Thursday, 6 December 2018

Politics A.M.: At Bush funeral, Trump sits with fellow presidents but still stands alone

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Bush funeral: Trump sits with fellow presidents but still stands alone
The emotional tribute to the 41st president's character and compassion draws implicit contrasts with the 45th.
Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump's hotel after 2016 election
Those bookings have fueled a pair of federal lawsuits alleging Trump violated the Constitution by taking improper payments from foreign governments.
 
Power Up: Washington's sphinx: Mueller still has us guessing in Russia probe
And the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. is back in town.
 
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Don't condemn white nationalists, Veterans Affairs' diversity chief was told after Charlottesville, emails show
After President Trump's controversial reaction to the deadly violence, VA leaders had a tense exchange over how the agency should respond.
 
At George H.W. Bush's funeral, a magisterial presidency meets one diminished by division
Over a generation, the presidency has shrunk under the weight of problems and strife.
 
Analysis
Simpson was Bush's best buddy in Congress. Few presidents have those confidants.
George H.W. Bush trusted the Wyoming Republican, who was willing to speak truth to power. Obama, Clinton, George W. Bush and Trump haven't had a close congressional friend.
 
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Republicans were upset about election fraud — before it threatened their candidate
After years of railing against supposed voting fraud, Republicans have fallen silent or actively attacked a probe that threatens one of their own.
 
Bipartisan Senate group wants to formally blame Saudi crown prince for journalist's killing
The group filed a resolution naming Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for the slaying of Jamal Khashoggi.
 
Republicans in Wisconsin, Michigan push to curb power of newly-elected Democrats
In Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers passed a measure that would weaken the state's governor and attorney general, both Democrats.
 
 
Eyeing White House bid, Washington Gov. Inslee urges supporters to oppose fellow Democrat Manchin
Inslee says Manchin shouldn't become the Senate Energy Committee's top Democrat because he "simply can't be trusted to make the bold, progressive decisions we need" on climate change.
 
House Democrats look to roll back little-known rule allowing guns in the Capitol
California Rep. Jared Huffman wants to reverse a 1967 rule allowing members to keep guns in their offices, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, nominated to be speaker, is on board.
 
 
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