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    Matthew Rozsa September 20, 2020 2:00PM (UTC) President Donald Trump's administration announced on Friday that it is going to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat, two Chinese-owned mobile apps, starting on Sunday — a move that, experts say, raises serious questions about the administration's acceptance of free speech rights. "The only real change as of Sunday night will be [TikTok users] won't have access to improved apps, updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross claimed when speaking to the Fox Business Network. The new policy will ban both of the apps from American app stores and makes it illegal for American companies to process transactions for WeChat or host its internet traffic. The government will impose similar restrictions on...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- In this week's edition of The Countdown, Bill Ritter is joined by ABC News political director Rick Klein and political consultant Hank Sheinkopf to discuss President Trump's push for a COVID-19 vaccine and the upcoming debates.President Donald Trump announced Friday that the U.S. will have 100 million doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine manufactured by the end of 2020."As soon as a vaccine is approved, my administration will deliver it to the American people immediately. Distribution will begin 24 hours after notice," Trump said during the Friday news conference.He said the government will have enough vaccines to distribute to every American by April.The president's recent statements on vaccine readiness contradict the government's top health experts.On Thursday...
    Voters in November’s presidential election will choose how the United States deals with Iran and its nuclear capabilities, according to multiple government officials and experts across the Middle East. And as President Donald Trump’s administration is set to reimpose a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran on Saturday night, despite opposition from Europe, there are fresh concerns over regional stability. President Barack Obama and the leaders of several other major powers signed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — which stated that “Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.” Trump, a long-standing critic of the deal, unilaterally pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018. Joe Biden, meanwhile, has...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss how out of control Mayor Cooper has become and violating laws. Leahy: Crom, we are talking about all of the revelations and how out of control the Napoleon dictator John Cooper is. Mini Cooper. And just egregiously violating laws rules and regulations. And Governor Lee doesn’t like it. Carmichael: Well the mayor has applied to the state for yet more state money. And Governor Lee in a very...
    President Donald Trump called himself the “best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico” on Friday as he announced his administration is awarding $13 billion to the territory. During a press conference, Trump called the financial aid package the “largest emergency relief award in history." It will go toward rebuilding the island’s electrical grid that was wiped out by Hurricane Maria three years ago. Trump acknowledged that the financial relief “should’ve been done many years ago.” He blamed the Democrats for failing to render aid to the island and claimed that Joe Biden “devastated the island” years before it was hit by Hurricane Maria. He said Biden’s 1996 vote to eliminate a tax provision that had allowed Puerto Rico to become a...
    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst According to The New York Times, Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are cutting funding to certain Connecticut schools over their participation in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The conference allows transgender student-athletes to compete with, and against, athletes who share their gender identity, a course of action Trump's administration has repeatedly fought against. If the schools refuse to cut ties with the conference prior to October 1, the education department has vowed to withhold $18 million in desegregation grants. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Trump administration is taking further action to prevent transgender athletes from competing with and against those who share their same gender identity. According to The New York Times,...
            by Peter Taussig  The best and probably only valid argument for voting to make Joe Biden president of the United States is that he is not Donald Trump. Unlike Mr. Trump, Biden’s personal behavior — except occasionally toward women — is rarely boorish, and his utterances, though often confused, incoherent, and inane, usually are not tasteless or insulting. That, however, is insufficient as a reason to entrust the Oval Office to a befuddled character who, after feeding at the taxpayer-funded trough for more than four and a half decades, cannot claim credit for a single noteworthy accomplishment. Furthermore, his convivial appearance and a cooperatively compliant media obscure his history of plagiarism, lying, and having befriended...
    More than 100 million TikTok users in America, and anyone else who’s curious about the popular, controversial video-sharing app, now have a tight time frame to either download or upgrade the app. The U.S. Commerce Department announced Friday that as of Sunday, Sept. 20, it will prevent all downloads of TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. The same order is blocking downloads of WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings 700, -0.38%, also based in China. TikTok stays “intact” until Nov. 12, Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday morning on Fox Business. But after that point — without American-based ownership that satisfies the U.S. government — TikTok would “be for all practical purposes shut down,” Ross said....
    The Trump Administration’s long-threatened TikTok ban is here, but don’t plan a funeral for the popular video app just yet. Beginning Sunday, both Apple and Google will be forced to stop making TikTok available to download on their app stores. Likewise, TikTok will not be able to update its software after Sunday. Nevertheless, users who download TikTok before the deadline will still be free to use it under the Trump administration’s order — a fact that has sparked a tidal wave of downloads, according to reports. A full TikTok ban will only arrive if the app’s Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, can’t reach an agreement to sell its US business to a “very American company,” as ordered by President Trump....
    The Trump Administration’s long-threatened TikTok ban is here, but don’t plan a funeral for the popular video app just yet. Beginning Sunday, both Apple and Google will be forced to stop making TikTok available to download on their app stores. Likewise, TikTok will not be able to update its software after Sunday. Nevertheless, users who download TikTok before the deadline will still be free to use it under the Trump administration’s order — a fact that has sparked a tidal wave of downloads, according to reports. A full TikTok ban will only arrive if the app’s Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, can’t reach an agreement to sell its US business to a “very American company,” as ordered by President Trump. That...
    By Simon Lewis and Michael Martina (Reuters) - Republican President Donald Trump won election in 2016 promising to put "America First," overturn what he said were unfair trade deals and force U.S. allies to pay more toward joint defense measures. In the Nov. 3 election, he will face off against Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who pledges to restore U.S. global leadership and reverse many of Trump's actions. Here's a look at their foreign policy differences: CHINA Under Trump, U.S.-China relations have slid to their lowest levels in recent history over a wide range of issues. Trump says he is the first president in decades to stand up to Beijing, and his campaign accuses Biden of appeasing China as...
    President Donald Trump on Thursday warned that Sen. Kamala Harris might become the President of the United States if former Vice President Joe Biden was elected and unable to finish his presidency. “If a woman is going to become the first president of the United States, it can’t be her,” Trump said. “That would rip our country apart. This is not what people want. And she comes in through the back door.” The president spoke about Harris, Biden’s running mate, during a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday night. “This would not be what people want, especially because it’s her. The president recalled that Biden referred to a “Harris-Biden administration” hinting that the former vice president believed that Harris was...
