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Sasse Backs Trump’s Emergency Declaration Despite Executive-Overreach Concern

Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) on Thursday voted against a resolution condemning President Trump's national-emergency declaration despite his repeated insistence that the declaration usurped Congress's constitutional authority.In a statement explaining his decision to oppose the resolution, Sasse acknowledged that in its current form the National Emergencies Act of 1976 was "overly broad" and said that, while he would like to reform the law, Trump's emergency declaration does not viola...
Tags: Utah, Texas, News, Congress, Senate, White House, Ted Cruz, Nancy Pelosi, Mike Lee, Collins, Nea, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Rubio, Alexander, National Review


Emergency-Declaration Rebuke Splits Senate GOP

On Thursday afternoon, twelve Republican senators — nearly a fifth of the GOP caucus — joined Senate Democrats to pass a resolution terminating the national emergency declared by President Trump last month in an effort to unilaterally appropriate funds for construction of his long-promised border wall. The 59–41 vote was a rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump, who will now issue the first veto of his presidency in order to preserve the emergency declaration.The Senate GOP dissenters — Lamar Alexander...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, Cotton, Gop, United States, Maine, Arkansas, Tennessee, House, Nebraska, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, North Carolina


Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

By ALAN FRAM, LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY WASHINGTON — The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump’s February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Co...
Tags: Utah, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Immigration, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Maine, Tennessee, House, Mitt Romney, Associated Press


‘Party’s Over’: GOPers Seem Ready To Deal Trump Defeat On Nat’l Emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate is set to deal President Donald Trump a rebuke on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, with the only remaining question how many GOP senators will join Democrats in defying him. Republicans are predicting that Thursday’s showdown vote will result in Congress sending Trump a resolution blocking the border emergency he proclaimed last month to steer an extra $3.6 billion to building border barriers. Since the Democratic-contr...
Tags: Utah, News, Congress, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House, Ap, Gop, Maine, Alaska, House, Nancy Pelosi, Republican, North Carolina, Donald Trump


Bernie Sanders Boosts Foreign Policy Cred For 2020 With Yemen Vote Win

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) scored a major victory on Thursday when the Senate passed his resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Yemen civil war — one that could help his 2020 prospects. The Senate passed a resolution to defund America’s support for the Saudi-led efforts in the humanitarian disaster, a rare bipartisan rebuke to President Trump’s cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia. Sanders has led on this issue for years, working closely with Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to ...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Senate, White House, Iraq, America, Hillary Clinton, Dc, Biden, Yemen, Ali, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump


Senate moves to end Trump's border wall emergency declaration – live

Proposal would deal blow to president but Trump indicates he would veto legislation against national emergency declarationSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 10.15pm GMT The US is prepared to use cyber operations to strike back more aggressively against the growing threats of cyberattacks and interference in the 2020 presidential elections, the Associated Press is reporting. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command, says the military learned a lot as it worked with...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, Senate, White House, US, US news, Iran, Democrats, US politics, Plane Crashes, Air transport, Army, US Senate, Associated Press, US Congress, Donald Trump


Senate Rebukes Trump Over Saudi War In Yemen

The Senate has passed a resolution aimed at ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war in Yemen, a rebuke to President Trump that may force him to issue the first veto of his presidency. The resolution passed by 54-46 with bipartisan support, the culmination of a years-long effort led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to claw back Congress’s constitutional war powers and end American support for a humanitarian disaster in Yemen. “Today, we in the S...
Tags: News, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Senate, White House, Democrats, House, United Arab Emirates, Dc, Republican, Yemen, Mike Lee, Uae, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders


Lee Joins Other GOPers In Announcing Vote Against Trump’s Emergency Declaration

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) announced Wednesday that he would vote to block the national emergency President Donald Trump declared to secure more funds for a border wall. After Trump indicated earlier in the day that he would not support an effort by Lee to reign in presidential emergency powers somewhat, Lee said in a statement that, as a result, “I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration.” The Utah senator joins Senate Democrats and four of the chamber’s Republicans who’ve sai...
Tags: Utah, News, Senate, White House, House Of Representatives, Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Trump, Lee, TPM, Sen Mike Lee R UT, Matt Shuham, National Emergency, Emergency Declaration


Senate Republican delivers blow to Trump border emergency

Republican Senator Mike Lee, who had been shopping a second bill that would keep the emergency declaration in effect temporarily, said on Wednesday the White House had said Trump would not support his proposal, so he would be voting on Thursday to end the emergency declaration. "For decades, Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch," Lee said in a statement. "I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration." The Utah lawmaker was the fifth...
Tags: Utah, News, Congress, Senate, White House, House Of Representatives, Mike Lee, Trump, Lee


Pliable GOP May Help WH Snatch Victory From Jaws Of Defeat On Nat’l Emergency

The White House is making some headway in the attempt to ward off congressional humiliation, as more and more Senate Republicans are being coaxed to get behind a new proposal related to the national emergency. According to a Tuesday White House report, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has drafted legislation that would put reins on the 1976 National Emergencies Act by limiting any President’s unilateral action to a 30-day period before requiring congressional approval. A growing number of Senate Republic...
Tags: News, Senate, White House, Gop, Donald Trump, Lee, Sen Rand Paul R Ky, Nat, Sen Mike Lee R UT, Senate Republicans, Kate Riga, Border Wall Declaration


Word of the week: Backbencher

It’s been six years since Ben Yagoda first noticed a spike in the U.S. usage of backbencher, a term with a specific meaning in British parliamentary politics – MPs who hold no ministerial or shadow-ministerial offices and therefore are consigned to the back benches of their respective houses – and none in U.S. government, where representatives and senators sit wherever they please on their party-defined sides of the aisle. In December 2015, Ben’s UK counterpart, Lynne Murphy, anointed backbench...
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Trump’s Twitter History: Black Critics And Political Opponents Are The Real Racists

President Donald Trump on Monday morning reverted back to an old tic on his Twitter account, writing that director Spike Lee had carried out a “racist hit” against him during remarks Sunday at the Academy Awards. Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres! — ...
Tags: Post, Hbo, News, Obama, Washington Post, Barack Obama, Racism, Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Jon Stewart, Cbs, Oscars, Spike Lee, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Hillary


"The Radziwill-Capote friendship ended... They fell out when she refused to testify for Mr. Capote in a libel suit brought by Gore Vidal..."

"... over a Capote assertion, citing her as his source, that Mr. Vidal had been ejected drunk from the Kennedy White House. Mr. Vidal said he had merely been escorted to his hotel by friends after antagonizing Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Mr. Vidal won the suit and an apology."From "Lee Radziwill, Ex-Princess and Sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Dies at 85" (NYT).I've never been interested in Princess Radziwill, but I'm thoroughly intrigued by the news that Vidal sued Truman Capote for ...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, Drinking, Homosexuality, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Jackie, Kennedy, Defamation, Gore, Lee, Buckley, Robert Kennedy, William F Buckley Jr, Truman


Spike Lee on Virginia’s Political Turmoil: ‘Black Shoe Polish Is in High Demand’

WASHINGTON — Spike Lee, at a D.C. screening of his Oscar-nominated “BlacKkKlansman,” weighed in on the revelations that Virginia’s governor, Ralph Northam, and attorney general, Mark Herring, wore blackface to parties in their college years. “Black shoe polish is in high demand,” Lee told reporters when asked about the controversy, before chuckling at the ironic comment. […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Virginia, Spike Lee, Donald Trump, Lee, Mark Herring, Ralph Northam, BlacKkKlansman


Best Picture noms filming locations

Every year between November and February, all of Hollywood glams up for the red carpet, and the rest of us kick back on a couch with the television on to watch it all unfold and judge. The Academy Awards is one of the most prestigious awards anyone in the film industry can receive, and as the oldest entertainment awards ceremony, all similar ceremonies, such as the Emmy and Grammy awards, are made in its image. Of all the Oscars a film can receive, Best Picture is typically the race everyone ...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, New York, Hollywood, London, California, La, White House, New York City, US, Kodak, Los Angeles, Uganda, Afghanistan, Brooklyn


SCOTUS for law students: President George H.W. Bush’s Supreme Court legacy

Shortly before his death in 1826, President John Adams was quoted as saying, “My gift of John Marshall to the people of the United States was the proudest act of my life.” Adams was one of the earliest exponents of the view that nominations to the Supreme Court form a very important part of any president’s legacy. Consider the legacy of President George H.W. Bush. Although he served only one four-year-term in the Oval Office, Bush, who died on November 30, had a profound impact on the Supreme Co...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Boston, United States, Ronald Reagan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Associated Press, Department Of Justice, John Adams, Donald Trump


