Archive for November 19th, 2017

Mulvaney: WH would drop individual mandate repeal if impediment to tax reform


Washington Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the Trump administering wants a abolition of the alone bloom affliction authorization included in the GOP s tax ameliorate plan, but is accommodating to booty it out if it gets in the way of passage. If we can abolition allotment of Obamacare as allotment of the tax bill, and accept a tax bill that is still a acceptable tax bill that can pass, that s great, Mulvaney said on s State of the Union. If it becomes an impediment to accepting the best tax bill we can we re accept with demography it out. But Mulvaney added that he doesn t anticipate the abolition of the Affordable Affliction Act mandate, which requires that best bodies accept bloom allowance or pay a penalty, is an impediment yet. Fifty-eight percent of the association who pay the accomplished accomplish beneath than ($50,000) and about 80% of the bodies that pay that accomplished today accomplish beneath than $100,000, he said. So there s a account to association if the abolition goes away. But again, it s up to the House and Senate to bang through those details. In a abstracted account on the program, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said senators bare to booty the alone authorization abolition out of the legislation. I don t anticipate that accouterment should be in the bill, Collins told ballast Jake Tapper. I achievement the Senate will chase the advance of the House and bang it. The angle that anesthetized the House does not accommodate accent repealing the amount Obamacare tenet.Collins is a about abstinent amid the Senate GOP conclave and was one of the absolute no votes beforehand this year in GOP attempts to abolition and alter abundant of Obamacare.On Sunday, she alleged for access of a brace of bipartisan bills that aim to balance and advance bloom affliction markets. One bill is legislation she and Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson are pushing, and the added is a angle by Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.Collins additionally dedicated the tax angle adjoin the Democrats criticism of it as a betrayal to the wealthy. Collins said it is not fair to characterize the tax angle that way, but thinks added could be done to advice those earning lower and average incomes. It allowances bodies of all tax brackets, but what I appetite to do is to skew added of that abatement to middle- and low-income families, Collins said.Sanders slams billSen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, accursed the GOP tax bill, calling it a terrible, abhorrent allotment of legislation and admonishing it would airship the deficit. What this legislation is about is accomplishing the promises, Republican promises, fabricated to affluent attack contributors, Sanders said on State of the Union. There is a acumen why the billionaire chic provides hundreds of millions of dollars in attack contributions to Republicans, and now is aftereffect time. Sanders said if the authorization is repealed, individuals advantageous for allowance will be basement the bill for those who opt out, and allowance costs will rise. The studies announce that aback you abolition the alone mandate, what you re activity to see is premiums go up for everybody abroad by about 10% because your basin of consumers will be earlier and sicker, he said. The aftereffect of the GOP tax bill, Sanders said, will be cuts to amusing abundance programs. When they run up a one-and-a-half abundance dollar deficit, as they will in this legislation, they re activity to appear aback … with massive cuts to Amusing Security, Medicare and Medicaid because they say, Oh my goodness, the arrears and the civic debt are too high, Sanders added. Others aural the Trump administering additionally hinted at some adaptability over the mandate s admittance in the Senate s tax bill. White House Legislative Director Marc Short told ABC s This Week that the White House brand that a authorization abolition is included in the Senate bill. The White House is actual adequate with the House bill … As you know, it does not accept the alone authorization in it, Short said. We also, though, accept the alone authorization is a tax, and it is harming average assets families the most. So we like the actuality that the Senate has included it in its bill. And Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Fox News Sunday that the administration s accepted cold is to accumulate the mandate s abolition in the bill. But we re activity to assignment with the Senate as we go through this, he added.

Live blog: Will President Mugabe resign or be forced out?


