US Politics in Trump era Public date: 19.09.2019 21:40:40

18 Sep 2019

Trump administration to revoke California’s power to set stricter auto emissions standards

The Trump administration plans to revoke California’s right to set stricter air pollution standards for cars and light trucks , according to two senior administration officials, as part of a larger effort to weaken an Obama-era climate policy aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s auto fleet.
The Trump administration plans to revoke California’s right to set stricter air pollution standards for cars and light...

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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...
24 Aug 2019

U.S.-China trade war intensifies as Trump calls on American companies to cut ties with China

The trade war between the U.S. and China worsened Friday as Beijing imposed retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion in American goods and President Trump took the extraordinary step of calling on U.S. companies stop doing business with China. The new tariffs, which included reinstated levies on auto products, delivered a strategically timed blow as recession warning signs cast doubt on the strength of the U.S. economy.
The trade war between the U.S. and China worsened Friday as Beijing imposed retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion in...
22 Aug 2019

U.S. deficit to expand by more than $800 billion over 10 years than previously expected, CBO says

America’s federal deficit will expand by about $800 billion more than previously expected over 10 years due primarily to two legislative packages approved this year, pushing the nation further into levels of debt unseen since the end of World War II, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The CBO also said that the impact of higher trade barriers, primarily President Trump’s trade war, could hurt economic growth amid widespread fears of a recession.
America’s federal deficit will expand by about $800 billion more than previously expected over 10 years due primarily...

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22 Aug 2019

Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule

The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care they must receive.
The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families...

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15 Aug 2019

Germany Nears Recession and Chinese Factories Slow in Trade War Fallout

In ominous signs of the damage being done by the trade war between China and the United States, data released on Wednesday indicated that the German economy was hurtling toward recession and that growth at Chinese factories was slowing at a pace not seen in nearly two decades.
In ominous signs of the damage being done by the trade war between China and the United States, data released on...

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13 Aug 2019

Trump Administration Weakens Protections for Endangered Species

The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation’s bedrock conservation law credited with rescuing the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and the American alligator from extinction.
The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied,...
13 Aug 2019

Trump’s EPA Sides with Water Polluters in Major Case

If you like sewage, chemical wastes or radioactive molecules in your drinking water the Trump Administration has your back. It’s part of Team Trump’s determined efforts to remake the Environmental Protection Agency into the Environmental Pollution Agency. Soon the U.S. Supreme Court, urged on by Team Trump, may give its stamp of approval to effectively undo many benefits of the 1972 Clean Water Act in a case from the Hawaiian island of Maui.
If you like sewage, chemical wastes or radioactive molecules in your drinking water the Trump Administration has your...

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10 Aug 2019

Fury grows over delayed probe of Trump aides’ alleged political retaliation

Democrats and many in the State Department are increasingly exasperated that they have yet to see the results of an investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s political appointees mistreated career staffers. The delayed release of the State Department inspector general's findings has generated rising suspicion that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is trying to derail the investigation, whose results could be damning to some of his top aides.
Democrats and many in the State Department are increasingly exasperated that they have yet to see the results of an...

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9 Aug 2019

‘I’ve Got Nothing Over Here’: Michigan Man Deported By ICE Dies In Baghdad

Jimmy Aldaoud was deported from the U.S. in June to Iraq, a country that his family said he had never set foot in. Two months after he arrived there, his family got word that he was found dead in Baghdad. Aldaoud was born in Greece, his sister Mary Bolis said, after his family fled Iraq. He didn't speak Arabic.
Jimmy Aldaoud was deported from the U.S. in June to Iraq, a country that his family said he had never set foot in. Two...
6 Aug 2019

China Uses Currency as Weapon in Trade War, Rattling Markets

The trade war between the United States and China entered a more dangerous phase on Monday, as Beijing allowed its currency to weaken, Chinese enterprises stopped making new purchases of American farm goods and President Trump’s Treasury Department formally labeled China a currency manipulator.
The trade war between the United States and China entered a more dangerous phase on Monday, as Beijing allowed its...
6 Aug 2019

The Ravages Of Trump: Violent Attacks Carried Out In His Name

Send them back. Hispanic invasion. If our country falls, it will be the fault of traitors. That’s language from the manifesto of Patrick Crusius.  Crusius does not invoke President Trump in his manifesto, or in social media posts uncovered as of this writing. But TPM found some two dozen cases where the perpetrators or planners of far-right violence invoked Trump during their assault, or claimed whatever violent action they intended to commit was somehow aligned with his agenda. Since declaring his run for the Presidency in 2015, President Donald Trump has used racist rhetoric to fan feelings of hatred among those that support him.
Send them back. Hispanic invasion. If our country falls, it will be the fault of traitors. That’s language from the...