The Wing gets $75M from Sequoia, Airbnb

The Wing, the owner of several co-working spaces and social clubs designed for women, has garnered the support of Sequoia Capital in its latest funding round. The startup has announced a $75 million Series C led by the storied venture capital firm, with support from Airbnb and Upfront Ventures, as well as existing investors NEA and WeWork. Headquartered in New York, The Wing was founded by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan in 2015. To date, the pair have raised $117.5 million, including a...
Tags: Startups, Hollywood, Kerry Washington, White House, Valerie Jarrett, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Paris, Venture Capital, Airbnb, WeWork, Sequoia Capital, Upfront Ventures, Brian Chesky, Nea


Pelosi nominated to reclaim speakership, still faces test

By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON  — Nancy Pelosi was nominated by fellow Democrats to be House speaker on Wednesday, but she still faces a showdown vote when the full House convenes in January. Pelosi entered the closed-door caucus election in an unusual position — running unopposed for the nomination despite the clamor by some Democrats for new leadership. The lopsided 203-32 tally showed both the weakness of her opposition but also the challenges ahead. The California Democrat has been deftly pickin...
Tags: Politics, John Lewis, New York, News, Maryland, Congress, California, Washington, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, Gop, United States, House


GOP Sens Shrug At Trump Admin’s Alarming Black Friday Climate Change Report

Two days after several Trump administration agencies published an alarming report on the impact of man-made climate change, three Republican senators did the equivalent of a rhetorical shrug in response. Though Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Mike Lee (R-UT) all acknowledged the existence of a changing climate to some degree — though Ernst hedged that “the climate is always changing” — the three Republicans expressed doubt about and resistance to potential federal efforts to com...
Tags: News, White House, Nasa, Gop, Paris, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Trump, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Lee, Ernst, Sasse, Mike Lee R UT, Matt Shuham, Trump Admin, Sens Joni Ernst R IA Ben Sasse


How Stan Lee changed pop culture, comic books and movies forever

Comic books have always loved alternate histories, so consider a world in which Stan Lee never existed: One where he never created a single comic or character, never inspired a movie or a TV show, never signed an autograph for a fan dressed as Spider-Man at a comic convention. It’s a weird place, isn’t it? Not as strange as the time Marvel did a series by Neil Gaiman in which Captain America and his super friends lived in the Elizabethan Court of 1602, but definitely weirder than that time Spide...
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For comic book kids, Stan Lee was The Man long before Marvel movies began

You didn’t need to have been there when it happened to appreciate just how marvelously Stan Lee transformed the superhero comic book. But if you weren’t a kid in the 1960s, I feel sorry for you. I was, and I can tell you that the sense of discovery, wonder and oddball empathy that came with each month of new Marvel Comics opened and shaped young imaginations like nothing else. By injecting a sense of reality into the mythic, he made us storytelling junkies for the rest of our lives, and the firs...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, News, Washington, White House, Marvel, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Washington Dc, Hugh Jackman, San Diego, Pop Culture


Stan Lee’s life in pictures: A look back at the comic book creator’s career

Stan Lee may be gone – he died today at age 95 – but his life and work will live on. And not just in his many, many movie and TV cameos or the loving tributes of his fans. Although the comic book world had once been thought of an ephemeral and disposable activity for kids, Lee and collaborators such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko created a diverse range of characters that filled an entire universe, one that’s come to be a dominant force in movie and TV. While it’s not possible to easily encapsula...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Washington, White House, Marvel, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Washington Dc, Hugh Jackman, San Diego, Thor, Mark Wilson


Tiny houses multiply amid big issues as communities tackle homelessness

A project for former service members could become a model for other cities in the United States. By Mike Plunkett | The Washington Post The 13 tiny houses sit in neat rows on the small plot of land in south Kansas City, Mo. There’s a comforting uniformity to the group, each structure a simple A-frame or slant roof, painted a rich hue: deep blue or dark maroon, slate gray or mustard yellow. An American flag flies outside most of the homes. The lives inside also match. The men and women here have ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Politics, News, Obama, Navy, Washington Post, Housing, Washington, New York City, California News, Sport, Austin, Afghanistan, Things To Do, Soccer


