Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Senator Jeff Flake isn’t giving up on immigration reform.  The junior Senator from Arizona said that he plans to force a vote on a proposal as soon as the Senate returns from its winter recess after next week.  Flake proposed a fallback option for immigration reform last week when it looked like larger plans being put forth by Senators from both sides of the aisle were going to fall through. A Republican plan that would’ve granted a pathway to citizenship…

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Kelly Unveils New White House Security Protocols in Wake of Rob Porter Scandal

Kelly Unveils New White House Security Protocols in Wake of Rob Porter Scandal

White House Chief of Staff Jon Kelly announced new measures aimed at improving the White House’s security clearance process this week.  The move comes in the wake of intense scrutiny the White House has received over the way it handled domestic abuse allegations leveled against a senior member of the team. Revelations were made public in recent weeks that both of former White House Staff Secretary’s Rob Porter’s ex-wives had come forward with allegations that he had physically, emotionally and…

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India and Iran Vow to Work Together on Afghanistan, Other Issues

India and Iran Vow to Work Together on Afghanistan, Other Issues

India and Iran have agreed to forge closer ties with the goal of restoring peace and stability to Afghanistan the two countries announced today.  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks in New Delhi this week. The two countries announced they will increase cooperation in areas such as terrorism and drug trafficking.  They also agreed take steps to develop energy security and regional connectivity to Afghanistan, a landlocked country, through infrastructure projects like road and…

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No. 3 Official at Veterans Affairs Resigns After Doctoring Emails That Allowed Secretary’s Wife to Accompany Him on Taxpayer-Funded Trip

No. 3 Official at Veterans Affairs Resigns After Doctoring Emails That Allowed Secretary’s Wife to Accompany Him on Taxpayer-Funded Trip

Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s Chief of staff has announced her resignation after it was learned she lied to investigators about doctoring an email that allowed Shulkin’s wife to accompany him on a trip to Europe last year at the taxpayer’s expense.  Vivieca Wright Simpson, a 32-year veteran, told coworkers she would be retiring this morning.  Simpson had spent the last two years working for Shulkin. Two days ago, the VA inspector general released a report recommending that Wright be…

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Immigration Reform Dies Again

Immigration Reform Dies Again

Republicans made a last-ditch effort to pass a DACA solution this week only to have it thwarted by Democrats.  Are we seeing the beginning of a midterm election strategy by Democrats?  We discuss DACA and the failure of Congress to once again get an immigration bill passed in today’s episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/itn/p/content.blubrry.com/itn/Immigration_Reform_Dies_Again.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

President Trump Addresses Nation in Wake of Parkland Shooting, Says School Safety Will Become Administration’s “Top Priority”

President Trump Addresses Nation in Wake of Parkland Shooting, Says School Safety Will Become Administration’s “Top Priority”

President Trump addressed the nation today in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history.  “No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school,” the President said. A gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, walked into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, yesterday and began shooting.  He killed seventeen students in all and wounded fourteen others, five with life-threatening injuries according to hospital officials.  Cruz was believed to have used…

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Appeals Court in Virginia Rules Against Latest Version of President Trump’s Travel Ban

Appeals Court in Virginia Rules Against Latest Version of President Trump’s Travel Ban

An appeals court in Virginia has ruled the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban unconstitutional.  The court, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that the ban unlawfully targets Muslims. The Supreme Court agreed last month to a hear a case involving the Trump administration’s travel ban.  The latest version of the ban, bars entry from six majority Muslim countries along with North Korea and Venezuela.  A month before that however, the High Court ruled that the ban…

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: Sanctions Against Russia Are on the Way

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: Sanctions Against Russia Are on the Way

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told the Senate Finance Committee today that the Trump administration is planning to implement new sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 election.  “We are actively working on Russia sanctions coming out of the classified briefing.  I can assure you those sanctions are coming. We are working on them as we speak,” Mnuchin said. Mnuchin was pressed by Democrats on the lack of new sanctions by the administration during the hearing. Congress passed a bill last…

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Schiff Criticizes FBI for Attempting to Redact Too Much Information from Democratic Memo

Schiff Criticizes FBI for Attempting to Redact Too Much Information from Democratic Memo

Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff is criticizing the FBI for redacting too much information contained in the Democratic memo.  The memo was written in response to a Republican memo that alleges abuse by the FBI in obtaining FISA surveillance warrants.  Schiff is taking issue with the fact that the FBI is attempting to block any new information from being made public in the memo. “The FBI has identified in the memo, in our response, essentially everything…

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Five States Apply for Waivers from Trump Administration to Apply Lifetime Caps on Medicaid Benefits

Five States Apply for Waivers from Trump Administration to Apply Lifetime Caps on Medicaid Benefits

Five states have applied for waivers from the Trump administration to put a lifetime cap on the Medicaid benefits individuals can receive.  Maine, Arizona, Utah, Wisconsin and Kansas have asked the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, to place a limit on how long Medicaid beneficiaries can receive health benefits. The proposals vary among the states but are generally tied to work requirements.  Utah and Arizona, for example, seek a maximum of five years eligibility, and in Arizona, that…

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