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  • Mobile City Council members meet after Mayor announces lawsuit

    MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - A brewing legal battle between members of the Mobile City council and Mayor Sandy Stimpson enters its next phase this morning.  Council members meet today to discuss legal strategy following the mayor's lawsuit against the council.  

    This started with the termination of city council spokesperson Marion Steinfels.  Late last week the mayor announced he was suing the council in order to assert his authority to run the executive branch of city government.

    A question at issue is who has the power to hire and fire some members of city staff.  City council members argue the council and mayor work together as an eight-person government.  

    This morning council members meet in executive session at 10 at Government Plaza.  That means no cameras and microphones during the meeting.  This comes prior to a scheduled retreat between the council and mayor scheduled for the 11th and 12th according to our previous coverage.  Today is the first time the council has met in full since the mayor's bombshell announcement Friday.  

    https://www.wkrg.com/news/mobi...

  • Trump to meet with Democrats about border wall, shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders are seeking to avert a partial government shutdown amid a sharp dispute over Trump’s border wall and a lengthy to-do list that includes a major farm bill and a formal rebuke of Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    Trump is set to confer Tuesday at the White House with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline to shut down a range of government agencies.

    “Republicans still control the House, the Senate and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement Monday.

    “Our country cannot afford a Trump Shutdown,” the Democrats said, adding that Trump “knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement.”

    Republican congressional leaders have repeatedly said it’s up to Trump to cut a deal with Democrats, an acknowledgment of their own inability to produce spending bills with Republican votes alone.

    https://apnews.com/9518d24c6bb...

  • Where Trump-related investigations stand

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him.

    A look at the nearly three dozen people charged by special counsel Robert Mueller and unanswered questions about what may lie ahead for the president — labeled “Individual-1” in court papers — and his administration:

    WHAT’S THE LATEST?

    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan for the first time connected the president to a federal crime, accusing him of orchestrating hush-money payments during the campaign by his longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, to a porn star and a former Playboy model. Cohen is due to be sentenced this week.

    Mueller’s office, meanwhile, detailed lies they say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told them even after he agreed to plead guilty and cooperate.

    And prosecutors are preparing for the sentencing hearing next week of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who lied to the FBI about his Russian contacts.

    https://apnews.com/302c67f0edc...

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    Now that he is no longer the US Attorney General, Should Jeff Sessions run for Senate in 2020?

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