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12 weeks to Election Day as four more states hold primaries for Congress

12 weeks to Election Day as four more states hold primaries for Congress

With less than three months until the mid-term elections for the U.S. House and Senate, four more states hold primaries today for the Congress, but the roster of races is unlikely to produce the news associated with last week’s tight race in a special U.S. House election in Ohio, which amplified questions about whether the GOP can maintain control of Capitol Hill after...
Indicted GOP Congressman suspends campaign for re-election

Indicted GOP Congressman suspends campaign for re-election

Three days after being charged by federal prosecutors with insider trading and lying to the FBI, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) announced on Saturday that he would end his campaign for another term in the Congress. “After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interest of my constituents of NY-27, the...
Federal deficit jumps in July by another $77 billion

Federal deficit jumps in July by another $77 billion

The Treasury Department reported Friday that the federal government ran a budget deficit of $76.9 billion in the month of July, as federal revenues were down from a year ago, while government spending was up, keeping Fiscal Year 2017 headed in the direction of the largest yearly deficit since 2012. Added to the red ink totaled up so far, the deficit so far for 2017 is at $683...
Review now finished of evidence seized in Michael Cohen raid

Review now finished of evidence seized in Michael Cohen raid

A Special Master who waded through evidence seized in an April 9 raid on the ex-personal lawyer of President Donald Trump said Thursday that she had finished reviewing documents and other materials that had been the subject of attorney-client privilege claims, keeping some items private, but delivering the vast majority to federal prosecutors for their review. In a document...
In Trump push for Space Force, Congress not yet convinced

In Trump push for Space Force, Congress not yet convinced

As Vice President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience on Thursday that a new branch of the military known as the “Space Force” should be set up by 2020, the Congress has yet to approve the creation of such a plan, shrugging off repeated calls by President Donald Trump for a new part of the armed forces. “Establishing a Space Force is an idea whose time has...
Democrats press ‘culture of corruption’ argument against GOP, Trump

Democrats press ‘culture of corruption’ argument against GOP, Trump

As a Republican Congressman from New York was indicted Wednesday on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI, Democrats in Congress turned up the volume on a throwback political argument which helped them win control of the Congress in 2006, again pressing the case that voters should toss Republicans out of office, arguing the ‘swamp’ is filled by GOP lawmakers...
GOP Congressman charged with insider trading, lying to FBI

GOP Congressman charged with insider trading, lying to FBI

In an investigation into investments in an Australian biotech firm, federal prosecutors have charged Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), his son, and his son’s father-in-law with conspiracy and securities fraud, alleging that they used inside information to shield themselves from major financial losses. Collins, one of the staunchest allies of President Donald Trump in the Congress...
Republicans struggle to hold Ohio GOP seat in Congress

Republicans struggle to hold Ohio GOP seat in Congress

In a district that President Donald Trump won by 11 points in 2016, Republicans used a late television ad blitz, along with help from the President and Vice President, to squeak out an apparent special election victory in a Congressional district in central Ohio, still raising questions about what it means more broadly for Republicans in November. With 100 of precincts reporting...
U.S. to slap 25 percent tariff on $16 billion in Chinese imports

U.S. to slap 25 percent tariff on $16 billion in Chinese imports

The Trump Administration on Tuesday took another step forward in a growing trade battle with China, relasing a final list of almost $16 billion in imports which will be hit with 25 percent import tariffs, carrying out President Donald Trump’s pledge to confront China over unfair trade practices, as the President has threatened such tariffs on over $200 billion in Chinese...
With 13 weeks to Election Day, Ohio special is big focus today

With 13 weeks to Election Day, Ohio special is big focus today

As voters go to the polls on this Tuesday for Congressional primaries in four states, the main story line tonight will be a special election for a U.S. House seat in the state of Ohio, as Republicans struggle to hold on to a seat which has been easily in the GOP column for years, as a defeat will be seen as a clear rebuke of President Donald Trump and the Republican ...
As Trump takes summer break, Russia probe does not

As Trump takes summer break, Russia probe does not

While President Donald Trump spends this week at his New Jersey golf retreat, legal action continues to churn on a variety of fronts related to the question of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, actions taken by the Trump Campaign, and activities of one of Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyers, as the President on Monday again denounced the direction of the ...
Trump confirms original explanation for Trump Tower meeting was not accurate

