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  • Trump guts union perks, speeds up civil service firings to save $100 million a year

    05/25/2018 1:39:19 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 25, 2018
    President Trump signed three executive orders Friday containing sweeping reforms that weaken protections for federal workers and eliminate perks for the unions that represent them. Under the new executive orders, unions will be charged rent for federal office space and will not be reimbursed for travel expenses or for hours spent appealing worker firings. All federal workers will be ordered to spend 75 percent of their time on government work, and agencies are ordered to publicly post union contracts in an online repository.
  • Trump Moves to Ease the Firing of Federal Workers

    05/25/2018 2:37:19 PM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/25/2018 | Noam Scheiber
    President Trump on Friday signed a series of executive orders making it easier to fire federal government workers and rolling back the prerogatives of unions that represent them. Andrew Bremberg, the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the president was “fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our Civil Service rules.” But the push also reflects conservatives’ long-running suspicion of the federal bureaucracy, one that the president’s advisers have been outspoken in channeling. Shortly after Mr. Trump took office, Stephen K. Bannon, then his chief strategist, called for “the deconstruction of the administrative state.”...
  • Sources: FBI Agents Want Congress To Issue Them Subpoenas So They Can Reveal The Bureau’s Dirt

    05/22/2018 10:59:41 PM PDT · by bitt · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/22/2018 | kerry pickett
    Sources tell The Daily Caller several FBI agents want congressional subpoenas to testify about the agency’s problems. The sources claim there is a demand within the agency to prosecute former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. They also say the bureau has become totally politicized. The subpoenas are desired by the FBI agents because it requires Congress to pay for their legal fees and protects them from agency retribution. Many agents in the FBI want Congress to subpoena them so they can reveal problems caused by former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, three people in...
  • Sinkhole Appears on Whitehouse Lawn

    05/22/2018 1:12:41 PM PDT · by Kriggerel · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 22 2018 | Jacqueline Alemany
    ...The sinkhole, confirmed by groundskeepers, is just outside the office of White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.
  • Sinkhole develops on White House lawn

    05/22/2018 1:36:27 PM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies ^ | 5/22/2018 | Brett Samuels
    A sinkhole has developed on the White House’s North Lawn, reporters observed Tuesday. Voice of America’s Steve Herman and Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering shared photos on Twitter of the sinkhole, which is located just outside the entrance to the briefing room.
  • FBI scandal bigger than Watergate? -- Could be, and the dishonest press....

    05/21/2018 7:38:35 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/21/2018 | Douglas MacKinnon
    President Trump is correct. If an FBI -- or any “Deep State” -- informant was embedded within his campaign for the express purpose of spying on it, that would be a scandal “Bigger than Watergate.” Bigger and much more chilling. Over the course of the last two years, I have communicated with current and former government employees who told me that a number of operatives at various three-letter agencies have been actively working to undermine first the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, and then his presidency. Most of them are Obama appointees. All of them doing so for political...
  • Dems expand 2018 message to ‘draining the swamp'

    05/21/2018 4:20:16 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/18 | Mike Lillis
    Democrats are turning their campaign message to the many scandals swirling around the Trump administration, betting that vows to “drain the swamp” will attract voters to their side in November. The strategy marks an expansion of the Democrats’ midterm agenda, “A Better Deal,” which up to now has focused almost exclusively on kitchen-table economic issues in lieu of the controversies surrounding President Trump and a growing list of people in his orbit. Etc...
  • Democrats pitch a new 'better' plan to 'drain the swamp'

    05/21/2018 1:11:55 PM PDT · by Hadean · 26 replies ^ | May 21, 2018 | Gregory Krieg, CNN
    How can Democrats attack President Donald Trump this midterm season without getting swept up in and drowned out by his personal controversies? It's a question that has confounded party leaders, individual candidates, outside groups and activists across the liberal spectrum. Now, as the elections near, Democrats on Capitol Hill think they are getting closer to cracking the code. On Monday, they will introduce a new suite of anti-corruption proposals and "democracy reforms" designed to hammer at a variety of allegations of unethical behavior and investigations swirling around the Trump administration and team, from a personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, accused of...
  • President Trump’s Destroying the Federal Government As We Know It: Rebuilding May be Impossible

    05/18/2018 11:31:53 AM PDT · by ethom · 104 replies
    Find Climate Answers ^ | May 16, 2018 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump is draining the swamp —Rebuilding government may be impossible In the 2013 novel “A Delicate Truth,” John le Carré presents the “deep state” as a moneyed, cultured élite — the “non-governmental insiders from banking, industry, and commerce” whose access to information allows them to rule in secret. Trump’s conception is quite different. A real-estate baron, Trump is at war with the clerks — the apparatchiks who, he claims, are seeking to nullify the election by denying the prerogatives of his Administration. This attack on “bureaucracy” is really an attack on the State Department, the intelligence community and ordinary bureaucrats...
  • Kellyanne Conway Tells Fox & Friends Some WH Leakers Are Senior Officials (personnel changes coming)

    05/17/2018 9:05:15 AM PDT · by ethom · 33 replies ^ | | 9:14 am, May 17th, 2018 | by Joe DePaolo
    Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has been vocal in denouncing White House leakers over the past few days — following the controversy over the comments made by aide Kelly Sadler about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in a closed-door meeting. Conway has told Martha MacCallum that she expects the leaks will result in personnel changes. And now, Conway says she’s getting close to identifying those responsible. Thursday on the Fox & Friends morning program, guest host Abby Huntsman asked Conway if she’s pinpointed the leakers. “Somewhat, yes,” Conway said. The White House counselor went on to say that some higher-ups...
  • Fox News judicial analyst defends timeline of Mueller's probe

