Trump Opens Easter Egg Roll With Talk of Economy, Military

Posted: April 22, 2019, 4:20 pm

Trump Opens Easter Egg Roll With Talk of Economy, Military U.S. President Donald Trump attends the 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, April 22, 2019. WASHINGTON — Taking part in one of the oldest White House traditions, President Donald Trump blew a whistle and sent spoon-wielding kids into a frenzy Monday as they used the wooden utensils to coax hard-boiled eggs to the finish line during the annual Easter Egg Roll.
“This is 141 years that we've been doing this,” Trump said, addressing the crowd from the Truman Balcony, where he was joined by first lady Melania Trump before they came downstairs to mingle with guests on the South Lawn.
“I don't remember the first one,” Trump joked of the tradition that began in 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes.
After blowing the whistle to begin one of many egg rolls taking place throughout the day, Trump joined children seated at a picnic table, where they colored cards for U.S. troops. He appeared to answer a question fr..

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Pelosi: US House Democrats’ Views Vary on Action After Mueller Report

Posted: April 22, 2019, 3:36 pm

Pelosi: US House Democrats' Views Vary on Action After Mueller Report FILE – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, walks to a Democratic Caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington, March 26, 2019. U.S. House Democrats' views vary on how to proceed after last week's release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday.
In a letter to fellow Democratic lawmakers, Pelosi said it is “important to know that the facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”
She added that President Donald Trump engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior “whether currently indictable or not.”
Top congressional Democrats have left the door open to pursuing the impeachment of Trump, a Republican, but have also said they would first need to complete their own probe into whether he obstructed justice in Mueller's investigation.
“While our views range..

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Trump Rejects Suggestion His Commands Are Ignored

Posted: April 22, 2019, 1:56 pm

Trump Rejects Suggestion His Commands Are Ignored President Donald Trump speaks with children on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 22, 2019, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the suggestion that White House aides ignore his commands when they consider them out of line with the norms of the presidency.
“Nobody disobeys my orders,” Trump told reporters at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.
He was reacting to accounts last week in the 448-page report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that some Trump aides have ignored his directives over the first two years of his White House tenure because they considered them as unwarranted, damaging to his presidency or wanted to keep themselves out of legal entanglements.
In one widely reported episode, Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn told investigators he refused several Trump ov..

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Trump Says Cain Withdraws From Consideration for Fed Seat

Posted: April 22, 2019, 1:22 pm

Trump Says Cain Withdraws From Consideration for Fed Seat FILE – Herman Cain attends the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, June 20, 2014. Donald Trump said Monday that Herman Cain has withdrawn from consideration for a seat on the Federal Reserve's board amid a focus on past scandals.
Cain is a former CEO of Godfather's Pizza who dropped out of the 2012 presidential race amid allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. The issues resurfaced after Trump said he intended to nominate Cain to the central bank's board of governors.
Trump tweeted Monday that “My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. I will respect his wishes.”
The president added that “Herman is a great American who truly loves our Country!”
Trump has also nominated conservative ally Stephen Moore for a separate vacancy on the Fed's seven-member board.
Cain's nomination was ..

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US Supreme Court to Decide if LGBT Workers Protected Under Sex Discrimination Law

Posted: April 22, 2019, 12:14 pm

US Supreme Court to Decide if LGBT Workers Protected Under Sex Discrimination Law FILE – People wait in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the orders being issued, in Washington, March 18, 2019. WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether U.S. law banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sex protects gay and transgender workers, as the conservative-majority court waded into a fierce dispute involving a divisive social issue.
At issue in the high-profile legal fight is whether gay and transgender people are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex as well as race, color, national origin and religion.
The court will take up two cases concerning gay people who have said they were fired due to their sexual orientation, one involving a New York skydiving instructor named Donald Zarda and another brought by a former county child welfare services coordinator fro..

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Trump Sues to Block Subpoena of His Financial Records

Posted: April 22, 2019, 12:11 pm

Trump Sues to Block Subpoena of His Financial Records U.S. President Donald Trump attends the 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 22, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump sued Monday to block a congressional panel from subpoenaing his personal and business records from the accounting firm that for years has handled his financial affairs.
Congressman Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, is seeking eight years of Trump information from Mazars USA. But the president and his corporation, the Trump Organization, said in their suit the subpoena “is invalid and unenforceable because it has no legitimate legislative purpose.”
The Trump suit said, “Instead of working with the president to pass bipartisan legislation that would actually benefit Americans, House Democrats are singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the president politically.”
The committee&#039..

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Military Vet Moulton Joins 2020 Presidential Race

Posted: April 22, 2019, 7:56 am

Military Vet Moulton Joins 2020 Presidential Race FILE – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) speaks at a Merrimack County Democrats Summer Social at the Swett home in Bow, New Hampshire, July 28, 2018. BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House.
The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement on his website Monday.
Moulton first came to prominence in 2014 when he unseated long-term incumbent Rep. John Tierney in a Democratic primary and went on to represent the state's 6th Congressional District, a swath of communities north of Boston including Salem, home of the infamous colonial-era witch trials.
Speculation about a possible Moulton run has been simmering as far back as 2017 when he spoke at a Democratic political rally in Iowa, home of the first-the-the-nation presidential caucuses. At the time, he brushed aside talk of a presidential run.
Talk of possible run ramped up during last year's election when ..

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Accuracy at Core of Supreme Court Case Over Census Question

Posted: April 21, 2019, 4:34 pm

Accuracy at Core of Supreme Court Case Over Census Question Balloons decorate an event for community activists and local government leaders to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 Census efforts in Boston, Massachusetts, April 1, 2019. WASHINGTON — Justice Elena Kagan's father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family's apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930.
Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an “alien,'' though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry about his citizenship status appears to have been crossed out on the census form.
Vast changes in America and technology have dramatically altered the way the census is conducted. But the accuracy of the once-a-decade population count is at the heart of the Supreme Court case over the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The justices are hearing arguments in the case on Tuesday, with a decision due by late Jun..

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Report: Trump Called on Spy Chiefs for Help as Probe Began

Posted: April 21, 2019, 4:13 pm

Report: Trump Called on Spy Chiefs for Help as Probe Began FILE – Special Counsel Robert Mueller in Washington. WASHINGTON — Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency. Trump told Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, that news stories alleging that Trump’s 2016 White House campaign had ties to Russia were false and the president asked whether Rogers could do anything to counter them.
Rogers and his deputy Richard Ledgett, who was present for the call, were taken aback.
SEE ALSO: Trump Continues to Lash Out at Mueller Report Afterward, Ledgett wrote a memo about the conversation and Trump’s request. He and Rogers signed it and stashed it in a safe. Ledgett said it was the “most unusual thing he had experienced in 40 years of government service.”
Trump’s outreach to Rogers, who retired last year, and other top intelligence ..

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Mueller Report Puts Ball in Congress’ Court

Posted: April 21, 2019, 2:27 pm

Washington remains focused on steps Congress may take after a redacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe was released last week. VOA's Michael Bowman reports, Democrats in the House of Representatives are determined to obtain a complete, un-redacted version of the document, which found no collusion between President Donald Trump's inner circle and Russia, but neither established nor ruled out that the president obstructed justice.

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