Trump Administration

REPORT: Bill Barr Opposed Clemency For Roger Stone

The Hill reports: U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr recommended that President Trump not grant associate Roger Stone clemency, administration officials told NBC News. Sources told NBC that Barr and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows recommended against the move over concerns of political blowback. In an interview released July 8, Barr said that he felt Stone’s prosecution was “righteous.” …

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Pence: When Rioters Were Burning A Church, Biden Sent A Press Release, Trump Sent The National Guard

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump was the last line of defense between law-abiding people and a dangerous, left-wing mob intent on toppling statues and ripping the nation apart, according to Vice President Mike Pence. “When rioters were setting fire to one of the oldest churches in America and defacing our national monuments, Joe Biden sent out a press release. …

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White House: Trump Still Has “Absolute Immunity”

Raw Story reports: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday said that President Donald Trump continues to believe that he has “absolute immunity” from prosecution despite a Supreme Court ruling that said otherwise. At a White House briefing, McEnany argued that a high court ruling which gives prosecutors the right to subpoena Trump’s financial records is actually a “win …

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Fauci: States Should Consider “Shutting Down” Again

The Washington Post reports: Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease official, is advising that some states seriously consider “shutting down” again if they are facing major resurgences of the virus — a warning that conflicts with President Trump’s push to reopen the country as quickly as possible. “I think any state that is having a serious problem, that state …

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DOJ Arrests Man Who Peddled “Bleach Cure” To Trump

The New York Daily News reports: A Florida man who had sent a letter to President Trump peddling toxic bleach as a fake coronavirus cure has been arrested by the commander-in-chief’s own Justice Department, an ironic turn of events that comes two months after the nation’s leader suggested the ludicrous method as a possible COVID-19 treatment. Mark Grenon, the self-described …

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Mnuchin’s Ritzy LA Country Club Got Millions In Bailout

The Daily Beast reports: An exclusive California golf course that has counted Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin among its members is seeing plenty of the taxpayers’ green. The Riviera Country Club, located in a posh enclave of Los Angeles, received $2 million to $5 million in assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program—a multibillion-dollar initiative intended to carry small businesses and their …

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DeVos On Opening Schools: Space Flight Is Also Risky

The Daily Beast reports: On a call with the nation’s governors Tuesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos chastised local officials for doing “next to nothing” to provide academic services to students and demanded they reopen schools in the fall regardless of the state of the COVID pandemic. The issue, DeVos stressed at one point, was merely a matter of calculated …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House COVID Task Force Briefing

The Associated Press reports: The White House coronavirus task force will host a news conference on Wednesday to address the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country. States across the U.S. have been experiencing significant spikes in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, which is presumed to be related to premature reopening of economies amid the pandemic. On Tuesday Florida …

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SCOTUS Backs Trump On Obamacare Birth Control

NBC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the Trump administration to give the nation’s employers more leeway in refusing to provide free birth control for their workers. The ruling was victory for the administration’s plan to greatly expand the kinds of employers who can cite religious or moral objections in declining to include contraceptives …

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US Again Breaks Single-Day Record With 60K+ Cases

The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S. reported over 60,000 new coronavirus cases, a single-day record, with infections continuing to rise rapidly in states such as Florida and Texas, while others expanded quarantine requirements on inbound travel and New York City stepped up testing. The total number of cases in the U.S. neared three million Wednesday, according to data compiled …

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WH Denounces Mary Trump’s “Book Of Falsehoods”

Deadline reports: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that she hasn’t seen Mary Trump’s new tell-all book, yet repeatedly insisted that the tome is a “book of falsehoods.” “No response, other than that it’s a book of falsehoods, and that’s about it,” McEnany said, and moved on to several other topics. But NBC News White House correspondent Peter …

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WH Pressures CDC To Endorse Reopening Schools

Politico reports: The White House is hammering a message of reopening schools even as coronavirus cases spike throughout the country, insisting it’s OK to move ahead and that decisions last spring to close doors came from states rather than health experts at the CDC. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, wrote an op-ed for USA Today advocating liability …

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“Explosive” Tell-All Coming From Ex-Melania Gal Pal

The Daily Beast reports: Following months of legal drama, threats, and public controversy surrounding multiple books published by former Trumpworld insiders, yet another blockbuster Trump book is set to hit shelves this summer and contain “explosive” revelations about first lady Melania Trump, written by her once close adviser and friend of 15 years. According to people familiar with the project, …

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Phoenix Mayor: FEMA Denied Pleas For Testing Help

Arizona Central reports: The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied multiple requests for a mega-COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix, according to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. Gallego said her office asked FEMA to implement a large-scale, drive-thru testing site — as they’ve done in other cities, including Houston — multiple times since the earliest days of the novel coronavirus pandemic. She said …

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GOP Congress Members Got Millions In SBA Bailouts

The Washington Post reports: At least seven members of Congress or their spouses received loans, including lawmakers who were directly involved in shaping regulations and also benefited from a blanket waiver of ethics concerns. Among the loan recipients disclosed is KTAK Corp., a Tulsa-based operator of fast food franchises owned by Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.). KTAK reported receiving between $1 …

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Feds Award Pharma $1.6B For “Warp Speed” Vaccine

Reuters reports: The U.S. government has awarded Novavax $1.6 billion to cover testing, commercialization and manufacturing of a potential coronavirus vaccine in the United States, with the aim of delivering 100 million doses by January 2021. Shares of Novavax surged more than 35% in the premarket on the news. The award is the biggest yet from “Operation Warp Speed,” the …

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Pompeo: The US Might Ban TikTok, Other Chinese Apps

CNN reports: The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.” Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media …

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WH Defends Trump’s Racist NASCAR Tweet [VIDEO]

The Insider reports: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s NASCAR tweet at Monday’s briefing, delivering a series of indirect answers before saying Trump “wasn’t making a judgment one way or the other.” The tweet in question came early Monday morning. Trump said NASCAR has the “lowest ratings EVER!” because it banned the Confederate flag from its …

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Kanye West’s Clothing Company Got Up To $5M Bailout

Billboard Magazine reports: Kanye West’s Yeezy company received more than $2 million through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration disclosed on Monday (July 6). Yeezy, an LLC formed by the musician and clothing designer, received a loan between $2 million and $5 million, according to the SBA. The company disclosed that it saved 160 jobs because of the …

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Multiple Trump Cronies Got “Small Business” Bailouts

The Wall Street Journal reports: The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program designed to help small businesses weather fallout from the coronavirus pandemic helped a broad swath of organizations, including prominent restaurant chains, law firms and non-profits. Among the recipients the Trump administration disclosed Monday: Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, the law firm headed by antitrust litigator David Boies; Newsmax Media Inc., …

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