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45 years ago today – Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”

45 years ago today – Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”

This Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ when an embattled President Richard Nixon fired the special Watergate prosecutor, but only after both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General refused to carry out the President’s orders, and resigned from their positions. The move by President Nixon came during an...
New York man arrested for threatening Senators over Kavanaugh

New York man arrested for threatening Senators over Kavanaugh

Federal prosecutors in New York announced the arrest on Friday of a man who allegedly threatened to murder and assault a pair of U.S. Senators for their support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as police say the suspect placed a series of threatening telephone calls in which the man threatened to shoot the Senators if they supported the Kavanaugh nomination. In court...
Attorney General Sessions hails “aggressive campaign against leaks”

Attorney General Sessions hails “aggressive campaign against leaks”

As a former FBI agent was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday in Minnesota for disclosing classified information to the news media, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hailed the latest court moves against leakers in the federal government, saying the Trump Administration is waging what may be ‘the most aggressive campaign against leaks’ in the history of the...
Trump urges immigration focus as he starts latest campaign swing

Trump urges immigration focus as he starts latest campaign swing

Expressing confidence in recent days about the impact of his work for GOP candidates in the 2018 mid-term elections for Congress, President Donald Trump starts a swing out west on Thursday to help Republican efforts to maintain control of the U.S. Senate, as he tries to make the issue of illegal immigration more central to the final days of the 2018 campaign, as the President...
Feds charge Treasury official with leaks related to Russia probe

Feds charge Treasury official with leaks related to Russia probe

In an indictment released on Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged an official in the Treasury Department with illegally leaking financial information about bank transactions by certain figures involved in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, indicating that a series of leaks to one news organization took place over the last year about key ...
After hurricane, Florida counties grapple with Election Day prep

After hurricane, Florida counties grapple with Election Day prep

If dealing with the severe damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael wasn’t bad enough for government officials in a series of counties in the Florida Panhandle, those same governments also must run a full-scale election in less than three weeks, as elections officials struggle with damaged voting locations, displaced voters, power problems, disrupted mail service...
In race for U.S. House, Democrats grab money momentum

In race for U.S. House, Democrats grab money momentum

As Democrats try to wrest control of the U.S. House from Republicans in the November elections, the latest fundraising figures from around the nation clearly show dozens of Democratic candidates pulling in more money in the third quarter of this year than their Republican opponents in key House races, providing Democrats with some financial momentum going into the final ...
On Twitter, President Trump calls Stormy Daniels “Horseface”

On Twitter, President Trump calls Stormy Daniels “Horseface”

After staying relatively on message for the past six weeks on social media, the more familiar version of President Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Tuesday morning, as the President lobbed insults at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), complained about the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and called porn star Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface.’...
Even with September surplus, feds run highest deficit since 2012

Even with September surplus, feds run highest deficit since 2012

Despite running a surplus of $119 billion in the month of September, the Treasury Department reported Monday that the federal government chalked up a budget deficit of $779 billion for Fiscal Year 2018, the biggest yearly deficit since 2012, a 17 percent increase over the total amassed by Uncle Same in red ink for 2017. The final budget numbers for the month of September &ndash...
Trump suggests ‘rogue killers’ possible in Khashoggi disappearance

Trump suggests ‘rogue killers’ possible in Khashoggi disappearance

After the King of Saudi Arabia ‘firmly denied’ any knowledge of a government plot to kidnap or kill missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump suggested to reporters on Monday that ‘rogue killers’ could well have been responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance last week, when he visited the Saudi consulate in Turkey. &ldquo...
President Trump to see hurricane damage in Florida, Georgia

President Trump to see hurricane damage in Florida, Georgia

With a number of communities and thousands of people still reeling from the severe damage done by Hurricane Michael, President Donald Trump on Monday will see some of the destruction himself, as he tours areas in both Florida and Georgia, getting an up close view of a recovery effort that’s also tinged with high-stakes politics, just over three weeks from key mid-term...
With deal on judges, Senate goes home for the elections

With deal on judges, Senate goes home for the elections

Less than a week after ending a bruising partisan fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Senate joined the House in heading home for the November mid-term elections, as Democrats and Republicans agreed to allow approval of a package of GOP nominations, freeing those Senators who are up for re-election to return home to campaign. The House...
Trump blames stock market drop on Federal Reserve

Trump blames stock market drop on Federal Reserve

For a third straight day, President Donald Trump leveled stern public criticism at the Federal Reserve, directly blaming a recent drop in the stock markets on increases in interest rates, as the President bluntly said the Fed is endangering economic growth under the Trump Administration. “I think the Fed is out of control,” the President told reporters in the Oval...
Average price of Obama health law plans to drop in 2019

Average price of Obama health law plans to drop in 2019

In a surprise announcement, the Trump Administration reported Thursday that the average price for benchmark health insurance plans under the Obama health law system would drop in 2019 by 1.5 percent, as statistics issued by the feds indicated the controversial health insurance exchanges were stabilizing in price and coverage. “President Trump’s Administration took...
Trump to visit areas hit by Hurricane Michael next week

