Dec 1, 2018

4. Government watchdog: 6 Trump staffers violated Hatch Act by tweeting #MAGA

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The U.S. Office of the Special Counsel reported Friday that six Trump staffers have violated the Hatch Act by tweeting out Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again" or #MAGA, on their official Twitter accounts.

Details: The act is intended to prevent federal employees from using their positions to influence election outcomes, and those who violate the act may be fined up to $1,000 and terminated or suspended. The staffers have since received warning letters about the violations.

  1. Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah
  2. Deputy Director of Communications Jessica Ditto
  3. President Trump’s Executive Assistant Madeleine Westerhout
  4. Vice President Pence’s Press Secretary Alyssa Farah
  5. Office of Management and Budget's Deputy Communications Director Jacob Wood
  6. Former Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Affairs Helen Aguirre Ferré

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will start to lift coronavirus restrictions on Friday after seeing a 14-day decline in community spread of the virus. The city’s current stay-at-home and business closure orders were set to run through June 8.

By the numbers: More than 98,900 people have died from the novel coronavirus and over 1.6 million have tested positive in the U.S. Over 384,900 Americans have recovered and more than 14.9 million tests have been conducted.

Boeing to lay off 6,770 more U.S. employees

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Boeing will lay off 6,770 more U.S. employees as it seeks to offset the plummeting demand from the coronavirus pandemic and its year-long grounding of the 737 MAX, CEO Dave Calhoun told employees Wednesday.

The big picture: The layoffs are part of Boeing's previously-announced move to cut 10% of its workforce, which included 5,530 voluntary layoffs. The jobs most in peril are related to its commercial industry, while the company's defense, space and related services businesses will try to limit the overall job loss, per a Boeing spokesperson.