The first tangible signs of movement may be emerging in the impasse that has shut down the government for weeks: President Donald Trump is promising a "major announcement" about the closure and the U.S.-Mexico border and Democrats are pledging more money for border security. It was unclear whether the developments, following days of clashes between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., might represent serious steps toward resolving the partisan fight or instead may simply be political posturing as the partial shutdown reached a record 29th day. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have gone without paychecks, enduring financial hardship. Many public services are unavailable to Americans during the closure. The White House has declined to provide details about what the president would announce midafternoon Saturday. Trump was not expected to sign a national emergency declaration he has said was an option to circumvent Congress, according to two people familiar with the … [Read more...] about Trump Plans ‘Major Announcement’ on Border — 1st Tangible Sign of Shutdown Progress?
Congress Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is refusing demands to step down as leader of the Congressional Black Caucus’ nonprofit arm amid claims she fired one of her congressional staffers over rape allegations. Jackson Lee was told by the CBC Foundation’s board to resign during a lengthy call on Thursday night, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation. Jackson Lee resisted those demands, and the call abruptly ended as other board members were trying to figure out how to continue the conversation without the Texas Democrat.Story Continued Below Jackson Lee has also been pressured by leadership within the CBC to step down from her position with the foundation, according to one of the sources. The foundation’s board was expected to have another emergency call Friday night to assess the situation. Jackson Lee’s office declined to comment on the call, with her spokesman Robin Chand saying in an email, “I don’t know anything about this (as … [Read more...] about Rep. Jackson Lee refuses to step down from CBC Foundation amid retaliation allegations
Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press Updated 9:54 pm PST, Friday, January 18, 2019 President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Trump plans 'major announcement' on … [Read more...] about Trump plans ‘major announcement’ on border, longest shutdown
By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: January 19, 2019 at 12:22 am | UPDATED: January 19, 2019 at 12:24 am By JILL COLVIN, LISA MASCARO, ZEKE MILLER and CATHERINE LUCEY WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he’ll be making a “major announcement” on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week. Democrats are now proposing hundreds of millions of dollars for new immigration judges and improvements to ports of entry from Mexico but nothing for the wall, a House aide said, as the party begins fleshing out its vision of improving border security. After days of bitter clashes between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it was unclear if the twin developments represented serious steps toward resolving the nasty partisan fight or posturing. But they were the first tangible signs of movement in a dispute that has caused a partial government shutdown, which Saturday was … [Read more...] about Trump plans to make ‘major announcement’ on shutdown, border
Breana Noble and Karen Bouffard The Detroit News Published 1:17 PM EST Jan 17, 2019 Changes are underway at Metro Detroit's two largest health systems, including new leadership and restructuring at Beaumont Health, and the departure of the top executive of three Detroit Medical Center hospitals. Beaumont Health will condense leadership at its eight hospitals to four president positions, and create and new positions for outpatient service administration and shared services, including pharmacy and laboratory programs. The transitions will take place Feb. 1. "We want to maintain that position of strength and create more opportunity to work together as a system," said Carolyn Wilson, Beaumont Health chief operating officer, in a press release. "For all those access points, we didn't have dedicated leadership. We want to work together to address that market." "Our teams will have more opportunity to influence care in positive ways, and it will reduce … [Read more...] about Beaumont, DMC announce major leadership changes