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Is U.S. Embassy Attack in Baghdad Part of an Iran Trap?

JERUSALEMIf Irans grand plan in the Middle East is to push the Americans out and squeeze Israel into a corner, the first time that Israel has attacked Iranian-backed groups there. Two days after Kochavis speech, 32 targeting Kataib Hezbollah. The two incidents now bring into view both Israeli and American red lines trying to contain Irans role in the region. strong and sovereign Iraq, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And the U.S. military is in Iraq at the more than 1,000 airstrikes on as many as 250 Iranian…

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Team Trump Goes Back To Sanctions Playbook

The Trump administration announced fresh sanctions on Iran Friday following Tehrans missile strikes on an Iraqi military base housing American troops. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a press conference Friday that the U.S. had sanctioned eight Iranian officials as well as companies in the countrys steel, metals, and mining sectors. Several of those companies have been blacklisted, meaning American individuals and entities are barred from doing any business with them. The Iranian officials sanctioned include the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian…

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Trump Tells Rudy to Keep Pushing the Biden Conspiracies

largely why his client, Donald Trump, is hours away from becoming one of only three American presidents ever to be impeached by the House. Yet somehow, Trump hasnt instructed his personal lawyer to knock it off. In fact, the president has told the former New York City mayor to kick things up a notch, even as the impeachment process continues to bedevil his administration. Shortly after Giuliani arrived at the White House on Friday, he met with the president and discussed some of the findings from his recent private texts…

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Ukrainian Fugitive Who Claimed to Have Dirt on Biden Firm Is Arrested

A former Ukrainian member of parliament who has claimed to have dirt on efforts by Trumps American allies to find information about Burisma GroupDemocrats impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Democrats next impeachment hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9. German authorities arrested Onyshchenko based on a request from Ukraines National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutors Office (SAPO). According to a report from the UNIAN news agency, Ukrainian officials are according to RFE/RL. His allegations were widely seen in Ukraine as part of a Kremlin-orchestrated disinformation campaign meant to undermine…

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Trump Campaign Uses Footage from Poland, South Africa in American Dream Thanksgiving Ad

President Trumps campaign released a Thanksgiving-themed ad earlier this week celebrating Americas inherent greatness. But some of the videos Americana imagery was taken from foreign countries. The 43-second video displayed various, traditionally patriotic scenes: families gathering in the kitchen, a kid looking into a telescope, a game of catch, and steelworkers leaving a steel mill. However, two of those vignettes were filmed, respectively, in Poland and South Africa. The ad, posted on Twitter Monday, features a narrator touting the American dream while the clips play and emotional orchestral music swells…

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Center for Public Integrity Challenges Trump Administration Over Heavily Redacted Ukraine Emails

By Rui Kaneya, AlexiaFernndezCampbell and Jim Morris, Center for Public Integrity Theinformation it is concealingabout military aid to Ukraine. The action came hours after the House Judiciary Committeearticles of impeachmentagainst President Donald Trump, alleging that he abused his power by withholding information from Congress and that the aid was improperly disrupted last summer for political reasons. On Thursday, the Department of Defense releasedresult of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Public Integrity. The department heavilyletteraccompanying Thursdays document release, an attorney for the Defense Department explained the redactions byrespondedin a…

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Trump Tells Rally Hes Not Worried About Impeachment, Privately Plots Vengeance

On Wednesday evening, just shy of 8:30 p.m. ET, President Trump was inaugurated into one of the most exclusive boys clubs in the world: He became just the third president in all of American history to be Tom Cruise. Shortly after that, the president moved on to bragging, to raucous cheers and applause from his fans, about how he defeated 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the Blue Wall state of Michigan. He then cracked a joke about whether Bill Clinton calls her Crooked Hillary behind closed doors. It…

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Heres What The Trumpists Dont Understand About American Greatness

The case for Donald Trump made by his supporters is that, whatever the mans flaws, his presidency provides the only bulwark against the permanent liberal ascendancy a Clinton White House might well have locked in after eight years of Barack Obama. Such a prospect, in their view, threatened traditional values, free enterprise, individual rights, conservative culture and, perhaps, democracy itself. Therefore, the 2016 campaign was not simply an ordinary election but, as the historian Victor Davis Hanson declared Trumps campaign is ongoing. The enemy must not only be defeated but…

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GOP Unveils Wild Wishlist of Impeachment Witnesses Including Hunter Biden and the Whistleblower

Republicans on House Intelligence Committee unveiled their wishlist formoved famously combative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to the intelligence committee this week in an apparent effort to boost Trumps impeachment defense on the committee. Other witnesses Republicans want to call include former Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa, who figures prominently in right-wing conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. Chalupa has denied collecting opposition research for the DNC. Republicans also want to interview Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Bidens son. Trumps attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government…

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Devin Nunes Pushes Bogus Ukrainian Collusion Conspiracies During Impeachment Hearing

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) used his questions Wednesday in the first public impeachment hearings to push discredited conspiracy theories claiming that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes raised the claims in an attempt to argue that President Donald Trump was correct to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the 2016 election; and to dispatch Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, to meet with Ukrainian officials. Since the meddling was aimed against his campaign, hed have good reason for sending his personal attorney to make inquiries about it, Nunes…

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The Secret Reason Republicans Wont Impeach Trump

Broadly speaking, there are two Republican defenses of Donald Trump. The first is the hard-shell, the lovely Lisa Page. This defense is what drives these too few people understand the truth about the modern GOP. It is an un-American party. It is not interested in democracy. It is interested in power. It doesnt care how it gets it. Twice in the last five elections, its winning presidential candidates have lost the popular vote. Suppose that had gone the other way around. Do you think the Electoral College would still exist?…

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