Bannon, Priebus speak at CPAC

Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, led a discussion with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 23. Here is that full exchange.

Priebus says 80 percent of Americans support Trump’s initiatives. Sure — if all Americans are Republicans.

Even on the initiatives Priebus cited, Trump only gets 80 percent support from his own party — if that.

Republican lawmaker who won’t hold a town hall invokes Gabby Giffords shooting. She responds: ‘Have some courage.’

Rep. Louie Gohmert, who won’t hold a town hall, points to the 2011 shooting that nearly killed a congresswoman. She points to her own frequent public events.

GOP senators targeted by super PAC ads on Russia

American Bridge is starting with a social media campaign aimed at Sens. Dean Heller and Jeff Flake, both up for reelection in 2018.

Spicer: Feds could step up enforcement against marijuana use in states

The White House press secretary said President Trump sees “a big difference” between use of marijuana for medical purposes and for recreational purposes.

Making America great again apparently includes Cold War-era nuclear dominance

Trump’s willingness to expand our nuclear arsenal is a break from past presidents.

Kansas’s governor arrives at CPAC after a grueling tax fight – but doesn’t mention it

Appearance comes a day after Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bipartisan attempt to raise taxes after his signature 2012 reforms blew annual holes in the budget.

Giffords urges town halls in response to Rep. Gohmert’s shooting fears

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona urged members of Congress to host town hall meetings after Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert invoked her shooting as a reason he was not going to schedule one.

“To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage,” Giffords said in a statement. “Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”

Across the country, Republicans are facing hostile crowds of voters expressing displeasure over plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The White House has responded to these protests by saying the protesters are paid, without providing any evidence.

Gohmert released a statement Tuesday, saying he was confident all of his constituents know where he stands on the issues and why.

“Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc Continue reading “Giffords urges town halls in response to Rep. Gohmert’s shooting fears”

The Wrong Way to Oppose Donald Trump

In the short weeks since he took office, Donald Trump has managed a remarkable feat: his hazardous pronouncements and haphazard decision-making have prompted broad, vocal, and—most notable of all—bipartisan discomfort. The chorus of Democratic and Republican voices denouncing his executive order on immigration, incendiary rhetoric on Islam, dubious dealings with Russia and basic disregard for the liberal international order suggests widespread accord on some core American beliefs. What this seeming anti-Trump consensus lacks is any clear sense of what an alternative to Trumpism should be. What it masks are profound disagreements about, to mention a few, the primary threats to U.S. security, the wisdom of military involvement or the benefits of engaging adversaries. And what it means is that, to those hungry for a progressive rejoinder to Trump’s foreign policy, now is the time to clarify what that rejoinder is, lest they enable a more traditional, hawkish outlook to Continue reading “The Wrong Way to Oppose Donald Trump”

Jeff Sessions Reverses Obama-Era Policy That Curtailed DOJ’s Private Prison Use

WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday withdrew an Obama-era Justice Department memo that set a goal of reducing and ultimately ending the Justice Department’s use of private prisons.

In a one-page memo to the acting head of the Bureau of Prisons, Sessions wrote that the August 2016 memo by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates “changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”

A Justice Department spokesman said Sessions’ memo “directs the Bureau of Prisons to return to its previous approach to the use of private prisons,” which would “restore BOP’s flexibility to manage the federal prison inmate population based on capacity needs.”

BOP currently has 12 private prison contracts that hold around 21,000 inmates. Yates Continue reading “Jeff Sessions Reverses Obama-Era Policy That Curtailed DOJ’s Private Prison Use”

Zuckerberg group that fought Trump gave to transition

At the height of the 2016 presidential campaign, the immigration reform group FWD.us took aim at then-GOP candidate Donald Trump and blasted him for pursuing policies that might lead to “mass deportations.”

But months later the nonprofit, founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a $5,000 check to Trump’s presidential transition — the latest indication that it’s still business as usual for the tech industry in Washington despite the revulsion many Silicon Valley engineers and executives feel toward Trump.

