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

19 May 2020

Trump fired watchdog who was probing Saudi arms sales, Democrats say

President Donald Trump may have fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick because he was investigating U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia, Democratic lawmakers said on Monday, although Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he sought Linick’s removal because his work was undermining the department.
President Donald Trump may have fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick because he was investigating U.S....
17 May 2020

How House Progressives’ #PutPeopleFirst Plan Fell Short

Instead of organizing as a bloc to make coordinated demands or threatening to withhold votes, the progressive approach has been to meet with leadership individually with legislative wish lists, with the hope that working behind the scenes will influence the legislation.
Instead of organizing as a bloc to make coordinated demands or threatening to withhold votes, the progressive approach...
17 May 2020

Hydroxychloroquine drug promoted by Trump as coronavirus ‘game changer’ increasingly linked to deaths

For two months, President Trump repeatedly pitched hydroxychloroquine as a safe and effective treatment for coronavirus, asking would-be patients “What the hell do you have to lose?” Growing evidence shows that, for many, the answer is their lives.
For two months, President Trump repeatedly pitched hydroxychloroquine as a safe and effective treatment for coronavirus,...

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17 May 2020

Trump Removes State Dept. Inspector General

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

Lancet editorial blasts Trump administration’s coronavirus response

One of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals Friday slammed President Trump’s “inconsistent and incoherent national response” to the novel coronavirus pandemic and accused the administration of relegating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a “nominal” role.
One of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals Friday slammed President Trump’s “inconsistent and...

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14 May 2020

Joe Biden teams with Bernie Sanders on new, policy-focused task forces

Former Vice President Joe Biden and progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders are teaming up to create joint “unity” task forces that will have a direct hand in shaping Democratic policy and the party’s agenda in 2020 and beyond.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders are teaming up to create joint “unity” task...
13 May 2020

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

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

As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal

In a week when the novel coronavirus ravaged new communities across the country and the number of dead soared past 78,000, President Trump and his advisers shifted from hour-by-hour crisis management to what they characterize as a long-term strategy aimed at reviving the decimated economy and preparing for additional outbreaks this fall.
In a week when the novel coronavirus ravaged new communities across the country and the number of dead soared past...
11 May 2020

Pentagon Releases a Rosy Report on Civilian Casualties in Foreign Wars

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

‘Heads we win, tails you lose’: how America’s rich have turned pandemic into profit

Some of the richest people in the US have been at the front of the queue as the government has handed out trillions of dollars to prop up an economy it shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the billionaire class has added $308bn to its wealth in four weeks - even as a record 26 million people lost their jobs.
Some of the richest people in the US have been at the front of the queue as the government has handed out trillions of...
9 May 2020

As States Loosen Pandemic Restrictions, Dr. Leana Wen Warns “We Are Not Ready for a Safe Reopening”

Dr Wen explains how to think about fighting this pandemic. She claims rightly that the Federal Government has a responsibility to assess the problem and then figure out how to deliver. We can't afford to ignore science
Dr Wen explains how to think about fighting this pandemic. She claims rightly that the Federal Government has a...
9 May 2020

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

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

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9 May 2020

Using Coronavirus, GOP Wins Long-Desired Bank Deregulation

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

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9 May 2020

What did China do about coronavirus? A timeline.

The US and other countries have raised questions about whether China was fully transparent when the virus first emerged there. So what do we know about what happened in China, and what did it say and do about the outbreak?
The US and other countries have raised questions about whether China was fully transparent when the virus first emerged...
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8 May 2020

Justice Dept. moves to drop charges against Michael Flynn’s conviction in Mueller’s Russia probe

The move marks a stunning reversal in the case of the former Army general who was convicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It also will likely intensify concerns within and outside the Justice Department that Barr and its politically appointed leadership is intervening in sensitive cases to help the president’s friends and political allies.
The move marks a stunning reversal in the case of the former Army general who was convicted in special counsel Robert S....
7 May 2020

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

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

Big companies are paying shareholders dividends and laying off thousands of workers

Since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, Caterpillar has suspended operations at two plants and a foundry, Levi Strauss has closed stores, and toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker is planning layoffs and furlough. While thousands of their workers are filing for unemployment benefits, these companies rewarded their shareholders with more than $700 million in cash dividends
Since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, Caterpillar has suspended operations at two plants and a foundry, Levi...
6 May 2020

