US Politics in Trump era Public date: 19.05.2020 20:05:49

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17 May 2020

Trump Removes State Dept. Inspector General

President Trump continued his purge of inspectors general late Friday, moving to oust Steve A. Linick, who had served in that post at the State Department since 2013, and replacing him with an ambassador with close ties to Vice President Mike Pence. The decision to remove Mr. Linick, first reported Friday night by Politico, is the latest in a purge of inspectors general whom Mr. Trump has deemed insufficiently loyal to his administration, upending the traditional independence of the internal watchdog agencies whose missions are to conduct oversight of the nation’s sprawling bureaucracy.
President Trump continued his purge of inspectors general late Friday, moving to oust Steve A. Linick, who had served in...
13 May 2020

Watchdog Demands Probe After Energy Secretary Admits WH Pressed Fed to Give Oil Companies Access to Covid-19 Funds

A watchdog on the congressional committee tasked with overseeing the Trump administration's handling of Covid-19 bailout funds demanded an investigation Tuesday after Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette openly admitted in a television appearance that the White House pressed the Federal Reserve to alter one of its lending programs for the benefit of fossil fuel companies.
A watchdog on the congressional committee tasked with overseeing the Trump administration's handling of Covid-19 bailout...
11 May 2020

Pentagon Releases a Rosy Report on Civilian Casualties in Foreign Wars

The United States’s wars continue to rage in the Middle East and Africa against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even in normal times, these conflicts got little public scrutiny. But with attention more occupied than usual, some U.S. military operations have been escalating even further. In recent years, these conflicts have become even deadlier for innocent people
The United States’s wars continue to rage in the Middle East and Africa against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic....
9 May 2020

Top Republican fundraiser and Trump ally named postmaster general, giving president new influence over Postal Service

A top donor to President Trump and the Republican National Committee will be named the new head of the Postal Service, putting a top ally of the president in charge of an agency where Trump has long pressed for major changes in how it handles its business. Trump’s Treasury Department and the Postal Service are in the midst of a negotiation over a $10 billion line of credit approved as part of coronavirus legislation in March.
A top donor to President Trump and the Republican National Committee will be named the new head of the Postal Service,...

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9 May 2020

Using Coronavirus, GOP Wins Long-Desired Bank Deregulation

Republican lawmakers and finance industry lobbyists are using the coronavirus pandemic to press regulators into rapidly waiving financial safeguards for community banks. And so far, banking regulators have obliged, lifting rules imposed after the 2008 crisis that limit risk-taking and require banks to undergo more strenuous audits.
Republican lawmakers and finance industry lobbyists are using the coronavirus pandemic to press regulators into rapidly...
7 May 2020

HHS official Rick Bright alleges he was demoted for resisting push for hydroxychloroquine

A former top vaccine official removed from his post last month alleged in a whistleblower complaint on Tuesday that he was reassigned to a less prestigious role because he tried to “prioritize science and safety over political expediency” and raised health concerns over a drug repeatedly pushed by President Trump as a possible cure for coronavirus.
A former top vaccine official removed from his post last month alleged in a whistleblower complaint on Tuesday that he...
6 May 2020

Kushner coronavirus effort said to be hampered by inexperienced volunteers

The coronavirus response being spearheaded by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has relied in part on volunteers from consulting and private equity firms with little expertise in the tasks to which they were assigned, exacerbating chronic problems in obtaining supplies for hospitals and other needs, according to numerous government officials and a volunteer involved in the effort.
The coronavirus response being spearheaded by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has relied in part on...
3 May 2020

Trump uses White House coronavirus events to project return to normalcy while relying on testing that public lacks

As Trump aides have signaled that he could soon begin regular travel, the reality is that the White House has created a picture of security that is propped up by special access to the kind of wide-scale testing for covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, that most of the nation remains without.
As Trump aides have signaled that he could soon begin regular travel, the reality is that the White House has created a...
2 May 2020

Small Business Administration funds to public companies top $1 billion

Publicly traded companies have received more than $1 billion in funds meant for small businesses from the federal government’s economic stimulus package, according to data from securities filings compiled by The Washington Post.
Publicly traded companies have received more than $1 billion in funds meant for small businesses from the federal...
1 May 2020

Trump administration launches major effort to force China to pay over coronavirus

Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to four senior administration officials with knowledge of internal planning. The move could splinter already strained relations between the two superpowers at a perilous moment for the global economy.
Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China...
29 Apr 2020

President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat

U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings prepared for President Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat, according to current and former U.S. officials.
U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings...

