August 3, 2017

8-3-2017 Political Nuggets….


President Trump signed a bill that imposes new sanctions on Russia, despite calling it “seriously flawed.” He, along with two Republican senators, unveiled a plan to dramatically reduce legal immigration to the United States. At a White House press briefing, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller got into a heated exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over the proposal. National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster removedEzra Cohen-Watnickthe senior director for intelligence programs. Former FBI Director James Comey signed a book dealthe work, to be published next spring, will detail his experiences in government and his recent clashes with Trump.

Washington Brief

  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry is being considered by the White House to replace John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. (Bloomberg)
  • Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) will form a committee to explore running against Sen. Claire McCaskill next year, his spokesman said. McCaskill is considered one of the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats seeking reelection in 2018. (MorningConsult)
  • The Senate unanimously passed legislation that would increase veterans education benefits by more than $3 billion over the next 10 years. The bill now awaits Trump’s signature. (Politico)
  • The company owned by the family of Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner was subpoenaed in May by federal prosecutors in New York regarding its use of an investment-for-immigration program. The company faced public criticism that month when an image of Trump and connections to Kushner were featured in marketing materials. (The Wall Street Journal)

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