Alyssa Harless

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Paul Ryan’s Office Sent An Email To Seth Meyers To Take Issue With Things He Said About The GOP Health Plan

While Sally Yates testimony and Trump’s response managed to hold the gaze of today’s headlines, plenty of attention was still being given to last week’s healthcare vote in the House of Representatives and the impending battle in the Senate to get it onto Donald Trump’s desk. That’s how Seth Meyers …

Ex-nuke commanders launch ‘crisis’ group to educate Trump

A global coalition of former military leaders and diplomats who had responsibility over nuclear weapons is launching a "shadow security council" to offer advice to world leaders on how to reduce what they consider to be the growing danger of a nuclear conflict fueled by the rhetoric of President …

North Korea

North Korea issued a rare statement attacking China — and China hit back

Beijing should be grateful to Pyongyang for its protection, said a bylined commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency warning of "grave consequences" if China tests its patience further.<p>China's Global Times newspaper retorted that the nuclear-armed North was in the grip of "some form of …

Former head of Knights of Malta defies Vatican to attend election for new leader of ancient order

The British former head of the Knights of Malta has travelled to Rome for the election of a new leader of the ancient order in defiance of a request from the Vatican that he stay away.<p>Matthew Festing’s presence at the election, which will take place on Saturday in a grand palazzo on a hill …

Pentagon inspector general launches Flynn investigation

The Pentagon’s inspector general is now investigating Michael Flynn over payments he received from foreign governments after retiring from the Army, according to documents released Thursday by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.<p>The documents also show the Defense Intelligence Agency …

National Security

US general in Afghanistan says there is no doubt Russia is providing weapons to Taliban

America's top general in Afghanistan has said there was no doubt that Russia was providing weapons to the Taliban.<p>In the strongest statement yet over Russia's apparent re-engagement in the Afghanistan war, Gen John Nicholson said he would "not refute" that Moscow's involvement included giving …

Topsy-turvy French election still has surprises in store

PARIS (AP) — A French presidential campaign that's been filled with unprecedented twists and turns still has surprises in store heading into Sunday's …

Europe

Donald Trump’s donation to the National Park Service is nothing more than a publicity stunt

<b>(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)</b><p>The president is going to have to donate 20,000 paychecks to make up for the damage he’s doing to the budget<p>Charlie May<p>April 4, 2017 3:50pm (UTC)<p>On Monday, Donald Trump donated his quarterly pay check to the National Park Service. It was a noble act, but it wasn't his only act …

Donald Trump

TRUMP ON HEALTHCARE: 'If we don't get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats'

President Donald Trump suggested in an interview published Sunday that he was not done with his attempt to overhaul the US healthcare system, despite the failure of his first attempt.<p>In an interview with the Financial Times, Trump said negotiations to repeal and replace Obamacare, the healthcare …

Trump calls out Freedom Caucus members in tweetstorm

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has gone public with his war against the House Freedom Caucus, pushing into full view growing frustration shared by House Speaker Paul Ryan less than a week after the GOP health care bill crashed amid feuding between rival Republican factions.<p>Trump targeted …

Donald Trump

Trump’s campaign words stalk him in court on sanctuary cities, just as in travel ban cases

President Trump can blame <b></b>his own rhetoric about Muslims for a slew of court rulings blocking his travel ban, including one decision late Wednesday in Hawaii where a federal judge extended his ban on the ban.<p>Among the reasons cited by Judge Derrick Watson in his original ruling in Hawaii was that …

Immigration

After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

<b>Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET</b><p>The House Freedom Caucus is resurgent.<p>The group of roughly 36 hard-line conservatives was at the leading edge of Republican opposition during the Obama years. It wasn't clear how relevant the caucus would be with a Republican in the White House.<p>But in helping to kill the …

Freedom Caucus

Donald Trump: An embattled president … without a battle

President Trump is not the first president to see his approval rating drop to 35 percent, as it did in Gallup's most recent tracking poll.<p>But he is the first president on record to go that low without it owing to one of three things: war, Watergate or economic strife.<p>Gallup noted Monday that most …

