Hurd opened with a joke. “Oh, you want to ask me about the wall? I was figuring we’d talk about the Spurs,” he said. “We’re talking about the Spurs’ victory last night, is that right?” It was a chilly February morning in Washington, D.C., and Hurd, a Republican congressman representing Texas’s Twenty-third District, which includes more than a third of the U.S.-Mexico border, had just strolled into one of the U.S. Capitol’s television studios to answer questions from a local station back home. Dressed in a navy suit, red tie, and wing tips, he had folded his six-foot-four, 235-pound frame into the studio’s floral-upholstered armchair, and now he pressed his fingertips together in a contemplative pose. Hurd’s position on border security was no secret. Since December, when Donald Trump had forced a 35-day federal government shutdown because Congress wouldn’t give him $5.7 billion to fund his “big, … [Read more...] about Will Hurd Has Defied Both Liberals and Donald Trump. Is He the Future of the GOP, or a Party of One?
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POLITICS 08/22/2018 05:03 pm ET How much trouble will the president be in? By Amanda Terkel, Ryan J. Reilly, and Paul Blumenthal President Donald Trump said Wednesday he paid two women during the 2016 campaign to stay quiet about affairs he allegedly had with them — essentially admitting that he committed a federal crime. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges on Tuesday, acknowledging he violated campaign finance law in order to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direction of Trump. In other words, Cohen said Trump authorized him to pay off Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels so that they wouldn’t hurt his chances of becoming president. In an interview with Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt on Wednesday, Trump acknowledged that he was involved (emphasis added). EARHARDT: Did you know about the payments? TRUMP: Later on I knew. Later on. But you have to understand, Ainsley, what he did ― and they weren’t taken out of campaign … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Basically Admitted To A Federal Crime
Eliza Collins USA TODAY Published 9:33 p.m. UTC Aug 20, 2018 WASHINGTON – At an elite gathering of Republicans in the resort town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming this month, Rep. Mark Walker gave a speech urging the party to do more to reach out to African-Americans, Hispanics and other people of color. At the forum attended by influential conservatives such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and former presidential adviser Karl Rove, Walker elaborated on a message he has delivered in other private conversations with Republicans. Walker's message resonated enough with the audience that after the event, Rove reached out to talk further. But the next morning, Walker's party was dealing with fallout from a different message on race, when President Donald Trump called his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, a black woman, a “dog.” "That would not be my terminology,” Walker said of Trump's comment during a telephone … [Read more...] about In Donald Trump era, a GOP leader looks to recast his party’s image with black voters
U.S. Donald Trump Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan claimed he “avoided” potential tragedies while describing how he has helped steer President Donald Trump’s actions in office, according to a profile of the outgoing Republican lawmaker published by The New York Times Magazine on Tuesday. The wide-ranging interview touched on a number of topics, including how Ryan opted to instead speak with the president in private rather than counteract him or directly challenge him in public like many Republicans and Democrats have done. According to Ryan, the strategy helped to “advance goals.” “I can look myself in the mirror at the end of the day and say I avoided that tragedy, I avoided that tragedy, I avoided that tragedy,” Ryan told The Times. “I advanced this goal, I advanced this goal, I advanced this goal.” Recommended Slideshows 76 50 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States 80 In Pictures: Top 50 U.S. … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan Says He Helped Avoid Tragedies While Working With President Donald Trump—But Only in Private
House Speaker Paul Ryan and his hoped-for successor will attend a private fundraiser in Wilsonville Monday night for Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden. The fundraiser for Walden, who has represented the state's largest congressional district since 1998, starts at $2,500 a plate, according to an invitation obtained by Willamette Week. Donors at the $10,000 "committee chair" level receive four dinner seats and a photo. A $25,000 "co-host" donation includes a VIP meeting, although the invitation does not specify a VIP by name. Fundraiser guests Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy would certainly qualify. Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who was Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick on the 2012 ticket, is retiring from Congress at the end of his term. McCarthy, a Californian representative, was endorsed by Ryan to take over the speaker's chair. Walden, who represents the 2nd Congressional District comprising most of central and eastern Oregon, is the lone Republican in the state's … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan to attend Monday fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden