Tag Archives: Trump administration

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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Trump Seeks Ways To Finance Venezuela Opposition

CNN reports: The Trump administration is looking for ways to financially bolster Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by the US as the country’s interim president, with an influx of cash, which could involve freeing up frozen assets or loans. The initiative is meant to help Guaido pay Venezuelan military and government workers, three US officials have …

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Trump Announces Finalized “Conscience Protections” For Health Care Providers Who Refuse LGBT Patients

The Washington Post reports: President Trump on Thursday announced new ‘conscience’ protections for health providers during a speech in front of faith leaders gathered for the National Day of Prayer. Ahead of the announcement, conservative groups who have raised what they perceive as religious liberty concerns have welcomed the rule, which was first proposed last year, while LGBT and other …

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Pelosi: Barr Lied To Congress, That’s A Crime [VIDEO]

Politico reports: During a closed-door meeting on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Attorney General William Barr of committing a crime by lying to Congress. “We saw [Barr] commit a crime when he answered your question,” Pelosi told Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) during a private caucus meeting Thursday morning, according to two sources present for the gathering. Pelosi’s comment was an …

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Joe Biden Joins Call For AG Bill Barr To Resign [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: 2020 Democratic hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden said he thought Attorney General William Barr should resign after his testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I think he’s lost the confidence of the American people, I think he should” resign, Biden told reporters in Des Moines, Iowa. iden’s call for Barr to resign followed many …

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Nadler Threatens Barr With Contempt Citation [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Attorney General William Barr refused on Wednesday to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation because of a dispute about how he would be questioned. The Justice Department also did not comply with a subpoena for the unredacted version of the 448-page Mueller report. The committee had demanded that the department produce …

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WaPo Board: AG Bill Barr Just Torched His Reputation

From the Washington Post editorial board: Attorney General William P. Barr entered office with more credibility than many Trump appointees. A veteran of the George H.W. Bush administration, Mr. Barr avowed loyalty to the Justice Department’s mission and, nearing the end of his career, seemed to have little incentive to serve as another Trump sycophant. Yet Mr. Barr has lit …

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Napolitano: Bill Barr May Have Committed A Felony

Salon reports: “Look, Bob Mueller is a member of his own team,” Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said. “I think the attorney general was splitting hairs there. He has a problem in my view. I don’t think he told a lie. But I think he probably misled the House of Representatives.” Speaking with host Neil Cavuto on the Fox …

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Adam Schiff: Bill Barr Should Resign For Lying [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: “I think his statement is deliberately false and misleading, and yes, most people would consider that to be a lie,” Schiff said on CBS This Morning. “Look, there’s no sugar coating this, I think he should step down. It’s hard, I think, for the country to have confidence in the top law enforcement official in the country …

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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Resigns Effective May 11th

Axios reports: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has formally submitted his resignation to President Trump, effective May 11. Rosenstein was expected to leave the Justice Department after seeing the Mueller investigation through to its conclusion. His successor Jeffrey Rosen has already been nominated by President Trump and is awaiting confirmation in the Senate. After writing the letter that Trump used …

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Dem Vows To Jail Trump Officials Who Defy Subpoenas: If You’re Called To Testify, We’ll Back That Up [VIDEO]

CNN reports: A Democratic lawmaker on Thursday ratcheted up warnings to the Trump administration amid a growing standoff over subpoenas and oversight requests the White House says it will resist. Rep. Gerry Connolly threatened jail time for White House officials who are declining to comply with congressional committees’ efforts to conduct oversight of President Donald Trump’s administration. It’s the latest …

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Pentagon Clears Acting Defense Secretary Of Favoring Boeing (Where He Previously Worked For 31 Years)

ABC News reports: The Defense Department’s internal watchdog has cleared acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of favoring his former employer, Boeing while serving at the Pentagon. The Pentagon’s inspector general found that reports of ethics violations were not substantiated, clearing the way for Shanahan for a possible nomination to the top Pentagon job. The inspector general opened the investigation last …

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REPORT: Mulvaney Warned Homeland Security Not To Bring Up Continued Russian Interference With Trump

The New York Times reports: In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as Homeland Security secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms of interference in the 2020 election.  President Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in front of …

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