Trump Returns To Bashing The Migrant Caravan, Calling It A ‘Big Con’

The president said asylum seekers can't be serious if they're waving flags from their home countries.

Authorities find rocket launcher, pipe bombs during raid on Florida white supremacist gangs

Nearly 40 members of two white supremacist gangs in Florida were arrested as the result of a massive drug trafficking sting, authorities announced this week.The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the…

Fire death toll rises to 71 ahead of Trump’s California visit

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CHICO, Calif. — With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump.

The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the grief and damage caused by the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, and he could face resentment from locals for blaming the inferno on poor forest management in California.

In an interview taped Friday and scheduled for broadcast on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump said he was surprised to see images of firefighters removing dried brush near a fire, adding, “This should have been all raked out.”

Late Friday, Trump tweeted: "Thank you @JerryBrownGov. Look forward to joining you and @GavinNewsom tomorrow in California. We are with Continue reading “Fire death toll rises to 71 ahead of Trump’s California visit”

Fire death toll rises to 71 ahead of Trump’s California visit

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CHICO, Calif. — With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump.

The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the grief and damage caused by the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, and he could face resentment from locals for blaming the inferno on poor forest management in California.

In an interview taped Friday and scheduled for broadcast on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump said he was surprised to see images of firefighters removing dried brush near a fire, adding, “This should have been all raked out.”

Late Friday, Trump tweeted: "Thank you @JerryBrownGov. Look forward to joining you and @GavinNewsom tomorrow in California. We are with Continue reading “Fire death toll rises to 71 ahead of Trump’s California visit”

Mia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit

Incumbent Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) pulled ahead in her race against Democrat Ben McAdams for the first time Friday as an updated vote count in Utah County gave her a narrow lead.Love is currentl…

Melania Trump’s Hotel Charges Were $174,000 For A Day Trip To Toronto: Records

The first lady's spokeswoman implied some of the money went to an advance team. But there were separate, additional charges for the team.

‘Nelson has no path’: Democrats admit Scott beats Florida icon

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Sen. Bill Nelson has run out of time, run out of favorable court rulings and is about to officially run out of votes.

After losing to Gov. Rick Scott on Election Day, losing after an automatic recount and appearing to not make up the gap following a manual recount Friday, Nelson’s campaign was dealt a mortal blow later that evening by U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker, who crushed the Democrat’s last major hope by upholding a Florida law that forbids county election offices from counting vote-by-mail ballots received after 7 p.m. Election Day.

“It’s done. But it was done before today. This was a total Hail Mary,” said a top Democrat involved in Nelson’s campaign who didn’t want to speak publicly before the Democratic Party icon conceded defeat to one of the party’s most-hated rivals.

The night before, Walker had rejected yet another Nelson lawsuit concerning standards Continue reading “‘Nelson has no path’: Democrats admit Scott beats Florida icon”

Trump returns to the migrant caravan after post-election lull

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President Donald Trump on Friday night returned to the issue of the migrant caravan, a topic he placed intense focus on before the midterm elections but since then has remained largely silent about.

“Isn’t it ironic that large Caravans of people are marching to our border wanting U.S.A. asylum because they are fearful of being in their country – yet they are proudly waving….,” the president wrote on Twitter.

“….their country’s flag. Can this be possible? Yes, because it is all a BIG CON, and the American taxpayer is paying for it!,” he added in a follow up tweet.

Before Friday night, Trump had not written about the caravan on Twitter since before the midterm elections. At that time, his claims about the group of Central American migrants, some of whom said that they planned to seek asylum in the U.S., drew the Continue reading “Trump returns to the migrant caravan after post-election lull”

Rep. Mia Love pulls ahead of Democrat Ben McAdams as judge dismisses her lawsuit

Love, a two-term lawmaker, had sought to halt the counting of ballots in Salt Lake County.

John Delaney expands Iowa 2020 footprint

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Maryland Congressman John Delaney is ramping up his Iowa operation, with plans to have 30 full-time staffers on the ground and up to eight offices opened by January, his campaign told POLITICO.

Delaney was the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for president and has heavily invested in the first presidential state of Iowa, having already visited all 99 counties and run television ads in the state.

