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    Dr. Deborah Birx When it came time to start figuring out if or how schools could reopen safely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started putting together guidance—and then the White House got involved. White House officials pressured the CDC to weaken its warnings about COVID-19 risks. They went around the CDC looking for data more favorable to Donald Trump’s desire to reopen without significant restrictions. It was a full-court press to ensure that the official word coming from the federal government was that schools could and should go back in person. Dr. Deborah Birx pressured the CDC to include assessments from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in its guidance, including that “very few reports of children being...
    Michael Cohen has revealed Donald Trump's 'biggest fear' was always his tax returns being released to the public - and he predicts the president could go straight to prison for tax fraud after leaving the White House. The president's former personal attorney and self-described fixer, who himself was convicted for tax evasion, says the New York Times bombshell report about Trump's taxes for the past two decades is just the tip of the iceberg. He says the 'corrupt' president could face a raft more allegations should forensic accountants get hold of his returns. 'Based on what I know and what has now been reported, he may soon be the first sitting president to go from the White House straight to...
    A report out Monday night stated that the White House pressured the CDC to manipulated coronavirus data in order to have schools reopened. On Tuesday morning, a key source for that report broke down how it happened, and sounded a broader alarm about the administration’s overall handling of Covid-19. Appearing on CNN’s New Day, Olivia Troye — a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence — confirmed that she saw the White House play with the numbers to paint a rosier picture on Covid-19. “What I saw firsthand was a lot of the manipulation of the data,” Troye told CNN’s John Berman. “Trying to figure out how to tell a story that was less grim than the reality really...
    A woman charged with making threats against President Trump by mailing a package containing ricin to the White House was ordered held without bail Monday by a judge in Buffalo who cited "a very strong case" against her based on an indictment in Washington, D.C. Pascale Ferrier, 53, of a Montreal suburb, was arrested a week ago as she tried to enter the U.S. through a border crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo. Her lawyer entered a not guilty plea on her behalf Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. cited a long history of assassinations and attempted assassinations of U.S. presidents since the killing of President Abraham Lincoln in finding that Ferrier was an ongoing threat to...
    A CNN anchor threatened to end an on-air interview and defended New York Times journalists when a White House spokesman said a recent report on President Trump’s taxes was "coordinated" with Democrats. “We know that he donates his salary to the government even when he doesn’t have to,” White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “That’s a million and a half dollars in taxes he didn’t even have to pay, but this is a story that is another version of it from four years ago on the eve of the debate. Coordinated with the Democrats as a political hit.” Listen to CNN's Poppy Harlow lose it when WH Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern dares to...
    The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr Robert Redfield was overheard talking about new White House COVID-19 task force adviser Dr Scott Atlas in a phone call, saying 'everything he says is false'.  Redfield, who has previously been rebuked by President Trump for his less-rosy assessments of the COVID-19 recovery, was overheard talking to a colleague on the phone on a flight from Atlanta to Washington D.C. on Friday, NBC News reports.  During the call, Redfield could be heard expressing concern that Atlas - who is a late addition to the coronavirus task force - is sharing inaccurate information with Trump.  'Everything he says is false,' Redfield is reported to have said in the call.  Dr Robert...
    Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's campaign manager for the 2016 presidential election and current senior adviser to the 2020 campaign,  and political activist David Bossie, Trump's former deputy campaign manager, have shared an excerpt of their new book Trump: America First exclusively with DailyMail.com readers. The close advisors to the president share their accounts of their time with Trump from 'the front lines of his battle to keep America great' and inside 'the rough-and-tumble world of Trump's West Wing'. A passage of the book includes details of how Lewandowski nearly came to blows with Trump's former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly outside the Oval Office - until Lewandowski brought up Rob Porter.  Porter, who was dating Hope Hicks, would eventually resign from his position...
    EXCLUSIVE: The White House is mounting an “offensive” communications strategy ahead of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett's upcoming Senate confirmation fight, with aides describing an aggressive plan for “knife fighters” to “fiercely” defend the nominee ahead of what’s expected to be a heated battle on Capitol Hill.Fox News has learned the White House has formed a team to handle what’s to come in the weeks ahead as Senate Republicans aim to get President Trump’s nominee confirmed to the high court before Election Day. AMY CONEY BARRETT ACCEPTS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINATION TO THE SUPREME COURT, PLEDGES TO 'FAITHFULLY AND IMPARTIALLY' DISCHARGE DUTIES  Senior White House officials told Fox News that the team is broken into two parts: one focused on...
    President Donald Trump will host a press conference at the White House on Sunday. The president will discuss the ongoing fight against the coronavirus, the push to develop vaccines and therapeutics, and ongoing discussions with Congress about additional funding to help the economy recover from the coronavirus lockdowns.
    DONALD Trump allegedly paid just $750 in federal income taxes the first year he was in the White House, tax papers reportedly show. The president has also allegedly paid no income taxes at all in the past 10 years, according to the New York Times. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 1Credit: AFP or licensors The reason he did not may the taxes in the majority of the 15 years is due to reporting losing more money than he had made. Trump has previously fought to keep his tax returns private. Most read in NewsVIOLENT YOBSWoman, 22, beaten up 'by 3 strangers who thought her skirt was too short''HURTS SO BAD'Birthday...
    Loading the player... Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has never publicly endorsed a candidate for public office before. All that has now changed, as he’s announced his support for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be elected the next president and vice president on the United States this November. The actor and former wrestler posted his official announcement on his Twitter page on Sunday morning. Not only did he give his endorsement, but he also recorded a video of him speaking with both Biden and Harris, asking them about what they plan to do if they win. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attends the premiere of Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: The Next Level” at TCL Chinese Theatre on...
