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White House tries to shift discussion amid FBI director’s testimony

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 03:32

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, reacting to news from the first day of House Intelligence Committee hearings into the 2016 election, tried to steer reporters away from questions about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials — and onto the administration’s preferred topic, news media leaks about intercepted conversations involving fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Spicer’s customary daily press briefing took place in the afternoon as FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Mike Rogers were still testifying. Earlier in the day, Comey said he had “no information” to support Trump’s claim that his predecessor, President Obama, wiretapped his campaign — a widely anticipated statement that did not lead to a retraction by the White House.


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White House defends President Trump’s golf habit and argues it’s different from Obama’s

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 03:17

During his daily briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted that President Trump uses his time on the golf course productively. Spicer’s comments came in response to a question from Yahoo News noting that Trump has visited the golf course at least 10 times since taking office eight weeks ago, even though for years he criticized former President Barack Obama for golfing. Spicer said there were “two things” to point out in response to the question.


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Democrats paint Gorsuch as ‘cold’ defender of corporations

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 02:21

In the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Monday, Judge Neil Gorsuch defended himself from Senate Democrats who said he ruled against the “little guy” as a federal judge. “I have ruled for disabled students, prisoners, for workers alleging civil rights violations, and for undocumented immigrants,” Gorsuch said. Gorsuch’s statement came after he listened to hours of remarks from senators on the Judiciary Committee, which over four days this week is weighing his nomination to the nation’s highest court.


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POTUS tweets put White House spin on Comey’s testimony

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 02:07

The White House responded to a day of damaging testimony to Congress on Monday by FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers with a series of tweets intended to cast the news in the best possible light. The official @POTUS account sent out a series of clips from the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing into the 2016 election, focusing on three issues: Russian efforts to influence the vote, allegations that the Trump campaign was wiretapped, and the leaks to the media about contacts between Russian officials and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey said that the Department of Justice was looking into Russian interference with the election and potential ties to the Trump campaign but that he had no information to support the president’s claims, on Twitter, that Trump Tower had been wiretapped on the orders of former President Barack Obama.


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FBI’s Comey knocks the Patriots to make a point about the Kremlin’s grudge against Clinton

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 00:55

Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, FBI Director James Comey deployed a sports analogy — and revealed something about his sports fandom that won’t make him any friends in New England. “I hate the New England Patriots,” Comey confessed while taking questions about the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of Russia’s motivation to help Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. The quip was meant to illustrate the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia’s hatred of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was so intense, Moscow would do anything it could to help her opponent.


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A Trump campaign ally wants to ‘bring the hammer’ to Congress

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 00:07

Bruce LeVell can bench-press the president of the United States. The Georgia congressional candidate and former campaign surrogate for President Trump stands 6 feet 4 and weighs 240 pounds — slightly bigger than the chief executive himself. “You better act right, because you know how big I am,” LeVell wrote. LeVell similarly wants to be an imposing presence backing up Trump’s agenda in Congress.


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FBI chief Comey on Trump wiretapping claims: ‘I have no information that supports those tweets’

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 20:47

At a House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday morning, FBI Director James Comey said there was no evidence to support President Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his campaign. “With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets,” Comey said. “And we have looked carefully inside the FBI.


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FBI Director James Comey confirms investigation of potential Trump-Russia ties

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 20:39

FBI Director James Comey confirmed that bureau investigators were looking into whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Moscow during the 2016 election. The FBI chief made the disclosure in his opening statement Monday morning before the House Intelligence Committee, which is looking into Russian interference in the election, leaks of classified information and charges by the president that his campaign was wiretapped by President Barack Obama. Comey noted that the FBI customarily does not confirm ongoing investigations — especially those concerning classified matters — but it may be appropriate to do that, as the Justice Department (DOJ) recognizes, if it is in the public’s interest.


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Trump touts poll showing decline in approval rating

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:42

President Trump punched Monday at one poll of his approval ratings while touting another. But the latter poll, by Fox News, showed him with a steadily declining performance rate.


