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Senate vote signals strong opposition to Trump steel, aluminum tariffs

  • 1:19 pm Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after the Trump Administration threatened to add $200 billion in new tariffs against China in an escalating trade dispute, the Senate showcased bipartisan displeasure with Mr. Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, approving a non-binding motion indicating strong opposition to the President’s trade actions.

“Let’s be clear, this is a rebuke of the President’s abuse of trade authority,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), as a number of GOP lawmakers denounced the President’s trade actions in blunt terms on the Senate floor.

“This is an abuse of Presidential authority,” said Sen. Bob Corker [More]

Trade war grows as US threatens $200 billion in new tariffs on China

  • 9:31 pm Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Following through on President Donald Trump’s vow to further retaliate against China for any retaliatory duties levied on American exports, the Trump Administration on Tuesday gave official notice for another $200 billion in tariffs on goods imported into the U.S. from China, which could take effect after Labor Day, unless China agrees to U.S. demands to reduce its own trade barriers.

“For over a year, the Trump Administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in announcing the new tariff plan against Beijing.

Lighthizer’s office [More]

Battle lines clear as Judge Kavanaugh starts meetings with Senators

  • 12:57 pm Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after President Donald Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, reaction to the pick broke sharply along party lines in Congress as Democrats swiftly denounced the choice, while Republicans gave strong support to Mr. Trump’s selection to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“Brett Kavanaugh is not just a good nominee,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the Senate floor. “Brett Kavanaugh is an exceptional nominee.”

Meanwhile, across the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Democrats gathered to pledge a loud opposition campaign against Kavanaugh.

“I’m going to fight this nomination with everything I’ve [More]

Brett Kavanaugh no stranger to D.C. legal, political circles

  • 9:06 pm Monday, July 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As President Donald Trump on Monday night selected federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Trump not only tapped a judge considered to have a strong conservative credentials, but also one whose roots run deep in Washington, D.C., in both the political and legal arena.

“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under law,” the President said in the East Room of the White House.

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Kavanaugh attended Mater Dei and Georgetown Prep private schools in the immediate suburbs of Washington, then went [More]

President Trump’s Supreme Court Final Four

  • 8:50 am Monday, July 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As President Donald Trump prepared for a 9 pm ET event tonight at the White House to unveil his choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, four federal appeals court judges were part of Mr. Trump’s final review, as the President kept his decision close to the vest.

“Let’s say it’s the four people,” Mr. Trump said Sunday on the tarmac before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from his New Jersey golf club.

“They’re excellent, every one. You can’t go wrong,” the President added.

Here’s a quick review of the possible choices to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, [More]

Trump back at White House, poised for Supreme Court pick

  • 5:57 pm Sunday, July 8th, 2018 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump returned to the White House late Sunday afternoon saying he was nearing a final decision on his second nominee for the U.S Supreme Court in 18 months, telling reporters that his final four candidates were all ‘excellent’ choices, as he prepared to unveil his pick at a 9 pm ET Monday night event at the White House.

“I’m getting very close to making a final decision,” the President said after leaving his golf club in New Jersey, giving no hints on whom he would pick, indicating to reporters that he had been deciding from a group of four [More]

Countdown is on for Trump’s Supreme Court pick

  • 9:56 pm Friday, July 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With plans already set to announce his selection to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy during a prime time event Monday night at the White House, President Donald Trump stirred Washington into a weekend tea-leaves reading fever, as lawmakers in Congress and legal experts zeroed in on a handful of possible picks for the U.S. Supreme Court.

“One of the most important decisions a President will ever make is the decision to nominate a Justice to the United States Supreme Court,” the President said in his weekly address, which was focused on his selection.

“Judges are not supposed to write the law, reinvent the [More]

Solid job gains as employers add 213,000 jobs in June

  • 9:11 am Friday, July 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Increased levels of jobs growth continued in the month of June, as the Labor Department reported on Friday that 213,000 jobs were created last month, as the nation’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4 percent, with signs that more people were getting back into the labor market to look for work.

“The unemployment rate increase was driven by more workers entering the labor market and looking for jobs, which pushed the participation rate up to 62.9 percent,” said Lending Tree Chief Economist Tendayi Kapfidze.

Jobs figures were also revised upwards for April, moving from 159,000 to 175,000. The numbers for May [More]

Trying to answer a question I get asked all the time

  • 4:00 am Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As I enjoyed a series of neighborhood celebrations of America’s independence on July 4, I kept thinking about a question that I had been asked earlier in the week on Facebook – it is a question that I have been asked more than any other in my over thirty years as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and it goes something like this: “Is the the most divided you have ever seen the United States?”

I’ve been watching politics since I was a kid. My father told me of how I kept track in the newspaper of the Chicago Seven trial. [More]

USA 250 – the Semiquincentennial – just 8 years away

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As Americans celebrate July 4, 2018, the 242nd birthday of the nation, public and private preparations are already underway to mark the 250th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America, what will be officially known as the “Semiquincentennial,” on July 4, 2026.

Leading the planning is a special federal panel, known as the “United States Semiquincentennial Commission” – their work will be supplemented by a non-profit organization, the American Battlefield Trust, which works to preserve battlefields and historic sites from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

Philadelphia – home to Independence Hall and the [More]

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