Trump Refuses to Disclose Census-Related Documents

Posted: June 12, 2019, 11:35 am

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed executive privilege Wednesday to refuse to hand over documents to opposition Democratic lawmakers investigating a question about citizenship on next year's once-a-decade U.S. census.
Trump's action came just ahead of a scheduled vote by the House of Representatives Oversight Committee on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for their refusal to comply with subpoenas from the panel for the census-related information.
“I think it's ridiculous that we would have a census without asking” about citizenship, Trump told reporters at the White House.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross in contempt, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 12, 2019.The House panel's chairman, Congressman Elijah Cummings, delayed the contempt vote until later Wednesday to gi..

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White House Asserts Executive Privilege in Census Fight

Posted: June 12, 2019, 11:35 am

President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
The claim comes as the House Oversight Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over the subpoenaed documents.
In a letter to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the Justice Department asserted that the Trump administration has “engaged in good-faith efforts” to satisfy the committee’s oversight needs and said the planned contempt vote was premature.
Democrats fear the question will reduce census participation in immigrant-heavy communities. They say they want specific documents to determine why Ross added the citizenship question to the 2020 census and contend the Trump administration has declined to provide them despite repeated ..

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Trump Moves to Keep Census Documents Sought by Congress Under Wraps

Posted: June 12, 2019, 11:35 am

President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege in refusing to turn over to a U.S.
House committee certain documents related to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, the Justice Department said in a letter to the committee on Wednesday.
The House of Representatives Oversight Committee convened a meeting minutes after the letter was released, with Democrats in control of the committee planning to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress over the matter.

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Trump: Tough Ticket to See His Campaign Kickoff

Posted: June 12, 2019, 9:59 am

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday the demand is high to get into his official kickoff campaign rally next week for his 2020 re-election bid.
Trump, just as he was first inaugurated in early 2017, said he would run for a second four-year term in the White House. But U.S. politicians nonetheless stage official openings for their campaigns to generate as much enthusiasm as they can.
“Wow! Just got word that our June 18th, Tuesday, ANNOUNCEMENT in Orlando, Florida, already has 74,000 requests for a 20,000 seat Arena,” Trump said on Twitter. “With all of the big events that we have done, this tickets looks to be the 'hottest' of them all. See you in Florida!”
Trump for months has sparred with would-be Democratic challengers looking to oust him, labeling them with derisive nicknames if he thinks they might threaten his tenure as the U.S. leader. On Tuesday, Trump and the leading Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, traded insults as they both campaigned i..

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US Troops, Civilian Defense Workers Get Political Reminder

Posted: June 12, 2019, 12:02 am

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan told troops and civilian workers Tuesday to avoid political displays while on the job, a reminder that comes after the White House told the Navy to keep the USS John S. McCain out of sight to avoid offending President Donald Trump during a visit to Japan.
In separate memos to civilian and military leaders, Shanahan said their mission to protect and defend the nation should be apolitical.
“Those of us privileged to serve our Nation, in and out of uniform, in the DoD must be the epitome of American values and ethics,” Shanahan said.
He told military commanders to remind those in uniform that they must avoid actions that imply Pentagon approval of political candidates or causes. In a memo to the civilian workforce he said personnel may take part in limited political activities, but “they may never engage in such activity while on-duty or in a Federal building.”
Both Shanahan and Trump have distanced themselves from the ship incident, in which an unkn..

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Sanders to Outline ‘What Democratic Socialism Means to Me’

Posted: June 11, 2019, 10:02 pm

Seeking to rebut President Donald Trump's attempts to cast him and Democrats as too liberal, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to give a speech Wednesday on democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career.
He made similar remarks during his first presidential campaign in 2016, when he faced questions about his decadeslong association with democratic socialists. He's again confronting criticism from in and out of his party during his second presidential bid, and the speech, which the campaign is billing as a major address, is an attempt to reframe the debate about his views.
But he's doing this in a reshaped political landscape in which he's no longer the sole progressive taking on an establishment candidate as he was in 2016 when he battled Hillary Clinton. He's one of nearly two dozen Democratic White House hopefuls, several of whom are also unabashed liberals. And they're all operating in an environment dominated by Tru..

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Buttigieg: End ‘Endless’ US War, Prioritize Iran and Climate Deals

Posted: June 11, 2019, 9:24 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday urged a stop to the “endless war” that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and a return to the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord scrapped by Republican President Donald Trump.
Buttigieg, a Navy reservist who was deployed to Afghanistan, repudiated Trump's go-it-alone, America First approach to the world in the first foreign policy speech of his 2020 White House campaign. He outlined a policy based on “America at our best,” a foil to Trump's “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“The need for a new foreign policy vision could not be more urgent today,” Buttigieg said in Bloomington, Indiana. “This administration has embraced and emboldened autocrats, while alienating democracies and allies around the globe.”
He told an audience at Indiana University that the next American president must set the bar high on the use of force, especially if Washington acts alone, and urged Congress to repeal a law passed days aft..

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US House Votes to Allow Mueller Probe Lawsuits

Posted: June 11, 2019, 7:45 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to allow lawsuits against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn over their refusal to cooperate with congressional subpoenas in connection with the investigation of Russian election interference.
Lawmakers want access to documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his probe into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation, and for McGahn to testify about what took place inside the White House.
FILE – Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019.Authorizing the lawsuits would allow leaders in the Democratic-led House to go forward with those steps if they choose to do so at a later date.
McGahn was a key witness for Mueller, but has declined to testify before congressional committees, complying with the wishes of the White House. Mueller's team interviewed McGahn f..

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The Elders Chief: Trump’s ‘Poor Leadership’ Fueling Populism

Posted: June 11, 2019, 5:31 pm

The head of The Elders criticized President Donald Trump on Tuesday, accusing him of opening up space for the spread of populism.
The Elders is an independent group of leaders who work on issues related to global peace, justice and human rights. It was founded by the late South African president Nelson Mandela in 2007.
“The problem is much wider than President Trump, there is no doubt about that,” Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson told reporters at the United Nations, where she had just met with the secretary-general. “But his poor leadership is aggravating the problem.”
Robinson cited the spread of isolationist and nationalist policies in parts of both Eastern and Western Europe and in Latin America.
“But when you had the United States strongly supporting multilateralism, strongly supporting the way in which the global issues would be dealt with in partnership-sharing solidarity way, that made a huge difference,” Robinson, a former president of Ireland said. “It has opened up a space..

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Trump, Biden Unleash Harshest Criticisms Yet of Each Other

Posted: June 11, 2019, 10:54 am

The incumbent U.S. president and the top opposition party frontrunner seeking to unseat him next year overlapped in visits to the same key political state – a possible preview of a head-to-head match-up more than 500 days before the general election.
In Iowa on Tuesday, both U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden unleashed their most pointed attack yet of each other.
“He’s literally an existential threat to America,” Biden told a campaign rally in Ottumwa.
Later at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Biden criticized the president for cozying up to “dictators” such as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
“Whether it’s me or not, it’s got to end,” Biden said of Trump’s presidency.
Later in the evening in Davenport, his third stop of the day, Biden accused Trump of “tearing down the guardrails of democracy.”
Before departing the White House for Iowa, Trump questioned the leading Democrat’s fitness for office, implying that Biden – who wo..

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