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    A new election model released by FiveThirtyEight gives presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE a 71 percent chance of winning the White House, compared to 29 percent for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE. The analysis gives Trump a greater chance at reelection than other current models. For example, The Economist’s forecast gives Trump only a 10 percent chance of victory at this time....
    The American Civil Liberties Union’s sudden call to abolish the Department of Homeland Security is being characterized by opponents as a nonstarter and shameless fundraising attempt, but it is not without support among congressional and other Washington Democrats. The ACLU, which has taken more than 400 legal actions against the Trump administration since January 2017, called Monday for the shuttering of the federal government’s third-largest department. DHS is under its fifth leader since President Trump took office — one of the reasons the civil liberties organization described it as having acquired a “badge of shame.” “Nearly 20 years of abuse, waste, and corruption demonstrate the failure of the DHS experiment. Many knew DHS to be an ineffective superagency,...
    Pretty steady race, some recent polling below. NY Times with the driving story of the election right now: Emerging clusters at schools and on high school teams raise concerns about wider community spread Across the country, concerns are growing that as many districts, especially in the South, reopen for in-person classes, schools are becoming a setting where new clusters of cases are erupting. The numbers are not yet anywhere near those of the clusters that have cropped up in nursing homes, prisons and food processing plants. Nursing homes alone account for more than 382,000 cases and more than 64,000 deaths in the United States, according to New York Times data. Yet many experts fear that schools have the potential to...
    A new poll conducted by Rasmussen has found that a majority of Americans believe that presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden would not be able to complete his full four year term should he be elected President of the United States. The polling found that 59 percent of all those polled believed that Biden would be unable to govern for all four years on the job. This plurality included nearly half of Democrats, of which 49 percent believed that the former senator from Delaware would struggle to complete a full term, in addition to close to three quarters of Republicans. The polling found that the younger the respondent, the more likely to believe that Biden would not be able to...
    Getty President Donald Trump had to be evacuated from a press briefing on Monday evening due to a shooting outside the White House. Once he returned to the briefing room minutes later, Trump confirmed the shooting and praised the Secret Service for having his back. “There was a shooting outside of the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I’d like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work,” he told reporters, according to NBC.  READ MORE: Trump reportedly reached out about adding his face to Mount Rushmore WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 10: A U.S. Secret Service officer stands watch outside of the James Brady Press Briefing Room after...
    Bradley Cortright August 10, 2020 1 Comment Minutes after President Donald Trump began his White House coronavirus briefing, a Secret Service interrupted to escort him out of the briefing room. “Sir, we’re just going to have to step outside,” the agent said to Trump, adding, “Step outside.”Watch the moment below: Abrupt end to President Trumps news conference. The president had been speaking less than 3 minutes. pic.twitter.com/kiJkSl33mc— CSPAN (@cspan) August 10, 2020Moments later, Trump returned to the podium to continue his press briefing. He addressed what had just transpired, “There was a shooting outside of the White House.” “There was an actual shooting, and somebody’s been taken to the hospital,” he added. At the time, Trump was unable to provide too many details...
    Superfast 5G wireless isn’t exactly spreading across the US at superfast speeds. The White House and Defense Department on Monday announced a plan to accelerate the process by making a crucial new chunk of spectrum available to the wireless industry. The spectrum, which telecom companies will share with the Pentagon, aims to help wireless carriers offer 5G more broadly across the US. It also should generate billions of dollars for the US Treasury when auctioned off. The frequency is currently being used for high-power defense radar, but the DoD has determined that it can be freed up without affecting military systems. “It’s a big deal,” for the wireless industry, says Jason Leigh, an analyst at IDC who focuses on...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Trump’s coronavirus-related executive actions Monday, saying they are “entirely within the executive capacity of the president” as Republicans and Democrats alike have cast the actions as unconstitutional. The president, over the weekend, signed four executive actions to provide financial relief for Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, as negotiations for a fourth stimulus package on Capitol Hill reached a stalemate. "What we are doing is entirely within the executive capacity of the president," McEnany said, citing each order, and federal statutes that support the claim. WHAT'S IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FOUR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EXECUTIVE ORDERS? Trump's executive actions included $400 per week in supplemental unemployment aid — a replacement of the program passed under the CARES Act earlier...
    (CNN)Talks for a new stimulus are on ice, out-of-work Americans are looking at smaller unemployment benefits and the threat of eviction, but Washington feels more broken than ever.President Donald Trump offered up the conspiracy theories that Democrats are trying to use the bill against him and Democrats all but begged the White House to meet them in the middle.And nothing got done.Bipartisanship that led Congress and the White House to act decisively in the spring to help Americans stay afloat as the pandemic got started feels like a distant dream. Rancor has only increased over what's needed to help Americans as the virus continues to spread and, as of this week, has claimed more than 160,000 American lives.Stimulus talks break...
    The guest was Rick Stengel — who served as a State Department official under former President Barack Obama. But it could’ve been anybody, really. Change the names, change the faces, change the date. The song, on Nicolle Wallace’s daily MSNBC show, remains ever the same. Since its May 2017 debut, the Wallace-helmed Deadline: White House has been nothing if not consistent. Seldom does the host stray from a formula which has borne fruit in the ratings. Disenchanted politicos — be they pundits or officeholders — drop by to vent about the state of affairs in President Donald Trump’s America to a host who is herself disillusioned. And that’s the show, more or less. That’s the whole thing. Enter Stengel...
    Reuters August 5, 2020 0 Comments As coronavirus aid negotiations between top White House officials and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress bogged down over the past week, the question reverberating through near-empty Capitol hallways has been “Where’s Mitch?” That’s Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader with the reputation of being a legislative mastermind and a tough, wily deal-maker. McConnell, a Republican like President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday he is deliberately hanging back as Congress’s top Democrats and White House negotiators work out a deal to help American families stay afloat during severe economic times caused by the coronavirus pandemic. If they reach a deal, he said, it would be “something I’m prepared to support even if I...
    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As coronavirus aid negotiations between top White House officials and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress bogged down over the past week, the question reverberating through near-empty Capitol hallways has been "Where's Mitch?" That's Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader with the reputation of being a legislative mastermind and a tough, wily deal-maker. McConnell, a Republican like President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday he is deliberately hanging back as Congress's top Democrats and White House negotiators work out a deal to help American families stay afloat during severe economic times caused by the coronavirus pandemic. If they reach a deal, he said, it would be "something I'm prepared to support even if I have...
