Trump Administration

Pence Predicts “Miracle” Vaccine By The End Of The Year

The Independent reports: Vice President Mike Pence has responded to Joe Biden‘s acceptance speech criticism of the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he believes there is “a miracle around the corner.” In an interview on CNN on Friday, Pence was asked how many Americans would lose their lives due to the pandemic by the end of the year. “As …

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Barr Is “Vehemently Opposed” To Pardon For Snowden

The Associated Press reports: Attorney General William Barr said he would be “vehemently opposed” to any attempt to pardon former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, after the president suggested he might consider it. The attorney general’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press come days after President Donald Trump said he would “look at” whether to pardon Snowden, …

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Postmaster Refuses To Replace Mail Sorting Machines

The Associated Press reports: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, pressed by senators over mail delivery disruptions, said Friday he was unaware of changes that sparked a public uproar, but his responses raised fresh questions about how the Postal Service will ensure timely delivery of ballots for the November election. DeJoy told senators he has zero plans to restore blue mailboxes and …

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LGBTQ Issues Erased From US Foreign Aid Policy

ProPublica reports: The draft policy released by the U.S. Agency for International Development on Wednesday was billed as an update and replacement to the original 2012 policy, released under the Obama administration. Though written subtly, the agency’s gender policy is parsed closely by experts and grantees as a clue to the kind of initiatives the agency will prioritize, and it …

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LIVE VIDEO: Postmaster Testifies Before Senate Panel

USA Today reports: The head of the U.S. Postal Service will testify before the Republican-controlled Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday morning. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will address concerns over the latest changes to the agency, which include service delays until after the November election. On Monday, DeJoy will testify before the House Oversight Committee. Things just …

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NBC NEWS: Trump Cabinet Members Voted In 2018 Meeting To Separate Migrant Children From Parents

NBC News reports: In early May 2018, after weeks of phone calls and private meetings, 11 of the president’s most senior advisers were called to the White House Situation Room where they were asked, by a show-of-hands vote, to decide the fate of thousands of migrant parents and their children, according to two officials who were there. Trump’s senior adviser, …

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McEnany: I’ve Never Heard Trump Talk About QAnon

Politico reports: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday said she has never heard President Donald Trump mention QAnon, as a growing number of Republicans sharply criticized Trump’s appreciative stance on the conspiracy theory. “The media talks a lot about this so-called QAnon. I’ve never heard the president mention it,” McEnany told Fox News. “I talk to him oftentimes …

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DOJ To SCOTUS: Let Trump Block People On Twitter

CNN reports: The president who complains about censorship by Twitter wants to censor people himself. On Thursday, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision and grant President Donald Trump the ability to block his critics on Twitter. The petition seeks to revive a case decided by a New York federal judge in 2018. At …

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Pompeo Again Trolls Pelosi With Lisa Simpson Gif

The Daily Beast reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a GIF of Lisa Simpson sobbing and ripping up papers during House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. Pompeo had mocked Pelosi by tweeting the same clip in February shortly after Pelosi ripped up President Trump’s State of the Union speech. The clip comes …

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Kudlow: It’d Be Unusual For US To Take Cut Of TikTok Sale, But Trump “Has His Own Mind On These Things”

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump wants to deny China some of the proceeds from the sale of ByteDance’s U.S. operations of its video-sharing app TikTok, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Wednesday, but it would be unusual for any company that acquires TikTok to provide funds to the U.S. Treasury. “Well he’s said that,” Kudlow told CNBC when …

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Birx Calls For Colleges To Do COVID “Entrance Testing”

Public Integrity reports: White House Coronavirus Task Force leader Dr. Deborah Birx, on a private call with state and local leaders Wednesday, recommended that universities test students returning for fall classes as well as set up “surge” testing. “Each university not only has to do entrance testing,” she said, according to a recording of the call obtained by the Center …

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Trump Once Wanted To Swap Puerto Rico For Greenland Because Puerto Rico Is “Dirty” And The People Are Poor

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump once asked aides if he could sell Puerto Rico and buy Greenland instead, according to former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor, who told MSNBC on Wednesday that he heard the remarks directly in Aug. 2018, when officials were regularly going to Puerto Rico to coordinate hurricane recovery efforts. “One time before we …

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Pelosi: Postmaster Won’t Commit To Reversing Changes

Axios reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Wednesday, saying his alleged suspension of operational changes and cost-cutting “is wholly insufficient and does not reverse damage already wreaked.” Pelosi said that a conversation with DeJoy revealed the USPS has no intention of replacing the sorting machines, mailboxes and other mail infrastructure that has already been …

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WH Refuses To Say If Trump Will Accept Election Result

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday would not say whether President Trump would accept the results of the November election if he is not declared the winner, adding to comments from the president in recent days sowing doubt about the outcome of the vote. “Is the president saying if he doesn’t win this election that …

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Cultists Work To Get Kanye West On Wyoming Ballot

The Casper Star-Tribune reports: Kanye West is officially trying to get on Wyoming’s presidential ballot as an independent candidate this fall, a spokesman with the Wyoming Secretary of State confirmed Tuesday morning. Within a day of the rapper’s filing, county clerks began to field reports about West’s signature gatherers violating state law by being too close to polling places. At …

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Former DHS Chief Of Staff: Trump Often Told DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen To “Get Your Ass On TV At The Border”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump personally ordered his secretary of homeland security to head to the border at least half a dozen times, taking her away from her focus on pressing national security matters, according to her former chief of staff. Miles Taylor, who worked in the Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, told POLITICO that Trump often …

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Trump Backs Oracle As Potential Buyer Of TikTok

The New York Post reports: Speaking to reporters today, Trump called Oracle a “great company” following reports that the software giant had preliminary talks about buying TikTok’s operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. “I think that Oracle would be certainly somebody that could handle it,” the president said. Trump also said he thinks the company’s owner “is …

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16 States Warn Of “Bomb Trains” In Lawsuit To Stop Proposed Shipping Of Liquefied Natural Gas By Rail

Courthouse News reports: Two weeks after the neglected storage of highly combustible ammonium nitrate caused a devastating explosion in Lebanon, six environmental groups urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to stop the United States from ushering in a new era of so-called bomb trains. Federal law stipulates that liquefied natural gasses can only be safely transported in trucks and specific …

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Business Groups Rip “Unworkable” Payroll Tax Deferral

Politico reports: A raft of big-name business groups is warning many employers won’t participate in President Donald Trump’s payroll tax deferral plan. Calling it “unworkable,” they said in a letter Tuesday to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that it risks saddling their workers with large postponed tax bills they could have trouble paying back. Someone earning $35,000 would see their biweekly …

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DeJoy: USPS To Suspend Changes Until After Election

The Wall Street Journal reports: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the U.S. Postal Service is suspending operational changes, like removing mail processing equipment and collection boxes, until after the November election, as the agency tries to reassure Americans that it can handle the anticipated surge in mail-in voting. Mr. DeJoy also said the agency won’t change retail hours at post …

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