Tag Archives: Trump administration

Trump Wails About Anti-Pompeo “Obstructionists”

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump criticized “obstructionist” members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday over opposition to CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to lead the State Department. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Democrats on the committee announced Sunday they will not support Pompeo for State secretary when they vote Monday evening. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could still ...

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Trump To Roll Back Transgender Health Protections

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration says it plans to roll back a rule issued by President Barack Obama that prevents doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. Advocates said the change could jeopardize the significant gains that transgender people have seen in access to medical care, including gender reassignment procedures — treatments for ...

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Scott Pruitt’s Landlord Resigns From Lobbying Firm After Disclosure He Lobbied EPA, Pruitt Had Denied It

Politico reports: The prominent lobbyist whose wife rented a condominium to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt lobbied the agency while Pruitt was leading it, contrary to his and Pruitt’s public denials that he had any business before the agency, according to a Friday filing by his firm. The disclosure from the lobbying firm Williams & Jensen contradicts Pruitt’s public ...

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Sessions Told WH: I Might Quit If Rosenstein Is Fired

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently told the White House he might have to leave his job if President Trump fired his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the exchange. Sessions made his position known in a phone call to White House counsel ...

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Trump’s First State Dinner: No Media Or Democrats

Politico reports: For once, President Donald Trump is opting to go smaller. The president who delights in bigness — of his buildings, his crowd sizes, his hands — is opting for a slimmed-down affair when he hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for his first state dinner on Tuesday. Gone are the President Barack Obama-era days of outside event-planning firms and ...

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REPORT: Tillerson Blames Ouster On Jared Kushner

Ronan Farrow reports at The New Yorker: When I mentioned the White House’s role in escalating rumors of his demise, Tillerson appeared to have been waiting for the question. “Mm-hmm,” he said, nodding. “When you say ‘the White House,’ who are you talking about?” he asked. “The White House is comprised of how many people?” Hook, the director of policy ...

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HRC Takes On The “Real” Mike Pence [VIDEO]

“Mike Pence has made a career out of attacking the rights and equal dignity of LGBTQ people, women and other marginalized communities. Now as vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement. With the world distracted by Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House, Mike Pence’s nefarious agenda has been allowed to fly ...

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NEW YORK: AG Seeks To Close State’s Double Jeopardy Loophole So He Can Charge Those Pardoned By Trump

Reuters reports: New York’s attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump. In a letter, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged Cuomo and legislative leaders to close a loophole in New York’s double jeopardy law shielding recipients of ...

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Storied Paper Cuts Jobs Over Trump’s Newsprint Tariff

The Hill reports: The Tampa Bay Times announced that it would cut about 50 jobs after new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration caused the cost of newsprint to dramatically rise. A spokeswoman for the Times confirmed the layoffs to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, saying they are directly in response to the tariffs imposed on newsprint imported from Canada. ...

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Pence Campaigns Nationwide To Stave Off Blue Wave

Politico reports: Vice President Mike Pence is racking up the travel miles. After a quick day trip on Wednesday to Mar-a-Lago for meetings with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Pence will return to crisscrossing the country for political events aimed at staving off a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterm elections, according to his office. He ...

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Tony Perkins: Gays Have Subpoenaed Our Secret Anti-Transgender Messages To Trump, So Send Us Money

Just in from hate group leader Tony Perkins: As a trusted friend of FRC, I wanted to make you aware of this developing situation and ask for your prayers. You’ll recall that last July, President Trump kept his pledge to end the Obama era of social experimentation in our nation’s armed forces. Moving away from political correctness and putting the ...

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The Mooch’s Restaurant To Host “Sugar Daddy Social”

The New York Post reports: The Mooch is helping “Sugar Daddies” hook up with pliant young women seeking “arrangements.” Anthony Scaramucci’s Midtown restaurant, Hunt & Fish Club, is the venue for Thursday’s “Sugar Social,” where 25 “invited gentlemen” will meet for cocktails and dinner with 35 “stunning women.” The email promoting the event promises, “Sugar Socials are our solution to ...

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GOD SAVE THE QUEEN: Sec. Ryan Zinke’s Office Took $200K Estimate For Flag Poles To Signify His Presence

Swampity swamp swamp swamp: The Interior Department took estimates for setting up four flag poles outside its main building in Washington, D.C., to fly personal flags for Secretary Ryan Zinke at a cost as high as $200,000, according to internal emails released Monday by the agency. The department ultimately decided against installing the new poles, the documents show, choosing instead ...

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Tim Kaine To Vote Against Confirming Mike Pompeo

From the transcript of Sen. Tim Kaine’s interview this morning with Face The Nation host Margaret Brennan: BRENNAN: You mentioned Mike Pompeo. The CIA director was before your committee this week testifying as he sort of auditions for this role of secretary of state. You voted for him as CIA director. Will you vote for him to be the next secretary ...

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Nikki Haley Tells UN: When Trump Draws A Red Line, He Enforces It, The US Is Locked And Loaded [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: The United States is “locked and loaded” to strike again if Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad’s government again uses chemical weapons, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council on Saturday. “We are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program. We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Mike Pompeo Confirmation Hearing

CNN reports: Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, will face an uphill climb to win Senate confirmation. He will testify today during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Trump selected the former CIA director to run the State Department after he fired former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The announcement to replace the top ...

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Trump Seeks To Drug-Test Food Stamp Recipients

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who’ve long sought ways to curb the safety net program. The proposal under review would be narrowly targeted, applying mostly to people who are able-bodied, without dependents and applying for ...

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Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert Resigns

Homeland Security advisor Tom Bossert abruptly resigned this morning, according to multiple outlets. At this writing there’s no explanation. According to MSNBC, the White House has issued a brief statement thanking Bossert for his “commitment to the safety and security of our great country.” Over the weekend Bossert appeared on multiple cable news shows to defend Trump’s policies. He last ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Via Mediaite: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to hold a briefing with the press corps this afternoon. The biggest issue of the day is undoubtedly the recently Syrian chemical attack and what the response from the Trump administration will be. President Trump condemned the attack yesterday and even Vladimir Putin in particular for Russia’s involvement in ...

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Manafort Moves To Suppress Storage Locker Evidence

Politico reports: Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are arguing that what could be key evidence against him should be kept out of court because the FBI violated his Constitutional rights by illegally entering a storage locker belonging to Manafort’s firm. The FBI first got into the Alexandria, Va. storage unit last May with the assistance of an ...

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