Top Republican senator says emergency declaration for wall would be dangerous step: At his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump may promise to declare a national emergency to build his proposed border wall if Congress canât agree to fund it.
But Sen. John Cornyn of Texas has become the latest Senate Republican to speak out against such a move.
âI think itâs a dangerous step,â Cornyn, the majority whip, told reporters. âIt wonât succeed in accomplishing his goal.â Such a declaration is viewed as likely to get bogged down in court, and some Republicans have worried that it could open the door to a Democratic president declaring a national emergency on an issue like climate change.
Cache of files reportedly contradicts Trumpâs statements on Moscow project: The effort to get a Trump Tower built in Moscow was long-running, detail-oriented and directly entwined with the ups and downs of Trumpâs campaign, contradicting the presidentâs claim that the development was never more than a passing notion, says a BuzzFeed report citing a cache of Trump Organization documents.
As Trump went from campaign rally to rally and denied any dealings in Russia, his representatives, Michael Cohen and his associate Felix Sater, worked with Trump Organization lawyers and Ivanka Trump to push forward negotiations to build a 100-story tower just miles from the Kremlin, the report claims. Cohen was convicted last year of lying to Congress due to his false testimony that a Moscow deal had fizzled in January 2016.
BlackRockâs Fink offers Biden help: Larry Fink â CEO of BlackRock
Â , the worldâs largest money manager â last month told former Vice President Joe Biden, âIâm here to help,â according to an Atlantic report.
Biden took it as an offer to sign on with his possible campaign to become the Democratic Partyâs presidential nominee, the report added. He told Fink that he was â70% thereâ on deciding to run.
âI sorta donât think Larry Fink is a good adviser for âMiddle Class Joe,â or any candidate seeking to reclaim working class voters of any race or religion,â tweets Jeff Hauser, founder and director of the Revolving Door Project.
Google promotes State of the Union as Joshua Trump gets invitation: Alphabetâs
Â Google business has been promoting Trumpâs State of the Union speech under the search bar of its U.S. homepage.
The move is important because the president last year accused the search king of plugging former President Barack Obamaâs State of the Union speeches but ignoring his addresses, a Business Insider report says.
Meanwhile, the White House has announced that Joshua Trump, a Delaware boy who reportedly has been bullied at school because of his last name, will be among the presidentâs guests for the speech.
Virginia lieutenant governorâs accuser consults law firm: Amid the political upheaval over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northamâs yearbook page featuring a racist photograph, a woman who has accused the stateâs lieutenant governor of sexual assault is consulting with a law firm, notes an Associated Press report.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has denied the allegations, which were initially circulated on a conservative website.
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