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GAO: Expensive soundproof booth for EPA’s Pruitt violated federal law

  • 1:03 pm Monday, April 16th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Congressional investigators reported Monday that the installation of a soundproof communications booth in the office of Environmental Protection Administration chief Scott Pruitt violated federal law, because it spent more money than allowed by Congress for changes to the office of a Presidential appointee.

“It is time for Scott Pruitt to go,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). “He can use the phone booth to call the movers.”

“There are few greater examples of government waste than a $43,000 phone booth,” said Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN). “Now we know that the purchase wasn’t just unnecessary and wasteful, but actually illegal.”

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Documents make clear Trump’s personal lawyer squarely under investigation

  • 7:33 pm Sunday, April 15th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The personal lawyer of President Donald Trump will be in a federal court in New York on Monday, as his lawyers – with the backing of the President – try to stop federal prosecutors from going through materials seized in a surprise raid last week that involved documents and electronic devices from the long time legal and personal ally of Mr. Trump.

“Attorney client privilege is now a thing of the past,” the President declared in a Sunday morning tweet.

“I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided [More]

With U.S. strikes, Trump continues hard line with Russia over Syrian chemical attacks

  • 8:04 am Saturday, April 14th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As President Donald Trump announced military action on Friday night by the U.S., France, and Britain to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons, Mr. Trump directly criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin for not doing more to rein in Syria’s use of chemical weapons, once more calling on the Russian government to change course on the Assad regime.

“In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons,” Mr. Trump said in a nationwide address to announce the attacks by U.S., British and French forces.

“Assad’s recent attack, and today’s [More]

US strikes on Syria see support, opposition, from both parties in Congress

  • 10:33 pm Friday, April 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The decision by President Donald Trump to authorize military action along with France and Britain to punish Syria for the use of chemical weapons drew strong bipartisan support as well as opposition from Democrats and Republicans in the Congress, though members of both parties also called for votes in the House and Senate to specifically authorize such action.

“I support the attack because Assad must be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

“It is time for action. Assad must know his inhumane actions WILL NOT be tolerated,” tweeted Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).

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Trump exults as Feds release report on firing of former top FBI official

  • 4:07 pm Friday, April 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A new report from internal investigators at the Justice Department says former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe wrongly leaked information just before the 2016 election to the Wall Street Journal, and then told different stories to investigators and former FBI Director James Comey when pressed for answers.

The investigation found that McCabe – who was fired from his post just over a day before he would have qualified for early retirement – told “starkly different” stories in different interviews with officials, trying to find out who leaked information to the Wall Street Journal in late October 2016 about FBI reviews of [More]

After Amazon criticism, Trump sets up new panel on Postal Service reform

  • 10:48 pm Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Days after charging – some said inaccurately – that the U.S. Postal Service was losing money delivering packages for online retail shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump on Thursday night ordered the establishment of a new task force to figure out how to end years of operating losses at the Postal Service, which have stretched into the billions of dollars.

“The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout,” the President said in an executive order issued by the White House.

“It shall be the policy of my Administration that the United States postal [More]

Trump raises chance of no strike on Syria as Pentagon readies options

  • 11:55 am Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after using Twitter to tell Russia to “get ready” for U.S. missile attacks on Syria, President Donald Trump on Thursday softened his tone on Thursday morning, raising the possibility that despite his tough warnings from earlier this week, there might be no U.S. military response over the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, as Pentagon leaders readied options for Mr. Trump.

“We’re looking very, very seriously, very closely at that whole situation,” the President said to reporters. “We’ll see what happens.”

Earlier in the day on Twitter, the President seemed to hedge on his vow a day earlier to [More]

As deficit soars, House to vote on GOP balanced budget amendment

  • 10:02 pm Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after new numbers from the Trump Administration showed a sharp increase in the budget deficit for the current fiscal year, and two days after fresh predictions that yearly federal deficits will top $1 trillion in two years, the House will vote Thursday on a Republican plan for an amendment to the Constitution that would require a balanced budget.

The plan has little chance of success, and seems to have only exacerbated tensions inside the GOP over budget discipline.

“This upcoming balanced budget amendment shouldn’t be called a BBA; it should be called a CYA,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), [More]

House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t run for re-election in 2018

  • 10:26 am Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday morning that he would not run for re-election in 2018, adding his name to a lengthy list of GOP lawmakers who have decided to leave the Congress, facing a mid-term election playing field which seems tilted in favor of the Democrats.

“I think we have achieved a heck of a lot,” the Speaker said, telling reporters he had “no regrets” about his time in the post.

“I am announcing that this year will be my last,” Ryan told reporters, after informing his fellow GOP lawmakers in a regular closed door meeting of House Republicans.

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President Trump warns Russia on possible U.S. military strikes in Syria

  • 7:15 am Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Again breaking with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the situation in Syria, President Donald Trump on Wednesday taunted Moscow via Twitter, scoffing at talk by Russian lawmakers that their nation would stop any U.S. missiles which might be aimed at Syrian facilities in the wake of chemical attacks in that country by the Assad Regime.

“Get ready Russia,” the President wrote on Twitter just before 7 am ET.

“You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” the President added, as he said U.S. ties to Russia were deteriorating.

It was almost exactly a year ago [More]