Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey for Its Russian Deal

In a detailed memo to senators, the Trump administration is fighting a bill that would punish Turkey for buying Russian missiles, arguing it would drive the countries closer together. Of note, Team Trump opposes a provision in the bill that would help Syrian Kurdish refugees immigrate to the United States. The case is laid out in a committed war crimes against Kurdish civilians, leaving lawmakers furious. The Senate bill also includes sanctions against Halkbank, a Turkish bank accused of participating in a multi-billion-dollar sanctions-evasion operation on behalf of the Iranian government. Though the Trump administration already has the authority to level sanctions against Halkbank, it hasnt done soperplexing many observers of Trumps Iran policy. The Justice Department, however, has charged …

Democratic Groups Plot to Make Impeachment Trial Painful for GOP

Convict Trumpor else. Thats the message liberal advocacy groups are trying to send to Republican senators in hopes of pressuring them to vote for President Trumps removal from office, or at least maximizing the political pain for them if they dont. One such group, Stand Up America, is bankrolling a new $300,000 digital campaign targeting a dozen GOP senators as the impeachment trial draws nearer. The liberal political nonprofit, which has been organizing to support impeachment and other initiatives to counter Trump, tells The Daily Beast it plans to run digital ads urging the public to call their senator; they will also launch a volunteer-driven texting campaign to drive calls and apply pressure on a few key Republicans. Its part …

To the Christians Who Voted for the Lesser of Two Evils

ShareTweetPin “Don’t judge me by my president.” These are the words that I muttered under my breath this morning. A broken sentiment to match my melancholy mood. He saddened me, my Commander in Chief, but more than his actions made me wince, was the opinion of his opposition that mattered to me. Most of the time it shouldn’t, but in this instance it did. It had to. We were coming to a point where opinion meant more than meets the eye. I voted for Donald Trump. God, help me, I did. Southern-bred and Bible-belt brought up, our state ran red, of course it did, but I didn’t vote strictly on party lines. I took a good look at the candidates …

Inside Cory Booker’s underdog campaign to win Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN)Sen. Cory Booker was fielding the usual voter questions in northwestern Iowa on Friday, capping off a day of schlepping across 200 miles of fertile caucus land, when a man asked him “The Question.” Those candidates — along with former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and businessman Tom Steyer — shared a stage that week in Los Angeles, the site of the sixth Democratic primary debate. For the first time, however, Booker wasn’t among them. Instead, having failed to meet the polling threshold to qualify, he touched down in Iowa on Thursday for the first of five days of campaign stops, four of which would be spent crisscrossing the state by bus. If Booker couldn’t …