The White House would be required to hold at least a couple on-camera press briefings each week if a Democratic lawmaker musters support for a House bill being offered. Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut introduced the Free Press Act on Thursday, a legislative proposal that aims to increase transparency within the Trump administration by mandating two on-camera press briefings per week. “The White House has begun to dramatically, and in an historically unprecedented way, reduce the media and therefore the American people’s access to the thinking of the president,” Mr. Himes said in a statement. “And that’s not healthy.”
Comments: Other than these perpetrators of "fake news" mostly looking to see their soundbite on the "Evening News," why exactly do they need this access to the White House the we don´t have? It would be simpler if some new way, like tweeting questions could be used. After all, their lengths are limited to 140 characters. The press secretary can pick which Tweets are important to US, more than the constant, useless "gotcha" diatribes by a profession that plagiarizes itself in lockstep to the dRATS beat. There should be a "Free Press Act" for US that requires them to name sources
What we need is an honest press act. Media needs to be held accountable for its lies and slander. Yellow journalism is responsible for the ongoing violence and bloodshed. The strategy of the left fromnthe time of Lenin and Stalin is seize and hold power by bloodshed.
The press are already unaccountable enough, and now Jim Himes wants to give them unelected authority over the White House? If I said what I think about this, even my bleeps would have to be bleeped-out
We have 3 branches of government,the judiciary, the legislative and the executive. One branch of government cannot tell the other how to conduct their business unless there is a violation of the constitution. All the president would have to do is nothing. How would congress enforce such a law?
Seems to me also, #2. The other branches have oversight and responsibilities to weigh in on the activities of the executive, but they do not have veto power or authority to micro-manage, Marbury v Madison notwithstanding.
As to the "rights" of the media: who picks the "authorized" media? They should be free per the First Amendment, but nowhere does the Constitution say that they are "entitled". Nobody elected them.
And the Constitution does not even require the POTUS to present his SOTU to Congress in person.
But who adheres to the Constitution anymore - including and especially the courts? /s
All their other meme´s are faltering and going by the wayside so they need another windmill to fight - It´s just posturing so they can act like Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles - Harrumph, Harrumph, Harrumph...
Above posters are correct, The Donald would have to sign it for the legislation to become law - but, by liberal, progressive, communist, democrap thinking, the Constitution is only valid when they need to hold it over a Conservative´s head. Otherwise, it´s dynamic and can be ´adjusted´ when need be.
Mr. President, keep up the good work. MAGA
Illigitemi non Corborundum (Don´t let the bastids wear you down)
Regarding Constitutionally with Justice Roberts I don´t know what to expect. I was certain that Obamacare was Unconstitutional and it is as far as I am concerned no matter what the Supreme Court ruled.
Washington - In the five days since he was named White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci has vowed to hunt down leakers and fire anyone he catches. (Snip) The financial disclosure form that Mr. Scaramucci filed with the government appeared on Politico’s website on Wednesday night, showing that he has assets worth as much as $85 million. He made $5 million in salary and another $4.9 million (Snip) Mr. Scaramucci responded angrily. “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony,” he wrote on Twitter, “I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept.”
Washington - About two weeks after teasing a potential bid for US Senate, musician Kid Rock announced early Thursday morning that he is creating a non-profit to promote voter registration. "The one thing I´ve seen over and over is that although people are unhappy with the government, too few are even registered to vote or do anything about it. (Snip) He also said he'd hold a news conference in the next six weeks to address the non-profit and a potential Senate run. "If I decide to throw my hat in the ring for US Senate, believe me... it's game on," the statement says. Kid Rock, a supporter of President Donald Trump,
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton assessed the limited options for the Trump administration in the wake of new reports that North Korea could have a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year. U.S. officials warn Pyongyang could be readying another test-launch, as the hermit dictator threatens to strike the U.S. with a "powerful nuclear hammer" if it attempts regime change. (Snip) He said the last diplomatic option involves China and convincing them that it´s in their best interest to unite the Koreas. "The way you eliminate the North Korean nuclear program is to eliminate North Korea.
