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This John Brennan quote on Russia just made Donald Trump's life much harder

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former CIA chief John Brennan offered a frank assessment of Russia's aggressive approach to meddling in the 2016 election and, in the process, complicated President Donald Trump's attempts to cast the whole thing as fake news.<p>This Brennan quote, in particular, is damning:<p><i>"I encountered and</i> …

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton's 'email' problem was bigger than anyone realized

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton's ongoing struggle to deal with the revelation that she used a private email server during her time as secretary of state dominated the conversation about her presidential candidacy, and research suggests it might have doomed her campaign, according to a new study by a …

Government

DOJ: Firm's work for Trump family won't impede Mueller probe

Justice Department ethics officials concluded that it is "appropriate" for recently named special counsel Robert Mueller to move forward with investigating Russia and the 2016 election, despite work by his former law firm that might overlap with his inquiry, a DOJ spokeswoman said Tuesday.<p>Mueller's …

Jared Kushner

Taste Beyond The Tongue

All the Times Donald Trump Called for an Independent Special Counsel

Just over a week after James Comey was fired from his post as FBI Director, the Justice Department appointed another former FBI chief, Robert …

Donald Trump

Putin warns against 'intimidating' North Korea after latest missile launch

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch as "dangerous" but warned against "intimidating" Pyongyang.<p>Speaking in China, Putin called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula, Russia's Sputnik news agency …

North Korea

How to bake the perfect muffin

I was the muffin and scone maker at my first bakery job, at age 17. I would pull into the parking lot around 2:30 a.m. each morning and get baking, …

Trump threatens to cancel briefings for 'sake of accuracy'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out in a series of tweets Friday morning amid a firestorm over the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, defending the shifting narrative and timeline his administration has offered for the decision.<p>He questioned whether his administration should …

Donald Trump

This Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken Is What's for Dinner Tonight

Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers. Crusty bread, juicy tomatoes, fragrant basil — what's not to love? And while a tray of bruschetta (with …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Trump's Messaging Keeps Friends Confused And Enemies More So

President Trump has a flair — perhaps a genius — for counter-programming, which can be described as the art of upstaging your rivals just when they think they're about to have their spotlight moment.<p>He did it countless times as a candidate, eclipsing all the other Republican contenders and the …

Donald Trump is taking on Michelle Obama's healthy food legacy

3 battlefronts in Trump's effort to make American food unhealthy again.<p>Donald Trump brags about eating fast food. Michelle Obama planted a vegetable garden at the White House. Now it seems Trump is quietly trying to overtake the former first lady’s vision for the future of food in America.<p>Michelle …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Judge blocks Trump’s order on sanctuary cities

A federal judge has blocked a directive from President Donald Trump seeking to deny federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" and other localities that decline to cooperate in enforcement of federal immigration laws.<p>San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick issued a …

Immigration

Smoke’s Poutinerie Drops Gravy Slathered Fries on Ann Arbor in May

Canadian import, <b>Smoke’s Poutinerie</b>, is about to make landfall for the first time in Michigan. The gravy and cheese curd-topped french fry slinger has taken over the former World of Beer space at 1300 S. University Avenue in Ann Arbor and is in the midst of transforming it into a customizable …

Trump expected to include Democrat-friendly spending in tax plan

But the president’s plan likely won’t include the House GOP’s controversial border-adjustment tax<p>When the Trump administration unveils its broad tax proposal on Wednesday, its marquee policy ideas are expected to include infrastructure spending and a childcare tax credit, developed by Ivanka Trump …

Republicans

9 Fruit Salads That Will Impress the Hell Out of Every Barbecue Guest

There are tons of reasons to love summer—longer days, trips to the beach, ice cream trucks on every corner—but our favorite part just might be the …

If You Make This Homemade Sourdough Bread, You'll Never Want Store-Bought Again

Homemade bread is everything.<p>Starter:<p>2 cups warm water<p>1¼ teaspoon (1 packet) dry yeast<p>3½ cups flour<p>1 tablespoon sugar<p>Bread:<p>4 cups flour<p>2 teaspoon salt<p>1¼ cup water<p>1 cup starter, stir before using<p>1. In a glass bowl, add water and yeast. Mix the yeast into the water and let it sit for a couple minutes.<p>…

Skillet apple crumble for two

A 6-inch cast iron skillet provides the perfect size for creating a not-too-big dessert.<p>April 12, 2017 —I cycle through various baking obsessions …