Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 20, 2019, 11:11 PM GMT By Suzy Khimm The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken a step toward tougher health and safety inspections of taxpayer-subsidized housing, amid recent reports of substandard living conditions at the properties. HUD said it would provide landlords only 14 days' advance notice that it would be conducting an inspection, rather a heads-up of up to three or four months. The agency described its decision as a “dramatic” change that would discourage cosmetic, last-minute repairs to housing for low-income Americans, according to a press release issued Wednesday. HUD first floated the idea of tightening the inspection notification window in a meeting with industry stakeholders in late November, two weeks after NBC News published an investigation into the broken inspection process. … [Read more...] about HUD toughens housing inspections to prevent landlords from ‘gaming the system’
The officials who objected included White House lawyers and H.R. McMaster, then the chief of the National Security Council, according to the report, which cited documents obtained by the committee and accounts of unnamed whistle-blowers. The officials called for a halt in the nuclear sales discussions in 2017, citing potential conflicts of interest, national security risks and legal hurdles. … [Read more...] about Trump appointees promoted nuclear sales to Saudis despite security and ethics objections, House Democrats say
Running for president during her first term in the Senate, as did Obama, and being a biracial lawyer nearly guaranteed Harris-Obama comparisons. Back in 2009, while Harris was running for California attorney general, the late Gwen Ifill identified her as part of a rising generation of black leaders in her book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” … [Read more...] about The Obama primary: Which Democrat can claim his legacy in 2020?
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 15, 2019, 9:16 PM GMT / Updated Feb. 15, 2019, 9:19 PM GMT By Kristen Welker, Geoff Bennett and Dareh Gregorian White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged on Friday that she's been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. "The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them,” she said in a statement. Sanders has been critical of the Mueller investigation, echoing her boss's contention that it's a "witch hunt." The interview, which was first reported by CNN, took place late last year, around the same time then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly met with investigators from Mueller's office, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News. The White House initially pushed back against … [Read more...] about White House press secretary Sarah Sanders interviewed by special counsel Mueller’s office
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 15, 2019, 12:30 PM GMT / Updated Feb. 15, 2019, 5:47 PM GMT By Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON — Congress knew President Donald Trump thought there was a border crisis when it voted to curb his wall Thursday. In the arcane language of House and Senate appropriators, endorsed by veto-proof majorities in both chambers, lawmakers said Trump could have no more than $1.375 billion to build 55 new miles of steel fencing. They specifically cited the risk to law enforcement in banning him from constructing solid walls. It was a resounding and explicit rejection of the idea that there is a national emergency requiring billions of dollars to build a border wall. And that judgment was rendered at a time when Trump has been making a very public case — in speeches, interviews and tweets — that there is a "humanitarian and … [Read more...] about Trump’s declaring a national emergency to get his wall. He’s forcing a constitutional crisis.