US Politics in Trump era Public date: 12.07.2020 21:12:21

25 Feb 2017

Bannon Heralds “Deconstruction of Administrative State” and Trump’s “New Political Order”

Giving rare public remarks on Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump cabinet was working towards the "deconstruction of the administrative state" and repeatedly referred to the media as "the opposition party." He outlined what he described as "three verticals" of Trump's agenda that would focus on "national security and sovereignty," "economic nationalism," and "deconstruction of the administrative state"—meaning a rollback of taxes, regulations, and trade agreements that the administration has claimed are hampering economic growth and individualism.
Giving rare public remarks on Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump cabinet was working...

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25 Feb 2017

Did Someone Say ‘Tax Code Rewrite’? Lobbyists Scramble

The homebuilders lobby fears that an ambitious rewrite of the entire tax code will stifle the housing market. Retailers fret that it will make the cost of their imports soar. For charities and their representatives, the worry is that donations will be stunted, plaguing nonprofit groups that serve the neediest Americans.
The homebuilders lobby fears that an ambitious rewrite of the entire tax code will stifle the housing...
25 Feb 2017

Key Question About DNC Race: Why Did Obama White House Recruit Perez to Run Against Ellison?

The New Republic’s Clio Chang has a great, detailed analysis of the contest. She asks the key question about Perez’s candidacy that has long hovered and yet has never been answered. As Chang correctly notes, supporters of Perez insist, not unreasonably, that he is materially indistinguishable from Ellison in terms of ideology (despite his support for TPP, seemingly grounded in loyalty to Obama). This, she argues, is “why the case for Tom Perez makes no sense”: After all, “if Perez is like Ellison — in both his politics and ideology — why bother fielding him in the first place?”
The New Republic’s Clio Chang has a great, detailed analysis of the contest. She asks the key question about...
25 Feb 2017

Screw you Trump: the Democratic Party is now led by a Hispanic son of immigrants and a Muslim

Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was elected DNC Chair today in a close election, and in his first move as Chair, he created the new position of DNC Deputy Chair for his opponent Keith Ellison. The show of unity came at the end of what had been a consistently respectful contest, and it gives the Democratic Party a newly unified front. The rise of Perez and Ellison also just happens to serve as a giant middle finger to Donald Trump and the specific racist policies he’s been promoting.
Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was elected DNC Chair today in a close election, and in his first move as Chair, he...
24 Feb 2017

Bannon: Trump administration is in unending battle for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’

In his first public speaking appearance since Trump took office, Bannon said of the news media, “If you think they are giving you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken.”
In his first public speaking appearance since Trump took office, Bannon said of the news media, “If you think they are...

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24 Feb 2017

Mexico voices ‘irritation’ as top Trump envoys visit

In Mexico City visit, senior White House seek to cool tempers after weeks of tension between the two neighbours."There exists among Mexicans worry and irritation about what are perceived to be policies that could be harmful for the national interest and for Mexicans here and abroad," Videgaray said, l ooking stern as he stood beside the US officials. Relationships between the two countries have gone downhill quickly since Trump's win at the US presidential election in November.
In Mexico City visit, senior White House seek to cool tempers after weeks of tension between the two neighbours."There...

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23 Feb 2017

Donald Trump is dangerous when he’s losing

Klain served as chief of staff to both Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden. He led Hillary Clinton’s debate prep — which is to say, he was deeply involved in their effort to understand Trump’s psychology — and he was widely rumored to be the frontrunner for chief of staff in Clinton’s White House. He understands how government works, and I’ve always found him unusually sober in his view of it. Klain had a theory that combined Trump’s authoritarian impulses and troubled White House management in a way I found hard to dismiss. In Klain’s view, it’s Trump’s dysfunctional relationship with the government that catalyzes his illiberal tendencies — the more he is frustrated by the system, the more he will turn on the system. 
Klain served as chief of staff to both Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden. He led Hillary Clinton’s...
23 Feb 2017

Republican lawmakers face town hall crowds’ fury during ‘resistance recess’

Frustrated constituents make their views known to representatives around the country, focusing anger on Trump’s immigration and healthcare plans. Congresspeople nationwide have been facing angry crowds, protests and tough questions during this week’s congressional recess, a time when senators and representatives often return to their home districts and hold “town hall” events.
Frustrated constituents make their views known to representatives around the country, focusing anger on Trump’s...
23 Feb 2017

Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry

Oklahoma has turned over thousands of pages of emails between former attorney general Scott Pruitt’s office and the energy industry, meeting a  deadline set by a judge who ordered the documents’ release following more than two years of effort by an advocacy organization.
Oklahoma has turned over thousands of pages of emails between former attorney general Scott...
22 Feb 2017

In Ohio’s Trump country, a House conservative gets an earful

It was Rep. Jim Jordan’s second Presidents’ Day visit to the home of Warren G. Harding, but it was the first to be surrounded by protesters. Nearly 200 people had swarmed the building, their signs accusing the congressman of being a pawn of the Koch brothers who wanted to pollute  Ohio’s streams and rip health insurance away from sick people.
It was Rep. Jim Jordan’s second Presidents’ Day visit to the home of Warren G. Harding, but it was the...

