January 24, 2018

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Trump says travel ban ruling comes at 'dangerous time'


Circuit Court of Appeals panel, made up of three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton, upheld the injunction on Monday against President Donald Trump's revised executive order temporarily halting entry from six terrorist safe haven nations". Read More »

Democrats stall Senate work to protest healthcare secrecy


His chamber has not held any committee hearings or votes on the measure he's trying to craft, and even some GOP senators are critical. The American Hospital Association warned Senate Republicans Monday against including large cuts to Medicaid in its healthcare bill. Read More »

Scalise doctor hopes for 'excellent recovery' despite risk

The man who opened fire on Republicans practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday morning had a list of names on him at the time, a source confirmed to WTOP . The trauma director said it was too soon to estimate how long hospitalization would be necessary. Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition. Read More »

Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. A gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice early Wednesday morning, shooting several attendees. (AP Photo/ Ben Finley). He was a fiery guy, known for the occasional bar fight. She said she wasn't sure if there was a catalyst for him leaving. Hodgkinson had contacted Rep. Read More »

Trump Visits Heroic Capitol Police Officer And Her Wife


Bailey was not shot but was treated for a minor injury and has been released from a hospital. "I spoke with Special Agent Bailey and Special Agent Griner this morning", Ryan told his colleagues on the House floor. "There's no escaping a guy with a, you know, he had several hundred bullets and we no weapons and no place to hide". Jeff Flake , R-Arizona; Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida; and Rep. Read More »

Play ball! GOP, Democrats battle as one - Team Scalise

The Democrats won the game, 11-2. Doyle gave the winning trophy back to the Republicans to put in Scalise's office. "That is the source of unity, and more than ever, we must embrace it". "In Washington , we have our disagreements, but we all agree that we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home ", Trump said. Read More »

Pence hires outside legal counsel


Vice President Pence has lawyered up. He dismissed as "phony" the idea that his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 election . -Cuba policy. The Washington Post first reported Pence was hiring counsel. He has defended large corporations in Department of Justice investigations, and served as Virginia's attorney general in the late 1990s. Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public Tuesday

But former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan recently told Congress that his "radar" went off anytime Russians met with the Trump campaign because he knew the Russians were trying to influence the election, and he knew they often did that by trying to recruit "either wittingly or unwittingly" US officials to help. Read More »

Attorney General Sessions next up for Capitol Hill scrutiny

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, an intelligence committee member, said senators were still deciding whether Sessions would be asked to testify in a classified briefing after the public hearing. Comey seemed to suggest during his testimony that Sessions had an undisclosed Russian Federation issue that would have led to his eventual recusal from the investigation. Read More »

Sessions wants his testimony open to public

And if he disagrees with Comey and explains in a public hearing the reasons for his recusal, it will likely lead to more questions about why he didn't also recuse himself from the firing of Comey. In his testimony, Comey said he had asked Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump following meetings where he said Trump had asked Comey for his loyalty. Read More »

Back-to-Back Russia Hearings Begin Today in The Senate

Congress is expected to vote on the reauthorization effort later this year before it expires on December 31. Even though much of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday focused on conversations involving the director of national intelligence, the director of the National Security Agency and President Donald Trump , for at least part of the hearing, questions centered around the issue at hand - continuing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA. Read More »

Anti-Sharia, pro-Muslim rallies to convene Saturday in Seattle


The organization will host rallies in almost 30 cities across the U.S on Saturday in what it says is a fight against radical Islam and in particular, violence against women and honor killings. ACT for America is the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, claiming 280,000 members and over 1,000 chapters, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center , an organization that tracks hate groups. Read More »

US Charges 31 Members Of Russian Gang With 'Dizzying Array' Of Crimes


Something like 10,000 pounds of chocolate, which these particular gangsters were also charged with stealing. The FBI's Joint Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force arrested the group members early Wednesday. Now add chocolate trafficking to the list of criminal enterprises allegedly carried out by suspected mobsters. Joon H. Kim, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan, stated the case was one of the first federal racketeering charges to ever be brought against a Russian vor . Read More »

Powerball Jackpot Jumps Again To A Whopping $435M


The service has helped people win close to $58 million since 2002: in late 2015 an Iraqi client won the jackpot in Oregon. Someone bought a Powerball ticket worth $50,000 at a business in Dillon, South Carolina. When the Powerball jackpot is won , the game resets to $40 million. There were no grand prize winners but one lucky North Carolina victor used the Power Play and won $2 million. Read More »

Florida mother allows snake to bite baby, defends decision


The family lives on an isolated nine acres on the outskirts of Sebring. She said she had seen poisonous snakes on her property before, so she made a decision to expose the child to a snake. The mother, however, insisted that she was simply trying to teach her daughter not to be afraid of the snake and that she had done nothing wrong. The mother also said her child was not hurt, but became scared of the snake's movement. Read More »

Three lawmakers question Kushner Cos on concerns over White House tie

The Democratic lawmakers' letter asked if Kushner Companies had engaged in any lobbying related to EB-5 program reforms or discussed the program with Kushner since Trump took office in January. White House Communications Director, Mike Dubke , is resigning just three months after joining the Trump administration. There are now 442 key executive branch positions that President Donald Trump has not nominated anyone for, and that process may stall even further given a brewing controversy ... Read More »

Graham Rahal wins 1st of 2 Detroit Grand Prix IndyCar races


Rahal's Honda-power vehicle finished 1.17 seconds ahead of Josef Newgarden's Chevrolet, a day after getting to the checkered flag six-plus seconds ahead of the competition. After his news conference in Detroit , he walked with a limp and kept weight off his sore left foot as he went down stairs. Sunday's IndyCar schedule will follow a similar path here at the Belle Isle circuit. Read More »

Gov. Rick Scott, lawmakers to return for special session


The downside for Scott in such a scenario is that eliminating budget line items does nothing to restore funding for his priorities, including economic incentives, tourism and public education. "I think the Senate's track record in supporting the governor's priorities speaks for itself". Democrats are particularly opposed to HB 7069, which also has drawn criticism from many public education leaders and some top Republicans. Read More »

Trump asks Senate to allow legislation to be passed with simple majority


Senators voted 54 to 45 for Gorsuch, who previously would have needed to meet a 60-vote threshold in a procedural vote, for his nomination to then come to the floor. "He wants to see things move through the House and the Senate, especially when you've got a majority of support, and people to stop playing games". Whereas majority ruled in the House, the filibuster not only gave members of the minority real power but also incentivized bipartisan cooperation by the majority party. Read More »

Posey avoids "big guys tumbling" in Nats-Giants brawl


Monday's fisticuffs between Bryce Harper and Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and the ensuing brawl provided fodder for enough meh-mays to sustain us all until the next time a pitcher intentionally throws at Harper in retaliation for home runs that pitcher allowed to the Nationals' outfielder nearly three years earlier. Read More »

What's Left As Clock Ticks Down To End Texas Legislative Session?


AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott , expressing disappointment at the Legislature's failure to continue in business the agency regulating doctors, said Monday he will announce his plans for a special legislation later this week. When Abbott was asked if he was feeling any pressure from Patrick on a special session, he said "None". The debate over the bathroom measure is largely one of scope. Read More »

To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

That inaugural Decoration Day , on May 30, 1868, drew some 5,000 Americans who helped place flowers and flags on the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It's also worth noting that end of the American Civil War in 1865 had given a sense of real urgency to Logan's declaration: In all, some 600,000 Americans died in the Civil War, an astonishing number. Read More »