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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Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit Americans Divided Over Russia Probe

Posted: July 9, 2018, 11:05 pm

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin later this month, in Helsinki. The administration says Trump will use the meeting to hold “Russia accountable for its malign activities,” including interference in the U.S. election in 2016. Moscow’s meddling, and potential collusion with the Trump campaign is still being investigated in the U.S., in a probe that continues to divide the country. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has more.

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Trump Nominates Conservative-Leaning Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Posted: July 9, 2018, 9:10 pm

Trump Nominates Conservative-Leaning Kavanaugh to Supreme Court Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh smiles next to U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, July 9, 2018 WHITE HOUSE — In what is likely to be one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency, Donald Trump has selected Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving,” the president said of Kavanaugh during Monday night’s prime-time television announcement from the White House East Room. He called Kavanaugh a “brilliant jurist” who has “devoted his life to public service.”
Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old conservative-leaning federal judge for the past 12 years, is no stranger to executive branch politics and controversy.
Prior to his time as a judge he oversaw an investigation into the death of a deputy counsel for President Bill Clinton. It..

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As Trump Confounds, Mattis Seen as Quiet Champion Among NATO Allies

Posted: July 9, 2018, 9:01 pm

As Trump Confounds, Mattis Seen as Quiet Champion Among NATO Allies U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, June 8, 2018. WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will only play a supporting role to President Donald Trump at this week's NATO summit — an event that by definition is focused on heads of state from the trans-Atlantic alliance.
But Mattis’ small part belies his high standing among NATO allies, which has only risen as they become increasingly bewildered by Trump's policies on trade and Iran and anxious about his outreach to Russian President Vladimir Putin, European diplomats, officials and experts say.
In recent months, it has become clear that Mattis has a limited ability to influence Trump, who is increasingly confident in his own foreign policy instincts as he settles into his presidency.
But Mattis, by staying above the political fray an..

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Trump Threatens to ‘Respond’ to Drug Companies That Hiked Prices

Posted: July 9, 2018, 8:50 pm

Trump Threatens to 'Respond' to Drug Companies That Hiked Prices FILE – A Pfizer flag is displayed in front of world headquarters in New York, Nov. 23, 2015. President Donald Trump is threatening to “respond” after several major U.S. drug companies raised prices of some widely prescribed medicines.
“Pfizer and others should be ashamed that they have raised drug prices for no reason,” Trump tweeted Monday. “They are merely taking advantage of the poor and others unable to defend themselves while at the same time giving bargain basement prices to other countries in Europe and elsewhere.”
Pfizer hiked the cost of about 40 different drugs earlier this month, including Viagra for male impotence, Lipitor for treating high cholesterol, and the arthritis drug Xeljanz.
Trump, who campaigned on promises to lower drug prices, said in May that some companies were volunteering to cut prices.
Pfizer said the list price of medicines do not include discounts and rebates, and that custome..

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GOP Senator Warns Against Trusting Putin ‘Mafia’

Posted: July 9, 2018, 5:57 pm

GOP Senator Warns Against Trusting Putin ‘Mafia’ FILE – In this June 18, 2018, file photo, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kennedy, who just returned from a congressional trip to Russia warned against trusting President Vladimir Putin. WASHINGTON — A U.S. senator who just returned from a congressional trip to Russia warned against trusting President Vladimir Putin, saying that dealing with the Russian government is like “dealing with the mafia.”
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., recently went with other GOP senators to see first-hand the Russian economy and meet with government officials. But the meetings, ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned summit with Putin on July 16, turned “cantankerous” at times, he said. He described Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as a “bully.”
“There is no political philosophy in Russia. It’s sort of like saying, what’s the political philosophy of the mafia,” Kennedy told reporters Monday on Capitol Hill..

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US Says It Will Release, Reunite 50 Immigrant Children

Posted: July 9, 2018, 4:12 pm

US Says It Will Release, Reunite 50 Immigrant Children A Guatemalan father and son, who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, are apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents, June 28, 2018, in San Diego, California.. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — More than 50 immigrant children under age 5 will be reunited with their parents by Tuesday's court-ordered deadline for action by Trump administration, and the families will then be released into the U.S., a government attorney said Monday.
That's only about half of the 100 or so toddlers covered by the order.
At a court hearing, Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian acknowledged the government wouldn't meet the deadline for all the children, citing a variety of reasons, including that the parents of some of the youngsters have already been deported.
Fabian said that 54 children will be joined with their parents by the end of Tuesday at locations across the country and that an additional five were undergoing final background checks…

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