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17 Jan 2020

Lev Parnas, Key Player in Ukraine Affair, Completes Break With Trump and Giuliani

Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman who played a central role in the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rivals of President Trump, completed his break with the White House on Wednesday, asserting for the first time in public that the president was fully aware of the efforts to dig up damaging information on his behalf.
Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman who played a central role in the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate...

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13 Jan 2020

Esper Says He Saw No Evidence Iran Targeted 4 Embassies, as Story Shifts Again

For 10 days, President Trump and his team have struggled to describe the reasoning behind the decision to launch a drone strike against Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite security forces, propelling the two nations to the brink of war. Officials agree they had intelligence indicating danger, but the public explanations have shifted by the day and sometimes by the hour.On Sunday came the latest twist. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said he was never shown any specific piece of evidence that Iran was planning an attack on four American embassies, as Mr. Trump had claimed just two days earlier.
For 10 days, President Trump and his team have struggled to describe the reasoning behind the decision to launch a drone...
11 Jan 2020

On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they launched another secret operation targeting a senior Iranian official in Yemen

On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top secret mission against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to U.S. officials. The unsuccessful operation may indicate that the Trump administration’s killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week was part of a broader operation than previously explained, raising questions about whether the mission was designed to cripple the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or solely to prevent an imminent attack on Americans as originally stated.
On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top secret...
11 Jan 2020

WSJ: Link between impeachment trial and the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani

Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.
Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he...

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10 Jan 2020

Trump Moves to Exempt Big Projects From Environmental Review

The White House on Thursday introduced major changes to the nation’s benchmark environmental protection law, moving to ease approval of major energy and infrastructure projects without detailed environmental assessment or consideration of climate change.
The White House on Thursday introduced major changes to the nation’s benchmark environmental protection law, moving to...

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10 Jan 2020

U.S. senators back bill to provide $3.3 billion for Israel

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to provide $3.3 billion in annual aid to Israel, seeking to put into law an aid agreement between the two countries reached in 2016 amid concern over rising Middle East tensions. Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons co-sponsored the bill, a standalone provision of a broader measure that stalled a year ago, according to a text of the bill seen by Reuters.
Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to provide $3.3 billion in annual aid to...

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9 Jan 2020

Pompeo Upended Middle East by Pushing Trump to Kill Iranian General

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the loudest voice in the administration pushing President Trump to kill Iran’s most important general. This week, he is back in his role as the nation’s top diplomat, trying to contain the international crisis the general’s death created.
Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the loudest voice in the administration pushing President Trump to kill...

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9 Jan 2020

Trump Backs Away From Further Military Conflict With Iran

President Trump backed away from further military action against Iran on Wednesday and called for a new diplomatic effort as the bristling confrontation of the last six days appeared to ease after Iranian missile strikes that proved more symbolic than deadly.
President Trump backed away from further military action against Iran on Wednesday and called for a new diplomatic...

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8 Jan 2020

Iran Fires Missiles at U.S. Troops at Two Bases in Iraq

Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are based, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Asad and Erbil,” Jonathan Hoffman, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, said in a statement.
Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are based, the...
7 Jan 2020

There Is Zero Actual Evidence Iran Is Responsible for Killing Hundreds of Americans

The skepticism expressed by some leading Democrats and the mainstream media regarding the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has been refreshing, after decades of bipartisan support for disastrous U.S. policies in the region.  However, the claim that Soleimani and the Iranian government are somehow responsible for the deaths of “hundreds of Americans” in Iraq—which has been repeated by leading Democrats and the mainstream media—appears to be groundless.
The skepticism expressed by some leading Democrats and the mainstream media regarding the U.S. assassination of Iranian...

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7 Jan 2020

Trump Threatens Iranian Cultural Sites, and Warns of Sanctions on Iraq

President Trump on Sunday evening doubled down on his claim that he would target Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliated for the targeted killing of one of its top generals, and threatened “very big sanctions” on Iraq if American troops are forced to leave the country.
President Trump on Sunday evening doubled down on his claim that he would target Iranian cultural sites if Iran...
6 Jan 2020

Iraq’s PM Adel Abdul Mahdi says ‘urgent measures’ should be taken to remove foreign forces

Following the killing of a senior Iranian commander, Iran announced it is suspending all its commitments under the nuclear agreement it struck with world powers in 2015, although it will continue to cooperate with the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog.
Following the killing of a senior Iranian commander, Iran announced it is suspending all its commitments under the...

