Rachel Brand, No. 3 official at DOJ, is stepping down | Fox News

February 10, 2018 wpanews 1

  Rachel Brand, associate attorney general in the Department of Justice, is stepping down from her position, Fox News confirmed on Friday. Brand, the No. 3 official in the DOJ, will be leaving following a nine-month tenure in the role. A friend of Brand’s says she was “not looking to leave,” but was approached with a “dream job.” Brand will now head to work for Walmart as executive vice president, […] READ MORE

Trump signs $400 billion spending deal reached by Congress | Fox News

February 9, 2018 wpanews 1

President Trump signed a massive budget package early Friday morning that lifts spending caps while funding the government through March 23, ending a brief shutdown after a tumultuous night on Capitol Hill. The House sent the $400 billion deal to his desk after approving it in the pre-dawn hours, on a 240-186 vote. This followed objections from Democrats over the absence of any immigration component and from fiscal conservatives over […] READ MORE

Congress votes to end government shutdown

February 9, 2018 wpanews 0

After Rand Paul’s blockade concluded, the Senate and House passed a sweeping budget deal. In addition to tens of billions of dollars in new funding for both the Pentagon and domestic programs, the budget package will keep federal agencies open until March 23. This will give time for the House and Senate Appropriations panels to craft a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund federal agencies until Sept. […] READ MORE

Congress’ big deal: Here’s what happens next – CNNPolitics

February 8, 2018 wpanews 0

How this will all work  The Senate still plans to vote on a standalone defense funding bill Thursday. They will get onto the bill, but the vote to proceed will fail. Then senators take up the House-passed continuing resolution. The preliminary vote on that will be Thursday, at which point they’ll strip the House language, and replace it with the Senate language. Then they’ll vote on that and kick it back to […] READ MORE

Gov. Wolf’s Budget Plan Renews Battles On Natural Gas, Minimum Wage « CBS Pittsburgh

February 8, 2018 wpanews 0

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s forthcoming budget plan will rely on improving tax collections and a Marcellus Shale natural gas tax to put more money into Pennsylvania’s public schools, skills training, opioid-addiction prevention and social services. Wolf said he’d launch new product lines at the Lottery to raise $150 million for senior programs, including games based on virtual sports and keno and an iLottery system allowing players to access games through […] READ MORE

George Soros Trying To Undo Brexit | The Daily Caller

February 8, 2018 wpanews 0

American citizen influencing foreign elections, nothing to see here. Soros is one of three major backers of the Best for Britain campaign, which aims to overturn the Brexit vote, British newspaper The Telegraph reports. Soros channeled £400,000 — the equivalent of more than $550,000 — to the group through his Open Society Foundations, according to The Telegraph. A spokesperson for Best for Britain confirmed to Reuters that Soros made the massive donation to the group. […] READ MORE

Congress rushes to strike a deal as it stares down another government shutdown

February 7, 2018 wpanews 0

Congress faces a deadline at the end of Thursday to fund the government or face another partial shutdown. Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer appear set to announce a long-term spending deal. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would “love” a shutdown. Source: Congress rushes to strike a deal as it stares down another government shutdown

Billionaire Dem running for Illinois governor is caught making insensitive remarks about black politicians | Fox News

February 7, 2018 wpanews 0

Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker is apologizing for racially insensitive comments captured on a FBI wiretap between him and then-Gov. “I regret the conversations in many ways, the words that I used, and the things that I didn’t say on that call that I would have preferred to have said. … I can do better and I have,” Pritzker said. “I clearly made a mistake that day and I […] READ MORE

Democratic Response To The Nunes Memo  – NPR

February 5, 2018 wpanews 0

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) about the Democratic response to the release of the Nunes memo. NADLER: Well, the memo refutes itself for one thing. The Nunes memo argues that the original application for a FISA warrant to surveil someone named Carter Page was tainted because it didn’t reveal to the judges and enough information about the Steele dossier, which was partly paid for by the […] READ MORE

Trump to declassify surveillance memo, sources say – as Pelosi seeks Nunes ouster | Fox News

February 2, 2018 wpanews 0

President Trump is expected to swiftly declassify a controversial memo on purported surveillance abuses, sources tell Fox News, even as Democrats raise objections that edits were made to the document since it was approved for release by a key committee. Adam Schiff ✔@RepAdamSchiff BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House […] READ MORE

Fidel Castro’s eldest son takes own life, state media reports – CNN

February 2, 2018 wpanews 0

    By Patrick Oppmann, CNN  He was 68 years old and had suffered from depression in recent months, according to the government website Cubadebate. Patrick Oppmann CNN ✔@CNN_Oppmann Fidel “Fidelito” Castro Díaz-Balart was both his father’s namesake and cousin to the Miami exile politicians who bitterly opposed Castro. He had run Cuba’s nuclear power program until a dispute with his father. Castro Díaz-Balart committed suicide today, per Cuban state […] READ MORE