California Governor Gavin Newsom called the Trump administration’s withdrawal of federal funds “retribution” for the state’s decision to sue over the national emergency
In a letter to state officials, Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory said the administration is planning to revoke its grant agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and halt $928.6 million in future grant payments it was expected to make to fund the project through 2022.
A former Transportation Department official questioned whether the FRA could snuff out the project so easily.
“As much as the Trump administration would like to think they can simply decide to kill a major infrastructure project that has already created thousands of multiyear jobs, it doesn’t work like that,” said the official, who worked in the Obama administration. “It’s actually not as easy as sending a tweet, or even a letter. My money is on this project going forward.”
Longshot Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg is the first 2020 hopeful to comment on court packing
July 2018 – the month Trump attacked the Russia investigations most since becoming president – was also the month Mueller indicted the “12 Russians,” and Trump and Vladimir Putin did their joint press conference
Ethics agreements are a particular problem within the Trump administration
The Executive may not be the only government branch attempting to erode laws protecting nature
Elizabeth Warren’s comprehensive plan to treat the opioid epidemic reads like a solution to a public health crisis, not a criminal problem
As a US senator for Massachusetts, Warren has built a formidable record on the opioid crisis, which now kills more Americans than gun violence or car crashes. She’s called for more research into alternative painkillers, including medical marijuana. She’s tried to holdPresident Donald Trump’s administration accountable for its weak response, even pushing a government watchdog agency to investigate the administration.
And Warren, along with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), in 2018 introduced what experts regularly cite as the best bill in Congress on the issue: the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. The bill would authorize $100 billion over 10 years to combat drug addiction, funneling money to cities, counties, and states — particularly those hardest hit by drug overdoses — and other organizations to boost spending on addiction treatment, harm reduction services, and prevention programs.
The bill “is the only one that really grasps the nettle of how big the problem is,” Keith Humphreys, a drug policy expert at Stanford University, told me. “Whatever else people might say about it, this is the first thing that really recognizes that [the opioid crisis] is a massive public health problem, like AIDS, and is not going to be solved by a tweak here, a tweak there.”
You, too, could be Chad Ochocinco’s Fort Lauderdale neighbor
The Florida house where Roger Stone was arrested in a dramatic predawn raid by the FBI in January is now up for rent. The longtime associate of President Trump is moving out of the Fort Lauderdale residence he leased and into a smaller nearby apartment to save money for his legal defense, his wife wrote in an email last week.
Ted Scouten from CBS Miami spotted a “for rent” sign outside the home on Tuesday.
Stone has been appealing for donations to a legal defense fund to help fray his mounting legal costs. Nydia Stone, his wife, sent an email to supporters last week asking them to contribute: “We are facing a two million dollar cost for lawyers In order to fight the bogus charges against my husband who at 66 years old is facing a potential 45 year prison sentence for crimes he did not commit.”
The blood of the youth is bunk
Taking a young person’s plasma and infusing it into an older person to ward off aging – a therapy that’s fascinated some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley – has no proven clinical benefit, the Food and Drug Administration said.
The agency issued a safety alert on Tuesday about the infusion of plasma from young donors for the prevention of conditions such as aging or memory loss, or for the treatment of such conditions as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or post‐traumatic stress disorder.
The idea of infusing young blood to fight aging has attracted technology entrepreneurs like billionaire Peter Thiel and was lampooned in a 2017 episode of the HBO show “Silicon Valley.” Thiel’s reported interest was sparked by a company called Ambrosia, which has locations in five states across the U.S. and sells one liter of blood plasma from donors between the ages of 16 and 25 for $8,000, according to its website.
Not a great look for McKinsey, coming off last year’s revelation that the political consulting firm has helped authoritarian governments further their agendas
The hiring of a hard-right operative to help guide CNN’s 2020 coverage has, predictably, not gone over very well among the journalists there
The hiring was met with a negative internal reaction, especially because many CNN staffers have been largely left in the dark on the controversial decision. While other marquee hires are often announced internally, as of Tuesday afternoon the company has not circulated any guidance to staff about Isgur’s new role, leading employees to wonder how much of a role she will have in day-to-day political reporting.
“It’s extremely demoralizing for everyone here,” one network editorial staffer told The Daily Beast.
“People are generally confused,” another editorial employee said, adding that the decision to hire a partisan operative for an editorial position comes off as “very bizarre.”
Someone hasn’t had enough of that famously agreeable Trump White House atmosphere
Marc Short is returning to the Trump administration with a new title: chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence.
Short, who previously served as the President Donald Trump’s White House legislative affairs director before stepping down last summer, will replace Nick Ayers. Ayers left at the end of last year after he declined an offer to become Trump’s chief of staff because the two could not agree to a time commitment.
Short, who worked for Pence during the 2016 campaign, will have an office in the West Wing. He’s taking an usual step by returning to the administration – something most staffers who have left the Trump White House haven’t done.
Biden clearly isn’t trying to win the Twitter primary
Bernie hires veteran of ACLU to run campaign
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has tapped Faiz Shakir to serve as his campaign manager for his second run at the White House, the Daily Beast has learned.
In hiring Shakir, Sanders brings into the fold one of the Democratic Party’s better-travelled operatives—an official with limited campaign experience but with ties to the party’s think tank infrastructure, its Hill operations and the larger progressive universe.
Shakir joins the Sanders operation from the American Civil Liberties Union where he served as national political director since early 2017. Before joining the ACLU, he was a senior adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and before that he worked with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He first made a name for himself as an editor at the site ThinkProgress, the blogging arm of the powerhouse Democratic think-tank Center for American Progress.
Nothing makes Trump sadder than when politicians treat their rivals with disrespect
Bernie probably won’t get too many Congressional endorsements, but his fellow Vermont senator is on board
Police knew the shooter in last week’s Aurora, Illinois rampage wasn’t allowed to own a gun. But all they did was send a letter.
Illinois State Police records show Martin was sent a letter on April 15, 2014, telling him he was required to relinquish his state firearms license. Police gave Martin 48 hours to transfer his firearms to a licensed gun owner or give them up to police.
If he saw the letter, he ignored it.
He would hardly have been alone.
Fewer than half of Illinois gun owners whose licenses are revoked follow through with the requirement to show authorities that they no longer own firearms, according to State Police data.
State Police sent more than 10,800 revocation letters to Illinois residents last year. But “in most instances,” the agency said in a statement, the gun owners failed to vouch that they no longer possess a firearm.
This doesn’t sound good
Whistleblowers from within President Donald Trump’s National Security Council have told a congressional committee that efforts by former national security adviser Michael Flynn to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia may have violated the law, and investigators fear Trump is still considering it, according to a new report obtained by NBC News.
The House Oversight Committee has formally opened an investigation into the matter, releasing an interim staff report that adds new details to previous public accounts of how Flynn sought to push through the nuclear proposal on behalf of a group he had once advised.
Eight months after AOC beat him in a Democratic primary, Joe Crowley joins one of K Street’s largest lobbying firms