US and China extend trade talks; Xi-Trump meeting may follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators agreed Friday to extend high-level trade talks through the weekend, and President Donald Trump said he hoped to meet next month at his Florida resort with President Xi Jinping to try to finalize an agreement.The news followed two days of negotiations in Washington aimed at resolving a trade…

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Nolte: ‘Empire’ Cast Feel Betrayed, Want Jussie Smollett Fired

Believing he betrayed them and tainted their show forever, several cast members now want Jussie Smollett fired from Empire, reports TMZ. “We’re told many of the ‘Empire’ actors are ‘f**king furious’ and feel if FOX honchos don’t fire Jussie, he should quit on his own … because he doesn’t deserve a spot on the hit…

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House Dems introduce measure to revoke Trump border edict

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., immediately announced that a vote would come on Tuesday.The move sets up a fight that could result in Trump’s first veto.…

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Worry about US-SKorea alliance grows before Trump-Kim summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As President Donald Trump seeks a nuclear deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam, some in Seoul are wondering if the fate of Washington’s decades-long military alliance with South Korea could be at stake.Much of this worry is linked to Trump’s repeated assertions that the…

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North Carolina Poll: Donald Trump Trounces Democrats in 2020

A new survey of North Carolina voters shows President Donald Trump is particularly popular in the state, beating out every Democrat he was polled against in head-to-head match-ups in the 2020 presidential election–a strong sign for the president as he wades deeper into 2019 with a re-election campaign looming next year. NORTH CAROLINA2020 GE:Trump 43%…

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Trump ally Stone gets gag order after ‘crosshairs’ post

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge issued a broad gag order forbidding Roger Stone to discuss his criminal case with anyone and gave him a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant’s posting of a photo of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.She promised to throw him behind bars…

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Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan Calls Michael Cohen’s Testimony a ‘Charade’

Ohio representative Jim Jordan lambasted Democrats for “promoting an admitted liar,” Michael Cohen, in an attempt to jump-start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. “Giving a platform to Mr. Cohen is beneath the dignity of the Congress, and I am saddened that Democrats have sunk so low as to promote an admitted liar just to…

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IRS Analyst Charged for Leaking Michael Cohen’s Bank Records

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) analyst was charged Thursday for disclosing confidential information regarding the bank records of longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California charged John Fry with leaking a suspicious activity report (SAR), which financial institutions file upon spotting red flags associated…

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Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics

Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president’s supporters as bigots.The case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett encapsulates the polarized state of political discourse in America.With Smollett now accused…

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Donald Trump Calls for American Dominance in 5G Wireless Technology

President Donald Trump utilized Twitter on Thursday to urge American companies to move forward in the race for 5G wireless technology. “I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” Trump wrote. “It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up…

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Trump slams Jussie Smollett for smearing supporters with ‘racist and dangerous comments’

President Trump on Thursday slammed actor Jussie Smollett after police accused him of orchestrating a “bogus” hate-crime attack, saying the “racist and dangerous comments” insulted his supporters.“@JussieSmollett- what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA,” Trump tweeted Thursday.DEMS MUM ON SMOLLETT DEVELOPMENTSThe president’s tweet…

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3 experts explain the changes in the Trump tax law

Tax preparation is rarely easy, but this filing season comes with a unique set of complications.It’s the first year people are filing under the massive overhaul to tax law put in place by Congress in late 2017. Tax season also kicked off days after a partial government shutdown. Still, some taxpayers are feeling a bit…

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Advocates say US still separates migrant families needlessly

HOUSTON (AP) — Months after the Trump administration announced an end to its widescale separation of migrant parents and children, the policy remains a heated issue in the courts and at the border as critics contend the government is still needlessly breaking up immigrant families.The Texas Civil Rights Project released a report Thursday that counts…

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Trump’s policy toward Russia makes McCabe’s ‘asset’ question ‘harder to justify,’ columnist says

President Trump’s policy toward Russia since taking office appears to make it ‘harder to justify’ the comments that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe made, questioning whether or not Trump is a “Russian asset,” Eli Lake, a columnist for Bloomberg said.McCabe has detailed the origins of the counter-intelligence probe that the Department of Justice launched…

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Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution’s separation of powers.Though the effort seems almost certain to ultimately…

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