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Trump appointee Carl Higbie resigns as public face of agency that runs AmeriCorps after KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments on the radio

Jan 18 2018 — — Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie resigned Thursday as chief of external affairs for the federal government’s volunteer service organization after a CNN KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments he made on the radio. “Effective immediately, Carl Higbie has resigned as Chief of External Affairs at CNCS,” Samantha Jo Warfield, a spokesperson for […]

John Kelly told Democrats some of Trump’s campaign stances ‘uninformed’

Jan 17 2018 — — White House chief of staff John Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that some of President Donald Trump’s positions as a candidate on the border wall were “uninformed,” sources told CNN. Rep. Ruben Gallego confirmed the comment to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” “Yes, we heard him say that,” the Arizona Democrat said. A […]

Bannon will do interview with special counsel, avoiding grand jury for now

Jan 17 2018 — — Steve Bannon has struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and will be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before the grand jury, two people familiar with the process told CNN. He is expected to cooperate with the special counsel, the sources said. The sources did not say when the interview will take […]

WH directs Bannon to avoid answering Hill queries in Russia probe

Jan 17 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts and was accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House “gag order.” Bannon confirmed to the House […]

Fox News shelved story on Trump and porn actress Stormy Daniels before election

Jan 16 2018 — — Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford — whose stage name is “Stormy Daniels” — and Donald Trump, but opted not to publish it, four people familiar with the matter told CNN. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday […]

Booker slams DHS secretary’s ‘amnesia’ on Trump’s reported ‘shithole’ comment

Jan 16 2018 — — Sen. Cory Booker slammed the homeland security secretary in a speech Tuesday morning for claiming ignorance to the President’s slander of African countries. The impassioned remarks came toward the end of an often testy oversight hearing in which Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen denied hearing President Donald Trump say the words “shithole” or […]

White House doctor: ‘No concerns’ about Trump’s cognitive ability

Jan 16 2018 — — President Donald Trump asked the White House doctor to perform a cognitive exam during his physical last week, despite the doctor’s determination that such testing wasn’t necessary. “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday. He said the testing was conducted at the President’s wishes, and the results […]

Killing NAFTA would cost 300,000 American jobs, analysis says

Jan 16 2018 — — If President Trump tears up NAFTA, you’ll notice the impact. It would cost the United States 300,000 jobs, cut economic growth, hurt stocks and cause prices for consumer goods to rise, according to an analysis. Oxford Economics, a global consulting firm associated with the English university, published the report a week before the sixth round […]

Flake: GOP should stand up to Trump’s Stalin-like attacks on media

Jan 15 2018 — — GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona plans to deliver a speech comparing President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press as reminiscent of Joseph Stalin, and said Monday that his colleagues should join him in speaking out. “I hope that more of my colleagues will stand up when the President uses ‘fake news,’ for example, in […]

Romney: Trump’s comments ‘antithetical to American values’

Jan 15 2018 — — Mitt Romney took a swipe at President Donald Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, condemning his “shithole countries” remark. The comment signals that the potential Utah Senate candidate continues to have no problem speaking out against the Trump administration. “The poverty of an aspiring immigrant’s nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race. […]

Russian foreign minister berates US for ‘destabilizing’ world

Jan 15 2018 — — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of destabilizing the world, airing a list of grievances over the Trump administration’s foreign policy. Lavrov dedicated the opening of his annual press conference Monday to castigating the US, which is expected to soon issue a fresh round of sanctions against Russia over its interference […]

Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on ‘SNL’

Jan 14 2018 — — Steve Bannon is no longer a grim reaper on “Saturday Night Live.” Bill Murray surprised audiences on NBC’s variety show on Saturday night debuting in the show’s opening sketch as former Trump White House chief strategist, Bannon. Saturday’s episode was the first of 2018. In the past, a cast member didn’t play Bannon, instead having […]

Missile threat alert for Hawaii a false alarm

Jan 13 2018 — — An emergency alert notification sent out on Saturday claiming a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii” was a false alarm, according to the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management and a tweet from one of the state’s Democratic congresswomen. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the emergency alert […]

Trump denies making ‘shithole countries’ comment

Jan 12 2018 — — President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish […]