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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets US OK, With 'Unusual Twist'

Rex Tillerson had nothing to do with State Department signoff on controversial project

(Newser) - The Keystone XL pipeline is officially a go, at least as far as the feds are concerned. Two years after then-President Obama used his veto power to block construction of the TransCanada conduit, the AP reports that a State Department permit was issued Friday to begin construction into the US.... More »

Secretary of State Tillerson: 'I Didn't Want This Job'

His wife convinced him 'God's not through with you'

(Newser) - As the old saying goes: Behind every successful man there stands a woman … making him become the United States' secretary of state. At least that's how the adage was apparently interpreted in Rex Tillerson's household, per an interview with Tillerson that appeared Tuesday in the International Journal... More »

At Center of All These Russia Stories: Sergey Kislyak

Ambassador is said to be a master networker

(Newser) - As Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains mired in controversy about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, more info is emerging about the man NBC News refers to as "the shadowy apparatchik at the center of Trump's Russia crisis." Kislyak, who has held his post since 2008,... More »

Ben Carson Approved as New Head of HUD

Trump's former rival for the presidency says he wants to bring a 'more holistic approach'

(Newser) - Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who challenged Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, won Senate confirmation Thursday to join Trump's Cabinet as housing secretary. Six Democrats and one independent joined 51 Republicans in voting for Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the AP reports.... More »

Trump's 'Warrior-Scholar' Praised as 'Fantastic Choice'

McMaster is getting rave reviews as pick for national security adviser

(Newser) - After the abrupt exit of Mike Flynn and a " Thanks but no thanks " from Bob Harward, it could be the third time is lucky for President Trump with his choice of national security adviser. Army Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, a highly respected military strategist, was unveiled as the... More »

Dems Couldn't Stop It: Pruitt New Head of EPA

Oklahoma AG confirmed in 52-46 Senate vote

(Newser) - After a rough couple of days in the stocking of President Trump's administration, the Senate got back to business and pushed at least one more through. Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt will head the Environmental Protection Agency, the Hill reports, after a Friday Senate vote confirmed him 52-46. As promised... More »

White House Was Warned Flynn Could Be Blackmailed

Moscow lawmakers blame 'Russophobia' for resignation

(Newser) - Michael Flynn stepped down Monday night after just 24 days as President Trump's national security adviser—and it's surprising he lasted that long, sources tell the Washington Post . The sources say officials, including former acting attorney general Sally Yates, notified the Trump team late last month that Flynn... More »

America Meets Key Trump Adviser Stephen Miller

He appears on 4 talk shows, earns praise from Trump, scorn from critics

(Newser) - The name Stephen Miller has been in the news a great deal since the inauguration, often paired with Steve Bannon as President Trump's top advisers. Over the weekend, however, the 31-year-old Miller got his biggest exposure yet as he appeared on four Sunday talk shows to defend Trump policies,... More »

Flynn's Talks With Russia May Have Broken the Law

National security adviser allegedly discussed sanctions before inauguration

(Newser) - President Trump's national security adviser may be in hot water over his talks with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office. The upshot of stories in the Washington Post and the New York Times is the same: They say Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, despite... More »

Health Secretary Confirmed With No Democratic Votes

ObamaCare foe Tom Price passed in 52-47 vote

(Newser) - A man who wants to do things to ObamaCare that the Hippocratic oath might forbid him doing to a patient is now the top health official in America. Tom Price, a longtime Republican congressman from Georgia, was confirmed as the next Department of Health and Human Services secretary early Friday,... More »

Trump Makes Surprise Shift in Israel Policy

He warns that new settlements could undermine peace

(Newser) - President Trump made a foreign policy move Thursday almost as surprising as alienating Australians : He appeared to shift policy on Israel, taking a line closer to that of the Obama administration and warning the country that announcing new or expanded settlements is "undermining" peace efforts, the Jerusalem Post reports.... More »

1K State Department Officials Sign Dissent Memo

Spicer says they should 'get with the program' or go

(Newser) - President Trump's refugee and visa ban "runs counter to American values" and "will hurt America economically," according to a dissent memo signed by an unprecedented number of State Department officials. More than 1,000 officials, including American diplomats all over the world, had signed the cable... More »

Democrats Vow to Block Gorsuch From 'Stolen Seat'

The battle could drag on for months

(Newser) - President Trump unveiled Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday night, and if the process goes very smoothly, the court could finally be back to nine members as soon as April—but you won't find many people willing to bet on the process going smoothly. The Washington Post... More »

GOP to Dems Skipping Cabinet Votes: 'Stop Acting Like Idiots'

Democrats want more information before votes for Mnuchin for Treasury, Price for HHS

(Newser) - Senate confirmation hearings for President Trump's Cabinet choices got heated Tuesday—or at least the ones that took place. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee angered not only by Trump's recent travel ban , but also by his firing of acting AG Sally Yates , forced votes Tuesday to be... More »

872 Refugees Get Good News

Those already 'in transit' when Trump's travel ban went down issued waivers

(Newser) - President Trump's travel ban remains in place, but nearly 900 refugees are getting a reprieve. Per a Department of Homeland Security document seen by Reuters , the State Department and DHS have OKed 872 waivers for refugees who were already "in transit" when Trump's order left his desk... More »

'Almost Everything Went Wrong' in First Trump-Era Raid

2 Americans died in mission on Yemen village

(Newser) - The first American military raid of the Trump administration wasn't a complete failure, but "almost everything went wrong," a senior military official tells NBC News . The Sunday raid in Yemen, which the president approved last week, left dozens of people dead , including two Americans: a service member... More »

White House Strategist: Media Should Shut Up

Media now the 'opposition party,' Steve Bannon says

(Newser) - White House strategist Steve Bannon granted the New York Times an interview this week, and the main topic appears to have been how much he hates the New York Times and the rest of the news media. "The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut... More »

Anyone Know What This @PressSec Tweet Means?

Could be a butt-dial, a cry for help, his Twitter password ...

(Newser) - Was one of Sean Spicer's kids messing around with his cellphone? Or did Vicente Fox's latest tweet rattle the new White House press secretary? Speculation is running rampant, per the Daily Dot , after Spicer sent out a cryptic early-morning tweet Thursday that has since been deleted, but …... More »

Obama Is Out, but 50 Staffers Unexpectedly Remain

Obama appointees to stick around until posts are filled

(Newser) - Barack Obama may have exited the White House, but some of his administration staffers are unexpectedly sticking around. New White House press secretary Sean Spicer says 50 State Department and national security officials who served under Obama will stay at their posts temporarily, while Obama appointee Thomas A. Shannon Jr.... More »

Trump Health Pick 'Offended' by Questions About Stocks

Tom Price grilled by Franken, Warren

(Newser) - Donald Trump's choice for health secretary declared himself to be "offended" by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's questions about his investments during Wednesday's Senate Health Committee hearing. Warren was one of numerous Democrats who pressed Rep. Tom Price about his stock transactions in health care companies, the Washington ... More »

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