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VIDEO: President Trump spars with reporters, speaks on Fox

VIDEO: President Trump spars with reporters, speaks on Fox

In an extended media session with reporters on the north lawn of the White House Friday morning, President Donald Trump defending his outreach to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, blasted former FBI Director James Comey in the wake of an internal review of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and sparred with reporters over how the Trump Administration is...
Trump denounces Comey, Strzok, in wake of IG report

Trump denounces Comey, Strzok, in wake of IG report

After staying silent about the details of a much-awaited report on how the FBI and Justice Department handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation, President Donald Trump on Friday morning said the comment of a top FBI official that “we’ll stop” the Trump bid for President, demonstrated the political bias that he and other Republicans argue has infected...
FBI chief vows full review after critical report on Clinton email probe

FBI chief vows full review after critical report on Clinton email probe

Promising to hold FBI officials accountable for any misconduct related to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails during her time as Secretary of State, the FBI Director on Thursday said that while a new internal report made clear there were errors in judgment linked to that investigation, it did not show the FBI wrongly dealt with that politically sensitive investigation...
New York AG sues Trump, Foundation over illegal campaign help

New York AG sues Trump, Foundation over illegal campaign help

Accusing President Donald Trump of using his foundation as to illegally funnel help to his campaign for President before the Iowa Caucus in 2016, the state of New York filed a lawsuit Thursday against Mr. Trump, his children, and the Trump Foundation, charging the group was used to illegally raise money for his bid for the White house. “Mr. Trump’s wrongful use...
GOP lawmakers await IG rebuke of FBI, DOJ over Clinton email probe

GOP lawmakers await IG rebuke of FBI, DOJ over Clinton email probe

Republicans in the Congress say they expect a report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog due to be released on Thursday to clearly show that former FBI Director James Comey and other top officials mishandled the probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server from her time as Secretary of State, as both parties were poised to grab favorable evidence...
Ex-Senate staffer pleads not guilty in leak case

Ex-Senate staffer pleads not guilty in leak case

A former director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Wolfe, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal charges that he lied to FBI agents about whether he had been in contact with or leaked classified information to four different reporters, with some of that happening during the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Until...
Opposed by Trump, GOP Congressman loses in South Carolina

Opposed by Trump, GOP Congressman loses in South Carolina

Hours after President Donald Trump tweeted his opposition to Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), voters in his Charleston-based district tossed the former South Carolina Governor out of his seat in the U.S. House, making him the second incumbent to lose a primary in the 2018 mid-term campaign, as supporters of the President flexed their muscles in a series of races on Tuesday. &ldquo...
Congress voices skepticism over Trump-Kim agreement

Congress voices skepticism over Trump-Kim agreement

While praising President Donald Trump for his effort to rein in the nuclear weapons program of North Korea, lawmakers in both parties in the Congress expressed caution on Wednesday about the deal signed by Mr. Trump and Kim Jong Un, worried that it has few specifics on how the Pyongyang regime would be forced to denuclearize. “While I am glad the President and Kim Jong...
DETAILS: Joint agreement from the Trump-Kim summit

DETAILS: Joint agreement from the Trump-Kim summit

As President Donald Trump left Singapore and his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the big question from a day of talks was a basic one – what did the two leaders agree to do, and how swiftly will the Pyongyang regime move to rein in its nuclear weapons program? In a news conference before boarding Air Force One for the lengthy flight back to the...
Congress watches and waits on Trump-Kim summit results

Congress watches and waits on Trump-Kim summit results

As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands in a historic summit meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, lawmakers in both parties waited back in Washington for word of any concrete agreements to rein in the nuclear weapons program of Pyongyang, as Republicans saluted Mr. Trump’s efforts, while Democrats raised questions about the need for guarantees...
With my voice still gone, time for Jamie Dupree 2.0

With my voice still gone, time for Jamie Dupree 2.0

As I sat in my doctor’s office last Friday morning outside of the nation’s capital, President Donald Trump was holding forth on the South Lawn of the White House. Russia should be back in the G-7. He might issue more pardons. He wasn’t backing off on his fight over trade barriers. It was yet another time over the last two years that while the President was...
Trump, top aides, join in fierce attack on Canada over trade

