Sen. Ben Cardin: We don’t know if Trump knows what his North Korea policy is

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee on Monday implored President Donald Trump to prove he has an effective policy in mind on North Korea. “The Trump administration has not presented to the Congress a coherent policy in regards to North Korea,” Cardin said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.” Over the weekend, North Korea trotted out a slew of missiles in a parade before firing one off, which US Pacific Command said blew up almost …

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Ted Lieu, Congressman and Twitter King, is beating Trump at his own dumb game

April 16, 2017

… television, including MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher. If you’re a politics junkie who likes to follow Congresspeople on Twitter or even if you aren’t, even if just really, really hate Donald Trump you’ve probably liked a Lieu tweet without realizing it. Lieu gives the platform credit for lending him access to voters he wouldn’t normally be be able to reach. “Consider that 20 years ago, a person who wanted to have discussion with their member of Congress would …

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Trump names Garrett, Bachus to Export-Import Bank

April 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will nominate former members of Congress Scott Garrett and Spencer Bachus to two vacant positions at the US Export-Import Bank — an entity Trump has in the past called “excess baggage” and agreed with conservatives on shutting down. Garrett would fill the role of Ex-Im president for a four-year term. In the past, Garrett was openly critical of the Ex-Im Bank, tweeting in 2015: “I opposed the House’s vote to reauthorize the …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Trump denies climate change, but could one day be its victim

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, one expert after another warned Monday about the dangers that rising sea levels pose to Florida’s coast. Not that surprising, except this was a Senate committee field hearing challenging the position shared by President Donald Trump and many Republicans in Congress that climate change isn’t real. The site of the hearing — just four miles from Trump’s weekend getaway in Palm Beach — was clearly intended to send a …

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Rep. McClintock’s town hall gets personal

April 9, 2017

… Syria exceeded his authority as commander-in-chief.” On Friday, McClintock issued a statement condemning the President’s decision to launch Thursday’s missile strike without asking Congress for permission. He elaborated on the point after the town hall meeting, telling reporters, “If the administration wants to commit military forces without (an) attack on the United States, or its possessions or its armed forces … the Constitution is very clear: He must bring that …

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Lawmakers praise Syria strike, want more consultation from White House

April 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)House and Senate lawmakers generally supported President Donald Trump’s decision to strike against the Syrian government Thursday night, but cautioned Trump against unilaterally starting another war in the Middle East without first consulting Congress. A pair of defense hawks — Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham — who have frequently been critical of Trump, roundly praised the President’s decision. “Acting on the orders of their …

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US attacks Syria: Live updates

April 7, 2017

(CNN)The United States launched a military strike Friday on a Syrian government target, in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier in the week. Here’s the latest: – US lawmakers voiced support for Trump’s decision but also cautioned the President to consult Congress before starting a war. – Former Democratic presidential candidate and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a speech in New York on Thursday, advocated taking out Syrian …

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Planned Parenthood’s Richards wishes more women made health decisions in Congress

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Amid ongoing calls to defund Planned Parenthood by many conservative Republicans in Congress, the group’s leader declared Wednesday that they’d face less fire if there were more legislators “that could get pregnant.” “They’ve come at us and come at women in a way that is much harsher than I even imagined,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said during a panel at the Women in the World conference Wednesday in New York. “Frankly, if …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… adviser Michael Flynn, who also served as a top campaign aide, was offering his testimony to Congress in exchange for legal immunity signaled a potential turning point. Watch: Flynn likened immunity to guilt in 2016 If you’re arriving on the scene late, the Flynn news can be summed up this way: One of Trump’s highest-ranked and most-trusted campaign hands, who then scored one of the most powerful positions in the White House, is now saying he wants to answer …

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#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

(CNN)It’s hard to say what Margaret Chase Smith is best remembered for. During her three decades in Congress, Chase served in both chambers and gave one of the Senate’s most memorable speeches. If that wasn’t enough of a mark, she also ran for president. Margaret Chase was born in Maine in 1897. She worked as a teacher, a telephone operator and at a newspaper. She married Clyde Smith in 1930, six years before the Maine Republican won a seat in the US House. Margaret got her …

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Tillerson to waive human rights conditions on Bahrain fighter jet sale

March 30, 2017

(CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has notified Congress the State Department intends to waive human rights conditions attached to the sale of fighter jets to Bahrain, Senate Foreign Relations spokeswoman Micah Johnson confirmed to CNN. The Obama administration signed off on the sale of F-16 fighter jets last year, but included conditions tied to the human rights record of Bahrain, a Middle East ally and home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Protesters call for democracy in …

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GOP, to govern you need to make friends with Democrats