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22 Feb 2017

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions

President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country  illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.
President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws...

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20 Feb 2017

DHS chief signs sweeping new deportation guidelines

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Saturday signed sweeping guidelines giving federal authorities more power to aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants, The Washington Post reports. According to the report, Kelly detailed plans in a pair of memos to hire thousands of new enforcement agents, widen the classification of immigrants who should be prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and use local law enforcement to make arrests.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Saturday signed sweeping guidelines giving federal authorities more power to...

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20 Feb 2017

Trump transition ordered government economists to cook up rosy growth forecasts

As the White House staff tries to put together a budget for President Donald Trump, they face a fundamental problem. Trump has promised to cut taxes, increase spending on the military and infrastructure, and avoid cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The only way to do that without producing an exploding budget deficit is to assume a big increase in economic growth. And Nick Timiraos at the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump is planning to do just that — by making things up.
As the White House staff tries to put together a budget for President Donald Trump, they face a fundamental problem....
20 Feb 2017

Vague Rules Let ICE Deport Undocumented Immigrants as Gang Members

Of the more than 680 people swept up during last week’s nationwide raids by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, none has attracted more attention than 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina. Although he crossed into the United States illegally when he was a child, Ramirez Medina twice applied successfully for permission to stay in the country under the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for  Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.
Of the more than 680 people swept up during last week’s nationwide raids by Immigrations and Customs...
20 Feb 2017

State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson

Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed.  These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.
Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the...

Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle is a ‘logistical nightmare’ — at taxpayer expense

Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents — a price tag that, based on past assessments of presidential travel and security costs, could balloon into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term.
Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new...

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20 Feb 2017

U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

The FBI is investigating companies they believe may have been fronts for Trump-Russia business deals. The investigation includes financial transactions by Russian individuals and companies thought to have links to Trump associates. The transactions under scrutiny involve investments by Russians in overseas entities that appear to have been undertaken through middlemen and front companies, two people briefed on the probe said.
The FBI is investigating companies they believe may have been fronts for Trump-Russia business deals. The investigation...

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19 Feb 2017

No, Hillary Clinton did not “give Russia 20 percent of the uranium” in the US

During his chaotic 77-minute press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump was on the defensive about his relationship with Russia. One key point he made, attempting to prove that that he wasn’t soft on Moscow, was to paint the previous administration as weak in handling the Kremlin — by claiming again that Hillary Clinton gave Russia “20 percent of our uranium” as secretary of state.
During his chaotic 77-minute press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump was on the defensive about...
19 Feb 2017

U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea

The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea, despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea. The Navy described Saturday's launch as the beginning of “routine operations” in the South China Sea. China claims most of the sea as its own, despite overlapping territorial and jurisdictional claims from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.
The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China...
18 Feb 2017

Jason Chaffetz said he would investigate Flynn and Russia – but he’s investigating media leaks instead

Amid a series of controversies around Russia-US links, the  Republican-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has vowed to take action, but has ended up investigating freedom of the press instead. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the committee, proudly tweeted on Friday that his team was "taking the lead" on Russia intelligence,  as well as the "mishandling of classified material" and issues surrounding former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Amid a series of controversies around Russia-US links, the  Republican-led House Committee...
18 Feb 2017

Louise Mensch: the former British MP who scooped US media on Trump’s Russian ties

Mensch works at News Corp by day, probes Trump-Moscow by night. Here’s how she learned the secret that eluded even the best journalists. On the eve of the November election, Mensch published a sensational story reporting that a special intelligence court in Washington had granted a warrant to allow the FBI to conduct surveillance of “US persons” in an investigation of possible contacts between Russian banks and the Trump organisation.
Mensch works at News Corp by day, probes Trump-Moscow by night. Here’s how she learned the secret that eluded even the...

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18 Feb 2017

Trump family trips cost taxpayers $11.3m in one month – almost as much as Obama’s cost in a year

Donald Trump’s family’s trips have cost taxpayers nearly as much in a month as Barack Obama’s cost in an entire year. The US President’s three visits to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since his presidential inauguration, combined with his sons’ business trips, reportedly cost $11.3m (£9.1m).
Donald Trump’s family’s trips have cost taxpayers nearly as much in a month as Barack...

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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...

Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser turns down job

Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser has rejected the post days after Michael Flynn was forced to resign. Vice Admiral Robert S Harward visits Zaranj, Afghanistan on January 6, 2011. Shawn Coolman/US Marines via Reuters
Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser has rejected the post days after Michael Flynn was forced to...
17 Feb 2017

It Has Begun, Tillerson Fires Most of the 7th Floor

Americans were stunned to learn of the State Department rogue Shadow  Government which operated in secret from the 7th floor. They were behind  the corrupt handling of the Clinton documents. CBS News announced that Rex Tillerson, the new Secretary of State, fired most of the 7th floor policy makers who so famously called themselves the “shadow government”.
Americans were stunned to learn of the State Department rogue Shadow  Government which operated in secret from...

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17 Feb 2017

Judge orders EPA nominee Scott Pruitt to turn over emails

An Oklahoma County District Court judge on Thursday ordered President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the EPA to turn over thousands of communications to a watchdog group. The order is the latest turn in a lawsuit against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt brought by the Center for Media and Democracy earlier this month. CMD charges Pruitt violated the Oklahoma Open Records Act for declining to make public official documents the group has requested since 2015.
An Oklahoma County District Court judge on Thursday ordered President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the EPA to turn...

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17 Feb 2017

The 5 biggest disagreements Republicans have on Obamacare

Deep uncertainty and serious divisions within the Republican coalition about the way forward on Obamacare have surfaced in the new Congress, and they’ve put the future of repeal and replace in doubt. It’s become evident that there is little GOP unity on how much a replacement plan should cost, how to pay for it, whether the Medicaid expansion should be rolled back, or how to fix the individual  markets. 
Deep uncertainty and serious divisions within the Republican coalition about the way forward on Obamacare have...
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16 Feb 2017

Donald Trump’s pick for labor secretary is withdrawing

The withdrawal comes amid reports that several Republican senators were refusing to support Puzder, and it makes him the first Cabinet nominee in Donald Trump’s administration to go down in flames. Republicans revolted against Puzder, CEO of the fast-food conglomerate CKE Holdings, amid two particularly high-profile scandals — a revelation that he’d hired an undocumented immigrant and failed to  pay employer taxes, and an ugly divorce in which his ex-wife accused him of assaulting her.
The withdrawal comes amid reports that several Republican senators were refusing to support Puzder, and...

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16 Feb 2017

America’s primary foreign creditors are starting to pull away

President Donald Trump’s ability to cheaply finance ambitious policy  goals like tax cuts and infrastructure development may be undermined by the sudden drop in foreign creditors purchasing American Treasuries.
President Donald Trump’s ability to cheaply finance ambitious policy  goals like tax cuts and...
16 Feb 2017

Donald Trump says US not committed to two-state Israel-Palestine solution

Donald Trump has dropped a two-decades old US commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as part of a permanent Middle East peace agreement. Speaking at a joint press conference with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the US president did not rule out a two-state  solution but implied his administration had no ­preference when it came to the final ­geography of the region as part of a ­permanent Middle East peace agreement.
Donald Trump has dropped a two-decades old US commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as...

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15 Feb 2017

House panel votes against requesting Trump’s tax returns

The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday rejected a Democratic push to ask for President Trump's tax returns. The amendment, offered by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) to the panel's oversight plan, was voted down on a party-line vote.
The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday rejected a Democratic push to ask for President Trump's tax returns. The...

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15 Feb 2017

Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump

Russia  has secretly deployed a new cruise missile that American officials say violates a landmark arms control treaty, posing a major test for President Trump as his administration is facing a crisis over its ties to Moscow.
Russia  has secretly deployed a new cruise missile that American officials say violates...

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15 Feb 2017

The Trump Administration’s Lies About Voter Fraud Will Lead to Massive Voter Suppression

After falsely alleging that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016, Donald Trump debuted a new lie about voter fraud in a meeting with senators on Thursday, saying, according to Politico, that “thousands” of people were “brought in on buses” from Massachusetts to “illegally” vote in New Hampshire.
After falsely alleging that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016, Donald Trump debuted a new lie about...
15 Feb 2017

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.
Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign...
14 Feb 2017

Trump undertakes most ambitious regulatory rollback since Reagan

After just a few weeks in office, the new administration is targeting dozens of Obama-era policies, using both legislative and executive  tactics. The fallout is already rippling across the federal ­bureaucracy  and throughout the U.S. economy, affecting how dentists dispose of mercury fillings, how schools meet the needs of poor and disabled students, and whether companies reject mineral purchases that fuel one of the world’s bloodiest conflicts.
After just a few weeks in office, the new administration is targeting dozens of Obama-era policies, using...

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13 Feb 2017

Is Trump leading the US on a warpath with Iran?

