“Administration officials urged people to report discrimination to a new unit of the federal government: the conscience and religious freedom division of the office for civil rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.”
From the New York Times: "President Trump’s chief of staff privately told a group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday that Mr. Trump had not been 'fully informed' when promising voters a wall along the Mexican border last year, and said that he had persuaded the...
“The Trump administration has signaled from the outset that it wanted to set a more conservative tone for Medicaid, a 1960s-era program that was part of Lyndon Johnson’s anti-poverty Great Society. On the day in March when she was sworn in as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma dispatched a letter to governors encouraging “innovations that build on the human dignity that comes with training, employment and independence.”
“The decision was the first striking down of a congressional map, as opposed to a state legislative map, on the grounds that it was rigged in favor of a particular political party. Redistricting has historically been political and partisan to one degree or another.”
The 312-page transcript shows that Republican staffers on the committee repeatedly pressed Simpson about whether he had political motivations in hiring Steele. Simpson acknowledged that he didn’t like Trump as a candidate but said his job was to find facts, not to push an agenda.
“In his testimony, Simpson said Steele contacted the FBI with concerns about Russian meddling in early July 2016. When the bureau reinterviewed Steele in early October, agents made it clear, according to Simpson’s testimony released Tuesday, that they believed some of what Steele had told them.”
“The decision should have been left to park biologists and horticulturists, the report said.”
”The long-simmering argument about the president’s state of mind has roiled the political and psychiatric worlds and thrust the country into uncharted territory. Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation to force the president to submit to psychological evaluation. Mental health professionals have signed a petition calling for his removal from office.”
Energy and Environment Interior rescinds climate, conservation policies because they’re ‘inconsistent’ with Trump’s energy goals
“While the documents in question are highly technical, the move underscores the extent to which Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his deputies are uprooting policies and procedures aimed at factoring climate and environmental effects into the department’s decision-making process.”
“The move by Grassley and Graham was viewed skeptically by some Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, as well as experts in criminal law.”
“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the draft proposal for offshore leasing between 2019 and 2024 would offer about 90 percent of the U.S. outer continental shelf, the largest lease sale ever. The only area that will not be included is the North Aleutian Basin in Alaska.”
“White House chief of staff John Kelly imposed the ban, citing security concerns. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about press leaks since taking office, but aides said the change isn’t connected to concerns about unauthorized disclosures to news organizations.”
“The decision is a major setback for Trump, who created the commission last year in response to his claim, for which he provided no proof, that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 because of millions of illegally cast ballots.”
National Security Sessions is rescinding Obama-era directive for feds to back off marijuana enforcement in states with legal pot
“The move potentially paves the way for the federal government to crack down on the burgeoning pot industry — though the precise impact remains to be seen. Marijuana already was illegal under U.S. law, even as federal prosecutors had been advised against bringing cases involving it in states that approved its use and sale.“
Posted 12.20.17 -- originally posted by Jethro Mullen @CNNTechDecember 15, 2017: 1:55 PM ET The Trump administration will propose revoking a rule that makes spouses of thousands of immigrant workers eligible to work while in the U.S., potentially complicating a...
By Jeff Stein December 19 at 2:25 PM The House of Representatives passed Republicans’ sweeping tax overhaul on Tuesday, sending the plan to the Senate and setting the stage for the bill to be signed by President Trump as early as this week. The bill passed the House...
Washington Post -- By Sari Horwitz and Philip Rucker December 4 at 7:08 PM The brazen assertion Monday by one of President Trump’s lawyers that a president cannot be found guilty of obstruction of justice signaled a controversial defense strategy in the wide-ranging...
Harry Litman of the New York Times shares some interesting insights and implications of today's guilty plea by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn: "Mr. Flynn’s plea on Friday concerned just one crime. The other charges that prosecutors threatened him with...
The New York Times shared reports from several GOP Senators that President Trump repeatedly pressured elected officials to end investigations into Russian meddling and Trump campaign officials’ contact with Russians during the course of the 2016 Presidential campaign…
“Even after Flynn was described as having misled Vice President Pence about the contact with Kislyak, Trump was conflicted over firing him — and even said after Flynn left the White House that he may have made a mistake. Trump’s request of former FBI director James B. Comey to be lenient with Flynn has also come under scrutiny by the special counsel.”
From the Associated Press: "The White House has developed a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, within weeks, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday... "John Kelly, the...
Washington Post -- By Mike DeBonis, Erica Werner and Damian Paletta November 28 Photo: Getty Images (Mitch McConnell and tax reform sign) The Republican push to rewrite the tax code gained momentum Tuesday after a Senate panel advanced the measure and several wavering...
November 29, 2017 -- Washington Post, By Ashley Parker and John Wagner November 29 at 12:04 PM President Trump on Wednesday shared three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on Twitter posted by a far-right British activist, drawing backlash from across Britain, including...
From the Associated Press: "The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. "Under the Obama...
CNN -- By Daniella Diaz Updated 11:47 AM ET, Fri November 17, 2017 Senate judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein sent a letter Thursday requesting more information on President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner...
The Trump Administration's ties to Russia boggle the mind once again: "The firm will operate at the Moscow embassy, as well as U.S. consulates in three other Russian cities. U.S. Marines will still guard the grounds and high security locations of the outposts... "The...
By Matt Zapotosky and Sari Horwitz November 14 at 11:06 AM Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he has “always told the truth” in describing his knowledge of Trump campaign contacts with Russians — though he acknowledged he now recalls an interaction with...
By Matt Zapotosky November 13 at 9:22 PM Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of...
“Mr Trump’s original comments came under vehement criticism at home with lawmakers and intelligence figures questioning whether he had accepted the Russian president’s denials of interference, despite intelligence findings to the contrary.”
“There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community,” McCain says.
Trump says U.S. won’t be ‘taken advantage of anymore.’ Hours later, Pacific Rim nations reach deal on trade without America
“The agreement represents something of a rebuke of Trump, coming near the end of his five-country, 12-day swing through Asia, and reflects the willingness of other nations to proceed without the buy-in of the United States.”
"...CNN is at the heart of a dispute between the Justice Department and AT&T and Time Warner. Three people from the companies said Wednesday that the department insisted that AT&T divest either CNN’s parent company, Turner Broadcasting, or its valuable DirecTV...
CNN -- by Tal Kopan, Abby Phillip and Miranda Green, CNN Thu November 9, 2017 White House chief of staff John Kelly pressured acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke to terminate protections for tens of thousands of Honduran immigrants currently living in...
Washington Post -- by David Weigel, Michael Scherer and Robert Costa October 25 at 8:29 PM Allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared open warfare on Wednesday against Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and leader of an...
“He would not say what Trump told him before Comey’s firing, offering only that the president asked for his advice in writing. He said he has not been interviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is leading the probe that is exploring, in part, whether Trump obstructed justice leading up to Comey’s removal.”
“The Washington Post has previously reported that the FBI agreed in October 2016 to pay the dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, for further work that might help its own investigation into Russian election activities.”
“The appeals court’s action follows the Justice Department’s appeal to overturn U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan’s ruling on Wednesday that ordered the government to allow the teen to have an abortion. The judge said she was “astounded” that the Trump administration was trying to block the procedure.”
Washington Post -- By Matt Zapotosky October 18 at 8:01 AM A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban, asserting that the president’s own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter...
“Trump has already said that those activities mean that Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the nuclear accord, although U.S. officials acknowledge that Iran is meeting its technical obligations.”
““There is no urgency in the government response to this humanitarian crisis,” Andrés said. ““They have all the officials and armed guards at headquarters, but they have no information about the island. They don’t even have a map they can share about who needs food. Fema is over-paying and it is under-delivering.””
“The presidential Oath of Office vows to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” including the First Amendment’s press freedom guarantee.”