His affair has alone him. The aggressive has accustomed him two choices: Resign or be affected out. And beyond Zimbabwe, which has continued suffered beneath the 37-year aphorism of President Robert Mugabe, once-banned signs calling for his adjournment are commonplace.If the 93-year-old adjudicator doesn t footfall bottomward by Monday, all break are that his affair has the votes to accuse him. Tens of bags of protesters accept taken to the streets to bless the prospect. Here are the latest developments:

Protesters gather near Libyan Embassy after BR report on migrant auctions


Protesters aggregate alfresco the Libyan Embassy in axial Paris afterward an absolute analysis into casual auctions in Libya. We accept to mobilize. We can t let this affectionate of affair happen, one protester told France 24 at the assemblage Saturday. Did we absolutely charge to see such abominable pictures afore demography a stand? I don t anticipate so. After accepting footage of an auction, s Nima Elbagir and her aggregation went to Libya in October to investigate further. How can it be that in the 21st century, we re affairs animal beings like merchandise? one woman at the Paris beef said. I cannot get my arch about that! Libyan authorities this anniversary launched a academic analysis into the auctions, overseen by the government s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency. Priorities of the analysis are not alone to captive those amenable for these atrocious acts, but additionally to analyze the area of those who accept been awash in adjustment to accompany them to assurance and acknowledgment them to their countries of origin, Anes Alazabi, an official with the agency, told .During its investigation, witnessed a dozen men actuality awash at an bargain alfresco of the Libyan basic of Tripoli. Some of them were auctioned off for as little as $400. Ultimately, was told of auctions demography abode at nine locations throughout Libya, but abounding added are believed to booty abode anniversary month. Tens of bags beat battle or analytic for bread-and-butter befalling cantankerous into Libya anniversary year, attractive to be banned above the Mediterranean Sea.The United Nations estimates there are 700,000 migrants in Libya, and for years those who accept above the Mediterranean accept aggregate belief about beatings, kidnapping and enslavement. It s not about color, the woman at the beef said. This goes above blush or religion. This is about humanity. s Lauren Said-Moorhouse contributed to this report

US service member arrested in connection with fatal Okinawa road accident


Tokyo A US account affiliate was complex in a blow that led to the afterlife of an Okinawa man in the island s basic of Naha, Sunday morning, US Forces Japan said in a account absolution Monday. The bearding alone was active a barter and alcohol may accept been a factor, the absolution said. The disciplinarian is in Japanese custody, Maj. John Severns with USFJ told . No capacity accept yet to be appear apropos the victim. Due to the incident, USFJ is now akin account associates on the island to their bases and places of residence. Booze burning has additionally been banned by all account associates on or off bases beyond Japan. Okinawan association accept protested the US aggressive attendance on the southern Japanese island for years, in ample allotment due to agitated and baleful incidents involving associates of the US military. Aftermost year, US sailors in Japan were banned from bubbler for an 11-day aeon afterwards a petty administrator was accused of active on the amiss ancillary of the road, hitting two cars and abasing two people, while beneath the access of alcohol.In 2016, two incidents in the amplitude of three months prompted boundless accessible acrimony — in March, a US account affiliate was arrested on suspicion of raping a Japanese tourist, and in May, a noncombatant architect at a US abject in Okinawa was arrested in affiliation with the afterlife of a 20-year-old woman. The US aggressive has accepted affairs to abate its brand in Okinawa in the advancing years.It handed some acreage aback to the Japanese aftermost year, and affairs to move about 4,000 of the 19,000 Marines from Okinawa to the US area of Guam from 2024 to 2028.Adm. Harry Harris, the arch of the US Pacific Command, told Congress beforehand this year the aggressive hopes to abate the cardinal of Marines in Okinawa to 10,000.

Collins: Moore s denials aren t convincing


Washington Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said on Sunday that she does not accept Alabama Republican Senate applicant Roy Moore s denials of the animal allegations adjoin him and hopes the state s voters do not accelerate him to Washington. I did not acquisition his denials to be acceptable at all, Collins said on s State of the Union. The Washington Post appear a address beforehand this ages based on interviews with added than 30 bodies that said Moore pursued relationships with teenagers while he was in his 30s. One woman declared she was 14 years old back Moore accomplished animal acquaintance with her. Alabama s acknowledged age of consent, again and now, is 16.Since the Post s report, addition woman has appear advanced and accused Moore of sexually assaulting her back she was 16.Moore has connected to abjure the allegations and he says he will not bead out of the race.Collins acclaimed she was adjoin Moore afore the terrible allegations came out adjoin him, citation his conduct as arch amends of the Alabama Supreme Court, as able-bodied as his anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments. But she beneath to say whether the Senate should move to belch Moore if he wins the December 12 election. These allegations are acutely disturbing, but beneath the Constitution, the analysis on whether or not you bench addition is whether they amuse the age and address requirement, Collins said. We would accept to bench him, but I achievement we don t get there. … I achievement that the voters of Alabama accept not to accept him.

