White House declines invitation to make Kellyanne Conway available to testify
Carrying on in a longstanding tradition of this administration, the White House sent oversight committee chairman Elijah Cummings a letter today declining “the invitation to make Ms. Conway available for testimony before the Committee”.
The article on journalist and advice columnist E Jean Carroll’s sexual assault allegations against President Trump mysteriously disappeared on the New York Post website on Friday afternoon; the wire story by the Associated Press was also scrubbed.
Today, CNN is reporting that former editor-in-chief Col Allan – a longtime Trump supporter and “old lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch who returned to the conservative tabloid as an adviser in early 2019” – ordered that the story be removed.
Hundreds of migrant children moved out of poor conditions at Border Patrol station
Hundreds of children were moved out of a Texas Border Patrol station where they were held with inadequate food, water and sanitation for weeks. At this station, a legal team interviewed 60 children and documented kids forced to take care of kids, no clean clothing, weeks of no baths and poor nutrition.
In 2016, President Obama announced the creation of Stonewall National Monument outside the Stonewall Inn in New York, site of the 1969 riot that launched the gay rights movement. It was the first-ever national monument for the LGBT community.
Since Obama left office, however, the Trump administration has been fighting to keep the rainbow gay pride flag off of federal lands, according to a cache of internal emails gathered by E&E News.
So though Stonewall National Monument remains a national historical landmark recognized by the National Parks Service, the flagpole and rainbow pride flag that still fly outside Stonewall Inn are not technically on federal land.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed what she told President Trump in asking him to delay the immigration raids:
Read here about what the last two years have been like for the children in these communities:
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson had to tweet out a statement on vaccines today after calling mandatory vaccinations “too draconian” and “too Orwellian” – and then lightly walking that back the next day on the View by expressing a mistrust in “big pharma”.
Former Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs noted Williamson appeared to tweet out and delete another version of the statement that began with “Marianne Williamson’s views on vaccines has been misrepresented in the press”.
Hey all, Vivian Ho on the west coast taking over for Lauren Gambino. Happy Monday.
The US Treasury Department inspector general will investigate the delay in putting abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
The review followed a request by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, who asked the inspector general to look at whether the Trump administration had political motivations for slow-walking the change.
Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson, the controversial seventh American president and a political “hero” of Trump’s. As president, Jackson supported slavery and implemented the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which forced Native Americans off their land and led to what would later be known as the “Trail of Tears”.
Donald Trump has signed an executive order that aims to increase transparency for the cost of health services.
The order directs the Department of Health and Human Services to require hospitals and insurers to disclose negotiated rates for services and to provide patients with an explanation of out-of-pocket costs before receiving their services.
“This is a truly big action,” Trump said of the executive order. “Some people say bigger than health care itself.”
He added that the order was “bigger than anything we’ve done in this realm” and that it would “fundamentally” change the healthcare marketplace.
The plan is likely to face resistance from insurers and hospitals.
With 10 candidates on one debate stage, the evening will be less like a debate and far more like a lightening round of questions and answers.
Among the topics we expect the candidates to be asked about are their healthcare plans, how they would combat climate change and why a candidate believes he or she can beat Trump.
Here’s what we hope the moderators don’t ask.
As more Democrats call for impeachment, congresswoman Frederica Wilson makes the case against it.
“America: Allow Democrats to investigate, subpoena & expose all. We can beat him @ the ballot box & when he leaves office, justice will prevail,” she writes.
Jason Miller, a former top campaign aide and a close advisor to Donald Trump, has left his job at the consulting firm Teneo just days after calling a top-ranking House Democrats a “fat f**k” on Twitter. The post has since been deleted but it appears the damage was done.
“I have parted ways with Teneo by mutual consent and look forward to formally announcing my next move in the coming weeks,” Miller said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “Teneo is an incredible firm and without a doubt the premier CEO consultancy on the planet. They have always been great to me and I’m proud to have called them teammates for the past two and a half years.”
The first Democratic presidential debates are right around the corner and the candidates are spending every spare moment prepping.
Well, most candidates. The New York Times reported that Bernie Sanders is among the candidates “least interested in participating in intensive pre-debate drills”.
Aides told the Times that Sanders has been reading policy briefings but has “little patience” for mock debates.
But for everyone else, especially those lower-polling Democrats hoping for a breakout moment, it’s all about the pre-debate prep. Kirsten Gillibrand is practicing mock debates with aides standing in for the other candidates. Biden is preparing to be ganged up on by the other candidates. Cory Booker is making sure he’s mentally – and physically – fit, adding some pushups between practice sessions.
Bill DeBlasio, meanwhile, is seeking advice from his son, Dante.