On a spring morning in 2016, the retired four-star general Mattis, who was forced out of his job by then-President Barack Obama, spoke before defence and foreign policy experts gathered just blocks from the White House. The 65-year old speaker, with silver hair and puffy eyes, was blunt. For all the dangers al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) pose in the Middle East, he warned that the Iranian regime "is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace". He recalled that as commander of US troops in the Middle East, the first three questions he would ask his subordinates every morning "had to do with Iran and Iran and Iran". Nine months later, James Norman Mattis returned to the US capital as defence secretary of President Donald Trump.
On a spring morning in 2016, the retired four-star general Mattis, who was forced out of his job by...

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13 Feb 2017

Turmoil at the National Security Council, From the Top Down

hese are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council, the traditional center of management for a president’s dealings with an uncertain world.Three weeks into the Trump administration, council staff members get up in the morning, read President Trump’s Twitter posts and struggle to make  policy to fit them. Most are kept in the dark about what Mr. Trump tells foreign leaders in his phone calls. Some staff members have turned to encrypted communications to talk with their colleagues, after hearing that Mr. Trump’s top advisers are considering an “insider threat” program that could result in monitoring cellphones and emails for leaks.
hese are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council, the traditional center of management for a...

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12 Feb 2017

A top Putin critic on how to oppose Trump: “making him look like a loser is crucial”

The US president shouldn’t need to speak like a tyrant. But Trump’s still obsessed with legitimacy; hence his constant falsehoods about overwhelming victory and crowd size. You have an entirely unqualified president with autocratic instincts and dangerous advisers, who is quite possibly compromised by a malign foreign interest. We gave Putin a chance in Russia, and it was the last free election we ever had. It’s far better to act and later admit you overreacted than to do nothing until it’s impossible to act.
The US president shouldn’t need to speak like a tyrant. But Trump’s still obsessed with legitimacy; hence his...

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12 Feb 2017

For Kushner, Israel Policy May Be Shaped by the Personal

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, has a long connection to Israel. When he meets with the country’s prime minister on Wednesday, it will be a gathering influenced by old encounters and shared experiences. Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader who was involved in peace talks both with Israelis and internally, said Palestinians were skeptical of Mr. Kushner, and Mr. Trump’s team generally, seeing them as close only to the Israeli side. As part of its philanthropy, Mr. Kushner’s family has made donations to the Beit El settlement, which Mr. Barghouti finds particularly worrisome.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, has a long connection to Israel. When he meets with the country’s prime...

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12 Feb 2017

Instead of draining the swamp, Trump has become Wall Street’s best buddy

Trump would drain the swamp, he claimed, and reinstate a “21st-century” version of the law separating main street banking from Wall Street – Roosevelt’s Glass-Steagall Act – which was scrapped by President Bill Clinton, in one of his worst decisions. Trump would throw the money men out of the temple, he said. He would reshape finance for the “little guy”. His audiences roared him on.But, in office, Trump has proved to be a great deal friendlier to the titans of Wall Street and their interests than he suggested he would be as a candidate, although a close reading of his speeches foretells some of what is now happening. Far from draining the swamp, he is opening the sluicegates; the money men are not so much being hurled out as in full occupation of the economic citadel.
Trump would drain the swamp, he claimed, and reinstate a “21st-century” version of the law separating main street...

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12 Feb 2017

State G.O.P. Leaders Move Swiftly as Party Bickers in Congress

When Republicans in Kentucky seized total control of the state government  last year, Damon Thayer, the majority leader in the State Senate, began asking around for advice from counterparts in other capitals where the party already dominated both the legislative and executive branches. How should we handle all this power? he wanted to know. One answer impressed him, Mr. Thayer said, from a senior Republican lawmaker in Wisconsin: “Move quickly.” Kentucky Republicans have done just that, swiftly passing laws to roll back the powers of labor unions and restrict access to abortion.
When Republicans in Kentucky seized total control of the state government  last...
12 Feb 2017

Stephen Miller: A key engineer for Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda

The 31-year-old top adviser to President Trump began building a conservative foundation as a teen in liberal Southern California. Miller is one of the leading advocates of the executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, and he wrote some of Trump’s most strident campaign speeches. Starting as a teenager, with his frequent calls to the nationally syndicated “Larry Elder Show,” Miller made a name for himself in conservative media circles for his willingness to take controversial stands and act as a champion for those on the right who felt maligned by a culture of political correctness.
The 31-year-old top adviser to President Trump began building a conservative foundation as a teen in liberal Southern...
10 Feb 2017

National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say

National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.
National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s...
9 Feb 2017

Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable

In Bannon’s view, we are in the midst of an existential war, and everything is a part of that conflict. Treaties must be torn up, enemies named, culture changed. Global conflagration, should it occur, would only prove the theory correct. For Bannon, the Fourth Turning has arrived. The Grey Champion, a messianic strongman figure, may have already emerged. The apocalypse is now.
In Bannon’s view, we are in the midst of an existential war, and everything is a part of that conflict. Treaties...
9 Feb 2017

