Senate Banking Committee advances nomination of Jerome Powell to become chair of the Federal Reserve board of governors

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18 February 2018
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[email protected]: Join me this Friday in Pensacola, Florida at the Pensacola Bay Center! Tickets:
Readout just issued by @WhiteHouse says @POTUS, in calls today to Middle East leaders, "discussed potential decisions regarding Jerusalem."
Ex-U.S. defense secretary open to nuclear armament of South Korea, Japan
Sanders announced Pres Trump to visit Mississippi on Saturday to mark its Statehood Bicentennial. Will take part in grand openings of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
Sarah Sanders says that she's "not aware of any plan" for Trump to release his tax returns to show how the GOP tax bill would affect him personally, despite Trump claiming he wouldn't benefit from it.
[email protected] says the low border crossing is another success story for the administration
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@WhiteHouse @POTUS @PressSec @realDonaldTrump @DeutscheBank @PressSec reiterates that the reports are "totally false."
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"The administration supported the RNC's decision" to resume funding @MooreSenate campaign in ALSen, says @PressSec.
Sarah Sanders says that the White House still considers Trump's tweets to be official statements.
A number of factors weighed into @POTUS decision on embassy, replies @PressSec when asked about concern for an outbreak of violence in the Middle East.
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"There's no collusion, there's no obstruction," says @PressSec.
[email protected] says White House still considers President Trump's tweets official statements, after President Trump's lawyer claimed he drafted Trump's weekend tweet about Flynn.
@PressSec: "I refer you back to John Dowd's clarification."
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"I'm not aware of those specifics," says @PressSec when asked what day @POTUS found out @GenFlynn lied to the @FBI.
[email protected] says a shutdown is a possibility but she hopes it doesn't happen
Media going "too far and too fast," adds @PressSec.
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@WhiteHouse @POTUS @PressSec "Completely false" that Special Counsel issued subpoena for @realDonaldTrump records from @DeutscheBank, says @PressSec.
On whether President Trump knew Michael Flynn lied to the FBI when he fired him, @PressSec says "the president knew that he lied to the vice president, and that was the reason for his firing."
On supporting @MooreSenate, Sanders says Pres Trump still feels if allegations are true, Moore should step aside, but it's up to the people of Alabama to judge. Says Pres would rather have someone who supports his agenda.
Press Sec. Sanders tells @CeciliaVega she hasn't asked President Trump about pardoning Michael Flynn, "because I don't feel that it's necessary until we get further down the road and determine whether or not that's even something needed."
[email protected] said she hasn't spoken to @POTUS about the potential pardoning of Michael Flynn
"Great deal of concern" at @WhiteHouse about whether Special Counsel Mueller's team is biased against @POTUS, answers @PressSec.
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[email protected]: "Tomorrow, @POTUS will deliver remarks regarding [calling Jerusalem capital of Israel decision]."
@PressSec: "The president, I would say, is pretty solid in his thinking at this point" on decision to move embassy.
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[email protected]: "Tomorrow, @FLOTUS and @SecondLady will travel to Texas to continue their efforts in assisting those affected by this year's devastating hurricane season."
@PressSec: "I'm not going to get ahead of the president's remarks that he'll make tomorrowultimately he'll make what he feels is the best decision for the United States."
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[email protected]: "POTUS will visit Mississippi on Saturday, where they are celebrating the state's bicentennial, 200 years of statehood."
[email protected] asked if Tillerson is on board with Jerusalem change: it is ultimately the president's decision.
First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence to Visit Texas for Continued Hurricane Relief
[email protected]: "This is nothing compared to what it will be over a period of years. It's happening a lot faster than anyone projected."
[email protected] on families visiting to talk tax reform: These are great families that are doing well and now they are doing much better, maybe much better than ever before. A lot of changes have taken place over the last 10 months and we're very happy to have all of you here."
[email protected] provides an update on Secretary Tillerson's visit to Brussels, including meetings with Belgium's Prime Minister @CharlesMichel, EU High Commissioner Representative @federicamog, and @NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg and his participation in NATO Foreifn Ministers meeting
Chuck Schumer: Hooray for the 2018 Olympic Committee. Putin is a bully and the only way to stop him is to stand up to him.
Roy Moore says George Soros' agenda is "not American culture," adding that "no matter how much money he's got, he's still going to the same place that people who don't recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going."
"That's a very interesting hat," he tells State Senator from North Dakota involved in coal mining thanking him for tax and regulatory reform. Tells her China is ordering lots of US coal.
"Someday you might be president, you never know," Trump tells youngster on Dad's lap in the Oval Office.
One family presents Pres Trump with a wooden flag, made by their Veteran-owned company of woodworkers.
