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USDA shrinks buyout packages for employees who won’t relocate to Kansas City

USDA shrinks buyout packages for employees who won’t relocate to Kansas City

The US Department of Agriculture is shrinking payments offered to employees who applied for buyouts rather than relocate to the greater Kansas City area, according to a document obtained by CNN. The one-time payouts are being reduced from $25,000 to $10,000 because so many workers applied, according to the document. The American Federation of Government…

Trump admin formally approves fighter jet sale to Taiwan amid China trade fight

Trump admin formally approves fighter jet sale to Taiwan amid China trade fight

The Trump administration has formally approved a major $8 billion arms sale to Taiwan involving 66 new F-16C/D fighter jets, the State Department announced Tuesday, a move that comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over a range of issues, including trade and Hong Kong. Administration officials and others familiar with the matter had…

Texas working to recover from ransomware attack on 22 government targets

Texas working to recover from ransomware attack on 22 government targets

At least 22 cities and local governments in Texas are working to recover from a seemingly coordinated ransomware attack on their computer networks. “Evidence continues to point to a single threat actor,” Elliott Sprehe of the Texas Department of Information Resources, which is coordinating the state’s response to the attack, said in a statement Tuesday.…

Trump mocks Tlaib’s tears, says she ‘grandstanded’ over grandmother visit

Trump mocks Tlaib’s tears, says she ‘grandstanded’ over grandmother visit

President Donald Trump on Tuesday mocked Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s grief over her decision not to visit her grandmother in the West Bank after initially being barred by Israel, claiming the Democratic congresswoman “grandstanded” when she shed tears Monday. Tlaib got tearful as she spoke about visits she had made as a young girl to visit…

Trump: Afghanistan is the ‘Harvard University of terrorism’

Trump: Afghanistan is the ‘Harvard University of terrorism’

President Donald Trump continued to say Tuesday that the US is talking to the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban and he is “looking at different things” in the region. Speaking at the White House, Trump lamented that US involvement in the country for 18 years, which he described as more of a “police force,”…

Troops who deployed to US-Mexico border will receive medals

Troops who deployed to US-Mexico border will receive medals

Thousands of American troops sent to the US-Mexico border as part of the Trump administration’s effort to handle the rising number of migrants crossing into the US since April 2018 will be awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday. The medal honors service members who participate in a “military operation that is…

Trump could ‘certainly’ support Russia’s return to what would be the G8

Trump could ‘certainly’ support Russia’s return to what would be the G8

President Donald Trump expressed his support for reinstating Russia into the G7 days before the group of leading industrialized nations convenes for its annual summit in France. “I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in” the group, he said during a meeting in the Oval Office with the Romanian President. “If somebody would…

Deputy secretary of state expected to be selected for US ambassador to Russia

Deputy secretary of state expected to be selected for US ambassador to Russia

President Donald Trump is expected to select Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan to replace Jon Huntsman as US Ambassador to Russia, according to a White House official. CNN reported earlier this month that Huntsman has submitted his resignation letter to Trump and plans to move back home to Utah, according to a source familiar…

Trump cools on background check push in recent lawmaker conversations

Trump cools on background check push in recent lawmaker conversations

President Donald Trump has been cooling to the idea of supporting new legislation for stricter firearm background checks in recent conversations with lawmakers, congressional and Republican sources tell CNN. Trump frequently publicly supported new background check legislation shortly after two back-to-back mass shootings earlier this month. But now, the President’s interest in pursuing the issue…

GOP senator outlines the obstacles gun control efforts will face in the Senate

GOP senator outlines the obstacles gun control efforts will face in the Senate

Two weeks after two mass shootings occurred in less than 24 hours, Congress and the White House have not moved closer to passing any kind of gun legislation to address what many are calling a crisis, and some Republican senators, including Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, don’t think any new gun legislation is likely to…

Why Anthony Scaramucci’s rebellion bothers Donald Trump so much

Why Anthony Scaramucci’s rebellion bothers Donald Trump so much

Donald Trump is doing a very poor job of not caring that his former friend Anthony Scaramucci has turned on him. “Just another disgruntled former employee who got fired for gross incompetence,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning of his former White House communications director. That Trump tweet came less than 12 hours after this one, again…

Clinton slams Trump for falsely claiming Google ‘manipulated’ millions of 2016 votes

Clinton slams Trump for falsely claiming Google ‘manipulated’ millions of 2016 votes

Hillary Clinton on Monday slammed President Donald Trump’s false claim that Google manipulated millions of votes for Clinton in the 2016 election, saying the “debunked” study Trump referred to was based on “about half the number of people associated with (his) campaign who have been indicted.” On Monday, Trump made the allegation about Google in…

First on CNN: More NRA leaders step down amid spending controversy

First on CNN: More NRA leaders step down amid spending controversy

Three more National Rifle Association leaders have stepped down, CNN has learned, in a broadening of a leadership exodus amid a controversy over the group’s spending. Country music singer and NRA board member Craig Morgan has resigned, sources with knowledge of the matter tell CNN, and NASCAR team owner Richard Childress stepped down on Monday.…

How Jill Biden gave away the secret to Joe Biden’s 2020 plan

How Jill Biden gave away the secret to Joe Biden’s 2020 plan

It doesn’t take long for Joe Biden’s first TV ad in Iowa to get to the point. “We know in our bones this election is different,” the ad’s narrator says at the start of the commercial. “The stakes are higher. The threat more serious. We have to beat Donald Trump. And all the polls agree…

First on CNN: 737 MAX panel to call for changes in FAA certification process

First on CNN: 737 MAX panel to call for changes in FAA certification process

An international panel created after two Boeing 737 MAX crashes is expected to recommend the Federal Aviation Administration change the way it certifies planes and address safety concerns that aircraft technology is becoming far more sophisticated than the regulations that govern it, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. The Joint Authorities Technical Review,…

Justice Dept. tells Supreme Court decision to end DACA was lawful

Justice Dept. tells Supreme Court decision to end DACA was lawful

The Justice Department told the Supreme Court late Monday night that the Trump administration acted lawfully when it decided in 2017 to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. “At best, DACA is legally questionable,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco…