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45 years ago today – Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”

  • 4:00 am Saturday, October 20th, 2018 by Staff Writer

This Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ when an embattled President Richard Nixon fired the special Watergate prosecutor, but only after both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General refused to carry out the President’s orders, and resigned from their positions.

The move by President Nixon came during an ongoing legal dispute over the release of the Watergate tapes – recordings made in the Oval Office by a secret taping system that the President had installed – which ultimately contained evidence that forced Nixon from office.

Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox wanted all the tapes for his [More]

New York man arrested for threatening Senators over Kavanaugh

  • 1:26 pm Friday, October 19th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Federal prosecutors in New York announced the arrest on Friday of a man who allegedly threatened to murder and assault a pair of U.S. Senators for their support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as police say the suspect placed a series of threatening telephone calls in which the man threatened to shoot the Senators if they supported the Kavanaugh nomination.

In court documents unsealed on Friday, a special agent with the U.S. Capitol Police detailed a number of voice mails left by the suspect, identified as Ronald DeRisi of Smithtown, on Long Island in New York.

The expletive-filled messages [More]

Trump praises GOP Congressman who assaulted reporter

  • 11:17 pm Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Kicking off a three state western campaign swing on Thursday night, President Donald Trump used a stop in Missoula, Montana to praise a GOP Congressman who assaulted a reporter during a 2017 special election campaign, as the President drew cheers at a campaign rally by calling Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) “my guy.”

“Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my guy,” Mr. Trump said at an airport rally, using his arms to mimic someone throwing another person to the ground.

The President recounted how he been in Rome when he heard that Gianforte had body slammed a reporter in May [More]

Attorney General Sessions hails “aggressive campaign against leaks”

  • 6:24 pm Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As a former FBI agent was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday in Minnesota for disclosing classified information to the news media, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hailed the latest court moves against leakers in the federal government, saying the Trump Administration is waging what may be ‘the most aggressive campaign against leaks’ in the history of the Department of Justice.

“Today’s sentence should be a warning to every would-be leaker in the federal government that if they disclose classified information, they will pay a high price,” Sessions said in a statement, making clear that government leakers will be ‘prosecuted [More]

Trump urges immigration focus as he starts latest campaign swing

  • 9:30 am Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Expressing confidence in recent days about the impact of his work for GOP candidates in the 2018 mid-term elections for Congress, President Donald Trump starts a swing out west on Thursday to help Republican efforts to maintain control of the U.S. Senate, as he tries to make the issue of illegal immigration more central to the final days of the 2018 campaign, as the President threatened to use U.S. military forces to closed down the southern border with Mexico.

“Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!” the President tweeted on [More]

In a surprise, Trump to ask for 2020 cuts in defense, domestic spending

  • 7:51 pm Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 by Staff Writer

After two years of added spending for the Pentagon, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he would send Congress a budget plan for 2020 which reduces spending for the military by just over two percent, while asking all other agencies to cut their budgets by a minimum of five percent.

“It will probably be $700 billion,” the President said of the military budget, which Congress raised to $700 billion for this year, and $716 billion for 2019.

Bringing the Pentagon back to $700 billion for 2020 would be a cut of $16 billion – just over two percent; other agencies would [More]

Feds charge Treasury official with leaks related to Russia probe

  • 1:25 pm Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 by Staff Writer

In an indictment released on Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged an official in the Treasury Department with illegally leaking financial information about bank transactions by certain people involved in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, indicating that a series of leaks to one news organization took place over the last year about key figures in the case, as well as details of the underlying financial probe.

“We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in a statement.

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After hurricane, Florida counties grapple with Election Day prep

  • 9:21 am Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 by Staff Writer

If dealing with the severe damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael wasn’t bad enough for government officials in a series of counties in the Florida Panhandle, those same governments also must run a full-scale election in less than three weeks, as elections officials struggle with damaged voting locations, displaced voters, power problems, disrupted mail service, and internet outages.

“Some voters are asking questions on how we are going to be able to have an election in these catastrophic conditions,” said said Gulf County Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon, as he set out his “Recovery Election Plan” for [More]

In race for U.S. House, Democrats grab money momentum

  • 9:00 pm Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As Democrats try to wrest control of the U.S. House from Republicans in the November elections, the latest fundraising figures from around the nation clearly show dozens of Democratic candidates pulling in more money in the third quarter of this year than their Republican opponents in key House races, providing Democrats with some financial momentum going into the final weeks of the 2018 campaign.

The “green wave” of money certainly doesn’t guarantee victory for Democrats in any race – but it gives them the financial ability to make more noise in a number of districts when compared to two or four [More]

On Twitter, President Trump calls Stormy Daniels “Horseface”

  • 1:41 pm Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 by Staff Writer

After staying relatively on message for the past six weeks on social media, the more familiar version of President Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Tuesday morning, as the President lobbed insults at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), complained about the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and called porn star Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface.’

“Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer,” the President tweeted just after 11 am.

The jab at Daniels came a day after her libel lawsuit against the President was thrown out by a federal judge in Los Angeles; her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, [More]

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