Conway: ‘Nobody likes’ separation of migrant families

No one is a fan of separating families at the border, but if Democrats are serious about ending these policies, then they’ll work together with Republicans to implement “real immigration reform,” Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” on Sunday morning.

“The president is ready to get meaningful immigration reform across the board,” Conway said. “And Chuck, let me just tell you, that nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mother’s arms, from their mothers’ wombs frankly. But we have to make sure that DHS’ laws are understood through the sound-bite culture that we live in.”

“This is a perilous journey for many of these children and if people really cared about them, we would figure out a way to get the funding to expand the centers and to close the loopholes,” she added. “These loopholes are allowing open border policies. I think what Continue reading “Conway: ‘Nobody likes’ separation of migrant families”

O’Rourke on separation of families at border: ‘It is on all of us’

When it comes down to it, the separation of families at the border is “on all of us, not just the Trump administration,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday morning.

“At the moment that [these children] finally thought they had reached safety, refuge, were going to petition for asylum, they were taken from their parents, and are now in Tornillo with no idea of when or if they will see their mothers or their fathers on this Father’s Day again,” the Texas Democratic congressman said.

The practice recently came under fire when Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued that, if parents don’t want to risk being separated from their children, they should not bring their children with them in the first place — adding that the administration warns those who illegally travel to the U.S. with their children in tow that “they can’t Continue reading “O’Rourke on separation of families at border: ‘It is on all of us’”

Gowdy: House will act on FBI, DOJ subpoenas

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy says the House is prepared to take action this week if the FBI and Justice Department fail to comply with the committee’s subpoena request, the South Carolina Republican told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” this morning.

“Under the heading of minor miracles, you had members of the House working on a Friday,” Gowdy said. “Paul Ryan led this meeting. You had [House Intelligence Chairman] Devin Nunes, [House Judiciary Chairman] Bob Goodlatte, myself and everyone you can think of from the FBI and the DOJ, and we went item by item on both of those outstanding subpoenas.”

The subpoena, issued in March, references documents related to how the FBI handled its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server, its firing of former FBI official Andrew McCabe and various surveillance concerns. The FBI and Justice Department have yet to produce all requested documentation.

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Bannon: ‘I couldn’t be prouder’ of Trump

Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon may not have left the White House on the best of terms, but he still “couldn’t be prouder” of President Donald Trump and the job he’s doing, Bannon told Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday morning.

“Donald Trump is accomplishing everything he committed to the American people on the campaign that I stepped in as CEO. I couldn’t be prouder of the guy,” Bannon said. “All he has to do is continue to hit those marks on that whiteboard and he’s going to run the tables.”

But that doesn’t mean that and Trump have kept in touch since Bannon’s very public exit.

“Before I stepped in as CEO of the campaign, I probably talked to Donald Trump 10 times in my entire life,” he said. “I don’t need to talk to Donald Trump.”

Bannon told Karl that “no,” he hasn’t Continue reading “Bannon: ‘I couldn’t be prouder’ of Trump”

Giuliani: Trump shouldn’t issue pardons in Russia investigation

As long as Rudy Giuliani is serving as President Donald Trump’s lawyer, he’ll advise the president to say no to pardons in the Russia investigation, Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday morning.

“The president has issued no pardons in this investigation," Giuliani said on ‘State of the Union.” "The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation."

“And my advice to him, as long as I’m his lawyer, is not to do it," he added. "Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind. I want that to come out loud and clear and not get clouded by anybody being fired or anybody being pardoned.”

But that doesn’t mean that pardons couldn’t still be an option down the road, Giuliani added — but Giuliani himself will be staying out of Continue reading “Giuliani: Trump shouldn’t issue pardons in Russia investigation”

Watchdog dings Comey’s Gmail use

Former FBI Director James Comey used a personal email account to conduct some government business, according to a critical government watchdog report released Thursday.

A new report from the Justice Department inspector general cites five specific instances in which Comey used his personal Gmail for his work with the FBI, although does not say that any classified information passed through his private account. The department’s IG was tasked with broadly reviewing the FBI’s handling of its probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while she served as secretary of State, as well as allegations of bias in the bureau.

"We found that … Comey’s use of a personal email account on multiple occasions for unclassified FBI business to be inconsistent with the DOJ Policy Statement," the report states.

The revelation has left many people scratching their heads, given that Comey himself was tasked with overseeing the Clinton investigation.

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Trump dismisses De Niro as ‘punch-drunk’ after Tony Awards outburst

The latest target of President Donald Trump’s ire: Robert De Niro.

Two days after De Niro’s expletive-filled outburst about Trump at the Tony Awards, the president hit back, calling the actor a “very Low IQ individual” and saying that he has “received to many shots to the head by real boxers in movies.”

“I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk,’ Trump added. “I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!”

De Niro is famous for his role as boxer Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film "Raging Bull," for which he won an Oscar. De Niro also played a boxer in the 2013 sports comedy "Grudge Match," alongside Sylvester Stallone, and a boxing trainer in the 2016 film Continue reading “Trump dismisses De Niro as ‘punch-drunk’ after Tony Awards outburst”

Trump rips into Sanford: ‘He is better off in Argentina’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into GOP Rep. Mark Sanford, mockingly saying the former South Carolina governor is "better off in Argentina," as he endorsed state Rep. Katie Arrington in the bitter House Republican primary election.

“Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina,” Trump wrote — a reference to Sanford’s 2009 affair with María Belén Chapur, a journalist from Buenos Aires.

Sanford’s brief disappearance to Argentina derailed his presidential ambitions at the time.

He has since reinvented himself as a Never Trumper, but his frequent criticism of the president has landed him in hot water and led to an unexpectedly competitive race that is playing out on Tuesday.

“I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love,” Trump added. “She is tough Continue reading “Trump rips into Sanford: ‘He is better off in Argentina’”

Trump rips into Sanford: ‘He is better off in Argentina’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into GOP Rep. Mark Sanford, mockingly saying the former South Carolina governor is "better off in Argentina," as he endorsed state Rep. Katie Arrington in the bitter House Republican primary election.

“Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina,” Trump wrote — a reference to Sanford’s 2009 affair with María Belén Chapur, a journalist from Buenos Aires.

Sanford’s brief disappearance to Argentina derailed his presidential ambitions at the time.

He has since reinvented himself as a Never Trumper, but his frequent criticism of the president has landed him in hot water and led to an unexpectedly competitive race that is playing out on Tuesday.

“I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love,” Trump added. “She is tough Continue reading “Trump rips into Sanford: ‘He is better off in Argentina’”

Conference of Mayors passes resolutions favoring gun control

The bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a series of resolutions calling for more gun control measures during the group’s annual meeting in Boston this week.

The conference is advocating measures to strengthen the regulation of gun sales and dealers, as well as ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

“The U.S. Conference has a 50-year history of formally adopting and aggressively promoting strong policies to reduce gun violence, all consistent with its support for the Second Amendment to the Constitution,” the group said.

Additionally, the group called for steps it said would protect young people — like opposing letting teachers and other non-law enforcement personnel be armed in K-12 schools — and cited incidents like February’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as impetus for its push.

The group also passed a resolution backing red flag laws that allow “family members and law Continue reading “Conference of Mayors passes resolutions favoring gun control”

Cohn kept the jobs numbers from Trump

COHN KEPT THE JOBS NUMBERS FROM TRUMP — MM hears that before he left the White House, former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn would withhold jobs report data from President Trump until shortly before their release because he was worried the president couldn’t help but say something about them.

It’s now easy to see why he did this. I wrote at some length on Friday about Trump’s extraordinary tweet an hour before the May jobs report suggesting that he was “looking forward” to the numbers, which turned out to handily beat expectations. Markets jumped on Trump’s tweet, which pushed right up to the line (and perhaps beyond) of rules forbidding federal officials from saying anything about the data until an hour AFTER its release.

Current NEC Director Larry Kudlow followed the usual protocol in calling Trump on Air Force One on Thursday and gave him Friday’s figures. Kudlow did Continue reading “Cohn kept the jobs numbers from Trump”

White House: Trump has ‘voiced some frustrations’ with Rosenstein

President Donald Trump may be frustrated with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, but the White House is refusing to tip its hand on Rosenstein’s future in the administration.

“I don’t have any announcements at this time,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday, when asked whether Trump has plans to fire Rosenstein. “The president’s voiced some frustrations, but beyond that, I don’t have anything to add.”

Rosenstein has been the focus of criticism among many Trump allies after he authorized a raid on longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen earlier this week. Trump met with Rosenstein at the White House on Thursday, amplifying concerns that Rosenstein could be on his way out.

Ousting Rosenstein could be one way for Trump to rein in the ongoing Russia investigation, given that he has the authority to fire Mueller but has said Continue reading “White House: Trump has ‘voiced some frustrations’ with Rosenstein”

Brown agrees to send National Guard troops to Mexico border

LOS ANGELES — In an apparent de-escalation of the raging conflict between California and President Donald Trump over immigration, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday agreed to increase California National Guard operations along the state’s border with Mexico, while insisting personnel will not be used to support any immigration enforcement or to build a border wall.

The announcement comes less than a week after Trump called for National Guard deployments along the U.S.-Mexico border until a border wall is built. The Republican governors of Texas and Arizona already committed to participate.

But Brown, whose state has clashed repeatedly with Trump over immigration and other issues, was far more cautious in his response.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis, the four-term Democrat said California “will accept federal funding to add approximately 400 Guard members statewide to supplement the staffing of its ongoing Continue reading “Brown agrees to send National Guard troops to Mexico border”

Stormy Daniels to appear on ‘The View’ next week

“The View” has a busy lineup in store next week, with shows featuring former FBI Director James Comey and now, adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

“JUST ANNOUNCED: Stormy Daniels sits down with the co-hosts for her first LIVE national television interview,” the show tweeted. Daniels’ interview is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17.

This isn’t the first time Daniels has been slated to appear on “The View.” She was expected to join the co-hosts for their “Hot Topics” segment on Feb. 1, but ultimately pulled the plug the day prior to her scheduled booking.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has been in the limelight for months after news surfaced of her reported affair with President Donald Trump in 2006. She is now suing Trump over an alleged hush agreement and $130,000 payment.