Kushner coronavirus effort said to be hampered by inexperienced volunteers

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

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5 May 2020

Mitch McConnell could yet pay price for ‘tone deaf’ coronavirus response

It would be an understatement to say Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that state and local governments should declare bankruptcy rather than seek more federal funding went down like a lead balloon. It was a rare instance of the Senate majority leader overplaying his hand.
It would be an understatement to say Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that state and local governments should declare...
5 May 2020

Strategic National Stockpile chief Robert Kadlec focused on biodefense — and a former client, Emergent BioSolutions, benefited

After Robert Kadlec was confirmed as President Trump’s top official for public health preparedness in 2017, he began pressing to increase government stocks of a smallpox vaccine. His office ultimately made a deal to buy up to $2.8 billion of the vaccine from a company that once paid Kadlec as a consultant, a connection he did not disclose on a Senate questionnaire when he was nominated.
After Robert Kadlec was confirmed as President Trump’s top official for public health preparedness in 2017, he began...
3 May 2020

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

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

Small Business Administration funds to public companies top $1 billion

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

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

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

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1 May 2020

Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs

Senior Trump administration officials have pushed American spy agencies to hunt for evidence to support an unsubstantiated theory that a government laboratory in Wuhan, China, was the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, according to current and former American officials. The effort comes as President Trump escalates a public campaign to blame China for the pandemic.
Senior Trump administration officials have pushed American spy agencies to hunt for evidence to support an...
29 Apr 2020

President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat

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

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27 Apr 2020

Small Business Rescue Money Flows to Major Trump Donors

Major donors to President Donald Trump’s presidential reelection campaign have won coveted loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, the new government effort to provide a lifeline to small businesses under duress because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Major donors to President Donald Trump’s presidential reelection campaign have won coveted loans from the Paycheck...

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26 Apr 2020

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

At almost every juncture, Donald Trump has made decisions about the coronavirus pandemic that have led to more death. His behavior is that of a person who has no care or concern for the health, safety and welfare of the American people.
At almost every juncture, Donald Trump has made decisions about the coronavirus pandemic that have led...
25 Apr 2020

Trump rebuked by doctors, Lysol after asking if disinfectants can be injected to kill coronavirus in people

After a presentation Thursday that touched on the disinfectants that can kill the novel coronavirus on surfaces and in the air, President Trump pondered whether those chemicals could be used to fight the virus inside the human body.“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said during Thursday’s coronavirus press briefing. “And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?
After a presentation Thursday that touched on the disinfectants that can kill the novel coronavirus on surfaces and in...

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24 Apr 2020

Large public companies are taking small businesses payroll loans

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

McConnell takes flak after suggesting bankruptcy for states rather than bailouts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) drew flak Thursday from governors in both parties after suggesting that states hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak should be allowed to seek bankruptcy protections rather than be given a federal bailout.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) drew flak Thursday from governors in both parties after suggesting that...
23 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

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22 Apr 2020

The Quiet Hand of Conservative Groups in the Anti-Lockdown Protests

An informal coalition of influential conservative leaders and groups, some with close connections to the White House, has been quietly working to nurture protests and apply political and legal pressure to overturn state and local orders intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
An informal coalition of influential conservative leaders and groups, some with close connections to the White House,...
22 Apr 2020

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

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

‘Democrats Cave’: Senate Interim Funding Bill for Coronavirus Relief Spurns Progressive Priorities

Progressives exploded in frustration Tuesday as the Senate prepared to pass an interim funding bill for coronavirus relief that once again included no funding for the Post Office, food banks, or election security, and provided no bailout oversight and no funding for states and cities—leading critics to wonder why Democratic lawmakers refused to use their leverage and hold up the bill. 
Progressives exploded in frustration Tuesday as the Senate prepared to pass an interim funding bill for coronavirus...
20 Apr 2020

Americans at WHO transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump administration

More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, many of them from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were working full time at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus emerged late last year and transmitted real-time information about its discovery and spread in China to the Trump administration, according to U.S. and international officials.
More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, many of them from the Centers for Disease...
20 Apr 2020

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

President Trump said on Sunday that the federal government is stepping up efforts to obtain vital supplies for coronavirus testing, hours after several governors from both parties faulted his administration for not doing enough to help states. Public health experts say testing on a larger scale is a crucial step before resuming normal social and economic activity in the country. But Trump defended the administration’s approach of leaving testing largely to states.
President Trump said on Sunday that the federal government is stepping up efforts to obtain vital supplies for...
19 Apr 2020

Record government and corporate debt risks ‘tipping point’ after pandemic passes

The United States is embarking on a rapid-fire experiment in borrowing without precedent, as the government and corporations take on trillions of dollars of debt to offset the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic.
The United States is embarking on a rapid-fire experiment in borrowing without precedent, as the government and...

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18 Apr 2020

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

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

Nothing But a Taxpayer ‘Subsidy to Insurers’: Democrats Float Plan to Backstop For-Profit Healthcare Industry During Covid-19 Pandemic

House Democratic leadership came under fire Tuesday after it was reported a proposal is now under consideration to backstop for-profit healthcare insurance companies with taxpayer dollars instead of simply opening public programs like Medicare and Medicaid to those laid off or uninsured amidst the coronavirus outbreak ravaging the country.
House Democratic leadership came under fire Tuesday after it was reported a proposal is now under consideration to...
15 Apr 2020

Trump announces cutoff of new funding for the World Health Organization over pandemic response

President Trump announced Tuesday that he will suspend payments to the World Health Organization in response to the United Nations agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the organization is in the midst of combating a global outbreak that has killed thousands and crippled world economies. Trump’s announcement was expected, as he seeks to deflect blame for his early dismissal of the virus as a threat to Americans and the U.S. economy.
President Trump announced Tuesday that he will suspend payments to the World Health Organization in response to the...
15 Apr 2020

Vast majority of tax provision in coronavirus law goes to millionaires, JCT finds

More than 80 percent of the benefits of a tax change tucked into the coronavirus relief package Congress passed last month will go to those who earn more than $1 million annually, according to a report by a nonpartisan congressional body expected to be released Tuesday.
More than 80 percent of the benefits of a tax change tucked into the coronavirus relief package Congress passed last...
14 Apr 2020

Covid-19 means people are losing health insurance just when they may get sick.

More than 17 million people have filed for unemployment in the past four weeks as the novel coronavirus continues to drive the U.S. economy into recession. That means that millions are or soon will be without health insurance, and millions more will struggle to pay premiums and co-pays on insurance they do have. This puts even more pressure on hospital systems — already under enormous financial strain — because they are required to treat all patients with emergency conditions, including the uninsured.
More than 17 million people have filed for unemployment in the past four weeks as the novel coronavirus continues to...
14 Apr 2020

US’s global reputation hits rock-bottom over Trump’s coronavirus response

Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which he once dismissed as a hoax, has been fiercely criticised at home as woefully inadequate to the point of irresponsibility. Yet also thanks largely to Trump, a parallel disaster is unfolding across the world: the ruination of America’s reputation as a safe, trustworthy, competent international leader and partner.
Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which he once dismissed as a hoax, has been fiercely criticised...
12 Apr 2020

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

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

Donald Trump Has Stake In Hydroxychloroquine Drugmaker

President Donald Trump reportedly owns a stake in a company that produces hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he has repeatedly touted as a coronavirus treatment even though his experts say there’s no strong evidence it works. 
President Donald Trump reportedly owns a stake in a company that produces hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he...
8 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4 Apr 2020

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

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

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3 Apr 2020

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

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

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2 Apr 2020

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

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

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life

hen the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently. It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in Wuhan in China, became the first person in the US to be diagnosed with the virus.
hen the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature...
30 Mar 2020

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

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

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29 Mar 2020

Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country

The emergency coronavirus legislation that the Senate agreed to on Tuesday can only be described as an outrage. It is not an economic rescue package, but a sentence of unprecedented economic inequality and corporate control over our politics that will resonate for a generation.
The emergency coronavirus legislation that the Senate agreed to on Tuesday can only be described as an outrage. It is...
28 Mar 2020

AOC: ‘Shame!’ ‘Greed!’ $2.2 Trillion Relief Bill Provides ‘Crumbs for Our Families’

In her floor speech in the House today, before the chamber votes on the $2.2 trillion relief bill, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a self-described democratic socialist, said the legislation was "shameful" and laced with "greed." 
In her floor speech in the House today, before the chamber votes on the $2.2 trillion relief bill, Rep. Alexandria...
24 Mar 2020

Governors and mayors in growing uproar over Trump’s lagging coronavirus response

President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic sparked uproar and alarm among governors and mayors on Sunday as Trump and his administration’s top advisers continued to make confusing statements about the federal government’s scramble to confront the crisis, including whether he will force private industry to mass produce needed medical items.
President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic sparked uproar and alarm among governors and mayors on Sunday...

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23 Mar 2020

As Iran Reels, Trump Aides Clash Over Escalating Military Showdown

President Trump was getting ready to declare the coronavirus a “national emergency,” but inside the White House last Thursday, a tense debate erupted among the president and his top advisers on a far different subject: whether the United States should escalate military action against Iran, a longtime American rival that has been devastated by the epidemic.
President Trump was getting ready to declare the coronavirus a “national emergency,” but inside the White House last...

