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He Alone Can Fix it: Time for Trump to Testify on Russia Ties

Only the president can put this matter to rest.<p>President Donald Trump has encouraged his former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, to testify before Congress and derided President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, for declining an invite to do the same. …

'Donald Trump is frustrated with his staff': a brief history

<b>(CNN) —</b> To work for President Donald Trump is to feel his wrath.<p>That the White House -- or any White House -- would be the scene of internal debate or power struggles is hardly surprising. But while most presidents try to keep their distance from the daily drama, Trump seems to seek it out.<p>Inside …

GOP lawmaker: Trump 'small potatoes compared to Nazi Germany'

MONETA, Va. — Rep. Tom Garrett a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Tuesday that Americans afraid of Donald Trump’s presidency should remember that the United States once defeated the Nazis in World War II.<p>“America has overcome amazing challenges that Donald Trump, as frightening …

Graduating seniors boo Betsy DeVos at commencement in Florida

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Hundreds of graduating seniors of a historically black university here booed and turned their backs on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she struggled to deliver her commencement address over the raucous crowd.<p>"Let's choose to hear each other out," DeVos said, straining to be …

A timely reminder: Trump’s base is skeptical of the media’s role as watchdog

Donald Trump came into office as the all-powerful chief executive of an organization. He quickly learned that, as president, his power was not so absolute.<p>Instead of simply mandating new rules for immigration, he has had to try to convince the courts that those rules should go into effect. Instead …

This timeline of Trump tweets makes it hard to believe he fired Comey over Clinton emails

The timing of events doesn’t add up.<p>The White House is telling reporters that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.<p>But the timeline of events — plus his tweets — just doesn’t add up.<p>During the election, Trump complained on …

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GOP lawmakers condemn ‘potentially illegal’ requirement that health department workers must check with bosses before communicating with Hill<p>A federal health department memo telling employees they must consult with management before “any communications with members of Congress” was called …

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Trump asks federal judge to toss D.C. hotel lawsuit

President Donald Trump is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit claiming he's illegally using the presidency to profit from his luxury hotel just blocks from the White House.<p>Trump’s lawyers in a 20-page motion filed Wednesday asked a federal judge to reject the case brought by the husband and wife owners …

Body charged with preserving Nixon’s legacy enjoys a rare chance to criticise a sitting US president on social media<p>It isn’t very often that the Richard Nixon Presidential Library gets the opportunity to say that the actions of a sitting US president are tarnishing the reputation of the 37th …

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Trump attacks military record of senator who warns of 'constitutional crisis'

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump attacked a Democratic senator Wednesday who called the President's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey "a looming constitutional crisis."<p>"Watching Senator Richard Blumenthal speak of Comey is a joke," Trump wrote on Twitter, attempting to divert attention to …

Russian government releases photos of Oval Office meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first photos of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to be made public came from the …

Vote on Obama-era rule to reduce emissions from oil and gas drilling on federal land fails 51-49 as three Republican senators defect<p>A Republican move to undo limits on the emission of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has suffered an unexpected defeat in the Senate.<p>A bill to repeal a Department …

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Donald Trump has no idea what health insurance costs

“In a short period of time,” President Trump recently told Time magazine in an interview about his first months in the White House, “I understood everything there was to know about health care.”<p>Around the same time, Trump gave another interview, this one to the Economist. He talked a lot about …

Were McConnell another kind of man, he would see that a special prosecutor is needed to look into the election. But self-preservation is all that animates him<p>Mitch McConnell has always liked to fight dirty. More than 20 years ago, at a Kentucky fundraiser, he took a cardboard cutout of Bill Clinton …

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The Secret Weapon Democrats Don’t Know How to Use

Cheri Bustos of Illinois has lessons about how to win in Trump territory. Are Democratic leaders listening?<p>No Democrat in the House of Representatives did what Cheri Bustos did last November. She wasn’t the sole member of her party to win in a congressional district Donald Trump also took—there …

