Tag: Legislature

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…

Trump Falsely Says 5 Million Illegal Ballots Cost Him Popular Vote

President Trump spent the first 10 minutes of his first official meeting with congressional leaders talking about the “huge crowd” at his inauguration, rehashing the presidential campaign, and repeating a claim that has been debunked multiple times — that he lost the popular vote by a wide margin because of millions of illegal votes cast…

Trump Plans To Hold Military Parades

One of the latest news about President-elect Donald Trump is that he will hold military parades while in office to be a “great cheerleader for the country.” Trump spoke at length about conveying the image of America as a great power, he said he considers it part of his job to show off the military’s…

Trump Heads To Inauguration With Historical Low Poll Numbers

Three new polls show President-elect Donald Trump being viewed favorably by about 40 percent of Americans, a huge shortfall from the approval numbers for Trump’s four predecessors. In Gallup and Washington Post/ABC News polls, Trump is viewed favorably by 40 percent and unfavorably by 55 percent (Gallup) and 54 percent (WaPo), while a CNN/ORC poll…

18 Congressional Democrats Plan Inauguration Boycott

At least 18 House Democrats will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremonies this Friday, with some planning to leave for their home districts and others intending to march with protesters in Washington. Among those boycotting is Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights leader whom Trump criticized as “all talk” in the weekend before…

Trump Promises ‘Insurance For Everybody’

President-elect Donald Trump says his plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act is nearly complete. In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump did not reveal the specifics of his replacement package, but promised “lower numbers, much lower deductibles,” and said “we’re going to have insurance for everybody.” He also said he plans to crack…

James Mattis, Ben Carson, Mike Pompeo Senate Hearings – WATCH LIVE

President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet hearings continue Thursday with secretary of defense nominee James Mattis, secretary of housing and urban development nominee Ben Carson, and CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo. WATCH LIVE SENATE QUESTIONS TRUMP’S PICKS CIA CHIEF, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE & SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT < ----- While Rep. Pompeo (R-Kan.), a member…

Senate Begins Formally Repealing ObamaCare

Early Thursday, after voting down dozens of amendments proposed by Democrats over seven hours, Senate Republicans approved a budget resolution measure officially beginning the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with no replacement yet proposed. The resolution, which passed on a partisan 51-48 vote — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined all Democrats present in…

Rex Tillerson Trump’s Secretary Of State Faces Senate Grilling

The second day of Senate confirmation hearings started Wednesday morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson facing heavy questioning, especially due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has downplayed his relationship with Russia, though, and his prepared remarks claim “Russia today poses a danger,…

Protesters At Sessions Hearing: No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA

Before the confirmation hearing for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, protesters shouted and interrupted the proceedings. “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” many demonstrators in the room yelled Tuesday morning before they were escorted out. Others held signs that said “End Racism—Stop Sessions.” The proceedings continued despite…

Senate Opens Confirmation Hearings Of Trump Nominee Sessions

The Senate is scheduled to launch three days of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks on Tuesday. First up in the morning is Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s nominee for attorney general. WATCH LIVE CONFIRMATION HEARING OF TRUMP NOMINEE SESSIONS Sessions is expected to tout his conservative legal credentials; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)…

Trump To Be Briefed On Russian Hacking Report Friday [VIDEO]

On Friday, the heads of the CIA and FBI, plus Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, are scheduled to brief President-elect Donald Trump on a 50-page classified report on Russian hacking, a day after President Obama was presented with the same findings from the U.S. intelligence community. Trump has publicly questioned the intelligence community’s findings…

Obama Pens Harvard Law Review Essay On Criminal-Justice Reform

President Obama has penned a lengthy essay that urges his successor to continue the current administration’s criminal-justice reforms. “Those privileged to serve as president and in senior roles in the Executive Branch have an obligation to use that influence to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the justice system at all phases,” Obama wrote in…

NAACP President Arrested After Sit-In To Protest Trump

Several protesters, including NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, were arrested Tuesday after an hours-long sit-in by about two dozen civil rights activists at the Mobile, Alabama, office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for attorney general. The protesters criticized Sessions’ record on voting rights and race relations, and Brooks said he was…

Obama, Pence Visit Capitol Hill For Obamacare Fight

President Barack Obama arrived to the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is meeting with GOP lawmakers to discuss the best way to send Obama’s cherished law to its graveyard and replace it with — well, something. The…

GOP Plans To Tear Down Obama’s Legacy As New 115th Congress Sworn In Today

The 115th Congress begins Tuesday with Republicans, set to control the House, Senate, and presidency for the first time since 2006, planning to start dismantling many Obama-era financial and environmental regulations, and undo parts of Obama’s signature healthcare reform law. President Obama is meeting with fellow Democrats on Wednesday to discuss how to prevent ObamaCare…

House Republicans Vote to Gut Ethics Committee

On Monday night the House Republicans voted 119-74 to eviscerate Congress’ outside ethics watchdog and put it under the control of the very same lawmakers it’s meant to be keeping in check. Under a proposal by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the Office of Congressional Ethics, set up in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct against…

Obama Creates Two New National Monuments In Utah And Nevada

President Obama on Wednesday designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, protecting 1.65 million acres of federal land. Most of it, 1.35 million acres, surrounds the Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah. The rest is northeast of Las Vegas around Nevada’s Gold Butte. The moves were the latest in a series of actions…

Ottoman-era Armenian Killings Recognized As ‘Genocide’ [VIDEO]

Germany’s Bundestag passed a resolution qualifying the Ottoman Era Armenian killings ‘genocide’. The lower house of parliament voted almost unanimously, with one vote against the motion and one abstention. House speaker Norbert Lammert spoke of a “remarkable majority.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the leader of the Socialdemocrats Sigmar Gabriel failed…

Congress to Act on Debt Limit By Nov. 5

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned lawmakers in a letter on Thursday that the deadline for increasing the government’s borrowing limit has moved up to about Nov. 5, or a month earlier than expected. The altered deadline was due to tax receipts coming in below estimates and military retirement trust funds costing more than expected, according…

Obama Announces US Cuba Opening Of Embassies [VIDEO]

The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the embassies in…

Phoenix VA officials on leave over allegations of delays in care

Three officials at the veterans hospital in Phoenix were placed on leave amid allegations that patients may have died because of delays in care. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said the officials include Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center director Sharon Helman and associate Lance Robinson. Officials are investigating allegations that up to 40 patients…

Former IRS Commissioner To Testify On Capitol Hill

The Senate Finance Committee has launched an investigation into the improper targeting of Tea Party groups Lawmakers are getting their first chance to question the former head of the Internal Revenue Service, the man who ran the agency when agents were improperly targeting tea party groups. Some of the questions on Tuesday will be direct:…

Obama Signs Order To Begin $85B In Sequester Spending

President Obama on Friday signed an order that starts putting into effect across-the-board budget cuts known as the “sequester” after he and congressional leaders failed to find an alternative budget plan. The President, after an Oval Office meeting with the lawmakers, called the cuts “just dumb.” He said they would slow the economic recovery and…