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Under investigation, Zinke out at Interior as Trump shakeup continues

Under investigation, Zinke out at Interior as Trump shakeup continues

Facing investigations by the Justice Department, his own Inspector General, and Democrats in the U.S. House, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post by the end of this year, President Donald Trump announced on Saturday, continuing the high profile staff changes since the elections in his administration. “Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want...
Panel sets January hearing on fraud in North Carolina U.S. House race

Panel sets January hearing on fraud in North Carolina U.S. House race

Insuring that North Carolina’s Ninth District seat will be vacant when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the North Carolina state elections board on Friday set a hearing for January 11, 2019, where officials will receive evidence on election irregularities focused on absentee ballot fraud which seemingly benefited Republican Mark Harris. “State investigators...
Entire floor at D.C. federal courthouse sealed off for mystery case

Entire floor at D.C. federal courthouse sealed off for mystery case

Journalists were kept away from a secret federal appeals court hearing on Friday in Washington, D.C., as officials sealed off an entire floor for arguments in a mysterious grand jury case which some believe could be related to the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The case – known officially as “In re: Grand Jury Subpoena&rdquo...
Congress passes plan to make lawmakers pay for sex harassment judgments

Congress passes plan to make lawmakers pay for sex harassment judgments

Facing outrage from voters that taxpayer money was being used to pay for sexual harassment settlements against members of Congress involving employees on Capitol Hill, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms designed to force members of Congress to pay for any such judgments with their own money in the future. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), the head of the...
Federal deficit soars by $205 billion in November

Federal deficit soars by $205 billion in November

After starting the 2019 fiscal year with $100 billion in red ink, Uncle Sam added more than double that in the month of November, as the Treasury Department reported Thursday that the federal government ran a deficit last month of $204.9 billion, leaving the deficit at over $300 billion just two months into the new fiscal year. “The deficit has never been this high when...
House leaves town with no sign of deal to avoid partial shutdown

House leaves town with no sign of deal to avoid partial shutdown

With just over a week until funding runs out for part of the federal government, House GOP leaders said no votes would be scheduled until at least next Wednesday, with no indications of any active negotiations or solutions to the demand by President Donald Trump that he get $5 billion for his border wall in a year-end legislative spending package. “Our schedule for next...
Parent company of National Enquirer paid off woman for Trump

Parent company of National Enquirer paid off woman for Trump

As President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday by a federal judge, prosecutors in New York revealed that the publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid, American Media Inc., had admitted paying $150,000 to a former Playboy model, in order to insure that her story of an affair with Mr. Trump would not become public...
Undecided North Carolina race seems headed for new election

Undecided North Carolina race seems headed for new election

With more evidence of election fraud still surfacing in the race for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, the legislature in the Tar Heel State voted on Wednesday to give new powers to the state elections board, allowing the panel to call for an entirely new election – including a new primary – possibly allowing Republicans to field a new candidate...
Pelosi to accept plan for term limits as Speaker of the House

Pelosi to accept plan for term limits as Speaker of the House

Winning over the votes of a last rebel group of House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday evening that she would agree to serve no more than four years as Speaker of the House, accepting a plan from younger lawmakers in her party which would limit senior House leadership to a maximum of eight years in those high profile positions. “I am comfortable with the proposal...
Amid Trump shutdown threat, Congress tries to wrap up work for 2018

Amid Trump shutdown threat, Congress tries to wrap up work for 2018

As President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to force a partial government shutdown before Christmas if he doesn’t get $5 billion for a wall along the Mexican border, Congressional leaders were trying to clear the decks in the House and Senate for a final surge of legislative work in the 115th Congress, in hopes of getting lawmakers out of town before the holidays. &ldquo...
VIDEO: Trump and top Democrats spar in Oval Office showdown

VIDEO: Trump and top Democrats spar in Oval Office showdown

Demanding that Democrats accept his call for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the border with Mexico, President Donald Trump sparred with top Democrats in Congress in an extraordinary scene played out before television cameras in the Oval Office on Tuesday, as the President said he would be happy to see a partial government lapse over border security. “I am proud...
Before Congress, Google CEO denies partisan bias in search results

Before Congress, Google CEO denies partisan bias in search results

Taking flak from both parties in his first testimony on Capitol Hill, the head of Google denied charges from Republican lawmakers that his company produces politically biased search results, and tussled with other lawmakers worried about the amount of location data taken in by Google from consumers when using the company’s apps and search engine. GOP lawmakers said too...
Top Democrats to meet with President on border wall funding dispute