    President Trump has resumed talk of a long-sought payroll tax holiday, which outside advisers say could occur with executive action. "We're putting it back on the table," said Stephen Moore, an outside economic adviser to the president and a member of his economic recovery task force, speaking to the Washington Examiner on Monday. Moore has called previously for the measure and has said that without it, "There’s no point in having a Phase Four." "I don't think Trump's given up on it," Moore said. Trump is also considering unilateral action to extend enhanced unemployment benefits and eviction protection if a coronavirus deal cannot be reached in Congress. With negotiations stalled, the president said on Monday that he is looking...
    CNN political analyst April Ryan declared she “cannot wait” to see President Trump forcefully removed from the White House by police and armed forces if he loses his bid for reelection. Ryan evoked a common liberal talking point Saturday by predicting that Trump would refuse to leave office if he loses the election. “There’s going to be a split-screen on Jan. 20, 2021. If Joe Biden is now going to be the 46th president of the United States, you will have him being inaugurated and watching police and armed forces trying to pull Donald Trump out of the White House. I cannot wait for that split-screen,” Ryan said. SANDMANN ATTORNEY CALLS CNN’S BRIAN STELTER A ‘LIAR,’ CHALLENGES HIM TO SUE FOR DEFAMATION  CNN political analyst April Ryan declared she “cannot wait” to...
    If President Donald Trump loses the election, CNN political analyst April Ryan said on Saturday, America will be watching a “split screen” on their televisions, with Joe Biden being inaugurated and “police and armed forces trying to pull Donald Trump out of the White House.” Ryan made her comments in a Sunday appearance on CNN Newsroom with host Ana Cabrera. Cabrera asked guest Bill Kristol about Trump’s recent comments attacking mail-in ballots and suggesting that the November 3 election should be delayed, and then addressed Ryan. “April, if the president is concerned about the security of this election, the integrity of this election, why aren’t they investing more to make sure it is secure and can go forward without a hitch?” Cabrera asked Ryan....
    White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx holds up a mask as she speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images Dr. Deborah Birx said Sunday that the US was in a new, "more widespread" phase of the coronavirus pandemic. "What we are seeing today is different from March and April," the White House coronavirus response coordinator said on CNN. "It is extraordinarily widespread." Birx emphasized the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing. She also warned that Americans in rural areas "are not immune or protected from this virus." According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 150,000 Americans have died as the result...
    One of the key figures in the impeachment of Donald Trump has described being forced into retirement by 'a campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation', and likened the current government of the United States to the dictatorship of the Soviet Union. Lt Colonel Alexander Vindman, 45, wrote a scathing op ed in The Washington Post on Saturday - the first day of his retirement. 'At no point in my career or life have I felt our nation's values under greater threat and in more peril than at this moment,' said the Ukrainian-born lieutenant colonel.  'Our national government during the past few years has been more reminiscent of the authoritarian regime my family fled more than 40 years ago than the...
    (CNN)Researchers on Wednesday published scathing critiques of a study President Trump repeatedly touted on Twitter. That study, published earlier this month in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, claimed to show that hydroxychloroquine saved lives. President Trump tweeted about it enthusiastically. "The highly respected Henry Ford Health System just reported, based on a large sampling, that HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE cut the death rate in certain sick patients very significantly. The Dems disparaged it for political reasons (me!). Disgraceful. Act now," the President tweeted on July 6. But the study had multiple errors, flaws and biases, according to letters to the journal's editors. Study finds hydroxychloroquine may have boosted survival, but other researchers have doubts"As a result of the flaws in the analysis...
    The same Senate Republicans who voted for inflating the national debt by trillions to pass their tax giveaway to the rich are suddenly balking at the price tag of the relief package to help struggling Americans through tough coronavirus-related times. Predictably, it's anything but principled. Rather, the GOP disarray hobbling the relief bill is the clearest signal yet that Senate Republicans are preparing for a post-Trump era. Where they stand depends on where they sit. Those up for reelection are still making nice with Trump, but for others, the wicked brew of future ambition combined with muscle memory has them reacquainting themselves with the age-old arguments they always make when they don't control the White House. “The White House is trying to...
    The White House and Congress have just one day to come up with a compromise on unemployment benefits before the coronavirus-era boost expires on Friday. After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled Republican's $1 trillion stimulus package on Monday, negotiations stalled on Capitol Hill. The plan included cutting an unemployment boost included in a previous package from $600-per-week on top of state benefits to $200. The GOP's goal regarding unemployment benefits is also to phase out the flat-rate boost and eventually cap it at doling out up to 70 per cent of the individual's pre-coronavirus wages. The $600-per-week bolstered benefits will run out on Friday as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed Wednesday, 'We're nowhere close to a...
    The Trump administration has initiated talks with Oregon's governor's office about withdrawing federal agents deployed to quell protests as Portland officials reveal the city is fining the government $500 every 15 minutes for erecting an unauthorized fence around its courthouse.  The White House would agree to draw down the presence of troops if the state stepped up its own enforcement, an anonymous senior White House official said to AP Tuesday. The talks are with the office of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and are in the early stages and there is still no agreement.  The news came as the city of Portland announced its own action against the deployment of troops by fining the federal government until it removes an unpermitted...
    Criticized from all sides for his procrastination in the face of the health crisis, disarmed in the face of an elusive opponent, Donald Trump, seeks, so far in vain, to bounce back. “Great news on vaccines!” He tweeted on Wednesday morning, eager to turn the page on Covid-19 at all costs in the run-up to the November 3 presidential election. But the reality is grim: the number of reported cases is on the rise in nearly 40 states out of 50. California announced Tuesday that it was closing part of its economy. With infection curves that have taken radically different trajectories than those of Europe, the United States is in bad shape. The tenant of the White House dodges...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci painted a worrying portrait of White House’s coronavirus task force in a new interview with ABC News, suggesting it is sharply out of touch with the reality of the pandemic In the interview, Fauci “was pressed to explain why, months after COVID-19 first reached U.S. soil, the U.S. government is still struggling to provide adequate testing for Americans and sufficient personal protective gear for essential workers” — and the immunologist responded, “We keep hearing when we go to these task force meetings that these (issues) are being corrected. But yet, when you go into the trenches, you still hear about that.” Fauci told ABC News he doesn’t have a “good answer” and “cannot explain” why the U.S....
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro did not directly answer a question on Monday whether he regrets writing a blistering op-ed earlier this month in which he tore into Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, who has been a leading voice on the coronavirus task force, has been “wrong about everything.” “Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on,” Navarro wrote in the op-ed for USA Today. “The only thing I regret is Dr. Fauci's pitch the other day at opening day,” Navarro said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday as he laughed, responding to the question if he regrets writing the...
