Congress was taking a final step Tuesday toward dismantling a chunk of the rules framework for banks installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House planned to approve legislation to roll back the Dodd-Frank law, easing rules for banks and notching a legislative win for President Donald Trump, who made gutting the landmark law a campaign promise. The Republican legislation, pushed by Wall Street banks as well as regional banks and smaller institutions, carries bipartisan support.
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Trump administration officials warned Congress on Tuesday of ongoing efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2018 midterm congressional elections as the federal government prepares to hand out $380 million in election security funding to states. At a briefing attended by about 40 or 50 members of the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives, the heads of FBI, Homeland Security Department and the director of National Intelligence said states and cities overseeing elections need to be prepared for threats. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters she agreed Russia was trying to influence the 2018 elections.
ATLANTA, GA — Georgia voters will take the first official step toward electing a new slate of government leaders on Tuesday, as polls open for the state's 2018 primary elections. A new governor and lieutenant governor will be chosen this year — and Georgia voters have some chances to make history along the way. At 7 a.m., voting was under way on Tuesday. Tuesday's most high-profile race is for the governorship. Two-term Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is prevented by law from seeking another term and, as such, the well-liked governor will exit the stage, making way for whomever emerges out of two heated primary contests. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is considered the hands-down frontrunner
A young HD Kumaraswamy was contesting the Sathanur seat in Kanakapura taluk on the ticket of a new party founded by his father, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, called the Janata Dal (Secular). Fierce words were exchanged in the battle and eventually when the results came, Kumaraswamy was soundly thrashed by Shivakumar by a 15,000-plus margin. The same Shivakumar, still in the Congress, undertook multiple measures to ensure that on Wednesday, Kumaraswamy would be sworn in as Karnataka's 25th chief minister. What ensures the continued relevance and salience of this regional JD(S) which is often derided as a 'father-sons' party for its perceived nepotistic outlook in rewarding its members?
To stop Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming to power the Congress offered the post of CM to Janata Dal (Secular) to form the government. With this move, the grand old party succeeded in the first round of battle for power. As per the tradition, the Congress has to allocate portfolios keeping in view regional and community representation. But this time the challenge is far from easy. Former CM Siddaramaiah is already under attack from his colleague M Veerappa Moily for "wrong caste management" after the humiliating loss in the elections. Moily said the Congress should not have raised the Lingayat issue before the polls. However, in the post-election scenario, the Congress cannot ignore the
Today in The Rundown: Everything you need to know about the special session that starts today. Countdown… Days until the special session begins: It starts today at 4 p.m.! Days until the 2018 special session must end: 13 Special session start preview Gov. John Bel Edwards will give a speech dubbed "Our Louisiana," from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus. Edwards, a Democrat, will be joined by Republican Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and " state legislators, local elected officials, health care leaders, higher education and law enforcement advocates and people from around Louisiana whose lives will be directly impacted by the outcome of the upcoming special session." The speech is expected
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday and said the social media giant is taking steps to prevent a repeat of a massive breach of users' personal data. Zuckerberg also pledged to keep investing in Europe as he made the latest stop on a tour of contrition over the Cambridge Analytica scandal that began in the US Congress in April. Zuckerberg told the livestreamed hearing in Brussels that it has become clear in the last two years that Facebook executives "haven't done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm".
Kentucky voters head to the polls Tuesday for primary elections that will decide a testy Democratic primary for a congressional seat and gauge the influence of teachers in statehouse races. "It's a competitive campaign," Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said Monday. Amy McGrath, who flew 89 combat missions before retiring from the Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel, sounded at peace with her first campaign during her appearances Monday. The winner of the six-candidate primary will almost certainly challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, who is expected to breeze to the GOP nomination against challenger Chuck Eddy.
President Trump ordered his chief of staff Monday to make sure Congress gets “highly classified” information from the Justice Department, intelligence community and FBI — including details that could shed light on whether the FBI had an informant investigate the Trump campaign. Mr. Trump also officially requested an inspector general's investigation into the FBI's “tactics” toward the Trump campaign in 2016, and the White House and Justice Department said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein agreed to convey the directive.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday he will run for re-election on an agenda that would prioritize working families.
ATLANTA, GA — Georgia voters will take the first official step toward electing a new slate of government leaders on Tuesday, when polls open for the state's 2018 primary elections. A new governor and lieutenant governor will be elected this year — and Georgia voters have some chances to make history along the way. Tuesday's most high-profile race is for the governorship. Two-term Gov. Nathan Deal is prevented by law from seeking another term and, as such, the well-liked governor will exit the stage, making way for whomever emerges out of two heated primary contests. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is considered the hands-down front runner. He's been polling at above 40 percent in
WASHINGTON – Auto dealers will once again be allowed to mark up the interest rates on auto loans to sell their cars — a practice critics say is racially discriminatory — after President Trump signed a bill striking down a rule discouraging the practice. It's the 16th time Trump has signed a resolution to strike down a regulation under the Congressional Review Act, a formerly obscure law that allows Congress to have the final say over agency regulations. Ordinarily, Congress has 60 legislative days to overturn a rule under the Congressional Review Act, or it goes into effect. It was only after prodding from Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., that the Government Accountability Office determined that the guidance was actually a rule and submitted it to Congress for review, allowing an up-or-down vote without possibility of a Senate filibuster.