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Is Donald Trump’s casino empire linked to money laundering? Past financial crimes may be the president’s biggest problem

Campaign collusion could become an afterthought as investigators begin to focus on the Atlantic City money trail<p>So Donald Trump screwed the pooch again. This time the president did it on camera, standing next to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he made a point of quieting the room …

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Donald Trump is running the White House like a business. That's the problem

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump asked two of his top intelligence officials to publicly knock down the idea that his 2016 presidential campaign had colluded with the Russians in the days after then-FBI Director James Comey revealed a federal investigation was underway into the matter, …

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Trump Is America’s Most Honest President

He just can’t help himself from blurting out the truth—even when it’s self-sabotage.<p>“I. Never. Mentioned. The Word. ‘Israel,’” said President Donald Trump, drawing out the syllables, performing hard eye contact with the dozens of cameras, as Israel’s prime minister stood by in a brief press …

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Jared Kushner: White House senior adviser, alleged slumlord

A new report depicts Jared Kushner as a ruthless landlord who sues his low-income tenants until their deaths<p>Everyone is fully aware of Jared Kushner’s multitasking capabilities. This son-in-law of President Donald Trump wears many hats in the White House. He’s a senior adviser, the director of the …

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Melania Evaded Trump’s Attempted Hand-Holding (Again) In Rome, And The Internet Can’t Help Itself

Donald Trump’s first foreign trip as president has already generated plenty of controversy, especially when he inadvertently brought up his controversial Oval Office visit with Russian officials while posing with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Yet First Lady Melania Trump has been stirring the pot …

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Robert Mueller will force Donald Trump to reckon with the truth

Special counsel on Russia can investigate widely and prosecute anyone who lies to him.<p>The appointment of Robert Mueller as a special counsel investigating the Trump team’s connections with Russia has put the president on a path he has never traveled: a collision course with the truth.<p>Firing an FBI …

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First Lady Melania Trump Swats President Donald Trump’s Hand—Again

The slap is back.<p>The swat’s in style again.<p>As President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flee the “witch hunt” in D.C. for a world tour, there have been ample opportunities to observe their forced interactions.<p>Monday in Tel Aviv, Melania’s casual batting away of her husband’s hand lit the …

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President Trump Lands in Rome, Gets Rejected by Melania Again

Remember yesterday when First Lady Melania Trump swatted away Donald’s extended hand? Well, the President just landed in Rome, and it looks like …

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Carrier plant that Trump saved will lay off hundreds right before Christmas: report

The Carrier factory that President Trump convinced owners not to move to Mexico will lay off hundreds of workers just before the holiday season, CNN …

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For 70-year-old president who likes his own bed, this trip is exhausting

He stifles yawns. His eyes narrow. And ultimately, when he garbles part of his speech, an aide explains that President Trump is “just an exhausted guy.”<p>It was only day two of an eight-day marathon that includes four countries, a city-state (the Vatican) and an occupied territory (the West Bank). By …

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Oops She Did It Again! Did Melania Trump Reject Donald’s Attempt to Hold Her Hand for a Second Time?

Did President Donald Trump get friend-zoned by his own wife … again?<p>Just one day after First Lady Melania Trump made headlines around the world with …

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Donald Trump makes the wrong impression at Yad Vashem

When American presidents travel abroad, especially for the first time, they make a lasting impression. Yesterday, for example, Donald Trump raised …

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The dumb accounting error at the heart of Trump’s budget

Not only does the Trump administration's budget proposal rely on economic growth assumptions that are wildly more optimistic than those produced by …

Business

Melania Trump pulled away from yet another Donald Trump hand-hold

First lady Melania Trump and her husband once again failed a hand-hold on Tuesday, as the couple landed in Italy for the third leg of his nine-day …

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Trump Is Reportedly Building a “War Room” to Defuse His Scandals

And Corey Lewandowski could be taking point.<p>The White House press shop would be busy enough without the Russia scandal hanging over their heads. There’s terrorism in Britain; deteriorating relations with Turkey; questions about whether Trump planned to shut down the government; a series of muddled …

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The Ugly American’s road trip: Donald Trump and America’s declining culture

Even if Trump has managed to avoid major embarrassment on his foreign foray, he's still a national humiliation<p>Donald Trump embarked on his first trip overseas as president over the weekend, and it was only fitting that the president began the first leg of his trip in Saudi Arabia, the theocratic …

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Trump’s Own Voters Would Be Among Hardest Hit By His Budget

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>Trump's own voters would be among hardest hit by his budget<p>In his June 2015 presidential announcement speech, Donald Trump focused on two issues that …

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Brennan: Russia may have successfully recruited Trump campaign aides

The former CIA director also says the FBI probe into whether Russia meddled in the election is ‘well founded.’<p>Updated 05/23/2017 03:40 PM EDT<p>Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday that he had concerns that Russian officials may have successfully recruited aides from Donald Trump’s …

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Melania Just Rejected Donald Trump's Hand *Again*, So He Grabbed Her Butt Instead

This is a battle you won't win, Donald.<p>Just days after slapping her husband's hand away in the viral GIF seen around the world, Melania Trump once again diverted a hand-holding attempt from President Donald Trump, this time in Rome. So he went ahead and touched her butt instead.<p>Donald, buddy. When …

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Trump’s “Comedy of Errors” Gets Graded on a Curve

The Israeli media got to see the Trump circus up close—and the reviews were withering.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>President <b>Donald Trump</b> can now call the Israeli press the enemy, too. Purveyors of fake news. Bad people. Persecuting him. Etc., etc. Blame the …

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Trump really needs to work on his denials

President Trump wanted to make something very clear during his visit to Israel on Monday: In that infamous conversation with Russian diplomats a couple weeks ago — the one in which he shared classified intelligence — he totally didn't say that the source of the information was Israel.<p>“Just so you …

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'Jackass' Trump is like Dumb and Dumber character, says Joe Scarborough

Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency has been compared to nightmarish works of fiction, but the hosts of <i>Morning Joe</i> are now likening the commander in chief’s recent antics to <i>Dumb and Dumber</i> in the wake of the ballooning Russian investigation scandal.<p>During the MSNBC show’s Tuesday edition, …

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Travelers Chant 'Lock Him Up' As Man In Trump Hat Is Removed From United Plane

“We’re grateful for the patience shown by our customers who endured the disruptive behavior of this passenger," United says.<p>Passengers chanted “lock him up” as United Airlines had a man sporting a Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” campaign hat removed from a flight in Shanghai. The man …

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Donald and Melania Just Held the Hell Out of Each Other's Hands

After Melania Trump appeared to swat her husband's outstretched hand yesterday during a trip to the Middle East, the Internet was quick to add the incident to the "unhappy Melania" narrative that started when she was visibly frowning during the inauguration. Melania is also unique in the modern era …

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Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first budget proposal got an icy reception on Capitol Hill Tuesday, and that was just from the Republicans.<p>Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals "draconian."<p>"I don't think the president's …

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Melania Trump Still Wants No Part of Being Touched in Public by Donald Trump

The First Lady is all of us.<p>The Donald Trump world tour continues this afternoon, as the president and his merry band of silently miserable hangers-on arrived Rome today for this week's highly-anticipated meeting with His Holiness and noted Trump shade expert Pope Francis at the Vatican.<p>And for the …

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Twitter Has Theories About The Sinkhole That Just Opened At Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Estate

Mar-A-Lago, Trump’s private club at Palm Beach, Florida, was nicknamed White House 2.0 due to Trump’s numerous weekend trips there at great expense to taxpayers. It was in the dining room there, within earshot of the club’s patrons, where Trump and staff held a national security meeting which …

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Black Mold and Raw Sewage Plague Kushner Co. Housing, Tenants Say - VICE

Over the past five years in Maryland, real estate company JK Westminster LLC and its subsidiaries have filed hundreds of lawsuits against low-income tenants for almost any amount of unpaid rent, according to joint reporting from ProPublica and the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>. And despite tenants' …

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This Senator Told Trump Where He Thinks His Budget Belongs

Senator Wyden made it very clear he is not a fan of the president’s new budget.<p>Senator Ron Wyden (OR-D) has some thoughts on Donald Trump’s proposed budget.<p>In a flurry of tweets, Senator Wyden provided a visual of what he believes the president should do with his proposed budget.<p>Wyden called the …

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Copying Clinton, Trump builds scandal war room

<b>Day 124...</b> White House officials tell me they're gearing up for months, and likely years, of Russia defense. Trump and his inner circle are belatedly …

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