Tag Archives: Trump administration

Trump Yanks Nomination Of Man Tapped To Lead ICE

The Associated Press reports: The White House on Thursday withdrew the nomination of a longtime border official to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as the Trump administration grapples with a massive increase in Southern border crossings that are straining the system with no easy solution, according to people with knowledge of the move. The paperwork on Ron Vitiello was …

Read More »

USDA Ends Decades Of “Cannibal” Experiments On Cats

NBC News reports: Government scientists announced Tuesday that they’re pulling the plug on a research program that’s resulted in the deaths of thousands of cats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Services lab had been infecting cats with toxoplasmosis and then euthanizing them since 1982 as part of its effort to combat the foodborne illness. The USDA’s announcement comes …

Read More »

WH Spox Calls Puerto Rico “That Country” [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: White House spokesman Hogan Gidley twice referred to Puerto Rico as “that country” during a television appearance Tuesday in which he defended a series of tweets by President Trump lashing out at leaders of the U.S. territory. “With all they’ve done in that country, they’ve had a systematic mismanagement of the goods and services we’ve sent …

Read More »

Kushner Shrugs Off Questions On Security Clearance

Business Insider reports: In an interview broadcast Monday night, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, shrugged off questions over his White House security clearance, granting a glimpse of a political playbook that could loom large in the months to come. Speaking with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Kushner used the central finding of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report …

Read More »

Homeland Security Disbands Domestic Terrorism Unit

The Daily Beast reports: The Department of Homeland Security has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts who focused on domestic terrorism, The Daily Beast has learned. Numerous current and former DHS officials say they find the development concerning, as the threat of homegrown terrorism—including white supremacist terrorism—is growing. In the wake of this move, officials said the number of analytic …

Read More »

Press Freedom Group Petitions DC Court For Public Release Of All Grand Jury Materials In Mueller Report

Via press release: This morning the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a request in the federal district court for the District of Columbia for an order that would authorize the public release of grand jury material that is “cited, quoted, or referenced” in the report submitted to Attorney General William Barr by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. On …

Read More »

HHS Grants $5.1 Million To Fake Abortion Clinics

From the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal blog: The founder of an organization of community care clinics that cater to women praises the Trump administration for deciding to give her group $5.1 million over three years for use in California, a grant that once might have gone to Planned Parenthood. “With this grant, the administration has opened up a new avenue …

Read More »

AG Says Congress To Get Mueller Report In Mid-April

The Washington Post reports: Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report detailing his investigation of President Trump and Russia’s election interference will be delivered to Congress by mid-April, Attorney General William P. Barr said Friday in a letter to lawmakers offering important new details about how the document will be edited before its public release. “Everyone will soon be able …

Read More »

Federal Spending Hits Highest Level In 10 Years

The right wing CNS News reports: The federal government spent $1,822,712,000,000 in the first five months of fiscal 2019, the most it has spent in the first five months of any fiscal year since 2009, which was the fiscal year that outgoing President George W. Bush signed a $700-billion law to bailout the banking industry and incoming President Barack Obama …

Read More »

Court Blocks Trump’s “End Run” Around Obamacare

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge in Washington ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration’s push to make health insurance plans available outside the Affordable Care Act that avoid the requirements of the health care law was illegal, calling the efforts “clearly an end-run around the ACA.” The 43-page ruling, submitted by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates of …

Read More »

LGBT Staffers Denounce Treatment And Morale At DOJ

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed News: The Justice Department has grown increasingly hostile toward its own LGBT workers, causing top talent to quit as they experience discrimination and “declining morale,” according to a group of LGBT employees who confronted Attorney General Bill Barr in a letter this week. Other workers cited in the letter said the FBI academy discriminates against …

Read More »

Fox Contributor Tapped As New State Department Spox

MSNBC reports: The Trump administration has chosen counter terrorism expert and Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus to be the new State Department spokeswoman, three people with knowledge of the decision told NBC News. Ortagus, a U.S. Naval Reserve officer, would bring significant experience in national security and foreign policy to the role. She will replace Heather Nauert, a former Fox …

Read More »

Trump Moves To Toss Out All Of Obamacare

USA Today reports: The Trump administration told a federal court late Monday that it would ask judges to toss out the entire Affordable Care Act, a decision that cast further uncertainty over the future of a federal law that has extended health insurance to millions of Americans. Justice Department attorneys said in a letter filed with the U.S. Court of …

Read More »

Feds Post Largest Monthly Budget Deficit In US History

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. government posted the largest monthly budget deficit in American history in February, hitting a dramatic milestone as tax revenue lag and spending levels continue to skyrocket. The government spent $234 billion more than it brought in through tax receipts last month, much more than the deficit levels hit during the global financial crisis. Senior …

Read More »

Hillary And AOC Mock Kushner’s WhatsApp Use

The Washington Examiner reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton mocked those who previously criticized Clinton’s use of a private email server Thursday after it was revealed President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner used a private messaging app for official White House business. The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Thursday a lawyer for Kushner told …

Read More »

REVEALED: Jared Kushner Uses Private Email And WhatsApp For Official Government Communications

The New York Post reports: President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner used the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp as well as his personal email account to conduct official business, a top House Democrat charged Thursday. The revelation came during a Dec. 19 meeting of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which released the information in a letter Thursday. Chairman Elijah …

Read More »

Federal Court Halts Hundreds Of Drilling Projects Over Failure To Take Climate Change Impact Into Account

The Guardian reports: In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a federal judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account. The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate …

Read More »

Interns Listed On WH Economic Report: Bruce Wayne, Jabba The Hutt, John Cleese, Comic Book Characters

The White House today issued the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisors. And way down at the very bottom of this over 650-page report comes this message: Student interns provide invaluable help with research projects, day-to-day operations, and fact-checking. Interns during the previous year were Brittany Amano, Jackson Bailey, Rana Bansal, Christian Brown, Lydia Byrom, John Cleese, Alexis …

Read More »

SCOTUS Sides 5-4 With Trump On ICE Detentions

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a victory Tuesday by making it easier to detain undocumented immigrants with criminal records. The justices reversed a lower court decision that required immigration officials to detain those immigrants upon release from jail or prison, rather than months or even years later. Advocates for immigrants had argued that such detentions …

Read More »

Proposed Trump Budget Again Calls For Elimination Of All Funding For The Arts, Libraries, Museums, PBS, NPR

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration has again proposed the elimination of federal funding for the arts and humanities, public television and radio, libraries and museums. For the third time in as many years, the White House has proposed a federal budget that would shutter the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation …

Read More »