Government

West Virginia Prison Guard Trainees Make Nazi Salute

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports: A number of West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees are suspended and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling for some terminations after a photo surfaced that shows more than 30 participants in a basic training class doing a Nazi salute. The cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public …

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Trump Admin To End Food Stamps For 750,000 Poor

Bloomberg News reports: The Trump administration will announce a plan Wednesday to end food stamps benefits for about 750,000 Americans, issuing a new regulation that makes it harder for states to gain waivers from a requirement that beneficiaries work or participate in a vocational training program, according to people familiar with the matter. Conservatives have long sought cuts in the …

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DHS Floats Mandatory Face Scans For All Int’l Travelers

TechCrunch reports: Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition checks for travelers arriving to and departing from the U.S. to also include citizens, which had previously been exempt from the mandatory checks. In a filing, the department has proposed that all travelers, and not just foreign nationals or visitors, will have to complete a facial recognition check before they are …

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Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Speaks Out For First Time

“It’s like being punched in the gut. My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening. But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States. “And when …

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Georgia Gov To Defy Trump With Senate Appointment

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Gov. Brian Kemp plans to tap financial executive Kelly Loeffler for a U.S. Senate seat next week as he pushes to expand the Georgia GOP’s appeal to women who have fled the party in recent years. The appointment would defy President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders who have repeatedly urged the governor to appoint U.S. …

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Hemp Advocates Name McConnell Person Of The Year

Whole Foods Magazine has an announcement: “Hemp hero,” “Cannabis champion,” “climate villain”… U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been called all this and more. Odds are, you have an opinion about the Republican senator from Kentucky, and regardless of whether that opinion is positive or not, one thing is certain: Mitch McConnell has done a tremendous amount to influence …

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Massachusetts Is First State To Ban Flavored Vapes

Boston’s NPR affiliate reports: Gov. Charlie Baker has signed one of the most sweeping laws pertaining to vaping and flavored tobacco products in the country. The new law will affect flavored tobacco and vaping sales. Retailers will no longer be allowed to sell flavored vape cartridges. They will be able to sell devices that deliver nicotine, but not flavored nicotine. …

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NEW YORK CITY: Protesters Shower Lawmakers With Dollar Bills After Vote To Ban Flavored Vapes [VIDEO]

Courthouse News reports: The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly today to ban the sale of flavored vape products, responding to a public health crisis where sweet-smelling mango and mint products are thought to target teen users. “New York cannot and will not wait,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson, himself a former smoker who quit with the help of e-cigarettes. …

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Bolton: National Security Is Under Attack From Within

Mediaite reports: Former national security advisor John Bolton continued his cryptic tweeting today by warning that the United States’ commitment to national security “is under attack from within.” Bolton has been somewhat active on Twitter since, he claims, he got his account back after the White House blocked him from it, something the White House denied. It’s unclear what he’s …

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POLL: Social Media Is Leading Source Of Govt News

The Associated Press reports: The irony of where Americans get their news about the government, and what sources they rely on to deliver news about the government they can trust, was exposed in a survey published this month by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Opinion Research and USAFacts. It found that 54% of Americans say they get government-related information …

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London Yanks Uber’s License Over “Fake” Drivers

The Guardian reports: Uber has lost its licence to operate private hire vehicles in London after authorities found that more than 14,000 trips were taken with more than 40 drivers who had faked their identity on the Uber app. Transport for London announced the decision not to renew the ride-hailing firm’s licence at the end of a two-month probationary extension …

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White House Had Lindsey Graham Block Resolution On Armenia Genocide To Placate Visiting Turkish President

The Daily Beast reports: Senior White House staff asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to block the resolution that would officially recognize the Armenian genocide passed by the House in October because it was likely to infuriate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Graham confirmed to Axios that after he was asked to block the measure, he said, “Sure.” “The only reason …

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CDC Issues Romaine Warning After E. Coli Outbreak

The Associated Press reports: U.S. health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak. The warning comes almost exactly one year after a similar outbreak. They also say not to eat the leafy green if the label doesn’t say where it was grown. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

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DOJ Report On Anti-Trump Bias In FBI Is Mostly A Bust

The New York Times reports: A highly anticipated report by the Justice Department’s inspector general is expected to sharply criticize lower-level F.B.I. officials as well as bureau leaders involved in the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation, but to absolve the top ranks of abusing their powers out of bias against President Trump, according to people briefed on a draft. …

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Anti-Gay DA Won’t Bring Charges In Teen’s Suicide

People Magazine reports: No charges will be filed in the death of a Tennessee teen who took his own life shortly after sexually explicit messages he’d exchanged with another boy when he was 15 were leaked on social media, leaving his distraught family is fighting for stronger laws. Channing Smith, 16, of Manchester, was horrified when he learned that teens …

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BOOK: Justice Kennedy Told Trump To Pick Kavanaugh

The Washington Post reports: It was a historic moment in April 2017 when Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy presided over the ceremonial Rose Garden swearing-in for the court’s new member, Neil M. Gorsuch: the first time a sitting justice was joined on the nation’s highest court by one of his former law clerks. But a secret meeting moments later …

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Senate Spending Vote Averts Govt Shutdown For Now

Roll Call reports: The Senate cleared a monthlong spending bill Thursday, sending it to President Donald Trump’s desk hours before government funding was set to expire at midnight. The vote was 74-20. The continuing resolution is the second temporary spending bill Congress has passed since fiscal 2020 began on Oct. 1. Once Trump signs it — as his aides say …

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney To Succeed Late Elijah Cummings As Chairperson Of The House Oversight Committee

Axios reports: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) will become the first woman to chair the House Oversight Committee, after defeating Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) in a caucus-wide vote. Maloney has been acting as the committee’s chair since the Oct. 17 death of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) Leading the Oversight Committee will thrust Maloney into the center of the impeachment inquiry into …

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Trump’s Fifth Homeland Security Chief Gets Sworn In

The Washington Post reports: Chad Wolf was sworn in Wednesday as the new acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, becoming the fifth person to hold the top job under President Trump, a period of unusually high leadership turnover at the nation’s largest domestic security agency. Wolf replaces Kevin McAleenan, who assumed the acting DHS chief role when Trump …

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House Plans Spending Vote To Stop Another Shutdown

Politico reports: The House will pass a stopgap spending measure the week of Nov. 18, hoping to thwart a government shutdown later that week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Friday. The leader did not say how long that next patch would last. In a “Dear Colleague” letter, Hoyer noted that the action is “necessary” since government funding expires on …

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