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Senate To Explore Trump/Russia Ties In Open Hearing

30/03/2017

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding open hearings Thursday on Russian interference in the U.S. election through technology and disinformation, with a slate of academic and cybersecurity experts scheduled to testify, including former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. The hearing will explore the various ways Russia tried to influence the U.S. presidential election and...
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Russian Bank: We Met With Kushner

28/03/2017

A controversial Russian bank disclosed Monday that its executives met with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, in December. The meeting, just weeks before the inauguration, holds significance because the Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank has been under Western economic sanctions after Russia’s invasion of Crimea and forays into Ukraine. Kushner, 36, is now a...
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Nunes Calls Off All House Intel Meetings This Week

28/03/2017

During escalating tensions for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to recuse himself from investigations of Trump team contacts with Russian officials on Tuesday morning, Nunes reportedly canceled all upcoming full committee meetings. Multiple outlets reported the move, based on sources, the morning of a public hearing set for Tuesday, which Nunes had...
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Senate To Question Kushner Over Russia Meetings

27/03/2017

Senate investigators have notified the White House Counsel’s Office of their intention to question Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, as part of their probe into ties between the Russian government and Trump associates, The New York Times reports. Citing “administration and congressional officials,” the paper reported this morning that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which...
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Schiff: Nunes Trying To ‘Choke Off’ Public Access To Information

24/03/2017

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Friday accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) of running a “dead-of-night excursion” for documents on alleged NSA surveillance of Trump associates, keeping the rest of his committee members “in the dark.” Schiff, the ranking member of the intelligence committee, held a press conference an hour after Nunes,...
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Nunes: Manafort Will Testify to Intel Committee

24/03/2017

A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, reached out to the House Intelligence Committee to volunteer his testimony before the panel, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said during a Friday press conference. Manafort has offered to be “voluntarily interviewed” by the committee, but whether it will happen in either open or closed...
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Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

24/03/2017

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,”...
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GOP Struggles To Secure Votes On Health Bill

23/03/2017

Republicans say they still plan to put the American Health Care Act up for a vote on Thursday, even as the White House and House Republican leaders continue to work to whip up enough votes to ensure passage. Late Wednesday, the White House and the conservative House Freedom Caucus reportedly reached a deal to...
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Manafort Worked For Russian Billionaire To ‘Benefit Putin Government’

22/03/2017

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to “greatly benefit the Putin government,” according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. The new report directly contradicts the Trump administration and Manafort, who have both alleged that the former campaign operative never worked on behalf of Russian interests. In...
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Ivanka Trump to Move Into White House Office

21/03/2017

Ivanka Trump will begin working from a White House office, despite previously stating that she would not take a formal role in her father’s administration, Politico reports. Trump’s new West Wing office will be located on the second floor, next to that of senior adviser Dina Powell. Trump’s new unofficial position will come with...
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Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

16/03/2017

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly...
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GOP Leader: ‘No Evidence’ Trump Was Wiretapped

15/03/2017

In a Wednesday press conference, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said officials “don’t have any evidence” that the Obama administration ordered wiretapping of Donald Trump while he was running for president. “Are you going to take the tweets literally?” he asked. “If you are, then clearly the president is wrong.” However, Nunes...
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‘Never Trump’ GOPers Wants Committee To Investigate Russia And Trump

14/03/2017

Democrats in Congress have long argued that the ongoing intelligence committee investigations into Russia’s interference in the presidential election and the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin are unlikely to get to the bottom of the issue. Now a group of “Never Trump” Republicans are planning to pressure GOP leaders to establish a bipartisan...
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Flights, School Canceled As Winter Storm Hits Northeast

14/03/2017

Airlines canceled thousands of flights on Monday as the Northeast braced for a fast-moving winter storm expected to hit parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut with up to two feet of snow by early Wednesday. The storm, Stella, began hitting the East Coast from Washington, D.C., to New York with ice...
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Spicer: Trump Didn’t Mean Wiretapping When He Tweeted About Wiretapping

13/03/2017

The White House on Monday walked back key point of President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 election. Namely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn’t referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping. “I think there’s no question that the...
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Spicer: Trump To Donate Salary At End Of Year

