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Word of the week: Hoax

Welcome to April Fools’ Day, which is what every day has felt like, to me at least, for the last few years. Every day another bit of trumpery (a word related etymologically to French tromper, to deceive). Every day another affront to denizens of the reality-based community, as Karl Rove infamously put it back in 2004. It’s a good day, as days go, to consider hoax, a word that, appropriately enough, has no clear origins. It was documented first as a verb, in 1796, in Grose’s Classical Diction...
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Kushner on security clearance: I've been accused of 'all different types of things' and they 'turned out to be false'

Jared Kushner, a White House adviser and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, defended his security clearance Monday, saying all the accusations against him during the past two years have turned out to be false.
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Kushner breaks silence on White House security clearance

Jared Kushner, one of President Trump's top advisers and son-in-law, speaks out after a whistleblower revealed the Trump administration pushed for security clearances for 25 individuals despite, what she calls, "serious disqualifying issues."
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White House Whistle-Blower Tells Congress of Irregularities in Security Clearances

A manager in the White House’s Personnel Security Office said administration officials granted clearances to at least 25 people whose applications had been denied by career employees.
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Trump Seeks to Boost Employment of Ex-Prisoners with New Legislation

Trump said Americans with criminal backgrounds are unemployed at rates up to five times the national average
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Stephen Miller tells surrogates Trump hasn't yet decided to shut down the border, says it depends on coming days

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller indicated on Monday that President Donald Trump has not quite made the decision to shut down the border, saying it depends on how the week goes, according to notes from a conference call taken by a listener and obtained by CNN.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Donald Trump, Trump, Stephen Miller


Whistleblower: White House reversed dozens of security clearance denials

Veteran security adviser warns Trump administration ignored ‘disqualifying issues’ including foreign influence and conflict of interestA White House whistleblower has told members of Congress that Donald Trump’s administration overturned more than two dozen denials for security clearances, often ignoring the guidance of intelligence officials.Tricia Newbold, a White House security adviser holding nearly two decades of experience with clearances, made the allegations during an interview with the ...
Tags: Maryland, Congress, White House, US news, US politics, US national security, Donald Trump, Trump, Elijah Cummings, Trump Administration, House Oversight and Reform Committee, Tricia Newbold, interestA White House, House Oversight and Reform Committee Continue


Ex-White House official willing to be interviewed by House Oversight Committee, asks to not be subpoenaed

An attorney for former White House official Carl Kline has written to House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings saying Kline is willing to be interviewed by the committee for an investigation into the White House security clearance process, asking that he not be subpoenaed.
Tags: White House, Cnn, Elijah Cummings, Kline, House Oversight Committee, Carl Kline, House Oversight and Reform


White House Whistle-Blower Did the Unexpected: She Returned to Work

“She wasn’t looking to go public,” Tricia Newbold’s lawyer said. “But her back was to the wall and she did what she had to do.”
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump under fresh scrutiny after whistleblower's account on security clearances

The president's daughter and son-on-law are two of the three unnamed White House officials described in a memo written by House Democrats.
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First on CNN: Stephen Miller tells surrogates Trump hasn't yet decided to shut down the border, says it depends on coming days

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller indicated on Monday that President Donald Trump has not quite made the decision to shut down the border, saying it depends on how the week goes, according to notes from a conference call taken by a listener and obtained by CNN.
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Tampering with the Supreme Court for political gain wrong for America

President Franklin Roosevelt’s re-election in 1936 was the largest electoral college victory since George Washington’s uncontested elections. His popular vote triumph was 60.8 percent to 36.5 percent. FDR saw the vote as an endorsement of his New Deal approach to the Great Depression. Arraigned against him was the U.S. Supreme Court, which the year before had struck down the heart of the New Deal: the National Industrial Recovery Act. With a tremendous political wind at his back, and the target ...
Tags: Justice, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, White House, America, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, House, Citizens United, Roe V Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Whistleblower makes explosive claims over White House security clearances

Democrats seek answers after whistleblower alleges the White House stopped credit history checks and allowed a high number of interim clearances; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
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Los Angeles County plans to dump 50,000 marijuana convictions

Some 50,000 Los Angeles County residents soon will have one less obstacle in life — no more criminal record. That’s how many people figure to be affected by District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s decision clear marijuana-related crimes from Los Angeles County records more than a year before that change is required under California law. The effort in Los Angeles is possible thanks to a free partnership with the nonprofit group Code for America, which works to help qualified people get access to governm...
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Long before accusing Biden, Flores called out harassment

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lucy Flores, the former Nevada politician who accused Joe Biden of inappropriately kissing her on the back of the head in 2014, rose from a tough childhood through top Democratic political circles before becoming an outspoken critic of sexism and harassing behavior in politics. Flores was a high school dropout and […]
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Brexit: MPs reject all options in second round of indicative votes – as it happened

Rolling coverage of Commons votes on alternative Brexit options Brexit deadlock continues as MPs fail to find compromiseHow did each MP vote in the indicative votes?What were the four options rejected by MPs? 12.51am BST That’s all from us this evening, so here’s a summary of the latest events: Related: May calls for cabinet showdown as MPs reject all Brexit options 12.13am BST These tweets from my colleague, Jessica Elgot, paint a picture of a Parliament united only in acrimony this ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Parliament, Emily Thornberry, Brexit, Jessica Elgot


5 facts to remember about the immigration debate

President Donald Trump and his White House are making -- or contemplating -- a series of moves at the southern US border aimed at addressing (his critics would say escalating) the ongoing immigration crisis.
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Encouraging news and inspiring notes as White House celebrates FIRST STEP Act

