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Judge Halts Trump’s Drilling Plans Over Lack Of Climate Change Consideration

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and says the government must consider the cumulative climate change impact of leasing broad swaths of U.S. public lands for oil and gas exploration. The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the past decade — including one last month in Montana — that have faulted the U.S. for inadequate consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when issuing leases and...
Tags: News, Climate Change, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Environment, Barack Obama, Wyoming, Drilling, Donald Trump, BLM, Bureau of Land Management, Contreras, Rudolph Contreras, U S Bureau of Land Management BLM, Kristen Lenhardt


Poll: 60 Percent Have Some Confidence In Fairness Of Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the special counsel investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign winds down, a new poll finds that most Americans are at least moderately confident that Robert Mueller’s probe has been fair and impartial. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds that most Americans have some concern that Trump’s campaign had improper connections to Russia, though fewer than half say the president has done something illegal in his ties...
Tags: News, Putin, Congress, Washington, White House, Russia, Ap, Fbi, Poll, Michigan, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, Kremlin, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Glidden


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


Mobster Hit Suspect’s Hand With Pro-Trump Slogans Also Had QAnon Symbol

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family had a symbol on his hand that some say is associated with a conspiracy theory. Anthony Comello was arrested Saturday in the death of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali. Before a hearing in New Jersey, Comello held up his left hand. On it were scrawled slogans supporting President Donald Trump, including “MAGA Forever.” That refers to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. In the center of hi...
Tags: News, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Robert Mueller, TOMS RIVER N J AP, Maga, Summer Concepcion, Gambino Crime Family, QAnon, AP story, Francesco Franky Boy Cali, Anthony Comello, Comello


WH Loan Cap Proposal Criticized For Blaming Tuition Increases On Aid Access

The Trump administration on Monday proposed new limits on federal student loans taken out by parents and graduate students as part of a broader proposal to curb the cost of college. White House officials included the plan in a list of suggested changes to the Higher Education Act, a sweeping federal law that governs student lending. The legislation is getting its first overhaul from Congress in more than a decade. Ivanka Trump, the daughter and adviser of President Donald Trump, unveiled the p...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, Student Loans, Donald Trump, Student Debt, Trump, Alexander, Lamar, Sen Patty Murray, Ivanka Trump, Sen Lamar Alexander R Tenn, Senate Education Committee, Pell


Top Clinton And Obama-Era WH Economist Alan Krueger Dies At 58

Princeton University says Professor Alan Krueger, a groundbreaking economist who served as a top adviser in two Democratic administrations, has died. Princeton did not disclose the cause of death. Krueger, 58, was an expert on the labor market and in particular on the impact of a minimum wage. His research concluded that a higher minimum wage did not generally slow hiring as many conservative critics have argued. After serving as a Labor Department economist under President Bill Clinton, Krueg...
Tags: News, Obama Administration, Barack Obama, Treasury, Princeton, Clinton, Princeton University, Council of Economic Advisers, Krueger, Labor Department, Alan Krueger, Summer Concepcion, Clinton Administration, Bill Clinton Krueger, AP story, Obama Era WH Economist Alan Krueger


Staffer Leaves Kansas Agency After Anti-Trump Tweet On Official Twitter Account

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Department of Transportation worker who posted a tweet from the agency’s official Twitter account criticizing President Donald Trump is no longer employed by the department, the agency said. The tweet on Sunday came in response to a tweet from Trump that criticized Fox News weekend anchors and asked whether they had been trained at CNN, a network that the president frequently derides, the Wichita Eagle reported. The tweet from the agency’s account called Trump a “...
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, Fox News, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Trump, Wichita, Lorenz, Wichita Eagle, KDOT, Kan AP, Kansas Department of Transportation, Summer Concepcion, AP story, Staffer Leaves Kansas Agency


Feds Raided Office Of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy In Money Laundering Probe

A sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica shows federal agents scoured Elliott Broidy’s office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia and a Miami Beach club promoter. Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica. Agents were authorized to use the megadonor’s hands and face to un...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Los Angeles, Fbi, United States, New York Times, Paris, Middle East, The Times, Playboy, Times