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5 Aug 2019

Iran Says It Has Seized Another Oil Tanker in Persian Gulf

Iran seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, state television reported on Sunday, the third time Tehran has reported detaining a tanker in the last month as the United States applies its campaign of “maximum pressure,” sanctions and diplomatic isolation against the country.
Iran seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, state television reported on Sunday, the third time Tehran has...
3 Aug 2019

U.S. Formally Withdraws From 1987 Nuclear Pact With Russia

The United States formally withdrew from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia on Friday after determining that Moscow was in violation of the treaty and had no plans to come into compliance with it. U.S. President Donald Trump made the determination that the United States would terminate adherence to the 1987 arms control accord, known as the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), senior administration officials told reporters.
The United States formally withdrew from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia on Friday after...
2 Aug 2019

Trump says he will impose new tariffs on $300 billion of imports from China starting next month, ending brief cease-fire in trade war

President Trump unexpectedly announced on Thursday that he will impose new tariffs on $300 billion worth of imports from China, effectively taxing every product that Americans buy from China. The president acted one day after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer wrapped up two days of talks in Shanghai aimed at a comprehensive trade deal.
President Trump unexpectedly announced on Thursday that he will impose new tariffs on $300 billion worth of imports...

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26 Jul 2019

Donald Trump vetoes bills prohibiting arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump has vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, last month cited threats from Iran as a reason to approve the $8.1bn arms sale to the two US allies in the Gulf.
Donald Trump has vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from selling billions...

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26 Jul 2019

Automakers, Rejecting Trump Pollution Rule, Strike a Deal With California

Four of the world’s largest automakers, including the Ford Motor Company, have struck a deal with California to reduce tailpipe pollution, in a setback to the Trump administration as it prepares to weaken national emissions standards and revoke states’ rights to set their own such rules.
Four of the world’s largest automakers, including the Ford Motor Company, have struck a deal with California to reduce...
25 Jul 2019

Coal CEO hosts Trump fundraiser as industry’s hurdles mount and workers are left behind

President Donald Trump will head to West Virginia on Wednesday to deliver remarks at a fundraiser hosted by coal baron Bob Murray, underscoring the close relationship the coal industry has with the White House even as the industry steadily declines. The fundraiser comes in the middle of another turbulent month for coal, with Blackhawk Mining the latest company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
President Donald Trump will head to West Virginia on Wednesday to deliver remarks at a fundraiser hosted by coal baron...

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24 Jul 2019

Trump Relies on Populist Language, but He Mostly Sides With Corporate Interests

History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of nonwhite lawmakers, but his attacks also underscored a remarkable fact of his first term: His rhetorical appeals to white working-class voters have not been matched by legislative accomplishments aimed at their economic interests.
History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of...
24 Jul 2019

Trump Administration Circumvents Congress For Food Benefit Cuts (Again)

The Trump administration is reviving another food benefit cut that Republicans couldn’t get through Congress.   Under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states would lose some flexibility to set eligibility standards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ― commonly known as food stamps ― which would push 3 million people out of the program.
The Trump administration is reviving another food benefit cut that Republicans couldn’t get through...
19 Jul 2019

Trump Says Navy Ship Shot Down Iranian Drone

The American military shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, President Trump said during a ceremony at the White House.Mr. Trump said the unmanned aircraft threatened the Boxer, an amphibious assault ship that can launch attack jets and helicopters from its landing deck.
The American military shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, President Trump said during a...
17 Jul 2019

Thousands of Children Will Be Made Homeless Under Trump’s New Plan

In 1968 — just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or FHA. The law secured everyone’s right to housing regardless of race, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or religion. The FHA protects people from discrimination when they’re renting, getting a mortgage, or seeking housing assistance — including applying for public housing or housing vouchers. Now the Trump administration is going against that legacy, proposing a regulation that will target immigrant families living in government-subsidized housing.
In 1968 — just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or...
16 Jul 2019

