Tag Archives: Trump administration

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke To Resign Amid Ethics Scandal

Bloomberg reports: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has notified the White House that he intends to step down amid federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, according to three people familiar with the matter. Zinke’s decision, expected to be announced on Wednesday, comes as Democrats, who’ve vowed to grill the him over his conduct, are about …

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DeVos Forced To Cancel $150M In Student Loan Debt

Politico reports: The Trump administration said Thursday it will cancel thousands of borrowers’ federal student loans, carrying out an Obama-era policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had fought to kill. The move comes as DeVos is being forced to implement a package of regulations that created more protections for student loan borrowers who were affected by a school closure or …

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REPORT: Trump Moves To Deport Vietnam War Refugees

The Atlantic reports: The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades—many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War. This is the latest move in the president’s long record of prioritizing harsh immigration and asylum restrictions, and one that’s sure to raise eyebrows—the White …

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Pompeo Lies About Saudi Murder Of Journalist [VIDEO]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox & Friends this morning where he appeared to deny that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Brian Kilmeade noted that many members of Congress are convinced of Salman’s guilt, especially after CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed lawmakers about the evidence collected by her team. To this point, Kilmeade …

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Sarah Sanders: I Cope With Coffee And A Little Wine

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during an event Tuesday revealed how she copes with her workload: “Lots of coffee and a little wine in the evening.” “That’ll probably also get me in trouble, I’m sure in some way, particularly given my dad was a Southern Baptist minister,” Sanders added during a panel at Politico’s “Women …

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Trump Administration Shuts Down NIH Study That Uses Fetal Tissue Implanted In Mice In Search For HIV Cure

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration has shut down at least one government-run study that uses fetal tissue implanted into mice even before federal health officials reach a decision on whether to continue such research, which is opposed by antiabortion groups. A senior scientist at a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana told colleagues that the Health and …

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Scott Pruitt Used Private Email While Working For Trump

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump’s first Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator repeatedly violated agency policy to use personal email for government business, according to newly released public records. Scott Pruitt – who left the administration this summer after months of controversy over his spending, travel and ties with industry – used his private email account for work over a period …

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STUDY: Nearly 1 In 3 US Physicians Are Foreign-Born

Medical XPress reports: At a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, the American health care system is highly dependent on professionals born in other countries, an analysis of U.S. census data shows. In 2016, roughly 17 percent of professionals in 24 medical fields—from optometrists to chiropractors to veterinarians—were foreign-born, and almost 5 percent of them were not U.S. citizens, …

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Feds Consider $50 Fee To Apply For Asylum In US

Buzzfeed News reports: The Trump administration is considering charging immigrants a fee to apply for asylum protection in the United States, according to sources close to the administration. The proposal, included in a not-yet-finalized draft regulation, would charge applicants, if they are already residing in the US, $50 to apply for asylum. Currently, there is no fee to enter an …

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Acting AG Matt Whitaker Knew About Fraud Complaints Against Scam Outfit, Still Wanted To Do Ads For Them

The Washington Post reports: Months after joining the advisory board of a Miami-based patent company in 2014, Matthew G. Whitaker began fielding angry complaints from customers that they were being defrauded, including from a client who showed up at his Iowa office to appeal to him personally for help, records show. Yet Whitaker, now the acting attorney general, remained an …

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Margaret Atwood To Publish Handmaid’s Tale Sequel

Buzzfeed News reports: Author Margaret Atwood announced Wednesday that she is writing a sequel to her highly-acclaimed book The Handmaid’s Tale which was published in 1985. Atwood said the forthcoming book, titled The Testaments, will be published in September 2019. Atwood said the sequel will be set 15 years after the final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale featuring the book’s …

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POLL: 52% Want Congress To Protect Robert Mueller

CBS News reports: Seven in 10 Americans think President Trump should allow the Russia investigation to continue, and a slight majority think Congress should pass legislation to prevent Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired.  Overall, 52 percent of Americans think Congress should pass legislation to protect the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation from being fired, including …

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US Sanctions 17 Saudi Officials (But Not Crown Prince)

Politico reports: The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions targeting 17 Saudi Arabian officials — but not the powerful crown prince — over the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi more than a month after the Saudi critic went missing. The Treasury Department designated the officials for sanctions over what it called “serious human rights abuse,” freezing any U.S. …

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FBI Investigates Scam Company Linked To Whitaker

MarketWatch reports: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation of a Florida company accused of scamming millions from customers during the period that Matthew Whitaker, the acting U.S. attorney general, served as a paid advisory-board member, according to an alleged victim who was contacted by the FBI and other people familiar with the matter. The investigation is …

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New Acting Attorney General Has Very Shady Past

The Daily Beast reports: Our new acting attorney general was listed on the advisory board of a patent marketing company that federal authorities shut down as a fraudulent scheme that bilked aspiring inventors of millions of dollars and intimated that those who publicly complained might have to deal with a “security team” of Israeli ex-special forces operators schooled in Krav …

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Marijuana Stocks Spike Upon News Of Sessions’ Firing

CNBC reports: Shares of major marijuana companies rallied after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday after months of public criticism from his boss, President Donald Trump. Canada-based Tilray closed up 30 percent while Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis rose 8.1 percent and 9 percent respectively. Cronos Group added 8.4 percent. “You’re happy if you’re long the cannabis stocks. He was …

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WH Staffers Brace For Wave Of Dem Investigations

Politico reports: Working for President Donald Trump has never been easy, but his staffers can expect a whole new level of mayhem if Democrats win control of the House on Tuesday. Democratic control of even one chamber of Congress would unleash an onslaught of hearings, subpoenas and document demands as lawmakers investigate everything from the president’s personal tax returns to …

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SCOTUS Rejects Trump’s Appeal On Net Neutrality

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused a request by the Trump administration and the telecommunications industry to wipe away a lower court decision that had upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, though the justices’ action does not undo the 2017 repeal of the policy. The high court decision not to …

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Pence Has Jews For Jesus “Rabbi” Give Invocation At Campaign Event After Terror Attack On Synagogue

Slate reports: On Monday, two days after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue fueled by a toxic cocktail of nativism and anti-Semitism, the Trump administration—presumably looking to give the impression of compassion for Jewish communities deeply shaken by the attack—had a rabbi open with an invocation before Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign event in Michigan. However, in possibly the …

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Trump Cabinet Exodus Likely After Midterm Elections

Politico reports: President Donald Trump could see up to six Cabinet officials depart in the weeks after next month’s midterm elections, according to interviews with a half-dozen current and former Trump officials and Republicans close to the White House. For a president who has already shed or shuffled up eight Cabinet officials, that would make for the highest turnover rate …

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