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  • California's chief justice leaves GOP; cites Kavanaugh confirmation to Supreme Court

    December 14, 2018 9:36 AM 135

    California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (Associated Press) The chief justice of California’s Supreme Court announced that she quietly left the Republican Party over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme

  • McCaskill blasts 'too many embarrassing uncles' in Senate, in final floor speech

    December 13, 2018 11:13 PM 148

    Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, seen here in September, voiced her complaints on the Senate floor. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill criticized the Senate in a grim farewell speech Thursday, calling it "dysfunctional" and filled with “too many embarrassing uncles.” The two-term senator from Missouri delivered a farewell

  • Trump says five people on short list for chief of staff

    December 13, 2018 8:42 PM 127

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has five people on his short list to become the White House chief of staff when John Kelly leaves the post at the beginning of the new year. Trump is in search of his third chief of staff after Kelly and Reince Priebus. “We’re interviewing people now for chief of staff,” the president

  • Pelosi says Trump has not responded to Democrat budget offers

    December 13, 2018 6:18 PM 130

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that President Donald Trump has not answered Democrats’ budget compromise proposals on measures to keep the federal government open. Trump said on Tuesday he would be proud to shut down the federal government if Democrats don’t agree to fund border security, namely

  • Kentucky governor blasts local newspaper's alliance with Soros-backed journalism outlet

    December 13, 2018 5:09 AM 186

    Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin blasted the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper Wednesday for partnering with ProPublica, an investigative journalism outlet whose backers include liberal financier George Soros. In a YouTube video, Bevin accuses the outlet, ProPublica, of left-wing bias and also tears into the local paper. “This is the same Courier-Journal

  • Deal lets tabloid avoid U.S. charges over hush money in 2016 election

    December 12, 2018 8:35 PM 130

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper has struck a deal with U.S. prosecutors to avoid charges over its role in paying hush money before the 2016 U.S. presidential election to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with President Donald Trump, prosecutors said on Wednesday. As part of the deal, publisher

  • Sen. McConnell says has not given up hope of avoiding government shutdown

    December 11, 2018 8:10 PM 125

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he has not given up hope that the U.S. Congress will find a way to keep the government open, as short-term funding is set to run out and a fight over President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall is raising the possibility of a shutdown. “We don’t know how long the discussion

  • Trump said he would consider Democrats' proposals: Schumer

    December 11, 2018 8:10 PM 129

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he would think about the budget proposals made by Democrats in a testy White House meeting Tuesday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said. Schumer said he and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had asked Trump to accept one of two ways of packaging and passing legislation to end a dispute focused

  • Top Democrats say Trump has made clear he wants government shutdown

    December 11, 2018 5:58 PM 122

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said U.S. President Donald Trump has made clear that he wants to shut down the federal government over his long-promised border wall even as they sought a deal to keep the government running. Schumer and Pelosi, speaking to reporters

  • Trump says will announce new chief of staff in a week or two

    December 11, 2018 5:20 PM 128

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday told reporters he will announce a new White House chief of staff in a week or two, and that he is interviewing many great candidates for the position. Trump on Saturday announced current Chief of Staff John Kelly would leave at year’s end. Since then, most of the people mentioned in news reports