Mulvaney builds an ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump’s chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney’s battles with Alexander Acosta began almost immediately. Weeks after he was named acting White House chief of staff, Mulvaney summoned the labor secretary for a tense January encounter that became known inside the West Wing as “the woodshed meeting.” Mulvaney told Acosta in blunt terms that the White House believed he was dragging his feet on regulation rollbacks desired by business interests and that he was on thin ice as a result, according to advisers and a person close to the White House. Soon after, Acosta proposed a spate of business-friendly rules on overtime pay and other policies
Mick Mulvaney’s battles with Alexander Acosta began almost immediately. Weeks after he was named acting White House...
16 Jul 2019

The Numbers Are In, and Trump’s Tax Cuts Are a Bust

This tax bill was constructed on a foundation of lies. To cite one obvious example, the real U.S. corporate tax rate has never been near the oft-cited 35 percent level. As recently as 2014, the Congressional Research Service estimated that the effective rate (the net rate paid after deductions and credits) was around 27.1 percent, which was well in line with America’s international competitors.
This tax bill was constructed on a foundation of lies. To cite one obvious example, the real U.S. corporate tax rate has...

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13 Jul 2019

E.P.A. Plans to Curtail the Ability of Communities to Oppose Pollution Permits

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to weaken rules that for the past quarter-century have given communities a voice in deciding how much pollution may legally be released by nearby power plants and factories.
The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to weaken rules that for the past quarter-century have given...

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10 Jul 2019

China demands US cancel proposed $2.2bn arms sale to Taiwan

China has demanded that the United States "immediately cancel" a potential $2.2bn arms sale to Taiwan, including battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles. The move would be Washington's first big-ticket military sale to the democratically-governed island in decades, and comes amid deteriorating ties between the US and China, the world's two largest economies that have been locked in an acrimonious trade war.
China has demanded that the United States "immediately cancel" a potential $2.2bn arms sale to Taiwan, including...
4 Jul 2019

ICE Uses Arrest Quotas for Its Mass Immigration Raids, Documents Show

As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at the behest of President Donald Trump, plans mass raids following the July Fourth holiday, newly released documents shed light on the tactics the agency employs during such operations. The documents, released Wednesday by the immigrant rights groups Mijente, Just Futures Law, and Detention Watch Network, show that ICE officials are building arrest target lists for mass raids to meet specific numbers, even as the agency continues to internally and publicly stress a “public safety” rationale for immigration arrests.
As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at the behest of President Donald Trump, plans mass raids following the...

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4 Jul 2019

President Donald Trump Imposes 30% Tariffs on Solar Panels

In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap tariffs on imported solar panels. The U.S. will impose duties of as much as 30 percent on solar equipment made abroad, a move that threatens to handicap a $28 billion industry that relies on parts made abroad for 80 percent of its supply.
In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap...
4 Jul 2019

Radical Republican Tax Cuts are Bankrupting the Nation

Thanks to Donald “I’m the King of Debt” Trump, our federal government’s debt is rising much faster than under President Barack Obama despite Trump’s frequent assertions that the economy is much better now that he is in the White House. And that $300 per month of added debt you owe via our Uncle Sam is scheduled to grow and grow.
Thanks to Donald “I’m the King of Debt” Trump, our federal government’s debt is rising much faster than under...

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3 Jul 2019

Trump EPA OKs ‘Emergency’ Use of Bee-Killing Pesticide on 13.9 Million Acres

More than 40 percent of insects could go extinct globally in the next few decades. So why did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week OK the 'emergency' use of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor on 13.9 million acres?
More than 40 percent of insects could go extinct globally in the next few decades. So why did the U.S. Environmental...
3 Jul 2019

Joaquin Castro stealthily captures photo and video at border detention center

When the delegation of congressional democrats arrived in Texas Monday to tour border facilities holding migrants, they were told in briefing packets and by Customs and Border Protection staff that photos and videos were prohibited — to protect the privacy and safety of those inside.
When the delegation of congressional democrats arrived in Texas Monday to tour border facilities holding migrants, they...
2 Jul 2019

Iranians describe hardships as Trump expands sanctions

Iran’s news media was filled with upbeat economic reports last week. Several tankers of oil had been exported to China, and the economy minister said tax collections were up 30 percent. Farm-raised shrimp production had expanded by 400 percent. “Summer is here!” one article exulted, and online vacation rentals in the country’s tourist spots were a potential growth market. But on the streets of Iran’s cities, as the United States’ “maximum pressure” sanctions took hold, the view was decidedly less sunny.
Iran’s news media was filled with upbeat economic reports last week. Several tankers of oil had been exported to...