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26 Apr 2020

Psychologist John Gartner: Trump is a “sexual sadist” who is “actively engaging in sabotage”

At almost every juncture, Donald Trump has made decisions about the coronavirus pandemic that have led to more death. His behavior is that of a person who has no care or concern for the health, safety and welfare of the American people.
At almost every juncture, Donald Trump has made decisions about the coronavirus pandemic that have led...

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24 Apr 2020

Large public companies are taking small businesses payroll loans

Hundreds of millions of dollars of Paycheck Protection Program emergency funding has been claimed by large, publicly traded companies, new research published by Morgan Stanley shows.In fact, the U.S. government has allocated at least $243.4 million of the total $349 billion to publicly traded companies, the firm said.
Hundreds of millions of dollars of Paycheck Protection Program emergency funding has been claimed by large, publicly...
23 Apr 2020

32 millionaire CEOs who scooped up taxpayer money meant for struggling small businesses

With the pandemic severely restricting economic activity, thousands of small businesses across the country are on the brink of collapse. Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program as a lifeline. The $350 billion fund was intended to rescue small businesses with forgivable loans to cover their payrolls for two months.
With the pandemic severely restricting economic activity, thousands of small businesses across the country are on the...
23 Apr 2020

Trump Urges Doctors to Lie, as One Blows the Whistle on Him

Donald Trump tried and failed on Wednesday to coerce two of the government’s top medical experts to endorse his claim that a second wave of Covid-19 infections in the fall is unlikely, hours after a federal whistleblower said he was fired by the administration for limiting the use of an unproven drug treatment touted by the president.
Donald Trump tried and failed on Wednesday to coerce two of the government’s top medical experts to endorse his claim...
22 Apr 2020

Trump says he will issue order to suspend immigration during, closing off the United States to a new extreme

President Trump announced in a tweet late Monday night that he plans to suspend immigration to the United States, a move he said is needed to safeguard American jobs and defend the country from coronavirus pandemic, which he called “the Invisible Enemy.”
President Trump announced in a tweet late Monday night that he plans to suspend immigration to the United States, a move...
20 Apr 2020

Trump says government will step up coronavirus testing efforts, after governors blast federal inaction

President Trump said on Sunday that the federal government is stepping up efforts to obtain vital supplies for coronavirus testing, hours after several governors from both parties faulted his administration for not doing enough to help states. Public health experts say testing on a larger scale is a crucial step before resuming normal social and economic activity in the country. But Trump defended the administration’s approach of leaving testing largely to states.
President Trump said on Sunday that the federal government is stepping up efforts to obtain vital supplies for...

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18 Apr 2020

Trump’s ‘liberate’ tweets supporting lockdown protesters spur social media frenzy

President Trump sparked uproar on Twitter Friday with a series of tweets encouraging followers to “liberate” amid a growing movement of protests across the country to demand governors reopen “nonessential businesses” and send people back to work.
President Trump sparked uproar on Twitter Friday with a series of tweets encouraging followers to “liberate” amid a...
12 Apr 2020

States and experts begin pursuing a coronavirus national strategy in absence of White House direction

In the absence of White House direction, states and America’s top experts have begun pursuing a national strategy against coronavirus. The question is whether their effort can succeed without the federal government.
In the absence of White House direction, states and America’s top experts have begun pursuing a national strategy...
8 Apr 2020

Trump removes Inspector General Glenn Fine, who was tasked to oversee coronavirus stimulus spending

President Trump has removed the chairman of the federal panel Congress created to oversee his administration's management of the $2 trillion stimulus package passed last month. Glenn Fine, who had been the acting Pentagon inspector general, was informed Monday that he was being replaced by Sean W. O’Donnell, currently the inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency.
President Trump has removed the chairman of the federal panel Congress created to oversee his administration's...
5 Apr 2020

Federal government spent millions to ramp up mask readiness, but that isn’t helping now

In September 2018, the Trump administration received detailed plans for a new machine designed to churn out millions of protective respirator masks at high speed during a pandemic. An HHS spokesperson, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post that although Halyard’s plans were feasible, no funding was available to build the machine.
In September 2018, the Trump administration received detailed plans for a new machine designed to churn out millions of...
4 Apr 2020

Inside America’s mask crunch: A slow government reaction and an industry wary of liability