Top Democrats to meet with President on border wall funding dispute

Facing a December 21 funding deadline, the top two Democrats in Congress go to the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump, with little in the way of obvious answers on how they will find middle ground on the President’s demand for $5 billion in a year-end funding deal to build the President’s wall along the border with Mexico. “When President...
As Trump denies wrongdoing, pace of Russia probe quickens

As Trump denies wrongdoing, pace of Russia probe quickens

Even as President Donald Trump again denounced the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to his campaign as a ‘witch hunt,’ federal prosecutors on Monday reached a plea bargain agreement with a Russian woman accused of illegal political activity in the U.S., and the Special Counsel’s office prepared to reveal details of alleged...
Denouncing Cohen, Trump disputes campaign link to payoff of women

Denouncing Cohen, Trump disputes campaign link to payoff of women

Three days after federal prosecutors in New York said the President directed his former personal lawyer to pay off two women in an effort to keep them quiet before the 2016 election, President Donald Trump rejected the assertion that the thousands of dollars funneled through Michael Cohen could be construed in any way as a violation of federal campaign election laws, ...
Tidbits from the closed door questioning of James Comey

Tidbits from the closed door questioning of James Comey

House Republicans on Saturday released a transcript of their private interview on Friday with former FBI Director James Comey, detailing a lengthy closed door skirmish between Comey and GOP lawmakers over the origin of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and how Comey dealt with the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary...
Feds: Manafort lied to prosecutors, Cohen should get jail time

Feds: Manafort lied to prosecutors, Cohen should get jail time

In a trio of documents submitted to judges on Friday evening in New York and Washington, federal prosecutors accused President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort of lying repeatedly to investigators even after agreeing to cooperate in the Russia investigation, and suggested a four year prison term for the President’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen...
Trump chooses new Attorney General, ridicules former Secretary of State

Trump chooses new Attorney General, ridicules former Secretary of State

Amid reports that his White House Chief of Staff might be on his way out, President Donald Trump on Friday said he will nominate former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to serve in that post again, as the President also publicly insulted his former Secretary of State, hours after Rex Tillerson offered a less than flattering review of his time working in the Trump Cabinet...
North Carolina Republican owes money for disputed absentee ballot work

North Carolina Republican owes money for disputed absentee ballot work

In a filing made late Thursday night to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign of Republican Mark Harris of North Carolina, which has come under fire for possible absentee ballot fraud in the 2018 elections, listed a debt of $34,310 to an outside GOP consulting group which was tasked with absentee ballot work in Bladen County, the epicenter of fraud allegations in the...
Democrats win final California race for 40 seat gain in the House

Democrats win final California race for 40 seat gain in the House

A month after Election Day, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) conceded defeat to challenger T.J. Cox on Thursday, as Republicans lost a seventh U.S. House seat to Democrats in California, pushing the party’s net gains to 40 seats in the 2018 mid-term elections, as Democrats triumphed in yet another Congressional district which had voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. A three-term...
Congress okays two week punt on border wall, shutdown fight

Congress okays two week punt on border wall, shutdown fight

With most work of the government interrupted this week by the ceremonies honoring the late President George H.W. Bush, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a two-week stop gap funding plan for part of the federal government, re-setting a partisal government shutdown deadline for December 21, as the two sides seem no closer to a deal on money that the President wants ...
Pelosi raises option of not seating two new GOP lawmakers from Florida, North Carolina

Pelosi raises option of not seating two new GOP lawmakers from Florida, North Carolina

With allegations that absentee ballot fraud may have delivered victory to a new Republican lawmaker from North Carolina, and a newly-elected GOP member admitting he broke federal campaign fundraising laws during his 2018 election bid in Florida, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that it’s possible neither of the Republicans who won those...
New Florida GOP lawmaker draws scrutiny over illegal election fundraising

New Florida GOP lawmaker draws scrutiny over illegal election fundraising

Along with calling for an investigation of possible absentee ballot fraud in a Congressional election in North Carolina, Democrats are now raising their voices about a Republican who won a U.S. House seat in Florida, after Rep.-elect Ross Spano (R-FL) acknowledged that he may have broken federal election laws by accepting large loans from two friends and then diverting much...
Democrats call for Congressional hearings on disputed North Carolina race

