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Jared Kushner and the politics of nepotism

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 00:55

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner arrives to speak to the media outside the West Wing on July 24, 2017. Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s trusted senior aide and son-in-law, will be questioned Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee, following his Monday appearance before its Senate counterpart, in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Kushner, a 36-year-old political novice, can justifiably claim to be an “outsider” not steeped in the culture of the nation’s capital.

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Democrats hope ‘better deal’ message will resonate

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 00:38

Congressional Democrats rolled out their message for the 2018 midterm elections Monday, vowing to focus on raising wages and creating jobs as they vie to reclaim majorities in the House and Senate. In a press conference in rural Berryville, Va., top Democrats acknowledged they cannot merely oppose President Trump’s policies if they want to change their momentum after a challenging election cycle. “This is the start of a new party,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. He added that “Democrats are unified” around the new series of proposals after years of highly publicized infighting between the progressive and moderate wings of the party.

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Kushner speaks after meeting Senate investigators: ‘I did not collude with Russia’

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 23:04

In rare public remarks, President Trump’s son-in-law and top White House adviser emerged from a closed door meeting with Senate investigators, saying he did nothing wrong.

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Does Trump have ‘complete power to pardon’ himself? We asked a legal expert.

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 21:51

Can the president pardon himself? In an interview with Yahoo News, law professor Brian Kalt explains the presidential pardon power, historical precedents and how a pardon could affect independent counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

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Trump: Sessions is ‘beleaguered’

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 19:53

President Trump described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as “beleaguered” Monday, days after suggesting he regretted appointing Sessions to the post.

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‘I did not collude’: Kushner releases 3,700-word statement detailing 4 Russia contacts

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 19:36

In a lengthy statement to the congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump's son-in-law says that he has “nothing to hide.”

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Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:40

The president tweeted on Sunday that it is “very sad” Republicans are doing "very little to protect" him — and admitted that the ongoing Russia probe, while “phony,” may be “taking hold.”

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Kellyanne Conway explains what she meant by ‘alternative facts’

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 01:19

Six months after launching that infamous phrase into the cultural and political lexicon, President Trump’s counselor attempted on Sunday to define what she meant.

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Scaramucci says Trump still not sure Russia interfered in election

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 22:26

The president’s new communications director spent his first Sunday morning on the job sparring with CNN’s Jake Tapper, telling the “State of the Union“ host that his new boss is still not sure Moscow meddled in the 2016 campaign.

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Trump, in angry Twitter spree, declares ‘the complete power to pardon’

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 20:10

Those who hope for a Twitter tirade from the president every Saturday morning were amply rewarded, as he lashed out at multiple targets.

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Gov. Greg Abbott may be looking beyond Texas, as he runs even farther to the right

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:30

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leads his staff on a neighborhood get-out-the-vote effort in McAllen, Texas, July 15. McALLEN, Texas — It was not yet 10 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning when the doorbell rang. At first the man inside thought it was some Jehovah’s Witnesses calling, making their usual weekend rounds in his suburban neighborhood here in far south Texas.

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Departing White House press secretary says good riddance to press

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 09:09

Maybe hoping for the last word, Sean Spicer took another dig at the press in a “Hannity” appearance Friday.

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Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ‘most successful covert operation in history’

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 02:50

Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA, called Russia’s interference in the 2016 election the “most successful covert influence operation in history.”

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The many indignities of Sean Spicer

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 02:19

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned his post Friday after six months and one half day on the job, surviving almost weekly predictions of his imminent departure at the hands of one or another of the president’s aides and advisers. The final indignity appeared to be Trump’s hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director, which became public shortly before.

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Ohio treasurer and Senate candidate takes on Anti-Defamation League over far-right ‘witch hunt’

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 01:55

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a candidate in next year’s Republican Senate primary, sided Thursday with two prominent right-wing nationalist commentators over the Anti-Defamation League, which put them on a watch list of what it called “alt-lite” figures.

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New Trump communications chief Scaramucci apologizes ‘for the 50th time’ for past insults

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 01:26

At Friday’s press briefing, the White House’s new communications chief apologized for his harsh statements about Trump during the campaign.

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Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 21:41

WH press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday amid changes to President Trump’s communications shop. Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director.

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Former A.G. Holder defends Mueller as White House reportedly sharpens the knives

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 19:43

As President Trump’s White House reportedly gears up to attack the team recruited by Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the Russia probe, former Attorney General Eric Holder defended the integrity of the independent investigation and said the president “cannot define or constrain” its scope.

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GOP senator: We don’t have ‘luxury’ of knowing what health care plan we’ll move on

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 01:30

Senate Republicans are asking members to allow debate on their plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but it's not clear what that plan is.

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Obamacare infighting looms as Republicans look ahead to budget battle

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 01:15

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., announces the 2018 budget blueprint during a press conference on Capitol Hill, July 18, 2017. WASHINGTON — With the latest stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, congressional Republicans are beginning to look to the budget, tax reform and other big ticket legislative items to bolster their credibility ahead of August’s traditional recess. The House Budget Committee approved the budget Wednesday, just days after they formally unveiled it.

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