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New White House chief of staff John Kelly recently broke with Trump on Russia election hacking

New White House chief of staff John Kelly recently broke with Trump on Russia election hacking

by Administrator on Jul 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Even as President Trump continues to equivocate on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, his new chief of staff as recently as last week took a strong public stand affirming the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin tried to influence the election in favor of Trump.  Trump announced Friday he is replacing his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, with retired Marine Corps general John Kelly, his Homeland Security secretary. But it's unclear whether the two will see eye to eye on one of the major issues dogging Trump's White House.  Last week, at the Aspen Security Forum, Kelly was among several top national security officials who backed the government's conclusion that Russia carried out a campaign of cyberattacks and fake news to influence the election in favor of Trump. Kelly joined CIA Director Mike Pompeo, White House Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism adviser Tom ... Continue reading →

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New White House chief of staff John Kelly recently broke with Trump on Russia election hacking

New White House chief of staff John Kelly recently broke with Trump on Russia election hacking

by Administrator on Jul 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – Even as President Trump continues to equivocate on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, his new chief of staff as recently as last week took a strong public stand affirming the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin tried to influence the election in favor of Trump.  Trump announced Friday he is replacing his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, with retired Marine Corps general John Kelly, his Homeland Security secretary. But it's unclear whether the two will see eye to eye on one of the major issues dogging Trump's White House.  Last week, at the Aspen Security Forum, Kelly was among several top national security officials who backed the government's conclusion that Russia carried out a campaign of cyberattacks and fake news to influence the election in favor of Trump. Kelly joined CIA Director Mike Pompeo, White House Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism adviser Tom ... Continue reading →

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Special counsel Robert Mueller impanels grand jury as Russia investigation intensifies, reports say

Special counsel Robert Mueller impanels grand jury as Russia investigation intensifies, reports say

by Jay Cool on Aug 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly impaneled a grand jury, a sign the federal investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election is intensifying and could go on for many months or years.  The move would give Mueller, a former FBI director, enormous power to subpoena documents and compel witnesses to testify under oath. Mueller has been investigating possible collusion between Trump associates and Russians who sought to influence the election by hacking Democrats. The probe's expansion is also virtually sure to incense President Trump, who is already furious with the Russia investigation he calls a "witch hunt."  The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story Thursday, reported that the grand jury was based in Washington and began working in recent weeks. The grand jury has issued subpoenas relating to the controversial June 2016 meeting between the president's son, Donald Trump Jr. ... Continue reading →

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Jeff Sessions can try to stop affirmative action, but he’ll fail. Here’s why.

Jeff Sessions can try to stop affirmative action, but he’ll fail. Here’s why.

by Administrator on Aug 7, 2017

Hinting at a new legal battle, the Trump administration is reportedly directing the Justice Department’s civil rights division to investigate and sue universities over affirmative-action admissions policies deemed to discriminate on racial grounds — “intentional race-based discrimination,” as an internal department memo put it. But as long as the current law remains, the Justice Department faces an uphill battle. The department hopes to allege that by factoring race into college admissions decisions, universities are violating the civil rights of white and Asian applicants who are denied admission. But their case will be incredibly difficult to make. Affirmative action in college admissions uses race in quiet and indirect ways — treating race as one of several factors in a holistic review of applicants instead of the “predominant factor” — making claims of direct discrimination against individual applicants ... Continue reading →

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