P.C. Trump Abandons Radical Islamic Terror

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump softened his anti-Islamic campaign rhetoric in a speech in Saudi Arabia Sunday meant to reset U.S. relations with the Muslim world, and spur Arab leaders to do more to fight terrorism, in return for Americas help countering their nemesis Iran. This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations, Trump said in the lavish conference hall on his second day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is a battle between good and evil. Trump, who …

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Trump Reportedly Asked Intel Chiefs To Publicly Deny Russia Ties

May 23, 2017

According to the report, Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny that there is any evidence of connections between Trumps team and Russia. Those requests reportedly came in late March, after then-FBI Director James Comey confirmedthat his bureau was looking into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia. The Post also said that White House officials sought to influence Comey directly: The White House does not …

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Trump Flees D.C. Witch Hunt for World Tour

May 22, 2017

PARISThe trip was planned long before the rapid-fire revelations of the last week that have Washington talking about impeachment and reminiscing endlessly about the good-old bad-old days of Watergate. But, as with so much in the Trump administration, the optic is terrible. Just as President Donald Trump sets off to visit the Middle East and Europe on what was supposed to be a triumphant foreign tour, well, one cant help but note the parallels with Richard Nixons trip to the Middle East and …

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Can you find the scared government official trying to hide?

May 21, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable composite/getty images Washington in the middle of a crisis of historic proportions, and our brave leaders are responding the best way they know how: by hiding in the bushes. The past few months have produced story after story of elected officials trying to run from the people they’re supposed to have relationships with. Constituents can’t find their senators, senators can’t find other senators, and no one wants to find President Trump. SEE …

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Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

May 21, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it. Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and need for praise. SEE ALSO: Trump’s fave …

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Watch The Russians Laugh At Us In This Video Clip

May 20, 2017

… of a beaming Trump shaking hands with Lavrov and Kislyak, which the White House had reportedly been assured would not be done. The controversial meeting was the day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey over the Russian thing with Trump and Russia, the president later told NBC News. The mortifying video clip of Lavrov joking about the president is another example that America isnt so much becoming great again, but an international laughingstock, several publications pointed out. Trump …

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

… — a number that rose after Texas defunded Planned Parenthood and poor women found it more challenging to access contraception and legal abortion. This bizarre definition of “pro-life” extends overseas, too. In what is largely seen as a gift to his anti-abortion base, Trump expanded the Gag Rule, and this week his State Department broadened the order, which strips US funds from any organization abroad that so much as mentions abortion as an option for women — even groups …

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Trump Asked Comey When Feds Would Say He Wasn’t Under Investigation

May 19, 2017

Two people briefed on the call told the newspaper it took place just weeks after Trumps inauguration.Comey declined to answer the question. In February, senior White House officials confirmed that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to publicly dispute reports of communications between Trump campaign officials and Russia. Benjamin Wittes, a friend of Comey and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, was quoted by the Times in Thursdays article saying …

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Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump’s Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe

May 18, 2017

Asked at a Wednesday conference if he could hypothetically conceive of a similar conversation between former President George W. Bush and a top law enforcement official about an ongoing criminal investigation, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey was emphatic. Neil Eggleston, former President Barack Obamas White House counsel during the last years of his administration, responded similarly. Comey had been leading the FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian …

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Axe wants men to rethink masculinity, but can an ad really help?

May 17, 2017

… that are enjoying a resurgence in the form of Donald Trump’s strongman act. Toxic masculinity is a popular phrase in academic and activist circles, but it’s not that hard to spot in pop culture if you know the signs. Consider Trump its prideful mascot: a man who can’t stand that one of his top surrogates is mocked by a woman on Saturday Night Live, tosses off suggestions about killing the families of terrorists, says nothing when crowds of people chant “lock her …

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GOP Still Trusts Trump With Classified Intel After He Gave It To Russians

May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON A day after The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials, Republicans on Capitol Hill said they feel perfectly comfortable with the presidents ability to handle sensitive information. Sure, said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) when asked if he trusts the president with classified materials. No reason not to. The White House disputes those reports, and Trump sent out his national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, …

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Protesters injured outside Turkish embassy in DC after Trump-Erdogan meeting

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)Nine people were injured during a protest outside of the residence of the Turkish ambassador in Washington, DC on Tuesday, according to the official Twitter account of Washington, DC fire and EMS department. About two dozen demonstrators showed up outside of the embassy just hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House. “We are protesting (Erdogan’s) policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq,” said Flint …

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Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Info During Meeting With Russian Officials

May 16, 2017

President Donald Trumpdisclosed highly classified information during a meeting with Russian officials last week, according to The Washington Post. The revelations raise new questions about the already controversial meeting of Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, who is the Russian ambassador to the U.S.While such a disclosure is likely not illegal, it raises concerns about both the consequences of Trumps ad hoc style when interacting with foreign leaders and U.S. …

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Another Trump crisis craters GOP agenda

