The Trump administration announced Friday that it will kill a Forest Service program that trains disadvantaged young people for wildland fire fighting and other jobs in rural communities, laying off 1,100 employees - believed to be the largest number of federal job cuts in a decade.
Few reporters would willingly compare themselves to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder arrested in Britain last month, who's accused of recklessly publishing leaked U.S. military document that endangered sources and American soldiers. But the sweeping list of charges the Trump administration filed against Assange yesterday reads in part like a Washington reporter's basic job description: count after count of "obtaining" and "disclosing" classified information. Soliciting leaks from the public on his website. And he faces years in prison for each charge.
Leonard Leo stepped onto the stage in a darkened Florida ballroom, looked out at a gathering of some of the nation's most powerful conservative activists and told them they were on the cusp of fulfilling a long-sought dream. For two decades, Leo has been on a mission to turn back the clock to a time before the U.S. Supreme Court routinely expanded the government's authority and endorsed new rights such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's new executive order giving the attorney general broad authority to declassify government secrets threatens to expose U.S. intelligence sources and could distort the FBI and CIA's roles in investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, current and former U.S. officials said. On Thursday, Trump allowed Attorney General William Barr to declassify information he finds during his review of what the White House called "surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election."
A federal judge has temporarily blocked part of President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the southern border with money Congress never appropriated for that purpose. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr., of the Northern District of California, said that those challenging Trump's actions had a good chance of prevailing on their claims that the administration is acting illegally in shifting money from other programs to pay for the wall.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified lawmakers Friday that President Donald Trump is invoking his emergency authority to sidestep Congress and complete 22 arms deals that would benefit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, despite lawmakers' objections to the transactions. Republicans and Democrats urged the Trump administration this week not to take the rare step of exploiting a legal window to push through deals - worth about $8 billion, according to congressional aides - that lawmakers have blocked from being finalized.
WASHINGTON - The United States will deploy about 1,500 troops to the Middle East, President Donald Trump said Friday, in his administration's latest step to address what it says are increased threats from Iran. "We're going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective, and some very talented people are going to the Middle East right now, and we'll see what happens," he said outside the White House. "It'll be about 1,500 people."
MINNEAPOLIS — Ever since Target Field opened in 2010, with its sweeping, open-air views of the Minneapolis skyline, baseball officials, with a tinge of gallows humor, have braced themselves for the possibility of late-October/early-November playoff games in a city where the average lows for those months are 40 and 26 degrees, respectively. One year, it stood to reason, the Minnesota Twins were going to be good enough to make it happen. That year may have arrived.
At a Smithfield hog plant in central Illinois, federal meat inspectors examine pig carcasses on the slaughter line, remove diseased and contaminated meat, and mark it "condemned." They have the exclusive responsibility for performing this work.
Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million agreement to settle lawsuits involving women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio's board members and the New York attorney general's office, according to reports Thursday, May 23, from the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.