Politics

  • Reuters: Politics 9 hours 30 min ago
    • While North Korea has in the past staged nuclear or missile tests to mark the day, this year it conducted a major livefire exercise.
    • Trump has discussed North Korea with U.N. ambassadors, increased the U.S. military presence in the region, and leaned on China to pressure Pyongyang.
    • Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that if Trump has "red line" on North Korea, he needs to make that clear.
    • "North Korea will never stop their ambitions to deliver a nuclear weapon to America until the cost of doing so is greater than the benefit.
    • And if China and North Korea both believe that President Trump will never allow that to happen, then you have a chance to peacefully solve this," he said.
  • FOX News 9 hours 36 min ago
    • Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway told Fox News' "Hannity" Tuesday that President Trump had put together "a great record of accomplishments' in the first 100 days of his administration and vowed more changes would be coming at a "breakneck pace."
    • Conway told Sean Hannity that voters are judging Trump "based on what they see, and they see ... constant action, they see constant moves toward progress and keeping those campaign promises and doing the right thing.
    • She also said the administration was "working really hard" on tax reform and promised that ObamaCare replacement and tax reform would happen "in the next few months."
    • "They’re happening at a breakneck pace, and I think that’s difficult for some people to digest," Conway said.
    • "People pretend they like change and revolution, but when they get it, it’s very difficult for some people to abide."
  • FOX News 9 hours 36 min ago
    • President Trump's tax reform plan would cut the top rate for small business owners to 15 percent from 39.6 percent, an official with knowledge of the plan told the Associated Press Tuesday.
    • The official added that the top tax rate for individuals would be cut from 39.6 percent to the "mid30s." White House officials had already revealed that Trump's plan would reduce the top corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.
    • Echoing the White House, Republicans on Capitol Hill argued that tax cuts would spur economic growth, reducing or even eliminating any drop in tax revenue.
    • The argument that tax cuts pay for themselves has been debunked by economists from across the political spectrum.
    • On Tuesday, the official scorekeeper for Congress dealt the argument — and Trump's plan — another blow.
  • Reuters: Politics 9 hours 51 min ago
    • REUTERS/Mike Blake The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Trump's order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional.
    • Representatives for the U.S. Justice Department and the White House were not immediately available for comment on the sanctuary ruling.
    • Sanctuary cities generally offer safe harbor to illegal immigrants and often do not use municipal funds or resources to advance the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
    • In his ruling, Orrick said the language of the order made it clear it sought to withhold funds beyond law enforcement.
    • The judge cited comments from Trump calling the order "a weapon" to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his immigration policies.
  • Reuters: Politics 10 hours 29 min ago
    • Currently, spent nuclear fuel, which can be deadly if left unshielded, is stored at reactors across the country, first in cooling ponds and then in thick casks.
    • But actually getting the spent fuel from nuclear reactors sites all across the country by train and truck could be even trickier.
    • Many casino owners and gaming associations oppose the transport of spent nuclear fuel near the city of Las Vegas, saying publicity about the shipments could harm property values and tourism.
    • But the entire Congressional delegation of Nevada, where there are no nuclear power reactors, opposes Yucca.
    • The bill contains a measure directing the energy secretary to consider routes avoiding Las Vegas.
  • Reuters: Politics 11 hours 6 min ago
    • Simply by releasing a plan Trump is demonstrating that he is “interested, engaged” and even if it does not match the House plan, it will spark further discussions, the lobbyist said.
    • Analysts said the Trump plan could also cap the individual top tax rate at 33 percent, repeal the estate and alternative minimum taxes, and cut taxes for the middle class.
    • Mnuchin has said Trump's tax plan will "pay for itself" by stimulating economic growth.
    • The RyanBrady plan proposed a 20percent corporate tax rate.
    • Many U.S. corporations, especially large multinationals, already pay well below the statutory 35percent tax rate, but have been campaigning for a formal rate cut for many years.
  • Reuters: Politics 11 hours 25 min ago
    • WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on May 4 in New York City, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.
  • Reuters: Politics 11 hours 34 min ago
    • REUTERS/Joshua Roberts However, even if the fight over wall funding is over, Republicans and Democrats still have some difficult issues to resolve as they face a Friday night deadline.
    • Democratic leaders had said they would not support a bill that included funds for the wall.
    • By dropping his call for immediate funding for it, he may clear a path to a spending bill but he loses something to tout as progress on his agenda since taking office on Jan. 20.
    • Republican Senator Roger Wicker said there was a "substantial figure" in the spending bill dedicated to border security.
    • Such spending, not explicitly for a wall, would likely be acceptable to both parties.
  • Reuters: Politics 11 hours 38 min ago
    • FILE PHOTO: White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks about of U.S. President Donald Trump's budget in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 16, 2017.
    • REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo Asked in an interview on CNN if Trump would back putting the Obamacare payments in the legislation to the keep the government open past Friday, Mulvaney said: "No."
    • He said the White House had offered to include the Obamacare subsidies if Democrats agreed to funding for a wall on the border with Mexico.
  • Reuters: Politics 11 hours 52 min ago
    • Last week, President Donald Trump launched a trade probe against China and other exporters of cheap steel into the U.S. market, raising the possibility of new tariffs.
    • Ross said the Trump administration might intercede to aid Toshiba Corp's U.S. unit Westinghouse Electric Co, which filed for bankruptcy last month.
    • Ross said renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement should be completed by the end of 2017, the Journal reported.
    • Earlier this month, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul that the Trump administration would review and reform the fiveyearold free trade agreement between the two countries.
    • Pence said the U.S. trade deficit had more than doubled in the five years since the U.S.South Korea free trade agreement began and there were too many barriers for U.S. businesses in the country.