Trump Attacks Fox News in Latest Sign of Strain

Posted: May 19, 2019, 8:17 pm

Trump Attacks Fox News in Latest Sign of Strain FILE – The Fox News channel logo is seen during a town hall meeting, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2019. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump criticized Fox News again Sunday in the latest hint that he is souring on what has been his favorite and most faithful news outlet.
As part of a flurry of afternoon tweets, Trump took the conservative network to task for interviewing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
“Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems,” Trump wrote, alluding to the Fox interviewer.
Trump added: “Chris Wallace said, 'I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance…fascinating biography.' Gee, he never speaks well of me.”
Trump again mocked Buttigieg, referring to him as Al..

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Trump Assails Republican Lawmaker Who Called for Impeachment

Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:55 am

Trump Assails Republican Lawmaker Who Called for Impeachment FILE – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) speaks at the Liberty Political Action Conference in Chantilly, Virginia Sept. 19, 2013. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday assailed Congressman Justin Amash as “a total lightweight” after the Michigan lawmaker became the first Republican to call for Trump's impeachment.
The U.S. leader said he was “never a fan” of the five-term member of the House of Representatives, claiming he “opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy.”

Trump said Amash “is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”
Amash, echoing numerous Democratic lawmakers, claimed that Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct” by attempting to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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Jimmy Carter Finds Renaissance in 2020 Democratic Scramble

Posted: May 19, 2019, 7:54 am

Jimmy Carter Finds Renaissance in 2020 Democratic Scramble Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, and his husband, Chasten Glezman, left, speak with former President Jimmy Carter, May 5, 2019 at former President Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia. ATLANTA, GA. — Former President Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again.
A peanut farmer turned politician then worldwide humanitarian, Carter is carving out a unique role as several Democratic candidates look to his family-run campaign after the Watergate scandal as the roadmap for toppling President Donald Trump in 2020.
“Jimmy Carter is a decent, well-meaning person, someone who people are talking about again given the time that we are in,” Minnesota S..

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Ex-CIA Chief Brennan to Brief House Democrats on Iran

Posted: May 19, 2019, 5:28 am

Ex-CIA Chief Brennan to Brief House Democrats on Iran Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 23, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. WASHINGTON — House Democrats will hear from former CIA director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, inviting him to speak next week amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration’s sudden moves in the region.
Brennan, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is scheduled to talk to House Democrats at a private weekly caucus meeting Tuesday, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the private meeting. Both were granted anonymity to discuss the meeting.
The invitation to Brennan and Wendy Sherman, the former State Department official and top negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal, offers counterprogramming to the Trump administration’s closed-door briefing for lawmakers also planned for Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Democratic lawmakers ar..

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‘Constitutional Crisis’ or Confrontation? Democrats and Republicans Disagree

Posted: May 18, 2019, 12:28 am

Democratic lawmakers say the Trump administration's refusal to provide additional information and testimony relating to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report has plunged the U.S. into a constitutional crisis. The fight over just how much oversight the U.S. Congress should have over the White House has triggered a debate about the balance of power in the U.S. government. VOA's congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson reports from Capitol Hill.

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Government Audit: Carson’s $40K Office Purchases Broke Law

Posted: May 17, 2019, 7:44 pm

Government Audit: Carson's $40K Office Purchases Broke Law Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, left, addresses the media along with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, while visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 19, 2017. WASHINGTON — Government auditors say Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office's executive dining room
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office's executive dining room, government auditors concluded.
In a report released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office said HUD failed to notify Congress before exceeding a $5,000 limit set by Congress to furnish or make improvements to the office of a presidential appointee. The dining set cost more than $31,000 and the dishwashe..

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Trump Lifts Tariffs on Mexico, Canada, Delays Auto Tariffs 

Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:36 pm

Trump Lifts Tariffs on Mexico, Canada, Delays Auto Tariffs FILE – A worker is pictured at a steel plant in Monterrey, Mexico, Aug. 27, 2018. WASHINGTON — Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies: lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe.
By removing the metals tariffs on Canada and Mexico, Trump cleared a key roadblock to a North American trade pact his team negotiated last year. As part of Friday's arrangement, the Canadians and Mexicans agreed to scrap retaliatory tariffs they had imposed on U.S. goods, according to four sources in the U.S. and Canada who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement.
In a joint statement, the U.S. and Canada said they would work to prevent cheap imports of steel and aluminum from entering North America. China has long been accused of floodi..

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Trump’s Washington Hotel Took In Nearly $41M in 2018 

Posted: May 16, 2019, 9:58 pm

Trump’s Washington Hotel Took In Nearly $41M in 2018 FILE – Law enforcement officers stand guard in front of the Trump Hotel in Washington, June 30, 2018. WASHINGTON — One of the crown jewels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s real estate empire generated millions of dollars in revenue last year, reinforcing questions about the president’s businesses profiting from foreign and state government officials.
The luxury Trump International Hotel Washington, housed in the historic Old Post Office Pavilion building, brought in nearly $41 in million last year, a tad higher than the previous year, according to Trump’s latest financial disclosure form filed with the Office of Government Ethics and released Thursday.
The disclosure, required of all senior government officials, offers a snapshot of Trump’s debts, assets and income in broad ranges across hundreds of businesses he owns. In all, Trump reported income of at least $434 million for 2018, a decline from at least $450 million reported for..

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Flynn Reportedly Described to Special Counsel Efforts to Interfere With Cooperation

Posted: May 16, 2019, 7:33 pm

Flynn Reportedly Described to Special Counsel Efforts to Interfere With Cooperation Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn passes by members of the media as he departs after his sentencing was delayed at U.S. District Court in Washington, Dec. 18, 2018. WASHINGTON — Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress contacted him about his cooperation with the Russia investigation.
That's according to a court filing from prosecutors Thursday that describes the extent of Flynn's cooperation with the probe.
The document says Flynn and his attorneys received communications from unidentified people connected to the administration and Congress that “could have affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation.'' Prosecutors say Flynn provided a voicemail recording of one such communication.
Flynn is awaiting sente..

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4th Death of Migrant Child Since December Raises New Alarms

Posted: May 16, 2019, 7:21 pm

4th Death of Migrant Child Since December Raises New Alarms FILE – Vehicles line up to enter the U.S. from Mexico at El Paso, Texas, March 29, 2019. A 2½-year-old Guatemalan child has died after crossing the border, becoming the fourth minor known to have died after being detained by the Border Patrol since December. HOUSTON — Advocates raised new alarms Thursday about the U.S. government's treatment of migrant families after a 2½-year-old Guatemalan child became the fourth minor known to have died after being detained by border agents since December.
“The death of a single child in custody of our government is a horrific tragedy,'' said Jess Morales Rocketto, chair of the advocacy group Families Belong Together. “Four in six months is a clear pattern of willful, callous disregard for children's lives.''
The boy died Tuesday after several weeks in the hospital, American and Guatemalan authorities said. Tekandi Paniagua, Guatemala's consul in Del Rio, ..

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