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Posts Tagged ‘ General news ’

Defense Secretary James Mattis: U.S. Won’t Seize Iraq’s Oil

20/02/2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday said that the U.S. would not try to seize Iraq’s oil, an idea President Trump floated last month that has upset Iraqi leaders. Some local lawmakers have been pressuring Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to cut back on the country’s cooperation with the U.S. due to Trump’s oil threat...
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Judge Orders Trump’s EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt To Release 3,000 Emails

17/02/2017

A judged ordered Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency pick to release thousands of emails between his office and fossil fuel companies. Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons from Oklahoma County District said to Pruitt’s office that it would have to hand over the emails to the Center for Media and Democracy, or...
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AP: Trump To Mobilize 100,000 National Guard Troops On Immigrants

17/02/2017

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as...
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FOX News: Trump Briefed Fully On Flynn Russian Calls [VIDEO]

17/02/2017

Fox News’s John Roberts reported that his sources told him that Trump was fully briefed about the conversations Flynn had with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. The people who briefed the President would know the content. Also, Flynn remembered the conversations clearly when questioned by the White House Counsel’s Office during their investigation. .@johnrobertsFox: @POTUS was...
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Robert Harward Turns Down Trump’s Offer To Replace Flynn

17/02/2017

Robert Harward confirmed Thursday night he did not accept President Trump’s offer to become the next national security adviser. Harward, a retired vice admiral who once served as deputy commander of U.S. Central Command and is now a senior executive at Lockheed Martin, told The Associated Press it was “purely a personal issue. I’m...
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Intelligence Agencies To ‘Go Nuclear’ On Trump ‘Watch Him Die In Prison’

16/02/2017

U.S. national security officials are reportedly ready to “go nuclear” after President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the intelligence community. In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted that the “real scandal” was not that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia. Instead, the president blasted...
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Trump Picks Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary

16/02/2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced attorney Alexander Acosta as his next labor secretary pick, just one day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his bid over controversies seen as likely to upend his confirmation. Acosta, who is Latino, is an attorney who has served in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, and is...
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Trump: Flynn Was ‘Just Doing His Job’

16/02/2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “just doing his job” when he reportedly spoke numerous times with Russia’s ambassador about the sanctions levied on the country by the Obama administration, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations. The president gave contradictory messages about Flynn,...
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Businesses Close for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

16/02/2017

Restaurants, stores, and other businesses across the U.S. will close Thursday in a show of support as immigrants boycott their jobs for A Day Without Immigrants. The strike will take place in cities including Philadelphia, Austin, and Washington, D.C., and is aimed at protesting the detention of undocumented immigrants throughout the nation. The demonstration...
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Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

16/02/2017

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitive intelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts...
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Trump Labor Secretary Pick Andrew Puzder Withdraws

16/02/2017

Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department, withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday. “I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity,” Puzder said...
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Trump: Reports Of Contact With Russia Are ‘Non-Sense’

15/02/2017

President Donald Trump called reports that his 2016 campaign team was in “constant” contact with senior Russian intelligence officials “non-sense,” alleging that the news “is merely an attempt to cover up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.” U.S. officials told The New York Times and CNN that they had intercepted phone...
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New Hampshire Fires Back at Trump’s False Voting-Fraud Claims

14/02/2017

Bipartisan New Hampshire officials fired back this week after White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller doubled down on false claims of voter fraud. On Sunday, Miller told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week: “Having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into...
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Kim Jong Un’s Half Brother Killed in Malaysia

14/02/2017

Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother, has been killed in Malaysia, Reuters reports, citing South Korean government sources. A North Korean man died en route to the hospital after he was allegedly poisoned at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport Monday. South Korea’s cable-news network TV Chosun reported that Kim was...
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Matt Lauer Rips Kellyanne Conway on Flynn Defense: ‘Makes No Sense!’