    The gender pay gap within the White House is reportedly worse than the national average, according to an analysis by nonprofit news organization The 19th. Analysis by the website found salaries in President Trump's White House had a $33,300 difference between the median salary for male staffers and the median salary for female staffers. This year, male staffers earned a median salary of around $106,000, and female staffers' median was about $72,700. The statistics indicate women working for the administration make around 69 cents on the male dollar, which is less than the national gender pay gap of 82 cents on the dollar. Still, both the national numbers and the White House numbers reflect the "raw" gender pay gap, which does not...
    (CNN)A federal judge on Thursday extended into next week an order blocking the Census Bureau from winding down its efforts to count the US population. The order was set to expire Thursday, but Judge Lucy Koh extended it after pushing back a hearing as well. The Trump administration is seeking to end the 2020 census at the end of September. A coalition of groups and local governments, led by the National Urban League who are challenging the plan, want a preliminary injunction or other order allowing counting to continue through October 31, the cutoff date the administration publicized for several months until abruptly changing course in August. Koh said the administration violated her directive to produce thousands of pages of...
    A new report contains 27 major recommendations on how to safeguard nursing homes from transmission of the coronavirus. The Trump administration is claiming "resounding vindication" from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that's a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents. People in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but more than 40% of the coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which has tallied 77,000 deaths among residents and staff. Those harsh numbers are a sensitive political issue for Donald Trump, who is trying to hang...
    In 2017, the liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University found that 93 percent of CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was negative. The center found similarly negative Trump coverage at other major news outlets. The election year 2020 has only accelerated that asymmetrical bias — to the point that major newspapers and network and cable news organizations are now fused with the Joe Biden campaign. Sometimes stories are covered only in terms of political agendas. Take COVID-19. The media assure us that the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic has been a disaster. But their conclusions are not supported by any evidence. In the United States, the coronavirus death rate per million people is...
    A comprehensive report released Wednesday shines a spotlight on the “pro-corporate, anti-worker agenda” that has defined President Donald Trump’s first term by detailing 50 ways his administration has made life harder for working people with repeated attacks on labor rights and protections. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report features his “most egregious attacks on working people” since the president took office in 2017 after campaigning as their champion. The review comes as the country endures the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis—and as Trump prepares to face off against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in November. While the country’s Covid-19 death toll and case load—now more than 196,000 and 6.6 million, respectively—have mounted in recent months, Biden has taken aim at the president’s mismanagement of...
    Joe Biden’s huge media cheering squad claims the ex-veep has an all-star group of consultants able to take over and vanquish the novel coronavirus. In fact, these consultants would undermine the one factor this nation must resume regular life: a vaccine quickly. They’d additionally revive the Obama-era concept of creating individuals 65 and over a lesser precedence for well being care. In case you’re in that age class, and caught at house due to the virus, watch out for what Biden advisers take into consideration. Biden adviser Ezekiel Emanuel desires to reverse the Trump ­administration’s intent to supply the vaccine to these over 65 forward of the overall inhabitants. Folks over 65 are at highest danger from COVID-19. However...
    Joe Biden’s vast media cheering squad claims the ex-veep has an all-star team of experts ready to take over and vanquish the novel coronavirus. In truth, those experts would undermine the one thing this nation needs to resume normal life: a vaccine soon. They’d also revive the Obama-era idea of making people 65 and over a lesser priority for health care. If you’re in that age category, and stuck at home because of the virus, beware of what Biden advisers have in mind. Biden adviser Ezekiel Emanuel wants to reverse the Trump ­administration’s intent to offer the vaccine to those over 65 ahead of the general population. People over 65 are at highest risk from COVID-19. But in a new...
    Joe Biden gave an unequivocal defense of vaccines on Wednesday, responding to President Donald Trump’s contention that he and running mate Kamala Harris are casting doubt on their safety. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, leveled his own attack on the Republican president, saying hes put Americans at risk by ignoring science. “Let me be clear,” Biden said after a 90-minute briefing from experts on COVID-19. “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump.” Biden also said he would issue an executive order requiring people to wear masks in public if it were deemed legal, after first urging governors to do so in their states. In remarks after a lengthy briefing on vaccines, Biden said the public should listen to...
    A comprehensive report released Wednesday shines a spotlight on the “pro-corporate, anti-worker agenda” that has defined President Donald Trump’s first term by detailing 50 ways his administration has made life harder for working people with repeated attacks on labor rights and protections. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report features his “most egregious attacks on working people” since the president took office in 2017 after campaigning as their champion. The review comes as the country endures the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis—and as Trump prepares to face off against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in November. While the country’s Covid-19 death toll and case load—now more than 196,000 and 6.6 million, respectively—have mounted in recent months, Biden has taken aim at the president’s mismanagement of...
    Bill Gates said the Trump administration appointed Dr Scott Atlas as the new coronavirus adviser because he 'agrees' with the White House's 'crackpot theories.' In an interview with STAT News, the co-founder of Microsoft, whose foundation has committed $350 million for COVID-19 initiatives, criticized the federal government's response to the pandemic. This includes the hire of Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution. Atlas has advocated for herd immunity, believes Americans should be exposed to the coronavirus as children and has questioned the effectiveness of masks.  'The administration's now hired this Stanford guy who has no background at all just because he agrees with their crackpot theories,' Gates said. Bill Gates criticized the hiring of Dr...
    Oracle's bid to buy TikTok from Chinese parent ByteDance has reportedly fallen short of requirements from the Trump administration to resolve concerns that the video-sharing app represents a national security concern. The proposed deal has drawn continuing concerns from national security officials could sway President Donald Trump's decision, people familiar with the deal told Bloomberg News on Wednesday.  Oracle announced on Monday it was part of a proposal submitted by Bytedance to the U.S. Treasury Department to serve as 'trusted technology provider,' to Bytedance, providing no further details on the terms of the deal.  The Trump administration will make a decision soon on the proposed deal, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday. Oracle's bid to buy...
    Meaghan Ellis September 16, 2020 0 Comments Vice President Mike Pence claims his family “wouldn’t hesitate” to get a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as he noted the Trump administration’s plan to urge Americans to take the flu vaccine ahead of what could be a harsh flu season. Pence spoke with The Hill on Tuesday where he discussed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive plans to prioritize at-risk Americans for the coronavirus vaccine. He also expressed confidence in the safeness and effectiveness of an FDA-approved vaccine as he admitted he and his family members would be willing to get the vaccine. “So we’ll...
