Trump and most of his fellow Republicans dismiss the Democrats' inquiries as grandstanding or political harassment. The Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, say the investigations are needed to hold to account a president who scorns respect for the law and governing norms. In most of the disputes, Trump and his advisers run the legal risk of contempt of Congress citations and court enforcement actions that could result in fines.
The president's former longtime confidante previously detailed efforts by the president to thwart Mueller's Russia probe. Hope Hicks' name appears 184 times in special counsel Robert Mueller's blockbuster report, in which the longtime confidante of President Donald Trump delivers a painstakingly detailed account of efforts by Trump to thwart the investigation of his campaign's contacts with Russia. On Wednesday, Hicks will face lawmakers for the first time since Mueller's report became public, and House Democrats will attempt to press her for even more insight into the president's conduct — even as she appears set to shut down questions about her time in the White House. Story Continued Below
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO - (Reuters) - Bond investors expect an aggressive set of U.S. interest rate cuts this year, and a voluble president pines for the “old days” when his predecessors bullied central bankers to get their way. If Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell had a complicated task last year in calling an early halt to further Fed rate hikes, his mission in a Wednesday press conference may be even trickier: Thread the needle between growing expectations that lower rates are coming soon and economic data that looks reasonably healthy with rates just where they are. Failing to pull it off could trigger the same sort of volatility and tightening of financial conditions witnessed in December, when Powell's press conference remarks were interpreted as overly hawkish and in part responsible for an 8% drop in the S&P 500 over the next few days. At the extreme, that sort of volatility could feed into the real economy and make the Fed's job in coming weeks even more complicated.
Sarah Sanders unofficially signed off Tuesday night as White House press secretary, telling an arena of Trump supporters she'll be spending some time with her children after she leaves the president's service. 'One of the most incredible experiences anybody could ever imagine,' she said of the experience. Trump has been pushing her to declare her interest in the governor's mansion in her home state but Sanders stayed mum on the subject as she campaigned with her boss and his family for the final time in Orlando, Florida. 'I couldn't be prouder to be part of your team. I'm going to go spend a little time with my kids,' she answered. 'But no one will be a stronger voice and a more fierce advocate
As the first non-American team to win an NBA championship, it'll be interesting to see what becomes of the Toronto Raptors concerning a potential visit to the White House. A longstanding tradition south of the border, the annual champions from the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB usually get an invitation to meet the President in Washington. Donald Trump's presidency has changed that though. The Golden State Warriors had their invitation rescinded in 2017 when it became clear that a number of big name players wouldn't show up. They weren't invited back in 2018 – instead visiting with former President Barack Obama in January. The Philadelphia Eagles had their visit cancelled in 2017 for similar reasons
White House initiative expands Health Reimbursement Arrangements Karen Wischmeier, owner of Wischmeier Tax and Accounting in Scottsburg joined three other NFIB members from around the country at the White House recently to attend the announcement of an initiative that would expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements, offering more small businesses additional options to contribute to their employees' healthcare costs. For decades, small businesses have struggled to cope with the ever-growing costs of employee healthcare. When the Affordable Care Act became law, the costs of mandated benefits made offering insurance nearly impossible for small employers. One alternative is HRAs, which allow a business
In 1952, when young economics graduate Alice Rivlin applied to a post-graduate course in public administration, she was turned down on the grounds that she was a woman of “marriageable age”. Four decades later, in 1994, Rivlin made history when she became the first woman to head the White House’s Office of Management and Budget under Bill Clinton. Later she was the first woman deputy chair of the Federal Reserve. Rivlin, who died aged 88, was born Georgina Alice Mitchell to Georgianna Peck, a national officer of the League of Women Voters, and nuclear physicist Allan CG Mitchell. Though she was born in Philadelphia, Rivlin grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She studied at Bryn Mawr College, originally hoping to become a historian. A short economics course at Indiana University persuaded her to change direction. Thwarted in her ambition to study public administration, Rivlin did indeed get married in 1955. However three years later, she earned a PhD in economics from Harvard’s Radcliffe College and joined economics think tank the Brookings Institution. It was while she was a researcher on budgetary and social programmes there that President Lyndon Johnson invited her to be deputy assistant secretary for program analysis at the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare.Rivlin would have a long association with the Brookings Institution, returning again and again throughout her career. She also taught at Harvard University, The New School and George Mason University. She was visiting professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Rivlin also authored three books: Systematic Thinking for Social Action (1971), Caring for the Disabled Elderly (1988) and Reviving the American Dream (1992).Twenty years after she missed out on a post-grad course for being the wrong age and the wrong sex, Rivlin faced sexism head-on again when she was offered the chance to head new government agency, the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO had been created in response to the Watergate scandal, as a check on the administration’s Office of Management and Budget.Despite her impressive CV, Rivlin faced opposition. Recalling the situation on NPR’s podcast The Indicator, Rivlin said, “The head of the House Budget Committee [Oregon Democrat Al Ullman] was actually rather sexist, and he'd been heard to say that over his dead body would a woman have this job.” Ironically, it was a sex scandal involving another congressman, Wilbur Mills, and a stripper called Fanne Foxe, that cleared the way for Rivlin’s appointment. When the disgraced Mills had to leave his position on the “Ways and Means Committee”, the resulting reshuffle meant that Ullman, who had been so against having a woman on the budget committee, was moved into Mills’ vacant spot. The new chair of the budget committee, Democrat Brock Adams, was only too happy to have Rivlin on board. In an interview years later, Rivlin claimed: “That’s how I got my job. I owed my job to Fanne Fox.”But it wasn’t chance that kept Rivlin at the CBO for the next eight years. While