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Senator purchased stock in defense contractor after pushing for more military spending

Senator purchased stock in defense contractor after pushing for more military spending

Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, purchased thousands of dollars in defense stock after successfully pushing the Trump administration for more Defense Department spending. According to his Senate financial disclosure report, Inhofe listed a purchase of $50,000-$100,000 in stock in US defense contractor Raytheon. Inhofe’s communications…

Pelosi announces deal to win votes of Democratic critics

Pelosi announces deal to win votes of Democratic critics

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced a deal Wednesday that could likely deliver her the votes to become speaker again — but only for another two terms, laying out a timeline she had been reluctant to articulate until now. The longtime Democratic leader negotiated an agreement with a small group of Democrats who’ve been lobbying…

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina cooperating ahead of plea hearing Thursday

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina cooperating ahead of plea hearing Thursday

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina has been offering investigators information on the American she conspired with to infiltrate US political circles and the Russian official who directed her activities, as she prepares to make her guilty plea official on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The 30-year-old Russian national initially pleaded not…

US warns Turkey not to attack Syria

US warns Turkey not to attack Syria

The US called on Turkey to not follow through on threats to attack US-backed forces in Syria Wednesday, an incursion the Pentagon warned could threaten US personnel and derail the fight against ISIS. “Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of…

What happened in North Carolina wasn’t voter fraud. Voters were the victims.

What happened in North Carolina wasn’t voter fraud. Voters were the victims.

President Donald Trump and others have long claimed, without evidence, that there is widespread “voter fraud” in America. Some have pointed to the mounting evidence of fraud in North Carolina as proof that voter fraud is a real problem. Yet, I would argue that the situation in North Carolina proves nothing of the sort. There,…

Canada warns Trump administration against politicizing Chinese executive’s arrest

Canada warns Trump administration against politicizing Chinese executive’s arrest

Canada issued a stern warning to President Donald Trump on Wednesday: don’t use the arrest of a Chinese executive as a bargaining chip in trade talks. “Our extradition partners should not seek to politicize the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said at…

Trump sets ‘terrible precedent’ by crossing red line on Huawei case

Trump sets ‘terrible precedent’ by crossing red line on Huawei case

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he might use an arrested Chinese tech executive as a bargaining chip in trade talks with Beijing drew rebukes for setting a “terrible precedent” crossing the red line that separates American politics from the rule of law. The remark triggered pushback from law enforcement officials, criticism from lawmakers and concern…

READ: Michael Cohen’s statement in court

READ: Michael Cohen’s statement in court

Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen spoke in court Wednesday before being sentenced to three years in prison. Read Cohen’s statement from the court transcript below: THE DEFENDANT: Thank you, your Honor. I stand before your Honor humbly and painfully aware that we are here today for one reason: Because of my actions that I…

Meadows out of running for chief of staff

Meadows out of running for chief of staff

President Donald Trump is no longer considering one of his top congressional allies, Rep. Mark Meadows, to become his next White House chief of staff, the White House confirmed on Wednesday. “Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress. The President told him we need…

3 US Navy attack submarines ‘not certified to dive today’

3 US Navy attack submarines ‘not certified to dive today’

Three of the Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarines are “not certified to dive today” due to maintenance delays caused by overcrowded shipyards, officials revealed Wednesday. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran told lawmakers that one of the submarines, the USS Boise, will finally enter a shipyard in…

Congress sends massive 5-year farm bill to Trump’s desk

Congress sends massive 5-year farm bill to Trump’s desk

The House of Representatives passed the final version of a massive farm bill Wednesday, clearing a major, must-pass item from the legislative agenda before the end of the year and the start of the next congressional session. The bill, which passed both the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support, next heads to President Donald…

5 reasons why the government might actually shut down

5 reasons why the government might actually shut down

We’re nine days out from a government shutdown and — unlike the usual showdown mishigas — there’s plenty of reason to think the government might actually, you know, shut down come 11:59 p.m. on December 21. And it’s not just the uber-contentious Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and…

North Carolina Republicans begin push for a new primary amid fraud scandal

North Carolina Republicans begin push for a new primary amid fraud scandal

Republicans in the North Carolina legislature are seeking to change state law to guarantee that any call for a new general election in the scandal-plagued 9th Congressional District will also include a re-run of the party primaries. The GOP-controlled state House and Senate passed a provision requiring a new primary on Wednesday. It is the…

Publicly silent, Trump has three words after watching Cohen: ‘He’s a liar’

Publicly silent, Trump has three words after watching Cohen: ‘He’s a liar’

President Donald Trump’s public silence on Wednesday belied his rising fury over longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who the President still insists is not telling the truth after he turned against him and was sentenced to three years in prison. “He’s a liar,” the President told associates after the Cohen sentencing, the coverage of…

Top Michigan Democrats steer clear of contentious lame duck

Top Michigan Democrats steer clear of contentious lame duck

Democrats who will take over Michigan’s top elected posts next year are laying low as a contentious lame duck session unfolds in the state Capitol, drawing criticism among some party officials and activists who believe they should be leading the pressure campaign against Republicans. Republicans in the state’s legislature have moved to curb the powers…

Trump’s former friends flip as he faces a new reality

Trump’s former friends flip as he faces a new reality

The schemes employed to get President Donald Trump into the Oval Office are closing in on him, and he’s frustrated at his predicament. His former fixer has now been sentenced to prison and his tabloid friend’s company landed an immunity deal. Trump separately admitted that his campaign did have interactions with Russians, which, even if…