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.

Russia to seize US properties in retaliation over sanctions

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.

White House, business groups start major push to cut taxes

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.

Trump tells police not to worry about injuring suspects during arrests

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 administration threatens retribution against Alaska over Murkowski health votes

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.

Pentagon caught flat-footed on Trump’s transsexual ban

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 Scaramucci Deletes Tweet Claiming Release of his Public Financial Disclosure is a “Felony”

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.

House Judiciary Committee votes to probe Comey and Clinton’s 2016 campaign

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.

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military

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.”

Trump gives Boy Scouts at jamboree a taste of Washington politics

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.

Trump renews Twitter attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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

Break-in, ‘threatening note’ at office of GOP senator considered swing vote in health-care bill

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.