    BERNIE Sanders has claimed there are "a number of plans" ready in case Donald Trump loses the election and doesn't leave the White House. Sanders declined to elaborate as The President has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the vote in November. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 7Bernie Sanders said a 'number of plans' are in place to remove Donald TrumpCredit: HBO 7Bernie Sanders said they have to 'defeat Trump badly'Credit: HBO The Vermont senator, who orginally challenged Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination, was speaking on Bill Maher's show on Friday. He was asked as Trump has been saying four months he may not respect...
    Word to the wise, if you’re going to invite the president of the United States to your house for dinner, you really should tell your spouse. Don’t know if you’ve heard this, but a certain U.S. president was a very big fan of my TV work. According to White House insiders, he watched me every day. Before he was president, he himself had been on TV, and according to sources inside the White House, I was one of his favorites who worked at his favorite TV channel. Of course, I’m talking about Ronald Reagan. And you thought I was talking about . . . oh, never mind. STEVE DOOCY: GET 'HAPPY IN A HURRY' WITH GRANDMA BERNDT'S HASH BROWN-CRUST QUICHE Let me explain:...
    A former aide to Vice President Mike Pence has said that White House staffers discussed the possibility that President Donald Trump would refuse to leave office if he loses the November 3 election. Olivia Troye is a former counterterrorism adviser to Pence who last week joined the campaign against Trump and said she'd be voting for Biden, and has been making the rounds in media interviews. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday, she said that and other staffers held 'closed door' conversations regarding the president's potential unwillingness to exit the office after his term expires.  'It's frightening to me, because to be honest, during my tenure at the White House, I've had conversations behind closed doors with...
    A former White House aide said Friday that staffers discussed the possibility that President Trump would refuse to peacefully leave his post and transfer power should he lose the Nov. 3 election. Olivia Troye, who worked on the White House Coronavirus Task Force along with being an aide to Vice President Mike Pence on counterterrorism and homeland security, left the administration in August and told CNN Friday, that she and other staffers held “closed door” conversations regarding the president’s unwillingness to exit the office. COULD DEMOCRATS STILL STOP THE CONFIRMATION OF AMY CONEY BARRETT?“It’s frightening to me, because to be honest, during my tenure at the White House, I’ve had conversations behind closed doors with White House staffers and other...
    A former White House aide said Friday that staffers discussed the possibility that President Trump would refuse to peacefully leave his post and transfer power should he lose the Nov. 3 election. Olivia Troye, who worked on the White House Coronavirus Task Force along with being an aide to Vice President Mike Pence on counterterrorism and homeland security, left the administration in August and told CNN Friday, that she and other staffers held “closed door” conversations regarding the president’s unwillingness to exit the office. COULD DEMOCRATS STILL STOP THE CONFIRMATION OF AMY CONEY BARRETT?“It’s frightening to me, because to be honest, during my tenure at the White House, I’ve had conversations behind closed doors with White House staffers and other...
    (CNN)It was only a week ago President Donald Trump appeared practically "giddy" about a particular candidate to fill the newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court that had been held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for more than 27 years, people familiar with the matter said.The potential pick was not the woman Trump nominated on Saturday night, though by the end of the week he was enthusiastically telling friends his choice of Amy Coney Barrett had the potential to salvage his political career.Instead, his imagination seemed temporarily stoked by Barbara Lagoa, the Florida-born judge who sits on the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals. In a phone call to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the hours after Ginsburg's death...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden assured U.S. mayors on Saturday he would be an active partner in the White House in helping them respond to racial justice protests and the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. "If I am elected, you will have direct access to the White House," Biden, who is challenging Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election, told the fall leadership meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a virtual address from his home in Delaware. "It is all from the bottom up. It doesn't go from the top down," he said. "Whether your city is red or blue, I'm going to be there, I promise you." Biden, who served as vice...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tried a different approach when asked what would happen if President Trump refused to accept losing the Nov. 3 general election. "Every vote in this country is going to be heard, and they'll not be stopped," Biden told MSNBC in a pre-taped interview that aired Saturday. He added, "I'm confident all the irresponsible, outrageous attacks on voting, we'll have an election in this country as we always have had. And he'll leave." Biden was criticized this week by the likes of former Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster for suggesting the military could intervene during a transition if the president didn't vacate the White House. McMaster's comments follow the president declining to commit to a...
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg awaits the arrival of Pope Francis to address a Joint Meeting of Congress, in Washington, Sept. 24, 2015. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times) When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined President Barack Obama for lunch in his private dining room in July 2013, the White House sought to keep the event quiet — the meeting called for discretion. Obama had asked his White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, to set up the lunch so he could build a closer rapport with the justice, according to two people briefed on the conversation. Treading cautiously, he did not directly bring up the subject of retirement to Ginsburg, at 80 the Supreme Court’s oldest member and a two-time cancer patient....
    A new report says that Amy Coney Barrett will be President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. According to CNN, citing multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process, the president has landed on Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace the late Justice Ginsburg. Amy Coney Barrett has been the heavy favorite throughout the process among Washington insiders. In an interview earlier this week, ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl told Mediaite Editor in Chief Aidan McLaughlin that the pick had been “all but determined” to be Coney Barrett. CNN quoted a former senior administration official who said that the Coney Barrett pick has long been a...
    The White House is quietly working “by the book” to plan a possible transition to Joe Biden if he wins November’s election, and officials are hoping President Donald Trump doesn’t find out. The president has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and suggested that he won’t accept a loss, but his assistant Chris Liddell has met two congressionally mandated deadlines to file transition reports in May and August and working closely with a career government official who’s serving as the federal transition coordinator, reported Politico. “They are very, very focused on implementing the law and doing it by the book, and they are doing a good job,” said David Marchick, director of the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition...
    ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl expressed his concern about how the general public views the press during the Trump era. During an interview with Mediaite, Karl discussed the tense relationship between White House reporters and President Trump, something he suggested has had "negative consequences" with many Americans. "I do believe that unfortunately, there is a big chunk of the country that believes that the press is now the resistance and I think it's really unfortunate and I think that it has negative consequences for a free press. I think it has negative consequences for our democracy," Karl told Mediaite on Thursday. "But I think that the aggressive questioning of the president, particularly now in the wake of what we've...
