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President Trump signs defense authorization bill, doesn't say John McCain's name

President Trump signs defense authorization bill, doesn't say John McCain's name

US News
Celebrating the signing of the 2019 military authorization funding bill at Fort Drum in upstate New York on Monday, President Donald Trump New York made no mention of the man whose name is attached to the legislation: John McCain. The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 was named in honor of the longtime Arizona senator and former prisoner of war who is chair of the Senate Armed Service Committee and currently battling brain cancer. "I’m humbled that my colleagues in Congress chose to designate this bill in my name," McCain said in a statement from his home in Arizona where he is receiving care released soon after the bill was signed into law. "Serving as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and working on behalf of America's brave s
First lady Melania Trump's parents granted US citizenship

First lady Melania Trump's parents granted US citizenship

US News
First lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday at a federal immigration court in New York City. "Citizenship was just awarded," the Slovenian couple's immigration lawyer Michael Wildes said after accompanying them to the courthouse. When ABC News asked whether Melania Trump sponsored her parents, Wildes deflected the question and responded that "they applied on their own." The first lady’s parents became American citizens by applying on their own, Wildes told ABC News at the courthouse but did not elaborate on exactly through what means or program the couple became citizens. "Everything was through a normal process. Like everybody else here you're allowed to apply after five years of having your green card and so forth. It was
US declines to take sides in heated Saudi, Canadian fight over human rights

US declines to take sides in heated Saudi, Canadian fight over human rights

World News
The U.S. is declining to take sides between Saudi Arabia and Canada after the Middle Eastern nation's extraordinary reaction to Canada's condemnation of the arrest of a Saudi Arabian human rights activist. Saudi officials reacted with fury to the criticism: expelling Canada’s ambassador and withdrawing their own ambassador from Canada, suspending flights from Saudi Arabia to Canada, halting all new Saudi business and investments in Canada, and issuing what to many Canadians appeared to be a veiled threat of terrorist violence. To critics, the diplomatic dispute over freedom of speech and human rights has underscored how the U.S. at times stays quiet on human rights issues in certain friendly countries. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the U.S. raises su
Trump silent on LeBron, praises Jim Jordan, as dual Ohio controversies swirl

Trump silent on LeBron, praises Jim Jordan, as dual Ohio controversies swirl

US News
Arriving in central Ohio Saturday to provide an injection of energy into the final special election of 2018, President Donald Trump again made only passing remarks in support of the race's Republican, choosing for the third time this week to instead focus upon his administration's priorities. The latest effort by the president to rally his base of supporters in a swing state key to his 2016 presidential election victory -- and to his 2020 ambitions -- came as Ohio's 12th Congressional District prepares for an unusually tight election Tuesday which Democrats are hoping becomes the latest evidence of midterm momentum. But while Trump invited Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson up to the stage to offer brief remarks and expressed his full support for his candidacy, the president appear...
Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA program; gives 20 days to appeal

Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA program; gives 20 days to appeal

US News
A federal judge ruled on Friday that the Trump administration must fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that allows some children brought to the country illegally by their parents to avoid deportation. President Donald Trump ordered the program rolled back in September 2017, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying, "We cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It's just that simple." The court had issued a ruling in April saying that the decision to rescind DACA was unlawful and set aside the case for 90 days to give the administration a chance to "remedy the decision’s inadequacies." But the memo from Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen seeking to clear up the government's position did not pass the must
Pence family's failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M+

Pence family's failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M+

US News
The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana — and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois — are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells. Indiana alone has spent at least $21 million on the cleanup thus far, or an average of about $500,000 per site, according to an analysis of records by The Associated Press. And the work is nowhere near complete. The federal government, meanwhile, plans to clean up a plume of cancer-causing solvent discovered beneath a former Kiel Bros. station that threatens drinking water near the Pence family's hometown. To assess the pollution
Roger Stone says he's the 'US person' mentioned in Mueller indictment

Roger Stone says he's the 'US person' mentioned in Mueller indictment

US News
The mercurial veteran GOP political operative, Roger Stone, has acknowledged that he is the unnamed Trump campaign regular who corresponded with an alleged Russian hacker, as described in a new indictment against a dozen Russians returned Friday by a federal grand jury. The indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller targets 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in a sustained effort to hackDemocrats and aides to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. All 12 defendants are members of Russia's intelligence service, according to the court filing. The reference to a “U.S. person” who “was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump” describes emails exchanged with alleged conspirators, who were posing as the mysterious
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page appears for interview as GOP searches for anti-Trump bias

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page appears for interview as GOP searches for anti-Trump bias

US News
Lisa Page, the former senior FBI lawyer who exchanged text messages with an FBI agent critical of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, appeared on Capitol Hill Friday for a closed-door interview, two days after she shunned a congressional subpoena. Her lawyer said Page had not been allowed to review documents she needed to prepare. Page and Peter Strzok, who testified publicly in a fiery marathon hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, are at the center of Republican concern about political bias at the FBI and Justice Department regarding the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia probe into the 2016 presidential campaign. After she did not appear on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan that “congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional,”
Trump administration misses court deadline to reunite separated children with their parents

Trump administration misses court deadline to reunite separated children with their parents

US News
The Trump administration on Tuesday missed its first court-ordered deadline to reunify families separated at the border as it rushes to confirm the identities of parents and match records of the disparate agencies involved. A San Diego federal judge had ordered the government to reunite all children under five years old by July 10, but as of Wednesday only four reunifications had been confirmed. Government attorneys and administration officials said of the 102 children under five who had been separated, 38 were expected to be reunified by Tuesday. Late Wednesday evening, an administration official told ABC News that they anticipate that as of early morning on July 12, they will have reunified all children under age 5 who are eligible under the court order for reunification with paren...
Kavanaugh faces an uphill confirmation fight in the Senate

Kavanaugh faces an uphill confirmation fight in the Senate

US News
With President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, all eyes are now on the Senate, where a fierce confirmation battle awaits. A sign of what lies ahead came from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less,” Schumer said in a statement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote on Trump's nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy this fall ahead of the midterm elections. The Senate needs just a simple majority -- or 51 votes -- to confirm Supreme Court nominees. “I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh and to the Senate’s fair consideration of his nomination, beg