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What we learned from Comey’s testimony on Russia and Trump

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 18:56

FBI Director James Comey appeared before House Intelligence Committee on Monday, testifying that since July bureau investigators have been looking into whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Comey also said he has “no information to support” Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Watch a recap of Comey’s testimony in the video player above and catch up on all of our live analysis in the blog below.


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Trump fumes before Comey testimony: ‘No evidence’ I colluded with Russia

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 18:05

Hours before FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress on the bureau’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, President Trump took a few swings on Twitter. First, the president pointed out that former National Intelligence Director James Clapper had said in a recent interview that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia,” Trump tweeted.


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Syria’s refugee crisis is also a security nightmare, terrorism experts warn

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:30

As the number of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war climbs well into the millions, there are new warnings from top U.S. counterterrorism experts that the exodus is posing a national security threat far more serious than any the United States and Europe have seen in decades. Soufan’s message: The failure of the West to address the conditions of refugees flooding into neighboring countries creates a situation like the one that gave rise to the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan 25 years ago — with consequences that could potentially be more disastrous.


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Democrats hope to corner Gorsuch in confirmation battle

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:19

Senate Democrats hope to force Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch into revealing his opinions on abortion rights and the legality of President Trump’s travel ban during confirmation hearings that begin Monday. Supreme Court nominees are usually circumspect when asked to share their views on issues that could one day make their way to the court, a standard that Gorsuch’s defenders say was set by liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her confirmation hearing in 1993.


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Trump: Kim Jong Un ‘acting very, very badly’

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 03:31

President Trump reiterated on Sunday that he believes North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, are misbehaving with their nuclear provocations.


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Top Dem on House intel panel hopes Comey ends ‘wild goose chase’ over Trump wiretap claims

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 22:44

The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee continue to say they have seen no proof of President Trump’s explosive, evidence-free claim that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower before the 2016 presidential election. “Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?


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On This Day:  You have a right to an attorney

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 01:04

It was on this day in 1963 that the Supreme Court handed down the Gideon decision, which guaranteed the rights of the accused to have a public defender in court.


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10 fascinating facts about Grover Cleveland, the only double President

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 20:45

Grover Cleveland stands alone in American history as the only President to serve non-consecutive terms. On the anniversary of his birth, here’s a look at one of most fascinating White House occupants.


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NSC head McMaster knows what it will take to defeat ISIS. But will Trump listen?

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 14:30

President Donald Trump, right, listens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, talks at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. on Feb. 20, 2017, where Trump announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser. NEAR TAL AFAR — On the rolling hills of the battlefield near Tal Afar in northern Iraq, fighters belonging to the armed brigades known as the Popular Mobilization Forces [PMF], made up of mostly Shiite tribal members, hustle to and from a front-line base confronting forces of the Islamic State. The city was once held up as an example of tribal unity between Shiite and Sunni Muslims after it was liberated from al-Qaida by American troops commanded by then Army Col. H.R. McMaster.


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Sleepless in Seattle, and other places: Trump-induced insomnia stalks blue-state America

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:30

Susan Rogers, a poet and attorney in California, is “hurtling through space with no direction” on a plane that, she discovers with horror, has no pilot. Alicia Bowman, a journalist from East Penn, Pa., is racing frantically through a train that is heading the wrong way, flinging off her belongings so she can run faster, calling frantically for her son, who is transgender. Rachelle Pachtman, who does canine rescue on New York’s Upper West Side, is searching fruitlessly through her refrigerator for something to serve Michelle and Barack Obama, who have just happened to drop by for lunch.


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Irish prime minister to Trump: St. Patrick 'was an immigrant'

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 02:01

‘THE SHELTER OF AMERICA.’ Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny‘s remarks Thursday at the White House gained new attention the next day, St. Patrick’s Day, as a clip from the United Kingdom’s public service station Channel 4 showed him defending United States’ historic role as a beacon for immigrants seeking refuge.


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