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A Look At The Political Ramifications Of The Mueller Report For Trump

Joining us now to talk through what the release of the report means for the president is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. CHANG: So it sounds like the president is pretty happy. LIASSON: Well, there's a lot of damaging information. Mueller actually corroborated several news reports that the president has called fake - one of them where he asked his White House counsel, Don McGahn, to order the deputy attorney general to fire Bob Mueller, which he didn't do, or the Mueller report validated news reports that show the president dictating the false statement about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians. LIASSON: Yes. JERRY NADLER: The responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions. You can call on the Russians to hack your opponents' emails. And remember Mueller's bottom line - no Trump campaign official knowingly assisted the Russian government in their interference, and no American illegally participated in Russia's hacking of emails. CHANG: That's NPR's Mara Liasson. LIASSON: Thank you.

‘Dems in Disarray’ Is an Exhausting and Flawed Beltway Meme

Just read this account of the "explosion" of bloody mayhem. “We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi said, according to two people present but not authorized to discuss the remarks publicly. Twenty-six moderate Democrats joined Republicans in amending the legislation, adding a provision requiring that ICE be notified if an illegal immigrant seeks to purchase a gun. (Note the perpetual binary by which the caucus is divided into "liberals" and "moderates." The Democratic infighting reflects a fractured caucus and diverse freshman class, with dozens of moderates elected in districts that President Trump won in 2016 at odds with hard-charging liberals. and Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (S.C.), over the party strategy to keep its newfound majority. Republicans have capitalized on the divide, using legislative tactics to split politically vulnerable moderates from the party leadership. Second, it's important to note that, in this case, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has lined up against the Blue Dogs. If they were opposed to the bill because they thought it bad policy, or even if they simply thought it would cost them re-election, they should have voted against the bill. Is the Democratic caucus unruly?

Politicians Tour San Ysidro Port Of Entry, Praise Operations

U.S. House majority leader Steny Hoyer toured the San Ysidro Port Of Entry Friday to evaluate a recent pilot program to return some asylum-seekers to Mexico while they await their day in U.S. court. San Diego Democratic Congressmen Juan Vargas, Scott Peters and Mike Levin were all there to welcome Hoyer for the visit with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. RELATED: San Diego Judge Considers Expanding Migrant Family Reunification Case Vargas condemned the pilot program, saying asylum seekers aren’t safe in Tijuana amid record homicides. Peters agreed with him. More than 70 asylum-seekers have been sent back to Mexico under the program. “It has a capacity to process people humanely … we should have infrastructure like this in all of our border entry points," he said. But due to a surge of families seeking asylum in the U.S., it faces a backlog of thousands of asylum-seekers who must wait weeks before they can speak with a Customs and Border Protection officer. RELATED: Mother's Journey Shows Some Asylum-Seekers Are Reaching The US The politicians said what is needed for greater border security isn’t a wall, but better technology, personnel and other investments in ports of entry. They rejected the idea that there is a national security crisis at the border, calling Trump's national emergency declaration "a fake crisis." They also toured a migrant shelter in San Diego operated by the San Diego Rapid Response Network, a coalition of human rights and legal advocacy groups.

Dispute dashes hopes on deal to avert shutdown

Democratic and Republican negotiators last week seemed to be on course for a deal to fund the government and boost border security short of paying for a wall, and it seemed possible that Trump might grudgingly sign on. Sudden pessimism over the conference talks between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reflected the uncertainty and raw political nerves on Capitol Hill at the dawn of a new era of divided government. But on Sunday, he was more downbeat when asked if hopes of an agreement on Monday were realistic. Shelby also indicated that there was no agreement yet on how much money Democrats will allow to be spent for barriers on the US-Mexico border. House Democratic Majority leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said on CNN on Saturday that he would be prepared to live with a deal that offered up to $2 billion for a border barrier. Such uncertainty is why it is unclear whether Trump would sign on to a deal that emerges from the Capitol Hill talks, especially since he has balked about a solution that could get him into hot water on his right flank before. It's also why a shutdown, once seen as highly unlikely given the political damage it wrought upon the White House last time around, cannot be ruled out. "Now, with the terrible offers being made by them to the Border Committee, I actually believe they want a Shutdown. Such a move would open the possibility that a future Democratic President could use the precedent to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress to exert executive power on another issue — combating global warming for instance. That path would provoke another dilemma since it would presumably force Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to consider whether to take up a bill that the President might be unlikely to sign if it lacked wall funding.

Trump denies Pelosi aircraft for foreign trip, after call for State of the Union...

