By Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The recently updated website for President Joe Biden's White House carried an invitation for tech specialists savvy enough to find it. Hidden in the HTML code on https://www.whitehouse.gov was an invitation to join the U.S. Digital Service, a technology unit within the White House. "If you're reading this, we need your help building back better," the message said. Former President Barack Obama launched the service in 2014 to recruit technologists to help revamp government services - for example by modernizing Medicare's payment system or reforming hirin...
USA Volleyball was called out on Saturday for how a breastfeeding coach was treated at a tournament in Colorado.
The Colorado Crossroads volleyball tournament is a qualifier event for athletes hoping to make the junior national team.
Colorado state Rep. Kerry Tipper reported what was going on at the tournament.
The lawmaker offered her legal analysis of the situation.
"Baby doesn't take a bottle and mom must nurse. Colorado law REQUIRES mom be allowed to nurse," she wrote.
"Update - tourney director continues to refuse to let baby in. Says COVID guidelines prohibit admission of children under 16. But the tourney has players who are under 16," she wrote, adding a face-palm emoji.
"Obviously they can, have, and should make an exception under these circumstances," Tipper said.
Update - tourney director continues to refuse to let baby in. Says COVID guidelines prohibit admission of children… https://t.co/gKdOGuJphv— Rep. Kerry Tipper (@Rep. Kerry Tipper)1621106742.0
On CNN Saturday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) tore into Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for lying about a dispute between him and one of her aides over wearing masks.
"You just heard her say a few moments ago her aide politely said something to you, like you were friends and you go way back," said anchor Jim Acosta. "Tell us what happened?"
"I was leaving the House floor," said Swalwell. "You're still required to wear a mask on the House floor. And frankly, Jim, I just forgot to take my mask off when I came out of the building. I love having my mask off now. And Greene's aide said, 'Take your mask off, Congressman.' And I kept walking past. And I thought, you know what, I'm tired of this sh*t, these marauding goons who are going around trying to bully my other colleagues. So I went up to him and asked him who he was, and I said 'Don't tell me what to do' with words you can't say on CNN. And predictably he went speechless."
"This is not the way it works around here," added Swalwell. "I've worn a staff badge and I've worn member pin. And when I was a staffer, I would never talk to a member of Congress like that. My staffers tell me all the time they would love to speak with Marjorie Taylor Greene and tell her what they think of her policies, but there's still decorum and respect, and I think people are just losing patience with Greene."
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San Diego billionaire investigated over possible illegal Trump donations in exchange for ambassadorship
The billionaire former unsuccessful nominee to serve as ambassador to the Bahamas under Donald Trump is reportedly under investigation, according to a newspaper where he once served as the chairman and publisher.
"A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., has begun issuing subpoenas in a criminal investigation into the nomination of San Diego developer Douglas F. Manchester as ambassador to the Bahamas by former President Donald Trump," The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday.
"The case appears to focus on the Republican National Committee and its two senior leaders, and possibly members of Congress," the newspaper explained. "Manchester, a well-known contributor to the Republican Party and to GOP elected officials and candidates, was nominated to become the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas in May 2017, just months into the Trump administration. But the nomination stalled in the U.S. Senate, prompting Trump to re-nominate Manchester to the post early in 2018. That nomination also was held up from Senate approval."
"Documents obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune show at least one witness with the last name Manchester was ordered to provide records and information to a U.S. District Court grand jury last month, 'in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.' That same person, whose first name was redacted in the U.S. District Court documents, also was commanded to appear at the courthouse on the morning of May 4 — and to bring a slew of materials," the newspaper reported. "The documents request copies of any communications between the Manchesters, the RNC and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Co-Chair Tommy Hicks. They also demand communications between the witness and any employee or agent and any member of Congress or their staff."
Even though Manchester served as publisher of the Union-Tribune, he declined to respond to multiple requests for comment.
Read the full report.
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