Friday February 17, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Friday, the White House announced that Mike Dubke, the founder of conservative firm Crossroads Media, as head of White House communications. In 2001, Dubke founded the Republican media company which became quite successful during the 2008 Presidential Election. Dubke co-founded and was the president of Americans for Job Security, a pro-business league in Virginia. That organization was active in 45 states and spent over $55 million on advocacy for select issues. Dubke has a wife, Shannon, and two teenaged boys. The family resides in Alexandria, Virginia, just 8 miles south of the White House.
2. Friday it was announced that Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency was confirmed to lead that agency. Democrats had hoped to put the vote off as a judge had issued that Pruitt turn over emails that may contain information regarding his involvement with oil, gas and coal companies. The judge set a Tuesday deadline for the release of the emails, which a nonprofit group had been seeking for more than two years. Only one Republican vote against Pruitt but as the emails are released Democrats could fight to have Pruitt removed as they saw happen to National Security adviser Michael Flynn.
3. The Associated Press reported Friday, but the Trump Administration completely denied, that a Department of Homeland Security draft memo states that officials are weighing a proposal to use National Guard troops to crack down on undocumented immigrants in 11 states. Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary denied the story saying it is” calling it “100 percent not true.” “There is no effort to utilize the National Guard to round up immigrants,” Spicer told reporters.
4. President Trump, Thursday, turned the announcement of nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta into an outright attack on the press and media. Trump also spoke of the achievements of his new administration saying that “this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my cabinet approved.” Trump also spoke on the election that made him president and even brought up Hillary Clinton again. He stated that his election win was so great because “we got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before so that’s the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.” Unfortunately, that is wrong. The actual statistic is that Barack Obama won with 332 electoral votes in 2012 and 365 in 2008. Bill Clinton secured 379 electoral votes in 1996 and 370 in 1992. Trump later said he was referring only to Republican presidents since Reagan, but George H.W. Bush won 426 electoral votes in 1988. This was only one of the subjects President Trump incorrectly identified. For example,” I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.” There is no way to tell if this is a true statement or not because Trump has not released his tax returns to prove otherwise.
5. Friday, President Trump stated that the list to fill the vacancy of the National Security Adviser has been narrowed down to four after his pick, retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward turned down the job due to family obligations. The position right now is being filled by retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg. In March, Kellogg joined Trump’s campaign as a national security adviser. Kellogg is also in the running for taking over Flynn’s position.
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