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Mnuchin says Trump putting trade war with China ‘on hold’

President Trump’s tough-guy persona is taking a beating from China, judging from the reaction of some of his allies on Capitol Hill and in the trenches of the trade wars.<p>The former business executive, who prides himself on his negotiating savvy, is facing criticism for bending to the Chinese …

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Trump embodies every one of the Seven Deadly Sins

Last week in Trumpland was a crazy disaster. The president thanked children in the Boy Scouts for votes they didn’t cast and told them about a hot cocktail party. President Trump publicly attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to obstruct justice. He also publicly confirmed the …

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White House Doubles Down After Trump Says Illegal Immigrants “Aren’t People”

“Frankly, I think the term animal doesn’t go far enough.”<p>At a White House roundtable on Wednesday, the man who launched his presidential gambit by labeling Mexicans “rapists” and calling for a massive wall along the southern border expressed his frustration with California’s so-called sanctuary …

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Trump defends 'animals' remark, says he'll always use it

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his use of the word "animals" to describe some immigrants who enter the country illegally, saying he would continue to use the term to refer to violent gang members in spite of a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders.<p>Answering a …

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Why Trump Should Fear Michael Avenatti More Than Bob Mueller

Quick: What’s the basis of the civil lawsuit that high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti is pursuing on behalf of adult film actress Stormy Daniels?<p>It might take you more than a few seconds to recall that the suit is based on an agreement that Daniels signed shortly before the 2016 election, …

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Bill Gates: Trump twice asked me the difference between HIV and HPV

Microsoft co-founder tells foundation meeting it was ‘kind of scary’ how much Trump knew about what Gates’ daughter looked like<p>Bill Gates, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, has claimed Donald Trump twice asked him the difference between HIV and HPV and knew a “scary” amount about …

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Bannon and Cambridge Analytica planned suppression of black voters, whistleblower tells Senate

Appearing before the Senate Judiciary committee today as part of the ongoing investigation of Cambridge Analytica and various forms of meddling in the 2016 elections, former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie said that the company and its then-VP Steve Bannon were pursuing voter …

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Trump’s “Midas Touch” Turns To Kiss Of Death For Anyone In His Orbit

Word is out among family, friends, aides and appointees — “get too close to the ‘poison president’ and your life will turn to shit”<p><b>WARNING</b>: Donald …

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Since Mueller can’t indict Trump, what’s he doing with a grand jury?

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>Wednesday’s report from Trump attorney Rudy Giulianni that Robert Mueller’s special counsel office has acknowledged that his office …

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Kellyanne Conway Weighs in on WH Leakers: 'They’re Not All Junior Folks'

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway offered details on White House leakers, saying that the Trump administration's frustration will lead to …

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EU to Trump: Stop threatening us with tariffs

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The European Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to stop threatening it with tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Thursday it is prepared to discuss new trade incentives.<p>In March, Trump slapped tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 …

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Trump Suggests the FBI Had an 'Embedded Informant' in His 2016 Campaign

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the F.B.I. under President Barack Obama had embedded an informant within the Trump campaign in …

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Trump calls some immigrants ‘animals,’ adds, ‘We have to break up families’

Fearing adverse political consequences, Donald Trump occasionally likes to argue that he, unlike those rascally Democrats, is the true champion of …

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365 Days Later, Trump Is Still Terrified of Mueller

Happy anniversary, special counsel<p>Today marks the one-year anniversary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to investigate a possible …

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Fired Tillerson slams 'growing crisis in ethics and integrity' in commencement address

The former secretary of state called on the graduates at the Virginia Military Institute to maintain a "fierce defense of the truth."<p>Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took an apparent jab at President Donald Trump on Wednesday during a commencement speech to graduates at the Virginia Military …

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Trump Can't Afford to Admit His Failures With North Korea

The administration has no choice now but to carry on the pretense that the negotiations are proceeding favorably.<p>Think of the past few months of President Trump’s Korea policy as a drama, unfolding in multiple acts.<p>Act I: Trump impulsively agrees to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Perhaps …

