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  • Chuck Grassley Jun 5

    Grassley Vows to Block Trump Nominees Over Watchdog Firings

    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he is blocking two Trump administration nominees until the White House provides adequate reasons for the recent termination of two inspectors general

  • NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit May 22

    Grassley Cites NBC News Reports in Asking DHS to Monitor Visa Program for Fraud

    A joint investigation by NBC News and KNTV — NBC’s Bay Area station — found that the F-1 visa program, which lets international students work at firms in the U.S. after graduation, appears to have been exploited by fake companies providing false employment verifications.

  • Donald Trump May 25, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Asked to Resign

    The director of the agency overseeing legal entry into the United States, including through green cards and asylum, was asked to resign from the agency on Friday, according to a letter sent out to the agency and obtained by NBC News. L. Francis Cissna has served as President Donald Trump’s only director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency...

  • Congress May 17, 2019

    Trump Admin. Loses Another Appeal on Ending DACA

    A federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner when it sought to end an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that the Trump administration violated federal law when it tried to end the Deferred Action...

  • Congress May 8, 2019

    ‘Not Just Talking Points': Kushner's New Tack on Immigration

    President Donald Trump’s White House hasn’t been known for its careful crafting of policy. But Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has spent months drawing up a long-awaited immigration overhaul plan that the White House began to roll out Tuesday. Frustrated by congressional inaction and stinging Republican defeats, Kushner has been meeting with GOP groups and speaking with...

  • Donald Trump Mar 18, 2019

    Beto O'Rourke Apologizes for Teen Writings, ‘Ham-Handed' Rhetoric Toward Wife

    Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke on Friday acknowledged making mistakes as a teen and as a candidate, responding to criticism of his campaign rhetoric toward his wife as well as writings he produced online when he was young. During a taping of the “Political Party Live” podcast in Cedar Rapids, he addressed criticism of his campaign-trail joke that his wife,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 16, 2018

    Sen. Chuck Grassley Opts to Cede Judiciary Committee Chairmanship

    Sen. Chuck Grassley announced Friday that he plans to cede the gavel of the Senate Judiciary Committee next year, serving instead as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, NBC News reported. “Looking ahead, at the Finance Committee, I want to continue to work to make sure that as many Americans as possible get to experience this good economy for themselves,”...

  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2018

    Trump Ousts Sessions as Attorney General, Shaking Up Mueller Probe

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. The move has potentially ominous implications for special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe given that the new...

  • California Nov 7, 2018

    Jeff Sessions Out as Attorney General

    President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that Jeff Sessions was out as attorney general. Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, will become acting attorney general.

  • Donald Trump Nov 7, 2018

    Read Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Resignation Letter

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned “at the request” of the president, according to a letter he submitted to the White House Wednesday.

  • Donald Trump Oct 10, 2018

    In Boon for Farmers, Trump Lifts Restrictions on Ethanol

    The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump announced he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday.

  • California Oct 4, 2018

    Who Sees It? Senators, Staff to Review Kavanaugh FBI Report

    All 100 senators, and a handful of Senate staff, will be able to read the FBI’s new report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But it’s unclear if the public will see it. Background checks are a routine part of any nominee’s vetting process and are generally delivered to the Senate without much fanfare. This background...

  • California Oct 2, 2018

    Kavanaugh FBI Probe Authorized to Expand

    Facing pressure from critics, the White House authorized the FBI to expand its investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh beyond restrictions originally set last week. The FBI originally was directed to question only four witnesses: Two friends of Kavanaugh’s, one friend of Dr. Cristine Blasey Ford, and Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while at Yale.

  • Donald Trump Oct 1, 2018

    ‘SNL' Taps Matt Damon for a Raging Kavanaugh, Kanye Performs

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh was the center of attention on “Saturday Night Live’s” season 44 premiere, with Matt Damon playing a sniffling and shouting Supreme Court nominee defending himself against sexual assault allegations. The show opened with a portrayal of Kavanaugh’s fiery and emotional hearing, opting to skip an impression of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. On...

  • Senate Sep 28, 2018

    Fact Check: Witnesses Do Not Exonerate Kavanaugh

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his Senate supporters misrepresented the record when they stated that three witnesses refuted Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a party more than 30 years ago. The three swore they had no recollection of the party — providing no support for Ford’s accusations laid out to the Senate Judiciary Committee....

  • California Sep 28, 2018

    Some Democrats Walk Out of Judiciary Committee Meeting

    As Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, spoke during a meeting on the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, several committee Democrats walked out.

  • Iowa Sep 27, 2018

    ‘This Is Hard': #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Sits Behind Ford During Senate Hearing

    The founder of the #MeToo movement is behind Christine Blasey Ford Thursday, sitting in the hearing room as Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Tarana Burke tweeted from the Dirksen Senate Building and shared a photo of her view from the audience. Using the hashtags #WeBelieveDrFord and #WeBelieveSurvivors,...

  • Iowa Sep 26, 2018

    GOP Hires Attorney to Question Kavanaugh's Accuser

    Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans said Tuesday that they hired an outside attorney to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her, at the committee’s hearing on Thursday, NBC News reported. For several hours after the announcement, senators would not reveal the lawyer’s identity — only her gender — drawing criticism...

  • Iowa Sep 5, 2018

    Q&A: Why All the Fighting About Kavanaugh's Records?

    Senate Democrats looking to win the battle of public opinion over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are essentially accusing Republicans of concealing evidence to ensure his confirmation before the midterm election. The strategy was front-and-center as Kavanaugh’s hearing got underway Tuesday, with Democrats immediately calling on the committee to adjourn. They characterized the hearing as a “charade and mockery of...

  • Donald Trump Aug 23, 2018

    Mexican Man Charged in Tibbetts Slaying Worked Under Fake Name

    A Mexican man charged with killing an Iowa college student worked on a dairy farm for years under a false name just a few miles from where the young woman was allegedly abducted while running last month, his employer said Wednesday.

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