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    (CNN)The Trump administration hasn't announced how many refugees could be admitted to the United States in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins this week, signaling yet another delay and likely leaving thousands of those seeking refuge in limbo again. Under President Donald Trump the administration has slowly chipped away at the refugee cap, which dictates how many may come to the United States. The US had been already on course during the 2020 fiscal year to admit the lowest level of refugees since 1980 when the coronavirus pandemic hit and led to a pause in arrivals until late July. A family was set to be reunited after nearly four years apart. Then coronavirus struck.Now, just days before the start of...
    In recent media appearances, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster has been less critical of the Trump administration than many other former officials. But in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Monday, McMaster made it clear there’s one area of foreign policy in particular he believes the Trump White House has been “absolutely wrong” on. Amanpour asked McMaster about the administration’s negotiations with the Taliban and whether he believes “to fulfill a promise to pull all American forces from overseas that cozying up to the Taliban is a national security sensible thing for the United States to do right now.” “I think that the Trump administration policy has been absolutely wrong since the negotiations began with the Taliban,” McMaster...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said United States leadership should've done more to recognize the growing global threat of the Chinese Communist Party. In an interview with Mark Levin on Sunday on Fox News's Life, Liberty, and Levin, Pompeo discussed the Trump administration's approach to foreign policy with a focus on its adversaries and discussed China's growing influence. "I think political leadership has failed the American people in this regard for many, many years, misunderstanding what it was that the Chinese Communist Party has as its intention," Pompeo said. "In America, sometimes we discount these things. Just listen to what General Secretary Xi Jinping says, and you can predict and watch what the Chinese actions are likely to be."...
    President Trump will face off with former Vice President Joe Biden in the first presidential debate this week, where health care is bound to come up. While Democrats often attack Trump for a lack of a health-care plan, the truth is, his administration has significantly increased Americans’ choice of health coverage and improved access to care. In fact, Trump should be proud to campaign on his health-care record. When Trump took office, Obamacare was wreaking havoc with the individual health-insurance market — premiums and deductibles were escalating, and choices of coverage were dwindling. The Trump administration took steps to shore up these markets and premiums have held flat since 2018, with more insurers now offering plans. At the same time,...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Friday ordered acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley to step aside, blocking him from exercising any more authority after finding that he has served unlawfully for more than 400 days.Chief District Judge Brian Morris of the US District Court of Montana ruled that Pendley has served unlawfully for 424 days, in response to a lawsuit brought by Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Morris additionally ruled Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt cannot pick another person to run the Bureau of Land Management and instead must take those responsibilities on himself.The judge gave both sides of the case 10 days to file briefs about...
              Nashville Mayor John Cooper said Thursday that he and members of his administration have shown total transparency providing information to the public about COVID-19. Cooper said this at a press conference Thursday. Mayor John Coopers News Conference Mayor John Cooper holds news conference on public health Posted by Mayor John Cooper on Thursday, September 24, 2020 FOX 17 reporter Dennis Ferrier asked Cooper to respond to criticism that Nashville accepts federal COVID-19 assistance despite the mayor closing bars and restaurants based on insufficient data. Cooper said he acted on federal COVID-19 guidelines. “It was not insufficient data. It was an alarming trend that was responded to, and I think we can look...
    A Wednesday report from The Hill outlined the purported damaging effects of Donald Trump’s coronavirus response on the morale within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a current CDC employee, the morale is the lowest in their time at the agency. “I have never seen morale this low,” they said. “It’s just, people are beaten down. People are beaten down partially by a public who not only distrusts us but who actually think we want to infringe on their civil liberties. The other factor is the active undermining by senior members of our own administration.” Rich Besser, a former CDC director, said that his conversations with former colleagues who work at the agency convey an “overwhelming...
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s turn to address the U.N. General Assembly came Tuesday with prerecorded remarks that included “a strong message on China.” Speaking to reporters Monday, Trump did not specify any of the topics he focused on with regard to China, but excerpts released Tuesday morning included his renewed criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus and Trump’s accusation that the World Health Organization is too close to China. Trump, who cut U.S. funding to the WHO, faults the U.N. agency and China for not doing enough to stop the outbreak in its early stages. “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” Trump said, according to the White House.WATCH:  Trump UNGA Speech Sorry, but your browser...
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s turn to address the U.N. General Assembly comes Tuesday with prerecorded remarks that he says include “a strong message on China.” Speaking to reporters Monday, Trump did not specify any of the topics he focused on with regard to China.  But he and his administration have been sharply critical of China’s handling of the coronavirus, raised security concerns about the practices of Chinese companies such as TikTok and Huawei, and accused China of meddling in U.S. elections. Trump has coupled his coronavirus complaints against China with those targeting the World Health Organization. He has cut funding to the U.N. agency while accusing it of being too close to China and saying neither did enough to curtail the outbreak in its early...
    Mike Pompeo declared that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored – Reuter The Trump administration declared on Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the UN Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8pm Eastern Time. That is 30 days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the council that Iran was in “significant non-performance” with its obligations under the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “The United States took this...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Washington (CNN)The Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into the possibility that former national security adviser John Bolton "unlawfully disclosed classified information" in a memoir he published earlier this year, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Citing conversations with three people familiar with the matter, the Times said DOJ "has convened a grand jury, which issued a subpoena for communications records from Simon & Schuster, the publisher" of Bolton's book, "The Room Where It Happened," which was released in June. The Trump administration had previously tried to block the book's release in court, arguing Bolton did not complete required pre-publication of the manuscript to make sure classified information was not contained in it. A federal judge rebuffed the...
    Bob Woodward on Tuesday dismissed a veiled threat from White House adviser Jared Kushner, who claimed to have audio tapes of the veteran journalist. In an interview on the Today Show, Kushner was asked about comments he made during an interview with Woodward. According to Woodward, Kushner can be heard on tape calling former members of the Trump administration “overconfident idiots.” Kushner revealed that both men had recorded the interview, and suggested that Woodward’s account was false. “He’s got tapes of everything, I have tapes of everything,” the White House adviser said. “That was never implied in that regard.” Later on Tuesday, Woodward responded to Kushner’s remarks in an interview with The Washington Post. “If you look at Jared Kushner’s quote, he...
