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Sessions: I'll Stay 'As Long as That Is Appropriate'

Attorney general addresses Trump's criticism of him

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he has no plans to resign in the wake of President Trump's criticism of him, but he seemed to add a qualifier: "We love this job. We love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that... More »

Trump Is 'Silencing Civil Servants, Stifling Science'

'Whistleblower' scientist says he was forced out of Interior Dept. role into 'ill-fitting' job

(Newser) - Joel Clement wants you to know he's not a member of the "deep state," or a representative of Big Government. Instead, call him "a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant … a worried citizen"—and now, per his opinion piece Wednesday in the Washington ... More »

One Industry That May Be Seeing a 'Trump Bump'

US tourism isn't seeing a slump

(Newser) - Last winter, the US tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a "Trump slump" in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. There might even be a "Trump... More »

China: US Has Apologized for White House Gaffe

Release said Xi Jinping was president of Taiwan

(Newser) - The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the US said it was a technical error. Washington apologized and corrected... More »

'Wrong Move': China Blasts $1.4B US-Taiwan Arms Deal

The timing is key

(Newser) - The State Department announced Thursday that the US has reached a $1.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan; a source tells CNN it includes the sale of advanced missiles and torpedoes and technical support for early warning radar. Taiwan's Ministry of Defense said Friday it is "sincerely grateful"... More »

Trump Surgeon General Pick Fought Indiana HIV Outbreak

Jerome Adams oversaw needle exchange program

(Newser) - President Trump nominated Indiana's health commissioner to serve as the next US surgeon general on Thursday, selecting an anesthesiologist who promoted needle exchange programs while serving under Vice President Mike Pence. The White House said Trump nominated Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the nation's chief doctor. Adams... More »

Study's Message to Americans: 'Our Air Is Contaminated'

Relaxing standards will 'kill a lot of people,' experts warn

(Newser) - Just because air pollution falls below legal limits does not mean you're safe. Indeed, there is no "safe" level of air pollution as pollutants cause an increased risk of premature death even when detected at a fraction of the legal limit set by the EPA, a new study... More »

Court Allows Parts of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

Supreme Court will hear arguments in the fall

(Newser) - President Trump scored a significant, if partial, victory from the Supreme Court on Monday: The justices agreed to allow a scaled-down version of his travel ban to take effect. The court also agreed to hear the case in the fall, setting the stage for a ruling that could have wide... More »

Here's What Trump Has Planned for Cuba

Tillerson says new policy will pressure Cuba on human rights

(Newser) - The upside to former President Obama's landmark deal to normalize relations with Cuba is that the Cuban people have benefited, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The downside, he says, is that they haven't benefited enough. While commending the increased commercial activity in Cuba, Tillerson told the Senate... More »

Russians May Get Their US Compounds Back

2 sites were seized in Maryland and New York over hacking allegations

(Newser) - The Trump administration might let Russian officials return to two properties on US soil they were forced to vacate under President Obama, reports the Washington Post . In December, Obama evicted them from the compounds in Maryland and New York amid allegations that Russia interfered in the US election. He asserted... More »

White House Staffer Resigns, 'Killers' May Come Aboard

Mike Dubke, Trump's communications director, is out

(Newser) - Rumors of major restructuring of White House staff have been circulating in recent days, and on Tuesday the first shoe may have dropped in the form of Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director. Axios reports that Dubke offered Trump his resignation on May 18, though he offered to stay... More »

Democrats Want Kushner's Security Clearance Pulled

He says he'll cooperate with Russia investigation

(Newser) - Jared Kushner will be cooperating with any probe of Russian links to his father-in-law's campaign, a lawyer confirmed Thursday after reports that investigators are focusing on the senior White House adviser surfaced. Attorney Jamie Gorelick said Kushner has already offered to tell Congress all about his meetings with Russian... More »

Lieberman on Dropped FBI Bid: It Would've Looked 'Terrible'

He wants to avoid appearance of conflict of interest

(Newser) - Joe Lieberman, who was at one point considered the front-runner for FBI director, has dropped out of the running. The former senator said he wanted to avoid the "appearance of a conflict of interest" after President Trump hired Marc Kasowitz, who works at the same law firm as Lieberman,... More »

Sources Say Trump's Anger With Comey Was 'White Hot'

As Comey releases a farewell letter to some FBI staff

(Newser) - Fired FBI chief James Comey sent a farewell letter to selected staffers Wednesday and he urged them not to dwell on the reasons for his abrupt departure. "I have long believed that a president can fire an FBI director for any reason, or for no reason at all,"... More »

Ivanka Plans to Be 'Much More Proactive'

She says her role model is Eleanor Roosevelt

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump now has an official government job as well as a White House office—and she may have more influence on President Trump than any other federal employee. In a New York Times profile and interview, the first daughter talks about her agenda as an adviser to the president... More »

Former Breitbart Editor Leaving White House

Sebastian Gorka served as a national security adviser

(Newser) - Insiders say a former Breitbart editor with links to the far right will be leaving the White House in the days to come—and it isn't Steve Bannon. According to CNN 's sources, former Breitbart national security editor Sebastian Gorka, who has been serving as a national security... More »

Trump Willing to Delay Fight Over Border Wall Funding

White House 'confident' shutdown can be avoided

(Newser) - Saturday will be President Trump's 100th day in office and his administration seems confident that the day won't feature a government shutdown , despite disagreements over funding for his border wall. Trump told conservative journalists at a White House reception Monday evening that he is willing to delay the... More »

Feds Delete Blog Post Promoting Mar-a-Lago

They say the intention was to 'inform the public'

(Newser) - The State Department appears to have axed a controversial blog post that sung the praises of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago private estate in Florida. The page , which was strongly criticized by ethics experts, now states "the intention of the article was to inform the public about where the president... More »

Another Name Rising as Bannon's Falls: Gary Cohn

He's a former Goldman Sachs exec and a registered Democrat

(Newser) - The short version of the White House political calculus is that as Steve Bannon's political fortunes fall , Jared Kushner's rise. But another name is being increasingly mentioned along with Kushner's, that of National Economic Council director Gary Cohn. In a profile of Cohn, the Washington Post says... More »

Trump to Keep White House Visitor Logs Secret

The move breaks with an Obama-era policy

(Newser) - The Trump administration announced Friday it will be keeping all White House visitor logs secret until at least five years after President Trump leaves office, Time reports. According to Politico , the Obama administration had been putting the visitor logs online about three months after the fact. In breaking with that... More »

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