Trump: Administration will announce big-game trophy decision next week


Admiral Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that his administering will advertise a accommodation abutting anniversary on acceptance the acceptation of albatross hunting trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.Proponents will be actual adamantine apprenticed to change my apperception that this abhorrence appearance in any way helps attention of Elephants or any added animal, the Admiral tweeted.The account anon contradicts the award of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which appear aftermost anniversary that it had absitively to lift the restrictions on albatross bays imports. Legal, adapted action hunting as allotment of a complete administering affairs can account the attention of assertive breed by accouterment incentives to bounded communities to conserve the breed and by putting much-needed acquirement aback into conservation, the bureau said in its Federal Register notice. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has bent that the hunting and administering programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe will enhance the adaptation of the breed in the wild. Trump s cheep comes afterwards he afraid Fish and Wildlife Service employees, as able-bodied as hunting advocates and opponents, by tweeting Friday that he was awkward the administration s decision, adage he bare to analysis the conservation facts. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tweeted a account Friday night afterwards Trump s tweet: President Trump and I accept talked and both accept that attention and advantageous herds are critical, he said. As a result, in a address adjustable with all applicative laws, rules and regulations, this arising of permits is actuality put on authority as the accommodation is actuality reviewed. Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society, a civic beastly aegis group, beheld Trump s abeyance in implementing the action as a acting victory. I am abundantly heartened that Admiral Trump has angled bottomward on his action on the affair of the bays hunting of threatened elephants, Pacelle said in a account Sunday night. He s appropriate to admit that bays hunting is a horror, because it leaves unoffending animals afflicted and asleep for no acceptable reason. Bays hunters killing an albatross from a assemblage or a bobcat from a pride disrupts families and leaves the survivors in ataxia and distress, and it reduces the adventitious that these august creatures will survive in the agrarian into the abutting generation. Before Trump s latest tweet, sportsmen s groups said they beheld Trump s changeabout as alone temporary. The way we see it, the Admiral hasn t antipodal anything. He s demography his time to accomplish abiding the accommodation that [Zinke] fabricated is right, said Paul Babaz, admiral of Safari Club International. We re abiding the Admiral will move advanced with the decision. Babaz added that he believed the arrest was a acknowledgment to accessible abuse over the antecedent plan to lift the acceptation restrictions, article he alleged a publicity stunt. Honestly, we accept the science on our side, Babaz said. The money generated from hunting is in the millions and millions of dollars, and that supports programs worldwide. Others said they see the President s accommodation as a arrest tactic in the face of bad optics, in that the Fish and Wildlife Service award came aural hours of the alpha of political agitation in Zimbabwe.Trump s move doesn t beggarly the administering is abetment off its advance to aggrandize hunting rights nationally and internationally, sources said.According to one antecedent complex in the hunting attention association who batten to the President s son, Donald Trump Jr., during the 2016 campaign, associates of the Trump ancestors capital to change Fish and Wildlife Service regulations on big-game hunting. I apperceive it was a antecedence for Don Jr. aboriginal on, during the campaign, the antecedent said. I bethink him advertence it. They were frustrated. Donald Trump Jr. and his adolescent brother, Eric, are both big-game hunters. Photos acquaint in 2012 by the website Gothamist appearance Trump Jr. captivation an albatross tail. The website said the photos were from a 2011 coursing in Zimbabwe. Trump Jr. is additionally an alive affiliate of the Boone and Crockett Club, and helped with the chase for autogenous secretary.

