'Outsourced' the problem, ended catch and release
President Trump pleaded with Congress to do something as illegal immigration across the southwestern border soared this spring.
Republicans seemed willing, but it was a nonstarter for Democrats. Party leaders even accused Mr. Trump of manufacturing the crisis.
So the president turned to Mexico with a combination of negotiations, controls, threats and even an explicit quid pro quo: Do something to stop 4,000 people from crossing Mexican territory each day en route to the U.S. or face crippling tariffs.
Jonathan Turley, GOP witness, says he's received threats after impeachment testimony
A law school professor summoned by Republicans as a witness in this week’s impeachment hearing said Thursday night that he’s received threats over his testimony.
Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, said he was flooded with threats even before he concluded his testimony Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.
“My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee,” Mr. Turley tweeted. “Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from GW.”
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Jobs growth soars in November as payrolls surge by 266,000
The jobs market turned in a stellar performance in November, with nonfarm payrolls surging by 266,000 and the unemployment rate falling to 3.5%, according to Labor Department numbers released Friday.
Those totals easily beat the Wall Street consensus. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for solid job growth of 187,000 and saw the unemployment rate holding steady from October’s 3.6%. The decline in November’s jobless rate came amid a corresponding 0.1 percentage point drop in the labor force participation rate, to 63.2%.
Stocks opened sharply higher in reaction to the better-than-expected report. Bond yields also surged.
US Considers Sending Several Thousand More Troops to Mideast
The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.
John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, told senators Thursday that Defense Secretary Mark Esper “intends to make changes” to the number of troops deployed in the region. Other officials said options under consideration could send between 5,000 and 7,000 troops to the Middle East, but they all stressed that there have been no final decisions yet. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
The troop deliberations follow several decisions since spring to beef up the U.S. presence in the Middle East because of a series of maritime attacks and bombings in Saudi Arabia that the U.S. and others have blamed on Iran.
Lawmakers consider 'skinny' military spending bill as deadline nears
Congressional negotiators face a make-or-break weekend to nail down a major defense policy and spending bill by Monday’s deadline to vote before the looming holiday recess.
Despite sometimes contentious talks, leading House and Senate lawmakers expressed confidence Thursday that they would come to an agreement on the annual National Defense Authorization Act after months of partisan sparring that has ignited questions of whether Congress will pass the legislation by the end of the year.
The massive bill, which sets budget levels for the Pentagon and weighs in on a host of military and security policy issues, has become a test of Capitol Hill’s ability to move major legislation in the midst of a drive to impeach President Trump. Despite all the clashes of the past six decades, Congress has managed to pass a National Defense Authorization Act for the past 58 years.
Reports: Calls Between Giuliani, WH Budget Office in Doubt
House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has a wrong number in his impeachment case against President Donald Trump, casting doubt on calls between Rudy Guiliani and the White House budget office, two news outlets reported.
Schiff's committee, which took the lead in impeachment, alleged Trump's personal lawyer worked with the administration to freeze $391 million in foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure it to opening an investigation into Joe Biden's family.
The panel's report details phone calls and texts dating from last spring and summer, including a nearly 13-minute call April 24 from an "OMB Phone Number" that were all part of the evidence that built the panel's case for impeachment.
But the phone calls were not coming from inside the Office of Management and Budget, RealClearPolitics and CNN reported.
Matt Drudge picks up another conservative competitor with the Bongino Report
Fox contributor's website promises 'real conservative news'
Another rival to the Drudge Report has joined the world of conservative news aggregators.
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino went live Wednesday with the Bongino Report, the latest conservative challenger to kingpin Matt Drudge, whose eponymous website, a conservative must-read for two decades, has been accused of trending leftward.
“Forget Drudge – if you want real conservative news, visit us at BonginoReport.com every day,” said Matt Palumbo in an announcement on the Dan Bongino Show website.
'Strangest election': Scrambled alliances, muddled messages from Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn
British voters head to polls with Brexit in balance
British voters next week will choose, yet again, who should chart their country out of its Brexit quagmire in what some are calling the strangest election in living memory.
The main choices in the snap election: Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a mop-topped, bitingly loquacious former journalist and ally of President Trump who says a Conservative victory is essential to finishing the job on Brexit; and opposition Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, perhaps the most leftist major British party candidate in decades, running on a strongly socialist agenda while fending off a charge from a leading British Orthodox rabbi that his party is rampant with anti-Semitism.
Throw in a slew of smaller parties fiercely for and anti-Brexit and a stew of other domestic issues, and it has become a bewildering political landscape that has proved frustrating and confusing to British voters.
Biden finally finds social media buzz with viral Trump video, voter spat
For a candidate who has struggled at times to get noticed on social media, Joe Biden finally got some online attention on Thursday - for better or worse.
First, the Biden campaign posted a video on Twitter that brutally took down President Donald Trump, suggesting he is a laughingstock to other world leaders. Then a heated back-and-forth with an Iowa voter quickly went viral.
Together, the moments generated a digital buzz that has often eluded Biden, whose campaign appeals most to traditional, older Democratic voters. Such attention has generally been enjoyed instead by some of his chief rivals in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.
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The impeachment report from the House
Americans remain deeply divided about whether Trump should be impeached
The House released a 300-page impeachment report Tuesday detailing wrongdoing by President Trump when he asked the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt to smear former vice president Joe Biden, one of his chief rivals in the 2020 presidential election.
Mr. Trump has insisted that the entire story, based on his phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, is a “hoax.” But multiple testimony by administration officials, including White House transcripts, prove that Trump did make such a request.
The House Intelligence Committee was scheduled to vote on its final impeachment report this week and to ask other investigative panels to submit the results of their own findings, including the results of the months-long probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.
When patent pirates threaten to unplug your smartphone
The U.S. International Trade Commission should not be a pawn in patent disputes
The teenager unable to look up from her phone has quickly become a cliche. But we now all live by our phones and other mobile devices: High-powered business executives, farmers planting crops, parents shuttling kids to school on the way to work, hikers planning their routes, elders texting their grandchildren and millions of small businesses managing every facet of their days. Imagine if our favorite devices were no longer available. It could happen.
A small cadre of financial wheeler-dealers masquerading as a company called Neodron wants the U.S. International Trade Commission or ITC to ban a vast swath of mobile devices from the U.S. market. Neodron, incorporated late last year in Ireland, alleges that touchscreen devices from major U.S. companies Amazon, Dell, HP, Microsoft and Motorola and companies with massive U.S. presence like Samsung contain technology that infringes on its patents. Bear in mind, Neodron didn’t actually invent anything or create new products or technological advances. It acquired a few patents, yelled “infringement” and asked the ITC to ban the products in the hopes of getting a big settlement.