Senate Panel OKs Trump’s Pick to Lead Troubled VA

Posted: July 10, 2018, 6:32 pm

Senate Panel OKs Trump's Pick to Lead Troubled VA Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie testifies during a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 27, 2018. WASHINGTON — A Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump's nominee to lead Veterans Affairs, a department beset by political infighting and turmoil over providing health care.
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee agreed on voice vote to back Robert Wilkie, currently serving as a Pentagon undersecretary. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont cast a “no” vote.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., joins protesters outside the Capitol as Republicans in the Senate work to pass their sweeping tax bill. Wilkie has pledged to “shake up complacency” at the VA, which has struggled with long waits in providing medical treatment to millions of veterans.
Under repeated questioning by Democrats during his confirmation hearing last month, the Air Force and..

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Former Trump Aide Flynn Eager to Get to Sentencing, Lawyer says

Posted: July 10, 2018, 6:30 pm

Former Trump Aide Flynn Eager to Get to Sentencing, Lawyer says Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal courthouse in Washington, July 10, 2018, following a status hearing. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who pleaded guilty in a case related to the Russian election collusion investigation, is eager to move to the sentencing phase and put his legal ordeal behind him, Flynn's lawyer said at a hearing on Tuesday.
Robert Kelner confirmed at the hearing that his client continues to cooperate with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of any links between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. Kelner also indicated the evidence the judge had ordered Mueller provide to Flynn's legal team had not altered his case.
Flynn's court appearance on Tuesday was his first since he pleaded guilty in December to lying to agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discu..

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Proposed Rule May Affect US Legal Immigration  

Posted: July 10, 2018, 5:45 pm

Proposed Rule May Affect US Legal Immigration FILE – People line up outside the building that houses the immigration courts in Los Angeles, June 28, 2018. By the end of July, the Trump administration is expected to take a step closer to another sweeping policy shift that could block millions of foreigners from coming to the United States or from staying in the country if they have had access to certain public benefits, like children's health care.
One team of analysts says the revamped “public charge” policy could lead to U.S. citizens in mixed-status families not getting crucial services they need and are entitled to out of fear that it could jeopardize a relative’s immigration status.
It all comes down to how the U.S. government defines a “public charge,” and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pushing for a change.
Draft versions of the document leaked to media outlets earlier this year reveal the U.S. government intends to broaden which immigrants could be consider..

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Abortion Issue Likely to Dominate Top Court Pick Hearings

Posted: July 10, 2018, 2:44 pm

Abortion Issue Likely to Dominate Top Court Pick Hearings FILE – A pro-choice supporter is confronted by pro-life supporters at a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington January 22, 2007. WASHINGTON — If recent history is any indication, the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court pick, is likely to be dominated by questions about his views of Roe v. Wade.
The landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling, which held that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman's right to a have an abortion, stands as one of the high court's most controversial and divisive decisions of the past century.
While polls show a majority of Americans support legal abortion, Roe v. Wade continues to divide broad swaths of society, pitting advocates, who see the decision as giving women power over their lives, against foes, who view it as an affront to the sanctity of life.
But the fracas over abortion predates Roe v. Wade. According to Peter C..

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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Woos Senators Amid Partisan Storm

Posted: July 10, 2018, 1:00 pm

Trump's Supreme Court Pick Woos Senators Amid Partisan Storm U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell greets Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence for a meeting in his office at the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 10, 2018. CAPITOL HILL — One day after U.S. President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, federal judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence.
“The president really could not have done a better job of picking an extraordinarily well-qualified nominee,” McConnell, who represents Kentucky, said after the encounter. “We believe it's possible to handle this nomination fully by the fall.”
Kavanaugh, 53, took part in investigations of former President Bill Clinton, helped former President George W. Bush prevail in the 2000 Florida vote recount battle, and served in the Bush administration before Bu..

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Trump Arrives in Brussels Amid Tension with NATO, EU

Posted: July 10, 2018, 8:41 am

Trump Arrives in Brussels Amid Tension with NATO, EU U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at Melsbroek Military airport in Melsbroek, Belgium, July 10, 2018. BRUSSELS — U.S. President Donald Trump has arrived in Brussels — home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union — two steadfast allies with whom the American leader has increasingly put himself at odds.
Trump on Tuesday tossed barbs at both organizations. On Twitter, he again bluntly demanded NATO members contribute more money to the defense alliance that has been the linchpin of the West's post-World War II military cooperation.
European leaders, since Trump's election 17 months ago, have fretted and fumed about the president's bashing but have hesitated to lash back publicly. That changed Tuesday, just as the U.S. president was leaving for the trip across the Atlantic Ocean.
“Dear America, appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have t..

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Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Posted: July 10, 2018, 7:17 am

Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to Supreme Court With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 10, 2018. WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is taking his first step Tuesday toward securing his place on the high court, when he begins meeting with senators to shore up support for his nomination ahead of a major confirmation battle.
In what is likely to be one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency, Trump selected Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks after US President Donald Trump announced his nomination in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. “There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving,” the president said of Kavanaugh during Monday night..

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Reaction to Supreme Court Nomination Falls Along Predictable Partisan Lines

Posted: July 10, 2018, 1:04 am

Reaction to Supreme Court Nomination Falls Along Predictable Partisan Lines A demonstrator holds a sign as protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. President Donald Trump's nomination of federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court is being met with predictable reaction from both Republicans and Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement immediately after President Trump's Monday night televised announcement praising Kavanaugh as “an impressive” nominee who is “extremely well qualified” to sit on the nation's highest court.
The Kentucky Republican said the 53-year-old nominee's judicial record “demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic:Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written.”
Iowa Republican Chuck..

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Washington Insider Kavanaugh Boasts Conservative Credentials

Posted: July 10, 2018, 12:57 am

Washington Insider Kavanaugh Boasts Conservative Credentials FILE – President George W. Bush shakes hands with newly sworn-in Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Brett Kavanaugh in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 1, 2006. Brett Kavanaugh, the consummate Washington insider picked by President Donald Trump on Monday for a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, has viewed business regulations with skepticism in his 12 years as a judge and taken conservative positions on some divisive social issues.
He joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006. Appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh, 53, on several occasions ruled against regulations issued under Democrat Barack Obama, who succeeded Bush in 2009.
Kavanaugh faulted Obama-era environmental regulations, including some aimed at fighting climate change. In 2016, he wrote the appeals court decision that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protec..

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