Thu Mar 7, 2019 AT 10:28 AM EDT
Republican Nikki Haley is meticulously laying the foundation for a presidential bid in 2024, forming a nonprofit organization to sustain her political-rock-star profile while she builds a financial nest egg so her family can afford her political ambitions.
Party insiders keeping tabs on Haley say the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations wouldn’t challenge her old boss, President Trump, in the 2020 primary. But the dynamic ex-South Carolina governor, just 47, is expected to mount a campaign four years later. With a coterie of advisers, Haley is choosing each step to maximize her notoriety and chart a course to the White House.
Amid quiet maneuvering, Haley’s immediate priority is making money. Neither Haley nor her husband are wealthy. With two children now of college age, Republicans familiar with Haley’s planning say her desire to put family first is a practical necessity, not a cliché. Read Full Story at the Washington Examiner
Tue Mar 5, 2019 AT 10:16 AM EDT
Thousands of primarily Central American migrants who traveled to Mexico with the intent of making it to the United States have instead chosen to return home in 2019, according to local media.
Since Jan. 1, roughly 11,600 migrants who got to Mexico asked the government’s National Institute of Migration (INM) and the United Nations migration agency to help them get back home.
The numbers are notable as the Trump administration periodically plays up threats posed by Central American migrants coming through Mexico. President Donald Trump and supporters contend the would-be U.S. residents are a public safety and health hazard, while critics blast Trump administration detention and deterrence policies. Read Full Story at the Washington Examiner
Thu Feb 28, 2019 AT 2:32 PM EDT
Early last September, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) polled its members — more than 150 of the most conservative congressmen in the House of Representatives — and asked them to list their priorities for a bill to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. According to a copy of the poll obtained by National Review, their top priority, by far, was removing funding from Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States.
Trying to defund Planned Parenthood is perhaps the promise Republican politicians have made most consistently to their voters over the last decade, and for good reason: The group performed 332,757 abortions last fiscal year alone, more than one-third of the estimated number of annual abortions in the U.S. But despite Republicans controlling the White House, the Senate, and the House for the preceding two years, the last Congress ended with President Donald Trump signing a spending bill that continued funding Planned Parenthood to the tune of about $500 million.
Shortly after that RSC poll was conducted, House Speaker Paul Ryan met with GOP caucus leaders to discuss the draft appropriations bill. Read Full story at National Review