Poll: Trump approval ticks down, partly due to drop among base

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed President Donald Trump's approval rating back down following a bounce in mid-April.<p>The poll, taken May 4-9, pegged Trump's approval at 36% compared to 58% who said they disapprove of his performance as President.<p>Nearly all …

Why the FBI might wage “war” on Trump — and how they would actually do it

It’s not often that you hear members of the FBI threatening to go to war with the president. But that’s where we are after Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.<p>“[Trump] essentially declared war on a lot of people at the FBI,” an anonymous FBI official told the Washington Post. “I think …

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FBI decision to withhold records suggests Trump’s provocative election-year comments are being seen as relevant to its own ongoing investigation<p>The US justice department is refusing to disclose FBI documents relating to Donald Trump’s highly contentious election year call on Russia to hack Hillary …

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Comey was taken aback by Trump request for loyalty pledge

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former FBI Director James Comey was "taken aback" by President Donald Trump's request for a personal assurance or pledge of loyalty at a dinner shortly after he took office, a source close to Comey told CNN Friday.<p>Comey refused to do so, saying he could not provide such a pledge …

AG Sessions paves way for stricter sentencing in criminal cases

<b>(CNN) —</b> Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a new directive for federal prosecutors across the country: charge suspects with the most serious offense you can prove.<p>Friday's announcement follows a line of several other significant departures from Obama-era domestic policies at the Justice Department, …

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Trump's anger could lead down a dangerous road

<b>(CNN) —</b> Presidents often get angry, but most go to great lengths to hide their fits of rage and the impression that red faced fury rules their actions.<p>Not Donald Trump.<p>In three-and-a-half months in office, the 45th President has shown that indignation, impulsiveness and a prickly desire to protect …

Trump EPA reverses Obama block on controversial copper mine

The Trump administration has agreed to stop standing in the way of a proposed mine in Alaska that has inspired a long-running, multimillion-dollar legal and lobbying battle in Washington — in yet another reversal of former President Barack Obama's environmental policies.<p>In a settlement announced …

Trump’s attempt to fix the Comey crisis made it worse

The president's interview contradicting the explanation his aides have given for the FBI director's firing raised more questions than it answered.<p>President Donald Trump spent many of the first 48 hours after he fired his FBI director grumbling to friends and associates about his lousy media …

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Behind Comey’s firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia

The president deliberated for more than a week before ousting the FBI chief who was investigating Trump associates.<p>President Donald Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week. When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn’t call James Comey. He sent his longtime …

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And then Henry Kissinger walks in...: 24 hours in the Donald Trump circus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump promised a White House like no other when he pulled the biggest upset in presidential history to become the 44th man to hold the job. Man has he delivered.<p>From his Twitter feed to his dinner guests (Ted Nugent, Kid Rock and Sarah Palin -- all in one night!), the Trump White …

This is how Russia thinks about fake news and media manipulation

And now, the highest echelons of the US security apparatus have a suspect for who was behind the email hacks: Russia.<p>The CIA and FBI have both discovered that, by releasing damaging information about the Democrats, the Russian government sought to undermine the US elections to some end.<p>The CIA says …

Will Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice drain Donald Trump’s swamp?

How likely is the incoming attorney general to deal with Trump’s conflicts<p>Imagine (it’s easy if you try)…<p><i>President Trump sues the General Services Administration for terminating his lease for the Trump hotel at the old Post Office Pavilion, based on restrictions against contracting with a</i> …

Study: Repealing Obama health law cuts taxes for wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans may be handing wealthy Americans a big tax cut by repealing President Barack Obama's health care law, according to a …

U.S. intelligence officials say Putin was personally involved in U.S. election hack

Image: DonkeyHotey/Wikiemedia<p>Putin had at least two reasons to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. First, he had a grudge against Hillary …

The practical guide to resisting Trump, by former Congressional staffers

When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in November, thousands took the streets to protest the outcome of the vote. For days, holding signs reading “not my president,” they showed their disappointment in cities around the US. But, Trump won the election, and per the rules of …

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