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FEMA Chief Nearly Got Fired as Hurricane Brewed

Probe into Brock Long looks at travel expenses and other issues

(Newser) - With Hurricane Florence rolling in, FEMA Administrator Brock Long was close to getting fired—and still could be, the Wall Street Journal reports. Investigators working for the Department of Homeland Security inspector general have already warned the White House about Long taking a caravan of federal workers on his trips... More »

Trump Team Secretly Meets With Coup Plotters

But little came of meetings with Venezuelan military officers

(Newser) - The Trump administration dabbled in aiding a military overthrow of Venezuela's president but ultimately just met with coup plotters—a development that could still anger Latin American leaders wary of any possible US intervention, the New York Times reports. Seems American officials met with Venezuelan military officers at least... More »

Use of 'Lodestar' in Trump Op-Ed Leads to Speculation

President says Times 'must' reveal anonymous source

(Newser) - "TREASON?" tweeted President Trump after the New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous administration official who described his leadership style as "impetuous" and "adversarial" and spoke of a "resistance" inside a deeply unstable administration. In a follow-up tweet , the president told the newspaper to... More »

After Child Deaths in Yemen, Democrats Write 3 Letters

House and Senate Democrats want info on US involvement in Yemen airstrikes

(Newser) - Three letters over the last three days. That's how many messages House and Senate Democrats have penned this week demanding the US be forthcoming with information on its involvement in Yemen after an airstrike there last week killed at least 40 kids . Critics say there could be thousands of... More »

Judge Orders DACA Program to Be Restarted

Judge John Bates says DHS 'inadequately explained' rationale for ending program

(Newser) - Back in April, US District Judge John Bates gave the Trump administration 90 days to provide some kind of rationale for why the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aka DACA, was unlawful, which is what the Department of Homeland Security claimed when the program was officially rescinded in... More »

Feds: Finding Deported Parents Should Be in ACLU's Hands

DOJ lawyers make the case in a court filing

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union is balking at a request from the federal government to track down the deported parents of an estimated 431 children who remain in the US. "Not only was it the government's unconstitutional separation practice that led to this crisis, but the United States... More »

Over 700 Parents 'Ineligible' for Child Reunification

The Justice Department gives us an update

(Newser) - The Trump administration said Thursday that more than 1,800 children separated at the US-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart, signaling a potentially arduous task ahead as it deals with the fallout of its "zero tolerance" policy on people entering the US... More »

A Big Change Is Proposed to Wildlife Protections

Officials would weigh economic factors in decisions under Endangered Species Act

(Newser) - Those who back the Endangered Species Act won't be happy to read a quote in the New York Times that sums up a story about its fate: "It's probably the best chance that we have had in 25 years to actually make any substantial changes," says... More »

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 »

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