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Analysis: The Invisible Melania Trump

June 5, 2018 First Lady Melania Trump may have spent 24 days out of the public eye, but it was the 33rd first lady, Bess Truman, who said: “I am not the one who is elected. I have nothing to say to the public.” Truman gave exactly one press conference as first lady,...

Breaking Down Gina Haspel’s Tense Confirmation Hearing

May 9, 2018 Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing for CIA director was never going to be a breeze. The CIA veteran oversaw the torture of a suspected al-Qaeda member at a “black site” in Thailand in 2002 and was later involved in the destruction of tapes documenting the interrogations. Lawmakers honed in on that...

Hiring Emmet Flood Signals a Big Shift for Trump's Defense

May 3, 2018 On Wednesday, the White House announced that Ty Cobb, the lead White House lawyer in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, is retiring. He will be replaced by Emmet Flood, a veteran Washington lawyer. Headlines highlighted the fact that Flood, who currently works at Williams & Connolly LLP, represented President Bill...

Trump Shrinks Two National Monuments in Utah

December 4, 2017 On Monday afternoon, President Trump signed two presidential proclamations that will reduce the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, two national monuments located in Utah. Never before has a president reduced a national-monument designation made by a predecessor by such large margins. “I’ve come to Utah to take a...

In Unprecedented Move, Trump Shrinks Two National Monuments

December 4, 2017 On Monday afternoon, President Trump signed two presidential proclamations that will reduce the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, two national monuments located in Utah. Never before has a president reduced a national-monument designation made by a predecessor by such large margins. “I’ve come to Utah to take a...

Is America’s ‘Best Idea’ at Stake?

November 27, 2017 Since President Trump assumed office, the government has taken what some historians are calling an “unprecedented” approach to the protection of U.S. land. This summer, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reviewed and suggested modifying10 national monuments; Trump reportedly said that he planned to shrink at least two, Bears Ears and Grand...

Is America’s ‘Best Idea’ at Stake?

November 25, 2017 Since President Trump assumed office, the government has taken what some historians are calling an “unprecedented” approach to the protection of U.S. land. This summer, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reviewed and suggested modifying10 national monuments; Trump reportedly said that he planned to shrink at least two, Bears Ears and Grand...

Donald Trump Is Rush-Shipping Condolences to Military Families

October 23, 2017 The Trump administration is scrambling to defend the president’s characterization of his communications with grieving military families, including rush-delivering letters from the president to the families of servicemembers killed months ago. Donald Trump falsely claimed this week that he had called “virtually” all fallen servicemembers’ families since his time in...

Will Trump Change the Way Presidents Approach National Monuments?

September 25, 2017 In April, President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review more than two dozen national monuments, arguing that the designation of sites under previous administrations had gotten out of hand. Months later, Zinke’s recommendations, detailed in a leaked memo delivered to the White House, have sparked concern among local...