Katharine Gorka steps down as Customs and Border Protection press secretary after two months
- Gorka's departure is the latest in a string of high-profile turnovers at the Department of Homeland Security, which has left the department with an acting secretary since April, as well as all three immigration-focused agencies with acting chiefs.
- Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan joined the agency in early July after a short stint at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- With Gorka's departure, both CBP and ICE will also be without a political appointee in their communications offices.
- Before joining CBP on June 24, Katharine Gorka was a political appointee in the Homeland Security policy office who stirred controversy for her role in the department's efforts to combat violent extremism in the US.
- Gorka joined CBP when former acting Commissioner John Sanders was leading the agency.
- Sanders had advocated for Gorka to join, but he left the agency himself shortly after Gorka arrived.
Trump could 'certainly' support Russia's return to what would be the G8
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump expressed his support for reinstating Russia into the G7 days before the group of leading industrialized nations convenes for its annual summit in France.
- Trump's comments underscore the divide between the US, under his administration, and Washington's traditional closest allies.
- But the 2014 decision was made by a majority of member countries.
- Russia was suspended from the group -- then known as the G8 -- after the majority of member countries united against Russia's annexation of Crimea, which Russia continues to hold.
- It's also another example of Trump's failure to condemn Russia for its aggressive behavior and his ongoing push to restore more normal relations.
- Trump previously said Russia should be reinstated to group as he departed for last year's summit.
Pompeo says ISIS is 'more powerful' in some places but downplays overall threat
- Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday acknowledged that there are "places where ISIS is more powerful today than they were three or four years ago," but sought to downplay the risk posed by the terrorist organization in the wake of a report warning of its resurgence in Syria.
- The US has assessed that ISIS has been re-surging in Syria and establishing itself as an insurgency in Iraq, developments that have occurred since President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of about half of the US troops in Syria, according to a Pentagon inspector general report released earlier this month.
- At the height of the campaign in Syria, the US had just shy of 3,000 troops helping to advise the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces as they drove ISIS from towns all across northeast Syria.
Google disproves Trump’s accusation of vote manipulation
- Last night, President Donald Trump tweeted in his signature style accusing Google of manipulating 2.6 to 16 million votes in Hilary Clinton’s favor in the 2016 Presidential Elections.
- However, Google swiftly responded by denying all allegations made by Trump.
- We have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment.
- Our goal is to always provide people with access to high-quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.
- However, this study was based on search results of just 95 people, 21 of whom were undecided, over the course of 25 days.
- Clinton took to Twitter to point this out while taking the opportunity to take a swipe at Trump.
Trump shared a meme promising he wouldn't put a Trump Tower on Greenland
- President Donald Trump indicated he would not construct a Trump Tower in Greenland after he reportedly expressed interested in buying the autonomous Denmark island.
- Read more: Trump wants to buy Greenland.
- Only one-third of Americans would be willing to offer more than $12 for the island.
- The meme circulated on social media after numerous reports suggested he was interested in purchasing the land, which is inhabited by roughly 56,000 people.
- The land is also home to the US's Thule Air Base, which conducts surveillance of the northern polar region.
- The president's son Eric Trump shared the meme of a golden Trump Tower on Monday.
- Trump discussed his interest in the purchase, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
- Trump described the possibility on Sunday as "strategically ...
- interesting," but added it was not on his list of priorities.
Why the 2020 election is already very different
- Almost 6 in 10 respondents in a new Fox News national poll say they are "extremely" interested in the 2020 election.
- In a Fox News poll conducted November 3-6, 2016 -- so, days before the last presidential election -- only 54% said they were "extremely" interested in the race.
- And in June 2015 -- roughly where we are right now in the 2020 cycle -- just 3 in 10 people said they were "extremely" interested in the presidential contest.
- An October 2012 Fox News poll showed 51% saying they were "extremely" interested in the presidential contest.
- Yes, Trump was on the ballot in 2016 -- when voter interest was far lower, even on the eve of the election, than it is now -- but the broad expectation was that he was going to lose, and maybe do so in a landslide.
Facebook and Twitter say they've detected a Chinese propaganda campaign targeting Hong Kong protesters
- Facebook and Twitter have detected a social media propaganda campaign from China targeting protesters in Hong Kong.
- On Monday, the two American social media giants announced that they had taken action against a network of accounts on their respective platforms that appear to be coordinated by the Chinese government and aimed at undermining protesters in Hong Kong.
- Twitter said it detected 936 accounts originating in China, while Facebook detected five accounts, seven pages, and three groups.
- "About 15,500 accounts followed one or more of these Pages and about 2,200 accounts joined at least one of these Groups," Facebook added, saying it was tipped off to the activity by Twitter.
- Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have been the frequent target of state-sponsored propaganda and disinformation campaigns in recent years — most notably Russia's efforts to sow discord and support Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election.
RV sales are plummeting, which could mean a recession is on its way — and President Trump's trade war isn't helping the struggling industry
- RV shipments have come in below 2018 levels during each month of 2019 thus far, according to data from the RV Industry Association, totaling a 20% drop compared to last year, and experts say the decline could be a harbinger of more damning economic data to follow.
- Many of those constituent products, are included in the Treasury's latest list of some $300 billion worth of products that are no subject to tariffs, which must be paid by the importer.
- This week, the White House opted to delay new tariffs on some Chinese imports to December 15 from the originally planned September 1 date.
- Investors, for their part, seem to echo Happe's fears that the trade war is here to stay.
- Last week, the spread between two- and 10-year US Treasury bond yields fell below zero, something that's preceded each of the last seven recessions.
Harley-Davidson has in business for 116 years — but the iconic American company is facing numerous challenges
- Harley-Davidson isn't just the most famous motorcycle company — it's also one of the most legendary and beloved brands in human history.
- Harley-Davidson got its all-American start in 1903, at the dawn of the "Motor Age." Two friends got together and combined bicycles with newfangled engines.
- Fast forward 116 years, and Harley's market capitalization is nearly $6 billion.
- Harley made it through two world wars and a very rough restructuring during the financial crisis.
- And now it's up against new challenges as CEO Matt Levatich works to globalize sales amid a US market decline, recruit younger riders, and contend with the itchy Twitter finger of President Donald Trump, who has praised and penalized Harley in equal measure.
- For more on the story, listen to the Harley-Davidson episode of our "Household Name" podcast.
71 current members of Congress were there for the Clinton impeachment inquiries. Here’s what they think about impeaching Trump
- In the wake of the former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, which wrapped up earlier this year, Democrats have wrestled with whether President Donald Trump should be impeached.
- In October 1998, Clinton was impeached in a party-line vote by the House on charges of lying under oath and obstruction of justice.
- After a five-week trial in early 1999, the Senate voted to acquit Clinton on both charges in another party-line vote.
- Here's what the 71 long-time sitting members of Congress think about impeaching Trump.