March 29, 2017

… laws and the nation’s multi-trillion-dollar budget. For decades, success in Congress depended on an alliance between Republicans and conservative, so-called Blue Dog Democrats. The result was a string of centrist deals that marginalized ultra-liberal and super conservative members and allowed legislation to move forward. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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GOP congressman to Trump: Apologize for wiretap claim

March 18, 2017

(CNN)As two US government officials told CNN that a classified Justice Department report to Congress fails to confirm President Donald Trump’s claim of wiretapping by former President Barack Obama, a Republican Congressman had one suggestion for Trump: Apologize. During an interview Friday night on CNN’s “OutFront,” Erin Burnett asked Republican Rep. Will Hurd whether Trump owed Obama an apology for the unproven allegation. Hurd replied, “I’m going to quote …

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Why Trump just can’t (and probably won’t) quit the wiretap story

March 18, 2017

… wiretapping claims, Trump once again positions himself as the great unmasker of Obama, a fraudulent figure who isn’t who he says he is — or so the theory goes. For Trump’s base, Obama is the ready-made villain, now recast as the embodiment of the “deep state.” But with Congress, the press, (even Fox News hosts), and intelligence agencies all casting doubts on his claims, Trump is a man on an island, a familiar and comfortable place. As with birtherism, it’s …

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House Minority Whip Hoyer: Trump wiretap allegation is ‘alternative fact’

March 15, 2017

(CNN)White House press secretary Sean Spicer says President Trump is “extremely confident” that evidence exists to prove he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama, but Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, said Tuesday night on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront” that the allegation is “untrue” and nothing more than “an alternative fact.” Hoyer said if there was proof, “They would have disclosed it to the Congress, …

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Best CBP estimates say hiring could take decade

March 8, 2017

… 5,000 more agents. CBP’s acting commissioner spelled out a series of steps the agency would need, either from other agencies, its parent DHS or Congress, in order to hire more agents in a memo for the deputy secretary last month, according to a copy obtained by CNN. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsFresh Domain Leads FE LIFETIME Daily fresh list of buyers who might be interested to buy what you sell, including, but not limited to, internet marketing, video …

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GOP tries to keep agenda on track, despite Trump tweets

March 7, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republicans in Congress are determined to push full steam ahead with a key campaign pledge — repealing and replacing Obamacare — despite the President’s bombshell wiretapping claims that have put pressure on Congressional committees to launch investigations and answer questions about a claim for which they’ve seen no evidence. In what’s become a ritual, GOP lawmakers are returning to Washington to take action on a major agenda item but are once …

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Trump and Russia: What the fallout could be

March 7, 2017

… lead to more serious political — and perhaps even legal — consequences for the administration, experts say. KEY PLAYERS Here’s what CNN has reported on the contacts and connections between former and current Trump aides and key figures in Russia and Ukraine. CAMPAIGN CONTACTS WITH RUSSIA Sessions told Congress during his confirmation hearing that he “did not have communications with the Russians,” but now admits that he had two meetings with Russian …

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Trump plans to sign updated travel ban early next week

March 5, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump is planning to sign an updated executive order banning travel from certain Middle Eastern and African countries early next week, possibly as soon as Monday, at the Department of Homeland Security, an administration official told CNN, cautioning that plans could change. Trump was scheduled to sign the order last Wednesday but pushed it back after his joint address to Congress received overwhelmingly positive reviews. “We want the (executive order) to have …

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Trump wants a $1 trillion investment in roads and bridges. Will more drilling help?

March 3, 2017

… to the lengthy process of leasing,exploring, and drilling the area). Under current law, 90% of that would go to the state of Alaska, although Congress could change that split. Still, if the White House is looking to this source of revenue to fund massive infrastructure projects, it’s likely to fall well short. US-owned waters might hold similar complications.Openingoffshore areas could be a contentious fight with some states.Policymakers in coastal states like Washington, Oregon and …

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Sessions recusal: What’s next?

March 3, 2017

… called on then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and to appoint a special prosecutor in the case. Independent Counsel Act Prior to the regulations regarding special counsels, Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 after Watergate, which provided for the appointment of “independent counsels.” Under that law, the attorney general would petition a special three-judge panel to …

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Axelrod: Trump promises face buzzsaw of reality

March 2, 2017

(CNN)The most revealing moment in President Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday night came amid its most powerful one. The President’s tribute to Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens — who was killed in Yemen on a mission that was a success or failure, depending whom you ask was the emotional coda to an otherwise workmanlike speech. Exploitative as the stagecraft may have been, only the hardest of hearts could have helped but be moved by the wrenching image of …

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