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Trump To Appoint Anti-Abortion Leader Charmaine Yoest To Post At HHS

Anti abortion leader appointed to HHSPresident Donald Trump on Friday announced that he will appoint Charmaine Yoest, the former president of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, as the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

In her position, which does not require confirmation in the Senate, Yoest would help shape the department’s communications strategy.

Yoest is currently a fellow at American Values, a conservative group that opposes abortion and supports “traditional marriage.” She got her start in politics during the Reagan administration. From there she moved to the ultra-conservative Family Research Council and later served on Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign.

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Trump will not terminate NAFTA, but 'renegotiate' with Canada and Mexico

Trump will not terminate NAFTAPresident Donald Trump agreed Wednesday not to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he repeatedly called "the worst trade deal in history" during his presidential campaign.

Trump told Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in late afternoon phone calls that the U.S. would not pull out of NAFTA "at this time," the White House said.

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Pentagon inspector general launches Flynn investigation

Pentagon ionspector general munches Flynn investigationThe Pentagon’s inspector general is now investigating Michael Flynn over payments he received from foreign governments after retiring from the Army, according to documents released Thursday by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

The documents also show the Defense Intelligence Agency warned Flynn after his 2014 retirement as the agency’s director that he was barred from accepting payments from foreign governments.

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Bribe cases, secret Jared Kushner partner, potential conflicts

jared KushnerIt was the summer of 2012, and Jared Kushner was headed downtown.

His family’s real estate firm, the Kushner Cos., would spend about $190 million during the next few months on dozens of apartment buildings in tony Lower Manhattan neighborhoods including the East Village, the West Village and SoHo.

For much of the roughly $50 million in down payments, Kushner turned to an undisclosed overseas partner. Public records and shell companies shield the investor’s identity. But, it turns out, the money came from a member of Israel’s Steinmetz family, which built a fortune as one of the world’s leading diamond traders.

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Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' to release tax returns

MnuchinTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said that President Trump has "no intention" to release his tax returns.

When asked during a press conference if Trump will release his tax returns, Mnuchin replied that Trump already released "plenty of information" about his taxes.

"The president has no intention — the president has released plenty of information and I think has given more financial disclosure than anybody else," Mnuchin said. "I think the American population has plenty of information."

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Trump team rolls out massive tax cut package

tRUMP TAX PACKAGEThe Trump administration pitched a tax reform plan Wednesday that calls for big corporate rate cuts, a simpler tax code, and big increases in standard deductions, a pricey package that could face an uphill climb in Congress.

"This is quite an historic day for us," said Gary Cohn, director of President Trump's National Economic Council. "Tax reform is long overdue."

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the goal is to "make U.S. businesses the most competitive in the world," and he described the plan as the biggest tax cut and reform in U.S. history.

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Flynn’s Turkish lobbying linked to Russia

Flynn's Turkish lobbying linked to RussiaThe Turkish man who gave Mike Flynn a $600,000 lobbying deal just before President Donald Trump picked him to be national security adviser has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin, according to court records.

The man, Ekim Alptekin, has in recent years helped to coordinate Turkish lobbying in Washington with Dmitri “David” Zaikin, a Soviet-born former executive in Russian energy and mining companies who also has had dealings with Putin’s government, according to three people with direct knowledge of the activities.

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