U.S. approves Transportation nominee criticized for ‘torture’ memos

A former government official criticized for being the principal author of the legal justifications for "enhanced interrogation techniques" was narrowly confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as the top lawyer for the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Trump administration. Steven Bradbury, a Washington lawyer at Dechert LLP who was a senior Department of Justice lawyer under President George W. Bush, was criticized by both Republican and Democratic senators before being confirmed by a 50-47 vote.

GOP has folded up its big tent

Some will remember that Ronald Reagan used to describe the GOP as a "big tent," meaning it had room for a large spectrum of approaches to government, from nearly liberal to arch conservative. Well, his alleged "big tent" certainly is "past tents."

Why nuclear deterrence can work on North Korea

The same logic that kept a nuclear war from breaking out between the United States and former Soviet Union is the best strategy to now pursue with North Korea, several scholars said Tuesday at Stanford. The panel, convened at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation , included political scientist Scott D. Sagan of CISAC; political scientist Mira Rapp-Hooper of Yale University; and political scientist Vipin Narang of MIT.

Democratic cloakroom in Washington named after Gabby Giffords, Leo Ryan

Democratic lawmakers who want to chat off the House floor will soon do so in a room named for two former members of Congress who were targeted by violence. The "Gabrielle Giffords-Leo J. Ryan Cloakroom" is named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, and former Rep. Leo J. Ryan, who was killed in 1978 during the Jonestown massacre.

House passes bill to renew flood insurance program

The House on Tuesday backed legislation that will increase flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help firm up a program under stress from ever-more frequent and powerful storms. The bill's passage was secured when sponsors made a variety of changes to accommodate lawmakers determined to protect constituents from even steeper rate hikes or from being booted out of the program altogether.

Regulating Facebook, Google, Twitter in the wake of the election

With a Facebook event page featuring a "Miners For Trump" rally created by Russian operatives displayed behind him, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing titled "Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online" on Capitol Hill, Oct. 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The committee questioned the tech company representatives about attempts by Russian operatives to spread disinformation and purchase political ads on their platforms, and what efforts the companies plan to use to prevent similar incidents in future elections.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Jacksonville

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency , the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Arcadia

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency , the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status.

Tax Reform Bill Should Honor Free Speech of Churches and Charities

As Congress considers the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this week, National Religious Broadcasters welcomed efforts to lift the free speech burden of the infamous "Johnson Amendment" off of all charitable organizations. NRB believes the Free Speech Fairness Act unshackles basic expression, a priceless bedrock principle of our nation, without allowing charities to become conduits for targeted political expenditures.

Senators from 2 states want to change opioid grant funding

U.S. senators from New Hampshire and West Virginia have introduced a bill to prioritize federal funding for states that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. It would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to take into account mortality rates and lack of access to treatment and services when allocating grants to states, rather than making determinations based on population size.

Ga. coast globally important for shorebirds

Piping plovers are among the shorebirds that rely on the Georgia coast. Red knots like this one fatten up on horseshoe crab eggs in the spring along the Georgia coast before continuing their long-distance migration from South America to the Arctic.

How Roy Moore and Alabama can work wonders for women

In light of sexual impropriety accusations, GOP leaders deserve credit for going against partisan interests, but not too much: Our view There is something truly remarkable about the insistence of Republican leaders that Roy Moore end his bid for a Senate seat from Alabama. Absent these entreaties, Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice accused by five women of sexual impropriety - including sexual assaulting 16-year-old Beverly Nelson and molesting 14-year-old Leigh Corfman - would likely still be the front-runner.

State Rep. from Rye latest to enter race to replace Carol Shea-Porter NEW

State Rep. Mindi Messmer of Rye on Tuesday became the sixth Democrat to officially launch a campaign for New Hampshire's First Congressional District. "I bring a proven track record of being able to get legislation passed in the State House that's helped citizens of New Hampshire," Messmer told the Monitor in an interview conducted hours before she formally kicked off her congressional bid at an event in Portsmouth.

White House considers Nicaragua sanctions for Venezuela links

The Venezuelan opposition met with members of Donald Trump's administration last week to urge the White House to sanction Nicaragua and a company whose joint venture they say is helping to prop up the government in Caracas, according to multiple sources familiar with the conversations. Five Venezuelan opposition party officials and activists met Thursday on Capitol Hill with U.S. State Department officials and staffers for the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees.

AP Top Stories November 14, 2017

Here's the latest for Tuesday November 14th: Jeff Sessions defends himself to Congress; Sen. Mitch McConnell talks to president about Roy Moore; A shooter is down after killing at least 5 in California; A giant panda cub to be reunited with her parents.