    So what does it pay to work for President Donald Trump?The latest list of White House employees and their salaries has 412 people, including names you see every day in press conferences and other high profile events, including squabbles with Democrats.Then there are members of Trump’s cabinet, who don’t work out of the White House but take their orders from the president.Members of Trump’s cabinet and his top White House aides all earn more than members of Congress, who are paid $174,000 annually.Since 1995, Congress has required the White Houseto report the names, titles and salaries of those… Read More
    Madison Summers July 27, 2020 0 Comments U.S. First Lady Melania Trump plans to do a “significant renewal” of the Rose Garden at the White House this summer, to improve the iconic location. “The very act of planting a garden involves hard work and hope in the possibility of a bright future,” Trump said in a statement, along with the press release. The plan is to “provide a renewal” of the original design, which is the “guiding blueprint” from 1962 established during the Kennedy administration. “The refreshment of the Rose Garden will return it to its original ‘62 footprint and help ensure it will thrive with improved infrastructure, better drainage, and a healthier environment for plantings that reduce the...
    At a time of unprecedented gridlock, even some fellow Democrats warn Biden's lengthy to-do list faces long odds in Congress. "I think there is considerable bipartisan support for many of the principles," said Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon. "The higher priority for the Republicans, should they be in the minority, is to prevent Biden from being an effective president." Democrats already control the House, but much of Biden's agenda could come down to the Senate. If Democrats win the White House, they would need to pick up three seats in the Senate to retake the majority. Biden has predicted the party could end up with as many as 53 seats. That's still short of the 60 votes required to...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he and his family had been assigned a security detail after receiving “serious threats” amid public attacks from members of the Trump administration. Polls show that Fauci is one of the most trusted sources of information about the coronavirus, which apparently irks President Donald Trump at the same time as it undercuts his attempts to downplay the threat posed by the pandemic. Trump himself cited Fauci’s high ratings in a tweet last month, and The Washington Post reported that he was “galled” by the numbers. The White House recently sent an “oppo dump” seeking to discredit Fauci to reporters, and Trump adviser Peter Navarro also published a USA Today op-ed claiming that Fauci was “wrong about everything.” Against...
    Thousands of lives have been lost as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, yet our government and its officials still refuse to acknowledge the severity of this pandemic. As of this report, data compiled by The New York Times has found that more than 4 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 and 143,700 have died. Among them have been some who once called the virus a “hoax,” the families of these individuals, and others who have experienced the loss of loved ones as a result of COVID-19. They are sharing their stories to shed light on the horrific reality of this pandemic and the importance of following health recommendations. In an interview with...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ranted about cancel culture and calls to defund the police during her briefing on Friday — bemoaning the cancellation of several TV shows, including animated series Paw Patrol, which was not actually canceled. After citing the recent surges of violent crimes in Philadelphia, New York City, and Chicago and claiming that President Donald Trump has “restored law and order” in the United States, McEnany went on a rant regarding cancel culture surrounding the police. “This defund the police movement has been a travesty,” she noted. “You have 67 percent of Black Americans who worry that the criticism of police will cause police to pull back, so this president is looking at this in a saving lives...
    President Trump Friday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jim Ryun, a three-time Olympian and former GOP congressman from Kansas, calling him a "legendary runner" and "true American patriot." "He's a giant of American athletics and dedicated public servant and a man of charity, generosity, and faith," Trump said in a White House ceremony where Ryun was joined by his family. "He's a great man, actually. Jim, thank you so much for your unfailing devotion to our country." Nicknamed the "master of the mile," Ryun, 73, became the first high school athlete to run a mile in under four minutes and was the last American to hold the world record in the mile run. He went on to become...
    President Donald Trump celebrated the return of Major League Baseball despite the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday at a White House event with Little League players. The president was joined on the South Lawn by MLB Hall of Fame closer from the Yankees, Mariano Rivera, and two rows of Little Leaguers playing catch. US President Donald Trump (R) and Mariano Rivera (L), the MLB Hall of Fame closer from the Yankees, watch youth baseball players throw the ball during a Major League Baseball Opening Day event at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) Trump even grabbed a glove and tossed the ball back and...
    When Donald Trump talks about putting America First, he’s talking about making it easier for ordinary Americans to find a good job, receive a big raise or start a small business so they can provide a better life for themselves and their families. There’s perhaps no better example of putting America First than the common-sense approach his administration has taken toward deregulation. It's good to keep in mind that the promise of deregulation is in great part what caused the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Small Business Optimism Index to surge following President Trump’s election and in the wake of the Obama era’s regulatory tsunami. TRUMP CAMPAIGN MOCKS BIDEN FOR VOWING ‘SHOVEL READY’ JOBS: ‘WHERE HAVE WE HEARD THIS BEFORE?’...
    President Donald Trump celebrated the return of sports Thursday as the MLB gets set to play their first regular season games since the coronavirus pandemic brought the sporting world to a halt. “President Trump believes that sports are an essential part of the cultural fabric of our great country, especially baseball,” the White House said in a statement Thursday. “As an avid sports fan, the president is optimistic that Americans will come together to once again enjoy America’s national pastime under our beautiful flag.” “During the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, the President and his Administration have hosted dozens of calls with sports leagues to update and brief them on efforts to appropriately respond to this global pandemic,” the statement continued. “Sports...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that President Trump's signature payroll tax cut proposal would be left out of the $1 trillion coronavirus Senate Republican coronavirus package being negotiated with the White House. Mnuchin told CNBC the payroll tax cut 'won't be in the base bill' – confirming the fate of a proposal that had already gotten pushback from Republican lawmakers and has not made it into previous versions of coronavirus relief. Instead, negotiators are seeking to target provisions as unemployed workers, who would get unemployment benefits worth up to 70 per cent of lost wages under the latest provision being negotiated. His comments came on a day when the government announced an additional 1.4 million Americans had filed for...
    HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dubbed the coronavirus "the "Trump virus" in her latest jab against President Donald Trump. Pelosi on Tuesday sharply criticized the Trump administration's response to the US outbreak on CNN hours after the president's White House briefing earlier that day. 6 Nancy Pelosi dubbed the coronavirus the 'Trump virus' and bashed the US outbreak response on TuesdayCredit: CNN 6 Pelosi's comments came hours after President Trump's first coronavirus-focused briefing since AprilCredit: Reuters "Well, I think with the president's comments today, he recognized the mistakes he has made by now embracing mask-wearing and the recognition this is not a hoax," she told Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room. "It is a pandemic that has gotten worse before...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took the high road Tuesday night after some social media users claimed they heard Al Jazeera reporter Kimberly Halkett allegedly call her a “lying b---h" in a widely circulated clip from her press briefing earlier in the day. In an interview on "Hannity," McEnany addressed the speculation over Halkett's comment after the reporter publically denied using the crude remark during a tense exchange at the White House. REPORTER DENIES MAKING CRUDE REMARK TOWARD MCENANY AT BRIEFING  "I polled my staff and my staff was 50/50," McEnany said, explaining that her staff was split over whether Halkett was responsible for the comment. "But," McEnany went on, "unlike what the media does to me, does to this president, does to anyone at the Trump Administration, which is to...
    (Reuters) - In a stark contrast with his past comments over the last six months, U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Americans to wear masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus and acknowledged the outbreak would probably get worse before it gets better. Trump has long been criticized for playing down the impact of the coronavirus and for not promoting the use of masks. Here is a timeline of what he has said before: - Jan. 22 to CNBC: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” - Jan. 24 tweet: "China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The...
    Like her predecessors Stephanie Grisham and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has had an adversarial relationship with the mainstream media, leading to testy exchanges. And on Tuesday, after a terse back-and-forth with Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett, some right-wing critics accused the reporter of calling McEnany a “lying bitch” during a press briefing. But video and the White House transcript of the conservation shows that Halkett never said that. Halkett, originally from British Columbia in Western Canada, has been covering the White House for Al Jazeera’s English-language division since the late 1990s. At the press briefing, Halkett had a tense discussion with McEnany when the two briefly addressed voting by mail. McEnany told Halkett: “There are questions...
    Last week the Washington Post published a report titled “Fauci is sidelined by the White House as he steps up blunt talk on pandemic,” which revealed that President Trump had not sought the counsel of the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, in more than a month. But as the Trump administration has strayed from the advice of many of its scientists and public health experts, the White House has moved to sideline Fauci, scuttled some of his planned TV appearances and largely kept him out of the Oval Office for more than a month even as coronavirus infections surge in large swaths of the country. The 2,500-word report only briefly touches on the official who does that scuttling: a man...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed little concern about President Trump checking out of the White House if he loses at the ballot box – saying he would be 'fumigated' out if he refuses to leave. The speaker made the comment to MSNBC the day after a Trump refused to tell Fox anchor Chris Wallace he would accept the results of the November election.    'The fact is, whether he knows it yet or not, he will be leaving,' Pelosi told MSNBC Monday morning, sounding nonchalant even as other Democrats fret about what might transpire if Trump refuses to accept the election results.  PEST CONTROL: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Donald Trump leaving was nonchalant about Donald Trump not accepting the...
    Donald Trump touted Monday that he will resume the 'very successful' briefings on the pandemic after his frequent appearances at the White House Coronavirus Task Force updates ceased. The president insisted that briefings are the best way to update Americans on the coronavirus crisis, especially amid a surge in infections rates, as Trump says he will bring them back starting Tuesday. 'We're going to give you a lot of briefings in the next week and over the next few weeks as to – I think it's very important to do it,' Trump said while speaking to the press following his Oval Office meeting with Republican leadership. Trump stopped showing up to the press conferences after one particular update in the...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned President Trump should prepare to be "fumigated" out of the White House if he refuses to leave. The California Democrat took a jab at Trump, who faces a tough re-election fight against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden this fall, after he declined to commit to accepting the election results during an interview on Fox News Sunday. "Whether he knows it yet or not, he will be leaving," Pelosi said Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "Just because he might not want to move out of the White House doesn't mean we wont have an inauguration ceremony to inaugurate the duly elected president of the United States." Presidents, like other elected public officials, do not have...
    Heather Digby Parton July 20, 2020 1:57PM (UTC) Over the past week or so, there's been a major attempt by the Trump administration to demean the reputation of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with anonymous "oppo-research" and open insults from Peter Navarro, a trade adviser close to President Trump. Fauci is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's foremost experts on pandemics so there was a furious pushback to this crude character assassination. Despite the fact that Trump had made similar remarks about Fauci being "wrong" about the coronavirus, the president was forced to throw Navarro under the bus despite the fact that it's obvious they've been on the same page. Trump is obviously jealous of the public's trust in...
    Donald Trump's chief of staff has said he expects charges to be filed following an investigation into the conduct of the probe into collusion with Russia, adding: 'It's time for people to go to jail'. Mark Meadows, 60, became Trump's fourth chief of staff in March. In his three months in the role, he has strongly emphasized an investigation begun in May 2019 by John Durham, U.S. attorney for Connecticut, into the Russia inquiry. Durham is expected to present his finding soon.   'I think the American people are expecting indictments,' Meadows told Fox News. 'I know I expect indictments based on the evidence I've seen.'   Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, appeared on Fox News on Sunday...
    President Donald Trump called Dr Anthony Fauci 'a little bit of an alarmist' as the nation's top infectious disease expert continues to urge officials to strengthen health safety measures while the coronavirus pandemic rages on.   Trump defended his relationship with Fauci during a Fox News interview on Sunday where he dismissed rumors that his administration is running a campaign against the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked the president to respond to a Facebook post from White House deputy chief of staff for communications Daniel Scavino which showed Fauci as a faucet and branded him a 'leaker' and an 'alarmist'.  'Well, I don't know that he's a leaker. He's a...
    Savannah Rychcik July 19, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is adamant his administration is not trying to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, but he is claiming Fauci tends to raise the alarm amid the coronavirus pandemic. The host of Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday” Chris Wallace pointed Trump to a tweet of a cartoon issued by Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff for communications, mocking Fauci. The cartoon depicts Fauci as a “leaker” and an “alarmist.” Wallace asked Trump why Scavino would say that. “Well, I don’t know that he’s a leaker. He’s a little bit of an alarmist,” Trump said. “That’s okay. A little bit of an alarmist.”Check out his comments...
    Terry H. Schwadron July 19, 2020 10:29AM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. Back a couple of months ago, when coronavirus spikes were limited to the Northeast and Donald Trump was still taking over the daily virus briefings at the White House, the Justice Department was trotted out to announce a big effort to curtail profiteering by those manufacturers and re-sellers of personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer and ventilators. Curiously, not much has been heard from the effort to date. : Sure, we still are being inundated with sales pitches for coronavirus necessaries, and there are a rising number of reports of fraud. But we are not seeing the White House ballyhoo widespread arrests, despite triggering a...