Activists Plan Emergency Actions Across the Country to Protest Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline

On Tuesday the Army Corps of Engineers gave notice  to Congress that within 24 hours it would grant an easement allowing  Energy Transfer Partners to move forward with construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, which North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux tribe and  thousands of allies have attempted to halt out of concern for water contamination, dangers to the climate, and damage to sites of religious significance to the tribe.
On Tuesday the Army Corps of Engineers gave notice  to Congress that within 24 hours it...
9 Feb 2017

Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions’s character

In an extraordinarily rare move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell interrupted Warren's speech, saying she had breached Senate rules by reading past statements against Sessions from the late senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the late Coretta Scott King.
In an extraordinarily rare move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell interrupted Warren's speech, saying she had...

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9 Feb 2017

Supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch calls Trump judge attacks ‘demoralizing’

Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee to the supreme court, called the president’s tweet attacking the federal district court judge James Robart “disheartening and demoralizing”, his spokesman has confirmed. Gorsuch criticized Trump in a private meeting with Senator Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday.
Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee to the supreme court, called the president’s...
9 Feb 2017

T.J. Maxx And Marshalls Tell Employees To Stop Featuring Ivanka Trump Products

Just days after Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stopped carrying Ivanka Trump’s products, another major retail chain appears to be distancing itself from her brand, too. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls employees were instructed in a note from their company last week to stop featuring Ivanka Trump merchandise in stores and to throw away Ivanka Trump signage, The New York Times reported Wednesday. 
Just days after Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stopped carrying Ivanka Trump’s products, another major retail...
9 Feb 2017

Trump Aide Derided Islam, Immigration And Diversity, Embraced An Anti-Semitic Past

Michael Anton, a senior national security official in the Trump administration wrote under a pseudonym last year that Islam is an inherently violent religion that is “incompatible with the modern West,” defended the World War II-era America First Committee, which included anti-Semites, as “unfairly maligned,” and called diversity “a source of weakness, tension  and disunion.”
Michael Anton, a senior national security official in the Trump administration wrote under a pseudonym last year...
9 Feb 2017

Trump Assails Nordstrom for ‘Unfairly’ Dropping His Daughter Ivanka’s Line

President Trump lashed out on Wednesday at the Nordstrom department store chain for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s accessories and clothing line, once again raising ethical questions about the relationship between his presidency and his family’s sprawling business interests
President Trump lashed out on Wednesday at the Nordstrom department store chain for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s...
9 Feb 2017

Trump suggests only politics could lead court to rule against his immigration order

President Trump denounced arguments against his immigration order as “disgraceful” on Wednesday, a day after three federal appellate judges lobbed critical inquiries at those challenging and defending the plan, and suggested a ruling against his administration would be based on politics and not a fair reading of the law. Trump insisted the order was within his executive powers and “a bad high school student would understand this.”
President Trump denounced arguments against his immigration order as “disgraceful” on Wednesday,...
9 Feb 2017

TSA’s Own Files Show Doubtful Science Behind Its Behavior Screening Program

Newly released documents  from the Transportation Security Administration appear to confirm the concerns of critics who say that the agency’s controversial program  that relies on body language, appearance, and particular behaviors to  select passengers for extra screening in airports has little basis in  science and has led to racial profiling.
Newly released documents  from the Transportation Security Administration appear to confirm the...

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8 Feb 2017

Senators propose halving number of legal immigrants to US within a decade

The fight over immigration on Capitol Hill may no longer just be about illegal immigration. A bill introduced by senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue on Tuesday would halve the number of legal immigrants to the United States within a decade, marking a new battlefront on migration policy in the US.
The fight over immigration on Capitol Hill may no longer just be about illegal immigration. A bill introduced by...

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8 Feb 2017

Dakota Access Pipeline to win US Army permit for completion

The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near tribal territory. The notice comes after Donald Trump formally backed the project last month in one of his first acts as US president. Thousands of predominantly Native American protesters have boycotted the $3.8bn (£3bn) pipeline's construction in the state of North Dakota. 
The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota...
8 Feb 2017

Donald Trump’s Executive Order Will Let Private Equity Funds Drain Your 401(k)

Donald Trump’s February 3executive order  enabling financial advisers to continue ripping off their clients could prove a lifeline for a surprising beneficiary: the private equity  industry. The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule would have forced investment advisers in workplace retirement plans like 401(k)s to operate in their clients’ best interests, rather than recommending high-cost, high-risk products that offer the advisers kickbacks and perks.
Donald Trump’s February 3executive order  enabling financial advisers to continue ripping off their clients could...