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2 Jul 2019

Iran Breaches Critical Limit on Nuclear Fuel Under 2015 Deal

Iran has exceeded a key limitation on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 international pact curbing its nuclear program, effectively declaring that it would no longer respect an agreement that President Trump abandoned more than a year ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Monday.
Iran has exceeded a key limitation on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 international pact curbing its...
29 Jun 2019

Mitch McConnell’s Political Ploy Blocks Attempt to Stop War

Senate Republicans narrowly defeated an amendment Friday that would have limited President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran without congressional approval. The 50-40 vote gave the measure a majority of votes cast, but due to parliamentary maneuvering by Senate leadership, it needed 60 votes to pass.
Senate Republicans narrowly defeated an amendment Friday that would have limited President Donald Trump’s ability to...

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28 Jun 2019

Heading to G-20, Trump Once Again Assails America’s Friends

In the hours before and after leaving for an international summit meeting, Mr. Trump assailed Japan, Germany and India. He complained that under existing treaty provisions, if the United States were attacked, Japan would only “watch it on a Sony television.” He called Germany a security freeloader and chastised India for raising tariffs on American goods.
In the hours before and after leaving for an international summit meeting, Mr. Trump assailed Japan, Germany and India....
26 Jun 2019

Conservatives Ask: Is Inclusionary Zoning Unconstitutional?

When it comes to conservatives and the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion and labor rights are often considered among their prime targets. Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the court last fall, though, opened the road for a host of other challenges for which conservatives have quietly been laying the groundwork for years. This month, the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative law firm based in California, made moves on one of those fronts, asking the Supreme Court to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of inclusionary zoning — a popular tool cities and states employ to increase affordable housing and promote residential integration.
When it comes to conservatives and the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion and labor rights are often considered among their...
26 Jun 2019

Migrant Children Moved Back to Troubled Texas Border Facility

At the squat, sand-colored concrete border station in Texas that has become the center of debate over President Trump’s immigration policies, a chaotic shuffle of migrant children continued on Tuesday as more than 100 were moved back into a facility that days earlier had been emptied in the midst of criticism that young detainees there were hungry, crying and unwashed.
At the squat, sand-colored concrete border station in Texas that has become the center of debate over President...
26 Jun 2019

Trump Threatens ‘Obliteration’ of Iran, as Sanctions Dispute Escalates

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Tuesday called the White House “mentally retarded” and vowed that Tehran would not be intimidated by American sanctions — drawing a blistering threat of “obliteration” from President Trump.“Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, calling Mr. Rouhani’s comments “ignorant and insulting.”
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Tuesday called the White House “mentally retarded” and vowed that Tehran would...
25 Jun 2019

Despite new law, Trump administration has not given Puerto Rico emergency food stamp aid

The Trump administration has not yet given Puerto Rico $600 million in food stamp aid more than two weeks after the president signed the emergency funding into law, according to federal and territory officials
The Trump administration has not yet given Puerto Rico $600 million in food stamp aid more than two weeks after the...

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25 Jun 2019

Stung by Trump’s Trade Wars, Wisconsin’s Milk Farmers Face Extinction

Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland,” but the milk makers who gave the state its moniker are vanishing, falling prey to a variety of impediments, including President Trump and his global trade war.
Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland,” but the milk makers who gave the state its moniker are vanishing,...

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25 Jun 2019

Iran: New US sanctions target Supreme Leader Khamenei

US President Donald Trump has said he is imposing hard-hitting new sanctions on Iran, including on the office of the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.Mr Trump said the additional sanctions were in response to the shooting down of a US drone and "many other things".Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's highest authority, was singled out because he was "ultimately responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime".
US President Donald Trump has said he is imposing hard-hitting new sanctions on Iran, including on the office of the...
24 Jun 2019

Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change

The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change, defying a longstanding practice of touting such findings by the Agriculture Department’s acclaimed in-house scientists.
The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the...
20 Jun 2019

Trump administration threatens furloughs, layoffs at OPM if Congress doesn’t let it kill agency

The Trump administration is threatening to furlough — and possibly lay off — 150 employees at the federal personnel agency if Congress blocks its plan to eliminate the department. The Office of Personnel Management is preparing to send the career employees home without pay starting on Oct. 1, according to an internal briefing document obtained by The Washington Post. The employees could formally be laid off after 30 days, administration officials confirmed.
The Trump administration is threatening to furlough — and possibly lay off — 150 employees at the federal personnel...

