Sunday morning talk shows

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Mulvaney: Trump Was 'Honestly Surprised'

The acting chief of staff talks to Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday'

(Newser) - Mick Mulvaney hit the small screen Sunday and talked about a pair of recent issues—including President Trump's about-face on hosting next year's G-7 conference at Trump National Doral Miami resort, Politico reports. "The president isn't one for holding back his feelings and his emotions about... More »

The Whistleblower Has Struck a Deal: Schiff

Rudy Giuliani also appeared on 'This Week'

(Newser) - Rep. Adam Schiff made it official Sunday, saying the whistleblower behind the explosive Ukraine complaint that triggered an impeachment inquiry has agreed to testify before Congress. Appearing on ABC News' This Week, the House Intelligence Committee chairman said it will happen "very soon" once precautions are established to protect... More »

AOC: Dems Have the Scandal

On Twitter and talk shows, Ukraine is a hot topic

(Newser) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rekindled the impeachment flame Saturday with a tweet that accused Democrats of harboring a scandal worse than anything President Trump has done, USA Today reports. "At this point, the bigger national scandal isn't the president's lawbreaking behavior—it is the Democratic Party's refusal... More »

O'Rourke: 'Let's Be Very Clear About What Is Causing This'

Other Democrats also react strongly to the latest mass shootings

(Newser) - Democratic candidates are hitting President Trump—and hitting him hard—after two mass shootings gut-punched America over the weekend. Beto O'Rourke appeared on CNN's State of the Union: "Let's be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is," said the former... More »

Sarah Sanders: About That 'Sanctuary Cities' Plan

The White House press secretary appears on 'This Week'

(Newser) - Flooding so-called "sanctuary cities" with undocumented immigrants is apparently just one way the president might further his immigration-reform agenda, ABC News reports. It's "an option on the table," Sarah Sanders said Sunday on This Week. "Certainly this wouldn't be our first choice because ideally... More »

Trump 'Pretty Disappointed' if Kim Tests a Rocket: Bolton

But he says the government is watching North Korea 'constantly'

(Newser) - The top national security adviser says President Trump would be "pretty disappointed" if North Korea were to launch a new rocket or missile test, as some experts believe he could be preparing to do , reports the AP . Speaking on ABC's This Week, John Bolton would not confirm reports... More »

Schiff: There's 'Direct Evidence'

And other talk around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Was Michael Cohen's testimony the smoking gun Democrats wanted? Maybe not , but Rep. Adam Schiff suggests he has enough evidence already: "I think there is direct evidence in the emails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in... More »

GOP Leader: 'Action Will Be Taken'

And other remarks around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - "That language has no place in America." So said Rep. Kevin McCarthy on CBS' Face the Nation about a recent remark by Rep. Steve King regarding white nationalism and white supremacy, CNN reports. "I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday, and I will tell you... More »

Sanders: Trump Really Means It

And other talk around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - The government shuttered, for months or even years? So said President Trump , and Sarah Huckabee Sanders backed him up Sunday: "Absolutely—the president means what he says when he says that," she said on Fox News Sunday, per Fox News . She also criticized Democrats for opposing the border... More »

Sen. Graham Uses Language We Won't Print

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Dana Bash's eyes widened in shock, and it's little wonder. Interviewing Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN's State of the Union, the host asked whether President Trump would be at fault if the Syria troop pullout ended up empowering ISIS. "Everything we're dealing with today falls... More »

Sen. Durbin: We Literally Begged Him

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Sen. Dick Durbin says he and other senators begged Jim Mattis to stay—but no, the defense secretary had made up his mind. "I was one of many senators who privately sat down with General Mattis and said, 'Please stay, stay as long as you possibly can,'... More »

Mulvaney: Functioning Gov't Likely Done for 2018

Budget director says 'very possible' shutdown will last into the new Congress

(Newser) - It was already looking unlikely that all Congress and the White House wanted for Christmas was an open government , and now Mick Mulvaney is signaling that the government could stay shuttered until 2019, reports the Washington Post . "It’s very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th... More »

Giuliani Has Fighting Words for Mueller

Says special counsel will interview Trump 'over my dead body'

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani has a single condition for Robert Mueller getting to interview President Trump, but it's a doozy: "Over my dead body," the commander in chief's personal lawyer told Fox News Sunday, per the Hill . No sooner had he dropped that line, however, than he quickly... More »

Rep. Schiff Talks 'Jail Time'

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - With prosecutors saying President Trump arranged illegal payments during the 2016 campaign, Rep. Adam Schiff adds a thought: "There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him," he says on CBS' Face the Nation, per Slate . "... More »

Cheney: George HW Bush Was Right About Me

And more chatter around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Dick Cheney, an "iron ass"? Yep, he admits he was. On Fox News Sunday, the former vice president addressed the notion of "a fundamental break" between him and the late George HW Bush after Bush accused him of being "just iron ass," USA Today reports.... More »

Rep. Schiff Takes the Gloves Off in Slamming Trump

And other moments around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Rep. Adam Schiff kept up his public feud with President Trump Sunday by calling him "weak" and "dishonest" on State of the Union, per CNN . "I have been briefed by the CIA. And while I cannot discuss the contents of the briefing in any way, I can... More »

Conway: 'That's Not Altered. That's Sped Up'

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway may have cleared up whether President Trump knows acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker—after Trump called Whitaker "a great guy" in October, made him acting AG last week, and claimed not to know him Friday , the Washington Post reports. "The president does know Matt Whitaker, has... More »

Nate Silver: Here's What I See

And more talk around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - FiveThirtyEight forecaster Nate Silver has made his election prediction perfectly clear—more or less. "So in the House we have Democrats with about a 4 in 5 chance of winning," he says on ABC's This Week, per ABC News . But he adds that "polls aren't... More »

Pittsburgh Mayor to Trump: No Way

Bill Peduto resists the idea that houses of worship need armed guards

(Newser) - President Trump's answer to the mass murder Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue: They needed armed guards . Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's response: Not so fast. "I don't think that the answer to this problem is solved by having our synagogues, mosques and churches filled with armed guards... More »

Rand Paul Has a Plan for the Saudi Crown Prince

And other comments around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul unloaded Sunday on Saudi Arabia and said the nation's leader should be shown the exit door, per Fox News . "I think it's insulting to anyone who’s analyzing this with any kind of intelligent background to think that, oh, a fistfight led to a... More »

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