Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Steve Holland
Trump confronts press

Combative Trump: ‘How Does The Press Get This Information?’

His main complaint was that the news media had uncovered leaks about intercepted communications between Michael Flynn, ousted this week as national security adviser and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kisylak, and leaks about his own conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. “The first thing I thought of, how does the press get this information?” he asked.

February 16, 2017
Trump, Russia, Media

Angry Trump Dismisses Russia Controversy As ‘Scam’ By Hostile Media

President Trump dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia on Thursday as a “ruse” and “scam” perpetrated by a hostile news media, and denied that any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year’s election.

February 16, 2017
Russia, Watergate

Will Trump’s National Security Adviser Flynn Survive Russia Controversy?

Top White House officials have been reviewing over the weekend Flynn’s contacts with the Russians and whether he discussed the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia once Trump took office, which could potentially be in violation of a law banning private citizens from engaging in foreign policy.

February 13, 2017
Pence, Voter Fraud

Vice President Pence To Lead Voter Fraud Panel

President Donald Trump said in remarks broadcast on Sunday that he would put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of a commission to probe what he believes was voter fraud in last November’s election.

February 5, 2017
Tom Price was under investigation by fired US Attorney Preet Bharara

Schumer Warns HHS Nominee Price May Have Violated Stock Act

CNN reported on Sunday that Rep. Price bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., a medical device manufacturer. Days later, he introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would have delayed a regulation that could have ultimately damaged the company, CNN said.

January 17, 2017
Trump Price Medicare Health

Draining The Swamp? Trump’s Health Pick Accused Of Insider Trading

CNN reported on Sunday that Price bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc, a medical device manufacturer. Days later, he introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that would have delayed a regulation that could have ultimately damaged the company.

January 17, 2017
Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley Declines National Security Post Amid Plagiarism Reports

A CNN review found this month that Monica Crowley plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D. In addition, Politico reported that it found more than a dozen examples of plagiarism in Crowley’s Ph.D. dissertation.

January 16, 2017
Schumer, Trump Nominees, Ethics, Vetting

Top Senate Democrat Says Trump’s Nominees Need ‘Thorough’ Vetting

Schumer said Trump’s nominees, many of whom have extensive business backgrounds at companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Goldman Sachs, should be carefully scrutinized to be sure they avoid conflicts of interest. He also confirmed that some of Trump’s nominees have not completed a review process conducted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

January 9, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Preet Bharara

Despite Ethics Concerns, Senate Holds Confirmation Hearings For Trump’s Cabinet Posts

A total of seven confirmation hearings are expected this week, starting on Tuesday with hearings for U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions on his bid to become attorney general and a session for retired Gen. John Kelly, Trump’s pick for secretary of homeland security.

January 9, 2017
Nannygate

Trump Says Rep. Mulvaney To Be White House Budget Director

Trump called Mulvaney a Congressional voice for “reining in out-of-control spending” and “fighting government waste.” The night before, he promised to seek $1 trillion to spend on infrastructure programs.

December 17, 2016
Tillerson, ExxonMobil, Russia, Secretary Of State

Trump Nominates Pro-Russian Oil Tycoon For Secretary Of State

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has no traditional experience in diplomacy after working for ExxonMobil for nearly three decades. There are also serious questions about the oil executive’s relations with Russia.

December 13, 2016
Exxon CEO Tillerson

Trump Expected To Name Exxon CEO Tillerson As Secretary Of State

As Exxon’s CEO, Tillerson oversees operations in more than 50 countries, including Russia. In 2011, Exxon signed a deal with Rosneft, Russia’s largest state-owned oil company, for joint oil exploration and production. Since then, the companies have formed 10 joint ventures for projects in Russia.

December 10, 2016
Steve Mnuchin, evictor, forecloser, and our new Treasury Secretary

A Goldman Sachs Banker and A Billionaire Tapped For Economic Posts

The flurry of picks showed Trump, a real estate tycoon with no governing experience, rewarding loyalists and established Washington veterans as he rounds out his circle of top advisers.

November 30, 2016
Romney begs Trump for a job

Deal With The Devil: Romney Praises Trump Following Dinner Date

“I had a wonderful evening with President-elect Trump,” Romney said in remarks to reporters. “We had another discussion about affairs throughout the world and these discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening, and interesting, and engaging.”

November 30, 2016
Tom Price, a rabid Obamacare critic, tapped to lead the HHS

Obamacare Critic To Head Health And Human Services

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer denounced the choice saying, “Nominating Congressman Price to be the HHS secretary is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house.”

November 29, 2016
Trump meets with Mattis

Trump Considers Mattis, Romney For Top National Security Jobs

Trump wrote on Twitter that “General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!”

November 20, 2016
Romney meets with Trump

Team Of Rivals? Donald Trump Meets With Mitt Romney

Trump and Romney emerged from their meeting after an hour and 20 minutes. Trump told reporters their talks “went great,” and Romney said he and Trump “had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world.”

November 19, 2016
Trump, Sessions, Russia, Special Prosecutor

Trump Taps Immigration Hard-Liner Jeff Sessions For Attorney General

Sessions opposes any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and was an enthusiastic backer of Trump’s promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

November 18, 2016
Ben Carson opts out of Trump's team

Ben Carson Opts Against Job In Trump Cabinet

Ben Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, said Carson has made clear he has no experience in running a federal bureaucracy. “Dr. Carson doesn’t feel like that’s the best way for him to serve the president-elect,” Williams said.

November 15, 2016
Rudy Giuliani for secretary of state?

Is Giuliani Really The Leading Candidate For Secretary Of State?

“If Rudy wants it, he’ll get it,” former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich told “The Kelly File” on Fox News.

November 15, 2016
Hillary Clinton boards campaign plane, October 28, 2016

FBI Director: Agency Has Found New Emails ‘Pertinent’ To Clinton Probe

With just 11 days to go before the election, FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to congressional Republicans that the agency had learned of emails that appeared to be pertinent to its investigation.However, he said the FBI did not know if the emails were significant.

October 28, 2016

After Turbulent Week, Trump Still Complaining Of ‘Rigged Election’

“This election is being rigged by the media pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary!” Trump said in a Twitter post.

October 16, 2016

Now Pence Claims Trump Has Abandoned Ban On Muslims Entering U.S.

On CNN Mike Pence was asked why, given that he had been against the ban before becoming Trump’s running mate, he was not opposing it now. “Well, because it’s not Donald Trump’s position now,” replied Pence.

October 6, 2016
Commander-in-chief test

Trump And Clinton Prep For Commander-In-Chief Test

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, pledging a major new military buildup, and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton get a chance on Wednesday to show how they would lead the U.S. armed forces as commander-in-chief.

September 7, 2016
Trump economy fix

Trump Keeps Flip-Flopping On Fate Of Illegal Immigrants

In a new twist to his immigration proposals, U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held out the possibility of legal status for millions of illegal immigrants, but only after many other border enforcement steps are taken.

September 6, 2016