Author: Jessica Taylor

BREAKING NEWS: Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee

NPR Then-FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing earlier this month before he was fired by President Trump. Eric Thayer/Getty Images Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session. “The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the...

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Report: Trump Told Russians He Fired ‘Nut Job’ Comey Because Of Investigation

NPR U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington on May 10. Russian Foreign Ministry Photo/AP President Trump told Russian officials last week he had fired the “nut job” FBI Director James Comey in order to ease the pressure of the mounting investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, according to a report from the New York Times. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump told the Russian foreign minister and...

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Some Vulnerable Republicans Begin To Question Timing Of Comey’s Firing

NPR Enlarge this image Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, seen at the Capitol in March, is among the Republicans questioning the timing of FBI Director James Comey’s firing. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP In response to President Trump’s surprising firing Tuesday night of FBI Director James Comey, congressional Republicans largely maintained a united front and resisted calls for a special prosecutor to helm the ongoing investigation into Russia and the election. However, cracks in that unity began to emerge in the day that followed, with key senators and some vulnerable House members voicing concern...

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Georgia Democrats See Chance To Send A Message With Special Election Upset

NPR Campaign signs and map adorn the walls of Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff’s campaign office in Chamblee, Ga. Jessica Taylor/NPR Democrats in Georgia’s 6th District aren’t exactly used to the fact that they might actually win something. “It’s just so wonderful to have a potential for a progressive Democrat to capture the district, and to send a message that we don’t approve of the Trump agenda and the direction he’s taking the country in,” Bruce Johnson said as he gathered at Jon Ossoff’s campaign office on Saturday morning to begin knocking on doors ahead of Tuesday’s Johnson, 58,...

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Why The Freedom Caucus Shouldn’t Worry About Primary Threats From President Trump

NPR Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., talks about health care earlier this month and conservatives’ opposition to the health care bill proposed by GOP leadership and the White House. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Since the Republican health care bill died recently, President Trump has been looking to shift blame for the early failure in his administration. Last week, he found an easy scapegoat — the conservative House Freedom Caucus, that had voiced reservations about the Affordable Care Act replacement plan from the outset. In a series of tweets, the president raised the specter of even backing primary challengers...

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Attorney General Orders Crackdown On ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ Threatens Holding Funds

NPR Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks during the daily White House press briefing on Monday. Win McNamee/Getty Images The Justice Department is following through on an executive order to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called “sanctuary cities,” generally defined as places where local law enforcement limit their cooperation with federal authorities on immigration enforcement. The Justice Department is following through on an executive order to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called “sanctuary cities,” generally defined as places where local law enforcement limit their cooperation with federal authorities on...

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Ryan, Trump Meet As More Republicans Defect From Health Care Bill

NPR House Speaker Paul Ryan leaves a meeting of the House Republican caucus on Thursday evening. Win McNamee/Getty Images The Republican health care plan is on life support. House Speaker Paul Ryan headed to the White House Friday afternoon to brief President Trump on the bill’s status amid key GOP defections Friday afternoon. A defeat of their plan, the American Health Care Act, would be devastating to the GOP. The party has vowed repeatedly over the past eight years that they would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. An inability to do that, with...

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Trump Faces Most Consequential Day Of His Presidency So Far

NPR President Donald Trump meets with truckers and industry CEOs regarding health care on Thursday at the White House. Andrew Harnik/AP Throughout the campaign, President Trump billed himself as a master negotiator who would make the “best deals” for the American people. That reputation and the reach of the president’s bully pulpit face a tough test Friday after he gave House Republicans an ultimatum to vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — or leave Obamacare in place. A vote is now expected sometime Friday afternoon, though the GOP plan known as the American Health Care Act...

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