    05/15/2018 2:11:20 AM PDT · by gattaca · 76 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 14, 2018 | Rebecca Shapiro
    During a Fox News segment on various calls for special counsel Robert Mueller to end his probe into Russian meddling during the 2016 U.S. election, Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano defended the length of the investigation, which hits the 1-year mark this week. “Bob Mueller has no duty to tip his hand and show his cards until the end of his investigation, and he does have a duty to complete the investigation,” Napolitano, a former judge, told host Heather Childers on “America’s Newsroom.”
  • Iranian Regime Threatens to Release Names of Western Officials Who Took Bribes to Pass Nuke Deal

    05/12/2018 5:57:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 337 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 12, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    OH BOY! Iranian Regime Threatens to Release Names of Western Officials Who Took Bribes to Pass Nuke Deal. (Full title). ... Earlier this week President Trump withdrew from the sham Iranian nuclear deal. President Trump knew the deal with the Iranian mullahs was not working. This was despite former Secretary of State John Kerry working against the Trump administration to salvage the weak deal with the Iranian regime. ... Of course, the Iranian regime is very upset with President Trump’s decision. Now this… Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari warned Western officials this week that if they do not...
  • The Top Four Obama Policies Trump Has Reversed

    05/11/2018 9:49:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/11/2018 | Matt Margolis
    Fulfilling a campaign promise, earlier this week Donald Trump officially withdrew the United States from the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, calling it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” For critics of the deal who recognized its flaws and did not turn a blind eye to evidence Iran was violating the terms of the agreement, this was welcome news a long time coming. Trump fulfilled his promise, and the days of kowtowing to terror-sponsoring regimes are behind us.Naturally, Obama administration alums are throwing hissy fits. Obama himself released a statement...
  • House Republicans had a bad night – can they prevent a bad November?

    05/10/2018 6:42:51 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10 May 2018 | Chad Pergram
    It is said that if someone is to be unpopular, they must look the part. House Republicans appear to have seized that visage for now. -snip- A primary loss always sends shockwaves through a party on Capitol Hill. Who’s next? Members of Congress are paranoid. They freak out when a greenhorn decapitates one of their own in a primary. Even the House chaplain isn’t safe. -snip- House Republicans are fretting about losing the House. There’s chatter about a “blue wave.” Retirements and departures are off the charts. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will soon be gone. An eye-popping nine House...
  • The White House Announces Its Rescission Package

    05/08/2018 12:04:15 PM PDT · by bitt · 53 replies ^ | 5/8/2018 | white house
    Washington has a spending problem. The national debt is now more than $21 trillion and the deficit could reach $1 trillion next year. Through his two budget requests to Congress, President Trump has proposed trillions of dollars in common-sense spending cuts. He has sought to eliminate outdated and ineffective programs across the federal government, ending the debt spiral. Among the fiscal tools at Mr. Trump’s disposal is Title X of the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. That law gives the president authority to propose rescinding specific funding previously approved by Congress. Because such “rescissions” require Congress to pass...
  • Cavuto responds to social media reaction to his commentary

    05/05/2018 8:01:02 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 4, 2018 | Fox News / Neil Cavuto
    Cavuto's 'Common Sense' commentary about President Trump sparked backlash among viewers. Neil shares his response.
  • 2 F.B.I. Officials, Once Key Advisers to Comey, Leave the Bureau

    05/05/2018 7:05:18 AM PDT · by bitt · 42 replies
    nytimes ^ | 5/5/2018 | Michael Schmidt
    WASHINGTON — Two top F.B.I. aides who worked alongside the former director James B. Comey as he navigated one of the most politically tumultuous periods in the bureau’s history resigned on Friday. One of them, James A. Baker, was one of Mr. Comey’s closest confidants. He served as the F.B.I.’s top lawyer until December when he was reassigned as the new director, Christopher A. Wray, began installing his own advisers. Mr. Baker had been investigated by the Justice Department on suspicion of sharing classified information with reporters. He has not been charged. The other aide, Lisa Page, advised Mr. Comey...
  • FBI officials Jim Baker, Lisa Page Resign From Bureau

    05/05/2018 7:05:20 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-5-2018 | Bradford Betz
    Two FBI officials who worked closely with embattled former bureau director James Comey have left the agency, Fox News has confirmed. Jim Baker, a top FBI lawyer who was reassigned in late 2017 after being linked to a journalist who wrote about the so-called "Trump dossier," is reportedly looking to join the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Lisa Page, whose electronic communications with another FBI employee drew accusations of political bias, "resigned" Friday to "pursue other opportunities," an FBI spokesperson told Fox News. 'Fox News Sunday' anchor reacts to criticism of the FBI and DOJ and the fallout over...
  • BREAKING: Embattled FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Has Resigned

    05/04/2018 6:19:01 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 118 replies
    he FBI attorney who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with another bureau official resigned on Friday, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. The FBI confirmed that the lawyer, Lisa Page, tendered her resignation.
  • 2 former advisers to Comey leave FBI (Lisa Page)

    05/04/2018 7:11:46 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/04/18 | Jesse Byrnes
    Two key advisers to former FBI Director James Comey are leaving the bureau. James Baker, who served as the FBI's top lawyer before being reassigned in December under the agency's current director Christopher Wray, resigned on Friday, The New York Times reports. Lisa Page, another FBI official who served as an adviser to Comey and his deputy at the bureau, Andrew McCabe, on various legal issues, is also resigning, the Times reported.