July 12, 2019

DOES HE NEVER TIRE OF WINNING?:

U.S. House passes $733 billion defense policy bill after Trump threatens veto (Mike Stone, 7/12/19, Reuters)

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $733 billion defense policy bill on Friday, defying President Donald Trump's veto threat by including provisions like a clampdown on funding for his planned wall on the border with Mexico.


U.S. appeals court judges spar with Trump lawyer over bid to block House subpoena (Jan Wolfe, 7/11/19, Reuters)

The three judges on the panel did not say how or when they would rule. But they repeatedly sparred with Trump's personal lawyer William Consovoy over his central argument that the subpoena is unconstitutional because it is "law enforcement" that would not further Congress' main task of enacting laws.

Judge David Tatel said the House is already working on legislation relating to presidential conflicts of interest and government ethics, and suggested that the financial records requested from Mazars are reasonably related to that effort.

"These bills have passed the House and are directly related to the subject of this subpoena," Tatel said.

Trump is reportedly 'eager' to fire Dan Coats (The Week, 7/12/19)

As Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns, yet another administration departure could be imminent.

President Trump has been telling confidants that he's "eager" to remove Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Axios reported on Friday. In fact, Trump has reportedly been saying he'd like to get rid of the entire Office of the Director of National Intelligence -- or at least "downsize" it, since he's been told scrapping the whole office isn't possible.

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