    (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...
    Reuters September 12, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump’s administration has expelled about 8,800 unaccompanied migrant children intercepted at the U.S.-Mexico border since March 20 under rules seeking to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to court documents filed Friday by the Justice Department. The administration had declined to disclose the numbers since June, when it said about 2,000 children had been expelled. Immigration advocates had argued that many more were likely subject to the rules, but the scope of the expulsions was not clear until Friday. The administration implemented new border rules on March 21 that scrapped decades-old practices under laws meant to protect children from human trafficking and offer them a...
    By Mimi Dwyer (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration has expelled about 8,800 unaccompanied migrant children intercepted at the U.S.-Mexico border since March 20 under rules seeking to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to court documents filed Friday by the Justice Department. The administration had declined to disclose the numbers since June, when it said about 2,000 children had been expelled. Immigration advocates had argued that many more were likely subject to the rules, but the scope of the expulsions was not clear until Friday. The administration implemented new border rules on March 21 that scrapped decades-old practices under laws meant to protect children from human trafficking and offer them a chance to...
    In the last month, President Donald Trump has urged states to send children back to school, demanded governors reopen their economies, and called for lockdowns to be ended. He has pushed forward with that strategy by, in part, telling Americans that the U.S. will likely have a coronavirus vaccine in the next few months, if not sooner.  “We’re going to have a vaccine soon,” Trump said during a press conference with reporters Thursday afternoon. “It’s going to be much sooner than you think.” But top health officials in his administration admitted this week that “there’s no way of knowing” when a vaccine will be available and that it could take another nine months to produce. On a call with the...
    With the presidential election less than two months away, former Donald Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci — who briefly served as White House Communications director in the Trump administration in 2017 but is now a blistering critic of the president — is predicting that more Trump officials resign and speak out against Trump in the weeks to come. Scaramucci, during a CNN appearance on Wednesday morning, September 9, said he had “first-hand” knowledge of these resignations. The 56-year-old Scaramucci told “New Day” hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, “I’ll make a prediction on the show: there will be people inside the administration that will denounce what is going on and resign prior to Election Day. And so, this stuff is happening,...
    Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens during the daily White House coronavirus press briefing April 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee | Getty Images News | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has long been unhappy with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and White House officials have talked to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie about taking the top Pentagon job should Trump decide to fire Esper, three senior administration officials said. Two senior administration officials said Trump discussed the position directly with Wilkie at the White House last month. Two other senior administration officials said Wilkie had senior-level discussions with the White House about becoming Trump's next defense secretary. The conversations included the idea of naming Wilkie — a...
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie blasted a recent report in the Atlantic that claimed President Trump disparaged American veterans and fallen soldiers, and said the current administration has been far better than the previous one in how it has treated veterans. Wilkie told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the comments attributed to the president in the report by anonymous sources do not reflect the Donald Trump he knows. TRUMP 2020 CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN BLASTS REPORT TRUMP DISPARAGED AMERICAN WAR DEAD AS 'FAKE' "I would be offended, too, if I thought it was true," Wilkie said. "I am very proud that this president has led to a renaissance in veterans affairs." Wilkie said that the Obama administration had a...
    RT America, the Russia-owned U.S. cable channel, has spent months pushing the same attacks that were described in a Department of Homeland Security intel brief that was quashed by the Trump administration — and which the Trump campaign has been using as well. Earlier this week, ABC News reported that the DHS withheld publication of an intelligence briefing that would have warned federal, state, and local agencies of “a Russian scheme to promote ‘allegations about the poor mental health’ of former Vice President Joe Biden,” which was entitled “Russia Likely to Denigrate Health of US Candidates to Influence 2020 Election.” That effort has been playing out in plain sight for months, and continues to. RT America has been publishing...
    Unlawfully appointed DHS Sec. Chad Wolf Chad Wolf is unlawfully serving as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), so his changes further devastating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are also unlawful, according to a lawsuit filed this week challenging the July memo refusing to accept new applications (in defiance of court orders) and slashing protections for current beneficiaries. “This administration’s latest attack on DACA is without force of law and should be set aside immediately,” said attorney Ernest I. Herrera of civil rights organization Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which joined with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP to sue the administration. “Chad Wolf has no legal authority to upend the lives of hundreds of thousands Dreamers living, learning,...
    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...
    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.”...
    Grammy award-winning country music singer Kacey Musgraves took to Twitter recently to declare that voting for President Donald Trump in November would be equivalent to an "act of violence" against the LGBTQ+ community. Musgraves posted an image to her feed Friday night which said: "If you love an LGBTQ+ person and you're planning on voting for Donald Trump in November, that's an act of violence against them." In a caption posted along with the image, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter wrote, "to each their own but know what your vote means" — a confusingly passive-aggressive message from someone simultaneously claiming that to vote one way would be violent. In response to the tweet, former Trump administration acting director of national intelligence...
    Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin that "there's a double standard in this country when it comes to law enforcement and how they treat Black Americans versus White Americans."  Blake, a Black man whose shooting sparked protests throughout the state and country, including the cancellation of professional sports games and practices in the NBA and WNBA, MLB and NFL, is in the hospital and paralyzed after Kenosha police officer Ruston Sheskey shot Blake, who was not armed, seven times in the back. Video of the shooting quickly went viral.  "We have too many officers that are too quick to make assumptions. And I believe that it's actually a mix of...
    Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic National Convention on August 20, 2020.Andrew Harnik/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.When Joe Biden went on TV to officially accept the Democratic nomination last Thursday, he likened the task ahead of him to the one that faced President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who “pledged a New Deal in a time of massive unemployment, uncertainty, and fear.” It’s a historical precedent Biden has repeatedly turned to ever since the pandemic’s arrival in the United States coincided with the end of the Democratic presidential primary. Over the summer, he’s backed up that promise with an economic recovery plan that amounts to the most progressive platform proposed by a...
