The New York Times reported Saturday that Senator John McCain’s inner circle plans on not inviting President Trump to his memorial services. Instead, Vice President Pence will be welcomed to attend.
In March, philanthropist billionaire Bill Gates had a meeting with Trump at the Oval Office during which the two spoke for 40 minutes.
The conversation focused on primarily on public health. According to Gates, who spoke to Stat News about the experience, Trump became “super interested” in the development of a universal flu vaccine. Gates said it was “the longest conversation about universal flu vaccine that the president’s ever had.”
NBC News reported Monday allegations made by a former personal doctor of Trump’s against one of the president’s lawyers, a bodyguard, and a third man.
Dr. Harold Bornstein claims that in February 2017, these three men showed up at his New York office and seized all of Trump’s medical records in what the doctor describes as a “raid.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday and was immediately asked about Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner, which he attended.
When asked if he felt comedian Michelle Wolf went too far with her roasts of those in attendance, Tapper pointed out the hypocrisy of right-wingers criticizing her.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan plans to announce his retirement from the agency on Monday. He will reportedly leave the position in June.
Homan was Trump’s pick for the job but had yet to be confirmed by the Senate.
Trump lashed out at Tester during a rally on Saturday, strongly implying that he could ruin the senator’s career. The attack was a reaction to Tester revealing allegations of misconduct against Trump’s pick for the Veterans Affairs secretary position. The allegations ultimately resulted in Trump’s pick, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, withdrawing his nomination.
Vice President Pence will be delivering a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting this Friday, and because law dictates that his life is apparently more important than everyone else’s, the association has banned members from bringing firearms, knives, and all sorts of other weapons to his speaking engagement.
Trump held another unnecessary rally on Saturday and, as expected, his speech consisted of attacks against the press and people he’s got problems with. One of these people was Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who accused Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s nominee for the Veterans Affairs secretary position, of misconduct during his time as a White House physician.
Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who organized the deadly “Unite the Right” rally last summer in Charlottesville, is currently being sued by 11 plaintiffs for the trauma they suffered as a result of the chaos and violence that unfolded.
BuzzFeed News reported Friday that Donald Trump Jr. regularly communicated with the Kremlin-connected Agalarov family both before and after Election Day.
Emin Agalarov is a Russian businessman and singer whose family Donald Trump has known since 2013 when he and Emin’s father, Aras Agalarov, hosted the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. BuzzFeed reported that a text message between Emin and Trump Jr. was sent two days after Trump’s election win, adding that it’s not clear “how many messages were sent, whether Trump Jr. sent any of them, or how many were sent by either party” but that the existence of this interaction has been confirmed.
Democrats are slamming Republican legislators trying to enact a measure that would greatly diminish the number of hours of required debate time for President Trump’s nominees to be confirmed.
Currently, Trump’s picks are debated for up to 30 hours on the Senate floor after they clinch the necessary support to move forward in the process.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not be recusing himself from the probe into Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer.
This means Sessions will have the right to access briefings on the investigation’s status and to have a say on decisions made by prosecutors, such as whether they should issue certain subpoenas or indictments.
With Arizona Sen. John McCain battling brain cancer, Republican congressmen tried earlier this month to concoct a way to keep his seat under their party’s control, should McCain decide to leave. It didn’t work though — Democrats put a stop to the GOP’s plan.
Good Guy Without A Gun James Shaw Jr., or the 29-year-old hero who stopped the Waffle House shooting that claimed the lives of four people on Sunday, has continued to prove he deserves every bit of admiration that’s being sent his way. Shaw is now using his elevated profile to raise money for the families of those who didn’t survive the tragedy.
Last Wednesday, Trump fired off a tweet complaining about the immigrant “revolution” he thinks is going on in California, sanctuary cities, crime, and border security. He also lamented about a “breeding concept” he evidently believes immigrants are using.
Enthusiasm (and a sense of urgency) on the left has been a huge help to the fundraising efforts of Democrats up for election this November.
Numbers released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) reveal that Democrats in both the Senate and the House are drastically outdoing Republicans in GOP-held districts and states where Trump was victorious in 2016.
Puerto Rico was left completely without electricity after an massive power outage hit the island on Wednesday. It is the largest power outage in U.S. history.
Puerto Rico’s electrical grid experienced a major failure, leaving an estimated 1.5 million people in darkness. According to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, restoring power could take between 24-36 hours.
Unsurprisingly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t be bringing a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired to the Senate floor for a vote.
The bill is a bipartisan effort that took months to work on.
President Trump and Fox News anchor Sean Hannity are apparently a lot closer than they already seemed to be. According to a Washington Post report published Tuesday, the two men talk on the phone numerous times every week giving each other mutually beneficial advice.
Michael Cohen isn’t the only lawyer connected to Trump who Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has reportedly done or considered doing business with.
According to a report by The Atlantic, also hired Victoria Toensing and Jay Sekulow. The former and her husband were hired to join Trump’s legal team for the Russia probe earlier this year but those plans ultimately fell through due to conflict of interests; the latter is currently working as one of Trump’s lawyers to defend him in Mueller’s investigation.