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Elections

Pruitt Paid Lobbyist $50 A Night For Capitol Hill Apartment

March 30th 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt paid only $50 a night to lease a room owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist, according to documents reviewed by Bloomberg News. The agreement stipulated that Pruitt pay “only on the nights when he actually slept there,” and paid a total of $6,100 to from March...
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Report: Mueller Team Probing GOP Convention-Related Issues

March 30th 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reportedly been asking witnesses about events surrounding the 2016 Republican convention. According to Reuters, investigators are zeroing in on a possible discussion between then-Sen. Jeff Sessions and then-Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, in addition to a change in the official Republican party platform that softened language relating to Russia....
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Fired VA Secretary Claims He Was Ousted In Privatization Push

March 30th 2018

A day after President Trump tweeted his intention to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, the president told an audience in Richfield, Ohio, that “the Democrats didn’t want the vets to have choice.” Shulkin, who was a holdover from the Obama administration, suggested in a...
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Russia Expels 150 Diplomats, Including Dozens Of Americans

March 29th 2018

Russia announced Thursday that it will expel 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, and close the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg. The move comes after Western nations banded together in solidarity with the U.K. over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in southern England earlier this month. The 60...
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Report: Trump Didn’t Want To Anger Putin After Ukraine Weapons Sale

March 29th 2018

President Donald Trump reportedly told his top national security aides to not publicly tout a new U.S. lethal defensive weapons sale to Ukraine, for fear of angering Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to NBC News, it took “months” for those aides to convince the president to sign off on the sale to Ukraine’s military,...
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WH Investigating Loans Made To Kushner’s Family Business

March 27th 2018

White House attorneys are looking into whether two loans worth more than $500 million given to President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner’s family real estate business violated any criminal laws or federal ethics regulations, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Journal obtained a letter from David Apol, the acting director of the...
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Cohen’s Lawyer Sends Stormy Daniels Cease And Desist After CBS Interview

March 26th 2018

A lawyer representing Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, sent a cease and desist letter to the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the porn actress who uses the name Stormy Daniels, on Sunday night after Clifford appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to discuss her alleged affair with Trump. Cohen’s lawyer, Brent Blakely, charged...
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John Dowd, Trump’s Personal Attorney In Russia Probe, Resigns

March 22nd 2018

John Dowd, President Trump’s personal attorney in the Russia investigation, resigned Thursday, The New York Times reported. The news comes just days after Dowd called for the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and whether the Trump campaign was involved. Dowd reportedly decided to resign after concluding that Trump...
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House Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill, Sending It To Senate

March 22nd 2018

The House passed the $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday, approving the massive package to fund the federal government through September. The 2,232-page bill was released late Wednesday after congressional negotiators finalized its terms. The proposal increases spending on the military and border protection and provides $1.6 billion for President Trump’s proposed border wall, but...
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National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster Out, John Bolton To Replace Him

March 22nd 2018

President Trump tweeted on Thursday evening that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is being replaced by John Bolton, a former United States ambassador to the United Nations and Fox News analyst. “I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job and will always remain my friend,”...
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Andrew McCabe Has Memos Detailing Interactions With Trump

March 18th 2018

Former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe has followed in the footsteps of Trump foe James Comey—he reportedly kept personal memos on his dealings with the president. McCabe, fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday less than two days before his retirement, took notes on his interactions with the president in the same manner...
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Russia Set to Retaliate Against U.S., U.K. Over Sanctions

March 16th 2018

The U.K. on Friday said it is “overwhelmingly likely” that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the poisoning of an ex-spy, upping the ante against Russia as Moscow warned it was prepared to escalate a standoff with the West. Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s comments mark the first time that the U.K. has specifically linked the...
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Report: Trump Says He Made Up Facts In Meeting With Trudeau

March 15th 2018

President Trump on Wednesday admitted to spouting off made-up facts to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about a nonexistent trade deficit, The Washington Post reports. Speaking at a fundraising event in Missouri, the president told donors he’d complained of a major trade deficit with Canada without really knowing whether that claim was true. “Trudeau...
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CNN Is Moving Chris Cuomo To Prime Time

March 15th 2018

CNN said Wednesday that they are shifting the morning show co-host Chris Cuomo into a prime-time slot at 9 p.m. EDT, to debut later this spring at a date not yet specified. The change will shave Anderson Cooper’s current two-hour show into one. “We will test power,” Cuomo tweeted on Wednesday. “Every. Damn. Day....
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Trump Picks CNBC Host & Trump Supporter Larry Kudlow as Top Economic Adviser

March 15th 2018

President Trump has chosen economist and media analyst Larry Kudlow to direct the National Economic Council, Politico reported Wednesday. Kudlow will replace Gary Cohn, the Goldman Sachs executive who resigned from the post amid disagreements over Trump’s steel and aluminum import tariffs. Trump called Kudlow on Tuesday night to offer the job, and Kudlow...
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Report: Leaked Emails Show Carson Chose $31,000 Dining Set