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22 Mar 2020

DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights for Coronavirus Emergency

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

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

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

CDC is sidelined by White House during coronavirus pandemic

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

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20 Mar 2020

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

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

Kushner coronavirus team sparks confusion inside White House response efforts

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

Barr DOJ Dismisses Case Against Russian Hackers Just In Time For 2020 Election

Once again, the Russians out-trolled us, but this time they turned their sites on America’s judicial system. Yesterday the Justice Department moved to dismiss charges against “Putin’s Chef” Yevgeny Prigozhin, who funded a squad of Russian hackers that flooded social media with divisive, anti-Clinton propaganda during the 2016 election.
Once again, the Russians out-trolled us, but this time they turned their sites on America’s judicial system. Yesterday...
18 Mar 2020

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

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

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18 Mar 2020

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

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

Jared Kushner told Trump media exaggerated coronavirus threat

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, repeatedly told the president that the media was exaggerating the threat posed by the coronavirus, The New York Times reported Monday. In the early weeks of the outbreak Trump attempted to downplay the severity of the illness, comparing it to the common flu, describing it as a "hoax" concocted by Democrats at a campaign rally in February, and assuring Americans that the outbreak would "disappear."
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, repeatedly told the president that the media was...
16 Mar 2020

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

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

Trump’s embrace of Mohammed bin Salman is now costing him dearly

Donald Trump made one of the biggest mistakes of his presidency in the spring of 2017, when he offered an unconditional embrace to the then-emerging 31-year-old ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and adopted his agenda of aggressively confronting Iran. Three years later, as Trump grapples with the greatest crisis he has faced, that choice is costing him dearly.
Donald Trump made one of the biggest mistakes of his presidency in the spring of 2017, when he offered an unconditional...
14 Mar 2020

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

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

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13 Mar 2020

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

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

The Bizarre List Of Errors In Trump’s Coronavirus Speech

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Mar 2020

Trump’s Mental Health – Now the Worst Case Scenario

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

Conservative pundits seek villains to blame amid coronavirus outbreak

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

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

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

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27 Feb 2020

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

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

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21 Feb 2020

Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump

Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.
Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get...

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20 Feb 2020

Trump Takes Up Call for Barr to ‘Clean House’ at Justice Dept.

Ignoring appeals from his attorney general to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, President Trump on Wednesday renewed his attacks on the agency, demanding “JUSTICE” for himself and all future presidents.
Ignoring appeals from his attorney general to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, President Trump on Wednesday...
14 Feb 2020

Trump takes on Judge Amy Berman Jackson ahead of Roger Stone’s sentencing

First he went after the prosecutors who recommended a multiyear sentence for his friend Roger Stone. Then President Trump turned his Twitter ire to the “witch hunt disgrace” of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, which led to Stone’s indictment. But perhaps most surprising was Trump’s decision to target U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson — who will determine Stone’s fate when he appears in her courtroom next Thursday.
First he went after the prosecutors who recommended a multiyear sentence for his friend Roger Stone. Then President...
12 Feb 2020

Federal Reserve Chair Powell warns Congress that $1 trillion budget deficits are unsustainable

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell told Congress on Tuesday that now would be a good time to reduce the federal budget deficit, which is expected to top $1 trillion this year.“Putting the federal budget on a sustainable path when the economy is strong would help ensure that policymakers have the space to use fiscal policy to assist in stabilizing the economy during a downturn,” Powell said in testimony to the House Financial Services Committee.
Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell told Congress on Tuesday that now would be a good time to reduce the...
12 Feb 2020

How good is the Trump economy? Americans say it’s the best since the late 1990s

Some of the biggest recent increases in consumer confidence have come from independent voters and less affluent households, according to Richard Curtin, director of the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. His team always asks people to explain why they feel confident, and lately they are hearing near-record levels of people saying their income and wealth are rising.
Some of the biggest recent increases in consumer confidence have come from independent voters and less affluent...

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12 Feb 2020

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

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

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11 Feb 2020

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

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

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11 Feb 2020

U.S. Household Debt Exceeds $14 Trillion for the First Time

Americans increased their borrowing for the 22nd straight quarter as more households took out loans to buy homes or refinance existing mortgages, according to a report released today from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.Total U.S. household debt rose by $601 billion in the fourth
Americans increased their borrowing for the 22nd straight quarter as more households took out loans to buy homes or...
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8 Feb 2020

Alexander Vindman Fired and Escorted From the White House

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