President Donald Trump

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. TRUMP AIMS TO UNIFY IN STATE OF THE UNION The president will call for optimism and unity in his delayed address before Congress, but skeptics are likely to question whether such a reset is possible after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks. 2. TRUMP’S INAUGURAL COMMITTEE SUBPOENAED U.S. prosecutors in New […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. TRUMP, PELOSI REMAIN FAR APART ON BORDER WALL ISSUE House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared there’ll be no “wall money” in any compromise border security deal as she and President Donald Trump signaled congressional negotiators may never satisfy his demands. 2. U.S. TO WITHDRAW FROM NUCLEAR ARMS TREATY The Trump administration is poised to […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. ‘STOP THE UNREASONABLE CRACKDOWN’ Beijing issues a warning to Washington following Huawei’s indictment in the U.S. on charges of stealing technology and violating sanctions on Iran. Trade talks this week could suffer. 2. AFTER A PUBLICITY-FILLED WEEKEND, ROGER STONE TO FACE JUDGE Donald Trump’s confidant is expected to plead not guilty at a federal […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. PRESIDENT SKEPTICAL ABOUT CHANCES FOR BUDGET AGREEMENT Donald Trump says the odds that a bipartisan House and Senate lawmakers will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.” 2. OPIOID SCOURGE’S TOLL ON VICTIMS’ RELATIVES Hundreds of thousands of families continue struggling to contain the worst drug […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. TRUMP YIELDS TO PELOSI, POSTPONES STATE OF THE UNION The president concedes that “no venue can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber” and that he’ll wait until the shutdown is over as the House speaker had demanded. 2. COMPETING BILLS IN SENATE TO END SHUTDOWN LIKELY TO FAIL Republicans […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT SENATORS ARE GRAPPLING WITH Side with Trump or vote to temporarily end the longest shutdown in U.S. history and keep negotiating. 2. VENEZUELA BRACES FOR PROTESTS The country’s opposition faces a crucial test in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind the socialist […]

Shalimar attorney takes up U.S. Attorney mantle

Shalimar attorney takes up U.S. Attorney mantle

Lawrence “Larry” Keefe, of Shalimar took the oath of office the morning of Jan. 9 from Chief District Judge Mark E. Walker to become the 41st U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. As U.S. Attorney, Keefe is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Florida, which includes Florida’s 23 […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. TRUMP, PELOSI FEUD HEATS UP The president denies the House speaker the use of a military aircraft to visit troops abroad. This, after Pelosi sought to have Trump postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union address. 2. BREXIT STALEMATE DRAGS ON The British prime minister is unwilling to compromise on her “red lines,” […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. MAY FACES NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE Analysts expect the British prime minister to keep her job a day after Parliament resoundingly defeated her Brexit deal with the European Union. 2. ‘I WILL NOT BE BULLIED’ William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, asserts independence from the White House and states that Robert Mueller’s investigation is not […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. BIG DAY FOR BREXIT’S SURVIVAL British lawmakers are set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal with the European Union and all indications are that she will suffer a heavy defeat. 2. ‘NEVER EVER BACK DOWN’ With the government mired in the fourth week of a shutdown, Trump rejects a short-term legislative fix […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IN DAY 24 Congress returns to Washington for its first full week of legislative business since control of the House reverted to Democrats, with no end in sight for the partial closure. 2. SECRETARY OF STATE VISITS MIDDLE EAST Mike Pompeo met Monday with Saudi leaders on the latest stop of a […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. ‘I WILL DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY’ The president is edging closer to that declaration in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. 2. A PAYDAY ABOUT TO BE MISSED Families are making tough decisions as 800,000 federal employees miss their first paycheck because of the three-week government shutdown. 3. […]

