Top Grassley aide isn’t even pretending to take Kavanaugh assault allegation seriously

On Wednesday evening, Mike Davis, chief counsel for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), posted a tweet indicating he’s not even pretending to take Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh seriously. “Unfazed…

Jeff Sessions wants to detain asylum seekers indefinitely

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Wednesday he may overturn a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) precedent regarding bond for detained immigrants seeking asylum. Sessions is reviewing a BIA decision in the Matter of X-K, which held that immigration judges have the power to release certain detained migrants on bond….

Head of Trump administration’s Iran Action Group touts unoriginal strategy: More sanctions

With a speech before the conservative Hudson Institute on Wednesday morning, Brian Hook, head of the newly formed Iran Action Group, reiterated the Trump administration’s only policy on Iran: Sanctions. Sanctions against Iran, sanctions against anyone investing in Iran, and, of course, asking other countries…

Trump tried to explain why he won’t ask FBI to investigate Kavanaugh. It made no sense.

During a question-and-answer session with reporters outside the White House on Wednesday, President Trump was asked why he won’t order the FBI to investigate the sexual assault allegation made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The president’s rationale made no sense….

Federal judge rules Betsy DeVos’ delay of student protections was illegal

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that actions taken by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to stall protections for defrauded students were illegal. The Obama-era rule in question allows students who were defrauded by their colleges to receive student loan forgiveness. For-profit colleges, in particular, have been…

Pompeo vouches for Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen as millions of children starve

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday certified to Congress that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure” in Yemen. His certification of the Saudi and U.A.E. efforts allows the…

Trump says Florence is just ‘Mother Nature.’ A stunning new climate study says he’s wrong.

In his tweeted warning about Hurricane Florence Wednesday, President Trump said, “bad things can happen when you’re talking about a storm this size. It’s called Mother Nature.” The authors of a bombshell new analysis, “The human influence on Hurricane Florence,” disagree. They find that human-caused global…

Lawsuit alleges current Michigan State trustee covered up videotaped rape of patient by Nassar

Wednesday is the two-year anniversary of the Indianapolis Star publishing the first allegations of sexual abuse against former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, and even as he sits in prison serving multiple de-facto life sentences, new details about his serial sexual…

Trump deflects Puerto Rico criticism by attacking San Juan mayor

President Trump on Wednesday deflected criticism over his response to the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year by criticizing San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and suggesting she had been partially to blame for the humanitarian disaster. With Hurricane Florence set to make…