AG Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he’ll begin punishing sanctuary cities, withholding potentially billions of dollars in federal money — and even clawing back funds that had been doled out in the past. Speaking at the White House, Mr. Sessions said his department is preparing to dole out more than $4 billion in funds this year, but will try prevent any of it from going to sanctuaries. “Countless Americans would be alive today … if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended,” Mr. Sessions said. He said he’s carrying out a policy laid out by the Obama administration last year, which identified three grant programs — the COPS grants, Byrne grants and State Criminal Alien Assistance Program money — that already require sanctuary certification. The Obama administration didn’t end up enforcing that policy, but Mr. Sessions said he’ll begin. Sanctuaries are jurisdictions that thwart federal immigration agents’ efforts to deport

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Kushner to lead new WH office focused on using business ideas to fix gov’t bureaucracy

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will be tapped to lead a new White House office that will effort to use business solutions to fix “government stagnation”, a senior White House official told Fox News Sunday. “We can confirm we are making an announcement tomorrow to establish the White House office of American Innovation and look forward to sharing additional details,” the official said. The office will be filled by former business executives and seeks to bring in new thinking to Washington, the Washington Post reported. The Post first reported that Kushner would head the new office. “We should have excellence in government,” Kushner said. “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.” Trump told the newspaper that the office would focus on fixing “government stagnation.” It will have the

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Pirro: Speaker Ryan Must Step Down After ObamaCare Replacement Failure

In her Opening Statement on Saturday, Judge Jeanine Pirro said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) must step down from his position as Speaker of the House. Pirro said that after seven years of working on a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the legislation Ryan and his leadership team designed still ultimately failed in a Republican-majority House. She also said President Trump does not deserve the blame for the American Health Care Act’s failure. “This bill didn’t just fail,” Pirro said on “Justice.” “It failed when the Republicans had the House, the Senate, [and] the White House.” She criticized Ryan for presenting a failed bill that required President Trump to expend precious political capital to defend and try to accomplish its passage. “Americans elected the one man they believed could do it,” she said. “And, Speaker Ryan, you come in will all your swagger and experience and sell him a bill

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Rand Paul used tips from ‘the Art of the Deal’ to defeat Trump’s replacement bill

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he was still optimistic for the repeal of Obamacare after being one of the foremost critics that helped defeat the GOP replacement bill Friday. He also talked about how he encouraged the Freedom Caucus to defeat the bill by using tips from President Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.” He made the comments to Eric Bolling on Fox News. “I want to show our audience a little piece of tape from earlier in the week,” Bolling said, “where you actually went to the House Freedom Caucus side, and I guess you were teaching them the ‘Art of the Deal.’” “I brought you all a gift tonight,” Paul said to the Freedom Caucus. “‘The Art of the Deal.’ I do think it’s important as we go into this that we realize we have enormous power, actually you guys, have enormous power if you stick together.

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Chuck Schumer says Democrats will work with Trump on health care – on one condition

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted Trump’s incompetence over the GOP health care bill’s implosion, but said that Democrats were willing to work with him to fix Obamacare – as long as repeal was off the table. “There were two problems,” he explained to Wolf Blitzer on CNN Friday, “two reasons this failed, that President Trump, once is incompetence.” “I’ve never seen such incompetence,” he added. “They put together a bill that doesn’t have the support of so many of their own party. Nobody, hardly anyone on the outside opposed it, AARP, uh supported it, AARP against it, AMA against, hospitals against it, nurses against it. And second, you can’t, and this is a lesson for them for the future – you cannot govern from the hard right. The only people who really benefited were the very very wealthy.” Senator Chuck Schumer: One reason bill failed, “I've never seen

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Trump disappointed in bill failure, blames Democrats in remarks from White House

President Trump addressed the nation from the White House soon after the vote for the “American Health Care Act” bill was pulled Friday. He told reporters that he was disappointed in the Freedom Caucus, but blamed Democrats for not pursuing Obamacare fixes in a bipartisan fashion. “We were very close,” he began, “it was a very very tight margin. We have no Democrat support. We have no votes from the Democrats, they weren’t gonna give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.” “I’ve been saying for the last year and half that the best thing we could do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” he continued, “it is exploding right now. It’s, many states have big problems, almost all states have big problems. So, what would be really good with no Democrat support, if the Democrats, when it explodes, which it will soon, if they

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Healthcare Bill Pulled by GOP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At approximately the time that the U.S. House of Representatives was supposed to vote on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare replacement bill—the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—news broke that the vote had again been canceled. CNN reported that the bill was pulled at President Donald Trump’s request despite earlier reports that the President wanted a vote—whether or not the bill had the votes to pass. Later reports indicated it was Ryan who urged Trump that the bill needed to be pulled. It was unclear as of Friday afternoon who was ultimately responsible for the decision to pull the bill. The vote was previously scheduled for Thursday evening, but was canceled within hours of the White House assuring that there would be a vote.  Vice President Mike Pence had canceled Friday plans to travel and promote the AHCA in two states to remain in Washington, D.C. and work with

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HOUSE SETS RISKY HEALTH CARE VOTE AFTER TRUMP DEMANDS IT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House steered toward a climactic vote Friday on the Republican health care overhaul, plunging ahead despite deep uncertainty over whether they had the votes to prevail in what loomed as a monumental gamble for President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in Congress. Debate began after White House officials told fractious GOP lawmakers at a Thursday night meeting at the Capitol that Trump was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and would move on to the rest of his agenda, win or lose. “We have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it’s collapsing and it’s failing families. And tomorrow we’re proceeding,” House Speaker Paul Ryan tersely told reporters after scheduling what loomed as the most momentous vote to date for Trump and for the Wisconsin Republican’s own speakership. The vote stood as an early crossroads in Trump’s young

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LONG ISLAND MAN CHARGED IN SEX ASSAULT OF TODDLER, 2 STABBINGS WAS DEPORTED 4 TIMES

Breaking through the following outlet: Eyewitness News Thursday, March 23, 2017 05:31PM HEMPSTEAD, Long Island (WABC) — Police have arrested a Long Island man who has been previously deported multiple times in connection with the sexual assault of a toddler and the stabbings of a woman outside a bar and the child’s mother on the same night. Nassau County police say 31-year-old Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura, of Hempstead, was home with the 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son of an acquaintance, as well as another tenant who was watching the children while their mother was at work. Authorities say the 2-year-old was heard crying as Alvarado-Ventura left the residence at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, before he apparently headed to El Mariachi Loco bar on Fulton Avenue. There, he allegedly got into a fight around 2:20 a.m. that police say was unprovoked and with a female he did not know. The 24-year-old woman with

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Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News. Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretappedhim in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4. The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

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