    It's been four years since Donald Trump made a string of promises during his long 2016 campaign to be the 45th president of the United States. As his big speech to the RNC looms, how is he doing on keeping them? Many of them made headlines - from banning all Muslims entering the US, to building a wall along the border with Mexico. So how did he do?Tax cuts Before election: Trump promised to lower the corporate tax rate and bring in huge tax cuts for working Americans. After: The Republican tax plan passed in December 2017, and it largely ticks the box for the president although its merits are hotly disputed. He has had to compromise on his pledge...
    Washington (CNN)Former White House national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday torched the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, leveling that that the lack of a national strategy has prompted "one mistake after another.""They've made a complete mess of it, and it's been a tragedy for Americans, those who have died and their families, the economic consequences," Bolton told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead.""To this day, the administration does not have a coronavirus strategy. Now, they may yet get the benefit of it. Recent polls apparently show concern with the virus diminishing as a political matter, so they may be able to tough their way through it. But it's just been one mistake after another."His comments come in...
    Three RU-486 Mifeprex abortion pills are held in a hand December 1, 2000 in Granite City, Illinois. The Hope Center for Women is the first area abortion clinic to distribute the new pills that terminates a pregnancy. The RU-486 pill was approved in September and can be taken by women up to the seventh week of pregnancy. The drug blocks the hormone that sustains the embryo and then unhooks it from the uterine wall. (Photo by Bill Grenblatt/Liaison)Bill Grenblatt | Liaison | Hulton Archive |Getty Images The Trump administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to reinstate restrictions on an abortion medication as it appeals a federal judge's ruling that temporarily suspended those restrictions nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic....
    (Reuters) - TikTok said on Monday that "we simply have no choice" but to sue the Trump administration over U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order banning transactions in the United States with the popular short-form video-sharing app. In a blog post, TikTok said it strongly disagreed with the White House's position that the company was a national security threat, saying it had "taken extraordinary measures to protect the privacy and security of TikTok’s U.S. user data." It also said the administration has ignored its "extensive efforts" to address its concerns, and accused Trump of politicizing the dispute by calling for a ban on TikTok in an Aug. 6 executive order. "We do not take suing the government lightly," TikTok said....
    Savannah Rychcik August 21, 2020 0 Comments Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice revealed on Friday the potential role she could play in Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s administration if he is elected in the upcoming November election. In an interview with American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan on Friday, Rice claimed she has the necessary experience to hold different Cabinet-level position. Ryan listed a variety of positions Rice could potentially hold including Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. “Do I have the experience to do those jobs, is that what you’re asking me?… Yes,” Rice said. Rice noted she has already served as National Security Adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.Watch her comments below: I interviewed @AmbassadorRice...
    If Joe Biden wins big in November, no one should breathe easily until he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20. The period from Election Day until Inauguration Day will be ugly, according to a range of experts from both political parties who anticipate President Trump’s refusal to accept defeat could destroy any semblance of a peaceable transfer of power. There is a body of law governing the transition between administrations, but it is built on the assumption that the parties involved will cooperate. There is occasional mischief, like when the Clinton people supposedly removed the “W’s” from some computer keyboards to irritate the incoming George W Bush administration. What Trump might do is no joke and...
    President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters President Donald Trump has barely acknowledged the reported poisoning of a top critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alexei Navalny, Putin’s most prominent critic, is hospitalized and in a coma. It’s suspected he was poisoned. This is part of a long, well-documented trend of Trump coddling dictators. “What troubles me right now is our voice is missing … President Trump is not only indifferent to democracy, he embraces Putin the autocrat and makes excuses for him,” said a former US ambassador to Russia in an MSNBC interview. ...
    Americans "can be assured" any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the U.S. will be safe, and no Bill Gates, nor the Gates Foundation, will not have anything to do with it, according to Assistant Health Secretary, Adm. Brett Giroir, to Newsmax TV. "Last I saw, I hadnt seen President [Donald] Trump appoint Bill Gates to any position within the administration, and I dont think hes ever been Senate-confirmed for anything," Giroir, the coronavirus task force testing czar, told Thursdays "The Chris Salcedo Show." "So, Bill Gates is not part of the task force. Ive talked to him a couple times, but as far as I know, he has nothing to do with the vaccines." Conspiracy theorists have feared Gates, a vocal critic of Trump...
    An illegal immigrant mother who was publicized during the Democratic National Convention as an example of President Trump’s cruelty toward immigrants has a deportation track record dating back to the Clinton administration. The Washington Times reported Wednesday that Alejandra Juarez first entered the country illegally in 1998 and was deported back to Mexico during President Bill Clinton’s second term in office. She then illegally returned to the United States and married a legal resident. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement became aware of her residing again in the U.S. in 2013, under the Obama administration, after a traffic stop. The agency renewed its deportation order and made her check in with agents with the intent of removing her...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top epidemiologist, had a vocal cord polyp removed via outpatient surgery Thursday morning, Fox News has confirmed. As a result of the surgery, Fauci will have to rest "his voice for a few days," according to a spokesperson. CNN first reported the story. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been one of the highest-profile figures as the Trump administration has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. He was a regular at the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings earlier in the pandemic and has since been a regular in TV interviews, social media interviews with celebrities like Matthew McConaughey and in congressional hearings. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute...
    The Middle East peace deal announced by President Trump last week is the first of its kind in 26 years, and a success no one thought possible following the Obama administration, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told “Hannity” Wednesday. When Trump was sworn into office in January 2017, Kushner noted, the Obama administration had funded terrorism worldwide, given one of the “worst deals ever” to Iran and left the Middle East a “total mess.” TRUMP 2020 OFFICIAL CLAIMS BIDEN WOULD'VE BEEN 'UTTER DISASTER' AS PRESIDENT DURING PANDEMIC “President Trump went to the Middle East. He got all the Arab and Muslim leaders together and said, ‘We have to do things differently,’” explained Kushner, the president's son-in-law. “He reestablished his relationship with Israel and...
