Tag: Personnel

House Oversight Committee: Flynn ‘Inappropriately’ Took Foreign Money

The White House on Tuesday denied the House Oversight Committee’s request for documents relating to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February for lying to the vice president. Additionally, the committee’s leaders said Flynn “inappropriately” accepted money from foreign governments. In a letter to the committee’s chairman, Jason Chaffetz, White House…

New Orleans Removes Confederate Statues

New Orleans started taking down the first of four prominent Confederate monuments in the city early Monday morning, at about 1:30 a.m. The city is the most recent Southern stronghold to remove symbols interpreted by many to memorialize white supremacy and racism. The first monument to be removed overnight was one that “commemorates whites who…

Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,” despite…

Flights, School Canceled As Winter Storm Hits Northeast

Airlines canceled thousands of flights on Monday as the Northeast braced for a fast-moving winter storm expected to hit parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut with up to two feet of snow by early Wednesday. The storm, Stella, began hitting the East Coast from Washington, D.C., to New York with ice and…

White House Statement Plagiarizes ExxonMobil

A White House press release on a new ExxonMobil expansion appears to have lifted an entire paragraph from ExxonMobil’s press release on the expansion, The Washington Post reports. The two passages are identical, with the exception of the words “United States,” which appear in full in the White House statement and abbreviated in ExxonMobil’s release.…

Trump Picks Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary

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 the…

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

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 with…

Trump: I Will ‘Destroy’ Johnson Amendment [VIDEO]

After asking prayer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Apprentice ratings this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast Trump declared that religious freedom is “under threat,” He vowed to repeal an IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status. “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment…

Rex Tillerson Trump’s Secretary Of State Faces Senate Grilling

The second day of Senate confirmation hearings started Wednesday morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson facing heavy questioning, especially due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has downplayed his relationship with Russia, though, and his prepared remarks claim “Russia today poses a danger,…

Yahoo To Be Renamed Altaba, CEO Mayer To Resign [VIDEO]

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will leave the company’s board after the proposed sale of the internet pioneer’s core web properties to Verizon, according to a filing Monday. Five other directors also will go. The move was not a surprise, as the new company will essentially be an investment company holding the remaining Yahoo assets, which…

Trump Wants to Revamp Spy Agency

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly working with advisers on a plan to restructure the country’s top spy agency due to a belief that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become politicized. This comes after Trump has publicly mocked U.S. intelligence agencies and their conclusion that Russian-backed hackers were involved in disrupting the…

Obama, Pence Visit Capitol Hill For Obamacare Fight

President Barack Obama arrived to the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is meeting with GOP lawmakers to discuss the best way to send Obama’s cherished law to its graveyard and replace it with — well, something. The…

Trump Promises A Revelation On Russian Hacking [VIDEO]

President-elect Donald Trump says he knows “things that other people don’t know” about Russia’s alleged hacking during the presidential election. Speaking to reporters outside his Mar-A-Lago estate while on his way to a New Year’s Eve party on Saturday night, Trump promised to disclose the information in a few days, saying “you will find out…

Putin: I Won’t Expel U.S. Diplomats

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia will not expel 35 U.S. diplomats in response to new U.S. sanctions, as was recommended by Russia’s foreign ministry. Instead, Putin said he will wait and see what President-elect Donald Trump does when he takes office before deciding what steps to take. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov…

US Sanctions Russia Over Hacking, Expels 35 Officials

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury responded to Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election by announcing sanctions against six individuals and five entities — including two Russian intelligence services — thought to be involved in “malicious cyber-enabled activities.” The economic penalties followed President Obama’s issuance of an executive order expanding the…

Trump On “Russia Mess”: We Should “Get On With Our Lives”

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed talk of sanctioning Russia for interfering in the presidential election, offering what sounded more like a post-breakup pep talk than anything else. “I think we ought to get on with our lives,” he told reporters outside his Mar-A-Lago estate. As for the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia…