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Christie's Nagging Question as He Got Fired From Trump Team

He wanted confirmation that Jared Kushner, not Trump, really wanted him off transition team

(Newser) - Despite reportedly being Donald Trump's fast-food fetcher during the campaign, Chris Christie really seemed to want to keep working on the former's transition team, admitting he was legitimately bummed when he was unceremoniously removed from that role and replaced with VP-elect Mike Pence. But per the Week and... More »

At UN Climate Conference, US Touts Coal

Audience members in Bonn, Germany, weren't pleased

(Newser) - A Trump administration panel touted coal and nuclear energy in its only official appearance at an 11-day United Nations climate conference in Germany on Monday—when it could get its message out over jeering protesters and audience members. "Without question, fossil fuels will continue to be used," though... More »

Trump's HHS Nominee Comes From Pharmaceutical Industry

But Alex Azar also previously served at the agency as deputy secretary

(Newser) - President Trump has picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his Health and Human Services secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Alex Azar will oversee a $1 trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health. The Azar nomination... More »

Mueller Investigation Sinks a Trump Nominee

Sam Clovis, a climate change skeptic, pulls name from consideration for science post

(Newser) - A former Trump campaign official linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination for an agriculture post. Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign national co-chairman and chief policy adviser, wrote in a letter to President Trump dated Thursday that he does "not want... More »

Flake: America Is Sick—'And It Is Contagious'

He berates 'new depths of indecency' in op-ed

(Newser) - Retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake continues his remarks Tuesday in Congress in an op-ed in the Washington Post , berating a "political culture [that] seems every day to plumb new depths of indecency" and a president who offers "moral ambiguity in the face of shocking bigotry." In the... More »

Can Microsoft Defy Feds? Supreme Court to Weigh In

Company won't turn over emails held on server overseas

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad, per the AP . The justices said Monday they'll hear the administration's appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held that the emails sought... More »

Why the US Is Withdrawing From UNESCO

State Department sees anti-Israel bias, also wants to keep back-dues bill from mounting

(Newser) - The US has long had dicey relations with the UN cultural organization UNESCO, and those relations have just taken another sour turn. The State Department announced Thursday that the US is pulling out of the organization at the end of next year, citing what it sees as an anti-Israel bias,... More »

Report: Aides Worried About 'Unraveling' Trump

Sources say he is increasingly 'unstable,' isolated

(Newser) - President Trump might be launching a new hunt for White House leakers soon because a lot of them seem to have spoken to Vanity Fair —and the picture they paint of the president's state of mind is alarming. The sources say Trump is "unstable" and "unraveling"... More »

Trump Wants Hard-Line Measures in Return for DACA Deal

List makes no attempt at compromise, Democrats complain

(Newser) - The "deal" with President Trump on DACA that top Democrats spoke of last month is still very much a work in progress—and the two sides are so far apart that it might not happen at all. In a list of "principles" released by the White House Sunday... More »

Sources Float Name of Possible Replacement for Tillerson

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, as Trump's rift with current secretary of state reportedly deepens

(Newser) - It's been a tumultuous week on the Tillerson-Trump front, with the secretary of state forced to hold a presser to address rumors he'd once nearly resigned (he denied that) and that he'd called the president a moron (he didn't say either way, though a spokeswoman later... More »

What Are US Special Forces Doing in Niger?

Green Beret deaths bring attention to support mission in African country

(Newser) - The deaths of three Green Berets in Niger on Wednesday—along with those of several Nigerien soldiers—is raising questions about the US mission in the African country, reports the Washington Post . The incident, involving what are believed to be the first hostile-fire casualties in the country for US troops,... More »

Watchdog Finds 'Disconnnect' on Mnuchin's Flights

Rich Delmar says they were legal but poorly justified

(Newser) - "Just because something is legal doesn't make it right," White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said when setting down new travel rules —and it was a line that a Treasury Department watchdog decided to include in his report on Steven Mnuchin's travel. In his review... More »

Did Tillerson's Statement Just Make Things Worse?

Gist of coverage is that his ties with Trump remain irreparably damaged

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson made the unusual move Wednesday of calling a news conference to refute reports that he's on the outs with President Trump and came close to resigning his post as secretary of state. So it's safe to say Tillerson is in DC for a while? Don't... More »

White House to Cabinet: Kelly Must Approve Flights

'Just because something is legal doesn't make it right'

(Newser) - Trump administration officials who want to travel on government owned or chartered aircraft are going to have to run their travel requests past White House chief of staff John Kelly first, the White House said after Tom Price's resignation as health secretary Friday. In a memo to Cabinet members,... More »

ICE Arrests May Be Up, but Deportations Are Down

Advocacy groups are providing free help to those facing deportation

(Newser) - With three weeks to go until the end of the 2017 fiscal year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement had deported just 211,068 immigrants, roughly 30,000 less than in the 2016 fiscal year and nearly half of the 410,000 deported in 2012. But as of Sept. 9, ICE had... More »

Report: White House Probing Jared, Ivanka's Email Domain

Officials look into reports aides used private email for business

(Newser) - White House officials—surprised and angered by reports that several Trump advisers used private email accounts for government business—have ordered an internal investigation of email use, Politico reports, citing "four officials familiar with the matter." The sources say investigators have been pulling emails from the White House... More »

Trump Stands on 'Right Side of History,' Grants Shipping Waiver

Roadblock to getting supplies to Puerto Rico has been lifted, for at least the next 10 days

(Newser) - The Trump administration is waiving federal restrictions on foreign ships transporting cargo to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, the AP reports. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday on Twitter that President Trump had "authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico." She said Trump was responding... More »

DHS Denies Puerto Rico Waiver to Expedite Shipping

Trump administration says damaged island ports are issue, won't OK Jones Act waiver

(Newser) - As Puerto Ricans struggle after Hurricane Maria, a request to ease shipping restrictions for urgently needed supplies was turned down Tuesday by the Trump administration. Reuters notes the Jones Act , aka the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 , mandates only US-built and -flagged ships may ship between US coasts. In the... More »

Report: 6 White House Advisers Used Private Email Accounts

Ivanka, Bannon, Priebus are among them, sources say

(Newser) - Jared Kushner was far from the only White House adviser doing the same thing President Trump hammered Hillary Clinton for on the campaign trail, insiders say. The New York Times , citing "current and former officials," reports that at least six aides, including Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, used... More »

SCOTUS on Trump Travel Ban: Reinstate Refugee Restrictions

Supreme Court overturns appellate court's ruling from last week, at least temporarily

(Newser) - The Trump administration went back to the Supreme Court Monday, asking the justices to continue to allow strict enforcement of a temporary ban on refugees from around the world. The Justice Department's high court filing Monday followed an appeals court ruling last week that would allow up to 24,... More »

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