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  • 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 · 64 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.
  • Trump Warns House Republicans: Repeal Health Law or Lose Your Seats

    03/22/2017 7:32:10 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 79 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/22/2017 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on recalcitrant Republicans to support a sweeping bill to overhaul the health care system, threatening wavering lawmakers in his party with political payback if they failed to get behind a measure that has become an early test of his negotiating power. In a series of meetings and phone calls at the White House and on Capitol Hill, Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Republican congressional leaders haggled with holdouts over details as they struggled to assemble a majority to support a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable...
  • Acting Attorney General Orders Justice Dept. Not to Defend Refugee Ban

    01/30/2017 3:48:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 176 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 1/30/2017 | Mario Apuzzo and Eric Lichtblau
    WASHINGTON — Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, ordered the Justice Department on Monday not to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration in court. “I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Ms. Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”
  • Trump's cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it

    01/16/2017 1:59:30 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | Manu Raju
    Washington (CNN)Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully...
  • Exclusive–Breitbart/Gravis Swing State Poll Roundup: FL, NM VA, NC and MI

    11/07/2016 5:55:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 7 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    These Breitbart/Gravis five swing state polls show a nation in flux as America’s 2016 presidential election ends Tuesday night. VirginiaDemocrat Hillary Clinton leads her GOP rival Donald Trump with 47 percent to 42 percent for the New York City developer in the battle for Virginia’s 13 electoral votes, according to the Breitbart/Gravis poll conducted Nov. 1 through Nov. 4 with 1,362 registered voters there. The poll carries a 2.7 margin of error with a 95 percent level of confidence. Libertarian Gary Johnson has the support of four percent of the poll participants with Green Party nominee the choice of one...
  • Dick Morris Predicts Landslide Win for Trump as Male Vote Grows

    11/06/2016 10:10:32 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 143 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 5, 2016 | Dick Morris
    The latest Fox News poll, reported yesterday, shows Trump’s lead among white high school educated men is approaching landslide proportions. In the current poll, he leads Hillary among these voters by 41 points (61-20). One week ago, he led by 31 points (59-29) and two weeks ago, his lead was only 16 points (48-32). This huge swing in Trump’s vote — and the equivalent crash in Hillary’s vote — is moving the major industrial states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota in Trump’s direction. By contrast, Hillary has made some gains among high school educated women where she now...
  • Koch brothers' network focusing on GOP Senate, not Trump

    10/17/2016 6:59:21 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 10/17/2016 | JULIE BYKOWICZ
    FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) — To the Republicans in the red "Can't Afford Katie" T-shirts, it's as if Donald Trump doesn't even exist. These activists have been sprinting through Pennsylvania neighborhoods, talking to people about how bad Democrat Katie McGinty would be as a U.S. senator. Here to help save Republican Sen. Pat Toomey — and, more broadly, the party's control of the Senate — are employees and volunteers for Americans for Prosperity, the best-known group financed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.
  • The RNC Has Spent $0 on TV Ads for Trump

    10/13/2016 10:27:59 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 45 replies
    NYMAG ^ | August 13, 2016 | Eric Levitz
    In 2008 and 2012, the Republican National Committee spent millions on TV ads supporting its nominees or savaging their Democratic rivals. In 2016, it has spent $0 on commercials boosting Donald Trump, according to a new analysis by Politico. The RNC did spend $321,000 on attacking Hillary Clinton — last fall, before Trump had emerged as the party’s standard-bearer.