POLITICS 07/11/2018 06:18 am ET Updated 24 minutes ago Of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border, only a few dozen were meant to be reunited by the court-ordered deadline. By Willa Frej Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the official responsible for the wellbeing of the migrant children detained in U.S. facilities, thinks the country is performing a public good in keeping them locked up. “It is one of the great acts of American generosity and charity, what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids who are smuggled into our country or come across illegally,” Azar told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. Blitzer pressed Azar about the ban on media access to the detention centers, which has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks as the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has separated thousands of children from their parents at the border. “People all over the … [Read more...] about HHS Secretary Says U.S. Shows ‘Generosity And Charity’ By Detaining Migrant Children
Amber Phillips, The Washington Post Published 1:42 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Coming off his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump has just a handful of defenders back home, even within his own party. Of those defenders, no one has been more vocal -- and seemingly more out of the blue - than Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Paul has given nearly a dozen interviews over the past several days championing Trump's decision to meet one-on-one with Putin. He has maintained his support for that decision even as Trump appeared to defer to Putin over his own intelligence agencies on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election. In an interview Monday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Paul refused to answer the same question Trump got: "Who do you trust [on election meddling], the American intelligence community . . . or Putin?" "What I would say is that all power needs to have checks and balances and I think our intelligence community has way too much power," Paul said. … [Read more...] about Why is Rand Paul, of all people, Trump’s biggest defender on Russia?
Sarah Polus, The Washington Post Published 11:57 am PDT, Monday, July 23, 2018 WASHINGTON - For a few glamorous hours on Sunday night, the crowd outside Washington's National Air and Space Museum managed to forget about the relentless political news cycle and the relentless summer heat when the cast of "Mission Impossible: Fallout" arrived on the Mall in all its Hollywood glory. The red carpet was flooded with A-listers for the U.S. premiere of the summer blockbuster. Angela Bassett strutted, Michelle Monaghan twirled and Henry Cavill grabbed phones to snap selfies. Oh, and some guy named Tom Cruise was there. The soiree added to a summer when "Wonder Woman 2″ filmed in Washington, giving the city an extra dose of coolness. Are there even more Washington-filmed box office hits on the horizon? Well, better to aim low and tackle the smaller issues first, like actually getting the CIA on board. Director Christopher McQuarrie said he's always trying to put the spy … [Read more...] about ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ premiere brings Hollywood’s effervescent energy
Aaron Blake, The Washington Post Published 10:45 am PDT, Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday clarified his criticism of the "corporate media," emphasizing that he wasn't saying that owners, such as The Washington Post's Jeff Bezos, tell editors which stories to run. But even in doing so, he lodged another criticism of the media that just doesn't add up. "Do I think Jeff Bezos is on the phone, telling the editor of The Washington Post what to do? Absolutely not. It doesn't work that way," Sanders, I-Vt., began, responding to pushback from leaders including Post executive editor Martin Baron, who called the allegation a "conspiracy theory." Then Sanders elaborated, arguing that top media companies such as The Post, the New York Times and CNN operate under a certain "framework." "For example, I've been in politics for a few years," he said. "You know what? Not one reporter has ever asked me: 'Bernie, what are you going to do about the grotesque … [Read more...] about Bernie Sanders’s bogus media beef
Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State. In what has become a common occurrence over the past year, this report contradicts Clinton’s ever changing public claims about her use of the private email server.Vice News late on Friday reported they had obtained a document from the State Department through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showing Clinton discussed top-secret information with three of her top aides. The aides with whom Clinton discussed the top-secret material were identified as deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, chief of staff Cheryl Mills and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. This is reportedly the first time the State Department has revealed the identities of the individuals who exchanged emails with Clinton that contained top-secret information.The State Department provided the new information in the form of a Vaughn Index, which the report states is a document filed in FOIA lawsuits to … [Read more...] about Questions Raised After State Dept. Reveals Identities of 3 Clinton Aides Who Exchanged Top-Secret Info