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Donald Trump Doesn't Want You to Know Who Visits the White House

April 11, 2017 The White House’s “visitor logs” were made public for the first time in history in 2009 by then-president Barack Obama, reversing the policy of his predecessor George W. Bush, who fought battles in court to keep the information private. The Trump administration appears to be going in the opposite direction,...

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Trump Created a Makeshift Situation Room at Mar-a-Lago for a Briefing on the Syria Bombing

April 7, 2017 The White House has released an April 6 photograph of president Donald Trump and his team, gathered at his private club in Florida, being briefed on the airstrikes launched against Syria. The shot is likely to raise more questions about security at Mar-a-Lago, the seaside resort that Trump has visited...

How a Florida Police Chief Broke Major U.S. Diplomatic News

March 28, 2017 Chinese president Xi Jinping will travel to Florida in early April to meet his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump. The announcement of the date of the first summit between the presidents of the world’s two biggest economies came not from the White House or from Beijing but from Sean Scheller, the...

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A Meeting Between the World's Two Most Powerful Leaders Was Announced By a Local Police Chief

March 28, 2017 Chinese president Xi Jinping will travel to Florida in early April to meet his US counterpart, Donald Trump. The announcement of the date of the first summit between the presidents of the world’s two biggest economies came not from the White House or from Beijing but from Sean Scheller, the...

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Charted: Donald Trump’s Recent Flurry of Phone Calls With World Leaders

February 2, 2017 President Donald Trump held a flurry of phone calls with other world leaders in his second weekend in office—some of them much longer than others. His call with the U.S.’s closest ally among them, Australia, was unceremoniously cut short after he told prime minister Malcolm Turnbull that an agreement reached...

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The U.S.'s Top Immigration Official Was Removed From His Job Late Monday Night

January 31, 2017 The U.S.’s top immigration enforcement official was abruptly removed from his job late on Monday night (Jan. 30) and replaced with an official who most recently led the agency’s efforts to “identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens.” Daniel Ragsdale, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was replaced...

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Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze May Kill Hundreds of Jobs for Nurses, Scientists and Engineers

January 24, 2017 On his first full day in office, US president Donald Trump announced a hiring freeze for the executive branch—outside of military personnel, national security, and public safety positions—and pledged to reduce the size of the federal government through workforce attrition. The federal government is the largest employer in the US,...

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In a Memo, the U.S. Ethics Chief Reminds 'Everyone' in the Executive Branch What Ethics Are

January 17, 2017 Walter Shaub, the director of the US Office of Government Ethics, which has emerged as an unexpected hurdle to Donald Trump’s plan to keep his business while president, published a “director’s note” on Friday. It doesn’t name Trump, but seems clearly aimed at him. Shaub’s note, the first director’s note...

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How Not to Get Hacked by Russians (or Anyone Else): Lessons From the DNC’s Disastrous Cyber Strategy

December 15, 2016 The US FBI told the Democratic National Committee in September of 2015 that its computer network had been breached by hackers linked to the Russian government. But nothing concrete happened about the cyber break-in for seven months, according to an exhaustive report on Dec. 13 in the New York Times...

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A Trump Hopeful’s Homeland Security Plan Includes a Muslim Registry and Changes to Voting Laws

November 22, 2016 Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach met with president-elect Donald J. Trump on Nov. 20 to discuss “border security, international terrorism, and reforming federal bureaucracy,” according to the president-elect’s transition team. Kobach, who said he has advised the Trump campaign for months on immigration policy, seemed pretty lax on security...