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6 Jan 2020

Iraqi parliament calls for expulsion of foreign troops

In an extraordinary parliamentary session on Sunday, parliament called on the government to end all foreign troop presence in Iraq and to cancel its request for assistance from the US-led coalition which had been working with Baghdad to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
In an extraordinary parliamentary session on Sunday, parliament called on the government to end all foreign troop...

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3 Jan 2020

Trump Orders Strike Killing Top Iranian General Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad

President Trump ordered the killing of the powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, in a drone strike on the Baghdad International Airport early Friday, American officials said. General Suleimani’s death was confirmed by official Iranian media.
President Trump ordered the killing of the powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qassim...

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30 Dec 2019

U.S. Launches Attacks on Iranian-Backed Forces in Iraq and Syria

The United States military on Sunday struck five targets in Iraq and Syria controlled by an Iranian-backed paramilitary group, in response to a rocket attack on Friday that killed an American contractor, the Pentagon said. The airstrikes, carried out by Air Force F-15E fighter planes, hit three locations in Iraq and two in Syria, all controlled by the paramilitary group, Kataib Hezbollah.
The United States military on Sunday struck five targets in Iraq and Syria controlled by an Iranian-backed paramilitary...

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23 Dec 2019

Trump Adviser Taped Discussing ‘Aggressive’ Voter Suppression in 2020

Clark can be heard on tape at the event saying, “Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places. Let’s start protecting our voters. We know where they are. ... Let’s start playing offense a little bit. That’s what you’re going to see in 2020. It’s going to be a much bigger program, a much more aggressive program, a much better-funded program.”
Clark can be heard on tape at the event saying, “Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in...
23 Dec 2019

White House official directed hold on Ukraine aid shortly after Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky

An official from the White House budget office directed the Defense Department to “hold off” on sending military aid to Ukraine less than two hours after President Trump’s controversial phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to internal emails.
An official from the White House budget office directed the Defense Department to “hold off” on sending military aid...

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21 Dec 2019

Betsy DeVos’ family foundation funnels money to right-wing groups that boost her agenda

The family foundation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her billionaire husband, Dick, gave more than $1 million to purportedly “independent” right-wing groups that have helped boost her assault on public education, according to a recent tax filing obtained by the government watchdog group Allied Progress and shared with Salon.
The family foundation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her billionaire husband, Dick, gave more than $1 million to...
19 Dec 2019

Judge allows 309,000 voters to be purged from Georgia rolls

This week, a federal judge allowed the secretary of state’s office to remove about 4 percent of registered voters from the rolls, a move officials said was aimed at those who have recently died or left Georgia. But there were also more than 120,000 people included in that cull simply because they hadn’t voted since 2012 or responded to mailings from the state, according to a lawsuit filed to halt the purge.
This week, a federal judge allowed the secretary of state’s office to remove about 4 percent of registered voters from...

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18 Dec 2019

Read Trump’s Letter to Pelosi Protesting Impeachment

This is the letter President Trump sent to Nanci Pelosi on the eve of the impeachment vote in the house of representatives. The editorial board has fact checked Trump's assertions and defense and found 19 false, misleading and exaggerated statements and called it a rambling angry letter.
This is the letter President Trump sent to Nanci Pelosi on the eve of the impeachment vote in the house of...
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18 Dec 2019

The Tax Break for Children, Except the Ones Who Need It Most

The child tax credit, begun in 1997 as a tax cut, has become an anti-poverty program. But more than a third of children don’t receive it because their parents earn too little. The 2017 tax bill, President Trump’s main domestic achievement, doubled the maximum credit in the two-decade-old program and extended it to families earning as much as $400,000 a year (up from $110,000). The credit now costs the federal government $127 billion a year — far more than better-known programs like the earned-income tax credit ($65 billion) and food stamps ($60 billion).
The child tax credit, begun in 1997 as a tax cut, has become an anti-poverty program. But more than a third of children...

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17 Dec 2019

There Are Economic Warning Signs for Trump in the Midwest

President Trump campaigned in 2016 on a pledge to restore jobs — manufacturing jobs, specifically — to long-struggling Midwestern communities, and he has made the economy a centerpiece of his re-election campaign. But job growth has slowed sharply this year in Michigan, Pennsylvania and other states that were critical to Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016, as well as in states like Minnesota that he narrowly lost.
President Trump campaigned in 2016 on a pledge to restore jobs — manufacturing jobs, specifically — to...
16 Dec 2019

Senate GOP defends Trump, despite oath to be impartial impeachment jurors

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler accused Senate Republicans of violating their oath to be impartial jurors in an impeachment trial, as GOP senators defended their right to work for President Trump’s acquittal. Senators take an oath to “do impartial justice” at the start of any impeachment trial — but several Republican senators argued that impartiality doesn’t cover politics.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler accused Senate Republicans of violating their oath to be impartial...

