Some ex-Obama aides see former president in young Indiana mayor

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast. “I was in Chicago last week, talking to a lot of former (Barack) Obama aides,” Zeleny said. “They say they recognize — particularly in how he sounds — a lot of Mayor Buttigieg in what Sen. Obama used to sound like.” Zeleny said that until recently, Beto O’Rourke was the one being compared to the former president. “O’Rourke’s people are slightly concerned about this,” Zeleny said. “His campaign manager sent out an email saying don’t look at these early polls, we’re right on track here. But there is a sense O’Rourke may have squandered an …

More US troops likely to be sent to the southern border, acting defense secretary says

(CNN)Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said Friday that the Pentagon has yet to receive a formal request for additional support from the US military on the southern border but he expects that his department will be providing additional support. In the meeting, officials discussed whether the military could build tent cities to detain migrants on the border and whether the US could legally run such migrant camps, NBC News reported. Customs and Border Protection is moving as quickly as possible to erect temporary structures in two locations along the southern border to house and process migrants amid the surge in arrests, according to a US Border Patrol official on Friday, as the numbers of people arriving at the border …

House committee sends new letter to IRS demanding Trump’s tax returns

(CNN)House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal is not backing down on his request for six years of the President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns, he writes In a new letter sent Saturday to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday said he has “not personally spoken” to Attorney General William Barr about a congressional request made by Neal for Trump’s tax returns. When asked by CNN, the secretary told reporters that the Treasury’s Department’s legal office has been in consultation with the Justice Department’s lawyers. “Those conversation have started, but it would be premature for me to conclude how long that will take, because as I’ve said these are complicated issues,” said Mnuchin, who …

Ivanka Trump returns to the world stage with Africa trip

(CNN)Ivanka Trump is taking her women’s entrepreneurship initiative to Africa, arriving in Ethiopia Sunday to promote the Trump administration’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative. The first daughter will be joined by USAID Administrator Mark Green, will also travel to Côte d’Ivoire next week to attend the We-Fi West Africa Regional Summit. Trump helped unveil the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative earlier this year. Its aim, she told reporters before the President signed a memorandum launching the initiative in February, is to “coordinate efforts across federal agencies” to empower women in developing countries through education, entrepreneurship and eliminating legal, regulatory and cultural barriers to women’s economic participation. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (WGPD) initiative builds on the administration’s …

Buttigieg wants to ‘change the channel’ from Washington’s ‘mesmerizing horror show’

Washington (CNN)Pete Buttigieg said Sunday he wants to “change the channel from this mesmerizing horror show” happening in Washington right now. “I’m about as different from this President as it gets,” Buttigieg said. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

May-Corbyn Brexit talks ‘will fail’ if he insists on referendum

Labour presses leader to seek confirmatory vote, but sources say May will not agree to one Talks between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May will break down if Labour insists on putting any compromise deal to a confirmatory referendum, government sources have said. At the same time Labours deputy leader, Tom Watson, has warned of a Labour rebellion if Corbyn agrees to a deal without such a vote. Meanwhile, sources have indicated that it is likely that any agreement on a customs union will require a clause allowing the UK to withdraw from it in the future. As part of the compromise, legislation will be proposed to lock in the bulk of the proposals on workers rights and environmental standards. Overall, …

‘Grassroots’ Facebook Brexit ads secretly run by staff of Lynton Crosby firm

Exclusive: grassroots groups that spent up to 1m on targeted Facebook ads share administrator who works for lobbying firm A series of hugely influential Facebook advertising campaigns that appear to be separate grassroots movements for a no-deal Brexit are secretly overseen by employees of Sir Lynton Crosbys lobbying company and a former adviser to Boris Johnson, documents seen by the Guardian reveal. The mysterious groups, which have names such as Mainstream Network and Britains Future, appear to be run independently by members of the public and give no hint that they are connected. But in reality they share an administrator who works for Crosbys CTF Partners and have spent as much as 1m promoting sophisticated targeted adverts aimed at heaping …

May calls for cabinet showdown as MPs reject all Brexit options

MPs failure to back alternative to PMs deal prompts renewed talk of snap general election Theresa May will summon her warring cabinet to Downing Street for a five-hour showdown on Tuesday after parliament once again failed to coalesce behind any alternative to her rejected Brexit deal. Three options a common market, a customs union and a second referendum were all narrowly rejected in the process of indicative votes, prompting renewed talk of a swift general election. After Conservative MPs failed to support any option in sufficient numbers, there were immediate recriminations in the House of Commons chamber. The Tory MP Nick Boles declared that he had failed to persuade his colleagues to compromise with his common market 2.0 plan and …