Washington Post -- By Philip Rucker October 10 at 7:43 AM President Trump proposed an “IQ tests” face-off with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the nation's top diplomat reportedly called the president a “moron” and disparaged his grasp on foreign policy. In...
“The bill provides for abortions after 20 weeks gestation only when they are necessary to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. Under the bill, abortions performed during that period could be carried out “only in the manner which, in reasonable medical judgment, provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive” and would require a second physician trained in neonatal resuscitation to be present.”
“Politicians are never going to fix gerrymandering,” said Paul M. Smith, representing Democratic voters who challenged a 2011 redistricting plan drawn by Wisconsin’s ruling Republicans. “They like gerrymandering.”
“In late September, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, prompting the White House to seek new funds even faster. Trump visited the U.S. territory on Tuesday and accused the island of causing budget problems for the government.”
“Price is the latest casualty in an administration that’s seen a high rate of dramatic departures over its first eight months.”
Washington Post -- by Madison Park, CNN Updated 7:23 AM ET, Wed September 27, 2017 (CNN)President Donald Trump's most recent tweets urging Alabamians to vote for Sen. Luther Strange disappeared from his verified Twitter account Tuesday night after the candidate was...
The silent rebuke to the president, determined independently by each of the 28 NFL teams in action Sunday, represented an unprecedented collective action and show of solidarity among players who battle against one another 16 weeks, some more, each season.
President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has used a private email account to conduct and discuss official White House business dozens of times, his lawyer confirmed Sunday.
Washington Post -- By Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin and Kelsey Snell September 19 at 8:26 PM Senate Republicans and the White House pressed ahead Tuesday with their suddenly resurgent effort to undo former president Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, even as...
In U.N. speech, Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy North Korea’ and calls Kim Jong Un the ‘Rocket Man’
Washington Post -- By David Nakamura September 19 at 11:14 AM NEW YORK — President Trump warned the United Nations in a speech Tuesday that the world faces “great peril” from gathering threats posed by rogue regimes with powerful weapons and terrorists with expanding...
From ProPublica: "President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this...
Asked about the meeting with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the President told reporters on Air Force One that many people have said he had a point when he remarked that there was “blame on both sides.”
Trump’s outreach suggested that an unexpected deal he reached last week with Democrats may not have been an aberration.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin had a closed-door meeting with House Republicans.
The House voted to approve a package to lift the debt ceiling and fund Hurricane aid
The president had equivocated for since taking office, vowing to show “great heart” in his decision and saying dreamers could “rest easy.”
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned on Sunday of a “massive,” and “overwhelming” military response to North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs after a small group meeting with President Donald Trump in response to Pyongyang testing its sixth and largest-ever nuclear device
This potential policy shift underscores the extent to which the reality of this week’s storm has collided with Trump officials’ push to upend President Barack Obama’s policies and represents a striking acknowledgment by an administration skeptical of climate change that the government must factor changing weather into some of its major infrastructure policies.
From The New York Times: "The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has obtained a letter that President Trump and a top political aide drafted in the days before Mr. Trump fired the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, which explains the president’s rationale for why...
… Bolton on Tuesday stopped short of throwing out the conviction based solely on Arpaio’s request. Instead she ordered Arpaio and the U.S. Department of Justice, which is prosecuting the case, to file briefs on why she should or shouldn’t grant Arpaio’s request.
The abrupt funding cut to teen pregnancy prevention, at a time when teenage births are at historic lows, has been called “highly unusual” by Senate Health Committee Democrats, especially since Congress hasn’t even voted on the 2018 appropriations bill yet.
Washington Post -- Philip Rucker August 25, 2017 President Trump attacked another fellow Republican on Friday, taunting Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman last week publicly questioned the president's stability and...
Fact Checker Analysis: What you need to know about former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s record on illegal immigration
Whether Arpaio has done more than any other local law enforcement to crack down on illegal immigration is Trump’s opinion, and not fact-checkable. But it’s important to look at the full context of Arpaio’s history of legal woes stemming from his illegal-immigration policies.
PHOENIX — President Trump on Tuesday threatened to shut down the government over border wall funding, said the North American Free Trade Agreement is likely to be terminated and signaled that he was prepared to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is anathema to the Latino community.
The remaining 16 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest on Friday, capping off a dramatic week that included a stream of CEO resignations from two of President Trump’s business councils.
Steve Bannon out as White House chief strategist By MEGHAN KENEALLY Aug 18, 2017, 12:57 PM ET Steve Bannon has resigned from his role as White House chief strategist, ABC News has learned. A source close to Bannon told ABC News the resignation was effective on Aug....
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticized several internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions were “dangerous” and threatened free expression online.
“If Eitel provided any advice…that affects the financial interest of Bridgepoint–between February 13, 2017, and April 5, 2017, and did so without receiving any relevant waiver, then it appears that Eitel may have violated the criminal conflict-of-interest statute,” Warren wrote. She is a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said his revulsion at what happened in Charlottesville — at a demonstration purportedly in defense of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee — prompted him to change his mind about the Taney statute and push for its removal, an act long sought by civil rights groups.
The state has said Planned Parenthood received $51,000 in Medicaid funds in the fiscal year before Hutchinson’s decision to terminate the contract. None of the money paid for abortions. Planned Parenthood operates health centers in Fayetteville and Little Rock.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions lambasted Chicago and its political leaders Wednesday, tying local policies on undocumented immigrants to soaring crime rates and threatening to withhold federal police grants if the city does not change.
The Trump administration on Wednesday formally terminated an Obama-era program that granted Central American minors temporary legal residence in the United States, shutting the door on 2,714 people who had won conditional approval to enter the country.
President Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback on Wednesday as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville this weekend.
Top labor leader resigns from Trump’s jobs council after Trump blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville violence
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the largest group of labor unions in the country, quit President Trump’s manufacturing council Tuesday evening, with the labor leader saying he refused to accept any tolerance of “bigotry and domestic terrorism.”
The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized with red spray paint early Tuesday, authorities said.
Washington Post -- By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Jena McGregor August 14, 2017 Photo: Intel's Brian Krzanich, left, Under Armour's Kevin Plank, center, and Merck's Kenneth Just a month ago, President Trump invited Merck chief executive Kenneth C. Frazier to the White...
One person was killed amid violence on Saturday at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to Mayor Mike Signer. “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will — go home,” Signer wrote on Twitter. He did not provide details as to how the death occurred.
By noon, thousands are expected to gather in Emancipation Park, where barricades have been placed in proximity to the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Guam has issued guidelines for residents on the island in case of a nuclear attack launched by North Korea.
(Reuters) – Five transgender members of the U.S. military including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans sued President Donald Trump on Wednesday, challenging his ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.
FBI agents raided the home in Alexandria, Va., of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, arriving in the pre-dawn hours late last month and seizing documents and other materials related to the special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump asserted Wednesday that under his tenure, the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” making an inflated claim as he continued to ratchet up the heated rhetoric with North Korea.
President Trump on Thursday stepped up criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not muscling through a health-care bill, escalating an extraordinary fight with a key leader of his own party
PowerPost Rosenstein: Special counsel Mueller can investigate any crimes he uncovers in Russia probe
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said Sunday that the expanding investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is continuing apace, even as President Trump dismissed the probe as “a total fabrication.”
Campaign against McMaster intensified after he fired a number of mid-level officials from the National Security Council, who were considered loyal to Bannon and to the former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn
BREAKING: Subpoenas Issued for Trump Jr.-Russia Meeting, Grand Jury Convened to Investigate Russian Meddling in 2016 Election
Exclusive from Reuters: "Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with a June 2016 meeting that included President Donald Trump's son, his son-in-law and a Russian lawyer, two sources told Reuters on Thursday, in a sign that special counsel Robert Mueller's...
