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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 »

'US Military Superiority Is No Longer Assured'

Commission warns Russia, China could prevail in war

(Newser) - A new report to Congress delivers a "flashing red" warning of a national security crisis. It's no migrant caravan, but the general degradation of American military might. "The US military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might... More »

Trump May Have Found a Way to Get Rid of John Kelly

Media outlets report it's believed he'd exit the administration if Kirstjen Nielsen is fired

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is out, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may be next , and Chief of Staff John Kelly could round out the trio, at least according to a growing number of media outlets. NBC News cites "seven people familiar with the discussions" who say Kelly may soon exit the... More »

Expert: Acosta Video Tweeted by Sanders Looks Doctored

The alteration is "too precise to be an accident"

(Newser) - A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, an independent expert said Thursday. White House... More »

Our Next AG: Chris Christie?

He's being considered, sources say

(Newser) - With Jeff Sessions out as attorney general, the talk has commenced on who President Trump will nominate to replace him. Two sources tell CBS News Chris Christie is being considered, but a decision isn't expected soon. Others who are reportedly being considered: Rudy Giuliani, outgoing Florida Attorney General Pam... More »

US Just Reimposed All Sanctions on Iran

Move follows decision to withdraw from 2015 nuclear deal

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran's shipping, financial, and energy sectors, the AP reports. It's the second batch of penalties the administration... More »

Teacher Who Said Stephen Miller Ate Glue Is Suspended

California's Nikki Fiske spilled some details about her former 'loner' 3rd-grade student

(Newser) - Some found a recent story about White House senior aide Stephen Miller hilarious ; others condemn it as "reprehensible." The Los Angeles Times reports the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, meanwhile, is trying to figure out exactly what it's going to do about Nikki Fiske, a longtime teacher... More »

300K Immigrants From 4 Nations Get a Judge's Reprieve

Judge Edward Chen blocks DOJ's TPS move, citing evidence of racism toward 'non-white aliens'

(Newser) - The Department of Justice is condemning a judge's ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending protections for 300,000 immigrants living and working in the United States. A federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction Wednesday that bars the administration from ending a program that allowed... More »

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