Supreme Court Sides with North Carolina, Allows Controversial Congressional Districts to Remain in Place – For Now

Supreme Court Sides with North Carolina, Allows Controversial Congressional Districts to Remain in Place – For Now

The Supreme Court has temporarily sided with North Carolina State officials, allowing the borders of congressional districts, which have become controversial, to remain in place.  The court blocked a decision by a lower court which required that North Carolina create new congressional maps by the end of the month while a case is being appealed to the Supreme Court. A three-judge U.S. District Court panel had found that North Carolina state officials enacted the plan to redraw congressional maps “with…

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Section 702, Controversial Section of FISA, Reauthorized by Congress

Section 702, Controversial Section of FISA, Reauthorized by Congress

The Senate passed a bill reauthorizing section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), sending it to the president’s desk for signature.  The president is expected to approve it. Section 702 of FISA allows the U.S. intelligence community to surveille the communications of non-U.S. citizens on foreign soil.  The section has become controversial over the past year as the Russia investigation has dominated headlines, and questions about whether communications of American citizens, on American soil, have been illegally swept…

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Republicans Call on Congressional Leadership to Release Controversial FISA Memo

Republicans Call on Congressional Leadership to Release Controversial FISA Memo

Republican lawmakers are calling on congressional leaders to release a memo written by the House Intelligence Committee about alleged abuses about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  The committee voted along party lines on Thursday to allow members of the House to read it. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) called the memo, “worse than Watergate.”  Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) took to the House floor and called for the memo’s release.  “I am shocked to read exactly what has taken place. I…

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House Passes Spending Bill, But Senate Dems Hold It Up

House Passes Spending Bill, But Senate Dems Hold It Up

The House of Representatives pass a short-term spending bill that will keep the government open until February 16.  But Senate Democrats stayed true to their word in opposing the bill.  The fate of the continuing resolution, and the continuing operations of the federal government hang in the balance. Democrats are demanding that any budget resolution contain, among other things, a solution to the DACA problem.  Republicans have expressed a willingness to deal with the issue but are using a March…

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DACA Showdown

DACA Showdown

Congress and the White House have been locked in fierce negotiations over the DACA program.  Some of the president’s recent comments may have imperiled the negotiations.  And both Republicans and Democrats are playing their versions of hardball.  We discuss in today’s episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/itn/p/content.blubrry.com/itn/DACA_Showdown.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

House Intelligence Committee Releases Transcript of Interview with Fusion GPS Co-Founder

House Intelligence Committee Releases Transcript of Interview with Fusion GPS Co-Founder

The House Intelligence Committee today released the transcript of their interview with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of political research firm Fusion GPS.  Fusion is the firm responsible for the production of the now infamous Steele Dossier, the report that alleges that the Russian government coordinated with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.  The Committee interviewed Simpson in November. Rather than ask Simpson about the Dossier specifically, Democrats focused their questioning on Russian organized crime and their methods and practices. …

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Democrats Have the Votes for a Shutdown, They Say

Democrats Have the Votes for a Shutdown, They Say

Senate Democrats have confirmed that they have the votes to block a House bill that would keep the government open through February 16.  According to the latest numbers, thirty-eight Democratic Senators would vote no on the GOP-led bill.  Three Republican Senators would also vote no. Congress has been locked in fierce negotiations over the government’s budget bill for the past several weeks.  While spending on defense is one of the major aspects being negotiated, the main sticking point is immigration. …

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Apple, Amazon Both Looking to Invest Big in U.S.

Apple, Amazon Both Looking to Invest Big in U.S.

As a result of recently passed tax legislation, tech giant Apple said it will be investing $30 billion U.S. facilities over the next five years and create 20,000 U.S.-based jobs.  The company says it will also be paying $38 billion in taxes on profits it had kept overseas. Under the tax law passed by the GOP last month, companies can no longer avoid paying taxes by holding profits overseas.  They must pay tax whether they bring the money back or…

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Trump “Furious” with Kelly Over “Uninformed” & “Mexico Will Not Pay for the Wall” Comments

Trump “Furious” with Kelly Over “Uninformed” & “Mexico Will Not Pay for the Wall” Comments

President Trump is reportedly “furious” with Chief of Staff John Kelly for comments Kelly made about the president’s pursuit of a wall along the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico.  Kelly, speaking with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday, said that the president’s wall promises during the campaign were uninformed, and that Mexico will not pay for the wall. “Certain things are said during the campaign that are uninformed…many campaigns are not fully informed about every policy and that…

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Republicans and Democrats Find Mutual Foe: Steve Bannon

Republicans and Democrats Find Mutual Foe: Steve Bannon

Both Democrats and Republicans seem to have found an unlikely mutual foe in the Russia investigation: Steve Bannon.  Bannon angered many Democrats and most Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee when he refused to answer any of their questions during testimony yesterday. Lawmakers on the Committee are weighing the possibility of holding the former White House staffer in contempt of Congress.  “I have contempt for Bannon anyway,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said. Bannon seems to have offended many on the…

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