    Things were so tense in the White House that COVID-19 briefings and government coordination efforts would devolve into screaming matches, according to a report from Politico. The global pandemic led to disastrous consequences for the country as Americans continue to flounder to save themselves. Meanwhile, anti-mask conspiracy theorists are flocking to President Donald Trump’s events, spreading the virus more. In late August, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar decided to go at it alone as the Food and Drug Administration continued to follow long-standing guidelines on coronavirus testing. “Overriding objections from FDA chief Stephen Hahn, Azar revoked the [FDA’s] ability to check the quality of tests developed by individual labs for their own use, according to seven current and former...
    Since approximately forever, Republicans have been demanding we run the United States government “like a business,” and Donald Trump has been quick to embrace that advice. So if government should be run like one of my businesses, thinks Trump, what would that look like? Ah! It would mean skipping out on the bills! Got it! Back in March, just as it was becoming apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic was spiraling out of control in the United States, the Trump administration mailed out glossy postcards advising Americans on what they could do to avoid the virus. The most jarring bit of it, however, was the title: “President Trump’s coronavirus guidelines for America,” it said, attempting to convey the rather ridiculous notion that Donald...
    A growing number of people internationally are recognising China’s selfishness and bid for global dominance, leading more countries to side with Washington’s view of the world over Beijing’s, America’s top diplomat said Tuesday. In recent months, as relations between the two superpowers have imploded, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – known as the Trump administration’s “attack dog” on China – has stepped up his verbal salvoes at Beijing’s governance, state-led economic system, espionage activities and handling of the pandemic. “The world has wakened and my view is that the tide has turned,” Pompeo told the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank in Washington. “I think these are powerful shifts in the world view of the threat from the...
    President Donald Trump talked about issues of crime and policing during his ABC News town hall Tuesday night. at one point, one voter asked him about his “Make America Great Again” slogan in the context of what that means for African-Americans. Pastor Carl Day asked, “When has America been great for African Americans in the ghetto of America? Are you aware of how tone deaf that comes off to the African American community?” The president immediately touted the “tremendous” support he has from African-Americans before saying, “You look just prior to this horrible situation coming in from China, when the virus came in, that was probably the highest point, home ownership for the Black community, home ownership, lower crime,...
    (CNN)The current craziest thing from Trumpworld involves Michael Caputo, who was installed in a key government job as the top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, where a federal health official said Caputo is pressuring scientists to change their reports on the coronavirus pandemic.As if the allegation isn't bad enough, Caputo, in a video on Sunday, spewed conspiracy theories and warned of looming armed conflict if Joe Biden doesn't concede to Donald Trump, saying, "And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin." In a statement to CNN, Caputo said that he made the comments in the video while dealing with pressures stemming from he and his family being harassed recently....
    DEMOCRATIC nominee Joe Biden referred to his campaign as “Harris-Biden” instead of “Biden-Harris”—just a day after his running mate Kamala Harris had the same awkward slip.  Biden uttered the mistake on Tuesday during a campaign event in Tampa, Florida.  "The Harris-Biden administration is going to relaunch that effort and keep pushing further to make it easier for military spouses and veterans to find meaningful careers," Biden said. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates Biden's embarrassing moment came after vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris accidentally touted “the Harris administration” during a campaign event on Monday. Harris, currently a senator from California, was speaking during a virtual economic roundtable with small business owners...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden called his potential White House team the “Harris-Biden” administration on Tuesday during a speaking event in Tampa, Florida. “For example making it easier to carry your professional credentials with you from one state to another when your spouse moves,” Biden said, video showed. “The Harris-Biden administration is going to relaunch that effort and keep pushing further to make it easier for military spouses and veterans to find meaningful careers to ensure teachers know how to support children in their classrooms and to improve support for caregivers and survivors so much more than we do now,” he added. Biden made the remarks during his first trip to Florida for the election cycle,  The New York Times reported. WATCH: ...
    A federal appeals court has effectively greenlit the Trump administration's plan to deport up to 400,000 immigrants next year by ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) they have enjoyed for as long as two decades. What are the details?The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Trump administration acted within its constitutional purview when it terminated the legal protections for immigrants from four countries — El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan — who fled natural disasters or conflict in their home countries, Politico reported. In the 2-1 decision in Ramos v. Wolf, the panel lifted an injunction on the plan that was put in place in 2018 by a San Francisco judge. A separate injunction filed by a...
    VICE Presidential candidate Kamala Harris accidentally touted “the Harris administration” in an awkward slip up during a campaign event on Monday. Harris, currently a senator from California, was speaking during a virtual economic roundtable with small business owners in Arizona when she made the remark. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6Senator Kamala Harris accidentally touted 'the Harris administration' during a virtual campaign event on Monday Credit: Twitter "A Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States,” the 55-year-old Democrat said. Harris then quickly clarified: "The Biden-Harris administration will provide access to $100billion in low-interest loans and investments from minority business owners." "A Harris administration together...
    As the 2020 presidential elections quickly approach, Donald Trump is working to expand on campaign promises of pushing an anti-immigrant agenda. In its latest attack on immigrants, the Trump administration proposed to collect DNA data from not just detained migrants but U.S. citizens and others who sponsor immigrants. The proposal looks to not only define the term biometrics but expand biological information the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) currently collects to include eye scans, voice prints, and palm prints, the department's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS) said in the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on Friday. The proposal intends to “provide DHS with the flexibility to change its biometrics collection practices and policies.” At the time of the...
    Josh Adams Nearly 200,000 Americans are dead from the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands more are dying week after week. Months of an uncontained coronavirus pandemic have left the United States in far worse shape than other wealthy, developed countries. The United States practically invented the playbook of how to confront pandemics. Presidents — both Republican and Democrat — worked to ensure that if a pandemic came there was an effective plan to respond. Yet while other countries used that playbook and succeeded in doing what was necessary to get coronavirus under control, the Trump Administration threw out the plan. What happened? To help Americans understand precisely what went wrong, Insider hired comics creators Anthony Del Col and Josh Adams to depict the...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday the Trump administration received a proposal from Oracle Corp over the weekend to make TikTok a US-headquartered company and will review the plan this week. Bytedance, which owns the short video app, currently runs its US operations out of Culver City in LA County, California and the Chinese-owned company was given a September 20 deadline to sell to an American company due to data concerns. It emerged Sunday that Oracle won the bid over Microsoft but that the deal was a restructuring to having a 'trusted technology partner' rather than an outright sale. In a TV interview Mnuchin said tens of thousands of jobs would come from the new deal, which is yet...
