Tag Archives: Trump administration

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Trump On DACA

Bloomberg Law reports: A split federal appeals court on Friday ruled that President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful because “it was not adequately explained.” The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia found that the administration’s termination of the program was “arbitrary and capricious,” in line with a prior ruling from …

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ICE Director Nominee: I Can Tell Which Migrant Kids Will Grow Up To Be In Gangs By Looking In Their Eyes

Politico reports: Mark Morgan, the White House choice to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said during a Fox News interview earlier this year that he can judge the likelihood that an unaccompanied minor will become a gang member by looking into that child’s eyes. “I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, …

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Brazilian Crooks Get $62M In Trump’s Farm Subsidies

The New York Daily News reports: The Trump administration has forked over more than $62 million — taxpayer cash that was supposed to be earmarked for struggling American farmers — to a massive meatpacking company owned by a couple of corrupt Brazilian brothers. The Department of Agriculture cut a contract in January to purchase $22.3 million worth of pork from …

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Bill Barr Teases Pelosi: “Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?”

Fox News reports: Bill Barr did not mince words about his brawl with House Democrats when he ran into Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday on the sidelines of a Capitol Hill event. According to a source close to the attorney general, Barr approached her in a holding tent after the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and asked whether she had …

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US Won’t Sign International Pledge To Combat Online Extremism: UK, NZ, France, Canada, & Others To Sign

The Washington Post reports: The White House will not sign an international call to combat online extremism brokered between French and New Zealand officials and top social media companies, amid U.S. concerns that it clashes with constitutional protections for free speech. The decision comes as world leaders prepare to announce the so-called “Christchurch call to action” on Wednesday, an effort …

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Pence Warns Liberty University Graduates: Prepare To Be Shunned And Ridiculed For Being Christians [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Pence, who has been facing criticisms of his own religious views recently, warned graduates that they have to stay strong against the challenges they’ll get from Hollywood, the media and the secular left. “Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs,” Pence said. “Be ready.” “Throughout most of American history, …

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US Among Few Holdouts On UN Plastic Waste Pledge

The Associated Press reports: Almost every country in the world has agreed on a legally binding framework for reducing polluting plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception, United Nations environmental officials said Friday. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste and …

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House Committee Issues Subpoena For Trump’s Taxes

CNN reports: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal has issued subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s tax returns, the committee told CNN on Friday, an escalation in the fight for the President’s personal financial records and the latest step this week in Democrats’ fight for information from the Trump administration. Neal sent subpoenas to both IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig …

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House Democrats Consider $25,000 Daily Personal Fine On Trump Administration Figures Who Defy Subpoenas

“Much as I like the visual of [throwing people in jail], I think it’s far more practical to consider levying individual fines on the person — not the office — until they comply. You could fine someone $25,000 a day until they comply. You can do that. We’re looking through the history and studying the law to make sure we’re …

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White House Issues New Restrictions On Press Access

Slate reports: The White House imposed new rules on reporters’ press access that some journalists say may disqualify “almost the entire White House press corps.” The White House press office implemented a new policy this week that aims at cutting down the number of journalists who can have a “hard pass,” a two-year press pass that allows reporters entry to …

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Breaking: House Panel Votes To Hold Barr In Contempt

Moments ago the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-16 along party lines to hold AG Bill Barr in contempt for refusing to provide an unredacted version of the Mueller report. The issue now proceeds to the full House. Vox reports: As serious as contempt sounds, it realistically won’t amount to more than Congress sending a powerful message — unless Democrats pass …

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New Rules Require Prices In Television Drug Ads

Axios reports: The Trump administration finalized a rule Wednesday that will require pharmaceutical companies to post the list prices of their drugs in TV commercials. The drug industry may sue to block the rule, and many people are skeptical that publishing prices in ads would help patients or successfully shame drugmakers into lowering their prices. But the rule is another …

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Pompeo Cheers Shrinking Sea Ice For Clearing Trade Routes: “The Arctic Is At The Forefront Of Abundance”

ABC News reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday praised the Arctic region — and its rapidly shrinking levels of sea ice — for its economic opportunities, despite continued warnings about the catastrophic effects of climate change. “The Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance,” Pompeo said in remarks in Rovaniemi, Finland. “It houses 13 percent of …

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DeVos Complains: Stop Using My Name As Clickbait

Politico reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday accused many in the media of using her name as “clickbait,” telling an audience of journalists that “education is not about Betsy DeVos nor any other individual.” DeVos, speaking at the National Education Writers Association conference in Baltimore, acknowledged she’s not comfortable in the spotlight and never imagined she’d be the focus …

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Trump Launches Cybersecurity Competition: $25K Prize

Roll Call reports: President Donald Trump issued an executive order today that directed the Department of Homeland Security to work with the Office of Management and Budget to create a rotational program that will “serve as a mechanism for knowledge transfer” across agencies. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of DHS, along with OMB and other agencies will also …

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NY AG Sues Treasury Dept For Ignoring Docs Request

The Hill reports: New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and IRS, arguing that the agencies have failed to respond to information requests about its guidance reducing donor disclosure requirements for certain tax-exempt groups. “My office depends on these critical donor disclosure forms to be able to adequately oversee non-proofit organizations in …

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Bolton: US Has Deployed Strike Group To “Warn” Iran

CNN reports: The United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran, US national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday. A US official with direct knowledge of the situation told CNN the threats were against …

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Former Trump Chief Of Staff John Kelly Joins Board Of Company Operating Migrant Child Detention Centers

CBS News reports: In April, protesters outside the nation’s largest facility for unaccompanied migrant children noticed a familiar face enter the massive, fenced site in Homestead, Florida: former White House chief of staff John Kelly. Soon after, a local television station recorded footage of him riding on the back of a golf cart as he toured the grounds. It wasn’t …

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San Francisco Sues Trump Over Anti-LGBT Health Rule

Cynthia Laird reports at the Bay Area Reporter: San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Thursday announced he had filed suit against the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services to invalidate a new federal rule that would allow health care staff to refuse to provide medical treatment to people, even in emergencies. If allowed to take effect, the …

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Moulton: Bill Barr Should Face Impeachment Hearings

The Hill reports: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass), a 2020 presidential candidate, on Friday said he thinks that Attorney General William Barr should face impeachment hearings after Democrats say he misled Congress about Robert Mueller’s view of his summary of the special counsel investigation’s findings. He clarified that he didn’t think it was the right time to hold a vote on …

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