President Donald Trump in clips from an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes aired Sunday described Defense Secretary James Mattis as a "kind of Democrat" and said he is unsure whether the former general will step down from his post.
Right-wing and left wing protesters brawled on the streets of Portland Saturday night during a "law and order" march by the conservative Patriot Prayer group. Patriot Prayer members fought black clad members of Antifa on Southwest Washington Street, reported the Oregonian, using batons, bear spray and fists to attack each other before being dispersed by police in riot gear using pepper balls. Videos posted on social media appear to show members of rival groups beating each other in skirmishes in the city, with police clearing the streets after 7.30pm local time to break down the clashes, reported the Portland Tribune. In a statement released Saturday night, Portland Police said that officers observed "people in possession of hard-knuckled gloves, firearms, batons and knives. Officers also observed people use pepper spray."
First lady Melania Trump said she was "blindsided" by her husband's zero-tolerance immigration policy that separated thousands of migrant families at the US-Mexico border over the summer. "I didn't know that that policy would come out," the first lady said in an interview with ABC News. "I was blindsided by it. ... I said to him that I feel that's unacceptable, and he felt the same," she said. President Trump eventually ended the policy amid widespread criticism from both parties, but the Washington Post reported on Friday that new options are being considered that could again separate families as officials deal with a new surge of immigrants at the border. read more
A company owned by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's in-laws won more than $7 million in no-bid and other federal contracts at U.S. military installations and other government properties in California based on a dubious claim of Native American identity by McCarthy's brother-in-law, a Times investigation has found. Vortex Construction, whose principal owner is William Wages, the brother of McCarthy's wife, Judy, received a total of $7.6 million in no-bid and other prime federal contracts since 2000, The Times found. The Bakersfield company is co-owned by McCarthy's mother-in-law and employs his father-in-law and sister-in-law, Wages said. McCarthy's wife was a partner in Vortex in the early 1990s. Vortex faced no competitive bids for most of the contracts because the Small Business Administration accepted Wages' claim in 1998 that he is a Cherokee Indian. read more
Scott Wagner, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania, released an aggressive campaign video on Facebook Friday in which he vowed to "stomp all over" his opponent's "face with golf spikes." Wagner makes the startling threat to his Democratic opponent, incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf. ... Wagner -- who received the endorsement of President Donald Trump earlier this week during a rally in Erie, Pa. -- is trailing Wolf by double digits in polls. read more