in the position, she changed the way Washington made policy, emphasising the importance of analysing the economic impact of new bills. A centrist Democrat, Rivlin was careful to remain non-partisan throughout her CBO tenure though she was a critic of Reaganomics.After her stint at the CBO ended in 1983, Rivlin was awarded a MacArthur “genius grant” and became president of the American Economics Association. Ten years later, she became Clinton’s deputy director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Then in 1994, she cracked the glass ceiling when she became director of the OMB. She did it again when in 1996 she was made a governor of the Federal Reserve and later its vice-chair. Rivlin is also revered for her work on the DC Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, dragging the declining and bankrupt district, which was riddled with crime, back into solvency in the late Nineties.Rivlin continued to work into her eighties. Described as “hawkish” on debt reduction, in 2010, she co-chaired a Debt Reduction Task Force backed by the Bipartisan Policy Centre in Washington, DC. Shortly after that, she was one of President Obama’s nominations to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (also known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission). In 2013, Rivlin was persuaded to dance the Harlem Shake in a video for The Can Kicks Back, the millennial arm of the controversial lobbying group Fix The Debt, which advocated austerity measures such as slashing social security and Medicare to reduce the national deficit. Rivlin told her young audience, “There's no dancing around the fact that more needs to be done quickly to put our future debt on a downward track. But our leaders need to hear from you.”In her later years, Rivlin’s contribution to public life was honoured with a string of awards. In 2008, she received the Moynihan Prize. That same year, she was named as one of the greatest public servants of the past 25 years by the Council for Excellence in Government. In 2012, she was given a Foremother Award by the National Research Centre for Women & Families. She was awarded $100,000 by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research for her career-long dedication to improving lives through economic policy. Rivlin had three children with her first husband Lewis Allen Rivlin. Their marriage ended in 1977. Rivlin married her second husband, economist Sidney G Winter, in 1989. She is survived by her husband, her daughter Catherine and sons Allan and Douglas, two stepsons and five grandchildren. Alice Rivlin, American economist, born 4 March 1931, died 14 May 2019
President Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign Tuesday night before a jam-packed crowd in Orlando's Amway Center arena, and quickly unloaded on the media organizations and government actors he said tried their hardest with "everything they had" to bring down both his candidacy and presidency. To chants of "USA," Trump took the stage after brief remarks by Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, and recalled his unlikely rise to power. "We stared down the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests who made a living bleeding our country dry," Trump said. Just over four years ago, Trump descended through the pink marble and brass atrium of Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president, the first step on a journey few analysts believed would take him all the way to the White House.
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer met today with President Donald Trump at the White House, where they discussed U.S.-Mexico border and homelessness issues, among other topics. "I had a chance to briefly meet with the president to discuss a few big issues facing San Diego," Faulconer said in a Twitter post. "We talked about the pending USMCA deal, California's homeless crisis, and I also brought up sewage coming from the Tijuana River Valley -- and encouraged more federal action to fix it." In another Twitter post prior to his meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, Faulconer wrote that he was in Washington, D.C., for the Border Trade Alliance annual conference and had "a
Donald Trump has vowed to begin removing millions of illegal immigrants from the United States starting next week. The pledge came as Mr Trump formally announced his bid for re-election to the White House in 2020. He said US Immigration and Customs Enforcement would "begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States," adding: "They will be removed as fast as they come in." There are an estimated 12 million people in the United States illegally, mainly from Mexico and Central America. A White House official said the new crackdown would focus on more than one million of those who have already been issued final deportation orders by judges, but still remain in the US. The official said: "Countless illegal aliens not only violate our borders but then break the law all over again by skipping their court hearings and absconding from federal proceedings. "These runaway aliens lodge phony asylum claims only to be no-shows at court and are ordered removed in absentia. Enforcing these final judicial orders is a top priority." Apprehensions on the US-Mexico border It is unusual to make planned immigration raids public before they happen. But senior White House figures believe a series of mass arrests, and the threat of them, would also act as a deterrent to would-be illegal immigrants, in countries including El Salvador and Honduras, who may be considering attempts to reach the US border. The number of illegal immigrants from Central America crossing the US border has risen dramatically during Mr Trump's presidency. Funding for his plan to build a border wall has been blocked by Democrats. He recently secured the co-operation of Mexico by threatening to implement increasingly drastic tariffs on Mexican goods. The threat was dropped after Mexico agreed to dispatch its national guard to its border with Guatemala. Three weeks ago there were 4,200 illegal migrants arriving at the US border daily, and that has now dropped to 2,600 a day, according to a Mexican official. Mr Trump said: "Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our southern border." The president said Guatemala was getting ready to sign an agreement that would force illegal migrants to apply for asylum there, rather than trying to head on through Mexico to the US. Mr Trump said the "border crisis" would end quickly if Democrats would agree to "fix" the asylum system. Immigration was a central theme of Mr Trump's presidential campaign in 2016, and is expected to be again in 2020.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says that Israeli representatives have not been invited to the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace conference in Bahrain next week. The official said Monday that the meeting is to focus on the administration's "economic vision" for the Palestinians and will not focus on "political issues." The administration official was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record and spoke on condition of anonymity. The announcement means that neither Israelis nor Palestinians will be attending a conference meant to shape their fate. The Palestinians, accusing the U.S. of bias favoring Israel, have rejected the Trump administration's peace plan out