Scaramucci is out as White House communications director 10 days after he was named to the job, sources say
Washington Post -- By Washington Post Staff July 31, 2017 at 2:47 PM The move comes on John Kelly's first day as the White House chief of staff. Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, had been on the job for only a week. He immediately brought more controversy to...
Moscow (CNN)The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded Friday that the United States cut its diplomatic staff in Russia and said it would seize two US diplomatic properties in a sharp response to a new sanctions bill the US Congress passed a day earlier.
The order — which affects the US Embassy in Moscow and consulates in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok — would reduce US diplomatic and technical staff to 455, the same number Russia has in the United States, by September 1.
The White House and congressional Republicans — backed by business and conservative groups — are mustering forces to muscle through a large tax cut package later this year.
Trump administration officials hope to play a much more proactive role both in writing the legislation and in selling it to voters, following internal criticism that they ceded too much discretion to lawmakers who bungled passage of the health-care bills.
During a speech on Long Island on Friday, President Trump took a break from discussing gang violence and illegal immigration to give the law enforcement officers gathered for his remarks some advice on how to treat suspects.
“When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” Trump said, miming the physical motion of an officer shielding a suspect’s head to keep it from bumping against the squad car.
Trump names Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as White House chief of staff, ousting Reince Priebus
President Trump has ousted his White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and named his homeland security secretary, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, to replace him, the president announced on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski’s vote. By that afternoon, each of Alaska’s two Republican senators had received a phone call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke letting them know the vote had put Alaska’s future with the administration in jeopardy.
The response follows Trump’s no-holds-barred style of governing, even when it comes to his own party. It is his first strike of retaliation against Murkowski, however, despite her tendency to stray from the party line and the president’s priorities.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military, catching the Pentagon flat-footed and unable to explain what it called Trump’s “guidance.” His proclamation, on Twitter rather than any formal announcement, drew bipartisan denunciations and threw currently serving transgender soldiers into limbo.
Trump’s new White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci has deleted a tweet calling for the FBI and Justice Department to investigate what he said was a “felony” leak of his financial disclosure forms.
The documents were actually available to the public four days ago.
The documents obtained by Politico show that Scaramucci still holds an ownership stake in his Wall Street hedge fund SkyBridge Capital and earned $4.9 million from it in the first six months of the Trump administration while working at the government’s Export-Import Bank. That’s on top of the $5 million salary he drew.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to request documents about former FBI director James B. Comey’s conversations with the Obama administration and journalists, amending and replacing a Democratic resolution that was designed to obtain documents about Comey’s firing by President Trump.
By tweets Wednesday morning the president wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
It did not take long for Trump to veer from inspiration to denigration. The teenaged boys loved it, cheering wildly at each sick burn, hooting and hollering like they were at a wrestling match.
“Tonight we put aside all of the policy fights in Washington, D.C. you’ve been hearing about with the fake news and all of that,” he told the teenaged boys, sitting state by state in brightly colored t-shirts.
President Trump launched another public assault Tuesday morning on his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, questioning why the Justice Department chief has not done more to investigate alleged “crimes” by Hillary Clinton and those who have leaked information to the media
Washington Post -- By Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker July 24, 2017 Photo: Anthony Scaramucci motions to newly appointed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the White House briefing room on Friday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Anthony...
In tweet storm, Trump decries ‘illegal leaks’ and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon
NORFOLK — A defiant President Trump unleashed a flurry of nearly a dozen tweets Saturday morning, asserting that he has the “complete power to pardon” aides, family members and possibly even himself — an apparent response to the special counsel’s widening Russia probe — and decrying “illegal leaks” in the “FAKE NEWS.”
Police said a “threatening note” was found over the weekend after a break-in at the Las Vegas office of Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican who could be a critical swing vote on the GOP health-care bill.
Las Vegas police said officers responded to a call about a burglary alarm Saturday morning at Heller’s office in southwest Las Vegas. There, they discovered what they described in a statement as a “threatening note” addressed to Heller (R-Nev.) near the door to his office.