Housing Secretary Ben Carson accused Facebook of enabling illegal housing discrimination by giving landlords and developers advertising tools that made it easy to exclude people based on race, gender, Zip code or religion.
Some presidential aides, however, echoed questions raised by outside critics that the threatened revocations smack of a Nixonian enemies list, with little or no substantive national security justification.
"It might seem far-fetched that over a third of African Americans would now approve of a president with a very long history of racial insensitivity — especially because fewer than 10 percent of black voters supported him in 2016.
"What we’re seeing now is how Trump’s terror of being criticized is getting translated into decision-making. He’s revoking security clearances of his critics for the simple reason that it’s something he can do and nobody can stop him," Paul Waldman writes in Opinions.
The State Department is sharply stopping funding to rebuild parts of Syria it took back from the Islamic State, canceling $230 million in planned spending it now says will be paid for by other countries.
Jimmy Carter is the only president in the modern era to return full-time to the house he lived in before he entered politics — a two-bedroom rancher assessed at $167,000, less than the value of the armored Secret Service vehicles parked outside.