Brexit: John Bercow rules out third meaningful vote on same deal

Speaker says PM cannot bring back deal to parliament without substantial changes The House of Commons Speaker has thwarted any attempt by Theresa May to bring clarification of the legal advice written by the attorney general, something that had been suggested this week. The solicitor general, Robert Buckland, said the decision was a constitutional crisis and that the government might have to consider the drastic step of ending the parliamentary session early and restarting a new session. Were in a major constitutional crisis here … This has given us quite a lot to think about in the immediate term. There are ways around this a prorogation of parliament and a new session but we are now talking about not just …

Howard Schultz apologizes after claim about military experience

(CNN)Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, a potential independent presidential candidate, apologized Thursday for claiming that he had “probably” spent more time with the military than any other 2020 candidate over the last decade. Schultz had appeared on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt’s radio show earlier Thursday, telling the host, “I probably have spent more time in the last decade certainly than anyone running for president with the military.” He cited a series of visits to military bases and friendships with retired Adm. William McRaven and retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Buttigieg — a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 — had earlier shot back at Schultz’s claim. “I remember a Green Beans Coffee at the exchange …

Mays final warning to Tory rebels: back me or lose Brexit

PM signals she will put her deal to parliament again after cabinet splits three ways and government defeated twice Theresa May will attempt one final desperate roll of the dice on her Brexit deal, issuing a stark warning to mutinous Brexiters that they must approve her offer by next week or face a long humiliated yet again amid chaotic scenes on Wednesday night in parliament, as her cabinet ruptured three ways and MPs inflicted two more defeats on the government to demand no deal should be taken off the table permanently. In an unprecedented night of Tory splits, four cabinet ministers, Amber Rudd, David Mundell, David Gauke and Greg Clark, defied their partys last-minute whip and refused to vote against …

What happens now that May’s Brexit deal has been defeated again?

Votes on no deal and extending article 50 to go ahead but long-term outlook remains unclear Theresa Mays second attempt to pass her Brexit deal has again been badly defeated, Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Fact Checking Trump (and others) at CPAC

Washington (CNN)The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event attracts college Republicans, populists, nationalists, some libertarians, and the occasional Revolutionary reenactor. For the past three years, it’s also attracted President Donald Trump. Tariffs In talking about trade and tariffs, Trump pulled out one of his favorite lines, telling the audience, “Billions of dollars right now are pouring into our Treasury.” Facts First: Technically this is true. It’s just that the billions of dollars aren’t coming from foreign countries and companies, as Trump has suggested in the past. Instead, it’s American companies and consumers that are paying most of the cost of these tariffs. We fact checked a similar statement from Trump during his speech in El Paso last month. Here’s …

HHS docs show thousands of alleged incidents of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors in custody

Washington (CNN)The Department of Health and Human Services received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors from 2014-2018, according to internal agency documents released Tuesday by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch. “This works out on average to one sexual assault by HHS staff on unaccompanied minor per week,” he added. Axios first reported the documents. “I am deeply concerned with documents that have been turned over by HHS that record a high number of sexual assaults on unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee and Resettlement,” Deutch said. “Together, these documents detail an environment of systemic sexual assaults by staff on unaccompanied children.” HHS spokesperson Caitlin Oakley addressed the reports in a statement, saying …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Ivanka Trump: ‘A living wage isn’t a gift, it’s a right’

(CNN)Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Ivanka Trump on Tuesday after the senior White House adviser said she doesn’t think most people believe in the freshman lawmaker’s proposal for guaranteed jobs for all Americans. “As a person who actually worked for tips & hourly wages in my life, instead of having to learn about it 2nd-hand, I can tell you that most people want to be paid enough to live,” Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter. “A living wage isn’t a gift, it’s a right. Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.” The freshman New York lawmaker added, “Imagine attacking a Jobs Guarantee by saying ‘people prefer to earn money.’ ” Ocasio-Cortez — along with Sen. Ed Markey, …

Texans solidly against Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to build his border wall will affect Texas more than any other state, and the residents of the Lone Star State are soundly against his decision to use those powers. Texas has the largest amount of land without fencing or any other type of barrier of the four states along the US-Mexico border. In order to build Trump’s wall, private land could be seized by the government, and that’s something that’s not taken lightly by Texans. About two-thirds of registered voters oppose the federal government taking private property in order to build a wall, including a plurality in most groups except Republicans, white men and whites without college degrees. Trump has a slightly negative …