Her appearance will come just a week after the FBI raided the home and office of Continue reading “Stormy Daniels to appear on ‘The View’ next week”

Zuckerberg hearing: Grasping — and grasping for — tech terms

Technology can prove confusing for even the most knowledgeable. There were a few moments during Tuesday’s testimony by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before the Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce committees that left lawmakers — and viewers and even Zuckerberg — scratching their heads.

Stanford Analytica?

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) asked Zuckerberg whether he’d heard of Peter Thiel’s company Palantir, which specializes in big-data analysis. She added that “some people have referred to [Palantir] as a Stanford Analytica,” suggesting that Palantir may have taught Cambridge Analytica some of its own data-collection methods. Palantir has denied working with Cambridge Analytica, but former Cambridge contractor Christopher Wylie said that some of Palantir’s staff helped work on the models Cambridge was building. Cantwell’s peculiar phrasing of this question, however, left Zuckerberg at a loss for words.

Cross-device tracking (or lack thereof)

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Key moments from Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate testimony

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook, appeared before lawmakers for the first time on Tuesday to answer questions about how his social networking juggernaut handles its 2.2 billion users’ private data, as well as the role the company played in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

The 33-year-old tech titan faced an onslaught of 44 senators from the chamber’s Judiciary and Commerce committees — all eager to maximize their allotted five minutes for grilling the witness.

Zuckerberg had at least a few friendly faces stationed outside on the Capitol lawn — but they were all his own. A 100-strong infantry of life-sized cutouts bearing the Facebook chief’s likeness were stationed there as part of an activist campaign to halt the spread of misinformation on social media.

Here are the key moments from his testimony:

First and foremost, Zuckerberg told lawmakers, he’s sorry. Although Facebook has been Continue reading “Key moments from Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate testimony”

Jeb Bush mocks Trump: My children ‘actually love me’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took a few swings at President Donald Trump during a lecture this week at Yale University — saying he goes home every day to children “who actually love me."

He also joked that he’s still working through his 2016 presidential election experience.

“I’m not going to talk about the 2016 election,” Bush said, according to the Yale Daily News. “I’m still in therapy.”

But beyond those remarks, Bush made a push for more polite political discourse.

Bush, who ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, also took the opportunity to dive into the current state of American politics and the conservative movement across the country.

“If there was ever need for a Bill Buckley-like approach to transforming conservativism in this country, it is right now,” Bush said, referring to the conservative author and commentator who founded the National Review magazine. “Maybe Continue reading “Jeb Bush mocks Trump: My children ‘actually love me’”

Kellyanne Conway’s husband jabs at White House via Twitter

Kellyanne Conway’s husband has had some strong words for President Donald Trump lately.

Shortly after the Wednesday afternoon publication of a New York Times report that Trump’s former lawyer had discussed potential pardons for Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, George Conway called the report "flabbergasting.”

It wasn’t the first time George Conway, who is of counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, took a stance that might raise eyebrows in the administration. Earlier on Wednesday, he retweeted a post emphasizing the importance of the lawsuit by Stormy Daniels, who says she once had an affair with the president, and another post that highlighted Trump’s lack of public events this week.

George Conway confirmed on Wednesday that the Twitter account, which is not verified, belongs to him. He did not immediately respond to follow-up questions about why he appeared at odds with the president.

George Conway also took issue last Continue reading “Kellyanne Conway’s husband jabs at White House via Twitter”

Trump tweets support after Orange County, California, opposes ‘sanctuary’ law

President Donald Trump praised Orange County on Wednesday after its board of supervisors voted unanimously to oppose California’s “sanctuary” law.

The Justice Department earlier this month filed a lawsuit arguing that the California law, which limits police cooperation with federal immigration officials, is unconstitutional. The Orange County supervisors decided to join the lawsuit.

“My Administration stands in solidarity with the brave citizens in Orange County defending their rights against California’s illegal and unconstitutional Sanctuary policies,” Trump tweeted. “California’s Sanctuary laws release known dangerous criminals into communities across the State. All citizens have the right to be protected by Federal law and strong borders.”

"Look, the president is encouraging people to follow federal law," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during Wednesday’s briefing. "There’s a reason that we have laws in this country, and he expects that individual cities and states should follow the federal law."

During Continue reading “Trump tweets support after Orange County, California, opposes ‘sanctuary’ law”

Candy Carson rebuffs claims she was scapegoated over furniture dust-up

Candy Carson rejected claims Friday morning that her husband, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, threw her under the bus in the midst of uproar over a $31,000 furniture set for his office.

Carson’s office recently ordered 17 pieces of furniture totaling $31,000 — a purchase that he said was done in the interest of safety, not redecorating. Carson canceled the order after news of his purchase sparked outrage from the public and lawmakers alike. But during a hearing before House appropriators on Tuesday, Carson appeared to pass the blame for the decision entirely to his wife.

“I invited my wife to come and help,” Carson said. “I left it to my wife, you know, to choose something. I dismissed myself from the issues.”

Candy Carson, however, was quick to defend the secretary’s testimony.

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