The confluence of a slow initial response by the Trump administration, its wariness of compelling the industry to produce gear and a long-running debate about granting manufacturers legal protection in a health emergency contributed to a critical shortage of masks to front-line workers, according to an examination by The Washington Post of the early weeks of the crisi
The confluence of a slow initial response by the Trump administration, its wariness of compelling the industry to...
4 Apr 2020

Navy Dismisses Captain Who Sounded The Alarm on Coronavirus, Signaling A Willingness to Stifle Dissent

The dismissal of a senior officer for raising concerns about the well-being of his crew is highly unusual, and signals that the Trump administration is willing to take extraordinary steps to silence internal dissent about its handling of the global pandemic.
The dismissal of a senior officer for raising concerns about the well-being of his crew is highly unusual, and signals...

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4 Apr 2020

Trump to Fire Intelligence Watchdog Who Had Key Role in Ukraine Complaint

President Trump is firing the intelligence community inspector general whose insistence on telling lawmakers about a whistle-blower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine triggered impeachment proceedings last fall, the president told lawmakers in a letter late Friday.
President Trump is firing the intelligence community inspector general whose insistence on telling lawmakers about a...

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3 Apr 2020

Disaster in motion: 3.4 million travelers poured into US as coronavirus pandemic erupted

Travel data of passengers arriving in the United States from China during the critical period in December, January and February, when the disease took hold in that country, shows a stunning 759,493 people entered the U.S.
Travel data of passengers arriving in the United States from China during the critical period in December, January and...

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2 Apr 2020

Key Medical Supplies Exported From U.S. to Foreign Buyers

While much of the world moved swiftly to lock down crucial medical supplies used to treat the coronavirus, the U.S. dithered, maintaining business as normal and allowing large shipments of American-made respirators and ventilators to be sold to foreign buyers.
While much of the world moved swiftly to lock down crucial medical supplies used to treat the coronavirus, the U.S....
30 Mar 2020

Trump takes immediate step to try and limit coronavirus inspector general’s power

Immediately after signing the historic $2 trillion coronavirus aid package, President Trump sought to curb oversight provisions in the bill by asserting presidential authority over a new inspector general’s office.The move could presage a major battle between the White House and Capitol Hill as the Trump administration moves to implement the new law.
Immediately after signing the historic $2 trillion coronavirus aid package, President Trump sought to curb oversight...

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22 Mar 2020

DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights for Coronavirus Emergency

The Trump Department of Justice has asked Congress to craft legislation allowing chief judges to indefinitely hold people without trial and suspend other constitutionally-protected rights during coronavirus and other emergencies, according to a report by Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan.
The Trump Department of Justice has asked Congress to craft legislation allowing chief judges to indefinitely hold...
21 Mar 2020

Coronavirus pandemic: Senate GOP aid bill doesn’t help American workers

While the president says he wants to help Americans workers through the coronavirus pandemic, behind the scenes his party is crafting legislation that would leave the least fortunate behind.
While the president says he wants to help Americans workers through the coronavirus pandemic, behind the scenes his...
20 Mar 2020

CDC is sidelined by White House during coronavirus pandemic

As the United States enters a critical phase in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s leading public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appears to be on the sidelines, with its messages increasingly disrupted or overtaken by the White House.
As the United States enters a critical phase in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s leading public health...

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20 Mar 2020

Coronavirus in the U.S.: Trump told governors to buy own pandemic supplies, then outbid them

President Donald Trump’s directive for governors to buy their own medical supplies to fight the coronavirus has run into a big problem—the federal government. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker told Trump during a video conference on Thursday that his state three times lost out to the federal government on purchases of critical supplies, creating an awkward moment during the made-for-TV event at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington.
President Donald Trump’s directive for governors to buy their own medical supplies to fight the coronavirus has run...
20 Mar 2020

Kushner coronavirus team sparks confusion inside White House response efforts

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, has created his own team of government allies and private industry representatives to work alongside the administration’s official coronavirus task force, adding another layer of confusion and conflicting signals within the White House’s disjointed response to the crisis.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, has created his own team of government allies and...
18 Mar 2020

DHS Inspector General’s office nearly dormant under Trump as reports and audits plummet

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog division has been so weakened under the Trump administration that it is failing to provide basic oversight of the government’s third-largest federal agency, according to whistleblowers and lawmakers from both parties.
The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog division has been so weakened under the Trump administration...

