Posts tagged as Congress

NATO chief faces alliance’s fractures and foes in address to Congress

Thursday, April 4, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg used an unprecedented address to Congress on Wednesday to acknowledge strains in the pact and to add pressure on Russia to return to compliance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. His remarks, as NATO celebrates its 70th anniversary, vaguely touched on President Donald Trump’s questioning of the value of NATO and admitted the strength of the alliance is in question, amid divisions over trade, energy, climate change and the Iran…

Whistleblower: White House reversed dozens of security clearance denials

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A White House whistleblower has told members of Congress that Donald Trump’s administration overturned more than two dozen denials for security clearances, often ignoring the guidance of intelligence officials. Tricia Newbold, a White House security adviser holding nearly two decades of experience with clearances, made the allegations during an interview with the House Oversight and Reform Committee last month, according to a letter and memo released Monday by Elijah Cummings…

As Europe worries about Trump, congressional leaders invite NATO head for joint address

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is joining with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other congressional leaders to extend a rare, bipartisan invitation to NATO’s secretary general to address a joint session of Congress next month, Pelosi’s office announced Monday. McConnell and Pelosi had held quiet talks about the idea of an invitation to Jens Stoltenberg as they eye ways to honor NATO as it celebrates its 70th anniversary…

Speed cameras are very bad idea for Pennsylvania: Letters to the editor

Saturday, March 9, 2019

The safety argument for speed cameras has been debunked. Studies have shown speed camera areas having an increase in crashes or the cameras had no effect. In the United Kingdom, a substantial increase in crashes was seen due to panic braking. Act 86 of 2018 puts speed cameras on interstates, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, federal-aid highways and U.S. Route 1, and gives the state police radar guns. That part is not…

Congress has new questions for Donald Trump Jr

By John Santucci on Friday, March 8, 2019

Congressional investigators are making plans to ask Donald Trump Jr. to return to Capitol Hill, in part, to ask why he told lawmakers under oath that he knew “very little” about a deal with Russian developers in 2016 to put the Trump brand on a skyscraper in Moscow, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News. Sworn testimony from the president’s eldest son appears to conflict with testimony from former Trump Organization attorney…

The five key takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union address

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday before a divided Congress and the American electorate, urging unity despite giving a speech that often reflected the country’s bitterly polarized political climate. The president attempted to cast his agenda as bipartisan amid rising tensions over immigration following the longest government shutdown in US history last month. Trump’s remarks came as the White House and Democrats in Congress remain gridlocked…

Countering Russian disinformation the Baltic nations’ way

By Terry Thompson on Saturday, January 12, 2019

As the new Congress begins, it will soon discuss the comprehensive reports to the U.S. Senate on the disinformation campaign of half-truths, outright fabrications and misleading posts made by agents of the Russian government on social media in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. After years of anemic responses to Russian influence efforts, official U.S. government policy now includes taking action to combat disinformation campaigns sponsored by Russia or…

Turkey will use S-400s if necessary, President Erdoğan says

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Turkey will use the S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries it plans to acquire from Russia “if necessary,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on June 11. “We will not just buy the S-400s and place them in a storehouse. We will use them if need be. This is a defense system. What are we going to do with it if not use this defense system? Are we going to depend on…

Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

Monday, May 21, 2018

President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September. Trump tweeted Sunday: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or…