Tag: White House

WATCH: Confirmation hearing for William Barr

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing begins Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, William Barr. Barr is expected to face questions from the committee about his relationship with the president and his views on Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Watch a livestream of the hearing below, when it begins. Like WTOP […]

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‘Who Cares?’ — Donald Trump Dismisses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calling Him a Racist

President Donald Trump dismissed a question about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday. “Who cares?” he responded to a reporter’s query about the popular self-declared Democrat socialist from New York accusing the president of being a racist. The president spoke with reporters at the White House as he left for the American Farm Bureau’s annual convention in New […]

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Donald Trump Pumps the Brakes on Declaring State of Emergency: ‘It’s the Easy Way Out’

President Donald Trump said Friday he is not looking to declare a State of Emergency to fund the wall, despite restating his right to do so. “What we are not looking to do right now is ‘national emergency.’ In many ways it’s the easy way out,” he told reporters at a roundtable with law enforcement […]

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FAQ: What you need to know about the partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON — As of Saturday, Jan. 12, the partial federal shutdown will have lasted 22 days, surpassing the 1995-1996 shutdown and making it the longest in U.S. history. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion in border wall funding. And Friday, Jan. 11, marks […]

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Donald Trump Rages at ‘Fake News’ After Reporters Leak Details from Off-the-Record Lunch

President Donald Trump expressed frustration Wednesday night after top television news anchors selectively leaked damaging details of comments he made during an off-the-record lunch. “Gave an OFF THE RECORD luncheon, somewhat of a White House tradition or custom, to network anchors yesterday – and they quickly leaked the contents of the meeting,” Trump wrote on […]

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Donald Trump Still Defends ‘Absolute Right’ to Declare State of Emergency on Border Wall

President Donald Trump did not declare a State of Emergency to fund the border wall during his Oval Office address on Tuesday, but he still maintains his right to do so. “I have the absolute right to do national emergency if I want,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday. “My threshold […]

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Hollywood Attacks Trump After Border Address: ‘Hitler-Ian Rhetoric’ ‘Nobody Slurs Lies Better’

Left-wing Hollywood celebrities could not contain their urge to attack President Donald Trump Tuesday after his televised Oval Office address to the nation on border security. In his first Oval Office address, President Trump told the nation, “Our Southern Border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs – including meth, heroin, cocaine and […]

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Donald Trump Oval Office Address: Border Security ‘A Choice Between Right and Wrong’

President Donald Trump delivered an address to the American people from the Oval Office on Tuesday, speaking about the crisis on the Southern border. “This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice,” Trump said in his eight-minute address, describing it as “a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.” […]

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WATCH: Trump to address border wall, shutdown in televised speech

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will deliver a speech from the Oval Office Tuesday night, arguing for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border while a partial government shutdown continues. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have called for equal time to respond to Trump’s address. Trump’s speech is set to begin […]

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Local leaders issue joint statement calling for end to government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The chief executives of D.C., Maryland and Virginia have joined together in a letter which calls for an immediate end to the partial government shutdown. In the letter sent to President Donald Trump and leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and D.C.’s […]

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Furloughed fed applying for unemployment? Here’s how to do it

WASHINGTON — If you’re a federal employee who has been working regularly and paying at least a minimum amount of tax, you’re probably eligible to receive some sort of unemployment insurance during the government shutdown. You’ll have to apply for the benefits with the state in which you work, according to the Office of Personnel […]

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Mulvaney: Trump Willing to Build Steel Border Fence Instead of Concrete Wall

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Saturday said that President Trump is open to building a metal fence — rather than a concrete wall — along the U.S.-Mexico border, signaling the White House’s “desire to try” to end the government shutdown. “[President Trump] was willing to agree, and he mentioned this at the Rose Garden press conference, to […]

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VP Shutdown Meeting Ends, Trump Says: Not Much Headway

Staff from Congressional leadership and the White House discussed border security and the partial government shutdown with the Homeland Security Secretary and Vice President Mike Pence Saturday. Pence called the discussion “productive,” though he did not provide details of those discussions. “Secretary Nielsen was able to provide a full briefing on the crisis at the […]

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Wall debate obscures other struggles at the border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In Washington, it’s all about the wall. At the border, it’s only part of the story. Border authorities are struggling with outdated facilities ill-equipped to handle the growing increase in family migrants, resulting in immigrants being released onto the streets every day. The immigration court system is so clogged that some […]

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White House staff gathering at Camp David for ‘retreat’

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House senior staff will be gathering over the weekend at the Camp David presidential compound for a “staff retreat” to discuss the administration’s priorities for 2019. And White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Trump will be joining them and leading meetings Sunday. The gathering comes as Mick Mulavney […]

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Donald Trump Prepared to Keep Government Shut Down Months or a Year

President Donald Trump remains resolute about allowing the government shutdown to go on if Democrats continue to refuse to fund border security. Trump confirmed comments from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who warned that the president was ready to keep the government shut down for up to a year. “I did say that, absolutely I […]

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WATCH: Pelosi set to become House speaker as Congress returns

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who will become speaker of the House on Jan. 3, walks to her new office at the Capitol during a television interview for the NBC Today Show with Savannah Guthrie, left, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON – The new Congress gets to […]

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National Park Service gets help with trash pickup during government shutdown

WASHINGTON — Trash has been building up this week around the nation’s capital because of the partial government shutdown. But things are improving due to outside groups that have stepped in and picked up the slack while scores of National Park Service employees, who are in charge of maintaining NPS grounds, remain furloughed. “We have […]

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Air traffic controllers, already at 30-year low, feel government shutdown strain

(NEW YORK) — A few days ago, several bulbs went out in a lighting system at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The lights were part of an instrument landing system for inbound aircraft, some of the criteria pilots use to guide planes onto a runway, especially during bad weather, an airport facility […]

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