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Hot Pockets, mismatched chairs and a critical mission: Inside year one of the Mueller investigation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Early each morning, special counsel Robert Mueller arrives wearing his signature uniform: a crisp white dress shirt, tie, slacks and dark baseball cap. Occasionally he accessorizes with a dark vest or sunglasses, depending on the weather.<p>A simple routine for the head of a very …

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Cops Can Find the Location of Any Phone in the Country in Seconds, and a Senator Wants to Know Why

Here are the letters Senator Ron Wyden sent to mobile carriers and the FCC demanding answers and action on the recently highlighted law enforcement service to easily track phones across the country.<p>On Thursday, the <i>New York Times</i> published a blockbuster piece revealing how US law enforcement have …

Privacy

Lawmaker anger builds after White House aide mocks 'dying' McCain

Former Vice President Joe Biden said decency in the Trump administration has hit "rock bottom" and Meghan McCain asked why the staffer hasn't been fired.<p>WASHINGTON — Furor built Friday among lawmakers in both parties and family members following reports that one of President Donald Trump's aides, …

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You can now see exactly how creepy all the Facebook Russia ads were, down to the specific targeting

US lawmakers released all 3,000 ads created by accounts linked to the Russian government in the years and months preceding the 2016 presidential election, as well as the following year.<p>Some of the ads were released previously, but, as of May 10, everyone can see the full cache, organized by quarter …

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If Trump Is Laundering Russian Money, Here’s How It Works

For Donald Trump, there was the purchase of the $12.6 million Scottish estate and the $79.7 million for golf courses in the United Kingdom, not to …

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Something's Wrong with This Story About Trump and Schneiderman

The president and his personal attorney allegedly knew about abuse allegations in 2013<p>Many are still reeling from the allegations against (former) …

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George Will just exposed Mike Pence's Faustian bargain

<b>(CNN) —</b> George F. Will is not the guy you'd think would be responsible for delivering the most devastating takedown of Vice President Mike Pence you will ever read.<p>And, yet, the conservative columnist's piece on Thursday is just that -- laying bare the total transformation of the former Indiana …

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When Everything Is Possible and Nothing Is True

One of my favorite stories about Winston Churchill goes like this.<p>Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for 5 million pounds?"<p>Socialite: "My …

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Hours into his new job, Trump’s ambassador to Germany offends his hosts

<b>BERLIN —</b> For the past year, German officials have been urging their U.S. counterparts to send a new ambassador to Berlin. But after finally receiving one, many may be having second thoughts.<p>Within hours of assuming his new post Tuesday, Richard Grenell triggered harsh criticism in this Trump-weary …

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Donald Trump just accidentally revealed something very important about his 'fake news' attacks

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet bashing the media. Nothing new there.<p>But, this tweet was different: Trump unintentionally revealed the false premise on which his relentless calls of "fake news" is based.<p>Here's the tweet:<p><i>"The Fake News is working overtime. Just</i> …

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Michael Avenatti trumps Trump: "More bombshells coming"

He's making news on Twitter, building his social-media followers, teasing his announcements with reality-show theater, and is ubiquitous on cable TV. …

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The Three Crises Sparked by Trump's Withdrawal From the Iran Deal

The seriousness of the problems caused by the president's abrupt exit will be impossible for him to ignore.<p>President Trump has just pushed the plunger on a sequence of crises.<p>The first will be a crisis with allies and other partners. Will they agree to reimpose their sanctions on Iran? It’s not …

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21 head-scratching lines from a(nother) disastrous Rudy Giuliani interview

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rudy Giuliani loves to talk. Especially when there is a camera on somewhere close.<p>How do I know? Because after a week in which he set off a series of political forest fires with comments about President Donald Trump's reimbursement of a $130,000 payment designed to silence a porn star just …

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Trump and His Aides Have No Idea What They're Talking About

A procession of contradictory statements leaves the public no closer to understanding the president’s deal with Stormy Daniels, but clearly shows the White House’s dishonesty.<p>As yet another bizarre week comes to a close for the president, no one seems to know the reality of what happened between …

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