<![CDATA[NBC New York - Politics]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usMon, 20 Nov 2017 01:13:56 -0500Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:13:56 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump 'Doesn't Know Who to Believe' About Moore: Mulvaney]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:36:46 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/transgender-trump.jpg

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, defended President Donald Trump for his silence on the sexual allegations against Roy Moore, saying Trump "doesn't know who to believe."

"He has said that he thinks that the voters of Alabama should decide," Mulvaney told Andrea Mitchell on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday. "I think that's the most commonsense way to look at it."

"He doesn't know who to believe. I think a lot of folks don't," Mulvaney said of the president, adding that he personally believes the allegations "are credible."

Nine women have come forward with accusations against Moore, the Republican nominee and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, including one woman who said she was 14 when Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when he was 32. Moore has denied the allegations.

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<![CDATA[Clintons Call Out Trump, Putin at Political Event]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:45:46 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/clintons+irving.JPG

Former president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared together onstage Friday for the first time since the 2016 presidential election to answer a host of political and personal questions.

The former First Couple was very casual during the hourlong discussion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving.

They cracked a few jokes and were very candid on a number of topics — chief among them President Donald Trump, the 2016 election and the way forward for the Democratic Party.

When asked what they would tell Trump if he were seated next to them, Bill Clinton said Trump should, "stop seeking enemies and look for people to work with."

"We're the same age," he added. "What do you want your legacy to be?"

Hillary Clinton said Trump, as president, should do more to unite the country. She also discussed some of her own missteps during the campaign.

"It was the first reality TV campaign. He was the first reality TV candidate and I was the candidate of reality. I was not as entertaining and I admit that," she said.

The former Democratic presidential candidate also urged Trump to fix the Republican tax overhaul and push Congress to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, which she helped establish.

"It's a budget-busting, debt-increasing giveaway. It's not going to deal with our infrastructure problem, not going to provide better education, and it's not going to solve our health care problems," she said. "It's not too late for you [Trump] to demonstrate that you really understand the job, how awesome the responsibility is. You're looking for ways to bring people together and not divide us, so don't let the Republican Congress hurt people."

The pair spent several minutes discussing what happened during the 2016 election. Much of the conversation focused on Russian meddling.

"Vladimir Putin is an internal threat to our democracy and a national security threat. They were sewing discord in America. We were slow to defend ourselves," Hillary Clinton said.

The night ended with the couple being asked what they wanted their legacy to be.

Bill Clinton demurred, saying it all depends on how you keep score.

Despite calls for her to leave politics for good, Hillary Clinton said she's not worried about her legacy, because she is not done fighting for the causes she believes in.

"Anything I can do to bring people together, solve problems, help tackle the challenges we face is what I'm committed to right now," she said. "It's too soon to start thinking about legacy, because I'm not going anywhere."

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<![CDATA[Trump to Pay His Own Legal Bills in Russian Probe]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:26:57 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/862049442-Trump-McConnell-Press.jpg

President Donald Trump has began paying for his own legal defense in connection with the FBI's investigation into the influence of Russian meddling in national elections, CNBC reported. 

The Republican National Committee and his campaign were paying for Trump's steep legal fees.

Bloomberg first reported the president would be paying his own legal bills Friday.

An interview with investigators could cost more than $30,000, according to the Bloomberg article.

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<![CDATA[Moore Scandal Ignites Fundraising Explosion for Opponent]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:52:37 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jonesAP_17318718341273.jpg

The Roy Moore scandal has unleashed a torrent of online donations to Democrat Doug Jones, who was collecting around $250,000 per day in its immediate aftermath, according to two sources familiar with the matter who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity.

Democrats may end up in the unlikely situation of dramatically outspending the GOP in the Senate contest in deep red Alabama now that national Republicans have abandoned Moore. The Republican candidate's bank account had been depleted by a tough primary battle even before nine women came forward to accuse of him of sexual impropriety.

The scandal has super-charged Jones' already robust online fundraising to "Ossoff-level money," as one Democrat put it, referring to failed Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, who amassed a staggering $30 million in a Georgia special election earlier this year.

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<![CDATA[White House Defends Trump's Reaction to Franken Allegations]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:41:12 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SHS_FRANKEN_MOORE_111717-151095147671400002.jpg

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump has responded to sexual misconduct allegations against both Alabama Senatorial Candidate Roy Moore and Minnesota Senator Al Franken.

<![CDATA[Senators Hatch, Brown Trade Barbs in Tax Debate]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:11:20 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/US-Taxes-Hatch-Brown-Lon-NR-151093378913800002.jpg

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown exchanged heated words in a Senate Finance committee hearing debating the tax bill overhaul. The Senate version of tax bill was approved and sent to the full Senate after four days of often fierce partisan debate.

<![CDATA[Franken Fallout: Colleagues Respond to Allegations]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:08:51 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LV50FWEB11172017_MP4-151092304922800002.jpg

U.S. Senator Al Franken is asking his colleagues to investigate his own behavior after new allegations of sexual misconduct.

<![CDATA[Congress' Delay Risks Millions of Kids' Health Insurance]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:09:02 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pll_20171118_chip_russo_10_fc7316e06197590903fff4b9d54d55a9.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

The Children's Health Insurance Program covers annual check-ups and more medical procedures for nearly 9 million kids in low-income families, but congressional bickering is putting it at risk, NBC News reported.