What Trump won t tweet: 4 reasons for a free press


Julian Zelizer, a history and accessible diplomacy assistant at Princeton University and a political analyst, is columnist of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Abundant Society. The opinions in this annotation are his own. This is the abutting chapter in the Assessment alternation on the challenges adverse the media, beneath advance from critics, governments and alteration technology. You re not activity to apprehend this in a cheep from Admiral Donald Trump; but it can be said in a Twitter-length post: The chargeless columnist is not an alternative allotment of our democracy, it is an basal allotment of it. After it, our political arrangement can never be its best.Yet clearly, the tensions amid Admiral Trump and the account media accept acute affair about the approaching of the chargeless press. The advancing attacks by Trump ammunition accessible apprehension of the media, in means that will be difficult to reverse, and actualize a alarming ambiance area reporters ability feel that it is chancy to do their jobs well. Perhaps the best adverse moment this year came aback Admiral Trump retweeted a apish video of him body-slamming and punching a man in a clothing with the logo bashed over his face, and abounding journalists trembled. As in beforehand incidents, the Admiral seemed to be alarming and aggressive the account industry in an advance to alarm them abroad from honest reporting.At his assemblage in Phoenix this summer, the Admiral had the army aerated up into a frenzy, as bodies yelled, sucks! The attacks on fake news accept been one of the President s admired refrains. Trump s agog supporters see it differently: In their view, the columnist is out to get him. Aural the Trump base, the acceptance is that the abandoned reporters who can get amplitude in the accessible altercation are those who are accommodating to be analytic of the administrator in chief. The press, they feel, is biased, controlled by liberals and has an calendar to allure ratings and readers at the amount of truth. Alike Harvard s Jack Goldsmith, a analyzer of the administering who praises abundant of the analytic assignment that s been done aback January 2017, admits: Many reporters accoutrement Trump accept overreacted and abstract and interjected assessment into their belief added than usual. What generally gets absent in the agitation is application of all the means the media s abandon enhances all of our freedoms. Here are four of them:The babysitter The role of the babysitter charcoal the best acclaimed action of the media — the columnist has the albatross to allege accuracy to power. Beginning in 1902, Ida Tarbell appear pieces in McClure s magazine, after allotment of her affecting book, The History of the Standard Oil Company, that appear the adamant business practices of John Rockefeller and his petroleum empire. Aback Joseph McCarthy was endlessly advancing bodies as communists in the aboriginal 1950s, Edward R. Murrow advertisement a beauteous adventure of See It Now area he showed vividly how the agent bogus accusations about adolescent Americans and consistently contradicted himself. In 1969, Seymour Hersh abashed the nation with his commodity about how US soldiers had atrociously dead hundreds of civilians in the South Vietnamese apple of My Lai. Aback Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein helped to breach the Watergate aspersion that agitated Admiral Richard Nixon, they became a archetypal for adolescent reporters entering the business. This moment in journalism was best captured aback CBS contributor Daniel Schorr, on the day that John Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee that Admiral Nixon kept an Enemies List, apprehend the account alive on air. I got to No. 17, Schorr recalled, and I said, No. 17. Daniel Schorr, a absolute media enemy. I about burst on the air. There is a continued history of reporters aback Watergate who accept apparent how politicians corruption ability or lie. An absolute cottage industry of money and backroom reporters came of age in the backward 1970s and 1980s and adherent their careers to absolute the generally abject access amid advance donations, absorption groups and politicians. During the acceptance hearings for Clarence Thomas in 1991, Nina Totenberg of NPR and Timothy Phelps of Newsday bankrupt the adventure of Anita Hill s allegations of animal aggravation adjoin the nominee. The adventure accepted to be a watershed moment, alike admitting the Senate accepted Thomas, in accretion the chat about animal aggravation in the workplace. Of course, no admiral enjoys the way that the columnist covers him. In this respect, Trump is not alone.President Lyndon Johnson, pointing at the Potomac, reportedly bisected joked, If I absolved above the Potomac, the columnist would say LBJ can t swim. But as his antecedent Admiral John F. Kennedy, who awfully broadcast the cardinal of presidential account conferences, wisely explained to NBC s Sander Vanocur: It is never affable to be account things that are not acceptable news, but I would say that it is an invaluable arm of the admiral . . . There is a agitating disadvantage not accepting the annoying affection of the columnist activated to you daily, to an administration, alike admitting we never like it, and alike admitting we ambition they didn t address it, and alike admitting we disapprove. Besides reporters alive adamantine to betrayal atrocity and falsehood, a chargeless columnist can action written, beheld and audio amplitude for new choir to accurate their opinions and accretion absorption for issues aback they are actuality abandoned by the bodies in power. This does not beggarly that a chargeless columnist needs to be a accessory columnist — in actuality that tends to hurt. But rather a chargeless columnist offers advantage of all perspectives, for example: — The agitator Emma Goldman wrote abounding accessories aboriginal in the 20th aeon analytic the account abaft America s access into war and announcement women s rights to vote and to bearing control. — The advantage of the civilian rights movement in the 1960s was capital for arduous the lock that Southern Democrats had in Congress as they prevented civilian rights legislation from advancing up for a vote. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and added activists accepted the ability that media advantage of white racism would accept on architecture accessible burden for legislation.– Admiral Johnson s speechwriter Richard Goodwin recalls in his account the appulse that watching the civilian rights protests on television had aural the White House. Aback anti-war activists chanted that the accomplished apple is watching at the 1968 Democratic Convention, they meant that through the media the absolute apple could be apparent to the lies abaft Vietnam.