Substantively, Trump's threat is fairly empty: NBC and other networks do not hold a license for the network as a whole. Licenses are issued to local stations, of which NBC owns 28. Under deregulatory measures that Republicans successfully pushed over the past generation, challenging a license on the grounds that coverage is unfair or biased would be extremely difficult.
Gordon Smith, president of the National Assn. of Broadcasters, denounced Trump's threat on Wednesday.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a bill to provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief and recovery.
The legislation includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund, $576.5 million for wildfire efforts, and $16 billion for debt relief for the National Flood Insurance Program, which now needs additional funds to make insurance claims payments to individuals, according to a release from the committee.
The bill includes a provision for the Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program to enable low-income residents in Puerto Rico to receive the same emergency nutrition assistance that other hurricane-affected states already receive.
“These funds are urgently needed to get resources to families and communities that are still suffering," Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) said in the statement. "This legislation will continue immediate relief efforts, and help jump-start the rebuilding process."
The commander and executive officer of the U.S. destroyer John S. McCain were relieved of their duties Wednesday due to lost confidence after the warship and an oil tanker collided near Singapore in August.
The cause of the Aug. 21 collision is still under investigation but the Navy described it as preventable. The Navy statement said Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez and the ship's executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, were reassigned.
Alfredo Sanchez, was reassigned to the headquarters of Naval Forces Japan, and Jessie Sanchez was reassigned to the ship repair facility at Yokosuka, Japan, home port of the 7th Fleet, the Navy said.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it had dismissed as moot a case from Maryland involving the fight over President Trump's travel ban.
The court's action was widely expected.
The pending appeal by the government challenged a U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that held that Trump's earlier temporary travel ban order was unconstitutional. Since the ban's 90-day time limit had expired, the court decided the case should expire too.
It's no secret that President Trump's popularity varies widely from one part of the country to another -- deeply unpopular in the Northeast and the West, more favorably viewed in the South and the country's interior.
That's still true, but as Trump's overall popularity has declined this year, his state-by-state standing has shifted in places that could play major roles in next fall's midterm elections.
President Trump continued attacking Republican Sen. Bob Corker, belittling the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman over his stark criticisms of the president as Trump's allies called for the senator to step down.
Trump resorted to name-calling on Twitter, as is his preference, labeling the 5-foot-7-inch Tennessee senator "Liddle' Bob Corker."
The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!
Critics say Trump's tirades against a growing list of top Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), are alienating the key members of his party needed to advance tax reform and the rest of the president's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.
Indiana officials are refusing to release an indeterminate number of emails from private AOL.com accounts Mike Pence used as governor, and they’re not saying whether the vice president’s lawyers influenced which messages should be withheld.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office has released more than 1,300 pages of his predecessor’s emails, although most of the documents — released in multiple batches over recent months — contain little substance. They largely consist of correspondence from staffers sharing press releases or news articles, laudatory notes from Pence’s fans and documents so heavily redacted they’re barely readable.
“It’s hard to justify withholding information after a governor leaves office,” said Nate Jones, of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, which advocates for government transparency. “It makes it look like they aren’t subscribing to good open-government practices.”
Any day now, President Trump is expected to take steps that have the potential to unravel one of the most important nuclear antiproliferation deals of the century.
Trump has indicated he will declare that the agreement the Obama administration and five other world powers reached with Iran in 2015 to suspend its nuclear program is not sufficiently strong to benefit “U.S. national security interests.” Iran should no longer be seen as in compliance with the accord, Trump is expected to say.
His judgment is shared by a number of conservative organizations and members of Congress. Many others, including several of his top Cabinet officials, most European diplomats and the United Nations, disagree with him and say the deal is working.
At the start of Donald Trump’s presidency, Sen. Bob Corker reacted like most other Republicans to the daily White House outbursts and tweets. He largely withheld criticism and called for patience as the new administration settled in.
Corker, though, stood out by sometimes letting slip what he was privately thinking — through an eye roll or head shake, though usually softened by his easy Tennessee banter.
But since announcing that he would not stand for reelection, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has unleashed some of his most unvarnished, inner thoughts about Trump, borrowing from the president’s own preference for direct, public confrontation over diplomacy.