Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration as UN ambassador

(CNN)State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday she has withdrawn from consideration as UN ambassador. Before she joined the State Department, Nauert employed a nanny who was in the United States legally but was not legally allowed to work, a source familiar with the matter and an administration official told CNN. The nanny wasn’t paying taxes while she worked, the sources said. This was not known when Nauert became the State Department spokeswoman, but she did tell officials when she was offered the United Nations ambassadorship, the sources said. Nauert disclosed the nanny when she filled out the paperwork for the UN position, a source close to Nauert who was helping prepare her for the nomination told CNN’s Kylie Atwood. …

Kushner readies for spring launch of US Middle East peace plan

Washington (CNN)The United States is beginning to prep allies for a spring rollout of its plan for Middle East peace, with President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, outlining the timing and methodology of the plan at the Middle East security conference in Warsaw, Poland. The silence surrounding the plan has become a source of frustration and uncertainty that some diplomats worry could eventually scuttle the proposal’s chances. Fears about the plan Kushner has rebuffed major US allies’ requests to circulate the plan, one diplomat said, as he and his team are reportedly fearful that its contents would leak out and the proposal would be scuttled before they have a chance to roll it out. But the diplomat …

Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018

Reddit has said the number of government requests for user data more than doubled in 2018 than on the previous year. The news and content sharing site said in its latest transparency report, posted Wednesday, it received 752 requests from governments during the year, up from 310 requests a year earlier. Broken down, that’s 171 requests to preserve account data — up from 79 requests in 2017, and 581 requests to produce user data — up from 231 requests. Reddit said it complied with 77 percent of requests to turn over user data, and  Amazon’s barely-transparent transparency report somehow gets more opaque Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Acting EPA chief: Green New Deal ‘not really ready for prime time’

(CNN)Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler jabbed the Democrats’ Green New Deal rollout as “not really ready for prime time” in an interview that aired Wednesday. “We need to make sure that we have a reliable, safe electricity supply for, for public health,” Wheeler said, adding, “It’s not really addressed in their Green Deal.” President Donald Trump has criticized the climate change push by progressive Democrats — lumping it in with a host of other progressive priorities as “socialism” at a rally on Monday night. The deal is also exposing divisions among Democrats who are running for president in 2020, as climate change is shaping up to be a central issue heading into the Democratic primary and general election …

Elizabeth Warren kicks off presidential bid with challenge to super wealthy and other Democrats

(CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign Saturday at a rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts, using the backdrop of Everett Mills — the site of a historic 1912 labor strike led by women and immigrants — to issue a call to action against wealthy power brokers who “have been waging class warfare against hardworking people for decades.” In a warning to some of those rivals, Warren touted her refusal to accept donations from lobbyists, corporate PACs or the support of super PACs, and challenged “every other candidate who asks for your vote in this primary to say exactly the same thing.” Warren also unveiled a new, high-profile backer in Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, who introduced, endorsed and painted …