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03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Tuesday he will not divulge - even to other members of his panel - who gave him intelligence reports that indicated President Donald Trump and his associates may have been ensnared in incidental intelligence collection.
03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Robert King

A member of the House Freedom Caucus hopes the House brings up Obamacare repeal again in the next few weeks, as House leadership and other Republican lawmakers are signaling they aren't done yet on the issue.

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03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump administration trade officials want a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement to improve access for U.S. farm products, manufactured goods and services in Canada and Mexico, said lawmakers who met with them on Tuesday.
03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era regulations to curb climate change, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry while calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming.
03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Susan Crabtree

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to build his case for Democrats to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court by reminding Republicans that only three current GOP senators voted for either of President Obama's high court picks.

The New York Democrat accused Republicans of hypocritical "hand-wringing" after Republican leaders blocked consideration of Judge Merrick Garland, Obama's choice to fill the court vacancy, for nearly a year.

"For all the hand-wringing by my friends on the other side of the aisle that they cannot imagine Democrats voting against Judge Gorsuch, I would like to remind them that only three — three — of the current senators on the Republican side voted for either of President Obama's confirmed nominees," Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor, referring to Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

Democrats, he said, have participated in a "fair, transparent, and thorough process of advice and consent," during Gorsuch's Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings and have decided "not to consent.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Susan Crabtree

Key centrist GOP senators who have long opposed the idea of "going nuclear," blowing up Senate rules to more easily confirm presidential nominations are now changing their tune and warning Democrats not to push them by filibustering Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.

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03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Gabby Morrongiello

President Trump will meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Washington next week, the White House announced Tuesday.

The visit between the two leaders will be used "to build on the positive momentum they have built for the United States-Egypt relationship," press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

They will participate in a bilateral meeting at the White House, during which they are expected to discuss regional issues in the Middle East and their efforts to defeat the Islamic State terror group.

The Egyptian President first met Trump at the United Nations General Assembly last September, at which time he said the Republican presidential candidate would make a strong leader "without a doubt.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Ryan Lovelace

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's team is mounting a multi-pronged final push to persuade Senate Democrats to support the judge's confirmation ahead of next week's Senate vote on his bid.

Gorsuch's team told the Washington Examiner he will meet with six more senators this week ahead of next week's vote.

03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Senate would have a final vote on April 7 on President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, even as more Democrats opposed his confirmation
03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Daniel Chaitin

President Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz is making moves to stop a defamation lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court against his client and is using a prior lawsuit against former President Bill Clinton as part of his case.

The lawsuit in question is one filed in January by Summer Zervos, who appeared on season five of Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Susan Ferrechio

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday Obamacare will "regretfully" remain in place now that the House has failed to pass a bill to repeal and replace the law.

"I think where we are on Obamacare, regretfully, at the moment, is where the Democrats want us to be, which is the status quo," McConnell, R-Ky., said.

Republicans are eager to tag Democrats with the growing problems associated with the law, which include collapsing health insurance marketplaces and skyrocketing premiums and deductibles.

"We are just going to see how that works out," McConnell said.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Susan Crabtree

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Judge Neil Gorsuch faces an "uphill climb" to overcome a Democratic filibuster he is leading and argued that Republicans will be solely to blame if they blow up Senate rules to seat him on the Supreme Court.

"[Senate Democrats] are going to do the right thing, and it will a real uphill climb for him to get those 60 votes," Schumer told reporters after a closed-door meeting with his Democratic colleagues Tuesday afternoon.

The New York Democrat was referring to the 60 votes Gorsuch's nomination needs to overcome a filibuster and move to a vote on final passage on the Senate floor.

Schumer is urging his Senate colleagues to support the filibuster and block Gorsuch's nomination because he argues that Gorsuch wasn't forthcoming during his confirmation hearings and seemed to have an almost "instinctive" tendency to side with special interests over the "average person.

03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House on April 3, the White House said on Tuesday.
03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Kyle Feldscher

It's one of the most popular pieces of legislation in Washington despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that it does not exist.

President Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal piqued the interest of opponents and allies alike last month during his joint address to Congress, just as it did following his election win in November.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Susan Ferrechio

The Senate will vote on the nomination of Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch on April 7, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday.

The vote will come days after the Senate Judiciary Committee considers the nomination on Monday and will potentially set up a showdown with Democrats, who are threatening to filibuster.

The vote does not guarantee Gorsuch will be confirmed.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Becket Adams

President Trump is trying to have it both ways on health care.

He is in the cockpit with one hand on the stick, pulling hard for the passage of the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that the Trump administration strongly supports a bill to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc.
03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Gabby Morrongiello

President Trump promised to end the "war on coal" during a visit on Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters, where he signed an executive order to undo the Obama-era Clean Power Plan rule.

"My administration is putting an end to the war on coal," Trump told a mix of EPA employees, members of his Cabinet and White House staff.