Hoping to curry early favor and help shape the incoming administration, FWD.us joined a handful of tech and telecom companies like AT&T, Microsoft and Qualcomm in funding Trump’s months-long transition operation, which raked in roughly $6.5 million through Feb. 15, according to a transition disclosure report filed last weekend and obtained by POLITICO on Thursday.

The tech sector, like other industries, typically writes such checks in order Continue reading “Zuckerberg group that fought Trump gave to transition”

Cuomo won’t endorse in DNC race

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still declining to weigh in on who should become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, making him one of the state’s only high-ranking Democrats not to name a preference in the closely watched race.

"I have not taken a position. I told the delegates that they were effectively released to vote their conscience," Cuomo said when asked about the race Thursday at an unrelated news conference in Lower Manhattan. "I understand, I know a number of the people who are running. I understand the issues. But I’ve released the delegates to make up their own mind and vote their conscience."

The DNC members will vote on the next chair this weekend in Atlanta.

Other top New York Democrats, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, have said they support U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison for chair; de Blasio penned Continue reading “Cuomo won’t endorse in DNC race”

DNC candidate Jaime Harrison quits race, backs Tom Perez

Withdrawal of South Carolina party chair leaves contest with no current or former state party leader left in race.

‘No more powerful ally than the NRA’: Group names itself leader of Trump’s #counterresistance

“Already, the forces that conspired to keep Donald Trump out of the White House are coming together to sabotage his administration,” NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre says.

Stephen Bannon’s nationalist call to arms, annotated

Bannon doesn’t speak often. But when he does, it lands hard.

The audacious honesty of John Boehner

The former Speaker has some thoughts about Obamacare

NRA: ‘Wayne LaPierre Will Fight Back at CPAC’

A video released ahead of the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference says the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president will lead the fight to support President Trump.

Trump promises to solve ‘human trafficking epidemic’ in White House meeting

President Trump promised to solve what he called a “human trafficking epidemic”

Republican Marsha Blackburn tries to defuse Obamacare repeal anger with bald-faced lies

It takes a special kind of deplorable to be Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the odious leader of last year’s House “investigation” into Planned Parenthood. You know, the one that endangered the lives of a Planned Parenthood staffer and medical researchers when she “accidentally” leaked their names and addresses? Yeah, her. Blackburn decided to hold town meetings this week, and they’re contentious. She’s apparently decided to deal with her constituents complaints by lying through her teeth.

Like when she’s confronted with the truth about Planned Parenthood, the services it provides, and the number of people who have health care because of it, the vast majority of them not getting abortions. And none of the abortions it provides being paid for with federal tax dollars. Because the Hyde Amendment stops that. Blackburn blithely ignored all that.

“I stand firmly in my belief that taxpayer funds ought not to be used for

Continue reading “Republican Marsha Blackburn tries to defuse Obamacare repeal anger with bald-faced lies”

Republican Marsha Blackburn tries to defuse Obamacare repeal anger with bald-faced lies

It takes a special kind of deplorable to be Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the odious leader of last year’s House “investigation” into Planned Parenthood. You know, the one that endangered the lives of a Planned Parenthood staffer and medical researchers when she “accidentally” leaked their names and addresses? Yeah, her. Blackburn decided to hold town meetings this week, and they’re contentious. She’s apparently decided to deal with her constituents complaints by lying through her teeth.

Like when she’s confronted with the truth about Planned Parenthood, the services it provides, and the number of people who have health care because of it, the vast majority of them not getting abortions. And none of the abortions it provides being paid for with federal tax dollars. Because the Hyde Amendment stops that. Blackburn blithely ignored all that.

“I stand firmly in my belief that taxpayer funds ought not to be used for

Continue reading “Republican Marsha Blackburn tries to defuse Obamacare repeal anger with bald-faced lies”