Alabama Woman Who Joined IS Sues to Return to US

Alabama Woman Who Joined IS Sues to Return to US

Alabama Woman Who Joined IS Sues to Return to US Veiled women, reportedly wives and members of the Islamic State, walk under the supervision of a female fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at al-Hol camp in al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria, Feb. 17, 2019. WASHINGTON — The father of an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State in Syria has filed suit against the Trump administration seeking to allow her return to the United States. Twenty-four-year-old Hoda Muthana is in a Syrian refugee camp with her 18-month-old son after she fled what’s left of the Islamic State’s self-declared homeland. Her lawyers say she regrets joining the organization. But the administration announced earlier this week that the U.S.-born Muthana is not an American citizen because her father was a Yemeni diplomat at the time of her birth in New Jersey. That determination was initially made by the Obama administration after she joined IS. A suit filed Thursday in Washington argues her f..

White House Ends California Talks on Mileage Standards

White House Ends California Talks on Mileage Standards

White House Ends California Talks on Mileage Standards President Donald Trump talks with California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a visit to a neighborhood destroyed by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Thursday broke off talks on vehicle mileage standards with California, increasing the chances of a court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry. The White House, which has proposed freezing the standards, said it would now move unilaterally to finish its own mileage rule later this year “with the goal of promoting safer, cleaner, and more affordable vehicles.” The administration’s action challenges California’s decades-old authority to set its own, tougher mileage standards. California has used a waiver that Congress granted it under the 1970s Clean Air Act to help deal with its punishing smog. About a dozen states follow California’s mileage standards; that group accounts for about one-third of U.S. auto sales. Carmakers ..

US Ambassador to Canada Front-Runner for UN Post

US Ambassador to Canada Front-Runner for UN Post

US Ambassador to Canada Front-Runner for UN Post U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft takes part in a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 3, 2017. WASHINGTON — U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is backing Craft for the post, and she also has the support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. They say President Donald Trump has been advised that Craft’s confirmation would be the smoothest of the three candidates he is considering to fill the job last held by Nikki Haley. Craft, a Kentucky native, was a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. General Assembly under President George W. Bush’s administration. She is also friends with McC..

LGBTQ Group Skeptical of US Decriminalization Move

LGBTQ Group Skeptical of US Decriminalization Move

LGBTQ Group Skeptical of US Decriminalization Move FILE - Members of the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBTQ activists gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Oct. 22, 2018. WHITE HOUSE — An LGBTQ rights group expressed skepticism Thursday of a reported campaign by the Trump administration to decriminalize homosexuality around the world, after President Donald Trump expressed no knowledge of the plan. "We have a lot of questions about their intentions and commitments and are eager to see what proof and action will follow," said Jeremy Kadden, senior international policy advocate with the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. Kadden added that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have "turned away LGBTQ people fleeing violence and persecution and sent them back to countries that criminalize them, and have consistently worked to undermine the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families here at home from day one." Jerri Ann Henry, exec..

Waiting for Final Mueller Report? It May Be Short on Detail

Waiting for Final Mueller Report? It May Be Short on Detail

Waiting for Final Mueller Report? It May Be Short on Detail FILE - Special counsel Robert Mueller, in charge of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, departs Capitol Hill, in Washington, June 21, 2017. WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 21 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of Mueller's endgame is unclear. But new Attorney General William Barr, who oversees the investigation, has said he wants to release as much information as he can about the inquiry into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election. But during his confirmation hearing last month, Barr also made clear that he ultimately will decide what the public sees, an..

White House Ends California talks on Mileage Standards

White House Ends California talks on Mileage Standards

White House Ends California talks on Mileage Standards FILE - Mike Stoker, regional administrator of US EPA and Jonathan Morrison of NHTSA listen to speakers during the first of three public hearings on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back car-mileage standards in a region with some of the worst air pollution. The Trump administration broke off vehicle mileage standards talks with California on Thursday, moving the two closer to a possible court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry. The White House said in a statement that the administration, which wants to freeze mileage standards, would now move unilaterally to "finalize a rule later this year with the goal of promoting safer, cleaner, and more affordable vehicles." California officials and the Trump administration each accused the other of failing to present any good compromise proposal in the mileage dispute, which comes as President Donald Trump feuds with the Democrat-led state over his proposed ..

Manafort Sentencing Set for March 8

Manafort Sentencing Set for March 8

Manafort Sentencing Set for March 8 FILE - This courtroom sketch depicts former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (C) and his defense lawyer Richard Westling (L) before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson,at federal court in Washington, Sept. 14, 2018. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Virginia on March 8, according to a court filing posted on Thursday. The filing, dated Feb. 19, said Manafort must file his sentencing memorandum by the evening of March 1. The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller will have the opportunity to file a reply to Manafort's memo by March 6. Mueller's team has urged the judge in Virginia to impose a lengthy prison sentence on Manafort, who a jury convicted last year on eight counts of bank and tax fraud. In a sentencing memo last week, the special counsel's team said Manafort deserves between 19.6 and 24.4 years in prison and a fine o..

North Carolina GOP Candidate Says He Was Assured of Operative's Methods

North Carolina GOP Candidate Says He Was Assured of Operative's Methods

North Carolina GOP Candidate Says He Was Assured of Operative's Methods Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation, Feb. 21, 2019, at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh RALEIGH, N.C — The Republican in the country's last undecided congressional election testified Thursday that a political operative now accused of ballot fraud assured him "again and again" that he wouldn't collect absentee ballots in violation of state law. GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris described during a special state elections board hearing how he accepted the word of political operative Leslie McCrae Dowless that he was able to get results for candidates because of his relationships in rural Bladen County. Harris said he met with Dowless in person before hiring him and came away thinking the operative use..

Ex-Trump Adviser to Appear in Court to Explain Instagram Post

Ex-Trump Adviser to Appear in Court to Explain Instagram Post

Ex-Trump Adviser to Appear in Court to Explain Instagram Post FILE - Former adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, arrives at Federal Court, in Washington, Jan. 29, 2019. WASHINGTON — Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, is due to appear in court Thursday to consider whether his bail should be revoked after he posted a picture of the judge hearing the criminal case against him on social media with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun target near her face. Stone twice posted pictures of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Instagram, but later apologized. The 66-year-old Stone, a longtime, self-described political trickster, called the case against him "my upcoming show trial." He was arrested at his south Florida home in a predawn FBI raid on Jan. 25 and faces charges that he, in coordination with Trump campaign officials in 2016, sought stolen emails from the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that were damaging to Trump's opponent, D..

House Democrats to Challenge Trump's Border Emergency Declaration

House Democrats to Challenge Trump's Border Emergency Declaration

House Democrats to Challenge Trump's Border Emergency Declaration FILE - Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, second from right, speaks during a news conference after touring the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, in Homestead, Fla., Feb. 19, 2019. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are preparing to introduce a resolution challenging President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the country's southern border. The resolution sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas is set to be filed Friday, and could get a vote in the full House by mid-March. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a letter Wednesday encouraging both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to sign on as co-sponsors and said the measure would "move swiftly." Trump declared an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border last week after Congress passed a border security package totaling nearly $1.4 billion but without fulfilling his calls for $5.7 billion to construct a border ..

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