House passes border security bill, sends to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bipartisan border security bill aimed at averting a government shutdown and sent it to President Donald Trump, including new barriers for part of the U.S.-Mexico border but not the $5.7 billion he sought. The Democratic-run House backed the measure, a spending bill providing over $300 billion for several […]

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House approves border security package, as White House prepares to declare national emergency

Speaker Pelosi says Trump is attempting an ‘end run’ around Congress Nancy Pelosi says vote on the compromise government funding bill will go ahead. The House of Representatives on Thursday night approved the border security package to avert another government shutdown that was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate earlier in the day — even as another showdown looms over the […]

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Georgia House speaker accused of using office to delay court for clients

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston repeatedly used his office to delay court proceedings — some of them for years — for criminal defendants he represents as an attorney, according to an investigation by two Atlanta news organizations. (AP Photo/John Amis, File) An influential Georgia politician is accused of using the power of his office to delay court cases […]

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US House Financial Services panel postpones sanctions hearing

Russia’s billions at risk after US puts sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil company The Heritage Foundation’s Peter Brookes on how Russia will respond to President Trump’s sanctions against Venezuela’s state oil company. WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. House Financial Services committee said it has postponed a planned hearing on the use of U.S. sanctions against North Korea, Iran, […]

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Tumbling house prices top concern for the economy, say experts

The worsening property markets in Sydney and Melbourne have further to fall worrying top economists about the damage that will cause to the national economy. As CoreLogic reported house values tumbling a their fastest rate since the Global Financial Crisis, the latest Scope survey for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reveals growing concern about how households will react […]

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White House official overruled rejection of Jared Kushner’s security clearance: report

White House specialists who oversee security clearances rejected Jared Kushner’s application for top-secret clearance due to concerns he could be compromised by foreign influence, but were overruled by a supervisor, NBC News reported Thursday night. NBC News reported a White House personnel supervisor, Carl Kline, overruled at least 30 other rejected security-clearance applications within the Trump administration in 2017 — […]

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White House mulls declaring national emergency over border wall stalemate, Schlapp says

Schlapp: White House is considering national emergency Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, told Fox News on Thursday that President Trump is considering the option to declare a national emergency to force the construction of his long-promised border wall. The move– which would certainly draw a legal fight– could, in theory, allow the president to circumvent Congress […]

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Synchrony Financial stock zooms on Walmart news, ASML starts parade of chip earnings

A handful of Walmart Inc.-related announcements are setting Synchrony Financial shares up for a big day. Synchrony SYF, +10.40% posted stronger-than-expected financial results for the fourth quarter Wednesday morning, and announced several updates about its relationship with Walmart WMT, +0.99% which Jefferies analyst John Hecht said “represents the lifts of major overhangs in the stock.” For one, Synchrony extended its credit-card […]

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Sarah Sanders: White House not listening to Ocasio-Cortez 'on much of anything,' including doomsday prediction

Sarah Sanders slams Ocasio-Cortez’s prediction the world will end Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reacts to comments made by freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders derided New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's recent claim that the world will end in 12 years due to climate change, and suggested the Trump administration has little need for the progressive firebrand's thoughts […]

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House Judiciary Democrat says Justice Kavanaugh will 'likely' be investigated for perjury

Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., (right) claims Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (left) committed perjury during the tense confirmation hearing last year, but does not say which specific statement is problematic.  (AP/House.gov) A freshman Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee told constituents the panel will “likely” investigate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for purportedly committing perjury during his confirmation hearings last […]

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