Republicans hit back at Commons Speaker John Bercow for blocking Donald Trump’s address to Parliament

Commons Speaker John Bercow has become embroiled in controversy after insisting US President Donald Trump should not be allowed to address Parliament during his state visit. Mr Bercow's extraordinary attack re-ignited controversy over the invitation to Mr Trump, provoking applause from MPs who oppose the US President, and drawing accusations the Speaker was “insulting” the UK's closest ally.
Commons Speaker John Bercow has become embroiled in controversy after insisting US President Donald Trump should not be...

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7 Feb 2017

The big lesson of Trump’s first 2 weeks: resistance works

It’s easy to miss amid Donald Trump’s frenetic pace of activity and nonstop media coverage, but the most important story in American politics right now isn’t about what Trump is doing: It’s that the  opposition is working.
It’s easy to miss amid Donald Trump’s frenetic pace of activity and nonstop media coverage, but the most...

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6 Feb 2017

Opponents on the left are making plans to show up in force when members of Congress hold town forums during this month’s recess.

For weeks, a swelling group has been showing up every Friday here at the local office of Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen to demand that he hold a town-hall meeting to answer its concerns about his fellow Republicans’ plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. After weeks without an answer, the congressman’s staff replied that he would be too busy, that such gatherings took considerable planning and that just finding a meeting place could be tough. So the group, NJ 11th for Change, secured venues in all four counties that Mr. Frelinghuysen represents for times during the congressional recess this month - and constituents plan to show up even if he does not.
For weeks, a swelling group has been showing up every Friday here at the local office of Representative Rodney...

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4 Feb 2017

Senate votes to repeal transparency rule for oil companies

The Senate voted strictly along party lines Friday morning to repeal a regulation requiring disclosures for the payments that energy companies make to foreign governments. The measure now heads to the White House, and President Trump is expected to sign it.
The Senate voted strictly along party lines Friday morning to repeal a regulation requiring disclosures for...

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4 Feb 2017

Trump travel ban: Seattle judge issues nationwide block

A US judge in Seattle has issued a temporary nationwide block on President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from seven mainly Muslim  nations. The State Department says 60,000 visas have since been revoked. Mr Trump's executive order brought in a suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programm for 120 days.
A US judge in Seattle has issued a temporary nationwide block on President Donald Trump's ban on...

Eric Trump’s business trip to Uruguay cost taxpayers $97,830 in hotel bills

When the president-elect’s son Eric Trump jetted to Uruguay in early January for a Trump Organization promotional trip, U.S. taxpayers were left footing a bill of nearly $100,000 in hotel rooms for Secret Service and embassy staff. “This is an example of the blurring of the line between the personal interest in the family business and the government,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on government ethics and law professor at Washington University in St. Louis.
When the president-elect’s son Eric Trump jetted to Uruguay in early January for a Trump Organization...
4 Feb 2017

Trump is being sued on behalf of 42 million people – the citizens of NY, VA, Massachusetts, and Washington state

Donald Trump’s executive order, which temporarily banned immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, and suspended admission of refugees from Syria, sparked immediate and massive protests and action. In addition to the ACLU’s actions, as well lawsuits from the Committee on American-Islamic Relations and the city of San Francisco, three states have now sued the federal government over the executive order, saying that it violates the constitutional rights of people in the United States and establishes a discriminatory law on the basis of religion.
Donald Trump’s executive order, which temporarily banned immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, and...
4 Feb 2017

Trump Moves to Roll Back Obama-Era Financial Regulations

President Trump on Friday moved to chisel away at the Obama administration’s legacy on financial reform, announcing a series of steps to revisit the rules enacted after the 2008 financial crisis and setting the stage for a showdown with Democrats over the future of Wall  Street regulation. The rule’s supporters, including Democratic lawmakers and consumer groups, describe it as a basic consumer protection that can prevent brokers from taking advantage of vulnerable clients.
President Trump on Friday moved to chisel away at the Obama administration’s legacy on financial reform, announcing a...

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4 Feb 2017

Trump Orders Military To Prepare For War

During a visit to the Pentagon on Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive action calling for stepped up violence in Syria and a vast expansion of the US military, including its nuclear arsenal, to prepare for war with “near-peer competitors”—a reference to nuclear-armed China and Russia—and “regional challengers,” such as Iran.
During a visit to the Pentagon on Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive action calling for stepped up...

