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President Trump Pledges To Put ‘America First’ In Nationalist Speech

Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an “American carnage” of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry.

January 20, 2017
Germany, Trade

Germany Says U.S. Under Trump Must Abide By Trade Deals

Trump – now hours away from his inauguration – has vowed to make sweeping changes to U.S. trade policy, and economists see his protectionism as the biggest risk to U.S. growth. U.S. companies employ more than 600,000 people in Germany, the United States’ biggest European trading partner, and German firms employ roughly the same number in the U.S.

January 20, 2017
Trump's executive actions

Executive Actions Ready To Go As Trump Prepares To Take Office

Aides said Trump would not wait to wield one of the most powerful tools of his office, the presidential pen, to sign several executive actions that can be implemented without the input of Congress. Trump’s advisers vetted more than 200 potential executive orders for him to consider signing on healthcare, climate policy, immigration, and energy.

January 20, 2017
Treasury Secretary, Mnuchin

Treasury Nominee Mnuchin Hammered Over Offshore Tax Havens

In a confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Treasury was attacked for failing to promptly disclose he was a director of an offshore business vehicle domiciled in the Cayman Islands and owned more than $100 million in real estate.

January 20, 2017
Tump, Washington Swamp

Trumpsters Party In The Washington Swamp

They voted to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., but on the night before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, they came to wallow in it. Ironically, Trump supporters were participating in a Washington ritual as old as the city itself – the crush of balls, parties and protests that mark the inauguration of a new U.S. president.

January 20, 2017
Women

Women Marching Against Trump Plan Next Step

Groups including Emily’s List, which supports Democratic women candidates, and nonpartisan VoteRunLead and Ignite report that online and in-person classes that typically see a few dozen participants are now attracting hundreds of women newly interested in politics.

January 19, 2017
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Oops

Oops! Rick Perry Regrets Calling For Energy Department’s Elimination

“After being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination,” the former Texas governor said in his opening remarks during his confirmation hearing. Perry’s proposal to get rid of the Energy Department caused what has become known as his “oops” moment during a 2011 Republican presidential candidate debate.

January 19, 2017
Cabinet

Trump’s Agriculture Nominee Perdue Rounds Out Mostly White Male Cabinet

Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest, which dominates U.S. agricultural exports. Trump’s cabinet (if nominated) will have just three women, one African American man — and no Latino.

January 19, 2017
Fortress Washington, Anti-Trump Protests

Fortress Washington Girds For Days Of Anti-Trump Protests

Washington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday as the U.S. capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican’s swearing-in. By far the biggest protest will be the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, which organizers expect to draw 250,000 people.

January 19, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Senate Panel Grills Trump’s EPA Pick Over Energy Ties

Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was briefly interrupted by protesters.

January 18, 2017
Supreme Court

Nasty Fight Looms Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Democrats are still seething over the Republican-led Senate’s decision last year to refuse to consider outgoing President Barack Obama’s nomination of appeals court judge Merrick Garland for a lifetime post on the court. The action had little precedent in U.S. history and prompted some Democrats to accuse Republicans of stealing a Supreme Court seat.

January 18, 2017
Trump, Sexual Assault

Former ‘Apprentice’ Contestant Sues Trump Over Sexual Assault Denial

The lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos is focused on a stream of denials Trump aimed at her and other women accusers last October, just weeks before the Nov. 8 presidential election, when Zervos and others came forward to accuse the then-candidate of making unwanted sexual advances.

January 18, 2017
Inauguration, Trump

Despite Showman Reputation, Trump Fails To Book A-Listers For Inauguration

Like those who came before him, Trump will take his oath on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building and lead a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, but there will be fewer official balls and less glitz and celebrity talent to welcome in the new president.

January 17, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Majority Of Americans Do Not Want To Repeal Obamacare

“There is some recognition, even from Republican supporters, that the underlying goals of the law are worthwhile,” said Jack Hoadley, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “They still want something done, they don’t want it to disappear.”

January 17, 2017
Zinke, Interior Department, Oil

Interior Nominee Zinke Would Review Obama’s Limits On Oil Drilling

As a first-term congressman, Zinke pushed to end the coal-lease moratorium, saying it had resulted in closed mines and job cuts, and he introduced a bill expanding tax credits for coal-burning power plants that bury carbon dioxide emissions underground.

January 17, 2017
Ross, Trump, Billionaire Cabinet

Billionaire Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce Pick, Has Offshored 2,700 Jobs Since 2004

While supporters say Ross saved thousands of U.S. jobs by rescuing firms from failure, data attained by Reuters shows that rescue effort came at a price: textile, finance and auto-parts companies controlled by the private-equity titan eliminated about 2,700 U.S. positions since 2004 because they shipped production to other countries.

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
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, just over 60 percent of Americans think it would be wrong to weaken wildlife protections and air and water regulations to bolster the energy industry. The poll also showed that 39 percent of Americans want to see a decrease in coal mining and oil drilling on U.S. federal lands in the coming years.

January 17, 2017
Trump, Russia, Nuclear Deal

How Trump Plans To Make The ‘Best’ Nuclear Arms Deal With Russia

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” the Republican president-elect said during his interview.

January 16, 2017
White House

First Amendment Watch: Trump’s Team Considers Moving White House Press Room

Esquire magazine reported on Saturday that the Trump administration planned to relocate White House reporters from the press room to the White House Conference Center or the Old Executive Office Building next door. Such a move would mark a potential change in access for reporters as the current briefing room is only steps from the Oval Office.

January 16, 2017
BMW, German carmakers, Trump, Tariffs

Now Trump Threatens German Carmakers With 35 Percent Import Tariff

Under pressure to deliver on campaign promises to revive industrial jobs, Trump has turned his fire on carmakers that use low-cost Mexican plants to serve the U.S. market. All three German carmakers have invested heavily in Mexico, but also pointed out on Monday that they manufacturer in the United States as well.

January 16, 2017
CIA

Outgoing CIA Director Rebukes Trump For Twitter Use

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan issued a stern parting rebuke to Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, advising him not to absolve Russia for its recent actions and warning him to watch what he says. The CIA director said Trump needs to be mindful about his off-the-cuff remarks once he takes the oath of office, alluding to his penchant for making broad pronouncements on Twitter.

January 15, 2017
Tillerson

U.S. State Department Nominee Tillerson Fights Climate Deposition

Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive under consideration for U.S. secretary of state, is trying to avoid giving testimony in a federal lawsuit over climate change, according to a lawyer for a group of teenagers who filed the suit. Tillerson’s deposition is set for Jan. 19, a day before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

January 15, 2017
Rep. John Lewis

Trump Slammed For Attacks On Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska tweeted that “John Lewis and his ‘talk’ have changed the world.” Conservative critic Bill Kristol tweeted “It’s telling, I’m afraid, that Donald Trump treats (Russian President) Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis.”

January 14, 2017
Trump, Protesters, Civil Rights

Washington Protesters Vow To Fight For Civil Rights Under Trump

U.S. civil rights activists vowed on Saturday to defend hard-fought gains in voting rights and criminal justice during the presidency of Donald Trump, kicking off a week of protests ahead of the Republican’s inauguration. The Rev. Al Sharpton said Democrats in Congress needed to be sent a simple message: “Get some backbone.”

January 14, 2017