    Donald Trump has finally broken his silence over the death of John Lewis and the White House flags have been lowered to half-staff in honor of the civil rights activist whose bloody beating at Selma helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation.  America is mourning the loss of two great civil rights heroes in one day after Rev. C.T. Vivian, who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and later led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, also died Friday. Their deaths come at a time when racial tensions are boiling nationwide, as protesters demand an end to systemic racism following the 'murder' of George Floyd and a long line of deaths of African-Americans in police custody.  Tributes have been pouring...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on PBS NewsHour Friday and addressed the pushback he’s gotten from the White House in the past week. One anonymous White House official sent out a statement to news outlets that went after his credibility. As the Washington Post reported: A White House official released a statement saying that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things” and included a lengthy list of the scientist’s comments from early in the outbreak. Peter Navarro put out an op-ed directly going after Fauci — though the White House claimed Navarro went rogue and didn’t go through the normal White House clearance process. Earlier this week Fauci said...
    (CNN)On Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany briefed the White House press corps. And Reuters photographer Jonathan Ernst captured this amazing shot of the press secretary's briefing binder: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany flips through the topic headings in her binder during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstInteresting, no? It's worth going through each of those tabs -- as best as I can decipher them! -- to examine what McEnany anticipates being asked (and wants to make sure she has full research on at her fingertips.)So, let's go through the tabs from back to front, shall we? * "Statues": Trump has sought to make calls for the...
    Donald Trump Jr has boasted on Instagram about his dinner cooked with Goya ingredients, as the row about a boycott of the company rumbles on and his sister Ivanka is accused of violating White House ethics for promoting the products. On Thursday he said that he had enjoyed a meal made with the produce, which has been subject for the past week to a boycott ever since the company CEO said the country was 'blessed' to have Donald Trump as its leader. 'Just had a great dinner Kimberly prepared,' he said, referring to his girlfriend, former Fox News presenter Kimberly Guilfoyle. 'Lot of Goya products, which was pretty awesome. Just had a great pork roast. It was very good.'  His...
    Florida continues to set tragic records These 4 words can help you avoid food poisoning this summer White House Press Secretary Says Science Wont Stand In The Way Of Reopening Schools White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s insistence that schools reopen in the fall, saying Thursday that scientific findings about COVID-19 won’t “stand in the way” of resuming in-person instruction. Load Error “The President has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open ... and when he says ‘open’ he means open and full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their school,” McEnany said at a press briefing. “The science should not stand in the way of this.” It was...
    Kayleigh McEnany asserted Thursday that President Donald Trump will not let 'science stand in the way' of his push to reopen schools in the fall in the midst of the coroanvirus pandemic. The White House press secretary claimed during her press briefing that science is on the side of reopening schools amid a massive spike in cases and said the U.S. is the 'outlier' of Western societies in not moving to get students back in the classroom. 'The science is on our side here,' McEnany told reporters gathered in the James S. Brady Briefing Room Thursday afternoon. 'We encourage for localities and states to just simply follow the science, open our schools – it's very damaging to our children,' she...
    Last week, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman announced his retirement from the U.S. Army — stressing that he was leaving because of a “campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation” on the part of President Donald Trump, who fired him from his position on the National Security Council in February. Vindman became persona non grata in Trumpworld after testifying against the president during an impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats in late 2019, and NBC News is reporting that the Trump White House sent a list of defamatory anti-Vindman allegations to the Pentagon following that testimony. Vindman was on track to be promoted to colonel, and according to NBC News reporters Carol E. Lee and Courtney Kube, the list was designed to...
    CNN host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoDemocratic super PAC to launch 'Creepy Trump' TV ad St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters have a history of suing neighbors Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record MORE railed against President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' White House considers sweeping travel ban on members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report MORE's "pandemic priorities" on Wednesday evening after the president posed for an Oval Office photo with several Goya Foods products as the White House doubled down on its support of the company amid boycott calls after its CEO praised Trump. ...
    Michelle Obama is launching a podcast that will debut this month and include interviews with her family members and big names like late night host Conan O'Brien and top Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. The former First Lady will lead the 'Michelle Obama Podcast' with Higher Ground, her production company created with husband former President Barack Obama. The new podcast is focused on meaningful relationships and will include guests like her mother Marian Robinson, her brother Craig Robinson, journalist Michele Norris, and Dr. Sharon Malone, who is married to former Attorney General Eric Holder who served in the Obama administration. The special series was announced Thursday in conjuction with Spotify and will debut on July 29. Michelle Obama is...
    Dr Anthony Fauci says he is 'walking a tightrope' in his relationship with Donald Trump because 'people are trying to pit you against the president' as tension grows between the White House and its top virologist over the coronavirus outbreak.   Appearing on the cover of InStyle magazine, Fauci said in an interview that he was an 'apolitical person' but that the 'real and perceived built-up conflict' with Trump was making things 'very stressful'.    Trump last week said that Fauci had 'made a lot of mistakes' and White House officials have made critical briefings about him in the media, but the president played down tensions on Monday by insisting that their relations were 'very good'.  The virologist has described the efforts...
    The Trump administration is considering a sweeping ban on travel to the U.S. from members of the Chinese Communist party and their family members, The New York Times reported Wednesday.  The presidential proclamation is still in its draft form and President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE might ultimately reject it, The Times noted, citing unnamed sources.  The reported draft ban may also authorize the U.S. to revoke visas of party members and their families who are already in the country, the Times reported.  The order would cite the same statute in the Immigration and...
    Criticized on all sides for his procrastination in the face of the health crisis, disarmed in the face of an elusive adversary, Donald Trump, has so far tried in vain to rebound. “Great news on vaccines!”, He tweeted Wednesday morning, eager to turn the page on the Covid-19 at all costs in the run-up to the presidential election on November 3. But the reality is grim: the number of reported cases is on the rise in almost 40 states out of 50. California announced Tuesday that it was closing part of its economy. With infection curves that have taken radically different trajectories than those of Europe, the United States is in bad shape. The White House tenant dodges the subject...
    Savannah Rychcik July 15, 2020 0 Comments Vice President Mike Pence is expressing his appreciation for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and member of the White House coronavirus task force, after reports of the White House attempting to discredit him. When asked by reporters about the alleged criticism of Fauci coming from the administration, Pence recognized Fauci as an integral part of the solution to the coronavirus pandemic. “Dr. Tony Fauci is a valued member of the White House coronavirus task force. We just completed our latest meeting today,” Pence said during a campaign press call. He added, “And we couldn’t be more grateful for his steady counsel as we continue to meet this moment with a...
    Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that efforts by the White House to undermine his credibility are “bizarre” and asks that officials turn their attention back to the coronavirus. “When you look at the numbers, obviously, we’ve got to do better. We’ve got to almost reset this and say, ‘OK, let’s stop this nonsense,'” Fauci said in an interview with the Atlantic. Fauci has been criticized for his response to the coronavirus pandemic by Trump administration officials and President Trump himself. Most recently, Trump’s top trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote in a short op-ed that “Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.” Last weekend, anonymous Trump aides sent media...
    Savannah Rychcik July 15, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and member of the White House coronavirus task force, is receiving support from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) amid reports of the White House trying to discredit him. Appearing on ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, Hogan came to Fauci’s defense and acknowledged him as one of the most respected voices throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan was asked what his view of Fauci is and the political and public health wisdom of White House officials and staffers currently “at war” with Fauci. Hogan recognized Fauci’s credibility and criticized the Trump administration for attempting to dismantle it. “I think it’s absolutely outrageous. It’s one of the biggest mistakes,...
    Bradley Cortright July 15, 2020 0 Comments White House officials are trying to tamp down rumors that President Donald Trump is ignoring Dr. Anthony Fauci’s advice or trying to undermine him. On Tuesday, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro penned an op-ed in USA Today that attacked Fauci’s credibility and claimed the infectious disease expert had “been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.” The next morning, Alyssa Farah, White House Director of Strategic Communications, said that Navarro’s op-ed did not go through the proper review process and is “the opinion of Peter alone.” “The Peter Navarro op-ed didn’t go through normal White House clearance processes and is the opinion of Peter alone,” Farah wrote. She added, “[Trump] values...
    CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta claimed Tuesday that the White House staff had been reduced to “Kool-aid drinkers and next of kin.” Acosta spoke with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper following President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden speech and press conference, which they both characterized as more of a campaign-style speech. (RELATED: ‘Gotta Let Me Finish, Jim, This Isn’t A Cable News Segment’: Kayleigh McEnany Chastises CNN’s Acosta For Interrupting) WATCH: Referring to Trump’s press conference as “the rally in the Rose Garden,” Cooper posed the question to Acosta. “I think I know the answer of this,” Cooper prefaced, adding, “There seems like there is no one around the president, Mark Meadows, the Chief of Staff is new. He came...
    CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta accused President Trump of giving a campaign speech from the Rose Garden. "Trump soiled the WH Rose Garden with that performance. Presidents do not use the Rose Garden in that kind of naked political fashion. That was not a press conference, as the WH described it. It was a campaign rally disguised as a press conference. It was a bait and switch," he tweeted on Tuesday. Trump soiled the WH Rose Garden with that performance. Presidents do not use the Rose Garden in that kind of naked political fashion. That was not a press conference, as the WH described it. It was a campaign rally disguised as a press conference. It was...
    President Trump denied he believed he was the underdog in the race for the White House against Joe Biden after spending an hour Tuesday in the White House Rose Garden panning the presumptive Democratic nominee's plans.  'No I don't,' the president responded after a reporter asked him if he saw himself losing in the fall. 'I think we have really good poll numbers.'  The president then pointed to shows of support among boaters and bikers.  'You look at the intercoastal in Florida, you look at the lakes you see thousands of boats with Trump signs, American signs, you've got the Trump-Pence sign all over,' Trump said. 'You look at bikers for miles and miles riding up highways proudly with their...
    Savannah Rychcik July 14, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and member of the White House coronavirus task force, is reassuring Americans they can lean on him for information about the coronavirus pandemic amid reports of President Donald Trump trying to discredit him. During a virtual event hosted by Georgetown University on Tuesday, Fauci was asked how do Americans know who to trust in regards to information on the coronavirus outbreak. Fauci encouraged the nation to listen to trusted members of the medical community, including himself. “I believe, for the most part, you can trust respected medical authorities. I believe I’m one of them, so I think you can trust me,” Fauci said. He added, “I...
    Students walk past the "Great Dome" on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2017.Charles Krupa/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.The Trump administration is rescinding its controversial new policy that would have forced international students to leave the country if their schools did not return to in-person classes this fall.   On Tuesday afternoon, the Justice Department was supposed to be in court to defend the rule against a lawsuit brought by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Instead, Judge Allison Burroughs announced at the hearing that the government had agreed to rescind the policy only eight days after it was unveiled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The abrupt...
    We begin today’s roundup with reaction to the opposition research the White House has released attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been sidelined from the White House’s coronavirus response messaging because he dares to speak the truth about the pandemic raging across America.  First up, Michael D'Antonio at CNN: Note the difference between Fauci and Trump: One man, a dedicated public servant, offered his best analysis and, when new data emerged, corrected himself without hesitation so that lives might be saved. The other dug in to a don't-worry-about it position and has refused to budge as the passing months have led the US to become the leading global hotspot.  Just as the pandemic has revealed Trump's tragic limitations, his abuse of Fauci confirms the...
    Roger Stone said he'll do anything to help President Trump win reelection short of violating the law. In an interview with Axios published Monday, Stone, who had his full prison sentence commuted by the president last week, also said he intends to write a book about the Russian collusion controversy. "I will do anything necessary to elect my candidate, short of breaking the law," the GOP operative said. "First, I'm going to write a book about this entire ordeal to, once and for all, put to bed the myth of Russian collusion." The White House announced Friday evening the commutation of the three-year prison sentence Trump's longtime friend and adviser faced as a result of being convicted of charges...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on a Stanford School of Medicine webinar Monday to talk about the U.S. coronavirus response, following the reports that he’s been sidelined and the White House pushing out a statement trying to discredit him. One of the reports about Fauci being sidelined, from the Washington Post, included a statement from an anonymous White House official with a list of past comments Fauci made about the pandemic and saying people are concerned about how he’s been wrong. In the Stanford interview, Fauci talked about the severity of the pandemic, the possible timeline for a vaccine, and working during the crisis, saying at one point, “This is a really serious problem. It is truly historic. We haven’t...
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    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the backlash over Goya CEO Robert Unanue’s praise of President Trump at a White House event last week “unfortunate,” adding that “this is the kind of basket of deplorable politics that the left routinely engages in.” “They will shame anyone who associates with this administration, but the silent majority stand strong and it's shameful what they did to Bob,” McEnany told “Fox & Friends” on Monday. Many people, including progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., expressed displeasure with Unanue and called for a boycott after he spoke at a Hispanic Prosperity Initiative at the White House on Thursday and said Americans were "truly blessed" to have Trump as a leader. Others flipped the narrative and called for a Goya Foods "buy-cott." Unanue, head of the New...