    In 2016, Donald Trump made immigration restrictions a signature marketing campaign problem. Since then, Trump’s aimed toward considerably decreasing immigration, particularly within the months after COVID-19 arrived on our shores. Some voters, polls present, have balked at his extra draconian measures, which ought to present a gap to Joe Biden. But Biden’s drawback is the Democratic Celebration has lurched considerably to the left on immigration, and his personal platform displays that transfer. There’s little in latest polling that implies the Biden agenda will attraction to any however essentially the most dedicated leftists, leaving an enormous coverage vacuum between him and Trump. In 2016, Trump known as for the development of a border wall to stem unlawful immigration from the...
    In 2016, Donald Trump made immigration restrictions a signature campaign issue. Since then, Trump’s aimed at significantly reducing immigration, especially in the months after COVID-19 arrived on our shores. Some voters, polls show, have balked at his more draconian measures, which should provide an opening to Joe Biden. Yet Biden’s problem is the Democratic Party has lurched significantly to the left on immigration, and his own platform reflects that move. There’s little in recent polling that suggests the Biden agenda will appeal to any but the most committed leftists, leaving a giant policy vacuum between him and Trump. In 2016, Trump called for the construction of a border wall to stem illegal immigration from the south. Since then, he’s faced...
    CNN’s Pamela Brown repeatedly confronted the Trump administration’s testing czar, Admiral Brett Giroir, about ongoing issues with the country’s testing strategy, from long turnaround times to rising positivity rates amid declining overall tests. Giroir requested to appear on CNN on Friday afternoon after one of the network’s frequent guests, Dr. Ashish Jha, called out the White House on Friday morning for a having failed to test sufficiently to fully stop the spread and reopen schools. “Just about everything he said was the opposite of what reality is. And that really troubled me,” Giroir said. “sAnd I want to make sure the American people understand where we are and where we’re going. No, we’re never going to be satisfied with...
    Getty: "People hold signs during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in San Diego, California June 18, 2020." A federal judge was not one bit happy about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official Joseph Edlow’s June claim that the Supreme Court’s decision ruling that the administration illegally ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program had “no basis in law.” U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis “was taken aback by the defiant tone,” Politico reports. “Obviously, the Regents decision is the law,” Justice Department attorney Stephen Pezzi replied when Garaufis asked him to explain Edlow’s statement during proceedings over ongoing litigation. Clean-up on aisle five. But then Pezzi laid out a whopper of his own: “The...
    THE Trump administration wants to loosen restrictions on an energy law that restricts how much water pours through showerheads per minute. President Donald Trump complained last month about the issue, saying not enough water comes out of showerheads – and that his hair needs to be “perfect.” 7President Donald Trump said last month that his hair needs to be 'perfect'Credit: Getty - Contributor What did Trump say about showerheads? Speaking at the White House in July, Trump said: “We’re bringing back consumer choice in home appliances so that you can buy washers and dryers, showerheads, and faucets. “So showerheads — you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn’t come out....
    For several months, a debate has raged in Pennsylvania between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican majorities in the state Legislature over whether the administration’s coronavirus restrictions are appropriate or too restrictive. Lawmakers passed a number of bills in recent months seeking to overturn some of the measures imposed by Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, only to see Wolf veto most of those bills. With Republicans lacking the support needed to overturn a veto, the restrictions have remained for as long as the administration deemed them necessary. Now, a new analysis by the financial services website WalletHub that ranks the states by their COVID-19 restrictions has placed Pennsylvania firmly near the top. The Keystone...
    U.S. senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Undocumented immigrant youth leaders with United We Dream Action celebrated presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s selection of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice presidential running mate, calling her on Tuesday a “candidate who is a champion for immigrants” in a statement received by Daily Kos. “Over the last four years, Senator Harris has fought alongside immigrant youth and our families against the Trump administration’s heinous attacks,” said United We Dream Action co-founder Cristina Jiménez. “When Trump attacked DACA, when he released the Muslim ban, and when he snatched children from the arms of their parents, Senator Harris defended our communities.” The junior senator from the state with the largest population of Deferred...
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other forms of legal action against the Trump administration, according to a breakdown from the organization. The day after President Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016, the ACLU called his campaign promises “unconstitutional” in a tweet and added that the civil rights organization would “see him in court” if he implemented his agenda. Should President-elect Donald Trump attempt to implement his unconstitutional campaign promises, we’ll see him in court. — ACLU (@ACLU) November 9, 2016 Since Trump took office, the ACLU has filed 237 lawsuits against the administration along with 160 other forms of legal action, the Associated Press reported. These include Freedom of...
    President Donald Trump’s administration has deported more than 2,000 unaccompanied children since March, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The deportations have come as part of Trump’s immigration response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He declared the pandemic a national emergency earlier this year, and has used that authority to maintain stricter policies at the border, such as turning people away without allowing them to apply for asylum, the AP reported. The United States, Mexico, and Canada have all agreed to close down America’s borders to non-essential traffic amid the pandemic, leading to a massive reduction in illegal border crossings. (RELATED: Senate Republicans Urge Trump To Suspend All Guest Worker Visas Amid Coronavirus Pandemic) MATAMOROS, MEXICO – DECEMBER 09: Immigrant children break a...
    Former first lady Michelle Obama has a case of "low-grade depression" because of the current state of affairs in the country. Speaking on "The Michelle Obama Podcast" that was published Wednesday, she said the racial protests and how the Trump administration reacts to and deals with issues is having an effect on her. "Im dealing with some form of low-grade depression. Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife and just seeing this administration," she said. "Watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting. "I dont think Im unusual, in that. "But Id be remiss to say that part of this depression is also a result of what were seeing in terms...
    Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has said she is suffering from "low-grade depression" because of the pandemic, racial tensions and the "hypocrisy" of the Trump administration. She said managing "emotional highs and lows" required "knowing yourself" and "the things that do bring you joy." Mrs Obama said she has had difficulties with her exercise routine and sleep. "I'm waking up in the middle of the night because I'm worrying about something or there's a heaviness." "These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually," the 56-year-old said. "I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. "Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the...