"I have made the decision to retireeffective today," Rep. John Conyers writes House leadership. The long-serving lawmaker faced calls to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Trump meets with families about the benefits of the tax cut bill. Declines to respond when asked if he plans to pardon Mike Flynn.
McConnell says the Senate would have to swear in Moore if he wins, but again says ethics probe likely
McConnell says he had hoped Roy Moore would withdraw; says if Moore wins, will likely face immediate ethics probe
Saudi king warns 'dangerous' US Jerusalem embassy move would provoke Muslims
Doug Jones: "I damn sure believe that I have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail and not the United States Senate."
Pentagon watchdog: Military failed to report nearly a third of criminal data to FBI database
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"We are on the brink of a real war on the Korean peninsula," says Russia Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.
@SenGillibrand: It's a complete travesty that Dreamers must be forced to wait and see if our Republican-controlled Congress has the guts to stand up to the president and do what's right and humane.
On his endorsement of Roy Moore, President Trump tells: "We don't want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama, believe me. We want strong borders, we want stopping crime. We want to have the things that we represent."
Doug Jones quotes his closing argument from prosecuting two KKK members for church bombing: "It's never too late for the truth to be told. It's never too late for a man to held accountable for his crimes."
@IvankaTrump: Per @CommerceGov Women In STEM update Computer Science has become much more male dominated over the past 6 years with men more than 2x as likely as women to have countryside degrees (despite the fact that women earn 23% more in STEM jobs than elsewhere).
Job approval rating for @realDonaldTrump stuck at 35%, according to poll.
[email protected] on tax reform: "I think something is going to be coming out of conference pretty quickly as opposed to long termWe're all on the same page."
[email protected]: "There's a great spirit in the Republican Party like I've never seen before - like a lot of people said they have never seen before. They have never seen anything like this community."
"Thank all of you for what you do. It's an honor for me to lead @StateDept. You make me proud every day. I'm inspired by every one of you when I come to work every day." - Secretary Tillerson to the staff and families of US Tri-Mission in Brussels
@NancyPelosi: Whether you are fighting to protect domestic violence survivors or are looking to protect local public safety decisions, the answer is clear: we must StopCCR.
The start time for the daily @WhiteHouse briefing with @PressSec has again been pushed back 30 minutes, now set for 15:00 EST (20:00 GMT)
Steve Bannon returns today as a regular host of the Breitbart News Daily radio show. "Bannon will also lead Breitbart's mid-term election coverage on the Patriot channel, as well as the 2020 presidential campaign," SiriusXM says.
Trump on tax reform bill, says of House-Senate talks: "let's come out with something where everything is perfecto"
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[email protected]: "We don't want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama, believe me."
@realDonaldTrump asked if Robert Mueller crossed a red line by issuing subpoenas to Deutsche Bank. His response: "Thank you"
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[email protected]: "We have trade deficits with virtually every country in the world and that's going to change. It's already changing."
Trump asked why he decided to formally endorse Roy Moore. "I think he's going to do very well. We don't want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama - believe me."
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[email protected]: Yesterday, I was thrilled to be with so many WONDERFUL friends, in Utah's MAGNIFICENT Capitol. It was my honor to sign two Presidential Proclamations that will modify the national monuments designations of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante
Trump: "We have tremendous losses with Mexico and losses with Canada covered by NAFTA," says in remarks with @GOP senators at the table. "We have trade deficits with everybodyit's going to be changing fast."
Trump: "We'll be talking about health care, we'll be talking about other subjectswe're all on the same page. There's a great spirit in the Republican Party."
Schiff says that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee blocked a request to subpoena Trump-related bank records from Duetsche Bank, says it's a "troubling double-standard" after Republicans subpoenaed Fusion GPS-related bank records.
Sen Dianne Feinstein: Reports indicate the president will move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I wrote him last week to explain why that would be a terrible decision.
@NancyPelosi: Those who seek to reverse the remarkable progress we've made continue to seek justification for their flagrant, hateful discrimination.
@NancyPelosi: The true story of America is a story that celebrates the constant march of progress toward full and equal rights for all people. Yet the rights of LGBT ppl remain under attack across the country.
GOP rumblings on the CR (stopgap budget) - House Rules postpones work on the CR until tomorrow
Bernie Sanders: Unbelievable but true: Republicans in Congress want tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires at the same time that they want to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security for struggling seniors.
Fox News has obtained a photo of Peter Strzok, the longtime FBI deputy fired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller over his bias against President Trump
Special Counsel Mueller's office releases expenditures for its investigation from May 17 to Sept. 30
Special Counsel has spent $3,213,695.
