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Could infrastructure week actually be happening?

The Trump Administration plans in the next few weeks to announce a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, according to Bloomberg and Financial Times. The proposed spending on roads and bridges is seen as a way to further jump start the COVID-19 hobbled U.S. economy. The money reportedly would be spent over 10 years, but those familiar with the White House thinking say the plan is still "fluid and could take time." It also would go head-to-head with not only a sizable Democratic highway bill now befor...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, Senate, White House, Gop, House, Trump, Democratic, Central Texas, House Transportation Committee, Highway Trust Fund, Trump Administration, Peter G Peterson Foundation, Capitol Hill House, Bloomberg and Financial Times, Congress Across


White House seeks emergency order to block release of John Bolton's book

President Donald Trump "pleaded" with China's Xi Jinping during a 2019 summit to help his reelection prospects, according to a scathing new book by former Trump adviser John Bolton that accuses the president of being driven by political calculations when making national security decisions.
Tags: White House, China, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, Trump, John Bolton


Spotify and Kim Kardashian West are teaming up for a podcast that will be exclusive to the streaming service (SPOT)

Kim Kardashian West and streaming service Spotify have struck a deal for a podcast that will feature the celebrity's work with the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is a nonprofit legal organization that works to exonerate those who have been wrongly convicted. The deal is yet another move by Spotify to round out its offerings and venture into podcasting. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Celebrity and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian West and Spotify have struck a deal fo...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, White House, Trends, Daniel Ek, Business Insider, Kim Kardashian West, Trump, Joe Rogan, Kardashian West, Alice Johnson, Gimlet Media, Innocence Project


Bug-Ridden Tablets Behind Glacial Lines at Voting Sites in Los Angeles County, Report Finds

Shitty tablets helped screw up California’s March 3, 2020 primary election in big time, according to a previously unpublicized Los Angeles County report flagged by Politico on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Voting, California, Politico, Los Angeles, Cybersecurity, Los Angeles County, Election Security, Pollpads, Knowink


Bob Woodward has a new Trump book coming and the Prez was interviewed for it

In 2018, legendary Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward wrote Fear: Trump in the White House, a brutal look at the current administration. As we know, the story was just beginning. In September, we'll get the follow-up, now listed on Amazon without a title or cover but described as "Bob Woodward’s second work of nonfiction on the Trump presidency." From CNN: In January, Trump announced in an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham that he had sat down with Woodward for the upcomi...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Books, News, Washington Post, White House, Journalism, Trump, Woodward, Bob Woodward, Fox News Laura Ingraham


Jim Acosta presses Kayleigh McEnany on risk of Covid-19 spread at Tulsa rally

White House officials are dismissing questions that the Trump administration could be responsible for exposing people to Covid-19 at the upcoming Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, Stories, Trump, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa, Jim Acosta, Kayleigh McEnany, COVID


Acosta to McEnany: Will Trump take responsibility if rallygoers get sick?

White House officials are dismissing questions that the Trump administration could be responsible for exposing people to Covid-19 at the upcoming Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, Stories, Trump, Tulsa Oklahoma, Will Trump, Acosta, Jim Acosta, McEnany, COVID


Trump Wants Whoever Leaked News About His Bunker Visit To Face Prosecution

President Trump is reportedly seething over reports that he took cover in the White House’s underground bunker amid protests earlier this month that turned violent at nearby Lafayette Park. According to the New York Times on Wednesday, Trump has griped to advisers about being unable get “good” stories from the press since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing advisers who have recently spoken to the President, the Times reported that Trump has become consumed with leaks from the White...
Tags: News, White House, New York Times, Protests, Fox News, Secret Service, Associated Press, Times, Trump, Bunker, Kilmeade, Brian Kilmeade, Bret Baier, Baier, Fox News Radio, Barr


Nominee For Top Pentagon Spot Goes On Tweet-Deleting Binge As Inflammatory Posts Come To Light