“We’re encouraged by what we are hearing on the ground across the state,” Delaney campaign spokeswoman Monica Biddix said Friday. “We want to build on our early efforts by ramping up the campaign with staff and offices.”

Biddix said the campaign wants to expand its footprint in the state and “show up everywhere.”

With an expansive field of candidates already taking shape, Delaney’s campaign is attempting to maintain the early toehold it has so far in Iowa.

Even though Iowa’s competitive Continue reading “John Delaney expands Iowa 2020 footprint”

John Delaney expands Iowa 2020 footprint

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Maryland Congressman John Delaney is ramping up his Iowa operation, with plans to have 30 full-time staffers on the ground and up to eight offices opened by January, his campaign told POLITICO.

Delaney was the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for president and has heavily invested in the first presidential state of Iowa, having already visited all 99 counties and run television ads in the state.

“We’re encouraged by what we are hearing on the ground across the state,” Delaney campaign spokeswoman Monica Biddix said Friday. “We want to build on our early efforts by ramping up the campaign with staff and offices.”

Biddix said the campaign wants to expand its footprint in the state and “show up everywhere.”

With an expansive field of candidates already taking shape, Delaney’s campaign is attempting to maintain the early toehold it has so far in Iowa.

Even though Iowa’s competitive Continue reading “John Delaney expands Iowa 2020 footprint”

Intelligence officials: Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing

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U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi — a claim the Saudi government has denied.

That’s according to a U.S. official familiar with the conclusion, who spoke Friday only on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The Trump administration this week sanctioned individuals for their alleged role in the killing, but the intelligence officials’ conclusion bolsters efforts in Congress for a harsher U.S. response.

The Washington Post columnist, who had been critical of the royal family, was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish and Saudi authorities say he was killed by a team from the kingdom inside the consulate after he went there to get marriage documents.

Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine

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Top police official seeking Trump job reversed position on criminal justice bill

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President Donald Trump is considering a top national police official to be his director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, an appointment that critics say could be a potential reward for his support of a White House-backed sentencing reform bill.

Opponents of bipartisan legislation to overhaul federal sentencing guidelines were surprised to see Chuck Canterbury, the head of the influential Fraternal Order of Police, standing beside Trump on Wednesday at an event celebrating the proposed measure. The police group, which Canterbury has headed for more than a decade, had previously opposed the legislation.

It was an unusual move for the law enforcement veteran, who enthusiastically testified at last year’s Senate confirmation hearing on behalf of Jeff Sessions, Trump’s recently dismissed attorney general and a high-profile opponent of the criminal justice reform legislation. Canterbury’s group said in a statement ahead of the president’s endorsement that the First Step Continue reading “Top police official seeking Trump job reversed position on criminal justice bill”

Comey invites House Republicans to hold public hearing after news of possible subpoena

Former FBI Director James Comey invited House Republicans to hold a public hearing following a report from The Hill on Friday that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is …

CIA Determines Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s Assassination

The conclusion that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the journalist's murder contradict the Saudi government's version.

D.C.’s Neo-Nazi Brothers Were Hiding In Plain Sight

A neighbor in Washington’s Bloomingdale neighborhood warned a cop about extremists Jeffrey and Edward Clark. It wasn’t enough.

Dem women rally behind Pelosi

Dozens of Democratic women – incumbents and newcomers alike – are rallying behind Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as she fights with a group of detractors in her own party to become Speaker in the next Congress.A lett…

House Ethics Committee sanctions a Democrat and a Republican over sexual-harassment-related allegations

John Kelly works to save his ally Kirstjen Nielsen from firing

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White House chief of staff John Kelly is fighting to save Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security chief at whom President Donald Trump has lashed out for the rise in border apprehensions over the past several months.

Kelly, whose fate in the administration is also unclear, is working to convince the president that Nielsen is not to blame for a recent surge in arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border that has enraged him, according to two sources familiar with the conversations.

Nielsen also has other supporters, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who have told Trump that Nielsen cannot control the border crossing rate.

Much like several since-fired officials before her, Nielsen — who stood next to Trump with hands clasped at a Friday photo-op to tout new cybersecurity legislation — has carried on with her duties well after Trump has signaled he wants her gone.

Kelly’s bid to save

Continue reading “John Kelly works to save his ally Kirstjen Nielsen from firing”

CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi murder: report 

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul last month, …