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Dem Leaders To Barr: Your Mueller Summary ‘Raises As Many Questions As It Answers’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday that Attorney General William Barr’s summary for Congress of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report “raises as many questions as it answers” and demonstrated that Mueller’s report ought to be provided in full to lawmakers. “Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about t...
Tags: News, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Mueller, Russia probe, William Barr, Matt Shuham


Trump Admin, Allies Take Victory Lap After Barr Shares Mueller Summary

After Attorney General William Barr submitted his summary to Congress of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, reactions started rolling in from Republicans, including the President, his administration, his legal team and members of Congress. Read and listen to some of the reactions below: The President:  No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019 Trump: "To be honest, it's a shame tha...
Tags: News, Russia probe, Matt Shuham


New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy […]
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Editorial Observer: Stephen Moore Would Be a Loyalist, not an Expert, at the Fed

President Trump has tried to get the Federal Reserve to share his love of low interest rates. Now he’s ratcheting up the pressure.
Tags: Moore, Stephen (1960-, Trump, Donald J, Federal Reserve System, United States Economy, United States Politics and Government, Appointments and Executive Changes, Laffer, Arthur Betz, Republican Party, Senate


MS Gov Signs Strict Abortion Ban After Judge Rejected Less-Restrictive Law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights called the measure “cruel and clearly unconstitutional” and said it would sue Mississippi to try to block the law from taking effect on July 1. Bryant’s action came despite a federal judge’s decision last year striking d...
Tags: New York, News, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Kentucky, Senate, Georgia, Ap, Tennessee, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Jackson, Center For Reproductive Rights, Matt Bevin, American Civil Liberties Union, Bryant


Beto O’Rourke Addresses Whether He’ll Reunite Mars Volta If He Becomes President

Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke loves to remind us that he loves music. Throughout his campaign against Ted Cruz for a Senate seat last fall (he lost), he brought out Willie Nelson and Margo Price and Spoon and Travis Scott at his rallies. And in interviews, … More »
Tags: Music, News, Senate, Ted Cruz, Willie Nelson, Travis Scott, Margo Price, The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler Zavala, Beto O'Rourke


Beto O’Rourke Promises To Reunite The Mars Volta If He Becomes President

Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke loves to remind us that he loves music. Throughout his campaign against Ted Cruz for a Senate seat last fall (he lost), he brought out Willie Nelson and Margo Price and Spoon and Travis Scott at his rallies. And in interviews, … More »
Tags: Music, News, Senate, Ted Cruz, Willie Nelson, Travis Scott, Margo Price, The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler Zavala, Beto O'Rourke


GOP struggles to respond to Trump's attacks on McCain

Senate Republicans find themselves boxed-in in the wake of President Donald Trump's renewed attacks on the late Sen. John McCain, unwilling to strongly stand up to a President who is widely popular with GOP base voters but still deeply uncomfortable with his criticism of the late war hero and, for many in the chamber, a friend.
Tags: Senate, Cnn, Gop, John Mccain, Donald Trump, Trump, McCain


Idaho ballot initiative bill back on track after amendments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is back on track after being amended in the Senate. The Senate on Thursday approved three technical amendments to the bill from Eagle Republican Sen. C. Scott Grow. The amendments involved clarifying when […]
Tags: News, Senate, Idaho, Northwest, Boise, Idaho AP, Eagle Republican Sen C Scott


Labor pledges $60m to divert vulnerable borrowers from payday lenders

Plan would enable 76,800 low-cost loans each year to those in financial hardshipLabor has pledged $60m for financial services that divert vulnerable borrowers from high-interest payday lenders.The policy picks up on the recommendation of a Senate inquiry to expand no interest loans schemes to prevent low-income Australians being plunged into a cycle of debt due to unexpected expenses such as medical procedures and broken household appliances. Continue reading...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, Payday Loans, Labor party


Wisconsin Judge Blocks GOP Lawmakers’ Lame Duck Power Grab

A Wisconsin judge has blocked a set of laws that Republican lawmakers pushed through in a December lame duck session to curb the power of newly elected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Thursday. Dane County Judge Richard Neiss issued a temporary injunction, ruling that Republican leaders violated the state constitution by calling an extraordinary session to force the legislation through before Democratic leaders could assume th...
Tags: News, Senate, House, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Republican, Allegra Kirkland, Scott Fitzgerald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Robin Vos, Kaul, Evers, Tony Evers, Lame Duck, Molly Beck, Wisconsin GOP


