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The new head of the World Health Organization has rescinded an invitation to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the global health agency, saying he has heard the criticism the appointment generated.
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"The five living former presidents ... appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands," AP's Will Weissert reports:
Note* Donald Trump was Golfing as he does during every important moment in our country
Here are five stories from the Trump administration you may have missed this week.
- D.C. Court weighs undocumented teen seeking an abortion must wait for a sponsor: Judges with the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services has until to find a sponsor for an undocumented teenage girl in order for the abortion she is seeking to move forward, the Washington Post reported.
- Women’s rights group sues DeVos over campus sexual assault changes: The women’s rights group Equal Means Equal is suing the Department of Education over its decision to rescind Obama-era rules about the way that campuses must handle sexual assault allegations.
- Trump’s pick to head White House environment council once called belief in climate change “paganism”: Trump’s new selection to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality once called belief in climate change a “kind of paganism” for “secular elites,” according to CNN. Kathleen Hartnett White, the former head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, was on a conservative online radio program in 2016 when she made the comments to the host.
- Fired New York U.S. attorney says Trump is vetting his replacement:According to former United States Attorney Preet Bharara, Trump has beenpersonally interviewing candidates for the position of U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Washington, D.C. The decision to personally vet U.S. attorneys in those two jurisdictions creates a potential conflict of interest for a president who may one day be investigated by those same attorneys for his New York-based businesses.
- EPA to restrict settlements with environmentalists: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has vowed to end the agency’s practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the agency by special interest groups,” Pruitt said while announcing the new policy.
President Trump keeps flip-flopping on whether he supports a bipartisan bill to stabilize health care markets
President Trump keeps flip-flopping on whether he supports a bipartisan bill to stabilize health care markets. And it has created a weird dichotomy in the Senate: No one's taking his position on the bill very seriously at any given moment, even though it needs his support to pass and become law.
Trump has shifted from sounding supportive of Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray's bill, to calling it a "bailout" for insurance companies, and back again, and back again. But Alexander and Murray — and a lot of their colleagues — are simply pushing ahead. And support for their bill seems to be growing, at least in the Senate, irrespective of what Trump says.
What they're saying: Axios's Caitlin Owens caught up with a few Republican senators to ask them how much Trump's vacillations are affecting things:
Be smart: It's awfully early in the administration for Trump's own party to be so securely on its own, independent trajectory. But Trump's opinion will likely hold more sway in the House — meaning, if he wants to pick a side, he could probably exercise some real leverage over the final product.
WASHINGTON — The number of networks of Russian-sponsored trolls spreading propaganda to the United States and Europe may number in the hundreds, including the one team drawing wide attention for blitzing American social media outlets last year with divisive information in a bid to tip voter sympathies to Donald Trump, according to an Obama administration Pentagon official.
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President Donald Trump kicked off Thursday with a series of tweets that all but accused Hillary and Bill Clinton of corruption and accepting of millions of dollars from Russia. He also slammed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for knowing about a deal that gave a Russian state-run company control of 20 percent of the uranium in the United States, but not shutting it down. “.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on U.S. citizens to stop disrespecting President Donald Trump, a trend that the Russian leader called a symptom of a poor political system in the U.S. Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump's favor, broke a streak of hostile diplomatic exchanges between…
The head of a group supporting immigrant veterans is condemning the Army Reserve’s temporary ban on green card holders as a “chilling” signal to permanent residents that they are not welcome in the U.S. military.
“I think it’s inconsistent with our military values and inconsistent with what America stands for,” Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported Coalition, said in a phone interview .
Mic reported that the U.S. Army Reserve will not allow green card holders to enlist “for the time being” because of new background screening measures announced . Under the new policy, which is effective immediately, permanent residents must complete a background check before entering basic training.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the move “ridiculous” in a recent interview with Mic. “It would cut down on a very valuable sector of men and women who are willing to serve our country,” he said.