Author: Joseph Weber

Immigration, now military spending, threaten to shut down government

FOX NEWS Democratic and Republican congressional leaders hustled Wednesday to unite members to pass a temporary spending bill and avoid a government shutdown before the weekend — with immigration and now military spending emerging as the main sticking points. Democrats’ insistence that any bill include immigration reform, particularly protections for young illegal immigrants, has been the major issue since Congress returned after the holiday break. However, leaders of the House Freedom Caucus, the chamber’s most conservative wing, said late Tuesday that its members and other House Republicans want additional money for the military included in any short-term bill to...

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House GOP takes aim at union ‘dues skimming’ from family caregivers, Medicaid

FOX NEWS House Republicans want to pull the plug on a controversial scheme in which unions collect dues from federal subsidies to people cared for by family members. Despite a 2014 Supreme Court ruling barring unions from forcing family caregivers to pay union dues, 11 states allow health care labor organizations to classify them as public-sector workers who must pay dues. Those dues are then collected from federal payments to states through Medicaid and other government programs before funds are passed through to intended recipients. “Nobody is telling the providers who see the value of unions to stop paying dues....

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DOJ’s weed crackdown spurs backlash from pot-state Republicans eyeing midterms

FOX NEWS The Justice Department’s decision to open the door anew to pot prosecutions across the country is sparking backlash from congressional Republicans in states that allow recreational and medical use of the drug – territory that makes up crucial battlegrounds for the GOP in this year’s midterm elections. Twenty-nine states have adopted medical marijuana laws, while eight others have legalized the drug for recreational purposes including California, Colorado and Nevada, where key House and Senate races will help decide who controls Congress next year. “I think members of Congress who don’t speak up and act will certainly be...

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Local GOP forum nixed over invite to candidate with alleged white nationalist views

FOX NEWS Sam Donahue, an unofficial Republican House candidate for Pennsylvania, is accused of having white nationalist views.  (Sam Donahue Facebook ) A weekend forum for Republican House candidates in central Pennsylvania was cancelled Wednesday amid backlash over an invitation extended to a candidate with alleged white nationalist views. The invitation was extended to Sean M. Donahue by the Dauphin County Council of Republican Women, in the 11th District race for the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Lou Barletta. A representative for the group told Fox News the event was cancelled, without elaborating. The pushback was led by candidate...

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Trump slams ‘flunky’ CNN star Jake Tapper after Stephen Miller grilling flies off the rails

FOX NEWS President Trump took a new shot at CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday.  (REUTERS, File) President Trump took a new shot at “Fake News CNN” on Sunday after anchor Jake Tapper suddenly ended an ultra-tense interview with White House policy adviser and Trump loyalist Stephen Miller. “Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!” Trump tweeted. Miller, who has been with Trump since the start of his presidential campaign, as expected discredited Steve Bannon, a former Trump political...

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Trump's rails against 'fake news,' thanks veterans during busy Christmas Eve

FOX NEWS President Donald Trump turns to talk to the gathered media during a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the mIlitary at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Trump boasted Sunday that his party’s base is “big” and “strong,” despite the “fake news” refusing to acknowledge such support — part of a busy Christmas Eve that included a teleconference with U.S. military leaders abroad, tracking Santa Claus on NORAD and playing a round of golf. “The Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is,” Trump tweeted,...

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Trump talks with overseas military leaders, delivers message Americans are 'incredibly grateful'

FOX NEWS President Trump talked Sunday with top U.S. military leaders overseas, telling them and their troops in a Christmas Eve teleconference that Americans are “incredibly grateful” for them and their families’ service and sacrifice. “We’re fighting well and we’re winning,” Trump said to the leaders at the start of the teleconference. “Wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. … And most importantly, on behalf of American people, we’re incredibly grateful for you and your families, always under appreciated.” Since the start of his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump has made the U.S. military a top priority, vowing to...

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Congress's critical week to include final tax vote, avoiding shutdown, key Russia-related testimony

FOX NEWS Congress is slated for a busy week that includes expected final votes in both chambers on its sweeping tax-reform bill, testimony from two key figures in the Trump Russia probe and a perilous vote to keep the government from shutting down after Friday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told “Fox News Sunday” he cannot rule out a possible government shutdown later this week if Congress deadlocks on another temporary spending bill, but thinks that’s unlikely. Mnuchin also says he expects lawmakers will understand the need to reach bipartisan agreement on another short-term funding extension to avoid “sending government...

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