Navy Secretary Richard Spencer resigned Sunday at the request of Defense Secretary Mark Esper over the case of disgraced Navy SEAL that has created high-level friction between the president and the Pentagon.
JamesVGrimaldi@maggieNYT His resignation letter, obtained by @glubold & @nancyayoussef paints a different picture. Mr. Spencer said he couldn’t in good conscience continue to serve if President Trump insisted on intervening in the SEAL case.
The Interior Department is grounding its entire fleet of aerial drones, one of the largest in the federal government, citing increasing concerns about the national-security risk from Chinese manufacturers.
JamesVGrimaldiThe Interior Department is grounding its entire fleet of more than 800 drones, all of which are either made in China or have Chinese parts, because of national security concerns.
A senior student-loan official in the Trump administration said he would resign Thursday and endorse canceling most of the nation’s outstanding student debt, calling the student-loan system “fundamentally broken.”
JamesVGrimaldiScoop: Trump’s chief of student-loan portfolio resigns, says federal loan program is fundamentally broken and calls for student debt to be canceled — a position mostly associated with Democratic presidential candidates.
News Corp has reached a deal to let Facebook Inc. feature headlines from The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones media properties, as well the New York Post, in the social-media giant’s upcoming news section, the companies said.
The White House gave a politically appointed official the authority to keep aid to Ukraine on hold after career budget staff questioned the legality of delaying the funds, a shift that House Democrats are probing in their impeachment inquiry.
JamesVGrimaldiAnother big @wsj scoop: Career White House budget staff balked at delaying aid to Ukraine, believing it was an illegal act. So the White House gave a politically appointed official the authority to put the funds on hold.
Joe Biden’s involvement with Ukraine and his son’s work in the country began when the former vice president was serving as the Obama administration’s point man on relations with Ukraine and rooting out corruption.
JamesVGrimaldiThe Ukrainian prosecutor that Joe Biden -- and every G7 country -- wanted fired was *obstructing* corruption investigations, says @alancullison. The prosecutor was even dragging his feet on a probe of the company that hired Hunter Biden.
Walmart, Oracle and mall owner Simon Property Group are secret funders behind a nonprofit that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant.
JamesVGrimaldiAmazon has a lot of critics. One is the Free and Fair Markets Initiative, which doesn’t disclose its funders. Who is really behind the group? @Oracle, @Walmart and @SimonPropertyGp, the largest shopping-mall operator in the world.
Searches for “music,” “audiobooks” and other categories rank company apps first, a process some developers find unfair. Apple says algorithm doesn’t give own products an advantage.
JamesVGrimaldiAnalysis by @wsj shows Apple mobile apps often appears first in App Store searches and skirt some of its own rules for such rankings. Audiobooks held No. 1 ranking for “audiobooks” searches in the App Store for 2 years. Then came Apple Books.
Documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal show that the utility has long been aware that parts of its 18,500-mile transmission system were dangerously outdated. That includes towers on the line that sparked last year’s deadly Camp Fire.
Homes near the sea are appreciating more slowly than those inland, prompted by climate change fears, in a growing number of coastal counties
JamesVGrimaldiGlobal warming is real to homebuyers. Prices for homes near the water’s edge on the East Coast aren’t doing as well as homes inland in the same county, a data investigation shows. “I can’t get anybody to come look at it."
The credit-reporting company went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which came to view events as potentially a huge theft of commercial data. Then the investigation stalled.
JamesVGrimaldiChinese corporate spy drama at Equifax; reams of secret papers in Chinese hands? Ex-worker, now at China's Ant Financial, tells @aviswanatha & @Kate_OKeeffe he often sent work documents to his personal email: “I think that’s a huge misunderstanding.”
The storm, which is expected to make landfall near the North Carolina-South Carolina border Saturday morning, has already closed ports, canceled flights and halted many businesses.
JamesVGrimaldiClosed: The Port of Virginia, the East Coast’s third-largest port, which moved 2.8 million containers last year, mainly in Asian imports of clothes and electronics, and outgoing cargo of logs, chemicals and grains such as soybeans. #Florence
Britain charged two believed Russian military intelligence officers with the attempted murder of a former spy, an incident that prompted the largest-ever collective expulsion of Russian diplomats from the West.
JamesVGrimaldiBreaking: U.K. Crown Prosecution Service files charges against two Russian nationals with attempted murder of ex-spy, daughter using nerve agent. Extradition unlikely.
Michael Cohen initially balked at the idea of buying the silence of a former adult-film star who says she had sex with Donald Trump, but he did an about-face after a video of Mr. Trump talking about groping women became public in October 2016.
JamesVGrimaldiScoop: In September 2016, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said no to buying the silence of Stormy Daniels. In October, after the “Access Hollywood” "grab-em" tape was released, he did a 180. Timing is a crucial link for U.S. prosecutors.
Trump-appointed financial regulators set out to ease the Volcker rule, a post-financial-crisis restriction for banks, and instead have drawn the industry’s ire.
JamesVGrimaldiNot so fast: Trump-appointed regulators want to ease the restrictions on bank trading known as the Volcker rule. But big banks met with the Fed to oppose the proposed changes. wsj.com/articles/banks… via @laliczl
Paul Manafort’s defense lawyers said prosecutors cherry-picked innocent mistakes to paint a picture of fraud, countering the government’s contention that Mr. Manafort was a liar who cheated on his taxes and bank loans.
JamesVGrimaldiPaul Manafort's defense lawyers tried to discredit the government's star witness. But prosecutors told jurors, “The star witness in this case is the documents.”