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Michael Cohen, center, with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, left, and now-Energy Secretary Rick Perry in December at Trump Tower. WASHINGTON — President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has a new job with the Republican National Committee and a partnership with the multinational law firm Squire Patton Boggs. At the RNC, Cohen will join the finance leadership team where he will serve as a national deputy chairman.
Forty-one Senate Democrats have announced they will filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, setting up a partisan showdown over the hidebound institution’s internal rules this week. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday afternoon, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., became the latest Democrat to say he would vote no on cloture for Gorsuch. Senate precedent requires 60 votes to end a filibuster — an indefinite debate — and proceed to a vote for Supreme Court nominees.
A man takes a selfie with his child at a polling station in New York on Nov. 8. The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Gardner v. Rideout, a case that could have reinstated New Hampshire’s ban on “ballot selfies” in the voting booth. The court’s decision not to hear the case essentially leaves in place a 2016 ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, which ruled 3-0 that the ban was unconstitutional and violated free speech principles.
Republican Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, represents Fresno and the agricultural Central Valley of California, a district he won over his Democratic challenger in 2016 by a whopping 36 percentage points. “Embattled Republican congressman Devin Nunes was met by about 300 angry protesters when he returned to his California district on Friday for a speaking engagement,” reported ABC News.
President Trump is pushing back against the ongoing investigations into his team’s possible ties to Russia by rehashing the 2016 campaign. “Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate?” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. The president’s question refers to emails that showed former acting Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile had provided questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign in advance of a town hall and debate hosted by CNN during the Democratic primary.
Since Donald Trump began his stunning ascent from real estate mogul and reality television star to wall-building, Muslim-ban-promising Republican candidate to GOP nominee to president, there have been plenty of piercing editorials about him and his policies. But perhaps none have been as scathing as the one published Sunday by the Los Angeles Times.
A little more than a week after telling reporters he was moving on after failing to rally enough Republican support to repeal and replace Obamacare — and vowing to let former President Barack Obama’s health care law “explode” — President Trump lashed out at the “fake news media” for casting the negotiations as dead. “Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
White House pulled out of meet and greet with ‘conservatives’ favorite Russian’ over suspected mob ties
The White House abruptly canceled a scheduled meeting in February between President Trump and a high-level Russian central banker after a national security aide discovered the official had been named by Spanish police as a suspected “godfather” of an organized crime and money-laundering ring, according to an administration official and four other sources familiar with the event. The event had been planned as a meet and greet with President Trump and Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Bank of Russia and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, in a waiting room at the Washington Hilton before the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2. Torshin, a top official in his country’s central bank, headed a Russian delegation to the annual event and was among a small number of guests who had been invited by Prayer Breakfast leaders to meet with Trump before it began.
The theme for this years parade is MAKE RUSSIA GREAT AGAIN! The Grand Marshall will be a Donald Trump look-alike. The full parade was actually a April Fools’ prank. During the event, masked activists marched with a hand-pulled “float” featuring a likeness of Donald Trump sitting in an outhouse. (Getty)
Shelbi Lewark was a paid field organizer in Colorado for the Republican National Committee until Donald Trump became the party’s nominee for president. Lewark, 26, was so turned off by Trump that she quit her RNC job last summer and is now working to elect independent candidates in the Centennial State. Owen Casas is a 32-year-old stonemason from Maine who fought in Falluja, Iraq, with the Marines.
Defending its plan to punish jurisdictions that shelter undocumented immigrants, the White House implied they don’t deserve federal funding because they take crime too lightly, a stance not supported by statistics. During Friday’s briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer took a question from Derrick Blakley of CBS 2 Chicago via Skype. Blakley asked about President Trump’s executive orders withholding grants from localities maintaining “sanctuary” status for undocumented immigrants.
Michael Flynn Jr., the son of President Trump’s former national security adviser, took to Twitter on Friday to dispute reports that his father is willing to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity. Flynn Jr.’s father, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, is at the center of the allegations surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia.
In the Trump era, Dems are searching for a way forward. Tom Perriello thinks he's cracked the code.
Hillary Clinton took aim on Friday at President Trump’s proposed cuts to U.S. foreign aid and diplomacy. According to Reuters’ tabulation, Trump’s proposed budget contains a 28 percent cut for U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid next year. Clinton made her position clear.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attempted to get ahead of a potential Lego-related violation Friday with a letter to the Office for Government Ethics. Last week during an interview with the website Axios, Mnuchin answered a question asking if he had any movie recommendations by urging people to see “The Lego Batman Movie.” The suggestion was potentially troublesome because he was an executive producer on the film, with his name one of the first to appear in the film’s closing credits.
Donald Trump and Michael Flynn speak at a rally in Colorado in October. President Trump weighed in on retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s offer to testify before Congress in exchange for legal immunity, declaring that it’s a reasonable request given the current political climate. On Friday morning, Trump accused the Democrats and mainstream media of being out for blood after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election.