    Getty: "A young Honduran asylum seeker waits with her family on the international bridge from Mexico to the United States on December 09, 2019 next to the border town of Matamoros, Mexico." We know the Trump administration has been unlawfully expelling unaccompanied minors, or children who come to the U.S. by themselves, under a Stephen Miller-led COVID-19 health order, including detaining some kids as young as 1 at hotels in Arizona and Texas until they can be quickly kicked out. But Lomi Kriel reports in The Texas Tribune and ProPublica that this criminal administration has been expelling these young asylum-seekers in far more terrifying secrecy—and outright cruelty—than previously known. “Under this new policy, the administration is not deporting children—a proceeding based on years of established law that requires...
    Vice President Mike Pence detailed the administration’s role in developing a vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus, an undertaking it began in February, saying on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily that he believes the country will have a vaccine “before the end of this year.” Pence, chairman of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, detailed the Trump administration’s strategic moves from the start of the pandemic — from restricting travel from China in January to working on a vaccine in February. “On Monday, one company known as Moderna went into Phase 3 clinical trials for the first coronavirus vaccine in the United States. Others were quick to follow that,” Pence told Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief and Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow....
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general's requests to join multistate lawsuits, under an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state's involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Gov. Kim Reynolds' approval before he would join multistate lawsuits. In turn, Reynolds vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prevented the state's top lawyer from joining any multistate suit unless the governor or Legislature requested it. Although the deal has allowed Reynolds to block 45 of 67 requests by Miller, the attorney general said he didn't regret the bargain he made...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general’s requests to join multistate lawsuits, under an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state’s involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Gov. Kim Reynolds’ approval before he would join multistate lawsuits. In turn, Reynolds vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prevented the state’s top lawyer from joining any multistate suit unless the governor or Legislature requested it. Although the deal has allowed Reynolds to block 45 of 67 requests by Miller, the attorney general said he didn’t regret the bargain he made with the governor, which will...
    (CNN)Donald Trump's top government experts now say that the pandemic is entering a new phase as it invades the rural heartland -- and they can't say how long it will last.With millions of kids nowhere near going back to school and the economy reeling from a 32.9% annualized contraction in the second quarter, the months ahead are stretching into what looks like an endless crisis as Trump tweets "Make America Great Again" and spends his weekends on the golf course.Top administration officials in recent days have repeatedly delivered information and warnings that directly contradict Trump's upbeat messaging on Friday on the virus: "We'll get rid of it, we'll beat it, and it will be soon." View Trump and Biden...
    Days after being forced to share air with a Texas congressman (and staunch anti-mask enthusiast)—who tested positive for COVID-19 the very next day—Democratic congressman Raúl Grijalva announced Saturday that he, too, has tested positive for the deadly virus.  WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement after testing positive for COVID-19:   “The Attending Physician of the Capitol informed me that I tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, I will be self-isolating in quarantine at his recommendation. I currently have no symptoms, feel fine, and hope to make a quick and speedy recovery.   “While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take...
    Then-Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar (L), former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) (C) and then-Vice President Joseph Biden in 2011.Brendan Smialowski/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Ken Salazar, the Obama administration’s first-term interior secretary, took a job at an industry law and lobbying firm just months after leaving office. There, he refashioned himself as an oil champion and avoided disclosing the companies that paid him to lobby. Now Salazar has a new role: adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.  In June, after Biden clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, the campaign added Salazar, 65, to...
    Savannah Rychcik July 28, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is expressing his frustration with how infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has a higher approval rating in regards to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic than he does. During his coronavirus press briefing on Tuesday, a reporter pointed Trump to a series of tweets he issued claiming Fauci misled the nation about hydroxychloroquine, a drug promoted by the Trump administration as a potential treatment for the coronavirus. He asked Trump how Fauci misled Americans. Trump claimed he did not say Fauci misled the public and went on to ponder why Americans approve of Fauci’s handling of the pandemic and not his. “It sort of is curious, a man works for...
    President Trump abruptly ended a tense press conference at the White House on Tuesday, after he defended Houston Dr. Stella Immanuel as a "very impressive" for touting hydroxychloroquine -- just hours after Twitter deleted the president's retweet of a video featuring Immanuel speaking about the drug. On Monday, Trump retweeted a viral video featuring several doctors, including Immanuel, which Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have since removed. In the video, Immanuel insists, “Nobody needs to get sick. ... This virus has a cure.” She also says that no one needs to wear protective masks. At the briefing, CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins highlighted some of Immanuel's past comments, including that alien DNA is being used in medical treatments and that doctors want to...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpRead: Attorney General William Barr's written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee Barr expected to blast Democrats for efforts to 'discredit' him in upcoming hearing 22 people facing federal charges in connection to Portland protests MORE on Tuesday questioned why Anthony FauciAnthony FauciYankees surprised by Trump announcing plans to throw first pitch without invite: NYT We need an independent public health agency Sinclair opts to not air segment with researcher behind 'Plandemic' conspiracy video MORE, the government's top infectious diseases expert, has a higher approval rating with the public than he does on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. "It’s interesting, he’s got a very good approval rating and I like that. It’s good," Trump said during...
    (CNN)The Trump administration's decision to eject China from its Houston consulate on a spying accusation is the latest move in a spate of US policies and actions that target Beijing. In recent weeks, the administration has sanctioned high-level Chinese officials, revoked Hong Kong's special commercial status, and delivered several high-level speeches directed at China — including on Thursday, in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped just short of calling for regime change. China, for its part, has retaliated by ordering the US to close its consulate in Chengdu. The timing of this escalation is no coincidence: Trump has claimed to be tough on China for years but, in reality, he has often fawned over President Xi Jinping, praising his...
    Native Chinese scholar and author Helen Raleigh said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has finally "met its match" with the Trump administration, following a raid by federal agents on the consulate in Houston, Texas, suspected of harboring spies. Raleigh, an immigration policy fellow at the Centennial Institute in Colorado, told Fox News the White House's aggressive stance has been a wake-up call for China's government and is not something its officials are used to dealing with. "The CCP believes the law of the jungle. 'Might makes right,'" she explained. "So the Trump administration is the first foreign administration the CCP ever met that also believes the law of the jungle and is not afraid to confront the CCP. The people in Trump's administration are...