"We're going to have clean coal, really clean coal," he declared.

03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press this week for NATO allies to demonstrate a "clear path" to increase defense spending, a State Department official said on Tuesday.
03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Eddie Scarry

Star Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly apologized Tuesday for joking on the air about Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters' hair.

In a statement, O'Reilly said his comment was "dumb" and he regretted it.

"As I have said many times, I respect congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs," he said.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Nicole Duran

Republican leaders and rank-and-file members have been grappling with how to handle the House Freedom Caucus since most of them came to Washington in 2010's Tea Party wave.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Pete Kasperowicz

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday asked a reporter to stop shaking her head in disagreement as he answered questions about what the Trump administration is doing to reach out to people who don't agree with the White House.

April Ryan with American Urban Radio Networks asked how the White House is dealing with a range of issues, including allegations that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election.

But Spicer dismissed the idea that the Russia is a major problem for the administration.

"At some point, April, you're going to have to take 'no' for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion," he said.

She then asked what the White House is doing to deal with the perception that this scandal exists, and Spicer charged that she was "hellbent" on pushing that image out there.

As he was explaining that President Trump is trying to work with his political opponents, he admonished her to stop shaking her head.

"I'm sorry, please stop shaking your head again," he said as he answered.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Ryan Lovelace

A coalition of liberal groups opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination are plotting "People's Filibuster" protests in 14 states and Washington on April Fools' Day.

The protests are aimed at attracting "thousands" of protesters to listen to "everyday Americans" speak out against Gorsuch and President Trump's agenda.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

John Siciliano

Environmentalists are planning to protest President Trump's latest executive order to roll back former President Barack Obama's climate regulations.

"The best way to fight against these executive orders is to take to the streets," said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, a leading group opposing fossil fuel development in support of renewable energy.

Boeve's group is using Trump's executive action on Tuesday to announce a protest on April 29 in Washington, called the People's Climate March.

"Even as Trump dismantles environmental protections to shore up the fossil fuel industry, support for action to stop global warming is at an all-time high," Boeve said Tuesday before Trump signed the Energy Independence order.

The order would begin the process of rolling back the centerpiece of Obama's climate change agenda, the Clean Power Plan, while dismantling other environmental directives and rules aimed at the coal, oil and natural gas industries.

More than 100,000 people are planning to descend on the nation's capital for the April march, which is expected to join climate activists with labor, social justice, faith and other organizations to "offer up resistance to Trump's new executive orders and put forward the vision of a clean energy economy that works for all," the group said.

The climate march will coordinate with other protests in other cities, with the goal of taking the protest nationwide.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Becket Adams

Between falling into disfavor with President Trump and one of its founders being caught off guard in an interview on MSNBC, it looks like it's going to be a rough week for the Freedom Caucus.

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03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Joseph Lawler

Stanley Fischer, the No. 2 official at the Federal Reserve, expressed concern Tuesday about the possibility that the Trump administration could pursue protectionist policies that challenge the model of global economic integration.

"I'd be concerned if that basic model is overturned," the Fed vice chairman said in an interview on CNBC.

Fischer noted that the Trump administration has not implemented any of the campaign promises about trade that concerned him but suggested that it could turn to such actions after pursuing tax reform.

The economic integration that took place following World War II has, on balance, worked well, Fischer said.

"The way to grow was to integrate into the global economy and that worked spectacularly for China.

03/28/2017   Washington Examiner Politics

Gabby Morrongiello

A government watchdog announced Tuesday that it is looking into the taxpayer-funded travel costs of President Trump's frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago residence in West Palm Beach, Fla.

In a letter to members of the House Oversight Committee, the Government Accountability Office said the watchdog has initiated a review of current security procedures and protocols associated with the president's travel.

The review was requested by the committee's ranking Democrat, Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, and Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Tom Udall of New Mexico.

03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee asked the government ethics watchdog on Monday to review comments by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plugging "The Lego Batman Movie," a film one of his companies produced, for a possible ethics violation.
03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in Congress on Tuesday stood by Devin Nunes, an ally of President Donald Trump who heads the House of Representatives intelligence committee and is under fire for his handling of an investigation into possible Russian ties to Trump's election campaign.
03/28/2017   Reuters Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Republican leaders said on Tuesday they still intended to repeal and replace Obamacare after their White House-backed bill failed to get enough support and collapsed last week.
03/23/2017   Charles Krauthammer
Let me explain. Donald Trump’s triumph last year was based on a frontal attack on the Washington “establishment,” that all-powerful, supremely cynical, bipartisan “cartel” (as Ted Cruz would have it) that allegedly runs everything. Yet the establishment...
03/16/2017   Charles Krauthammer
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care....
03/09/2017   Charles Krauthammer
When he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the CIA denies something, it’s denied.”
03/02/2017   Charles Krauthammer
Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs.It's the revolt of the state attorneys general,...