    Let’s take a minute and imagine — or pretend — that President Trump has a grand strategy governing his campaign. That offers a chance to provide the only remotely positive gloss that can be applied to his dumbfounding refusal to say point blank there would be a “peaceful transition of power” after the election. The grand strategy would be “The Scramble.” Old guys like me have fond memories of the scrambling quarterback Fran Tarkenton, who would get himself in trouble in the backfield, run backward 20 yards, then run forward 25 yards — and score a small gain after a huge self-created melodrama. If the president wins this election in November, he will prove himself to be the Fran Tarkenton...
    A congressional special election has been called in Minnesota, increasing House Republicans' chances of dominating state delegations in the event of a tied Electoral College after Nov. 3. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon has scheduled a special election on Feb. 9 for the 2nd Congressional District after the death this week of Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate Adam Weeks. Simon's announcement Thursday follows state law, which stipulates that a special election be called if a major party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day. The November contest is less than six weeks away. The suburban-to-rural swing district, which covers south of the Twin Cities, is represented by first-term Democratic Rep. Angie Craig. She's ahead of her well-funded Republican...
    The White House confirmed Thursday that President Donald Trump will accept the results of a free and fair election, but questioned why Democrats were raising doubts about the outcome. “The president will accept the results of a free and fair election,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at the press briefing. “But I think that your question is more fitting to be asked of Democrats who have already been on the record saying that they won’t accept the results of an election.” McEnany pointed out a quote from Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) arguing in August that Trump was “not going to win fairly” and comments from former California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) who said the only way Trump could win the...
    President Donald Trump will unveil and sign a series of executive orders Thursday in North Carolina that will make up the body of his “America First” health care plan. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administration Seema Verna, and Domestic Policy Council Director Brooke Rollins all spoke on the plan during a briefing with reporters ahead of Trump’s scheduled unveiling. All three claimed that the plan will fulfill three core tenants: lowering costs for patients, presenting them with more care options and increasing the quality of care offered. (RELATED: Trump Admin Calls On SCOTUS To Overturn Affordable Care Act) WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House September...
    via ABC/Randy Sager Earlier this month, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl did something he has resisted doing for the last three and a half years: he asked President Donald Trump why he lied to the American people. Karl, a veteran White House reporter who also has a history covering Trump that dates back to the early 90s, is well-known as a tough interrogator with a knack for asking uncomfortable questions — no matter which party the subject is from. His hard-hitting exchanges with President Barack Obama and his press shop were standout moments. But that line — calling an untruth a “lie” — is not one that he or his mainstream colleagues often cross. The premise that Trump lied —...
    Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has a habit of bringing bags of dirty laundry with him on official visits to Washington, it was claimed last night.  Netanyahu takes advantage of a free laundry service available to all foreign leaders, US officials say.  The alleged laundry racket dates back years and aides of both Barack Obama and Donald Trump have described the familiar sight of Israeli laundry bags.   While Israeli diplomats deny the allegation, Israeli media says the Washington Post report 'matches years of reporting by Israeli journalists' on the country's longest-serving prime minister.  Netanyahu's hold on power is under threat from far more serious graft allegations in Israel, where he is facing trial for allegedly accepting bribes and trading favours with the...
    There’d be no true crime genre without law enforcement sloppiness, laziness, and obstinance. While some murderous mysteries are confounding simply due to their highly particular circumstances, a large number of such stories prove open-ended puzzles because detectives failed to secure a crime scene, properly examine evidence, interview the correct suspects, chase down all relevant leads, or do some other bit of basic police work that would have provided the information needed to identify and apprehend the culprit. For so many of the tales that become binge-watchable series, the answer would never have been in doubt had the men and women tasked with handling the case simply followed fundamental protocols, made common-sense assumptions, and taken all necessary precautions. Yet another example...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's refusal on Wednesday to guarantee a peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden in November is leading America towards a dark place during a year of incendiary political tensions.Trump intransigence, included in his latest assault on perfectly legitimate mail-in ballots on Wednesday, posed a grave threat to the democratic continuum that has underpinned nearly 250 years of republican government."Well, we're going to have to see what happens. You know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster," Trump said, when asked if he could commit to the peaceful transition."(G)et rid of the ballots and you'll have a very ... there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be...
    A 'distressed' Dr. Deborah Birx is questioning how long she can remain on the White House's coronavirus taskforce, according to reporting from CNN.  Aides and friends describe Birx as seeing her role as diminished and the situation inside the taskforce as a nightmare.  She considers Dr. Scott Atlas - a later addition to the taskforce - as a bad influence on President Donald Trump, who has returned to the campaign trail and held mass gatherings, while mocking his opponent Joe Biden for wearing a mask.   Dr. Deborah Birx is telling aides and friends that she doesn't know how much longer she can remain on the coronavirus taskforce, according to reporting from CNN  Dr. Deborah Birx (right), who has...
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, September 10, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters President Donald Trump refused Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the 2020 election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden. "Well, we'll have to see what happens. You know that. I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster," Trump said at a news conference at the White House. It appeared Trump was referring to mail-in ballots, which he has repeatedly condemned, without evidence, as susceptible to massive fraud. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Related Tags COVID-19 Politics Elections...
    CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Jim Acosta reported Wedndesday that Dr. Deborah Birx is “distressed” and considering leaving the White House, as she is allegedly unhappy with the nation’s “nightmare-ish” response. “Dr. Deborah Birx is so unhappy with what she sees as her diminished role in the administration’s response to Covid-19 that she is not certain how long she can remain in her current position,” Acosta revealed. “Birx has told people around her she is distressed by what she sees as a bad direction of the task force, describing the situation inside the nation’s response to the coronavirus as nightmare-ish.” Acosta also reported that Birx views Dr. Scott Atlas, one of the task force’s newer members, as a bad influence on the president’s views...