Trump confirms original explanation for Trump Tower meeting was not accurate

In a flurry of tweets on Sunday morning where he again lashed out at the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to his campaign, President Donald Trump acknowledged that his son had met with a Russian lawyer in June of 2016 in order to get ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton, making clear that previous explanations saying it was a meeting...
FBI releases heavily redacted documents on Steele contacts

FBI releases heavily redacted documents on Steele contacts

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday released 71 pages of material documenting contacts with ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, confirming that he had been used as a “Confidential Human Source,” and that the FBI terminated its relationship with him after Steele leaked information to the press about his dossier on President Donald Trump. &ldquo...
2.0 is nice, but I’m still searching for my real voice

2.0 is nice, but I’m still searching for my real voice

As a battery of top officials were addressing reporters in the White House briefing room on Thursday afternoon about the question of possible foreign interference in the 2018 elections, instead of quickly filing stories about how the Trump Administration is trying to prevent a repeat of Russian actions from the 2016 campaign, I was hundreds of miles away to again see a top...
Trump Administration opens door to less comprehensive health insurance plans

Trump Administration opens door to less comprehensive health insurance plans

Moving to make changes in the Obama health law, the Trump Administration issued a new rule on Wednesday which will permit consumers to buy limited health insurance plans that don’t meet all the coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act, but might be more attractive to individuals who would like the opportunity to pass less money for a policy that offers less...
With Manafort on trial, Trump erupts over Russia probe

With Manafort on trial, Trump erupts over Russia probe

With his former campaign manager on trial across the Potomac River for tax and bank fraud, President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Attorney General to end the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, taking to Twitter to again denounce the investigation into any possible links between Moscow and his campaign. “This is a terrible situation and Attorney...
In echoes of 2016, Facebook deactivates fake political accounts

In echoes of 2016, Facebook deactivates fake political accounts

Cracking down on accounts which were stirring political debate in the U.S. on issues that crossed party lines, the social media giant Facebook announced Tuesday that it had found evidence of “coordinated inauthentic” political behavior, raising questions about new efforts – possibly by Russia – to tamper with the 2018 election climate in the U.S. &ldquo...
Kick the can – Congress okays seventh short term flood insurance plan

Kick the can – Congress okays seventh short term flood insurance plan

For the seventh time in less than a year, the Congress has sent President Donald Trump a short-term extension of the federal flood insurance program, as lawmakers continue to search for a bipartisan legislative fix to a program that is already in over $20 billion in the red. “Congress has got to start doing things differently,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). &ldquo...
Five things to know about the Paul Manafort trial

Five things to know about the Paul Manafort trial

As former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort goes on trial Tuesday in a federal court in Virginia on charges of tax and bank fraud, the specter of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections – and any ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign – won’t be the main issue on the docket, but it will certainly be in the background as...
President Trump again threatens government shutdown over immigration

President Trump again threatens government shutdown over immigration

Two months before a funding deadline for the U.S. Government, President Donald Trump on Monday signaled that he would favor using the threat of a government shutdown to force action on tougher immigration legislation, arguing once more that the Congress needs to vote on major changes to current U.S. immigration laws, which Mr. Trump says are not tough enough. “I would...
Trump hits news media, Mueller in series of tweets

Trump hits news media, Mueller in series of tweets

President Donald Trump on Sunday vented his frustration with both the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any possible ties to the Trump Campaign, and also again blasted the the press, as he accused the news media of never-ending negative coverage of ‘the tremendously positive results we are achieving.’ “I will not allow our great...
With House gone, Congress again poised to fail on spending work

With House gone, Congress again poised to fail on spending work

As the U.S. House left Thursday on an extended summer break which will last until Labor Day, Republican leaders in Congress signaled that 2018 won’t be much different from the past twenty-plus years on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers once more will not get their spending work done on time by the end of September, requiring the approval of a temporary funding plan to avoid...
Trump trumpets trade tactics at Illinois steel mill

Trump trumpets trade tactics at Illinois steel mill

A day after agreeing to wide-ranging negotiations on trade with leaders of the European Union, President Donald Trump took credit for a resurgence in heavy industry jobs in the steel industry, arguing that his tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Europe, Canada, and Mexico were bolstering American security and economic growth. “We love our steel workers, and our...
Speaker Ryan opposes GOP bid to impeach Rosenstein