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4 Feb 2017

US sanctions Iran after missile test

The US Treasury Department announced the measures against 13 people and a dozen companies on Friday. President Donald Trump tweeted earlier: "Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me!" But Iran has said it will not yield to "useless" American threats from "an inexperienced person".
The US Treasury Department announced the measures against 13 people and a dozen companies on Friday. President...
3 Feb 2017

Sorry Spicer! There’s No Walking Back Calling Trump’s Order A ‘Ban’ Now

To riff on the bard, a Muslim ban by any other name is still a political and legal problem for President Donald Trump. Trump, in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network almost immediately after signing the order, said that one of its purposes was to make it easier for Christians to enter the United States. "It seems to me the soft underbelly of the legal defense is this business about Christians, because not only is that subject to Equal Protection and Establishment Clause [questions] on its own, but it suggests that this is a Muslim ban,” said Michael Meltsner, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law.
To riff on the bard, a Muslim ban by any other name is still a political and legal problem for President Donald Trump....

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3 Feb 2017

Travel Ban Drives Wedge Between Iraqi Soldiers and Americans

Capt. Ahmed Adnan al-Musawe had survived another day battling Islamic State fighters in Mosul last weekend when he heard startling news: The new American president had temporarily barred Iraqis from entering the  United States and wanted tougher vetting. Captain Musawe, who commands an infantry unit of the Iraqi Army’s elite counter terrorism force, considers himself already fully vetted: He has been trained by American officers in Iraq and in Jordan. “If America doesn’t want Iraqis because we are all terrorists, then America should send its sons back to Iraq to fight the terrorists themselves,” Captain Musawe told a New York Times reporter
Capt. Ahmed Adnan al-Musawe had survived another day battling Islamic State fighters in Mosul last weekend...

Donald Trump loosens sanctions preventing Russia intelligence agencies from cyberspying

Donald Trump's government has loosened sanctions imposed by Barack Obama on Russia's Federal Security Service, that would make it easier for US companies to do business with the intelligence agency. The FSB was the only Russian intelligence entity named in the amendment announced Thursday, leaving much of the emergency action taken by Mr Obama intact.
Donald Trump's government has loosened sanctions imposed by Barack Obama on Russia's Federal...
3 Feb 2017

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

Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates. Obama hoped that his last-minute preparations would clear the way for Trump to authorize a swift assault on the Islamic State’s most important stronghold, where U.S. intelligence officials say militants are plotting attacks outside Syria. Instead of running with the plan, Trump’s national security team deemed it wholly insufficient and swiftly tossed it.
Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more...
3 Feb 2017

Press Secretary Sean Spicer Falsely Accuses Iran of Attacking U.S. Navy Vessel, an Act of War

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asserted at Thursday’s press briefing that Iran had attacked a U.S. naval vessel, as part of his argument defending the administration’s bellicose announcement that Iran is “on notice.” It was Houthi rebels who attacked a Saudi frigate. This is how wars start.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asserted at Thursday’s press briefing that Iran had attacked a U.S. naval...
3 Feb 2017

Questions mount over botched Yemen raid approved by Trump

US military officials say Trump approved counter terrorism operation without sufficient intelligence or ground support. The US military has launched an investigation into the scale of civilian casualties in a botched special forces raid against a suspected al-Qaida base in Yemen, the first such mission to be approved by Donald Trump, as questions mount over the operation.
US military officials say Trump approved counter terrorism operation without sufficient intelligence or ground...

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3 Feb 2017

Steve Bannon in 2016: legal immigration is the real “problem”

Trump’s public stance has seemingly always been to keep the “bad people” out and let the smart people in. But a conversation between Bannon and Miller from March 2016, on a Breitbart News podcast first resurfaced by the Washington Post, shows Bannon and Miller may both hold a more conservative view on immigration. “Isn’t the beating heart of this problem, the real beating heart of it, of what we gotta get sorted here, not illegal immigration?” Bannon asked Miller. “As horrific as that is, and it’s horrific, don’t we have a problem? We’ve looked the other way on this legal immigration that’s kinda overwhelmed the country?”
Trump’s public stance has seemingly always been to keep the “bad people” out and let the smart people in. But a...

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3 Feb 2017

Trump Tells Israel to Hold Off on Building New Settlements

President Trump, who has made support for Israel a cornerstone of his foreign policy, shifted gears on Thursday and for the first time warned the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off new settlement construction. The White House noted that the president “has not taken an official position on settlement activity,” but said Mr. Trump would discuss the issue with Mr. Netanyahu when they meet Feb. 15, in effect telling him to wait until then.
President Trump, who has made support for Israel a cornerstone of his foreign policy, shifted gears on Thursday and for...

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3 Feb 2017

Trump Vows to ‘Destroy’ Law Banning Political Activity by Churches

President Trump vowed Thursday to overturn a law restricting political  speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the  religious right and a gesture to his political base. In addressing the issue of churches and political speech, Mr. Trump said, “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”
President Trump vowed Thursday to overturn a law restricting political  speech by tax-exempt...