    White House officials were accused on Wednesday of improperly trying to block former national security adviser John Bolton from releasing his best-selling memoir by falsely claiming it contained classified information. The accusation was made in a letter filed with a federal court in Washington by a lawyer for former National Security Council official Ellen Knight, a career official who oversaw the prepublication review of Bolton's 'The Room Where It Happened.' Knight had by late April cleared the memoir for its planned June 23 publication, only to then see the process 'commandeered by political appointees seemingly for a political purpose,' leading to a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit to block publication, her lawyer Kenneth Wainstein said in the letter. White...
    So far this year, there have been race riots, a global pandemic, the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression, the President was impeached, and World War III almost started. To make matters worse, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg lost her battle with cancer on Friday, September 18th. Justice Ginsburg’s passing deserves every recognition, her legacy every praise—however, it is imperative that the fight for gender and social equality not lose momentum. With so many societal problems in need of urgent attention, why are elected officials devoting scarce resources in an attempt to curtail the rights of women? Imagine you are on Jeopardy!.. “American HIStory for $1000, Alex.” The question reads, “In this year, Congress decided it was not their place to govern what happens...
    Barack Obama's presidential memoir is wrapped in controversy two months before it even hits bookstores. Photographer Anna Wilding is planning to sue publishers Penguin Random House, claiming the image they have chosen for the cover of 'A Promised Land' is a rip-off of her work. Now New Zealand-born Wilding wants at least $50,000 for the picture — even though she didn't take it. 'Photo copyright is a complex issue and infringement includes derivative works,' Wilding told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview from her adopted hometown of Los Angeles. 'My work of Obama is considered iconic and unique. Someone saw my work and said let's do it like that. No-one else has ever used this particular angle with Obama and shot...
    Trump said he needed nine justices on the court to help him when he files lawsuits against counting absentee ballots. Donald Trump on Tuesday said the reason he needs to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court ahead of the election is because he needs another justice to rule in his favor if he challenges the counting of absentee ballots. Trump's campaign has filed numerous lawsuits to try to make it harder for Americans to vote this fall, trying to ban the expansion of voting by mail in the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, as well as trying to block the use of ballot drop boxes that...
    New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump has warned of economic and financial Armageddon if Joe Biden and the Democrats retake the White House next year. But history paints a very different story. Both the stock market and the real economy tend to do better when Democrats, not Republicans, are in charge. Since 1945, the S&P 500 has averaged an annual gain of 11.2% during years when Democrats controlled the White House, according to CFRA Research. That's well ahead of the 6.9% average gain under Republicans."The market does do better under Democratic presidential control," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research.The divide is even more pronounced in the earliest days of a new administration: During the first year of...
    Dan Froomkin September 23, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) This article was co-produced with Press Watch, a new website that monitors and critiques American political coverage. Please consider supporting Press Watch by making a donation. There are so many ways that Donald Trump has fallen short in his response to the COVID-19 pandemic — so many things he could have done differently that would have saved countless lives. Most of them, however, were never even remotely possible because of his appalling character flaws and the complete lack of a rational White House decision-making process. That's why this one really stings: The U.S. Postal Service, it turns out, was about to send five face masks to every household in America — in April! —...
    Over the last several weeks, President Donald Trump has approached the White House press podium with one resounding message: The coronavirus vaccine is just around the corner and it will soon make its way to Americans across the country. But behind closed doors Trump’s closest advisers, including those officials working on the White House coronavirus task force, are increasingly concerned about public confidence in the vaccine process. Now, White House officials are leaning on the nation’s governors to help promote the vaccine’s safety and efficacy. On a private call with governors Monday, Vice President Mike Pence and other top coronavirus task force officials—including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield—aired their fears...
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump didn't have to look very far for one of the contenders on his short list to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court: he's been considering one of his own lawyers. Kate Comerford Todd is a deputy White House counsel, helping navigate Trump's White House through a thicket of legal issues. It's a role she knows well, having served in the counsel's office during the administration of the last Republican president, George W. Bush. Todd, 45, is the only lawyer mentioned as being on Trump's shortlist who has not previously been a judge, though she's hardly unfamiliar with the high court, having clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas. Her experience is otherwise diverse:...
    WHITE House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany got into a heated debate with Jim Acosta after the CNN correspondent accused President Trump of "not telling the truth" about the coronavirus. Acosta pointed out that Trump claimed the virus "affects virtually nobody" at an Ohio campaign rally - even as the number of COVID-19 deaths in the US reached 200,000. 4Kayleigh McEnany got into a spat with CNN's Jim Acosta about whether or not Trump lied about the coronavirus pandemicCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Acosta asked McEnany, 'Shouldn't the president be telling people the truth about the virus at his rallies?'Credit: Fox News "At 200,000 deaths, shouldn't the president be telling people the truth about this virus at his rallies?" Acosta...
    Olivia Troye, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence, has angered Trump loyalists by coming out against the president’s coronavirus response and saying that Trump is “not actually looking out for” Americans during the pandemic. Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Pence’s national security adviser, has attacked Troye’s credibility by claiming that he “fired” her — and Troye has responded that Kellogg is telling a “bald faced lie.” NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell reported that Kellogg said of Troye, “I fired her…. I am the one that escorted her off of the compound.” And Troye, in response, tweeted, “Sad that Gen. Kellogg is telling a bald faced lie to protect the President. I resigned on my own accord & was asked to...
    A letter sent to the White House containing the toxic powder ricin has been traced back to Pascale Ferrier, a woman who was arrested on Sunday while trying to cross the U.S. border from Canada, authorities said Tuesday. Ferrier has been charged with making threats against the president of the United States, and will make her first appearance in federal court in Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon.  Court documents released Tuesday detail how on Friday, the U.S. Secret Service flagged the letter postmarked from Canada to the FBI. The FBI found that it "contained a white, powdery material," which was later confirmed to be ricin. The letter also contained a note Ferrier allegedly wrote to the president, calling him "The Ugly...