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata has hurriedly deleted old tweets, some of which capture him expressing Islamophobic and racist sentiments, as his nomination for a top Pentagon position is considered by the Senate Armed Services Committee. Here are five points on President Trump’s pick for Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, a top job tasked with overseeing the Pentagon’s policy arm. In old tweets, Tata calls Obama a “terrorist leader” and says that a black CNN anchor was on the “libe...
Tags: News, Obama, James Inhofe, Navy, White House, Defense, US, America, Tweets, Syria, Ukraine, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, Border, Islam, Army


When The Inmates Run The Asylum: Bolton Book Reportedly Details Trump Quids Pro Quo

Major newspapers got ahold of John Bolton’s forthcoming memoir of his time in the White House, publishing details from the book nearly simultaneously on Wednesday afternoon. The Wall Street Journal published a full chapter of the book concerning President Trump’s dealings with China, while the Washington Post and New York Times have separate write-ups based off of copies of the book they obtained. The releases come one day after the White House sued Bolton for breach of contract, seeking to b...
Tags: Japan, News, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Washington Post, White House, China, Iran, Ukraine, Hillary Clinton, Xi Jinping, House, New York Times, Kim Jong Un, Elton John, Manhattan


Macron expected to ask UK to review 14-day quarantine rule

The French president visits No 10 for talks on Thursday during trip to commemorate WWII allianceThe French president Emmanuel Macron is expected to call on the UK to revisit its decision of imposing a 14-day quarantine period on visitors from abroad during his trip to the UK on Thursday.Macron, on his first visit abroad since the coronavirus outbreak, is in London to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Gen Charles de Gaulle’s broadcast announcing an alliance with Winston Churchill, “the leader o...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Politics, UK, London, France, UK News, Foreign Policy, Winston Churchill, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Charles de Gaulle, Macron, Coronavirus outbreak


FCC Commissioner disparages Trump’s social media order: ‘The decision is ours alone’

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks has examined the President’s Executive Order that attempts to spur the FCC into action against social media companies and found it wanting. “There are good reasons for the FCC to stay out of this debate,” he said. “The decision is ours alone.” The Order targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which ensures that platforms like Facebook and YouTube aren’t liable for illegal content posted to them, as long as they are making efforts to take them do...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Youtube, Government, White House, Censorship, Tech, Policy, Commission, Executive Order, Justice Department, Trump, Carr


White House weighs coronavirus tourism tax break to encourage vacations

President Donald Trump at a May roundtable with restaurant executives pushed an “Explore America” tax credit, which he said could be used for “domestic travel, including visits to restaurants.” An amount for the possible tax break or timeframe for using it has not been decided, officials said.
Tags: White House, Donald Trump


Feds May Try To Block Publication Of Bolton Tell-All And Bring Criminal Charges

The Justice Department is considering filing criminal charges against former National Security Adviser John Bolton over his soon-to-be-released White House tell-all, the LA Times reported on Wednesday. The newspaper also reported that the Justice Department was expected to file for a temporary restraining order on Wednesday against Bolton and his publisher, Simon & Schuster. The report suggests the Justice Department may be willing to go to the mat in support of the idea that the government h...
Tags: News, White House, Bolton, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, John Bolton, LA Times, Simon Schuster, National Security Adviser, Trump Admin, Bill Barr, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky


Trump Put "Black Lives Matter" on the Map

My brother and I biked down to the White House today to see the Black Lives Matter full-street painting on 16th Street going to the White House. St. John’s Church, whose clergy were tear gassed when Trump thugs invaded this private property, now proudly sports a Black Lives Matter sign. The intersection is now permanently named Black Lives Matter Plaza. The AFL-CIO has draped their building with an enormous Black Lives Matter banner.All the graffiti in Lafayette Park is off the statues as I said...
Tags: White House, Pets, Black Lives Matter, Trump, AFL CIO, Lafayette Park, PBurns, Terrierman, National Museum of African American History, Trump Put Black Lives Matter, White House St John 's Church


