Monthly Archives: July, 2017

Spicer says Trump didn’t want him to quit, but ‘too many cooks’ at White House

Friday outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump did not want him to resign but Spicer felt there were “too many cooks in the kitchen” promoting the president’s message. Continue reading →
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Lawsuit Says ‘Bathroom Bill’ Effects Still Felt

A revised lawsuit says transgender people in North Carolina are still effectively prevented from using restrooms matching their gender identity under a law that replaced the state’s notorious “bathroom bill.” Continue reading →

Jeh Johnson: Trump’s ‘Rhetoric’ Has ‘Scared Off’ Illegal Immigrants

Former head of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said President Donald Trump’s “rhetoric” has led to a decrease of “illegal migration on our southern border.” Trump has “scared off” a lot of illegal immigrants, Johnson told CNN’s “New Day” morning program. Continue reading →

Rosenstein mum on re-opening Clinton email investigation

Wednesday Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in an interview with Fox News, repeatedly declined to say whether the Justice Department might reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Continue reading →

Albuquerque Tea Party granted tax-exempt status after 8 years

The IRS finally granted tax-exempt status to a Tea Party group in what lawyers representing the group on Wednesday called a “major victory for free speech.” This took 8 years to do. Continue reading →

State GOP urges ‘civil disobedience’ over new Seattle tax, says residents should not pay

Republicans in Washington state are calling for “civil disobedience” as they openly encourage Seattle residents to refuse paying a newly passed income tax that critics claim is illegal. Continue reading →

EPA Looking at Unions’ Ideas for a Trump ‘Clean Coal’ Power Plan

According to the Washington Examiner, miners and major labor groups are pushing for a replacement version of former President Barack Obama’s climate change rules. The push has come in a series of meetings with the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House.

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Susan Rice set to face Capitol Hill questions on alleged Trump team unmasking

Tuesday Susan Rice is expected to face tough questions on Capitol Hill about whether she “unmasked” President Trump associates in Russian meddling probes while serving as then-President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. Continue reading →

Schumer: McCain’s return won’t save health care bill

Sunday Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters there is no saving the Republicans’ health care bill despite the extra time they have in wake of Sen. John McCain’s emergency eye surgery. Continue reading →

Drone killed Islamic State leader in Afghanistan

Friday the Pentagon said U.S. forces killed the leader of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, earlier this week with a drone. A U.S. airstrike killed Sayed, the emir of the terrorist group’s Afghanistan affiliate — Khorasan — Tuesday in Kunar Province, U.S. Defense spokespeople have said. Khorasan is ancient name for the region that includes portions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.Other ISIS members died and the strike “will significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan,” Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters Sayed’s death “sets ISIS back a month, it’s about who it is and what kind of people are below them.”

Sayed is the third Islamic State leader in Afghanistan killed in the past year, Gen. John Nicholson, Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan said in a statement. Hafiz Sayed Khan was killed in July 2016 and Abdul Hasib died during a U.S.-Afghan commando raid in April.

“This operation is another success in our campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017,” Nicholson said.

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In early March, Afghan and U.S. forces began a counter-Islamic State offensive to drive fighters from Nangarhar province, which borders Kunar to the south.

U.S. special operations forces have directly conducted raids and strikes in the country’s eastern province against the Islamic State in Afghanistan.

The White House has authorized Mattis to send nearly 4,000 troops to Afghanistan as the Trump administration determines its broader strategy. Mattis told reporters he expects the determination is nearly finished.