Tag: Government policy

Kellyanne Conway Named Counselor To The President

President-elect Donald Trump named his former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, to serve as counselor to the president on Thursday. The assistant position, which hasn’t been occupied under President Barack Obama since early 2015, was first created by Richard Nixon and was formerly considered to be cabinet level. “In her position, Conway will continue her role…

Donald Trump on Proposed Muslim Ban: You Know My Plans

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday called the recent attacks in Germany and Turkey “terrible” and suggested that he does not intend to reevaluate his plans to ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States, boasting that he had been “proven to be right.” “You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right.…

Report: Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon

Russia is believed to have tested an anti-satellite weapon, sources told CNN early Wednesday. U.S. officials, who tracked it, said they believe it did not destroy anything because it did not create debris. They also believe Russia sent kamikaze satellites, known in Russia as “Kosmos 2499,” which have the power to cripple or destroy U.S.…

Olbermann: We Can Still Delegitimize Trump [VIDEO]

In his latest video for GQ, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann reacts to President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the electoral college. “Our long national nightmare…is starting,” Olbermann says at the top of his program, in which he refers to Trump as Russia’s puppet president. According to Olbermann, the electoral college failed to do their civic…

Bill Maher On Trump: He’s ‘F—ing With People’ [VIDEO]

Bill Maher ripped Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks in an interview with Attn:, “The appointments are from opposite land,” said Maher. “For education, somebody who doesn’t believe in public education. Ben Carson, for example, surgeon general, maybe because he was a surgeon. No, housing. Because what? He lives in a house? He’s just f—ing with people.…

Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck: ‘It’s All of Us Against Trumpism’ [VIDEO]

In her last interview Monday night Samantha Bee sit down with Glenn Beck to admit that they are “strange bedfellows.” But they are uniting for a common cause ― the fight against “Trumpism.” “I think that our future is going to require a broad coalition of non-partisan decency,” said Bee. “It’s not just individual people…

Electoral College Officially Votes Trump [VIDEO]

Donald Trump received 270 Electoral College votes Monday, officially securing the U.S. presidency. The vote, taken across 50 state capitals, saw few deviations from expected outcomes, with only a few electors voting against their states’ popular votes. Four of Washington state’s 12 electors refused to vote for Hillary Clinton, picking former Secretary of State Colin…

Electoral College Votes For President Monday [VIDEO]

The 538 members of the Electoral College will convene in their respective states Monday to vote for the United States’ next president, a process that is usually little more than a legal formality following the popular vote tally on Election Day. This year, however, last-ditch efforts are ongoing to convince at least 37 Republicans to…

President Obama Vows to Retaliate for Russian Hack of U.S. Election

President Barack Obama has promised to “take action” against Russia for its alleged hacking campaign during the U.S. presidential election. In excerpts of an interview with NPR released Thursday night, Obama said he’s already spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about revelations of Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election. “I think there is no…

Trump Slams China For Seizing Drone, Calls It ‘Unpresidented Act’

In a tweet posted early Saturday morning, President-elect Donald Trump ripped China for its reported seizure of a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater drone in the South China Sea. Trump called it an “unprecedented act”—spelled “unpresidented” in the initial post saved on Politwoops, which the President-elect later deleted and reposted with the correct spelling. Navy Capt.…

Report: FBI Backs CIA On Russia

The FBI has backed the CIA’s conclusion that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election in order to help Donald Trump win, according to The Washington Post, citing U.S. officials. CIA Director John Brennan reportedly sent a memo to CIA employees telling them that “there is a strong consensus” among he, Comey and Director of…

Trump Picked Rigth Wing Hard-Liner David Friedman As AMB To Israel

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday named far-right Israel supporter David Friedman as his pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel, a move that angered liberal U.S. Jewish groups. In a statement announcing his decision, Trump said he was confident Friedman would “maintain the special relationship between our two countries.” Friedman, a Long Island bankruptcy lawyer who…

Trump Picks Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke for Secretary of Interior

President-elect Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he planned to nominate Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as secretary of interior. “He has built one of the strongest track records on championing regulatory relief, forest management, responsible energy development and public land issues,” Trump said in a statement. “As a former Navy SEAL, he has incredible leadership…

Trump Bans Twitter From Tech Meeting Over Crooked Hillary Emoji

Twitter was excluded from President-elect Donald Trump’s Wednesday meeting with tech executives as retribution for refusing to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary during the campaign, Politico reported based on a source close to the situation. While Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Tesla were all represented at the pre-presidential meet-up, Twitter—considered Trump’s main source…

