: Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!
: Wishing all of those celebrating Hanukkah around the world a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love.
: 'Your Mind Is in the Gutter' If You Think Trump's Tweet at @SenGillibrand Was Sexual
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Chanukah message from @POTUS just released by @WhiteHouse.
Diplomatic solutions with DPRK will be pursued "until the first bomb drop." - Tillerson
Sanctions on DPRK beginning to have an effect: Rising fuel prices, shortages of some good in North Korea, says Tillerson.
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US is strongly prepared to respond to DPRK and has a full range of contingencies available, says Secretary of State Tillerson.
US is prepared to talk with North Korea whenever it's prepared to talk, says Tillerson.
@NancyPelosi: The 3 R's of the GOPTaxScam: Robs from the future, Rips off the Middle Class, Rewards the wealthy
@lisamurkowski: Sad to hear of the loss of Staff Sergeant David T. Brabander, 24, of Anchorage, who died yesterday in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Deepest condolences to his family. Staff Sgt Brabander's service to our nation won't be forgotten.
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In response for new call for Congress to investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against @realDonaldTrump, @PressSec says the president addressed those concerns, the American people voted for him, have confidence in him and wanted him to lead this country.
@PressSec @POTUS @SenGillibrand @realDonaldTrump "We've been very hard on Russia from the beginning," says @PressSec on question about upcoming NSS.
"The president is always going to be somebody who responds," replies @PressSec to question about why @realDonaldTrump made the attack on @SenGillibrand so personal.
"She's a puppet for Chuck Schumer…She is controlled by people who donate to her cause." — Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
@PressSec @POTUS @SenGillibrand @realDonaldTrump "She's controlled by special interestsshe's a puppet for Chuck Schumer," says @PressSec of @SenGillibrand.
: "90 percent of the coverage that comes out of the media is negative and rarely covers those topics," like the economy, jobs, national security, immigration etc.
@PressSec @POTUS @SenGillibrand @realDonaldTrump "Only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way," says @PressSec of perceived sexual innuendo in @realDonaldTrump tweet about @SenGillibrand.
The American people "have confidence in this president," adds @PressSec.
"All false and fabricated accusations," says @PressSec of the allegations being made against @realDonaldTrump by women.
"I'm not going to speak to specifics of another country when I don't know the details," replies @PressSec when asked about authoritarian leaders parroting @POTUS on "fake news" in their country.
@PressSec @POTUS @SenGillibrand On whether there should be a special counsel to probe the special counsel: "This looks pretty bad," says @PressSec and that @POTUS "has great concern."
@PressSec On tweet today by @POTUS about @SenGillibrand, in response to question, @PressSec says, "there's no way that's sexist at all."
Director of @USCIS acknowledges his mother and mother-in-law are immigrants but says "perfectly rational" to "change things."
@USCIS: "The program is vulnerable to exploitation by militants," he answers to questions about the diversity visa lottery, while acknowledging yesterday's suspect came in on family visa.
@USCIS: "Bad guys can come in."
@NancyPelosi: @realDonaldTrump's attack on @SenGillibrand was shameful and disgusting. I would say that, as with many things the President says, it is likely a projection of his own behavior.
@USCIS: "I have no idea," whether suspect in NYC bombing yesterday was radicalized before he got to US or while he lived in this country for the past decade.
President Trump's legal team wants second special counsel to probe FBI, DOJ for conflicts.
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Today 100+ @HouseDemocrats demand House Oversight cmte investigate @realDonaldTrump sexual misconduct allegations from at least 17 women.
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Should President Trump resign? "I don't think he ever should have been president," @NancyPelosi says.
Cissna: "There are a lot of things we're going to do," with visa restrictions to protect American workers.
On "chain migration," sponsorship, Cissna says, "that is not the way we should be running our immigration system."
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At WH briefing, Francis Cissna, Dir of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, says NYC bombing suspect entered US "under most extreme remote family-based connection" - as the child of a sibling of a US citizen. Pres today said he wants such "chain migration" entries ended.
"The program is wracked with fraud," says Cissna of US diversity "lottery" visa program.
Chuck Grassley has reportedly issued a rare rebuke of two of Trump's judicial nominees, advising the White House to "reconsider" the nomination of Jeff Mateer, saying it "should not proceed" on the nomination of Brett Talley (who has never tried a case).
