

Posted: May 22, 2019, 7:20 pm

New York Puts Democrats a Step Closer to Trump Tax Returns Members of the New York state Assembly vote on legislation that authorizes state tax officials to release, if requested, individual New York state tax returns to Congress, during a session in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol, May 22, 2019. ALBANY, NEW YORK — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings.
The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly both approved the measures Wednesday, sending them to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat. A spokesman has said the governor supports the principle behind the legislation but will review the bill carefully before deciding whether to sign it.
The legislation doesn't target Trump by name, but it would allow the leaders of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance..

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Years in the Making, a Rancorous Washington Moment

Posted: May 22, 2019, 5:01 pm

Years in the Making, a Rancorous Washington Moment President Donald Trump delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 22, 2019. The memories of the tumultuous 2016 U.S. presidential election, contentious political squabbling between Republican President Donald Trump and top Democratic congressional leaders, and the shadow of months of unending investigations all came to rancorous confrontation Wednesday in Washington.
Trump abruptly called off a White House meeting with Democrats a short time after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of engaging “in a cover-up” by refusing to cooperate with Democratic-led investigations of his business affairs and the aftermath of Russian intrusion in the election.
“I don't do cover-ups,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden, adding that he would not negotiate with Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer and others over policy issues while congressional investigations of him are ongoing.
“You can't do it ..

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Democrat Cautions About Trump’s July 4th Extravaganza

Posted: May 22, 2019, 3:52 pm

Democrat Cautions About Trump's July 4th Extravaganza FILE – Fireworks explode over the U.S. Capitol (L), the Washington Monument (C) and the Lincoln Memorial (R) in celebration of the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the 4th of July holiday in Washington, July 4, 2017. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's planned July Fourth extravaganza on the National Mall sounds like it could become a giant Trump rally on the taxpayers' dime, a Democratic senator cautioned Wednesday.
But Interior Secretary David Bernhardt defended Trump's still-vague Independence Day plans for Washington, D.C., in response to questioning by Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing.
Udall expressed concern that Trump tweets heralding his planned appearance at an amped-up version of this year's fireworks and festivities signaled the president planned to take a “nonpartisan celebration and turn it into a de facto political ..

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House Speaker Pelosi: Trump Is ‘Engaged in a Coverup’

Posted: May 22, 2019, 11:53 am

Angry Trump Walks Out of Infrastructure Meeting with Democrats President Donald Trump holds up a stat sheet having to do with the Mueller Report as he speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House, May 22, 2019. WASHINGTON — A rare bipartisan commitment between the White House and Congress to make a sweeping agreement on infrastructure has dramatically collapsed.
U.S. President Donald Trump refused to shake hands with lawmakers or sit for a scheduled Oval Office meeting with Congressional Democrats on Wednesday morning, according to those in the room. He then berated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her comments, earlier in the day, accusing him of a “cover up.”
A visibly angry Trump left after three minutes heading into the Rose Garden to inform a hastily arranged news conference, “I don't do cover ups.”
He accused Democrats of holding a meeting the same morning to discuss “the I word” – impeachment.
The president said he told Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that..

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Trump, Democrats Debate What to Debate: Infrastructure or Trade

Posted: May 22, 2019, 10:05 am

Trump, Democrats Debate What to Debate: Infrastructure or Trade FILE – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., walk out of the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump about infrastructure, April 30, 2019, in Washington. Reality has set in during the three weeks since President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to work together on a $2 trillion infrastructure package to invest in roads, bridges and broadband.
As Trump and Democratic lawmakers prepare to meet Wednesday for Round 2 of their infrastructure talks, the president is making it clear he'd really rather change the subject.
The White House released a letter Tuesday night that Trump sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer letting them know his preference for Congress taking up the proposed U.S. trade deal with Mexico and Canada first.
“Once Congress has passed USMCA, we should turn our attention..

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AG Barr Says Nationwide Rulings Hampering Trump’s Agenda

Posted: May 21, 2019, 9:55 pm

AG Barr Says Nationwide Rulings Hampering Trump's Agenda FILE – U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks at a news conference in San Salvador, El Salvador, May 16, 2019. Attorney General William Barr is taking on another item from President Donald Trump's agenda, railing against judges who issue rulings blocking nationwide policies.
In a speech Tuesday night, Barr took aim at the broad judicial power, arguing that federal judges who have issued the so-called nationwide injunctions are hampering Trump's efforts on immigration, health care and other issues with “no clear end in sight.”
It is the latest example of Barr moving to embrace Trump's political talking points.
The attorney general is traditionally expected to carry out the president's agenda as a member of the Cabinet while trying to avoid political bias. Democrats have cast Barr as an attorney general who acts more like Trump's personal lawyer instead of the nation's chief law enforcement ..

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Trump to Democrats: Pass Trade Deal, Then Infrastructure

Posted: May 21, 2019, 8:57 pm

Trump to Democrats: Pass Trade Deal, Then Infrastructure Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., talks with reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about infrastructure, at the White House, April 30, 2019, in Washington. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is telling Democratic leaders that he believes Congress should first pass a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico before taking up a bill to boost the nation’s infrastructure.
The president made his request in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer before a White House meeting Wednesday.
The Democratic leaders and Trump are aiming for a $2 trillion bill to address roads, bridges and other priorities.
Trump says he remains committed to passing a bill, but he wants Pelosi and Schumer to spell out their priorities and how much money they would provide to each. He says Democrats have “expressed a wide-range of priorities, and it is unclear which ones have your support.”

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Two 2 More Former White House Officials Subpoenaed

Posted: May 21, 2019, 7:09 pm

Two 2 More Former White House Officials Subpoenaed A placard is displayed for former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who did not appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing, May 21, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed two more former top White House officials after ex-White House Counsel Donald McGahn ignored his subpoena to testify about President Donald Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice.
Democratic chairman Jerrold Nadler says the committee wants to hear from former communications director Hope Hicks and McGahn’s former chief of staff Annie Donaldson.
They have been ordered to provide documents and summoned to appear before the lawmakers next month.
Shortly before she resigned in March 2018, Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee that she sometimes told “white lies” for Trump.
As McGahn’s second-in-command, Donaldson is believed to have pages and pages of notes related to Trump and his reaction to the Muel..

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US Lawmakers Turn Focus to Full Range of Russian Influence Ops

Posted: May 21, 2019, 6:03 pm

US Lawmakers Turn Focus to Full Range of Russian Influence Ops Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner, D-Va., who leads the panel with Republican Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina, departs after a meeting at committee's secure facility on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 9, 2019. WASHINGTON — With all the focus on Russian efforts to sway U.S. elections with social media, there are fears other aspects of Moscow's influence operations are being overlooked.
Specifically, some lawmakers and experts are worried just as much damage is being done with old-fashioned, face-to-face contact, along with promises of favors and the prospects of financial reward.
In order to help curtail the dangers, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee introduced legislation Tuesday that would require all U.S. political campaigns to report any contact with foreign nationals seeking to collaborate or coordinate with candidates' election efforts.
“Most Americans a..

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