Donald Trump

Young Russians are fed up, and the Kremlin has taken notice

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> The thousands of Russians who took to the streets over the weekend may not have vented their fury directly at Vladimir Putin, but the President certainly took note of the message.<p>After the largest mass demonstrations in years, when crowds across the country took part in …

Russia

Attacks on Africans expose India's racist inclinations

The recent attacks on Africans have raised concerns about the safety of foreigners in India and an alarming trend of hate crimes and racism in the …

Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just …

Africa

Doppler Labs is working with Senator Elizabeth Warren to deregulate the hearing aid industry

“Hearing is a right for everybody,” Doppler Labs‘ Noah Kraft told me over the phone last week. It’s why his new chief science officer Jim Pitkow is working with a team of U.S. senators and members of Congress to make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter.<p>Medically approved …

FDA

Trump to Toss Obama's Orders to Prepare for Extreme Weather

Since Donald Trump’s election, state officials, emergency managers and even some Republicans in Congress said they hoped the president’s skepticism …

Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President …

Donald Trump

Lawmaker's 'peculiar midnight run' endangers Trump-Russia inquiry

The House intelligence committee investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged links with Moscow looks in danger of unravelling as a result of the unexplained behaviour of its chairman, Devin Nunes, a former Trump adviser.<p>James Comey: Democrat by birth, Republican by trade, thorn in the side of both<p>…

Donald Trump

Russia Probe Is 'Most Important Thing I've Ever Done,' Senate Intel Committee Vice Chair Warner Says

WASHINGTON — The vice chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Sunday re-affirmed how critical he feels his work is in looking into issues related to Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 election.<p>“I’ve said before: this is the most important thing that I’ve ever …

Donald Trump

Trump Ultimatum: Vote on Health Care Friday or Obamacare Stays

Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney made clear Thursday evening that President Donald Trump is done negotiating on the hotly-debated health care bill and wants a vote on Friday.<p>And, if the president doesn't get a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, he will move on to other …

Health Care

Barack Obama Is Subtly Trolling House Republicans the Day they Vote to Replace Obamacare

The irony that the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act on the seventh anniversary of the passage of the …

U.S. probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort

The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires.<p>Treasury agents in recent months obtained …

New documents show Trump aide laundered payments from party with Moscow ties, lawmaker alleges

KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian lawmaker released new financial documents Tuesday allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman for President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan.<p>The new documents, if …

Russia

Canadian citizen denied entry to U.S. told she needed visa to get in

A Montrealer who is a Canadian citizen by birth says she was barred from entering the United States and told to get a valid visa if she ever wants to cross the border.<p>Manpreet Kooner said she was turned away at a crossing along the Quebec-Vermont border on Sunday after a six-hour wait where she was …

The Republicans take on health care -- and it won't be easy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican lawmakers have finally unveiled a plan to repeal major portions of Obamacare, capping years of attacks against the health care law and a months-long debate that exposed deep rifts within the GOP.<p>Now comes the hard part.<p>House Republican leaders must begin in earnest the tough task …

Health Care

Do You Now Need a Visa for Your European Trip?

A vote by the European Union Parliament last week calls on the E.U. Commission to reinstate visa requirements for Americans planning visits to Europe as early as May.<p>The move is in response to the fact that, despite a travel reciprocity program that currently allows U.S. citizens to enter all E.U. …

Travel Industry

Fact-Checking Claims About Trump’s Travel Ban

Faced with chaos, confusion and a blow from the courts, the White House has been aggressively defending President Trump’s immigration executive order as a constitutional way to keep the country safe while simultaneously working on a revised version that it hopes will clear the legal hurdle.<p>The Jan. …

Immigration

Is Paul Ryan's tax reform plan doomed?

Have the stars finally aligned for a Republican overhaul of the U.S. tax code?<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan pitched a plan for this conservative dream back …