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WASHINGTON — House Democrats said Tuesday they would begin a full-scale inquiry into White House involvement in a proposed venture to bring nuclear power facilities to Saudi Arabia, citing whistle-blower claims that administration officials disregarded warnings that potential conflicts of interest could put U.S. security at risk. In a 24-page report from the House Oversight and Reform Committee, the Democrats said their concerns centered on actions taken in the early weeks of the Trump administration to secure government backing for a plan to build a series of nuclear power plants across Saudi Arabia. But they said there was evidence as recently as last week that the White House was still considering
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made no secret of her intentions -- she wants Congress to wield just as much power as the president. "You've heard me say over and over again, Article I, the legislative branch, the power of the purse, the power to declare war, many other powers listed in the Constitution, and, of course, the responsibility to have oversight," Pelosi said during a press conference last week. One of those most responsible for insuring the Congress is able to assert that power is the man she hired to serve as general counsel of the House of Representatives, Douglas Letter -- a veteran Justice Department lawyer who has spent years helping presidents argue just the opposite.
Asian stocks advanced to 4-1/2-month highs on Wednesday as investors bet that Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators would be able to secure a deal to de-escalate their year-long tariff war. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose as much as 1.1 percent to mark its highest levels since Oct. 2.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has chosen a familiar White House figure for his new chief of staff: Marc Short, who was President Donald Trump's top legislative aide until he left in July. "He has a strong relationship with the vice president," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. "Everybody feels like it will be a good fit." Pence's last top aide, Nick Ayers, left in December after he ruled out taking the chief of staff role for Trump. Short, who worked with Pence before he became vice president, had left the White House in July to join the University of Virginia's Miller Center and a Washington consulting firm. He will return to the White House in mid-March, Sanders
Last Wednesday I got a call from the White House while working at FIC's office. Of all the things I assumed I'd be doing that day, receiving an invitation to meet the President of the United States was not on my list. It's funny how life can be full of unexpected surprises. One moment I was sitting at my desk and the next day I was sitting in front of President Trump on a couch in the Oval Office. I was invited to the White House to tell my story of my mother's scheduled abortion appt. at Mt. Siani hospital in Hartford, CT and her decision to walk out. I went along with my friend Melissa Ohden who survived a late-term abortion after a nurse saw her breathing on the floor and rushed her to the
If confirmed by the Senate, Rosen would replace Rod Rosenstein and servealongside the president's newly confirmed attorney general, William Barr
Some 15% of company time is spent in meetings, estimates consulting firm Bain & Co. To stay fit and productive, cubicle-dwellers and their bosses are turning those meetings into “walk-and-talks,” taking a cue from executives such as Steve Jobs, who was known for his ambulatory conferences. “Some colleagues avert their eyes when they see me coming,” says Edward M. Ellison, 63, executive medical director of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. For Alex Halladay, a recent mobile meeting involved hobbling along a running track in four-inch heels.
Another alum of Rep. Devin Nunes' House intelligence committee has taken a White House post. Scott Glabe, previously the deputy staff director for Nunes on the House intelligence committee, recently moved to the White House Counsel's office, two sources familiar with the move told The Daily Beast. A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. CNN reported earlier this month that another Nunes alum, Kash Patel, took a job on the National Security Council. Nunes and his staff on the House intelligence committee have taken withering criticism from the Intelligence Community for their work scrutinizing the genesis of the Justice Department's Russia probe. Nunes
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump today signed a space policy directive that lays out further steps in the creation of the U.S. Space Force as a sixth military branch housed within the Department of the Air Force. The plan wouldn't involve splitting off Space Force from the Air Force immediately, although it leaves the door open to take that step at a later time. As described in the White House's Space Policy Directive 4, the arrangement would be similar to the Marine Corps' status as a military branch within the Department of the Navy. Such a concept is more likely… Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former chief liaison to Congress is returning to the White House as chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Marc Short will begin his new role in mid-March. Short left the White House less than a year ago. He had worked for Pence and a group affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers' political operation before entering the White House. Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, left the White House at the end of 2018 after turning down an offer to become Trump's chief of staff. Short's return drew praise from Republicans on Capitol Hill, with whom he has long has close ties. "I am thrilled to have Marc