Government Oversight

Jason Chaffetz: Trump Admin Stonewalling Like Obama's
www.newsmax.com

President Donald Trump’s administration is awfully similar to former President Barack Obama’s in terms of complying with document requests, the outgoing House Oversight Committee chairman said in a new interview.

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Trump Plans Rollback of Obama Cuba Policy
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The Trump administration likely will scale back policy changes it believes have benefited the Cuban government while preserving some of the increased commercial activity that has begun after former President Barack Obama moved to normalize U.S.-Cuban ties, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

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Treasury Secretary Backs Trump's Comments on Government Shutdown
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday there could be circumstances under which a shutdown of the U.S. government would be a desirable outcome. Mnuchin, who was testifying before the Senate Budget Committee, was asked about President Donald Trump’s tweet earlier this year that the country “needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September.”

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Maryland, District of Columbia Sue Trump Over Government Payments to His Businesses
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A lawsuit filed by attorneys general in Maryland and the District of Columbia alleges government payments to President Donald Trump’s hotels and other businesses violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Tracking President Trump's Visits to Trump Properties
www.nbcnews.com

President Donald Trump frequently uses his luxury properties for government business and leisure, prompting ethics concerns.

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Man in Thailand sentenced to prison for 35 years — and it’s for the most outrageous reason
www.theblaze.com

A Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Friday for allegedly insulting the nation’s monarchy on Facebook, the harshest sentence handed down for such a crime in recent history. In 2015, Vichai Thepwong, 34, a former insurance salesman, was arrested for posting 10 Facebook messages and images online that were “deemed insulting […]

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U.S. in Talks With Moscow on Syria Safe Zone
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The Trump administration has been holding secret talks with Russia to try to set up a de-escalation zone in southwest  Syria, where Syrian government forces and rebels would be separated in hopes of ending hostilities in the region, people familiar with the talks said.

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