White House still a go on planning trip for North Korea summit

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reaffirmed Saturday that a White House advance team will head to Singapore for a planning meeting in preparation for a potential June 12 summit there with North Korea.

President Donald Trump has signaled repeatedly that he’s open to proceeding with the historic sit-down despite sending a blunt letter North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday apparently calling it off.

“The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Saturday morning.

Kim met Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a key figure in brokering the U.S.-North Korea détente, to discuss getting the Singapore meeting back on track.

The manifest for the trip to Singapore, obtained Friday by POLITICO, includes a large advance team lead by deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin Continue reading “White House still a go on planning trip for North Korea summit”

Trump blames Democrats for separating migrant families at the border

President Trump on Saturday called for an end to his administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant families at the border for legal prosecution, blaming Democrats for inaction on immigration policy.”…

FBI obtained wiretap conversations of Kremlin-linked banker who met with Trump Jr: report

The FBI has obtained wiretapped conversations of a Kremlin-linked banker who later met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential election.Spanish national police provided the FBI with tapes of Russian olig…

Trump announces release of American held in Venezuela

President Donald Trump on Saturday announced that an American citizen held in Venezuela would be released and on U.S. soil by Saturday evening.

"Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M," the president wrote on Twitter. "The great people of Utah will be very happy!"

Josh Holt of Utah was arrested in 2016 after traveling to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online. According to a Washington Post report, Holt was accused of stockpiling weapons in public housing.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Saturday he has worked with both the Obama and Trump administrations alongside diplomatic contacts to help secure the release of Holt and his wife Thamy.

"I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh with his Continue reading “Trump announces release of American held in Venezuela”

Trump announces release of American held in Venezuela

President Donald Trump on Saturday announced that an American citizen held in Venezuela would be released and on U.S. soil by Saturday evening.

"Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M," the president wrote on Twitter. "The great people of Utah will be very happy!"

Josh Holt of Utah was arrested in 2016 after traveling to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online. According to a Washington Post report, Holt was accused of stockpiling weapons in public housing.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Saturday he has worked with both the Obama and Trump administrations alongside diplomatic contacts to help secure the release of Holt and his wife Thamy.

"I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh with his Continue reading “Trump announces release of American held in Venezuela”

Ireland Abortion Amendment Set To Be Repealed In Historic Referendum

Irish women will no longer have to travel to the United Kingdom to end their pregnancies.

WikiLeaks’s Assange reportedly offers to show Schiff ‘there was no collusion’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is willing to meet with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, to prove there was “no collusion,” according to an intermediary who spoke…

Analysts call it the ‘gender bonus.’ House primary voters call it the change they’re looking for.

Female Democratic newcomers capitalize on resistance to President Trump and the outrage of the #MeToo movement to chalk up wins across the country.

Ryan Zinke Looks To Reel Back Some Critics With ‘Grand Pivot’ To Conservation

The interior secretary attempts damage control with hunting and fishing groups that didn’t like his fossil fuel focus.

Agent Orange May Be Responsible For More Veteran Deaths Than The Government Is Willing To Recognize

Peter Naylor died of esophageal cancer in 2015, and now his wife is fighting to have the disease recognized as related to his service in Vietnam.

Publix halts donations to self-described ‘NRA sellout’ amid boycott, ‘die-in’ protests by David Hogg

Grocery store chain suspends political contributions amid anti-NRA protest led by David Hogg

The stench of Michael Cohen’s consulting business grows

A firm that hired Cohen has denied an affiliated Russian oligarch was involved. But it turns out he and the firm’s head met with Cohen three times.

North and South Korean leaders meet again

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for the second time in a month on Saturday to discuss carrying out the peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim’s potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Moon’s office said.

South Korean presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Moon will reveal the outcome of his surprise meeting with Kim on Sunday. The presidential Blue House did not immediately provide more details.

The meeting at a border truce village came hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated meeting before saying it’s potentially back on. Trump later tweeted that the summit, if it does happen, will likely take place on June 12 in Singapore as originally planned.

In their first summit in April, Kim and Moon Continue reading “North and South Korean leaders meet again”

McConnell sees Ohio in play as confidence about midterms grows  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in an interview with The Hill said he thinks Republicans can make a play for Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seat in Ohio.Brown, a Democrat, previously hadn’t been a top target o…

Week 53: Trump Goes Spy Hunting and Gets Skunked

Master table-turner Donald Trump is at it again, spinning the latest damning news from the Russia investigation and flinging it back at his critics to make him look like a victim, not a perp.

This week’s twirl of the table had Trump spinning his interpretive energies into “SPYGATE,” his racy label for the alleged “Criminal Deep State” conspiracy against him. Why call it Spygate? Trump, who lives for catchy buzz-phrases and slogans, told an ally he wanted “to brand” the informant as a spy, and that such language would leave a more lasting impression on the media and public.

On Sunday, the president issued his pompous “I hereby demand” decree on Twitter that the Department of Justice investigate his suspicions that the Obama administration had “infiltrated or surveilled” his campaign. According to Trump’s theory, the FBI wasn’t investigating the possible penetration of his 2016 presidential campaign by Russian Continue reading “Week 53: Trump Goes Spy Hunting and Gets Skunked”

How a Tiny Kansas Town Rebooted Its Struggling Hospital into a Health Care Jewel

LAKIN, Kansas—No stoplight marks the entrance to Lakin, just a gas station, a Subway, and a Dollar General. On Main Street, a coffee shop owned by a Mennonite family stays open late once a week, but its storefront was the only one illuminated at 7 p.m. on a recent weeknight. According to one study, the 2,200 citizens of Lakin live in one of the ten most remote towns in the country. To reach it, you must drive through miles of straw-colored fields that stretch to the horizon in all directions. Ranches that aren’t growing corn or wheat have dikes drilling for natural gas or cows standing in feedlots of gray filth. During the winter, the air is so dry that the soil cracks, and the wind carries the inescapable stench of dust and manure.

The region’s economy depends on the price of gas and oil, which plummeted in recent Continue reading “How a Tiny Kansas Town Rebooted Its Struggling Hospital into a Health Care Jewel”

How the ‘Watergate Babies’ Broke American Politics

For millions of Americans, from political analysts to readers confronting their morning newspapers, the dysfunction of today’s Congress is a disturbing mystery. The majority, which controls the agenda and schedule of the House, seems riven with division; the leadership seems bereft of methods or muscle for enforcing discipline; distrust pervades relations with Senate colleagues, and the relationship with the White House, controlled by the majority’s own party, is unpredictable and volatile. With the Republicans locked in seemingly intractable conflict with a minority focused on regaining power, the Congress has rarely been less productive or less well-regarded in the public’s perception.

It wasn’t always like this; in some ways, it was worse. For generations, the House was a secretive, hierarchical, tradition-bound institution that gave little regard or influence to newcomers. Power was concentrated so assiduously in the handful of committee chairs that even the elected leadership hesitated to challenge the old Continue reading “How the ‘Watergate Babies’ Broke American Politics”

Trump and Kim fight PR war as summit talks collapse

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are locked in an international public relations battle after Trump cancelled their planned summit.Pyongyang responded to Trump’s cancelation with uncharacteristic…

Video: The ‘scandals’ and progress of the Russia probe

While President Trump has tried to shift public attention from the Russia investigation with outlandish claims, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has moved quietly, steadily forward.

Booyah: Obama Photographer Hilariously Trolls Trump’s ‘Spy’ Claim

Just a peeping minute.