United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Orders on WeChat and TikTok Are Uncertain. That May Be the Point. – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s sudden decision late Thursday to restrict two popular Chinese social media services from the United States has created confusion about how broad the bans on doing business with China could ultimately be. That confusion may be part of the point. Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration announced that it would bar people and property within U.S. jurisdictions from carrying out “transactions” with WeChat and TikTok, the two Chinese-owned apps, after 45 days. But the White…

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Another Inspector General Resigns, Raising Questions About Pompeo – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — The State Department’s acting watchdog has resigned his post less than three months after replacing the previous inspector general, whom President Trump fired in May, the department said Wednesday. The departure of Stephen J. Akard came as Congress continued to look into the firing of his predecessor, Steve A. Linick, who was pursuing investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Three congressional committees issued subpoenas this week to top aides of Mr. Pompeo. Mr. Linick had opened investigations into…

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What’s Going On With TikTok? Here’s What We Know – Politics Article

What exactly is going on with TikTok? The wildly popular app is known for hosting short videos where teenagers, celebrities and creators often dance or lip-sync to viral audio clips. It all seems innocuous, fun and sometimes even silly. But in recent days, President Trump has talked of banning TikTok from the United States, spooking the millions of people who make or watch TikTok videos for entertainment. Discussions of a ban have been coupled with reports that Microsoft or other…

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Karen Bass, Susan Rice Rise As Biden’s Search for V.P. Nears End – Politics Article

Ms. Bass has also waged a previously undisclosed campaign to woo influential liberal leaders, telephoning union presidents to seek their counsel and support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is close with Ms. Bass, whom she named to oversee the recent policing reform bill, and has made her admiration clear in private conversations, including with former President Barack Obama. Ms. Pelosi’s aides said she has not conveyed support for any one candidate, is fond of a number of them and, in speaking…

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Louie Gohmert Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Refusing to Wear A Mask – Politics Article

“In the meantime, my work schedule and the lives of my employees are disrupted,” said Mr. Grijalva, 72. “This stems from a selfish act by Mr. Gohmert, who is just one member of Congress.” The Coronavirus Outbreak › Frequently Asked Questions Updated July 27, 2020 Should I refinance my mortgage? It could be a good idea, because mortgage rates have never been lower. Refinancing requests have pushed mortgage applications to some of the highest levels since 2008, so be prepared…

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Republicans, Deeply Divided on Virus Aid, Near Agreement on an Opening Offer – Politics Article

Now, with the coronavirus surging, jobless aid set to expire in 10 days, and their re-election races less than four months away, they are stuck assembling a $1 trillion measure that they privately concede will probably grow substantially before their negotiations with Democrats conclude, ideally before both chambers are scheduled to leave Washington in August. “Everyone assumed months ago schools would be reopening, the economy would be re-engaging. That is not necessarily true in many places,” Senator James Lankford, Republican…

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Facing ‘a Lot of Blowback,’ Trump’s Surgeon General Steps Up – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — Dr. Jerome Adams faces two difficult challenges as President Trump’s surgeon general: He’s an African American working for a man routinely accused of racism, and he is a scientist in an administration that has shown contempt for science. He can live with that. “If people feel that the president needs to have a different perspective on the African-American community, the one thing I would say is, he’s not going to get it if there aren’t any African Americans…

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Trump Weighs In on the Death of John Lewis, One of His Most Vocal Critics – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — The Republican governor of Georgia said that the country will “never be the same” without Representative John Lewis, who died Friday at age 80. The Democratic speaker of the house called Mr. Lewis “a titan of the civil rights movement.” The House minority leader said that Mr. Lewis “never stopped working to improve the lives of others.” As the bipartisan tributes to Mr. Lewis’s legacy began flowing late Friday evening and Saturday morning, President Trump opted to retweet…

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Health Care Takes Center Stage in Battle for Congress During Pandemic – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — In his two newest campaign advertisements, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana portrays himself as a health care savior, featuring local nurses who say his expansion of public health insurance rescued Montanans and their hospitals. Steve Daines, the first-term Republican senator whom Mr. Bullock is trying to unseat, has his own ad, accusing the governor, a Democrat, of favoring “government-controlled” health care. The dueling commercials illustrate a reality of the accelerating campaign season, which is entering a crucial period…

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Trump Administration Signals Formal Withdrawal From W.H.O. – Politics Article

Experts acknowledged that the W.H.O. has made some missteps during the pandemic, but said it has largely done well given the constraints under which it operates. The agency is coordinating clinical trials of treatments, as well as efforts to manufacture and equitably distribute the vaccine. “I think it’s an extraordinarily bad decision that will both harm global public health and harm the health of the American people,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. “It’s…

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Why June Was Such a Terrible Month for Trump – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — Last Saturday night, over dinner at the White House, Bernard Marcus, a top Republican donor, told President Trump he was alarmed at Mr. Trump’s plummeting poll numbers and Jared Kushner’s stewardship of his father-in-law’s re-election effort. Mr. Trump sought to assuage Mr. Marcus’s concerns, assuring the billionaire Home Depot founder that his political fortunes would soon change in part because he was bringing in “good people” to steady his campaign, according to a person briefed on their conversation.…

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Roger Stone Sentencing Was Politicized, Prosecutor Plans to Testify – Politics Article

Mr. Zelinsky did not say in his written statement who specifically told him about what was going on. Jonathan Kravis, another prosecutor who quit the case in protest — and, unlike Mr. Zelinsky, also resigned from the Justice Department — has previously written in an op-ed in The Washington Post that he “resigned because I was not willing to serve a department that would so easily abdicate its responsibility to dispense impartial justice.” The intervention came days after Mr. Barr…

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Trump Basks in Trade Victory With Corporate Friends – Politics Article

Harold Hamm, the billionaire oilman and shale pioneer, was also praised by the president. “Harold Hamm. He puts a straw into the ground and oil pours out.” “He’s been with me from the beginning,” Mr. Trump said. Chuffed by his success with China, Mr. Trump teased Nelson Peltz, the activist investor, about his investment in General Electric, and he mused that the financial crisis might not have happened a decade ago if Maurice Greenberg, who was in the audience, had…

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Former Marine Posed as Security Member for Trump’s Marine One, Officials Say – Politics Article

A former United States Marine posed as a security team member for Marine One, the helicopter that transports President Trump, and breached two checkpoints last week at Palm Beach International Airport, the authorities said. The former Marine, Brandon M. Magnan, 37, of Naples, Fla., was charged on Jan. 6 with false personation of officer or employee of the United States, according to a criminal complaint by the United States Secret Service. It wasn’t clear why Mr. Magnan was trying to…

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3 Hours From Alert to Attacks: Inside the Race to Protect U.S. Forces From Iran Strikes – Politics Article

With sandwiches piled on a sideboard in the room, the group that advised the president in the Situation Room at different times throughout the day included a handful of seasoned national security officials, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley, an Army veteran of nearly 40 years; Keith Kellogg, a retired Army lieutenant general who serves as national security adviser to Mr. Pence; and Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence. It also…

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For Some Never Trumpers, Killing of Suleimani Was Finally Something to Like – Politics Article

Although it remains far from clear that Mr. Trump wants a full-scale conflict with Iran as he kicks off an election year — speaking to reporters on Sunday, he repeated his view that invading Iraq was “the worst decision ever made in the history of our country” — the concern is further stoked by similarities that some analysts see between his justification for the Suleimani strike and that of the Bush administration’s march to war in 2003. Tamara Cofman Wittes, a…

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