Holocaust survivor to ICE director, California sheriff: ‘History is not on your side’
An Auschwitz survivor confronted one of the nation’s top immigration officials and a local sheriff at a California town hall Tuesday night. Bernard Marks, 87, addressed Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a supporter of President Trump. Jones had invited Homan to the public forum to discuss address the community’s concerns about ICE’s collaboration with local law enforcement.
03/29/2017 - 12:25 PM
Trump tries to deflect Russia heat to Clinton
Since November, President Trump has not had a campaign rival to criticize. But amid questions over Devin Nunes' visit to the White House grounds, Trump tried to deflect attention by tweeting about the Clintons.
03/29/2017 - 12:09 PM
‘I am a child of refugees’: New Yorkers stage tent protest of Trump travel ban
Trump’s initial travel ban was met with a swift backlash and stymied by the courts. “We’re spending just one night here and we can always go inside if we get cold, if we get wet, but refugees don’t have that option available to them,” said Amaha Kassa, executive director of African Communities Together, as rain began to beat down on the makeshift tent city. “Trump’s executive orders are going to cut the heart out of these programs,” said Kassa, who came to the U.S. from Ethiopia at age 4 as an asylum seeker.
03/29/2017 - 12:02 PM
‘I’m a strong black woman’: Maxine Waters says she’s not responding to Bill O’Reilly jab
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., responded Tuesday after Fox News host Bill O’Reilly ridiculed her appearance, saying he was unable to focus during a recent speech she gave on the House floor because he was distracted by her “James Brown wig.”
03/29/2017 - 11:52 AM
As Trump declares war on the ‘war on coal,’ Clinton and Sanders join forces against him
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed many times last year, but they’re united in their opposition to President Trump’s latest executive order rolling back environmental protections. By signing the Energy Independence executive order at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) headquarters Wednesday, Trump followed through on a campaign promise to start dismantling the Clean Power Plan — the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s climate legacy. The former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination were outraged that Trump effectively made climate skepticism U.S. national policy and forfeited the country’s role as a world leader in the fight against climate change.
03/29/2017 - 11:17 AM
Trump claims that health care deal is ‘easy’ despite earlier implosion
Four days after blaming Democrats for the failure of the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump said he expects lawmakers will easily be able to reach a deal on health care.
03/29/2017 - 09:30 AM
9/11 families seek Justice Department probe of Saudi lobbying that enlisted U.S. veterans
A firefighter touches the names of firefighters carved into the south pool during 15th anniversary ceremony of the attacks on the World Trade Center at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City. A group of families of Sept. 11 victims is asking the Justice Department to investigate an “unprecedented foreign influence campaign” by Saudi Arabia — including “all-expenses paid” trips to Washington, D.C., with stays at the new Trump International Hotel for veterans willing to lobby to weaken a new law permitting the Saudi government to be sued for complicity in the 2001 terror attacks. Lawyers for the families charge that Saudi operatives “duped” hundreds of veterans into lobbying on the issue – warning them that under the new law they could be subjected to retaliatory lawsuits in foreign countries — without disclosing the effort was being bankrolled by the Saudi government.
03/29/2017 - 09:07 AM
White House offers muddled message to states considering Medicaid expansion
The White House didn’t have a clear message for states looking to potentially expand Medicaid in the wake of the American Health Care Act’s (AHCA) failure, implying that the bill would have saved the program for low-income and disabled Americans by cutting nearly a trillion dollars from its funding. Press secretary Sean Spicer was asked during Tuesday’s briefing about possible expansions of Medicaid coverage in Kansas, Georgia and Virginia. The three states are in varying stages of moving toward joining the 31 states that have already opted in to Obamacare’s expansion of the decades-old program, which covers 74 million Americans.
03/28/2017 - 05:03 PM
Ann Romney vows to fight budget cuts to National Institutes of Health
Ann Romney said Tuesday that she would be willing to go to Congress and plead with them to preserve funding for the National Institutes of Health, which President Trump’s proposed budget would slash by about $6 billion, or roughly 20 percent. “I will be the first one down lobbying against this,” she said in an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. “If you don’t have that funding, there will be nothing,” Romney warned.
03/28/2017 - 04:45 PM
Schiff pressing hard to reschedule Yates testimony ‘soon’
“It’s time to put that hearing back on track,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric on Tuesday. “If we take the White House at its word, it wants Sally Yates to testify now. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the embattled chairman of the House intelligence committee, canceled the public hearing on Friday.
03/28/2017 - 04:44 PM
Pictures of Iraq: Photojournalists bear witness to horror in ISIS-occupied Mosul
The lives of countless Iraqis were upended when ISIS seized Mosul in June 2014. As the Iraqi army fights to liberate this key northern city from the terrorist group, photojournalists are on the ground bearing witness to the waking nightmare.
03/28/2017 - 04:30 PM
‘Stop shaking your head’: Spicer scolds reporter who asked how Trump administration plans to revamp its image
Sean Spicer sparred with veteran reporter April Ryan after she asked him how the Trump administration can “revamp” its public image while several controversies swirl around it.
03/28/2017 - 02:40 PM
Green groups denounce Trump’s ‘all-out assault’ on climate regulations
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday afternoon, following through on his campaign promise to roll back Obama-era environmental protections intended to combat climate change. The Trump administration’s “Energy Independence” order essentially begins the process of dismantling the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which limits greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants. It was former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation for restricting the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
03/28/2017 - 02:28 PM
Bill O’Reilly apologizes after mocking Rep. Maxine Waters’ ‘James Brown wig’
In a statement obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, O’Reilly said, “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. O’Reilly was appearing on “Fox & Friends” when the show aired a clip of Waters denouncing President Trump.
03/28/2017 - 12:47 PM
Democrats pile on Nunes as intrigue swirls around House Russia probe
House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is resisting growing calls for him to step aside over the revelation he had gone to the White House grounds to receive classified information related to committee’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election. “We’ve been investigating Russia for many, many years,” he said.
03/28/2017 - 10:31 AM
On the brink of famine: Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid
The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts threaten to pull the United States from its historic role as the world’s top emergency donor. The conflict-fueled hunger crises in Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan have culminated in a trio of potential famines hitting almost simultaneously. “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations,” Stephen O’Brien, the U.N. humanitarian chief, told the U.N. Security Council after a visit this month to Somalia and South Sudan.
03/28/2017 - 09:26 AM
Democrat Adam Schiff, probing Trump-Putin ties, has gone up against Russia (and Stephen Colbert) before
WASHINGTON — Congressman Adam Schiff, increasingly the Democratic point man on the investigation into allegations of overly cozy ties between President Trump and Russia, is a soft-spoken former federal prosecutor and a critic of government surveillance who may be the only lawmaker ever to draw blood from comic Stephen Colbert — literally. Now Schiff is locked in a tense, headline-making standoff with the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, over how to proceed with a multi-tiered investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, a probe that the White House sees as a dagger aimed at Trump’s legitimacy even though Schiff hasn’t drawn blood yet.
03/28/2017 - 05:00 AM
Justice Department warns of a crackdown on ‘sanctuary’ policies
Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinforced President Trump’s call for an end to so-called “sanctuary” policies Monday, urging state and local law enforcement agencies to comply with federal immigration laws or risk losing Justice Department grants. “[I] strongly urge our nation’s cities, states and counties to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws, and to rethink such policies,” Sessions told reporters during a surprise appearance at the daily White House press briefing.
03/27/2017 - 09:34 PM
Russia probe in turmoil as top Dem calls for Nunes’ recusal
The call by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., came after Nunes acknowledged he had gone to the White House grounds to receive classified information from an unidentified source about U.S. intelligence community surveillance that, he says, had swept up conversations involving Trump transition officials. Schiff said his call for Nunes to step aside was not made “lightly,” because the two have worked well together for years.
