Archive for Michael Burg

Fight for Border Wall Approaches in Attempt to Avoid Shutdown

Battles over finding money to pay the construction of a U.S./Mexico border wall, the Obamacare subsidies and more resources for U.S. military threaten to be problematic for congressional negotiations over the funding bill that would stave off a shutdown of the government on Friday. Bipartisan negotiators are weeks into working methodically through different issues to […]

President Trump Attempting To Repeal ACA Again

Approaching his 100th day in office without any action taken on Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump is back to pushing for a vote on a House bill that would roll back the law established in 2010. However, even as Republicans in the House and White House officials continue discussing possible changes […]

Jon Ossoff Misses Outright Victory in House Race in Georgia

Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is attempting for the first time to gain elective office, came up just short of an outright win in a Georgia House district that is heavily conservative. That has scared Republicans in the special election for state congress that was seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump. Ossoff won 48.1% […]

Vice President Pence Says North Korea Should Not Test U.S. Resolve

On Monday, United States Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea it could receive the same treatment as Afghanistan and Syria, both of which the White House bombed recently, if it were to continue with its nuclear testing program. The stern warning, delivered by the vice president in Seoul following his visit to the demilitarized […]

Trump’s Back and Forth on Economics

The economic policy announcements by President Donald Trump this week have been nothing short of back and forth, twisting and turning and flipping and flopping. From the currency manipulation by the Chinese to his choice as the Federal Reserve head, Trump has contradicted statements he made while on the presidential campaign trail. By doing so, […]

Economists: U.S. Economy Needs Immigrants

In a letter sent to President Donald Trump and top leaders in Congress on Wednesday, close to 1,500 economists outlined the benefits brought into the U.S. economy by immigrants and urged the U.S. Congress to modernize the immigration system in the country. The letter stated that immigration was one of the significant competitive advantages the […]

White House Returns to Square One With Tax Reform

President Donald Trump has returned to square one with his tax reform as he seeks wide-ranging support from Republicans beyond legislation to give the tax systems an overhaul. Officials in the White House said that it was now unlikely an overhaul in taxes would meet the deadline of August set by Secretary Mnuchin. The Trump […]

Government Wants to Know Trump Critic on Twitter

Twitter on Thursday filed a lawsuit to block that order it received from Homeland Security seeking the microblogging site to reveal its user of an account that has been very critical of the immigration policies of President Donald Trump’s administration. Tweets from account – @ALT_uscis – seem to indicate it is operated by a person […]

Susan Rice Denies leaking Names of Officials in Intelligence Reports

Former national security adviser under President Barack Obama Susan Rice said on Tuesday she absolutely never looked to uncover names of Trump campaign and transition officials for political purposes who were concealed in intercepts by intelligence and said suggestions she leaked their identities were completely false. Rice said she did not leak anything to anybody […]

Senate Facing Showdown over Nomination of Neil Gorsuch

The Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch faces its most dramatic week to date as senators are preparing to make important votes that could cause a splintering of the chamber and a divisive change in the rules imposed by the Republicans that would ensure that by Friday they can confirm him to the high court. […]

Ex-Trump Advisor Michael Flynn Seeking Immunity

Former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, is seeking immunity to give testimony on the alleged meddling by Russia in the November election, said his lawyers. One of his attorneys said Flynn has a story to tell however he needs to guard against any unfair prosecution. The allegations are being investigated by […]

Challenges on Rollback of Climate Policies to Come

Opponents of the decision by President Donald Trump to rollback policies of climate change put in place by former President Barack Obama say they are going to organize a campaign to pursue legal means to challenge it. New York and California issued one joint statement that said they were continuing to fight climate change. Environmental […]

President Trump Creating American Innovation Office

President Donald Trump on Monday will unveil a new agency in the White House named the Office of American Innovation that will be run by Jared Kushner his son-in-law. The agency will have extensive powers of overhauling procedures at a federal level and possibly privatize certain responsibilities now held by the government, through collective ideas […]