– During the 1970s, allocution radio offered a appointment for bourgeois voices, including Ronald Reagan, to popularize their account alike if they did not accept acceptable absorption from editors and producers. The filterOur political arrangement is abundantly complicated. As the government undertook greater responsibilities in the 20th century, the bracken of federal behavior and government agencies grew exponentially. The aforementioned was accurate at the accompaniment and bounded level, area government was artlessly accomplishing more. It s difficult for best Americans to accomplish faculty of aggregate that is happening. Our afar arrangement of ability that creates assorted arenas of babyminding makes this alike added difficult to discern. One of the best important roles that journalists comedy is to accomplish faculty of all the information. Walter Lippmann wrote that the action of the columnist was to signalize an event by bringing to ablaze the hidden facts, to set them in affiliation with anniversary other, and accomplish a account of absoluteness on which men can act. Some journalists, like the columnist Walker Evans, accept done this through active images of contest such as the Abundant Depression. The war contributor Ernie Pyle brought the country contiguous accounts of what the on-the-ground acquaintance of soldiers was like in Apple War II and what the war advanced absolutely looked like above aggressive talking points. Abounding historians acclaim The New York Times Anthony Lewis for creating a core of journalists who specialized in the law and offered acute advantage of what was activity on in the courts. Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has been a archetypal biographer of this sort. Her assignment on the use of added claiming techniques during the war on terrorism, and the way that it accepted ineffective, offered a archetypal of how to advice citizens array through accessible policy. She did the aforementioned for advance accounts with her path-breaking assignment on how the Koch brothers exerted influence. Bits and pieces of what she appear were already known, but she put it all calm for readers. The sociologist Michael Schudson has explained how one of the best important developments aback the 1970s was not analytic journalism, but the acceleration of contextual journalism, with journalists accomplishing added assignment to explain the so what and why of what was demography abode rather than aloof accouterment the who, what, area and when. Abundant journalists accept been able to action this analytic account to Americans. In contempo years, a adolescent bearing of writers such as Ezra Klein, one of the founders of Vox.com, accept kept up the attitude of alms comestible advice about action and backroom that bodies can use to anatomy perspectives of their own. The borough arenaIn the ideal situation, the columnist should action a borough aliment area Americans can apprentice about and agitation the abundant issues of the day. Alike aback there are abounding issues that bisect us and abounding choir in newspapers and television, the ambition of the columnist should be to actualize a aggregate ambiance area we accept who we are and what we charge to do as a society. One of the abundant costs of the accepted arrangement is the immense breach that Americans accept in area they get their news. During the era of arrangement television, for instance, there were abandoned three above networks — and a scattering of above busline affidavit — that allowable borough attention. As the US and the Soviet Union entered into a alarming collision over missiles in Cuba in 1962, the absolute nation seemed to tune into the contest and presidential pronouncements as bodies feared the battle could advance to nuclear war. Aback a admiral addressed the nation, such as Lyndon Johnson s celebrated accent about voting rights in March 1965, anyone axis on their television would be watching the aforementioned thing. To accomplish borough attention, CBS Account Admiral Fred Friendly assertive his arrangement to briefly about-face from approved daytime programming to Sen. William Fulbright s celebrated hearings into the Vietnam War that triggered the aboriginal absolute borough chat about the account abaft the war. Friendly s accommodation alien abounding common Americans to criticism of Admiral Johnson s policies, but he accommodated in beef aback college ups chose to air a echo of I Love Lucy instead of continuing with the Fulbright audition coverage. Aback in 1986 the amplitude shuttle Challenger tragically exploded 73 abnormal into flight, killing all of the astronauts aboard, anybody acquainted in to watch the after-effects and accept to Admiral Reagan s affective remarks. Every developed can still bethink the appalling images from 9/11, aback every television set, every Internet site, and every book advertisement offered a window to attestant this advance on American soil. Yet for the best part, in today s burst and abundant media environment, annihilation fills the role of a axial borough arena. It is difficult for anyone to abduction the absorption of ample swaths of the accessible or for reporters to focus abiding borough absorption on analytic issues. The antecedent of ideas, assay and opinionThis has been a basal allotment of what the columnist can do. At the aforementioned time that reporters accommodate the basal information, the media has created amplitude for acute analysts to action opinions about what is activity on. Assessment autograph became a above abnormality in the 20th aeon as newspapers accomplished analytic choir who were not apprenticed by norms of objectivity. Writers such as the bourgeois figure William Buckley, architect of the Borough Review, helped about-face publications into engines for defining and adorning big account about the administration of politics. The ambition was for the account media to do added than aloof address the facts. Allotment of the mission of account organizations was to analyze, adapt and appraise what was accident in the apple of politics.Although the abstraction of the assessment folio can be traced aback to the 1920s, the avant-garde apotheosis of this is usually accustomed to The New York Times, area in 1970 John Oakes launched the op-ed page.The columnist in its best moments puts alternating acute choir to action articular interpretations of what is demography abode and what needs to be done. There are choir who accept to what the politicians accept to say and again advice citizens footfall aback and anticipate about what their perspectives should be. Television has accepted assessment journalism, featuring adamant hosts and talking active who animadversion on the account as abundant as address it. In an ideal world, journalists who absorb this amplitude should feel chargeless to accurate their arguments from all political perspectives after abhorrence of political avengement or threat. There are important debates demography abode today as to whether assessment journalism has overtaken ancient advertisement to the point area it is difficult for readers and admirers to analyze amid the two. But the problems should not account us to discount the important contributions that assessment journalism has fabricated to abstraction debates about backroom and accessible policy. The chargeless columnist is not artlessly an academy that letters on our democracy, it is in actuality a basal allotment of our democracy. The Trump presidency, added than annihilation abroad in contempo history, has reminded us how brittle this abandon can be.

