<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Politics]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usWed, 22 Feb 2017 01:39:17 -0500Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:39:17 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lawmakers Pressed on Trump’s Policies at Town Halls]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:22:56 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17052669256974.jpg
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley was greeted at a town hall Tuesday in Iowa with a shouted question about "impeachment" as voters there and at other events across the country pressed lawmakers about the moves and...

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<![CDATA[Virginia Group Urges Congresswoman to Show Up to Town Hall]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:13:45 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/imageedit_2_4578398019.jpg
Citizens of Northern Virginia are pushing for their Congresswoman to show up to a town hall meeting they have organized, but have yet to hear a response.

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<![CDATA[Craig Melvin Reflects on Interview With President Trump at African American Museum]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:24:25 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Donald+Trump+Museum+of+African+American+History+and+Culture+GettyImages-643433598.jpg
NBC's Craig Melvin was with President Donald Trump when he toured the Smithsonian's Museum of African American History and Culture Tuesday. He joined News4 to talk about that interview with the president.

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<![CDATA[Trump Condemns Racism, Anti-Semitism]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:22:10 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Immigration0221_MP4-148771155634700001.jpg
President Donald Trump spoke out against racism and anti-Semitism Tuesday following a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.Trump’s comments followed 10 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country and the vandalization of more than 170 Jewish graves in a Missouri cemetery on Monday.   The president’s concessions, however, were called inadequate by some Jewish advocacy groups. Critics have previously focused on the new administration’s failure to mention Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day and its silence on anti-Semitic attacks across the country, which increased from 13 to 28 in New York when compared to the same period in 2016. Pressure for the White House to condemn anti-Semitism rose further on Thursday, when the president interrupted a reporter from an Orthodox Jewish magazine asking about bomb threats made against Jewish centers recently.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Picks McMaster as National Security Adviser]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:36:46 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trump-mcmaster-annoucement-148762365967200001.jpg
President Donald Trump announces Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his pick for national security adviser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 20, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Emails Show Kushner's Stricter Approach on Ethics Than Trump]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:25:58 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg
The Trump administration has struggled with ethics vetting for Cabinet nominees and faced criticism for the president's decision to remain invested in his business empire. When Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, prepared to enter the White House, however, the administration sought to do it by the book.

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<![CDATA[Bill Would Allow Hunters to Target Bears, Wolves in Alaska]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:22:36 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bearsinalaskafeuerherd.jpg
Hunters could once again go after bears, wolves and other predators in national wildlife refuges across Alaska if an Obama-era federal law is overturned by Congress and gets the president's approval, NBC News reported.Supporters of repealing the rule, which was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August, got a boost Thursday when the House voted 225-193, mostly along party lines, to undo the law.Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is behind the resolution to strip away some of the federal government's control over Alaska's 76 million acres worth of federal wildlife refuges. Under the federal law, hunters are prohibited from shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for potential grizzly bear targets, trapping bears with wire snares and luring bears with food to get a point-blank kill.

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<![CDATA[‘I Am a Muslim Too’: Russell Simmons Headlines Unity March]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:05:14 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_101210146201.jpg
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is feeling "zen" about a multifaith and multiethnic unity rally he's headlining Sunday — organized in response to the uncertainty and anxiety that was created by President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, NBC News reported.The entrepreneur has been trying to bridge religious and cultural divides for years, and said he is eager to lend his celebrity to the "I Am a Muslim Too" march through Times Square in his native New York City."Believing that people are the same takes you a long way," Simmons told NBC News this week. "I love doing this work. It's purposeful. It makes me happy."

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<![CDATA[DNC Race Shakeup: Ray Buckley to Exit, Endorse Keith Ellison]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:55:49 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dncshakeup.jpg
In the biggest shakeup of the Democratic leadership race in months, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley plans to drop his bid to be the party's national chairman and throw his support behind Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, NBC News reported.With just a week left before Democratic National Committee members gather in Atlanta to cast their ballots, the move could have far-reaching consequences both for the election and the future of the party."While it was a tremendous honor to run for DNC Chair over the past few months, I am proud to throw my support behind Keith so we can ensure that the next Chair of the DNC is dedicated to investing in and strengthening state parties and ensuring that the DNC is an accountable organization," Buckley said in a statement. "As I've talked to the DNC membership, it's clear Keith has widespread support, and I know as our next DNC Chair Keith will successfully unite and grow our party."

