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Tons Of Ground Beef Recalled For E Coli Contamination

USA Today reports: According to a notice issued Wednesday by the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling approximately 132,000 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of the cow. Officials said the ground beef was produced and packaged on June 21, 2018, and affects 12 different Cargill products. ...

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Trump Spikes Planned Pay Raise For Federal Workers

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump said Thursday that civilian employees of the federal government will not receive raises in 2019. In doing away with the 2.1 percent across-the-board pay increase that was scheduled to take effect in January, Trump said he was working “put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course.” Scrapping the raises will save more than $25 billion, ...

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Homeland Security To Compile Database Of Bloggers And Journalists, Monitor Content For Their “Sentiment”

Bloomberg Law reports: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top “media influencers.” It’s seeking a contractor that can help it monitor traditional news sources as well as social media and identify “any and all” coverage ...

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Objections Raised After Controversial HIV Researcher With Ties To Abstinence Group Tapped To Head CDC

The New York Times reports: A leading AIDS researcher and proponent of medication-assisted therapy for addiction was appointed Wednesday to oversee the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alex M. Azar II, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, announced that the agency’s new director would be Dr. Robert R. Redfield, a professor at the University of Maryland School ...

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FBI Disciplinary Office Calls For Firing Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Days Before His Retirement

The Washington Post reports: The FBI office that handles employee discipline has recommended firing the bureau’s former deputy director over allegations that he authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to a reporter and misled investigators when asked about it — though Justice Department officials are still reviewing the matter and have not come to a final decision, a person familiar ...

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Charges Dropped Against Most Inauguration Protesters

Courthouse News reports: Federal prosecutors will drop charges against 129 of 188 people who were accused of felony rioting after President Donald Trump’s inauguration last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said Thursday. Prosecutors will still press cases against 59 defendants they contend were most responsible for the demonstrations, which resulted in smashed windows, property damage ...

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DOJ Blindsided Banks With Reversal On Legal Pot

Bloomberg reports: When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said. The announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime critic of legalizing marijuana, caused confusion among banks about ...

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Court Rejects Right Wing Lawsuit Seeking To Force State Department To Keep Digging For Hillary’s Emails

The Washington Examiner reports: A federal judge in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a case Thursday which would have compelled the State Department and the U.S. archivist to continue searching for emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state in which she used a private email server and address. The case, brought by Cause of ...

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Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban Attempt

The Los Angeles Times reports: A federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday issued an order blocking major parts of President Trump’s newest travel ban, suggesting it amounted to unconstitutional discrimination against Muslims and violated immigration law. The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu stops the administration’s travel restrictions nationwide before they were scheduled to take full effect ...

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US Census Reverses On Sexual Orientation Question

Via press release: Today, the US Census Bureau reversed a previous decision to exclude a question on sexual orientation from the Census Barriers, Attitudes and Motivators Study. In response to this victory, Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, issued the following statement. “Make no mistake – public pressure on the Trump Administration works. It was messages ...

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Federal Executive Staffers Take Anti-Leaking Classes

The Associated Press reports: Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information. It is part of a broader Trump administration order for anti-leaks training at all executive branch agencies. The Associated Press obtained training materials from the hourlong class. Government ...

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Ethics Agency Changes Rules To Allow Anonymous Donations To White House Legal Defense Funds

Politico reports: The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed its own internal policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds. The little-noticed change could help President Donald Trump’s aides raise the money they need to pay attorneys as the Russia probe expands — but raises the potential for hidden conflicts of ...

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DOJ Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief Backing Anti-Gay Baker

Via press release from the ACLU: The Justice Department filed a brief today with the Supreme Court arguing that businesses that are open to the public have a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBT people. The brief was filed in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the case in which a Colorado bakery refused to serve a same-sex couple ...

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Two Federal Agencies Probe Lease Of Trump’s DC Hotel

Bloomberg reports: Two federal watchdog agencies are taking an active look at the controversial General Services Administration lease for the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Bloomberg BNA has learned. Both the Government Accountability Office and GSA’s Office of Inspector General have opened probes into the lease, officials with both groups confirmed. The GAO since June has been looking into GSA’s ...

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DOJ Demands Web Hosting Company Turn Over IP Addresses Of Everybody Who Visited Anti-Trump Site

The Washington Post reports: A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution. “What we have is a sweeping request for every single file we have” in ...

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Orders LGBT Protections Reinstated To Employment Policy Statement

The Washington Post reports: The Commerce Department has removed language from its annual equal opportunity statement barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, prompting a protest from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. In a statement Thursday afternoon, the Commerce Department said the statement “was never intended to change the policy or exclude any protected categories.” “The Department ...

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Sec. Rex Tillerson Recognizes Pride Month: The State Department Affirms Its Solidarity With LGBT Rights

Via press release from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of ...

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Federal Contractor Charged With Today’s Leak Of NSA Report On Russian Cyber Attack On US Election

Her real actual name is Reality Winner. The Washington Examiner reports: A 25-year-old federal contractor is facing charges she leaked a classified National Security Agency document to a news outlet in May. The charges against Reality Leigh Winner came about an hour after the publication of a story based on an NSA document detailing Russian attempts to hack American voting ...

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REPORT: Trump Family Needs Strain Secret Service

The New York Times reports: Eleven weeks into the Trump presidency, the Secret Service is grappling with how to constrain the rising costs and unexpected strain that have come with protecting a new first family as large, mobile and high-profile as any in modern American history. To keep up, dozens of agents from New York and field offices across the ...

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Jared Kushner To Head New “Office Of American Innovation” To Privatize Some Government Functions

The Washington Post reports: President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions. The White House Office of American ...

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