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20 Jun 2019

Trump moves to gut Obama climate policy and bolster the coal industry

The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite a major Obama-era climate change policy, replacing proposed regulations that cracked down on coal-burning power plants with a weaker alternative.
The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite a major Obama-era climate change policy,...

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20 Jun 2019

Iran Has Ties to Al Qaeda, Trump Officials Tell Skeptical Congress

Administration officials are briefing Congress on what they say are ties between Iran and Al Qaeda, prompting skeptical reactions and concern on Capitol Hill that the White House could invoke the war authorization passed in 2001 as legal cover for military action against Tehran.
Administration officials are briefing Congress on what they say are ties between Iran and Al Qaeda, prompting skeptical...

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19 Jun 2019

Pompeo keeps Saudis off child soldier recruiters list

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-UAE coalition has been using underage fighters in Yemen's civil war, Reuters News Agency reported on Tuesday, citing four people familiar with the matter.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child...
10 Jun 2019

Is Heshmat Alavi, Writer on Iran, a Fake Run By MEK Opposition?

In 2018, President Donald Trump was seeking to jettison the landmark nuclear deal that his predecessor had signed with Iran in 2015, and he was looking for ways to win over a skeptical press. In response, the White House passed along an article published in Forbes by a writer named Heshmat Alavi. There’s a problem, though: Heshmat Alavi appears not to exist. Alavi’s persona is a propaganda operation run by the Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq, which is known by the initials MEK, two sources told The Intercept.
In 2018, President Donald Trump was seeking to jettison the landmark nuclear deal that his predecessor had signed with...
9 Jun 2019

White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’

White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change is “possibly catastrophic.” The move came after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to federal scientific findings on climate change.
White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the...

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8 Jun 2019

83 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back Under Trump

President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other big businesses.
President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in...

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7 Jun 2019

Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits

Many of the world’s largest automakers joined together Thursday to tell President Trump that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts — his plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles — threatens to hurt their profitability and produce “untenable” instability in one of the nation’s most important manufacturing sectors.
Many of the world’s largest automakers joined together Thursday to tell President Trump that one of his most sweeping...
7 Jun 2019

Jobs Report Is Weak, With Gain of 75,000; Unemployment Rate Still 3.6%

The latest report was a disappointing showing that will stoke fears the economy is softening as the Trump administration’s trade war with China and potentially Mexico escalates. The Federal Reserve has signaled that it would consider a rate cut in the event of economic weakness, and May’s data is likely to be an important factor in their decisions.
The latest report was a disappointing showing that will stoke fears the economy is softening as the Trump...

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7 Jun 2019

Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia

When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi Arabia, it did more than anger members of Congress who opposed the sale on humanitarian grounds. It also raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their own versions of American precision-guided bombs — weapons they have used in strikes on civilians since they began fighting a war in Yemen four years ago.
When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi...

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7 Jun 2019

Trump: ‘Iran failing as a nation’ after US sanctions

Iran is failing as a nation after Washington imposed powerful sanctions last year, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday, adding that things could change rapidly in talks with the leadership in Tehran. "They are failing as a nation, but I don't want them to fail as a nation. We can turn that around very quickly but the sanctions have been extraordinary [in] how powerful they have been."
Iran is failing as a nation after Washington imposed powerful sanctions last year, US President Donald Trump said on...

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6 Jun 2019

Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S.

The Trump administration’s practice of separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates their rights and international law, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday, urging an immediate halt to the practice.
The Trump administration’s practice of separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates...
4 Jun 2019

Trump pushes up to 20 years in prison for pipeline protesters

The Trump administration is seeking to dramatically escalate federal penalties for pipeline protesters. Under newly proposed changes, pipeline protesters could face up to 20 years in prison for disrupting the construction of oil and gas infrastructure. The move echoes similarly harsh penalties for anti-pipeline activists being adopted in several states.
The Trump administration is seeking to dramatically escalate federal penalties for pipeline protesters. Under newly...
1 Jun 2019

US cuts funds for ‘anti-propaganda’ Iran group that trolled activists

The US state department has cut off funding to a group that purported to combat Iranian propaganda, after it was found to be trolling US journalists, human rights activists and academics it deemed to be insufficiently hostile to the government in Tehran. The group also focused on supporters of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which Donald Trump withdrew from last year, particularly the National Iranian American Council, which has advocated nuclear diplomacy with Tehran. It used the hashtag #NIACLobbies4Mullahs.
The US state department has cut off funding to a group that purported to combat Iranian propaganda, after it was found...

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31 May 2019

Trade War Starts Changing Manufacturers in Hard-to-Reverse Ways

When the Trump administration first imposed tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports in July, Andy LaFrazia figured it was just another curveball for his company. “Everyone was saying: ‘Oh, it’s a negotiating tactic. It won’t last long,’” Mr. LaFrazia recalled. But nearly a year later, the trade war shows no sign of cooling off. Evidence is mounting that the conflict has taken an economic toll.
When the Trump administration first imposed tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports in July, Andy LaFrazia figured it...
30 May 2019

Study Finds Trump Tax Cuts Failed to Do Anything But Give Rich People Money

The biggest effect of the Trump tax cuts is obvious: People who own businesses and other sources of concentrated wealth will have a lot more money, and the federal budget will have less. But the advocates of the tax cuts insisted it wasn’t about letting the makers keep their hard-earned money rather than handing it over to the takers. It was about incentivizing business to repatriate funds and ramp up its investments, thereby increasing growth and wages.
The biggest effect of the Trump tax cuts is obvious: People who own businesses and other sources of concentrated wealth...
30 May 2019

Corporations paid $91 billion less in taxes in 2018 under Trump’s tax law

Trump’s tax cut for corporations and the wealthy didn’t just reduce the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. It also retained a boatload of corporate tax credits and loopholes, making the actual tax rate just 7 percent – the lowest in 71 years.
Trump’s tax cut for corporations and the wealthy didn’t just reduce the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. It...
29 May 2019

Trump administration authorized nuclear energy companies to share technological information with Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration has kept secret seven authorizations it has issued since November 2017 allowing U.S. nuclear energy companies to share sensitive technological information with Saudi Arabia, even though the kingdom has not yet agreed to anti-proliferation terms required to construct a pair of U.S.-designed civilian nuclear power plants.
The Trump administration has kept secret seven authorizations it has issued since November 2017 allowing U.S. nuclear...

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28 May 2019

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term “global warming” into a punch line rather than a prognosis.
President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord,...

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27 May 2019

U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East, blames Iran for tanker attacks

The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country’s Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month’s tanker attacks.
The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to...
25 May 2019

Trump Administration Declares Fake Emergency to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration chose the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend to invoke an obscure state-of-emergency provision that would allow it to sell billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without giving Congress a chance to block the sale.
The Trump administration chose the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend to invoke an obscure state-of-emergency...

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23 May 2019

Trump’s ‘pro-life’ administration just killed a program on children’s health

For more than 20 years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health have partnered to fund a unique nationwide program studying environmental impacts on children’s health. No more. The Trump administration is zeroing out the EPA contribution to the program, forcing many of the 13 university-based research centers to curtail their multiyear projects and leaving the NIH to scramble for a rescue plan.
For more than 20 years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health have partnered to...

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21 May 2019

McGahn Skips Hearing, Defying Subpoena, and Democrats’ Anger Swells

Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, defied a House subpoena on Tuesday under order of the White House, stoking outraged Democrats to contemplate anew punitive measures, including opening an impeachment inquiry, to try to enforce Congress’s oversight powers.
Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, defied a House subpoena on Tuesday under order of the White House,...
21 May 2019

A Path to War With Iran

That the Trump administration’s approach to Iran could lead the United States into an inadvertent conflict should come as a surprise to no one. Indeed, from the day Trump took office, many feared that his impulsive behavior, blustering rhetoric, inability to think ahead, disrespect for policy process, and determination to “win” could lead to war. In a spring 2017 essay for this magazine, I raised concerns about his potential to stumble into conflict with Iran, China, or North Korea.
That the Trump administration’s approach to Iran could lead the United States into an inadvertent conflict should come...

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18 May 2019

War With Iran? Count Us Out, Europe Says

With strong memories of the last catastrophic war in Iraq, Europeans are united in opposing what many consider the United States’ effort to provoke Iran into a shooting war. Yet, despite the strains in trans-Atlantic relations in the Trump years, flat-out opposition to Washington remains an uncomfortable place for European nations.
With strong memories of the last catastrophic war in Iraq, Europeans are united in opposing what many consider the...

