President Trump on Monday designated Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission and an outspoken opponent of new net neutrality rules, to be the agency’s new chairman.
Pai, 44, would take over for Tom Wheeler, a Democrat who stepped down on Friday. Wheeler’s term had not expired but Trump gets to designate a new chairman as Republicans gain the FCC majority.
“I look forward to working with the new administration, my colleagues at the commission, members of Congress, and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans,” Pai said.
Artists, singers, actors, writers and activists appeared at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in droves on Saturday. But how will the notable attendees keep their activism fires burning after the nationwide protest?
Behind the main stage at the march, we asked the performing artists who lent their name to the post-inauguration demonstration a simple question: How will you reflect the change that you want to see in America?
President Trump welcomed congressional leaders to the White House for a reception Monday evening, and the conversation at one point returned to the November election.
Trump told the congressional leaders that he lost the popular vote to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton because millions of "illegals" cast ballots, according to an aide granted anonymity to discuss the private meeting.
Trump told them that 3 million to 5 million "illegals" voted, the aide said.
On Monday, people noticed that the White House's phone line for comments was down, and a voicemail greeting directed people to instead make contact through Facebook or email. According to the press office, it's not a permanent change. There are plans to get the phone line back up soon, though there is no confirmed time yet. For now, Trump aides are focused on getting acclimated.
“We’re still learning how to work our computers,” press assistant Giovanna Coia said by phone.
No presidential transition is perfectly smooth, and this one has been no exception. Shortly after President Trump took office, some information disappeared from the White House website. Some of it will come back, aides say.
President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo, was overwhelmingly confirmed Monday by the Senate.
Senators voted 66 to 32 despite resistance from a core group of Democrats who remained critical of Pompeo's shifting views on the government's surveillance programs. They also wanted assurances he would oppose torture as an interrogation technique and continue the investigation of Russia's influence in the 2016 election.
One Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, joined more than half the Democratic senators in opposition.
Estimating the number of people attending large public events is extremely difficult, so it’s not really a surprise that President Trump and women’s march organizers disputed various reports published over the inaugural weekend. Here's a look at the science behind crowd counting.
President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency had no shortage of critics before his confirmation hearing last week, but his suggestion that he might restrict California’s fight against climate change provoked heavyweight ire.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared to his huge social media following on Monday that the nominee, Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt, is a hypocrite.
“My Republican colleague here is all about states' rights – except the right to clean air & save lives from pollution,” Schwarzenegger wrote on Facebook and Twitter, with a link to The Times report about Pruitt having cast doubt during his confirmation hearing on whether California should continue to have power to impose its own emissions rules for cars and trucks.
Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil chief executive selected by President Trump to be secretary of State, won approval Monday from a Senate committee, all but guaranteeing his ascension to the job.
The vote at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was 11 in favor and 10 against, cast strictly along party lines. The nomination now moves to the full Senate.
Several senators, Republican and Democratic, had expressed opposition to Tillerson's nomination ahead of Monday's vote. State Department officials said senators submitted more than 1,000 additional questions for Tillerson to answer after his hearing, suggesting many matters were left unsettled.
President Trump, who promised during the campaign to "immediately terminate" a controversial program that shields from deportation more than 742,000 people brought to the country illegally as children, has put off canceling it.
The Trump administration is continuing to accept applications for two-year work permits and temporary protection from removal under the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was created by former President Obama.
Trump's first actions on immigration will be to boost deportations of people who pose a public safety threat, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday. That's a continuation of Obama administration policy on prioritizing deportations.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President Trump’s nominee to be Health and Human Services secretary, returns to Capitol Hill this morning to face more questions from senators, this time from the Senate Finance Committee.
Price, an avowed critic of the Affordable Care Act, has garnered support from Republican senators and is expected to be confirmed. Last week he told the Senate Health Committee that he would protect vulnerable Americans if he is confirmed and the law is repealed.
But the six-term congressman has not detailed how he would fulfill that pledge, including how he would preserve coverage for the more than 100 million Americans who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the healthcare law, commonly called Obamacare. Price has worked for years to roll back all three.