New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be. …

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5 Trump theme songs as sung by his lawyer’s ’70s rock cover band

June 22, 2017

"Hello, United Nations, I am here to rock and roll all night and party every day"Image: Shutterstock/REX/Shutterstock When you work for the Trump administration, prepare to be haunted by your past. There was Sean Spicer’s Easter Bunny tenure, Kellyanne Conway’s all-too-brief stand-up career, and now there’s attorney Jay Sekulow’s ’70s rock cover band. SEE ALSO: GOP staffer compares Trumpcare to Star Wars and we can’t even Sekulow became the latest …

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DoD still using 8-inch floppies and other infrastructure horror stories from Jared Kushner

June 21, 2017

… outlining the work they continue to do under the Trump administration. The USDS will take center stage this week as CEOs from some of tech’s biggest companies, including Apple, converge on the White House for Kushner’s American Technology Round Table to offer insight on modernizing the federal government. The group does appear somewhat above the political turmoil thats consuming the Trump administration, dealing with IT and tech issues that have admittedly spanned multiple …

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Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview Had Lower Ratings Than A Game-Show Rerun

June 20, 2017

… job and that the parents of the 20 students slain at Connecticuts Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 were actorswho helped fake the slaughter of children and school employees. Followers include President Donald Trump, who appeared on Jones radio show during the presidential campaign. The NBC affiliate in Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook shooting happened, chose not to air the interview, putting a small dent in Kellys ratings.The affiliate came to the decision after it listened intently to …

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Carla Bruni on Music, Melanias Nudes, and Those Pesky Donald Trump Rumors

June 19, 2017

… Bruni. No matter how much I admire the Stones and how much I like Mickhes an old friend and all thatit has nothing to do with my relationship to the Stones. The reason we did it is because it sounded cool. While Bruni has acknowledged seeing Jagger, shed like to clear the air about another rumored beau: Donald Trump. As the story goes, on June 26, 1991, a photo of Trump and then-girlfriend Marla Maples was splashed across the front page of the New York Post accompanied by the blaring headline, …

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration formalized an immigration policy shift on Thursday evening that was notable for what it didnt do as much as what it did. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded DAPA, a never-implemented program that would have allowed some undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to stay in the country. But more significantly, it left in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy that President Donald Trump promised …

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 17, 2017

… justification for Comey’s surprise termination. Join us on Twitter and Facebook The solicitor general, the lawyer who represents the United States in cases before the Supreme Court, had better stay close to the phone. (Trump has nominated Noel Francisco for that post; the acting solicitor general is Jeffrey Wall.) Like his famous predecessor, the Nixon administration’s Robert Bork, who played a key role in the “Saturday Night Massacre,” the solicitor general …

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Fox News ditched its ‘Fair and Balanced’ slogan and critics have some new suggestions

June 15, 2017

Even at Fox News, the times, they are a-changingImage: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock While we’ve spent the last year being distracted by a continuous, raging dumpster fire of awful news, Fox News quietly moved away from its iconic “Fair and Balanced” slogan and no one really noticed. SEE ALSO: Annnnd another Fox News host just blasted Donald Trump New York magazine reporter and former Roger Ailes nemesis Gabriel Sherman reported on the change on Wednesday but notes the …

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

… testified, under oath, that Trump called him several times in the first part of this year to tell him how great a job he was doing.) Then there was the fact, revealed in Sessions’ testimony yesterday, that he had never met with Comey to discuss what he took to be his poor performance. This back and forth with Mark Warner, D-Virginia, the vice chairman of the intelligence committee, gets at that oddity: WARNER: So you were his — his superior, and there were some fairly harsh things …

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Special counsel team members donated to Dems, FEC records show

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Four members of the legal team known to have been hired so far by special counsel Robert Mueller to handle the Russia investigation have given political donations almost exclusively to Democrats, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Over the weekend, news outlets including CNN identified five attorneys that Mueller has already brought on board to help investigate potential collusion between associates of President Donald Trump’s campaign and …

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Delta Yanks Support for NYC’s Public Theater Over Trumplike Caesar

June 13, 2017

Bank of America Corp. revoked sponsorship of New York’s famed Public Theater because its summer production of “Julius Caesar” is staged with an assassinated title character who resembles Donald Trump. In separate statements, the two U.S. firms criticized the way the lead character in Shakespeare’s play was portrayed. “No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not …

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Theresa May Fast Facts

June 12, 2017

… Angela Merkel, and to Paris, to meet with French President Francois Hollande. January 26-27, 2017 – During a visit to the United States, May becomes the first serving foreign leader from outside the US to speak at the annual congressional Republican retreat and the first foreign leader to meet with President Donald Trump since his inauguration. April 18, 2017 – Calls for an early general election to take place. May 22, 2017 – Following the Manchester explosion, May announces …

