Colleen Long, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey Associated Press Published 9:44 PM EST Nov 13, 2018 Washington -- President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue, but she is now likely to remain in the post for a longer period because there is no obvious successor in place. Trump has soured on Nielsen and White House chief of staff John Kelly, in part over frustration that his administration is not doing more to address what he has called a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the two people. But the scope of the contemplated changes is far broader, as Trump gears up for a wave of Democratic oversight requests and to devote more effort to his re-election campaign. According to people familiar with … [Read more...] about Trump eyeing staffing shakeup in Cabinet and at White House
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Frank Bajak and Adam Geller Associated Press Published 2:16 p.m. UTC Sep 2, 2018 Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites. The sites mimicked a portal used by U.S. senators and their staffs, with easy-to-miss discrepancies. Emails to Senate users urged them to reset their passwords – an apparent attempt to steal them. Once again, hackers on the outside of the American political system were probing for a way in. “Their attack methods continue to take advantage of human nature and when you get into an election cycle the targets are very public ,” said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research at Trend Micro. Now the U.S. has entered a new election cycle. And the attempt to infiltrate the Senate network, linked to hackers aligned with Russia and brought to public attention in July, is a reminder of the … [Read more...] about Will Russian hackers affect this year’s election?
Deb Riechmann Associated Press Updated 10:28 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 Washington – As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. Both Republicans and Democrats have criticized the administration’s response as fragmented, without enough coordination across federal agencies. And with the midterms just three months away, critics are calling on President Donald Trump to take a stronger stand on an issue critical to American democracy. “There’s clearly not enough leadership from the top. This is a moment to move,” said Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “I don’t think they are doing nearly enough.” Various government agencies have been at work to ensure safe voting. The FBI has set up a Foreign Influence Task Force and … [Read more...] about Critics: Trump not leading effort to secure elections
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Damian Paletta by Damian Paletta Email the author May 15 at 2:00 PM Email the author President Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Dec. 7. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Top Senate Democrats on Tuesday slammed President Trump’s decision to rescue the giant Chinese technology firm ZTE, saying relief for a company that violated U.S. law and then lied about its behavior should not be offered as a concession during trade talks. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and … [Read more...] about After ZTE reversal, Democrats accuse Trump of jeopardizing national security
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Damian Paletta, Ellen Nakashima, Steven Mufson and Tony Romm by Damian Paletta, Ellen Nakashima, Steven Mufson and Tony Romm Email the author May 13 at 10:24 PM Email the author The White House and senior Chinese officials are discussing a targeted economic deal that would relax severe penalties on ZTE, a major Chinese telecom company, in exchange for unspecified demands from President Trump, two people briefed on the discussions said Sunday. The talks are fluid, and President Trump has shown a willingness to veer between extremes in how he interacts with Beijing. But Trump said Sunday on Twitter that he … [Read more...] about Penalties against China telecom giant ZTE become a bargaining chip as White House, Chinese officials discuss potential trade deal