03/27/2017 - 08:13 PM
On NYC killing, White House condemns hate crimes — and a ‘rush to judgment’ by the left
A question at the daily White House briefing about a racially motivated killing in New York led to a charged exchange Monday afternoon about how the administration responds to hate crimes, especially anti-Semitic ones. Reporter April Ryan asked press secretary Sean Spicer for a reaction to the rise in hate crimes, specifically last week’s slaying of Timothy Caughman in New York. The suspect, James Jackson, a white man, told investigators he had come to New York to kill as many black men as he could.
03/27/2017 - 04:56 PM
Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap
A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds.
03/27/2017 - 11:57 AM
Ex-Freedom Caucus member: Some in the group ‘would vote no against the Ten Commandments’
One of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus has resigned in protest of the hard-line conservative group’s opposition to the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, said that both President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan reached out to the caucus and made changes to the GOP health care proposal several times. “No matter what changes were made, the goalposts kept getting moved,” Poe said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
03/27/2017 - 11:34 AM
Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’
Jeb Bush says President Trump’s evidence-free claims are kneecapping his first 100 days in the White House. “He should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand,” Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on Miami’s WFOR-TV. During the bruising campaign, Bush was a prominent critic of Trump — who in turn relentlessly mocked the former Florida governor.
03/27/2017 - 09:27 AM
Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: You’re bad for America
Ted Koppel says Fox News host Sean Hannity is bad for America. On “CBS Sunday Morning,” the veteran newsman told Hannity that the audience he attracts is unable to distinguish between the divisive political rhetoric that marked the 2016 presidential campaign and the truth. “You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts,” Koppel told Hannity.
03/26/2017 - 03:47 PM
Biden regrets not being president, but stands behind decision not to run
Former Vice President Joe Biden admits that when he looks at the White House, he can’t help but wonder what could have been.
03/26/2017 - 03:05 PM
‘The least of these’: Meals on Wheels, the Trump budget and the struggle over Matthew 25:40
The sainted Mother Teresa herself was fond of quoting the verse to explain why she devoted her life to serving the poor. Matthew 25:40, it turns out, is a famously difficult and controversial passage, the subject of at least one book, numerous articles and contentious disagreements among biblical scholars.
03/26/2017 - 12:00 PM
Trump decides yes, he can stay mad at Freedom Caucus for health care defeat
President Trump did not blame House Republicans for failing to pass the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare after it was abruptly pulled. “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” Trump tweeted early Sunday. Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
03/26/2017 - 10:26 AM
Trump publicly stands by Ryan despite rumored discord
Despite reports that the White House planned to blame House Speaker Paul Ryan for the failure of the Republican health care bill, President Trump publicly praised the speaker’s handling of the legislation on Friday. Trump’s comments came after it was announced that Republicans would abandon efforts to pass the bill and shortly after Ryan visited the White House. According to a senior Trump administration official, Ryan suggested not holding a floor vote because not enough votes had been mustered to pass the legislation, and Trump agreed.
03/24/2017 - 07:23 PM
Republicans stand behind Paul Ryan after he fumbles first big vote
House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted in a surprisingly candid Friday press conference that his caucus was experiencing “growing pains” that caused him to fall short of delivering long-promised votes to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Yeah, we’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” Ryan told reporters. It was a stunning admission from the leader of a party that has been promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act for seven years and now controls the White House and both houses of Congress.
03/24/2017 - 06:54 PM
The coincidences mount, as another Putin critic is shot dead
An outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in broad daylight in Kiev Thursday, just two days after a lawyer for the family of a slain Russian whistleblower was injured in a mysterious fall from his fourth-story apartment near Moscow. Denis Voronenkov was a former Russian Communist Party member who’d become increasingly critical of Putin’s policies after fleeing to Ukraine in 2016. As it has after similar incidents, the Kremlin swiftly rejected any suggestion it was involved in Voronenkov’s murder.
03/24/2017 - 06:12 PM
Hillary Clinton on GOP health bill breakdown: ‘The fight isn’t over yet’
Hillary Clinton praised the efforts of “people in every corner of our country” and then posted tweets about people who have benefited from the ACA.
03/24/2017 - 06:12 PM
Trump predicts failure of health care bill will lead to a ‘truly great plan’
Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office shortly after news broke that Republican leaders would not hold a floor vote on the bill because they did not have enough votes to pass it. Trump began his remarks by lamenting that Democrats didn’t back this bill. Along with Democrats, the health care bill faced opposition from members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
03/24/2017 - 06:04 PM
Dealmaker Trump can’t close the Obamacare deal
President Trump couldn’t close the deal — not even within his own party, not even with Republicans in control of the Congress — to repeal and replace Obamacare.
03/24/2017 - 06:03 PM
Five takeaways from Trump’s health care crash and burn
President Trump’s failure to push a repeal of Obamacare through the House on Friday was a major setback in his first real test as president. Disregard the Chicken Littles who describe the health care failure as the end-all of everything. Trump has only been president for two months.
03/24/2017 - 05:39 PM
Top Democrats claim ‘victory’ as GOP health bill fails
After the GOP replacement for Obamacare was dramatically pulled at the last minute, Democrats took a victory lap, mocking President Trump and claiming a win for their party and the American public.
03/24/2017 - 05:33 PM
Why Manafort’s offer to cooperate in probe is less than meets the eye
WASHINGTON — A surprise offer by Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, to “provide information” to congressional committees investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia may be far more limited than it first appeared, according to congressional sources and others familiar with the matter. “Paul Manafort to Testify Before House Intelligence Panel,” read the headline in the New York Times.
03/24/2017 - 04:50 PM
House GOP abruptly scraps health care vote
House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly pulled the President Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in a last-minute admission he was not able to marshal the required 216 votes Friday afternoon. “We were very close,” Trump said from the Oval Office late Friday afternoon. Trump had thrown his full endorsement to the health care bill in recent weeks and has long staked his reputation on being a master negotiator.
03/24/2017 - 03:37 PM
White House on Obamacare vote: U.S. ‘not a dictatorship’
Bracing for the possible defeat of the Republican plan to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare, the White House emphasized Friday that President Trump had done everything he could to muscle the controversial bill to passage. Hours before a scheduled House of Representatives vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Spicer told reporters that “you can’t force someone to vote a certain way” but described Trump as having led an aggressive campaign on the measure’s behalf.
03/24/2017 - 02:12 PM
Are rape, incest God’s will? GOP lawmaker fumbles answer
Defending a controversial bill that would put extreme limitations on access to abortion, an Oklahoma state lawmaker reluctantly admitted he believes that rape and incest may represent the will of God. Rep. George Faught, a Republican from Oklahoma’s 14th District, is the author of House Bill 1549, or the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2017.” The bill proposes to prohibit abortions on the basis of genetic anomalies, such as Down syndrome. The debate over the bill Tuesday got sidetracked into a discussion of the morality of abortion in cases of rape and incest.
03/24/2017 - 12:42 PM
GOP short of votes on health care bill as deadline looms
House Republicans on Friday appeared to be short of the votes they need to pass a Donald Trump-pushed bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system mere hours before they were scheduled to vote on the package. The Associated Press reported early Friday afternoon that the bill had yet to obtain enough votes to pass, according to House lawmakers and staffers, with a vote scheduled for 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left the Capitol for the White House to brief Trump on his progress whipping votes for the American Health Care Act, which would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican alternative that the House caucus’ conservative and moderate wings have objected to.
03/24/2017 - 12:40 PM
Coulter, Breitbart, Drudge torch health care bill backed by Trump
With the vote on the American Health Care Act looming, conservative media personalities and outlets that were backers of President Trump throughout the campaign are attacking the Obamacare replacement bill the White House supports. Ann Coulter, right-wing provocateur and an avid supporter of the Trump campaign, has been attacking the bill as “Obamacare Lite” since its text became public, hammering House Speaker Paul Ryan along the way. “Could some investigative reporter write a piece explaining why Ryan is so hellbent on this deeply unpopular healthcare bill?” she wrote earlier this week, before criticizing Trump and Ryan for making tax cuts next on their legislative agenda instead of trade and immigration.
