NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2020, a decision that gives the state its second open Senate contest in two years.
Two partners of President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn were indicted Monday over an Ankara-backed scheme to remove Turkish dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States. The Justice Department charged Bijan Rafiekian, aka Bijan Kian, 66, of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Kamil Ekim Alptekin, 41, of Istanbul, with acting as unregistered agents of the Turkish government and lying to the FBI over the 2016 scheme.
US lawmakers were scrambling Monday to avert a partial government shutdown, with Republican and Democratic leaders locked in a stalemate over President Donald Trump's demands for border wall funding. As Washington barreled towards a shuttering of key federal agencies in just four days, the White House appeared dug in on Trump's call for Congress to budget $5 billion in 2019 to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border that he insists will check illegal immigration. If no breakthrough is reached, the shutdown would occur over the Christmas holiday -- when most lawmakers flee the US Capitol -- leaving Washington red-faced at the end of the year.
Alexander, a former two-term governor of Tennessee and the current chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said in a statement that after three Senate terms it’s time for someone new to represent the state. “The people of Tennessee have been very generous, electing me to serve more combined years as governor and senator than anyone else from our state,” he said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey is back for a second closed-door interview with two Republican-led committees investigating what they say was bias at the Justice Department before the 2016 presidential election.
"It is incredible that with a very strong dollar and virtually no inflation, the outside world blowing up around us, Paris is burning and China way down, the Fed is even considering yet another interest rate hike. A few hours later, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro amplified that theme, calling the Fed "crazy" for having signaled, as it did in September, that it would continue to raise rates next year. "The reason why the Fed shouldn't raise interest rates on Wednesday is not because the economy's slowing down, but because the economy's growing without inflation," Navarro told CNBC television.
US President Donald Trump again lashed out at the Federal Reserve on Monday for considering raising interest rates, on the eve of a meeting at which policymakers are widely expected to do so. Trump has repeatedly broken with the norms respected by US presidents in recent decades, hammering the central bank this year over its move away from the zero interest rate policy implemented during the global financial crisis. "It is incredible that with a very strong dollar and virtually no inflation, the outside world blowing up around us, Paris is burning and China way down, the Fed is even considering yet another interest rate hike," Trump wrote, in a message sent one hour before stock markets were due to open.
When the Trump Organization left the Dominican Republic after the economy crashed ten years ago, their plans for dozens of luxury estates in a Trump-branded development appeared to leave with them. The Trump team sued the developers, alleging fraud. Now, there are signs the Trump brand may be returning to the Dominican Republic, and that has critics sounding alarms about the potential conflicts of interest for the sitting president of the United States.
"Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off," Trump tweeted.
The hardening of the White House position increases the difficulty lawmakers face in finding a solution before government funding expires on Friday night for nine government departments and various independent agencies. Democrats insist on spending no more than $1.37 billion on border fencing, and the president said last week he would be “proud” to shut the government if it will force them to give in to his demands. Spending discussions have stalled, with no talks between Trump and Democrats since Tuesday.
President Donald Trump is not the least bit happy about this. This morning he offered what might be his sharpest rebuke yet of the Fed, and that’s saying quite a bit. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has done an excellent job both in reaching out to Congress and in emphasizing to the public that he reports to Congress, not the president.