The House on Friday voted 251-170 to approve an amendment intended to block President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE from taking military action against Iran.The amendment would prohibit funding U.S. military action against Iran unless Congress has declared war or enacted another specific statutory authorization.Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP calls for minority hearing on impeachment, threatens procedural measures Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA Tempers flare at tense Judiciary hearing on impeachment MORE (R-Fla.), who co-sponsored the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Twenty-seven Republicans sided with Democrats to support the amendment, while seven Democrats voted against it.ADVERTISEMENTRep. Ro KhannaRohit … [Read more...] about House approves amendment seeking to block Trump from taking military action against Iran
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All year, President Donald Trump refused to respond as North Korea carried out short-range missile tests and chipped away at crippling international sanctions. He even ignored a new volley of insults branding him a "heedless and erratic old man." That restraint may not last much longer as North Korea hints darkly that it will make a major move by the end of this month, possibly including a long-range missile launch or a nuclear bomb test as a "Christmas gift" to the U.S. "It's hard to get a rise out of someone if they keep turning the other cheek," Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, said of Trump's responses so far. "I think he'd be willing to downplay even bigger provocations until they cross the line, and then after that really we don't know." A return to intercontinental ballistic missile launches or nuclear tests could send U.S.-North Korea ties back to where they were in 2017, when tensions between the historic … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Kim tests Trump’s limits with rockets, taunts
Candidate Michael Bloomberg? Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images Donald Trump’s romp through the primaries so far has been positively gleeful. On his way to winning seven more states on Super Tuesday, the New York billionaire said of this year’s election: “It’s tough, it’s nasty, it’s mean, it’s vicious. It’s beautiful.” But if there is anyone as despairing as Trump is gleeful, it’s another New York billionaire: Michael Bloomberg. From his open desk at the headquarters of Bloomberg LP, the financial-data company he founded and returned to as CEO in September 2014, Bloomberg has been watching the primaries unfold with outrage and frustration. Rarely a day goes by when Bloomberg doesn’t hear Trump say something—such as his declaration that “we’re going to build a wall” on the Mexican border or that climate change is “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. … [Read more...] about Trump Goaded Bloomberg Into Planning a Presidential Campaign. Here’s Why He Probably Won’t Run.
A Senate panel on Wednesday advanced a sanctions bill targeting Turkey over its offensive in Syria and its purchase of a Russian missile defense system.In an 18-4 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced the bill despite objections from the Trump administration and Ankara.“We find ourselves at an inflection point with Turkey,” committee ranking member Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezForeign Relations Democrat calls on Iran to release other American prisoners GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' MORE (D-N.J.) said. “Turkey’s actions over the past year are truly beyond the pale.”ADVERTISEMENTU.S. lawmakers have been furious with Turkey since October when it launched an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces who were integral to the U.S.-led fight against ISIS.President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial … [Read more...] about Senate panel advances Turkey sanctions bill despite Trump objections
Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling Russian diplomat says election meddling wasn't discussed at White House, contradicting Trump MORE on Wednesday insisted that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE and a Russian diplomat discussed election interference at a recent White House meeting despite the Russian official's claims to the contrary.Asked by a reporter whether Trump had brought up the issue of Russian election interference and made clear that the U.S. would not accept future meddling, Pompeo said that he had."I will leave to the White House to give the details of what is said. I never talk about what the President says in those … [Read more...] about Pompeo: ‘No mistake’ Trump warned Russian diplomat about election tampering