Manik

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Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber

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A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.

A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates

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3 days ago

A new report from the Center for Migration Studies reveals that the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is at its lowest number in more than a decade.

REALITY CHECK: Undocumented Immigrant Population Hits 13-Year Low

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6 days ago

Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign

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6 days ago

Trump's pick for Labor Secretary:

In that petition, Fierstein said Puzder "assaulted and battered me by striking me violently about the face, chest, back, shoulders and neck, without provocation or cause," leaving “bruises and contusions to the chest, back, shoulders and neck” and “two ruptured discs and two bulging discs,” among other injuries.

Exclusive: Puzder’s ex-wife told Oprah he threatened ‘you will pay for this’

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6 days ago

Must read

Flynn quit because he'd become 'lightning rod,' Conway says

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6 days ago

Mr. Flynn maintained publicly for more than a week after his interview that his conversations with the ambassador had been innocuous and did not involve sanctions against Russia, something now known to be false.

Shortly after the F.B.I. interview, on Jan. 26, the acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates, told the White House that Mr. Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail because of inconsistencies between what he had said publicly and what intelligence officials knew to be true.

Flynn’s Downfall Sprang From ‘Eroding Level of Trust’

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6 days ago

Russia has secretly deployed a new cruise missile that American officials say violates a landmark arms control treaty, posing a major test for President Trump as his administration is facing a crisis over its ties to Moscow.

Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump

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6 days ago

Totally innocent, I bet.

"A USA TODAY review of presidential documents found at least five cases where the version posted on the White House website doesn't match the official version sent to the Federal Register. "

White House posts wrong versions of Trump's orders on its website

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8 days ago

The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins

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8 days ago

Sitting alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with whom he'd spent most of the day golfing, Trump took the call on a mobile phone at his table, which was set squarely in the middle of the private club's dining area.

North Korea calls ballistic missile test-fire a success
As Mar-a-Lago's wealthy members looked on from their tables, and with a keyboard player crooning in the background, Trump and Abe's evening meal quickly morphed into a strategy session, the decision-making on full view to fellow diners, who described it in detail to CNN.

At Mar-a-Lago, Trump tackles crisis diplomacy at close range

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9 days ago

Trust Records Show Trump Is Still Closely Tied to His Empire

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9 days ago

Congressman: Rarely used law could make Trump tax returns public

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9 days ago

The sentence for Ms. Ortega, who was brought to this country by her mother as an infant, “shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure,” Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general, said in a statement. Her lawyer called it an egregious overreaction, made to score political points, against someone who wrongly believed she was eligible to vote.

“She has a sixth-grade education. She didn’t know she wasn’t legal,” said Ms. Ortega’s lawyer, Clark Birdsall, who once oversaw voter fraud prosecutions in neighboring Dallas County. “She can own property; she can serve in the military; she can get a job; she can pay taxes. But she can’t vote, and she didn’t know that.”

Illegal Voting Gets Texas Woman 8 Years in Prison, and Certain Deportation

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Manik

10 days ago

such willful ignorance

Poll: Majority of travel ban supporters say fake ‘Bowling Green massacre’ justifies executive order

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11 days ago

During the Christmas week conversation, he urged Mr. Kislyak to keep the Russian government from retaliating over the coming sanctions — it was an open secret in Washington that they were in the works — by telling him that whatever the Obama administration did could be undone, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing classified material.

Flynn Is Said to Have Talked to Russians About Sanctions Before Trump Took Office

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11 days ago

Flynn on Wednesday denied that he had discussed sanctions with Kislyak. Asked in an interview whether he had ever done so, he twice said, “No.”

On Thursday, Flynn, through his spokesman, backed away from the denial. The spokesman said Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”

Officials said this week that the FBI is continuing to examine Flynn’s communications with Kislyak. Several officials emphasized that while sanctions were discussed, they did not see evidence that Flynn had an intent to convey an explicit promise to take action after the inauguration.

National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say

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11 days ago

Tom Price Confirmed As Secretary Of Health And Human Services

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👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban

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12 days ago

“There’s clearly a fifth column here in the United States,” Bannon warned in July 2016. “There’s rot at the center of the Judeo-Christian West,” he said in November 2015. “Secularism has sapped the strength of the Judeo-Christian West to defend its ideals,” he argued at the Vatican conference. The “aristocratic Washington class” and the media, he has claimed, are in league with the entire religion of Islam and an expansionist China to undermine Judeo-Christian America.

Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable

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13 days ago

Grisly photographs of children apparently killed in the crossfire of a 50-minute firefight during the raid caused outrage in Yemen. A member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, Chief Petty Officer William Owens, was also killed in the operation.

While the White House continues to insist that the attack was a “success” — a characterization it repeated on Tuesday — the suspension of commando operations is a setback for Mr. Trump, who has made it clear he plans to take a far more aggressive approach against Islamic militants.

Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions

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13 days ago

Swagbucks.com and Instagc.com are sites where users can, in exchange for a few cents, complete small tasks such as filling out forms or surveys and—as of yesterday—begging the Senate to confirm Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee. Someone is paying these sites to pay people to go to SupportDeVos.com, a website run by the formerly DeVos-led American Federation for Children, to express their support for her nomination.