13/03/2017

President Donald Trump will allegedly donate his presidential salary to an undetermined charity at the end of the year, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during a Monday press briefing. In November, Trump promised to forgo the $400,000 salary, telling 60 Minutes that “I’m not going to the take the salary.” However,...
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Report: ‘No Evidence Whatsoever’ Obama Wiretapped Trump

10/03/2017

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Friday that he has “not seen any evidence whatsoever” to support President Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 campaign. “I think when Sean Spicer isn’t even willing to talk about it, you know there’s...
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Report: FBI Probes Trump Organization, Russian Bank Ties

10/03/2017

The FBI’s counterintelligence team is still looking into the potential ties between a Russian bank and the Trump Organization—despite a wide public dismissal of the possible connection several months ago, CNN reports. The same team that is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election is conducting the inquiry on the Trump company and...
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Hundreds Marines Sent Into Syria For Raqqa Fight

09/03/2017

A few hundred U.S. Marines have been sent into Syria with heavy artillery guns, as coalition forces prepare to retake the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group, a U.S. official told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The Marines will also re-position howitzers for Syrian forces during the temporary deployment, the official...
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FBI Director Reportedly Asked DOJ To Refute Trump Wiretapping Claim

06/03/2017

After President Trump used Twitter over the weekend to accuse former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject his claims, senior U.S. officials told The New York Times on Sunday. Comey made the request on Saturday, saying the allegation is baseless and must...
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Former DNI James Clapper Denies Trump Tower Wiretap [VIDEO]

06/03/2017

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper denied President Trump’s allegation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election. “If something like that happened, would this be something you would be aware of?” asked NBC News host Chuck Todd. “I would certainly hope so,” Clapper replied. “I can’t say...
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Sessions Used Campaign Funds For Trip To Meet With Russian Envoy

03/03/2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he was acting in his capacity as a U.S. senator when he met with the Russian ambassador at the Republican National Convention, but The Wall Street Journal reports that he paid for related expenses with his political funds and that he spoke about President Trump’s campaign at the...
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Kushner And Flynn Met With Russian Envoy In December

03/03/2017

Michael T. Flynn, then Donald J. Trump’s incoming national security adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador in December to “establish a line of communication” between the new administration and the Russian government, the White House said on Thursday. Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated...
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Trump: Sessions Is Victim Of ‘A Total Witch Hunt’

03/03/2017

President Trump admitted in a statement Thursday night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions could have responded to a question posed during his confirmation hearing “more accurately,” but blamed Democrats for bringing attention to the fact that Sessions said he never interacted with Russian officials during the campaign when he actually met the Russian ambassador...
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Pelosi: AG Sessions Should Resign After Lying Under Oath

02/03/2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening that he spoke with the Russian ambassador during Donald Trump’s campaign. In a statement released late Wednesday, Pelosi said Sessions is “not fit to serve as the top law-enforcement...
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Top GOPers Urge Sessions To Recuse Himself After Russia Revelations

02/03/2017

In a tweet Thursday morning, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “recuse himself” from investigations of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. Chaffetz also urged Sessions to “clarify his testimony” in light of recent reports that Sessions twice spoke to Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the...
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Read the Entire Text of President Donald Trump’s Speech to Congress

01/03/2017

President Donald Trump addressed both houses of Congress Tuesday night. You can read his speech as provided by the White House below: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month,...
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Billionaire Wilbur Ross Wins Senate Confirmation

28/02/2017

President Trump’s nominee for U.S. commerce secretary won Senate confirmation on Monday, paving the way for work to begin on renegotiating trade deals with China and Mexico. Billionaire Wilbur Ross was confirmed with a Senate vote of 72-27, with support from 19 Democrats. Ross will now be at the helm of an agency with...
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Trump Accuses Obama: He’s ‘Behind’ Leaks, Protests [VIDEO]

28/02/2017

President Trump on Tuesday morning blamed former President Obama for leaks of classified information from the White House and for protests in the wake of a controversial executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox and Friends, during which he gave no...
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Trump To Deliver First Presidential Address To Congress – WATCH LIVE

28/02/2017

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time, looking to refocus his presidency and rally support for his policies from Republicans in Congress and the public at large, amid historically low approval ratings. Trump advisers say the president will tout what he has described as...
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