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Trump admin scraps Obama-era proposal requiring airlines to disclose bag fees

Source: The Hill

The Trump administration has scrapped an Obama-era proposal requiring airlines and ticket agencies to disclose baggage fees as soon as passengers start the process of buying a ticket.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) posted a notice on the Federal Register this week that it is withdrawing the proposed rule, along with another plan to force air carriers to disclose how much revenue they make from charging other ancillary fees.

The administration, which has made easing regulatory burdens for businesses a top priority, said the rules would have “limited public benefit.”


The DOT’s effort to kill the pair of Obama-era proposals drew ire from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who has been one of the leading voices in Congress pushing for airline consumer protections

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/363956-trump-admin-scraps-obama-era-proposal-requiring-airlines-to-disclose

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden: I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow

Source: WP - AP

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden: ‘I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow’

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/democratic-sen-ron-wyden-i-expect-that-senator-franken-will-announce-his-resignation-tomorrow/2017/12/06/e5eb3e62-dab5-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html?utm_term=.f0acb520abcd

CNN: Senators are about to vote on a bill they haven't seen


Senate Republicans finally have enough votes to pass their tax plan. However, no one has actually seen the text of the bill. Republicans have been re-negotiating items in the bill, and things have been changing on a minute-by-minute basis.

Rep Maxine Waters!




White House sees the Flynn charge as "a win," source says

Source: CNN

One person familiar with the mood in the West Wing insists top White House officials are actually breathing a sigh of relief today.

“People in the building are very happy,” the source said. “This doesn’t lead back to Trump in any way, shape or form.”

The source noted that Flynn is being charged for making false statements, but not for any improper actions during the campaign.

“This is a further indication that there’s nothing there,” the source said. “This is a win for the White House.”

Read more: http://cnn.it/2AkHzjp

Flynn pleads guilty, reaches deal on charge of lying to FBI

Source: ABC News

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, once a member of President Trump’s inner circle of advisers, has pleaded guilty in a deal with the Special Counsel investigating foreign meddling in the 2016 elections in which he admits to lying to the FBI about his back-channel conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Flynn’s plea signals the former top adviser to President Trump is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. A brief statement released by Mueller’s team Friday morning does not say what information Flynn has provided the government as part of the deal, but people familiar with the agreement told ABC News Friday he has made a decision to assist investigators.

The general told confidants about his decision to plead guilty in the last 24 hours, according to people close to Flynn, who say the former adviser feels President Trump has abandoned him and has agreed to answer questions about the president or anyone else.

Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI about the nature of his conversations with then-Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. Those conversations led Russian officials to temper their response to increased U.S. sanctions, according to the charging documents. The charge means Flynn could face up to 5 years in prison.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/michael-flynn-charged-making-false-statements-fbi-documents/story?id=50849354

Russian trolls pushed graphic, racist tweets to American voters

Source: NBC News

Warning: this story contains offensive content.

A zealous band of Russian trolls flooded Twitter with hundreds of thousands of divisive posts in 2016 — accusing Democrats of satanic practices and supporting rape — in an attempt to influence the presidential election, according to a new analysis of a Twitter database by NBC News.

The effort tricked thousands of users into spreading graphic racial epithets across social media, interweaving provocative content with disinformation and falsehoods.

The tweets were uncovered in a database of over 202,000 deleted Russian troll tweets that NBC News compiled from several sources, including three sources familiar with Twitter's application programming interface, or API, an online system that allows outside software developers to work with the data underlying users' tweets.

All of the sources asked for anonymity to avoid being identified as possibly violating Twitter's developer policy; two of the sources asked not to be identified because they didn't want to become targets of Russian trolls themselves.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/russian-trolls-pushed-graphic-racist-tweets-american-voters-n823001

Dems to file new impeachment articles against Trump

Source: The Hill

A group of Democrats will file new articles of impeachment against President Trump before Thanksgiving, according to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), who’s leading the charge.

“It is clear to us that he is unfit to be president of the United States of America,” Gutiérrez said Wednesday.

Gutiérrez, one of Trump’s sharpest critics, declined to specify what grounds the articles will cite, saying only that the Democrats are working with constitutional scholars to solidify their case.

“I assure you we will not leave you lacking for reason,” he said.

It’s also unclear which Democrats will join Gutiérrez in the effort, though an aide named Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) as one such lawmaker. Cohen in August announced his intent to introduce impeachment articles, citing Trump’s defense of the white nationalists who participated in deadly protest marches in Charlottesville, Va., that month.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/358240-dems-to-file-new-impeachment-articles-against-trump

Trump falsely claims lines 'go back 6 blocks' for CPAC speech

Source: The Hill

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — President Trump falsely claimed during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday that lines to get in stretched back “six blocks.”

It was a statement at odds with the quiet scene outside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center where CPAC is taking place.

There were no lines getting into the Gaylord within the hour before Trump began speaking Friday morning.

"There are lines that go back six blocks. I tell you that because you won’t read about it," Trump said during his address.


He doubled down on calling the media "the enemy of the people," to cheers from the crowd.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320988-trump-falsely-claims-lines-go-back-6-blocks-for-cpac-speech

Trump: We spent $6T in Middle East and didn't even get a 'tiny oil well'

Source: The Hill

President Trump on Thursday doubled down on his comments the U.S. should have taken oil from the Middle East during its wars there.

“We’ve spent $6 trillion … in the Middle East,” Trump said during a meeting with airline executives at the White House. “We’ve got nothing. We’ve got nothing. We never even kept a small, even a tiny oil well. Not one little oil well. I said, ‘Keep the oil.’”

The president argued the money would have been better spent on massive new infrastructure projects in the U.S.

“We have an obsolete plane system, we have obsolete airports, we have obsolete trains, we have bad roads,” he said. “We're gonna change all of that, folks. You're gonna be so happy with Trump. I think you already are.”
Trump for years has said the U.S. should have kept Iraq’s oil after overthrowing Saddam Hussein. But many legal experts say doing so could have violated international law.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/318681-trump-we-spent-6t-in-middle-east-and-didnt-even-get-a-tiny-oil-well
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