Tag: Executive Branch

Former Overstock CEO Files Motion Urging Release of Trump Raid Affidavit

Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, a key figure in a December 2020 White House meeting seeking to encourage then President Donald Trump to investigate allegations of election fraud, has filed a motion in the Department of Justice’s investigation of Trump, calling for the release of the key document justifying the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. Agents…


US Circuit Court Ruling Clears Biden Administration’s Executive Order Pausing New Oil and Gas Leases

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, on Aug. 17, cleared the way for the Biden administration’s pause on new oil, gas leasing on federal lands and waters, issued in 2021. A lower U.S. district court in Louisiana previously ordered that the administration to cease its moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on…


National Institutes of Health Failed to Make Sure Clinical Trial Results Were Reported: Watchdog

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) violated policy that requires the agency to make sure results from trials it funds are published, and did not impose consequences on parties that broke federal law governing the reporting, a watchdog has found. Out of 72 NIH-funded studies in 2019 and 2020, half of which were conducted by…


CDC Stealth-Edits Page on Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stealthily edited a webpage it maintains that lists details about messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccines. The page, titled “Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines,” says it was last updated on July 15. But archived versions of the page show that key portions were removed on July 22 or July…


Updated COVID-19 Booster Shots for Over-12s Expected Within Few Weeks: White House Official

The newly-updated COVID-19 booster shots targeting the latest Omicron variants of COVID-19 will be available to Americans over the age of 12 in the coming weeks, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said on Wednesday. “I believe it’s going to be available and every American over the age of 12 will be eligible for…


CDC Director Announces Changes After Agency’s Performance During Pandemic ‘Did Not Reliably Meet Expectations’

The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Aug. 17 announced that the agency would be revamped, after a review found it did not adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director, informed the approximately 13,000 CDC employees of the planned changes, which include reorganizing the agency…


Former Treasury Department Official Claims Inflation Reduction Act Will Move US Toward ‘Neo-Marxist’ Economic Model

A high-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Treasury has taken aim at the Inflation Reduction Act recently signed into law by President Joe Biden, alleging that the act which purports to prioritize environmental concerns is a means of “reengineering” the U.S. economy to favor “neo-Marxist” ideals. Monica Crowley, who served as assistant press secretary…


White House COVID Czar Admits 6-foot Social Distancing Rule ‘Not the Right Way’

White House COVID-19 czar Ashish Jha on Tuesday admitted that the six-foot social distancing rule that was implemented in early 2020 isn’t actually effective. Over the past several years, “a lot of time” was spent “talking about six feet of distance, 15 minutes of being together. We realize that’s actually not the right way to…


Critics Aren’t Buying Biden’s Pledge That Americans Earning Under $400,000 Won’t Pay a ‘Penny More’ in Taxes

President Joe Biden said after signing the Inflation Reduction Act that no Americans making under $400,000 per year will pay more taxes despite the bill giving the IRS a massive cash injection for enforcement, prompting a flurry of criticism arguing that Biden’s pledge holds no water and that the tax agency will squeeze middle-income households…


Biden Administration Sides With Photographer in Dispute Over Andy Warhol Prince Print

In a Supreme Court filing, the Biden administration sided with a photographer who claims her intellectual property rights were violated by Andy Warhol’s eponymous foundation when it published multiple stylized prints he made based on her photo of the iconic musician Prince. Warhol, a painter, print-maker, and multimedia artist, died in 1987 at age 58….