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  • Another prominent lawyer declines offer to represent Trump in Russia investigation

    03/26/2018 5:40:02 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 15 replies
    Washington ComPost ^ | March 26, 2018 | Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman
    A prominent Chicago defense attorney said Monday that he had declined an invitation to lead President Trump’s legal team responding to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, underscoring the president’s difficulty in attracting top legal talent to represent him in the probe. Dan K. Webb, a Republican, is a former U.S. attorney for Illinois and a corporate and white-collar-defense lawyer for the firm Winston and Strawn. In a statement, his firm said the president and his team recently reached out to Webb and D.C.-based partner Tom Buchanan.
  • Sen. Pat Roberts: Nobody under 21 should have an AR-15 [GOPe]

    02/22/2018 12:42:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 144 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Jonathan Shorman
    TOPEKA Sen. Pat Roberts supports placing an age restriction on the rifle that was used in a Florida school shooting where 17 people died. The Kansas Republican said he believes Congress is ready to act and expects President Donald Trump to take the lead. "This is an opportunity, if you look at these youngsters who are so emotionally tied in to this grief of losing their friends — but it’s more than gun control. But I think we’re ready as a Congress to actually pass something and I think it’s going to be better background checks. Certainly nobody under 21...
  • Michael Flynn's lawyer meets with members of special counsel's team, raising specter of plea deal

    11/27/2017 12:18:40 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/27/2017 | Matthew Mosk, Mike Levine, Brian Ross
    The lawyer for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn met Monday morning with members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, the latest indication that both sides are discussing a possible plea deal, ABC News has learned. Trump’s legal team confirmed late last week that Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner alerted them that he could no longer engage in privileged discussions about defense strategy in the case, a sign Flynn is preparing to negotiate with prosecutors over a deal that could include Flynn’s testimony against the president or senior White House officials. That process would typically include a series...
  • Texas Congressman Joe Barton Apologizes for Sending Nude Pic to Woman, Not His Wife

    11/22/2017 11:14:14 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 316 replies
    TMZ ^ | 11/21/2017
    Texas Congressman Joe Barton sent nudes and illicit text messages to a woman, and he's apologizing for the graphic image first revealed by a Twitter user. Barton, a Republican, sent the nude photo showing his penis. The Twitter user censored the image, and also revealed a sext that reads, "I want u soo bad. Right now."
  • Steve Bannon And Allies Have Second Thoughts About Roy Moore, Sources Say

    11/14/2017 3:51:30 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 149 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11/14/2017 | Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng
    Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon is keeping the door open to ditching Roy Moore as the sexual-assault allegations against the Alabama Republican Senate candidate continue to pile up.
  • NRSC head Sen. Gardner calls for Senate to expel Roy Moore if elected

    11/13/2017 12:18:54 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 195 replies
    NRSC ^ | November 13 | Cory Gardner
    WASHINGTON – NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner made the following statement regarding Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election: “I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.” – NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner
  • Trump Operative Quits Gillespie campaign for Va. governor, sources say

    10/18/2017 5:46:20 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2017 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — The man who rallied Southwest Virginia to vote for Donald Trump last year quit Republican Ed Gillespie’s gubernatorial campaign this week, offended by a personal snub and exasperated by the campaign’s highly cautious stance toward the president, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision.
  • Donald Trump set to come to the UK next year [not allowed state visit]

    10/11/2017 7:24:57 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 66 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 10/11/2017 | Joe Murphy
    Trump visit to UK downgraded to 'working visit' amid threats of mass protestsDonald Trump is set to visit Britain early in 2018 - but for a stripped-down trip that will not include staying with the Queen. Diplomats are discussing plans for a “working visit” by the US president that will be shorn of the pomp and flummery of a full-blown State Visit. And instead of a red carpet event to showcase the special relationship, it is likely to form part of a tour of several countries by Mr Trump. The downgrading of Mr Trump’s first trip as President to...
  • Sen. Bob Corker will not seek re-election

    09/26/2017 12:52:58 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 37 replies
    FR won't allow links to sources, but Corker just announced he won't seek reelection.
  • Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal G.O.P. Senator Declares Opposition