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At the podium now is Francis Cissna, who is director of @USCIS.
@SenWarren: We need to fight for judges that protect the rights of all Americans, not just the wealthy and the well-connected. That's why I will be voting against these judicial nominees, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.
Trump says his accusers are "women who I don't know and/or have never met." People Magazine has evidence that shows otherwise.
@SenWarren: This week, the GOP Senate will vote on Steven Grasz, Donny Willett, and James Ho to sit on the federal courts of appeals. The records of all 3 nominees show that they will favor powerful interests over workers, women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and religious minorities.
@SenWarren: Now that there's a GOP President who's committed to tilting our courts further in favor of the rich and the powerful, Republicans are looking to fill our courts with judges who share that commitment.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon to lead the US delegation to JCPOA meeting in Vienna tomorrow, announces @StateDept.
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Department of State: Today, @USEmbassyKabul Ambassador John Bass presented his credentials to Afghanistan's President @ashrafghani.
@SenWarren: For years, the GOP have worked hand-in-hand with billionaire-funded right-wing groups to ensure that our courts advance the interests of the wealthy and powerful over those of everybody else.
Elizabeth Warren says Trump's tweet "was disgusting." "It was clear what he was getting at," she said. "He is disgusting."
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on Gambia: The United States has now ended visa restrictions and has resumed normal visa processing in all visa categories effective December 12.
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Rep. Al Green: "There will be another vote to impeach this president."
asked extensively at stakeout what role Judge Moore would be allowed to play within the Senate. McConnell: "All of those are good questions for tomorrow."
Rep. Jackie Speier on MSNBC: "he has shown a predilection for misogyny in the past. The way he treats women, the way he talked about women on Access Hollywood suggests that he sees them as just toys and those that he can play with and even torment."
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@VP: Important conversation with my great friend @GovHolcomb and auto manufacturers with operations in Indiana re: @POTUS' commitment to growing US manufacturing, better trade deals and more American jobs. Also emphasized POTUS' pro-JOBS tax cuts. Let's make American Manufacturing Great Again
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Rep. Lois Frankel says 100+ Dems want the Oversight Committee to investigate accusations against Trump: "To date, more than 17 women have publicly come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct Simply said, Americans deserve the truth."
House GOP bills introduced to halt Obamacare's medical device tax for 5 years and health insurance tax for 2 years
"I have a phone call I absolutely have to take" says US NatSec Advisor Gen HR McMaster, before answering one last question on DPRK and Iran
Asked about government change in North Korea, US NatSec Advisor Gen HR McMaster says "What we are emphasizing is denuclearization of the peninsula"
China's economic power over DPRK "is considerable" says US NatSec Advisor Gen McMaster
US wants China to do more, beyond the @UN sanctions, says McMaster
With DPRK "Recognize that time is running out and it is time for all nations to do more" says mcMaster "Seeing tremendous momentum"
Kirsten Gillibrand was attending a bipartisan Bible study this morning when Trump's tweet landed, "her phone was immediately filled with supportive and befuddled messages, wondering just what the president was thinking, a Gillibrand aide said."
On North Korea, @POTUS "is not asking President Xi for a favor…it is in both our interests to resolve this problem" sats Nat Sec Advisor Gen HR McMaster
"Radical Islamist ideology is obviously a grave threat to all civilized people" per NatSec Advisor HR McMaster, and until now US took "too myopic" a view"
@lisamurkowski: As a conferee on this bill and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee @SenDanSullivan helped our national security remain a top priority while safeguarding priorities for Alaska. I'm thankful for his focus on keeping out troops, friends, families, and homes safe.
@lisamurkowski: This bill outlines defense priorities, authorizes how funds should be spent to defend our homeland, and ensures that our military has the resources and tools necessary to protect our nation.
New US national security strategy will emphasize "strategic confidence. Our conviction in who we are is a vital component of our national security" per Gen McMaster
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Women Democrats call for Congressional investigation of misconduct allegations against Trump
Nat'l Security Advisor Gen HR McMaster says @POTUS has emphasized "The best defense against these threats" are coalitions and alliances
Senator John McCain : Today @POTUS signed the FY18NDAA, which authorizes $700B to rebuild the military. Congress and the White House must now quickly negotiate a bipartisan budget agreement to secure this critical funding for our troops.
