Stung by Election Losses, House GOP Weighs Leadership Choice

Stung by Election Losses, House GOP Weighs Leadership Choice

Stung by Election Losses, House GOP Weighs Leadership Choice Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, waits for President Donald Trump to arrive to sign various bills in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 27, 2017, in Washington. WASHINGTON — Frustration, finger-pointing and questions spilled over a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Tuesday night as lawmakers sorted through an election defeat that cost them the majority and began considering new leadership for their shrunken minority. Republicans complained about the unpopularity of the GOP tax law they blamed for losses in New York and other key states, some attendees told reporters after the meeting. Some in the meeting said Republicans should have tried harder to fulfill President Donald Trump's priorities, like funding for the border wall with Mexico. They also warned that they need a new fundraising mechanism to compete with the small-dollar online donors that powered Democrats to victory. "There's a little rawness sti..

US Senator Graham Says Supports Mueller Bill, Urges Vote

US Senator Graham Says Supports Mueller Bill, Urges Vote

US Senator Graham Says Supports Mueller Bill, Urges Vote Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a campaign event for Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine, Oct. 30, 2018, in downtown Cincinnati. WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday he supported a bill that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any politically motivated firings and would urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on it. "I would certainly vote for it," Graham told reporters of the bill, which he supported when it passed the Senate Judiciary in April. "I don't see any movement to get rid of Mueller. But it probably would be good to have this legislation in place just for the future," he said. 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, Ju..

Trumps to Skip Kennedy Center Honors for 2nd Straight Year

Trumps to Skip Kennedy Center Honors for 2nd Straight Year

Trumps to Skip Kennedy Center Honors for 2nd Straight Year FILE - President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend ceremonies at the Arc de Triomphe, Nov. 11, 2018 in Paris. NEW YORK — For the second straight year, President Donald Trump will not be attending the Kennedy Center Honors celebrating cultural achievement. Neither Trump nor first lady Melania Trump will be at the Dec. 2 event, Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's director of communications, said Tuesday. Grisham also told The Associated Press it was "not likely" any new winners of the National Medal of Arts, National Humanities Medal or National Medal of Science would be announced before the end of the year. She said the remaining weeks of 2018 are "the busiest time of the year for the East Wing." Tuesday's announcements continue the Trump administration's unprecedented distance from the arts and science communities. No arts or humanities medals have been announced or handed out since September 2016,..

Ex-Intel Officials Worry Trump Still Doing Russia's Dirty Work

Ex-Intel Officials Worry Trump Still Doing Russia's Dirty Work

Ex-Intel Officials Worry Trump Still Doing Russia's Dirty Work FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. Flying to Paris on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, U.S. President Donald Trump sent out a tweet that may have been business as usual at the White House but sent shivers down the spines of some of this country's intelligence and security officials: ​Less than an hour later, he tweeted again: More such tweets would soon follow, with one questioning ballots in Arizona: To some, including those at the White House, the tweets reflected nothing more than Trump's dissatisfaction with how election officials in Florida, Georgia and elsewhere have handled the vote count, as well as his penchant for calling out political opponents who he believes are unfairly manipulating the system. And while election officials in places like Florida have rejected the..

Melania Trump Publicly Calls for White House Aide's Firing

Melania Trump Publicly Calls for White House Aide's Firing

Melania Trump Publicly Calls for White House Aide's Firing Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel, right, watches as President Donald Trump arrives for a Diwali ceremonial lighting of the Diya in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 13, 2018, in Washington. WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary move, Melania Trump is publicly calling for the dismissal of a top White House National Security Council official. After reports circulated Tuesday that the president had decided to remove Mira Ricardel from the NSC, the first lady's spokeswoman issued a statement saying: "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House." Ricardel is national security adviser John Bolton's deputy. FILE - First lady Melania Trump boards a plane, Oct. 1, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Africa. The Wall Street Journal reported that the first lady's staff and Ricardel clashed during Mrs. Trump&#03..

Maryland Challenges Trump's Pick for Acting Attorney General 

Maryland Challenges Trump's Pick for Acting Attorney General 

Maryland Challenges Trump's Pick for Acting Attorney General FILE PHOTO: Matthew Whitaker attends a roundtable discussion with foreign liaison officers at the Justice Department in Washington, Aug. 29, 2018. WASHINGTON — The U.S. state of Maryland on Tuesday challenged the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was ousted last week as the country's top law enforcement official. The state said the appointment violated federal law, and that Trump named Whitaker to the post to protect himself from the ongoing investigation of his 2016 campaign's ties to Russia. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, left, speaks news conference at the Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia in Washington, Oct. 15, 2018, to announce on efforts to reduce transnational crime. The eastern state asked a federal judge in Washington to install Deputy..

Pence to Offer Alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative in Singapore

Pence to Offer Alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative in Singapore

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is in Singapore to attend regional summits during which he will highlight the Trump administration's commitment to keeping the Indo-Pacific region free and open. As White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara reports from Singapore, leaders are looking closely at what concrete offers Pence might bring to counter China's growing influence in the region.

Incoming House Members Prep for Dos and Don'ts on The Hill

Incoming House Members Prep for Dos and Don'ts on The Hill

Incoming House Members Prep for Dos and Don'ts on The Hill Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley, Democrat-Massachusetts, listens during a news conference with members of the Progressive Caucus in Washington, Nov. 12, 2018. WASHINGTON — Don't hire someone you can't fire, like the son of a campaign donor or the child of the mayor. No matter what you may have said during the campaign about changing Congress, hire enough Hill veterans to make the office run smoothly. And make sure the person answering the phone sounds like folks from back home. That's only some of the advice headed for the historic class of House freshmen of both major political parties streaming into Washington this week for orientation on the nuts and bolts underpinning a job like none other. Under tight security, new members and their staffs pulled up in front of a hotel near the Capitol on Tuesday. A bank of cameras and a table marked “luggage drop-off” awaited their arrivals in the morning chill. “I'..

Trump Assails France, Macron

Trump Assails France, Macron

Trump Assails France, Macron President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron gesture during their meeting inside the Elysee Palace in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump launched verbal assaults Tuesday on France and President Emmanuel Macron, citing his low voter approval ratings and attacking French tariffs on U.S. wine exports and failure to meet NATO's defense spending goal. "Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia," Trump said first in a salvo of Twitter comments. "But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!" FILE - U.S President Donald Trump, second left, and first lady Melania Trump, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, third left, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attend ceremonies at the Arc..

Why Wait? Democrats Openly Flirt With 2020 White House Bids

Why Wait? Democrats Openly Flirt With 2020 White House Bids

Why Wait? Democrats Openly Flirt With 2020 White House Bids FILE - Sen. Cory Booker (Democrat-New Jersey) speaks at a get-out-the-vote event hosted by the NH Young Democrats at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hamshire, Oct. 28, 2018. WASHINGTON — In the days after the midterm election, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked the phones with Democratic luminaries in Iowa. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock courted high-dollar donors in New York. Other Democrats openly mused about their White House ambitions on live television. Motivated by an urgency to unseat President Donald Trump and the prospect of a historically large primary field, Democrats see little incentive to delay or downplay their 2020 presidential hopes. Their more transparent approach is upending one of Washington's favorite “will they or won't they” parlor games and pushed the campaign calendar up earlier than ever before. “No one is waiting for anyone in the race to run for president,” said Jim Messina, ..

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