    09/25/2017 3:20:27 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 108 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 25, 2017 | Thomas Kaplan
    WASHINGTON — Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Monday that she would oppose the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders clearly short of the votes they need for passage. Ms. Collins, a Republican, announced her opposition in a written statement, delivering a significant and possibly fatal blow to the party’s seven-year quest to dismantle the health law.
  • Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President

    09/20/2017 12:00:34 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 208 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 20, 2017 | Michael S. Schmidt
    WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President Trump’s most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and F.B.I. director, according to White House officials. Mr. Mueller is also interested in an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with Russian officials in which he said the dismissal of the F.B.I. director had relieved “great pressure” on him. The document requests provide the most details to date about the breadth of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, and show that several aspects of his inquiry are...
  • Mitt Romney planning to run for Senate if Orrin Hatch retires

    09/11/2017 9:32:19 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 47 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | September 11, 2017 | Bryan Schott
    Sources tell UtahPolicy.com that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is preparing to run for Senate in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire. Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to. So far, Hatch has not made up his mind as to whether he'll run for an eighth term in 2018. He has previously said he was planning on running as long as his and his wife's health holds up. Dave Hansen, a longtime political advisor to Hatch, told UtahPolicy.com last month that he didn't...
  • Trump bucks GOP leadership, backs Democratic deal on debt ceiling, funding government

    09/06/2017 11:48:31 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 200 replies
    CNN ^ | September 6, 2017 | Deirdre Walsh, Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak,
    (CNN) President Donald Trump bucked his own party Wednesday and sided with Democrats to support a deal that would ensure passage of disaster relief funding as well as raising the debt ceiling and continuing to fund the government into December.
  • Walmart’s C.E.O. Joins Group to Rebuke Trump Over Charlottesville

    08/15/2017 12:02:46 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 148 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/15/2017 | Rachel Abrams and Michael Corkery
    Walmart’s chief executive issued a strong rebuke of President Trump’s response to the protests that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., saying the president “missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together.” The criticism came in a statement that the retailer’s chief executive, Doug McMillon, emailed to employees Monday evening, which was reviewed by The New York Times. The statement was later posted on a company website. “As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting...
  • North Korea says seriously considering plan to strike Guam: KCNA

    08/08/2017 3:46:13 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 262 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/8/2017 | Christine Kim and Souyung Kim
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Wednesday it is "carefully examining" a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury". A spokesman for the Korean People's Army, in a statement carried by the North's state-run KCNA news agency, said the strike plan will be "put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision. In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North...
  • Senate majority leader vents about Trump's 'excessive expectations'

    08/08/2017 8:40:35 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 160 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 8, 2017 | ABC News
    Video at link.
  • ‘Plan C’ on Obamacare, Repeal Now, Replace Later, Has Collapsed

    07/18/2017 9:58:13 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/18/2017 | Thomas Kaplan
    WASHINGTON — With their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in tatters, Senate leaders on Tuesday pushed to vote on a different measure that would repeal major parts of President Barack Obama’s health law without a replacement — but that plan appeared also to collapse.
  • GOP Drops Tax Cuts for Big Earners in Revised Health Bill, Sources Say (GOPe KEEPS Obamacare taxes!)

    07/11/2017 12:53:59 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 92 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | July 11, 2017 | Laura litvan and Steven Dennis
    <p>Senate Republican leaders dropped provisions that would repeal two taxes on high earners in a revised draft of their health-care bill sent to the Congressional Budget Office, according to GOP senators.</p> <p>Republican leaders are now planning to retain Obamacare’s 3.8 percent tax on net investment income for people who earn more than $200,000 and couples with incomes over $250,000, as well as a 0.9 percent Medicare surtax on the same incomes.</p>
  • Flynn will invoke Fifth Amendment

    05/22/2017 9:04:18 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 5/21/2017 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged interference with the U.S. election (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents.
  • House GOP leaders emerge from late-night meeting without yet securing enough votes

    03/22/2017 8:54:03 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 91 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/22/2017 | MJ Lee, Deirdre Walsh, Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and House Republicans are still scrambling to reach a deal on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare ahead of what is expected to be a dramatic vote Thursday. House Speaker Paul Ryan held a long meeting Wednesday night in his office with moderate Republicans. Cameras from networks were set up for possible reactions and readouts, but it was clear leadership had no good news to share. With the exception of a few members who rushed away without speaking to press, all leaders, including Ryan, ducked out using side exits.