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Kaine challenger prompts laughter by saying Trump is 'standing up' to Russia

The first US Senate debate in Virginia went mostly according to script on Saturday, with few of the fireworks some thought likely from a meeting between a Trumpist challenger and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 vice-presidential pick.<p>The challenger, Corey Stewart, a far-right elected official in northern …

Donald Trump

Trump Thinks He’s in Charge. He’s Mistaken: Weekend Edition

Mr. President, You Are Not in Charge – Jonathan Bernstein<p>“There’s a lot — a <i>lot</i> — going on right now, much of it extremely serious and seemingly dangerous. So I suppose it’s not right that I’m hung up on this bit from the top of President Donald Trump’s interview Wednesday with CBS News’s Jeff Glor, …

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Trump wants suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that National Football League (NFL) players who do not stand for the national anthem should be suspended for the season without pay.<p>The comments come a day after the NFL and the union representing its players said they were working on a …

Football (U.S.)

Republican leaders need to remember what happened the last time America chose to be isolated

<b>(CNN) —</b> By attacking our closest allies and their leaders and displaying obsequious deference to the virtual dictator Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump has repudiated American global leadership. He has replaced it with a hyper-nationalism and unilateralism that are less of a foreign policy and more the …

Political Science

World Economic Leaders Condemn President Trump's Twitter Trade Rants at G-20 Summit

(Bloomberg) — Global economic leaders are pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest rants on global trade and currencies, speaking …

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The game just fundamentally changed for Trump and the GOP.

Let's start our Saturday rime together off on a lighter note. By far and away, my choice for "Comment of the Week" goes to Chuck Rosenberg, a former …

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In private, Trump vents frustration over lack of progress on North Korea

When he emerged from his summit with Kim Jong Un last month, President Trump tri­umphantly declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and that one of the world’s most intractable geopolitical crises had been “largely solved.”<p>But in the days and weeks since then, U.S. negotiators …

North Korea

Trump’s Saturday Twitter attack on Michael Cohen was a ‘terrible, terrible idea’ that will blow up in president’s face: trial attorney

Preeminent attorney Shanin Specter suggested that President Donald Trump’s Saturday morning Twitter attack on his former fixer, Michael Cohen, could …

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Trump Suggests Season Suspension as Punishment for NFL Players Who Protest Anthem

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday night and as everyone was focused on revelations that his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen had …

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FBI Believed Trump Campaign Aide Carter Page Was 'Collaborating' With Russia

The agency's wiretap applications reveal startling suspicions about the onetime Trump campaign adviser.<p>In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the FBI believed that Carter Page, a campaign adviser to Donald Trump, was “conspiring and collaborating with the Russian government,” …

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Trump reportedly fawned over Putin after their meeting and told aides the Russian leader was strong, smart, and cunning

President Donald Trump reportedly fawned over Russian President Vladimir Putin to his aides after they met for a high stakes summit in Helsinki last week.<p>The Washington Post reported that Trump specifically admired how Putin is "strong, smart, and cunning." He also reportedly said he relished his …

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Melania’s Sad Response To Michael Cohen’s ‘Trump Tapes’ On Paying Off Playboy Mistress, Here’s What She Said

First lady Melania Trump has finally responded to the existence of Michael Cohen’s “Trump tapes,” which exploded into the public news arena …

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FBI releases documents on surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page

Story continues below<p>WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – The FBI on Saturday released documents related to the surveillance of former Trump presidential …

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Trump’s Putin fallout: Inside the White House’s tumultuous week of walk-backs

Executive time began early on Thursday, just after sunrise.<p>Feeling exasperated and feisty as he awoke in the White House residence, President Trump fired off his grievances on Twitter about how the media had been covering his Helsinki summit. And, refusing to be cowed, Trump gave national security …

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Shows Precisely How the Russians Helped Trump Win. Case. F***ing. Closed.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has won multiple Emmy Awards and was twice nominated for the Television Critics Award. Among a strong stable of very good news …

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Trump attorneys waive privilege on secret recording about ex-Playmate payment

