Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is warning that President Trump's decision to revoke the security clearances of top intelligence officials who've spoken out against the president's policies sets a dangerous precedent for the president to retaliate against those he disagrees with. "Security clearances are critical to our national security and decisions regarding security clearances ought to be based on national security issues. Our concern now is that security clearances are going to be used as a political tool to go after people that the president doesn't agree with or issues that the president may not agree with and we think that undermines the importance of security clearances particularly when it comes to national security," Panetta told CBS' "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan in an interview this week. Panetta was one of over a dozen former intelligence chiefs to sign onto a joint statement criticizing the president's order revoking the … [Read more...] about Leon Panetta warns security clearances could be used as “political tool” by Trump
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first set of U.S. sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord went back into effect early Tuesday under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, targeting financial transactions that involve U.S. dollars, Iran's automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold. U.S sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector and central bank are to be reimposed in early November. The stiff economic sanctions ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies, three months after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the international accord limiting Iran's nuclear activities.Trump declared the landmark 2015 agreement had been "horrible," leaving the Iranian government flush with cash to fuel conflict in the Middle East. Iran accused the U.S. of reneging on the nuclear agreement, signed by the Obama administration, and of causing recent Iranian economic unrest. European … [Read more...] about Trump reimposes economic sanctions against Iran via executive order
President Trump has signed 77 executive orders since taking office in 2017, according to tracking provided by the American Presidency Project. Trump signed 63 executive orders from January 2017 through March 20, 2018 and an additional 14 from March 21 through June 20, the tracker shows. The executive orders cover everything from improving mental health treatment for veterans to stopping the practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the U.S. border. Executive orders are official legally binding mandates from the president. Executive memoranda are essentially the same, except they do not have an established process on how they are issued. Proclamations are another form of executive action and usually are for ceremonial purposes that don't carry any legal effect. As with all presidents, many of the executive actions deal with relatively mundane tasks, such as establishing tasks forces and proclamations that recognize holidays or special events. Trump has signed roughly 4.27 … [Read more...] about How many executive orders has President Trump signed?
Rachel Leingang Arizona Republic Published 8:58 p.m. UTC Jul 20, 2018 Gov. Doug Ducey clarified Friday that legislative immunity does not mean lawmakers can't get speeding tickets. An executive order signed by the governor says officers should consider any criminal violations, including criminal speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence, as a "breach of the peace," and thus subject to citation. "It is clear in some recent cases that the peace has been breached, and we have a responsibility to enforce the law in these cases," the executive order states. The order comes after Rep. Paul Mosley came under fire for claiming legislative immunity, a constitutional provision, to avoid a ticket for speeding 97 mph in a 55 mph zone. In a body camera video, Mosley, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, bragged about driving as fast as 140 mph. Mosley has been pulled over by the Arizona Department of Public Safety multiple times since taking office … [Read more...] about Ducey signs executive order saying Arizona lawmakers can get speeding tickets
close Video Gov. Andrew Cuomo reaffirms support for Roe v. Wade New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York City on the eve of President Trump announcing his Supreme Court pick. Ahead of the planned announcement of President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to protect abortion and contraceptive coverage in the state. Since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, giving Trump the ability to select his second Supreme Court justice in his first term as president, Democrats have publicly expressed concern that the nation’s highest court, with the addition of a conservative judge, could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that legalized abortion. Flanked by women holding signs in support of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, Cuomo on Monday said Trump plans to roll back Roe v. Wade as part of his plan to “make America great again” and “take … [Read more...] about New York Gov. Cuomo signs reproductive rights executive order ahead of Trump’s Supreme Court pick