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3 Feb 2017

Uber CEO quits Trump advisory group after backlash

Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, facing criticism from immigration advocates for serving on President Donald Trump's business advisory group, quit the group on Thursday, the company said.
Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, facing criticism from immigration advocates for serving...
2 Feb 2017

Homeland Security Inspector General Opens Investigation of Muslim Ban, Orders Document Preservation

In an agency-wide directive sent to DHS staff early Wednesday afternoon, the IG’s office wrote, “All agency personnel must preserve any document  that contains information that is potentially relevant to OIG’s  investigation, or that might reasonably lead to the discovery of relevant information relating to the implementation of this Executive Order. For the duration of this hold, any relevant information that is within your possession or control must be preserved in the exact form as it currently exists.”
In an agency-wide directive sent to DHS staff early Wednesday afternoon, the IG’s office wrote, “All agency...
2 Feb 2017

Putin Testing Trump Early With Ukraine Attacks

e Trump administration is facing its first major test on the international stage as volleys of Russian artillery and rockets continue to pound Ukrainian forces in the country’s contested east, reigniting the frozen conflict and killing about a dozen Ukrainian soldiers since Sunday.
e Trump administration is facing its first major test on the international stage as volleys of Russian artillery and...
2 Feb 2017

Trump administration ‘officially putting Iran on notice’, says Michael Flynn

The Trump administration has said it was “officially putting Iran on notice” in reaction to a Iranian missile test and an attack on a Saudi warship by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, but gave no details about how Washington intended to respond. The threat was made on Wednesday by the national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in his first public statement since taking office.
The Trump administration has said it was “officially putting Iran on notice” in reaction to a Iranian missile...

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2 Feb 2017

Trump’s SCOTUS pick founded club called ‘Fascism Forever’

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at  his elite high school, DailyMail.com can reveal. The  club was set up to rally against the ‘left-wing tendencies’ of his  professors while attending a Jesuit all-boys preparatory high school  near Washington D.C.
Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at...

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2 Feb 2017

U.S.-Australia Rift Is Possible After Trump Ends Call With Prime Minister

A phone call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift between two stalwart allies after the two men exchanged harsh words over refugee policy, and Mr. Trump abruptly ended the call. The call turned contentious after the Australian leader pressed Mr. Trump to accept 1,250 refugees.
A phone call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift...

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1 Feb 2017

After meeting with pharma lobbyists, Trump drops promise to negotiate drug prices

A lot happened in the 2016 campaign, but one of the things Donald Trump did to win the election was shift to the left on a number of key issues — promising to avoid cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits and adopting a longstanding Democratic pledge to let Medicare negotiate bulk discounts in the price it pays for prescription drugs.
A lot happened in the 2016 campaign, but one of the things Donald Trump did to win the election was shift to...

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1 Feb 2017

In Case It Wasn’t Clear Yet, Steve Bannon Is Our President

If Donald Trump has shown anything during his first eleven days in office, it's that he's a coward with no ideas of his own, who is more than happy to be a puppet for the true president of the United States: Steve Bannon. Sure, Trump acts like he's in charge, but that's because he's too dumb to realize that Bannon is so obviously pulling the strings that he's become a joke.
If Donald Trump has shown anything during his first eleven days in office, it's that he's a coward with no ideas of his...

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1 Feb 2017

Iran Warns U.S. Not to Escalate Missile Dispute

The Iranian foreign minister said the American accusations of a missile test should not be used “as a pretext to create new tensions.” The warning, made by Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, came a day after American and Israeli officials accused Iran of having conducted a missile test that they said had violated a United Nations Security Council resolution. Iran contends that it has not violated the resolution and that its missiles are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.
The Iranian foreign minister said the American accusations of a missile test should not be used “as a pretext to...

Trump defiantly says ‘all is going well’ on immigration order amid chaos, while Obama backs protesters

President Trump continued Monday to adamantly defend his immigration  order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world, despite mounting criticism, legal challenges and questions that stretched from Capitol Hill to the United Nations.
President Trump continued Monday to adamantly defend his immigration  order temporarily...

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31 Jan 2017

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General

President Trump fired his acting attorney general on Monday after she defiantly refused to defend his immigration executive order, accusing the Democratic holdover of trying to obstruct his agenda for political reasons. The acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates, on Monday ordered government lawyers not to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration in court. The president appointed Dana J. Boente, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as acting attorney general until Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama is confirmed.
President Trump fired his acting attorney general on Monday after she defiantly refused to defend his immigration...
31 Jan 2017

Trump Supporters Applaud Immigration Order as a ‘Welcome Change’

While President Trump’s order banning immigration from several Muslim countries led to protests at several American airports, the news was often met with satisfaction and approval in those precincts that Mr. Trump carried in the November election. They say they feel safer and view the airport protests and objections as misguided.
While President Trump’s order banning immigration from several Muslim countries led to protests at several American...
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