Tag Archives: Trump administration

Mueller Seeks Immunity For Five Manafort Witnesses

The New York Daily News reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Mueller’s office told a federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday that it was seeking to compel the witnesses to testify under condition of immunity. Prosecutors have not identified the witnesses and …

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REPORT: Trump Official Lobbied Britain Over Jailing Of Far-Right Extremist, Threatened To Complain Publicly

Reuters reports: Sam Brownback, the U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, complained to the British ambassador in Washington D.C. about the treatment of an English right-wing activist who is in jail for disrupting a trial, according to three sources familiar with the discussion. Brownback raised the case of the activist known as Tommy Robinson in a June meeting with Sir …

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LIVE VIDEO: Rod Rosenstein Unveils Indictments Of 12 Russian Military Officers For 2016 Hacking Of DNC

Speculation is running rampant of course: The Department of Justice announced in a tweet Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be holding a news conference with a law enforcement announcement the same day. No other details were released, but many believe this could lead to possible indictments. A similar situation occurred in February 2018, when Rosenstein called an …

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Indiana Has Paid $21M To Clean Up Contamination By Pence Family Gas Stations, Huge Costs Still To Come

The Associated Press reports: Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build an empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is …

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Senior WH Aide Marc Short To Quit On July 20th

Rachel’s wall keeps growing and growing: President Donald Trump’s legislative affairs director is heading for the exits just as the White House gears up for a major Supreme Court nomination battle and approaches a daunting midterm election landscape. Marc Short, one of the administration’s longest-serving senior aides and a frequent spokesperson for the president on television, is planning to depart …

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Trump Administration To Pay For Detention Of Migrant Children By Siphoning Funds From HIV/AIDS Program

Slate reports: The Office of Refugee Resettlement is preparing for the possibility of another surge in family separations. Internal documents obtained by Slate show that ORR has modeled a scenario in which the Trump administration’s border policies could require the detention of thousands more immigrant children. To help cover these potential costs, the documents say, HHS will seek supplemental appropriations …

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POLL: Majority Of Voters Oppose Abolishing ICE

Politico reports: A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that most voters oppose eliminating Immigration and Customs Enforcement — the homeland security agency some liberal Democrats have called for abolishing. Only 1 in 4 voters in the poll, 25 percent, believe the federal government should get rid of ICE. The majority, 54 percent, think the government should keep ICE. Twenty-one percent …

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DC Bartender Flips Off And Curses At Stephen Miller

The Washington Post reports: After Miller ordered $80 of takeout sushi from a restaurant near his apartment, a bartender followed him into the street and shouted, “Stephen!” When Miller turned around, the bartender raised both middle fingers and cursed at him, according to an account Miller has shared with White House colleagues. Outraged, Miller threw the sushi away, he later …

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DOJ Loses Bid To Extend Reunification Deadline, Must Give List Of 101 Migrant Children To ACLU By Today

The Associated Press reports: A judge on late Friday refused to grant the Trump administration a blanket extension of the deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more time may be justified only in specific cases. The administration said it needed more time to reunite 101 children under 5 years old to ensure …

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DOJ Asks Court To Ease Migrant Reunification Deadline

Politico reports: With a court-ordered deadline looming for the Trump administration to reunite young immigrant children separated from their parents, the Justice Department is asking a federal judge to allow officials more time in some cases. Immigration officials are also asking for relief from part of U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw’s injunction that could require the release of adult …

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DOJ Scraps Affirmative Action Guidelines For Colleges

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration will encourage the nation’s school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards, abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses, Trump administration officials said. The reversal would restore the policy set during President George W. Bush’s administration, when officials …

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Scott Pruitt Kept Secret Calendar Of Shady Meetings

CNN reports: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides have kept “secret” calendars and schedules to overtly hide controversial meetings or calls with industry representatives and others, according to a former EPA official who is expected to soon testify before Congress. A review of EPA documents by CNN found discrepancies between Pruitt’s official calendar and other records. EPA staffers met …

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Trump’s White House Sets Staff Turnover Record

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump has seen staff turnover in excess of 37 percent over the calendar year ending June 30, an AP analysis of White House filings shows. According to the most recent filing, 141 staffers who worked for the president at that point last year are gone, with 138 new arrivals. The figures don’t include those …

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Trump Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow Lies About Deficit, Claims It’s “Coming Down Rapidly” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow on Friday said the federal deficit is falling, even though the latest data shows it is expanding since the tax-cut law went into effect. “As the economy gears up, more people working, better jobs and careers, those revenues come rolling in and the deficit, which was one of the other …

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Court Gives DOJ 30 Days To Reunite Migrant Families

The Guardian reports: US immigration agents can no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally and must work to reunite those families that had been split up in custody, a federal judge has ruled. The US district court judge Dana Sabraw late on Tuesday night granted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) a preliminary …

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Sarah Sanders To Receive Secret Service Protection

CNN reports: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection as soon as Wednesday, two sources familiar with the decision tell CNN, but they did not specify how long it will last. The Secret Service declined to comment, telling CNN: “For operational security purposes the Secret Service does not comment on its protective operations.” The …

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Republican Tax Law Rewrite Hit Churches

Politico reports: Republicans have quietly imposed a new tax on churches, synagogues and other nonprofits, a little-noticed and surprising change that could cost some groups tens of thousands of dollars. Their recent tax-code rewrite requires churches, hospitals, colleges, orchestras and other historically tax-exempt organizations to begin paying a 21 percent tax on some types of fringe benefits they provide their …

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Happening Now Outside The Red Hen Eatery [VIDEO]

Roanoke Times reporter Amy Friedenberger is tweeting live from a protest outside the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia where one screaming man is holding a sign saying “LGBT: Let God Burn Them.” According to the reporter, one disorderly conduct arrest has already been made. As I noted yesterday, the restaurant’s owner, family, and employees have been hit with a deluge …

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17 States Sue Trump Over Separation Of Migrant Kids

The Associated Press reports: Seventeen states, including Washington, New York and California, sued President Donald Trump’s administration Tuesday in an effort to force officials to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The states, all of which are led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, D.C., in filing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle. …

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Rep. Maxine Waters: Confront Trump Staffers In Person

TIME Magazine reports: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is calling on her supporters to confront Trump administration officials and staffers in public amid widespread backlash to the President’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration. “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Waters told a crowd in California over the weekend. “If you see anybody from that cabinet …

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