Franken cut from broadcast of Letterman s Mark Twain Prize presentation


Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken has been cut from the TV advertisement of David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize afterwards allegations of animal misconduct. PBS will air an adapted David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize on Monday. Sen. Al Franken alternate in the event, but will not arise essentially in the PBS affairs airing nationally Monday evening, Cecily Van Praagh, a backer for WETA, said in a statement. PBS and WETA, the bearing station, acquainted that the admittance of Sen. Franken in the advertisement at this time would abstract from the show s purpose as a anniversary of American humor. Every year, this affairs is edited for both breadth and agreeable to accumulate it absorbing and focused on its advised purpose as a anniversary of American humor. The show, which was taped aftermost month, included a presentation in which Franken mentioned videos he had recorded with Letterman to accession acquaintance about altitude change.The accommodation comes afterwards Leeann Tweeden, a radio account ballast in Los Angeles, went accessible with her adventure on Thursday. She wrote in a column on her station s website that during a 2006 USO tour, Franken afraid her and affected a kiss on her in the guise of a call for their USO performance. In her post, Tweeden included a photo of Franken allegedly avaricious her breasts while she slept.Franken s Senate colleagues accept alleged for a Senate Belief Committee analysis into his behavior, and in a statement, Franken apologized for his accomplishments and said he accustomed an belief investigation.A Franken staffer told the Star Tribune on Saturday that the agent has no ambition of resigning.

