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Trump Unveils Proposal For Oil And Gas Drilling In ANWR

The Interior Department released its draft proposal to open ANWR to oil and gas exploration. President Trump signed tax cut legislation in 2017 to open ANWR’s coastal plain to drilling. Environmentalists lobbied to keep drilling out of ANWR for decades. The Trump administration on Thursday put forward a draft proposal to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil ...

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Trump Unveils Plan To Keep Children From Getting Lead Poisoning

Top members of the Trump administration announced the details of a federal action plan to treat and prevent childhood lead exposure. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Health and Human Service Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday revealed the Trump administration’s “Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and ...

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The Trump Administration Unveils Africa Strategy

by Joseph Hammond America’s battles with China and Russia are not confined to trade and oil– they are now shaping the country’s policies in Africa. National Security Adviser John Bolton unveiled the new strategy in a speech last week at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. “Great power competitors, namely China and Russia, are rapidly expanding their financial and political ...

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Christmas Just Got A Little Longer Thanks To Trump’s Executive Order

Christmas just got a little longer for federal employees thanks to an executive order issued by President Donald Trump Tuesday night that excuses them from working Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve falls on a Monday in 2018, so federal workers will get a four-day weekend to celebrate the holiday as the possibility of a government shutdown looms, reported WTOP. Giving federal ...

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Space Command Will Integrate Military Space Capabilities

U.S. Space Command will be the U.S. military’s 11th unified combatant command, Vice President Mike Pence announced at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “It will serve alongside other functional commands like Strategic Command and Special Operations Command, and it will be led by a four-star flag officer,” Pence said. “It will establish unified control over all our military space ...

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President Trump and First Lady Issue Official Christmas Portrait [Photos]

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump released their official 2018 Christmas Portrait Tuesday. The first couple’s portrait was taken on Saturday, December 15, 2018, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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Watch: White House Press Briefing with Sarah Sanders – 12/18/18 [video + transcript]

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefs the media on the issues and events of the day, including: Banning of bump stock devices McSally appointment Flynn sentencing Government shutdown/border wall funding Russia collusion investigation Watch: Transcript: MS. SANDERS: Hey guys. My apologies for the delay. We’ll get to as many things as we can before we have to break ...

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Did Trump Sign An Executive Order To Prevent Illegal Immigrants From Getting Welfare?

A meme shared on the right-wing Facebook page “Rowdy Republican” claimed that President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars illegal immigrants from collecting welfare benefits. “Donald Trump Signed An Executive Order To Prevent Illegals From Receiving Welfare,” the Dec. 8 meme said. Verdict: False Trump did not sign an executive order that prevents illegal immigrants from receiving welfare. ...

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Watch: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s remarks at Congressional Ball [video + photos + transcript] – 12/15/18

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House Saturday evening. The president and first lady had welcoming and hopeful words for those gathered and the nation. Watch: Full Remarks of President and Mrs. Trump at the Congressional Ball THE PRESIDENT: What a crowd. What power. What beautiful people. ...

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Melania calls out media opportunists, says they focus on “nonsense”

First Lady Melania Trump said that public figures were disparaging her family’s name and spreading lies all to gain fame for themselves. Sitting with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, the first lady said that the hardest thing she’s had to deal with are “the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves.” “It doesn’t hurt,” she ...

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The Trump Turnover Continues – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Resigns

Many administrations have high turnovers but the Trump Administration seems to have the most so far. This could be a good or bad sign. Bill Clinton had a high turnover yet he went onto win another term. George H.W. Bush 41 did not have any turnovers and was sharp and focused yet he was defeated after one term. President Trump ...

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President Trump Visits Arlington National Cemetery to join Wreaths Across America

President Donald Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery Saturday afternoon to join Wreaths Across America volunteers in laying wreaths at headstones of veterans. “They do a great job, a really great job. Thank you,” Trump said of the volunteers. The president’s visit was unscheduled and unintended to be public. The media was asked not to report the visit until Trump left the ...

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Trump names Mulvaney as Acting Chief of Staff

Mick Mulvaney

President Donald Trump announced, on Saturday, his pick to replace outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly. “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” the president posted on Twitter. “Mick has done ...

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Step Down

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving his position in the Trump cabinet by the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning. Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I ...

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Watch: President Trump’s Message on Border Security

On Thursday evening, the White House released President Donald Trump’s message on border security. “The Democrats are absolute hypocrites,” Trump said. “All along, they’ve been supporting walls and supporting fences.” “They only don’t wanna’ do it because of me,” he added. Watch:

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