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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

A lawsuit against President Trump alleges he is violating the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses of the Constitution. PlaintiffsIf a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against the president, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents — perhaps including tax returns.

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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she’ll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She’s running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.


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Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

Laura Ingraham: Congresswoman present for Trump call to military widow should be ignored because of her hat

Laura Ingraham: Congresswoman present for Trump call to military widow should be ignored because of her hat

LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): None of us know what happened on that phone call, but I can tell you this, I would love to put [Rep.] Frederica Wilson [(D-FL)] on the stand and I would impeach her credibility in about 30 seconds. She is a virulent Trump hater, and a tea party hater, and a conservative hater. She has every right — She doesn’t agree with President Trump, that’s fine. But don’t hold her out as some paragon of credibility and an objective observer as to what happened.

[…]

INGRAHAM: How many of you give much credibility to the woman who walks around with a rhinestone cowboy hat that looks like it came from Dolly Parton’s costume closet? She wears like a green one, and it’s a — She’s trying to play [Rep.] Maxine Waters [(D-CA)] for the — She’s a combo of Maxine Waters and [Rep.] Sheila Jackson Lee [(D-TX)]. She’s very — I mean, I’m all for colorful dressing, but you dress like you came — you look like you came out of a carnival. This woman’s a nutbag. … She’s always on a tear about impeachment. So, she wants Trump impeached, and now she’s flapping her mouth about what happened in the car.

Related:

Wash. Post: Trump disputes account of his call with soldier’s widow. But congresswoman who heard exchange says it was ‘horrible.’

Previously:

Fox: Trump telling military widow her husband “knew what he signed up for” was “extremely special”

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Laura Ingraham: Congresswoman present for Trump call to military widow should be ignored because of her hat

Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

An NTSB investigation on a deadly hot air balloon crash in July 2016 found that the pilot had a "pattern of poor decision-making" and was impaired by drugs and medical conditions. Here, authorities block a road near the crash site in Maxwell, Texas.Investigators found the pilot was impaired by medical conditions and drugs including Valium, oxycodone and Benadryl. The FAA doesn’t require medical certification for commercial balloon operators.

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Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

For months, the United States, Canada and Mexico have been trying to rewrite terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But White House demands have led to frustrations that may threaten NAFTA.

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Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

Senators Reach Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets For 2 Years

Senators Reach Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets For 2 Years

Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., say they have a tentative agreement to appropriate the subsidies for the next two years, restore money used to encourage people to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans, and make it easier for states to design their own alternative health care systems.The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.

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Senators Reach Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets For 2 Years

On <em>Fox & Friends</em>, Avik Roy and Steve Doocy say just about every wrong thing about the ACA

On <em>Fox & Friends</em>, Avik Roy and Steve Doocy say just about every wrong thing about the ACA

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): I’m just wondering, and you’re an expert, is President Trump sabotaging Obamacare?

AVIK ROY: No. You know what’s funny, Steve? There’s this kind of political dynamic where the president wants to say he’s blown up or repealed Obamacare single-handedly, which he can’t do. And the Democrats want to scare people by saying, “well it’s Trump’s fault that the premiums are going up, not our fault.” And so, both sides have this incentive to say there’s this apocalypse going on. But, in fact, what the president did was actually very modest, very incremental, and very positive for the insurance markets.

DOOCY: OK, so we’re going to cross that off our list as not being accurate. Meanwhile, I want you to listen to a soundbite. Here is Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine talking about the disadvantaged getting subsidies. Listen to this:

[BEGIN VIDEO]

SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME): I’m very concerned about what the impact is going to be for people who make under 250 percent of the federal poverty level, because the funding that is available under the cost-sharing reductions is used to subsidize their out-of-pocket costs.

[END VIDEO]

DOOCY: OK, so you say the Republican senator from Maine is absolutely wrong?

ROY: Yeah, it’s just she’s factually wrong. That’s not how the cost-sharing subsidies work. The way it works is Obamacare requires, the law requires insurers to offer these very low deductible products to people whose incomes are near the poverty line. And then the Obama administration, through the back door, was subsidizing it illegally. So all Trump did was end those illegal subsidies. But, the fact is, there will still be financial assistance so that those individuals can afford their insurance. Their deductibles and their premiums won’t change one cent. Not one cent.

DOOCY: Finally, we want you to talk about the fact that a million times we’ve heard people say premiums are going to skyrocket. What do you say to that?

ROY: Well, premiums have skyrocketed over the last four years. Since Obamacare started, premiums on average have doubled and tripled and quadrupled for many people. So, what’s going to happen this coming year? No, the financial assistance that Obamacare has will kick in to make sure that again, people who are eligible for those subsidies they won’t pay a cent higher.

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On <em>Fox & Friends</em>, Avik Roy and Steve Doocy say just about every wrong thing about the ACA

Texas Trucker Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Of Undocumented Immigrants Leading To Deaths

Texas Trucker Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Of Undocumented Immigrants Leading To Deaths

Truck driver James Matthew Bradley Jr. arrives at the federal courthouse for a hearing in San Antonio in July.Federal authorities say the case is a “glaring reminder” of the dangers of human smuggling across the Southern border. The driver is to be sentenced in January.

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Texas Trucker Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Of Undocumented Immigrants Leading To Deaths