MAGA Mail Bomb Suspect Expected To Plead Guilty Next Week

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man charged with sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump is expected to plead guilty next week. A notice entered in the case file of Cesar Sayoc in Manhattan federal court shows a plea hearing has been scheduled for next Thursday. Without a plea deal, Sayoc, 56, faced charges carrying a potential penalty of mandatory life in prison. It was not known which charge or charges the plea would involve. Sayoc was set to go to trial in July on charge...
Tags: Florida, New York, News, Barack Obama, Atlanta, Ap, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Trump, South Florida, Chappaqua New York, Maga, Summer Concepcion, Cesar Sayoc


NY AG: Trump Turned Foundation Into Wing Of His White House Campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Insider testimony, emails and other evidence show President Donald Trump turned his charitable foundation into a wing of his White House campaign, New York’s attorney general said in a new court filing Thursday. State Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, detailed her case against the foundation in a 37-page court filing in a lawsuit that seeks $2.8 million in restitution and an order banning Trump and his three eldest children from running any New York charities for 10 y...
Tags: New York, News, White House, NFL, Ap, Iowa, Deutsche Bank, Fox News, Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly, James, Trump, Corey Lewandowski, Lewandowski, Palm Beach Florida, Trump Organization


Abrams And Biden Meet Privately As Both Weigh 2020 Election Possibilities

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams met privately Thursday in Washington, bringing together two starkly different faces of their party as they both weigh their political futures. Biden, 76, who served as President Barack Obama’s closest adviser, is on the cusp of deciding whether he’ll make his third run for the presidency. Abrams, 45, narrowly lost the Georgia governor’s race last November. She is being heavily recruited to run for the Senate in 2...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ap, House, New Jersey, Associated Press, Biden


Trump Says Theresa May ‘Didn’t Listen’ To His Brexit Negotiation Ideas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday sharply criticized Britain’s handling of negotiations over leaving the European Union, saying the talks have been bungled and that the wrenching debate was dividing the country. “I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation,” he said. Trump, who holds himself up as a master deal-maker, said he gave Prime Minister Theresa May his ideas on how she could negotiate a successful deal for leaving the 28-member grou...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Mexico, White House, Eu, European Union, Ap, Britain, Gop, Theresa May, Ronald Reagan, House, Northern Ireland, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi


Former Dem Senator Who Authored Landmark Title IX Law Dies At 91

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight from pneumonia, his family said in a statement. His son, Evan, followed him into politics and became Indiana’s governor and a senator. The liberal Democrat had a back-slapping, humorous campaigning style that he...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Indiana, Indianapolis, Ap, Chicago, Ronald Reagan, Ford, Iowa, Jimmy Carter, Army, John F Kennedy


Senate Confirms Neomi Rao To Replace Kavanaugh On DC Appeals Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. Senators voted 53-46 to confirm White House official Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rao, 45, heads the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where she plays a key role in Trump’s efforts to roll back federal rules and regulations. She also worked in the George W. Bush White Ho...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington, Senate, White House, Ap, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, Kavanaugh, Rao, Brett Kavanaugh, Neomi Rao, Senate confirmation, Summer Concepcion, AP story


Pence Met Privately With GOP Senators To Thwart Senate Defeat On Emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House labored Tuesday to prevent a high-profile congressional rejection of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border, or at least reduce the number of Republican senators joining Democrats to thwart him. Vice President Mike Pence met privately at the Capitol with a handful of GOP senators, hoping to persuade them to stand by Trump in a showdown vote set for Thursday. Since the Democratic-run House voted last month to block ...
Tags: Utah, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Indiana, Ap, Gop, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Capitol, Mitch McConnell R Ky, Sens Mike Lee


Head Of National Cancer Institute Will Temporarily Take Over FDA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the National Cancer Institute will temporarily take charge of the Food and Drug Administration next month after the departure of its current chief. The appointment Tuesday of Dr. Ned Sharpless comes a week after Scott Gottlieb unexpectedly announced his resignation. Sharpless currently heads the National Institutes of Health’s cancer division, which directs billions in federal funding and grants for research. His name has been circulated as one of several governme...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, White House, Ap, Connecticut, Food And Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Donald Trump, Health And Human Services, University Of North Carolina, National Cancer Institute, Sharpless, Gottlieb, Scott Gottlieb


