WASHINGTON — It's easy to read the Senate's vote Thursday against a "precipitous withdrawal" from either Syria or Afghanistan as a major, bipartisan whack at President Donald Trump, who has announced his intent to bring American troops home from both nations as quickly as possible. After all, the amendment was sponsored by Trump's floor general in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the vote Thursday — on whether to end debate and move to a final vote — secured support from 68 senators, including the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Even Trump seemed to take it as a reprimand. But it might be just the kind of slap on the wrist that gives Trump the go-ahead — both politically and in policy terms — to move forward. Critics of the president's calls to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan worry that, in the absence of American forces, bad actors will be empowered. That could lead to greater … [Read more...] about Trump got a wrist slap by the Senate on troop withdrawals. That’s a green light.
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Elana Schor and Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press Updated 9:38 pm PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, waves to the crowd during an organizing event at Curate event space in Des Moines, Iowa. Some of the Democrats considering running for president in 2020 say they plan to ignore personal needling from President Donald Trump. less FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, waves to the crowd during an organizing event at Curate event space in Des Moines, Iowa. Some of the Democrats considering running for ... more Photo: Matthew Putney, AP Photo: Matthew Putney, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, waves … [Read more...] about 2020 Democrats face a choice: Fight Trump or ignore him?
By Janet Hook WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a central figure in the Democratic Party’s debate about the #MeToo movement, is preparing to join a 2020 presidential primary contest that features a record number of women in the wake of the midterm election tidal wave of female candidates. Gillibrand, 52, is expected to announce formation of a presidential exploratory committee on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday night, in advance of a weekend trip to Iowa, where the first 2020 Democratic contest will be held. She will join a rapidly growing field that for the first time will offer Democrats a wide choice among female candidates. Hillary Clinton in 2016 faced an all-male Democratic field before she became the first woman to win a major party nomination. Disappointment over her upset loss to Donald Trump and continuing debate over why she failed is already shadowing the efforts of women who now follow. The 2020 lineup already includes … [Read more...] about Kirsten Gillibrand to enter presidential race featuring record number of women
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that she would file paperwork on Tuesday night to explore a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2020 election. Colbert, during the taping of an episode that will air on Tuesday night, asked Gillibrand, who has been taking the steps to begin a presidential campaign, if she had anything she would like to announce. "Yes," the lawmaker from New York said. "I'm filing an exploratory committee for president of the United States tonight." The formation of an exploratory committee will allow Gillibrand, 52, who is known for spearheading efforts to change how Congress handles allegations of sexual harassment and became a prominent voice in the #MeToo movement, to begin fundraising and organizing her campaign. "I’m going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my … [Read more...] about Anti-Trump Senator Gillibrand to launch 2020 White House bid
"I believe it is vitally important that the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation," Barr is expected to tell the committee, according to a released copy of his opening remarks. "If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, personal interests, or any other improper consideration to interfere with this or any other investigation. I will follow the special counsel regulations scrupulously and in good faith, and on my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work." He adds, "I also believe it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel's work. For that reason, my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law. I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decision." But two hours before Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary … [Read more...] about Trump’s pick for AG says he’ll protect the Mueller probe. But what if his boss disagrees?