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Top Russian Official Tried to Broker ‘Backdoor’ Meeting Between Trump and Putin

WASHINGTON — A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter.<p>The news of this reached the Trump campaign in a …

US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In case there was any doubt, the US Navy has confirmed that there is "zero training value" in drawing penises in the sky.<p>Navy officials were faced with an unusual controversy after residents of Okanogan County, Washington noticed a sky drawing many said looked like male genitalia …


"Do you think it was a LEGITIMATE election?" Clinton: "I think there are lots of questions about its legitimacy, and we don't have a method for …

How a conservative group dealt with a fondling charge against a rising GOP star

On a fall evening two years ago, donors gathered during a conference at a Ritz-Carlton hotel near Washington to raise funds for a 31-year-old candidate for the Ohio legislature who was a rising star in evangelical politics.<p>Hours later, upstairs in a hotel guest room, an 18-year-old college student …

Family Research Council

Strong statement from @PressSec on Russia vetoing renewal of the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) thus “protecting the Assad regime and terrorists who are using chemical weapons in Syria.”

Panel discusses new attention on Bill Clinton

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand caused shockwaves when she want after Bill Clinton, saying he should have resigned after the Lewinsky affair.

Kirsten Gillibrand

Medal of Honor recipient on what inspired him during darkest days

Medal of Honor recipient Flo Groberg talks to Jake Tapper about his battlefield bravery which he writes about in a new book.

Medal of Honor

GOP uses gimmick to hide true deficit cost of tax bill

The Republican tax reform plan may add much more to the deficit than budgeted with tax cuts that are not permanent. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.


Committee demands docs from Kushner

The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding that White House adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, turn over emails related to Wikileaks and an overture from Russia. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

Donald Trump

McConnell pitching to Trump on how to block Moore

A White House source says McConnell is drafting a memo to Trump with options amid sex abuse allegations against Roy Moore. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.


Dem rep: this isn't a watershed moment on sexual harassment

Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says despite the conversation that's taking place about sexual harassment, this is not a watershed moment. Our panel weighs in.


Panel on Trump's selective silence on sexual misconduct

The White House today defended President Trump's attacks on Senator Al Franken compared to his lack of commentary on Roy Moore.

Al Franken

Sessions jokes: 'Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room?'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Standing before a friendly audience of conservative lawyers Friday afternoon at the Mayflower Hotel, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the elephant in the room.<p>"Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room?" Sessions joked, causing roars of laughter throughout the banquet hall. "Any …

Sergey Kislyak

WH: Franken admitted wrongdoing, the President hasn't

CNN's Ryan Nobles reports on the White House response to the president's tweets on sexual misconduct allegations.

Donald Trump

Tapper: Trump wants you not to believe his accusers

President Trump went after Sen. Franken (D-MN) on Twitter for sexual harassment accusations, despite numerous women who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment.

Donald Trump

8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor

A story of valor and the making of a hero—Florent Groberg, who grew up in France, emigrated to the US, and was the first immigrant in forty years to …

The amazing @FlorentGroberg visits #TheLead next to tell us his amazing story — his book is great, check it out

This Sunday @SenatorCollins joins @jaketapper on #CNNSOTU. Tune in!

Are Roland Martin and Donna Brazile Getting Off Easy On Their CNN/TV One Town Hall Scandal?

Last Sunday’s morning talk show circuit saw some old wounds opened during a Twitter haggle between TV One host <b>Roland Martin</b> and CNN’s <b>Jake Tapper</b>. …

Hillary Clinton

Rep. Dingell says she was groped by 'prominent historical person' in the '80s

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Rep. Debbie Dingell recounted on Friday decades-old instances when a "prominent historical person" groped her and that a former senator acted inappropriately toward her.<p>The Michigan Democrat told CNN's "New Day" that the person, whom she did not name, tried to put his hand up her …

Jackie Speier

.@BillForOhio, a sitting Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, apparently posted on Facebook about his sexual escapades. "In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females."