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13 Dec 2019

How the Fed Lost Its Faith in ‘Full Employment’

Federal Reserve officials believed that the labor market was about as good as it could get. They were wrong. It seems like there are many people on the sideline that are trickling back into the job force and who are not counted as unemployed since they have been out of the job market for over 6 months or more.  Furthermore, the wages have remained stagnant which also signals a weaker economy than projected.
Federal Reserve officials believed that the labor market was about as good as it could get. They were wrong. It seems...

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12 Dec 2019

Trump ‘Ignored and Injured’ the National Interest, Democrats Charge in Impeachment Articles

House Democratic leaders on Tuesday formally called for President Trump’s removal from office, asserting that he “ignored and injured the interests of the nation” in two articles of impeachment that charged him with abusing his power and obstructing Congress.
House Democratic leaders on Tuesday formally called for President Trump’s removal from office, asserting that he...
11 Dec 2019

A stunning indictment of the U.S. health-care system, in one chart

One quarter of American adults say they or a family member has put off treatment for a serious medical condition because of cost, according to data released this week by Gallup. That number is the highest it’s been in nearly three decades of Gallup polling. The report also shows a growing income gap in cost-related delays.
One quarter of American adults say they or a family member has put off treatment for a serious medical condition because...
6 Dec 2019

Trump impeachment hearings live updates

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President Trump’s wrongdoing strikes at the heart of the Constitution and asked House committee chairs to proceed with articles of impeachment, saying lawmakers have “no choice but to act.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President Trump’s wrongdoing strikes at the heart of the...

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4 Dec 2019

Impeachment Report Says Trump Solicited Foreign Election Interference

House Democrats on Tuesday asserted that President Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help him in the 2020 presidential election, releasing a 300-page impeachment report that found that Mr. Trump “placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States.”
House Democrats on Tuesday asserted that President Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help him in the 2020...
3 Dec 2019

As Nation Transfixed by Impeachment, Trump Quietly Provides Offshore Drilling Industry ‘Sweetheart Giveaway’

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was condemned Monday for a proposed policy shift on offshore drilling panned as a "sweetheart giveaway" for a former client.  The new extraction-encouraging proposal was announced last month in a report by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), two agencies within the Interior Department and occurred, according to transparency group Western Values Project, "under the cloud of impeachment."
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was condemned Monday for a proposed policy shift on offshore drilling panned as a...
3 Dec 2019

Republicans launch impeachment rebuttal ahead of Judiciary hearing

“The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system,” the report states. “The Democrats are trying to impeach a duly elected president based on the accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats who disagreed with President Trump’s policy initiatives and processes.”
“The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated...

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3 Dec 2019

Trump’s Lawyers Won’t Participate in Impeachment Hearing on Wednesday

The refusal to send lawyers Wednesday continues a pattern of stonewalling by Mr. Trump, who has sought to block witnesses and documents, as he and his allies call the proceedings “deranged” and a “witch hunt.” People familiar with the president’s legal strategy have said privately that his lawyers are deeply suspicious of taking part in a process they view as unfair to Mr. Trump.
The refusal to send lawyers Wednesday continues a pattern of stonewalling by Mr. Trump, who has sought to block...
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28 Nov 2019

Trump Has Spent $115 Million On Golf Trips ― Or 287 Years Of Presidential Salary

With his Thanksgiving vacation, President Donald Trump’s golf hobby has now cost Americans an estimated $115 million in travel and security expenses ― the equivalent of 287 years of the presidential salary he frequently boasts about not taking.
With his Thanksgiving vacation, President Donald Trump’s golf hobby has now cost Americans an estimated $115 million...

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22 Nov 2019

Fiona Hill Testifies That ‘Fictions’ on Ukraine Pushed by the G.O.P. Help Russia

The White House’s former top Europe and Russia expert sharply denounced what she called a “fictional narrative” embraced by President Trump and his Republican allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 elections, testifying that the claim at the center of the impeachment inquiry was a fabrication by Moscow that had harmed the United States.
The White House’s former top Europe and Russia expert sharply denounced what she called a “fictional narrative”...
22 Nov 2019

Secret Service spent quarter of a million dollars at Trump’s properties in first five months of his term, records show

The U.S. Secret Service paid more than $250,000 to President Trump’s private businesses in just the first five months of his presidency - paying Trump’s company an average of nearly $2,000 per day, according to Secret Service records.
The U.S. Secret Service paid more than $250,000 to President Trump’s private businesses in just the first five months...