Biden Slams Trump For Being ‘So Eager’ To Hold Campaign Rally During Pandemic

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday tore into President Trump’s “bungled” response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a campaign event in Pennsylvania. The former VP first listed off numerous criticisms against Trump — which include pushing “dangerous disproven drugs,” standing in the way of the CDC’s reopening guidelines, refusing to wear a mask and scaling back meetings of the White House coronavirus task force — before accusing him of wanting to “style himself as a war-time ...
Tags: News, Cdc, White House, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Rally, Tulsa, Sen James Lankford, Kayleigh McEnany, McEnany, 2020 Election, Summer Concepcion


Top Democrats Are Trying to Stop This Man From Becoming the Next Ocasio-Cortez

Two years ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, then a young, untested democratic socialist, pulled off a shocking upset by defeating the No. 4 House Democrat, Rep. Joseph Crowley. The primary result was a visceral warning to Democratic leadership that it had better quickly reckon with the push for progressive change, and not underestimate the candidates behind it.The Democratic establishment has apparently heeded that lesson.As the June 23 primary nears in New York, another long-tenured Democrat, Elio...
Tags: New York, News, Maryland, Minneapolis, Congress, Washington, Massachusetts, Iraq, New York City, Barack Obama, Iran, Hillary Clinton, House, New York Times, Iowa, Queens


Bolton book says House impeachment inquiry should have probed Trump beyond Ukraine

• Trump did not know Britain was a nuclear power, asked if Finland was part of Russia, Bolton writes. • Intelligence briefings were a waste of time, “since much of the time was spent listening to Trump, rather than Trump listening to the briefers.” • During Trump’s 2018 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to John Bolton's book, Sec State Mike Pompeo slipped Bolton a little note dissing the president: “He is so full of shit.” Former Trump national security adviser John Bo...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Books, Politics, News, Washington, North Korea, China, Russia, Turkey, US news, Ukraine, Beijing, Britain, Xi Jinping, House


The US Has Become The World’s Top Exporter Of White Extremism

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. The rise of white supremacy extremism is a global phenomenon and the United States is its chief exporter. While the threat posed by radical right wing ideologues, the milieu most white supremacists inhabit, had been on the rise prior to the Trump administration, it is now in overdrive. Responsibility, partly, lies at the feet of the President who has used social media to invoke tactics deployed by racist police chiefs an...
Tags: UK, Isis, News, White House, Germany, Russia, US, Eu, Ukraine, Dhs, World, United States, Treasury, Kkk, State Department, Nazi


Freedom fighting, writing, and microdosing LSD

Add event to calendarStep inside the minds of two of the most exciting and dynamic writers of our times. In this special Big Think Live session, psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and poker pro Maria Konnikova will lead a conversation with married writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. Waldman and Chabon will discuss how they coach one another to new strengths, 100 years of landmark ACLU cases (the subject of their latest book project), Ayelet's experiences with LSD microdosin...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Politics, Television, Arts, Writing, Film, Youtube, Star Trek, Culture, Harvard University, Aclu, New York Times, Innovation, Literature, Sherlock Holmes


LIVE TOMORROW: Freedom fighting, writing, and microdosing LSD, with Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon

Add event to calendarStep inside the minds of two of the most exciting and dynamic writers of our times. In this special Big Think Live session, psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and poker pro Maria Konnikova will lead a conversation with married writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. Waldman and Chabon will discuss how they coach one another to new strengths, 100 years of landmark ACLU cases (the subject of their latest book project), Ayelet's experiences with LSD microdosin...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Politics, Television, Arts, Writing, Film, Youtube, Star Trek, Culture, Harvard University, Aclu, New York Times, Innovation, Literature, Sherlock Holmes


Block Political Ads on Facebook With 'Social Fixer'

