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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Trump Administration Proposes Sending Meals Directly to Food Stamp Beneficiaries

Trump Administration Proposes Sending Meals Directly to Food Stamp Beneficiaries

The Trump administration is proposing to have the Department of Agriculture ship packages of food directly to low-income families in lieu of food stamp benefits.  The administration referred to it as a “Blue Apron-type” program, referring to the meal preparation and delivery service. The food would be sent “in the form of a USDA Foods package, which would include items such as shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish,” according…

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Pentagon Budget Seeks 10 New Ships and 15,600 Additional Troops

Pentagon Budget Seeks 10 New Ships and 15,600 Additional Troops

The Department of Defense submitted a 2019 budget request to Congress that would pay for ten new Navy ships and 15,600 additional troops beyond this year’s authorized levels.  The request would provide the Pentagon with $617 billion in its base budget and $69 billion for its overseas contingency operations account (the account the Pentagon uses on War and combat operations). The request is part of the Trump administration’s second annual budget and represents a major increase in military spending after…

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Trump Unveils Infrastructure Plan, Critics Worry It May Mean Higher Taxes for Taxpayers

Trump Unveils Infrastructure Plan, Critics Worry It May Mean Higher Taxes for Taxpayers

The White House has unveiled President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan which calls for 1.5 trillion new dollars in spending and investment.  The plan though, is light on actual investment from the federal government, with Washington only expected to contribute $200 billion of the price tag. The program calls for incentive programs that match federal grants with revenue streams from state, local and private sources.  The administration says this will encourage local stake holders to invest in projects in their communities….

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Arrests of Both Criminal and Noncriminal Immigrants Up After First Year of Trump Administration

Arrests of Both Criminal and Noncriminal Immigrants Up After First Year of Trump Administration

Arrests of noncriminal immigrants more than doubled last year under the Trump administration according to a new analysis by The Washington Post.  According to the report 37,734 noncriminal immigrants were detailed in 2017. Arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials of undocumented immigrants have increased by 40% in President Trump’s first year in office. The number of immigrants who were convicted of crimes last year, 105,736, was also a small increase. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed the Justice Department…

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