03/24/2017 - 11:53 AM
Trump turns up heat on House GOP before health care vote
President Trump put pressure on the House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Friday morning as its prospects looked bleaker. As expected, Trump bemoaned the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, claiming it sent premiums and deductibles skyrocketing and provided overall poor health care.
03/24/2017 - 09:43 AM
President Trump’s big-rig fun becomes social media sensation
As President Trump was testing out a big rig’s horn on the White House South Lawn Thursday afternoon, the Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement bill was stalling out in the House.
03/23/2017 - 05:44 PM
GOP critic of health care bill says Trump will win despite delay
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, went out of his way to praise President Trump’s negotiating skills when announcing to reporters Thursday that there were still “30 to 40” House members whom the White House had failed to woo in time for the planned health care vote that evening. “We would not be where we are today even considering this if it were not for President Trump’s personal involvement,” Meadows said, minutes after House leaders announced they were scrapping their much-touted plan to vote Thursday on the repeal-and-replace measure.
03/23/2017 - 05:30 PM
White House ‘confident’ about health care vote despite delay
The White House said a House floor vote on the GOP health care bill was postponed simply for scheduling reasons on Thursday and officials remain “confident” it will pass. Shortly after news of the delay broke, White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the vote was put off to avoid holding it in the wee hours of Friday morning. “We are going to start the debate tonight on the vote as planned,” Sanders said.
03/23/2017 - 04:46 PM
Democrat Joe Manchin cautions against Gorsuch filibuster: ‘What goes around comes around’
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that he would not join a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, arguing that the integrity of the Senate needs to be preserved. Manchin, a conservative Democrat and key vote, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that Senate decorum needs to be preserved and that it started to fall apart in 2013 when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid instituted the so-called nuclear option.
03/23/2017 - 03:55 PM
Spicer scolds wary GOP over ‘free votes’ to repeal Obamacare
Shortly before Republican leaders postponed a vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare, the White House on Thursday scolded Republicans who took “free votes” to roll back the law while President Barack Obama was in office, but who now balk at supporting President Trump’s health care plan. “You’ve taken a bunch of these free votes when it didn’t matter, because you didn’t have a Republican president. “Well, this is a live ball now, and this is for real, and we’re going to do what we pledged to the American people — and keep our word,” Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing.
03/23/2017 - 03:55 PM
Trump supporter: My husband is being deported Friday
As a popular Indiana restaurant owner faces deportation under President Trump’s immigration directives, his family becomes the latest in a series of Trump supporters to find campaign promises affecting their lives. According to a report from Indiana Public Radio, Roberto Beristain’s family said he’s expected to be deported on Friday and has already been moved from the detention facility in Wisconsin where they had been visiting him. Beristain is the owner of Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Ind., which he purchased from his sister-in-law earlier this month after eight years of working at the restaurant.
03/23/2017 - 03:34 PM
GOP Sen. Roberts: I ‘deeply regret’ quip about insurance coverage for mammograms
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks at Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue’s confirmation hearing. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., expressed remorse Thursday for making a sarcastic comment implying that coverage for mammograms shouldn’t be a requirement for the GOP’s insurance plan. Mammograms are essential to women’s health & I never intended to indicate otherwise,” he tweeted.
03/23/2017 - 03:11 PM
Intel chair Nunes admits mishandling Trump wiretap claim
House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., apologized to members of the panel today for his public claims about intelligence community surveillance of President Trump’s transition team amid charges from Democrats that his unilateral announcement on the White House lawn had “betrayed” the panel’s bipartisan investigation of Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 election. “At this point, the committee’s independence is on life support,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., told Yahoo News after a closed-door meeting of the committee Thursday. “Not since Sept. 11 has this committee been charged with such an important responsibility,” Swalwell added, referring to the panel’s Russia probe.
03/23/2017 - 02:36 PM
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