Legislative Luncheon focused on wages, weed and taxes

DOVER — The big talk of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (CDCC) Legislative Luncheon on Thursday was, as one might assume, taxes. The annual event that hosts over 200 business owners, dignitaries and community leaders at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is an opportunity for chamber members to quiz Kent County politicians specifically about […]

Trump budget sets up another battle over wall funding

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for the U.S-Mexico barrier while imposing steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and setting the stage for another fiscal battle. Budget documents are often seen as just a starting point of negotiation, but fresh […]

Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort sentenced to 47 months

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, much less than what was called for under sentencing guidelines. Manafort, sitting in a wheelchair as he deals with complications from gout, had no visible […]

Biden could get boost by back-to-back 2020 departures

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden isn’t a presidential candidate yet. But with two key rivals already getting out of the way, the former vice president has more space to court voters who could help him claim the Democratic nomination. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he wouldn’t run for president, following an announcement earlier this week […]

Trump border emergency foes close in on needed Senate votes

WASHINGTON — Senate opponents of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border moved within a hair Thursday of having enough votes to prevail, and one Republican suggested he risks a rebuff by the GOP-led chamber if he doesn’t change course. Trump’s move would “turn a border crisis into a constitutional […]

Rep. Schiff warns of subpoenas, lawsuit over Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat threatened on Sunday to call special counsel Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill, subpoena documents and sue the Trump administration if the full report on Mueller’s Russia investigation is not made public. Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said his committee will keep close watch on […]

Speak Out: On Nancy Pelosi

Readers reacted to a recent Letter to the Editor headlined “The nightmare of Nancy” • All elected officials should be an extension of their voters. She has lost focus of that and is working on her personal agenda. She single handedly has prevented success more than anyone. Overall, she is a burden to America. This […]

Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators reached agreement Monday night to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks. Republicans were desperate to avoid another bruising shutdown. They tentatively agreed to far less money for President […]

Democrats and GOP square off over Trump’s tax returns

WASHINGTON — With Democrats now controlling the House and holding the legal key to seeking President Donald Trump’s tax returns, Republican lawmakers are invoking privacy in defending Trump’s flank. At an oversight hearing Thursday, lawmakers examined proposals to compel presidents and presidential candidates to make years of their tax returns public. And they discussed the […]

Bezos says Enquirer threatened to publish revealing pics

LOS ANGELES — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress. Bezos, who is also owner of […]