Democrats call for Congressional hearings on disputed North Carolina race

With more evidence surfacing of possible election fraud in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, but no concrete indication yet as to how state elections officials will deal with the questions involved in the race, Democrats on Capitol Hill called Wednesday for an investigation, saying the Congress needs to review evidence of possible absentee ballot fraud. &ldquo...
Washington pays a final tribute to former President George H.W. Bush

Washington pays a final tribute to former President George H.W. Bush

The nation’s capital saluted the 41st President of the United States for one final time on Wednesday, with America’s leaders past and present gathering to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at the age of 94, as Mr. Bush was praised as a family man with a big heart, who will be remembered for much more than what he did in his four years...
Mueller cites Flynn’s cooperation, asks for no jail time

Mueller cites Flynn’s cooperation, asks for no jail time

President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser should not face time in prison, the Special Counsel’s office told a federal judge in Washington on Tuesday, as Robert Mueller’s team cited extensive assistance by Michael Flynn not only with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, but also with at least two other unnamed investigations...
Republicans acknowledge House campaign arm was hacked during 2018

Republicans acknowledge House campaign arm was hacked during 2018

The National Republican Congressional Committee – the election arm of Republicans in the U.S. House – reported on Wednesday that it was the target of a ‘cyber intrusion’ during the 2018 election campaign, with reports indicating those responsible may have been located outside the United States. “The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a...
Evidence mounts of possible U.S. House election fraud in North Carolina

Evidence mounts of possible U.S. House election fraud in North Carolina

With less than a month before the 116th Congress convenes, more evidence is surfacing in North Carolina which points to the strong possibility of election fraud involving supporters of a victorious GOP candidate for the U.S. House, raising questions as to whether Republican Mark Harris will take his seat in January. The latest revelations focus on absentee ballots requested...
America honors the late President George H.W. Bush

America honors the late President George H.W. Bush

After Vice President Mike Pence and Congressional leaders opened the honors for America’s 41st President, the general public filed into the Capitol Rotunda by the hundreds late into Monday night, offering their own support for the late President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at the age of 94. Whether wearing a winter scarf with the stars and stripes or a small...
House scraps votes for this week as Congress struggles with year-end work

House scraps votes for this week as Congress struggles with year-end work

As the nation pauses to honor the life of the late President George H.W. Bush over the next few days, much of the legislative work which had been scheduled for action in the Congress will also be put on hold this week, further raising questions about what lawmakers can get done before wrapping up the work of the 115th Congress. With the remains of the 41st President set to...
In wake of Cohen guilty plea, Trump complains again about Russia probe

In wake of Cohen guilty plea, Trump complains again about Russia probe

Starting a week which could see new accusations of wrongdoing officially leveled against his former campaign manager, President Donald Trump once more blasted his former personal lawyer for pleading guilty last week to a charge of lying to Congress, accusing Michael Cohen of lying to save his own skin, as the President again denounced Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s...
Capitol Hill prepares honors for the late President George H.W. Bush

Capitol Hill prepares honors for the late President George H.W. Bush

With the American flag at half-staff, the U.S. Capitol was readied on Sunday for the Monday arrival of the casket bearing the body of the 41st President of the United States, as members of the military practiced their roles in honoring the late President George H.W. Bush, who will be the twelfth President to be honored with a Lying in State ceremony in the Capitol ...
Comey reaches deal with GOP for closed door testimony Monday

Comey reaches deal with GOP for closed door testimony Monday

Three days after filing a federal lawsuit in a bid to avoid closed door testimony before a pair of House committees, former FBI Director James Comey has agreed with House Republicans to testify as scheduled on Monday, with the two sides agreeing to have a full transcript of his remarks made public within 24 hours, as Comey said Sunday he will not be muzzled outside ...
Congress heaps praise on the late President George H.W. Bush

Congress heaps praise on the late President George H.W. Bush

Lawmakers in both parties on Saturday mourned the news that former President George H.W. Bush had died at the age of 94, showering the former President in bipartisan praise for a political career which did not embrace some of the raw political battles so often a feature of American political discourse in recent years. “George H.W. Bush may have been the only person ever...
Comey goes to court to avoid closed door House testimony

Comey goes to court to avoid closed door House testimony

With time running out on the GOP majority in the U.S. House, former FBI Director James Comey has asked a federal court in Washington to scuttle a subpoena from Republicans on a pair of House committees for his testimony next Monday, arguing he is willing to answer any questions from the Congress, but wants to do it in public, and not behind closed doors. Republicans on the...
Absentee ballot fraud allegations roil North Carolina U.S. House race

Absentee ballot fraud allegations roil North Carolina U.S. House race

As the North Carolina Board of Elections meets on Friday on matters surrounding the recent close election in the 9th Congressional District, where the GOP led by just 905 votes, more evidence has started to surface of possible absentee voter fraud in one county, which may have generated an abnormally large number of votes for the Republican candidate for Congress. The focus...
As President attacks Mueller probe, Clinton returns as Trump target

As President attacks Mueller probe, Clinton returns as Trump target

After staying quiet about the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller through much of the final two months of the 2018 mid-term campaign, President Donald Trump this week unleashed his wrath on the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to his own presidential bid, again repeatedly complaining about the lack of investigations against ...
Senate rebuffs White House, moves to debate military aid to Saudi Arabia

Senate rebuffs White House, moves to debate military aid to Saudi Arabia

Angered by the Trump Administration’s reaction to the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as well as the official U.S. response to the involvement of Saudi leader Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud in that killing, the Senate on Wednesday ignored requests from the White House and voted 63-37 to start debate on a plan which would stop U.S. military aid going to the Saudis...
Unopposed, Pelosi wins Democratic race to be next House Speaker

Unopposed, Pelosi wins Democratic race to be next House Speaker

Brushing aside a revolt spurred by a small group of newly elected lawmakers, House Democrats voted Wednesday afternoon to elevate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the position of Speaker in the 116th Congress, as Pelosi locked up extra support by agreeing to a series of rules changes in the House, making it easier for bipartisan legislation to the reach the floor of the House. &ldquo...
Mississippi win cements two seat Senate gain for GOP

Mississippi win cements two seat Senate gain for GOP

After three weeks of depressing results from close races in the U.S. House, Republicans on Tuesday got a dose of good news as Mississippi GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a special Senate runoff election, defeating ex-Rep. Mike Espy (R-MS), and giving Republicans a three seat majority in the 116th Congress which begins in January. Hyde-Smith’s victory came a day after both...
Trump threatens to cut subsidies for GM after layoff announcements

Trump threatens to cut subsidies for GM after layoff announcements

A day after expressing his disappointment with an announcement by General Motors to shutter automobile production plants in Ohio and Michigan, President Donald Trump and a top White House economic official on Tuesday publicly threatened to strip the automaker of any government subsidies. “We’re going to be looking at certain subsidies regarding electric cars and...
Democrats could gain 40 House seats as GOP Rep. falls behind in California

Democrats could gain 40 House seats as GOP Rep. falls behind in California

The 2018 mid-term Congressional election catastrophe for Republicans in the state of California may not be over, as three weeks after Election Day, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) has seen his re-election lead evaporate, with the latest vote counts showing a narrow edge for his Democratic challenger T.J. Cox, giving Democrats the chance to gain 40 seats in the U.S. House. In new...
President Trump irked by General Motors plant closures

President Trump irked by General Motors plant closures

President Donald Trump on Monday expressed public disappointment with moves by General Motors to shutter automobile production plants in Ohio and Michigan, telling the CEO of GM that the automaker must find a way to bring back jobs to the region, as Democrats denounced the move as ‘corporate greed at its worst.’ “We don’t like it,” the President...
Trump, Pence, make late visit to keep Mississippi U.S. Senate seat

Trump, Pence, make late visit to keep Mississippi U.S. Senate seat

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both holding events in Mississippi on Monday, lending their star power to try to give a last minute boost to Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who finds herself in an unexpectedly difficult runoff for U.S. Senate, mainly because of her own unforced verbal errors related to race and voter suppression. Until after the...
After mid-terms, House Republicans become the party of white men

After mid-terms, House Republicans become the party of white men

The results of the 2018 elections will bring in over 90 new members to the U.S. House, but for Democrats and Republicans, the change could not be any more different, as Democrats will see an influx of women and minorities, while the House Republican Conference will consist overwhelmingly of white men. Before the 2018 elections, there were 23 women in the ranks of House Republicans...
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