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Trump’s stealth victory: Reshaping the courts

“There are currently 80 Trump judicial nominees in the Senate pipeline between the appeals courts, district courts, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts” writes Ap Photo Michael for washingtonexaminer.com. During the Democratic senator’s tenure as chairman, home-state senators could block a nominee by returning a negative blue slip or not returning it all. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Senators such as Rob Portman, R-Ohio, argue the House version isn’t strong enough because it doesn’t carry any penalties.

“A key House committee advanced an opioid prevention bill Wednesday that has come under fire by senators as a “weaker” alternative to their version” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., blasted the House committee in a statement following the vote, saying the House bill would “perpetuate the status quo rather than help solve the opioid crisis.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Key U.S. senators: ‘no doubt’ Russia sought to interfere in U.S. election

“Russia has denied seeking to interfere in the election and Trump has disputed suggestions that Moscow was working on his behalf” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Senate Intelligence undertook one of three main congressional probes of Russia and the 2016 election, along with the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday they agreed with intelligence agencies’ assessment that Moscow sought to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election to boost Donald Trump’s prospects of…

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EPA chief tells senators criticisms against him unfounded, exaggerated

“The comment came after Democratic senators lambasted Pruitt’s record at EPA. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont called Pruitt’s efforts to roll back environmental regulations at EPA “unconscionable,” and quipped that his controversies had made him a “laughing stock.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt told senators on Wednesday that some of the controversies surrounding his tenure are “unfounded and exaggerated,” as lawmakers bombarded him with questions about his spending and alleged ethical missteps.A Government Accountability Office probe recently concluded that…

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Senators, watchdog hit Social Security over closed offices and poor service

“Bipartisan leaders of a special Senate committee want Social Security to explain why so many facilities have been shuttered, while a new internal watchdog report documents long processing times at hearing offices” writes Columnist Joe Davidson for washingtonpost.com. SSA spokesman Mark Hinkle would not discuss the senators’ letter, except to say the agency will respond to them directly. “Regarding the IG report, Social Security continues to make progress in lowering the hearing pending level. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Europe will cave to Trump’s will on Iran, senators predict

“European officials bristle at such accusations, particularly in the context of a debate over a nuclear deal that they credit with defusing an immediate nuclear crisis with Iran” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Sullivan thinks Trump’s team has more leverage than Bush did, because of an “American energy renaissance” that has seen U.S. oil and natural gas production skyrocket. “We’re the hottest place to invest, in the energy sector, in the world.Trump decided unilaterally to renew all American sanctions on Iran, giving various industries 90 to 180 days to wind down the deals…

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Feinstein formally opposes Haspel as senators declare votes for Trump’s CIA pick

“Her confirmation hearing behind her, Haspel is now meeting with senators off the committee who may vote for her, including Sen” writes Karoun Demirjian for seattletimes.com. Feinstein is one of several Democratic senators who also called on Haspel to declassify documents related to her mysterious career, so that they can be shared with the public. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Senators offer praise, caution after North Korea releases prisoners

“North Korea unveiled intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the mainland of the United States and detonated a nuclear bomb” reports washingtonexaminer.com. While long overdue, today’s news is a positive step ahead of the forthcoming talks between the United States and North Korea.” The North Korea nuclear crisis dominated Trump’s first year in office. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Senators ask billionaire Icahn for refinery waiver details

“The senators asked Icahn and Pruitt for details on the waiver, including records of discussions between both men in the months before it was granted” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. (Reuters) – Six Democratic U.S. senators have asked billionaire investor Carl Icahn and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to explain how an Icahn-owned refinery secured a valuable EPA exemption from the nation’s biofuels law.Currently, Icahn is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for his role in influencing biofuels policy while serving as Trump’s adviser. Source: 95kqds.com Share…

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CIA secrets will limit senators’ questions to Trump nominee Haspel

“A 2014 intelligence committee investigation concluded that these methods were “not an effective way of obtaining accurate information or gaining detainee cooperation.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Moreover, the report added, “multiple CIA detainees fabricated information, resulting in faulty intelligence” when harsh techniques were used on them. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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