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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 »

Report: Trump Aide Lost Job Over Gambling Habit

John McEntee bet tens of thousands at a time, sources say

(Newser) - One of President Trump's longest-serving aides was fired and escorted off the White House grounds so quickly Tuesday that he didn't have time to get his jacket. Sources tell the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal that John McEntee, 27, was fired after being denied a security... More »

USDA Has Bad News for Happy Livestock

It walks away from stricter Obama-era animal welfare regulations for organic livestock

(Newser) - New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the feds on Monday, reports the AP , frustrating organic farmers and animal welfare groups but leaving some traditional farm groups rejoicing. The US Department of... More »

What Hope Hicks' Departure Means

Reactions to the resignation of the latest White House communications director

(Newser) - Hope Hicks is out: She's the fourth White House communications director to resign during President Trump's tenure, and she was also one of the president's closest and most long-standing aides. At the Washington Post , Jennifer Rubin calls the timing of Hicks' departure "curious," given that... More »

McMaster's White House Exit May Be Near: Report

Sources tell CNN he may rejoin the military

(Newser) - Could HR McMaster be the next figure to leave the White House? It's possible, according to CNN , reporting on "months of personal tension" between the national security adviser and President Trump. Six defense and administration officials tell the network the strained relationship is enough that the Pentagon is... More »

Federal Suit on Marijuana Features 12-Year-Old

Alexis Bortell, ex-NFLer among plaintiffs arguing for looser restrictions on the drug

(Newser) - Though there's no indication it'll be any more successful than the many complaints it follows, a federal lawsuit is challenging the Trump administration's policy of banning marijuana at the federal level—and is led by a 12-year-old girl. The case brought against the Justice Department by five... More »

Iran Rebuffs Negotiations as American Is Detained

Morad Tahbaz's arrest puts increased pressure on Trump administration

(Newser) - An American-Iranian man was among a group of environmentalists detained in Iran last month during efforts to foil a protest, bringing the number of US citizens held in the country to at least five, family members and human rights groups say. Morad Tahbaz of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Association—which... More »

Trump's Plan: Deliver Food Boxes Instead of Food Stamps

But critics say the idea of an 'America's Harvest Box' is 'prone to failure'

(Newser) - Trump administration members are hailing their newest idea as a "bold" approach that would save the government billions and feed more than 38 million people in low-income households, but critics are calling it an approach that's "prone to failure." President Trump's 2019 budget plan was... More »

Porter's Ex-Wife: Trump Called Me a Liar, 'I Forgive' Him

'The truth exists whether the president accepts it or not'

(Newser) - Jennie Willoughby wasn't surprised when President Trump implied she was lying about claims ex-husband Rob Porter abused her. Based on a Saturday tweet noting a "mere allegation" ruins the "falsely accused," Trump believes "abuse is something to be questioned and doubted" but "the truth... More »

WH Speechwriter Steps Down, Ex Says: I Feared for My Life

David Sorensen is 2nd WH staffer to resign in recent days amid domestic violence accusations

(Newser) - The White House, still reeling from criticism on how it handled domestic abuse allegations against ex-staff secretary Rob Porter, has a new headache. Per the Washington Post , David Sorensen, a speechwriter reporting to senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, stepped down from his role Friday after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, to... More »

Omarosa on White House: 'It's Not Going to Be OK'

Former Trump staffer dishes about the world of Trump on 'Celebrity Big Brother'

(Newser) - Former Apprentice contestant and ex-White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman thanked fans Thursday for tuning in to the season premiere of Celebrity Big Brother , where she says she's been "eating, sleeping, laughing, and competing." What she didn't mention in her tweet: "dishing about the White... More »

Ex-Girlfriend Took Porter Concerns to White House Counsel

As John Kelly's defense of the staff secretary turns to 'shock'

(Newser) - Influential White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday in the wake of reports he physically abused two ex-wives, reports that he maintains are "vile" and "simply false." The claims come via Colbie Holderness (who married Porter in 2003) and Jennifer Willoughby (who married him in 2009).... More »

US Speaks Out After Suspected Syria Chemical Attack

Officials suspect regime is 'evolving' new weapons

(Newser) - The Syrian regime not only kept some of its chemical weapons after a 2013 disarmament deal, it has apparently "evolved" new types of weapons and continues to use them on rebel-held civilian areas, Trump administration officials warn. The officials, speaking under condition of anonymity, tell Reuters that the administration... More »

Trump Officials Are Dreaming of Nationalized 5G

Axios reports on a discussions happening among National Security Council officials

(Newser) - It's nowhere near a sure thing, but the idea is percolating: Fearful of a spying China, members of the Trump administration's national security team say a mobile 5G network needs to be in the cards, and that maybe the government should be the one to build it. The... More »

White House Eyes End of Funding for Space Station

Draft budget proposal gives 2025 end date, reports The Verge

(Newser) - The Trump administration looks poised to deliver bad news to advocates of the International Space Station. The White House plans to end NASA's funding for ISS by 2025, according to a draft 2019 budget proposal seen by the Verge . NASA supplies ISS with up to $4 billion annually, and... More »

Embassy Move to Jerusalem Coming Sooner Than Expected

As early as 2019, say US officials

(Newser) - Rather than wait three-plus years to build a new US embassy in Jerusalem, US officials are speeding up the move from Tel Aviv. A new, more affordable plan will see an existing consular building in the Arnona neighborhood of West Jerusalem converted into a new embassy, officials tell the New ... More »

Ex-DOE Staffer: My Rick Perry Photos Got Me Fired

Photographer says there was retaliation after he leaked pics of meeting between Perry, coal baron

(Newser) - Snapping photos of a meeting attended by Energy Secretary Rick Perry was part of Simon Edelman's role as a Department of Energy photographer. Yet he says he lost his job for doing just that, and ensuring the photos were seen. In an interview with the AP , Edelman says he... More »

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