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Congress to probe Trump administration’s response to rising threat of white nationalism

Congress to probe Trump administration’s response to rising threat of white nationalismThe Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee has revealed plans to hold hearings on the rising threat of white nationalism. Mr Trump then said during a televised appearance in the Oval Office that he did not believe white nationalism was an increasing threat in the US. The hearings — which will reportedly arrive in early April — will focus in part on how Mr Trump’s administration has responded to the growing threat of white nationalism documented in rising figures on hate crime and hate-based violence.



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In Congress and from Trump, horror over New Zealand mosque massacre

In Congress and from Trump, horror over New Zealand mosque massacreTwo of the three Muslim members of Congress respond to the horrific attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.



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Trump Faces Twin Rebukes From Congress With GOP Defections

Trump Faces Twin Rebukes From Congress With GOP DefectionsNow, senators are poised to reject on Thursday Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the southern border. The reprimands — both requiring defections from Republican ranks — come as Trump seeks to consolidate the party’s support ahead of what promises to be a tough fight for re-election in 2020. While Republicans in Congress have occasionally criticized the administration, the two measures this week mark the first instances in which party leaders haven’t been able to stop bills that embarrass Trump.



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Ticking clock may save Trump from impeachment in Congress

Ticking clock may save Trump from impeachment in CongressWith the 2020 presidential and congressional election campaigns already gearing up, the political calendar could dictate whether initiating the time-consuming impeachment process is even plausible, Democratic and Republican lawmakers said. An emerging sentiment among some lawmakers is that by the time a president is nearing or in the last year of a four-year term, voters in the next election, not Congress, should determine whether he stays or goes, even amid allegations of wrongdoing. The House of Representatives, which would initiate any impeachment bid against the Republican Trump, is controlled by Democrats.



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U.S. Congress wants to know why the FAA waited so long to ground Boeing 737 jets

U.S. Congress wants to know why the FAA waited so long to ground Boeing 737 jetsThe Federal Aviation Administration said the order on Wednesday was the result of “new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today” and “newly refined satellite data” that Canada had cited earlier in its decision to halt flights. The FAA did not disclose the new evidence at the scene but said it was “the missing pieces” that aligned the track of the two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes since October. For decades, the United States has led the world in aviation safety, often setting standards that were later adopted by other countries.



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Cohen lawyer sends letter to Congress clarifying pardon talk

Cohen lawyer sends letter to Congress clarifying pardon talkNEW YORK (AP) — Amid talk that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen again lied to Congress, Cohen's lawyer sent a letter Tuesday to the head of the House Oversight Committee clarifying Cohen's testimony that he never sought a pardon from the president.



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Trump's $4.7 Trillion Budget Headed for Rejection by Congress

Trump's $  4.7 Trillion Budget Headed for Rejection by CongressIt also raises the threat of a funding showdown that could trigger another government shutdown in the fall. Particularly hard hit would be the Environmental Protection Agency, and departments of State, Energy, Transportation and Agriculture. The EPA would receive a 31 percent cut compared with its December funding level, while State would receive a 23 percent cut and Housing and Urban Development would see a 16 percent cut.



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Trump’s 2020 Budget Asks Congress for $8.6 Billion for Border Wall

Trump’s 2020 Budget Asks Congress for $  8.6 Billion for Border WallPresident Trump released his $ 4.7 trillion 2020 budget proposal to Congress Monday, requesting $ 8.6 billion for border security.The plan includes funding for 722 miles of wall at the southern border, an issue that caused a record 35-day partial government shutdown beginning just before Christmas. In that fight, Trump requested $ 5.7 billion to build the wall, while Democrats refused to approve more than $ 1.6 billion for non-wall border security. Trump eventually relented, signing a bill with only $ 1.4 billion for barriers at the border and declaring a national emergency to appropriate billions more for wall construction.The new proposal would boost defense spending to $ 750 billion, $ 34 billion more than was allotted in the 2019 budget, and cut spending on non-defense programs  to $ 567 billion, down $ 30 billion from the 2019 budget. It would also set aside $ 200 billion for new infrastructure projects nationwide.The budget is seen as an important early sign of the Trump's priorities as he heads into his 2020 reelection campaign, but it is expected to fall flat in the Democrat-controlled House, and to face fierce opposition from Democrats in both chambers of Congress.In a joint statement, House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer panned the president's plan as a non-starter. “President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico,” they wrote. “Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson.”



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Donald Trump expected to ask Congress for extra $8.6 billion for border wall in budget

Donald Trump expected to ask Congress for extra $  8.6 billion for border wall in budgetDonald Trump is on Monday expected to request an extra $ 8.6 billion (£6.6 billion) to fund his border wall with Mexico, setting the scene for another showdown with Democrats as he continues to attempt to fulfill his signature campaign pledge. The US president will reportedly ask Congress for the extra money when he unveils his 2020 federal budget blueprint.  If approved, the money would be in addition to the $ 8 billion he has already secured, in part, by declaring a national emergency on the border. According to the Washington Post, the president is seeking $ 5 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security to continue building sections of the structure and another $ 3.6 billion for the Defence Department’s military construction budget. Funds would also be allocated to hire more than 2,800 law enforcement and support personnel for the agencies, and 100 immigration judge teams. Donald Trump has made the wall with the Mexican border a priority Credit: REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo To balance the books, Mr Trump will propose slashing domestic and international programmes including foreign aid, environmental protection and transportation, according to various American news outlets. Larry Kudlow, the president's top economic adviser, revealed on Sunday that the US leader wanted to see a five per cent cut on all domestic spending. Asked whether another budget battle was on the horizon, he said: “I suppose there will be. I would just say that the whole issue of the wall, of border security, is of paramount importance. We have a crisis down there. I think the president has made that case very effectively.  "It will be a tough budget… (Trump) is going to stay with his wall. He’s going to stay with the border security theme. I think it’s essential." At a glance | Donald Trump’s border wall The news comes just weeks after the end of the longest government shutdown in history after Mr Trump asked for $ 5 billion for the wall. The Democrats blocking the public spending, believing the wall to be as an unnecessary and immoral. Mr Trump managed to get the money by sequestering it from budgets from other departments.   Congress has until September to agree a new budget deal, but with Democrats controlling the House of Representatives, it seems inconceivable that Mr Trump's request will be met, sparking the potential for another lengthy shutdown as America gears up for the 2020 election. Mr Trump has pledged to build or replace 722 miles of barrier along the border to stem the flow of illegal immigration, which in total is estimated to cost about $ 18 billion. So far, only 111 miles have been built or are underway. An anonymous administration source told Reuters: “It (the budget proposal) gives the president the ability to say he has fulfilled his commitment to gain operational control of the southwest border. “We have provided the course of action, the strategy and the request to finish the job. It’s a question of, will Congress allow us to finish the job.” a second administration official said.



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What to Watch When Wells Fargo’s CEO Returns to Congress

What to Watch When Wells Fargo’s CEO Returns to CongressSloan, who rose to chief executive officer of the fourth-largest U.S. bank in October 2016, appeared before the Senate Banking Committee just months later, telling lawmakers he had “a long to-do list.” Tuesday’s questioning poses both a chance for Sloan to tout what he’s checked off that list, and a risk that he’ll stumble in front of some of his harshest critics. Scandals at Wells Fargo erupted in 2016 on the revelation that bank employees opened millions of potentially fake accounts to meet sales goals. Wells Fargo has dispatched its army of lobbyists and executives, including Sloan, to meet with lawmakers ahead of the hearing.



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