    Joe Biden on Tuesday made repeated references to the nation crossing the 200,000 line of coronavirus deaths amid the ongoing pandemic – while the White House defended President Trump's comment at a rally that young people fare better and it 'affects virtually nobody.'  Biden tweeted out a large image of the number 200,000 with white on black, writing: 't didn’t have to be this bad.' The image contained the number of dead listed state-by-state.  '200,000 Americans have died from this virus. It’s a staggering number that’s hard to wrap your head around,' wrote former Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter as the nation crossed the threshold In another missive, Biden wrote: '200,000 Americans have died from this virus. It’s...
    Olivia Troye, who served as a former top advisor to Vice President Mike Pence until she left last month, took to Twitter to dispute General Keith Kellogg’s claim that he fired her, calling it “a bald faced lie to protect the president.” Since Troye left the White House, she has blasted the president and his mishandling of the pandemic. Kellogg, who serves as the national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, went after Troye during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, adding that he fired her and “escorted her off the compound.” Troye later took to Twitter to call Kellogg’s statements a “bald faced lie,” adding that she resigned and was even asked to stay. Sad that Gen. Kellogg...
    PHOENIX — No Democratic presidential candidate has won Arizona since 1996, and that was the only time it's happened since Harry Truman nabbed it in 1948. But the party is packing an aggressive pitch to voters there this year, particularly in voter-rich Maricopa County. Democrats have long had their eye on competing fiercely in Arizona, with its rising Latino community and former California residents who moved slightly east for the lower housing costs while continuing to reside in warm weather. And many traditional Arizona Republicans, in the Barry Goldwater and John McCain mold, aren't fans of President Trump's bellicose style and are ready to cross the aisle and back Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Democratic sights on...
    A WOMAN who allegedly mailed ricin poison to President Donald Trump at the White House has been identified. Pascale Ferrier, of Quebec, Canada, was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of sending an envelope containing the toxin to Trump. 7Pascale Ferrier, of Quebec, Canada, was arrested on SundayCredit: Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office 7An envelope containing the deadly poison ricin was sent to President Trump over the weekendCredit: AFP or licensors 7Police investigators are seen in Quebec, Canada, on September 21, 2020Credit: christinne muschi US court records, which were obtained by CBC News, revealed the woman's identity on Tuesday. Ferrier, 53, was arrested at the New York-Canada border by US Customs and Border Protection officers and is expected to face federal charges,...
    By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump didn't have to look very far for one of the contenders on his short list to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court: he's been considering one of his own lawyers. Kate Comerford Todd is a deputy White House counsel, helping navigate Trump's White House through a thicket of legal issues. It's a role she knows well, having served in the counsel's office during the administration of the last Republican president, George W. Bush. Todd, 45, is the only lawyer mentioned as being on Trump's shortlist who has not previously been a judge, though she's hardly unfamiliar with the high court, having clerked for Justice Clarence...
    The woman accused of mailing envelope containing ricin to President Trump and to to law enforcement in Texas has been identified as a 53-year-old a French-born resident of Quebec who previously served time in a Texas jail. Court records first obtained by CBC named the suspect as Pascale Ferrier, who was arrested on Sunday by the US Customs and Border Protection on the US-Canada border near Buffalo, New York.  She is expected to make her initial appearance in federal court in Buffalo later today.   Named: Pascale Ferrier, 53, a French-born resident of Quebec, has been identified as the woman suspected of mailing ricin letters to President Trump at the White House Authorities believe Ferrier sent a total of six letters; one...
    Donald Trump’s presidency has been described as everything from “chaotic” to “unorthodox” to “erratic.” And Playboy Magazine’s senior White House correspondent Brian Karem, in an article for the conservative website The Bulwark, has another word to describe Trump: “absent.” Trump, Karem stresses, is unfocused, “lazy” and “incompetent” and often “absent” from the West Wing — and that makes him woefully ill-prepared when it comes to important policy decisions. “Donald Trump rarely shows up in the West Wing, and when he does, he is too incompetent to effectively fulfill his oath of office,” Karem explains. “The Marine guard posted outside of Trump’s office when he is in it almost never appears before noon and is rarely seen in the afternoon. There...
    President Donald Trump will announce his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday from the White House, formally starting the process as Republicans ramp up an expedited confirmation before the November election.[ READ: Democrats Ready for Battle Over Court Nomination ]Trump said Monday that he would make the announcement later in the week and hold off until after memorial services for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday due to complications with metastatic pancreatic cancer. "I will be announcing my Supreme Court Nominee on Saturday, at the White House! Exact time TBA," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.Photos: Remembering Justice Ginsburg View All 19 ImagesHe also said his Supreme Court short list has been narrowed to five women. Amy Coney Barrett, who serves as...
    CNN's Don LemonDon Carlton LemonScaramucci to Lemon: Trump 'doubling down' on downplaying virus 'should scare' viewers Cohen: Trump is serious when he mentions staying for more than two terms Cohen: 'I guarantee that it's not going to go well for whoever' set up Woodward interview MORE declared Monday night that "we're going to have to blow up the entire system" if Democrats win back the Senate and White House in November's elections as he criticized the Electoral College. "We're going to have to blow up the entire system," Lemon told Chris CuomoChris CuomoGiuliani criticizes NYC leadership: 'They're killing this city' CNN's Don Lemon calls on Biden to 'stand at a podium' in addressing violence CNN's Lemon warns of Democratic 'blind spot'...
    The woman accused of mailing an envelope containing ricin to President Trump is also suspected of sending additional poisoned envelopes to law enforcement in Texas. The first letter was intercepted earlier this week at the final offsite processing facility where mail is screened before it reaches the White House. A preliminary investigation confirmed the presence of ricin from Canada. An unidentified woman was arrested on Sunday by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge crossing near Buffalo, New York.  The woman is expected to face federal charges, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press, and is set to appear in federal court in Buffalo on Tuesday.  Authorities believe she sent a total of six letters; one...