The program has enjoyed bipartisan support since it was created in 1997, but legislators have let this year's reauthorization deadline pass in the debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Now funding in 11 states will run out by the end of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and 21 more states by March.

CHIP gives health insurance to children and pregnant mothers who don't qualify for Medicaid but can't afford private insurance, and Census data shows the rate of uninsured children has dropped from 14 to about 4.5 percent in the past 20 years, experts say.

It's helped Roland Williams, 11, a St. Louis boy with an extremely rare form of lung cancer whose mother was told last year that "he would make it to see his 10th birthday."

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<![CDATA[Sanders: Trump Believes Moore Should Step Aside If Allegations Are True]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:10:55 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SHS_roy+Moore.jpg

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers questions about President Donald Trump’s position on Alabama Senatorial Candidate Roy Moore and recent sexual misconduct allegations against him.

<![CDATA[Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore Holds News Conference After Two New Accusers Emerge]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:25:12 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ROY_MOORE_PRESSER_111617-151086703980900002.jpg

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore held a news conference surrounded by religious leaders Thursday after two more women accused him of pursuing them when they were teenagers.

<![CDATA[Radio Host Tweeden Accuses Sen. Franken of Nonconsensual Groping, Kissing]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:41:07 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_AL_FRANKEN_ACCUSER_111617-151086421239900002.jpg

Radio host and Fox News panelist Leeann Tweeden held a press conference Thursday detailing her experience on a 2006 USO tour with then-comedian Al Franken and alleged that Franken forcibly kissed her during a skit written by Franken. She also said he groped her while she was asleep, providing photographic evidence. Sen. Franken has issued an apology and is open to a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. Tweeden accepted Franken’s apology.

<![CDATA[Trump: 'The Tax is Going Really Well']]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:01:49 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/US-Trump-House-2-CR_1200x675_1097522755698.jpg

President Donald Trump emerged from a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Thursday and told reporters, "the tax is going very well."

<![CDATA[Sen. Menendez's Bribery Trial Ends in Hung Jury]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:03:19 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/US-NJ-Menendez-CR-151086197097200002.jpg

The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor. Prosecutors did not immediately say whether they plan to retry the lawmaker.

<![CDATA[Trump Making Another Appeal for Tax Reform]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:51:01 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_lv50tweb11162017_1500x845.jpg

President Donald Trump heads to Capitol Hill Thursday to make a personal appeal for tax reform hours before a critical vote.

<![CDATA[Senate Confirms Trump's Pick to Oversee Mine Safety]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:52:17 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/869019702-Donald-Trump-Cabinet-Meeting.jpg

Senate Republicans voted on Wednesday to confirm the former leader of a coal company with a record of serious safety violations to become the country's top regulator of miner health and safety.

On a 52-46 party-line vote, the Senate approved David Zatezalo, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA), NBC News reported.

Under Trump, MSHA has already moved to roll back and delay Obama-era regulations intended to protect workers in one of the country's most dangerous industries, and Zatezalo’s leadership of a Kentucky coal-mining firm has raised further concerns among worker-safety advocates.

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<![CDATA[President Trump's Water Grab Evokes Rubio Moment]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:41:25 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trumprubio+stills.png

President Donald Trump reached for a bottle of water during a speech about his trip to Asia and it had the internet abuzz.

<![CDATA[Trump Has Awkward Water Bottle Moment on TV]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:41:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trump-water.jpg

President Donald Trump was very thirsty — for some more positive news coverage of his lengthy Asia trip, and for some water.

While speaking at the White House on Wednesday about his 11 days abroad, Trump abruptly stopped talking and stooped to look for water behind the podium. Staffers typically leave a water bottle or glass under the podium, but this time the president came up empty, NBC News reported.

"They don't have water," Trump said. "That's okay." A voice in the wings alerted him to a bottle of Fiji water within arms reach.

Trump grabbed for it, seeming to keep it away from his body and out of camera view as he unscrewed the cap before taking some gulps, reminiscent of another ill-fated political water bottle sip by Sen. Marco Rubio — which Trump had mocked.

<![CDATA[Alabama GOP Threatens Retaliation For Disloyalty to Moore]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:29:51 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/roymoorecowboyhat_1200x675.jpg

As more Washington Republicans come out against Alabama's GOP U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore after sexual abuse allegations, local GOP leaders in Alabama have doubled down on their support for Moore and even made threats against defectors, NBC News reported. 

Alabama's Republican Party chairwoman, Terry Lathan, told the local media that she was prepared to enforce strict party bylaws on unsupportive members of the party. 

Alabama GOP bylaws give the party "the right to deny ballot access to a candidate for public office" to any elected official who "either publicly participated in the primary election of another political party or publicly supported a nominee of another political party," NBC News reported. 

The provision applies for six years, meaning Alabama Republican officeholders who run against Moore or support a challenger could theoretically be barred from running again on the Republican ticket until 2023. 

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<![CDATA[Sessions Unfamiliar With FBI Report on Black Extremists]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:50:07 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sessionsblackextremism_18231185_1200x675_1096479811773.jpg

Attorney Jeff Sessions answered questions from Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) on Nov. 14, 2017, about an August FBI report that described "black identity extremist" groups the FBI says are increasingly targeting law enforcement. He said he was "not aware" of a similar report about white identity extremists.