March 14th 2018

The expensive tastes of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson are under renewed scrutiny after leaked emails appeared to show he was personally involved in choosing a wildly expensive furniture set for his office’s dining room—a claim that he previously denied. An email from August seen by CNN, sent by department staffer to...
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Trump: It ‘Sounds Like’ Russia Poisoned Former Spy

March 13th 2018

Donald Trump has finally broken his silence on the attempted murder of a Russian former spy on British soil, saying it “sounds to me” like Russia carried out the attack against Sergei Skripal. Trump has been silent on the attempted murder using a deadly nerve agent in England last week, but speaking shortly after...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Struggles On 60 Minutes

March 12th 2018

In an interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said arming “capable” teachers “should be an option for states and communities to consider,” insisted there is a “sense of urgency” in the school shootings task force she will chair, seemed to equate false sexual assault accusations at colleges with actual rapes...
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Manafort Pleads Not Guilty To Tax And Fraud Charges In Virginia

March 9th 2018

President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday to tax and fraud charges in Virginia federal court, and will be outfitted with a second GPS monitoring bracelet. His trial will start July 10. The bracelet will be in addition to the original tracking device Manafort was assigned last month, after he...
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Trump Imposes Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum, But Offers Relief To Allies

March 8th 2018

President Trump will sign a pair of proclamations Thursday that impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum but offer relief to some U.S. allies. The tariffs, which take effect in 15 days, initially will not apply to imports from Canada and Mexico so that U.S. officials can assess progress toward a new North American...
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Report: Mueller Has Proof Trump Team Tried To Set Up Kremlin Back channel

March 8th 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that a Seychelles meeting between Erik Prince and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely an early attempt to establish a secret line of communication between the U.S. and Russian governments, The Washington Post reports. Prince, the founder of Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy...
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Trump Reportedly Asked Witnesses About Their Interviews With Mueller

March 8th 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been notified that in recent months, President Trump asked two witnesses about their discussions with investigators, three people familiar with the conversations told The New York Times. Trump asked former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in December how his interview went and if the special counsel’s team had been...
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Stormy Daniels Sues Trump, Claiming NDA Is Invalid

March 7th 2018

Adult film star Stormy Daniels filed a lawsuit Tuesday against President Trump. She claims that the deal she made not to disclose details of a relationship with Trump is invalid because, while Daniels and Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, signed a non-disclosure agreement, Trump did not. The suit, obtained by NBC News, alleges that...
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Gary Cohn Resigns As Trump’s Top Economic Adviser

March 7th 2018

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn has resigned, the White House said Tuesday. He will “leave in the coming weeks,” The New York Times reported. Cohn was President Trump’s chief economic adviser, though he had differed with the president on a variety of issues, including Trump’s response to a white nationalist rally in Virginia...
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Sessions Dines With Rosenstein Hours After Trump Called Him ‘Disgraceful’

March 1st 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was photographed dining with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday night after President Donald Trump called the AG “disgraceful” on Twitter. Axios reported the meeting, calling it a “show of solidarity” between the beleaguered heads of the Justice Department, both of whom have drawn ire from the president and at...
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Kushner Cos. Got Millions In Loans After Lenders Met Kushner At WH

March 1st 2018

Kushner Cos., the family business of President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, received a loan of $184 million last November from Apollo Global Management, a firm whose founder, Joshua Harris, made several visits to the White House over the year, three people with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times....
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Hope Hicks To Resign As White House Communications Director

February 28th 2018

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, said Wednesday she is resigning, the New York Times reports. Hicks, 29, is a long-time aide to President Donald Trump and was a fixture during the presidential campaign. Hicks said she had been considering leaving for several months, telling “colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt...
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Mueller Drops Charges Against Rick Gates

February 27th 2018

Robert Mueller asked a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia Tuesday to dismiss a series of criminal charges against Gates, including tax and bank fraud, in exchange for his guilty plea and testimony in the wider probe into the 2016 presidential election. Gates also secured another win on Tuesday when a different judge granted his...
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Jared Kushner Loses Access To Top-Secret Intelligence

February 27th 2018

Presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded — a move that will prevent him from viewing many of the sensitive documents to which he once had unfettered access. Kushner is not alone. All White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances — at the Top Secret/SCI-level — were...
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Trump Picks Brad Parscale to Run 2020 Campaign

February 27th 2018

President Trump will announce this week that he plans to run for reelection in 2020. Conservative news aggregator Matt Drudge made the announcement Tuesday on his website. The president plans to tap his former digital adviser Brad Parscale, who is presently spearheading a pro-Trump outside group called America First Policies, as his campaign manager,...
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