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Judge sees ‘gaping holes’ in Trump lawyer bid to delay Stormy Daniels lawsuit

“But the judge told Cohen’s lawyer Brent Blakely that “there’s some gaping holes” in the request for a stay” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. At a hearing in Los Angeles federal court, U.S. District Judge James Otero said he needed more time to review Cohen’s and Trump’s request to put Daniels’ case on hold for 90 days. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort to seek dismissal of charges

“The other indictment, in Alexandria, Virginia, charges Manafort with bank fraud and filing false tax returns, among other offenses” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The hearing gives Manafort a chance to seek dismissal of charges in an indictment against him in Washington before the case can go to trial in September.During this month’s hearing, Jackson tore into Downing’s legal arguments, at one point exclaiming that she did not understand what was left of his case.Manafort is hoping to convince the judge that the Washington indictment should be tossed because…

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Intel Committee Dems Renew Calls to Declassify Parts of Haspel Record

“The Intelligence Committee has yet to hold an open confirmation hearing for Haspel” writes Niels Lesniewski for rollcall.com. Pompeo appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week at a confirmation hearing for his new nomination. When that hearing does happen, senators questions’ may be thwarted by classification and concerns about protecting sources and methods. Source: rollcall.com Share This:

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The Energy 202: Trump’s new rules make it easier for energy companies to escape penalties for killing birds

“For decades, the law gave federal officials broad power to prosecute those who kill migratory birds, even by accident” writes Energy Environmental Reporter for washingtonpost.com. In the past, “the department has pursued MBTA claims against companies responsible for oil spills that incidentally killed or injured migratory birds.Left unmentioned in those examples were energy producers operating wind turbines or oil tankers that end up killing birds.According to an analysis by the Audubon Society, oil companies were responsible for 90 percent of incidental takes prosecuted under the act, resulting in fines of…

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Monday Memo: Specialty coffee expo, Supreme Court e-commerce hearing

“TUESDAY: The Specialty Coffee Expo, a five-day gathering of coffee roasters, retailers, and food and beverage industry professionals from more than 75 countries, kicks off at the Washington State Convention Center” writes The Seattle Times for seattletimes.com. Attendees will hear talks on sustainability, the future of the coffee industry, innovation and diversity; hone their coffee skills and receive industry certifications; and tour local coffeehouses and roasting plants.Also, the U.S. Coffee Championships begin Friday, with the final rounds contested on Sunday. … The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case challenging…

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Comey says polls may have swayed Clinton email probe

“But Comey has defended his decision to disclose the reopened Clinton email investigation and said he would make the same decision again” writes Michelle Mark for aol.com. Some, including Clinton herself, believe that Comey’s decision to publicly announce that the FBI had reopened its investigation ultimately cost her the presidency.Former FBI Director James Comey admitted in his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” that it’s possible his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails was swayed by polls that showed she was likely to win the 2016 presidential election.He testified last…

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Zuckerberg survived two days of grilling by Congress, but Facebook’s troubles are not over yet

“He said the company failed to notify the Federal Trade Commission about the leak of users’ data to controversial political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica” writes Ryan Browne for cnbc.com. Facebook’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg spent two days this week facing scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers, but the social network he helped create isn’t in the clear just yet.The firm’s billionaire co-founder told lawmakers at the two-day Congress hearing of how his own data had been compromised as a result of the data scandal haunting the company. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Democrats press GOP on Medicaid cuts during opioid hearing

“House Democrats pilloried Republican proposals to cut Medicaid Thursday, charging that cuts to the program will exacerbate the crisis” writes Ap Photo Manuel for washingtonexaminer.com. Several Democrats pointed to the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal that cuts Medicaid by $1.4 trillion. “Any effort to cut the funding will severely jeopardize these services,” said Rep.The bills considered in the two-day hearing, which started Wednesday, focus on changes to Medicare and Medicaid.The attacks occurred during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to consider more than 30 bills to combat the…

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At his Senate hearing, Pompeo vows to boost State Department, confirms Mueller interview

“In his Senate confirmation hearing, Pompeo drew a sharp contrast with his ousted predecessor, Rex Tillerson” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Since being nominated last month, Pompeo has spent much of his time at the State Department immersing himself in briefing books and undergoing mock hearings and prep meetings on key issues like Iran, Syria and North Korea, as well as the inner workings of the State Department, a person close to Pompeo said. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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