U.S. House tax chairman sees court fight over Trump's returns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top House Democrat edged the U.S. Congress closer to a legal fight with President Donald Trump over its investigations of him, saying on Friday he would rather appeal to the courts than pursue contempt charges if Trump’s tax returns are not released. The Treasury Department was expected to disregard a Friday deadline imposed by House tax […]

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House Judiciary chief calls White House stance on panel probe 'preposterous'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Wednesday that the White House’s refusal to cooperate with his panel’s probe of allegations of obstruction of justice and abuses of power by President Donald Trump was “preposterous” and puts the president above the law. “This is the White House claiming that the president is king,” Nadler told […]

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Are We in a Constitutional Crisis?

Jerry Nadler, the New York Representative who is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, sure thinks so. He said last week, after the White House refused to release the full version of the Mueller report, “Certainly, it’s a constitutional crisis.” He added that the country is “in one because the president is disobeying the law, is refusing all information […]

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Nadler says open to talks with Justice Department on subpoena for Mueller report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Friday that he was still open to talks with the Justice Department over a subpoena for an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. “We note that the full House (of Representatives) has not yet taken action on […]

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Democratic Hopefuls Vow to Plow Past Gridlocked Congress to Keep Promises

In this article Many of the Democrats running for president are vowing to use executive action to deliver on campaign promises from gun control to raising the minimum wage, breaking with a tradition of paying lip-service to bipartisanship on the stump. Commitments to unilateral action have become a go-to campaign tool this year in response to a political landscape where […]

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Factbox: Trump stonewalls U.S. House Democrats on multiple probes

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump is refusing to cooperate in numerous U.S. congressional probes of himself and his administration, taking a defiant stance that is likely to land him in protracted court fights with Democrats in the House of Representatives. Trump’s stonewalling has hardened since the mid-April release of a redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on how Moscow […]

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After dispute, ex-White House security clearance official meets U.S. lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former head of White House security clearances spoke with U.S. congressional investigators on Wednesday, after a dispute about his appearance, on an issue that sources have said involves President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law. After days of conflict over whether he would appear or not, Carl Kline talked with investigators from the House of Representatives Oversight […]

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House Republican tries to mediate Trump-Democrats clash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an unusual bid to defuse tensions between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration, a top U.S. House Republican is urging the White House to let a former staffer talk with committee investigators about security clearances. Representative Jim Jordan, a leader of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus better known for stoking than soothing partisan frictions, on Friday […]

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Congress measures conflict over drilling near sacred sites

Lawmakers ventured thousands of miles from Washington to collect testimony Monday as advocates urge members of Congress to establish greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near ancient Native American cultural sites in the Southwest. A research trip by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources culminated Monday in a public field hearing at the New Mexico […]

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Black holes and Congress’ accomplishments at 100 days

The U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. The 116th Congress is hitting its 100-day mark. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Astronomers announced this week they finally observed what Albert Einstein hypothesized decades ago: a black hole. A black hole is an abyss of oblivion. A concentration of nothingness. Black holes consume everything. Sound. Light. Space. Matter. Even time. The threshold to […]

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