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

The barricade at the entrance to Gulf Islands National Seashore says it all. On a beautiful sun-splashed, 70-degree January afternoon, when visitors would normally be out enjoying all that Gulf Islands National Seashore has to offer, there is silence instead, save for the sound of a bird chirping or the waves washing on shore. Read […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. TRUMP TAKING SHUTDOWN BATTLE TO US-MEXICO BORDER The president is seeking to bolster his case for a border wall after the latest negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. 2. STAND TAKEN AGAINST FORCED LABOR On the heels of an AP investigation, a U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with team apparel […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP LINKS DRUGS, CRIME TO LACK OF BORDER WALL In a televised plea from the Oval Office, the president urges congressional Democrats to fund his border wall, but Democrats accused the Republican of appealing to “fear, not facts.” 2. AUSTRALIA WILL ASSESS RUNAWAY SAUDI WOMAN FOR SETTLEMENT The move comes as 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. TRUMP TO MAKE WALL CASE TO NATION The president will argue that a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the barrier he’s demanding before ending the partial government shutdown; Senior Democrats call for chance to a televised response. 2. AIR TRAVELERS FEEL EFFECTS OF SHUTDOWN Longer lines at security checkpoints and a reduction in […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PERSISTS Trump is standing firm in his border wall demands and newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up the pressure to reopen the government. 2. CHINA UPBEAT AHEAD OF US TRADE TALKS The two sides face wrangling over technology and their future relationship as a trade dispute threatens to […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENTERS DAY 14 House Democrats pass a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump’s promised border wall amid a veto threat from the White House. 2. WHAT PELOSI SAID AFTER RECLAIMING THE SPEAKER’S GAVEL Pelosi, elected speaker 220-192, says U.S. voters “demanded a new dawn” in the November election […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. TRUMP, LAWMAKERS STILL AT LOGGERHEADS No one budges at the president’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persists over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. 2. WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT NEW CONGRESS The 116th U.S. Congress is making history for seating […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR HOUSE DEMOCRATS House Democrats sweep into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened. 2. TRUMP’S OFFER OF TALKS TO BREAK THE IMPASSE President Donald Trump meets with congressional leaders for a White House briefing […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHY US DEFENSE SECRETARY MATTIS STEPPED DOWN Jim Mattis resigned after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world. 2. TRUMP’S DEMAND FOR WALL PUSHES GOV’T CLOSER TO SHUTDOWN The federal government was careening toward […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. COULD AFGHANISTAN BE NEXT AFTER SYRIA PULLOUT? The abruptness with which President Trump turned the page on Syria raises questions about whether combat partners like Iraq and Afghanistan should feel confident that he will not pull the plug on them, too. 2. WHY TRUMP IS ON VERGE OF GIVING UP BEST CHANCE FOR WALL […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT’S NEXT FOR SWEEPING CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL After the Senate passes a sweeping criminal justice bill, it heads to the House for approval, then to President Donald Trump for his signature. It addresses concerns that the U.S. war on drugs has led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. SENATE REBUKES TRUMP, SAUDI ARABIA OVER KHASHOGGI’S DEATH The Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally. 2. GUATEMALAN CHILD DIES IN CUSTODY AFTER CROSSING US BORDER Federal immigration authorities have confirmed […]

Flood insurance funding gets 2-week extension

Flood insurance funding gets 2-week extension

The National Flood Insurance Program secured a two-week reprieve Dec. 7 as President Donald Trump signed a temporary extension of funding for the program. The extension was part of a larger appropriations bill Congress passed one day earlier to prevent a partial government shutdown.  The extension means the program has until Dec. 21 to continue […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. IN TRUMP’S ORBIT, SHIFTING EXPLANATIONS The president’s knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses shift as his legal exposure grows. 2. SENATE TO VOTE ON AID TO YEMEN Lawmakers may decide to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke the kingdom after the […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. MAY FACING NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE IN UK British politics is thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt as Conservative lawmakers trigger the ultimatum against the prime minister which could see her step down if she loses. 2. STRASBOURG SUSPECT HEARD SHOUTING ‘GOD IS GREAT’ A French prosecutor says witnesses heard Cherif Chekatt make the exclamation […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHERE TRUMP, TOP DEMOCRATS DIFFER AHEAD OF MEETING The president wants a funding package for the next fiscal year to include billions for his proposed border wall with Mexico, an idea Democrats, fresh from capturing the House, have flatly rejected. 2. ‘NO ROOM FOR RENEGOTIATION’ Top EU officials rule out any significant changes to […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. WHO TRUMP IS WEIGHING FOR CHIEF OF STAFF After favorite Nick Ayers dropped out of the running, Mick Mulvaney and Republican congressman Mark Meadows are two of at least four candidates in the mix. 2. CHINESE PAPER CALLS HUAWEI DETENTION ‘INHUMANE’ A bail hearing for a top Chinese technology executive is set to resume […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. SOME OF THE PRESIDENT’S MEN Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation on Friday as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with Donald Trump. 2. HUAWEI CASE ADDS INTRIGUE TO TRADE RELATIONS The dramatic arrest of a Chinese telecommunications executive shows why […]