    Sign stating closure of a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is postponing its furlough of more than half of its workforce for nearly another month, Senate Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy said on Friday. The agency had been set to furlough 13,000 of its 20,000 employees on Aug. 3 until revised estimates showed the agency actually had enough funds to continue work for several more weeks, his office said. Leahy said in Friday’s announcement that the furlough date has now been postponed through Aug. 31 as he works to ensure USCIS’ continuity.   “The announcement came after Leahy pressed the organization to reverse course on its intended furloughs after he made public the fact that new revenue...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As then-Vice President Joe Biden left the West Wing each evening to head home, he often popped his head into national security adviser Susan Rice’s nearby suite of offices to check in — sometimes on pressing foreign policy matters, sometimes just to shoot the breeze. “My favorite unannounced visitor was Vice President Joe Biden,” Rice wrote in her book “Tough Love.” In those casual visits, as well as in daily national security briefings, Biden and Rice forged an easy working relationship, according to people who worked alongside them during their eight years in the Obama administration. It’s that personal relationship, and Biden’s firsthand knowledge of how Rice would operate in close proximity to a president, that are...
    By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — As then-Vice President Joe Biden left the West Wing each evening to head home, he often popped his head into national security adviser Susan Rice’s nearby suite of offices to check in — sometimes on pressing foreign policy matters, sometimes just to shoot the breeze. “My favorite unannounced visitor was Vice President Joe Biden,” Rice wrote in her book “Tough Love.” In those casual visits, as well as in daily national security briefings, Biden and Rice forged an easy working relationship, according to people who worked alongside them during their eight years in the Obama administration. It’s that personal relationship, and Biden’s firsthand knowledge of how Rice would operate in...
    CNN anchor Brianna Keilar pressed Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh on the president's coronavirus response, arguing Tuesday that the administration had failed to provide adequate supplies for Americans during the pandemic. "The test had to be invented first before it could be mass-produced and spread around the country, and that's what the president has achieved -- 46 million tests have been conducted in this country. We're now testing 800,000 people a day," Murtaugh told Keilar. As of Tuesday evening, the U.S. has reported more than 48 million tests. Keilar responded: "Yes, and they take two weeks and sometimes longer, and you know that according to a study out of the Netherlands that if you don't test, get the results back within...
    Smile while you can. November 3rd is only 3 1/2 months away. Reopening the nation’s schools amid a surging pandemic is on track to be one of the defining issues of this election, simply because of its timing. Nearly all public schools are normally back in session by Labor Day, which happens to coincide with what used to be viewed as the beginning of the election season, back in the pre-COVID era, before the daily news of this deadly viral pandemic resulted in millions of homebound Americans becoming permanently glued to their news outlet of choice. What occurs in the nation’s public school system between late August and November is likely to be more consequential, from a practical standpoint, to millions of...
    A federal court has ordered the Trump administration to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision last month on DACA and fully reopen the program to new applicants. The court’s ruling finding the administration had illegally ended the program was certified on Monday, yet U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had yet to announce anything about accepting new applications, meaning officials were defying the court’s order: Federal court in Maryland orders USCIS to implement full restoration of the DACA program, including initial DACA applications and advance parole. pic.twitter.com/VJ6Fk0Y2L7 — Luis Cortes-Romero (@LCortesRomero) July 17, 2020 USCIS must now accept new applications following the Maryland order, attorneys said on Twitter. “Administration will be accepting new #DACA applications!” attorney Amy Maldonado tweeted. “New court order makes mandate explicit,” tweeted immigration...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has criticized President Donald Trump's administration over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic during a videochat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases. Speaking with Fauci in a Facebook live video on Thursday, Zuckerberg said some outbreaks of coronavirus were 'avoidable' and criticized the administration for 'calling into question' whether people should wear masks. 'Our government, and this administration, have been significantly less effective in handling this,' Zuckerberg said, comparing the recent surge in U.S. cases to other countries that have seen falling new cases. 'You know, I was certainly sympathetic early on when it was clear that there would be some outbreaks no matter how well we handle this,' Zuckerberg said. Facebook...
    An empty bed is moved back to the emergency room after brining in another COVID-19 patient. At United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, Dr. Joseph Varon leads a team to fight the increasing number of coronavirus patients in the expanded Covid-19 ward on July 1, 2020.Carolyn Cole | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images Previously public data has already disappeared from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website after the Trump administration quietly shifted control of the information to the Department of Health and Human Services. Since the pandemic began, the CDC has regularly published data on availability of hospital beds and intensive care units across the country. But when Ryan Panchadsaram, who runs a data-tracking site called Covid...
    US President Donald Trump has signed an order to end preferential treatment for Hong Kong, as his administration adopts an increasingly tough stance on China. "Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China," the president told reporters at the White House. Mr Trump said he had also signed bipartisan legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese officials who crack down on rights in Hong Kong. The ex-British colony enjoys unique freedoms not seen in mainland China. Leading HK democracy activist says he is in London What might happen next in the South China Sea? The Hong Kong crisis and the new world order But many people in the territory fear a new security law...
    The Trump administration has been systematically underestimating the damage caused by carbon pollution, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), slashing figures used under the Obama administration to weigh the impacts of policy. The reduced figure, known as the social cost of carbon, has been used by the Trump administration to justify a host of environmental rollbacks.   While the Obama administration assessed a $50 cost to carbon, the Trump administration uses a $7 figure, nixing consideration of any international impacts carbon pollution from the U.S. might have. “The current federal estimates, based on domestic climate damages, are about 7 times lower than the prior federal estimates,” the GAO wrote in its report. Numerous government agencies weighing...
