US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

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...
2 Apr 2019

White House whistleblower says 25 security clearance denials were reversed during Trump administration

A White House whistleblower told lawmakers that more than two dozen denials for security clearances have been overturned during the Trump administration, calling Congress her “last hope” for addressing what she considers improper conduct that has left the nation’s secrets exposed.
A White House whistleblower told lawmakers that more than two dozen denials for security clearances have been overturned...
18 Oct 2018

What the Arab world needs most is free expression

I was recently online looking at the 2018 “Freedom in the World” report published by Freedom House and came to a grave realization. There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.”
I was recently online looking at the 2018 “Freedom in the World” report published by Freedom House and came to a...
2 Feb 2018

Trump administration strips consumer watchdog office of enforcement powers in lending discrimination cases

The Trump administration has stripped  enforcement powers away from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office that specializes in pursuing cases against financial firms accused of  breaking discrimination laws, according to two people familiar with the matter and emails reviewed by The Washington Post.
The Trump administration has stripped  enforcement powers away...
24 Dec 2017

Charities fear tax bill could turn philanthropy into a pursuit only for the rich

Many U.S. charities are worried the tax overhaul bill signed by President Trump on Friday could spur a landmark shift in philanthropy, speeding along the decline of middle-class donors and transforming charitable gift-giving into a pursuit largely left to the wealthy.
Many U.S. charities are worried the tax overhaul bill signed by President Trump on Friday could spur a...
20 Jul 2017

I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration.

On July 19, the former top climate policy official at the Department of Interior filed a complaint and a whistleblower disclosure form with the Office of Special Counsel. The official, Joel Clement, says the Trump administration is threatening public health and safety by trying to silence scientists like him. I was reassigned to an unrelated job in the accounting office that collects royalty checks from fossil fuel companies.
On July 19, the former top climate policy official at the Department of Interior filed a complaint and a whistleblower...
1 Jun 2017

Trump on NATO funding: Still misleading after months of fact checks

Back in March 2016, The Fact Checker reviewed a series of inaccurate statements that then-candidate Trump made about the funding of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. We concluded that “Trump is simply wrong on direct funding and is imprecise and possibly out of date on indirect funding.”
Back in March 2016, The Fact Checker reviewed a series of inaccurate statements that then-candidate Trump made about the...
10 May 2017

EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels

Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are  overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning federal policies, the first step in a broader effort by Republicans to change the way the federal government evaluates the scientific basis for its regulations.
Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are  overhauling a slew of outside...
28 Apr 2017

The Obamas face the paid-speaking circuit — and all the questions that come with it

“President Obama will deliver speeches from time to time. Some of those speeches will be paid, some will be unpaid, and regardless of venue or sponsor, President Obama will be true to his values, his vision and his record,” his senior adviser, Eric Schultz, said in a statement issued after the Cantor Fitzgerald speech drew a wave of criticism — including a New York Post headline that dubbed Obama “Wall Street’s new fat cat.”
“President Obama will deliver speeches from time to time. Some of those speeches will be paid, some will be unpaid,...
11 Apr 2017

Trump finds his niche: fixing problems that no longer exist

President Trump has finally found an economic issue that's not too  complicated for him to do something about. That's stopping China from manipulating its currency that it hasn't been manipulating for the past two years.
President Trump has finally found an economic issue that's not too  complicated for him to...
6 Mar 2017

Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws

A lawsuit against one of the largest private prison operators in the country reached class-action status this week. Tens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were forced to work for $1 day, or for nothing at all - a violation of federal anti-slavery laws - a lawsuit claims.The lawsuit, filed in 2014 against one of the largest private prison companies in the country, reached class-action status this week after a federal judge’s ruling. That means the case could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants who have been detained.
A lawsuit against one of the largest private prison operators in the country reached class-action status this week. Tens...
3 Feb 2017

Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and decided not to pull the trigger.

Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates. Obama hoped that his last-minute preparations would clear the way for Trump to authorize a swift assault on the Islamic State’s most important stronghold, where U.S. intelligence officials say militants are plotting attacks outside Syria. Instead of running with the plan, Trump’s national security team deemed it wholly insufficient and swiftly tossed it.
Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more...

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