Trump Administration

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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Trump Admin Stripped Millions From FDNY 9/11 Fund

The New York Daily News reports: The Trump administration admitted Friday to stripping millions of dollars from an FDNY fund that foots healthcare bills for 9/11 survivors and promised to try to put an end to the heartless practice. The administration’s about-face came after the Daily News exclusively reported Thursday that the Treasury Department has over the past four years …

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9/11 Military Flyover Of NYC Canceled After Outcry

Gothamist reports: A planned military flyover marking the anniversary of 9/11 was cancelled on Friday morning, after the decision to honor terror victims with a low-flying warplane was widely panned as tasteless and inappropriate. The Department of Defense announced their intention late Thursday to fly an F-18 jet over the Hudson River on Friday afternoon on the 19th anniversary of …

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DHS Wants Biometric Data For Sponsors of Immigrants

The Hill reports: The Trump administration on Friday issued a proposal to expand its DNA and other biometric data collection of immigrants to include citizens sponsoring them. In a document published on the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed that “any applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or individual filing or associated with an immigration benefit or request, including …

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DOJ Brief Backs Catholic School’s Firing Of Gay Teacher

NBC News reports: The Trump administration is siding with religious leaders who ordered a Catholic school in Indiana to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage, saying the church’s actions are protected by the First Amendment. In a 35-page amicus brief filed on Tuesday, the Department of Justice argued that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis — which fired gay …

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Court: Undocumented Must Be Counted In Census

The Associated Press reports: A panel of three federal judges said Thursday that Presidential Trump’s order to exclude people in the county illegally when redrawing congressional districts violates the law. The federal judges in New York granted an injunction stopping the order, saying the harm caused by it would last for a decade. The judges prohibited Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, …

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Medicare Chief Spent Millions On Personal Brand PR

Roll Call reports: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma used millions in federal taxpayer funds to pay for communications consultants with strong Republican ties to polish her own profile, potentially violating federal policies, a new report released Thursday by House and Senate Democratic committees alleges. The new report — released jointly after a 17-month investigation — found …

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Mike Pence Denies Downplaying Virus Hurt Response

Don’t believe what you hear and see, says Mike Pence: Vice President Pence on Thursday denied that the country’s response to the coronavirus was in any way hampered by President Trump repeatedly downplaying the threat from the deadly disease. “Absolutely not,” Pence said on Fox News when asked if Trump’s public dismissiveness of the virus limited the ability of the …

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Ivanka Says She’ll Get COVID Vax On The View After Host Joy Behar Says She Won’t Get It Until Ivanka Does

The Hill reports: Joy Behar declared Wednesday that she won’t take a coronavirus vaccine until after Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, takes it. “The View” co-host noted that most vaccines, including one she took for mumps, take years to safely develop, warning that officials should not rush to approve one for COVID-19 before it is …

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USPS Board Of Governors Supports DeJoy “100%”

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors signaled strong support for Louis DeJoy on Wednesday after convening a closed-door meeting with the embattled postal chief to discuss congressional investigations tied to the agency’s delivery problems and allegations of political fundraising improprieties. Members of the board, dominated 4 to 2 by Republican members appointed by President Trump, …

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Pence, Top Trump Officials To Attend Fundraiser Hosted By QAnon Extremists Who Vowed To Shoot Protesters

The Associated Press reports: Vice President Mike Pence and top officials from President Donald Trump’s campaign are slated to attend a Montana fundraiser next week hosted by a couple who have expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. The hosts of the fundraiser, Caryn and Michael Borland, have shared QAnon memes and retweeted posts from QAnon accounts, their social media …

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Whistleblower Says Top DHS Officials Ordered Analysts To Downplay Threat Of Violence By White Supremacists

The New York Times reports: Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security directed agency analysts to downplay the threat of violent white supremacy and of Russian election interference, according to a whistle-blower complaint filed by a top intelligence official with the department. Brian Murphy, the former head of the intelligence branch of the Homeland Security Department, said in a …

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Trump Admin Orders End To Airport COVID Screenings

Yahoo News reports: The U.S. government on Monday will stop conducting enhanced screening of passengers on inbound international flights for COVID-19, Yahoo News has learned. The screening operations have been held at select airports since January, when the first cases of the disease began to emerge from Wuhan, China. Since March, incoming international flights from select high-risk countries, including much …

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Emails Show HHS Official Attempting To Muzzle Fauci

Politico reports: A Trump administration appointee at the Department of Health and Human Services is trying to prevent Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, from speaking about the risks that coronavirus poses to children. Emails obtained by POLITICO show Paul Alexander — a senior adviser to Michael Caputo, HHS’s assistant secretary for public affairs — instructing press officers …

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Book: Kushner Compared Trump To The Cheshire Cat

The Hill reports: White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told people that the book “Alice in Wonderland” can help them understand the Trump presidency, according to excerpts from Bob Woodward’s new book reported by The Washington Post on Wednesday. In his forthcoming book, titled “Rage,” the Washington Post associate editor writes that Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, advised people that one …

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Mattis Pondered “Collective Action” Against Trump

The Associated Press reports: The book documents private grumblings, periods of exasperation and wrestling about whether to quit among the so-called adults of the Trump orbit: James Mattis, Dan Coats and former secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Mattis quietly went to Washington National Cathedral to pray about his concern for the nation’s fate under Trump’s command and, according to Woodward, …

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British Family Sues Wife Of US Official In Fatal Crash

The Washington Post reports: The family of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old motorcyclist killed by a car driven on the wrong side of an English roadway by the wife of a U.S. official, filed a U.S. federal lawsuit against the driver, Anne Sacoolas, on Wednesday. The lawsuit, which claims wrongful death and seeks financial damages, represents a significant escalation in the …

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McEnany: We’ll Deal With The Deficit In The Next Term

Mediaite reports: During an interview with Fox News’ Sandra Smith, McEnany was asked for her response to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) estimation that the federal budget is looking at a record deficit of $3 trillion. “What is the president’s plan as the economy rebounds to take this on?” Smith asked. “Obviously [spending] was needed with the coronavirus pandemic — …

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Deutsche Bank Hires Barr Crony For DC Representation

Bloomberg News reports: Deutsche Bank AG, whose global operation is under the microscope of U.S. lawmakers and criminal investigators, has enlisted an old friend of U.S. Attorney General William Barr to help the bank navigate the political waters in Washington. The decision came from Frankfurt, where the bank’s supervisory board led by chairman Paul Achleitner has retained Robert Kimmitt, according …

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WH Lawn And Rose Garden Under Repair Due To RNC

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s reelection campaign is paying to replace sod on the White House South Lawn and Rose Garden after damage to the greenery late last month from large crowds and heavy equipment used for Republican National Convention festivities, White House and campaign officials said Tuesday. Trump’s unprecedented decision to stage overtly political events on public property …

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