GOP Senators Push Back Against Trump’s Relentless McCain Attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain , even claiming credit for the senator’s moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked. By the time the president began his anti-McCain tirade in Ohio on Wednesday, several leading Republicans had signaled a new willingness to defy Trump by defending the Vietnam War veteran as a hero seven months after he died of brain c...
Tags: Utah, New York, News, Obama, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House, America, Barack Obama, Georgia, Ap, Gop, United States, Arizona, Mitt Romney


Gillibrand ‘open to improving’ opioids bill after criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says she’s “open to improving” a Senate bill that would limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain. The senator from New York was addressing criticism she received last week when she tweeted that she and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado had introduced the bill “because no one […]
Tags: New York, News, Colorado, Washington, Senate, Ap, Nation, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen Cory Gardner, Gillibrand


Oregon Legislators consider raising pay by 63 percent

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering raising their annual pay by nearly $20,000, a move the sponsors say will attract more diverse candidates to the statehouse. “We’re a diverse state, we need a diverse legislature,” Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, one of the legislators leading the effort, told Oregon Public Broadcasting. “Because of […]
Tags: News, Oregon, Senate, Northwest, SALEM Ore AP, Ginny Burdick, Oregon Legislators, Oregon Public Broadcasting Because


Starting teacher pay raised to $40,000 in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Starting teacher pay will increase to $40,000 annually in a move Idaho lawmakers hope will attract and keep more teachers in the state. Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed into law the legislation that received overwhelming support in the House and Senate. The new law boosts starting teacher pay to $38,500 […]
Tags: News, Senate, Idaho, House, Northwest, Boise, Idaho AP


Schumer renews push to name Senate building in honor of McCain

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced on Wednesday that he plans to renew his push to name a Senate office building in honor of the late Sen. John McCain.
Tags: Senate, Cnn, McCain, Schumer, Chuck Schumer


Pentagon Probes Claims Of Shanahan Using Office To Help Ex-Employer Boeing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group’s allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint with the Pentagon’s inspector general a week ago, alleging that Shanahan has appeared to make statements promoting Boeing and disparaging competitors, such as Lockheed Martin. Shanahan,...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, Defense, Ap, Ohio, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Trump, Dod, Shanahan, Mattis, Patrick Shanahan, James Mattis, Summer Concepcion


Senate committee OKs hearing for Medicaid expansion bill

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation involving Medicaid expansion in Idaho will get a public hearing in a Senate committee. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved the hearing for the bill put forward by Republican Sen. Fred Martin. The first section of the bill directs the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to look […]
Tags: News, Senate, Ap, Idaho, Republican, Medicaid, Northwest, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, BOISE Idaho, Senate State Affairs Committee, Sen Fred Martin


Senate refuses to lift Salvini’s immunity in migrant case

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s Senate refused Wednesday to lift Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s immunity to face possible charges for refusing to allow migrants aboard an Italian coast guard ship to disembark at a Sicilian port. A judicial commission in Sicily triggered the vote when it rejected prosecutors’ decision not to pursue kidnapping charges against Salvini […]
Tags: Milan, News, Senate, Ap, Nation, Italy, Sicily, Matteo Salvini, Salvini


Joe Biden 2020: world leaders reportedly encourage election run – live

European leaders reportedly tell Biden ‘the world needs you’ as Trump heads to Ohio. Follow the latest politics newsSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 5.06pm GMT Mitch McConnell just tweeted a tribute to John McCain. It makes no mention of Donald Trump who has recently been criticizing the late Arizona senator.Today and every day I miss my good friend John McCain. It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate. His memory conti...
Tags: Republicans, Senate, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Arizona, Mitch McConnell, Ohio, John Mccain, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump


Tougher ballot initiative requirement bill may be changed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is headed to the state Senate for possible changes. The Senate State Affairs committee on Tuesday voted to send the bill from Eagle Republican Sen. C. Scott Grow to the full Senate for […]
Tags: News, Senate, Idaho, Northwest, Boise, Idaho AP, Senate State Affairs, Eagle Republican Sen C Scott Grow


Trump Lays Down Cover Fire Before Release Of Mueller Report

President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked senior Justice Department officials and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an apparent attempt to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who made that call because then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from matters related to Russia and election interference. “I just won one of the greatest elections of all time in the history of ...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, Russia, United States, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions, Sen Lindsey Graham R SC, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Rosenstein, White House Trump


Elizabeth Warren Is A Policy Heavyweight. The Media Is More Interested In Rockstars.

