<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Politics and Political News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSun, 26 Feb 2017 07:36:10 -0800Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:36:10 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump's Approval Stands at 44 Percent as Partisanship Reigns]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:13:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trump+CPAC+getty.jpg

President Donald Trump's job approval rating stands at just 44 percent — a record low for a newly inaugurated commander-in-chief — and half of Americans say that his early challenges suggest unique and systemic problems with his administration, according to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, NBC News reported.

In the poll, conducted February 18-22, 48 percent of Americans said they disapprove of Trump's performance as president and 32 percent said that his first month in office demonstrates that he is not up to the job. Asked about early challenges in the first month of his presidency, 52 percent called the issues "real problems" that are specific to his administration, while 43 percent of Americans attributed them to typical "growing pains" for any new president.

The new rating comes two days before Trump is set to address a joint session of Congress, a State of the Union-style speech in which new presidents typically lay out their vision for the country.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Calls for 'Resistance,' Party Unity in New Video]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:56:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6286307641.jpg

Hillary Clinton has come up with a new equation for Democrats who are looking for change.

“Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country,” she said in a video posted to the Democratic Party’s Twitter page.

The former Democratic presidential nominee released the statement Friday lauding recent solidarity efforts, from global women’s marches to actions against President Donald Trump’s travel ban at airports across the country.

“Nearly 66 million votes are fueling grassroots energy and activism, and everywhere people are marching, protesting, tweeting, speaking out, and working for an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted,” Clinton said. 

She added, “Among those millions making their voices heard are future mayors, city and state officials, governors, members of Congress -- even future presidents.”

Clinton thanked her base for supporting her presidential bid, which she called “the honor of a lifetime.” She said that during the general election she had run on “the most progressive platform in history” and emphasized the need for Democrats to pull together and “stay focused on the elections we must win this year and next.” 

“As Democrats, we have diverse views and backgrounds,” she said. “We are Democrats, after all. But we’re bound together by the values and hopes we share for our country.” 

Clinton’s call for unity comes before Democrats are expected to choose a new chair for the Democratic National Committee on Saturday.

Tom Perez, Barack Obama’s former labor secretary, is running to “protect President Obama’s accomplishments” and “listen to Democrats at every level,” according to his campaign website.

One of his opponents, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, has been endorsed by former presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and is perceived as an alternative to Perez's establishment background.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana,  has emerged as an underdog among D.C. political veterans.

According to the Associated Press, the role of DNC chair is “part cheerleader, part fundraiser, part organizer and recruiter, part public messenger.”

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<![CDATA[Majority of Americans Want Trump-Russia Probe: Poll ]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:14:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump_Putin_Split.jpg

About half of Americans believe that Congress should investigate whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign had contact with the Russian government in 2016, while only a quarter say that lawmakers should not probe the issue, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll, conducted Feb. 18-22, shows that 53 percent of the American public wants Congress to look into the alleged communications, while 25 percent disagree and 21 percent say they don't have an opinion.

A similar share - 54 percent - believe that Congress should look into Russian interference in the election generally, while 29 percent disagree.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas Speaks in San Diego]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:26:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vargasraw_1200x675_884374595865.jpg

U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas (D - 51st District) talks about the tension between constituents and lawmakers and takes a friendly jab at his colleague U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R - 49th District).

<![CDATA[U.S. Reps Discuss 'Tension' at Home During Congressional Recess ]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:04:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vargasraw_1200x675_884374595865.jpg

While Congress is in recess, many lawmakers are back in their districts. Some are scheduling meetings with constituents.

U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas (D- 51st District) spoke about the tension lawmakers are facing while in San Diego this week.

“There’s a lot of emotion out here in society, no doubt about it.” Vargas said.

“Just go to one of Darrell’s town halls,” he joked.

Vargas was referring to U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R- 49th District).

On Tuesday, Issa answered several questions from protestors outside his Vista office. What some would characterize as a protest, Issa described as a "wonderful town hall" on Friday.

He, Vargas and U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (D - 52nd District) spoke to reporters outside the federal courthouse on Broadway following a local swearing-in ceremony.

"I held a wonderful town hall meeting in front of my office, ran about 90 minutes," Issa said in response to one reporter's question about holding a town hall meeting.