President Trump on Thursday abruptly denied military aircraft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a foreign trip just minutes before the congressional delegation was set to depart, in a stunning decision that followed her call to delay the State of the Union address amid the government shutdown. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.” Asked if lawmakers might still be able to find another way to travel overseas, a senior congressional official told Fox News Thursday evening only, "I don't know." A senior White House official also told Fox News that all congressional delegation travel by military aircraft is now postponed. Republicans had a split response over the president's decision. The president's move to cancel Pelosi's trip came after the House speaker's request to delay his annual State of the Union address -- though one White House official claimed the aircraft decision was not a "response" to Pelosi's letter. The speaker stood by that call earlier Thursday. “That’s why I said to the president, if you don’t open up government, let’s discuss a mutually agreeable date.” She added: “It could be a week later—if the government is reopened.” For more than 24 hours, Trump did not respond to Pelosi's request, even as fellow Republicans condemned her push for delay. Congressional lawmakers, meanwhile, were left sitting on a bus waiting to see if they could depart. Amid mounting confusion, Fox News is told there were furious calls going back and forth among Capitol Hill, State, Pentagon and White House offices. The shutdown, which is now the longest in U.S. history, has left more than 800,000 federal workers and contractors without pay.
Hoyer reacts to GOP Rep. telling Dems 'go back to Puerto Rico'

Hoyer reacts to GOP Rep. telling Dems ‘go back to Puerto Rico’

Congressman Jason Smith said his remark was not racially insensitive, and that he was referring only to Democrats' recent trip to Puerto Rico. House Majoirty Leader Steny Hoyer believes the comment was an aspersion on Rep. Tony Cardenas. #FoxNews FOX…

Democrats won’t seat North Carolina Republican amid election fraud claims

Democrats said on Friday they will not swear a North Carolina Republican into his US House seat until state officials resolve questions surrounding his election. The North Carolina elections board has refused to certify the race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, while it investigates irregularities concerning absentee ballots. Harris holds a slim lead in unofficial results, but officials are looking into criminal allegations against an operative hired by his campaign. Absentee-ballot fraud scandal speaks to wider issue of racism in North Carolina Read more Confusing the picture, a state court panel ruled on Thursday that the current elections board should disband at noon on Friday, which it duly did. The state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, announced he would appoint an interim board. In a statement to the Washington Post late on Friday afternoon, the incoming House majority leader, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, said: “Given the now well-documented election fraud that took place in [the district in question], Democrats would object to any attempt by Harris to be seated on 3 January.” The US constitution states that the House is the judge of the elections of its members and the final arbiter of all contests. In North Carolina, Cooper’s move to seek an interim board would allow it to proceed with an 11 January evidentiary hearing about the 9th district race, until a new law governing the statewide elections panel can take effect on 31 January. Cooper said he would appoint both Democrats and Republicans to comply with pre-2016 state elections law he says is temporarily back in force. But the chairman of the state Republican party, Robin Hayes, argued that Cooper’s proposal was an “illegal sham” and said no Republicans would participate. The board turned down his request.

Nancy Pelosi on track to become House speaker after agreeing to term limit

Nancy Pelosi has all but sealed her ascent to speaker of the House after striking a deal with a rebellious group of Democratic lawmakers demanding fresh faces in leadership. The agreement, which she announced on Wednesday, was the latest in a series of hurdles that the Democratic leader from California has cleared in her bid to reclaim the speakership, a post that is second in line to the presidency. She was the first woman to hold the position when she became speaker in 2007. But that was shy of the support she would need to win an absolute majority on the House floor, if all Republicans opposed her nomination as is expected. “I have pushed for new leadership because I want to see generational change in the Democratic Caucus,” the Colorado congressman Ed Perlmutter, who led the negotiations between Pelosi and the rebel group, said. “I am now convinced that generational change has started and will continue to accelerate.” The deal means that Democrats must prepare to clear the way for a new generation of leadership. Pelosi, 78, has sat atop her party for 16 years, assisted by her longtime deputies, congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland, 79, and congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, 79. Pelosi had been unwilling to put a timeline on her tenure, arguing that it would make her a “lame-duck” speaker. “With the agreed-upon measures, we will do that.” The issue of term limits has deeply divided the Democratic caucus and it is not certain that the rules changes would be approved. However, Pelosi said: “It is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not.” Julián Castro calls Latinos to action as he moves toward 2020 run Read more There are still several newly elected Democrats who campaigned on a promise to oppose Pelosi for speaker.
Who will replace House Speaker Paul Ryan?video

Who will replace House Speaker Paul Ryan?

A look at some of the likely contenders who would replace Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) when he retires in January and relinquishes the speakership. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as…

Still Saddled With the Politics of the Seventies

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer was first elected to the New York Assembly in 1974. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was elected Northern California Democratic Chairman in 1977. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1966 and was elected state Senate president in 1975. Governor Jerry Brown was elected California secretary of state in 1970 and to his first term as governor in 1974. But his public career began in the 1970s, a terrible decade during which New York City's population fell by 823,000. Even after Republican Scott Brown's special election, victory deprived Democrats of their Senate supermajority and Pelosi pushed for enactment of a necessarily flawed version of Obamacare. Pelosi has been cautioning Democratic candidates to stop talking about impeachment. It has inclined them to believe that the "Russian collusion" issue will result in Trump's removal some time soon. Donald Trump's experiences give him a different perspective, one firmly anchored in New York City. Those voters have largely disappeared from New York City and coastal California.