With national security, "Economic security is national security" for @POTUS, says US NatSec Advisor Gen HR McMaster
@keithellison: The Trump admin is proposing a new rule to allow bosses to control tips given to their workers. What the bosses do with those tips is up to them. Another attack on workers and gift for corporate bosses.
On North Korea "Now it's time for all nations to do more… might be our last best chance to avoid military conflict" warns Gen McMaster
US National Security Strategy - "We have to compete effectively across new domains… you'll see a big emphasis on competitive engagement" per Gen. McMaster "We vacated a lot of completive space in recent years"
Russia using "Very sophisticated campaigns of subversion… that attempt to divide our communities and pit them against each other" per US Nat'l Security Advisor Gen HR McMaster
"These threats today threaten our liberty, threaten our freedom" per McMaster - inlcu China and Russia "undermining the international order" and rogue governments like Iran, DPRK
US Nat'l Security Advisor Gen HR McMaster says @POTUS will unveil new National Security Strategy Monday with 4 core ideas: - Protect US homeland - Advance American prosperity/economic security - Peace thru strength - Advancing American influence
"We work together with the UK as though they are an extension of our team" per McMaster
"I'm confident that our relationship remains stronger than ever" US Nat'l Security Advisor Gen HR McMaster tells @Policy_Exchange of relationship with Britain
"We aim to remain your indispensable ally" says UK NatSec Advisor @marksedwill
One US-Britain relationship, "One thing we need to keep in mind in the fundamental alignment between our objectives, our values" per UK NatSec Advisor @marksedwill
"We can't make the old distinction we used to make between state activity and non-state activity… it's all one set of threats" per Britain's Sedwill
"Our most vulnerable citizens online are the same as our most vulnerable citizens in real life" says Britain NatSec Adv Sedwill
Despite use of cyber space by Russia, others, "The more immediate threat to our citizens arises from criminals, militants, extremists…" says Britain NatSec Advisor Sedwill
"It is increasingly a place and for the younger generation it really is a place where they live a significant portion of their lives" Britain's Sedwill says of cyber space "But it is also a battle space"
"We have a had a global order that has been underwritten by the United States that will continue to be the case, I'm sure, in the 21st century" per Britain's Sedwill
@RandPaul: Tax cuts — people keeping more of their money — are never the problem. The problem is spending. We should obey our rules, stop the deficit spending, and shrink government.
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UK will "want to reinvest with our core allies here in North America,"Britain Nat'l Security Advisor Mark Sedwill tells @Policy_Exchange
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US Nat'l Security Advisor Gen HR McMaster and Britain Nat'l Security Advisor Mark Sedwill prepare to speak in Washington @Policy_Exchange
Sen Dianne Feinstein: Our courts have a critical role in upholding women's constitutional and civil rights, from health care to workplace discrimination. We must speak out against judges who are BadforWomen.
Sen Dianne Feinstein: Steven Grasz defended state efforts to deny Medicaid coverage of abortion to women who are raped, which is required by federal law.
Sen Dianne Feinstein: Kyle Duncan defended a law that would have made abortion nearly impossible to access in Texas. The Supreme Court disagreed and overturned the law. He's BadForWomen CourtsMatter
Sen Dianne Feinstein: Don Willett said he "resisted" the idea that glass ceilings, pay equity, sexual discrimination and harassment were serious problems for women.
Sen Dianne Feinstein: Stephen Schwartz has been nominated to serve on a court he's not licensed to practice before—but what he HAS done is argue against women's access to contraception and reproductive healthcare.
Sen Dianne Feinstein: Brett Talley, rated unanimously "not qualified" by the American Bar Association, has called Roe v. Wade "indefensible."
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Heading for the door, Trump waved off a question about his tweet saying @SenGillibrand "would do anything" for a campaign contribution. @Acosta said he had been told by @PressSec he might never again be allowed in a press pool event if he asked a question - he did anyway.
Sen Dianne Feinstein: John Bush, confirmed to the Sixth Circuit, said that Roe v. Wade was one of the two greatest tragedies in our country's history.
Sen Dianne Feinstein: Many of President Trump's judicial nominees have demonstrated a clear hostility toward women's rights. If you care about women's rights, you need to care about who sits on our federal courts.
@RandPaul: I cannot in good conscience vote to add more to the already massive $20 trillion debt. I promised Kentucky to vote against reckless, deficit spending and I will do just that.
