Senators reach preliminary Dreamers deal, but Trump hasn’t signed off

A bipartisan group of six senators has reached a deal that would shield “Dreamers” from deportation and make other changes to immigration laws and border security — but the framework has yet to win over the White House and other key players on Capitol Hill.

As of Wednesday night, multiple sources said the six senators had signed off on an agreement and were waiting for input from the administration on whether President Donald Trump would accept it. So far, they do not have that approval.

“We are, you know, we’re at a deal,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who had been involved in the negotiations, said Thursday. “And so we’ll be talking to the White House about that, and I hope we can move forward with it. It’s the only game in town. There’s no other bill."

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Scalise to undergo ‘planned surgery’ related to summer shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will undergo surgery on Wednesday as he continues to recover from last summer’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice.

“I have been fortunate to make tremendous progress in my healing from last June’s shooting, and tomorrow I will undergo a planned surgery as part of my ongoing recovery process,” Scalise (R-La.) said in a statement. “I will remain fully engaged in my work as I heal from this procedure, and I look forward to returning to the Capitol as soon as I can within the coming weeks.”

Scalise first returned to Congress in September after being shot in the hip during a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. The gunshot shattered bone and tore through muscles and organs, leaving the Louisiana lawmaker hospitalized for months after initially being in critical condition. Two police officers, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were also Continue reading “Scalise to undergo ‘planned surgery’ related to summer shooting”

White House: Trump ‘very sad to see’ Hatch retire

President Donald Trump’s reaction to Sen. Orrin Hatch’s retirement announcement on Tuesday: Sad.

“He’s particularly thankful for the senator’s leadership and massive effort that he played and the role that he played in getting the tax cut and reform package passed, and the president certainly praises his service and is very sad to see Senator Hatch leave and knows that he will certainly be missed,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

Hatch (R-Utah), who led the Senate’s tax-writing panel, announced his retirement shortly before Sanders kicked off her first briefing of the new year.

“Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching,” the 83-year-old Senate Finance Committee chairman said in a video announcement. “That’s why, after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term.”

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Trump taunts Vanity Fair over Clinton apology

President Donald Trump mocked Vanity Fair on Thursday for expressing regret over a controversial Hillary Clinton video it posted over the weekend.

“Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H,” Trump tweeted, referring to his vanquished general election opponent by the moniker he coined on the campaign trail.

Vanity Fair on Saturday tweeted a video of six New Year’s resolutions for Clinton. “Maybe it’s time for Hillary Clinton to take up a new hobby in 2018,” the post said.

The suggestions for Clinton included writing a sequel to her memoir, “What Happened” — and titling it “What the Hell Happened” — and putting away her “voodoo doll” of former FBI Director James Comey because “a handful of other things” were factors in her election loss, more than a year has elapsed, and Continue reading “Trump taunts Vanity Fair over Clinton apology”

Trump falsely claims he broke a legislative record

President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Wednesday that he had signed more legislation than any of his predecessors at this point in their terms.

“You know, one of the things that people don’t understand — we have signed more legislation than anybody,” the president said in remarks to roughly four dozen first responders at a firehouse in West Palm Beach, Florida. “We broke the record of Harry Truman.”

It is true that Trump had signed more bills in his first 100 days than any president since Truman, but as Trump nears the anniversary of his Jan. 20 inauguration, he is far removed from his 100th day. And he has now signed the fewest number of bills into law of any first-year president dating back to Dwight Eisenhower, according to a recent report from the website GovTrack.

The report was published last Thursday, a day before the president signed a Continue reading “Trump falsely claims he broke a legislative record”

Judge grants Project Veritas a victory over Michigan teachers union

A federal judge in Detroit on Wednesday lifted the temporary restraining order a major teachers union won against the conservative group Project Veritas and denied a request for a preliminary injunction.

A Wayne County circuit judge in September blocked Project Veritas, a group run by provocateur James O’Keefe, from disclosing videos of other information it obtained in an undercover operation carried out against the American Federation of Teachers chapter in Detroit.

AFT Michigan alleged that Project Veritas operative Marisa Jorge used the name Marissa Perez and posed as a University of Michigan student to gain access to the chapter as an intern. The group claimed Jorge “unlawfully accessed and transmitted proprietary and confidential information and engaged in unlawful and unauthorized surveillance of” employees.

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Obama edges out Trump as most-admired man

President Donald Trump is the second-most admired man in the world among Americans, joining a small group of incumbent presidents who failed to win Gallup’s top distinction while in office.

Trump’s predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and vanquished general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, retain their titles as the man and woman Americans most admire, according to the Gallup poll released Wednesday morning.

Obama edged out Trump, 17 percent to 14 percent, to win his 10th most-admired title. He won the year he was elected president, each year in the White House and his first year out of office. Only former President Dwight Eisenhower has won Gallup’s most-admired more times than Obama (that would be 12).

Clinton narrowly bested former first lady Michelle Obama, 9 percent to 7 percent, retaining her honor for the 16th consecutive year. The former senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee has won 22 times Continue reading “Obama edges out Trump as most-admired man”