Category Archives: Politics

Hawaii wants to challenge third version of Trump travel ban

Friday a federal judge said he would give Hawaii an opportunity to make its case that it should be allowed to challenge the Trump administration’s latest travel ban. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson said Hawaii would have until Tuesday morning to file a new motion. The government will have until Saturday, Oct. 14, to respond. Continue reading →

Pelosi to Paul Ryan: Give Us a Vote on Background Checks Bill

Wednesday House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Republican Speaker Paul Ryan to allow the chamber to vote on bipartisan legislation calling for stronger background checks after the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 and injured 489 others. Continue reading →

US expels Cuban diplomats from embassy in Washington

The U.S. has ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington following mysterious attacks on American officials in Havana. U.S. officials said the diplomats must leave the country within seven days. While the move is described as an “expulsion,” the U.S. isn’t declaring them “persona non grata” — a designation that would prevent them from ever returning, according to a State Department official. Continue reading →

Scalise: Our Second Amendment Rights Are ‘Critical’

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was wounded in a shooting in June, said he still believes that Second Amendment rights are important to Americans. “Our Second Amendment rights are critical to what our founding fathers envisioned,” Scalise said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”Newsmax

“If you go look at the writings of our founding fathers, they believe strongly in the rights of people to arm themselves for self-defense,” Scalise noted.

“People need to tone down the rhetoric. This is part of our Constitution and our country.

“Go read what Thomas Jefferson wrote, what John Adams wrote about the importance of people having firearms to protect themselves. It’s part of who we are, part of our fabric of our nation,” Scalise added.


Scalise added that as he recovered from being shot at practice for a congressional baseball game in June, he received “unbelievable love and support from all around the country, just people that were praying for me that never met me before.”

In an interview Wednesday in USA Today, Scalise said he was happy to be back at work. “I’m feeling good. I missed home and I missed my job — what I love doing. I really enjoy being a member of Congress and representing southeast Louisiana,” he said.


California Senate Race Illustrates Showdown With Dems, Tea Party

Tuesday the Hill reported that the Democratic challenger in California to long-time Sen. Dianne Feinstein offers a glimpse of a new generation appealing to a party base that is as energized by the anti-Trump resistance as tea party voters were by opposition to President Barack Obama. Continue reading →

White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue

Monday the White House ruled out talks with North Korea except to discuss the fate of Americans held there, again appearing to rebuke Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said Washington was directly communicating with Pyongyang on its nuclear and missile programs. Continue reading →

White House hits Clinton, Dems for rush to gun control

Monday White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders chided congressional Democrats — and Hillary Clinton — for sounding the call for gun control within hours of the Las Vegas massacre.“There is a time and a place for political debate but now is the time for the country to come together,” Sanders said at the daily briefing. “This is an unspeakable tragedy. Today is a day for consoling survivors and mourning those who were lost.”

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Sanders noted that the investigation into Sunday’s attack is still ongoing, and a motive is yet to be determined.

“It is premature to discuss policy when we don’t know all the facts,” Sanders said.

Nevertheless, Clinton was out early Monday with a series of tweets going after the NRA and silencers — questioning how much worse the massacre might have been if silencers had been used.

“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer which the NRA wants to make easier to get,” she tweeted. “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”

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Clinton’s comments seemed to reference the NRA’s push to ease federal rules for silencers. She soon took heat from critics who called her remarks “ignorant” and “irrelevant” — noting silencers in this case probably would not been dampened the sound very much.

Asked about Clinton’s tweets, Sanders told reporters she hadn’t spoken with the president on the issue, but underscored that the investigation into the massacre is ongoing.

“I think before we start trying to talk about the preventions of what took place last night, we need to know more facts, and right now we’re simply not at that point,” Sanders said. “It is very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out, but I think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter, and this isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations. I think we can have those policy conversations, but today is not that day.”

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The shooting at a country concert outside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay resort left 58 people dead and more than 500 people hospitalized, making the horrific tragedy the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.

Sanders told reporters that the president was briefed on the attack early Monday morning by his Chief of Staff John Kelly and has been updated “regularly and constantly” throughout the day.

“I’ve seen him today and I think he, like most of America, is saddened and certainly his heart and compassion goes out to those who are affected,” Sanders said. “Today is more a day of reflection, mourning, and gratefulness for those that were saved.”

But Sanders underscored the president’s commitment to the Second Amendment, saying “he’s been clear” that he is a “supporter,” and that likely has not changed.

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Somali-born refugee charged in Canada ‘terror’ attack

A Somali-born refugee has been charged with five counts of attempted murder in connection with a weekend attack in Edmonton, Alberta. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, also faces dangerous driving and weapons possession charges. Five people, including a uniformed police officer, were injured in the Saturday night incident. Authorities said the suspect could still face terror-related charges but none have yet been laid. Continue reading →

Las Vegas shooting: Gun shares rise, in keeping with US shooting trend

Monday shares in gun manufacturers rose in the first few hours of trading just hours after a gunman killed at least 50 people in Las Vegas. It is thought the rise is down to an anticipated rush to buy weapons as people fear a tightening of gun control laws. Continue reading →

Puerto Rican CEO: Local government ‘corrupt’ and ‘totally inexperienced’ in Maria cleanup

Saturday the head of an international engineering firm in Puerto Rico said in an editorial said that when the time came to send 50 of his engineers to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, he bypassed local officials and went straight to FEMA. Continue reading →