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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 »

Report: HHS to Offer 'Conscience Protections' for Medical Staff

Official announcement expected Thursday on agency's new moral and 'religious liberty' rules

(Newser) - A planned Health and Human Services initiative would offer "conscience protections" for medical workers, and women's and LGBT rights advocates are teaming up with doctors' groups to push back against it before it's even announced. It appears a new civil rights division within the HHS would offer... More »

Under Trump, States Can Make Medicaid Recipients Work

Major policy shift announced Thursday

(Newser) - In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it's offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. The AP reports the plan will likely face strong political opposition and even legal challenges over concerns... More »

El Salvador: US Booting 200K Would Devastate Us

Government hopes Congress will find solution

(Newser) - An estimated 200,000 Salvadorans and their 190,000 US-born children aren't the only people stressed out about the administration's decision to withdraw Temporary Protected Status : The government of El Salvador, which estimates 95% of TPS holders are employed or own businesses in the US, says it will... More »

WH Goes After Staffer, Guest Phones in 'Security' Push

Employees, guests banned from bringing in personal devices starting next week

(Newser) - The White House has a new policy banning personal cellphones at work, but aides tell Bloomberg it has nothing to do with unauthorized leaks to the media. Beginning next week, both staffers and guests will be limited to government-issued devices in the West Wing in response to cybersecurity concerns, press... More »

Omarosa on Exit: I Saw Things That Made Me 'Uncomfortable'

She also says there's 'one person' who has a 'personal vendetta' against her

(Newser) - Details of Omarosa Manigault Newman's exit from the White House are firming up, and it doesn't appear the break was as straightforward as Trump's administration claims. Though the Secret Service has denied reports that agents escorted Omarosa from the building Tuesday, sources tell the Daily Beast she... More »

White House Gives Up on 2 Controversial Nominations

Talley, Mateer will not be moving forward

(Newser) - One is a former ghost hunter who has never tried a case. The other described transgender children as "Satan's spawn." Neither man is going to become a federal judge. A White House official tells Politico that the administration will not be moving forward with the nominations of... More »

Christie's Nagging Question as He Got Fired From Trump Team

He wanted confirmation that Jared Kushner, not Trump, really wanted him off transition team

(Newser) - Despite reportedly being Donald Trump's fast-food fetcher during the campaign, Chris Christie really seemed to want to keep working on the former's transition team, admitting he was legitimately bummed when he was unceremoniously removed from that role and replaced with VP-elect Mike Pence. But per the Week and... More »

At UN Climate Conference, US Touts Coal

Audience members in Bonn, Germany, weren't pleased

(Newser) - A Trump administration panel touted coal and nuclear energy in its only official appearance at an 11-day United Nations climate conference in Germany on Monday—when it could get its message out over jeering protesters and audience members. "Without question, fossil fuels will continue to be used," though... More »

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