Trump’s visitor logs remain secret

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump is expected at his Winter White House in Palm Beach for the holidays, but records showing who will be visiting him at his Mar-a-Lago Club aren’t available to the public. The Trump administration has swatted down attempts by government watchdog groups to obtain White House and Mar-a-Lago […]

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Rep.: Trump Could Fire Mueller Next Week

Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Spier said Friday the “rumor on the Hill” is that President Donald Trump intends to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller next week when Congress is gone for the holidays. Should Trump go through with the unconfirmed rumor, Spier said an “effort” for impeachment would follow. Spier added Republicans are aiming to shut […]

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New evacuation orders issued as winds pick up, threatening hundreds of homes in Montecito, Calif.

MONTECITO, Calif. — New evacuation orders were issued in Santa Barbara County Saturday morning as the Thomas fire moved toward the hills above Montecito, with some wind gusts reported up to 65 mph. The so-called sundowner winds are pushing south from the mountains down to the coast — removing moisture along the way — and […]

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Adam Schiff worried Republicans will curb Russia probe within weeks

Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, said he’s concerned House Speaker Paul Ryan will cave in to the Trump administration and call off the Intelligence Committee’s probe into the 2016 presidential election race. “I’m increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month,” Mr. Schiff, the intel panel’s […]

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No forbidden words at FDA, agency says, after report of CDC policy draws outrage

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet received or implemented a policy to ban words like “science-based” or “transgender,” according to an agency spokeswoman. Analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were banned from using those and five other words, including “fetus,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” and “evidence-based,” in their budget documents […]

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Trump Bans CDC From Using These Seven Words

Donald Trump’s administration has reportedly banned the Center for Disease Control from using seven words and phrases, including “science-based” and “transgender,” in documents it is working on for next year’s budget. In an astounding move, officials at the CDC were told in a Thursday meeting they were not to use certain words, a policy analyst […]

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Pentagon spent $22 million on UFO research, reports say

The Pentagon spent millions of dollars investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, according to reports from The New York Times and Politico. The $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program began in 2007 after its funding was pushed by Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who retired this year, according to The Times. Reid has […]

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Last-Minute Tax Break Could Enrich Trump And GOP Leaders

Republican congressional leaders and real estate moguls could be personally enriched by a real-estate-related provision GOP lawmakers slipped into the final tax bill released Friday evening, according to experts interviewed by International Business Times. The legislative language was not part of previous versions of the bill and was added despite ongoing conflict-of-interest questions about the […]

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Somalis face ‘slave ship conditions’ on failed deportation flight

Ninety-two Somali immigrants, set to be deported from the US, found themselves shackled at the hands and feet and kept aboard a plane for two days earlier this month. That part of the story is not in dispute. The Somalis left Louisiana on Dec. 7. Their flight, chartered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was […]

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Who Is Alex Kozinski? Judge Accused of Sexual Assault

Nine more women have recently accused Alex Kozinski, a prominent judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct. According to a report by The Washington Post, the judge—who now faces allegations by roughly 15 women—purportedly made sexual comments and inappropriate body contact. The new accounts span […]

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Mike Pence, the Christian Zionist

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — US Vice-President Mike Pence, who is due to visit Israel this week, is said to be an ardent Christian Zionist and thus apparently the main influence behind President Trump’s declaration about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Professor Paul Rogers of Bradford University in the UK reminds us that […]

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UN mulls over measure rejecting US decision on Jerusalem

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would affirm that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Egypt circulated the draft text on Saturday and diplomats said the council could vote […]

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Kansas Democrat Andrea Ramsey, accused of sex harassment, will quit US House race

WASHINGTON — Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after The Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances. Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told the Star […]

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Schiff: GOP Aiming to End Mueller’s Probe

Republicans have stalled and want to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s election, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee claimed Friday afternoon in a Twitter storm. In his nine-tweet online thread, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also claimed he’d become “increasingly worried” that […]

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