    New York (CNN Business)As news spread that Oracle had reached an agreement to become TikTok's partner in the United States, in a deal that could keep the app alive in the country, some TikTokers started posting celebratory videos calling the enterprise software giant the platform's "savior." One TikTok creator posted a video of herself running around and screaming in excitement. In the video she says: "We're not going anywhere! Oh my God!" Another user shared a screenshot of a news article about an impending deal, overlaying it with animated fireworks and writing: "Big breaking news! Looks like Oracle is TikTok's savior!" "Oracle came in clutch and just completely saved the day," said another creator in a video. "We all thank...
    Mediaite founder and ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams called out the Trump administration for a “corruption hat trick” over this past weekend. “If you are a law-and-order type of person, you should be horrified by three major developments from the administration in just the past couple of days,” Abrams said on his SiriusXM program The Dan Abrams Show. The three items in question Abrams called out were: Trump “encourag[ing] people again to engage in voter fraud,” reporting on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife using department staff for personal errands, and reporting that Attorney General Bill Barr may produce some kind of “interim report” before the election on the work of John Durham investigating the origins of...
    Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks at a White House event on protecting seniors on April 30, 2020. Tia Dufour/White House/Planet Pix via ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Last week, Congressional Democrats revealed that a senior Trump administration official had spent more than $3 million of taxpayer money on highly-paid Republican consultants to bolster her public image. Seema Verma, who heads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, surrounded herself with an entourage of fixers to help sell her policies, write her speeches, and package her persona. And the team, by exploiting loopholes in today’s mass-consumption feminism, specifically set out to build...
    Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Fox News anchor Sandra Smith pressed a top aide to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCrowd aims 'lock him up' chant at Obama during Trump rally Nevada governor: Trump 'taking reckless and selfish actions' in holding rally Michigan lieutenant governor blasts Trump coronavirus response: He 'is a liar who has killed people' MORE’s reelection campaign on how campaign officials justify an indoor rally in Nevada over the weekend, after critics said the event could lead to an outbreak in coronavirus cases in the state. Smith confronted Erin Perrine, the Trump campaign’s director of press communications, on whether "two wrongs" make a right after Perrine defended the rally as taking place amid other mass gatherings, including ongoing protests over racial injustice. “I've got to ask...
    (CNN)The best way to get ahead in Donald Trump's White House is to say as many over-the-top nice things about Donald Trump as possible. It is known.Peter Navarro, Trump's top trade adviser, took the praise-the-boss-at-all-costs strategy to new heights on Sunday during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.At the start of the interview, Tapper asked Navarro about comments made by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti that, when it came to natural disasters like the wildfires raging in California, that Republican states tended to get better response from the federal government than Democratic ones. Here's how Navarro responded (bolding is mine):"Well, that's offensive."If you look at what President Trump did, for example, for the city and state of New York, it...
    Joe Biden finally held what was billed as a news conference. The result was a truly embarrassing display of hackery from the media. A reporter asked the ex-veep about anonymously sourced claims that President Trump had belittled veterans: “When you hear these remarks . . . what does it tell you about Trump’s soul and the life he leads?” Another query: “We . . . know that Russia has been trying to sow doubt about the system. Are you concerned at all that this messaging may be working, that your supporters may give up on voting by mail because they’re concerned that it may be rigged?” Still another: “You said today is the angriest you’ve been as a presidential candidate, but you said you’re...
    Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters Donald Trump is “compromised by the Russians”, a former member of Robert Mueller’s investigation insisted on Sunday, contending that the president is “incapable of placing the national interest ahead of his own”. Related: Trump attacks Robert Mueller’s ‘hit squad’ in row over ‘wiped’ phones Peter Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation and fired by the FBI over text messages which were critical of Trump. He has now written a memoir, Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J Trump. Speaking to NBC’s Meet the Press, Strzok echoed many reporters and observers pondering the president’s behaviour towards Russia and Vladimir Putin, saying he thought Russia’s hold on Trump was based on financial interests and liabilities arising...
    A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire in Oroville, California on September 9, 2020. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images California Mayor Eric Garcetti slammed President Donald Trump on Sunday, suggesting his remarks on the wildfires raging across multiple West Coast states are inadequate. Trump has repeatedly said that forest fires can be prevented using "forest management" tactics like raking and cleaning.  "He's going to come out here and probably tell us, 'I'm going to send you rakes instead of more help,'" Garcetti said of Trump. "We need actual help. Material help not based on our party affiliation or how we voted." The president is scheduled to...
    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok told NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddNew bill could upend protections against COVID-related lawsuits Secretaries of states warn Election Day could drag out NC election official says state is 'uniquely positioned' for increased use of absentee ballots MORE Sunday that he still believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump slams Nevada governor at rally, takes aim at mail-in voting Former NFL coach Mike Holmgren slams Trump pandemic response, throws support to Biden Watch Live: Trump rallies supporters in Nevada MORE to be “compromised by the Russians.” “I believed at the time in 2016 and I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians,” Strzok said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And when I say...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the Trump administration “the last vestiges of the Flat Earth Society of this generation,” while discussing climate changes role in the California wildfires on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union.” Anchor Jake Tapper said,  “The Bobcat fire burning fewer than 25 miles outside of Los Angeles. As of yesterday, that fire had destroyed almost 30,000 acres. It’s only 6% contained right now. President Trump is going to travel to your state tomorrow to meet local officials. Are you satisfied with the Trump administration’s response?” Garcetti said, “Well, we always have great cooperation with our federal agencies. And I want to thank them for that because they do step up, whether it’s coronavirus...
    September 12, 2020 Last night, at about 10:30, reporter Dan Diamond posted another blockbuster story in Politico. Political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services have been altering the weekly scientific reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) following the course of the coronavirus pandemic. They believe the reports are undermining Trump’s cheery pronouncements about the disease, and claim there is a “deep state” at the CDC determined to hurt the president. Since 1981, career scientists have compiled weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports to inform Americans about trends in disease. These records are not controversial. But in April, Trump passed over scientists to install one of his campaign advisers as assistant secretary of HHS for public affairs. Michael Caputo was...