UN expert warns of ‘rushed plans’ to repatriate Rohingya

GENEVA (AP) — An independent U.N. human rights expert is urging a halt to “rushed plans” to repatriate some Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. Special rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said a lack of guarantees the refugees wouldn’t face new persecution if they returned home was concerning. Lee cited “credible information” that some refugees in Cox’s […]
Tags: News, Ap, Un, Geneva, Lee, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, Myanmar Yanghee Lee


Exclusive ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Clip: Why Spike Lee Was The Right Director For This True Story

BlacKkKlansman tells the unbelievable true story of Ron Stallwortth, an African-American police officer who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Spike Lee helms the acclaimed film, which makes its way to Blu-ray this week. Ahead of the Blu-ray release, we have an exclusive BlacKkKlansman clip that delves into why Spike Lee was the perfect director to tell this story. BlacKkKlansman Clip “Spike understands the culture,” says the real Ron Stallwortth in the clip above. “He...
Tags: Movies, Drama, White House, NFL, America, Spike-Lee, True Story, Ku Klux Klan, Video Clips, Blu, Lee, Ku Klux, Jordan Peele, Stallworth, Colorado Springs Police Department, Behind the Scenes Footage


CNN NYC Offices Evacuated After Alarm, Report Of Suspicious Device

CNN’s offices in New York City were evacuated and the NYPD is investigating a suspicious package at the Time Warner Center, the network reported shortly after a fire alarm was heard on air during a broadcast. The Secret Service intercepted potential explosive devices reportedly addressed to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday. On Tuesday, a bomb was found in the mailbox of a home owned by liberal philanthropist and donor George So...
Tags: New York, News, Washington, New York City, Barack Obama, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, Winters, Jeff Zucker, Clinton, Poppy Harlow, Democratic Party, Lee, George Soros, Jim Sciutto, Tom Kludt


Lee won’t use ‘biblical’ victim witness standard if governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A pastor who’s an adviser to Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee says the Bible requires victims of sexual misconduct and other offenses to have at least two or three witnesses. Steve Berger, pastor of Franklin-based Grace Chapel, made the remarks during a Sept. 30 sermon that focused on the nomination […]
Tags: News, Tennessee, Lee, Nashville Tenn, Franklin, Nation & World, Bill Lee, Nation & World Politics, Steve Berger, Grace Chapel


Feinstein And Harris: WH Didn’t Consult Us On 3 California Judicial Nominees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris said they did not sign off on three White House nominees for open California seats on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and will oppose the confirmations, according to a report. President Donald Trump announced he had nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Patrick Bumatay, Los Angeles appellate attorney Daniel Collins and Los Angeles litigator Kenneth Kiyul Lee for the vacancies. The San Franci...
Tags: News, California, White House, Alabama, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ap, Idaho, Iowa, Muslim, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Los Angeles Times, Committee, Nelson, Kamala Harris


8 Audiobooks to Listen to in September

As you know, September is a huge publishing month, and I have a ton of books on my radar, in all three media (print, e, and audio). I'm going to do my best to read and listen to as many as I can, but I know I'm going to miss some good ones. Here are four fiction and four nonfiction audiobooks, all published in September, that have caught my eye (ear?) and are near the top of my queue. The summaries are from the publishers, but the audiobook and other notes are my own. Fiction Lake S...
Tags: Audiobooks, Books, New York, London, Greece, Obama, Scotland, White House, Boston, Massachusetts, Fiction, New York City, America, Harvard, Atlantic, New York Times


8 Audiobooks to Listen to in September

As you know, September is a huge publishing month, and I have a ton of books on my radar, in all three media (print, e, and audio). I'm going to do my best to read and listen to as many as I can, but I know I'm going to miss some good ones. Here are four fiction and four nonfiction audiobooks, all published in September, that have caught my eye (ear?) and are near the top of my queue. The summaries are from the publishers, but the audiobook and other notes are my own. Fiction Lake S...
Tags: Books, New York, London, Greece, Obama, Scotland, White House, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, America, Harvard, Atlantic, New York Times, Paris, Bill Cunningham



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