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White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigns amid abuse allegations

Rob Port resigns amid allegations of wife abuse

White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned today after his two ex-wives came forward with abuse allegations.

What we're hearing: Nobody pressured him to resign, per multiple officials. A White House official said senior officials were trying to convince Porter “to stay and fight.” Those officials included Chief of Staff John Kelly.


Democrat Flips Deep-Red House Seat in Missouri

Democrat Mike Revis flips red seat to blue in Missouri

Democratic candidate Mike Revis on Tuesday flipped what had been a deep-red State House seat in Missouri by a 108-vote margin over his Republican opponent.

Revis defeated GOP candidate David C. Linton in the special election to replace Rep. John McCaherty, who left the office to focus on his run for Jefferson County executive.

President Trump won the heavily Republican district by a 61-33 margin in the 2016 election. There were three other special elections in the state on Tuesday night, all of which the Republican party defended. However, there were major net swings towards Democrats.


Appeals court upholds $25 million Trump University settlement

Appeals Court upholds Trump U $25m settlement

A federal appeals court rejected a challenge to the $25 million settlement President Trump must pay to former students of the now-shuttered Trump University.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the settlement brought by a former student of the program, Sherri Simpson, who said she wanted to go to trial with Trump over the $19,000 she paid for Trump University, Politico reported Tuesday.

Simpson’s lawyers argued that notices sent to Trump University members had guaranteed they would be able to opt out of class-action lawsuits either before or immediately after a settlement.


FEMA contractor did not deliver millions of Puerto Rico meals: lawmakers

FEMA delivered only 50,000 out of contracted 30 million meals The U.S. agency responsible for disaster response hired a contractor that failed to deliver millions of emergency meals in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico last year, U.S. Democratic lawmakers said on Tuesday.

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee cited records that showed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a nearly $156 million contract to a one-person company that delivered just 50,000 of the expected 30 million meals.

The lawmakers said documents showed the company, Atlanta-based Tribute Contracting, had a history of problems handling smaller government contracts worth less than $100,000 and had been barred from government work until 2019.


Kellyanne Conway’s 'opioid cabinet' sidelines drug czar’s experts

Kellyan Conway sidelining opioid experts

President Donald Trump’s war on opioids is beginning to look more like a war on his drug policy office.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has taken control of the opioids agenda, quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address a lethal crisis claiming about 175 lives a day. The main response so far has been to call for a border wall and to promise a "just say no” campaign.


Trump's Lawyers Want Him to Refuse an Interview in Russia Inquiry

Trump lawyer advises not to allow interview under oathLawyers for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to four people briefed on the matter, raising the specter of a monthslong court battle over whether the president must answer questions under oath.
His lawyers are concerned that the president, who has a history of making false statements and contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators. Their stance puts them at odds with Mr. Trump, who has said publicly and privately that he is eager to speak with Mr. Mueller as part of the investigation into possible ties between his associates and Russia’s election interference, and whether he obstructed justice.

House Intelligence panel votes to release Democrats' rebuttal of Nunes memo

Nunes memo rebuttal approved by intel committeeThe House Intelligence Committee voted Monday night to release Democrats' rebuttal to a controversial Republican memo alleging that the FBI and Department of Justice abused their power to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Democrats have been anxious to formally refute the four-page GOP memo, which was written by the committee's Republican staff at the direction of Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and released Friday after President Trump signed off on it. Democrats want to release their own 10-page memo to dispute the GOP document.


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