    A former member of the National Security Council told The Kyle Olson Show that Iran prefers to have Joe Biden in the White House next year. “The Iranian regime would prefer to deal with a Biden administration,” Ambassador Robert Joseph, who served at the NSC as Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation, and Homeland Defense during the George W. Bush administration, said. “The experiences are starkly different,” he said of dealing with Trump versus the Barack Obama-Joe Biden administration. “The Trump administration has, for the last 3 1/2 years, under the policy of maximum pressure, has been placing very punishing economic sanctions on the regime,” Joseph said. The Trump administration has supported Gulf allies that have been targets of...
    A political appointee of President Trump has been interfering with COVID-19 reports by health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because their data doesn’t match the ‘optimistic messages’ sought by the White House. In one instance, CDC Director Robert Redfield and his scientists were accused of trying to ‘hurt the president’ with their reports about COVID-19, according to POLITICO. The reported interference was learned a day after it was revealed that the same group of Trump loyalists were seeking to muzzle Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert.  Since being named spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, Michael Caputo, the Republican Party operative and former Trump campaign official, and his staff have...
    The coronavirus bombshells in Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” due out September 15, are so explosive that they have somewhat overshadowed other important parts of the book — for example, the veteran journalist/author’s reporting on President Donald Trump’s foreign policy decisions. And Woodward, according to the Guardian’s Julian Borger, describes some of the ways in which Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Defense Secretary James Mattis and others tried to rein Trump in on foreign policy. “Rage” is based in part on a series of interviews that Woodward conducted with Trump from December 2019-July 2020. Woodward reports that on February 7, Trump told him that COVID-19 was five times “more deadly” than the flu — although he was publicly claiming, in February,...
    On 9/11, many political officials—people like Donald Trump and Mike Pence—make appearances around the country. They make speeches and take solemn photographs near memorials. They make it a point to remind people how brave our country’s police and fire departments and other first responders are. Now The New York Daily News has a depressingly explosive story about the Trump administration’s way of remembering. According to the report, millions of dollars have been withheld from the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY) World Trade Center Health Program, a program that was set up exclusively for them and which “tracks and treats FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses.” How much money? Where has it gone? Why have they done it? All of these questions have been pursued since...
    A three-judge panel from a federal court in New York has blocked President Trump’s order to exclude counting illegal immigrants for the purpose of redrawing congressional districts. The panel ruled that the move would violate the law and granted an injunction halting it. They also blocked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who runs the department that oversees the Census Bureau, from excluding illegal immigrants when turning over data to be used to calculate the number of House seats each state receives. TRUMP DEFENDS DOWNPLAYING CORONAVIRUS AMID WOODWARD BOOK UPROAR, SAYS BIDEN USING PANDEMIC FOR 'POLITICAL GAIN' “The Presidential Memorandum violates the statutes governing the census and apportionment in two clear respects,” the judges wrote in their opinion. “First, pursuant to the...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — The Trump administration’s policy toward Iran seems increasingly guided by the desire to look tough between now and November’s election, regardless of the long-term harm its maneuvers are doing to U.S. interests. Its latest initiative is to try and force the so-called snapback of international sanctions against Iran — under the terms of an agreement the U.S. earlier chose to abandon. This approach is unlikely to succeed and threatens only to drive yet another wedge between America and its friends. Last month, President Trump and his team failed to persuade the United Nations Security Council to extend a conventional arms embargo on Iran. Instead, they are seeking to achieve the same end by invoking a provision of...
    For months, Republican lawmakers and conservative leaders have tried to paint President Trump as an strong leader who heroically took “decisive action to save lives” from the coronavirus. They touted his ability to contain the virus, expedite testing, and protect Americans. In reality, the U.S. now has one of the worst ongoing epidemics in the world, among the developed countries, due to President Trump’s mismanagement of the virus. The U.S. is approaching 6 million cases and nearly 180,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. The U.S. has almost 25 percent of the globe’s confirmed infections, despite having just 4.2 percent of the global population. A new book by acclaimed journalist Bob Woodward has revealed that Trump knew and acknowledged the...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — When I was supreme allied commander at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, we had a small training mission in Iraq. President Barack Obama’s administration was in the process of drawing down the massive U.S. troop presence there, which peaked at around 170,000. I visited Baghdad, and spoke at length with the general running the mission, Bob Caslen. He emphasized that we could reduce our presence by 90% — which we did — but that it would be prudent to keep a minimum of 15,000 troops “in country” to maintain stability and counter Iranian influence. Unfortunately, the Obama administration continued the withdrawals, and over time the lack of U.S. presence contributed to the rise of the so-called Islamic...
    ByteDance Ltd, the parent company of TikTok, has been in talks with the U.S. government about ways to avoid a full sale of the U.S. operations of their popular video-sharing app.  Sources familiar with the matter said that the discussions have risen in prominence since the Chinese government took steps to make it difficult to sell to the likes of Microsoft or other technology giants in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports.  The insight comes as the deadline imposed by President Donald Trump on August 6 against the company, soon approaches. Bytedance Ltd., TikTok's parent company, has been in talks with U.S. gov't officials even though the Chinese government has tried to limit the full sale (stock) TikTok could...
    Teachers, start preparing now for a class full of Liams and Olivias. The Social Security Administration released its official list of the Top 10 most popular baby names of 2019 – and they’re not all that different from 2018. DAD RECREATES SWEET 'TOY STORY' SCENE TO SEND SON, 4, BACK TO SCHOOL Liam and Olivia came out on top as the most popular male and female names, respectively. Nearby, however, has been the reigning champion Emma, who took the top spot as the most popular name of the decade for girls. Noah was the second most popular name of 2019 of boys, but also No. 1 for most popular names of the decade. Other names for boys on the list...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has recently expressed concerns that the Trump administration will rush a coronavirus vaccine before it’s safe in the hopes of helping the president’s re-election chances. Hide Now conservatives are trying to paint her as an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist. Hide Asked on CNN about whether she’d trust a vaccine rolled out by the Trump administration, Harris said, “I think that we have learned since this pandemic started, but really before that, that there’s very little that we can trust that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.” Pressed further, Harris reiterated that she doesn’t trust Trump and would have to examine the evidence and consult credible experts before deciding whether to take the vaccine....