Trump to visit areas hit by Hurricane Michael next week

As Hurricane Michael continued to barge its way inland overnight, the White House said President Donald Trump would visit areas damaged by the storm early next week, as the President expressed confidence that his administration would be able to deal with the needs of damaged communities in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. “We have massive amounts of food and water that gets...
Trump on higher interest rates: “I think the Fed has gone crazy”

Trump on higher interest rates: “I think the Fed has gone crazy”

Hours after the major American stock markets registered their biggest losses since early this year, President Donald Trump again publicly rebuked the Federal Reserve, arguing their move to raise interest rates has caused stock losses and even some uncertainty about future economic growth. “I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the President told reporters after arriving...
Senate blocks Democratic bid to overturn Trump health care rule

Senate blocks Democratic bid to overturn Trump health care rule

On a tie vote, Senate Republicans on Wednesday stopped an effort by Democrats to overturn a Trump Administration rule which allows the sale of certain short-term health insurance plans, preserving the option for consumers to buy less-expensive, reduced coverage policies which do not follow the full requirements under the Obama health law. The vote was 50-50, as Sen. Susan Collins...
Senate doxing suspect pleads not guilty, remains jailed

Senate doxing suspect pleads not guilty, remains jailed

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a 27 year-old former Democratic Congressional employee to remain in jail, as Jackson Cosko pleaded not guilty to charges that he published the addresses and phone numbers of a Republican Senator during the recent debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In an appearance before a federal magistrate judge, Cosko pleaded not guilty...
Four weeks out, Trump, Pence try to save GOP majority in Congress

Four weeks out, Trump, Pence try to save GOP majority in Congress

Apart from targeting a handful of U.S. Senate seats held by Democrats, top Republicans mainly find themselves playing defense in the final weeks of the 2018 mid-term election campaign, working furiously to protect the seats of GOP lawmakers in the House, as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence criss-cross the country in a bid to keep both the House and ...
Ex-staffer accused of doxing Senators due in court on Tuesday

Ex-staffer accused of doxing Senators due in court on Tuesday

The former Democratic Congressional staffer accused by police of publishing home addresses and phone numbers of Republican Senators during the nomination fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh will make a first appearance Tuesday afternoon in a Washington, D.C. federal court. 27 year-old Jackson Cosko has been held without bond since his arrest last Wednesday, with possible criminal...
VIDEO: At White House ceremony, Kavanaugh vows to be impartial

VIDEO: At White House ceremony, Kavanaugh vows to be impartial

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Monday evening, new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said he would not let the caustic Senate confirmation process prevent him from being impartial to all who appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh thanked President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a host of other supporters who gathered in the ...
As Kavanaugh joins Court, Trump, GOP try to seize election momentum

As Kavanaugh joins Court, Trump, GOP try to seize election momentum

Hours after the U.S. Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, President Donald Trump implored his supporters to turn out in large numbers for the November mid-term elections, both to punish Democrats for their opposition to Kavanaugh, and to ensure that Republicans keep control of both the U.S. House and Senate. “We’ll have a chance...
Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

With thousands of protesters demonstrating outside the Capitol, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, capping an intense political battle which touched on everything from simple political differences over the role of the judiciary, to explosive allegations...
Trump poised for Senate victory on Kavanaugh nomination

Trump poised for Senate victory on Kavanaugh nomination

After weeks of wrenching debate, President Donald Trump stands on the edge of a major political victory, as the Senate on Saturday is expected to give narrow approval to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, elevating the federal appeals court judge following an acrimonious debate over his judicial philosophy, past political work, and allegations of sexual misconduct. &ldquo...
Kavanaugh seemingly headed for Saturday confirmation in Senate

Kavanaugh seemingly headed for Saturday confirmation in Senate

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won a narrow victory in a first test vote in the Senate on Friday, as a pair of key GOP Senators indicated they would support President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, increasing the likelihood that Kavanaugh will be approved by the full Senate on Saturday, capping weeks of a highly political confirmation fight....
Senate advances Kavanaugh past procedural hurdle in 51-49 vote

Senate advances Kavanaugh past procedural hurdle in 51-49 vote

With the final outcome still unclear, the Senate on Friday morning narrowly voted to force an end to debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, clearing the way for a final vote as soon as Saturday, as both parties continued to trade verbal barbs over the controversial nomination process for President Donald Trump’s pick to take a seat on the high...
Kavanaugh defends himself as ‘independent, impartial judge’

Kavanaugh defends himself as ‘independent, impartial judge’

His nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court hanging by a thread in the U.S. Senate, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday night that his testimony a week ago before Senators had been overly emotional at points, admitting, “I said a few things I should not have said.” “The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution...
White House confident as Senators split over Kavanaugh FBI review

White House confident as Senators split over Kavanaugh FBI review

The White House on Thursday expressed increasing confidence about the confirmation chances for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Senators broke along party lines over an extra FBI review of allegations concerning Kavanaugh, with Republicans calling for confirmation of the judge and Democrats arguing the review fell short. “The fact is that these allegations have...
Flashbacks to John Tower as Senators review Kavanaugh FBI file

Flashbacks to John Tower as Senators review Kavanaugh FBI file

The subject was a high profile nominee of a Republican President. What seemed to be a contested, yet expected confirmation, suddenly changed amid questions of personal behavior. The FBI began gathering more evidence. In the media, and on the Senate floor, the debate between the parties turned bitter and caustic. It involved tales of alcohol abuse, tinged with allegations ...
President Trump roils Kavanaugh debate with remarks on accuser

President Trump roils Kavanaugh debate with remarks on accuser

Stepping up his criticism of Democrats – and one of the accusers of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – President Trump on Wednesday again denounced critics of the judge, as both sides claimed the other was acting in a ‘despicable’ manner on the Kavanaugh nomination. “VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING...
What’s happening in Congress – other than the Kavanaugh fight

What’s happening in Congress – other than the Kavanaugh fight

While the Senate battle over President Donald Trump’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court has soaked up most of the news oxygen in recent days in Washington, D.C., there is still action on Capitol Hill on a variety of other issues, though that work has been certainly overshadowed by the political firestorm raging on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. &ldquo...
Lots of finger pointing, but no vote set yet on Kavanaugh

Lots of finger pointing, but no vote set yet on Kavanaugh

Senate leaders in both parties turned up their verbal attacks on each other Tuesday, as Republicans vowed to hold a vote by the end of the week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Democrats urged a full review by the FBI, calling for Senators to receive a special briefing on extra interviews being conducted by federal agents related to allegations leveled ...
5 weeks out, Trump optimistic about GOP election chances

5 weeks out, Trump optimistic about GOP election chances

With Republicans playing defense in a number of races in Congress, President Donald Trump on Monday sounded a note of optimism about GOP chances to hold control of the U.S. House and Senate, saying he believes his party’s candidates will be rewarded at the ballot box for an improving national economy. “I think we’re going to do well, although history is not...
McConnell vows Senate vote ‘this week’ as Trump defends Kavanaugh

McConnell vows Senate vote ‘this week’ as Trump defends Kavanaugh

Even as the FBI reviewed sexual misconduct allegations involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and President Donald Trump said he was open to a ‘comprehensive’ review of any issues involving the judge, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote in coming days on the Kavanaugh nomination. “We’ll be voting this week,&rdquo...
Amid Kavanaugh fight, President Trump turns up campaign pace

Amid Kavanaugh fight, President Trump turns up campaign pace

As the future of his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court remains in question, President Donald Trump will spend parts of four of the next six days on the campaign trail, imploring voters to help him maintain a crucial Republican majority in the U.S. Congress, making stops for GOP candidates this week in Tennessee, Mississippi, Minnesota and Kansas. “We are just five weeks...
The Kavanaugh saga – as a story from our youth

The Kavanaugh saga – as a story from our youth

While the saga of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has erupted into a major story around the country for many Americans, the battle has a slightly different ring to it for those of us who grew up in the same area as Kavanaugh, just outside of Washington, D.C., and that was very apparent as I met up with a group of my high school friends this weekend. For almost the last...
Kavanaugh faces new hurdle even as Senate panel okays nomination

Kavanaugh faces new hurdle even as Senate panel okays nomination

The Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced a brand new hurdle from a Republican Senator on Friday, even as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to the full Senate, as Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said he wanted GOP leaders to delay floor action on the President’s nominee until the FBI could question some possible witnesses...
GOP pushes ahead after wrenching day of Ford, Kavanaugh testimony

GOP pushes ahead after wrenching day of Ford, Kavanaugh testimony

As Republicans in the Senate moved a step closer to confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh early next week, many on Capitol Hill – and in the nation – were still digesting the riveting testimony of both Judge Kavanaugh, and his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged that Kavanaugh sexually attacked her at a party in the summer of 1982, a charge...
LIVE UPDATES from inside the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing room

LIVE UPDATES from inside the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing room

The future of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is on the line in a historic Senate hearing on this Thursday, as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from a woman who accused the judge of sexual misconduct at a high school party back in 1982. Kavanaugh will then defend himself later in the day. The hearing is reminiscent in many ways of the Clarence...
House okays spending measure that averts government shutdown

House okays spending measure that averts government shutdown

With the public backing of President Donald Trump, the House on Wednesday joined the Senate in approving a funding package for the military, health research, education, and labor programs of the federal government, as well as extending a temporary budget for certain agencies to avoid a funding lapse when the fiscal year ends on September 30. The vote was 361-61, following ...
Kavanaugh says new charges are from “the Twilight Zone”

Kavanaugh says new charges are from “the Twilight Zone”

On the eve of a showdown hearing with a woman who accuses him of sexual misconduct at a party in 1982, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sternly denied the accusations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who will testify before Senators on Thursday, and rejected the sworn statement of another woman who said she knew Kavanaugh from his high school days. “This is ridiculous...
Senate GOP tries to push Kavanaugh over the finish line

Senate GOP tries to push Kavanaugh over the finish line

With President Donald Trump leading the charge, Republicans and the White House went on the offensive on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of using flimsy allegations of sexual misconduct in a last-ditch bid to stop the Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as GOP leaders vowed a Senate vote as early as next Tuesday. “We’re going to...
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