Trump, top aides, join in fierce attack on Canada over trade

After leaving the summit of G-7 nations early in Quebec, President Donald Trump and his aides verbally barbequed the Canadian Prime Minister this weekend, plunging relations between Ottawa and Washington to maybe their lowest point in history. “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump,” ...
President Trump trades barbs with allies on eve of G-7 Summit

President Trump trades barbs with allies on eve of G-7 Summit

On the eve of a major summit with fellow Western leaders, President Donald Trump repeatedly lobbed verbal darts at the heads of Canada and France on Thursday, as a growing dispute over tariffs levied this past week by the U.S. President threatened to overshadow the 44th G-7 Summit meeting in Quebec, turning it more into a battle between the President and the other Western ...
Trump: I’m ready for summit with Kim Jong Un

Trump: I’m ready for summit with Kim Jong Un

Less than a week before he meets with the leader of North Korea, President Donald Trump said he remains committed to an agreemnent with Kim Jong Un that brings about an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, as Mr. Trump said the Singapore summit “would not just be a photo op.” “I think I’m very well prepared,” Mr. Trump told reporters...
Speaker Ryan says he sees “no evidence” of Trump-Russia collusion

Speaker Ryan says he sees “no evidence” of Trump-Russia collusion

A day after dismissing President Donald Trump’s charge that the FBI had spied on his campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Thursday that he had seen no evidence that members of the Trump Campaign joined in Russian interference in the 2016 elections. “Let’s just make that really clear,” the Speaker said at his weekly news conference at the...
Ryan backs Gowdy, breaks with Trump on FBI conduct in Russia probe

Ryan backs Gowdy, breaks with Trump on FBI conduct in Russia probe

With President Donald Trump continuing to charge that the FBI intentionally spied on his campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said he agreed with another top Republican who said key lawmakers had seen no evidence of misconduct by the FBI when it came to the Trump Campaign and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. “I think Chairman Gowdy&rsquo...
Political history repeats as lawmakers press to see immigrant children

Political history repeats as lawmakers press to see immigrant children

The story line is familiar. The number of families and unaccompanied children making it across the border and into the United States is rising. There were questions about how the President’s administration was responding, and how the children and families were being treated, where they were being housed, and how they were being released. Angered by the chain of events...
Primaries for Congress go coast-to-coast today

Primaries for Congress go coast-to-coast today

This is the biggest day of Congressional mid-term primaries of the 2018 election year, as eight states – highlighted by California’s 53 U.S. House districts – hold primaries for the 2018 mid-term elections, the key politcal battleground for the control of Congress under President Donald Trump. “If you want to be safe, you must go out and get the Democrats...
Trump calls off visit of Philadelphia Eagles over anthem dispute

Trump calls off visit of Philadelphia Eagles over anthem dispute

Escalating his fight with the National Football League over whether players should stand for the National Anthem, President Donald Trump late Monday called off a planned visit to the White House on Tuesday by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, vowing instead to hold a “different type of ceremony” where he will “loudly and proudly play the National...
Trump says he can pardon himself – but doesn’t need to

Trump says he can pardon himself – but doesn’t need to

The White House on Monday was peppered with questions about President Donald Trump’s assertion that he has the power to pardon himself over any possible criminal wrongdoing related to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as the President charged that the probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller was “UNCONSTITUTIONAL,” and Democrats...
Supreme Court rules for Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case

Supreme Court rules for Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, issuing a 7-2 decision that said state authorities were biased against the baker’s religious beliefs, but left open the larger issue of whether businesses could refuse to serve same-sex couples. “The government, consistent with the Constitution&rsquo...
Seven things to watch for in DC this week

Seven things to watch for in DC this week

As Congress returns from a ten day legislative break, lawmakers come back to Capitol Hill facing a series of politcally explosive topics, ranging from the President’s diplomatic overtures to North Korea, to his controversial moves to slap tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico and Canada, and how best to deal with the hot button issue of illegal...
GOP Congressman’s cell phone, Twitter account hacked

