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We Probably Didn't Have a Meat Shortage After All

House panel report: Tyson, other meat-processing companies made 'baseless' claims of scarcity

(Newser) - Workers at meat-processing plants were forced to clock in to work during the early days of the pandemic, thanks to an executive order out of the Trump administration deeming them essential workers amid what was said to be a beef and pork shortage. Except now it seems that last part...

Watchdog: Zinke Misused Position Then Lied About It

Feds say former Interior Secretary didn't break from foundation as promised

(Newser) - Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke misused his position to advance a development project in his Montana hometown and lied to an agency ethics official about his involvement, according to a report from federal investigators released Wednesday. The investigation by the Interior Department's inspector general found that Zinke continued working...

Feds: Trade Aid From Trump Overpaid Corn Farmers by $3B

Farmers in the South were paid more per acre than those in the West, Northeast

(Newser) - The Trump administration overpaid corn farmers by about $3 billion in federal aid in 2019 and farmers in the South were paid more for the same crops than those elsewhere in the country, a federal watchdog agency has found. The Government Accountability Office said in a report released Monday that...

House Panel: Trump Tried to Undermine COVID Response

Congressional subcommittee interviewed former officials over several months

(Newser) - A report from Congress released Friday says officials in the Trump administration deliberately undermined the public health response and messaging around the coronavirus pandemics, CNN reports. The findings are a result of months of interviews with former officials, and some of the information has been released before. But there’s...

Trump's Ex-DOD Chief Sues Pentagon Over Memoir

Mark Esper says Defense Department is blocking parts of his manuscript it thought were 'too candid'

(Newser) - Mark Esper's memoir, A Sacred Oath, is due out in May from William Morrow, but readers may not see everything he originally included in its pages, thanks to the Pentagon. The former defense secretary in the Trump administration is now suing the agency he once led, claiming that sections...

Rolling Stone: Jan. 6 Leaders, Trump Team Used Burner Phones

Those communications could be difficult for House investigators to trace

(Newser) - Organizers of the "Save America" rally on the White House Ellipse that preceded the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol communicated with former President Trump's team using burner phones purchased with cash, according to a report from Rolling Stone . Kylie Kremer—a top official with the March for...

Birx: More Than 100K Died After Trump Ignored Advice

She says election distracted White House officials from COVID crisis

(Newser) - Donald Trump's failures during the pandemic cost more than 100,000 American lives, former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told lawmakers earlier this month, according to newly released testimony. Birx told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in hearings Oct. 12 and 13 that...

Under Trump, Foreign Gifts Went Missing, Unrecorded

Agencies are still looking for gift bags meant for G7 leaders

(Newser) - The government has a specific, detailed process for handling gifts to administration officials from other nations. During President Trump's term, it often was ignored, the New York Times reports, starting with the requirement to log in and report the gifts. So the State Department’s inspector general is still...

Unflattering Trump Details Surface From Grisham Memoir

Former press chief says he only pretended to get tough with Putin in front of cameras

(Newser) - The new memoir by Stephanie Grisham , a press chief under then-President Trump and a top aide to Melania Trump, is now in the hands of journalists. Some of the details making waves:
  • Putin: Grisham writes that when Trump met with Vladimir Putin in Japan two years ago, he leaned in

Aide With Top Access to Trump, Melania Is Releasing Memoir

'Hard to articulate how much anxiety' Stephanie Grisham's book will cause

(Newser) - Another memoir from a former member of the Trump White House is coming, and Jonathan Swan of Axios notes that it has the potential to be the most damaging one so far. That's because Stephanie Grisham is the only person who worked in top positions for both former President...

Biden to Trump Allies on Military Academy Boards: Resign or Be Fired

Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer were among 18 who received letters Wednesday

(Newser) - The Biden administration moved Wednesday to oust 18 allies of Donald Trump who were named to US military academy boards in the final months of the Republican president's term in office. Cathy Russell, director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office, sent letters to 18 people named to the...

Capitol Riot Investigators Make a Big Move

Panel issues wide-ranging request for records

(Newser) - The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack made a big move Wednesday, issuing requests for records from government agencies including the National Archives, which has custody of records from the Trump White House. A letter from committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson to agencies shows the investigation will be wide-ranging,...

A Controversial Pesticide Is Banned From Food Crops

EPA prohibits use of chlorpyrifos, overruling the Trump administration

(Newser) - A long-running battle over a controversial pesticide is over—the EPA has banned the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops, reports NPR . The insecticide has been used for decades on crops, particularly soybeans, fruit trees, nut trees, broccoli, and cauliflower, per the AP . However, studies have linked it to neurological...

Biden Reverses Showerhead Rule Trump Demanded

Manufacturers largely ignored relaxed standards meant to give Trump 'perfect hair'

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump’s reversal of a 1990s rule limiting waterflow from showerheads to 2.5 gallons per minute never really meant anything in the first place. Now, Biden has rolled the regulation back to 2013 standards, USA Today reports. During Obama’s presidency, lower flow showerhead rules were...

Michael Cohen Claims Retaliation, Sues US for $20M

Former lawyer for ex-president says Trump officials improperly sent him back to prison

(Newser) - Michael Cohen was allowed to leave prison in May 2020 so he could serve the rest of his sentence at home. But while the terms were being worked out, he was sent back to prison, reportedly after refusing to agree to the furlough's conditions. The real reasons, he says,...

Trump Gave Fire and Fury Author 'Extraordinary Access' for New Book

Michael Wolff's 'Landslide' based on 'extraordinary access' to president

(Newser) - The author of Fire and Fury, the bestseller from 2018 that helped launched the wave of inside accounts of the Trump White House, will have a last take coming out next month. Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency by Michael Wolff (a Newser co-founder) will be out July...

Putin, Biden Private Chats Will Go Down In History

Interpreters and diplomats will be on hand to record next week's conversations for posterity

(Newser) - If President Joe Biden has any private words with Russia’s Vladimir Putin at their meeting next week, US interpreters and diplomats will be standing by to document their high-stakes encounter, per the AP . It’s a decades-old system meant to ensure that senior officials, and ultimately historians, have a...

DOJ Secretly Obtained CNN Reporter's Records

Barbara Starr's records were obtained after Trump condemned leaks

(Newser) - CNN says it wants the Justice Department to explain why it secretly obtained the phone and email records of one of its journalists during the Trump administration, apparently as part of an effort to identify her sources. The network says it was informed in a May 13 letter from...

Twitter: Trump's DOJ Tried to Unmask Nunes Parody Account

Biden administration has since withdrawn grand-jury subpoena trying to get info on @NunesAlt

(Newser) - Trump ally Devin Nunes has had a frustrating time in his attempts to find out who's behind various parody accounts that have long been insulting and poking fun of him. Now, a newly unsealed court document reveals that last November after the election, Twitter received a secret grand-jury subpoena...

Biden Rolls Back Trump's Transgender Health Care Rules

'Everyone ... should be able to access health care, free from discrimination or interference, period'

(Newser) - The US will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care, the Biden administration announced Monday, reversing a Trump-era policy that sought to narrow the scope of legal rights in sensitive situations involving medical care. The action by the Department of Health and Human Services affirms that...

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