U.S. revokes visa of International Criminal Court prosecutor | CBC News

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Friday that her U.S. visa has been revoked, in what appears to be evidence of a crackdown on the global tribunal by the Trump administration.
In a statement confirming the revocation, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office stressed that she “has an independent and impartial mandate” under the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute.

Senate votes to block Trump’s emergency declaration on border wall – National | Globalnews.ca

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump ’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal.

Los Angeles ditches plan to invest billions in fossil fuels, Mayor Eric Garcetti says – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles is abandoning a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants along the coast, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday, in a move to get the city closer to its goal of 100% renewable energy and improve air quality in highly polluted communities.

Canada pushing back against U.S. attempts to change text of USMCA deal: official – National | Globalnews.ca

Canada is pushing back against U.S. attempts to change the text of their September trade pact and the issue may have to be referred to ministers to settle, a Canadian source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.
“Some of the stuff they (the Americans) have been putting forward is not at all what we agreed to,” said the source, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary? – POLITICO Magazine

In recent months, some reporters who cover the Trump White House have received phone calls from the last person they would expect: Hillary Clinton.
The 2016 Democratic nominee has been rethinking her relationship with the press, among the many things she has been turning over—and over—in her head, acknowledging that her grouchy relationship with journalists was a problem. Now, she’s curious about the reporters covering Trump and has been putting out the occasional feeler.

Democrats agree to confirmations of 15 Trump judges – POLITICO

Senate Democrats accepted an offer Thursday from Senate Republicans to confirm 15 lifetime federal judges in exchange for the ability to go into recess through the midterms, allowing endangered Democrats to campaign.
The calculation by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his caucus was simple: That Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be able to confirm roughly 15 judges if he kept the Senate in session for the next few weeks anyway. So Democrats OK’d an offer to confirm three Circuit Court judges and 12 Circuit Court judges as the price to pay to go home for election season.

Hope Hicks, Former Top Trump Aide, Joins Fox as Communications Chief – The New York Times

The Murdoch family, in the throes of reshaping its media empire, is bringing on a lieutenant with experience in chaotic environments: President Trump’s former communications director, Hope Hicks.
Starting next year, Ms. Hicks, one of the most recognizable alumni of Mr. Trump’s White House, will become the chief communications officer of Fox, the company to be spun out of the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox.

McConnell: ‘The Senate’s not broken’ – POLITICO

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a “low point in the Senate” but that he is proud of how his fellow Republicans handled it.
“The Senate’s not broken,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Senators digging in for last stand in Kavanaugh confirmation fight – POLITICO

As Democrats and Republicans in Congress dig in for what could be the final chapter of Brett Kavanaugh’s tumultuous confirmation battle, both parties are pushing hard on behalf of an FBI investigation. Just not the same one. Democrats, newly emboldened by a tenuous alliance forged with Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, are banking on federal agents’ uncovering evidence to corroborate the accounts of several women who have leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh over the past month.

Early release: House ditches D.C. until after midterms – POLITICO

House Republicans couldn’t wait to get out of Washington on Friday, and Democrats couldn’t stop smiling about it.
“We take nothing for granted, but we feel very optimistic about the opportunity that is there,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who grinned at reporters as she told them about an upcoming campaign trip to Texas.

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