    The United States will draw down its troop numbers in Iraq by more than one third over the next month, commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie announced Wednesday morning. ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – MARCH 13: Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, talks to journalists about the military response to rocket attacks that killed two U.S. and one U.K. service members in Iraq during a news briefing at the Pentagon March 13, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) McKenzie’s comments came during a trip to Iraq, and he confirmed that the remaining troops in the country will assist the Iraqi government in pursuing an “enduring defeat” of the ISIS terror network. #BREAKING...
    Fox Business host Lou Dobbs went on a tear Tuesday defending President Donald Trump from the “horrible lies” in the Atlantic report on his alleged comments about fallen soldiers, taking shots at news outlets that followed-up with their own reports on the allegations — including Fox News. Dobbs said the Democrats and liberal media rolled out its latest “coordinated attack” on the president through the Atlantic report, saying the “hit job” spread online “without even a hint of a fact check label from those social media platforms.” He went on to swipe at the news outlets that did follow-up reporting and remarked how “even Fox News” was one such outlet: The Associated Press claims to have corroborated the story...
    September 6, 2020 Earlier this week, New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo warned that American democracy is ending. He pointed to political violence on the streets, the pandemic, unemployment, racial polarization, and natural disasters, all of which are destabilizing the country, and noted that Republicans appear to have abandoned democracy in favor of a cult-like support for Donald Trump. They are wedded to a narrative based in lies, as the president dismantles our non-partisan civil service and replaces it with a gang of cronies loyal only to him. He is right to be worried. Just the past few days have demonstrated that key aspects of democracy are under attack. Democracy depends on the rule of law. Today, we learned that Postmaster General...
    The Trump administration has given up on any serious attempts to curb the nation’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As U.S. deaths inch towards the 200,000 mark, outside experts are now warning Americans to ignore the “dysfunctional” Centers of Disease Control and Prevention after the agency issued new, Trump-favored guidelines to reduce testing, rather than expand it. There is no federal contract tracing effort. There is no standard, expert-based pandemic policy—each state has been left to its own devices, with federal officials ignoring even the most serious state outbreaks. Don’t worry, though. It’s not like the Trump-led federal government is entirely asleep at the wheel. The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking bids for a new quarter-billion dollar communications contract, reports Politico. No, not to...
    You see, the problem here is all this focus on the 200,000 dead Americans. What if instead of thinking about that we all just decided to Be Best, or something? The Trump administration has given up on any serious attempts to curb the nation's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As U.S. deaths inch towards the 200,000 mark, outside experts are now warning Americans to ignore the "dysfunctional" Centers of Disease Control and Prevention after the agency issued new, Trump-favored guidelines to reduce testing, rather than expand it. There is no federal contract tracing effort. There is no standard, expert-based pandemic policy—each state has been left to its own devices, with federal officials ignoring even the most serious state outbreaks. Don't worry, though. It's...
    The 2020 Census. Bill Clark/Getty Images A federal judge ordered that the US Census Bureau temporarily cease easing up on data collection efforts for the 2020 Census. The order allows the bureau to continue its data collection efforts normally until a court hearing on Sept. 17. A plan from administration officials previously cut collection efforts to four months, down from the original eight months, according to the order. The results of the Census influence the division of $1.5 trillion in federal funding, as well as determine how many congressional seats each state receives. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A federal judge ordered that the US Census Bureau temporarily cease easing up on data collection efforts for...
    Derrick Z. Jackson September 6, 2020 12:29PM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. In more sane times, it would be natural for the Boy Scouts of America to share its do-gooder image with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The two institutions recently announced a special award for scouts that commemorates the EPA's 50th anniversary. The award is given after a scout earns merit badges in earth sciences, animal studies, outdoor activities, and public health, and completes a public health or environment-themed community service project. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, an Eagle Scout who...
              Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and his administration provided a “Week in Review” for the past week, with actions ranging from providing free books to kids to requiring schools to report coronavirus cases to local health departments. The week started off Monday with DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announcing assistance for five projects to create 574 new jobs and retain 1,058 jobs statewide. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $23 million in new payroll and spur more than $68 million in investments across Ohio. First Lady Fran DeWine on...
    A Saturday report from The Telegraph covers leaked meeting notes that suggest that United States President Donald Trump pushed back on former United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May’s calls to expel Russian diplomats after the poisoning of former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The notes were taken during high-level meetings between the U.K. and U.S. and shine a light on the unique relationship between the two countries. “No, all of us have to be together,” Trump allegedly said of the push to expel Russian spies. “Germany has to do something. You have to put together a coalition. I’m not willing for the U.S. to go first and then have others not to do anything. Germany has to...
    Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, told CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Saturday that he has urged more former colleagues to speak out against President Donald Trump, and predicting that they will step forward in “the coming days.” “Do you know of anybody else who plans to come forward before the election?” Cabrera asked Taylor. “I hate to tease this, but as you would expect, Ana, I’ve been pretty actively involved in trying to give people the confidence to come out and say what they need to say and not to fear this president,” Taylor responded. “And I do think in the coming days here I’m going to have some news for you in that...
    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump plant trees to celebrate Earth Day, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.AP Photo/Evan Vucci For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This article was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. During a May 2018 roundtable with more than two dozen outdoor sporting and conservation organizations, after more than a year of leading the Trump administration’s fossil fuel-centric “energy dominance” push, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to make a “grand pivot” away from energy development and toward conservation.  Zinke’s decree was an admission that the agency had fallen short on its stewardship mandate, and an acknowledgment that...
    As the coronavirus pandemic contributes to a glut of fossil fuels, groups like Greenpeace are calling on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to ban fossil fuel interests from his campaign and administration, if he wins, even as he recently declared at a campaign stop that he “will not ban fracking.” We discuss the politics of fossil fuels with reporter Antonia Juhasz, who says the end of oil could be near, and look at how the industry has profited from the COVID bailout. “The pandemic has taken essentially every weakness that already existed in the oil industry and then made each of them much, much worse, leaving the oil industry in a situation where I would argue it is at its...
    (CNN)Before a bombshell story in The Atlantic revealed eye-popping allegations that President Donald Trump had referred to America's fallen soldiers as "losers" and "suckers," another story was making its way into the ether without much notice. S.E. CuppIn February of 2020, the Pentagon ordered Stars and Stripes, the longtime publication serving United States' service members, to shutter, demanding that the last newspaper publication be September 30, 2020. That's according to a little publicized memo from Col. Paul Haverstick, Jr., recently obtained by USA Today, in which he claims the administration has the authority to red-line the $15.5 million annual subsidy for Stars and Stripes in the President's fiscal year 2021 Defense Department budget, indicating the order comes from the...
