Politics

  • FOX News 0 sec ago
    • In an unusual move, all 100 senators were invited to attend a classified meeting later Wednesday at the White House to discuss the North Korea and its growing bellicosity.
    • Congressional aides told Reuters that the meeting was originally scheduled to take place at a secured room at the Capitol, but President Trump asked to move the meeting to the White House.
    • Salon reported that the meeting will occur in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building auditorium.
    • ET. Some aides on the Hill have expressed confusion about the circumstances of the meeting.
    • Tillerson was interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation” earlier this month and was asked about Trump’s interaction with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi.
  • FOX News 0 sec ago
    • The rise of the sanctuary city movement has created a deep divide among American states, with the nation’s two most populous states taking drastically different stances from each other on cooperating with federal immigration guidelines.
    • The legality of sanctuary city policies is emerging as a state issue, primarily, because neither states nor cities are legally obliged to help U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE).
    • The Texas bill has sparked strong feelings among immigrant rights activists.
    • A similar bill was shot down this session that would have allowed public officials to be arrested over sanctuary city policies.
    • On the opposite side of the sanctuary city debate are states like California.
  • Reuters: Politics 1 hour 18 min ago
    • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters late Tuesday that Trump's order would require him to conduct the review of around 30 national monuments created over the past two decades, and recommend which designations should be lifted or altered.
    • On rescinding or altering a national monument designation, Zinke said: "It is untested, as you know, whether the president can do that."
    • President Woodrow Wilson reduced the size of Washington state's Mount Olympus National Monument in 1915, arguing there was an urgent need for timber at the time, one of the few examples of national monuments being changed.
    • A summary of the order said past administrations "overused" the Antiquities Act that allows presidents to create monuments.
    • "With this review, the Trump Administration is walking into a legal, political and moral minefield," said Kate Kelly, public lands director for the Center for American Progress.
  • Reuters: Politics 1 hour 38 min ago
    • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
    • Trump said in a tweet, referring to the San Franciscobased federal appeals court and its judicial district.
    • An appeal is likely to be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals before it goes to the Supreme Court.
    • Republicans view the appeals court as biased toward liberals, and Trump was quick to attack its reputation in his tweets.
    • In February, he called the federal judge in Seattle who ruled against his first travel ban a "socalled judge."
  • Reuters: Politics 2 hours 1 min ago
    • "We're driving this a little bit more," a senior White House official told a group of reporters late on Tuesday.
    • The plan is not expected by analysts to include any proposals for raising new revenue, potentially adding billions of dollars to the federal deficit.
    • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been leading the Trump administration's effort to craft a tax package that can win support in Congress.
    • The senior white house official said Trump would like to see Congress pass tax reform by the middle of autumn.
    • The last overhaul of the U.S. tax code was in 1986 during the administration of former President Ronald Reagan, a Republican.
  • Reuters: Politics 2 hours 20 min ago
    • REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton The Trump SoHo hotel is seen in Manhattan, New York, U.S. April 20, 2017.
    • REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton FILE PHOTO: Women walk across a carpet outside of the Trump Soho Hotel in New York, U.S. on April 9, 2010.
    • The first Trump Hotel built in Downtown New York, a 46story, 391room luxury hotel condominium.
    • REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi/File Photo FILE PHOTO: The Trump Soho Hotel is seen in New York, U.S. on April 9, 2010.
    • The first Trump Hotel built in Downtown New York, a 46story, 391room luxury hotel condominium.
    • They include the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the nation’s largest public pension fund.
  • Reuters: Politics 2 hours 22 min ago
    • "And we thought that was going to get a deal done and we’ve not heard anything from them today," he said.
    • Even though Trump's fellow Republicans control both chambers of Congress, they only have 52 seats in the Senate.
    • To amass the 60 votes needed there to pass the budget, Republicans will have to bring Democratic lawmakers onto their side.
    • Democrats prefer a onetoone ratio, and boosting both sides of the budget equally could become a sticking point in negotiations.
    • Outside political pressure groups are watching for which "riders" may be added to any deal that emerges this week.
  • FOX News 2 hours 25 min ago
    • President Trump on Wednesday accused political opponents of “judge shopping” in their bid to block some of his signature executive orders and vowed to take his case to the Supreme Court – after a federal judge blocked his attempt to cut off sanctuary city funding.
    • That ruling, and another suspending his ban on travel from certain majorityMuslim countries, both involved the San Franciscobased Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
    • The court said Tuesday the Trump administration couldn’t threaten to take away funding from cities that have policies favorable to illegal immigrants. “First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary citiesboth ridiculous rulings.
    • The White House press office piled on, issuing a scathing indictment of the court, declaring “the rule of law suffered another blow” with the Tuesday ruling.
    • The judge further said that federal funding "bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement" and "cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves."
  • FOX News 4 hours 53 min ago
    • President Trump plans to unveil sweeping tax cuts today, a move that has the potential to blow a huge hole in the deficit.
    • Now even though most Democrats favor bigger government and most Republicans are against it, this is a sea change.
    • Trump is looking to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 15 percent and to reduce individual rates as well.
    • This could add trillions to the deficit, although some White House supplysiders say economic growth will more than cover the lost revenue.
    • If a majority of Americans now admit they want more government services, Trump’s approach may well match the times.
  • FOX News 9 hours 16 min ago
    • "That money needs to be recovered," said Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
    • The congressmen spoke after reviewing classified documents regarding Flynn that were provided by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
    • Spicer declined to say whether the White House believed Flynn had violated the law.
    • Yates was supposed to testify publicly before the House intelligence committee in March, but that was canceled and has yet to be rescheduled.
    • Some Democrats believe the White House wants to limit what Yates says publicly, but the White House has denied this.