Kevin Freking

  • Donald Trump Nov 23, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump and His So-They-Say Accusations

    President Donald Trump has a sophisticated machine at his disposal for gathering and analyzing information: the U.S. government. But many of his inflammatory statements come from another place, an ethereal world where his sources are never identified: “They say. … Well, that’s what the word is. … That’s the way it was explained.” Over the past week of impeachment hearings,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 19, 2019

    Trump’s Weekend Hospital Visit Draws a Skeptical Reaction

    A lack of notice. Past failures to level with the American people. A tough week for the White House as public impeachment hearings got under way. Add it all up, and President Donald Trump’s unscheduled weekend visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center raised suspicions about his health, despite White House officials’ insistence that the president was merely getting...

  • Donald Trump Oct 25, 2019

    Trump Taking Victory Lap on Criminal Justice Reform

    When President Donald Trump talks about how his policies are helping African Americans, he almost always mentions a new law that has allowed thousands of non-violent offenders to gain early release from federal prison. He made the pitch again Friday at a criminal justice conference in South Carolina. And then he sought common ground with African Americans by saying he...

  • Donald Trump Oct 19, 2019

    Trump Outstripping Obama on Pace of Executive Orders

    It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as “power grabs” and a “basic disaster.” He’s switched sides in a big way: In each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time span. He surpassed Obama’s third-year total just recently. Back in 2012, Trump...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    Trump Hails Syria Cease-Fire After Playing Role in Crisis

    President Donald Trump framed the U.S.-brokered cease-fire deal with Turkey as “a great day for civilization” but its effect was largely to mitigate a foreign policy crisis widely seen to be of his own making. After hours of negotiation in Ankara, the two nations on Thursday agreed to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks’ deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in...

  • Donald Trump Oct 17, 2019

    Pence Says US, Turkey Agree to Temporary Cease-Fire Deal in Syria

    The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks’ deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey’s position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions. After negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S....

  • Congress Oct 17, 2019

    Pence Announces Cease-Fire in Syria

    Vice President Mike Pence announced a negotiated temporary cease-fire in Syria. The agreement comes after a weeklong invasion by Turkey into the region against Kurdish allies of the U.S. military. 

  • judge Oct 10, 2019

    Tarrant County Sheriff Says Releasing Jailed Undocumented Immigrants Would Lead to More Crime

    A North Texas sheriff, as well as the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday criticized a judge’s ruling barring his agency from relying solely on databases that have at times led to the wrongful detention of American citizens.

  • Associated Press Oct 1, 2019

    Pompeo Acknowledges He Was on Trump Call at Center of Impeachment Probe

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday he was on the July 25 phone call in which President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden. “I was on the phone call,” Pompeo said at a joint news conference in Rome with his Italian counterpart, a disclosure that puts a spotlight...

  • Associated Press Sep 30, 2019

    House Democrats Subpoena Giuliani in Trump Impeachment Probe

    At one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the president raged about treason. At the other, the methodical march toward impeachment proceeded apace. Democrats on Monday subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who was at the heart of Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden’s family. That was after one of Trump’s staunchest defenders, Senate Majority Leader...

  • Associated Press Oct 1, 2019

    Trump Warns Of ‘Civil War-Like Fracture,’ Accuses Schiff Of Treason

    Facing increasing pressure as impeachment momentum builds, President Trump lashes out at those leading the process. NBC’s Alice Barr reports.

  • Donald Trump Sep 7, 2019

    NOAA Assailed for Defending Trump’s Hurricane Dorian Claim

    Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump’s statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama. They say NOAA’s action risks the credibility of the nation’s weather and science agency and may even risk lives. Dismay came from those who served under...

  • Donald Trump Aug 30, 2019

    Trump Eyes Mental Institutions as Answer to Gun Violence

    When back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, jolted the nation earlier this month, Trump again spoke of “building new facilities” for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings. “We don’t have those institutions anymore and people can’t get proper care,” Trump lamented at a New Hampshire campaign rally not long after the latest...

  • Donald Trump Aug 22, 2019

    Report Shows US Deficit to Exceed $1 Trillion Next Year

    The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. The return of $1 trillion annual deficits comes despite Trump’s vow when running for office that...

  • Donald Trump Aug 21, 2019

    Trump Acknowledges China Policies May Mean US Economic Pain

    President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they’re needed for more important long-term benefits. He contended he does not fear a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth. Asked if his trade war with China could tip the country into recession, Trump brushed off the...

  • Donald Trump Aug 2, 2019

    China Threatens Retaliation for Trump’s Planned Tariff Hike

    China on Friday threatened retaliation if U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned tariff hikes go ahead, while the renewed acrimony between the two biggest global economies sent stock markets tumbling. China’s government accused Trump of violating his June agreement with President Xi Jinping to revive negotiations aimed at ending a costly fight over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology ambitions. Trump rattled...

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2019

    Trump Says He’ll Put 10% Tariffs on Remaining China Imports

    President Donald Trump intensified pressure on China to reach a trade deal by saying he will impose 10% tariffs Sept. 1 on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports he hasn’t already taxed. The move immediately sent stock prices sinking. The president has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products, and Beijing has retaliated by taxing $110...

  • Donald Trump Jul 11, 2019

    Trump Applauds Far-Right Social Media Provocateurs

    President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a “social media summit” of like-minded critics of Big Tech, excluding representatives from the very platforms he exploits. The...

  • Donald Trump Jul 11, 2019

    Trump Applauds Far-Right Social Media Provocateurs

    President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a “social media summit” of like-minded critics of Big Tech, excluding representatives from the very platforms he exploits. The...

  • Donald Trump Jul 4, 2019

    In July 4 Speech, Trump Claims Revolutionary Soldiers ‘Took Over the Airports’

    President Donald Trump celebrated “the greatest political journey in human history” Thursday in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy, cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S. military while protesters assailed him for putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity. Trump...

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