GOP allies urge Trump not to fire Rosenstein ahead of Kavanaugh confirmation, midterms

What seemed at first like a long-awaited opening to get rid of the “lingering stench” at his Justice Department now poses a quandary for President Donald Trump: Would firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein complicate precarious confirmation proceedings for an embattled Supreme Court nominee?  It would, according to Republican allies of the President, who have urged him to hold off on a purge of Justice Department officials until Brett Kavanaugh is safely in place on the high court. For now, Trump appears to have listened, though he has made clear his desire to rid the agency of officials he has deemed disloyal and corrupt. (9/23/18)  Read more..

Kavanaugh’s accuser to speak to Judiciary Committee

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault, accepted the request to speak to the panel next week about the alleged incident, her lawyers told Senate Judiciary Committee staff on Saturday. “Dr. Ford accepts the Committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, attorneys representing Ford, wrote in a message to the committee. (9/22/18)  Read more..

Jurors award $289 million to a man they believe got cancer from Monsanto’s Roundup

In a monumental case against agricultural giant Monsanto, a jury has awarded $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper who said he got terminal cancer from the weedkiller Roundup.  Dewayne Johnson was seeking about $400 million in punitive damages and $39 million in compensatory damages from Monsanto, his attorney Timothy Litzenburg said.
Johnson’s victory Friday could set a massive precedent for thousands of other cases against Monsanto. (8/10/18)  Read more..

NFL players kneel, raise fists or sit out National Anthem

Several NFL players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played Thursday night before preseason games.   The actions came weeks after the league shelved its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, along with wide receiver Albert Wilson, knelt during the anthem before a home game against Tampa Bay. (8/9/18)  Read more..

Bookkeeper says Manafort was broke in 2016 and lied to banks

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s longtime bookkeeper testified Thursday that Manafort was in serious financial trouble in 2016 after his lobbying business dried up, and he and his deputy Rick Gates sent several fake, inflated income business statements to banks. (8/2/18)  Read more..

White House supports existing law, says 3D guns are already illegal

The Trump administration supports an existing law they say makes it illegal to own or make homemade plastic guns, a White House official said Tuesday, coming hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that the availability of the firearms “doesn’t seem to make much sense!”  “The President is committed to the safety and security of all Americans; he considers this his highest responsibility,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said to reporters aboard Air Force One. “In the United States, it’s currently illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind, including those made on a 3D printer.” (7/31/18)  Read more..

There are 100 days to the midterm election. Here’s what to watch

Voters are now 100 days away from delivering their verdict on President Donald Trump’s first two years in office, and while the political landscape could shift dramatically in three months, right now, the wind is at Democrats’ backs.  Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to wrest control of the House away from Republicans. And they need a net gain of two seats to take a Senate majority, although the path to get to that number is difficult. (7/29/18)  Read more..

The full story on Trump’s ‘economic turnaround’

President Trump claimed credit for the strong economic growth numbers released on Friday morning, attributing them to his administration’s actions on taxes, trade, and regulations. The economy did grow at a 4.1% annual pace in the second quarter, the best in four years. But most of the statistics that Trump cited as evidence of “an economic turnaround of historic proportions” require context to be fully understood. For example, economic growth has topped 4% in four other quarters since 2009. And Trump’s claim that “we’re going to go a lot higher than these numbers” conflicts with the predictions of most bank and Federal Reserve economists, who forecast that growth will slow in 2019 and 2020. (7/27/18)  Read  more..