GOP Congressman’s cell phone, Twitter account hacked

Questions about cell phone security hit home for a Republican lawmaker in the Congress late this week, as several hours after the posting of a series of unintelligible tweets, the personal Twitter account of Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) was deactivated on Friday, with Long’s office saying his cell phone had been hacked. “The first hack was yesterday and the Congressman...
President Trump says summit meeting back on with Kim Jong Un

President Trump says summit meeting back on with Kim Jong Un

After an Oval Office meeting with a top North Korean official, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that a June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un was back on in Singapore. “The process will begin on June 12 in Singapore,” the President told reporters, who met with Kim Yong Chol, the former head of North Korea’s intelligence service for more than...
May shows solid growth, with 223,000 jobs created

May shows solid growth, with 223,000 jobs created

The U.S. economy showed more signs of strength in May, with 223,000 jobs added to the nation’s payrolls, as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since April 2000, ticking down to 3.8 percent, the lowest point for the nation’s jobless rate since April of 2000. After revisions to the jobs numbers in March and April, monthly job gains are averaging just...
TRADE WAR: Mexico retaliates, Canada vows to match new Trump tariffs

TRADE WAR: Mexico retaliates, Canada vows to match new Trump tariffs

Mexico, Canada, and Europe wasted little time in vowing to take retaliatory actions for new tariffs levied by President Donald Trump on steel and aluminum products imported into the U.S., as the Canadian Prime Minister vowed to impose “dollar for dollar” tariffs on American products sent to Canada, while Mexico targeted U.S. farm products, and European leaders vowed...
Trade war fears grow as Trump levies tariffs on imported steel, aluminum

Trade war fears grow as Trump levies tariffs on imported steel, aluminum

Following through on his vow to aggressively confront other nations on trade, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imported from Europe, Mexico and Canada would go into effect tonight, drawing immediate retaliation from Mexico, trade threats from Europe, and expressions of disgust from Republicans ...
Trump to pardon Dinesh D’Souza for making illegal campaign contributions

Trump to pardon Dinesh D’Souza for making illegal campaign contributions

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he was granting a pardon to conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, who plead guilty in 2014 to a scheme where he reimbursed people for donating to a U.S. Senate campaign, which is illegal under federal campaign law. “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today,” the President tweeted soon after boarding...
White House downplays Gowdy assessment of no FBI misconduct in Russia probe

White House downplays Gowdy assessment of no FBI misconduct in Russia probe

As President Donald Trump publicly lashed out again at his own Attorney General on Wednesday over the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, a key Republican in Congress said for a second day that a top secret briefing provided to a handful of lawmakers last week showed no evidence of FBI misconduct, as agents were simply trying to figure out what ...
Top Republican sees no FBI misconduct in probe of Trump-Russia connections

Top Republican sees no FBI misconduct in probe of Trump-Russia connections

As President Donald Trump on Tuesday was again denouncing the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible ties to his campaign, a key Republican who saw documents last week about the probe said the review showed no misconduct by the FBI, and that investigators were doing exactly what they should have been doing – trying to figure...
Supreme Court: Police need warrant to search vehicle in your driveway

Supreme Court: Police need warrant to search vehicle in your driveway

In an 8-to-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police in Virginia violated the Fourth Amendment by walking onto the driveway of home in order to peek under a tarp that was covering a stolen motorcycle, as the Justices decided the officer had run afoul of the Constitution by engaging in a warrantless search. The court’s majority said “a parking...
Trump eagerly dives into 2018 mid-term elections in Congress

Trump eagerly dives into 2018 mid-term elections in Congress

With Democrats talking about their hopes for a “Blue Wave” in mid-term elections this November, President Donald Trump has shown no reluctance to plunge head first into the 2018 elections, more than ready to stress the argument that if Democrats take over the Congress, they’ll move first to get rid of Mr. Trump’s signature tax cut law. “If Democrats...
Democrats try to seize on jump in gasoline prices

Democrats try to seize on jump in gasoline prices

While the Trump Administration has hailed economic and job gains over the past year and a half, the price of gasoline has jumped by over 50 cents on average in the last six months, adding to the cost of everything from a daily commute, to a summer vacation, and the amount of money companies pay to ship their products around the country. And that increase is starting to be used...
Trump Administration searches for way forward on North Korea

