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The U.S. Kicks Off LGBTQ History Month By Ending Diplomats’ Same-Sex Partner Visas

October 2, 2018 October is LGBTQ history month in the U.S., but the White House doesn’t seem to feel the spirit. Tuesday, the Trump administration ended a policy that provided visas for diplomats’ same-sex partners. The partners of diplomats and UN staff will only receive U.S. residency visas if they are already legally...

The White House’s Website Deleted the Whole Archive of Its Daily Newsletters

September 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow American citizens can get daily updates on the government directly from the White House’s “1600 Daily” newsletter, which was launched in March 2017. The newsletter shares daily updates from the White House, together with a feed of positive news about Donald Trump’s administration (primarily from conservative outlets supportive of the...

The White House’s Website Deleted The Whole Archive Of Its Daily Newsletters

September 13, 2018 American citizens can get daily updates on the government directly from the White House’s “1600 Daily” newsletter, which was launched in March 2017. The newsletter shares daily updates from the White House, together with a feed of positive news about Donald Trump’s administration (primarily from conservative outlets supportive of the...

The VA May Have Wrongly Denied 1,300 Veterans’ Claims Of Sexual Abuse

August 29, 2018 More and more active U.S. service members are reporting sexual abuse. So are veterans—but a recent report found that at least 1,300 sexual trauma claims may have been wrongly declined by the Department of Veteran Affairs. In 2017 alone, more than 5,200 active members (pdf, p.9) of the military reported...

The Families Trump Separated And Deported Will Likely Try To Come Back To The U.S.

August 16, 2018 Asylum-seeking families and children who turn up in Mexico and at the U.S. southern border from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvadorare escaping terrible violence and poverty. A newly published UNICEF report titled Uprooted: Central America and Mexico found that the Trump administration’s tougher immigration policies, along with Mexico’s own efforts...

The Scramble To Reunite Immigrant Kids With Their Families Is A Case Study In Poor Project Management

July 6, 2018 The Trump administration is behind deadline. A court has ordered that all immigrant children who were separated from their parents be reunited within the month: Kids who are younger than five years old are supposed to be reunited by July 10. The remainder of the estimated 3000 kids are supposed...

A Court Has Ruled That Donald Trump Blocking Users on Twitter Is Unconstitutional

May 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Blocking people on Twitter can be pretty satisfying—who says you have to listen to your trolls? Well, if you’re president, the First Amendment does. A New York court has declared that Donald Trump blocking users on his Twitter account is illegal. The court issued its verdict today, favoring eight plaintiffs...

A Court Has Ruled That Donald Trump Blocking Users On Twitter Is Unconstitutional

May 23, 2018 Blocking people on Twitter can be pretty satisfying—who says you have to listen to your trolls? Well, if you’re president, the First Amendment does. A New York court has declared that Donald Trump blocking users on his Twitter account is illegal. The court issued its verdict today, favoring eight plaintiffs...

It’s Not Just Trump. The U.S. Has Always Broken Its Treaties, Pacts And Promises

May 14, 2018 One of the dangerous consequences of violating the Iran deal is a loss of credibility for the U.S., say critics of Donald Trump’s decision including former president Barack Obama. Iran and all other parties have respected the deal’s terms, they point out, making the U.S. look like an unreliable international...

'I Don’t Get Confused:' How Nikki Haley’s Feminist Clapback Could Cost Her a Job

April 18, 2018 Nikki Haley was just doing her job. On Sunday (April 15), Haley, who serves as the US ambassador to the United Nations, announced that the Trump administration was planning to impose new sanctions on Russia. Haley said the sanctions would go into effect the following day. But unbeknownst to Haley,...