White House Tells 2 Ex-Aides to Defy Democrats’ Subpoenas

Posted: June 4, 2019, 3:06 pm

White House Tells 2 Ex-Aides to Defy Democrats' Subpoenas FILE – A rainbow is seen over the North Portico of the White House after a brief rain storm, July 24, 2017, in Washington. WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday directed two more former aides, including top presidential adviser Hope Hicks, to defy subpoenas from Democratic lawmakers investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Hicks and Annie Donaldson, the former chief of staff for ex-White House counsel Donald McGahn, were told to not comply with his panel's subpoenas for documents from their time working in the White House. Trump had earlier blocked McGahn's cooperation with the committee, where an impeachment inquiry would begin against Trump if Democrats decide to pursue it.
Hicks worked for the Trump Organization, the president's business empire, before ..

Read more >

Congress Finally to Send $19B Disaster Aid Bill to Trump

Posted: June 3, 2019, 7:34 pm

Congress Finally to Send $19B Disaster Aid Bill to Trump FILE – A United States flag flies in front of the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, Nov. 6, 2018. Congress is finally shipping President Donald Trump a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, a measure stalled for months by infighting, misjudgment, and a presidential feud with Democrats.
The House is approving the measure in its first significant action as it returns from a 10-day recess. It is slated for a Monday evening vote in which Republicans whose home districts have been hit by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires are set to join with majority Democrats to deliver a big vote for the measure.
Conservative Republicans had held up the bill during the recess, objecting on three occasions to efforts by Democratic leaders to pass the bill by a voice vote requiring unanimity. They say the legislation — which reflects an increasingly permissive attitude in Washington on spending to address disasters that sooner or later hit every reg..

Read more >

US House Judiciary Committee to Hold June 10 Hearing on Mueller Report

Posted: June 3, 2019, 5:00 pm

US House Judiciary Committee to Hold June 10 Hearing on Mueller Report Four pages of special counsel Robert Mueller report on the witness table in the House Intelligence Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill, in Washington, April 18, 2019. WASHINGTON — The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on June 10 on Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to Donald Trump's campaign.
The committee will hear testimony from former U.S. attorneys and legal experts, including John Dean, a Trump critic and former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon who served a year in prison in connection with the Watergate scandal.
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference, in New York, May 29, 2019. “We have learned so much even from the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report,” Committee C..

Read more >

US 2020 Hopeful Cory Booker Rolls Out Iowa Steering Committee

Posted: June 3, 2019, 9:12 am

US 2020 Hopeful Cory Booker Rolls Out Iowa Steering Committee FILE – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker speaks at a campaign event in Henderson, Nevada, May 28, 2019. DES MOINES, IOWA — Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker is rolling out his Iowa steering committee, a team of activists and operatives that features party powerbroker Jerry Crawford, who played a key role in each of Bill and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaigns in the state.
Crawford, a Des Moines-area attorney who also played leading roles on Al Gore and John Kerry's campaigns, said he's been courted by multiple campaigns but told The Associated Press in an interview he's backing Booker because of the New Jersey U.S. senator's positive message.
“I'm very much drawn to his passion for civility and his determination to pursue healing,” Crawford said.
Crawford is among 10 Iowa activists, operatives and elected officials who plan to provide strategic advice and opera..

Read more >

Sanders Kicks Fight Against Trump Into High Gear

Posted: June 2, 2019, 3:56 pm

Sanders Kicks Fight Against Trump Into High Gear Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, June 2, 2019. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday called on California Democrats to unite against Donald Trump, kicking the 2020 presidential campaign into high gear with jabs against the Republican president and a veiled swipe at Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Sanders called Trump “a racist, a sexist, a homophobe and a religious bigot” in a speech capping off a state Democratic convention that drew fourteen of the 24 candidates to make their case before 5,000 delegates, guests and press in the most populous – and most heavily Democratic – U.S. state.
“Together we are going to defeat a president who has the most corrupt administration in history,” Sanders said, “and a president who knows nothing about real American values.”
The San Francisco convention became ..

Read more >

Trump: ‘America Has Had Enough with Mexico’

Posted: June 2, 2019, 11:36 am

Trump: 'America Has Had Enough with Mexico' FILE – This May 29, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows some of 1,036 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, the largest that the Border Patrol says it has ever encountered. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday that “America has had enough with Mexico,” contending that it is an “abuser” of the United States by not stopping the surge of Central American migrants headed north to seek asylum in the U.S.
Trump, who is threatening to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican exports sent to the U.S. unless it blocks the migrants short of the U.S. border, accused Mexico of “taking but never giving. It has been this way for decades.”
On Twitter, Trump said, “Either they stop the invasion of our Country by Drug Dealers, Cartels, Human Traffickers, Coyotes and Illegal Immigrants, which they can do very easily, or our many companies and jobs that have been foolishly allowed to ..

Read more >

Pentagon Tells White House Not to Politicize Military

Posted: June 2, 2019, 7:24 am

Pentagon Tells White House Not to Politicize Military FILE – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — The Pentagon has told the White House to keep the military out of politics, after someone from the White House directed the Navy to keep the warship USS John S. McCain “out of sight” when President Donald Trump visited Japan.
“On Friday, May 31, Secretary Shanahan directed his Chief of Staff to speak with the White House Military Office and reaffirm his mandate that the Department of Defense will not be politicized,” Shanahan's spokesman Army Lt. Col. Joe Buccino said Sunday.
Eric Chewning, Shanahan's chief of staff, told the defense secretary that he had reinforced this message to the White House, according to Buccino.
“There's no room for politicizing the military,” Shanahan told reporters aboard a U.S. military aircraft en route to Seoul. “We take these things seriously, and my office and others will deal with it dir..

Read more >

Trump’s Europe Visit Includes Britain, Ireland, France

Posted: June 2, 2019, 6:00 am

Trump's Europe Visit Includes Britain, Ireland, France FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at the Japanese destroyer JS Kaga, in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be on a state visit to the Britain June 3 to June 5.
What to know for the visit?
It’s not Trump's first visit to Britain.
What’s so special this time?
Trump was in Britain in July 2018 on a working visit, which involved much less pomp and pageantry than a state visit. On a working visit, the visiting country and not the host country covers the bill.
A state visit is a formal visit by a head of state and is normally done at the invitation of the queen on the advice of her government. Queen Elizabeth II, as the current head of state, will act as Trump’s official host for the duration of the visit.
An invitation for a state visit was extended soon after Trump took office in 2017, but a number of concerns, i..

Read more >

Acting US Defense Chief Criticizes China’s Bad Behavior

Posted: June 1, 2019, 7:55 am

Acting US Defense Chief Criticizes China's Bad Behavior Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, center, and Chinese Minister of National Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe, right, attend a ministerial luncheon on the sidelines of the 18th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue VOA Mandarin service's Libo Lui contributed to this report
SINGAPORE – Since the first week acting U.S. Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan took the reins at the Pentagon, he’s said his top concern is “China, China, China.”
On Saturday, Shanahan told an audience at the annual Shangri-La defense forum that the U.S. would not ignore Chinese behavior, which he says has threatened prosperity in the region.
“It's not about conflict. It's not about building walls. This is about security,” Shanahan said.
China is infamous for its theft of other nations’ military and civilian technology, and the U.S. secretary said he took issue with Beijing's cyber attacks and st..

Read more >

Cochran Funeral Set for Mississippi Capitol 

Posted: May 31, 2019, 10:22 pm

Cochran Funeral Set for Mississippi Capitol FILE – Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., responds to the crowd's applause following a campaign speech at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss., Oct. 29, 2014. The longtime senator died May 30, 2019. He was 81. JACKSON, MISS. — A funeral will be held next week in the Mississippi Capitol for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who represented the state for 45 years.
Cochran died Thursday at a veterans nursing home in Oxford, Miss. He was 81.
Coleman Funeral Home said visitation would be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the University of Mississippi Robert C. Khayat Law Center in Oxford.
One funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Capitol in Jackson. Another service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson.
Cochran was elected to the U.S. House in 1972 and to the Senate in 1978. As chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he steered billions of dollars to Mississippi for universities, agriculture and Hurri..

Read more >