FROM Paul Singer
Trump signing orders on border wall and immigration Despite lacking any evidence, President Trump today called for a "major investigation" into his claim that three to five million undocumented immigrants gave Hillary Clinton her majority of the popular vote. Meantime, he's expected to sign orders today related to immigration — including The Wall. Press Secretary Sean Spicer today told reporters, "At this time, his goal was to move forward with this as quickly as possible with the funds that the department currently has, and then to work with Congress on an appropriations schedule." Paul Singer, Washington correspondent for USA Today , picks up the story.
Trump brings on Breitbart news chief in campaign shake-up After weeks of declining poll numbers, Donald Trump's top campaign staff has been telling him to moderate his chaotic, confrontational style. Today, he announced he's changing the staff. Will voters notice a difference? Paul Singer, who's reporting for USA Today , says the Trump campaign insists this is not a shake-up but an expansion.
Congress to Vote on Gun Measures This week House Republicans are slated to hold a vote on so-called “no fly, no buy” gun legislation -- just holding a vote is an about-face for GOP leadership. It comes after Democrats staged their 25 hour sit-in on the floor of Congress last month. But the bill being offered by the Republicans falls short of what Democrats wanted. Following all the back and forth on Capitol Hill is Paul Singer, Washington correspondent for USA Today.
Spending Bill Has Something for Everyone but Nobody Likes It After years of gridlock and inaction, the Senate and Congress are taking up a massive, bipartisan package including $1.1 trillion in spending and $622 billion in taxes. The tax portion passed the House today, even though Speaker Paul Ryan had reservations. "Let me be the first to say, I don't think this is the way government should work. This is not the way appropriations should work... We played the cards that we were dealt with as best as we possibly could." Paul Singer is Washington correspondent for USA Today .
GOP Governors, House Leaders Move to Block Syrian Refugee Flow House Speaker Paul Ryan has joined Republican governors around the country who are warning that Syrian refugees may pose a danger to the United States. Paul Singer is political editor for USA Today .
Pope Francis Makes History on Capitol Hill Before a packed chamber today, Francis became the first Pope to address a joint meeting of the House and the Senate. Speaking slowly and in heavily accented English, Pope Francis said he was grateful for a historic invitation. He called for unity and denounced political and ideological “polarization”—but did not shy away from Washington's most divisive issues. They included abortion, same sex marriage and climate change — each provoking a standing ovation from a different part of the audience. Afterward, there was no handshaking with dignitaries: the Pope had a meeting with homeless people.
How Likely Is Another Government Shutdown? Congress has roughly 10 working days until the deadline to pass a budget — with time out for Jewish holidays and a speech by the Pope. The Iran nuclear deal, the Export-Import bank, the Highway Trust Fund, the debt limit and military spending are all waiting for action. But a single issue may get in the way, with tea party Republicans defying their own leaders unless Planned Parenthood is de-funded. If betting on politics was legal, the Washington Post says it would tell readers to, "Put some money on the government shutting down on October 1."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.