Impeachment May Be A Real Possibility For Donald Trump
May 17, 2017
Nearly half of all Americans want to see President Donald Trump get impeached.
A new survey released by Public Policy Polling found that 48 percent of Americans would support impeaching Trump, compared to only 41 percent who would oppose doing so. In similar news, 54 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s performance as president, compared to only 40 percent who approve of it. Waters has called for further investigation into Trump’s potentially impeachable offenses, while Castro has specifically cited the possibility that the Trump administration ordered federal agencies to disobey the judiciary when it comes to his travel ban against Muslims.
Michael Flynn Ordered To Hand Over Papers
May 11, 2017
Michael Flynn has failed to voluntarily co-operate with the investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee says. He was forced to resign in February after failing to disclose the content of his talks with Russian diplomats.
Meanwhile, the fallout continues over the firing of the FBI director. The White House maintained that James Comey was removed on Tuesday, May 9, for his handling of the inquiry over Hillary Clinton's emails. Mr Flynn, a retired army lieutenant-general, misled the White House about discussing US sanctions against Russia with the country's envoy, Sergei Kislyak, before Donald Trump's inauguration in January.
Decision Day For Obamacare Repeal
May 04, 2017
House Republican leaders plan to bring their controversial plan to revise key parts of the Affordable Care Act to a vote on Thursday, May 4, capping weeks of fits and starts in their attempt to fulfill a signature campaign promise.
"I’ll take around 2,000 votes this Congress. Most of them will be forgotten," Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) said on late Wednesday. "This is not one of those votes. This vote marks the beginning of the end of Obamacare as we know it."
If the bill passes, it will face a steep climb in the Senate, where widespread disagreement remains among Republicans about how to proceed on health care. Rep. Fred Upton, an influential Republican from Michigan, introduced the amendment that was key to resolving a major sticking point this week. It provides more financial assistance — $8 billion over five years — to help people with preexisting conditions pay for medical costs. Those people are at risk of losing protections under the GOP plan, which seeks to repeal and replace major parts of the ACA.
Under the GOP plan, states could opt out of parts of the ACA, meaning people with preexisting conditions could be denied coverage or charged more. Such states would have to set up “high-risk pools” to absorb some of the costs.
Upton’s amendment would help some patients with expensive conditions, such as cancer or diabetes, pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Some experts doubted that $8 billion was enough to aggressively address those costs over a five-year period. According to an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the temporary high-risk pool created by the ACA covered just 100,000 people; the government paid out $2 billion in subsidies to that pool in one year.
President Trump Signs New
Immigration Executive Order
March 07, 2017
The Trump administration on Monday, March 6, rolled out the second edition of a controversial immigration executive order, which temporarily suspends immigration into the United States from now only six predominantly-Muslim countries.
Citizens from the affected countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Libya — will be subjected to a 90-day ban on travel to the United States. Iraq was previously listed among those nations, but was removed from this latest iteration of the travel ban after assurances from the Iraqi government of increased information sharing with the United States, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told reporters on Monday, March 6.
The order will go into effect on March 16, does not revoke existing visas approved before that date and does not explicitly apply to current lawful permanent residents and green card holders.
The revised order still seeks to curb the number of refugees allowed in to the United States — no more than 50,000 will be allowed in in 2017 — however it no longer places a blanket ban on Syrian refugees trying to enter the U.S. Instead refugees, including those from Syria, will be subjected to a 120-day suspension of the refugee program.
President Trump's first address to Congress
March 02, 2017
In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Trump stuck closely to his prepared remarks, but ran afoul of the facts in some cases.
Trump said the U.S. has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East and “with this $6 trillion we could have rebuilt our country.” The amount spent so far is $1.7 trillion, according to the Defense Department.
He cherry-picked the findings of a recent report, saying it found immigration costs U.S. taxpayers “billions of dollars a year.” The report said immigration “has an overall positive impact on long-run economic growth.”
Trump said “94 million Americans are out of the labor force,” a figure that includes the retired, college students and stay-at-home parents. The vast majority — 88.5 million — said they didn’t want a job.
Trump said he would “promote clean air and clean water,” a vague claim that came hours after he had signed an executive order to roll back a 2015 “Clean Water Rule.”
And the president repeated claims we’ve fact-checked before on border security, welfare, job creation since he was elected, health insurance and crime. For instance, he said the U.S. left “our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross.” But the border patrol budget and number of agents have both doubled since 2001.
The false and misleading claims in Trump’s Feb. 28 address to Congress touched on familiar topics to fact-checkers, including the Middle East, the labor force, immigration and more.
Trump Names First Hispanic Cabinet Pick
February 17, 2017
President Donald Trump announced his plan to nominate Alexander Acosta as labor secretary, who, if confirmed, would be the first Hispanic member of Trump's Cabinet. The nomination comes one day after Andy Puzder, Trump's first pick to lead the department, withdrew his nomination. "I have wished him the best, we just spoke and he is going to be a tremendous secretary of labor," Trump said. Acosta -- the son of Cuban immigrants -- was not at the event with the President.
Puzder, Trump's first pick to leader the Labor Department, withdrew his nomination Wednesday, Feb. 15, after Republican senators began telling the White House that they would not back the nominee. Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast food chains, faced fierce opposition mostly from Democrats in part related to his position on labor issues as well as the fact that he employed an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.
Trump's Pick to Replace
Flynn Turns Down the Job
February 17, 2017
Robert S. Harward, the retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL who was President Trump’s top choice to replace his ousted national security adviser, on Thursday, Feb. 16, turned down the post in the latest setback for a White House already in turmoil. “This job requires 24 hours a day, seven days a week focus and commitment to do it right,” Mr. Harward said in a statement. “I currently could not make that commitment.”
He added that since retiring from a 40-year military career, he now had “the opportunity to address financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position.” White House officials had scrambled to head off the refusal, asserting that Mr. Harward, who is close to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, was still in the running to become Mr. Trump’s national security adviser.
Trump's decision last month to place his top strategist and former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon on the National Security Council was roundly criticized as a departure from tradition, and previous administrations have tried to keep the NSC as divorced from politics as possible.
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