Tag: United States

Air Base Hit By Trump Reopens Less Than 24 Hrs Later

New airstrikes have targeted a town in northwest Syria that was hit by a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, activists said. It wasn’t immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib province.…

Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, capping more than a year of bitter partisan bickering over the ideological balance of the nation’s highest court. Senators voted to confirm Gorsuch, 49, a Denver-based judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, who will become the…

Economy Created Just 98,000 Jobs In March, Missing Expectations

The U.S. economy added just 98,000 non-farm jobs in March, falling significantly short of the 185,000 new jobs economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted. Despite the weak gains, the unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent, hitting the lowest level in nearly a decade. The Labor Department’s Friday report also cut the estimate…

U.S. Told Russia About Syria Strikes in Advance

Russia confirmed Friday that it received advanced warning from the U.S. about its strike on Syria, in which the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the first American assault on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Moscow condemned the strike and gave notice that Russia is pulling out of all agreements to minimize risk of…

Trump: I Think Susan Rice Committed Crime, Declines To Provide Proof

President Trump said in a Wednesday interview with The New York Times that he believes former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime in allegedly seeking to unmask the identities of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications. “I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” the president told the Times, though he declined…

Tillerson: ‘No Comment’ On North Korea After 6th Missile Launch

U.S. officials said Tuesday that North Korea launched a KN-15 missile into the Sea of Japan. This latest test comes days before Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump in Florida. The two are expected to discuss North Korea. In response to the latest launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a…

Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch Faces Plagiarism Charges

On Tuesday night, as the Senate began debate on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Politico reported that in a 2006 book and earlier academic articles, Gorsuch had “copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material,” throwing a last-minute charge of plagiarism into the bitter partisan…

Blackwater Founder Met With Putin Pal On Trump’s Behalf [VIDEO]

The crown prince of Abu Dhabi helped arrange a clandestine meeting in the Seychelles islands between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin nine days before President Trump’s inauguration, several U.S., European, and Arab officials told The Washington Post, in an apparent attempt to establish a backchannel between Putin and…

Jared Kushner Makes Unannounced Visit To Iraq

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, made an unannounced trip to Iraq over the weekend with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. The official said that Kushner wanted to show his support for Iraq’s government, and get a better understanding of…

Senate Judiciary Committee To Vote On Gorsuch Nomination

The Republican push to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, heads into a final showdown this week, with the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled to vote on the nomination on Monday. The committee’s GOP majority is expected to send Gorsuch’s nomination to the full Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised that…

Trump Can Take Money From His Businesses Without Disclosing It

Donald Trump is reportedly now able to pocket as much money as he wants from any of his businesses while serving as president—and is not required to disclose it. According to ProPublica, documents outlining the trust in which Trump placed his businesses in January have been changed to make that possible. Trump’s trust can “distribute…

Judge Approves $25-Million Agreement To Settle Trump University Lawsuit

A judge on Friday approved an agreement reached with President Trump to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits filed against him over Trump University real estate seminars, US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego had been expected to sign off on the agreement, which was reached last year, ending nearly seven years of…

2 Dems Announce Support For Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

Two Democratic senators — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — said Thursday that they would vote to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Manchin, who frequently crosses the aisle to side with the GOP, said he found Gorsuch to be “an honest and thoughtful man,” and that…

China President To Meet Donald Trump In Mar-a-Lago

China’s foreign ministry confirmed Thursday that President Xi Jinping will travel to Florida April 6-7 for his first meeting with President Trump. The leaders of the world’s largest and second-largest economies will meet at Trump’s private club, Mar-a-Lago, where Trump also hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February. Unlike Abe, Xi will not stay…

Judge In Hawaii Extends Order Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Wednesday evening extended his previous order that halts President Trump’s revised travel ban. He made his decision after hearing arguments from the government and from Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who argued that Trump’s order was like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban’” and that Watson’s earlier…

Senate To Explore Trump/Russia Ties In Open Hearing

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding open hearings Thursday on Russian interference in the U.S. election through technology and disinformation, with a slate of academic and cybersecurity experts scheduled to testify, including former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. The hearing will explore the various ways Russia tried to influence the U.S. presidential election and is…

Driver In Custody After Trying To Ram Capitol Police Cruiser

A woman is in custody after apparently attempting to strike a Capitol Police cruiser and run over other officers during a traffic stop near the U.S. Botanic Garden, authorities said. The incident, which happened about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, sparked a heavy police response. At one point, police fired a weapon but no one was struck,…

Nunes Calls Off All House Intel Meetings This Week

During escalating tensions for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to recuse himself from investigations of Trump team contacts with Russian officials on Tuesday morning, Nunes reportedly canceled all upcoming full committee meetings. Multiple outlets reported the move, based on sources, the morning of a public hearing set for Tuesday, which Nunes had previously…

Schiff: Nunes Trying To ‘Choke Off’ Public Access To Information

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Friday accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) of running a “dead-of-night excursion” for documents on alleged NSA surveillance of Trump associates, keeping the rest of his committee members “in the dark.” Schiff, the ranking member of the intelligence committee, held a press conference an hour after Nunes, and…

Trump Ultimatum To GOP: Pass Health Care or Else

President Trump has urged a vote on the American Health Care Act on Friday after the vote was postponed Thursday due to a lack of sufficient support to pass it. According to The Washington Post, Trump delivered an ultimatum: Pass the bill or he will move on from the repeal-and-replace cause. House Speaker Paul Ryan…

Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,” despite…

GOP Struggles To Secure Votes On Health Bill

Republicans say they still plan to put the American Health Care Act up for a vote on Thursday, even as the White House and House Republican leaders continue to work to whip up enough votes to ensure passage. Late Wednesday, the White House and the conservative House Freedom Caucus reportedly reached a deal to strike…

Manafort Worked For Russian Billionaire To ‘Benefit Putin Government’

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to “greatly benefit the Putin government,” according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. The new report directly contradicts the Trump administration and Manafort, who have both alleged that the former campaign operative never worked on behalf of Russian interests. In his…

Tillerson Plans To Skip NATO Meeting, Visit Russia In April

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs. Tillerson intends to miss…

U.S. Limits Devices on Planes From 8 Muslim-Majority Nations

Starting Tuesday morning, electronic devices larger than a smartphone are forbidden from passenger cabins on foreign airlines’ nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East and Africa. The new Trump administration policy, which took effect at 3 a.m. ET, means passengers traveling from those areas must check…

Comey, Rogers Debunk Trump’s Wiretap Claims

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers said on Monday that there is no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama. “I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have worked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said, adding that…

Comey Confirms FBI Investigating “Any Links” Between Russia & Trump

FBI Director James Comey confirmed investigation into potential collusion between Russia & Trump camp #ComeyHearing James Comey, the Director of the FBI, has confirmed that the agency is investigating any possible links between people associated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Mr Comey, appearing before the House intelligence committee, took the usual step of…

Trump Slams Comey Hearing as ‘Fake News’

On Monday, in advance of the first public hearing related to the investigation of Russian ties to President Trump’s 2016 campaign, the commander-in-chief wrote a series of tweets addressing the “FAKE NEWS” that he said was “made up” by Democrats. “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This…

Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly 30…