San Francisco - Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron´s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier (Snip) Facebook said in April it had taken action against fake accounts that were spreading misinformation about the French election. But the effort to infiltrate the social networks of Macron officials has not previously been reported.
A federal program designed to provide better opportunities for at-risk youth has been plagued by stunning amounts of crime and violence according to government reports. The Job Corps program, overseen by the United States Department of Labor, racked up almost 50,000 safety and security incidents in a nearly 10-year span; including homicides, fights, drug-related incidents and more. A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights alarming statistics for the program that´s considered the country´s largest residential, educational, career and technical training program for low-income youth.
Conservatives failed in their bid Wednesday to punish the Congressional Budget Office for its grim evaluations of GOP health care proposals, with the House rejecting two different efforts to strip funding from the nonpartisan agency. Both Democratic and Republican leaders had opposed the efforts to spank the CBO, saying that Congress needs an independent auditor to evaluate spending, no matter how far off the estimates may turn out to be. Conservatives were upset earlier this year after the CBO projected that the GOP’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill would leave some 23 million fewer Americans with
Hillary Clinton, of “I Should’ve Won the White House!” fame, apparently isn’t content to deliver 10- and 20-second talking points from her national podium about the dang Russians who worked with President Donald Trump to give him that presidential title. She’s gotta write a book about it, too. That’s right. Clinton’s new book will reportedly double down on the Russian election interference angle — as well as one that rings in former FBI chief James Comey as a heavy factor in her loss, too. She just wants to get the story out, her friends privately say. “She really believes that’s why she lost, and she wants to explain why in no
Anthony Scaramucci finally has his White House job, but he still stands to profit from an ownership stake in his investment firm SkyBridge Capital. The incoming White House communications director earned $4.9 million from his ownership stake in SkyBridge in addition to more than $5 million in salary between Jan. 1, 2016, and the end of June, when he joined the Export-Import Bank, according to a financial disclosure filed with the Office of Government Ethics. The disclosure form hasn’t been previously reported. The disclosure highlights the extensive wealth Scaramucci has accumulated in his career —
The US Justice Department on Wednesday argued in a major federal lawsuit that a 1964 civil rights law doesn’t protect gay workers from discrimination, thereby diverging from a separate, autonomous federal agency that had supported the gay plaintiff’s case. The Trump administration’s filing is unusual (Snip) "The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination," says the Justice Department´s brief. "It does not, as has been settled for decades. Any efforts to amend Title VII’s scope should be directed to Congress rather than the courts."
The European Union´s top court has ruled that the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should remain on the 28-member bloc´s terrorism blacklist. The Court of Justice (ECJ) overturned a General Court ruling, which had said there was not enough evidence to keep travel bans and asset freezes on Hamas. The lower court had said in 2014 the listing was based on media reports, not decisions by "competent authorities". But the ECJ said such decisions were not needed to keep groups on the list. In Wednesday´s ruling, the Luxembourg-based ECJ said decisions by the competent authorities were only required for the initial listing of groups or
Lyft and Taco Bell are teaming up to cater to a client base they both share: drunk people. The ride-sharing company announced Tuesday that "Taco Mode" will bring customers to a Taco Bell drive-thru in a Lyft. Riders who use "Taco Mode," which will be an in-app option, will receive a free Doritos Locos. (Tweet) "Taco Mode" will be available July 27 to 30 and Aug. 3 to 6 between the hours of 9 p.m.-2 a.m. for customers in Orange County, California. The companies said in a press release that they plan to bring "Taco Mode" to additional markets by the end of the year, adding that a "nationwide rollout" is expected in 2018.
Washington - Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new communications director, vowed on Tuesday to crack down on leaks from the White House, threatening to fire everyone in the press office if necessary to stop aides from disclosing West Wing business to reporters. “I’m going to fire everybody — that’s how,” Mr. Scaramucci told reporters in the White House driveway, asked how he planned to identify who had been leaking to the press and ensure that the disclosures stopped. He said he had authority directly from Mr. Trump to do so. “You’re either going to stop leaking, or you’re going to get fired,” he said.
