<![CDATA[NECN - Politics]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.necn.com/news/politics http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.com en-usMon, 10 Dec 2018 11:38:22 -0500Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:38:22 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ayanna Pressley to Hold Session on Violence and Trauma]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:16:42 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/220*120/ayanna+pressley+thumb.jpg

During her final days as a Boston City Councilwoman, Ayanna Pressley is hosting a listening session Monday on violence and trauma.

The listening session was created to give those who are impacted by trauma and violence the opportunity for their voices to be heard by government officials and the community.

"Whoever participates, I hope they feel seen and heard," said Pressley in a Boston Herald report. "So many people feel disenchanted with the government especially with violence and trauma because they often get talked over or dismissed with a quick response. This is a way for them to be fully heard."

Pressley will be sworn into office next month once Congress convenes. One of the Congresswoman-elect’s goals is working to repeal the Dickey Amendment, a provision which prohibits funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research gun control.

Pressley said continued conversation is a way to bring awareness to violence and trauma. 

"It is important to keep the proximity of the hurt because that is how we remain uncomfortable so we don’t get complacent," Pressley told the Herald. "When you remain vigilant and engaged with those most impacted, that is where you find the solution."

The listening session on violence and trauma takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Iannella Chamber in Boston City Hall.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Say Trump Impeachment Too Soon to Consider]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:09:31 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NC_cohenfillings_1500x845.jpg

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say talks of impeachment for President Donald Trump is too soon, even with court filings released by special counsel Robert Mueller spelling out legal and political trouble for Trump. 

<![CDATA[Stone Associate Corsi Sues Mueller, CIA, FBI, NSA for $350M]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:48:23 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/jeromecorsiAP_1105250114729.jpg

The conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi filed a lawsuit on Sunday accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of blackmailing him to lie about President Donald Trump in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, NBC News reported

The suit, which seeks $350 million in actual and punitive damages in U.S. District Court in Washington, was filed six days after Corsi entered a formal complaint with the Justice Department alleging prosecutorial misconduct by Mueller.

Corsi, 72, the former Washington bureau chief of the conspiracy website InfoWars, accuses Mueller's office of having illegally leaked secret information from the grand jury investigating Russian election interference.

The lawsuit also names the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency as co-respondents. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Says Kelly Out at Year's End]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:34:50 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/john+kelly+out.jpg

President Donald Trump told reporters Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.

<![CDATA[Trump Nominates New Attorney General and UN Ambassador]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:21:45 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Barr-Nauert.jpg

President Donald Trump nominated former Bush attorney general William Barr as his attorney general and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Trump also teased a third announcement about the Joint Chiefs of Staff while speaking on the South Lawn.

<![CDATA[Kelly Departure as White House Chief of Staff Imminent, Sources Say]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:18:12 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/1051911270-WH-Chief-of-Staff-John-Kelly.jpg

White House chief of staff John Kelly's long-expected departure will occur in the days ahead, four sources tell NBC News.

His tenure has been marred by controversy since he became chief of staff in the summer of last year, amid reports of tension with the president and West Wing staff.

Reports of recent clashes with first lady Melania Trump made his already tenuous position only more so.

Among the leading candidates to replace him is Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers.

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<![CDATA[George H.W. Bush Laid to Rest After Texas Farewell]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:02:53 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BUSHFUNERAL1.jpg President George H.W. Bush was buried Thursday in a private ceremony in College Station, Texas, after three days of remembrances in Texas and in Washington, D.C.]]> <![CDATA[Ex. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick Rules Out 2020 Presidential Run]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:51:20 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Deval+Patrick+12062018.JPG

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick confirmed Thursday he will not be running for president in 2020.

In an exclusive interview with NBC10 Boston's Alison King, Patrick said he was concerned about the elections process negatively affecting his extended family.

"We have a family, and an extended family who depends on me and on Diane and we're very close and I have to care about the impact on them and I do," said Patrick. "Our family, some of whom, all of whom are encouraging, but many of whom have not signed up would deal with the inevitable cruelty of our current political processes."

Patrick indicated that the way the 2016 election played out may be a factor in his decision.

"If there were any rules, it feels to me like they all were thrown out in 2016," he said. "In a way, Donald Trump, President Trump is not the point. The point is, the character of the country."

Instead, Patrick said he will look for other ways to contribute in the coming years.

NBC10 Boston's Alison King mentioned that the current political climate is why many voters think he should have thrown his hat in the ring.

"I take that comment as a tremendous compliment," Patrick said. "But I also am aware that that's a decision that doesn't affect me alone."

Patrick said family issues have also shaped his decision. It was less than a month ago when his wife Diane was diagnosed with stage one uterine cancer and needed surgery.

"She had surgery, she's fine, she's going to be fine. But that sort of thing you know sharpens the mind," Patrick said.

Diane Patrick had struggled with her husband's transition into public life in 2006. But it is not Diane who is keeping her husband from running for president.

"I would say that Diane's encouragement had more to do with my taking this seriously than almost anybody else," said Patrick.

Patrick's decision is a disappointment to key members of the Obama administration who had publicly supported him.

When asked if he may change his mind in the future, he would not speculate.

"You know, I'm not going to do all that. Because I've found that when I ruminate out loud it gets me in all kinds of trouble," Patrick said.

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<![CDATA[Harris Aide Resigns After Reported Sex Harassment Settlement]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:31:43 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/931953312-Sen-Kamala-Harris.jpg

Larry Wallace resigned as a senior adviser to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Wednesday after a report of a $400,000 sexual harassment settlement over an incident alleged to have taken place while he worked for Harris in California in 2016.

A spokeswoman for Harris told NBC News it was unaware of the settlement, reported by The Sacramento Bee, and said the office takes "accusations of harassment extremely seriously."

Harris was California's attorney general at the time of the alleged incident, and Wallace was the state Department of Justice's director of law enforcement. The settlement came after Harris was sworn in as senator and Harris was hired as a Sacramento-based senior advisor.

Harris, a potential candidate for president in 2020, was among the women who called for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to resign after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

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<![CDATA[Bush's Presidential Funeral Train to Be First in Nearly 50 Years]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:43:43 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/5A+TRAIN+TO+COLLEGE+STA_KXASJMWY_2018-12-06-04-53-40.jpg

Thursday marked the final farewell to former President George H.W. Bush in Texas.

After his funeral in Houston, his body was transported from Spring in Harris County to his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

For the first time since the death of President Dwight Eisenhower in 1969, a president’s body was transported on a funeral train.

“Union Pacific is so honored to be helping America recognize President Bush and pay respect to him on his way to his final resting place,” Union Pacific spokesperson Tom Lange said.

Bush arrived at College Station on the Union Pacific No. 4141 George Bush Locomotive. The train was unveiled in 2005, during a ceremony near the Bush Presidential Library.

Thousands lined cities along the route to pay final respects to the former president.

The train has 11 cars with the president in the sixth. His American flag-draped coffin was visible to all those along the route.

The final trip came at the request of the former president himself.

“The CEO at the time had a personal relationship with President Bush,” Lange said.

Lange said he and the employees of Union Pacific are still taking in the scope of the honor of being involved in the ceremonial trip.

“I don’t know if any of us can be fully prepared for the emotion and the enormity of the event,” Lange said. “You like to think that you are prepared for what the emotion might be, but I can’t and I don’t know anyone who really could.”

For many, the idea of Bush traversing the Texas countryside one last time was chill-inducing. It was moving to know that he took one last journey through the state he loved and be among the people.

“He loved the trains – especially in the days of when he could ride trains, because it brought him closer to the people versus and airplane or something else,” Lange said.

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