Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke plans to leave the administration at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced Saturday. “Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” Trump wrote on Twitter, confirming the news first reported by Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs.Despite big plans for the Department of the Interior, Zinke was facing heavy scrutiny from Democrats fueled by Interior employees who opposed his agenda. The Department of Interior’s inspector general launched several investigations targeting the former Navy SEAL and Montana congressman, including complaints of improper use of government resources. Zinke successfully rolled back the size of the Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments in Utah at Trump’s direction, a great relief for Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch. Zinke also led the way in rolling back environmental regulations for exploration … [Read more...] about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Leaving Donald Trump Administration
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Christal Hayes USA TODAY Published 12:32 PM EST Nov 17, 2018 WASHINGTON — George Conway, the husband to Kellyanne, one of the president's closest advisers, went into depth in an interview Friday about his views on the president and his wife's role in the White House. George Conway, who has caught headlines for the last year or so over his comments and criticisms of the Trump administration, sat down with Yahoo for a taping of its podcast Skullduggery. Conway dished on everything from being considered for a position at the Justice Department as chief of the civil division, which would have included him fending off lawsuits for the Administration, to life at home with Kellyanne amid their differing political views. "I don’t think she likes it," Conway said of his wife and his constant public criticisms of the Trump administration. "But, I’ve told her, I don’t like the administration, so it’s even." More: Kellyanne … [Read more...] about George Conway: Donald Trump administration is a ‘dumpster fire’
World Donald Trump Russia investigation International AffairsLast November, Igor Rudnikov was at home in his apartment in the tiny Russian region of Kaliningrad when he received some unexpected visitors: masked FSB security officers. They accused Rudnikov, an outspoken opposition lawmaker and newspaper editor, of trying to blackmail a senior law enforcement official and arrested him.Rudnikov’s paper, Novye Kolyosa , built its reputation on exposing government corruption, and it had recently published a story questioning how the public official, Viktor Ledenyov, a general on Russia’s Investigative Committee, which answers only to President Vladimir Putin, had come into possession of a lakeside luxury home. Rudnikov denied the charge that he had demanded $50,000 from Ledenyov to stop publishing stories about him. During hours of interrogation, he says, investigators beat him so badly that he lost consciousness.“Only an idiot would try and blackmail a general in the … [Read more...] about Did Donald Trump’s Administration Help Vladimir Putin Silence an Opposition Figure in Russia?
The American Federation of Government Employees announced a lawsuit against the Donald Trump administration in order to block an executive order that would limit the time that employees are allowed to spend on union activity, The Washington Post reported. "This president seems to think he is above the law, and we are not going to stand by while he tries to shred workers' rights," said J. David Cox Sr., the union's national president, in a statement that announced the lawsuit. "This is a democracy, not a dictatorship," Cox said in the statement, The Post reported. "No president should be able to undo a law he doesn't like through administrative fiat." AFGE's lawsuit argues the order violates the union's right to freedom of association the First Amendment guarantees, and claims the Trump administration is targeting labor organizations. The executive order from Trump sets 25 percent as the number for "official time," the amount of time federal employees who are authorized to … [Read more...] about Trump Administration Sued Over Restricting Union Activity
BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureMillennial MoneyOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup National By Vishakha Sonawane @VishakhaNS 06/27/17 AT 12:29 AM UPDATE: 4:10 a.m. EDT — British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Tuesday the United Kingdom will back the United States in its action against Syria to stop any possible chemical attacks by President Bashar Assad’s regime. The comments came after the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said late Monday that Washington found possible evidence of the Assad regime preparing for a new chemical attack.“We’re very clear what our position is. The use of chemical weapons by Syria is absolutely abhorrent. The last time the United States took action to deal with the aircraft and airbase from which the attacks were launched, we fully supported the action,” Fallon said on BBC Radio 4’s Today show, according to Financial Times.Original story:The White House Press … [Read more...] about Syria Chemical Attack: Trump Administration Warns Assad, Defense Officials Have ‘No Idea’ About It