Someone Is Paying Strangers Online to Beg For Betsy DeVos's Confirmation

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13 days ago

I  n a little-noticed 6-3 vote today, the House Administration Committee voted along party lines to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which helps states run elections and is the only federal agency charged with making sure voting machines can’t be hacked. The EAC was created after the disastrous 2000 election in Florida as part of the Help America Vote Act to rectify problems like butterfly ballots and hanging chads. (Republicans have tried to kill the agency for years.) The Committee also voted to eliminate the public-financing system for presidential elections dating back to the 1970s.

House Republicans Just Voted to Eliminate the Only Federal Agency That Makes Sure Voting Machines Can’t Be Hacked

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13 days ago

The Nation reports that 38 activist groups were strongly opposed to the bill, which passed today in a 6-3 vote on Tuesday by the House Administration Committee. “The EAC is the only federal agency which has as its central mission the improvement of election administration, and it undertakes essential activities that no other institution is equipped to address,” wrote the Brennan Center for Justice.


"At a time when the vast majority of the country's voting machines are outdated and in need of replacement, and after an election in which foreign criminals already tried to hack state voter registration systems, eliminating the EAC poses a risky and irresponsible threat to our election infrastructure," said Wendy Weiser, democracy program director at the Brennan Center for Justice, reports ABC News.

House Republicans Voted To Close The Federal Agency That Protects Voting Machines From Hacking

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14 days ago

White House's 'under-reported' terror list includes many well-known attacks

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14 days ago

"...despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council, a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban."

Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles

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15 days ago

Appeals Court Rejects Request to Immediately Restore Travel Ban

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16 days ago

n the evening of Saturday, Jan. 28, as airport protests raged over President Trump’s executive order on immigration, the man charged with implementing the order, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, had a plan. He would issue a waiver for lawful permanent residents, a.k.a. green-card holders, from the seven majority-Muslim countries whose citizens had been banned from entering the United States.

White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon wanted to stop Kelly in his tracks. Bannon paid a personal and unscheduled visit to Kelly’s Department of Homeland Security office to deliver an order: Don’t issue the waiver. Kelly, according to two administration officials familiar with the confrontation, refused to comply with Bannon’s instruction. That was the beginning of a weekend of negotiations among senior Trump administration staffers that led, on Sunday, to a decision by Trump to temporarily freeze the issuance of executive orders.

Inside the White House-Cabinet battle over Trump’s immigration order

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17 days ago

Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination

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17 days ago

Report: Customs and Border Protection tells airlines 'back to business as usual'

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17 days ago

Trump: We’re Gutting Dodd-Frank Because My Friends Can’t Get Loans (VIDEO)

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18 days ago

World leaders condemn murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov

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18 days ago

A second assassination attempt on the Vladimir Kara-Murza

Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza in 'critical state' after organ failure

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19 days ago

U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.

As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.

U.S. military probing more possible civilian deaths in Yemen raid

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22 days ago

Questions multiply over Bannon’s role in Trump administration

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25 days ago

The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned

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26 days ago

because everything is backwards and people enjoy distorting reality.

Why Republicans and Democrats see different things in an inauguration photo

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27 days ago

This is a very big deal.

Federal Workers Told To Halt External Communication In First Week Under Trump

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27 days ago

The US Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration, BuzzFeed News has learned.

According to an email sent Monday morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the department told staff — including some 2,000 scientists — at the agency's main in-house research arm, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.

USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump

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28 days ago

fascinating disrespect for truth.

Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers

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29 days ago

Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides

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32 days ago

Mr. Trump may announce soon his intent to scrap Mr. Obama’s signature climate rule, an Environmental Protection Agency regulation cutting power-plant carbon emissions, and another EPA rule putting more bodies of water under federal jurisdiction. On the campaign trail, the president-elect vowed to repeal both of those rules. Both are already temporarily delayed by federal courts pending the completion of litigation.

With the help of the GOP-controlled Congress, Mr. Trump is also likely to try to repeal two Interior Department rules that the agency has completed since mid-November, including one setting new standards limiting the amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, that oil and natural-gas wells on federal lands can emit, and another one requiring tougher standards for coal mining near streams.

Donald Trump Is Expected to Move Quickly to Start Regulatory Rollback

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33 days ago

the pinnacle of white privilege.

‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood

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39 days ago

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39 days ago

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican real estate mogul Donald Trump, will host a fundraiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s Senate bid next Wednesday, a campaign source familiar with the event said.

The event, with a suggested contribution of $5,200 per person, will be held at Ivanka Trump’s home on Park Avenue in Manhattan.

She and her husband, Jared Kushner, had bundled $41,000 for Booker’s Senate campaign as of May. Booker has raised raised $6.5 million so far this year.

Trump to host fundraiser for Booker

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39 days ago

According to a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking. What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions? The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about “disputes” with the United States. Was its spirit violated? The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Why did Obama dawdle on Russia’s hacking?

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39 days ago

Unbelievable.

Chaffetz threatens to subpoena federal ethics watchdog over Trump criticism

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39 days ago

Jeff Sessions's Unqualified Praise for a 1924 Immigration Law

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39 days ago

Donald Trump Contradicts Himself, and Reality, at Press Conference

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40 days ago

Shocking.

Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement

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