Tag: Business

House GOP Unveils Obamacare Replacement Bill

A new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate—the crux of President Obama’s signature health-care law—and replace it was released on Monday. The legislation would offer individual tax credits to purchase health insurance and would reportedly keep the ACA’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions; but would allow insurers to raise premiums for…

North Korea Fires 4 Projectiles Into Sea Of Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, with three landing in his country’s exclusive economic zone. A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman said “several projectiles” fired from North Korea’s North Pyongan province flew about 620 miles. The U.S. and South Korea are conducting…

FBI Director Reportedly Asked DOJ To Refute Trump Wiretapping Claim

After President Trump used Twitter over the weekend to accuse former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject his claims, senior U.S. officials told The New York Times on Sunday. Comey made the request on Saturday, saying the allegation is baseless and must be…

Former DNI James Clapper Denies Trump Tower Wiretap [VIDEO]

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper denied President Trump’s allegation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election. “If something like that happened, would this be something you would be aware of?” asked NBC News host Chuck Todd. “I would certainly hope so,” Clapper replied. “I can’t say —…

Ben Carson Wins Confirmation As Housing Secretary

The Senate has confirmed retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson as housing secretary. The vote was 58-41. Carson will lead an agency of some 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion. Carson has no government or housing policy experience. Despite that, his nomination cleared a Senate committee in January on…

DHS Has Just $20 Million For Trump’s Border Wall

The White House has said construction could begin quickly on President Trump’s border wall using “existing funds and resources” from the Department of Homeland Security, but a DHS document says the agency so far has identified just $20 million that could be redirected to the project, Reuters reported Wednesday. The document, which was given to…

229 Republicans Vote to Hide Trump’s Tax Returns [VIDEO]

House Republicans voted en masse to block a resolution that would have forced Trump to turn his tax returns over to Congress on Monday night. The measure was introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Under a 1924 law, the Ways and Means Committee is empowered to…

Read the Entire Text of President Donald Trump’s Speech to Congress

President Donald Trump addressed both houses of Congress Tuesday night. You can read his speech as provided by the White House below: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we…

Billionaire Wilbur Ross Wins Senate Confirmation

President Trump’s nominee for U.S. commerce secretary won Senate confirmation on Monday, paving the way for work to begin on renegotiating trade deals with China and Mexico. Billionaire Wilbur Ross was confirmed with a Senate vote of 72-27, with support from 19 Democrats. Ross will now be at the helm of an agency with over…

Trump Accuses Obama: He’s ‘Behind’ Leaks, Protests [VIDEO]

President Trump on Tuesday morning blamed former President Obama for leaks of classified information from the White House and for protests in the wake of a controversial executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox and Friends, during which he gave no evidence…

Trump To Deliver First Presidential Address To Congress – WATCH LIVE

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time, looking to refocus his presidency and rally support for his policies from Republicans in Congress and the public at large, amid historically low approval ratings. Trump advisers say the president will tout what he has described as early…

Tom Perez Chosen As New DNC Chair

The Democratic National Committee met in Atlanta on Saturday and chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the new DNC chair, an important step of self-definition for a party seeking new direction after its unexpected loss of the White House in November. Seven candidates were in contention for the position, but Perez, the preferred candidate…

Trump Block Free Press From WH: CNN, Buzzfeed, NYT, Politico & LA Times

Several major news outlets found themselves blocked from attending a Friday White House press briefing with Sean Spicer, the Press Secretary, the latest sign of worsening relations between the Trump administration and the media attempting to cover it. The New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Politico were among the…

WH To FBI: Request To Knock Down Trump/Russia Stories

Trump administration officials asked intelligence officials and members of Congress to help them downplay and speak out against news reports about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russian intelligence, according to a Washington Post report. These individuals reportedly called journalists attempting to “challenge” stories in the New York Times, CNN and elsewhere about top Trump advisers’…

Fox News: Trump Crossed Line Calling Media “The Enemy Of The American People”

