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In border wall money fight, no clear path yet to avoid partial shutdown

  • 12:12 pm Sunday, December 16th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Facing a Friday night funding deadline for dozens of federal agencies, the Congress has no obvious solution for how lawmakers will handle President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion to fund construction of his wall along the border with Mexico, as Republicans don’t seem to have enough votes in the House or Senate to back up the President’s call for action on border wall money.

“They do not have the votes to pass the President’s proposal,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said of the $5 billion wall plan.

Instead of scheduling a vote on the President’s $5 billion in funding for the [More]

Under investigation, Zinke out at Interior as Trump shakeup continues

  • 10:59 am Saturday, December 15th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Facing investigations by the Justice Department, his own Inspector General, and Democrats in the U.S. House, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post by the end of this year, President Donald Trump announced on Saturday, continuing the high profile staff changes since the elections in his administration.

“Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” the President tweeted, not mentioning the investigations Zinke faced, covering excessive travel costs, improper political activities, and potential conflicts of interest.

Zinke – like others in the Trump Cabinet – also faced the prospect of [More]

Panel sets January hearing on fraud in North Carolina U.S. House race

  • 4:00 am Saturday, December 15th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Insuring that North Carolina’s Ninth District seat will be vacant when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the North Carolina state elections board on Friday set a hearing for January 11, 2019, where officials will receive evidence on election irregularities focused on absentee ballot fraud which seemingly benefited Republican Mark Harris.

“State investigators are awaiting additional documents from parties subpoenaed in this matter and finalizing the investigation prior to the hearing,” the State Board of Elections and Ethics said in a statement.

Originally, the board had planned a hearing before December 21.

In an interview with WBTV on Friday, Harris denied knowing that [More]

Entire floor at D.C. federal courthouse sealed off for mystery case

  • 11:24 am Friday, December 14th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Journalists were kept away from a secret federal appeals court hearing on Friday in Washington, D.C., as officials sealed off an entire floor for over an hour during arguments in a mysterious grand jury case which some believe could be related to the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The case – known officially as “In re: Grand Jury Subpoena” – has been sealed in its entirety when it comes to public records, as it moved from the district court to the appeals court level in recent months.

Reporters at the courthouse – which is just down the [More]

Congress passes plan to make lawmakers pay for sex harassment judgments

  • 8:02 pm Thursday, December 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Facing outrage from voters that taxpayer money was being used to pay for sexual harassment settlements against members of Congress involving employees on Capitol Hill, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms designed to force members of Congress to pay for any such judgments with their own money in the future.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), the head of the House Administration Committee, noted that the bill will rightly hold “members of the House and Senate personally liable for unlawful harassment and retaliation.”

“Time is finally up for members of Congress who think they can sexually harass and get [More]

Federal deficit soars by $205 billion in November

  • 2:13 pm Thursday, December 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

After starting the 2019 fiscal year with $100 billion in red ink, Uncle Sam added more than double that in the month of November, as the Treasury Department reported Thursday that the federal government ran a deficit last month of $204.9 billion, leaving the deficit at over $300 billion just two months into the new fiscal year.

“The deficit has never been this high when the economy was this strong,” said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a watchdog group which has repeatedly complained about the lack of action in Congress and the White House about rising deficits.

“Rarely [More]

House leaves town with no sign of deal to avoid partial shutdown

  • 12:34 pm Thursday, December 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With just over a week until funding runs out for part of the federal government, House GOP leaders said no votes would be scheduled until at least next Wednesday, with no indications of any active negotiations or solutions to the demand by President Donald Trump that he get $5 billion for his border wall in a year-end legislative spending package.

“Our schedule for next week remains fluid and subject to change,” said House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). “Conversations are currently ongoing between the House, Senate, and the White House.”

But Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer gave no [More]

Pelosi to accept plan for term limits as Speaker of the House

  • 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Winning over the votes of a last rebel group of House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday evening that she would agree to serve no more than four years as Speaker of the House, accepting a plan from younger lawmakers in her party which would limit senior House leadership to a maximum of eight years in those high profile positions.

“I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not,” Pelosi said in a statement, as Democrats planned a vote by mid-February on the term limit plan.

Pelosi’s agreement seems to pave the [More]

Undecided North Carolina race seems headed for new election

  • 6:56 pm Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With more evidence of election fraud still surfacing in the race for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, the legislature in the Tar Heel State voted on Wednesday to give new powers to the state elections board, allowing the panel to call for an entirely new election – including a new primary – possibly allowing Republicans to field a new candidate for the seat in 2019.

No action on the race – in which Republican Mark Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready by just 905 votes – has yet been taken by the North Carolina State Board of Elections, which is set to [More]

VIDEO: Trump and top Democrats spar in Oval Office showdown

  • 12:55 pm Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Demanding that Democrats accept his call for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the border with Mexico, President Donald Trump sparred with top Democrats in Congress in an extraordinary scene played out before television cameras in the Oval Office on Tuesday, as the President said he would be happy to see a partial government funding lapse later this month unless gets his way on money for to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” the President said in what quickly escalated into a bitter back and [More]

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