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20 Nov 2019

The Keystone Oil Spill No One’s Talking About Will Be Nearly Impossible to Clean Up

When the Keystone Pipeline burst last week, half of an Olympic-sized swimming pool’s worth of a particularly dirty fossil fuel spilled into wetlands in North Dakota. And the thick liquid, known as tar sands oil, will be nearly impossible to clean up.
When the Keystone Pipeline burst last week, half of an Olympic-sized swimming pool’s worth of a particularly dirty...
19 Nov 2019

Trump administration says Israel’s West Bank settlements do not violate international law

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Monday that Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law.Pompeo said the Trump administration, as it did with recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, had simply “recognized the reality on the ground.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Monday that Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international...
19 Nov 2019

U.N. Condemns U.S. for World’s Highest Rate of Children in Detention

The United Nations has condemned the United States for having the world’s highest rate of children in detention. The U.N. experts particularly condemned the Trump administration’s policy of forcibly separating children from their parents at the border and then detaining children away from their parents or family members.
The United Nations has condemned the United States for having the world’s highest rate of children in detention. The...
16 Nov 2019

Trump attacks Marie Yovanovitch as she calls his conduct ‘intimidating’

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told lawmakers Friday that when she read how President Trump had talked about her to his Ukrainian counterpart in a July phone call — saying ominously that “she’s going to go through some things” — the color drained from her face.“It sounded like a threat,” she said.Even as Yovanovitch testified, the president continued to go after her, writing on Twitter, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.”
Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told lawmakers Friday that when she read how President Trump had...
14 Nov 2019

New testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign

A top diplomat on Wednesday tied President Trump more directly to the effort to pressure Ukraine to probe his political opponents, describing a phone call in which Trump sought information about the status of the investigations he had asked Ukraine to launch one day earlier.
A top diplomat on Wednesday tied President Trump more directly to the effort to pressure Ukraine to probe his political...
14 Nov 2019

Senate Confirms Controversial Judicial Nominee, Flipping Court That Will Decide Trump Subpoena Cases

The Senate confirmed Steven Menashi to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday by a vote of 51–41. Every Republican present except Sen. Susan Collins supported Menashi; every Democrat present opposed him. With this confirmation, Donald Trump has flipped the 2nd Circuit to a majority of Republican appointees—a momentous shift in the balance of power that could help the president shield himself from criminal liability and congressional scrutiny in a jurisdiction, New York, which he previously called home.
The Senate confirmed Steven Menashi to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday by a vote of 51–41. Every...
14 Nov 2019

Trade Deficit Up;We’re Losing Trump’s Trade War

Candidate Donald Trump railed against America’s chronic trade deficits, vowing to eliminate them if he became president. So, how’s Trump doing? Awful. Trade deficits are growing on his watch. The overall trade deficit in September was 21% larger than during his first full month in office.
Candidate Donald Trump railed against America’s chronic trade deficits, vowing to eliminate them if he became...
13 Nov 2019

Trump adviser Stephen Miller injected white nationalist agenda into Breitbart, investigation reveals

Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller shaped the 2016 election coverage of the hard right-wing website Breitbart with material drawn from prominent white nationalists, Islamophobes, and far-right websites, according to a new investigative report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller shaped the 2016 election coverage of the hard right-wing website Breitbart with...
13 Nov 2019

U.S. drone imagery shows possible atrocities by Turkish-backed forces in Syria

Footage captured by U.S. surveillance aircraft over northern Syria has documented several incidents that military officials say may constitute war crimes on the part of Turkish-backed forces there, a U.S. official said.If verified, the imagery could provide credibility to allegations that the offensive Turkey launched over Western objections last month has resulted in repeated abuses against Syrian Kurds who have been an important U.S. partner against the Islamic State.
Footage captured by U.S. surveillance aircraft over northern Syria has documented several incidents that military...

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12 Nov 2019

E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules

The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians who say the new rule would undermine the scientific underpinnings of government policy making.
The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can...

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12 Nov 2019

How Russia Meddles Abroad for Profit: Cash, Trolls and a Cult Leader

The Russians were hard to miss. They appeared suddenly last year in Madagascar’s traffic-snarled capital, carrying backpacks stuffed with cash and campaign swag decorated with the name of Madagascar’s president.It was one of Russia’s most overt attempts at election interference to date.
The Russians were hard to miss. They appeared suddenly last year in Madagascar’s traffic-snarled capital, carrying...
12 Nov 2019

Sonny Perdue has emerged as President Trump’s key evangelist in bruising trade wars

Struggling dairy farmers who flocked to an expo in Wisconsin last month hoped to hear some encouragement from one of their own — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a Georgia agri-businessman whose dad had run a small farm.But some came away angry after Perdue — speaking in a state that lost nearly two dairy farms a day last year — remarked that small farms would not likely survive as the “big get bigger and small go out.”
Struggling dairy farmers who flocked to an expo in Wisconsin last month hoped to hear some encouragement from one of...

