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EPA chief gets his facts wrong on coal jobs


As Kessler explains, "In the last four months of the Obama administration, September to January, there was a gain of 1,400 jobs". That's not true : Pruitt is quoting jobs numbers from the mining industry overall . They are the first-ever national standards for methane pollution, a greenhouse gas that is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide during the time it remains in the atmosphere. Read More »

GOP Medicaid cuts to hit rural America hardest, report finds


That means changes to Medicaid coverage - or a repeal of the ACA as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives - would have an even more significant impact on people who live in rural areas than in metro areas, according to Tricia Brooks, associate research professor at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families. Read More »

Wyden: Trump interference with Comey nearly 'Watergate-level'

As James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill Thursday, President Donald Trump's allies are prepared to cast his decision to fire the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as a selfless move that he made for the good of the country. Moreover, both Democrats and Republicans have questioned why, if Comey thought the president had acted inappropriately, as alleged, he didn't act upon it at the time. Read More »

What you need to know about ex-FBI head's James Comey's testimony

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Trump's behavior, based on the Comey prepared testimony, is unacceptable. "He then said, 'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". "He is a good guy and has been through a lot", Mr Trump said, according to Mr Comey . Read More »

Donald Trump Chastises North Korea After Country Launches Ninth Ballistic Missile


South Korea and Japan immediately protested the missile launch, the most recent test-firing by North Korea as it seeks to develop nuclear weapons that can reach USA military bases. Mattis further warned that the regime "is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea ". China and Russian Federation condemned the rocket firing but called for restraint. Read More »

Michigan-UNC, Duke-Indiana headline Big Ten/ACC matchups

This will be the fourth meeting between the schools in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and the fourth since 2010. The Badgers will play at Virginia in November, the third time in six seasons the teams will meet in the event. In seven appearances in the Challenge since 2008, Tech has played only Illinois , Northwestern or Penn State . This is the first time MSU will host Notre Dame since February 4, 1974. Read More »

S. Korea reports more test-fires from North


Abe, who is also the ruling party's president, said the government will handle the proposal "thoroughly". Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for the JCS, told reporters later that the missiles flew northeastward at a maximum altitude of about 2 km from the port city. Read More »

US intelligence chiefs decline to discuss Trump contacts

The optics would have been bad enough if Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing - which featured, among others, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and NSA Director Adm. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Senate Intelligence Committee grilled the nation's top intelligence officials on whether President Trump had invoked executive privilege. Read More »

Trump says Obamacare in 'death spiral,' urges Congress to act

Trump spoke about a wide range of topics, including Obamacare , the recent arms deal with Saudi Arabia , and global terrorism, while promising to both cut taxes and somehow fund a $1 trillion infrastructure program by stripping government regulations and expediting environmental impact assessments (don't worry, he said our waterways will still be the "cleanest" in the world). Read More »

All Eyes On Capitol Hill For Comey's Testimony Before Senate Committee

One week after his firing, The New York Times released a report that Comey kept a memo which chronicled a discussion with President Donald Trump . First, Comey at a private dinner for two with Trump in the White House at which the president asked him for his "loyalty". "I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump", ... Read More »

Former Penn State President Spanier gets jail time in Sandusky case

Former president Graham Spanier , former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley were sentenced on Friday on child endangerment charges, according to the Associated Press . The emails the men exchanged in 2001 - in which Curley suggested changing the plan and Spanier agreed - formed the core of the prosecution's case. In a particularly combative turn at the stand for a prosecution witness, Curley testified that he didn't remember numerous pivotal ... Read More »

United States intelligence chief 'never been asked to act illegally'

Mark Warner (D-Va.), the Senate Intelligence Committee's vice chairman, said . A Washington Post report Wednesday said in March, less than a week after the Senate confirmed Coats to oversee the 17 USA intelligence agencies, Trump asked him to intervene with then-FBI Director James Comey to back off an investigation of Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn , whom Trump fired after just 24 days on the job for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his ... Read More »

US Senate Intel Panel Comey Releases Testimony on Trump-Russia Probe — Showtime


He and National Security Agency director Michael Rogers indicated they didn't feel they were under pressure from the White House . It does not matter whether the person succeeds in impeding an investigation. "I did not understand the president to be talking about the broader investigation into Russian Federation or possible links to his campaign", he said. Read More »

Trump promises "first-class" infrastructure system for US


President Donald Trump on Wednesday promoted plans for $1 trillion (R12.84 trillion) in USA infrastructure spending aimed at boosting jobs and the economy in a move that could shift attention from a probe into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation. Read More »

NSA chief says was never asked to act illegally

On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe , who took over after Comey was sacked, will also be at Wednesday's hearing. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), however, indicated he was satisfied with the answers the four intelligence officials gave to questions about their conversations with Trump . Read More »

Chris Christie: Trump's pressure on Comey was 'normal New York City conversation'


The FBI chief, who was sacked by Mr Trump last month, wrote that although the bureau was traditionally regarded as working independently of the administration, the president told him, "I need loyalty". Comey's testimony is expected to be the most watched Congressional hearing since the Watergate hearings. Despite the allegations, Trump's personal lawyer said Wednesday that the president was "pleased" with Comey's statement that he himself was not under investigation. Read More »

Trump to highlight aging waterway system in Cincinnati

In an effort to follow through with a campaign compromise to improve American infrastructure, President Trump is introducing his plan to privatiz... Trump said he saw first-hand during his time on the campaign trail, crumbling infrastructure, and met with communities who are desperate for new roads and new bridges. Read More »

IL superintendents press lawmakers to pass budget


Although Senate Democrats passed both a budget bill and a variety of tax hikes earlier in May to pay for it, House Democrats couldn't agree on what to do. IL has not had a budget in place for almost two years as a result of disagreements between state Congressional members and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Read More »

Redistricting session to begin, but will it be a short run?


We would hope the Supreme Court takes the Wisconsin case as an opportunity to reject the idea that politicians can use redistricting for their own partisan political gain and instead affirm the idea that it is the voters who should choose the people it wants to represent them. Read More »

Woman in granddaughter slaying was ruled sane


O'Neal had recently spoken to Darrington-Clark and said she was concerned about her friend, who O'Neal said has a long history of mental illness. No details of the arrest were given, but the department adds in a second tweet that a press release will be issued. Read More »

Trump heading to OH to talk infrastructure


Some experts do not expect the proposal to be approved by the upper chamber, particularly in view of its assessment by the Congressional Budget Office - which said the new plan doesn't add much coverage than the first two failed versions of the AHCA did. Read More »

Trump responds to Comey testimony, and it's just 3 sentences

Republicans also say the president does want the Russian Federation investigations to move forward, an argument the White House has used against Democrats who say Trump fired Comey in an effort to halt the FBI probe. Bush. "On February 27, the president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty, ' and it was followed by sort of an awkward silence", van Susteren said. Read More »