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The White House said you must speak English to become a…

The White House said you must speak English to become a naturalized citizen. That’s false.

  • White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller took to the briefing room podium Wednesday afternoon to defend President Donald Trump’s new support for an immigration system that would prioritize people who speak English.
  • While defending the system, Miller said it’s already law that those seeking to become naturalized citizens must speak English.
  • “The Statue of Liberty says give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, it doesn’t say anything about speaking English,” CNN reporter Jim Acosta said to Miller.
  • To which Miller responded, “Well, first of all, right now it’s a requirement that, to be naturalized, you have to speak English,” Miller said. Read more. (8/2/2017 5:00 PM)

Trump’s Cabinet is reportedly holding White House Bible studies….

Trump’s Cabinet is reportedly holding White House Bible studies. Is that unconstitutional?

  • Several of President Donald Trump’s key Cabinet officials meet regularly for bible study in the White House, according to a laudatory report released Monday by the Christian Broadcasting Network. At least one expert said she finds the news “troubling” — not because of the meetings themselves, but because of who’s conducting them.
  • The man who’s leading the meetings, Ralph Drollinger, is an evangelical minister with a history of anti-LGBTQ sentiment and the founder of the evangelical Capitol Ministries, a group with the stated goal of spreading “the Gospel” to public servants.
  • Maggie Garrett, the legislative director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said government officials have the right to attend any kind of religious study “on their personal time” — but this particular White House Bible study is “troubling.” Read More (8/1/17)

White House pushes for another health care vote — even as the…

White House pushes for another health care vote — even as the American people want them to move on

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted defeat in the wake of Friday’s failed health care vote, saying that it’s “time to move on” to other issues. 
  • But the Trump administration isn’t letting health care reform go just yet — even if that’s what the American people want.
  • Following Friday’s vote, President Donald Trump has frequently taken to Twitter to demand Republicans keep the health care fight alive, telling Republican senators not to “give up” and even threatening to take away Congress’s own health care subsidies if they don’t pass a bill. Read more. (7/30/2017 3:01 PM)

micdotcom: Scaramucci said Priebus would be asked to resign On…

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Scaramucci said Priebus would be asked to resign

  • On Friday, long-simmering tensions between White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci came to a head. 
  • Scaramucci told the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza that — among other thingsPriebus would be asked to resign “very soon.”
  • Speculation that Priebus’ job was in danger has been rampant for months. But after Scaramucci joined the White House staff despite Priebus’s objections, Priebus’s influence is reportedly at a low point.
  • ABC News reported that Trump’s “most trusted advisers” are already drawing up a list of possible candidates for Priebus’ job. Read more (7/28/17)

Breaking: Trump tweets that he’s replacing Priebus with John F Kelly

  • On Friday, President Donald Trump sent a two tweets that appeared to announce a major staff shakeup in the White House — replacing embattled White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
  • It is not clear that Trump has made any official moves beyond tweeting the changes. Trump did not announce Kelly’s replacement at the Department of Homeland Security. Read more (7/28/17 5 PM)

Scaramucci said Priebus would be asked to resignOn Friday,…

Scaramucci said Priebus would be asked to resign

  • On Friday, long-simmering tensions between White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci came to a head. 
  • Scaramucci told the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza that — among other thingsPriebus would be asked to resign “very soon.”
  • Speculation that Priebus’ job was in danger has been rampant for months. But after Scaramucci joined the White House staff despite Priebus’s objections, Priebus’s influence is reportedly at a low point.
  • ABC News reported that Trump’s “most trusted advisers” are already drawing up a list of possible candidates for Priebus’ job. Read more (7/28/17)

White House comms director Anthony Scaramucci says he’ll start…

White House comms director Anthony Scaramucci says he’ll start firing people “if leaks don’t stop”

  • On a Sunday Fox News appearance, incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci promised “dramatic action” against his staff if the leaks of sensitive information to the media don’t stop during his tenure.
  • Referring to Scaramucci’s press briefing Friday, host Chris Wallace asked Scaramucci how he planned to “close the disconnect” between how the media sees the president and how the Trump administration favorably views its president.
  • Scaramucci responded that stopping the “unprofessional” leaks of information from White House to press is paramount to closing that gap.
  • “One of the first things I wanna do is, we gotta get the leaks stopped, Chris,” Scaramucci said. “If we don’t get the leaks stopped, I am a businessperson and so I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks.” Read more. (7/23/2017 3:40 PM)

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary. We’ll…

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary. We’ll definitely never forget these moments.

White House’s new idea to woo moderates: take health care from…

White House’s new idea to woo moderates: take health care from the poorest to cover Medicaid expansion

  • Trump’s administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, is working on a new proposal to win over moderates who are concerned about the GOP health care bill’s deep cuts to Medicaid.
  • The idea: Take money used to give health care to the poorest Americans and use it to give health care to slightly less poor Americans. Read more (7/20/17)

Steve Bannon apparently called Paul Ryan a “limp-dick…

Steve Bannon apparently called Paul Ryan a “limp-dick motherf*cker”

  • White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is not a fan of House Speaker Paul Ryan, once calling the Wisconsin Republican a “a limp-dick motherfucker who was born in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation,” according to a new book by Bloomberg News reporter Joshua Green.
  • In his book, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency, Green writes that the comment came ahead of the Republican National Convention.
  • At the time, anti-Trump forces were hoping to contest the convention and give the Republican nomination to someone like Ryan, whom the Never Trump crowd thought had a better shot of winning the White House. Read more. (7/18/2017 11:30 AM)

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