Monthly Archives: July 2017

Lindsey Graham on health care: ‘We should be politically horsewhipped if we don’t try this again’

Sen. Lindsey Graham tells Fox News the Republicans deserve to be “politically horsewhipped” if they don’t try again to repeal and replace ObamaCare — and on Monday he revealed details of his new plan. Despite rocky results in the Senate last week, Graham, R-S.C., is urging the Senate to continuing working on alternatives. Speaking to Dana…

Texas police agencies get some ICE powers

The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency signed more than a dozen agreements with local Texas law enforcement entities on Monday, giving them the authority to perform certain functions as federal immigration agents. Thomas Homan, who took over as the acting director of ICE in January 2017, signed 18 new agreements with…

John Kelly takes command as Trump slams back at accusations of ‘White House chaos’

Retired general John Kelly took command Monday of President Trump’s White House staff, in a shakeup that could serve to restore discipline and focus to a White House that’s been gripped by internal power struggles that have played out in the press. Kelly’s reputation as a straight shooter has many in the Oval Office and…

Who could be the next DHS secretary?

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly’s move from secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to White House chief of staff leaves big shoes for the White House to fill. At DHS, Kelly emerged as a key force in the administration, taking the lead on some of President Trump’s more controversial policies – including his executive orders suspending the…

Federal lawmakers seek to deregulate gun silencers

A handful of proposed federal bills would make gun silencers more readily available. And they may overrule Illinois’ ban on the firearms accessory. Gun suppressors have been heavily regulated since the Great Depression. They reduce the sound of a gunshot to levels that aren’t as damaging to a shooter’s hearing. That’s why U.S. Rep. Steve…

Dem rep hit for calling John Kelly an ‘extremist’

Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee is taking heat for calling incoming White House Chief of Staff John Kelly an “extremist” who supposedly is poised to help President Trump militarize the White House. Lee, of California, made the charge late Friday in response to Trump’s decision to put the Homeland Security secretary and retired general in charge…

Chris Christie confronts fan at Milwaukee Brewers game

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took time at a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game Sunday to yell in a fan’s face, calling him a “big shot.” The fan, Brad Joseph, told WISN that at Sunday’s game versus the Chicago Cubs, he yelled for Christie and “told him that he sucked.” During the confrontation, the end of…

Trump strong-arms ObamaCare back to table; holdout Collins says ‘job is not done’

Senate Republicans ended July in humiliating and seemingly final defeat over repealing and replacing ObamaCare, but relentless pressure this weekend from President Trump and reports of yet another potentially winning bill has sparked renewed hope of success within the party.   Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reportedly has a new overhaul plan for the Senate, where…

Changing the Senate rules, not so fast

A gentle, almost Irish mist cloaked most of Washington, DC early Saturday morning. Cloudbursts, thunderstorms and flooding washed out Friday. Basements and alleys flooded. Sump pumps labored overtime. Compared to the sodden circumstances the day before, Saturday morning’s drizzle was a welcome sight as people headed to yoga classes and out on coffee runs. But…

Pelosi says future of her leadership role ‘unimportant,’ but is a ‘master legislator’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday again dismissed assertions that she should resign her long-held leadership post, saying “I am a master legislator.” Pelosi, who has been the House’s top Democrat since 2007, has faced repeated suggestion that she step down since 2010, when Republicans took control of the chamber in a wave election.…