Most members of President Trump's Cabinet do not yet have leadership teams in place or even nominees for top deputies. But they do have an influential coterie of senior aides installed by the White House who are charged -- above all -- with monitoring the secretaries' loyalty, according to eight officials in and outside the administration. ... At the Pentagon, they're privately calling the former Marine officer and fighter pilot who's supposed to keep his eye on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "the commissar," according to a high-ranking defense official with knowledge of the situation. It's a reference to Soviet-era Communist Party officials who were assigned to military units to ensure their commanders remained loyal.
Speaking to reporters at the daily White House briefing, budget director Mick Mulvaney argued that cuts on everything from Meals on Wheels and after-school care to foreign aid are aimed to improving government.
"Meals on Wheels sounds great," he said, arguing that it's the sort of program that is "not showing any results."
(In fact, a 2013 review of research showed that most studies found home-delivered meal programs significantly improved diet quality, improved nutrition and reduced food insecurity among participating seniors.)
A first-term congressman who spent three decades as a physician -- and is now part of a group of Republican doctors who have a major role in replacing Obamacare -- is facing backlash after saying that poor people "just don't want health care and aren't going to take care of themselves." Rep. Roger Marshall, (R-Kan.), a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus, said, "Just like Jesus said, 'The poor will always be with us,' " Marshall said in response to a question about Medicaid, which expanded under Obamacare to more than 30 states. "There is a group of people that just don't want health care and aren't going to take care of themselves. ... The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I'm not judging ...
Early Tuesday, Trump accused former President Barack Obama of releasing 122 captured terrorists back onto the battlefield. read more
(Bloomberg) -- Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks, scouring the organizations' emails for embarrassing details and attempting to extract hush money, according to two people familiar with probes being conducted by the FBI and private security firms.