    During Trump's presidency, he has made 153 attacks against the LGBTQ community, according to GLAAD's Trump Accountability Project. In addition to a ban on transgender people in the military, which LGBTQ groups say is essentially "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for transgender people, the Trump administration has either gutted or moved forward with plans to roll back numerous Obama-era protections for transgender people. These include safeguards for homeless transgender people at single-sex shelters, transgender students, and transgender patients. The administration also wants to reverse Obama-era anti-discrimination requirements across nine separate federal agencies for religious organizations that receive taxpayer funds. It proposed a rule that allows hundreds of thousands of contractors and subcontractors to enjoy broad religious exemptions that could result in...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Maryland received a massive pot of COVID-19 relief money from the federal government, but how much of that money will be spent remains unknown even to state legislators. Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan (R) hasn’t been transparent about how he plans to use millions in relief funds from the federal government, David C. Romans, a fiscal policy and analysis coordinator with the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, told lawmakers during a virtual Thursday morning Senate Budget and Taxation Committee briefing. “The administration has not been terribly forthcoming about how they plan to use that money, except through press releases,” Romans said....
    As President Donald Trump pushes hard to reopen schools, Dr. Deborah Birx explained to reporters that there isn’t enough data to know the infection or transmission rate of the coronavirus among children. At a White House coronavirus task force briefing Wednesday, there were many questions about the safety of reopening schools, particularly for vulnerable teachers, parents, and students with medical conditions. CDC chief Dr. Robert Redfield tried to quiet some of those concerns by telling reporters that “we really don’t have evidence that children are driving the transmission cycle of this.” But a few minutes later, Dr. Birx revealed the flaw in Redfield’s assurance when she was asked “What’s the infection rate among children and what’s the very latest...
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will furlough nearly 13,000 of its 20,000 employees in less than a month unless Congress steps up with over $1 billion in emergency relief, but both the House and Senate say the Trump White House has yet to make an official request that includes a dollar number, CBS News reports.  That the administration hasn’t had second thoughts about unlawfully diverting funds to Trump’s border fencing that Mexico was supposed to pay for, but his administration is delaying on USCIS isn’t shocking considering this is the agency that administers the legal immigration system, and impeached president Donald Trump isn’t too keen on that either (maybe unless it’s from Norway). “To be clear, this is intentional,” tweeted one immigration attorney. “This nativist cabal WANTS to...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice, after the potential 2020 Democratic vice-presidential candidate slammed him for appearing to be one of what she called "sycophants and weaklings" who purportedly refuses to properly advise President Trump. Rice made the remarks after a story surfaced regarding Russia allegedly offering bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan. "The Ingraham Angle" host Laura Ingraham called the story itself "murky" and played a clip of Rice for Pompeo. "This is not the time to be handing Putin an olive branch. We have a president who is doing our arch-adversaries bidding it would seem, and he is surrounded by sycophants and weaklings who aren't doing their jobs, who don't have the confidence in themselves and in the...
    Supporters of copper-sulfide mining often say something like, “Let the process play out” or “We have strict environmental laws” or “Let the mine go through a full environmental review.” These are clever talking points that paint a picture of a patient, reasonable industry willing to wait for the facts to come in and committed to adhering to environmental safeguards. Clever, but it’s a ruse. A book could be written about how the industry has continually put its finger on the scale and the effort it has put into getting around regulations. It’s well known that the Trump administration has done enormous favors for Antofagasta, the Chilean-owned mining company behind Twin Metals, the proposed copper-sulfide mine at the edge of the...
    There is clearly no number of deaths that will make Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and their associated toadies take the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic seriously. On CBS’ Face The Nation, host Margaret Brennan started off by informing viewers that (despite soaring new caseloads), the Trump administration has been blocking interview requests with key government exports for three months. “We have not been able to get our requests for Dr. Fauci approved by the Trump administration in the last three months. And the CDC not at all,” reported Brennan. .@margbrennan: “We think it’s important for our viewers to hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the @CDCgov But we have not been able to get our requests for Dr. Fauci approved by the...
    Meanwhile, Hahn polished Trump's boots. There is clearly no number of deaths that will make Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and their associated toadies take the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic seriously. On CBS' Face The Nation, host Margaret Brennan started off by informing viewers that (despite soaring new caseloads), the Trump administration has been blocking interview requests with key government exports for three months. "We have not been able to get our requests for Dr. Fauci approved by the Trump administration in the last three months. And the CDC not at all," reported Brennan. x.@margbrennan: "We think it's important for our viewers to hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the @CDCgov But we have not been able to get our requests for...
    Donald Trump’s administration has been blocking Dr. Anthony Fauci from appearing on television interviews with CBS News for the last three months, a network anchor said on Sunday. Margaret Brennan, moderator of Face the Nation, said on Sunday that the administration has been preventing Fauci and other experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from appearing on the network’s shows. The message, which was also shared on the show’s Twitter account, said that the administration has not approved requests for appearances for Fauci and has approved nothing from the CDC. .@margbrennan: "We think it's important for our viewers to hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the @CDCgov But we have not been able to get our requests for...
    President Donald Trump has gone AWOL on the global coronavirus pandemic, according to former President Barack Obamas Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. "This president has essentially gone awol from the job of leadership that he should be providing a country in trouble," Panetta, also former President Bill Clintons White House chief of staff, told CNNs "Anderson Cooper 360." "This is a major crisis, but the president, rather than bringing together some kind of national strategy to confront this crisis, simply resorts to tweeting about vandalism and other things to kind of divert attention from the crisis thats there." Panetta echoed the talking points of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who told reporters in his first news conference in about three months: "It...