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9 Nov 2019

A Recession Warning Reverses, but the Damage May Be Done

The yield curve, an indicator from the bond market just a few months ago set off alarms about the risk of a recession. Now it has gone back to normal, and that signal has been met with relief in the markets. But as far as the economy is concerned, it might not matter. Once the yield curve has predicted a recession, one usually follows even if that signal changes later.
The yield curve, an indicator from the bond market just a few months ago set off alarms about the risk of a recession....
9 Nov 2019

House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies

House Republicans’ latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, and possibly acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — who they say could have acted on their own to influence Ukraine policy.
House Republicans’ latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies —...

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8 Nov 2019

Trump’s Twitter War Room Aims Its Punches at Decorated Colonel

Days after a decorated Army lieutenant colonel offered damaging testimony about President Trump’s conduct on a July phone call with Ukraine’s leader, Mr. Trump stood on the South Lawn and issued a vague but ominous warning.“You’ll be seeing very soon what comes out,” Mr. Trump said on Saturday, referring to the officer, Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman.
Days after a decorated Army lieutenant colonel offered damaging testimony about President Trump’s conduct on a July...

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5 Nov 2019

As Warren Gains in Race, Wall Street Sounds the Alarm

With a populist message that promises to rein in corporate excess, Ms. Warren has been facing more hostility from the finance industry than any other candidate. From corporate boardrooms to breakfast meetings, investor conferences to charity galas, Ms. Warren’s rise in the Democratic primary polls is rattling bankers, investors and their affluent clients, who see in the Massachusetts senator a formidable opponent who could damage not only their industry but their way of life.
With a populist message that promises to rein in corporate excess, Ms. Warren has been facing more hostility from the...

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5 Nov 2019

Iran breaks further away from crumbling nuclear deal

Iran has taken further steps away from its crumbling nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it is doubling the number of its advanced centrifuges, calling the move a direct result of the United States' withdrawal from the agreement last year.
Iran has taken further steps away from its crumbling nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it is doubling the...

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5 Nov 2019

One Year From Election, Trump Trails Biden but Leads Warren in Battlegrounds

Despite low national approval ratings and the specter of impeachment, President Trump remains highly competitive in the battleground states likeliest to decide his re-election, according to a set of new surveys from The New York Times Upshot and Siena College.
Despite low national approval ratings and the specter of impeachment, President Trump remains highly competitive in the...
5 Nov 2019

President Trump says United States will officially withdraw from Paris climate agreement

The Trump administration notified the international community Monday that it plans to officially withdraw from the Paris climate accord next fall, a move that will leave the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases as the only nation to abandon the global effort to combat climate change.
The Trump administration notified the international community Monday that it plans to officially withdraw from the Paris...

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2 Nov 2019

E.P.A. to Roll Back Rules to Control Toxic Ash from Coal Plants

The Trump administration is expected to roll back an Obama-era regulation meant to limit the leaching of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury into water supplies from the ash of coal-fired power plants, according to two people familiar with the plans.
The Trump administration is expected to roll back an Obama-era regulation meant to limit the leaching of heavy metals...

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1 Nov 2019

It Will Take More Than Lower Mortgage Rates for a Housing Rally

The Federal Reserve is hoping that its latest interest-rate cut will help keep the economy safely at cruising altitude. But don’t expect it to provide much of a lift to the housing market. Few economists expect the housing market to take off in response to this week’s rate cut, because rates aren’t what was holding back housing in the first place. Instead, they point to other factors.
The Federal Reserve is hoping that its latest interest-rate cut will help keep the economy safely at cruising altitude....

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1 Nov 2019

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 383,000 Gallons of Oil in North Dakota

The Keystone pipeline system, an addition to which has been the subject of environmental protests for years, leaked about 383,000 gallons of crude oil in North Dakota, covering an estimated half-acre of wetland, state environmental regulators said.
The Keystone pipeline system, an addition to which has been the subject of environmental protests for years, leaked...