Republicans in Senate Vote to Repeal Rules on Internet Privacy

Lawmakers from the GOP moved on Thursday to tear down landmark protections covering Internet privacy for consumers in a first decisive strike against technology and telecommunications regulations created under the Barack Obama administration and what is looked at as the beginning of more deregulation. In a vote of 50-48 that was partisan voting, the Republican […]

Sanctuary Cities Being Named by Trump Administration

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security released its initial report to the public that names counties that refused to honor requests by the federal government to detain those who are suspected of violating the U.S. immigration laws. DHS’ Immigration and Custom Enforcement or ICE issued almost 3,100 requests of that kind from January 28 […]

FBI Director Comey Testifying Monday on Russian Interference

FBI Director James Comey and Head of National Security Agency Michael Rogers will testify Monday on the conclusion reached by the intelligence community that Russia interfered win the presidential election of 2016, and they will face questions related to possible collusion between the Kremlin and associates of current President Donald Trump. The hearing will be […]

President Trump Promised Infrastructure Spending, But Cut It

In the recently released budget that President Donald Trump proposed there are cuts to or elimination of a number of key infrastructure programs even though he vowed repeatedly to increase spending for roads, utilities along with other important facilities. The budget director for Trump said Trump’s administration would uphold the pledge the president made for […]

Conservative Site Only Media Outlet on Trip With Tillerson

Rex Tillerson the U.S. Secretary of State is on a trip to Asia accompanied by just one reporter, a correspondent at the White House from IJR the Independent Journal Review, on online outlet that was founded during 2012 by former political operatives who are Republican. In a prepared statement, the IJR announced on Tuesday that […]

Senator John McCain Calls for President to Clarify Claim of Wiretapping

On Sunday, Arizona Senator John McCain said that President Donald Trump should substantiate or retract the claim he made that he was wire-tapped by President Barack Obama during the final weeks of Trump’s presidential campaign prior to his election to the White House. McCain also said he expects there will be more to come related […]

After Debate of 27 Hours, Second Committee Oks Repeal of Obamacare

Late Thursday a second committee in the House of Representatives approved the Obamacare repeal legislation from the Republican Party. President Donald Trump used deal making skills that helped him reach the White House to build the momentum behind the bill amidst a growing worry amongst prominent GOP members that fast tracking this measure might end […]

Hawaii Planning to Sue Over New Travel Ban by President Trump

The U.S. state of Hawaii will ask a judge to block the revised Presidential executive order that bars issuance of new visas to people from six nations that are Muslim-majority, according to a filing of a document in court. Lawyers from Hawaii hope to make the filing on Wednesday and it would mark the first […]

New Travel Ban by President Trump Could be Announced Monday

It is expected that President Donald Trump would sign his latest executive order as early as Monday that suspends admissions of refugees and bans the entry of people from six countries that are Muslim-majority. The new order was revised from the original that Trump signed during late January and argues the move was needed to […]

Hackers Accessed Private Email of Mike Pence While He Was Governor

Vice President Mike Pence, while the Indiana Governor, used a private email account, which later was compromised his office confirmed on Thursday. The account’s existence was reported after an Indianapolis newspaper obtained copies of emails sent by Pence through a request of the Freedom of Information act. The paper wrote that Pence had used the […]

President Trump’s First Address Optimistic

President Donald Trump delivered his first address to Congress on Tuesday. In his address, he defended his presidency and said he wanted to reach across the party lines and put trivial fights aside to help Americans. He asked Congress to work on overhauling healthcare with him, changing tax code as well as rebuilding the military […]

Trump Asking for Steep Increases in Spending for Military

On Monday, President Donald Trump instructed federal agencies to assemble a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year that would include steep increases in spending by the Department of Defense and drastic cuts for many domestic agencies so he can maintain one of his campaign promises not to touch Medicare and Social Security, said four […]