Politics

  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 6 hours ago
    • Still in a state of neartotal destruction from Hurricane Irma this month, the U.S. Virgin Islands are now bracing for another major storm and may be woefully unprepared.
    • As much as 20 inches of rain could pound the islands of St.
    • Croix on Monday. “Had Maria not been a factor, those supplies would have been there already.” As of Monday morning, Virgin Islands officials had received none of the 29 generators ordered.
    • And a dozen shelter kits arrived, of more than 58 ordered — with supplies like clothing, medical equipment and hygiene items.
    • Federal efforts to deliver supplies have also been hamstrung by the lack of infrastructure.
  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 6 hours ago
    • Democrats hustled Monday to beat back the GOP’s latest Obamacare repeal push, leaning on moderate Republicans and mobilizing advocacy groups off the Hill to sound the alarm.
    • The CassidyGraham proposal would eliminate Obamacare’s individual mandate and convert its tax benefits into block grants for states, ultimately making deep cuts in federal health care spending.
    • Proponents say it would give states needed flexibility to administer health care.
    • They also are likely to use next week’s scheduled hearing on the bill’s block grants in the Homeland Security Committee — which does not have primary jurisdiction over health care — as an opportunity to hammer its negative effects.
    • Bernie Sanders’ (IVt.) singlepayer health care proposal.
  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 6 hours ago
    • The Senate sidestepped controversy Monday and overwhelmingly passed a sweeping $692 billion defense policy bill for the new fiscal year.
    • Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, who managed the bill on the Senate floor, while undergoing treatment for brain cancer, had been pushing for votes on four key amendments dealing with defense spending, indefinite detention, Buy America requirements and restrictions on defense medical research.
    • But with the chamber deadlocked on the issue, Senate leaders instead moved to finish the bill quickly.
    • Like its House counterpart, the Senate defense bill calls for a down payment on a massive military buildup and more funding to dig out of what some defense observers call crisislevel readiness shortfalls.
    • For the new 2018 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, the law authorizes $549 billion in base defense spending, not including war funding.
  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 7 hours ago
    • The Justice Department is appealing a judge's injunction limiting President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to deny federal funding to local governments with socalled sanctuary policies protecting undocumented immigrants.
    • A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the appeal, but Santa Clara County's top lawyer said he looks forward to defending Orrick's order.
    • However, Orrickl found that reading of Trump's order "not legally plausible."
    • The Justice Department asked Orrick to reconsider his ruling in light of a formal directive from Sessions.
    • CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the last name of the judge who issued the rulings the Justice Department appealed Monday.
  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 7 hours ago
    • The Homeland Security Department will allow Sudanese nationals who enjoy protected status to remain in the U.S. 12 months longer.
    • The department also said TPS will be extended 18 months for people from South Sudan, a separate nation from Sudan, guaranteeing South Sudanese nationals protected status until May 2019.
    • DHS said the “ongoing armed conflict” in South Sudan warranted an extension of the program.
    • Sudan received TPS status in November 1997, and South Sudan received it in November 2011.
    • Ten countries are covered under TPS. At the end of 2016 roughly 1039 Sudanese nationals and 49 South Sudan nationals were in the U.S. under TPS.
  • Reuters: Politics 1 day 7 hours ago
    • WASHINGTON (Reuters) Three Democratic lawmakers want the U.S. communications watchdog to investigate whether the Russian governmentfunded radio station and news site Sputnik violated government regulations by broadcasting programs aimed at influencing U.S. policies and elections.
    • Russia has repeatedly denied meddling in the election.
    • FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said: “These are important questions.
    • They deserve answers.” Sputnik did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.
    • Reuters reported in April a Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the election and undermine American voters’ faith in their electoral system, citing three current and four former U.S. officials.
  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 7 hours ago
    • Senate Republicans’ lastgasp Obamacare repeal effort is gaining steam, with key senators who tanked the last effort in July signaling new openness to the latest effort and GOP leaders growing increasingly bullish.
    • Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) and Bill Cassidy (RLa.) remains short of 50 votes, it also has just one hard “no” vote, Sen.
    • Three “no” votes would kill the bill, but in an encouraging sign for repeal proponents, no one is stepping forward yet to deliver that final nail.
    • John McCain (RAriz.), who delivered the decisive vote to tank the party's last Obamacare repeal bill, has aired gripes with the rushed process this time around.
    • None were willing to go on the record as a solid "yes" or be the third announced “no” to kill the bill. “I don’t have any analysis yet,” said Moran, whose opposition killed an earlier version of the GOP repeal bill.
  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 7 hours ago
    • President Obama was seated behind his desk, an unread draft of the Gridiron remarks in his hand.
    • Second, while I wish I could say otherwise, President Obama had no reason to know my name.
    • During his serious close, President Obama praised reporters for risking everything in places like Syria and Kenya.
    • But with the reelect behind him, President Obama was eager to push the envelope. “That’s pretty good,” he chuckled.
    • President Obama approved some jokes, told us to make others edgier and sent us on our way.
  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 7 hours ago
    • Internet ads give candidates and interest groups the ability to microtarget potential voters more effectively than TV, for far less money.
    • Next, they blocked attempts to strengthen FEC regulations to protect the integrity of our political process when there is evidence of foreign contributions.
    • But that was before the 2016 election, before the mounting evidence of Russian disinformation operations designed to disrupt our political process.
    • Anyone purchasing online campaign ads should certify that their expenditures are not violating campaign finance laws.
    • Nothing prohibits Facebook from vetting its advertisers and requiring transparency from those seeking to post political ads on its platform.
  • POLITICO Stories 1 day 8 hours ago
    • TRENTON — The White House has delayed implementing two of the top recommendations of the presidential opioid commission chaired by New Jersey Gov.
    • Chris Christie, but the Trump administration sent several officials to Trenton on Monday to advance a third program — a publicprivate partnership with the pharmaceutical industry.
    • The partnership, Christie said, will "fast track" the development of nonopioid pain medication, as well as new medicationassisted treatment options.
    • The Christie administration applied to remove this restriction as part of a comprehensive Medicaid waiver application submitted to the Trump administration earlier this year.
    • The opioid commission was supposed to submit its final report in October, but Christie recently asked for the deadline to be pushed back to Nov. 1.