Author: Philip Ewing

5 Big Unanswered Questions About The Russia Investigations

NPR The Senate side of the Capitol building is shown on the last day of the summer session on Aug. 3. The Senate is scheduled to return from summer break on Sept. 5. Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Senate is long gone. The House? Splitsville. The president is at his golf club in New Jersey. Only the hardiest swamp creatures continue to scuttle in and out of the half-empty offices of late-August Washington, D.C. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, however, haven’t gone anywhere. His attorneys and investigators are using a federal grand jury to interview witnesses...

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The Capital City Contemplates The Possibility Of A Washington Without John McCain

NPR Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia, in May. Kym Smith/Newspix via Getty Images Beltway denizens heading to work on Thursday were forced to contemplate something inevitable but which no one expected anytime soon: the possibility of a Washington without Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain, the irascible old living legend. McCain, the Vietnam War hero. McCain, the globe-trotting State Department of one. McCain, the outspoken hawk who championed American troops — and Pentagon spending — and also pilloried the defense contractors he felt let them all down. McCain, the Senate institution as much...

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Next Week, Will The Russia Story Actually Be About Russia?

NPR Places are reserved for journalists in the hearing room ahead of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday. More such hearings are still to come. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Next week, Washington is looking ahead to another stretch in which the time is always news o’clock and the stories just don’t stop. The marathon of high-profile congressional hearings continues Tuesday with a session scheduled by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s panel on crime and terrorism. It appears aimed squarely at...

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5 Questions For Sessions At The Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing

NPR Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon. Mark Wilson/Getty Images The nation’s top legal officer is set to go before Congress on Tuesday to try to defuse a bomb that the former FBI director dropped into his lap. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee less than one week after James Comey told it he could not discuss openly certain information about Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russia’s election meddling last year. Comey also told the committee that Sessions had agreed to clear the...

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After A Wild Week, The House Trump-Russia Probe Endures — Barely

NPR House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., right, accompanied by the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters, on Capitol Hill on March, 15, 2017. J. Scott Applewhite/AP The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential connections to Russia’s election meddling isn’t dead — but it’s not exactly dancing a jig, either. Lawmakers are looking ahead to a second week with nothing on their public calendar following a decision by the Republican chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, to cancel an open hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday with former national security leaders...

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Reality Check: Trump Proposal Doesn’t Cover Major Military Expansion

  In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 photo, a shipyard worker walks to his car at the end of the workday at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. With Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet potential threats from Russia and China. Robert F. Bukaty/AP President Trump’s initial budget proposal isn’t enough to expand the military in the way he proposed. Trump campaigned on the need to add tens of thousands more troops to the Army and Marine Corps, field a Navy with 350 warships or more and also to upgrade the Air Force. The $54 billion he’s seeking to increase the Defense Department budget this year would represent a funding boost — but not one that would pay for an expansion on the scale Trump endorsed. In fact, not only might Trump’s proposed Pentagon budget not expand American power, it falls short of plugging some gaps in the current force, critics say. “The administration will have to make clear which problems facing our military they are choosing not to fix,” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, who issued a statement faulting the White House’s “low budget number.” Thornberry, whose committee oversees the military and who is a top advocate for the defense establishment, said he thought increasing military spending should not...

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