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's lawyers have waived attorney-client privilege on his behalf regarding a secretly recorded conversation he had in September 2016 with his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen in which they discussed payments to an ex-Playboy model who says she had an affair with the …

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AP sources: Pence, Bolton, Kelly confronted Trump in Oval Office about Russia comments

Facing condemnation from allies and foes alike on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump was outnumbered even in the Oval Office. Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments he'd made raising doubts about U.S. intelligence conclusions of Russian election …

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Disgusted With Donald Trump? Do This

We got it wrong in 2016. We can get it right in 2018. There’s a far side to this American disgrace, a way to contain the damage, and it’s both utterly straightforward and entirely effective.<p>It’s called voting. And from now until Nov. 6, we must stay fanatically focused on that — on registering …

Democratic Party

When Donald Met Vladimir: The Transcript

<i>Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin conferred privately in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, with only interpreters present. Since then, speculation has been rife about the content of their discussion. The New York Times has obtained a transcript of the conversation, published below.</i><p><i>President Trump:</i> Your …

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Trump Doubles Down on Russia. The Spies Shake Their Heads in Disbelief.

WASHINGTON — When President Trump directed aides to ask President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to the White House this fall, the invitation was his latest attempt to use personal diplomacy in the pursuit of better relations with the Kremlin.<p>But it was also at odds with moves by the rest of the Trump …

National Security

Trump Blasts Fed, China and Europe for Putting U.S. Economy at a Disadvantage

WASHINGTON — President Trump accused China and the European Union on Friday of manipulating their currencies to gain an edge in global trade and escalated his criticism of the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates, saying those moves were putting the United States at a disadvantage.<p>Mr. Trump …

Economy

Michael Cohen Secretly Taped Trump Discussing Payment to Playboy Model

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others …

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Jeffries weighs bid for Democratic Caucus chairman

The New York congressman said the race is something he’s going to look at closely 'in the next several days.'<p>Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the three-term lawmaker from New York and one of Democrats’ rising stars, is considering jumping in the race for Democratic Caucus chair, he told POLITICO …

Civil Rights

Bill Shine, Trump’s Top Communicator, Was Questioned by Federal Prosecutors

WASHINGTON — Bill Shine, a former co-president of Fox News hired this month as President Trump’s communications chief, brought conservative credentials and heavy baggage with him into the White House. President Trump embraced the former and ignored the latter.<p>Mr. Shine, now struggling to limit the …

Sexual Harassment

Russia Campaign ‘Just One Tree in a Growing Forest,’ Rosenstein Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will crack down on agents who are working to advance foreign agendas in the United States, Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, said on Thursday as he warned of a growing Russian threat to the United States.<p>Influence operations undertaken by foreign …

U.S. Justice Department

Who Heard What Trump Said to Putin? Only One Other American

WASHINGTON — Marina Gross, the only other American in the room during President Trump’s meeting on Monday with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, was the interpreter for Laura Bush at the Russian resort of Sochi in 2008 and interpreted for former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Moscow in …

U.S. State Department

Trump judicial nominee pulled over racially charged writings

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pulled the nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from the Senate floor after it became clear Thursday that a number of Republicans would oppose him over racially-charged writings in Bounds's record.<p>The move came after …

Mitch McConnell

Why Russia Will Help the Democrats Next

Election meddling is cheap, effective and here to stay. And hurting the Republicans is the smart strategy for the midterms.<p>Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned last week that the nation is under sustained cyberattack from foreign adversaries like Russia. “I’m here to say, the warning …

Foreign Policy

Why I’m No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic

Facts are piling up, and it’s getting harder to deny what’s staring us in the face.<p>When I wrote, back in February, that I was skeptical that President Donald Trump would ever be proved to have secretly colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election in his favor, I mistyped.<p>What I meant to write was …

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Maria Butina is the 'spy' the Trump administration asked for: Talker

If things don’t change, we should expect to see more cases like Maria Butina.<p><i>Suspected Russian agent Maria Butina, sometimes spelled Mariia, is being held in custody, facing charges of acting as an unregistered agent in the U.S. and infiltrating American political organizations, at the direction of</i> …

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