Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. A Utah judge has been suspended for six months without pay after he made a series of critical statements about President Donald Trump online and in his courtroom over the past few years. The Utah Supreme Court filed its court ruling this past week on Judge Michael Kwan's actions. Kwan, who has served as a justice court judge in Taylorsville for 20 years, was cited for “improper use of judicial authority and his inappropriate political commentary,” the latter often involving President Trump. The court noted multiple times when Kwan had provided political comments that
California lawmakers are headed toward a confrontation with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to keep a tax that can generate nearly $2 billion for low-income health benefits but means approval from the Trump administration amid a feud between state and federal officials. Senate and Assembly budget committees finished their versions of the $214 billion annual budget this week and want to keep a tax on managed care organizations. The companies manage Medicaid plans in California, the joint federal-state program that provides health coverage for the poor and people with disabilities. California uses the money from those taxes to pay its share of Medicaid costs, which then trigger payments from the
The 2020 presidential candidate, a Navy veteran, said he served in order to protect the right for peaceful demonstrations.
Sitting on a leather sofa in a hair salon in Scranton, 1,900 miles from the Mexican border, immigration policy was still a hot-button issue as Jackie Leon and Frank Demarzo talked politics while waiting for their first client of the day to arrive for her appointment. Leon, the owner of the Headhunters Salon in Scranton, said she doesn't think the U.S. should allow immigrants into the country before it's determined whether they qualify for asylum or are otherwise vetted. “There's some bad people," she said. "You're getting killers and everything.” Her remarks irked Demarzo. He said he has relatives in Italy who come to Scranton for one month a year. He said his cousin expressed amazement at the
Jonathan Ernst/ReutersPresident Trump says he isn’t bothered by North Korea’s recent weapons testing, unlike some of his own “people,” because Kim Jong Un has already shown his loyalty by making a crack at Joe Biden. “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,” Trump tweeted Sunday while visiting Japan. “I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Bidan a low IQ individual, & worse,” the president wrote. “Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”Bizarrely, Trump made the comments not only just hours after his own national security adviser condemned North Korea for testing ballistic missiles, but also right before his scheduled meeting in Japan with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also spoke out about the missile testing. The country's test of ballistic missiles earlier this month was seen as an aggressive escalation that violates United Nations Security Council resolutions, according to Trump's national security adviser John Bolton. “In terms of violating Security Council resolutions, there’s no doubt about that,” Bolton told reporters on Saturday morning. Bolton also said Trump is working to maintain sanctions pressure on the North Korean regime until it backs down. The president's tweet, on the other hand, suggests he is placing his bets on Kim being loyal to denuclearization because of the North Korean leader's diss of the former vice president, which Trump apparently took as a “signal” that Kim would keep his promise. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Jeremy Corbyn looks set to snub the national D-Day commemoration event in Portsmouth being attended by President Donald Trump. The Labour leader, who turns 70 today, has yet to respond to an invitation to the event, which the Queen is also due to attend on June 5. Corbyn has already refused an invitation to a state banquet with Trump, who will be joined for dinner at Buckingham Palace by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Corbyn argued that it was wrong to “roll out the red carpet” for the US president, whom he accused of using “racist and misogynist rhetoric”. But senior Whitehall sources claim Corbyn has also so far failed to respond to an invitation to the national commemorative event on Southsea
A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from building key sections of his border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, delivering what may prove a temporary setback on one of his highest priorities. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr.'s order, issued Friday, prevents work from beginning on two of the highest-priority, Pentagon-funded wall projects — one spanning 46 miles (74 kilometers) in New Mexico and another covering 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Yuma, Arizona. On Saturday, Trump pledged to file an expedited appeal of the ruling. Trump, who is visiting Japan, tweeted: "Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction.
As Democrats scream about seeing the un-redacted Mueller report, abuse House subpoena powers to keep the Russian collusion witch hunt going, and pry for President Donald Trump's private information, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is saying Trump is trying to “weaponize law enforcement” for intending to release documents that would shed light on the motives of the Mueller investigation. “While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase. This is un-American,” Schiff wrote in a Tweet. The decision was
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is "a dangerous place" and they should expect to see combat. "Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said. Pence congratulated the West Point graduates on behalf of President Donald Trump, and told them, "As you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. President Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have." More than 980 cadets became U.S. Army second lieutenants in the ceremony
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke criticized President Donald Trump's approval to send an additional 1,500 US troops to the Middle East this week as a step toward "yet another war." "President Trump is escalating tensions, is provoking yet another war in the Middle East where we find ourselves already engaged in war in so many countries -- in Iraq, in Syria, in Yemen, not too far from there in Libya, and in Afghanistan," the former Texas congressman told Margaret Brennan on CBS' Face the Nation in an interview that will air Sunday. Trump on Friday told reporters at the White House the US would be sending an additional 1,500 troops to the Middle East in a "mostly protective" effort
A mixture of facts, fear, lies, investigations, indictments and tweets have done little to significantly shift attitudes of voters in the heartland on who should be elected the nation's president in 2020. The critical states that gave President Donald Trump the margin of Electoral College victory in 2016 are again uncertain, as thorny issues such as tariff-induced trade wars, immigration disputes and the Mueller investigation have rattled voters. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania — with their collective 70 electoral votes — could again decide if Trump is given a second term or if the nation moves to whomever the Democrats select from a field of 23 wannabe challengers. Depressed corn and soybean markets could make a difference in rural areas, which went all in for Trump last time, some say.
Actor Jon Voight expressed his support for President Trump, declaring him "the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln" in a two-part video message posted on Twitter on Friday night. "I know that you'll agree with me when I say that our president has our utmost respect and our love," Voight began. "Don't be fooled by the political left because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph," Voight continued.
Last week we made the case from a DFL operative that the annual tragicomedy of the legislative session has little bearing on the next election. The argument is that people are captivated by the national political narrative, but are paying less attention to local politics. Voters are also less likely to split their tickets than in the past. Which means their 2020 votes for legislative candidates are a function of their feelings about the presidential race — not what their local lawmaker does in St. Paul. I promised a rebuttal, and it comes from former DFL operative and current public relations executive Todd Rapp, who wrote me an e-mail awhile back. “Just because people aren't watching the day-in,
President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that puts teeth into two laws from 1996 requiring the sponsors of those who come to this country legally to pay back welfare benefits they may have used and mandating those who determine public benefits to consider joint, rather than individual, incomes of migrant spouses — laws that have largely gone unenforced. Trump's memo simply makes federal agencies enforce laws already on the books. “This is a historic, transformative action to restore the foundational principle of U.S. immigration law — that those seeking to join our society must support themselves financially,” one senior administration official told Breitbart. The laws from 1996 — the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act” and the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act” — were signed into law by Bill Clinton, back when Democrats actually felt enough allegiance to America, or political heat, or combination of the two, to pay more than lip service to the notion of securing borders and protecting taxpaying citizens from the burden of bottomless welfare coffers.