Tag Archives: Trump administration

DeVos Guts Rights Guidelines For Disabled Students

The Washington Post reports: The Education Department has rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities as part of the Trump administration’s effort to eliminate regulations it deems superfluous. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services wrote in a newsletter Friday that it had “a total of 72 guidance documents that have been rescinded due ...

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Betsy DeVos Sued Over Title IX Sexual Assault Rules

The Associated Press reports: A national women’s rights group and three Massachusetts women filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the U.S. Education Department’s new guidance on investigating campus sexual assaults. The Los Angeles-based Equal Means Equal and the three women, who have separately accused their colleges of mishandling complaints of sexual assault, say the new guidance is discriminatory and violates state ...

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EPA Rescinds Obama-Era Radiation Safety Limits, Sets Level For Irradiated Drinking Water Ten Times Higher

Bloomberg reports: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The EPA’s determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President Barack Obama. ...

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Ivanka Trump: During My “Punk Phase” I Cried For 24 Hours When Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain Committed Suicide

Uh huh. The New York Daily News reports: The First Daughter had a “punk phase” in the ‘90s, had a love of the grunge rock band, wore flannel shirts and dyed her hair blue, she reveals in her mother’s memoir. “My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts,” Ivanka wrote in a chapter of Ivana Trump’s “Raising Trump,” ...

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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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Yet Another Trump Nominee Withdraws Under Fire

CBS News reports: President Trump announced Tuesday that his nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position. The announcement came following a joint investigation by CBS’ “60 Minutes” and The Washington Post on the opioid crisis. The report found that Congress helped disarm the Drug Enforcement Administration during the height of the ...

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Trump’s Approval Rating At 37% In New CNN Poll

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s approval rating holds steady in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, but that overall stability belies declining views on how things are going in the country today. Overall, 37% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency, 57% disapprove — virtually identical to his marks in late September. But the percentage ...

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Lambda Legal Blasts DOJ’s “Cynical Publicity Stunt” In Aiding Prosecution In Murder Of Iowa Trans Teen

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Of course it is important and right that the Department of Justice assist in bringing to justice the murderer of Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson, one of the far too many transgender people, and especially transgender people of color, targeted in the ongoing lethal epidemic of hate violence. But it is the height of cynicism for Attorney ...

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Tillerson Again Refuses To Deny “Moron” Insult [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Jake Tapper asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this morning rather directly if he did, in fact, call President Trump a moron. Tillerson did not deny it last week, and despite how much Jake Tapper pressed him on it this morning, Tillerson refused to “dignify the question.” Tapper made it abundantly clear to him that if he continues ...

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SNL Turns Kellyanne Conway Into Pennywise [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: “Saturday Night Live” may have found its most uncharitable caricature of someone in President Trump’s orbit this weekend, featuring Kellyanne Conway as the scary clown from Stephen King’s recently revitalized film, “It.” The real butt of the joke, though, is cable news. In the highly cinematic, prerecorded sketch, CNN’s Anderson Cooper (played by Alex Moffat) stumbles ...

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Carter Page Pleads The Fifth In Russia Probe

The New York Daily News reports: Former Trump adviser Carter Page is pleading his Fifth Amendment right and refusing to hand over documents to a Congressional inquiry into Russian election-meddling. Page, a former financier in Moscow who was name-dropped as a foreign policy adviser by the future President last spring, told CNN that he would still like to testify publicly. ...

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National Park Service Pulls Sponsorship Of Ceremony Dedicating Rainbow Flag At Stonewall Monument

Andy Humm reports at Gay City News: What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of such attacks. The National Park Service’s Barbara Applebaum, who arranged the ...

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White House Advisor Stephen Miller Once Crashed A High School Girls’ Track Meet To Prove Male Superiority

Business Insider reports: White House senior adviser Stephen Miller once jumped into a women’s track meet to make a point about masculinity. In a lengthy profile published on Monday, The New York Times reported that Miller “jumped, uninvited, into the final stretch of a girls’ track meet, apparently intent on proving his athletic supremacy over the opposite sex.” The White ...

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EPA To Repeal Obama’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration announced Monday that it would take formal steps to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a bitter fight over the future of America’s efforts to tackle global warming. At an event in eastern Kentucky, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Via Mediaite: Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will hold a briefing with the White House press corps. One thing that’s sure to come up in today’s briefing: President Donald Trump’s cryptic (and somewhat ominous) declaration on Thursday night that a meeting of military leaders marked “the calm before the storm.” When asked what he meant by that, Trump said only: ...

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BREAKING: Sessions Issues Long-Feared And Sweeping “License To Discriminate” Against LGBT Americans

The Associated Press reports: In an order that undercuts federal protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are being violated. The guidance, an attempt to deliver on President Donald Trump’s pledge to his evangelical supporters that he would ...

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FEMA Website Deletes Stats On Puerto Rico Crisis

The Washington Post reports: As of Wednesday, half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and 5 percent of the island had electricity, according to statistics published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its Web page documenting the federal response to Hurricane Maria. By Thursday morning, both of those key metrics were no longer on the Web page. ...

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TICK TOCK: Trump Furious With Rex Tillerson After “Moron” Flap Steals Headlines During Las Vegas Visit

Axios reports: Trump advisers and allies are floating the idea of replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, age 53 — someone who’s already around the table in the Situation Room, and could make the switch without chaos. Sources tell us Trump recognizes that a Cabinet shuffle would bring bad press. White House Chief of Staff ...

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Ivana Trump: Trump Offered Me Czech Ambassadorship

CBS News reports: Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, says he offered her the ambassadorship to the Czech Republic and that she advised him to tweet, in an interview with Jim Axelrod for CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” to be broadcast October 8. Trump, who says she talks with the President weekly, tells Axelrod her ex-husband asked her advice ...

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Tony Perkins Has The Tom Price Resignation Sadz

Last week hate group leader Tony Perkins declared that Democrats had “invented” Tom Price’s private jet scandal in order to keep him from stopping abortions. In a separate press release, Perkins also claimed that “most STDS are incurable.” It took Perkins six days, but he’s finally issued a reaction to Price’s resignation that manages to link both of those lies. ...

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