• 8 Things to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    8 Things to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a prime-time announcement Monday night. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to give the court a likely solid 5-4 conservative majority.

    “Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers,” Trump said in announcing his choice at the East Room of the White House.

    President George W. Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003, but he wasn’t confirmed until 2006, by a Senate vote of 57-36. The D.C. Circuit is considered a stepping stone to the high court. READ MORE...

  • After Maryland Shooting, Trump Vows to ‘Reduce Violent Crime and to Protect Innocent Life'

    After Maryland Shooting, Trump Vows to ‘Reduce Violent Crime and to Protect Innocent Life’

    President Donald Trump honored the five victims killed in a shooting at the office of a local newspaper in Maryland on Thursday.

    “I’d like to address the horrific shooting that took place yesterday at Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland,” Trump said Friday during a White House event. “This attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief.”

    “Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job,” the president, who often clashes with the media, said. “To the families of the victims, there are no words to express our sorrow for your loss. Horrible, horrible loss. Horrible, horrible thing happened.” READ MORE...

  • 6 Things to Know About Trump’s Choice to Run the VA

    6 Things to Know About Trump’s Choice to Run the VA

    President Donald Trump’s choice to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, a military reservist with experience at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, faces a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that could center on a debate over “privatization” of care.

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is slated to consider Trump’s nominee, Robert Wilkie, who for a time was the acting secretary of veterans affairs while also serving as undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. That Defense Department job includes overseeing military health care. READ MORE...

  • Trump Administration Action Could Lower Health Care Costs, Expand Coverage for Small Business Employees

    Trump Administration Action Could Lower Health Care Costs, Expand Coverage for Small Business Employees

    A new Labor Department regulation finalized Tuesday—which will make it easier for small businesses to pool resources to negotiate with large employers—will expand health care coverage for 4 million Americans by 2023, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    Out of that 4 million—who were previously required to buy on the individual market through Obamacare exchanges—400,000 do not have insurance, according to a May 23 CBO report.

    Further, under “association health plans,” premiums are estimated to decrease between $1,900 and $4,100 per year, a senior Department of Labor official told The Daily Signal during a background briefing with two reporters Monday. READ MORE...

  • Fact Checking 4 Claims About Detaining Children at the Border

    Fact Checking 4 Claims About Detaining Children at the Border

    The Trump administration is taking heat from Democrats and Republicans for separating parents and children after they illegally crossed the southern border.

    Over the six weeks from April 19 through May 31, federal officials separated about 2,000 children from their families at the U.S.-Mexican border, the Associated Press reported last week.

    President Donald Trump blamed the procedure on Democrats in Congress.

    “They’re obstructing. They’re really obstructionists and they are obstructing,” Trump said Monday at the White House. “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be.” READ MORE...

  • FBI Official Texted That 'We'll Stop' a Trump Presidency

    FBI Official Texted That ‘We’ll Stop’ a Trump Presidency

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has found that FBI official Peter Strzok, a main player in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, texted about stopping Donald Trump from becoming president, Bloomberg News first reported.

    The report from Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, says Strzok sent an electronic text to FBI colleague Lisa Page on Aug. 8, 2016, three months before Trump defeated Clinton.

    Page, an FBI lawyer, had asked Strzok via text: “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” READ MORE...

  • Alleged Leaker Engaged in 'Betrayal' of Public Trust, Prosecutor Says

    Alleged Leaker Engaged in ‘Betrayal’ of Public Trust, Prosecutor Says

    The indictment of a top Senate staffer in a leak investigation touched off continued concerns about politicized leaking of what is supposed to be secret government information.

    A federal grand jury in Washington indicted James A. Wolfe, 58, the director of security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, for lying to FBI investigators in the course of a leak investigation.

    Wolfe’s job was safeguarding all classified information in the possession of the committee, according to the Justice Department. READ MORE...

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