The firing of James Comey, as told by the White House

Spicer's commitment for monthly service occasionally pulls him away from his high-profile job as the public face of the Trump administration. Two days ago, in a Fox News interview, Sanders, the president's principal deputy press secretary, said the White House wants the investigation into the Russian Federation scandal to end. [Full Article...]

James Comey urges Federal Bureau of Investigation to maintain independence

McCabe said "there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date", but promised to inform the Congress should the White House tries to interfere with the FBI investigation. Comey was sacked by Trump late Tuesday. "He's a showboat, he's a grandstander". Trump aides had insisted in the aftermath of Comey's surprise dismissal that the president had gone ahead with the firing based on the ... [Full Article...]

Still no verdict for Florida ex-congresswoman's fraud trial

The seven men and five women on a jury that was reconfigured Wednesday morning have also returned to the courthouse to resume their work after the hearing to determine whether Brown is guilty of any or all of the fraud and tax charges against her. [Full Article...]

Former Volusia-Flagler Congresswoman found guilty of taking money from charity

She was found not guilty of two mail fraud counts and two wire fraud counts. The jurors, looking visibly tired, told the judge just before 5 p.m. Tuesday that after a full day of deliberations, they wanted to adjourn for the day and resume their work Wednesday morning. [Full Article...]

Mormon Church Pulls Teens from Boy Scouts

Mormon Church Pulls Teens from Boy Scouts After the changes went through, the Mormon leadership said it was " deeply troubled " by the decisions and would review the church's "century-long association with Scouting" as a result. Thursday's move would only affect Scouts in the USA and Canada. The Mormon church announced today it is no longer participating in two Boy Scouts of America programs for older teenagers. [Full Article...]

Newest Trump order targets Obama's marine sanctuaries for possible oil drilling

Federal waters in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico will also be opened to "exploration", which essentially means the Department of Interior will "review" Obama's policies, and because it's led by Trump appointees, they'll inevitably conclude that drilling is a-okay. [Full Article...]

Workers to remove 2nd Confederate statue in New Orleans

City officials had refused to give advance public notice of the work because of threats of violence against contractors and workers involved in the effort. The group periodically marched around the statue, which has been surrounded by a chain-link fence since anti-monument protesters clashed and scuffled with monument supporters on the statue itself last Monday. [Full Article...]

White House advisers postpone Paris climate deal meeting

With the rest of the world awaiting a definitive USA position ever since, the new president has said he will make his decision before the next G7 meeting on May 26-27 in Sicily. The Paris accord, signed by almost 200 nations in 2015, was never ratified by the Senate due to the staunch oppositions of Republicans. Trump has resolved to announce his intentions by this month's Group of 7 meetin... [Full Article...]

Trump To Meet Top Russian Diplomat Sergey Lavrov At The White House

The White House defended the decision not to allow any independent press into the meeting. Both Lavrov and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are scheduled to attend a meeting of the Arctic Council on Thursday in Fairbanks, Alaska, and were due to hold a bilateral meeting. [Full Article...]

Health care mess: House takes a small step

The House bill, passed 217-213, would end the health care law's fines on people who don't buy policies and erase its taxes on health industry businesses and higher-earning people. They cited concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid. While insurers could not deny insurance because of such conditions, they would be all... [Full Article...]

Tipton: Bill provides affordable health care

The Minnesota Health Department, part of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration, reported shortly before the House vote that the number of Minnesotans without health insurance dropped more sharply in greater Minnesota than in urban areas since 2011. [Full Article...]

Republicans tout GOP healthcare bill on Sunday shows

Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, also says the version that gets to the president will likely differ from the House measure. But Trump and House Republicans also want to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, which would make it harder for New Jersey to raise its levies to ease the pain on its lowest-income residents. [Full Article...]

James Comey's farewell letter

Trump contradicted his own letter on Thursday, saying that the decision to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was his alone and that he would have done it regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation. Democratic lawmakers, and some Republicans, have publicly doubted the justification Trump gave for firing Comey - that he had not properly managed the investigation into Democratic p... [Full Article...]

Mormon church pulls older teens out of Boy Scouts

Mormon church pulls older teens out of Boy Scouts The Boy Scout movement has been entrenched in Mormon culture for as long as anyone can remember. The Snake River Council oversees all Boy Scout units in south-central Idaho. She says after working in retail for a number of years, a friend encouraged her to take a job with the Boy Scouts. The church did not provide a timeline for the rollout of the program for younger age groups. [Full Article...]

Red Sox ban fan from Fenway for racist taunt

Red Sox ban fan from Fenway for racist taunt Orioles manager Buck Showalter sprinted out of the dugout to complain, and Gausman appeared to be arguing that the pitch was a curveball that did not break. Major League Baseball told the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles to stop their festering feud. I've heard a couple athletes say that you expect that when you go to Boston . [Full Article...]

Ex-French PM seeks to join Macron revolution

On Monday, the chief of Macron's movement, Richard Ferrand, said it would modify its name to "Republic on the Move" so as to structure itself more like a traditional party. Marine Le Pen, a mother of three children, tweeted that "as a political leader I deeply regret Marion's decision but, alas, as a mum, I understand it". [Full Article...]

Trump says he was going to fire 'showboater' Comey regardless of report

Trump says he was going to fire 'showboater' Comey regardless of report Comey had informed him three times that he wasn't being probed. "I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard". In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe contradicted Mr Trump's assessment of turmoil at the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Mr Comey. [Full Article...]

Fort Worth police, Dallas deputies in pursuit on Dallas streets

Fort Worth police, Dallas deputies in pursuit on Dallas streets Weaving through highway traffic in downtown, the driver then took U.S. Highway 75 to Haskell Avenue where she exited and headed back toward downtown on crowded city streets. Rashida Renee Ester faces a charge of evading arrest/detention, officer Daniel Segura, police spokesman, said in an email Thursday night. Just before 1:30 p.m., the female suspect pulled over in the middle of an intersection o... [Full Article...]

Asean, Tillerson speak out vs NKorea

Asean, Tillerson speak out vs NKorea The affirmation, in a US-ASEAN foreign ministerial meeting in Washington , was effectively a call on China, the long-time economic and diplomatic benefactor of North Korea, and other countries to tighten economic screws on North Korea in accordance with the United Nations resolutions. [Full Article...]

Trump asked FBI director three times if he was target of investigations

Second, Comey would not support Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by Obama. "I was going to fire Comey". This was an excuse for having lost an election. But he said he never asked Comey to shut down the investigation and wants it seen through to the end, but by someone "competent" at the FBI. Apparently, he assumed there wouldn't be such a big backlash to his decision, given how unpopula... [Full Article...]

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