Longest-serving member of US Congress Conyers retires after sex harassment claims
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"The President has calls scheduled this morning with Prime Minister Netanyahu, King Abdullah of Jordan and Palestinian Authority President Abbas. We will have a readout on these calls later today," says @PressSec.
Senate Banking Committee advances nomination of Jerome Powell to become chair of the Federal Reserve board of governors
DC police report says Russia Today founder Mikhail Lesin's mysterious death was from him hitting his head after falling over in his hotel while on a brutal drinking binge
Both @Bloomberg and @Reuters are reporting that Special Counsel Mueller has issued a subpoena to @DeutscheBank for documents on its relationship with @realDonaldTrump and his family
Poland's PiS may sack PM Szydlo, replace with finance minister: sources
Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: source
Trump decision on Jerusalem embassy delayed until after Monday: White House
McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows
Special counsel prosecutors say Paul Manafort had been ghostwriting an editorial about his political work in Ukraine as recently as Nov. 30, working with a Russian with ties to Russian intelligence
Special counsel urges judge to deny Paul Manafort's request to lift home arrest, says he recently ghostwrote draft op-ed with a Russian tied to intelligence services - court filing
U.S Supreme Court allows full enforcement of President Trump travel ban affecting residents of six mostly Muslim countries.
The @DeptofDefense official adds that the US approach towards Pakistan is based on conditions, not timelines, cautioning, however, "our patience is not unlimited."
Mattis has "too much respect for Pakistan's military to believe they can't or won't" address US concerns about militants and he came away from the meetings "confident and optimistic."
Talks between US Defense Secretary Mattis and officials in Pakistan were "straightforward" and "focused on rebuilding trust," says a senior @DeptofDefense official, according to @GalloVOA. "Rather than present a list of charges" Mattis focused on finding common ground.
Feinstein has requested additional documents and interviews from Maria Butina, Rick Dearborn, and Rick Clay related to efforts by Alexander Torshin to arrange a meeting between Putin and Trump
FBI supervisor removed from Special Counsel's Office reportedly interviewed Michael Flynn - @SaraCarterDC
In defense of @POTUS actions, WH says US Presidents have "modified the boundaries to remove lands from national monuments 18 times in the past." WH cites Woodrow Wilson in 1915 when he "halved Mount Olympus National Monument, which is now a National Park."
Bush 43 W.H. ethics chief Richard Painter on MSNBC: "I think it's an embarrassment when you have people like Alan Dershowitz going out there, shilling for the president, and encouraging him to flout the law and flout the constitution of the United States."
@SenGillibrand: I will not vote for any long-term spending bill unless Congress acts to protect our Dreamers. This is a matter of respecting basic human rights and human dignity.
"If I was a foreign minister in the Maghreb I'd wonder how reliable the United States is" after @POTUS tweeted "Rogue vile, Islamophobic, pseudo videos that demean and degrade" Muslims, per @GerryConnolly
"There are issues of volatility reliability and security with intel that you give at the highest levels of our government" @GerryConnolly says of @POTUS Trump Administration "It does have a chilling effect"
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Capping months of speculation, President Trump on Monday signed a pair of executive orders to significantly shrink two of Utah's national monuments – Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante – that were created by his Democratic predecessors.
"There are real problems when a great power is acting like a country putting together its first ever diplomatic corps" says @GerryConnolly at @CSISMidEast re: US @StateDept under @POTUS
Feds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks - USA Today
@POTUS: A coalition of five Indian nations is poised to file legal action to prevent the reductions of the national monuments.
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" began playing as President Trump autographed this man's hat, moments after he signed proclamations scaling back national monuments in Utah.
[email protected] on new monument legislation: "Public lands will once again be for public use."
Brief chants of "Four more years!" as @POTUS signs the proclamations.
@POTUS: "We will usher in a bright new future of wonder and wealth," concludes @POTUS in Utah State Capitol speech. "I will now sign this very, very important proclamation."
@POTUS: "We will put our nation's treasures to great and wonderful use."
Such abuses of the Antiquities Act prevent Native Americans from having a voice over their sacred land (which is owned now by the federal government), says @POTUS.
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[email protected]: "Your timeless bond with the outdoors should not be replaced with the whims of regulators thousands and thousands of miles away."
Previous @BarackObama administration took conservation actions over "the loud objections" of the people in Utah, says @POTUS.
@POTUS: "These abusesgive enormous power to faraway bureaucrats."
"As many of you know, past administrations have severely abused" the Antiquities Act, contends @POTUS.
"All of the friends I have in Utah" said this "would be incredible for our country, incredible for Utah" by giving people back access to their land, says @POTUS. "They all told me no," when he asked them if it would be controversial.
