1600 Penn Watch

Keeping an eye on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Secretary of State calls for end to Gulf diplomatic crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the ongoing blockade of Qatar by other Gulf region countries is harming the U.S. effort to fight ISIS, according to a statement made in the early afternoon at the State Department.


White House Director of Social Media violated Hatch Act with tweet

Dan Scavino Jr., the Director of Social Media at the White House, has been reprimanded by the Office of Special Counsel for a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits most federal employees from engaging in political activity. Scavino Jr. violated the act with a tweet sent from his personal account where he called for the defeat of GOP Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan in a primary.  The tweet was later deleted.

House of Representatives votes to repeal Dodd-Frank Act

While Former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted Thursday to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 that put heavy regulations on banks designed to prevent another system collapse like the 2008 one. 

ANALYSIS: Where in the world is Sean Spicer?

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was absent from Monday's daily press briefing, and it was quickly noticed by reporters in the room.


 All of the major networks will carry the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday.

White House won’t use executive privilege to prevent Comey testimony

The White House won't use executive privilege to prevent former FBI Director James Comes from testifying before the US Senate this week.

Early-morning tweetstorm threatens to undermine Supreme Court Case

An early-morning tweetstorm from President Trump is threatening to undermine his own Solicitor General's argument in front of the Supreme Court.

U.S., China, announce trade agreements

The U.S. Commerce Department announced the beginnings of a new trade agreement with China on Thursday morning.

Shutdown Avoided: Congress votes to pass continuing resolution, avoids government shutdown

Just hours before a government shutdown was to take place, the United States Congress has passed H.J. Res. 99, which extends the deadline to reach a budget deal one week to 11:59 p.m. on May 5.

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