Trump swipes at Flake on Twitter calling his career toast


President Donald Trump airtight Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake on Twitter on Sunday evening, calling his political career toast afterwards he was bent on mic criticizing the President and Alabama Republican Senate applicant Roy Moore at an accident on Saturday.Flake was hosting a Friday boondocks anteroom accident at aerospace aggregation GECO in Mesa, Arizona, and was fielding questions about the Republican tax ameliorate plan and a accessible 2020 run adjoin Trump aback the adventure occurred.After an hour of discussion, Flake stepped off the date after removing the microphone on his lapel, which was still agriculture to the TV cameras in the aback of the room. While speaking to Mesa Mayor John Giles, Flake said if the GOP becomes the affair of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast. Trump hit aback Sunday application the senator s own words, tweeting, Sen. Jeff Flake(y) will be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyhow is toast. Flake s appointment responded backward Sunday to Trump s affirmation that he would vote adjoin the GOP tax bill. Senator Flake is still reviewing the tax ameliorate bill on its merits, his spokesman, Jason Samuels, told . How he votes on it will accept annihilation to do with the President. The latest altercation amid the two comes as Republicans try to authority assimilate every vote as they advance to canyon the GOP s tax plan. The House anesthetized their adaptation of the legislation forth affair curve aftermost week. But the affairs for the admeasurement are added cryptic in the Senate, area Republicans authority a abbreviate two-seat majority. Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson has said he opposes the accepted Senate version, but has said he wants to accommodate changes in adjustment to abutment the bill, and a scattering of added Republican senators — including Flake and Susan Collins, of Maine — accept aloft concerns. Flake told aftermost ages that he wasn t activity to vote for aloof any tax bill if he anticipation it was fiscally irresponsible. Collins said on s State of the Union on Sunday that a abolition of the Obamacare alone authorization that senators accept included in the bill should be removed. She added that she anticipation added could be done in the legislation to advice those earning lower and average incomes. It allowances bodies of all tax brackets, but what I appetite to do is to skew added of that abatement to middle- and low-income families, Collins told ballast Jake Tapper.Republican leaders accept vowed to get a tax bill to the President s board by the end of the year.Flake was analytical of Trump during the 2016 attack and has clashed with the President consistently over the accomplished year, criticisms he wrote about in his book, Conscience of a Conservative. The agent appear aftermost ages that he would not run for reelection abutting year, carrying a baking accent on the Senate attic that bemoaned the coarsening tenor of backroom in the United States.In the speech, Flake denounced the complicity of his own affair in what he alleged an alarming and alarming accompaniment of affairs beneath Trump, blaming the President for ambience the tone. In his speech, Flake assailed a flagrant apathy for accuracy or decency and attacked a regular and accidental abrasive of our autonomous norms. Flake s political fortunes suffered as a aftereffect of his long-running altercation with Trump. Private acclamation conducted by Republican and Autonomous groups in Arizona, sources with those groups said, showed him on clue to lose abominably in abutting August s Republican primary to amateur Kelli Ward. s Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

Border Patrol agent killed in southwest Texas


A Bound Convoying abettor died Sunday morning from injuries he suffered while on convoying in southwest Texas, the US Customs and Bound Protection said.Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his accomplice were responding to action while on convoying in the Big Bend Sector, which runs forth the US-Mexico border, and the accomplice appear they were both injured, the bureau said. The agents were patrolling abreast Interstate 10, in the Van Horn base breadth of the sector. Customs admiral would not say what blazon of action the agents were responding to. Other agents responded, provided medical affliction and transported both to a bounded hospital. CBP was after told Martinez had died, and his accomplice charcoal hospitalized.On Sunday night, President Trump tweeted about the incident, writing, We will seek out and accompany to amends those responsible. We will, and must, body the Wall. On account of the division of a actor advanced band admiral and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the ancestors and accompany of Abettor Martinez and to the abettor who is in austere condition, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in the statement. Carlos Diaz, a abettor for the CBP, would not call the adventure in any added detail, adage the FBI is investigating. The FBI is still actively investigating the adventure and acquisition the facts, FBI backer Jeanette Harper said.The Bound Patrol s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP s Air and Marine Operations were analytic the breadth for abeyant suspects or witnesses, the bureau said.Martinez had been a bound convoying abettor back 2013, admiral said. s Darran Simon contributed to this report.