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1 Nov 2019

Trump Is Committing ‘Felony Bribery’ by Giving Fundraising Cash to GOP Senators Ahead of Impeachment Trial: Ex-Bush Ethics Lawyer

Attorney Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, warned on Thursday that President Donald Trump appeared to be committing "felony bribery" by giving Republican senators fundraising cash ahead of an increasingly likely impeachment trial in the Senate.
Attorney Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, warned...

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31 Oct 2019

G.D.P. Posts 1.9% Rate as Trade Fight and Global Weakness Hit Economy

Dogged by uneasiness over trade frictions and weak global growth, the American economy’s growth inched lower over the summer. Gross domestic product — the broadest measure of goods and services produced in the economy — grew at a 1.9 percent annual rate for the third quarter, according to preliminary data released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday.
Dogged by uneasiness over trade frictions and weak global growth, the American economy’s growth inched lower over the...

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31 Oct 2019

Pathologist Hired by Epstein’s Brother Is Now Backing the Conspiracy Theory That He Was Murdered

A pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother is now backing the conspiracy theory that the accused child sex trafficker might’ve died by homicide — not suicide — in his Manhattan jail cell in August.
A pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother is now backing the conspiracy theory that the accused child sex...
30 Oct 2019

$16.8 Million In Campaign Funds Went To Trump Businesses, Latest Records Reveal

Not only have the U.S. and foreign governments spent money at properties owned by Donald Trump, but the president’s own political campaign and affiliated political committees have also spent about $16.8 million at his businesses since he launched his 2016 bid for the presidency, according to an analysis of federal election spending records.
Not only have the U.S. and foreign governments spent money at properties owned by Donald Trump, but the president’s...
29 Oct 2019

Does Trump trust Putin more than Pelosi? Baghdadi death shows politicization of national security.

When President Trump announced on Sunday morning that Islamic State founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a U.S. military operation in Syria, he thanked the Russians for their help while explaining that he kept Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the dark because he was afraid of leaks.
When President Trump announced on Sunday morning that Islamic State founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during...
29 Oct 2019

Doubts over Donald Trump’s dramatic account of Baghdadi raid

Footage of the US special forces raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian compound reportedly consisted of overhead surveillance footage and no audio, prompting questions over the extent of the dramatic licence taken by Donald Trump in describing the final moments of one of the most wanted terrorists in the world.
Footage of the US special forces raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian compound reportedly consisted of overhead...

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26 Oct 2019

Impeachment Inquiry Is Legal, Judge Rules, Giving Democrats a Victory

The House is legally engaged in an impeachment inquiry, a federal judge ruled on Friday, delivering a major victory to House Democrats and undercutting arguments by President Trump and Republicans that the investigation is a sham.
The House is legally engaged in an impeachment inquiry, a federal judge ruled on Friday, delivering a major victory to...

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26 Oct 2019

The Trump administration just imposed another roadblock on low-income immigrants

The Trump administration just threw another obstacle at low-income immigrants by narrowing who can qualify for waivers of expensive fees associated with their applications for green cards, US citizenship, work permits, and dozens of other benefits.
The Trump administration just threw another obstacle at low-income immigrants by narrowing who can qualify for waivers...
26 Oct 2019

The U.S. deficit hit $984 billion in 2019, soaring during Trump era

The U.S. government’s budget deficit ballooned to nearly $1 trillion in 2019, the Treasury Department announced Friday, as the United States’ fiscal imbalance widened for a fourth consecutive year despite a sustained run of economic growth. The deficit grew $205 billion, or 26 percent, in the past year. The country’s worsening fiscal picture runs in sharp contrast to President Trump’s campaign promise to eliminate the federal debt within eight years.
The U.S. government’s budget deficit ballooned to nearly $1 trillion in 2019, the Treasury Department announced...
24 Oct 2019

Watch Fox News Personalities Attempt To Explain Away Bill Taylor’s Testimony

After the bombshell news that emerged from U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s testimony, the network’s hosts and personalities took their spin to a new level, peddling absurd conspiracies about the diplomat and declaring reports on his testimony to be fake news.
After the bombshell news that emerged from U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s testimony, the network’s hosts...
23 Oct 2019

Giuliani’s U.S. Attorney Legacy Is Coming Back to Haunt Him

Giuliani sought help for a Turkish-backed client accused of violating Iranian sanctions from a president who has a one-word policy for dealing with Tehran: sanctions. In the end, Zarrab pleaded guilty.
Giuliani sought help for a Turkish-backed client accused of violating Iranian sanctions from a president who has a...