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18 Mar 2020

Inside the Coronavirus Response: A Case Study in the White House Under Trump

The culture that President Trump has fostered and abided by for more than three years in the White House has shaped his administration’s response to a deadly pandemic that is upending his presidency and the rest of the country, with dramatic changes to how Americans live their daily lives.
The culture that President Trump has fostered and abided by for more than three years in the White House has shaped his...
16 Mar 2020

Germans to discuss reported U.S. attempt to buy CureVac coronavirus vaccine rights

German officials will discuss a reported U.S. attempt to secure the rights to any coronavirus vaccine developed by a German pharmaceutical company in crisis meetings on Monday, the country's interior minister said, amid concerns that the Trump administration was trying to monopolize the market.
German officials will discuss a reported U.S. attempt to secure the rights to any coronavirus vaccine developed by a...
14 Mar 2020

President Trump closed the White House pandemic office. I ran it.

When President Trump took office in 2017, the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense survived the transition intact. Its mission was the same as when I was asked to lead the office, established after the Ebola epidemic of 2014. One year later, I was mystified when the White House dissolved the office, leaving the country less prepared for pandemics like covid-19.
When President Trump took office in 2017, the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health...

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13 Mar 2020

COVID-19: It’s Not About Europe, It’s About Incompetence

In the U.S., we are grossly underprepared for COVID-19 (coronavirus), now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The federal government has failed to protect its citizens by not responding in a timely and adequate manner.
In the U.S., we are grossly underprepared for COVID-19 (coronavirus), now declared a pandemic by the World Health...
13 Mar 2020

The Bizarre List Of Errors In Trump’s Coronavirus Speech

President Donald Trump’s address from the Oval Office on coronavirus Wednesday night didn’t just send markets plunging (again) — it also required some immediate clean-up from the President and others because of numerous significant errors.
President Donald Trump’s address from the Oval Office on coronavirus Wednesday night didn’t just send markets...
11 Mar 2020

Trump Fired The Intel Director Who Warned Him Of A Deadly, Viral Pandemic

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned President Donald Trump and his administration last year that a pandemic could lead to serious problems if they didn’t take public health preparedness more seriously.
Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned President Donald Trump and his administration last year that a...
6 Mar 2020

How much the Secret Service has spent at Trump’s properties

President Trump’s company charges the Secret Service for the rooms it uses while protecting Trump at his properties. The charges have been as high as $650 per night for a Mar-a-Lago Club hotel room, or $17,000 a month for a cottage at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
President Trump’s company charges the Secret Service for the rooms it uses while protecting Trump at his properties....

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3 Mar 2020

Trump’s Mental Health – Now the Worst Case Scenario

The moment we feared has come: in a real emergency, the president’s inability to stay with reality and to resist the need to conform the world to what is in his head will now result in a tangible loss of lives.  People are asking: Is the president capable of functioning in a crisis?
The moment we feared has come: in a real emergency, the president’s inability to stay with reality and to resist the...
29 Feb 2020

Conservative pundits seek villains to blame amid coronavirus outbreak

Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and others have less to say about the spread of the virus than concern for how the news coverage of it affects President Trump. In fact, many conservative commentators have expressed less interest in the spread of the virus or efforts to combat it than in the story of the virus — a story they are convinced shows bias designed to harm President Trump.
Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and others have less to say about the spread of the virus than concern for how the news...
27 Feb 2020

Baby-faced assassin: the 29-year old at the heart of Trump’s ‘deep state’ purge

Johnny McEntee, an ex-college quarterback, heads a sweeping White House effort to purge the civil service and install loyalists. McEntee summoned cabinet liaisons to the White House last week to tell them to root out Trump critics in their ranks, according to reporting by Axios. McEntee has also put a freeze on political appointments and told colleagues that the White House would be selecting cabinet deputies from now on, according to the New York Times.
Johnny McEntee, an ex-college quarterback, heads a sweeping White House effort to purge the civil service and install...

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27 Feb 2020

Kerik Had ‘Hit Bottom.’ Then Trump Pardoned Him.

For at least 10 years, Mr. Kerik had been seen as a fallen figure from a distant tough-guy era in New York, banished to the margins of power. But with the rise of Mr. Trump, Mr. Kerik’s fortunes changed. His brand — brashly conservative, critical of federal prosecutors and close with right-wing media — precisely fit the jaw-jutting mold favored in the White House.
For at least 10 years, Mr. Kerik had been seen as a fallen figure from a distant tough-guy era in New York, banished to...

