The Trump administration is pushing the US further away from Europe and key allies in its response to the Gaza crisis

Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters The Trump administration’s response to the violence in Gaza this week once again places it at odds with Europe and key US allies. The UK, France, and Germany have responded more forcefully to the violence than the US and have expressed concern about Israel’s response to the demonstrations against the new US embassy […]

Hawaii’s Big Island Declared ‘Major Disaster’ by Trump Administration as Eruption Continues

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17 states sue Trump administration over vehicle emissions

WASHINGTON — California and a group of 16 other states on Tuesday challenged the Trump administration’s decision to revise strict U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules put in place under former President Barack Obama. The 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District […]

Administration floats freeze of CAFE fuel-economy standards in 2020-26

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is likely to propose freezing fuel economy standards from 2020 through 2026, according to three people briefed on the matter, a move likely to spark a fight with California and other states backing tougher vehicle emissions rules. The administration is circulating a draft proposal that would include freezing requirements after […]

Trump administration to unveil new sales policy to make it easier for allies to buy arms – report

US President Donald Trump will roll out a new weapons sales policy which will make it easier for America’s allies to buy weapons from the country’s biggest arms manufacturers, a new report says. The administration is expected to provide a set of guidelines which will “speed up the approval of arms exports” to certain allies, […]

New NSC adviser John Bolton: The hawkiest hawk of the Bush administration?

John Bolton’s new role as US national security adviser may spell trouble for security chiefs elsewhere. An apologist for the Iraq invasion on false pretexts, he is also well known for his hawkish effort to encourage war with Iran. Bolton was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the Bush administration […]

The Trump administration is showing the world ‘how not to mobilize against China’

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik President Donald Trump’s national trade director Peter Navarro blames trade deficits with China and Europe for the loss of American manufacturing jobs. Fred Bergsten, a former Treasury official, says Trump’s strategy of steel and aluminum tariffs offers a lesson on “how not to mobilize against China.” The measures have alienated key allies […]

Trump might be stocking his administration full of ‘loyalists’ so he can go back to his freewheeling campaign mode

Mark Wilson/Getty Images Two of President Donald Trump’s top officials left within a week. Reports indicate more top officials could be gone soon. Some have speculated that Trump is seeking to stock his administration with “loyalists.” But others say the president is simply tired of his officials not carrying out an agreed-upon policy agenda. Within […]

Several Trump administration staffers are vying for Hope Hicks’ job, but some see her as ‘irreplaceable’

Pool/Getty Images Multiple people inside the White House are vying to take over for Hope Hicks as communications director, while chief of staff John Kelly seeks potential candidates on the outside. The role is seen as particularly challenging because of President Donald Trump’s tendency to overstep is own advisers and throw rhetorical curveballs that frequently […]

The Trump administration blocked a move that would have wrecked Obamacare

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Seema Verma, the administrator for HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, blocked a move by the state of Idaho that would have undermined Obamacare. Verma said that Idaho’s new plan to let insurers sell plans that did not comply with Obamacare ws not legally permissible. Health policy experts were closely watching the […]