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* John Wagner reports that Omarosa is so, so not done:<p>Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released a secret recording Thursday in a bid to bolster her contention that she was offered a $15,000-a-month contract from President Trump’s campaign to stay silent after being fired from her …

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Al Franken breaks down why Trump’s ‘collusion is not a crime’ defense is an ‘insult to everyone’s intelligence’

Former U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has mostly kept a low profile since resigning his office in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. But …

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Free-speech conservatives, this is your call to arms

To all those supposed constitutional conservatives out there, consider this your call to arms: The First Amendment is under direct attack, and this time from a much more powerful foe than misguided college freshmen.<p>By whom I mean: the ostensible leader of the free world.<p>Again and again, President …

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Trump officials are using a bizarre new comparison to explain the US-China trade war

Members of President Donald Trump's administration have been trying for months to explain the benefit of the president's trade war, and now officials appear to have developed an odd new comparison to help get the public on board with the tariffs.<p>Both Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Agriculture …

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Steve Schmidt: Trump revoking Brennan's clearance shows his 'autocratic fetish'

GOP strategist and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight …

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Trump Tower vs. the White House: Inside the president's 2 offices, from Shaq's sneaker to Ronald Reagan's old rug

Trump Tower and the Oval Office used to seem worlds apart.<p>But now that Donald Trump is president, they both count as his two signature workspaces.<p>His Trump Tower office was messy and littered with papers and random collectibles. Unsurprisingly, things tend to look a bit neater in the Oval …

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Trump properties took in $1.7 million from Republican groups in the first half of 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican campaigns, committees and outside groups have spent more than $1.7 million at Trump properties through the first six months of 2018, with over half of that spending coming from the Republican National Committee, according to a CNN analysis of FEC filings.<p>In addition to the RNC -- …

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Trump Says He Alone Can Keep the GOP in Power. He Alone Believes That.

Donald Trump gave the Wall Street Journal an impromptu, 20-minute interview on Wednesday, touching on everything from his beloved tariffs to his …

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Editorial: Trump’s insult to US intelligence

President Trump’s vindictive streak went on a brazen course this week, when he revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan and …

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Trump Is Entering a Dangerous Phase of His Presidency

The possible existence of recordings of Donald Trump using racial slurs is giving rise to another round of speculation about whether anything can dent his popularity.<p>As Brian Beutler reminds us, we already have plenty of examples of damage to Trump’s approval from wildly inappropriate comments. …

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Never Mind Congress. These Democrats Want to Win State Legislatures

One day in March, a few months after she announced her bid for the Texas state legislature, Ana Maria Ramos was sitting in her ripped black leather …

Government

Lara Trump is no longer the least controversial Trump

While most of President Donald Trump’s offspring and their spouses have been mired in scandal or investigations, or have just been the butt of …

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Ivanka Trump’s Makeup Artist is a Mexican Immigrant and We Are Just as Confused as You Are

Just when we thought the Trump family couldn’t get anymore insane, we found out about Ivanka Trump’s makeup artist. Her name is Alexa Rodulfo and in …

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Kansas Republican Legislator: "Kris Kobach is one awful, bad idea"

Koesten, who was part of the moderate coalition, joined other moderates who found themselves targets of both the Kobach and Colyer campaign — both …

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Trump gives new reason for stripping Brennan's clearance

Omarosa Manigault Newman released another secretly recorded tape, this time of the president's daughter-in-law Lara Trump.

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Make no mistake, Trump is gearing up to fire Mueller

The dictator is simply bringing down the hammer on intelligent people who make him look like a doofus on a daily basis.<p>I used to ask myself whether …

Jerry Falwell Jr. Insults Founding Fathers To Defend Trump's Jerky Behavior

The Liberty University president's comments about Donald Trump didn't go over too well on Twitter.<p>Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. just came up with a truly bizarre defense of President Donald Trump’s rude behavior ― and all he had to do was blame Founding Fathers like Thomas …

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says 'environmental terrorist groups' enabled wildfires

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s claim that “environmental terrorist groups” created the conditions that enabled California’s wildfires triggered substantial blowback from environmental groups, who chastised the Trump administration official for downplaying the role of climate change in the …

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Who Is Trump's $92 Million Military Parade Actually For?

For a deeply unpopular president, this is something he'd support at any price.<p>Last year, Donald Trump was an honored guest of French president Emmanuel Macron at that country's Bastille Day military parade, an annual event in which thousands of French and foreign servicemembers in formal dress …

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Our republic will never be the same

From the beginning of the American republic, its founders obsessed about how it all would end. “Democracy never lasts long,” said John Adams. “There never was a Democracy Yet, that did not commit suicide.”<p>George Washington used his farewell address to warn that partisan “factions” could tear the …

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Mueller's team has 3 times the evidence for Paul Manafort's next trial than his current trial

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Special Counsel's Office has almost three times the number of exhibits it wants to show a jury in Paul Manafort's next criminal trial compared with what it used in his Virginia case.<p>The evidence for the two trials largely doesn't overlap, according to a court filing Thursday from …

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President Trump Told Congress Something Untrue. Here's Why That's a Big Deal

When President Donald Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress in February of 2017, he claimed that "the vast majority of …

Education Department investigates sex abuse scandal amid Jordan allegations

The Education Department's Office for Civil rights is investigating how Ohio State University officials handled complaints against a former university doctor accused of sexually abusing athletes, in a case that's also drawn allegations that a Republican congressman turned a blind eye as Ohio State …

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Trump Says Farmers Are Starting to Do Well. The Data Says Otherwise

President Donald Trump said Thursday that American farmers are starting to prosper. But recent data tell a different story.<p>“They are, I hear, despite …

Thanks, Paul Manafort — for showing that the U.S. needs to crack down on dirty money

<i>Casey Michel is a reporter with ThinkProgress, covering money laundering and corruption</i>.<p>Over the past two weeks, Americans have been treated to one of the most astonishing tales of grand corruption in our republic’s history. The trial of Paul Manafort – former Trump campaign chairman and lobbyist …

Real Estate

Here Are 5 of the Worst Scandals Showing the Cruelty and Corruption of the Trump Era

Republican Charles J. Sykes, author of <i>How the Right Lost Its Mind</i> and one of President Donald Trump’s vocal critics on the right, recently described …

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Trump is picking on the wrong guy

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Trump is picking on the wrong guy if he thinks the revocation of John Brennan's security clearances is going to intimidate or silence him. The man who is in many ways the architect of the war on militant jihadists is not going to be easily bullied.<p>Former CIA director Brennan is …

National Security

Once Dry Discussions, Cabinet Meetings Are Now Part of the Trump Show

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s cabinet meeting on Thursday began with him calling the vaunted Queen of Soul a former employee. It ended with him musing that things were looking up for American farmers who have been stung by the effects of his trade war.<p>In between, the president called on his top …

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WaPo columnist rips Trump for his 'possibly stupidest tweet ever'

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin on Thursday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for …

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'He's gonna kill us': Nebraska farmers freak out as Trump's trade war threatens their businesses

President Donald Trump’s trade war against multiple countries has been hammering the price of American soybeans, and many farmers say they’re …

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