George HW Bushs casket arrives at military base outside Washington – as

first_imgDonald Trump George HW Bush’s casket arrives at military base outside Washington – as it happened,Presidential plane arrives at Andrews air force base in Maryland, while Trump tweets in favor of ally Roger Stone. Follow all today’s politics news live Facebook Erin Durkin in New York Mon 3 Dec 2018 16.17 EST Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to approve all the bills Republicans are considering in a lame duck session, according to the Associated Press.Republicans convened the controversial session to pass measures limiting the powers of the governor and attorney general after Democrats won both offices, and to restrict early voting and move the state’s primary.Fitzgerald did not specify which measures are short of the needed support.Hundreds of people protested inside and outside the hearing room, banging on the doors and chanting “Respect our votes!” Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is mulling a 2020 presidential bid, has a new op-ed out in the Des Moines Register discussing his upcoming trip to the state. Facebook Facebook Shares6565 4 Dec 201814:11 Share on Twitter Michael Avenatti: I want max jail time for Michael CohenDonald Trump and his alleged ex-paramour Stormy Daniels can agree on one thing – they want former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to the max.“My client and I hope that he is sentenced to the absolute maximum federal penitentiary time,” Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the pornographic film actress, said Monday, CNN reported.Trump tweeted earlier Monday that his ex-lawyer should “serve a full and complete sentence” in prison.Cohen has pleaded guilty to federal crimes including arranging a payment to Daniels during the 2016 election to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, which amounted to an illegal campaign contribution.Avenatti and Daniels have had some drama of their own, with the porn star alleging her lawyer had brought a defamation suit against Trump without her consent. But they appear to have patched things up. Daniels tweeted Sunday that she and her lawyer “have sorted shit out,” ahead of their appearance in a California court room Monday. 4 Dec 201815:00 Twitter Facebook 4 Dec 201813:28Trump’s approval rating inches up, new poll finds Share on Pinterest 4 Dec 201815:29Plane carrying George HW Bush’s casket arrives at Andrews Republicans Facebook Facebook Twitter Share on Messenger Twitter Show 4 Dec 201812:51 Updated 12 Feb 2019,Special Air Mission 41, the plane carrying George HW Bush’s remains, arrives at Andrews.Photograph: POOL/Reuters US politics 4 Dec 2018 16:01 Newest “Iowa gets more than a third of its energy from wind power, the most of any state. If every state got as much of its power from clean sources as Iowa does, America would already be nearly all the way to the goal we set under the Paris Climate Agreement of cutting carbon emissions 26 percent by 2025,” Bloomberg wrote.“Iowans understand what too many leaders in Washington don’t: Fighting climate change is good for our health and our economy.” Updatedat 3.44pm EST ABC News (@ABC)Bush family arrives at Joint Base Andrews, escorting the casket of George H.W. Bush, who will lie in state in Washington, D.C., this week as part of a multi-day national tribute. 3, 2018 Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Michael Avenatti said he wanted the ‘absolute maximum’ for Cohen. Photograph: Michael Owen Baker/AP 4 Dec 201816:01 Facebook Twitter Updatedat 3.51pm EST US politics 4 Dec 201812:32 4 Dec 201815:22 Twitter 4 Dec 201815:35 4 Dec 201814:15 Twitter 4 Dec 201815:29 1 of 3 4 Dec 201815:35Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels lawyers in spat Facebook 4 Dec 201816:17 Former FBI director James Comey. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels lawyers in spatLawyers for porn actress Stormy Daniels and President Trump’s former personal attorney got in a face-to-face confrontation in a Santa Monica courthouse hallway, per the AP:Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels, and Brent Blakely, who represents Michael Cohen, exchanged accusations Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.Avenatti said Blakely represented a felon. Blakely responded that Avenatti is a felon. Avenatti said he’s never been convicted of a crime.Cohen has pleaded guilty to several felonies and admitted funneling money to Daniels to keep her quiet about an affair she has said she had with Trump.It’s not clear what Blakely referred to, though Anenatti was arrested last month on suspicion of domestic violence.Prosecutors declined bringing felony charges against Avenatti. They are investigating whether he should face a misdemeanor charge for allegations he roughed up a girlfriend. Avenatti has denied wrongdoing. Share via Email Military bands greeted the casket of George HW Bush with “Hail to the Chief” and “My Country Tis of Thee” at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, and he was given a 21-gun salute.Bush’s five children were gathered on the tarmac for the arrival. The flag-draped casket was loaded into a hearse and will be brought to the US Capitol, where he will lie in state. Twittercenter_img Democrats 4 Dec 201813:40 Facebook Older Share on Twitter Most Americans believe the incoming Democratic-controlled House should force Donald Trump to release his tax returns, according to a new poll.Some 63% of registered voters said the House should be able to publicize the returns, while 37% said they shouldn’t, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll reported by the Hill. Matt Viser (@mviser)Michael Bloomberg, as a guest columnist in the Des Moines Register: Why I’m coming to Iowa 3, 2018 Key events 4 Dec 201815:11 4 Dec 201814:05 Share on WhatsApp 4 Dec 201815:33 Show Twitter James Comey to testify on Friday – reportsFormer FBI Director James Comey will testify privately on Capitol Hill on Friday, Politico reports. Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee had subpoenaed him, and Comey fought the subpoena to testify privately and instead called for a public hearing. But he has now agreed to appear voluntarily.A transcript of the interview is expected to be released publicly Saturday, according to Politico. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says there is no “specific agreement” between the United States and China that would address China’s tariffs on U.S. auto imports but says he “expects” those duties to go to zero, the Associated Press reports. From AP:President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday that China would “reduce and remove” its 40% tariff on U.S. cars. China has not confirmed that it would do so.China has a 15% import tax on all autos. But it raised its tariff on U.S. cars to 40% earlier this year in retaliation for Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods.“We don’t yet have a specific agreement on that,” Kudlow said on a conference call with reporters. “But I will just tell you as an involved participant we expect those tariffs to go to zero.” Unlike many news organisations, we chose an approach that means all our reporting is free and available for everyone. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. For as little as $1 you can support us – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Make a contribution – The Guardian Twitter Twitter Plane carrying George HW Bush’s casket arrives at AndrewsThe plane carrying the casket of former President George HW Bush has landed at Andrews Air Force base outside Washington, DC. Twitter Updatedat 3.46pm EST 4 Dec 201814:15James Comey to testify on Friday – reports Twitter Democratic Hill leaders appear likely to support a two-week government funding extension, Politico reports. Democratic leaders had been scheduled to meet with Donald Trump this week, but it’s now been pushed to next week due to the funeral of former President George HW Bush.The House has now called off all votes this week in observation of the funeral, and does not expect any votes until the evening of Monday, Dec. 10. TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc)WATCH: Air Force One arrives at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland with Pres. George H.W. Bush’s casket on board 3, 2018 Twitter Twitter Donald Trump praised his former aide Roger Stone for having the “guts” to vow not the testify against him. He called for a less loyal former aide, Michael Cohen, to “serve a full and complete sentence” in prison, falsely claiming the crimes Cohen has admitted to were not related to Trump. Live feed Share on Facebook 4 Dec 201813:28 Facebook Share via Email Topics George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, suggested Donald Trump is engaging in obstruction of justice by praising Roger Stone’s refusal to testify against him.“File under ‘18 U.S.C. §§ 1503, 1512,’” the attorney said on Twitter, referring to statutes that govern witness tampering and obstruction of justice. George Conway (@gtconway3d)File under “18 U.S.C. §§ 1503, 1512” 3, 2018 Closing summaryWe’re wrapping up our live updates for now. Here’s a recap of today’s key developments so far:The casket of former President George HW Bush was flown out of Houston and landed at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. Bush will lie in state at the US Capitol starting this evening, His funeral will be Wednesday, and his son, former President George W Bush, will be among those giving eulogies. Oldest Facebook Share on LinkedIn Trump’s approval rating inches up, new poll findsDonald Trump’s approval rating has inched up slightly over the last two months, according to a new poll.In a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, 46% of voters approve of Trump’s performance and 54% disapprove, the Hill reports. In October, the approval rating was 44%.Updatedat 3.47pm EST Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress, plans to lead a Congressional delegation to the West Bank, the Intercept reported. It’s meant as a counterpoint to the trips to Israel for members of Congress commonly sponsored by the the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.Tlaib told the Intercept her trip will focus on issues like Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty. She may take the politicians to Beit Ur al-Foqa, the village where her grandmother lives in the northern West Bank.In the same interview, Tlaib came out in favor of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. 4 Dec 201815:22Michael Avenatti: I want max jail time for Michael Cohen Twitter Updatedat 3.47pm EST Republicans are likely to move forward with a two week extension of federal funding.The House is expected to pass a two-week continuing resolution by unanimous consent, after all votes this week were canceled for the funeral of former President George HW Bush, an aide told the Hill. Democrats also favor a two-week extension, it was reported earlier Monday. Facebook Wisconsin Republicans convened a lame duck session of the state legislature, where they’re aiming to pass bills restricting the powers of the state’s governor and attorney general, after Democrats won both offices. Twitter 4 Dec 201815:55 Newer First published on Mon 3 Dec 2018 08.41 EST The Wisconsin Elections Commission is warning state lawmakers that moving the state’s 2020 presidential primary would be “extraordinarily difficult,” the Associated Press reports. Moving the primary from April to March is one of the measures being considered in a lame duck session of the Republican-controlled legislature, which is moving to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.The move to the primary date is designed to ensure that conservative state Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly doesn’t face a Democratic wave when he comes up for re-election in April. But it would leave elections officials tasked with holding three elections in three months. The election commission unanimously adopted a motion Monday to send written testimony to legislators saying the move would create multiple conflicts, be “extraordinarily difficult” and may not be feasible, per the AP. Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers have called the lame duck session an extraordinary power grab. “They lost and they’re throwing a fit,” said state Sen. Jon Erpenbach.Another bill being considered would limit early voting in the state. The group One Wisconsin successfully sued to strike down a previous Republican effort to limit early voting, and says the new measure would violate the court ruling.Republicans “refuse to accept the results of the 2018 elections,” said One Wisconsin executive director Scot Ross. Facebook Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more