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12 Feb 2020

Trump Quietly Slashed Pay Raise for Federal Workers a Day Before Claiming US Economy Is Best ‘In History’

In a move that drew outrage from labor unions and progressives, President Donald Trump this week quietly took steps to slash a scheduled pay raise for millions of federal workers from 2.5% to 1% due to supposed concerns about "keeping the nation on a fiscally sustainable course."
In a move that drew outrage from labor unions and progressives, President Donald Trump this week quietly took steps to...

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11 Feb 2020

Trump’s $4.8 Trillion Budget Would Cut Safety Net Programs and Boost Defense

President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal on Monday that includes a familiar list of deep cuts to student loan assistance, affordable housing efforts, food stamps and Medicaid, reflecting Mr. Trump’s election-year effort to continue shrinking the federal safety net.
President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal on Monday that includes a familiar list of deep cuts to student...

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8 Feb 2020

Alexander Vindman Fired and Escorted From the White House

The decision to move Colonel Vindman out of the White House complex, reported previously by Bloomberg News and The Washington Post, came as Mr. Trump and his allies have made clear that they will seek to exact payback against those he blames for triggering his impeachment and trial.
The decision to move Colonel Vindman out of the White House complex, reported previously by Bloomberg News and The...
8 Feb 2020

Trump fires Gordon Sondland, the second impeachment witness to be removed from his post Friday

President Trump fired two of the most prominent witnesses in the impeachment inquiry within hours of each other Friday evening, moves that amounted to retribution against those he holds responsible for his attempted removal.
President Trump fired two of the most prominent witnesses in the impeachment inquiry within hours of each other Friday...
8 Feb 2020

Secret Service spending at Trump hotels: Rooms for agents cost up to $650 per night

President Trump’s company charges the Secret Service for the rooms agents use while protecting him at his luxury properties — billing U.S. taxpayers at rates as high as $650 per night, according to federal records and people who have seen receipts.Those charges, compiled here for the first time, show that Trump has an unprecedented — and largely hidden — business relationship with his own government.
President Trump’s company charges the Secret Service for the rooms agents use while protecting him at his luxury...

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1 Feb 2020

Trump Administration Restricts Entry Into U.S. From China

Moving to counter the spreading coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration said Friday that it would bar entry by most foreign nationals who had recently visited China and put some American travelers under a quarantine as it declared a rare public health emergency.
Moving to counter the spreading coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration said Friday that it would bar entry by...

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24 Jan 2020

Under Trump, the number of uninsured Americans has gone up by 7 million

The number of Americans without health insurance has increased by 7 million since President Donald Trump took office, new Gallup data released Wednesday shows. The country’s uninsured rate has steadily ticked upward since 2016, rising from a low of 10.9 percent in late 2016 to 13.7 percent — a four-year high.
The number of Americans without health insurance has increased by 7 million since President Donald Trump took office,...
23 Jan 2020

‘Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen’: Trump Guts Safeguards for US Streams and Wetlands

The Trump administration is set to continue its corporate friendly assault on U.S. environmental regulations Thursday by finalizing a rule that will allow companies, landowners, and property developers—including golf course owners like the president—to dump pesticides and other pollutants directly into many of the nation's streams and wetlands, potentially threatening the drinking water of millions of Americans.
The Trump administration is set to continue its corporate friendly assault on U.S. environmental regulations Thursday by...

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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...
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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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...
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

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...

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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...
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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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...
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...
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...
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...

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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...
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

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....
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...
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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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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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

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...
3 Oct 2019

Trump under pressure to address ethanol and trade pain in Iowa and other farm states

The trade war has cost farmers potential Chinese orders for the corn-based fuel as well as for a byproduct that is used as animal feed. Now, the refinery exemptions are compounding the financial pain — and threatening political consequences for the president, who won this state and its six electoral votes in 2016.
The trade war has cost farmers potential Chinese orders for the corn-based fuel as well as for a byproduct that is used...
2 Oct 2019

Appeals court upholds Trump administration’s cancelling of net neutrality rules

A federal appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the Trump administration acted lawfully when it scrapped the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules in 2017, dealing a blow to tech giants and consumer advocates who argued that the repeal would create a stratified Internet of fast and slow lanes.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the Trump administration acted lawfully when it scrapped the U.S....
2 Oct 2019

