Mar 1, 2017

WH defends Conway's 'buy Ivanka's stuff' pitch

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Kellyanne Conway acted "without nefarious motive or intent to benefit personally," when she made a plug for Ivanka Trump's products in an early February interview with Fox, according to a letter the White House Counsel's Office sent to the Office of Government Ethics, per CNN Money.

The deputy White House Counsel met personally with Conway to review standards of conduct, according to the letter.

Key point: The Office of White House Counsel claimed the president's staff is not legally bound by the Office of Government Ethics' regulations, and are instead bound by the executive branch-wide ethics standards and financial disclosure requirements.

No disciplinary action planned: The White House letter comes in response to the ethics office's letter from mid-February that said there was "strong reason to believe" Conway violated ethics standards and that disciplinary action should be taken. The letter from the White House made no mention of plans to take disciplinary action.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

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President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.