Tuesday , 22 January 2019

Politics

Trump preparing two State of the Union speeches for different audiences: Sources

President Donald Trump is preparing for two different State of the Union speeches – one a more traditional address delivered to Congress in the House chamber or some other location in D.C., the other prepared for a political rally at a location outside of Washington, D.C. that has yet to be determined, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning. …

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White House sets record for time span with no press briefings

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders spent most of Thursday afternoon stepping in and out of her private office to field questions from reporters huddled in the hallway, seeking more answers on the president’s surprise letter denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi use of military aircraft for her congressional delegation overseas. The crowding of the West Wing hallway, in what is …

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Supreme Court returns to gun rights for 1st time in 9 years

The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up its first gun rights case in nine years, a challenge to New York City’s prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits. The court’s decision to hear the appeal filed by three New York residents and New York’s National Rifle Association affiliate could signal a revived …

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Commerce secretary to testify on census dispute before House

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Thursday, March 14, the committee announced Monday, setting up another high-profile hearing for the chief oversight panel following former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s appearance in February. Democrats, are expected to question Ross on efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a controversial move …

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Iowa Sen. Ernst says she turned down chance to be Trump's VP

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says she turned down Donald Trump‘s request to run as his vice president in 2016 because of family concerns. Ernst made the claim in an affidavit in a divorce proceeding that was first reported by Cityview, a Des Moines alternative newspaper. The filing was made in October but unsealed this month after Ernst and her …

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High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender people while court challenges continue. The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the court’s five conservatives greenlighting it and its four liberal members saying they would not have. The Trump administration had urged …

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Supreme Court allows enforcement of Trump military transgender ban during appeals

The Supreme Court on Tuesday — by a 5-4 vote — has granted a stay of a lower court ruling blocking the Trump administration from enforcing its military transgender ban while lower court appeals continue. Justices Ruther Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would have allowed the request for a stay. This is a developing story. Please …

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Trump attacks coverage of controversial Lincoln Memorial confrontation

President Donald Trump on Tuesday seized on a viral confrontation between Catholic high school students and Native American protesters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend to attack the news media. “Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “They have captivated …

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