For those of you still Facebooking, get ready for the best news the platform has dropped in ages. If you aren’t already sick of all the political advertising blowing through your feed, you will be soon—unless you take advantage of a new feature that will hide every political ad on social network right now with a few…
Tags: Extension, Facebook, Politics, Advertising, Lifehacks, Social Fixer, Facebook With Social Fixer


Bolton’s Bombshell Memoir: Trump Asked China’s President to Help Him Win the Election

President Donald Trump appealed to China’s President Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 election by increasing the Chinese government’s agricultural purchases from American farmers, former National Security Adviser John Bolton writes in his bombshell forthcoming memoir.During a one-on-one meeting at the G20 Summit in 2019, Trump “stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi...
Tags: South Korea, News, Vladimir Putin, Washington Post, North Korea, White House, China, Russia, Defense, Turkey, Iran, Ukraine, Hillary Clinton, Xi Jinping, House, Kim Jong Un


White House Dismisses COVID-19 Risk At Trump Rally: ‘That’s Part Of Life’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday brushed aside the risk of people attending President Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally this weekend becoming infected with COVID-19, arguing that it’s their “personal decision” to go in the first place. McEnany told reporters during a White House press briefing that the Trump campaign will provide temperature checks, hand sanitizers and masks at the event. However, attendees will not be required to wear the masks. “When you come to the rally,...
Tags: News, White House, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Rally, Tulsa, Kayleigh McEnany, McEnany, Cristina Cabrera, COVID-19


Trump's first pandemic-era foreign visitor is Polish President looking for an electoral boost

President Donald Trump will welcome his first foreign visitor in months next week when Poland's leader comes to the White House for talks. Four days afterward, Andrzej Duda will face reelection in a race that has tightened considerably in the past month.
Tags: White House, Cnn, Poland, Donald Trump, Trump, Andrzej Duda


White House Won’t Say If Medical Professionals OK’d Trump Rally

The campaign is "taking every single safety precaution that we can,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted.
Tags: News, White House, Kayleigh McEnany


Book Review: John Bolton’s ‘The Room Where It Happened’

In his memoir, the former national security adviser writes about Donald Trump’s White House, including the president’s attempts to ingratiate himself with Turkish and Chinese leaders.
Tags: News, White House, Bolton, Donald Trump, Trump, John R, John Bolton, Books and Literature, Donald J, United States International Relations


Joe Biden again hits Pennsylvania as he sticks close to home

Joe Biden returned to the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee intensifies his criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. At a soul food restaurant and bar in the Philadelphia suburbs, Biden met with a handful of small-business owners for a socially distanced listening session to hear how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their businesses. Sitting six feet apart from each other around tables ou...
Tags: Politics, News, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Biden, Trump


Kayleigh McEnany Dismisses Tulsa Rally Concerns: ‘That’s Part of Life’

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeatedly downplayed concerns over President Donald Trump’s upcoming campaign rally in Tulsa during Wednesday afternoon’s briefing, resorting to a typical tactic of blaming the media who was asking her questions about it.CNN’s Jim Acosta was the first reporter to broach the topic, asking if Trump will “take responsibility” if attendees contract COVID-19 as a result of the event. McEnany explained that “certain measures” will be implemented including ...
Tags: New York Post, Politics, News, White House, Cnn, Donald Trump, Major League Baseball, Trump, Tulsa, White House Press, Jim Acosta, Kayleigh McEnany, McEnany, Trump Rally vs Black Lives Matter ProtestersRead


Suddenly competitive Iowa complicates Trump's Midwest quest

After Donald Trump carried Iowa in 2016 by nearly 10 points, its swing state status was in doubt. “I am more hopeful than I have been,” said Scott Brennan, a former Iowa Democratic Party chairman who is now a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Tags: Politics, News, Iowa, Donald Trump, Trump, Midwest, Iowa Democratic party, Scott Brennan



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