Presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded -- a move that will prevent him from viewing many of the sensitive documents to which he once had unfettered access. Kushner is not alone. All White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances -- at the Top Secret/SCI-level -- were informed in a memo sent Friday that their clearances would be downgraded to the Secret level, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.
Following the budget deal made in the US government earlier this month, lawmakers are preparing to approve new agency funding priorities -- for the first time since President Donald Trump took office -- next month. Once formal appropriations bills are passed, the US Geological Survey (USGS) will be able to move forward with plans to shutter its Biological Survey Unit (BSU), The Washington Post reports. The BSU, which is located at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, was established in 1885 to document and study plant and animal populations in the U.S. According to The Post, the office has an annual budget of about $1.6 million and six researchers who care for a collection of around a million bird, reptile, and mammal specimens.
My mother moved to the southern United States 25 years ago. Unfortunately, her Canadian roots and Prairie values have disintegrated in the desert heat. She refuses to come visit her grandkids, because it's "too cold" in Vancouver (even in summer). I've had to remove her as a Facebook friend because she frequently posts fake news, racist rants and pro-Trump propaganda. She won't pick up the phone to call and have an actual conversation, yet sends random text messages asking my opinion about mundane things in her life; sharing random stories about people I don't know; or pictures of her partying (I'm not kidding, even though she's 72). I have been ghosting her since Donald Trump got elected and she was elated. Is it okay that I don't want her in my life? Do I owe her a conversation to explain? read more
Former President Barack Obama made some revealing comments about the state of political discourse in the US, suggesting last week that tech giants like Facebook and Google were compounding problems. His remarks were captured in an off-the-record speech at a sports conference at MIT. Audio from the presentation was first reported by Reason, a libertarian-leaning publication. Obama spoke on numerous topics at the conference, at one point riffing on how news coverage diverged sharply among competing media outlets -- often to the point that the lines between fact and opinion are blurred as coverage seems governed by ideology rather than the public good. read more
What does it take to get into the 1 percent? The price of admission is an adjusted gross income -- basically, what you make before deductions -- of $480,930.
By comparison, to make it into the top 0.001%, your AGI must be at least $59,380,503. It's an extremely exclusive club: just 1,412 American households made that much.