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White House drafting executive order to tackle Silicon Valley’s alleged anti-conservative bias

White House drafting executive order to tackle Silicon Valley’s alleged anti-conservative bias

The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies, according to a White House official and two other people familiar with the matter — a month after President Donald Trump pledged to explore "all regulatory and legislative solutions" on the issue.None of the three would describe the contents of the order, which one person cautioned has already taken many different forms and remains in flux. But its existence, and the deliberations surrounding it, are evidence that the administration is...

August 7, 2019
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Interior Department chief of staff being removed from post after indoor party fiasco

Interior Department chief of staff being removed from post after indoor party fiasco

Jennifer Van der Heide had recently planned a 50-person indoor party at the agency that the White House ordered canceled.An exterior view of the U.S. Department of The Interior is shown. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe White House is removing the Interior Department’s chief of staff, Jennifer Van der Heide, who recently planned a 50-person indoor party at the agency that the White House ordered canceled, and is moving her to a senior counselor job at the agency, according to two Biden administration officials.The White House’s Cabinet affairs office ordered that party, which was intended to...

Apr 1
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Trump aides made a late request to Team Biden to extend their parental leave. They said no.

Trump aides made a late request to Team Biden to extend their parental leave. They said no.

The Trump political appointees said they were surprised they were turned down. The White House says they shouldn’t have been.Experts said that the new Biden administration is under no legal obligation to grant Trump officials their parental leave. | Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoAfter four years in the Trump administration, Vanessa Ambrosini was looking forward to three months of parental leave when she and her husband welcomed a baby a week before Christmas. The Commerce Department’s human resources office had given her approval for it. But then she was surprised to find out the benefit was no...

Feb 3
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Former Trump appointees say they’re still waiting on their vacation payouts

Former Trump appointees say they’re still waiting on their vacation payouts

Some former political appointees say they were promised lump-sum payouts and are now struggling to pay rent.Former President Donald Trump. | AP Photo/Matt MartonA number of former Trump political appointees have still not received their lump-sum vacation payouts and required forms that are necessary to file for unemployment benefits as they face a tough job market in a Democratic Washington.While HR headaches are to be expected during a government transition, some former political appointees say they were not warned there would be significant delays. And the problems faced by the seven...

Mar 4
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Navarro penned 15-page memo falsely accusing Coates of being Anonymous

Navarro penned 15-page memo falsely accusing Coates of being Anonymous

Victoria Coates, then a deputy national security adviser, was transferred out of the White House amid a whisper campaign that she was the author of the op-ed and book.Peter Navarro answers questions during an interview at the White House in 2019. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesFormer President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro penned a 15-page dossier falsely accusing his colleague Victoria Coates of being Anonymous, according to that was obtained by POLITICO and captures the backbiting that was rife in the Trump White House.The December 2019 memo goes into great detail to make the case...

Mar 2
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Pence reveals his post-White House plans

Pence reveals his post-White House plans

The move comes a day after the former vice president launched his transition office.Former Vice President Mike Pence departs after the inauguration of President Joe Biden. | Melina Mara/Getty ImagesFormer Vice President Mike Pence is joining the Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow, the conservative think tank announced on Thursday.He will advise the organization's experts on issues as well as give a number of policy addresses at Heritage, according to the announcement. He will also write a regular column for the think tank's news outlet, the Daily Signal.The move comes a...

Feb 4
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Vindman twin set for promotion after bad evaluations from Trump appointees

Vindman twin set for promotion after bad evaluations from Trump appointees

Army personnel officials determined the negative reviews weren't objective.Army Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, sits behind his twin brother National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 19, 2019. | AP Photo/Alex BrandonArmy Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman is set to be promoted to full colonel, despite attempts by loyalists to former President Donald Trump to derail his career following his bit role in the president's first impeachment, according to two people familiar with the matter.Vindman’s...

Mar 15
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GOP senator stocks office with 13 former Trump staffers

GOP senator stocks office with 13 former Trump staffers

Judd Deere, the former deputy White House press secretary, will be Hagerty’s deputy chief of staff for communications.Bill Hagerty speaks to Mike Pompeo Thursday, June 27, 2019. | Jacquelyn Martin, Pool/AP PhotoAs Trump administration alums face a tough job market after the Capitol riot, one new Republican Senate office has turned into a full-employment factory for Trump officials looking for their next gig.Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) announced on Thursday that he’s hired 13 former Trump administration officials to work in his office.Judd Deere, the former deputy White House press secretary...

Jan 28
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Some Trump aides stuck with him till the end. Now they're screwed.

Some Trump aides stuck with him till the end. Now they're screwed.

The former president has all but vanished from public view while his former team navigates an unforgiving job market.Unseen by the public and unusually quiet as key parts of his policy legacy are dismantled by the new administration, the once ubiquitous Donald Trump has been plotting out his political future. | Pete Marovich/Getty ImagesFour days into his post-presidency life, Donald Trump has insulated himself from the outside world.Unseen by the public and unusually quiet as key parts of his policy legacy are dismantled by the new administration, the once ubiquitous Trump has been...

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State Department revokes security clearance for acting chief of staff to UN ambassador

State Department revokes security clearance for acting chief of staff to UN ambassador

Jennifer Davis, a career Foreign Service officer, is returning to her previous role but will “aggressively appeal this decision.”Jennifer Davis, the de facto chief of staff to Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has stepped aside. | Mary Altaffer/AP PhotoA top aide to the U.S. envoy to the United Nations has stepped aside after her security clearance was revoked, according to two people familiar with the matter.Jennifer Davis, the de facto chief of staff to Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is a career Foreign Service officer who has worked at the State Department for 18 years, with previous postings...

Apr 9
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