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16 May 2019

Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea

The photographs fueled fears that Iran would fire missiles at U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon has not released the photograph. On its own, two American officials said, the photograph was not compelling enough to convince the American public and lawmakers, or foreign allies, of the new Iranian threat. But releasing other supporting images could compromise secret sources and methods of collecting intelligence, the officials said.
The photographs fueled fears that Iran would fire missiles at U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon has not...
16 May 2019

As U.S. pulls some workers from Iraq, allies challenge claim of rising threat from Iran

The State Department on Wednesday ordered all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” to leave Iraq amid soaring tensions with Iran, which backs proxy forces there.  It said in a statement that the announcement affects both the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Baghdad, and a consulate in the northern city of Irbil.
The State Department on Wednesday ordered all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” to leave Iraq amid...

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15 May 2019

US ‘blames Iran’ for damage to tankers in Gulf of Oman

US investigators believe Iran or groups it supports used explosives to damage four ships off the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, media reports say. Military experts were reportedly sent to investigate the incident and found a large hole in each of the tankers. No evidence has emerged to show that Iran was involved. The affected countries are yet to assign blame.
US investigators believe Iran or groups it supports used explosives to damage four ships off the United Arab Emirates on...

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14 May 2019

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War

At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said.
At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan...

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13 May 2019

China Retaliates With Higher Tariffs as Trump Defends U.S. Approach

The United States and China escalated their trade fight on Monday as Beijing moved to raise tariffs on nearly $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Trump’s decision to punish China with higher tariffs on a slew of imports.China’s finance ministry announced that it was raising tariffs on a wide range of American goods to 20 percent or 25 percent from 10 percent in response to Mr. Trump’s decision to raise tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods
The United States and China escalated their trade fight on Monday as Beijing moved to raise tariffs on nearly $60...

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12 May 2019

Trump administration proposes $7.1 billion funding cut to Education Department

The Trump administration is looking to cut the Education Department’s funding by $7.1 billion compared to what it was given last year.  The budget proposal suggests eliminating 29 programs, including after-school and summer programs for students in high-poverty areas, among other things.
The Trump administration is looking to cut the Education Department’s funding by $7.1 billion compared to what it was...
2 May 2019

Economist Jeffrey Sachs: U.S. Sanctions Have Devastated Venezuela & Killed Over 40,000 Since 2017

More than 40,000 people have died in Venezuela since 2017 as a result of U.S. sanctions, according to a new report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot. The report examines how U.S. sanctions have reduced the availability of food and medicine in Venezuela and increased disease and mortality.
More than 40,000 people have died in Venezuela since 2017 as a result of U.S. sanctions, according to a new report by...
1 May 2019

Workers barely benefited from Trump’s sweeping tax cut, investigation shows

Big companies drove Donald Trump’s tax cut law but refused to commit to any specific wage hikes for workers, despite repeated White House promises it would help employees, an investigation shows. The 2017 Tax and Jobs Act – the Trump administration’s one major piece of enacted legislation – did deliver the biggest corporate tax cut in US history, but ultimately workers benefited almost not at all.
Big companies drove Donald Trump’s tax cut law but refused to commit to any specific wage hikes for workers, despite...
22 Apr 2019

Amid Push for New Oil Sanctions, Pompeo Reportedly Jokes About Secret Coup Plot Against Iran

With the Trump administration moving ahead Monday with punishing new sanctions against Iran with the goal of completely halting the country's oil exports, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly joked about a secret White House plot to overthrow the Iranian government during a private meeting with Iranian-American "community leaders."
With the Trump administration moving ahead Monday with punishing new sanctions against Iran with the goal of completely...
19 Apr 2019

Trump proposal would evict undocumented immigrants from public housing

The Trump administration is proposing to tighten regulations to prevent undocumented immigrants from accessing federally subsidized housing, a move that low-income housing advocates fear will keep immigrants who are legally entitled to such benefits from receiving housing help.
The Trump administration is proposing to tighten regulations to prevent undocumented immigrants from accessing federally...
18 Apr 2019

Barr to withhold bail from asylum seekers in latest asylum crackdown

The nation’s top prosecutor broadened the Trump administration’s authority to detain asylum seekers who cross the border illegally by declaring Tuesday that they are not entitled to bond hearings.
The nation’s top prosecutor broadened the Trump administration’s authority to detain asylum seekers who cross the...
17 Apr 2019

Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of U.S. Weapons in Yemen

Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia could turn to Russia or China for arms, but the French intelligence report emphasizes its dependence on the West. But a highly classified document produced by the French Directorate of Military Intelligence shows that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are overwhelmingly dependent on Western-produced weapon systems to wage their devastating war in Yemen. Many of the systems listed are only compatible with munitions, spare parts, and communications systems produced in NATO countries, meaning that the Saudis and UAE would have to replace large portions of their arsenals to continue with Russian or Chinese weapons.
Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia could turn to Russia or China for arms, but the French intelligence report emphasizes its...

