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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 »

A 'Dramatic Escalation' in US-Venezuela Tension

Trump administration freezes Venezuelan government assets

(Newser) - The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets Monday in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria, and Iran that have been targeted by aggressive US actions. The ban blocking American companies... More »

Trump Administration Makes Big Move on Pharmaceuticals

Americans will be allowed to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada

(Newser) - The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, weakening a long-standing ban that had stood as a top priority for the politically powerful pharmaceutical industry. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Wednesday... More »

USDA Chief: We're Nixing 'Loopholes' for Food Stamps

New proposal from Trump administration could kick 3.1M people out of SNAP program

(Newser) - A new proposal from the Trump administration Tuesday could cut more than 3 million people from the food stamps program. Per Reuters , the Department of Agriculture says a tightening of who qualifies for SNAP, aka the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, would save the federal government about $2.5 billion annually;... More »

Supreme Court to Take On Trump vs. 'Dreamers'

Decision on DACA expected by June 2020

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will decide whether President Trump can end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. The justices' order Friday sets up high-stakes legal arguments in late fall or early winter, with a decision likely by June 2020 as Trump seeks re-election, reports the AP . Trump ordered an... More »

House Panel Not OK With Kellyanne Conway's No-Show

House Oversight Committee votes 25-16 to subpoena her over Hatch Act violations

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway didn't appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday—and so that same committee voted to subpoena her testimony. It's looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that bars federal employees from engaging in politics while on the job. The... More »

Knitting Site Announces It's Banning Support of Trump

Ravelry bans posts, projects supporting the president, his administration

(Newser) - The latest group to take a stand against President Trump comes from ... the fiber arts community. Ravelry, which BuzzFeed calls "the most popular online forum for knitting fans," has issued a ban against any and all content supporting Trump and his administration, including "forum posts, projects, patterns,... More »

US Unveils $50B Palestinian Plan That Palestine Rejects

The Trump administration says this will make peace possible

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan, the AP reports. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private... More »

The Biggest Change During Sarah Sanders' Tenure

Press briefings effectively ended during her 2-year run as White House press secretary

(Newser) - Sarah Sanders is going home to Arkansas after almost two years as White House press secretary—and it is a tenure unlikely to be forgotten. Daily briefings were a decades-old tradition under previous administrations, but they almost completely disappeared after Sanders replaced Sean Spicer in 2017. In 2018, briefings gradually... More »

Here's How to Fix Trump's Neglect on Women

Cathy Russell wants to see new women's adviser

(Newser) - Dozens of countries have a Cabinet-level official charged with tackling women's issues. It's about time the US—in which that role is spread across government agencies—gets one, too, according to Cathy Russell, whose former role as US ambassador-at-large for global women's issues hasn't been filled... More »

California Sues Feds Over Canceled Rail Funds

Newsom says Trump move was retribution for opposition to immigration policies

(Newser) - California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project , escalating the state's feud with the federal government. The Federal Railroad Administration announced last week it would not give California the money awarded by Congress nearly a decade ago,... More »

Michael Wolff Wrote Another Book About Trump

And it's out in just 3 weeks

(Newser) - Michael Wolff is ready for round two. The author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (and Newser co-founder) has written a follow-up, and it'll hit shelves in less than three weeks. Siege: Trump Under Fire will be released by Henry Holt on June 4. The publisher... More »

Cuba Is Rationing Food. Officials Blame US Embargo

There's now widespread rationing of food items, other products

(Newser) - The Cuban government announced Friday that it's launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap, and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Diaz Velazquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency that various forms of rationing would be employed in order... More »

Trump Annoys Immigrant-Labor Critics With Latest Move

The White House supports move to loosen H-2B visa restrictions

(Newser) - In one border battle, the restriction side has lost. President Trump is moving ahead with a plan to let 30,000 extra seasonal workers come back to America this summer, the Wall Street Journal reports. The US usually allows 66,000 H-2B visa workers to enter annually (33,000 in... More »

Ivanka: Dad Asked Me About World Bank Job

First daughter won't say whether her father suggested other roles

(Newser) - White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump says her father asked her if she was interested in taking the job of World Bank chief but she passed on it. In an AP interview, President Trump's daughter said Wednesday she was happy with her current role in the administration. She spoke... More »

Texas Tech Med School Makes Deal With Trump Administration

It will no longer consider race as part of its admissions process

(Newser) - A would-be student never applied to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, but filed a complaint in 2004 over its use of affirmative action, alleging it violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reports CNN . Fifteen years later, a Department of Education investigation that... More »

Security Shakeup Continues With Another Big Departure

Secret Service chief Randolph Alles is out

(Newser) - A second major US security official is out in as many days. Secret Service chief Randolph Alles is stepping down, the news coming on the heels of Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation as head of Homeland Security, reports Politico . Secret Service falls under the DHS umbrella, and no reason was given... More »

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