He went on to describe other community meetings with members of the health care field, the biotech community and realtors.

"I held about 14 other meetings - some of them as few as a dozen - some of them larger," he said.

Issa has been criticized by some for not attending a town hall.

Peters and U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D- 53rd District) held a joint town hall in Liberty Station on Wednesday. They answered questions from a standing-room only crowd. Some in attendance demanded more outrage from their representatives.

Davis held another small gathering with business leaders in University Heights Thursday. Peters attended a Coast Guard City designation Thursday morning.

Vargas laughed that he has held public meetings but "nobody comes."

NBC 7 sought out U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R - District ) on Thursday to learn what meetings he's scheduled with constituents during his recess.

Hunter's chief of staff told an NBC 7 reporter the congressman did not have any plans for public appearances this week. The conversation with the chief of staff occurred Thursday just after 2:30 p.m. when staff closed up Hunter's El Cajon office.

Hunter's Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Harrison told NBC 7 staff of the congressman's El Cajon office has had a standing meeting date, Tuesday's at 10 a.m., and met with constituents regularly. Harrison said there is also the plan for a town hall March 11th, at the Ramona Mainstage at 10 a.m.

As for Hunter's appearance in meetings during the recess, Harrison said scheduling conflicts have kept the congressman from attending. While Harrison said it's important for the representative to be visible and accessible, he had a lot of pre-arranged stuff already on the calendar.

Davis had constituent meetings that presented a conflict in making it to the swearing-in ceremony Friday, according to Aaron Hunter in the congresswoman's office. He said she wasn't able to make it this time but has attended in previous years.

<![CDATA[Trump Promises 'Roaring' American Comeback]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:55:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-24+at+12.18.52+PM.png

President Donald Trump thanked his supporters during a speech at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference and promised a "roaring" comeback of an America that is "bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before."

<![CDATA[Trump Attacks Media at CPAC]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:44:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-24+at+12.16.22+PM.png

President Donald Trump continued his assault on the media Friday in his opening statement at the Conservative Political Action Conference, calling fake news "the enemy of the people" and attacking the media's use of anonymous sources. 

<![CDATA[Trump Wants to Make US Nuclear Arsenal 'Top of the Pack']]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:18:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/donaldtrumponnukes.jpg

President Donald Trump on Thursday again expressed a desire for America to be an unparalleled military power, saying he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to make it "top of the pack," NBC News reported.  

In an interview with Reuters, the president stated that the United States had fallen behind on atomic weapons but did not detail what kind of expansion, if any, the military would pursue. 

"A dream would be that no country would have nukes," Trump told Reuters. "But if countries are going to have nukes, we're going to be at the top of the pack."

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<![CDATA[Poll: More Than Half Disapprove of Trump's Job Performance]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:38:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trumpwarpress.jpg

Fifty-four percent of Americans somewhat or strongly disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the presidency after a month in office, while 43 percent approve somewhat or strongly, according to the latest NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll.

NBC News reported that Trump enjoys broad support from within his party, but few outside of it, with evident divisions along gender and racial lines as well.

Nine of 10 Republicans or people who lean Republican approve of Trump's performance as president, with the same percentage of Democrats and those who lean Democrat disapproving. 

But independents split two to one against Trump. His aggregate low approval rating is below any other newly elected president since pollsters began tracking presidential job approval.

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<![CDATA[Boehner: Obamacare Repeal and Replace Won't Happen]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:18:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/AP_140043121627.jpg

Former House Speaker John Boehner spoke about the Affordable Care Act Thursday, saying that he didn't think the Republican-dominated Congress would be able to repeal and replace it, NBC News reported. 

Boehner, who spoke at a health care conference in Orlando, Florida, said Republicans' best shot is simply fixing flaws within the law, as it is difficult to get lawmakers to rally behind a complete replacement.

"In the 25 years the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once," Boehner said.

He added that the law, nicknamed Obamacare, has some popular elements that are likely irreversible now, including parts that allow parents to keep their children on their policies until the kids are 26, as well as protections for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

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<![CDATA[Conservative Political Action Conference Underway]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:28:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17054707562907.jpg

What a difference a year makes. One year after skipping CPAC, President Trump and his administration have taken over the annual event. Andrew Siff reports.

