Politics

How Worried Should Jared Kushner Be?

One of the overlooked aspects of yesterday’s news that the F.B.I. is interested in Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, is that Kushner played a role in the firing of James Comey, the former F.B.I. director. Kushner is not formally a target of the F.B.I.’s sprawling investigation, but I was …

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The dueling scoops about Jared Kushner’s plan for secret communications with Russia, explained

Actual policy is the elephant in the room<p>On Friday night two versions of an incredible story emerged.<p>They both start like this: In early December, Jared Kushner and future former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn met with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Trump Tower to see about …

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Boehner chides Trump administration 'disaster'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former House Speaker John Boehner gave President Donald Trump's young presidency low marks at an event Wednesday, saying that other than getting the House to pass a health care bill, "everything else he's done has been a complete disaster."<p>"He's still learning how to be president," Boehner …

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As Trump’s Problems Mount, Breitbart’s Numbers Are Cratering

A media business based on attack has been much less successful when forced to defend.<p>With its former chairman <b>Steve Bannon</b> as White House chief strategist and plans for an ambitious international expansion, Breitbart was supposed to be on its way to becoming a media behemoth in the Trump era, one …

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It may be time to disobey the commander in chief

With his assault on the rule of law, President Trump has undermined his legitimacy.<p>In the space of a week, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, lied about why he did it, then admitted in a TV interview that, actually, he prematurely terminated Comey’s 10-year term because he was annoyed with the …

Democracy

Amid Trump's silence, Russia creeps into first foreign trip

<b>Taormina, Italy (CNN) —</b> On a foreign swing President Donald Trump and his aides hoped would distance him from a storm of Russia controversy, he has been unable to escape the cloud of suspicion swirling around him and his administration.<p>As Trump arrived in this otherwise tranquil town on the …

World Leaders

NSA Chief Admits Donald Trump Colluded with Russia

When will Admiral Rogers say publicly what he told his agency’s workforce?<p>President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey continues to …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Trump's Moral Holiday

The permissiveness of Republican leaders who acquiesce to violence, collusion, and corruption is encouraging more of the same.<p>In the annals of the Trump era, May 25, 2017, will deserve a special mark. Four remarkable things happened on Thursday, each of which marks a way that this presidency is …

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Some Of The GOP’s Institutions Have More Reason To Be Loyal To Trump Than Others

As President Trump’s struggles have mounted, the overriding question in American politics has become “who’s still with him?” We’ve looked at what …

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What really fired up liberals this week?

Media bubbles: everybody's got one and everybody thinks the other side's stinks. For those of you who may lean conservative and not know what's trending on your liberal brother-in-law's Facebook page, here's a look at what was hot from left-leaning media and commentators this week. And for …

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Fmr. CIA Dir. on Kushner Russia news: 'Is this a prank?'

Former acting CIA Director John McLaughlin joins Lawrence O'Donnell to share the intelligence community's reaction to reports Jared Kushner discussed …

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A Body Language Expert on Donald Trump's Awkward NATO Summit

Scores of world leaders, including President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President …

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World Leaders Meet for G7 in Italy: Pictures

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Trump Official Incompetently Defends Administration’s Competence

Earlier this week, the Trump administration released a federal budget that contradicted itself. This wasn’t terribly surprising. After all, the …

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What we learned about Melania Trump from her first international trip

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As the overseas debut of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump draws to a close -- the couple is set to return to Washington this weekend -- there was the usual bluster and bravado from the President.<p>His white-knuckled handshake with France's new president made …

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Despite Environment and Controversy, GOP Wins Another Race

<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>Despite environment and controversy, Republicans win another race<p>Well, if you wanted to know if someone could win a competitive special election one day after …

Elections

Suit against Hillary Clinton over Benghazi deaths and emails is dismissed

A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton's lax security surrounding her emails led to the deaths of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.<p>In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman …

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Trump confirms Europe’s worst fears

BRATISLAVA — If “hope dies last,” as a favorite German aphorism goes, Europe needs to find a Plan B for dealing with Donald Trump.<p>For months, …

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The White House has secure lines. So why did Kushner want...

The Washington Post's Adam Entous tells Hardball that there's a link between the FBI's interest in Kushner and their new reporting

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Homeland secretary: People would 'never leave the house' if they knew what I knew

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Friday that the American public would "never leave the house" if they knew what he knew about terrorist threats.<p>Speaking to "Fox and Friends" hosts, Kelly noted that there were four major terror attacks in the last week, …

News

Tracking Trump: president makes new friends and old gaffes on world tour

This week in Trumpland: president has a meeting with the pope and a strange handshake with Macron, while the budget and healthcare dominate at home<p>Donald Trump left US shores last Friday with a persistent drumbeat of accusations about his and his associates’ links to Russia ringing in his ears.<p>He …

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Foreign Policy Thinker Zbigniew Brzezinski Dies At 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a noted foreign policy expert and thinker, died Friday at the age of 89.<p>His daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, announced his death on Twitter and Instagram:<p>One of his most well-known accomplishments came in 1978, …

Foreign Policy

Latest on White House reshuffling

The Wall Street Journal is saying President Trump "is actively discussing major changes in the White House, including a shakeup of his senior team" …

World Leaders

The Democrats Need a New Message

After another demoralizing loss to a monstrous candidate, Democrats need a reboot<p>The story of Greg Gianforte, a fiend who just wiped out a Democrat …

Elections

Trump's ally-angering trip abroad, explained in 7 images

President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip is nearly over. Some events were near disasters; some went surprisingly well. But nearly all of them were deeply revealing about Trump, saying something important about his administration’s policies and his own diplomatic style.<p>The trip also generated …

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First Read’s Morning Clips: Kushner Under Scrutiny

<b>TRUMP AGENDA: Kushner under scrutiny</b><p>An NBC exclusive: "Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News. Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to …

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Elderly Trump University plaintiffs die waiting for checks

About 7,000 former students from President Trump’s now shuttered real estate seminar business Trump University are due to receive checks in coming months — but some have died waiting.<p>The disclosure came as part of a court filing this week seeking to beat back a last-ditch appeal by a Florida …

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Trump Says His Trip to Europe Has Already Saved ‘Millions of Jobs’

On his first foreign trip as president, Donald Trump touched a glowing orb with the leader of an Islamist autocracy that he’d accused of …

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The Lesser Part of Valor

Preston Brooks, Greg Gianforte, and the American tradition of disguising cowardice as bravery.<p>You wouldn’t say that Preston Brooks sucker-punched Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber in 1856—but only because he used a cane. Brooks, a South Carolina congressman, began bludgeoning Sumner, the …

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Ivanka Trump Is Not To Blame For Her Dad's Terrible Policies

Sure, she's bad at her job. But that's not the same as complicity.<p>WASHINGTON ― As President Donald Trump unveiled a budget proposal this week that progressive groups have deemed the worst for women in a generation, his older daughter offered a consolation prize.<p>Ivanka Trump had worked for months to …

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