Welcome to Hindsight 2020, Refinery29's weekly column reflecting on the women running for president and the lessons learned (or not!) from 2016.Sen. Elizabeth Warren's policy positions are rooted in her clear-eyed understanding of how capitalism in its current form benefits some, but not all Americans. During her appearance at a CNN town hall Monday, her first major introduction to the national stage this election cycle, the Massachusetts senator embraced this ethos by speaking about her family...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Washington, Senate, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, Joe Biden, Cnn, Harvard, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Iowa, Madeleine McCann, Warren, Biden


Abrams Talks 2020: ‘You Have To Believe Georgia Is A Swing State’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia’s Stacey Abrams is willing to meet with any candidate running for president in 2020, but warned she has two ground rules before she starts meeting with the wide range of Democratic hopefuls. “My two requirements,” Abrams said Tuesday at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. “One, you have to tell me what you’re going to do about voter suppression. And two, you have to believe Georgia is a swing state.” The 45-year-old Abrams has become a rising national star in t...
Tags: Florida, News, Washington, Senate, Georgia, Joe Biden, Nashville, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tenn, Abrams, Stacey Abrams, Kate Riga, Georgia Abrams, AP story


Updates to Idaho mining law heads to governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation rewriting portions of Idaho’s mining law is headed to Gov. Brad Little. The Senate on Tuesday voted 29-3 to approve the legislation backed by the Idaho Mining Association that updates the state’s nearly 50-year-old mining law. Backers say the update is needed to protect the viability of Idaho mining from […]
Tags: News, Senate, Idaho, Northwest, Boise, Idaho AP, Idaho Mining Association


Trump Dismisses Democratic Push to Pack Supreme Court

President Trump on Tuesday rejected the idea that has gained traction among Democrats of adding seats to the Supreme Court, saying it will "never happen.""I wouldn’t entertain that," the president said Tuesday at a press conference at the White House. "If they can’t catch up through the ballot box winning an election, they want to try a different way.""We would have no interest in that whatsoever. It will never happen." he added."“It won’t happen, I guarantee you, for six years."With two conserv...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, Gop, Iowa, Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Trump, El Paso, Antonin Scalia, HARRIS, Gillibrand


Matt Taibbi finally makes sense of the Pentagon's trillions in off-books "budgetary irregularities"

The finances of the US armed forces have been in a state of near-continuous audit for decades and despite spending billions of dollars and thousands of person-years trying to make sense of what the military spends, we're no closer to an answer, and no one disputes that there are trillions of dollars' worth of unaccountable transactions (but importantly, not trillions of dollars in spending) that make it impossible to figure out whether and when and how the Pentagon is being ripped off, or wasti...
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Congress, Navy, Senate, Defense, US, Taiwan, Matt Taibbi, Pork, Pentagon, Air Force, Explainers, Defense Department, Dick Cheney


Bill to license Idaho naturopathic doctors heads to governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation creating a licensing path in Idaho for naturopathic medical doctors is heading to the governor. The Senate voted 32-2 Tuesday to approve the bill that will allow the state to issue licenses to those who have graduated from an accredited naturopathic medical school and have passed exams. Backers say the […]
Tags: News, Senate, Idaho, Northwest, Boise, Idaho AP


Trump’s Supreme Court Appointees Take Opposite Sides In Two Cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s two Supreme Court appointees were on opposite sides of two of three cases that the justices decided Tuesday. The two new justices have solidified conservative control of the Supreme Court, but they do not march in lockstep, at least in the small corners of the court’s work dealing with Indian treaties and maritime law. In one case, Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court’s liberal justices in ruling that a Washington state Indian tribe doesn’t have to p...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Navy, Washington, Senate, Barack Obama, Ap, United States, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito


As C-Span Turns 40, a Top Executive Reflects on Bringing Cameras to Congress

On March 19, 1979, C-Span went live with its first public broadcast. We talked to one of its chief executives about its push for transparency in Washington.
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, House Of Representatives, C-SPAN, Susan, Swain, United States Politics and Government, News and News Media



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