    A new book released by Donald Trump’s niece revealed what anyone who has been paying attention already knew: sociopathy dominated Trump’s upbringing and he clearly didn’t escape its grasp. But what also became crystal clear this week is that the standard-bearer of the GOP has turned it into nothing short of a band of sociopaths masquerading as a political party. Perhaps Trump’s wild lie last weekend that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” wasn’t a surprise at this point—the man lies about everything and has an exceedingly estranged relationship with objective reality. But watching White House chief of staff Mark Meadows enthusiastically defend the claim revealed just how depraved Trump’s cronies in the administration have become. Asked whether Trump had simply been generalizing on Fox News Monday, Meadows refused...
    The White House has undertaken behind-the-scenes efforts in recent months to undercut and sideline Dr. Anthony Fauci—even going so far as to compile a list of all the times he “has been wrong on things,” according to The Washington Post. After canceling some of his planned TV appearances and keeping him away from the Oval Office, White House officials and President Trump have taken to publicly expressing a loss of confidence in the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and head of the administration's coronavirus task force. The apparent attempts to undermine Fauci come as he continues to counter the president's overly optimistic narrative on the state of the pandemic. Against this backdrop, an...
    Donald Trump arriving to meet with GOP Senators on Capitol Hill in May, trailed by son-in-law Jared Kushner and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. A new book released by Donald Trump's niece revealed what anyone who has been paying attention already knew: sociopathy dominated Trump’s upbringing and he clearly didn't escape its grasp. But what also became crystal clear this week is that the standard-bearer of the GOP has turned it into nothing short of a band of sociopaths masquerading as a political party. Perhaps Trump's wild lie last weekend that 99% of coronavirus cases are "totally harmless" wasn't a surprise at this point—the man lies about everything and has an exceedingly estranged relationship with objective reality. But watching White House chief...
    Mark Wilson/Getty Images CNN and The Washington Post have published detailed debunkings of at least 12 “lies and falsehoods” contained in the White House’s official statement on President Donald Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s prison sentence. On Friday, the White House announced Trump had commuted Stone’s 40-month sentence for witness tampering, lying to Congress, and obstruction in a strident statement that was shot through with false and misleading claims. According to CNN’s Marshall Cohen, there were 12 such claims, which Cohen refuted line-by-line. They included the invocation of “the Russia Hoax” (“The Russia investigation was not a hoax, and it did not originate from Democrats or the media.”), the assertion that there was “never any collusion” (“Mueller’s final report did...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused Democrats criticizing President Trump for granting Roger Stone clemency of hypocrisy, asserting they don't care about the law. On Friday night, Carlson said those who criticize Trump's decision to commute Stone's sentence claiming it violates the rule of law hypocritically allow "the mob" to regularly violate "basic laws," referring to national unrest following the death of George Floyd. "Keep a sharp eye out for the ghouls out there who will lecture you about how this is a 'violation of the rule of law,' even as our most basic laws are ignored completely by the mob. They don't care about the law. They care about putting their political opponents in prison, and tonight,...
    The White House confirmed in a statement Friday night that President Donald Trump is commuting the sentence of Roger Stone. Stone was found guilty last November of witness tampering, lying to Congress, and obstruction. The statement from Kayleigh McEnany declares at the top, “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency. There was never any collusion bewteen the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.” It decries the “collusion delusion” and the investigations that ensued, going after Robert Mueller’s office for “resort[ing] to process-based charges… in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality.” "Roger Stone...
    Former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis told "Your World" Friday that while former Vice President Joe Biden "should win" the White House in November, "anybody who thinks it's going to be easy is kidding himself." "Biden should win it," Dukakis, now 86, told host Neil Cavuto. "The country's a mess. It's chaos every day in the White House. But this is not going to be easy. Joe knows that. We all know it. That means we've got to work our heads off to make sure that we get rid of this guy in the White House and restore some sanity and decency to the government of this country." BIDEN PUSHES POPULIST 'MADE IN AMERICA' PLAN TO PUMP UP ECONOMY Dukakis...
    As has become his way, Vice President Mike Pence opened his coronavirus task force briefing with a dose of good news — this time on the day the country passed 3 million cases recorded nationwide. "And while we mourn with those who mourn, because of what the American people have done because of the extraordinary work of our healthcare workers around the country, we are encouraged that the average fatality rate continues to be low and steady," he said. It was the third time in three weeks that the White House task force had delivered a press briefing — and the third time it was held outside the White House. Other less formal question-and-answer sessions have also been held outside...
    On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin finally bowed to growing national outrage around the White House’s sketchy accounting for emergency COVID-19 relief funds connected to Donald Trump’s controversial $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program. Trump and company hailed the move as another sign of the administration’s transparency, but close readers are finding more questions than answers. Why did large hedge funds and private equity firms unaffected by COVID-19 closures receive hundreds of millions of dollars from a relief program designed to help struggling small businesses? How did so many Trump family members and hotel industry friends  tap into the PPP while politically unconnected entrepreneurs across America were told funds had run dry? Don’t expect any answers from the White House. Trump...
    President Donald Trump speaks to journalists in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House July 2, 2020. The president addressed reports that the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has submitted to the UN secretary-general its notice to withdraw from the World Health Organization by July 6, 2021, a senior administration official confirmed to CNBC. The notice to the UN was the first step in a yearlong process that will rely on several factors outside of Trump's control, including cooperation from Congress and Trump's own reelection in November, neither of which are assured. The move comes as coronavirus cases are again surging in the United States. More than 3 million people in...
    Abigail Adams, Jackie Kennedy, and Michelle Obama. Stock Montage/Bettmann/White House/Getty Images The first ladies of the United States have their own rich and interesting histories. Nearly every president's wife has served as first lady, though a few passed away before their husbands' inaugurations. One president never married. Martha Washington was married and became a widower before meeting George Washington. Abigail Adams helped soldiers during the Revolutionary War.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Though first ladies have been referred to as the "hostesses of the White House," their roles through history have been far more complex. Abigail Adams watched the Battle of Bunker Hill and helped make bullets for soldiers before becoming first lady. Martha Washington was...
    When former CIA Director John O. Brennan appeared on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” on Monday night, July 6, host Lawrence O’Donnell asked him some very provocative questions: does Brennan see any similarity between the “propaganda style” of the Trump White House and some of the “authoritarian regimes” he has “studied around the world” — and does the Trump White House try to create “distractions” in a manner typical of such regimes? Brennan, without hesitation, responded that the parallels are impossible to miss. “I have seen, observed this type of behavior in authoritarian leaders around the world for many, many years,” the 64-year-old Brennan told O’Donnell. “This is taken right out of the authoritarian’s playbook, which is that you try to...
