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Secret Service Agent Suffers Fatal Stroke on the Job

42-year-old was protecting John Bolton in Scotland

(Newser) - A 19-year veteran of the Secret Service has died after suffering a stroke during President Trump's visit to the UK. The 42-year-old agent, identified as Nole E. Remagen, was on protection duty for national security adviser John Bolton during a Saturday midnight shift at the Turnberry golf resort in... More »

Jared Kushner's Security Clearance Comes With a Catch

He hasn't been granted access to nation's top secrets

(Newser) - In May, it seemed the issue of Jared Kushner's downgraded security clearance had been resolved . Not entirely, the Washington Post is now reporting, citing two people who say Kushner's permanent clearance gives him only "top-secret" status. That means the senior White House adviser, also President Trump's... More »

Report: US Tried to Block Breastfeeding Resolution

Smaller countries were bullied, insiders say

(Newser) - A World Health Assembly meeting that had been expected to easily pass a resolution promoting breastfeeding turned ugly when the Trump administration got involved, reports the New York Times , citing "more than a dozen participants from several countries." The sources say that the American delegation to the United... More »

Intern Cursed at Trump. Now, 'Consequences'

Caitlin Marriott, 21, suspended over June 19 expletive

(Newser) - A Democratic senator's intern has been suspended over two words that matter as much as their target. Caitlin Marriott was heard on video yelling, "Mr. President, f--- you!" in the rotunda of the US Capitol on June 19, seconds before President Trump passed by en route to... More »

GOP Rep: Fire Stephen Miller

Meanwhile, mentor says Trump aide is victim of a 'lynching'

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker who earlier this week offered to introduce a Democratic bill barring the separation of immigrant families crossing the US-Mexico border is now out for blood. "I'm glad the President ended the border separation policy," but he "should fire Stephen Miller now," Rep.... More »

$0 Salaries Didn't Hurt Ivanka, Kushner in 2017

They made at least $82M in combined income outside the White House

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made at least $82 million last year while serving as unpaid senior advisers to the president, according to financial disclosure forms released Monday. Kushner drew at least $70 million from dozens of companies linked to his family's real estate company, Kushner Cos., including $5... More »

Ex-WH Aide: Trump's Paper-Ripping Habit 'Craziest Thing Ever'

Aides were tasked with taping shredded documents back together

(Newser) - President Trump's "odd and enduring habit" of ripping paperwork to shreds when he's done with it has spawned a Politico report that's raising some eyebrows over a strange job apparently given to White House staffers. Solomon Lartey and Reginald Young Jr., two former White House aides... More »

As Trade Talks Heat Up, China Makes an Offer

Country offers to buy $70B in US products in first year of deal

(Newser) - China is willing to buy up nearly $70 billion in US products like soybeans, corn, natural gas, crude oil, and coal in the first year of a deal if the Trump administration forgets about its threatened trade tariffs . Extending what Business Insider calls "a massive olive branch," Chinese... More »

New Tariffs on US Allies Called 'Dangerous'

The EU, Canada, and Mexico get hit

(Newser) - The delay is over . The Trump administration is announcing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, in a move sure to raise worries of a trade war. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says there will be a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10%... More »

Bad News, Bears: Obama-Era Rule on Hunting Reversed

New rule to allow bear baiting, spotlights for shooting in dens called 'unethical' by critics

(Newser) - The Trump administration is looking to dismantle Obama-era rules that made it more difficult to hunt on federal lands, including through the banning of bacon, honey, and doughnuts as bear bait. The 2015 rule also barred the use of dogs to hunt bears, spotlights to shoot bear cubs in dens,... More »

Report: HHS to 'Disentangle Taxpayers' From Abortions

Mandate would ban federally funded clinics from referrals, sharing space with abortion providers

(Newser) - An announcement expected Friday out of Health and Human Services has abortion rights advocates and doctors' groups steeled for a new battle on the family planning front. Per the AP and New York Times , White House officials and other sources say a Reagan-era ban is about to be rebooted: one... More »

Meghan McCain: 'These People Are Nothing Burgers'

Senator's daughter wonders why Kelly Sadler, who insulted her dad, still has a job

(Newser) - White House aide Kelly Sadler reportedly called Meghan McCain Thursday to apologize for an insensitive remark she'd made about McCain's seriously ill father, Sen. John McCain, at an internal meeting of communications staffers earlier that day. Sadler's original comment, in response to John McCain saying he opposes... More »

John Kelly Denies Calling Trump an 'Idiot'

Report is 'total BS,' chief of staff says

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly is pushing back against a report that he referred to his boss as an "idiot" during an immigration-related meeting. "I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows... More »

Congressman to Pruitt: If I Were Your Boss, 'I'd Get Rid of You'

EPA administrator blames scandals on staffers, Trump enemies

(Newser) - Scott Pruitt blamed staffers, the media, his job's "steep learning curve," and President Trump's enemies for numerous controversies during hours of testimony before Congress Thursday. "Let me be very clear: I have nothing to hide as its relates to how I've run the agency... More »

Amid 'False' Accusations, Trump's VA Pick Drops Out

White House physician Ronny Jackson says allegations against him have become a 'distraction'

(Newser) - The so-called "Candyman" won't be getting a sweet gig in the Trump administration after all. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who became the president's pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his nomination amid misconduct allegations, per the Hill . Jackson put out... More »

White House Defends Jackson, Quotes Obama

More allegations against VA pick surface

(Newser) - Hours after President Trump said he would understand if Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson bowed out, the administration made it clear it was going to continue supporting the White House physician—and even used Barack Obama to defend him. The White House released years of performance reviews, including one in... More »

Trump Sees Another High-Profile Departure

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert is leaving

(Newser) - President Trump is losing another high-profile staffer: Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert is resigning, reports the Hill . His departure is the latest in a shakeup of the national security team: The announcement comes a day after John Bolton took over as national security adviser. The Washington Post reports that Bossert... More »

Court Rules on Immigrant Teen Abortions

Order pertains to teens in federal custody

(Newser) - A federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday that the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions, the AP reports. A judge issued an order Friday evening barring the government from "interfering with or obstructing"... More »

New in US' 'Name and Shame' Game: Indictment of 9 Iranians

Hackers hit US colleges, agencies, and corporations in huge breach

(Newser) - The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against nine Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive info from hundreds of universities, private firms, and US government agencies. The defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked the... More »

Fox News Attacked—by One of Its Own

Network responds to Ralph Peters' dig at 'propaganda machine'

(Newser) - Criticism of Fox News as a "propaganda machine … wittingly harming our system of government for profit" is making waves because of its source: longtime Fox military analyst and retired US Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. In a letter to colleagues announcing he would not be renewing his contract... More »

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