Romney’s Refusal to Apologize Cost Him Trump Job

Mitt Romney declined to apologize for his past criticism of Donald Trump, costing him a job as secretary of State for the incoming GOP administration, CNN reported on Wednesday. Romney and Trump famously met for dinner to discuss a cabinet role, and despite protestations from top aides Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon, the president-elect continued…

Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed…

Michael Moore: Trump ‘Is Gonna Get Us Killed’

On his latest article posted on his Facebook page Tuesday night Michael Moore blasted Donald Trump for boasting about only attending “two or three” of his daily presidential national-security briefings since being elected president. Read the complete essay below: Donald Trump Is Gonna Get Us Killed by Michael Moore A week has gone by since…

At Least 1/4 Electoral College Democrats Want Intel Briefing

Almost 25 percent of the Democrats that make up the Electoral College have requested an intelligence-community briefing on the purported foreign intervention in the presidential election. Fifty-four of the 232 Democrats in the group have called on Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to authorize such a briefing becore the official vote on Dec. 19.…

Samantha Bee: GOP Won By ‘Appealing Exclusively To Whites [VIDEO]

Samantha Bee mocked members of the democratic party who focus election loss on identity politics, calling it “the dismissive term for what we used to call civil rights and equality.” Bee sarcastically said, “When is the left going to fuck off with that greenhouse gas shit and talk about something that effects all of us?”…

Kanye West Meets With Trump in New York

On Tuesday morning, rapper Kanye West was spotted walking into an elevator at Trump Tower in New York City, with an entourage and videographer with him to meet with the Republican president-elect. “[Kanye’s] meeting with the president-elect,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks wrote in an email. The two scheduled the meeting because Trump “is going to…

Donald Trump Chooses Rick Perry To Be Energy Secretary

Donald Trump has selected Rick Perry to be energy secretary, according to two sources directly involved in the transition and selection process. He had been summoned to Trump Tower for a meeting Monday to discuss the position after having been contacted over the weekend. The meeting was only finalized on Sunday. The other contenders for…

Trump Taps Exxon’s Rex Tillerson For Secretary of State [VIDEO]

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson as his nominee to serve as his secretary of State. “Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream,” Trump said in a statement. “Through hard work, dedication, and smart dealmaking, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the…

GOPer Mitch McConnell: “The Russians Are Not Our Friends.”

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has strongly condemned any foreign meddling to influence the U.S. election. McConnell spoke to reporters Monday, a day after President-elect Donald Trump said the recent CIA assertion that Russian hacking had sought to help his candidacy was “ridiculous.” McConnell says that the “Russians are not our friends” and condemned Russian…

Palin: ‘I Can Keep an Eye’ on Russia

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday jumped into the fray about Russian interference in the presidential election, echoing President-elect Donald Trump’s comments that Democrats are simply sore losers. “Russia’s getting out of hand? So says the defeated,” she wrote on Twitter, apparently skeptical of the CIA’s conclusion that Russia intervened to Trump’s benefit. In…

Lockheed Drops as Trump Tweets F-35 Costs Are ‘Out of Control’

Lockheed Martin Corp. shares drop after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that costs for the F-35 fighter-jet program, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system, are “out of control.” “Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th,” the Monday post continued, referring to inauguration day. The tweet followed similar…

NYT: C.I.A. Judgment On Russia Built on Swell of Evidence

American spy and law enforcement agencies were united in the belief, in the weeks before the presidential election, that the Russian government had deployed computer hackers to sow chaos during the campaign. But they had conflicting views about the specific goals of the subterfuge. Last week, Central Intelligence Agency officials presented lawmakers with a stunning…

Trump Alarms Beijing With Criticism Of ‘One China’ Policy

China on Monday said it had “serious concern” about President-elect Donald Trump’s most recent comments about Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province. Since 1979, the U.S. has recognized mainland China and maintained only unofficial relations with the island of Taiwan. Trump recently broke with tradition by accepting a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s leader,…

Trump Nominates Gen. John Kelly For Homeland Security

On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump officially nominated retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security. It was reported last week that Trump would tap Kelly, but Trump had not yet formally offered him the position. “Gen. John Kelly’s decades of military service and deep commitment to fighting the threat of terrorism…

Exxon Mobil Ceo Rex Tillerson Trump’s Choice For Secy. Of State

Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said. Trump met Tillerson on Tuesday and may talk to him again over the weekend, the official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over…