May 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s governing agenda, which only 10 days ago showed signs of gaining steam, appears to have derailed after he allegedly shared classified information and dismissed FBI director James Comey, both of which threaten to alienate Republicans while bogging down the White House once again. Hours after The Washington Post reported Trump shared information about terror plots with Russian officials in the Oval Office, alarmed lawmakers on Capitol Hill were …

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What Trump has said about sharing classified information

May 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)A stunning report by The Washington Post Monday said President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during last week’s meeting at the White House. If proven true, that disclosure would mean Trump violated a key diplomatic principle for which he repeatedly hammered Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. National security adviser H.R. McMaster said in a statement provided by White House press …

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Intel officials: Trump disclosure ‘carelessly’ threatened relationship with ally

May 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)A Washington Post report that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week drew immediate reactions from intelligence officials, who warn any revelations jeopardizing “a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State” would severely impact international cooperation on matters of national security. The report claims that Trump relayed sensitive details gathered through an intelligence-sharing …

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Since when are laptops on planes such a threat?

May 13, 2017

… ALSO: What to bring on a plane if your laptop is banned Laptops have been a key feature of international travel for years, with passengers in both business and economy classes tapping away on long flights to get work done or pass the time. As the administration of Donald Trump considers forcing certain travelers to check laptops into cargo holds, thus risking cracked screens and possible fires, it is reasonable to ask what’s changed and if this is anything more than security theater. …

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Trump’s latest tweetstorm goes after Comey, the media, and more

May 13, 2017

The Leader Of The Free World unleashed a tweetstorm on Friday, mainly focused on the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential ties with the Russian government, with some hallmark media bashing thrown in. SEE ALSO: Trumpniks have no defense for the James Comey mess, so duh, they’re blaming the media In half-dozen tweets, Trump repeated his previous attacks on Democrats and the media, suggested he would halt press briefings, and threatened former FBI Director James …

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Holtzman: We forget Watergate at our peril

May 12, 2017

(CNN)Watergate has recast its long shadow. The President, taking a page out of Richard Nixon’s playbook, has fired someone investigating him. FBI Director James Comey was terminated most likely because of his continued investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. Collusion, if found and proven, could be treason or another federal crime. Firing Comey, if done to stymie the Russia investigation, could be obstruction of justice. Either …

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Trump to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Wednesday

May 10, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, according to his schedule. Lavrov had planned to be in Washington Wednesday to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson and Lavrov are scheduled to meet earlier Wednesday to discuss Ukraine, Syria and bilateral issues, the State Department announced. In addition to the tensions between Washington and Moscow over geopolitics, the meetings between Tillerson and Lavrov, and now between …

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Trump’s love-hate relationship with James Comey

May 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)The same day FBI Director James Comey announced he was recommending that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not be charged in connection with her use of a private email server, then-candidate Donald Trump walked onto a stage in Raleigh, North Carolina, and proclaimed: “Our system is absolutely, totally rigged.” “Today is the best evidence ever that we’ve seen that our system is absolutely, totally rigged. It’s rigged,” Trump said at a …

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CNN 10 – May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017

… Washington, D.C. U.S. President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It’s very unusual for a president to fire the head of the FBI, though it has happened before. In a letter to the FBI chief, President Trump wrote: While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you were not able to lead the bureau. One …

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Kellyanne Conway: Comey’s firing ‘has nothing to do with Russia’

May 10, 2017

… TV. … (This) has everything to do with whether the current FBI director has the President’s confidence and can faithfully execute his duties.” In a letter, Trump told Comey that he was “hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately” after Trump determined Comey is “not able to effectively lead the bureau.” Comey, who was in Los Angeles for a special FBI event, learned of his firing by watching television while in a meeting. …

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James Comey’s fall

May 10, 2017

(CNN)James Comey came to the FBI with a hero’s reputation: He famously stood up to President George W. Bush’s aides in a dramatic hospital-room confrontation over secret wiretapping. But by the time President Donald Trump unceremoniously dumped him late Tuesday, Comey had few clear friends left in town — with his reputation under siege. His critics on both the left and the right attacked his handling of probes into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Trump’s Russia ties, …

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For far rightists, the curse of Trump’s example

May 8, 2017

(CNN)When Emmanuel Macron, France’s moderate centrist candidate, won Sunday’s presidential election against his fiery nationalist opponent Marine Le Pen, he confirmed a trend that should worry right-wing populists — especially those working in the White House. In an ironic twist, Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency — which was supposed to usher in a sweep of victories for like-minded candidates — is ruining their chances for success. To be sure, …

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Trump administration orders FDA to only watch Fox News

May 7, 2017

President Donald Trump isn’t shy about his love of Fox News, which he says is the only television network that is not fake news. But now, it appears, watching Fox News isn’t just a preferenceit’s Trump administration policy. Employees at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) said on Friday that the White House ordered the office to turn all televisions to Fox News. The email appears to have been first tweeted out by …

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