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Sanders allies emboldened by Labour’s gains in UK election

June 10, 2017

… invention — is showing few signs of a nearing dtente. Instead, there is frustration. And a growing sense, as Sandberg noted, that the debate isn’t being waged on the level. Felix Biederman, co-host of the “Chapo Trap House” podcast, argued that the count of political “third rails” in Trump’s America and across the West had diminished — and that the failure to recognize as much was rooted more in an instinct for self-preservation than any …

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Trump adds Poland stop during G20 trip

June 10, 2017

(CNN)The White House announced that President Donald Trump will visit Poland during a trip to Europe next month for the G20 summit. Poland, a more conservative-leaning government, provides a natural stop for Republican politicians. …

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Apple ad pushes environmentalism during NBA Finals

June 10, 2017

Apple’s latest commercial is advertising the Earth. In a rare topical turn for the company, the ad makes a lofty appeal for environmentalism at a moment when such efforts face historic threats from Donald Trump’s administration. SEE ALSO: Apple will soon block autoplay videos and data tracking in Safari “Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand,” the late astronomer Carl Sagan says in the ad’s voiceover. “It underscores the …

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Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?

June 9, 2017

Whats the difference? Leakers, on the other hand, can become targets for prosecution for mishandling classified information. Not all leak are crimes, however. Sharing unclassified materials such as former FBI Director James Comey did with some of his memos about his private conversations with President Donald Trump is not illegal, experts say. Sean Rayford via Getty Images Reality Winner is a leaker, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Southern Georgia. Theyve charged her with …

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With A Flick Of His Mood, Trump Throws Allies Off Balance

June 7, 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday into a complex and escalating dispute between the state of Qatar and several of its Middle Eastern neighbors. Trump tweeted his support for the decision by Saudi Arabia and several other Persian Gulf nations to cut ties with Qatar, accusing the longtime U.S. ally and host to an instrumental U.S. military base of funding extremists. Trumps brazen comments Tuesday were the latest in a series of diplomatic moves that have antagonized foreign governments and …

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A comprehensive look at the antics of national court jester Sean Spicer

June 5, 2017

Sean Spicer drinking his iced coffee from what appears to be a small coffee stirrer, not a straw.Image: REX/Shutterstock Throughout President Trump’s brief time in office, an MVP has stood out in the administration like a head emerging from some neatly trimmed bushes: Sean Michael Spicer. In just a few months, Trump’s White House Press Secretary has distinguished himself as America’s very own court jester, distracting from the political chaos by providing the nation with an …

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Trump Twitter bot puts the president’s tweets in their proper context

June 5, 2017

Image:  Bryan Thomas/Getty Images The often flippant, emotional stream of tweets from President Trump never ceases to amaze, particularly since it is, for all intents and purposes, filled with official messages from the White House. Now, thanks to one clever Twitter user, we can view those often bombastic, poorly worded, and downright trivial tweets in their proper context: official White House statements. SEE ALSO: The Office of Government Ethics is now trolling Trump on Twitter On …

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Vladimir Putin Suggests American Hackers Framed Russia

June 3, 2017

In an interview with NBC News Megyn Kelly, an excerpt of which the network released Friday, Putin sought to shift blame away from the Russian government. Both the FBI and the CIA have determined that Russia intervened in the election to help elect President Donald Trump. The FBI is now investigating whether Trumps campaign team colluded with Russian officials in those efforts. (Trump and his team have vehemently denied any involvement.) According to Kelly, Putin also suggested that the CIA …

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Want a U.S. visa? Please list your social media handles from the last 5 years.

June 2, 2017

Image: Semansky/AP/REX/Shutterstock Those seeking a visa to enter the United States will now have to air out their dirty social media laundry, which could bring the approval process to an agonizingly slow pace. The Trump administration recently released a lengthy new questionnaire for visa applicants that goes above and beyond all previous such measures, according to a Reuters report. After a contentious public comment period, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the expansive …

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Hot music video will make you want to dance and ignore rampant corruption in the Russian government

May 31, 2017

Kleptocracy is lit AF. Political opposition? Lame, according to Russian pop singer Alisa Voxwho, according to a source who talked to Russian news site Meduza, was paid $35,000 by the Kremlin for her new music video. SEE ALSO: France dislikes Trump even more than Putin, so that’s reassuring The song is called “Baby Boy,” and it’s all about the joys of not protesting. Here’s a sample of the lyrics, as translated by The Moscow Times: Freedom, money, girls youll …

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