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23 Oct 2019

In Hungary, a Freewheeling Trump Ambassador Undermines U.S. Diplomats

He has undermined efforts by career diplomats to deliver messages to Washington about corruption and democratic backsliding in Hungary. And he has privately acted as a broker for Mr. Orban’s point of view, taking positions contrary to United States policy, according to interviews with roughly two dozen current and former American and foreign officials as well as others who have worked with Mr. Cornstein.
He has undermined efforts by career diplomats to deliver messages to Washington about corruption and democratic...

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23 Oct 2019

Trump Holding Back Money for Puerto Rico Recovery

Trump administration officials have admitted that last summer they knowingly withheld billions of dollars Congress appropriated to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. House Democrats say withholding the relief money violates the law. The HUD delay meant the island missed a deadline to apply for billions of dollars in disaster relief funds, raising doubts about when, if ever, the money will flow to the island devastated in September 2017 by a Category 5 hurricane.
Trump administration officials have admitted that last summer they knowingly withheld billions of dollars Congress...
23 Oct 2019

William B. Taylor, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testifies in impeachment probe

The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine told lawmakers Tuesday that President Trump made the release of military aid contingent on public declarations from Ukraine that it would investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election, contradicting Trump’s denial that he used the money as leverage for political gain.
The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine told lawmakers Tuesday that President Trump made the release of military aid...

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22 Oct 2019

For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return

The Taliban have wanted the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Turkey has wanted the Americans out of northern Syria and North Korea has wanted them to at least stop military exercises with South Korea. President Trump has now to some extent at least obliged all three — but without getting much of anything in return.
The Taliban have wanted the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Turkey has wanted the Americans out of...

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18 Oct 2019

Mulvaney Says Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid Pending Investigation of Democrats

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate what the president has long insisted was Kiev’s assistance to Democrats during the 2016 election.
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400...
18 Oct 2019

“There Is Definite Hanky-Panky Going On”: The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trade

In the last 10 minutes of trading on Friday, August 23, as the markets were roiling in the face of more bad trade news, someone bought 386,000 September e-minis. Three days later, Trump lied about getting a call from China to restart the trade talks, and the S&P 500 index shot up nearly 80 points. The potential profit on the trade was more than $1.5 billion.
In the last 10 minutes of trading on Friday, August 23, as the markets were roiling in the face of more bad trade news,...
17 Oct 2019

Mulvaney emerges as a key facilitator of the campaign to pressure Ukraine

Current and former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said Mulvaney contributed substantially to the unfolding political crisis, both through his connection to key events related to the attempt to pressure Kiev and through his general approach to the chief of staff job, which was driven by a perceived reluctance to displease the president.
Current and former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said Mulvaney...
17 Oct 2019

Slashing Pentagon Budget Could Pay for Medicare for All While Creating Progressive Foreign Policy Americans Want

The Institute for Policy Studies on Thursday shared the results of extensive research into how the $750 billion U.S. military budget could be significantly slashed, freeing up annual funding to cover the cost of Medicare for All—calling into question the notion that the program needs to create any tax burden whatsoever for working families.
The Institute for Policy Studies on Thursday shared the results of extensive research into how the $750 billion U.S....

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17 Oct 2019

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote

President Trump seemed to wash his hands of the conflict between Turkey and America’s Kurdish allies in Syria on Wednesday, generating withering criticism from Republican allies, who rebuked him in a House vote. The day ended with a heated confrontation between Mr. Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office.
President Trump seemed to wash his hands of the conflict between Turkey and America’s Kurdish allies in Syria on...
17 Oct 2019

U.S. retail sales fall unexpectedly, signaling a new crack in a weakening economy

U.S. consumers unexpectedly pulled back on retail spending for the first time in seven months, reviving fears that a weakening economy could finally be taking its toll on American shoppers just before the pivotal holiday season.
U.S. consumers unexpectedly pulled back on retail spending for the first time in seven months, reviving fears that a...
16 Oct 2019

Turkey-Syria offensive: Russian forces move to separate Turkish and Syrian armies

Russia announced Tuesday that its units were patrolling between Turkish and Syrian military forces near the northern Syrian town of Manbij, in a sign that Moscow, a key ally of the Syrian government, was moving to fill a security vacuum after U.S. troops withdrew from the area.
Russia announced Tuesday that its units were patrolling between Turkish and Syrian military forces near the...
15 Oct 2019

US bombs at Turkish airbase complicate rift over Syria invasion

An estimated 50 nuclear bombs stored at a US airbase in Turkey have become potential bargaining chips in the tense relationship between Washington and Ankara in the wake of the Turkish offensive into Syria. The presence of B61 nuclear gravity bombs at İncirlik airbase, which is about 100 miles from the Syrian border and which the US air force shares with its Turkish counterpart, is complicating Washington’s calculations.
An estimated 50 nuclear bombs stored at a US airbase in Turkey have become potential bargaining chips in the tense...
14 Oct 2019

Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, days after Pentagon downplays possibility

U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters announced late Sunday that the Syrian Army would deploy along the Turkish border to “liberate the areas that the Turkish army has entered with its mercenaries.”The agreement with forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, followed a Syrian government announcement that its troops were heading toward a confrontation with Turkey.
U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters announced late Sunday that the Syrian Army would deploy along the Turkish border to...
12 Oct 2019

Trump Had Ukraine Envoy Removed on ‘False Claims,’ She Tells House Inquiry

Marie L. Yovanovitch, who was recalled as the American ambassador to Ukraine in May, testified to impeachment investigators on Friday that a top State Department official told her that President Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong.”
Marie L. Yovanovitch, who was recalled as the American ambassador to Ukraine in May, testified to impeachment...

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12 Oct 2019

Trump Orders Troops and Weapons to Saudi Arabia in Message of Deterrence to Iran

The United States is sending about 3,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia in the latest military response by the Trump administration after it accused Iran of attacks last month on Saudi oil facilities, the Pentagon said on Friday. The move came only five days after President Trump said that his desire to terminate America’s “endless wars” led to his decision to pull back from the border area between Syria and Turkey about 50 troops who were working to create a “safe zone” between Turkish and Kurdish troops.
The United States is sending about 3,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia in the latest military response by the Trump...

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11 Oct 2019

Deutsche Bank Might Have Destroyed Physical Copies of Trump’s Tax Returns, Cleansed Servers, Claims Former Executive

A former Deutsche Bank executive who reviewed President Donald Trump's tax returns reportedly said it is "not normal" that the institution no longer holds copies of those records.Trump for many years relied on Deutsche Bank for loans to sustain his real estate business when many other institutions would not lend to him because of his rocky financial history.The president is accused by some, including his former attorney Michael Cohen, of manipulating the value of his assets to either secure finance or reduce his tax bill.
A former Deutsche Bank executive who reviewed President Donald Trump's tax returns reportedly said it is "not normal"...

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10 Oct 2019

Trump Weighs Weakening Obama Rules to Curb Corporate Inversions

Treasury Department officials are considering rolling back a tax rule aimed at preventing American companies from moving money offshore to avoid U.S. taxes, according to several people familiar with discussions.
Treasury Department officials are considering rolling back a tax rule aimed at preventing American companies from moving...

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10 Oct 2019

Turkey Launches Syria Offensive, Targeting U.S.-Backed Kurds

Turkey launched airstrikes and fired artillery across its border into northeastern Syria on Wednesday to open a military operation aimed at flushing out an American-backed militia, Turkish and Syrian officials said.
Turkey launched airstrikes and fired artillery across its border into northeastern Syria on Wednesday to open a military...
9 Oct 2019

U.S. manufacturing falls into deep recession as Trump’s trade war drags on

U.S. manufacturing fell deeper into a contraction last month, erasing hope of a quick turnaround for the industry and handing a blow to President Trump’s promises that he would revive blue-collar jobs and companies.
U.S. manufacturing fell deeper into a contraction last month, erasing hope of a quick turnaround for the industry and...

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9 Oct 2019

White House Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry, Claiming Effort to Undo Trump’s Election

The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, announcing that it would not cooperate with what it called an illegitimate effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” and setting the stage for a constitutional clash with far-reaching consequences.
The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, announcing that it would not cooperate with...

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8 Oct 2019

Ivanka Tweet Thanking Turkey’s Erdogan for Attending Istanbul Trump Towers Launch Re-Emerges Amid Syria Controversy

As the world reacted to America's sudden abandonment of its most trusted and effective local allies, a tweet from Trump's daughter Ivanka resurfaced, detailing a relevant conflict of interest regarding relations with Turkey."Thank you Prime Minister Erdogan for joining us yesterday to celebrate the launch of #TrumpTowers Istanbul!" Ivanka wrote in April 2012. The construction—made up of two conjoined towers—is one of seven current Trump Towers locations.
As the world reacted to America's sudden abandonment of its most trusted and effective local allies, a tweet from...

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8 Oct 2019

Trump Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy

In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had given his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria.
In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had...

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8 Oct 2019

U.S. Using Trade Deals to Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators

The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from lawsuits, a move that could help lock in America’s tech-friendly regulations around the world even as they are being newly questioned at home.
The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms...
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