Why is North Africa difficult for the US? "It is a more straightforward path to identify how US interests are affected in other locales around the world" says LtGen Nagata "As a result, it gets less attnetion"
"In very historic action" @POTUS also proposes reducing Grand Staircase Escalante Monument by nearly half and to split it into three.
Trump administration proposing reduction of Bears Ear National Monument by 90% and to split it into two areas.
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[email protected]: "We're now one huge step closer to delivering, to the American people, the historic tax relief as a giant present for Christmas."
Utahns are a "special people in a special state," says @POTUS at state capitol, "We will always protect your religious liberty. And we've been doing that."
"He is protecting America and nobody loves it more," says @POTUS of @RyanZinke in speech in which he'll announce he'll shrink Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.
"We cannot order whole of government. We've tried that," says NCTC's LtGen Nagata on question about whole-of-government approach to CT "We have to incentivize integration"
Speaking in Utah, @POTUS says "We're now one huge step closer" to delivering TaxReform "for Christmas."
"You don't learn about militants by talking to Mother Theresa…You have to get your hands a little dirty" says fmr @CIA official @jmclaughlinSAIS
LtGen Nagata raises the point after noting he has a greater chance of being killed by a household pet than he does of being killed by militants
"We do decide to react politically… to episodic low casualty producing [terror] events" says NCTC's LtGen Nagata @CSISMidEast "The price we pay is that everything has to be reacted to. It begs the question, 'Is that wise?'"
"There's going to be a much larger role for non governmental actors…going to have to be a much more prominent part of such efforts" per LtGen Nagata re CT in Africa
Africa Sahel Maghreb "going to be a test case" of whether international community can be effective vs. terror with out large scale military campaigns , per NCC's LtGen Nagata
"Nobody is going to be your partner if they don't trust you" per NCTC's LtGen Michael Nagata
Working with CT partners now often "kind of an unsatisfying , murky middle" per former Defense UnderSec @cwormuth
"We just don't have the resources that are needed" per @cwormuth "I don't think Santa Claus is coming with a bag of money" re counter terror in North Africa
With Africa counter terror, "If we want to be really successful I think we need to be reaching for the diplomatic tools" says fmr Under Secretary of Defense @cwormuth
"When big military gets involved… we run the risk of driving moderates underground" per @jmclaughlinSAIS re CT in Africa
"Are military solutions helpful? Yes of course," per @jmclaughlinSAIS "I think it ought to focus on the fusion of special operations and intelligence" re counter terror in Africa
"A lot of things combine to make this a more fertile environment for terrorist plotting and activity… makes classic counterterrorism much harder than just about anywhere else" per @jmclaughlinSAIS re Africa
Problem of terror/extremism in North Africa, Maghreb "deserves the highest attention" per fmr @CIA deputy director @jmclaughlinSAIS
If US goal is to stop another 9-11, "We will have to do that for ever," per NCTC's LtGen Nagata "There's no end to preventing another 9-11"
"In too many cases, our definition of what constitutes sufficient success is very different" from rest of world, says LtGen Nagata re terrorism
"The world is struggling with inconsistency with what our goals are" re counterterror, per LtGen Michael Nagata, Director, Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center @CSISMidEast
In statement @SenSchumer and @NancyPelosi say they've accepted invite from @POTUS to meet him and @GOP leaders to discuss efforts to fund the government and avoid a shutdown.
President Trump endorsed Roy Moore via Twitter this morning, then called him from Air Force One
Department of State: The United States and China have negotiated compatible signal characteristics that will both protect and enhance service for users of the U.S. Global Positioning System and the equivalent Chinese system.
"The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore's campaign," White House says.
White House says Trump spoke to republican Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore by phone and endorsed his campaign
27 senators are calling on the FCC to delay its vote on repealing net neutrality rules, citing concerns that the agency's public comment file may be filled with fake comments.
"We're making to very clear to (Democrats) that if they thinking a year-end deal that threatens a shutdown is a pure Dreamers-DACA codification, that they're probably going to lose that battle," Sen. Tillis
Roy Moore's wife, Kayla posts on Facebook: "Judge Moore just got off the phone with President Trump-we have his full support! Thank you Mr. President! Let's MAGA!"
Ex-Rep Corrine Brown D-FL gets 5 years in prison for federal corruption conviction
@SenKamalaHarris: Something we need to be talking about that has barely been discussed: funding for community health centers expired at the end of September. We need to reauthorize it now.
@RepAdamSchiff: Just because the President has the power to fire someone — or express his views on their performance — doesn't mean he can fire them for an illicit reason. A president is not above the law.
New generation of jihadists are "fast food" jihadists because they are radicalized so quickly, says @BrandeisU's Dr. Mohammed Masbah, speaking about Morocco, where he says "Radicalization is on the rise"