The Trump administration is reportedly moving to privatize the International Space Station

 The Trump administration is planning to privatize the international space station instead of simply decommissioning the orbiting international experiment in 2024, according to a report in The Washington Post.  According to a document obtained by the Post, the current administration is mulling handing the International Space Station off to private industry instead of de-orbiting it as… Read More

Second White House Official Departs Trump Administration Amid Abuse Allegations

A White House speechwriter resigned on Friday amid domestic abuse allegations brought on by his ex-wife, which he denies.

David Sorensen, a speechwriter who worked under senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, departed his position after the White House learned of the allegations against him, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement reported by the Associated Press, CNN, and The Washington Post.

His exit comes just days after White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned after domestic abuse allegations surfaced from his two ex-wives.

Shah explained they learned about the allegations by Sorensen’s ex on Thursday. “We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today,” said Shah.

The Washington Post was first to report Sorensen’s resignation, which came as they had been working on a story regarding the allegations.

According to the paper, Sorensen’s ex-wife Jessica Corbett alleged that “he ran a car over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine’s coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life.”

Sorensen told The Post he stepped down because he “didn’t want the White House to have to deal with this distraction” and that the White House “should be able to focus on continuing President Trump’s historic accomplishments for the American People.”

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Meanwhile, President Trump — who himself has been accused of sexual misconduct, which he also denies — stood by Porter after his exit.

“We wish him well. He worked very hard,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday, according to a pool report. “As you probably know, he says he is innocent. And I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent… We absolutely wish him well.”

Porter’s ex-wives, Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, alleged to The Daily Mail on Wednesday that he was physically and verbally abusive to them during their respective marriages.

On Friday, Willoughby, Porter’s second ex-wife, appeared on the Today show where she said she took out a temporary protective order against her then-husband after he pulled her wet and naked out of the shower “to continue the rage” during an argument.

She also alleged that Porter punched in the door of a home she was staying in during their separation.

In a statement read by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a press conference on Wednesday, Porter denied Willoughby and Holderness’ allegations — including photos The Daily Mail published showing Holderness with a bruised right eye, which she claims was the result of Porter punching her in the face during a trip to Italy in the mid-2000s.

“These outrageous allegations are simply false,” Porter wrote. “I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described.”

Porter also alleged that Willoughby and Holderness were conspiring against him.

Trump administration drafts new regulations to punish legal immigrants for taking care of their kids

The Trump administration is combining their hatred of immigrants—even the ones here legally—and of poor people in a new draft regulation obtained by Vox’s Dara Lind. The new regulations would keep legal immigrants from extending their stays, achieving permanent residence and presumably citizenship, and settling in the U.S. if they obtain any of a slew of federal, state, or local social services to which they are legally eligible. That includes if they obtain services like Head Start and CHIP for U.S.-born, citizen children.

The rule can’t make it illegal for these immigrants to obtain the services—that would require legislation—but it would give the government the power to deny their applications “for a new type of visa, or a green card, if they’d used those services.” That even includes Obamacare subsidies, which are available to solidly middle-class families—a family of four can make up to $97,200 and still qualify for the insurance subsidy. But that could put them in the category of a “public charge,” someone using government assistance.

Right now, the government can only consider use of cash benefits, like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, in “public charge” determinations. The Trump administration wants to give officials the power to look at use of other benefits as well, including:

some “educational benefits,” including use of Head Start for children
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
use of any subsidies, or purchase of subsidized insurance, under the Affordable Care Act
food stamps
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assistance
Housing benefits, like Section 8
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
transit vouchers

Using any of these for more than six months in the last two years (before applying for a different visa or a green card) would be considered a “heavily weighted” strike against the immigrant. (That strike could be canceled out if an immigrant was making more than 250 percent of the federal poverty level when applying for the new visa or green card—which, for a family of 4 in 2017, was $60,750.)

This is—again—punishing people who come here legally, though it isn’t apparently going to be retroactive. However, legal immigrants—other than refugees and asylees—here now who might use any of these programs after the regulations go into effect could lose the opportunity to stay here permanently.

What a welcome to America, huh?

Democrat cites ‘pattern’ of U.S. administration refusals to testify in Russia probe

The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee described on Wednesday “a developing pattern” in which witnesses have declined to discuss events occurring after President Donald Trump’s election in the panel’s probe of Russia and the 2016 vote.

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