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President Trump Gives Jared Kushner a New Mission

Sources say son-in-law now in charge of border wall

(Newser) - President Trump's son-in-law, whose previous assignments in the Trump administration have included overseeing the Middle East peace process, reforming the criminal justice system, solving the nation's opioid crisis, and overhauling federal bureaucracy , has got a new mission, insiders say. Sources tell the Washington Post that Jared Kushner is... More »

House Investigators to Perry: You're Up. Perry: Nope

Spokeswoman for energy secretary says he'll only 'partake' in impeachment inquiry if it's public

(Newser) - The first member of Trump's Cabinet has been summoned to testify in the impeachment inquiry on the president—and it looks like he may not be going. A source tells the AP that Rick Perry's House appearance is set for Wednesday, but the energy secretary has already ignored... More »

US Bars All Flights Into Cuba, With One Exception

Planes from United States can only go into Havana in new travel ban

(Newser) - If you'd planned to travel to Cuba, you still can—but only one of the country's 10 main airports will be open starting next month. Per CBS News , at the direction of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US has banned all flights to the island nation, save... More »

Judge Holds DeVos in Contempt Over Student Loans

Court finds Education Department disregarded order to stop collecting on loans of 16K

(Newser) - Education Secretary Betsy Devos was held in contempt of court and handed a $100,000 fine Thursday for violating a federal judge's order to stop collecting on certain student loans. The move came after the Education Department was told in May 2018 to stop collecting on the loans of... 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 »

Ex-DHS Chief Nielsen Reveals Why She Resigned

At 'Fortune' summit, Kirstjen Nielsen also says has no regrets on 'enforcing law' that separated families

(Newser) - "These conversations can be tough, and arguably should be tough, as I'm sure this next one will be" is how the intro for Kirstjen Nielsen went at Tuesday's Most Powerful Women Summit sponsored by Fortune magazine. And interviewer Amna Nawaz got right into it with the former... More »

Acting Homeland Security Chief Is Out

Kevin McAleenan is stepping down

(Newser) - Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Trump's hard-line immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job. McAleenan told the AP he's leaving on his own terms—a contrast to other top administration... More »

Critics: New Trump Rule on Visas a 'Catch-22'

Immigrants will need to prove they can pay for own health care

(Newser) - Immigrants hoping to find a place to the US will need to have an additional source of funding now if they want to get their visa. The Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal report that a proclamation was signed Friday by President Trump mandating that, starting Nov. 3, immigrants... More »

Texts Show Pressure Put on Ukraine to Launch Probe

House Democrats released a series of text messages provided by Kurt Volker

(Newser) - Text messages provided to the House Intelligence Committee by former US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker were released by Democrats late Thursday night—and NBC News sees them as "explicitly linking" a potential White House meeting between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with a Ukraine probe... More »

Reports: Trump Is About to Lose Another Cabinet Member

Announcement from Energy Secretary Rick Perry on his resignation said to be coming soon

(Newser) - Looks like the Trump administration is about to lose another Cabinet member. Politico reported late Thursday that Energy Secretary Rick Perry is set to announce he's stepping down, with sources "familiar with his plans" saying his departure would come by the end of next month. The Washington Post... More »

Administration Loses Attempt to Hold Migrant Children Longer

Federal judge issues permanent injunction in Flores agreement case

(Newser) - The Trump administration has lost its effort to impose new rules that would let it detain migrant children with their parents indefinitely. After a hearing Friday in Los Angeles, the Washington Post reports, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction, preventing the administration from withdrawing from the Flores agreement . That... More »

EPA to Block California From Setting Emissions Standards

State has had tougher rules to fight air pollution for decades

(Newser) - Since smog in Los Angeles became unbearable in the 1960s, California has set its own vehicle emissions standards—limits that were stricter than the federal government permitted elsewhere. The Trump administration now is moving to end that practice. The EPA will revoke that authority Wednesday, the Washington Post reports, citing... More »

CNN Alleges US Spy Was Exfiltrated From Russia

CIA, White House push back at report

(Newser) - If you aren't familiar with the word "exfiltration" that's to be expected: It's the rare removal of an intelligence asset who is thought to be in imminent danger—and CNN reports one such exfiltration allegedly happened in 2017 in Russia. It reports one of America's... More »

Trophy Hunter Gets US Permit to Import Body of Rare Rhino

Michigan hunter gets dispensation in what Humane Society calls 'pay-to-slay scheme'

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it will issue a permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull, and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Mich., applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and... More »

Attorney General Is Holding $30K Party at Trump Hotel

DoJ says he's not getting a discount

(Newser) - Justice Department ethics officials have decided it's OK for their boss to have a party at a hotel owned by his boss. Attorney General William Barr has booked a holiday party in December at President Trump's hotel in Washington, DC, reports the Washington Post . The party, which Barr... More »

White House Makes Its Move Against Flores Agreement

Will issue new rule that would end 20-day limit on detaining migrant kids

(Newser) - The Flores agreement was put into place during the Clinton administration; the Trump administration is now formally trying to replace it. The federal consent decree has since 1997 put parameters around the detention of migrant children and teens. The new rule the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of... More »

Cuccinelli: Poem on Statue of Liberty Refers to Europeans

CNN's Erin Burnett pressed Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday night

(Newser) - Ken Cuccinelli offered up some literary analysis on Tuesday. The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services first grabbed headlines Tuesday morning when he offered an update to Emma Lazarus' famous poem on the Statue of Liberty during an NPR interview about a major change to immigration law announced a... More »

The Endangered Species Act Just Lost Some of Its Bite

The Trump administration makes some major changes

(Newser) - In environmentalists' view, it's been one of America's strongest environmental laws since it was passed in 1973. Now, the Endangered Species Act—which currently has 1,600 species under its purview—has lost some of its bite. The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the most... More »

EPA Makes Contentious Decision on 'Cyanide Bombs'

Trump administration reauthorizes M-44 traps to kill predator wildlife

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency has just reupped authorization of a controversial device designed to protect livestock from predators, but which critics call a "safety menace" against other animals and humans. CBS News reports the EPA has given the green light for the USDA's Wildlife Services, as well as... More »

'Jimmy Was Found Dead Today in Iraq'

Attorney says Jimmy Aldaoud, deported in June, was a diabetic with mental health issues

(Newser) - "Jimmy was found dead today in Iraq." That was the Facebook announcement Wednesday from immigration attorney Edward Bajoka, who revealed the fate of friend Jimmy Aldaoud, a Detroit man deported in June amid the Trump administration's immigration roundups. Aldaoud—who Bajoka says was a diabetic suffering from... More »

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