Qatar says Gulf Arab bloc needs reform to give it teethSat, 15 Dec 2018 04:49:11 -0500 Qatar said on Saturday it remained committed to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but the bloc needed to enforce its own rules better, signaling a reformed alliance could help end a row between Doha and some of its neighbors.
Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutionalFri, 14 Dec 2018 22:53:50 -0500 A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump picks Mulvaney as chief of staff - for nowFri, 14 Dec 2018 20:43:07 -0500 U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday moved to end speculation that he was having a hard time finding a new chief of staff, naming his budget chief Mick Mulvaney to the top post on a temporary basis.
Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint see Huawei shun clinching U.S. deal - sourcesFri, 14 Dec 2018 20:07:02 -0500 T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp believe their foreign owners' offer to stop using Huawei Technologies equipment will help with the United States clearing their $26 billion merger deal, sources said, underscoring the lengths to which Washington has gone to shut out the Chinese company.
Mueller rebukes Flynn, saying he knew better than to lie to FBIFri, 14 Dec 2018 19:50:04 -0500 President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn knew better than to lie to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he was not warned that lying to federal agents was a crime, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.
Global growth worry hits stocks, but U.S. data lifts dollarFri, 14 Dec 2018 19:46:07 -0500 A gauge of global stocks tumbled on Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe intensified global growth worries as investors weighed the broader impact of the trade dispute between the United States and China.
U.S. sets new March 2 date for China tariff increases amid talksFri, 14 Dec 2018 19:12:27 -0500 The U.S. Trade Representative's office on Friday officially changed the scheduled date of a tariff rate increase on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 12:01 a.m. EST (0501 GMT) on March 2, 2019 as the United States and China pursue talks on trade and intellectual property.
Challenging judges' orders, Trump aims to enlist Supreme CourtFri, 14 Dec 2018 19:01:44 -0500 President Donald Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court this week to suspend nationwide orders by federal judges blocking two of his major policies in an unusual step but one in line with an aggressive White House litigation strategy.
How the feds have abused the Sarbanes-Oxley lawSat, 15 Dec 2018 05:00:12 GMT In 2016, three staffers on Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, including campaign manager John Tate, were convicted of helping arrange for money to be funneled through a vendor to former Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson. They did this in exchange for Sorensen’s endorsement of Paul in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, and then hid the transaction by reporting it to the Federal Election Commission as something else.
Right-wing mythmaking of Michael FlynnFri, 14 Dec 2018 23:14:30 GMT Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS, the phenomena of the president making liberals lose their marbles over rage, cuts both ways, it seems. The latest victims of TDS on the Right have begun to transform Michael Flynn, a three-star lieutenant general, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and national security adviser, into a victim of the legal system, framed and hoodwinked by the FBI.
Pressure Petro Poroshenko for ignoring Ukraine's massive corruption problemFri, 14 Dec 2018 22:57:09 GMT The West is rightly increasing its support for Ukraine in face of escalating aggression from Russia. But we should not close our eyes to the systemic challenge of corruption in Ukraine. After all, it's a challenge that President Petro Poroshenko's government has done very little to address.
A bipartisan coalition could pass a lot more than just the First Step ActWed, 12 Dec 2018 16:54:40 GMT Yesterday's messy display of bickering between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn't inspire much hope in the public for the next two years. But as Senate Majority Leader pushes forward with the Trump-backed First Step Act, the passage of criminal justice reform could paint a blueprint for how a bipartisan government, even one as divided as the radicalized Democratic Party and our populist president, could progress.
Democracy is messy — we like it that wayWed, 12 Dec 2018 13:28:39 GMT The image of hands wringing themselves had already become the emblem of the Trump era long before this week. But Tuesday's fracas in the Oval Office seems to have set off an especially intense bout of this activity, especially among the press. We discourage this, as in excess it may lead to carpal tunnel or the dreaded tennis elbow.
This White House needs a Bossie chief of staffTue, 11 Dec 2018 15:29:06 GMT Every American – Trump-lovers and -haters alike – should want his next White House chief of staff to be competent, tough, steady and honest. Every Republican should also want the new guy to be politically savvy, in order to advance conservative principles.
Republicans in Michigan, Wisconsin resort to lame-duck sore-loserismMon, 10 Dec 2018 19:05:03 GMT The election of 1800 was a bitter, partisan fight – so much that it is sometimes known as the “Revolution of 1800.” The contest between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams was marked by personal attacks, rumors, and arguments that either the Federalists or the Democratic-Republicans were going to destroy the country. There was a new system of electoral votes and contested results necessitating a vote in the House of Representatives.
Wisconsin Senate passes bill limiting governor’s powersWed, 05 Dec 2018 14:02:30 GMT MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate voted early Wednesday to pass a sweeping measure designed to empower the Republican-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
It's a lie — except when Obama says itWed, 05 Dec 2018 13:13:20 GMT "The Truth Matters Now More Than Ever" is not just the design on a $300 graphic tee, it is also a new motto the New York Times adopted after former President Barack Obama left office. This timing highlighted the unavoidable truth that the news media slumbered through the Obama years.
Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capitalSat, 15 Dec 2018 09:30:14 GMT Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday.
Trump names Mulvaney 'acting' chief of staffSat, 15 Dec 2018 02:12:01 GMT Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, will become the acting White House chief of staff replacing John Kelly, President Donald Trump announced on Friday.
Dams spell disaster for SE Asian nationFri, 14 Dec 2018 12:47:17 GMT First came a boom, shortly followed by the sound of something bursting. Then, a giant wave — big enough to submerge an area the size of Paris in 15 feet of water — washed across southeastern Laos, ripping villages apart, swallowing homes, and dispersing thousands of people.
Texas Judge Rules Obamacare UnconstitutionalSat, 15 Dec 2018 02:51:59 +0000 A Texas federal judge on Friday ruled that Obamacare violated the Constitution, likely pushing the ruling towards the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Report: 'Destroyed' North Korean Nuclear Site May Still Be FunctionalSat, 15 Dec 2018 03:12:35 +0000 The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo highlighted a report on Friday indicating that North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, which it dramatically claimed to have been blown up as a gesture of goodwill, may still be able to function with minimal repairs.
CNN's Tapper: 'Insane' Inaugural Committee Rented Out Rooms at Trump HotelSat, 15 Dec 2018 02:58:36 +0000 Friday on CNN’s “The Lead,” host Jake Tapper said it was “insane” President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee rented out rooms at the Trump Hotel. Tapper said, “I just can’t fathom the fact that we’re in an era where the presidential inaugural committee rents out rooms at the Trump Hotel and nobody even thinks twice about it. When I first heard about the story, they said Ivanka was negotiating, and I said ‘for the inaugural committee or the hotels?’ I don’t know which one. And then there is this e-mail in which somebody is saying ‘I think we’re being overcharged.’ It’ insane.” Nina Turner said, “The appearance of impropriety, they don’t care.” Tapper added, “The Trump people don’t care, but I don’t think the base cares.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
Trump: Mick Mulvaney Will Serve as Acting Chief of StaffFri, 14 Dec 2018 22:30:48 +0000 President Donald Trump named Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House Chief of Staff to replace outgoing General John Kelly on his Twitter account Friday evening.
Beto: 2020 Will Be ‘Mother of All Tests’ for DemocracyFri, 14 Dec 2018 21:46:23 +0000 Saying “there’s never been a darker moment” in America in his lifetime, Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said on Friday that President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign will be the “mother of all tests for this democracy.”
Stacey Abrams Most Googled Politician in ’18Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:47:35 +0000 More Americans googled failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) than any other politician in 2018, including left-wing darlings Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).