Whitaker Will Meet With House Judiciary Again To Clarify Testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will meet behind closed doors with leaders of the House Judiciary Committee to clarify testimony he gave last month. That’s according to a committee aide who requested anonymity to discuss the closed meeting. Whitaker will meet Wednesday with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and the committee’s top Republican, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins. The committee reached an agreement with the Justice Department last month fo...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Georgia, Ap, Justice Department, Whitaker, House Judiciary Committee, Matthew Whitaker, Jerrold Nadler, Doug Collins, Nadler, Jerry Nadler, Summer Concepcion, AP story


Trump Stages Another Fiscal Battle With New Budget Seeking Billions For Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal battle. Budget documents like the one Trump is releasing Monday are often seen as just a starting point of negotiation. Fresh off the longest government shutdown in history, Trump’s 2020 proposal shows he is eager to confront Congress again to boost def...
Tags: New York, Budget, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Kentucky, Senate, White House, America, Budget Deficit, Ap, Gop, House, Fox News, Capitol Hill


House Passes Sweeping Bill Reducing Role Of Big Money In Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stands little chance in the Republican-run Senate, where the GOP leader has pledged it will not come up for a vote, and the White House issued a veto threat. The House measure would make it easier to register and vote, and would tighten election security and require presidential candidates to dis...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Ap, Democrats, Gop, House, Davis, Nancy Pelosi, Election, Calif, House Gop, Pelosi, Mitch McConnell R Ky


Cohen Spars With Trump On Twitter After Pardon Request Reports

Michael Cohen had choice words for President Donald Trump after his former client hit back at reports this week of Cohen asking for a pardon through a representative last year — contradicting the former Trump fixer’s own testimony. “Just another set of lies by @POTUS,” Cohen tweeted Friday morning with a nod to #InternationalWomensDay. Just another set of lies by @POTUS @realdonaldtrump. Mr. President…let me remind you that today is #InternationalWomensDay. You may want use today to apologize...
Tags: Twitter, New York, News, White House, Donald Trump, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Donald J Trump, Mueller, Trump Organization, Trump Tweets, Summer Concepcion, Karen McDougal, Trump On Twitter After Pardon Request Reports, POTUS Cohen


Chelsea Manning Jailed For Refusing To Testify To Grand Jury Probing Wikileaks

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been sent to jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning to jail for contempt of court on Friday after a brief hearing in which Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying. She told the judge she “will accept whatever you bring upon me.” Manning has said she objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process, and that she already reveale...
Tags: News, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Chelsea Manning, Alexandria, Manning, Va AP, Former Army, McCormick, Robert Mueller, Summer Concepcion, AP story, Wikileaks U S District


Durbin: Pentagon Plans To Tap $1B In Military Pay, Pensions For Trump’s Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is planning to tap $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts to help President Donald Trump pay for his long-sought border wall, a top Senate Democrat said Thursday. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told The Associated Press, “It’s coming out of military pay and pensions. $1 billion. That’s the plan.” Durbin said the funds are available because Army recruitment is down and a voluntary early military retirement program is being underutilized. Th...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Immigration, Ap, Gop, House, Army, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Sen John Cornyn


Trump Goes Against State Dept’s Idea Of Meeting With American Held In Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed home an American citizen who had been held captive in Yemen for 18 months and hinted Wednesday that more hostage negotiations are underway. Trump announced last month that Danny Burch had been freed in what the State Department suggested was a rescue operation. He appeared in the Oval Office on Wednesday along with his young son, Vice President Mike Pence and others. “We have a very big moment because we have Danny Burch back home where he shou...
Tags: Texas, News, Washington, North Korea, White House, Ap, United Arab Emirates, The New York Times, State Department, Yemen, Donald Trump, Uae, Trump, Mike Pence, Oval Office, Danny


