A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump more than $293,000 in legal fees in her failed defamation lawsuit, a decision that the president's team hailed as a "total victory" but that Daniels' attorney vowed would "never hold up on appeal." U.S. District Judge James Otero ruled that Daniels must pay Trump $293,052.33 in "attorneys' fees, costs and sanctions," a figure representing 75 percent of the amount Trump had been seeking.
President Donald Trump has been among the most unpopular new presidents in history for almost the entirety of his first two years in office. Yet through it all, Democrats have been somewhat timid. They don't talk about impeachment. They didn't really make their 2018 election messaging about him. And the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate have generally treated him with kid gloves. Maybe they worried it would just motivate the GOP base.
The Trump administration on Tuesday, Dec. 11, proposed to sharply limit the federal government's authority to regulate the pollution of wetlands and tributaries that run into the nation's largest rivers, a move that could ease development by home builders, farmers and shale oil and gas drillers. The administration said it would introduce a "new construct," limiting regulation to streams that held water in a "typical year" as measured against the past 30 years of precipitation.
More than 28,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean sausage has been recalled over fears over metal tainting in meat distributed to 21 states, the company said Tuesday, Dec. 11, in a move to protect consumers from products that pose the greatest health risk under the Agriculture Department's recall regulations. Five consumer complaints of metal-infused sausage led the agency's food safety office to trigger the alert, the USDA said, after the sausage left a Tennessee-based facility and was distributed across the country. No health impacts have been reported as of Tuesday, the agency said.
With cameras rolling, Democrats refuse President Trump's demands on building a border wall; he threatens a shutdown.
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, Dec. 11, that the Senate will vote this month on a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system that has proven deeply controversial within the Senate Republican ranks. McConnell, R-Ky., said in a floor speech that the Senate will take up the legislation, written by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and several other Democratic and GOP senators, in December, perhaps as early as the end of this week.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump had no Plan B. After announcing the exit of his chief of staff, John Kelly, and being turned down by his pick to replace him, Nick Ayers, Trump found himself Monday in an unexpected predicament - scrambling to recruit someone to help run the executive branch of the federal government and guide the administration through the political tumult and possible legal peril ahead.
WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders plan to offer President Donald Trump $1.3 billion in funding for a border fence when they meet Tuesday at the White House, a bid that falls far short of the $5 billion Trump is demanding to fund a border wall. Democrats, Republicans and the White House have until Dec. 21 reach a budget deal if they are to avert a partial government shutdown, but talks are deadlocked over funding for the wall.
Before Elizabeth Lecron bought black powder and hundreds of screws for a pipe bomb, authorities say, she wrote a series of letters and sent Nazi propaganda to a man who had carried out the kind of act she revered: Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.