Monthly Archives: January 2017

Trump tells Mexican president to stop ‘bad hombres down there’ in phone call

President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press. The excerpt of the call did not make […]

Trump makes unannounced trip to honor fallen Navy SEAL

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is making an unannounced trip to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed during a weekend raid on an Al Qaeda base in Yemen. Trump was to arrive Wednesday afternoon at Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base. Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old from Peoria, […]

Labor nominee Puzder says he’s divesting – and all-in

Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder is working to divest his assets from his fast food empire so he can be confirmed to the Cabinet post that enforces protections for American workers, a spokesman said Wednesday. Puzder is CEO of fast food empire CKE Restaurants Inc., and his spokesman George Thompson said divesting assets is a […]

Republicans push back on Trump’s pick for Education secretary

In back-to-back speeches from the Senate floor, a pair of Republican senators on Wednesday broke rank and said they’d oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education secretary. GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski are the first Republicans to come out against one of President Trump’s Cabinet picks. “I was trying […]

Experts: California voter registration system ‘highly susceptible’ to fraud

California’s voter registration system is “highly susceptible to being compromised,” because of immigration policies protecting the Golden State’s 2.4 million illegal immigrants, authorities have told Fox News. The integrity of elections may be compromised by a lack of oversight of non-citizens registering and voting, said Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative […]

‘Skype seats’ provide awkward, but substantive exchanges at White House briefing

The first question asked by a reporter with a “Skype seat” at Wednesday’s White House press briefing may not go down as legendary: “Can you hear me okay?” But after Press Secretary Sean Spicer assured her he could, WPRI’s Kimberly Kalunian followed up with a question about sanctuary cities – and the briefing quickly flipped […]

Security Adviser Flynn says Iran ‘on notice’ after missile test

National Security Adviser Mike Flynn said Wednesday the Trump administration is putting Iran “on notice” after it tested a ballistic missile and Tehran-backed militants attacked a Saudi naval vessel. The implications of the warning are unclear, but Flynn pointedly criticized the Obama administration for failing “to respond adequately” to Iran’s provocative behavior. He seemed to […]

Biden backs Perez in race to lead Democratic Party

WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden is backing Tom Perez to head the Democratic National Committee, calling the former Obama administration labor secretary the “best bet to help bring the party back.” Biden cast Perez, a Dominican-American civil rights lawyer who grew up in the Rust Belt, as a tireless champion of working Americans, […]

Petraeus says Trump order is blocking Iraqi general from US

WASHINGTON – Former CIA Director David Petraeus says President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees is blocking a senior Iraqi military official from traveling to the U.S. to meet with his American counterparts. Petraeus is testifying Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee. He’s telling lawmakers that Gen. Talib al-Kenani, commander of Iraq’s […]

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