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Police Chief to Feds: Stop Testing NBA Players

He says he is having a hard time getting officers tested for coronavirus

(Newser) - A California police chief urged White House officials to make testing first responders for coronavirus a priority during a conference call between police chiefs and White House and Homeland Security officials. "Stop testing NBA players, and start testing our first responders," Vacaville police chief John Carli said during... More »

White House Has Its First Positive Coronavirus Test

Official who works for VP Pence has fallen ill

(Newser) - The novel coronavirus has reached the White House. The Hill reports that, in an apparent White House first, an official who works there has contracted the virus—and that individual works for Vice President Mike Pence, who's been leading the administration's charge against the pandemic. "This evening... More »

Melania Trump Is Making Virus PSAs

Media is coordinating with White House

(Newser) - First lady Melania Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will take part in public service messages aimed at informing Americans about how to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. The White House said Wednesday it's joining with major media... More »

Yang: WH Tapping My Brain on Cash-for- Americans Plan

Trump administration, mulling payment to each US adult amid pandemic, seems to want Yang's advice

(Newser) - Front and center of Andrew Yang's 2020 campaign was his "Freedom Dividend" concept—a $1,000 universal basic income payment given monthly to every American adult to "help solve economic inequality by giving workers a financial safety net, bolster innovation, and pay people for household domestic work,... More »

Meet the White House's New Chief of Staff

GOP Rep. Mark Meadows will be taking over for Mick Mulvaney

(Newser) - In the midst of one of the most daunting crises of his administration, President Trump on Friday announced he'd made a major staff overhaul, replacing his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows. While much of the country was focused on the spreading coronavirus, Trump... More »

Hope Hicks Heading Back to White House

Trump adviser left almost 2 years ago

(Newser) - President Trump is known for firing people , but apparently he's also sometimes open to rehiring them. Hope Hicks, one of Trump's closest and longest-term advisers, is going back to the White House after an almost two-year absence. Hicks, 31, was communications director when she resigned in 2018 ; she... More »

Monica Lewinsky Is Not Enjoying Her Friday

'Are you f---ing kidding me'

(Newser) - Good thing the weekend is upon us because Monica Lewinsky needs a break. "This is definitely an 'are you f---ing kidding me' kinda day," Lewinsky tweeted before noon Friday, per the Daily Beast . The outlet suggests the statement came in response to news that Ken Starr, the... More »

WH Press Secretary Says She Doesn't Need to Hold Briefings

Stephanie Grisham dismisses open letter from predecessors

(Newser) - White House press briefings were once a daily event, but it has been 302 days since the last one—and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham isn't exactly apologetic. Grisham, who succeeded Sarah Sanders in the role on July 1 last year, scoffed at 13 officials from the last... More »

Trump Plucks New Staffer From Secret Service

Anthony Ornato will be White House chief of operations

(Newser) - Looks like President Trump has a new staff member: Dan Walsh is out as White House chief of operations and Anthony Ornato is in, Fox News reports. "The United States Secret Service Deputy Assistant Director, Anthony Ornato, will become my new Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations," Trump... More »

Trump Lawyers Will Skip Impeachment Hearing

White House complains about process

(Newser) - The impeachment process shifts to the House Judiciary Committee this week—but President Trump and his lawyers will not be taking part. In a letter to the committee released Sunday evening, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the Wednesday hearing would not "provide the president with any semblance of... More »

'Slow-Moving Blob' Got White House Locked Down

Officials thought it was an airspace violation, but it might have just been birds

(Newser) - An apparent airspace violation in Washington, DC, got the White House and the US Capitol locked down for about 45 minutes Tuesday morning, NBC News reports; within hours came word that it was actually a "slow-moving blob" that was to blame. CNN reports the "mysterious" blob showed up... More »

In McGahn Ruling, the Stakes Are High

Could affect separation of powers, along with the impeachment inquiry

(Newser) - Will former White House counsel Don McGahn have to testify before Congress about his old boss? A federal judge ruled Monday that he must, but the Justice Department said Tuesday that it will appeal, reports the Hill . No word yet on when a final resolution to the case might come,... More »

Rudy Giuliani's Son Has Also Scored Himself a 'Cushy' Gig

Andrew Giuliani is making $95K as a sports liaison

(Newser) - Looks like Hunter Biden isn't the only one whose high-flying dad might have helped him score a cushy job. Rudy Giuliani's offspring, Andrew Giuliani, is making almost six figures as a sports liaison for the White House, CNBC reports. That means the 31-year-old is paid $95,000 to... More »

White House Releases Doctor's Memo About Visit

Sean Conley says Trump's hospital visit was 'routine, planned'

(Newser) - The White House has released a memorandum from President Trump's physician in an attempt to quell talk that his Saturday trip to Walter Reed Medical Center wasn't at all routine. "Despite some of the speculation, the president has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated... More »

Erdogan Played Anti-Kurd Film in Oval Office. It Didn't Go Well

Lindsey Graham among GOP senators left miffed

(Newser) - President Trump had to umpire a tense exchange between Republican senators and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, which reportedly began when Erdogan aired a propaganda film against Syria's Kurds. Axios first reported that five Republican senators critical of Turkey's incursion into Syria watched as Erdogan whipped... More »

This Is Probably Trump's Favorite Nationals Player

Kurt Suzuki wears MAGA hat, while several teammates sit the event out

(Newser) - Welcomed to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series title, the Washington Nationals gave President Trump a No. 45 team jersey, as is the custom on these occasions. But one player gave him another gift: When Trump called Kurt Suzuki to the microphone to celebrate his playoff... More »

Nationals Pitcher on White House Visit: 'I Just Can't Do It'

Sean Doolittle won't attend Monday to celebrate World Series win, citing aversion to Trump's actions

(Newser) - The Nationals finally have their World Series rings , and with that honor came an expected invite to the White House, a Monday event that was announced on Friday , per Fox News . One person who won't be celebrating there: relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, who talked extensively about his decision with... More »

Top Trump Adviser Quits

Tim Morrison, adviser on Russian and European affairs, steps down

(Newser) - President Donald Trump's top adviser for Russian and European affairs is leaving his job at the White House, a day before he's scheduled to testify before the House impeachment investigators, a senior administration official said Wednesday. Tim Morrison owes his job at the National Security Council to Trump,... More »

Conway Denies Threatening Reporter in Bitter Phone Call

Listen yourself to conversation between Conway, 'Washington Examiner' journalist

(Newser) - A DC journalist says Kellyanne Conway bullied and threatened her on a phone call, and the White House counselor is pushing back. Mediaite reports Conway was miffed about an article in which Washington Examiner reporter Caitlin Yilek wrote about her being considered for the White House chief of staff role... More »

Harry Dunn's Parents: Trump Made Inappropriate Offer

They refused Tuesday meeting with Anne Sacoolas at White House

(Newser) - The parents of a British teen killed in an Aug. 27 crash involving a US diplomat's wife said they had no plans to meet the woman during their visit stateside. Indeed, they said they'd been advised against such a meeting unless Anne Sacoolas returned to the UK for... More »

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