Speaker Ryan opposes GOP bid to impeach Rosenstein

Breaking with a group of more conservative GOP lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he did not support an effort unveiled last night to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as Ryan argued that despite concerns over cooperation from the Justice Department, the dispute did not merit such a constitutional showdown. “Do I support impeachment of...
House conservatives unveil impeachment resolution against Rosenstein

House conservatives unveil impeachment resolution against Rosenstein

A small group of Republicans in the House on Wednesday evening filed an impeachment resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, charging that the top Justice Department official had repeatedly not cooperated and refused to share documents with Congressional investigators, as the more conservative GOP lawmakers argued it was time to ‘hold him accountable...
Trump, EU chief agree to trade talks instead of trade war

Trump, EU chief agree to trade talks instead of trade war

Stepping back from what seemed like the onset of a trade war between the U.S. and European Union, President Donald Trump and the European Commission chief said Wednesday at the White House that they would start wide-ranging talks on trade, agreeing to hold off on further tariffs and trade duties, and work towards the goal of a lowering trade barriers between the two giant ...
Trump, EU leaders set for showdown talks on trade

Trump, EU leaders set for showdown talks on trade

A few weeks after labeling the European Union a ‘foe’ of the United States, President Donald Trump will sit down with leaders of that economic community on Wednesday at the White House, amid threats of an escalation of tariffs in a trade dispute that some fear could swell into a full-blown trade war. “What the European Union is doing to us is incredible &ndash...
Trump defends tariffs, offers $12 billion in trade aid to farmers

Trump defends tariffs, offers $12 billion in trade aid to farmers

In the face of mounting complaints about his trade strategy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave no signs of backing down on his move to levy tariffs on imports into the United States, as the Trump Administration announced a $12 billion bailout plan to help farmers who have been hit by retaliatory tariffs from other nations. “Our workers have been cheated, our companies...
Judge grants five witnesses limited immunity in Manafort trial

Judge grants five witnesses limited immunity in Manafort trial

Postponing the start of Paul Manafort’s trial on bank and tax fraud until next week, a federal judge in Virginia on Monday granted the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to give limited immunity to five different people in exchange for their testimony in the bank and tax fraud trial of the former Trump Campaign Manager. Judge T.S. Ellis III gave Manafort&rsquo...
White House explores plan to strip security clearances from top Obama officials

White House explores plan to strip security clearances from top Obama officials

Aggravated by public criticism surrounding the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible ties to the Trump Campaign, the White House on Monday said that officials were exploring the possibility of stripping top security clearances from top officials in the Obama Administration, many of whom have been highly critical of President Donald ...
Digging into the release of the Carter Page FISA application

Digging into the release of the Carter Page FISA application

President Donald Trump on Sunday accused the FBI and Justice Department of misleading a special intelligence court, as both parties wrestled over the details of surveillance requests made in 2016 and 2017 on a one-time Trump Campaign aide, Carter Page, in which the FBI made the case that “Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian Government.” &ldquo...
FBI releases declassified Carter Page FISA application

FBI releases declassified Carter Page FISA application

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday released a highly redacted copy of the application made by the bureau to a special intelligence court, asking to establish surveillance in the fall of 2016 on Carter Page, a one-time foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, showing officials feared that Page was working with Russia to undermine the ...
White House figures show Trump on pace to equal Obama deficits

White House figures show Trump on pace to equal Obama deficits

Despite clear signs of expanded economic growth, the latest White House budget estimates predict that President Donald Trump is on the verge of overseeing an expansion of federal deficits which will rival that of President Barack Obama’s two terms in office, as the Trump Administration now forecasts a deficit next year that will be over $1 trillion, with no signs of a...
Cohen’s lawyer confirms existence of Trump tape

Cohen’s lawyer confirms existence of Trump tape

A lawyer for Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, confirmed late Friday that Cohen does have a recording of a phone call with Mr. Trump from 2016, disputing assertions by the President’s current lawyer that it would be ‘exculpatory’ evidence which would help the President. In a post on Twitter, Cohen’s lawyer Lanny...
Trump faces more domestic flak over tariffs, trade policies