NH ‘Cruella De Vil’ dog breeder denies animal cruelty

Kevin Spacey is spotted for the first time at the $36,000-a-month Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona after being hit with a string of sex abuse allegations BREAKING NEWS: Three people dead and children airlifted to hospital in rush-hour shooting near elementary school in California before shooter is killed by police Is Google spying on you? Firm's voice assistant records and keeps conversations you're having around your phone when you least expect it: Here's how to see what it knows What it feels like to DIE: People who have narrowly escaped death describe their 'last moments' - from a deep sense of calm to the 'worst loneliness' EXCLUSIVE: 'I'm willing to pay....a lot.'

DeWine urging Congress to restore DEA’s power to fight opioid epidemic

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined 43 other state attorneys general to ask Congress to repeal a law they argue has damaged the Drug Enforcement Agency's ability to crack down on drug manufacturers and distributors that have contributed to the nation's sweeping opioid epidemic. In a letter Tuesday to House and Senate leadership, the attorneys general argue that a bill passed by voice vote in 2016 made it more difficult for the DEA to take action against drug companies that were flooding communities with prescription painkillers.

Does Jeff Sessions have the world’s worst memory?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington. Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal.

Retired US general says nuclear launch order can be refused

A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command if that order is determined to be illegal. During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee, retired Gen.

Documents: Puerto Rico utility ignored advice on repair deal

Puerto Rico's bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing an expanded contract worth $300 million with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid, newly released documents show. The law firm, Greenberg Traurig, recommended that the state-run power authority be allowed to terminate the deal within 10 days for any breach by the company, Whitefish Energy Holdings.

AP Explains: Can GOP keep Roy Moore out of the Senate?

Senate Republicans face a limited, unappealing set of options in responding to Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore, who is caught up in allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago with minors. The election is already underway, with absentee ballots being mailed in with Moore's name on them.

Don’t mind those rumbling jets overhead. It’s just an exercise.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 is refueled mid-air over the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States from a KC-135 tanker plane from the 101st Air Refueling Wing out of Bangor, Nov. 14. The F-16 was part of a group of warplanes from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumpter, S.C. headed for the Persian Gulf for possible military strikes against Iraq. The F-16 is just one of the aircraft scheduled to take part in NORAD exercises over the D.C. region this week.

Training is ‘ first step’ in stopping sexual harassment in the House, lawmakers say

Rep. Barbara Comstock , seen here in 2016, was among the members of Congress speaking out about a culture of harassment on Capitol Hill at a hearing Nov. 14. First came the flood of social-media posts from former and current congressional employees who were sexually harassed on the job. Then came more than 1,500 names of former congressional staffers urging Congress to fix the problem.

Body Language Expert: Judge Moore Denial of Gloria Allred…

In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, body language expert Bombard analyzed Judge Roy Moore's facial expressions and eye movements as he denied the sexual harassment allegations made by Gloria Allred accuser Beverly Young Nelson. Bombard then goes on to note as Moore touches on the allegations that he's clearly disgusted by the claims as he's talking out of the side of his mouth.

Congressional GOP upbeat about prospects for tax overhaul

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday projected confidence about delivering on an overhaul of the nation's tax code with President Donald Trump planning an in-person appeal to lawmakers ahead of a crucial House vote this week. House GOP leaders rallied support with the rank-and-file at a closed-door meeting.

‘Multiple People Dead’ After Shooting at…

At least three people are dead after a shooting took place at an Elementary School in Rancho Tehama, California on Tuesday. Authorities said at least three people are dead following a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California on Tuesday morning.

Jeff Sessions threw cold water on calls for a 2nd special counsel to investigate Clinton


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Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a heated exchange with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Tuesday over the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton. "We will use the proper standards, and that's the only thing I can tell you Mr. Jordan," Sessions said.

Sessions Defends Himself In House Testimony

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a raised voice and defiant tone, strongly defended himself Tuesday against allegations that he had misled members of Congress about his knowledge of communications between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. "In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory," Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee.

All about the prices

JAMA had a great article last week on how total healthcare costs have increased over time in the United States. The short version is that it is all about the prices.

Trump heads home to face new challenges in tax overhaul, Alabama race

President Donald Trump headed home Tuesday buoyed by an Asia tour he called "tremendously successful," but he'll face immediate challenges with the Republican tax overhaul and the party meltdown in Alabama over a Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct. Underscoring the sharp political stakes for Trump, who lacks a major legislative achievement after nearly 10 months in office, Trump will meet with House Republicans on Thursday ahead of an expected vote on the tax overhaul legislation.