    Igor Derysh June 30, 2020 2:54PM (UTC) Former national security adviser John Bolton told colleagues that he personally briefed President Donald Trump about intelligence that Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill American troops, U.S. officials told the Associated Press. Bolton briefed Trump on the matter in March of 2019, according to the report, a year earlier than previously reported by The New York Times. The information was also included in at least one presidential Daily Brief, according to the AP, CNN and The Times. The AP earlier reported that it was also included in a second presidential Daily Brief earlier this year and that current national security adviser Robert O'Brien discussed the matter with Trump. : "Trump is not...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif are scheduled to address a U.N. Security Council meeting Tuesday on the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — the accord that the Trump administration pulled out of more than two years ago. The long-scheduled open meeting of the U.N.’s most powerful body comes a day after Iran issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad earlier this year. Trump faces no danger of arrest and Interpol later said it would not consider Iran’s...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden slams Trump for not sanctioning Russia over Afghan militant 'bounties' intelligence Why Biden's big lead should worry Democrats White House goes through dizzying change in staff MORE's campaign on Sunday denounced Vice President Pence for his scheduled trip to Dallas, saying it "epitomizes the dismissive attitude" the Trump administration has taken toward addressing the coronavirus outbreak.  Pence, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, is set to visit Texas Sunday to receive an on-the-ground report from officials about the surge in coronavirus cases throughout the state. He is also scheduled to speak at an event at the First Baptist Dallas, a church led by Pastor Robert Jeffries, during the visit. "Our leaders should be...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpMiami-Dade to close beaches for July Fourth weekend over coronavirus fears Oklahoma reporter tests positive for COVID-19 after attending at Trump's Tulsa rally Trump slams Illinois governor, mayor over violence in Chicago, calls for 'law and order' MORE on Saturday reiterated a vow to protect those with pre-existing conditions after his administration asked the Supreme Court this week to strike down ObamaCare, Republicans' latest move to dismantle the health care law. “Now that the very expensive, unpopular and unfair Individual Mandate provision has been terminated by us, many States & the U.S. are asking the Supreme Court that Obamacare itself be terminated so that it can be replaced with a FAR BETTER AND MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning....
    The GOP has been preventing to eviscerate Obamacare given that it was passed a 10 years in the past. But the effort and hard work to strip People in america of wellness care has hardly ever appeared far more out of contact and tone deaf than it has throughout a pandemic, when far more than 125,000 Us residents have died, much more than 2.4 million have been infected and several have missing their employer-sponsored overall health insurance coverage in the waves of layoffs that have decimated the financial state.The US broke its file for new every day coronavirus conditions on Thursday — the identical day the Justice Department submitted its transient with the Supreme Courtroom — and on Friday, it...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has made many questionable decisions in recent weeks as he looks ahead to his increasingly difficult reelection campaign. But his administration's decision to forge ahead with its effort to invalidate the Affordable Care Act through the courts may go down as the decision that carried the most risk for Republicans up and down the ballot in 2020. The GOP has been fighting to eviscerate Obamacare since it was passed a decade ago. But the effort to strip Americans of health care has never appeared more out of touch and tone deaf than it has during a pandemic, when more than 125,000 Americans have died, more than 2.4 million have been infected and many have lost their employer-sponsored...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the Trump administration in its transfer of $2.5 billion from military construction projects to build sections of the U.S. border wall with Mexico, ruling it illegally sidestepped Congress, which gets to decide how to use the funds. In two opinions, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a coalition of border states and environmental groups that contended the money transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats. The rulings were the latest twist in the legal battle that has largely gone Trump’s way. Last July, the Supreme Court allowed the $2.5 billion to be spent while the litigation continued, blunting the impact of the latest...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday said he plans to nominate William Perry Pendley, a controversial figure who would become Trump's first head of the agency managing one-tenth of the nation's land mass and vast amounts of underground oil, gas and minerals. A CNN investigation last year uncovered comments from Pendley that were critical of science, climate change and environmentalism. In 2019, he said concerns about climate change come from "kooks" who are "preaching fear." If confirmed, Pendley would head an agency with wide authority over fossil fuel extraction on federal land.Because of the long-standing vacancy in the top Bureau of Land Management post, Pendley has effectively led the agency since he was appointed deputy director last year. That position did...
    By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — After prodding from Democratic lawmakers, the Trump administration has agreed to give Congress — but not the public — complete data on the millions of small businesses that received loans from a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program. Senior administration officials told lawmakers they will provide full details on the roughly 4.6 million taxpayer-funded loans worth $512 billion awarded under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Their concession came with a warning to lawmakers not to divulge “confidential” loan information to the wider public. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, was one of the congressional oversight leaders who had pushed for the loan data from...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After prodding from Democratic lawmakers, the Trump administration has agreed to give Congress — but not the public — complete data on the millions of small businesses that received loans from a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program. Senior administration officials told lawmakers they will provide full details on the roughly 4.6 million taxpayer-funded loans worth $512 billion awarded under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Their concession came with a warning to lawmakers not to divulge “confidential” loan information to the wider public. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, was one of the congressional oversight leaders who had pushed for the loan data from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin...
    In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals claimed that the transfer of $2.5 billion circumvented Congress, which retains the authority to suitable cash.The lawful fight more than Defense Section resources stems from Trump’s nationwide unexpected emergency declaration on the US-Mexico border past 12 months. Trump prolonged the declaration this earlier February, even as border arrests began to decline. “The Government Department lacked unbiased constitutional authority to authorize the transfer of resources,” wrote Chief Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas for the bulk. “The panel mentioned that the Appropriations Clause of the U.S. Constitution solely grants the ability of the purse to Congress. The panel held that the transfer of funds violated the Appropriations Clause, and, consequently, was unlawful.”...
    A federal appeals court decided 2-1 Friday that the Trump administration violated the law when it used military funds to build a wall on the Mexican border. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the power of the purse belongs to Congress, and the administration lacked constitutional authority to transfer the military money. Two Democratic appointees were in the majority. A Trump appointee dissented. “The President has long supported the construction of a border wall on the southern border between the United States and Mexico,” Chief 9th Circuit Judge Sidney R Thomas, a Clinton appointee, wrote for the court in one of two decisions on the issue.” “Since the President took office in 2017, however, Congress has repeatedly declined...
    President Donald Trump has cancelled his planned golf weekend at his New Jersey club as coronavirus cases spike in the United States and several states walk back the reopening process as infections grow.  The president won't go to his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, the White House announced. He was scheduled to leave the White House for his New Jersey retreat on Friday afternoon. The White House gave no reason for the cancellation but deputy press secretary Judd Deere said it had nothing to do with New Jersey imposing a 14-day quarantine on those who spent time in some hot spot states, including Arizona, the state President Trump was in on Tuesday. The cancellation comes as infections rose across the United...