Politics, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Politics
Wed, 01/11/2017 - 1:20pm
Embattled House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Tuesday rejected calls for his recusal from the panel's probe into allegations Russia meddled in the 2016 election.. Top Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called on Nunes to recuse himself Monday after his office confirmed that he was on White House grounds the day before he claimed to have evidence that members of President Donald Trump’s transition team were inappropriately monitored by intelligence agencies.“Well, why would I not” continue to lead the House panel’s investigation, Nunes said to reporters.
(Credit: AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) It was probably clear, once President Donald Trump’s administration purged all climate change information from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, that President Barack Obama’s global warming policies were in trouble. Trump plans on issuing an executive order on Tuesday that would sweep away as much of Obama’s environmental policies as possible, in particular those that address man-made climate change, according to The Washington Post.
Speculation on Monday evening suggested that the primary target of Devin Nunes’ odd behavior over the previous days was preventing the next public hearing of the Intelligence Committee, a hearing at which former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was due to speak. Interesting—Jeremy Bash implies Sally Yates had revelations for House Intel about when she told WH that Flynn lied.
A new Christopher Newport University poll in Virginia finds Tom Perriello (D) and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tied at 26% in the Democratic race for governor. On the Republican side, Ed Gillespie leads with 38%, followed by Corey Stewart at 11% and Frank Wagner at 10%).
A Senate committee pushed through plans to raise the gas tax by 10 cents and open up Indiana interstates to tolling Tuesday morning.
Wake up and smell the working-class blue-collar heartland populism: President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions. The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump.