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

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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...
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...
18 Jun 2019

The House committee quietly racking up oversight wins against Trump

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is quietly amassing documents on allegations of politically-motivated retaliation at the State Department; it’s looking into whether Trump has violated foreign emoluments and conflict of interest rules; and lawmakers are working to find out more about the president's relationship with Vladimir Putin and how he leads American foreign policy behind the scenes — all without the fanfare associated with the other committees’ work.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is quietly amassing documents on allegations of politically-motivated retaliation at...

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17 May 2019

Trump’s pick for ICE director: I can tell which migrant children will become gang members by looking into their eyes

Mark Morgan, the White House choice to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said during a Fox News interview earlier this year that he can judge the likelihood that an unaccompanied minor will become a gang member by looking into that child's eyes.
Mark Morgan, the White House choice to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said during a Fox News interview...

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25 Oct 2018

Bolton achieving ‘life’s work’ by axing international deals

When John Bolton was a State Department official under President George W. Bush, he loved nothing more than sabotaging international agreements that he felt undermined America’s sovereignty and security. His “happiest moment” at the State Department, he recalled in a 2007 memoir, came when he personally extracted the U.S. from the International Criminal Court.
When John Bolton was a State Department official under President George W. Bush, he loved nothing more than sabotaging...

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22 Oct 2018

Trump tariffs lead to bleak 2019 farm forecasts

President Donald Trump’s trade war is already prompting farmers and agricultural forecasters to plan for a dismal 2019 growing season before the fall harvest is complete. Trade disputes — namely the escalating feud with China — have weighed on commodity prices and the president has threatened to ratchet up tariffs rather than ease tensions come Jan. 1. To boot, ordinary business costs like fertilizer and fuel appear to be on the rise, further squeezing bottom lines.
President Donald Trump’s trade war is already prompting farmers and agricultural forecasters to plan for a dismal 2019...
9 Oct 2018

Trump team’s contact with Mueller targets could taint findings

Donald Trump’s lawyers have maintained an unusual level of contact with attorneys representing clients caught up in the expanding Russia probe, communication that could taint evidence that special counsel Robert Mueller is collecting in his investigation of the president. They’re not being shy about it either.
Donald Trump’s lawyers have maintained an unusual level of contact with attorneys representing clients caught up in...

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1 Sep 2018

Trump confirms leaked comments: ‘At least Canada knows where I stand!’

The Toronto Star earlier Friday printed remarks Trump made during an interview with Bloomberg News the day before, in which he said the United States won't budge on a trade deal with Canada unless it is "totally on our terms."
The Toronto Star earlier Friday printed remarks Trump made during an interview with Bloomberg News the day before, in...

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26 Aug 2018

Democrats strip superdelegates of power in picking presidential nominee

Democratic Party officials voted Saturday to strip superdelegates of much of their power in the presidential nominating process, infuriating many traditionalists while handing a victory to the party’s left flank. The measure’s overwhelming approval – met by cheers in a hotel ballroom here – concluded a tense summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, which had labored over the issue since 2016. Superdelegates that year largely sided with Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, enraging Sanders’ supporters.
Democratic Party officials voted Saturday to strip superdelegates of much of their power in the presidential nominating...

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9 Aug 2018

Bernie and his army are losing 2018

Two years after his defeat in the 2016 presidential primary, the Vermont senator has amassed a growing string of losses in races in which he has intervened. Beginning last year, Sanders-backed candidates faltered in an Omaha mayoral race and a nationally watched House race in Montana.
Two years after his defeat in the 2016 presidential primary, the Vermont senator has amassed a growing string of losses...

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10 Jul 2018

Illinois governor profits off ICE detention center contracts

Gov. Bruce Rauner this year reported a profit from a private equity fund that owns a health care group servicing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers, including facilities that hold immigrant families with children.. The financial connection between a sitting governor and for-profit ICE detention contractors is one that immigration rights groups insist is a clear conflict of interest. They also point to Correct Care Solutions’ track record involving dozens of lawsuits alleging wide-ranging negligence.
Gov. Bruce Rauner this year reported a profit from a private equity fund that owns a health care group servicing U.S....
7 Jun 2018

Trump seeks to reorganize the federal government

The report, set to be released in the coming weeks by the White House Office of Management and Budget, seeks to move safety-net programs, including food stamps, into HHS, two sources with knowledge of the plan told POLITICO. The plan would also propose changing the name of the sprawling department, while separately seeking cuts at the U.S. Agency for nternational Development and the State Department.
The report, set to be released in the coming weeks by the White House Office of Management and Budget,...

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5 Apr 2018

Rex Tillerson’s $12 million army of consultants

Now that Tillerson has been fired, the vaunted "Redesign" initiative he launched faces an uncertain future, but at least one clear legacy: around $12 million spent just for private consultants who in some cases charged the State Department more than $300 an hour.
Now that Tillerson has been fired, the vaunted "Redesign" initiative he launched faces an uncertain...

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17 Mar 2018

Trump gives McMaster the Tillerson treatment

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster isn’t getting fired, he’s getting Tillersoned – kept in a state of perpetual limbo about his future in the administration, aware that his unpredictable boss could keep him around indefinitely or terminate him  at a moment’s notice.
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster isn’t getting fired, he’s getting...
3 Feb 2018

Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job

A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania  Trump’s former household staffers is now working as an official at the  Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection to the Trump family finding work in the administration.
A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania  Trump’s former household staffers is...

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25 Jan 2018

Trump says he’s ‘looking forward’ to meeting Mueller’s team in Russia probe

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to speaking to federal prosecutors as part of special counsel Robert  Mueller’s investigation into ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia, adding that he would be willing to testify under oath.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to speaking to federal...

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2 Nov 2017

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested. I’d had my suspicions from the moment I walked in the door of the DNC a month or so earlier, based on the leaked emails.
I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I...

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20 Sep 2017

Price’s private-jet travel breaks precedent

As Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price calls for drastic cuts to Medicaid, including programs that provide care for children and people with disabilities, he's billing taxpayers thousands of dollars to  fly around in private jets. Just last week, Price racked up a $60,000 bill for five chartered flights. One trip between Washington and Philadelphia (less than 150 miles apart) cost taxpayers an estimated $25,000. Past secretaries flew commercial. Even Price himself, a self-proclaimed deficit-hawk, once called the use of government planes,  "fiscal irresponsibility run amok." Trump and his enablers continue to serve their own interests, while doing nothing to improve the lives of the American people.
As Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price calls for drastic cuts to Medicaid, including programs that...

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29 Jun 2017

Present at the Destruction: How Rex Tillerson Is Wrecking the State Department

I worked in Foggy Bottom for 6 years. I’ve never seen anything like this. When Rex Tillerson was announced as secretary of state, there was a general feeling of excitement and relief in the department. After eight years of high-profile, jet-setting secretaries, the building was genuinely looking forward to having someone experienced in corporate management. Like all large, sprawling organizations, the State Department’s structure is in perpetual need of an organizational rethink. That was what was hoped for, but that is not what is happening. Tillerson is not reorganizing, he’s downsizing.
I worked in Foggy Bottom for 6 years. I’ve never seen anything like this. When Rex Tillerson was announced as...

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4 May 2017

Trump’s dizzying day of interviews

President Donald Trump questioned why the Civil War— which erupted 150 years ago over slavery — needed to happen. He said he would be "honored" to meet with Kim Jong-Un, the violent North Korean dictator who is developing nuclear missiles and oppresses his people, under the "right circumstances." The president floated, and backed away from, a tax on gasoline. Trump said he was "looking at" breaking up the big banks, sending the stock market sliding. He seemed to praise Philippines strongman President Rodrigo Duterte for his high approval ratings. He promised changes to the Republican health care bill, though he has seemed unsure what was in the legislation, even as his advisers whipped votes for it.
President Donald Trump questioned why the Civil War— which erupted 150 years ago over slavery — needed to happen. He...

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24 Apr 2017

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway

By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces. “They didn’t just dismiss a bunch of innocent business guys,” said one former federal law enforcement supervisor centrally involved in the hunt for Iranian arms traffickers and nuclear smugglers. “And then they didn’t give a full story of it.”
By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and...
7 Mar 2017

Khizr Khan travel privileges reportedly under review

Khan was scheduled to speak “on what we can do about the appalling turn of events in Washington." Khan has been a U.S. citizen for more than 30 years, and his son, Humayun Khan, a University of Virginia graduate and Muslim American Army captain who died in Iraq in 2004, was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Khan was scheduled to speak “on what we can do about the appalling turn of events in Washington." Khan has been a U.S....

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18 Feb 2017

‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’

Mark Sanford has nothing left to lose. And he’s here to haunt Donald Trump. I ask Sanford, in our early February interview, whether it’s fair to say Trump doesn’t impress him. “Yeah, that's accurate,” he tells me. “Because at some level he represents the antithesis, or the undoing, of everything I thought I knew about politics, preparation and life.”
Mark Sanford has nothing left to lose. And he’s here to haunt Donald Trump. I ask Sanford, in our early February...

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15 Nov 2016

Will America Now Have a Pravda?

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take control of the American executive branch, he will have a weapon at his disposal that few if any  presidents have enjoyed—a direct connection to a faithful media operation that reaches millions of loyal populist readers in the form of Breitbart, the self-styled honey badger of alt-right journalism.
As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take control of the American executive branch, he will have a weapon at...

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3 Nov 2016

White nationalists plot Election Day show of force

Neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin plans to muster thousands of poll watchers across all 50 states. His partners at the alt-right website “the Right Stuff” are touting plans to set up hidden cameras at polling places in Philadelphia and hand out liquor and marijuana in the city’s “ghetto” on Election Day to induce residents to stay home. 
Neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin plans to muster thousands of poll watchers across all 50 states. His partners at...

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3 Nov 2016

Trump teen rape accuser abruptly calls off news conference

In the most recent suit, Trump's accuser asserts that while she was exploring a modeling career in 1994, she attended a series of parties at  the Manhattan home of prominent investor Jeffrey Epstein. She alleges that during those parties the real estate mogul raped her on several  occasions, including one instance in which she says Trump tied her to bed.
In the most recent suit, Trump's accuser asserts that while she was exploring a modeling career in 1994, she...

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10 Oct 2016

Trump is wrong: Hillary Clinton did not laugh about the rape of a 12-year-old

It is totally false to say that Hillary Clinton laughed about the rape of a 12-year-old. And it has been thoroughly debunked. In the 1980s, Arkansas journalist Roy Reed interviewed Hillary Clinton about the case, recording their conversation on tapes for a magazine story than never ultimately was published. In the recordings, there are spots where Clinton chuckles — but never about the central thrust of the case. At one point, recounting that her client passed a polygraph test, she chuckles while saying that it “forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.”
It is totally false to say that Hillary Clinton laughed about the rape of a 12-year-old. And it has been thoroughly...

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26 Sep 2016

ICE union endorses Trump

The union representing the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff is throwing its support behind GOP  nominee Donald Trump. It’s the first time ever that the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council has endorsed a candidate for president, according to a statement posted on Trump’s campaign web site Monday. 
The union representing the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff is...

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