Census Quietly Seeks Citizenship Data From DHS As SCOTUS Weighs Question

As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether the Trump administration can ask people if they are citizens on the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is quietly seeking comprehensive information about the legal status of millions of immigrants. Under a proposed plan, the Department of Homeland Security would provide the Census Bureau with a broad swath of personal data about noncitizens, including their immigration status, The Associated Press has learned. A pending agreement between the agencies has be...
Tags: New York, Cook, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Senate, White House, America, Ap, Dhs, Gop, United States, Commerce, Social Security


Trump Revokes Obama-Era Rule For Reporting Civilians Killed In Intel Ops

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked an Obama-era requirement for reporting civilian casualties that resulted from U.S. intelligence operations in non-combat areas across the globe. Trump struck a section of an executive order issued by former President Barack Obama, which required both the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies to report on civilian casualties that occurred during their operations. There are other provisions that still require the Pentagon to report o...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, Barack Obama, Ap, Pentagon, Cia, Executive Order, Donald Trump, Trump, Steven Aftergood, White House National Security Council, Intel Ops, Civilian Casualties, Summer Concepcion, AP story


Foreign Leaders Lavished Trump With More Than $140K In Gifts In 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign leaders showered President Donald Trump and his family with more than $140,000 in gifts during their first year in the White House, with China and Saudi Arabia among the most lavish givers. According to the State Department’s annual accounting of such gifts, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave Trump and first lady Melania Trump the two most expensive presents in 2017: an ornate calligraphy display and presentation box worth $14,400 and a porcelain dinnerware set that in...
Tags: Japan, New York, News, Washington, France, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Jerusalem, Ap, Canada, United States, Xi Jinping, Italy


‘100% Democrat’ Woman Helps Brother Fulfill Dying Wish With Trump Phone Call

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A terminally ill Connecticut man who’s a big supporter of President Donald Trump is getting a bucket list wish fulfilled, with help from his Democratic sister. Jay Barrett, of West Haven, who has cystic fibrosis, left the hospital to begin palliative care at his sister’s home last weekend and asked for some sort of contact with the president before he dies. His sister, West Haven City Councilwoman Bridgette Hoskie, who describes herself as “100 percent Democrat,” went ...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Barack Obama, Connecticut, Donald Trump, Jay, Trump, Patton, Barrett, U S Department of Housing and Urban Development, New Haven, New Haven Register, Eric Trump, West Haven, WEST HAVEN Conn


Czech PM Praises Trump For Failed NK Talks Ahead Of Their Meeting

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who will meet with Donald Trump later this week, on Tuesday praised the U.S. president for trying to achieve peaceful nuclear disarmament in North Korea. Babis, who will be in the White House Thursday, told The Associated Press that talking is a better option than a military conflict, even where the other party is not a democratic leader. “If the American president negotiates with a dictator (Kim Jong Un), it is a good thing,” Babis told The Ass...
Tags: News, North Korea, White House, Islamic State, Eu, European Union, World news, Turkey, Syria, Ap, Czech Republic, Prague, Nato, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Huawei


Mnuchin Halts Payments Into Two Gov’t Retirement Funds To Avoid Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed Congress on Monday that he will stop making payments into two government retirement funds now that the debt limit has gone back into effect. In a letter to congressional leaders, Mnuchin said that he would stop making investments into a civil service retirement fund and a postal service retirement fund. These are among the actions that Mnuchin is allowed to take to keep from exceeding the debt limit, which went back into effect on Sa...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Barack Obama, Ap, United States, Treasury, Treasury Department, Congressional Budget Office, Standard and Poor, Mnuchin, Steven Mnuchin, Summer Concepcion, AP story, Retirement Funds, Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund


Trump Supersizes Fast Food Order For Another College Football Team

WASHINGTON (AP) — The smell of burgers and fries wafted through the State Dining Room as President Donald Trump celebrated the championship football players from North Dakota State on Monday with fast food, like he did when he honored the national champion Clemson Tigers. Trump told the Division 1-winning football team he could have had White House chefs prepare a meal, but “I know you people very well.” The players laughed with the president while eyeing stacks of Big Macs and Chick-fil-A san...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Ap, Fast Food, Ncaa, Clemson, Donald Trump, Trump, North Dakota State, Bison, Summer Concepcion, Darrius Shepherd, AP story, Clemson Tigers Trump



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