The moderator lauded Michelle Obama for her achievements over the past eight years and touched on the former first lady’s plans, but Tuesday’s conversation also veered into uncomfortable territory. It was Obama’s largest public appearance since the 2016 election — speaking in front of more than 8,000 people at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary celebration — and she touched on personal attacks that she faced again and again. Many had the same theme. “The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said, according to the Denver Post. “Knowing that after eight
Hillary Clinton is to call her new memoir about being beaten by Donald Trump ´What Happened´, her publisher announced Thursday. Her photograph will not feature on the cover - and she will call herself Hillary Rodham Clinton. She ran as Hillary Clinton. The memoir, published by Simon & Schuster promises to deliver the story of her defeat ´now free from the constraints of politics´. It will finally break the pattern of months by containing details of her ´mistakes´ - but firmly blame James Comey and the Russians. One friend of Clinton told The Hill it would be a ´bombshell´. The
At the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, someone sitting near Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) didn’t switch off a microphone. Collins was recorded discussing the federal budget and President Trump’s lack of familiarity with the details of governing with a colleague — apparently Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the ranking Democrat on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee.
A transgender former Navy SEAL has spoken out against President Trump’s ban on transgender military members, saying he is preventing soldiers from doing their service. “Let´s meet face to face and you tell me I´m not worthy,” Kristin Beck, a retired SEAL Team 6 member who has fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, told Business Insider. Beck was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal during her time in the service, when she kept her gender identity a secret, according to a 2015 profile in GQ. The President said that transgender service in the military causes
On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy. Earlier in the night, I’d tweeted, citing a “senior White House official,” that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. It was an interesting group, and raised some questions. Was Trump getting strategic advice from Hannity? Was he considering hiring Shine? But Scaramucci had his own question—for me. “Who leaked that to you?” he asked. I said I couldn’t give him that information.
President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement on Twitter that transgender men and women will not be allowed to serve in the military “in any capacity” was not a complete surprise: Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that the military was hitting the pause button on an Obama-era plan to welcome openly transgender people into the military. But the announcement was a legal land mine. The Trump administration may soon learn that singling out a class of people for exclusion violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law. And as to those transgender soldiers already serving openly, any effort
Let’s review a few recent developments. Last week, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned. This was part of a “White House shakeup” to get the Trump administration back on track. The new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, would fix the White House’s “messaging problem.” Within 24 hours of Scaramucci’s appointment, the president returned to Twitter and unloaded another torrent of political bombshells, including talking about his power to pardon, even as his attorneys were denying that Donald Trump was thinking about pardoning anyone.
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Filmmaker Michael Moore says he tried to Hillary Clinton that Michigan and Wisconsin voters might lean toward Donald Trump before the 2016 presidential election but claims no one would listen. Moore appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night to promote his upcoming one-man Broadway show, The Terms of My Surrender. But the Michigan resident took time to discuss the current political climate, saying he ´never wanted to be more wrong in my life´ when warning people about Trump voters. ´I was trying to warn the rest of the country, out here, people who voted for Obama
President Donald Trump’s dramatic decision to exclude so-called “transgender” people from the military is a direct rejection of the progressives’ revolutionary demand that Americans’ society should be remade to eliminate all civic recognition of the two different-and-complementary male and female sexes. (Tweets) The Wednesday decision was greeted with anger from the left, which had hoped that the military’s 2016 endorsement of the transgender ideology would push the Supreme Court and legislators nationwide to impose and establish the unpopular claim that a person’s changeable choice of “gender” is more legally important than their biological sex. If endorsed by the courts, that
Senator John McCain fired away at Donald Trump´s decision to ban transgender people from military service – and also for announcing a 180 degree turn on a complex issue via Twitter. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman said in a statement that the military should welcome capable people ´regardless of their gender identity.´ He made the statement hours after his own dramatic return to the Senate for an Obamacare repeal vote, after getting a brain cancer diagnosis. Trump praised the former Vietnam POW for his action, although he went after McCain´s time as a POW during the campaign.