Trump Administration

Top Dems Demand Probe After Nurse Whistleblower Alleges Medical Abuse At Georgia ICE Detention Center

Forbes reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called for an investigation into a Georgia ICE detention center where a whistleblower complaint from one of the facility’s nurses detailed health care abuses, including questionable hysterectomies and a refusal to test for and report coronavirus cases. Several legal advocacy groups filed the 27-page whistleblower complaint with the DHS’s Office of …

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Bill Barr Suggests Democrats Will “Pay Off” Mailmen: “Here’s A Few Hundred Dollars, Give Me Some Ballots”

“Just think about why we vote the way we vote now, where you have a precinct, your name is on a list, you go in and say who you are, you go behind a curtain, no one’s allowed to go in there to influence you, and no one can tell how you voted. “All of that is gone with mail-in. …

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HHS Sec Overrode FDA Concerns On Testing Quality

Politico reports: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar led an escalating pressure campaign against his own FDA this spring and summer, urging the agency to abandon its responsibility for ensuring the safety and accuracy of a range of coronavirus tests as the pandemic raged.  Then in late August, Azar took matters into his own hands. Overriding objections from FDA …

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World Trade Org Rules Trump’s Tariffs On China Illegal

Bloomberg News reports: The World Trade Organization undercut the main justification for President Donald Trump’s trade war against China, saying that American tariffs on Chinese goods violate international rules. Washington has imposed levies on $400 billion in Chinese exports. The panel said in its report “that the United States had not met its burden of demonstrating that the measures are …

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DOJ Opens Criminal Investigation Into Bolton’s Book

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether President Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton unlawfully disclosed classified information when he published a memoir this summer, a case that the department opened after it failed to stop the book’s publication this summer. The department has convened a grand jury, which issued …

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Schumer Calls For Resignation Of HHS Sec. Alex Azar

CBS News reports: Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) on Tuesday called on Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to resign, arguing he has failed to stand up to President Trump in the response to coronavirus. The call from Schumer comes amid a series of controversies at HHS. On Monday, the New York Times reported that a top …

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Bill Gates Has Lost Trust In the FDA And The CDC

Bloomberg News reports: Bill Gates used to think of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the world’s premier public-health authority. Not anymore. And he doesn’t trust the Centers for Disease Control and Protection either. Both, in his view, are casualties of a presidency that has downplayed or dismissed science and medicine in the pursuit of political gain. “We saw …

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HHS Spox Calls For Gassing Reporters, Deletes Account

Fox News reports: The top spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services deleted his Twitter in the aftermath of a late-night rant in which he suggested tear gassing journalists and battled with other users on the social media platform. Michael Caputo, who was using his verified Twitter account, commented “gas all of them” in response to a post …

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WH Blocks Peter Navarro’s Testimony On $646M Deal

Politico reports: The White House has blocked trade adviser Peter Navarro from testifying at a House oversight hearing Wednesday about a partially canceled Defense Production Act contract to manufacture ventilators. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), who heads the Oversight Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee, issued a staff report in late July that argued the administration vastly overpaid Philips Respironics, agreeing to …

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Pompeo To Push Anti-LGBTQ Agenda At UN Assembly

Mother Jones reports: Two months after a controversial State Department commission elevated religious freedom at the expense of LGBTQ equality and reproductive rights, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning to promote its findings at the United Nations, Mother Jones has learned. During the UN General Assembly, which begins on September 15 in New York, Pompeo is expected to lead …

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DOJ Internal Watchdog Investigates Stone’s Sentence

NBC News reports: The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General has begun investigating the circumstances surrounding the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The investigation is focused on events in February, according to the two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, when prosecutors …

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Ivana Trump: Ivanka Could Be First Woman President

Time Magazine reports: The former wife of Donald Trump appeared on British daytime panel show Loose Women today (September 14) where she gave a wide-ranging interview about the president, their daughter Ivanka, immigration and Melania Trump. Asked if she thinks daughter Ivanka could be president, Ivana responded: “Definitely.” She added: “I think she’s in the White House every day, she’s …

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HHS Spox: The CDC Is “Going To Have To Kill Me”

The New York Times reports: Michael Caputo, 58, the assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, said without evidence that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was harboring a “resistance unit” determined to undermine President Trump. Mr. Caputo, who has faced criticism for leading efforts to warp C.D.C. weekly bulletins to fit Mr. …

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Politico: Iran Is Plotting To Kill A US Ambassador

Politico reports: The Iranian government is weighing an assassination attempt against the American ambassador to South Africa, U.S. intelligence reports say, News of the plot comes as Iran continues to seek ways to retaliate for President Donald Trump’s decision to kill a powerful Iranian general earlier this year, the officials said. If carried out, it could dramatically ratchet up already …

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Court Blocks False USPS Voter Mailer In Colorado

The Wall Street Journal reports: Colorado won a temporary restraining order blocking the U.S. Postal Service from sending the state’s households a postcard about voting by mail, after its top election official said the information on the mailer was misleading. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, said in a written statement that the mailer included multiple inaccurate statements …

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NOAA Hires Climate Change Denier For Top Position

NPR reports: David Legates, a University of Delaware professor of climatology who has spent much of his career questioning basic tenets of climate science, has been hired for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Legates has a long history of using his position as an academic scientist to publicly cast doubt on climate science. His appointment …

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Colorado To Sue USPS Over False Voting Mailer

From the Colorado Secretary of State: On Thursday my office received notice that the United States Postal Service would be sending out a national pre-election mailer to every household in America that contains incorrect election information for Colorado. The mailer incorrectly asks that voters request a mail ballot 15 days before the election and return their ballots by mail at …

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Pence Cancels Fundraiser With Montana QAnon Morons

The Associated Press reports: Vice President Mike Pence has canceled plans to attend a Trump campaign fundraiser in Montana following revelations that the event’s hosts had expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. The change comes after the AP reported Wednesday that hosts Cayrn and Michael Borland in Bozeman, Montana, had shared QAnon memes and retweeted posts from QAnon accounts. …

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Politico: Former Kremlin Aide Turned Trump Official Has Been Interfering With CDC Reports On COVID Pandemic

Politico reports: Since Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official with no medical or scientific background, was installed in April as the health department’s new spokesperson, there have been substantial efforts to align the reports with Trump’s statements, including the president’s claims that fears about the outbreak are overstated, or stop the reports altogether. Caputo and his team have attempted …

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Top Prosecutor In DOJ’s Russia Probe Quits Under Pressure To Produce Anti-Dem Report Before Election

CBS News reports: A top prosecutor in the probe into the origins of the investigation of President Donald Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has quit, reportedly in part due to fears that political concerns were behind pressure to produce a report before the probe’s work is completed. The Hartford Courant on Friday reported that Nora Dannehy, …

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