    President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House, Breitbart News can confirm. Barrett, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, continues to be a front-runner on Trump’s shortlist for the Supreme Court. Trump previously met with Barrett as he prepared to replace Justice Antonin Scalia but ended up selecting Brett Kavanaugh instead. In 2019, Axios reported that Trump was “saving” Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. When reporters asked Trump about Barrett on Saturday as he left the White House, Trump replied only, “She’s very highly respected. I can say that.” Barrett clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia over 20 years ago and...
    The Special Counsel's investigation did find enough evidence that Donald Trump obstructed justice but Robert Mueller was too timid to write it into the final report, one of his top deputies has claimed. Andrew Weissmann claimed that Mueller 'did not deliver what he was tasked with doing' because he shied away from reaching a firm conclusion. Weissmann says that it was 'obvious' that Trump obstructed justice but Mueller utterly failed the American people by not saying so. In a new book he claims that the Special Counsel's office didn't subpoena Trump because they were afraid of upsetting the White House. For the same reason they didn't subpoena Donald Trump Jr. about his notorious June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with...
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police on Monday are conducting an operation near the Montreal airport that is related to the ricin-contaminated letter sent to the White House, the Quebec section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement on Twitter. Authorities arrested on Sunday a person suspected of sending the deadly poison in an envelope to the White House. A source said the person arrested was a woman with Canadian citizenship. (Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A suspect has been taken into custody for allegedly sending a package containing the poison ricin to Donald Trump.  The package addressed to the president was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week. All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery.  Two law enforcement sources told CNN that two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. The envelope to the White House was caught at the final offsite processing facility where mail is screened before being sent to the White House mail room.  Investigators believe that it was sent from Canada, a law enforcement official told the New York Times.  The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed...
    It feels like public mourning flooded the nation when we learned that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. People flocked to social media to share their thanks for her decades of relentless work; though she’s undoubtedly a feminist icon and pioneer for women’s rights and equality, Ginsburg’s work did not only benefit women, but everyone. And of course, people were eager to make sure her “fervent” wish was communicated to the masses: That she “not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Outside of social media, people gathered to mourn and give thanks to the late justice across the nation. In Washington, D.C., for example, people left flowers and handmade signs at a popular mural of...
    The Republican Convention continues on Tuesday in a virtual format with the speech of the first lady, Melania Trump, as the highlight of the night. On the first night, Republicans highlighted the figure of President Donald Trump while disqualifying the Democrats whom they described as “socialists.” In the speeches, they warned that if Joe Biden is elected, it could escalate violence in the cities that could even spread to the suburbs, in a message tinged with racism. Republicans hold their convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, where the delegates and some of the speakers are. The rest do so remotely from different parts of the country. Speeches by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are expected tonight,...
    The Republican Convention continues on Tuesday in a virtual format with the speech of the first lady, Melania Trump, as the highlight of the night. On the first night, Republicans highlighted the figure of President Donald Trump while disqualifying the Democrats whom they described as “socialists.” In the speeches, they warned that if Joe Biden is elected, it could escalate violence in the cities that could even spread to the suburbs, in a message tinged with racism. Republicans hold their convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, where the delegates and some of the speakers are. The rest do so remotely from different parts of the country. Speeches by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are expected tonight,...
    The Republican Convention continues on Tuesday in a virtual format with the speech of the first lady, Melania Trump, as the highlight of the night. On the first night, Republicans highlighted the figure of President Donald Trump while disqualifying the Democrats whom they described as “socialists.” In the speeches, they warned that if Joe Biden is elected, it could escalate violence in the cities that could even spread to the suburbs, in a message tinged with racism. Republicans hold their convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, where the delegates and some of the speakers are. The rest do so remotely from different parts of the country. Speeches by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are expected tonight,...
    (CNN)The White House's coronavirus testing czar declined to comment Sunday when pressed by CNN's Jake Tapper on how President Donald Trump's decision to continue holding campaign rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic undermines the task force's message on mask wearing and other prevention guidelines. Tapper asked Admiral Brett Giroir: "When President Trump holds a rally and there are no masks required and no social distancing, is that the example that you're talking about when you talk about everybody needing to do their part to bring the numbers down?"Citing the high number of coronavirus deaths in the US, Tapper added, "How is this not a failure, and how is President Trump leading us out of it in the right way, according to...
    White House official Marc Short defended the move by Republicans to advance a nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday. Tapper pressed Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, on the hypocrisy of Republicans pushing to vote on a nominee just weeks before the 2020 presidential election after Mitch McConnell refused to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama in March 2016. After airing previous comments from top Republicans explaining that Supreme Court vacancies should not be filled in an election year, Tapper asked Short if “this obvious hypocrisy may cost Republicans in competitive races their...
    It took just minutes after the announcement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death for Republicans and Democrats to begin fighting over whether President Donald Trump should nominate a judge to fill the new vacancy on the high court and whether the Senate should consider whomever Trump nominates. Citing the so-called "McConnell Rule," Democrats have claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should wait until after the election to consider filing the vacancy. For example, Ian Sams, a former aide to Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris, said, "No SCOTUS justice before the election. McConnell rule." No SCOTUS justice before the election. McConnell rule. https://t.co/nFoXuX9qwr — Ian Sams (@Ian Sams)1600472233.0 But McConnell was quick to announce Friday...
    Law enforcement agents intercepted a package addressed to the White House containing the toxic poison ricin earlier this week according to CNN and the New York Times.  The package was addressed to President Donald Trump. A facility outside the White House typically screens all mail before it is delivered to the White House. An official speaking to the New York Times said the letter is believed to have been sent from Canada. An attempt to mail ricin to President Trump was also intercepted in October 2018. William Clyde Allen, a former Naval officer was arrested by the FBI for mailing ricin filled letters to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, and FBI Director Chris...
    U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks to the press during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC.Alex Wong | Getty Images A letter that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was detected at an off-site facility that screens mail addressed to the White House, law enforcement officials told NBC News Saturday.  The letter tested positive in both a field test and a laboratory test, one official said, according to NBC News. It's unclear when the letter was intercepted.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that the Secret Service, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating the origins of the letter. The letter...
    A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, according to two law enforcement officials. Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility before reaching the White House. The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the matter. Ricin is a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans that has been used in terror plots. It can be used in powder, pellet, mist or acid form. If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of...
    A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, two law enforcement officials told CNN. All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery. Developing story, more to follow. The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin
    BEMIDJI, Minnesota (AP) — Minutes into yet another Donald Trump campaign rally, the world got word that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. But no one told the president. No one passed him a note. No one whispered in his ear. And so Trump continued with his wide-ranging rally speech, seemingly oblivious to the seismic news that was shaking Washington and gradually filtering through the crowd in front of him as cellphones spread the word. Over the next 90 minutes, Trump claimed that Minnesota would be flooded with refugees if Democrat Joe Biden won the White House. He lashed out at liberal freshmen Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. He talked Big Ten football. And toward the end of...
    By AAMER MADHANI and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press BEMIDJI, Minnesota (AP) — Minutes into yet another Donald Trump campaign rally, the world got word that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. But no one told the president. No one passed him a note. No one whispered in his ear. And so Trump continued with his wide-ranging rally speech, seemingly oblivious to the seismic news that was shaking Washington and gradually filtering through the crowd in front of him as cellphones spread the word. Over the next 90 minutes, Trump claimed that Minnesota would be flooded with refugees if Democrat Joe Biden won the White House. He lashed out at liberal freshmen Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. He talked...
    BEMIDJI, Minn. – Minutes into yet another Donald Trump campaign rally, the world got word that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. But no one told the president. No one passed him a note. No one whispered in his ear. And so Trump continued with his wide-ranging rally speech, seemingly oblivious to the seismic news that was shaking Washington and gradually filtering through the crowd in front of him as cellphones spread the word. Over the next 90 minutes, Trump claimed that Minnesota would be flooded with refugees if Democrat Joe Biden won the White House. He lashed out at liberal freshmen Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. He talked Big Ten football. And toward the end of his...
    President Donald Trump will put forth a nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away Friday evening from complications of pancreatic cancer, “in the coming days,” according to sources that spoke to ABC News. As the Daily Wire reported Friday evening, the 87-year-old Justice Ginsburg passed away “from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” according to the Supreme Court. “Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.” Speculation turned immediately to the vacancy...
    White House efforts to help Donald Trump politically before the 2020 presidential election prevented American’s seniors from receiving $150 billion in prescription drug price relief. “After months of heated accusations and painstaking negotiations, the White House and the pharmaceutical industry neared agreement late last month on a plan to make good on President Trump’s longstanding promise to lower drug prices. The drug companies would spend $150 billion to address out-of-pocket consumer costs and would even pick up the bulk of the co-payments that older Americans shoulder in Medicare’s prescription drug program,” The New York Times reported Saturday. “Then the agreement collapsed. The breaking point, according to four people familiar with the discussions: Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, insisted the drug makers...
    Many Puerto Ricans relocated to Florida after Hurricane Maria and could be key in deciding the outcome of the critical swing state. Donald Trump on Friday claimed he was the "best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico," despite personally blocking funding to the U.S. territory for years, even as the island tried to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. At a White House news conference, Trump announced a new aid package supposedly intended to help Puerto Rico's recovery process. The money, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement earlier on Friday, will be used to "replace thousands of miles of transmission and distribution...
    MOSINEE, Wis. -- President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric on cultural issues, aiming to boost enthusiasm among rural Wisconsin voters as he tries to repeat his path to victory four years ago.Making his fifth visit to the pivotal battleground state this year, Trump views success in the state's less-populated counties as critical to another term. He held a rally Thursday evening in Mosinee, in central Wisconsin, an area of the state that shifted dramatically toward Republicans in 2016, enabling Trump to overcome even greater deficits in urban and suburban parts of the state.Trump has increasingly used his public appearances to elevate cultural issues important to his generally whiter and older base, as he hinges his campaign on turning out...
    In mid-July, with many polls showing a blowout lead for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the presidential race, Fox News host Chris Wallace pressed his television show guest, President Donald Trump, to "give a direct answer" on whether he would accept the outcome of November's presidential election. Trump demurred. "I have to see. Look … I have to see," the president replied. "No, I'm not going to just say yes." [ READ: The Counties to Watch in Election 2020 ]Trump's reply angered many critics, who called it anti-democratic, and it served to inject another layer of uncertainty into an election process that's also been shaken by COVID-19, the administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service, and persistent Russian meddling, among other issues....
    A Wisconsin man has filed a federal lawsuit after he was handcuffed and detained while moving into his new home when one of his neighbors called police.  In his suit, filed on Monday in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Keonte Furdge, 23, who is black, named the city of Monona and two officers, Jared Wedig and Luke Wunsch. On June 2, officers, who arrived while Furdge and a friend were moving in, said they received a call from a neighbor, who was suspicious that the men were on the porch. Furdge was placed in handcuffs and, after police learned he was living in the home with permission from the former owner's son, he was released and...
    OLIVIA Troye is a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence. She was recently let go from her role at the White House for not being able to "keep up with her day-to-day duties." 4Former White House adviser Olivia TroyeCredit: Reuters Despite being a Republican, she is openly against President Donald Trump, and claims she will vote for Biden in the next election. Who is Olivia Troye? Olivia Troye worked for Vice President Mike Pence at the White House for two years as a special adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism issues. 4Troye worked at the White House for two yearsCredit: AFP or licensors She is a member of the anti-Trump group Republican Voters Against Trump. She was recently featured...
     Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Thankfully, it is Friday. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators, and readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 194,081; Tuesday, 194,536; Wednesday, 195,942; Thursday, 196,802; Friday, 197,643. Global cases of COVID-19 now exceed 30 million. Washington’s debate about enacting additional help for Americans suffering during a pandemic and economic downturn has become a bit like...
    The controversial guidance for testing for coronavirus as published on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website was not approved by the agency's scientists, it has been revealed.   Officials told the New York Times that the advice published August 24 was seen by CDC experts for review but was rewritten only by the Department of Human and Health Services and quietly made public.  The new advice sparked controversy and was slammed by public health experts for suggesting that a person without coronavirus symptoms does not need to be tested, even if they have had known contact with an infected person.     Thursday's report sparked further concerns as to the independence of the CDC after Politico reported last week that political appointees...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden falsely claimed that President Donald Trump held the Bible upside down when he stood outside St. John’s Church. Biden made the comments during Thursday’s drive-in style town hall on CNN, referencing the president’s surprise visit to the church in June after several nights of protests and riots had left the church and other nearby buildings vandalized and burned. (RELATED: President Trump Walks Out Of White House, Holds Up Bible In Front Of St. John’s Church Amid Protests) In addition to claiming that he had held the Bible upside down, Biden alleged that Trump had returned to the White House and taken refuge in a bunker after taking a photo outside the church. WATCH: “A...
    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...
    The United Nations General Assembly typically draws world leaders and philanthropists from all around the globe, packing New York City with their entourages. At the 75th edition of the annual event, however, there may only be one — President Donald Trump — attending live, or, more likely, none at all. The “Will he? Won’t he?” intrigue surrounding Trump’s appearance at the U.N., an institution he has frequently antagonized, is injecting drama or distraction — depending on your perspective — into this year’s muted gathering. Trump has been signaling interest in delivering his annual General Assembly speech in person as far back as July. “This is the 75th anniversary (of the U.N.), so it makes it even more special,” Kelly Craft,...
    Michelle Obama says she and former President Barack Obama 'could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff going on now' in the White House in her latest podcast episode. The former First Lady reflected on race and the expectations of black America during her husband's presidency in new episode of her Spotify podcast Wednesday. 'When we were in the White House, we could've never gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now, not because of the public, but our community wouldn't have accepted that,' Obama said in the pocast. 'You worked, you did your best every day. You showed up,' she added. Michelle Obama says she and former President Barack Obama 'could’ve never gotten away with...
    FORMER First Lady Michelle Obama says she and Barack “could’ve never gotten away with” what the Trump administration does. Michelle made the remarks while speaking with her mom, Marian Robinson, 83, and brother, Craig Robinson, in the finale episode of her Spotify podcast released this week. 7Michelle Obama said on her podcast that the Obama administration 'could've never gotten away with' what the Trump White House doesCredit: Handout - Getty "When we were in the White House, we could've never gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now,” she told her family of President Donald Trump living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “Not because of the public, but our community wouldn't have accepted that. You worked, you...
    The Alliance Defending Freedom has been designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Mike Pence met on Tuesday with members of the group Alliance Defending Freedom at the White House. Pence tweeted a photo of himself at a table with members of the group, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as an anti-LGBTQ hate group, and wrote that he was "honored" to meet with them, saying: "This Administration is committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, and the sanctity of human life across this great Nation!"  People affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom have made numerous anti-LGBTQ statements over the years. Last year, the...
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows portrayed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head as out of the loop on the heels of Dr. Robert Redfield saying coronavirus vaccines wouldn't be readily available until mid-2021.  'I'm not saying he's not part of the process, I'm saying he's not closest to the decision making as it relates to the clinical 3 trials and the distribution thereof,' Meadows told reporters outside the White House Thursday.  Meadows was echoing comments made by President Donald Trump at Wednesday's press briefing, as the president pushed back on the two sound bites that came out of Redfield's testimony earlier in the day before a Senate committee.  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows...
    A USPS mail worker wearing a mask poses in his truck while it rains as the state of New Jersey continues Stage 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 13, 2020 in Ventnor City, New Jersey.Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty Images The U.S. Postal Service had drafted a press release announcing plans to send 650 million masks out across the U.S. early in the coronavirus crisis, but the White House ultimately abandoned the plan, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The plan would have sent a pack of five reusable masks to every residential address in the country, the Post reported, citing one of thousands of internal post office documents obtained by watchdog group American...
    President Donald Trump is expected to deliver remarks on the White House Conference on American History Thursday afternoon. The event is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. and it will be livestreamed in this article. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    Barack Obama's long-awaited and much-anticipated memoir will be published on November 17 - two weeks after this year's presidential election, it was announced Thursday. His reflections on his life and his presidency will come in two parts. 'A Promised Land' is volume one and will trace his life from his childhood through his first term in the White House, culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden, his publisher Penguin Random House announced on Thursday. The book clocks in at 768 pages and will include two 16-page photographic inserts. It will sell for $45.  Obama and his wife Michelle sold the rights to their memoirs for an advance reported to be as high as $65 million in 2017; her Becoming has already...
    Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaOvernight Defense: House to vote on military justice bill spurred by Vanessa Guillén death | Biden courts veterans after Trump's military controversies Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's rally risk | Biden ramps up legal team | Biden hits Trump over climate policy MORE says as Black Americans, she and former President Obama "never could've gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now" in the White House because their "community wouldn't have accepted that." The former first lady opened up about race in an episode of her eponymous Spotify podcast released this week. Speaking with her mother, Marian Robinson, and her brother, Craig Robinson, in...
    Back in April as coronavirus was exploding across the country, the U.S. Postal Service had a plan to send five reusable facemasks to every home across the country. The White House killed the plan. “USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household,” The Washington Post reports. “This unprecedented undertaking is being done in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force,” the press release reads, “and a consortium of textile manufacturers.” It called the project a “critical national initiative.” The hardest hit areas would be the first to receive them. “The service specifically identified Orleans and Jefferson parishes in Louisiana as the first areas to receive face coverings,...