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December 11, 2018 5:22 PM Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

McConnell said he was moving the bill as soon as this week “at the request of the president” and following improvements to the legislation. A revised bill makes some changes requested by Senate Republicans and law enforcement groups who had concerns it would be too soft on some offenders. Cornyn announced Tuesday morning that he had requested changes 8

November 21, 2018 3:00 PM GOP Senators tell Trump they want vote on trade pact this year

If the president pursues congressional approval this year, “we commit to working with you in a consultative manner to draft implementing legislation that could win our votes, as well as a majority in the House and Senate,” the senators wrote. The senators asked for the pact to be provided before Nov. 30. All three nations are preparing to sign the agreement 13

November 3, 2018 1:13 PM Government urged to rein in Canadian Commercial Corporation on arms deals

OTTAWA —The Crown corporation that arranges Canadian arms sales abroad has to be stopped from making deals with human-rights violators that become practically impossible for the government to cancel, say two international arms-trade watchdogs. Project Ploughshares and Amnesty International say the upcoming ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade 18

October 23, 2018 3:35 PM Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis

“While the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings in my life,” she wrote. She added: “As a young cowgirl from the Arizona desert, I never could have imagined that one day I would become the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.” O’Connor’s announcement 23

October 17, 2018 12:22 PM Joe Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times, claiming it undercut his chances to run again for Senate

In the suit, Arpaio, 86, says that he intends to run for the Senate again in 2020 for the seat vacated by the late Republican senator John McCain. Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., is temporarily occupying that seat until a special election takes place. In this year’s GOP primary to replace the retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Arpaio finished third with less than 18 per cent of the vote. Cottle 20

October 11, 2018 6:42 PM Trudeau names Ontario lawyer, PEI Mi’kmaq chief to Senate

Forest-Niesing is from Sudbury, where she has specialized as a trial lawyer dealing with family, civil litigation and employment cases while also serving as an active member and volunteer in the local francophone community. Francis is the high-profile chief of the Abegweit First Nation on PEI’S northern coast and has served in a variety of positions 20

October 8, 2018 2:40 PM Hillary, Bill Clinton to go on tour this year

“Attendees will have the opportunity to hear one-of-a-kind conversations with the two leaders as they tell their stories from some of the most impactful moments in modern history. From the American presidency to the halls of the Senate and State Department, to one of the United States’ most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections, they provide 25

October 3, 2018 6:56 PM Trudeau taps Indigenous advocate, G7 organizer for Senate seats in Alberta and Ontario

Paula Simons, who fills a vacant seat in Alberta, will be familiar to many in the province. Simons is a former political columnist and reporter with the Edmonton Journal, and she has won multiple national and provincial awards for her work. Patti LaBoucane-Benson fills another vacant seat in Alberta. A Métis, LaBoucane-Benson is director of research 20

October 1, 2018 2:22 AM Yale classmate accuses Kavanaugh of ‘blatant mischaracterization’ of his college drinking

WASHINGTON—A Yale classmate of Judge Brett Kavanaugh accused him Sunday of a “blatant mischaracterization” of his drinking while in college, saying that he often saw Kavanaugh “staggering from alcohol consumption.” The classmate, Chad Ludington, who said he frequently socialized with Kavanaugh as a student, said in a statement that the judge had been untruthful 19

September 27, 2018 1:40 PM Trump’s meeting with Rosenstein may be delayed

After The New York Times reported Friday that Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording Trump to document the chaos of the White House in 2017 and had raised the issue of removing the president from office, it was not immediately clear how long Rosenstein would remain in his job. Trump announced that the two men would meet Thursday when he got back from New York. “He will come back here, and there’s 27