House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), siding with the National Rifle Assn., said Wednesday he prefers limiting "bump stocks" used in the Las Vegas massacre through administrative action, rather than legislation.
"We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix," Ryan told reporters.
The GOP leader's approach largely reflects that of the NRA, which announced a surprise willingness after the Las Vegas shooting to consider limits on the devices that can essentially turn assault rifles into automatic weaponry.
Hargan was sworn in as deputy secretary days before his appointment as acting secretary of the Health and Human Services department.
Former Acting Secretary Don Wright said Hargan brought "a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and leadership experience to HHS."
"His commitment to public service and vast experience in the healthcare field will help guide the department as we advance President Trump’s agenda on behalf of the American people," Wright said in a statement on Hargan's appointment.
When President Trump agreed last month with Democrats to strike a deal granting legal status to so-called Dreamers brought to this country illegally as children, his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, was all for it. Another Trump confidant disagreed: Fox host Sean Hannity made clear in a phone call and on his show that Trump must draw a harder line on broader immigration enforcement as his price.
Trump sided with Hannity, according to a person close to the White House. The result was a list of demands unveiled Sunday night — conditions seemingly guaranteed to thwart a bipartisan deal.
Kelly, the retired Marine general who is Trump’s second chief of staff, has sought to tighten the flow of information and visitors to the president, to bring order to an unruly White House and to the way that Trump makes his decisions. But he is often thwarted by one man: Trump.
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.