Spying on Trump Team Tucker Carlson clashed with a Democratic strategist tonight over the bombshell charges that the Obama administration collected and spread information from surveillance of President Trump’s transition team. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that some of the communications of the Trump transition team were "monitored" after the election as part of an "incidental collection." Tucker pointed out that the reaction to this whole story has been extremely partisan, with Democrats sounding the alarm about possible ties between the Trump team and Russia, and Republicans focusing on the sources of the illegal intelligence leaks. "Both may be missing the actual scandal, which the political use of classified intell
The White House is installing senior aides atop major federal agencies to shadow the administration's Cabinet secretaries, creating a direct line with loyalists who can monitor and shape White House goals across the federal bureaucracy. The aides chosen by the White House — given the title of senior adviser in each agency — have already been responsible for hiring at some departments and crafting the blueprint of Trump policy before the Cabinet members win Senate confirmation to take office. They have worked with congressional aides, lobbyists and others seeking influence in the new administration. The arrangement, described by four people involved in the transition planning, appears designed to help the White House maintain control over its priorities despite pledging to give Ca
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made it clear last week that the official position of President-elect Donald Trump and the party he now will lead into the White House still denies climate change, and that Trump considers it all “a bunch of bunk.” That’s why it was so curious when Ivanka Trump held a meeting Monday with former Vice President Al Gore, one of the planet’s most visible climate change activists. But Ivanka Trump has talked about making climate change one of her signature issues. And Leonardo DiCaprio is trying to help her cause. As the New York Times reported, DiCaprio and Ivanka Trump recently met and he gave her a copy of his climate change documentary, Before the Flood. Climate change DiCaprio’s gift makes sense. If Ivanka Trump is
Sarah Palin is under consideration for secretary of veterans affairs, a close Palin aide and a top Donald Trump transition official told ABC News. The Palin aide said that Palin recently told Trump transition officials, "I feel as though the megaphone I have been provided can be used in a productive and positive way to help those desperately in need." The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest government agency, with over 300,000 federal employees and a budget of $182 billion for 2017. Palin's son-in-law and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer posted a SarahPAC video to his Facebook page earlier this week, with excerpts from a speech she gave that heavily focuses on her work with veterans and her connection to the community. Her eldest son, Track Palin, served in Iraq in ...