: "Thank you, most of all, to our brave warriors for standing watch over our country, our families and our freedom. Brand new beautiful equipment is on its way."
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Trump called on Congress to finish the job by sending him a defense appropriations bill that is "perfecto" by eliminating sequestration for the Defense Dept. Says he wants a "clean funding bill," passed with bipartisan support.
The president said the Defense bill increases the size of America's military for the first time in 7 years and provides the largest military pay increase in 8 years.
Chuck Schumer: Today I joined @SenBillNelson and @SenateDems in writing @FCC Chairman @AjitPaiFCC, urging him to abandon his reckless plan to radically alter the free and open internet as we know it.
Chuck Schumer: Under the @FCC proposal, your access to the internet could be blocked, slowed down, or manipulated. That's not a free and openinternet.
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In remarks before signing the defense bill, @POTUS called it "a momentous step" toward rebuilding America's military. Said it was passed with "overwhelming bipartisan support, "which sounds good to my ears."
: "We've had more success with ISIS in the last 8 months than the previous administration has had in it's entire 8 year term."
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"That is a lot of papers," said Trump, as he sat down to sign the massive Defense Authorization Bill. Called it "historic legislation," demonstrating "unwavering" commitment to America's men and women in uniform.
: "The National Defense Authorization Act could not come at a more opportune or important time. This legislation represents a momentous step toward rebuilding our military and securing the future for our children."
: "The lottery system and chain migration, we're going to end them, fast."
@POTUS: "Brand new, beautiful equipment is on the way,"
"Now Congress must finish the job by eliminating the defense sequester," adds @POTUS, saying he wants to sign "a clean funding bill."
@POTUS: "When we're completed we will be stronger than ever before."
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Signing NDAA, @POTUS also thanks @SenJohnMcCain for his fight for the defense funding legislation.
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President vows to end immigration lottery and chain-migration programs, citing them as the ways two recent NYC terror suspects entered the country. "They will be ended," he says of the programs.
Sen. Gillibrand was taking part in a bipartisan Bible study when President Trump tweeted at her today
Bernie Sanders: It looks like the president's promises to help working people were just another lie. Trump is already moving to destroy safety net programs that millions of people rely on.
"Trump you failed to protect your nation," Port Authority suspected bomber wrote on Facebook, according to terrorism criminal complaint.
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Gillibrand says there should be a calls congressional investigation of the allegations against Trump: "It's the right thing to do. These allegations should be investigated and they should be investigated thoroughly."
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Gillibrand: "It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice, and I will not be silenced on this issue; neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday."
Earlier today, Speaker Ryan said DACA was a 'separate' issue from talks on the CR.
Schumer says Democrats in talks with GOP on "a significant investment in border security, in exchange for DACA"
@SenWarren: Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, shepersisted.
Federal prosecutors charge NYC subway bomb suspect, say he wrote on Facebook: "Trump, you failed to protect your nation"
Democratic @SenGillibrand responds to @POTUS'tweet, saying "you cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines:"
@RepJohnYarmuth: Responding to allegations of sexual misconduct by trying to publicly shame yet another woman, the president has shown us exactly what kind of person he is. Donald Trump has proven to be a poison for the presidency, a cancer on the country, and a truly disgraceful human being.
Washington: A death investigation is underway Tuesday morning in Northeast Washington, according to police. The incident was reported in the 300 block of 34th Street, NE.
Tillerson to back North Korea diplomacy, reject Syria's Assad: U.S. official
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Trump's Tuesday morning tweet storm. Russia. Fake accusations from women. Roy Moore. Lightweight Sen Gillibrand (who would 'beg' for contributions). Stock market. Tax cuts. MAGA and more!
: Consumer Confidence is at an All-Time High, along with a Record High Stock Market. Unemployment is at a 17 year low. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! Working to pass MASSIVE TAX CUTS (looking good).
: The people of Alabama will do the right thing. Doug Jones is Pro-Abortion, weak on Crime, Military and Illegal Immigration, Bad for Gun Owners and Veterans and against the WALL. Jones is a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet. Roy Moore will always vote with us. VOTE ROY MOORE!
: Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office "begging" for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill and Crooked-USED!
: Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!
Police are searching for two persons of interest in connection with a shooting at Minnesota Avenue Metro station on Monday evening. A man suffered injuries that were not life threatening, according to Metro Transit Police. Police are hoping to identify the two persons of interest.