Breaking through the border talks

Breaking through the border talks

  • December 1, 2023

Myah Ward, Lauren Egan, Politico

Welcome to POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. With help from producer Raymond Rapada.

WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN’T WANT YOU TO READ: This piece by NBC’s KATHERINE DOYLE, who reports that a government watchdog agency found press secretary KARINE JEAN-PIERRE and deputy press secretary Andrew Bates in violation of the Hatch Act when they used the term “MAGA” to refer to Republicans.

The law aims at preventing federal employees from using their positions to influence elections. Both Jean-Pierre and Bates have consistently used the term when referring to Republican policies, including former President Trump’s threat to repeal Obamacare and in congressional Republicans budget proposals, as Doyle notes. The independent Office of Special Counsel declined to pursue any disciplinary action.

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