Tag Archives: Trump administration

Memo Shows Wilbur Ross Lied About Census Question

Courthouse News reports: Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Congress earlier this year that he added a citizenship question to the 2020 census to help the Department of Justice enforce the Voting Rights Act. Contradicting that sworn testimony, new evidence shows that Ross received a memo several months earlier informing him that the Justice Department wanted to avoid monkeying …

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US Border Official: Canadians Who Work In Legal Pot Industry Will Be Banned From US As Drug Traffickers

Politico reports: Canadians who work in the marijuana industry — and those who invest in the booming pot sector — risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S., according to a senior official overseeing U.S border operations. As Canada prepares to become the world’s only major industrialized nation to legalize retail marijuana sales starting Oct. 17, the Canadian cannabis …

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Doc Shows Trump Transferred $10M From FEMA To ICE

The New York Times reports: The Department of Homeland Security transferred nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a budget document released by a Democratic senator late Wednesday night, diverting funds from the relief agency just as a major hurricane barrels toward the East Coast. The document, which was released by …

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Pentagon Defends Plan To Expel HIV+ Service Members

Bloomberg reports: The Trump administration defended a new military policy that will allegedly result in HIV-positive service members being fired in violation of their constitutional rights when it takes effect Oct. 1. The “Deploy or Get Out!” directive is intended to improve military readiness by weeding out soldiers who can’t deploy overseas for more than 12 consecutive months “for any …

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“Coffee Boy” Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days

ABC News reports: Nearly one year after aspiring foreign policy consultant George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty, the North Side Chicago native was sentenced Friday for lying to the FBI about his activities with the Trump for president campaign. In a DC federal courtroom, Papadopoulos was handed 14 days in prison and 12 months of supervised release by U.S. Judge Randolph Moss. …

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Nikki Haley To Anonymous Op-Ed Writer: There’s No Shame In Resigning If You Oppose Trump So Much

Nikki Haley writes for the Washington Post: I, too, am a senior Trump administration official. I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country. But I don’t agree with the president on everything. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to …

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NYT Publishes Anonymous Op-Ed By Senior White House Official: I’m Part Of The Resistance From Inside

Mediaite reports: The New York Times published a stunning op-ed on Wednesday, written by an anonymous, senior official in President Donald Trump‘s White House. Calling the publication of an anonymous op-ed a “rare step” in their preamble, the Times notes the story was being published at the request of the author, and offers “an important perspective.” The op-ed begins: President …

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Trump Administration To Pay $4.7 Billion In Relief To US Farmers Hurt By Trump’s Stupid Trade War With China

NPR reports: The Department of Agriculture will pay $4.7 billion to farmers growing soybeans, cotton and other products hit by tariffs in the Trump administration’s hard-line trade war with China, announcing the first batch of payments from a $12 billion government aid package. Starting next Tuesday, the agency will take applications from farmers who produce corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, sorghum, …

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Labor Department Quietly Grants Federal Contractors “Religious Exemptions” To Discriminate Against LGBTs

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed News: President Donald Trump offered skeptical LGBT Americans an olive branch when he took office in January 2017. The White House promised to safeguard a 2014 executive order that protects workers, announcing former President Obama’s ban on anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors “will remain intact.” But on Aug. 10 of this year, the Department of …

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DOJ Investigates Whether GOP Fundraiser Tried To Sell Influence With Trump To Foreign Officials For Millions

The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department is investigating whether longtime Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy sought to sell his influence with the Trump administration by offering to deliver U.S. government actions for foreign officials in exchange for tens of millions of dollars, according to three people familiar with the probe. As part of the investigation, prosecutors are scrutinizing a plan …

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Stephen Miller’s Uncle: Dozens Of Our Family Members Urged Me To Call Him Out As A Hypocrite [VIDEO]

Welp, at least his own family hates him: The uncle of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said many of his family members pushed him to slam his nephew in a scathing editorial referring to him as an “immigration hypocrite.” “I have a huge family,” Glosser said during an appearance on CNN Tuesday. “I wouldn’t offer to speak for my …

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Mike Pence Announces 2020 Launch For Space Force

Yahoo News reports: The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for a future Space Force, moving closer to an order from President Trump earlier this summer to create a sixth branch of the armed forces. Speaking at the Pentagon on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced sweeping changes that reorganize how the Department of Defense handles space operations, even if Congress …

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ProPublica Report: Three Mar-A-Lago Members Are Secretly Wielding “Sweeping Influence” On VA Policies

ProPublica reports: Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.” O’Rourke treated the email as an order, but …

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Bombshell Forbes Report Claims Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Has “Grifted” $120M From His Associates

Forbes Magazine reports: Over several months, in speaking with 21 people who know Ross, Forbes uncovered a pattern: Many of those who worked directly with him claim that Ross wrongly siphoned or outright stole a few million here and a few million there, huge amounts for most but not necessarily for the commerce secretary. At least if you consider them …

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John Kelly Allegedly To Stay In Job Through 2020

CNBC reports: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has committed to remaining in his post through the 2020 election, according to two White House officials. Kelly, who hit his one-year mark in the White House on Monday, had been expected to step aside as early as this summer. But President Donald Trump, who asked Kelly to stay on, has …

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ROBBER BARONS: Trump Administration Mulls $100B Unilateral Capital Gains Tax Cut For The Super Wealthy

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said in an interview on the sidelines of the Group of 20 …

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Eight States Sue Trump Administration Over 3D Guns

The Associated Press reports: Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety. The suit, filed Monday in Seattle, asks a judge to block the federal government’s late-June …

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Jeff Sessions Launches DOJ “Religious Liberty Task Force” To “Protect And Promote” Anti-LGBT Hate Groups

The Washington Examiner reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has created a religious liberty task force to “protect and promote religious liberty.” Speaking from the Justice Department in Washington, Sessions said the task force, which he will chair, is to help implementation of the religious liberty memo he signed in October. That 25-page memo outlines 20 guiding principles that federal agencies …

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WaPo: Help Us Identify Trump’s Golfing Partners

The Washington Post reports: On 111 days of his presidency, Trump has traveled to a golf course and spent several hours there. On a handful of occasions, he or the White House or his golf partners have revealed/admitted that he was playing golf. On most occasions, they haven’t — and the question of who joined him for his hours-long foray …

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Feds Hand Out Lion Trophy Permits To GOP Donors

The Huffington Post reports: The federal government has issued more than three dozen permits allowing hunters to import lion trophies from two African nations since 2016, according to copies of the applications obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.  Thirty-three Americans were issued permits to import 38 lion trophies between 2016 and 2018, at least half of whom have …

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