After President Donald Trump congratulated Russian leader Vladimir Putin on his re-election during a phone call Tuesday, some Republican senators questioned the wisdom of commending an autocrat whose election they see as fraudulent. Others brushed it off as a diplomatic nicety. “Calling him wouldn’t have been high on my list,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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Justice this week for documents related to how the FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, The Hill reports. Jerrold Nadler, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, was told Monday by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that a subpoena was coming — Committee rules give the minority party a right to two day’s notice “before issuing any
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ hearing on her department’s proposed budget before the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday didn’t go much better than her appearance on “60 Minutes” last week, The Hill reports. DeVos struggled to answer tough questions on school gun violence, LGBT rights, student loan oversight and racial disparities, resulting in several contentious back-and-forths with
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A group of moderate Republicans was pushing this week to include legislation for “stabilizing” Obamacare within a spending bill that funds the government beyond its latest shutdown deadline of Friday night. The lawmakers’ proposal contains new money subject to abortion funding restrictions—a nonstarter with Democrats—as well as economic provisions that members of both parties don’t
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The firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe days before his retirement was a rare case of justice. Both the Justice Department Inspector General and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility found that “McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor—including under oath—on multiple occasions.” Even one Democratic politician conceded that McCabe’s firing “may
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The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released recommendations for election security after reviewing “Russian attempts to target election infrastructure during the 2016 U.S. elections.” The panel recommends that states “rapidly replace outdated and vulnerable voting systems,” and that “any machine purchased going forward should have a voter-verified paper trail and no WiFi capability.” “We are talking
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday told law enforcement that “sanctuary cities are dangerous — and we’re going to take care of the problem.” “We’re going to win it,” Trump told national and local law enforcement officials at a roundtable on sanctuary cities at the White House. “It’s not going to be easy, but we’re going
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The White House confirmed Tuesday morning’s phone call between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not touch on Russia’s election meddling or the recent nerve agent attack in England, instead focusing on “areas of shared interest.” Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the call during Tuesday’s White House press briefing
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A close look must be taken at entitlement reform as the national debt continues to grow, or Social Security will not be solvent in the next decade, Rep. Mark Walker, who chairs the House Republican Study Committee, warned Tuesday. “The president talked about not touching some entitles,” the North Carolina Republican told Fox News’ “America’s
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Russia special counsel Robert Mueller “should be able to finish his job,” despite tweets slamming his efforts by President Donald Trump in recent days. “I agree with the president’s lawyers that Bob Mueller should be able to finish his job,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters. “I believe
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Eric Holder, who was former President Barack Obama’s attorney general, took aim at Jeff Sessions, the current attorney general, over Sessions’ firing of Andrew McCabe. “You’re the attorney general of the United States. You run the damn Justice Department, you know? And you’ve got to have the guts to look at the president every now and
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At oral arguments Tuesday for the case NIFLA v. Becerra, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical about the constitutionality of a California law that requires pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to advertise for “free or low-cost” government-funded abortions. A key moment came when Justice Anthony Kennedy, frequently the swing vote on the court,
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Actor-comedian Jim Carrey took to Twitter on Tuesday to share artwork targeting Facebook over reports that the social media network allowed third-party analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to access millions of its users’ data during the 2016 election. Carrey’s painting features a photo of Facebook funder Mark Zuckerberg with a caption of a quote of Zuckerberg calling
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Congress is staring down another deadline with “unresolved issues” again standing in the way of passing the $1.3 trillion spending bill and keeping the government open, The Washington Post reports. Though Democratic leaders have backed down on their demand for immigration legislation to be part of the spending bill, President Donald Trump is still trying
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ripped into President Donald Trump’s decision to call Russian President Vladimir Putin and congratulate him for winning the re-election, The Hill reports. Putin was re-elected on Sunday, but his opponents have claimed there was widespread voter fraud, according to the Hill. “An American president does not lead the Free World by
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Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, slammed Republicans on Tuesday in a tweet for failing to provide oversight of the Trump administration. Glad to see Cambridge Analytica whistleblower is willing to testify. Recent revelations about Erik Prince, Roger Stone and Cambridge Analytica illustrate how GOP decision to shut down
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Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, pinned the blame for his department’s purchase of a $31,000 dining room set for his office on his wife and staff. In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday, Carson also said the reason he authorized the purchase of new furniture for his office was “safety.”
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House Speaker Paul Ryan will tell top Republican donors that the GOP has accomplished its campaign goals to achieve tax reform, widespread deregulation and create a stronger military, Politico reports. According to prepared remarks shared with the news website, Ryan will tell donors at the annual dinner for the National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday
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