Longtime Trump aide fired over security clearance issue

CNN -- March 13, 2018  By Jeremy Diamond, Jeff Zeleny and Kaitlan Collins, CNN (CNN)President Donald Trump's longtime personal aide John McEntee was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday, three sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. Two sources...

Trump’s Military Parade Is Set For Veterans Day

The memo says the parade will begin at the White House and proceed to the U.S. Capitol, with a “heavy air component at the end.” It notes that Trump will be surrounded by military heroes in the reviewing area at the Capitol.

Under fire for travel expenses, Pruitt cancels trip to Israel

Pruitt, who had been scheduled to leave this weekend for an extensive tour of the Mideast ally, has come under fire over the past week for the cost of his domestic and international travel. In May, the head of Pruitt’s security detail recommended he travel either business or first class whenever possible to avoid public confrontations with critics.

Trump Accuses Democrats of ‘Treason’ Amid Market Rout

“It got to a point where I really didn’t even want to look up too much during the speech over to that side because honestly, it was bad energy,” Mr. Trump said.
“Even on positive news, really positive news like that, they were like death and un-American,” he said, repeating, “Un-American. Somebody said treasonous. I mean, yeah, I guess, why not.”

The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year

What’s particularly jarring is this is the first time borrowing has jumped this much (as a share of GDP) in a non-recession time since Ronald Reagan was president, says Ernie Tedeschi, a former senior adviser to the U.S. Treasury who is now head of fiscal analysis at Evercore ISI. Under Reagan, borrowing spiked because of a buildup in the military, something Trump is advocating again.“

Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections

“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.”

John Kelley Walks Back President’s Wall Promises

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...

Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements

“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.”

National Security Feud over Trump dossier intensifies with release of interview transcript

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.”

POLITICS: Trump Defends His Mental Capacity, Calling Himself a ‘Genius

”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.”

“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.”

GOP tax bill passes House as Senate plans vote for late Tuesday

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...

Analysis: Implications of Micheal Flynn’s Guilty Plea

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...

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI

“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.”

Trump retweets inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos

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...

Education Department Considering Changes to Civil Rights Work

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...

Senate judiciary committee requests more information on Kushner

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...

Trump backs US spy agencies after Putin meddling remark

“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.”

McConnell allies declare open warfare on Bannon

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...

Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

““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.””

With Trump’s backing, House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy

“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.”

Trump’s recent tweets supporting Luther Strange deleted

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...

New health-care plan stumbles under opposition from governors

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...

After Harvey, the Trump administration reconsiders flood rules it just rolled back

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.

Trump threatens shutdown, suggests controversial pardon at Arizona rally

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.

Kal Penn, more resign White House arts committee

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 is out of the White House

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.

Taney statue removed from Md. state house grounds overnight

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.

Federal court: Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood money

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.