Trump Administration searches for way forward on North Korea

A day after President Donald Trump scrapped a planned June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un, the President, White House, and State Department made clear that U.S. officials continue to be open to further contacts with their North Korean counterparts, seeing if there is a way to get talks back on track to rein in the nuclear weapons program of the Pyongyang regime. “We always...
Senate approves new reforms on Capitol Hill harassment

Senate approves new reforms on Capitol Hill harassment

Under growing pressure from the House to change how lawmakers deal with workplace harassment claims and damage awards, the Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms that would not allow members to use taxpayer funds to pay any legal settlements, and change the process for Congressional employees to bring complaints against lawmakers. “This is an incredibly important...
“Situation normal” as Trump cancels summit with Kim Jong Un

“Situation normal” as Trump cancels summit with Kim Jong Un

After days of increasingly bellicose statements from Pyongyang, President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled the plug on a scheduled June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but left the door open to future negotiations over efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. “If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I...
President Trump scraps summit meeting with Kim Jong Un

President Trump scraps summit meeting with Kim Jong Un

After days of uncertainty about a planned June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump on Thursday told Kim in a letter that because of hostile statements from the Pyongyang regime in recent days, the summit in Singapore would not take place. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement...
Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents

Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents

President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on how investigators dealt with allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any links to his campaign, as he again charged that top officials at the FBI had committed misconduct, led by former FBI Director James Comey. “The FBI is a fantastic institution but some of the people at the top were rotten apples,&rdquo...
Congress sends Trump new plan to expand private care options for veterans

Congress sends Trump new plan to expand private care options for veterans

Still searching for answers on how best to help veterans frustrated by their options within the VA health system, the Senate sent President Donald Trump a bill on Wednesday which allow vets more options to use private medical care if they face lengthy delays or a lack of certain medical services at VA health centers around the nation. “The Senate passage of the VA MISSION...
Trump still not sure about summit with Kim Jong Un

Trump still not sure about summit with Kim Jong Un

A day after meeting with the leader of South Korea, President Donald Trump told reporters that a final decision should be made next week about a scheduled June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a meeting which has suddenly been surrounded by questions about what the Pyongyang regime will give up on its nuclear weapons program. “It could happen,” the...
In flurry of legislative action, Congress delivers pair of bipartisan bills to Trump

In flurry of legislative action, Congress delivers pair of bipartisan bills to Trump

With the support of a few dozen Democrats, Congressional Republicans notched a pair of legislative victories for President Donald Trump on Tuesday in the U.S. House, giving final approval to a plan to roll back certain regulations on smaller banking institutions, as well as voting out a bill to help terminally-ill Americans seek new medicines and treatments. Known as the &ldquo...
House poised to approve plan to loosen federal banking regulations

House poised to approve plan to loosen federal banking regulations

With Republicans unable to muster the votes to repeal a major financial regulation law put in the place after the 2008 Wall Street Collapse, the House on Tuesday is expected to give final approval to a less sweeping plan already backed by the Senate, which would ease a series of financial rules and regulations on smaller banking institutions enacted under the 2010 Dodd-Frank...
White House agrees to review of DOJ actions in 2016 campaign

White House agrees to review of DOJ actions in 2016 campaign

A day after President Donald Trump demanded an investigation into how the FBI dealt with investigations during the 2016 campaign, the White House accepted a plan from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to expand an ongoing review of the probe into Russian interference in the elections, and how it touched on the Trump Campaign. “Based on the meeting with the President...
Trump explodes on Twitter, demands new review of 2016 investigation

Trump explodes on Twitter, demands new review of 2016 investigation

Venting his frustration in a series of tweets on Sunday, President Donald Trump again demanded to know how the Justice Department, FBI, and Obama Administration handled questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying he would request a new review specifically to see if an investigation was opened for ‘political purposes’ involving his campaign. &ldquo...
Farm bill derailed over House GOP battle on immigration

Farm bill derailed over House GOP battle on immigration

Unable to broker an agreement on a schedule for votes on bills dealing with immigration, a simmering internal fight among Republicans on that hot button issue boiled over on the House floor Friday, resulting in the defeat of a major farm policy bill, with the outcome raising the chances that the House will have a wide open showdown over DACA and illegal immigrant “Dreamers&rdquo...
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