This Washington Examiner piece, headlined "Trump announces Second Step Act to help ex-prisoners find work," reviews some highlights from today's celebration of the FIRST STEP Act at the White House today. Here are excerpts: President Trump announced plans Monday for a Second Step Act focused on easing employment barriers for formerly incarcerated people.  "We are proving we're a nation that believes in redemption," Trump said at a White House event celebrating people released under the First St...
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Second woman says ex-VP Biden touched her inappropriately

"It wasn't sexual, but he did grab me by the head," Amy Lappos, 43, told the Hartford Courant on Monday of her encounter with Biden at a Greenwich, Connecticut, event. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth." Lappos posted about the alleged incident in a Connecticut Women in Politics Facebook group on Sunday in response to an account by former Nevada state legislator Lucy Flores, who last week accused Biden of kissing her on the back of the head at a 2014 eve...
Tags: News, Barack Obama, Nevada, Biden, Hartford Courant, Greenwich Connecticut, Lucy Flores, Amy Lappos, Lappos, Connecticut Women in Politics Facebook


Trump reportedly considering far-right candidates for 'border czar' role – live

White House reversed security clearance denials, whistleblower saysHouse Democrats to subpoena full Mueller report Go beyond the headlines: sign up to our US morning briefing 11.18pm BST In big local news stories of the day, Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh has announced she is taking an indefinite leave of absence amid a widening scandal surrounding her book deals: BREAKING: Mayor Catherine Pugh is taking a leave of absence amid controversy over her “Healthy Holly” book deals. Baltimore City ...
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Brexit: MPs reject all options in second round of indicative votes – live news

Rolling coverage of Commons votes on alternative Brexit options Brexit deadlock continues as MPs fail to find compromiseHow did each MP vote in the indicative votes?What were the four options rejected by MPs? 11.17pm BST The Labour MP, Stephen Kinnock, who tabled the common market 2.0 option alongside Nick Boles and others, says MPs have taken a step towards no deal.It’s very messy. I just wish we could come up with something that could win tonight. The common market has picked up a lot of s...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Parliament, Emily Thornberry, Dominic Grieve, Brexit, Stephen Kinnock, Nick Boles


Rep. Jamie Raskin Discusses Allegations Of Denied Security Clearances Being Overturned

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., about why the House Oversight Committee intends to subpoena the White House security chief about allegations that denied security clearances were overturned.
Tags: News, White House, Npr, Jamie Raskin, Ailsa Chang, House Oversight Committee, Jamie Raskin D Md


U.S. House Judiciary Committee poised to subpoena full Mueller report

Lawmakers will also consider subpoenas for underlying evidence from Mueller's investigation and from five former aides to President Donald Trump, including White House counsel Donald McGahn and political adviser Steve Bannon. The committee said on Monday that they may have documents related to the Mueller probe. Democrats have become increasingly frustrated over U.S. Attorney General William Barr's plan to share only a redacted copy of the nearly 400-page investigative report with Congress.
Tags: News, White House, Donald Trump, Mueller, U S House Judiciary Committee, Steve Bannon, Donald McGahn, William Barr


FLASHBACK: Joe Biden’s Yuck Factor ~ Warning Disturbing Groping Video

This Ope-Ed first appeared on AmmoLand News September 4th of 2015 and here we are in 2019 and groper Joe is back on the touchy-feel-you tour. Political observers of all stripes balked earlier this year at photos of the creep veep wrapping himself around the wife of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter — and nearly nibbling off her ear while he deep-massaged her shoulders. Poor Mrs. Carter, helpless in front of the cameras as her husband spoke just inches away, exhibited the body language of a shell...
Tags: Guns, Obama, Stephen Colbert, Senate, Defense, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Paris, Election 2016, Kardashians, Mitch McConnell, Cbs, Tumblr, Biden, Ashton Carter


Pompeo: Paris Climate Deal ‘Didn’t Change a Thing’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the Paris Climate Agreement signed by the Obama administration "didn’t change a thing" regarding the carbon emissions of the more than 170 other countries that chose to sign it.“Go look at the countries that are still in the Paris agreement and see what their CO2 emissions were. It’s one thing to sign a document; it’s another thing to actually change your behavior,” Pompeo said. "Go look at Chinese carbon emissions since they entered the Paris agre...
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James Comey hints at 2020 presidential run in arguably the worst political April Fool’s prank yet

April Fool's Day is possibly the worst time to believe anything you read on the Internet. Take, for example, former FBI Director James Comey a message he sent to his more than one million followers on Twitter. The former FBI director posted a photo to his account showing him standing with his back towards the camera on an open road, looking into the distance with his hands in his pockets and his feet planted over a yellow lane separating each side of the street. “I’m in,” he wrote. “We need ...
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Japan’s New Era Named “Reiwa”

Come the nearly imminent conclusion of the Heisei era, Japan has unveiled the sophisticated name of the era that will usher in their new emperor’s reign: “Reiwa” (令和). The Heisei era began on the 8th of January in 1989 and will officially end on April 30th of this year; Crown Prince Naruhito’s ascension will take […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, Events, History, Anime, Announcements, Heisei, Naruhito, Reiwa


Trump team overruled 25 clearance denials, official says

A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump's administration were granted security clearances despite "disqualifying issues" in their backgrounds, including concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct.
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How did each MP vote on the second round of indicative votes?

MPs have voted on four alternative Brexit options in a second round of indicative votes Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit


White House is considering appointing an immigration czar

The White House is considering appointing a "border or immigration czar" to oversee the administration's efforts to contain and manage a surge in migrants crossing the southern US border, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN.
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