What Don Jr.’s conversations with WikiLeaks prove

On Monday night, the Atlantic's Julia Ioffe reported that Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the President and a senior adviser to his campaign, had exchanged direct messages on Twitter with WikiLeaks during the course of the 2016 race. Trump Jr. quickly released his DM exchanges, which amounted to a number of notes sent from WikiLeaks to Trump Jr. and three responses sent from Trump Jr. to WikiLeaks.

Poll: 60% of Voters Say Moore Should Quit

Sixty percent of voters nationwide said Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore should withdraw from the election set for December 12 due to the sexual misconduct allegations against him, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday. Fifty-nine percent of voters overall said they considered the allegations against Moore as described in a Washington Post article last week, that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s, as very or somewhat credible.

Senate Republicans Struggle With Moore Controversy

As a fifth woman came forward on Nov. 13 to accuse Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, Senate Republicans scrambled to find ways to block Moore from office should he win the special election on Dec. 12. Beverly Young Nelson, Moore's latest accuser, alleged that he attacked her behind the restaurant where she worked when she was 16, and he was 30. Nelson is the fifth woman to accuse Moore of making sexual advances toward her when she was a teenager, and the first to allege assault.

Maybe he’ll do the wave with RaAol and Joanne, too

We just learned that Oscar Lopez Rivera will be going to Cuba to receive special recognition or an award, as reported by a state newspaper in the island : According to a program prepared for the independence activist - the first after his release last May 17th - , the award will be giv According to the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP, Lopez Rivera will assist in a political-cultural activity on Monday at th The agenda also includes an exchange with students at the University of Havana's Master Hall, visits to provinces and to the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in eastern Santiago de Cuba where he will visit the memorials that hold the remains of National Hero Jose Marti and the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro.

Brooks Will Stick with Roy Moore

Rep. Mo Brooks told the Birmingham News that he is sticking with Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, arguing that the conservative agenda is "vastly more important" than the claims against Moore. Said Brooks: "Who will vote in America's best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like? Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong.

Every Vote Would Be the Deciding Vote

James Hohmann : "A victory by Democratic candidate Doug Jones would narrow the GOP's margin of control in the Senate from 52-48 to 51-49. This would make every single Republican 'the deciding vote' on every bill, which anyone who has ever had an attack ad run against them in a race for Congress will tell you is not a great spot to be in.

Rick Saccone, the GOP pickto replace Tim Murphy,viewed as unabashedly Christian

Rick Saccone, the GOP pick to replace Tim Murphy, viewed as A unabashedlyA Christian Pittsburgh Tribune Review, by Wes Ventiecher Over six years of voting in the General Assembly, Republican Rep. Rick Saccone garnered perhaps the most public attention for his support of legislation promoting Christian values. Saccone, the Republican PartyA s newly selected nominee for a March special election to represent the 18th Congressional District, promoted bills that would have allowed schools to display the national motto, "In God We Trust," and would have declared 2012 to be "The Year of the Bible."

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A music video director on Sunday morning temporarily placed a twice-life size statue of an African-American woman on the slab where the statue of Jefferson Davis once stood. The controversial monument to the President of the Confederacy was removed on May 11. New Orleans filmmaker Zac Manuel explained that the installation will set the scene for a video accompanying a new song titled "If All I Was Was Black" by renowned folk singer and civil rights activist, Mavis Staples, who was not present Sunday.

Mike’s Blog Round Up

My long-time iNternet acquaintances at World O' Crap have dug into their archives & pulled out some "Just How Awful Is Roy Moore?" items from the late Mesozoic Era . "Pretty awful" is the answer.

GOP Bill Aimed at Overhauling Taxes to Get President Trump Push

As Republicans stake their claim to middle-class rescue in tax cut legislation deemed to carry tax hikes for millions, President Donald Trump plans an in-person appeal to lawmakers as the proposal faces a crucial vote in the House. Underscoring the sharp political stakes for Trump, who lacks a major legislative achievement after nearly 10 months in office, Trump will meet with House Republicans on Thursday ahead of an expected vote on the tax overhaul legislation.

California launch of new US weather satellite postponed

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system in an unprecedented step to ensure patients with mental disorders take medicine prescribed... The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system in an unprecedented step to ensure patients with mental disorders take medicine prescribed for them. A new analysis says a surge in suicide rates and depression among U.S. teens may be linked with rising social media use.

Democrats have leverage in one part of the GOP tax cut process

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Nov. 7 said he expects the GOP tax plan "in the end to be revenue neutral for the government, if not a revenue gainer." As Republicans work to pass the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986 by the end of this calendar year, they're not banking on any support from Senate Democrats.

Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Presents Under $25: Keep the spending to a…


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The holidays can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. We have trawled the internet for feel-good gifts that are useful, entertaining or inspirational-from grooming products to games and toys, these presents won't cost more than $25 but don't look like it.

Republicans continue abandoning Moore after new accusations

Roy Moore's support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs. "I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false," Moore said Monday at an abruptly called news conference in Gallant, Alabama, after the latest allegations were made.

Sessions facing Congress amid new Russia probe details

In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to members of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition in Indianapolis. Sessions returns to Capitol Hill amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump, bracing for an onslaught of lawmaker questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.

The Latest: Trump hopeful on return of detained UCLA players

U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a family photo during the ASEAN-U.S. 40th Anniversary commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. . U.S. President Donald Trump, left, walks past Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as they arrive for a family photo during the ASEAN-U.S. 40th Anniversary commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Nov. ... .

Ferry McFerryface chosen as name of new Sydney ferry

Bijou Phillips poses for selfies after apologizing to former co-star Daniel Franzese over claims she made homophobic comments, body shamed him and even physically assaulted him Actor Tom Sizemore 'was removed from set of Born Killers for sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl during a photoshoot' - and 'livid' director had to stop members of crew from 'kicking his ass' REVEALED: Donald Trump Jr was secretly corresponding with Wikileaks in the lead-up to the presidential election as his private exchanges are laid bare Jeff Sessions considers a special counsel to investigate Hillary: Attorney General urges prosecutors to look into Clinton Foundation 'wrongdoing' and sale of a Uranium company to Russia Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is revealed as 23rd largest landowner in US with 433,000 acres - and the government paid her family $23.9 MILLION in rent over the past decade REVEALED: Republican ... (more)

Senate to explore president’s unchecked nuclear authority

In this June 25, 2014, file photo, an inert Minuteman 3 missile is seen in a training launch tube at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Here's a question rarely raised before Donald Trump ran for the White House: If the president ordered a pre-emptive nuclear strike, could anyone stop him? The answer is no. Not the Congress.

Georgia sheriff suspended over intrusive search at high school

Georgia's governor on Monday suspended a sheriff who faces charges including sexual battery after a drug search at a high school earlier this year. In an executive order, Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby pending the final outcome of his case or the expiration of his term of office, whichever comes first.

‘Trump’s Asia visit one of most embarrassing trips taken by US president’

IMAGE: China's President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump attend a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Pool/Getty Images Donald Trump's visit to Asia has been one of the most "embarrassing" foreign trips taken by a United States president as he could not demand concessions from China on trade and failed to highlight Beijing's "unfair" trade practices, a senior Democrat leader has alleged.

Puerto Rico asks for $94 billion in hurricane aftermath

Puerto Rico's governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion as the island struggles to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria, with much of the U.S. territory without power and thousands still homeless. Ricardo Rosello also urged Congress to adopt a tax overhaul plan that addresses Puerto Rico's specific needs to avoid an exodus of the companies that currently generate 42 percent of the island's gross domestic product.

Trump skips East Asia summit plenary, but says trip was a success

MANILA: U.S. President Donald Trump skipped the plenary session of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila on Tuesday because of scheduling delays, but he said his marathon trip to the region had been a success. Trump left for home from the Philippines after a lunch with the other leaders, as meetings were running about two hours behind schedule.

Sessions faces Congress amid new Russia probe details

Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill Tuesday amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump. And he'll be bracing for an onslaught of lawmakers' questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.

Glamour fuses with politics at annual Women of Year awards

But perhaps the most rapturous ovation at Glamour magazine's annual Women of the Year awards went to 79-year-old Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who delighted the crowd - including hundreds of cheering young girls - with a rousing speech that ended on a very political note. "Impeach him," she exhorted the audience.

Girls glued to phones ‘more likely to suffer depression’

Bijou Phillips poses for selfies after apologizing to former co-star Daniel Franzese over claims she made homophobic comments, body shamed him and even physically assaulted him Actor Tom Sizemore 'was removed from set of Born Killers for sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl during a photoshoot' - and 'livid' director had to stop members of crew from 'kicking his ass' REVEALED: Donald Trump Jr was secretly corresponding with Wikileaks in the lead-up to the presidential election as his private exchanges are laid bare Jeff Sessions considers a special counsel to investigate Hillary: Attorney General urges prosecutors to look into Clinton Foundation 'wrongdoing' and sale of a Uranium company to Russia Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is revealed as 23rd largest landowner in US with 433,000 acres - and the government paid her family $23.9 MILLION in rent over the past decade REVEALED: Republican ... (more)