Trump faces more domestic flak over tariffs, trade policies

In a loud, bipartisan message from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and across the landscape of American business and agriculture, President Donald Trump is facing sharp questions about his tariffs on China, Mexico, Canada, and Europe, as businesses and farmers say they’re being economically harmed by the President’s actions on trade. In hearings this week in Congress...
Lawmakers press for details on Trump-Putin summit

Lawmakers press for details on Trump-Putin summit

Alarmed by the lack of information from the White House on what was discussed in talks earlier this week between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, lawmakers in both parties on Thursday demanded that the Trump Administration detail what exactly was agreed to by Mr. Trump in his talks in Helsinki, Finland. “We have got to find out what the Russian...
Russian woman denied bail as feds allege covert political work for Moscow

Russian woman denied bail as feds allege covert political work for Moscow

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to grant bail to a 29 year-old Russian woman who pleaded not guilty to illegal political activity in the United States, as federal prosecutors alleged that Maria Butina was working “as part of a covert Russian influence campaign” in 2016 and 2017, which was aided by at least one American. “Because Butina has been exposed...
Trump again contradicts U.S. Intelligence on Russia

Trump again contradicts U.S. Intelligence on Russia

For the second time this week, President Donald Trump publicly went against the findings of the U.S. Intelligence Community with respect to Russian efforts to undermine election activities in the United States, as the President shot down a question about whether Russia was still engaged in activities like their 2016 interference in the U.S. elections. “Is Russia still...
Trump says he misspoke at Putin summit on Russian interference

Trump says he misspoke at Putin summit on Russian interference

A day after publicly siding with Vladimir Putin over U.S. Intelligence on the question of whether Moscow had interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, President Donald Trump defended his efforts to improve relations with Russia, even as he back tracked slightly to say that “I accept” the conclusions of intelligence officials on Russian meddling. In remarks to reporters...
Russian woman arrested, charged with illegal political activities in U.S.

Russian woman arrested, charged with illegal political activities in U.S.

Hours after President Donald Trump publicly sided with Vladimir Putin over questions of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the Justice Department announced the arrest of 29 year old Maria Butina, alleging that the Russian citizen violated U.S. law by engaging in a series of political activities involving members of one major political party and a U.S. gun rights organization...
Russian woman arrested, charged with illegal political activities in U.S.

Russian woman arrested, charged with illegal political activities in U.S.

Hours after President Donald Trump publicly sided with Vladimir Putin over questions of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the Justice Department announced the arrest of 29 year old Maria Butina, alleging that the Russian citizen violated U.S. law by engaging in a series of political activities involving members of one major political party and a U.S. gun rights organization...
With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’

With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’

After several hours of talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Donald Trump on Monday called the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections a ‘disaster,’ as he seemingly rejected the findings of his own intelligence organizations, accepting the word of Putin that Russia did not meddle in the last campaign for President,...
Russia probe looms over Trump-Putin summit meeting

Russia probe looms over Trump-Putin summit meeting

As President Donald Trump flew to Helsinki, Finland for his Monday meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Democrats in Congress demanded that Mr. Trump scrap the summit, pointing to last week’s federal indictments of a dozen Russian Intelligence officers as part of the sweeping investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election. “Donald...
Trump blames Obama in wake of latest Russia indictments

Trump blames Obama in wake of latest Russia indictments

A day after the Special Counsel looking into Russian interference in the 2016 elections returned a new series of indictments against specific Russian intelligence agents, and just before his first summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed the Obama Administration for not doing enough to stop Russia’s cyber meddling during his...
Prosecutors get more evidence from FBI raid on President Trump’s ex-lawyer

Prosecutors get more evidence from FBI raid on President Trump’s ex-lawyer

The former federal judge assigned to go through evidence seized in an April 9 raid on Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, has now turned over a second large tranche of evidence to federal prosecutors, delivering another 883,634 items, bringing the total to over 2 million. “A release of 883,634 items that were not designated Privileged...
Partisan tensions boil over in Congress on Strzok, Russia probe

Partisan tensions boil over in Congress on Strzok, Russia probe

The extreme political divide over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump boiled over in Congress on Thursday, as a top FBI official who led the initial Russia investigation battled with Republicans for nearly ten hours, with lawmakers repeatedly shouting and screaming at each other during a tense...
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