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<![CDATA[Issa: 'I Had a Wonderful Town Hall']]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:28:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Issatownhall_1200x675_884367427529.jpg

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R - 49th District) talks with members of the media Friday and responds to a reporter's question about whether he was going to hold a town hall.

<![CDATA[Trump Calls Deportation Attempts a 'Military Operation']]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:16:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/US_Mexico_DEPORTATIONS_Full-148788551930000001.jpg

 U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said there will not be a military operation or mass deportations of immigrants, despite President Donald Trump calling deportation attempts a "military operation" earlier in the day.

<![CDATA[White Nationalist Richard Spencer Kicked Out of CPAC]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:13:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/richardspencerfeuerherdII.jpg

Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who popularized the term "alt-right," was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday after holding an impromptu press conference in a hallway where the gathering is being held. 

"He is not welcome here," a spokesman for CPAC told NBC News.

Spencer said he was initially given credentials to attend the conference, but they were taken from him after he spoke to reporters in the hallway of the Maryland convention center. 

Spencer has espoused racist and anti-Semitic views, and reiterated those thoughts in a brief interview with NBC as he was leaving CPAC.

He told NBC race plays a major role in identity and that he believes whites are becoming a persecuted minority in the United States. 

Spencer also said he thinks CPAC attendees and younger conservatives would rather hear what he has to say, than listen to establishment Republicans. 

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<![CDATA[Treasury Secretary: Expect Tax Overhaul by August]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:21:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/632094848-Steve-Mnuchin-Senate-Hearing.jpg

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he would like to see "very significant" tax reform passed before Congress’ August recess, CNBC reported.

In his first television interview since assuming office, Mnuchin told CNBC Thursday that he’s been working closely with leadership in the House and the Senate to get the ball rolling.

Mnuchin said the administration is mostly focused on a middle income tax cut — a pledge that President Donald Trump ran his campaign on. Trump has promised to release a tax plan in the coming weeks.

Mnuchin added that simplification for business is another focus of the administration’s, and said that he’s focused on canceling out any tax cuts for the wealthy with closed loopholes. He said the administration's tax plan should be judged by the economic growth it could create, rather than by the how much tax revenue drops.

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<![CDATA[Host of Documents Still Missing From White House Website]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:12:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/whitehouseatnightfeuerherd.jpg

Public-facing documents scrubbed from the White House's website shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated — including White House visitors' logs, waivers of ethics regulations and a host of other records — still haven't been replaced, fueling advocates' concerns about the new administration's transparency, NBC News reported.

During the first week of February, 31 databases — reporting legally mandated White House payroll reports to Congress, budget documents, White House visitor records and public response documents — were removed from the White House Open Data portal, the platform created to disclose information about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and its operations.

The previous presence of the documents was confirmed through publicly available archived versions. Some of the data, preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration, are also available on the White House website of former President Barack Obama.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Is CPAC's Conquering Hero, but Tensions Remain]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:33:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_907826241278.jpg

President Donald Trump is expected to be the headliner at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week in Maryland, where a slew of top White House officials will also appear, NBC News reported.

Trump is set to address the crowd on Friday at the annual showcase, run by the American Conservative Union. Vice President Mike Pence will speak on Thursday, with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Seve Bannon participating in a panel discussion. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is also on the list of speakers.

This is an opportunity for another victory lap for Trump, who has had a rocky relationship with the conservative showcase. An estimated 9,000-10,000 people are expected to attend, according to a CPAC spokesman.

Trump enjoys strong approval ratings among Republicans, but the difficult lead-up to the event this year is a reminder that the conservative movement is still divided over the president and his ideas.

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<![CDATA[Trump Admin Lift Fed Guidelines on Transgender Bathroom Use]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:23:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Politics160222_MP4-148779938212700001.jpg

The Trump administration lifted federal guidelines for bathroom use that allowed transgendered students to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity enacted during President Barack Obama's era on Wednesday, in a stark reversal of President Donald Trump's stance on the issue as a presidential candidate. Trump had supported use of facilities based on chosen gender identity as a candidate.