14/02/2017

The Today show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning confronted top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway over the White House’s remarkable inconsistencies in defending the handling of a scandal involving Michael Flynn. The national security adviser resigned late Monday over his pre-inauguration calls with a Russian ambassador that included discussion of lifting U.S. sanctions; and over...
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Michael Flynn Resigns As Trump’s National Security Adviser

14/02/2017

Michael Flynn resigned late Monday as President Trump’s national security adviser, after just over three weeks on the job. Flynn quit hours after The Washington Post reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador before Trump’s inauguration, and could be subject to blackmail. Flynn,...
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National Security Adviser Michael Flynn In Trouble With Trump

13/02/2017

National Security Adviser Mike Flynn may be in danger of losing his job, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The administration is reportedly weighing whether to dismiss Flynn over his controversial contacts with Russian officials and the publicity surrounding it. Flynn has allegedly apologized to President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who...
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Hundreds Arrested In Surge Of Immigration Raids In At Least 6 States

11/02/2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least six states this week in a surge of what federal officials labeled “routine enforcement actions.” The raids targeted illegal immigrants known to have criminal records beyond their immigration status, though some immigrants without a history of crime were arrested...
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Senate Confirms Tom Price As HHS Secretary

10/02/2017

On Monday the Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Health and Human Services Department. The party-line vote was the fourth contested Cabinet vote in a row. Democrats argued before the vote that Price, a seven-term congressman and former orthopedic surgeon, had failed to come clean about...
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Trump Affirms ‘One China’ Policy In Phone Call With China’s President

10/02/2017

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a “lengthy” and “very cordial” phone conversation Thursday evening, the White House said in a statement, and “President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our ‘one China’ policy.” Trump had irked Beijing by speaking with Taiwan’s president on the phone soon after...
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Michael Flynn Reportedly Discussed Sanctions With Russia

10/02/2017

Members of the Trump administration — including Vice President Mike Pence — have said Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser, never discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington before the inauguration. Several current and former U.S. officials have told The Washington Post and The New York Times that this isn’t true,...
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Federal Court Rules Against Trump & Reinstating Travel Ban

09/02/2017

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled against reinstating President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. READ THE COURT’S RULING (PDF) CLICK HERE Citing a failure by the government to show that a stay of a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban would “cause irreparable damage,” a panel of...
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Trump Pretends Gorsuch Didn’t Say What He Said

09/02/2017

Donald Trump attempted to whitewash critical remarks made about him by his own SCOTUS pick Thursday morning. Even though a representative for Neil Gorsuch confirmed that he had expressed dismay at the president’s attack on a federal judge, Trump claimed his words had been twisted. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, told the media that...
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Gorsuch Calls Trump Comments On Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’

08/02/2017

President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court expressed to lawmakers on Wednesday that he was upset to see the president attacking the federal judge who temporarily suspended his ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. In a private meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch said it was “disheartening” and “demoralizing”...
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Senate Votes To Confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions As U.S. Attorney General

08/02/2017

Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the next attorney general in President Trump’s administration on Wednesday night, earning a simply majority by around 7:20 p.m. with the vote total at 52 yes to 47 no. The night before Senator Elizabeth Warren made headlines for attempting to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King...
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#ShePersisted Goes Viral After Senate Votes To Silence Warren

08/02/2017

GOP Turtle-Man Mitch McConnell inadvertently created a rallying cry for supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren when he rebuked her after the Senate voted to prevent her from speaking. As Democrats held the Senate floor overnight to protest Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) nomination for attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that the late Coretta...
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Trump: Even ‘Bad’ High-School Students Would Rule in My Favor

08/02/2017

President Trump on Wednesday spoke on behalf of his own executive order in front of law-enforcement officers. Reading from U.S. law, he declared that even a “bad high-school student” would side with him in his legal battle to keep citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. “This was done, very importantly,...
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Pence Casts Vote To Confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

07/02/2017

Regardless the attemps by Democrats in the final hours, the U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education. DeVos’ nomination faced fierce opposition from Democrats, and two Republican senators—Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine—had previously said they would vote against DeVos. After those GOP...
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Federal Judges To Hear Challenge To Trump’s Travel Ban Tuesday

07/02/2017

On Monday evening, the Department of Justice filed a 15-page brief defending President Trump’s executive order on immigration, and moments later, it was announced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to his travel ban on Tuesday. Last week, a federal judge temporarily suspended parts of the travel ban against people...
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US Senate To Vote On DeVos Nomination

07/02/2017

The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on President Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. Democrats made a last-ditch effort to hold the floor for 24 hours as they tried to persuade a third Republican to join them in opposition to DeVos to break what appeared to be a 50-50 tie. Barring another defection,...
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