Claims David Davis is ‘furious’ at Johnson and Gove

Bijou Phillips poses for selfies after apologizing to former co-star Daniel Franzese over claims she made homophobic comments, body shamed him and even physically assaulted him Actor Tom Sizemore 'was removed from set of Born Killers for sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl during a photoshoot' - and 'livid' director had to stop members of crew from 'kicking his ass' REVEALED: Donald Trump Jr was secretly corresponding with Wikileaks in the lead-up to the presidential election as his private exchanges are laid bare Jeff Sessions considers a special counsel to investigate Hillary: Attorney General urges prosecutors to look into Clinton Foundation 'wrongdoing' and sale of a Uranium company to Russia Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is revealed as 23rd largest landowner in US with 433,000 acres - and the government paid her family $23.9 MILLION in rent over the past decade REVEALED: Republican ... (more)

Sessions mulls second special counsel to investigate Clinton Foundation, uranium sales

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns - including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia - and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post. The revelation came in a response from the Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., who in July and again in September called for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate concerns he had related to the 2016 election and its aftermath.

WikiLeaks urged the Trump campaign to challenge the results of…

WikiLeaks encouraged Donald Trump's campaign to contest the results of the 2016 election if he lost to Hillary Clinton, according to private messages sent to the then-candidate's eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr. Despite his surprise election victory, Trump still cast doubt on the legitmacy of the election, hinting at possible voter fraud without providing any evidence back it up. The self-described radical transparency organization WikiLeaks told Donald Trump Jr. on Election Day that it would be "much more interesting" if his father challenged the election results if he lost to Hillary Clinton, instead of conceding victory, The Atlantic reported on Monday.

Trump Jr. messaged with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign

This image of Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter account shows a series of direct messages he received from the Twitter account behind the WikiLeaks website, including his responses to the communications, which he posted on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The direct messages had been turned over to congressional committees investigating Russian intervention in the 2016 election and if there were any links to Donald Trump's campaign.

Sessions open to idea of Clinton Foundation special counsel

In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department said Monday, Nov. 13. less In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York.

Missile Defense: Next Steps for the USA’s GMD

November 14/17: Milestone Boeing has announced that the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system now has 44 interceptors deployed at two sites on the continental United States. They added that the loading of the missile fulfils a US Department of Defense requirement of increasing the inventory to 44 by the end of 2017, but did not reveal to which site the milestone load took place.

Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades

President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation's diversity. So far, 91 percent of Trump's nominees are white, and 81 percent are male, an Associated Press analysis has found.

Protesters disrupt U.S. fossil, nuclear event at climate talks

Protesters drowned out speeches by White House advisers and business representatives Monday at an event the U.S. government sponsored at the U.N. climate talks in Germany promoting the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. About 200 protesters stood up 10 minutes into the event and began singing an anti-coal song to the tune of "God Bless the U.S.A." They were ushered out of the room without further incident.

FEMA denies aid for Illinois flood victims.


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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided against helping victims of last summer's record flooding in the Chicago area. In a letter to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, FEMA administrator Brock Long says the agency determined damage from flooding in Cook, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties was not beyond the state's capability to address.

Senate Judiciary to interview Russian-American lobbyist

The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning a Tuesday interview with a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a campaign meeting last year with President Donald Trump's son, according to a person familiar with the interview. The staff interview behind closed doors with Rinat Akhmetshin is part of the committee's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as an ongoing investigation by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley into lax enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Analysis says Senate bill would hike taxes for 13.8 million

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, calls for a short recess to consider his manager's amendment, to the objections of Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., right, the ranking member, as the GOP tax bill debate enters a final day, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, joined by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the ranking member, and Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., offers his manager's amendment as the GOP tax bill debate enters the final stage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

With easy ballot access, Libertarian Party seeks N.M. candidates; Dunn eyes bid for governor

A new political avenue toward statewide elected office and Congress may be opening in New Mexico as the Libertarian Party achieves major party status, giving its candidates ready access to the ballot in 2018. Failed presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2016 won a historic consolation prize for the Libertarian Party by surpassing 5 percent of the popular vote in his home state of New Mexico, thereby lowering daunting signature requirements for Libertarian candidates.

MO: AG launches Google ‘investigative subpoena’ to promote his US Senate campaign

"Missouri's attorney general announced Monday that his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state's consumer-protection and antitrust laws. Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley, who also is running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat in 2018, told reporters that he issued an 'investigative subpoena' to the tech giant to gather information.