Barr In Unprecedented Territory With Mueller Origins Probe

Multiple news outlets reported on Monday that Barr’s Italy trip focused on urging the country’s officials to help his Justice Department investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation for an effort that appears aligned with long-festering conspiracy theories on the matter. The campaign to squeeze foreign countries for information that would discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation also extended to a July 29 meeting that Barr had in London with British officials.
Multiple news outlets reported on Monday that Barr’s Italy trip focused on urging the country’s officials to help...
2 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. September marked the worst month for U.S. manufacturing in more than a decade, since June 2009.
U.S. manufacturing fell deeper into a contraction last month, erasing hope of a quick turnaround for the industry and...

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1 Oct 2019

Trump Raises Idea of Arresting House Chairman for Treason

President Trump on Monday questioned whether the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff, should be arrested for treason for his description of a phone call Mr. Trump had with the president of Ukraine during a recent congressional hearing.
President Trump on Monday questioned whether the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B....
1 Oct 2019

Trump Was Repeatedly Warned That Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Was ‘Completely Debunked’

President Trump was repeatedly warned by his own staff that the Ukraine conspiracy theory that he and his lawyer were pursuing was “completely debunked” long before the president pressed Ukraine this summer to investigate his Democratic rivals, a former top adviser said on Sunday.
President Trump was repeatedly warned by his own staff that the Ukraine conspiracy theory that he and his lawyer were...

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27 Sep 2019

Trump Attacks Whistle-Blower’s Sources and Alludes to Punishment for Spies

President Trump told a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday morning that he wants to know who provided information to a whistle-blower about his phone call with the president of Ukraine, saying that whoever did so was “close to a spy” and that “in the old days,” spies were dealt with differently.
President Trump told a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday morning that he...

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23 Sep 2019

Trump Acknowledges Discussing Biden in Call With Ukrainian Leader

President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he discussed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Ukraine’s president as Democrats ramped up calls for an investigation into whether he improperly pressured a foreign leader to investigate a political opponent.
President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he discussed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Ukraine’s...

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20 Sep 2019

Trump’s promise to foreign leader prompts whistleblower complaint

Donald Trump’s promise to a foreign leader so troubled an official in the US intelligence community that it prompted the person to file a whistleblower complaint, according to multiple media reports. Speculation in Washington was at fever pitch on Thursday over which leader Trump was speaking to and what promise he made. The substance of the complaint remained a mystery.
Donald Trump’s promise to a foreign leader so troubled an official in the US intelligence community that it prompted...

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17 Sep 2019

Israel Was Caught Spying on Capitol Hill Cellphones and Trump Was Fine With It

The Israelis deployed StingRay mobile identity-catchers, devices that are mistaken for cell towers by cell phones, allowing them to capture the contents of calls and the mobile browser activity. Lipmann says that the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division subjected the devices to extensive forensic tests, looking at where the components came from, how old they were, and considering who would have access to them, and the trail led inexorably to Israel.
The Israelis deployed StingRay mobile identity-catchers, devices that are mistaken for cell towers by cell phones,...

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13 Sep 2019

Trump Administration to Finalize Rollback of Clean Water Protections

The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to complete the legal repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation, which had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and water bodies. Weakening the Obama-era water rule had been a central campaign pledge for Mr. Trump, who characterized it as a federal land-grab that impinged on the rights of farmers, rural landowners and real estate developers to use their property as they see fit.
The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to complete the legal repeal of a major Obama-era clean water...

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12 Sep 2019

White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama, according to several people familiar with the events.
The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who...
11 Sep 2019

John Bolton fired: Trump fires national security adviser, saying he ‘disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions’

President Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, saying in tweets that he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” Trump’s harshly worded tweet made clear that long-simmering frustration with Bolton had boiled over. Bolton immediately took issue with Trump’s assertion that he was fired, saying that he had offered his resignation.
President Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, saying in tweets that he...
24 Aug 2019

Fed Chair Powell vows to ‘sustain the expansion’ but not in the way Trump wants

President Trump escalated his unprecedented attacks against America’s central bank Friday, calling Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell an “enemy” of the United States that is as bad as China, a tweet that triggered a stock market slide and came minutes after Powell vowed to keep the economy growing.
President Trump escalated his unprecedented attacks against America’s central bank Friday, calling Federal Reserve...
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