Massive leak shows why Trump's 'vetting' of appointees was so pathetic

Donald Trump with now-resigned Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in 2017. In most soon-to-be administrations, a transition team puts potential nominees through a multi-tiered vetting process that involves an FBI background check, scrutiny of conflicts of interest by the Office of Government Ethics, and an attorney-driven sweep for snags by the …

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Midday open thread: Knitting, news, and names

  Monday June 24, 2019 · 12:00 PM PDT 2019/06/24 · 12:00 What you missed on Sunday Kos … FYI Democrats: ‘The Divine Nine’—black sororities and fraternities 101, by Denise Oliver Velez Trump’s ‘rock star’ rally week proves the media isn’t ready for 2020, by Eric Boehlert How queer and trans Asian …

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Border officials had to be forced into hospitalizing four toddlers that were dying on their watch

Attorneys made Border Patrol officials hospitalize four severely sick migrant toddlers—including a “completely unresponsive” girl who was so sick that her “eyes were rolled back in her head”—following a recent inspection of a detention facility in McAllen, Texas. “The children, all under age 3 with teenage mothers or guardians, were feverish, coughing, …

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The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

A retired vice admiral testing the waters? Not that surprising. Another Democrat joining the race at this stage? That’s more surprising. Yet on Sunday, Joe Sestak announced he’ll become the 24th candidate to join the race, with just four days before the first primary debates, scheduled for June 26 and …

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