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<![CDATA[Here’s How Congress Is Handling Russia Investigations]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:35:30 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17048721312607-Sens-Comey-Secret-Meeting.jpg
At the end of a week's worth of new revelations and a resignation, FBI Director James Comey held a closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday, NBC News reports. Members who emerged refused to say what the meeting was about or even to acknowledge that a meeting was happening — though reporters saw Comey enter the same room as the senators. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio did send out a tweet that hinted at Russia: "I am now very confident Senate Intel Comm I serve on will conduct thorough bipartisan investigation of #Putin interference and influence," the Florida senator said.

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<![CDATA[House Overturns Rule Protecting Planned Parenthood]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:18:59 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17010593540071-House.jpg
The Republican-led House this week overturned a regulation then-President Barack Obama put in place to protect Title X funding, prompting criticism from Democrats and others over the move's impact on women's health care.The House on Thursday scrapped a rule that barred state and local governments from withholding federal funds from family planning providers that offered full reproductive services, including abortion.“With this bill, Republicans are demonstrating that they will stop at nothing to limit women’s access to health care,” a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told NBC.The Republican-sponsored H.J. Res. 43 passed in a 230-188 vote, largely along party lines.

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<![CDATA[Congress Members Reminded to Remain Vigilant at Home]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:57:01 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17041045862245-constituents-protest-GOP.jpg
A new memo distributed to members of Congress Thursday told them to remain vigilant as they leave the protective bubble of the nation’s capital and return to their home districts for the Presidents Day week recess.

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<![CDATA[Trump Emphasizes Military Spending at Boeing]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:44:34 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump_Boeing-148736146912200001.jpg
 President Donald Trump reiterated his emphasis on rebuilding the military in a Friday visit to Boeing in South Carolina, a day after he made the same promises in a White House news conference. "We are looking seriously at a big order," he said.]]>
<![CDATA[Calls for 9/11 Commission-Style Probe Into Russia Meddling ]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:57:03 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/representative+elijah+cummings.jpg
A senior Democratic lawmaker said the creation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election has gained bipartisan support.Rep. Elijah Cummings told msnbc the creation of the commission was necessary "to really get into how all of this happened, what was the relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and try to figure out how to make sure that this does not happen again."Cummings, the ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said the Republican co-sponsor of a bill to create the commission is "a congressman from North Carolina" whose name would be made public Friday.Sen. Ben Cardin, the leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has previously called for an independent commission into election meddling.

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<![CDATA[Conservative Media Firm Founder Joins White House Team]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:38:30 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tru7GettyImages-642085400.jpg
Donald Trump has named Mike Dubke, founder of conservative media firm Crossroads Media, to be head of the White House communications team, NBC News reported. Dubke is expected to start in his new role as early as Friday, an administration official told NBC. Crossroads Media is a conservative media firm "specializing in advertising strategy and placement for political candidates, issue advocacy organizations and trade associations," according to their website.

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<![CDATA[America Is the 'Problem Now': Asylum Seekers Flee to Canada]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:33:49 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/refugeesescapetocanada.jpg
A Somali man trekked 21 hours as temperatures hovered around 0 degrees Fahrenheit to make it across the northern U.S. border into Manitoba, Canada, CBC, a Canadian news agency reported.The freezing and exhausted man shared his story with a CBC news reporter at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday."I have a problem. America is [the] problem now," he said, according to the report.

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<![CDATA[Trump Taps NY Billionaire to Review Intelligence Agencies]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:52:39 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Feinberg_Trump_15519367-148727880542900001.jpg
 President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration has asked a New York-based private equity executive to lead a review of the U.S. intelligence community as he moves to crack down on "illegal leaks" of classified information.]]>