    Experts who spoke with Salon expressed doubt about whether the Trump administration can have a coronavirus vaccine ready by late October or early November, even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked public health officials in all 50 states and five large cities to prepare for precisely that possibility. The CDC guidance specifically asks those local governments to be ready to distribute a possible vaccine to health care workers and members of high-risk groups as early as next month, according to The New York Times. Because Trump’s reelection chances have been significantly hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, however, it is unclear whether this guidance reflects medical reality or is simply an effort directed by the president to improve his odds...
    The Trump administration’s war on the free press is threatening to take down Stars and Stripes, the editorially independent military newspaper, after Defense Secretary Mark Esper proposed ending federal funding for the publication and Pentagon officials notified it to stop publishing on Sept. 30. But Congress has the right to appropriate money, and the House has already passed a bill including Stars and Stripes funding. It’s up to the Senate now, and a bipartisan group of senators is urging Esper to keep Stars and Stripes going. “Stars and Stripes is an essential part of our nation’s freedom of the press that serves the very population charged with defending that freedom,” 15 senators—four Republicans and 11 Democrats—wrote to Esper. “Therefore, we respectfully request that you rescind your decision to...
    Reuters September 3, 2020 0 Comments The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Democrats of hurting the poor with policies aimed at fighting climate change, and said the agency would keep supporting development and deregulation if President Donald Trump is re-elected. The speech, on the EPA’s 50th anniversary, laid out agency priorities if Trump wins a second term in office. It reflected the gaping ideological divide between Democrats and the administration, which has loosened regulations for pollution and vehicle fuel efficiency and promoted oil and gas drilling. “Some members of former administrations and progressives in Congress have elevated single issue advocacy – in many cases focused just on climate change … over the interests of communities...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Programming note: We’re taking a long weekend off, but will be back with an update on Labor Day.  Here are the latest updates from September 3: 78,123 confirmed cases; 1,837 deaths Walz administration urges Minnesotans to renew focus on slowing virus Inside is dangerous; outside is not enough Article...
    With the November presidential election just over 60 days away, recent actions and reports over the last week from all three of the government departments responsible for protecting the vote raise new concerns about the Trump administration’s commitment to a free and fair election. Even as senior government officials continue to raise alarms about foreign actors seeking to attack the election, the major entities of federal government that share responsibility for election security—the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees and coordinates the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies—have taken steps that appear to undermine or compromise the nation’s ability to conduct a free and free election in November...
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is pushing back on a report about his workplace behavior that alleged verbal abuse, particularly against young women staffers, saying on Thursday that “there will be conflict” if he views officials as impeding his job.  “My mission in this administration is to serve as a soldier for the greatest commander in chief ever, and my job is to help this president do two things: save American lives and create American jobs. And if people get in the way of that, there will be conflict. And I make no bones about that. So this is a tough town,” Navarro said on CNN. “My job is to help this President ... save American lives and create...
    Despite having a self-professed Catholic as vice president, the Barack Obama-Joe Biden administration managed to openly attack Catholics in several ways by dismissing their beliefs as trivial and backward. Now, with Biden as the Democrat 2020 nominee, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate, the anti-Catholic bias has not only continued, but intensified. From the assaults already waged against their faith, Catholics have a clear view of what they can expect from a Biden-Harris administration. Abortion on demand at any time during pregnancy: The Catholic faith holds that life is precious and must be protected from the moment of conception to natural death. While national leaders have praised President Donald Trump as the most pro-life president in...
    World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on COVID-19 virus at the WHO headquaters on March 11, 2020 in Geneva.Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Trump administration outlined on Wednesday the next steps it will take as the U.S. withdraws from the World Health Organization, a convoluted process that will take at least a year to complete.  "The position of the White House is that the WHO needs to reform and that is starting with demonstrating its independence from the Chinese Communist Party," explained Nerissa Cook, deputy assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. "We are advocating for greater transparency and greater accountability and we want to see speedier and...
    Analysis by Chris Cillizza | CNN Editor-at-large Late last week, the state of California hit an absolutely remarkable milestone: It filed its 100th lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration. Yes, you read that right: 100 lawsuits. (By way of comparison, Texas sued the Obama administration 48 times during his two full terms.) “I am surprised that any president in any administration would at least 100 times be caught red-handed violating the law,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, told the Los Angeles Times of the feat. “I am not surprised we have had to sue, because we have to protect our people, our resources and our values, and we use the rule of law to do that.”...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The federal government is backing out of a controversial $646.7 million deal to buy ventilators from Royal Philips N.V., acting before the company had delivered a third of the order. The deal has been the focus of several ProPublica stories since March. That reporting prompted a congressional investigation that last month found “evidence of fraud, waste and abuse” in the acquisition of the Philips ventilators. This week, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy announced it is expanding its probe to look at other coronavirus-related deals negotiated by Peter Navarro, the...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using its authority to implement a temporary eviction moratorium through the end of the year, the Trump administration said Tuesday evening. The CDC’s moratorium will apply to all rental units nationwide until Dec. 31 and goes into effect immediately, senior administration officials said. The previous federal eviction moratorium created by the CARES Act that ended in late July only applied to federally-funded housing, including rental units with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae FNMA, -1.33% and Freddie Mac FMCC, -1.78% . The moratorium builds on a previous executive order from President Trump that directed the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC to determine whether halting evictions was necessary to...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using its authority to implement a temporary eviction moratorium through the end of the year, the Trump administration said Tuesday evening. Unlike the federal moratorium included in the CARES Act that expired in late July, the CDC's moratorium will apply to all rental units nationwide, senior administration officials said. Renters will be eligible for the moratorium's protection if they received a stimulus check, and they must be able to prove that they made an effort to receive government assistance and that they could not afford rent.
    After reviewing classified intelligence reports about Vladimir Putin’s attempts to interfere in the 2020 election over three weeks ago, Senator Richard Blumenthal tried to sound the alarm. The warning lights are flashing red. America’s elections are under attack. This week, I reviewed classified materials in the Senate’s Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility and received a similarly classified briefing on malign foreign threats to U.S. elections. I was shocked by what I learned — and appalled that, by swearing Congress to secrecy, the Trump administration is keeping the truth about a grave, looming threat to democracy hidden from the American people. On Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a statement that only hints at the threats. The facts are...