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17 Apr 2019

If Trump Country Soars, Will the President Glide to a Second Term?

In small but politically significant ways, the economy under President Trump has favored regions and constituencies that supported him in 2016. These are the men and women whom Trump called forgotten Americans.
In small but politically significant ways, the economy under President Trump has favored regions and constituencies that...

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15 Apr 2019

In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims

As long as President Trump has focused on what he said was the danger lurking at the southwestern border, he has also talked about the supposed threat from one specific group already in the country: Muslims.During the 2016 campaign, he would not rule out creating a registry of Muslims in the United States. He claimed to have seen “thousands” of Muslims cheering on rooftops in New Jersey after Sept. 11, a statement that was widely debunked. After deadly attacks in Paris and California, Mr. Trump called for a moratorium on Muslims traveling to the United States.
As long as President Trump has focused on what he said was the danger lurking at the southwestern border, he has also...

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13 Apr 2019

A Former Oil Lobbyist Is Now Officially in Charge of America’s Public Lands

The Senate voted to confirm former oil-and-gas lobbyist David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior Thursday, despite calls from Democrats and government watchdogs to investigate his past conduct. ​The confirmation vote was 56-to-41, making Bernhardt the least popular Interior Secretary in 40 years,
The Senate voted to confirm former oil-and-gas lobbyist David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior Thursday, despite...

Twice as many companies paying zero taxes under Trump tax plan

At least 60 companies reported that their 2018 federal tax rates amounted to effectively zero, or even less than zero, on income earned on U.S. operations, according to an analysis released today by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The number is more than twice as many as ITEP found roughly, per year, on average in an earlier, multi-year analysis before the new tax law went into effect.
At least 60 companies reported that their 2018 federal tax rates amounted to effectively zero, or even less than zero,...

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9 Apr 2019

Netanyahu says Trump named Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group at his request

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a hotly contested bid for a fourth term, tweeted on the eve of the election that the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization at his request.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a hotly contested bid for a fourth term, tweeted on the eve of the...
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...

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27 Mar 2019

Betsy DeVos defends Special Olympics budget cuts: ‘We had to make some difficult decisions’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended budget cuts to programs including the Special Olympics on Tuesday. Appearing before a House subcommittee Tuesday to review the department’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, DeVos said, “We had to make some difficult decisions.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended budget cuts to programs including the Special Olympics on Tuesday. Appearing...
11 Mar 2019

The Big Cheat of 2018: Corporations Make Billions in Profits, Demand Tax Refunds from the American Public

The corporate tax rate nosedived from 35% to 21% in 2017, but the thirty companies listed here paid only 8.7% of their reported U.S. income in current federal taxes (even worse, an estimated 7.4% if U.S. income were based on a true percentage of sales). That's $30 to $35 billion—from just 30 companies—that is owed to the American public.
The corporate tax rate nosedived from 35% to 21% in 2017, but the thirty companies listed here paid only 8.7%...
8 Mar 2019

Trump signs executive order to stop reporting civilian drone deaths

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reducing the number of civilian deaths from drones that the government must report. Trump signed the order Wednesday, revoking an Obama-era requirement for the director of national intelligence to release an annual report on the number of deaths resulting from US operations in noncombat areas around the world.
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reducing the number of civilian deaths from drones that the...

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7 Mar 2019

Regulators Move to Ease Post-Crisis Oversight of Wall Street

Federal regulators moved on Wednesday to ease oversight of the country’s largest banks and other financial firms, continuing a push by the Trump administration to reverse rules that were put in place following the 2008 financial crisis.The Federal Reserve said it would adjust the structure of its annual “stress tests,” which measure the ability of leading banks to withstand a potential economic or financial storm. The changes are likely to make it easier for banks to get regulatory approval to pay higher dividends or buy back their own shares.
Federal regulators moved on Wednesday to ease oversight of the country’s largest banks and other financial firms,...
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