Trump ex-security chief Flynn sold country out, says judge

A federal judge accused President Donald Trump's former national security chief Michael Flynn Tuesday of selling out the United States but agreed to delay his sentencing for lying over secret communications with Russian officials. Judge Emmet Sullivan said Flynn had behaved in a "traitorous" manner while he was in the White House in early 2017 and threatened to impose a stiff prison sentence, rejecting a recommendation by prosecutors that the retired three-star general benefit from cooperating ...
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Pastor John Gray Defends Buying His Wife a $200,000 Lamborghini

John Gray, a South Carolina megachurch pastor, has been catching a lot of flock on social media for his decision to surprise his wife with a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus—one of the most expensive cars on the market. Pastor John Gray—who heads Relentless Church in Greenville, S.C.—defended his actions in a lengthy Facebook Live video on Thursday (Dec. 13), saying that “not a nickel, not a penny” from his church went towards purchasing the gift, which was an eighth-anniversary present for his wife an...
Tags: Videos, Celebs, White House, Church, Pop Culture, Jazz, Jesus, Houston, Donald Trump, Backlash, Christ, South Carolina, Facebook Live, Gray, Greenville, Lamborghini

Bump Stock Ban Signed by Acting AG to Prompt Legal Challenges

The terms of surrender… U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Today, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced that the Department of Justice has amended the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), clarifying that bump stocks fall within the definition of ‘machinegun’ under federal law, as such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger,” the DOJ announced in a Tuesday press rel...
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As Trump Signals Retreat on Shutdown Threat, Senators Mostly Shrug

The White House press secretary suggested that President Trump might capitulate on his demand for $5 billion for a border wall, but lawmakers had yet to reach a deal.
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Hacked European Cables Reveal a World of Anxiety About Trump, Russia and Iran

The cables quote China’s president calling America a bully, show concerns about Russian nuclear weapons in Crimea and detail the White House walking back President Trump’s words.
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5 ways to determine whether a charity is naughty or nice

The foundation run by Donald J. Trump and his family is being dissolved. That announcement today from the New York Attorney General's office also noted that it will continue pursuing its lawsuit against the Trump Foundation. In case you haven't been following this story, the Empire State's top law enforcement officer alleges that the First Family's foundation "functioned as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's interests." The White House contends this is just another politically mo...
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Shutdown talks begin after Trump eases wall threat

The Senate's top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating Tuesday after the White House indicated President Donald Trump does not want a federal government shutdown over his demand for $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico. (Dec. 18)            [Author: AP]
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Erin Burnett: Lying not an issue for Trump

CNN's Erin Burnett reacts to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders pushing a false narrative that the FBI "ambushed" President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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Business 'watching in horror' as PM plans for no-deal Brexit

Five leading organisations say UK is not ready and parliament must back Theresa May’s deal British business has issued a stark warning to MPs that they risk plunging an ill-prepared economy into chaos unless they stop playing politics at Westminster and back the prime minister’s Brexit deal.As ministers agreed to a dramatic escalation of preparations for a no-deal Brexit, including putting 3,500 armed forces personnel on standby, the leaders of the UK’s five leading employers’ groups said the co...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Small Business, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Westminster, Manufacturing sector, Brexit, Institute of Directors, Confederation of British Industry (CBI

White House cites 'options' for funding U.S. border wall

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters President Donald Trump has asked his Cabinet agencies to "look and see if they have money that can be used" to begin building the wall. Previously, Trump had demanded that Congress approve $5 billion in new funds for the wall that he argues is needed to stop illegal immigrants and drugs from entering through the southwest border. On Tuesday, Trump said it was too early to say whether a partial government shutdown will be averted by a Fri...
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Academic highlight: Epps and Sitaraman on how to save the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court faces a crisis of legitimacy. The process of selecting new justices has become both contentious and overtly partisan, as illustrated by the Republican-controlled Senate’s refusal to hold hearings or a vote for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, followed by the fractious hearings and party-line vote to replace “swing” Justice Anthony Kennedy with Brett Kavanaugh. Now that Kennedy has retired, all nine justices are expected to cast votes in line with the preferences ...
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New Spending Proposal Suggests Compromise May Be Reached, Government Shutdown Avoided

New talks on Capitol Hill about a government spending proposal signal the White House is backing down from its demand for $5 billion for a border wall as they try to fashion a deal before Friday's deadline
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Judge excoriates Trump ex-adviser Flynn, delays Russia probe sentencing

A U.S. judge fiercely criticized President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday for lying to FBI agents in a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and delayed sentencing him until Flynn has finished helping prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan told Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, that he had arguably betrayed his country. Sullivan also noted that Flynn had operat...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Turkey, Fbi, Donald Trump, Trump, Flynn, U S Army, Sullivan, Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn, Emmet Sullivan

Trump willing to look at extraditing Turkish cleric, but noncommittal

"The only thing he said is that we would take a look at it," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. "Nothing further at this point beyond that ... nothing committal at all in that process." Turkey's foreign minister said on Sunday that Trump told Erdogan that Washington was working on extraditing the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who has lived in self-imposed U.S. exile for nearly two decades. Asked about the comment on Monday, another White House official said...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Turkey, Erdogan, Buenos Aires, Trump, Fethullah Gülen, Gülen, Sarah Sanders