Even his friends at Fox News know President Donald Trump crossed the line with comments referring the media as “the enemy of the American people.” Chris Wallace said on Sunday that many presidents had contentious relationships with the media, but they still recognized that an independent press was essential to America’s democracy. Wallace noted that…

Intelligence Agencies To ‘Go Nuclear’ On Trump ‘Watch Him Die In Prison’

U.S. national security officials are reportedly ready to “go nuclear” after President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the intelligence community. In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted that the “real scandal” was not that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia. Instead, the president blasted what…

Trump Picks Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced attorney Alexander Acosta as his next labor secretary pick, just one day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his bid over controversies seen as likely to upend his confirmation. Acosta, who is Latino, is an attorney who has served in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, and is the…

Trump: Flynn Was ‘Just Doing His Job’

President Donald Trump on Thursday said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “just doing his job” when he reportedly spoke numerous times with Russia’s ambassador about the sanctions levied on the country by the Obama administration, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations. The president gave contradictory messages about Flynn, saying…

Businesses Close for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

Restaurants, stores, and other businesses across the U.S. will close Thursday in a show of support as immigrants boycott their jobs for A Day Without Immigrants. The strike will take place in cities including Philadelphia, Austin, and Washington, D.C., and is aimed at protesting the detention of undocumented immigrants throughout the nation. The demonstration will…

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitive intelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with…

Trump Labor Secretary Pick Andrew Puzder Withdraws

Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department, withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday. “I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity,” Puzder said in…

Senate Expected To Confirm Steven Mnuchin As Treasury Secretary

On Monday, the Senate is expected to confirm two of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and David Shulkin to head the Department of Veteran Affairs. The vote on Mnuchin, a former top Goldman Sachs executive and Hollywood financier, will be much closer than Shulkin’s confirmation. Republicans argue that Mnuchin is well-qualified…

Senate Confirms Tom Price As HHS Secretary

On Monday the Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Health and Human Services Department. The party-line vote was the fourth contested Cabinet vote in a row. Democrats argued before the vote that Price, a seven-term congressman and former orthopedic surgeon, had failed to come clean about some…

Trump Affirms ‘One China’ Policy In Phone Call With China’s President

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a “lengthy” and “very cordial” phone conversation Thursday evening, the White House said in a statement, and “President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our ‘one China’ policy.” Trump had irked Beijing by speaking with Taiwan’s president on the phone soon after his…

Trump Expected To Halt Dodd-Frank In Executive Action [VIDEO]

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Friday that rolls back the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulatory law, first put in place after the 2008 financial crisis. “Americans are going to have better choices and Americans are going to have better products because we’re not going to burden the banks with literally hundreds of…

Trump Administration Imposes New Iran Sanctions [VIDEO]

President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran on Friday morning, days after White House officials warned Tehran of being put “on notice” for its ballistic-missile test firings last weekend. The executive order targeted individuals and companies, and resemble the moves made by the Obama administration after previous tests. The White House has not accused…

Kellyanne Conway Invents Fake Bowling Green Massacre [VIDEO]

On her visit to Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” show on Thursday night, Kellyanne Conway make up a fictional “massacre” when justifying the President’s ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries. “I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came…

Trump: I Will ‘Destroy’ Johnson Amendment [VIDEO]

After asking prayer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Apprentice ratings this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast Trump declared that religious freedom is “under threat,” He vowed to repeal an IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status. “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment…

Trump to Senate GOP: Go Nuclear on SCOTUS Vote

On Wednesday President Trump said that he would be fine with the Senate changing rules to pass his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, with just 50 votes as opposed to the necessary 60 required now. “Yes, if we end up with the same gridlock we’ve had in Washington for longer than eight years, in all…

Trump Blames Airport Chaos on Delta

Airports all over the United States spun into crisis over the weekend after President Trump signed an order closing the nation to refugees and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawyers and protesters rushed to the aid of American residents who were barred from reentry, and legal battles began all over the country. Despite…