Larhn Laurens-Davitt

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Exactly How Close Was the White House to Fox News’ Fake Seth Rich Story?

“You know, I don’t like the way you said that,” Ed Butowsky told me Tuesday afternoon, his voice raising. “I’m happy you’re recording this,” he …

46 House Republicans join Democrats in backing a US military study on climate-change threats

During his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Mattis described global warming as a "driver of instability" requiring a broader, "whole-of-government response."<p>So it was significant that the House on Thursday defeated an amendment to national defense authorization legislation that would have …

Huge Manafort Payment Reflects Murky Ukraine Politics

KIEV, Ukraine — Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, recently filed financial reports with the Justice Department showing that his lobbying firm earned nearly $17 million for two years of work for a Ukrainian political party with links to the Kremlin.<p>Curiously, that was …

Ted Cruz literally will not answer simple questions on Trump's ties to Russia

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt pressed the senator in the wake of news of Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russia-linked lawyer.<p>Ted Cruz won’t answer straightforward questions about Trump’s relationship to Russia. Approached by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt on the Hill this morning, the senator was asked a relatively simple …

Full text of the emails between Donald Trump Jr and Rob Goldstone

Donald Trump’s son was forced to release emails showing what he was told was Russia’s attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s campaign – here’s what they said<p>Donald Trump Jr was on Tuesday forced to release damning emails that show he welcomed what he was told was a Russian government attempt to harm …

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Donald Trump’s fishy behavior on Russia is bigger than possible email collusion

He keeps pushing a Moscow-friendly policy that almost nobody supports<p>On June 18, 2013, when he was already well-known in political circles for his birther attacks on then-President Barack Obama, Donald Trump made an exciting announcement.<p>“The Miss Universe Pageant will be broadcast live from …

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American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy

U.S. cruise operators are among those who stand to benefit from President Trump's changes to the Obama administration's Cuba travel policies. The new rules don't affect cruises, and may help them.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>President Trump announced new restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba last …

Donald Trump Jr.’s stunning admission to the New York Times

Donald Trump Jr. has made a potentially damaging New York Times report much, much worse.<p>The Times on Sunday reported that the president's eldest son was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in New York on June 9, …

This airport is already using facial recognition on U.S. citizens

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) evidently doesn't need Congress to begin using facial recognition of United States citizens.<p>Officials at George …

Russia hackers discussed getting Clinton emails to Michael Flynn – report

Intelligence agency findings describe hackers seeking to obtain messages and send them to intermediary who also had deep ties to Trump backer Newt Gingrich<p>The veteran Republican researcher reported to have sought to get access to Hillary Clinton emails stolen by Russian hackers in order to help …

Donald Trump is not well

President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal. America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is …

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Senate Panel Digs Into 2,000 Financial Documents in Trump Probe

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible links to Russia is now focused sharply on financial transactions …

Republicans are risking becoming the party of Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, 64, a former KGB agent, served as prime minister from 1999-2000, then two presidential terms from 2000-2008, before shifting into the prime minister’s seat again for four years because of term limits. He was reelected as president in 2012.<p>Russian President Vladimir …

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The Kremlin's Election Meddling Is Paying Off

The president’s policies in office have aligned almost perfectly with Vladimir Putin’s goals.<p>Fifty-four years ago this month, former President John F. Kennedy delivered the “Strategy of Peace,” a powerful address that captured America’s indispensable leadership at the height of the Cold War. …

Democrats Ask Why Jared Kushner Still Has a Security Clearance

WASHINGTON — The Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are questioning why the White House didn't suspend the security clearances of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and presidential adviser Jared Kushner, after questions arose about their contacts with Russian officials.<p>"We have …

Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership

An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds. It isn't pretty.<p>The special counsel’s investigation of the White House has come more sharply into focus.<p>Robert Mueller is examining whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he …

EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up

The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the …

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In Trump’s Washington, public business increasingly handled behind closed doors

Scenes from the Republican’s first months in the White House.<p>Scenes from the Republican’s beginning months in the White House.<p>The Senate bill to scale back the health-care law known as Obamacare is being written in secret by a single senator, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and a clutch …

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Democratic lawmakers press Flynn on Middle East trips

(Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers investigating fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's security clearance said Monday they could not find the hotel Flynn said he stayed at during a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia or any record of a conference he reported attending.<p>In a letter to companies for …

Emails reiterate EPA chief's ties to fossil fuel interests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel …

Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions

Richard Burt contradicts Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he didn’t believe he had contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests during Trump’s campaign<p>An American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended …

Trump is ushering in a kleptocracy. That's why he is being sued | Joshua Matz

The public will not stand idly by as Trump turns America into a banana republic. Recent lawsuits – the latest by 196 members of Congress – are trying to stop him<p>When Donald Trump announced his Muslim ban on 27 January, pandemonium erupted. Lawyers everywhere raced to airports. Galvanized by Trump’s …

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Trump Tells Mayor Of Sinking U.S. Island Not To Worry About Climate Change

Scientists predict rising seas will soon swamp Virginia's Tangier Island. The president doesn't seem to believe it.<p>WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, apparently confirming his disregard for the risks of global climate change, reportedly told the mayor of a small Chesapeake Bay island that could …

Mike Huckabee does not know what the attorney general does

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ refusal to answer questions under oath on Tuesday with wholly inaccurate …

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Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including …

'Nonsense': Powerful Republican denounces White House information shut-out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An already contentious move by Republican President Donald Trump to block opposition Democratic lawmakers from getting information about his administration received its most scathing criticism yet on Friday - from one of the most powerful Republican members of the U.S. Senate.<p>…

The House just passed the biggest bank deregulation bill in a generation

On Thursday, Capitol Hill was consumed by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony. But just after the high-profile hearing played out in the Hart Senate Office Building, House Republicans passed a mammoth, 580-page bill that would do more to deregulate the banking industry than any single piece …

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Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia

<i>A transcript of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8.</i><p><b>SEN. RICHARD BURR:</b> I call this hearing to order. Director Comey, I appreciate your willingness to appear before the committee today, and more importantly I thank you for your dedicated …

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Donald Trump's new FBI director pick has Russian ties of his own

Christopher Wray looks good on paper, but his law firm represents Russian-controlled oil companies.<p>On paper, Christopher Wray appears to be an excellent choice to serve as the next FBI director. He has "impeccable" academic credentials (Yale law school) and has had a decades-long distinguished …

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