READ: Appeals Court Upholds Grand Jury Subpoena In Secret Mueller-Linked Case

The appellate court that heard a sealed grand jury case believed to be linked to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe handed down a decision Tuesday, available publicly, upholding a lower court’s decision denying a request from an unknown company that it quash a subpoena. It has not been officially confirmed that the subpoena was related to Mueller’s investigation. However there have been sightings and comments overheard at the courthouse that suggest it’s Mueller related, and at an early stag...
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White House says Michael Flynn was ‘ambushed’ in FBI interview – video

The White House says it is not backing down from its criticism of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s interview of Mike Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the law enforcement agency. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said of the FBI criticism: ‘We don't have any reason to want to walk that back’US politics – live Continue reading...
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Trump Safety Panel Wants To End Obama Policy Meant To Curb Racial Disparities

President Donald Trump’s school safety commission on Tuesday proposed a rollback of an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left schools afraid to take action against potentially dangerous students. The panel, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, made the recommendation in a report that lays out dozens of suggestions to improve safety in America’s schools. Trump created the commission in March following a Parkland, Florida, sch...
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White House stands by Michael Flynn despite judge's rebuke

Sarah Sanders offered kind words from the West Wing as President Trump's former national security adviser faces sentencing.
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Kushner credited for pushing rare bipartisan bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the first time many liberal advocates had set foot inside President Donald Trump’s White House. And they came at the invitation of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner — a top White House adviser whom many liberal and good-government groups have criticized, questioning his lack of experience in government, potential conflicts of […]
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White House, Senate GOP Point Fingers On Shutdown As Short-Term Deal Looks Likely

The White House and Senate Republicans not-so-subtly blamed one another for their failure to reach a bipartisan agreement to keep the government open, after President Trump’s latest demand for $1 billion for an immigration enforcement fund was summarily rejected by Democrats on Tuesday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders put the onus on Senate Republicans to find a deal with their Democratic colleagues while refusing to say what type of deal President Trump would accept. Senate...
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WH says Flynn was ambushed in FBI interview

The White House says it is not backing down from its criticism of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's interview of Mike Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the law enforcement agency. (Dec. 18)            [Author: AP]
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After rejection of contentious proposed amendments, FIRST STEP Act passed by Senate by vote of 87 to 12!!!!

In this post back in August I wondered "Could enhanced FIRST STEP Act get more than 90 votes in the Senate if even brought up for a vote?".  Well, it seems I was off by three votes, as tonight the the US Senate voted 87 to 12 to enact the FIRST STEP Act.  With a vote in the House scheduled for later this week, this bill should be on Prez Trump's  desk before the end of this week and law before Prez Trump heads down to Mar-a-Lago for the holidays.  This USA Today article, headlined "Senate passes...
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Bill Clinton Was Impeached 20 Years Ago. Here’s How the Process Actually Works

The history behind the process—and how it actually works
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Amid cancer battle, Richardson attends meeting by phone

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s secretary of state, who is battling brain cancer, attended a state land board meeting by speakerphone, a day after he reversed his decision to temporarily leave. Dennis Richardson earlier announced he was leaving the three-member board during his medical treatment and assigned his deputy the role. He reversed his decision […]
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Ethics complaints against Kavanaugh dismissed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of judges has dismissed ethics complaints against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The judges say the complaints must be dismissed because they were filed under a federal law that does not apply to Supreme Court justices. That’s the outcome many ethics experts predicted once Kavanaugh took his Supreme Court […]
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Inside The Courtroom, Flynn’s Non-Sentencing Was A Roller Coaster

WASHINGTON–Often, at sentencing hearings, it’s the defendants or their victims who create the most dramatic moments, as they beg a judge for mercy or demand justice. But at a false start of a sentencing for former Trump National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, it was U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan who took the courtroom for a roller coaster ride. Before moving to the typical sentencing procedures midday Tuesday, Sullivan spent a significant amount of time grilling Flynn about his plea of gui...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Fbi, United States, Tierney Sneed, Flynn, Sullivan, Lori, Mueller, Mike Flynn, Kislyak, Emmet G Sullivan, Sergey Kislyak, Trump National Security, Kelner

WH Punts On Funding Shutdown Threat: ‘We Wanna See What The Senate Can Pass’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave little direction to the Congress Tuesday on what the White House wants to come out of negotiations to fund the government, just hours after she indicated that, contrary to his threats, President Donald Trump might not shut down the government over his demands for border wall funding. Asked at a press briefing Tuesday what the White House’s current demands for border wall funding are, Sanders provided little detail: “We’re disappointed in...
Tags: News, Congress, Mexico, Senate, White House, Donald Trump, Trump, Sanders, Nafta, United States Mexico, U S Treasury, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Matt Shuham, USMCA

Sen. Mitch McConnell says he’s confident government shutdown can be avoided as Democrats turn down latest offer

President Donald Trump is exploring "different" sources to pay for his proposed wall along the Mexican border, the White House said Tuesday.
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White House Briefing Room After Rare Presser: ‘Do Your Job, Sarah!’

Sarah Huckabee Sanders caught flak for leaving the podium after just 15 minutes. Her last briefing was 21 days ago.
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Sarah Sanders: ‘I Would Never Use Nancy Pelosi As My Source Of Legal Authority’

Just before closing out a rowdy press briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary took at dig at incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she was asked about where the White House plans to find money to fund the wall, as it’s alluded it intends to do to avoid shutdown. The reporter that asked the question said that Pelosi criticized the maneuver. “I would never use Nancy Pelosi as my source of legal authority on probably anything,” she said. “But  I would use attorneys that  work here at t...
Tags: News, White House, House, Nancy Pelosi, Sanders, Pelosi, Sarah Sanders, Nicole Lafond, Source Of Legal Authority

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