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What the Manafort guilty plea might mean for the Mueller probe

  • 3:00 am Saturday, September 15th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The Special Counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller took a big step forward on Friday, as former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort plead guilty to two criminal charges, and more importantly agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced as a ‘witch hunt.’

Manafort had already been convicted on eight charges of bank and tax fraud in an earlier federal trial in Virginia; his trial in Washington, D.C. was to begin next week, focused on allegations that he failed to disclose his foreign lobbying work, money laundering, and false statements to government agencies.

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Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller probe

  • 11:58 am Friday, September 14th, 2018 by Staff Writer

In a major step forward for the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort plead guilty to two charges in a federal court Friday, as prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Manafort had agreed to cooperate with the investigation, and had already started providing information to investigators.

“I plead guilty,” Manafort said to federal judge Amy Berman Jackson.

In a cooperation agreement with the Special Counsel’s office, Manafort is required to testify about any subject that the Special Counsel’s office is reviewing.

“Your client shall cooperate fully, truthfully, and forthrightly with the [More]

Federal deficit jumps by $214 billion in August

  • 3:59 pm Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the federal deficit increased by $214 billion in the month of August, pushing the yearly deficit for Uncle Sam to $898 billion, as with one month left in the fiscal year, this could be the largest yearly amount of red ink for the feds since 2012.

August was the fourth straight month that total federal revenues coming in to Uncle Sam were down from a year ago, as the federal government brought in $219 billion in receipts, but sent out almost twice that in August, a total of $433 billion in spending.

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Trump tweet creates storm over 2017 hurricane response in Puerto Rico

  • 10:57 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As Hurricane Florence took aim at the Carolinas on Thursday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse Democrats of inflating the death toll on the island of Puerto Rico in a political bid to embarrass him, casting it as nothing more than an effort to question Trump Administration relief efforts to that U.S. territory.

“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” the President said in a tweet, saying the numbers were inflated for a specific reason.

“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible,” the President tweeted.

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As trio of spending bills advance, Congress still faces shutdown threat

  • 7:13 pm Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With funding for the federal government running out at the end of September, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved a three bill package of spending measures for 2019, as key lawmakers acknowledged that the Congress would again fail to approve all twelve funding bills by an October 1 deadline, which will force action later this month on a temporary funding measure to avert a government shutdown.

“We have a long way to go but we’re getting there,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, as Senators in both parties voiced their support for extra work done [More]

Illegal crossings of southern border surge in August

  • 3:49 pm Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The Trump Administration reported new figures Wednesday which showed a new surge in the number of illegal immigrants detained by U.S. border authorities, highlighted by a sharp increase in the number of families trying to illegally enter the United States.

Figures released by the Customs and Border Patrol agency showed 46,560 people were apprehended in August – up 17 percent from July, and up more than 50 percent from August of 2017.

The number of families stopped at the border was almost 16,000 – and according to federal officials – that was one of the highest figures ever recorded.

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As Florence looms, Trump gives himself ‘A-pluses’ on hurricane response

  • 8:57 pm Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With Hurricane Florence poised to slam into the Carolinas in the next two days, President Donald Trump said said again on Wednesday that his administration had done an A-plus job in responding to hurricanes that ravaged Texas and Florida in 2017, as he again defended how the feds dealt with extensive damage to the U.S. island of Puerto Rico.

“We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida,” the President said in an early morning tweet, adding that his administration “did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico.”

“I think, in a certain way, the best job we [More]

Hurricane Florence forces President Trump off the campaign trail

  • 12:38 pm Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump’s plans to hold campaign rallies in two states this week have been put on hold, as the White House and the federal government move to marshal resources to deal with the threat from Hurricane Florence.

The President was scheduled to headline a rally on Friday night in Jackson, Mississippi, but that was scratched on Monday – now a second rally in Missouri which was set for Thursday night has also been postponed.

In a statement, the campaign of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) said she understood the President’s decision to cancel.

“Mississippi residents understand what it’s like to prepare for, endure [More]

House Republicans unveil plans to make GOP tax cuts permanent

  • 8:54 pm Monday, September 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Eight weeks before the November mid-term elections, Republicans in the House have rolled out plans to permanently write a series of individual tax cuts into law, trying to change a sweeping tax cut approved in 2017 which allowed those tax cuts for individuals to expire in eight years, as GOP leaders labeled the effort, ‘Tax Reform 2.0.’

“We are providing certainty,” argued Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), who helped shepherd the GOP tax cut plan through the House in 2017, as he unveiled three different Republican measures dealing with making the 2017 tax cuts permanent, helping people save more for retirement, and [More]

White House: Trump was “inflection” point for economic growth

  • 4:48 pm Monday, September 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Facing criticism from former President Barack Obama and Democrats, the White House Monday said the recent surge in economic growth is clearly a result of Trump Administration policies, even as new polling suggested that the President is not getting seeing benefit of that economic success from voters.

“It’s not a sugar high at all,” said White House chief economic adviser Kevin Hassett, who told reporters at a briefing that President Donald Trump’s plans to ease regulations, cut taxes, and push pro-growth policies had obviously shifted the trajectory of the economy.

“There was an inflection at the election of Donald Trump,” Hassett said [More]

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