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Administration Plans to Close Immigration Offices Abroad

Work would shift to US, hindering legal applicants

(Newser) - As the Trump administration tries to strengthen immigration controls and move away from family reunification in favor of merit-based immigration, the US plans to close its 21 immigration offices abroad. That might slow down the work of processing family visa applications, foreign adoptions, and citizenship petitions from members of the... More »

Trump Nixes Obama-Era Order on Drone Strike Deaths

Administration says move gets rid of 'superfluous' mandates

(Newser) - The CIA has since 2016 been obligated to put out yearly summaries of how many drone strikes the US has carried out, as well as how many civilian deaths outside of war zones that those strikes caused. But NBC News reports no such report came last year, as was required... More »

New Roadblocks on Abortion Put Out by Trump Administration

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics now barred from making abortion referrals

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court. The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family... More »

Meet Trump's Pick for Next US Ambassador to UN

Kelly Craft had been the US ambassador to Canada

(Newser) - President Trump announced Friday that he has selected Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to serve as the next US ambassador to the United Nations. Trump said in a pair of tweets that Craft "has done an outstanding job representing our Nation" and he has... More »

Trump Has Made Pick to Head Interior Dept., Despite Pushback

Acting department chief David Bernhardt has faced criticism from environmental groups

(Newser) - President Trump said Monday that he's nominating David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for oil and gas companies and other industries, to head the Interior Department despite objections from environmental groups that Bernhardt already was making regulatory decisions on the country's natural resources to benefit industries. Trump tweeted his... More »

Chris Christie Sticks It to Jared Kushner and His Dad

He says Charles Kushner committed a 'loathsome' crime

(Newser) - Chris Christie's memoir Let Me Finish was released this week, but news broke two weeks ago that it contained a big accusation against Jared Kushner: that Kushner got him fired as the chair of President Trump's transition team in retribution for the events of 2005, in which then-federal-prosecutor... More »

Trump Calls Author of Tell-All a 'Gofer'

Cliff Sims says Trump liked him, wanted him in the room

(Newser) - Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House is a boring book. So says President Trump, who tweeted his displeasure with former White House aide Cliff Sims and his 384-page tell-all on Tuesday, the day of the book's release. "A low level staffer that... More »

Michael Flynn, Meet Your New Neighbor

Sean Spicer buys a house across the street from former national security adviser

(Newser) - Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has bought a house in Rhode Island, and his new neighbor is a familiar face from their days together in the Trump administration: former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the AP reports. The Newport Daily News , citing public records, reported that the sale... More »

Days After Mattis Leaves, Another Resignation at the Pentagon

'Time to return to private sector:' Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney is out as chief of staff

(Newser) - Just days after Jim Mattis' last day as Defense secretary, another member of the Pentagon's top brass has abruptly stepped down, reports CNN . Defense Department chief of staff Kevin Sweeney, a retired rear admiral who has served in his current role since January 2017, is stepping down. "I'... More »

Former NYT Editor Slams Paper's Trump Coverage

Jill Abramson has a book coming out

(Newser) - The New York Times has been "unmistakably anti-Trump" in much of its coverage. No, it wasn’t the president, or Sarah Sanders, or anyone else in the Trump administration who said that—not this time, at least. Instead, those words are coming from Jill Abramson, former executive editor of... More »

Trump: I 'Essentially' Fired Mattis

And on Syria: 'We're talking about sand and death'

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned last month. Not so, per President Trump, who said during a Wednesday Cabinet meeting that he “essentially” fired Mattis for poor performance, the New York Times reports. During the meeting, according to CNN , the president boasted of scoring hundreds of millions of dollars for... More »

Top White House Aide Planned to 'Hide' With Pay

Seems Zachary Fuentes had a unique view of his job

(Newser) - Anyone seen Zachary Fuentes? The top White House aide was planning to kick back in a nearby building and collect pay for six months until he could claim early retirement, Newsweek reports. With boss John Kelly leaving, the 36-year-old White House deputy chief of staff apparently told colleagues he'd... More »

Trump Administration May Get Its Food Stamps Wish After All

USDA proposal would tighten waiver eligibility on work requirements

(Newser) - It may soon be more difficult to get food stamps if you're jobless. The Washington Post reports the USDA has a new proposal that would tighten eligibility for food assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and it's tied to unemployment. Under the current system, most adults who... More »

Trump Touts Beauty of Border Wall

Claims it'll be 'artistically designed' and 'save us BILLIONS' haven't swayed Dems

(Newser) - President Trump says his proposed border wall will do its job and look good doing it. "The Democrats are saying loud and clear that they do not want to build a Concrete Wall," but "we are building artistically designed steel slats, so that you can easily see... More »

Zinke's Resignation Letter Faults 'Vicious' Attacks

Soon-to-be former Interior secretary's last day will be Jan. 2

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving the administration at year's end, and in his resignation letter, obtained by the AP , he faults "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him for his exit. They've "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission, he continued.... More »

Ryan Zinke Out as Interior Secretary

A replacement will be named next week, per President Trump

(Newser) - Late last month, Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva penned an op-ed asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to step down from his post due to a swirl of "scandals and nepotism." It looks like Grijalva is getting his wish: Per Bloomberg , sources reported that Zinke told the White House he'... More »

'Ebullient Officer' Is Trump's Pick for Joint Chiefs of Staff

President nominates Gen. Mark Milley to be the new chair

(Newser) - He teased the news Friday, and on the next day, President Trump made it official: Mark Milley has earned his nomination to be the new chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, per the Hill . The announcement came early Saturday on Twitter, with Trump announcing the four-star general would be... More »

Trump Makes His Picks for Attorney General, UN

It's William Barr and Heather Nauert

(Newser) - Confirmation of President Trump's reported picks for attorney general and UN ambassador didn't take long. "He was my first choice [for AG] since day one. He'll be nominated," Trump told reporters of Republican William Barr on Friday, per the Hill . A lawyer who served as... More »

US Strikes Major Deal With Mexico —or Does It?

US-Mexico agreement seems up in the air

(Newser) - Has Washington struck a new immigration deal with Mexico? Depends on who you ask. According to the Washington Post , the two sides have agreed in principle that asylum seekers will wait in Mexico for courts to assess their claims—and anyone denied gets sent back to their home country. "... More »

US List of State Sponsors of Terror May Grow

Venezuela could be added over alleged ties to terrorist groups

(Newser) - The US list of state sponsors of terror may grow to five. The Trump administration is considering adding Venezuela to the list of countries providing "support for acts of international terrorism," already including Iran, Sudan, Syria, and North Korea, reports the Washington Post . The outlet notes the State... More »

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