    Authorities from the cities of San Antonio and Austin (Texas), as well as Miami-Dade (Florida) warned that their hospitals are on the edge Some hospitals in the states of Texas and Florida are about to run out of beds for the coronavirus suffererswhile the White House still does not outline a national strategy and he insists that the “vast majority of people” are safe. This Monday, the mayors of the Texas cities of Saint Anthony and Austin and the alderman of the county of Miami-Dade (Florida) warned that hospitals are at the limit and beds are running out in intensive care units (ICU). Time is running out now in terms of the capacity of our hospitals in Saint Anthony,...
    Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a close friend of Melania Trump and a former adviser to the East Wing, will release a memoir detailing her friendship with the first lady this fall. It's the latest in a spat of book about President Donald Trump, the first lady and the administration.  The publishing date for the tell-all by Mary Trump, the president's niece, was moved up two weeks due to high interest in the book, which the Trump family tried to stop from being published. The administration also tried and failed to stop former National Security Adviser John Bolton from releasing his tell-all about his time in the White House. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a close friend of Melania Trump and a former...
    Trump encouraged polarization and affirmed that the country is in the process of “defeating the radical left”, in an act at the White House on the occasion of July 4 The President of U.S, Donald Trump, spurred this Saturday the Polarization and affirmed that the country is in the process of “defeating the radical left”, in an act in the White House on the occasion of July 4th, he Independence Day, attended by hundreds of people without respecting the social distance by the coronavirus. “Now we are in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and the agent, who in many instances does not know at all what he is doing,”...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rapper Kanye West tweeted out on Saturday that he is running for president, saying, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020Vision.” We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States
    The White House is now telling Americans to learn to live with the coronavirus, shifting their focus from past months when they expressed that the virus would eventually go away.  Administration officials are trying to intensify their messaging on the pandemic in the next week, senior administration officials told NBC News. The White House is planning to offer up that the virus is not going away any time soon and will be continuing well pass the November election.  The White House is planning to offer up that the virus is not going away any time soon and will be continuing well pass the November election  Top advisers for the president will argue for ways to move forward, despite the...
    (CNN)The White House was always one of the busiest social hubs in Washington, accustomed to hosting at least three to five events per day, ranging from meetings with dignitaries and VIPs to smaller luncheons or private dinners. That is, until Covid-19.Since late March, the White House has been on virtual lockdown. This week, however, party preparation began anew. Tables popped up on the South Lawn, installed by staff who had been cut back from in-person work several weeks earlier out of an abundance of caution, but who have returned this week to set up the White House July Fourth party. For White House social secretary Rickie Niceta and the White House team of chefs and butlers, housekeeping staff and ushers,...
    A Washington D.C. man has been arrested after being identified as the 'ringleader' in at attempted to bring down a statue of Andrew Jackson outside the White House. Jason Charter was arrested at his home by the FBI and U.S. Park Police on Thursday morning and charged with destruction of federal property.  Charter is alleged to have played a major role in attempting to the topple the historic monument.  Federal prosecutors have charged Jason Charter who is believed to be the alleged ringleader involved in vandalizing the statue of former President Andrew Jackson Jason Charter appears in social media to be an antifa supporter Demonstrators were seen using chains to try and topple the bronze statue on...
    Mount Rushmore hasnt had fireworks for more than a decade because its very dangerous. Heres why Where You Can Order Groceries Online With an EBT Card Fourth of July Weekend Forecast: Hot With Low Rain Chances in the DC Area © AFP/Getty Images Fourth of July Independence Day fireworks are seen over the Washington Monument, July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images) Fourth of July weekend in the D.C. area is about to begin with hot, sunny weather. Thursday will have plenty of sunshine and high temperatures are expected to hit the upper 80s to 90°. If we hit 90°, the region's heatwave will have reached a seventh...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany opened Wednesday’s press briefing by celebrating the fall of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle, Washington, saying the city had been “liberated.” “I am pleased to inform everyone that Seattle has been liberated,” she said moments after taking the podium. “In President Trump’s America, autonomous zones will have no sanctuary.” The statement comes after Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan at long last relented and directed authorities to tear down the short-lived zone. Protesters had taken over six blocks in the downtown area, forced out police, and set up a commune-like organization which saw violence on a nightly bases. [email protected]: “I am pleased to inform everyone that Seattle has been liberated.” Full video...
    THE FATHER of a marine who may have been killed in a Russian bounty-linked attack in Afghanistan has slammed the Trump administration over their alleged mishandling of classified information. Erik Hendriks, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks was killed in an April 2019 attack on an American convoy, said that if President Donald Trump's team was told about possible Russian bounties and didn't investigate, he has "lost all respect for this administration." 4 Cpl. Robert Hendriks was killed in a 2019 attack on an American convoy in AfghanistanCredit: U.S. Marine Corps 4 Trump said he was not briefed on the Russian bountiesCredit: AP:Associated Press A report from the New York Times last week claimed that Russia was secretly offering paid bounties...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has been briefed on the intelligence at the center of media reports that Russia offered to pay bounties for the killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Diane Bartz; Editing by Tim Ahmann) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Politico reporters Daniel Lippman and Tina Nguyen revealed Tuesday that Jimmy Finkelstein — the publisher of the news outlet The Hill — has arranged for his wife to have an unpaid position in the office of First Lady Melania Trump. This fact, presenting a potentially troubling conflict of interest for a publisher of political news, was not disclosed to readers. Lippman and Nguyen report that in 2017, Pamela Gross, Finkelstein’s wife and a former CNN producer, “volunteered to help the new first lady find her footing in the East Wing.” She was described as a “long-time friend of Melania Trump.” Finkelstein, according to the Politico journalists, “was sufficiently involved that he personally discussed his wife’s arrangement with White House lawyers.”...
    Former national security adviser Susan Rice warned that conflicting reports about whether President Trump received intelligence briefings relaying reports that Russia paid members of the Taliban to kill American troops in the Middle East is further evidence of an executive branch in chaos. "Everybody in the senior national security team gets this briefing six out of seven days a week. So, even if the president doesn’t read his PDB [President's Daily Briefing], as it’s known, which apparently he doesn’t often do, then surely somebody around him would come in with this information and make sure that he was aware," Rice said Monday evening. "You know, the job of the national security adviser, not to mention the director of...