Sessions has no regrets for Hawaii remark

April 22, 2017

… there.” “But I got to tell you — it’s a point worth making that a single sitting judge out of 600, 700 district judges can issue an order stopping a presidential executive order that I believe is fully constitutional, designed to protect the United States of America from terrorist attacks.” Sessions slams ‘judge sitting on an island’ Sessions told “The Mark Levin Show” earlier this week that he was “amazed …

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Hayden: Why Russia is more worried about war than US

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Amid rising tensions between the United States and Russia, the former CIA and National Security Agency director under President George W. Bush said Wednesday night that Moscow would be at a disadvantage if a war scenario were to develop. “They are by far the weaker power,” Hayden said. He was critical of Russia after two of its bombers were spotted off the coast of Alaska twice in 24 hours. He called it “a little pathetic,” but said it provided a “great …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

… public airing, where he’s unambiguous as the President of the United States on his concerns over human rights, on freedom of the press, on the rights of women, on freedom of religion and the rule of law and all the necessary actions to preserve the democratic institutions of Turkey.” Referring to Erdogan, Allen warned that “history tells us that when you accumulate that much authority in one single person, it often doesn’t go very well.” …

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Deported to Mexico: Who is the US kicking out?

April 18, 2017

Mexico City (CNN)Maria Perez hasn’t seen her grandson since he was a little boy. On her cell phone she keeps a video of that day. It shows 8-year-old Eduardo Hernandez hugging her goodbye. Now Hernandez is 21 and walking through the frosted glass doors at Mexico City’s international airport. …

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White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

April 12, 2017

… you drain the swamp.” Trump proposes eliminating after-school program “The executive branch of government has never been rebuilt. It has grown organically” for decades, Mulvaney said. “The President of the United States has asked all of us in the executive branch to start from scratch.” The subtext in this order is clear: Trump wants the government to run more like a for-profit business. And that was outlined by Mulvaney on Tuesday, who said …

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Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State

April 12, 2017

… chairman of the United States-Iraq Business Dialogue, a government advisory committee that dealt with US-Iraq economic relations. He also held senior positions at the Justice, Defense, and Commerce departments, including as deputy secretary and general counsel at Commerce, deputy general counsel at Defense and counselor to Assistant Attorney General J. Michael Luttig. …

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North Korea issues warning as US strike group heads to Korean Peninsula

April 11, 2017

(CNN)North Korea warned Monday it would respond to “reckless acts of aggression” by the United States, with “whatever methods the US wants to take,” as a US aircraft carrier strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula. The Pentagon is sending the 97,000-ton USS Carl Vinson with an escort of a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers following another missile test by North Korea last week. According to a statement provided to CNN by officials in Pyongyang, the …

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Americans back the Syria bombing. They’re much more divided on what comes next

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Nearly six in 10 Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to strike at a Syrian air base from which chemical attacks were launched last week, according to a new CBS News national poll. But that’s where consensus — or even the appearance of consensus — ends. When prompted with four competing options about what the United States should do next, none of the quartet get more than 30 percent support from the public. Three in 10 say that they want …

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Markey to Trump: Negotiate with Kim Jong Un

April 9, 2017

… to drastically escalate sanctions against Pyongyang if they fail to negotiate in good faith. “This coordinated initiative could force North Korea to make real demilitarization concessions, while providing a win for both China and the United States,” Markey wrote, adding that China has unsuccessfully urged the US to engage North Korea directly for years. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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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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Haley: No political solution in Syria with Assad in power

April 9, 2017

… situation, it’s going to be hard to see a government that’s peaceful and stable with Assad.” Haley’s remarks come just a day after she warned that the United States was prepared to take further actions in Syria during a special session at the UN following a US military strike against a Syrian air base. …

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Lawmakers praise Syria strike, want more consultation from White House

April 8, 2017

… commander-in-chief, they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by Putin’s Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement. “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.” …

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Trump’s full remarks following US strikes on Syria

April 7, 2017

(CNN)“My fellow Americans, on Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical …

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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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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… did it. SEN. HARRY REID (D), NEVADA: It’s time to get the Senate working again, not for the good of the current Democratic majority or some future Republican majority, but for the good of the United States of America. CILLIZZA: The filibuster, whether real or threaten, had always been a way that the Senate distinguish itself from the House. The House very much runs in a “majority rule” rule. If you have the votes, you have the votes. In the Senate, in order to close off that …

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Rex Tillerson’s incredibly odd and confusing statement on North Korea

April 5, 2017

(CNN)North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, the latest in a series of test firings and one that comes just days before President Donald Trump is set to huddle with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a two-day summit in Florida. Here’s what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, aka the nation’s top diplomat, had to say about the latest provocation from North Korea: “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has …

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US cuts women’s health funding to UN

April 5, 2017

Washington (CNN)The US cut funding for a UN program for women and girls, a move that critics said was based on faulty information, could lead to greater instability in the Middle East and hurt women around the world. The United States, as promised, has drastically cut funding to the United Nations’ most significant population agency, which helps women in 155 countries around the world. The Trump administration announced the move late Monday, sending notice that it would pull $32.5 …

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Jared Kushner is in Iraq

April 3, 2017

(CNN)White House senior adviser Jared Kushner traveled to Iraq this weekend and is expected back in the United States early this week, a senior administration official told CNN. Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was invited by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, and is traveling with him, sources told CNN. A senior administration official declined to say Sunday evening what was on Kushner’s itinerary in Iraq, his first visit to the country since …

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McCain: No comparison between Trump and Reagan

April 2, 2017

… Vladimir Putin’s human rights abuses. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think, our country’s so innocent?” Trump said at the time. “To state that there’s some moral equivalency between an imperfect nation — that’s the United States of America — and Vladimir Putin is appalling,” McCain responded. “And I think it’s pretty clear that there’s a difference between, well, aren’t we killers and the …

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US leads boycott of UN talks to ban nuclear weapons

March 29, 2017

United Nations, New York (CNN)US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Monday that the United States and almost 40 other nations would not participate in the first-ever talks on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Flanked by ambassadors from about 20 nations, including nuclear powers United Kingdom and France, Haley couched the decision not to attend the talks, which began Monday, in personal terms. As a mom and daughter, “there is nothing I want more for my …

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Ivanka Trump to attend women’s empowerment summit in Berlin

March 29, 2017

(CNN)Ivanka Trump is making her first trip abroad since her father took office, representing the United States at a women’s empowerment summit in Berlin late next month. The trip was first reported by the Associated Press. “Looking forward to working together in Berlin next month to promote the role of women in the economy and the future of our workforce globally #W20,” Trump posted on Facebook late Sunday evening, linking to AP’s report. She will join four additional …

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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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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