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House on August 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee | Getty Images At a daily press briefing originally designed to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak ripping through America, President Donald Trump spent about 70 seconds out of 26 minutes discussing the virus. He didn't take any questions from the media on the topic.  The vast majority of the press conference was focused on other issues, including riots in various cities and the police response. It was a decidedly different tone from prior news conferences, where Trump provided lengthy updates about the virus for at least a third of the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says that it has recovered nearly 70% of the government relief payments that went to dead people. The Government Accountability Office said Monday it had been told by the Treasury Department that nearly 70% of the $1.6 billion that had mistakenly gone to dead people had been recovered. The GAO said it could not immediately verify that amount but said its auditors were working with Treasury to determine the exact number of payments that have been recovered. Treasury is also considering sending letters to request the return of the remaining outstanding payments, but has not moved forward with that effort yet, GAO said. Treasury said it was delaying that move because Congress is considering...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday ensured the hosts of Fox and Friends that President Donald Trump and his administration are “efforting” outreach to Jacob Blake’s family — despite the family attorney’s claim that no such effort has been made. “We are efforting outreach, have not been able to connect yet, so tomorrow the plan is so far to go and to meet with law enforcement, to look at some of the damage from the riots,” McEnany said. “But we are holding his family close to our hearts, and this president, as I said, we’ve efforted outreach and once I have an update, we’ll be sure to get back to you.” Following McEnany’s interview, MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson spoke to family attorney Benjamin Crump and Blake’s...
    There's a new doctor on the White House pandemic team, one who is telling Donald Trump what he wants to hear. The neuroradiologist, Scott Atlas, comes from Stanford's conservative Hoover Institution and caught Trump's eye during his appearances on Fox News, where he promoted "herd immunity" as a strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Five sources close to the administration and Trump's thinking tell The Washington Post that Atlas has influenced administration policy on testing and on reopening schools. Why is a doctor who does not have a background in infectious diseases or epidemiology on the team? He's telling Trump what he wants to hear, reportedly calling himself the "anti-Dr. Fauci," contrasting himself with the nation's leading infectious disease specialist,...
    Even a former member of Trump’s Department of Homeland Security thinks he is batshit, and surrounded by actual racists. It would be funny if some of the stories that former DHS official Elizabeth Neumann told Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast on this episode on The New Abnormal weren’t so terrifying.  She admits that she did “hold her nose” and vote for him in 2016 and really believed he would rise to the occasion. But that dream died super quick—by the end of summer 2017 to be exact.  “It was clear he didn’t have a strong enough character to put aside some of his bad habits,” she said. 
    Kaiser Health News Staff - PolitiFact Staff August 30, 2020 2:01AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. In accepting the Republican Party nomination Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence accurately recounted the history of Baltimore's Fort McHenry, and how a failed British bombardment in 1814 helped inspire Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Pence's claims about the Trump administration as well as his attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, on the other hand, were sometimes misleading, incomplete or wrong. : As the number of Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19 neared 180,000, he spent part of his speech recasting the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus response, offering sympathy to "the families...
    A small gas station in California received a small business bailout money from the Trump administration during the pandemic, then paid for Make America Great Again campaign billboards ahead the election. Large, towering billboards attempting to rally support for President Trump and his quest for a second term began showing up along a desert highway in early August. Signs stamped with 'Make America Great Again' in capital letters or Trump looking wistfully at the sky with a thumbs up appeared along the California-Arizona border.  The small company that funded the sprawling billboards had months earlier received a significant cash loan from the same administration it is now championing, public records obtained by CNN showed.   Ethics and legal experts have said the...
    President Donald Trump is expected to cut U.S. troop deployment in Iraq to 3,500, roughly a week after hosting the Iraqi prime minister at the White House, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The move comes amid a series of successes for the Trump administration in the Middle East, including a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in early August and a peace agreement with the Taliban in February. There were roughly 5,200 U.S. troops deployed to Iraq as of late August, according to the WSJ. The withdrawal would reportedly take up to three months and would put U.S. presence in Iraq at its lowest level since the beginning of the campaign against ISIS. (RELATED: President Trump...
    SACRAMENTO —  California reached a milestone Friday in its long-standing feud with President Trump when Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced he has filed his 100th lawsuit against the administration, this time challenging changes in environmental rules. Becerra said the lawsuit filed Friday, like the 99 others, challenges the Republican president’s authority to change federal policies in ways that harm California and its residents. The attorney general, who was first appointed to the post in 2017 and was elected in 2018, said he did not expect to have to file so many lawsuits. “I am surprised that any president in any administration would at least 100 times be caught red-handed violating the law,” Becerra said in an interview with The Times....
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this week issued a condemnation of riots in Kenosha, Wis. -- one of just a handful of occasions he's spoken out against the violence plaguing American cities for months, and a response that Republicans argue comes too late. "Needless violence won’t heal us," Biden tweeted on Wednesday in response to the riots that erupted over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. "We need to end the violence -- and peacefully come together to demand justice." BIDEN: TRUMP 'ROOTING FOR MORE VIOLENCE, NOT LESS' In an interview with MSNBC Thursday, Biden said again that "I condemn violence in any form, whether it's looting or whatever it is." But Republicans openly questioned the sincerity of the...
    Ja’Ron Smith will be one of the featured speakers on the final day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday. The political adviser will address the RNC and likely speak about his experience working with the administration of President Donald Trump. He has served as an Assistant to the President for domestic policy since April 2019 and was previously an adviser on Director of Urban Affairs and Revitalization since Trump entered the White House in January 2017. Smith Worked With High-Profile Republicans As He Rose Through The Party   Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images Smith was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 29, 1982. He and his four siblings were raised solely by their father for periods of his...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that President Donald Trump “screwed up” the good economy that he inherited from the Obama administration during an interview that aired on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” Mitchell said, “He’s apparently going to say tonight, among other things in attacking you, we have spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years.” Biden said, “By the way, if you notice the last four years before, we created more jobs in the last three years than he created so far. Like the old saying goes, everything he inherited, he screwed up. He screwed up the economy so badly. For the last four years, we were not having racial...