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Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’

Presidents lawyer, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, speaks to Guardian amid speculation Republicans will seek to paint him as a rogue actor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trumps personal lawyer, has said he is confident the president will remain loyal to him as an impeachment inquiry unfolds in which the former New York mayor has become a central figure. But Giuliani joked that he had good insurance in case Trump did turn on him, amid speculation Republicans will seek to frame him as a rogue actor. In a telephone interview…

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‘Disorder and chaos’: Trump and Republicans mount furious impeachment fight

A hearing room is invaded, the presidents enemies are scum. A bare-knuckle scrap has begun but will it be enough? Donald Trump has shown little taste for military adventure. He avoided the draft in Vietnam. He fell out with his once-beloved generals. He stunned the world by pulling troops out of Syria and sand into the gears of the impeachment process. With the help of Fox News, they are set to intensify attacks on the legitimacy of the inquiry itself, demonising its leaders and sowing doubt wherever possible. The great…

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‘Don’t be a dick, OK?’ Hillary Clinton tweets parody of Trump Erdoan letter

Former Democratic nominee trolls president by mocking missive sent to Turkish president over Syria invasion Donald Trump is known to many opponents as the pictures and tweeted a mocked-up letter from John F Kennedy to Nikita Khrushchev that was meant squarely to mock a real letter from Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdoan which was wrote, over an image of what purported to be a letter from the US president to the Soviet leader on 16 October 1962, during the told the BBC Erdoan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and…

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Donald Trump is a ‘potty-mouth’, says Nancy Pelosi

Speaker says Potus has become a potty-mouth and children are listening after president made crude comment about Biden at rally Donald Trump has become a potty-mouth and children are listening, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, told Democrats, after the president a rally in Minnesota on Thursday. Pelosi leads House Democrats conducting a formal impeachment inquiry centered on Trumps attempts to get Ukraine to investigate unfounded allegations of corruption involving Bidens son. With Congress on recess, the speaker spoke to her caucus on a conference call on Friday. You know, Pelosi…

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Ukraine to review legal cases amid Trump claims over Bidens

Ruslan Ryaboshapka distances audit from US presidents call for investigation into Biden ties Ukraines highest prosecutor has said he is holding a broad review of investigations closed under his predecessors, including more than a dozen linked to the Ukrainian energy company where Joe Bidens son served on the board of directors. The general prosecutor, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, said the review was part of Ukraines reform process as investigative powers are handed over to another government agency by the middle of next month. Q&A What is the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower scandal? Show Hide…

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How e-cigarettes went from celebrity accessory to product non grata

Several states have enacted a ban on sales of vaping products amid more than 800 reports of lung injuries nationwide Up until a month ago, it sometimes seemed like everybody vaped, from everybody is trying to quit. Amid reports of at least New York, Michigan and everyone to refrain from vaping and the governor launching a a federal flavored e-cigarette ban. Theyve been touted as safer than cigarettes, even to the extreme of being safe, period, said John Maa, a past president of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society. But…

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Trump’s whistleblower response is ‘witness retaliation’, says ex-spy chief

Pressure on Trump mounts as 300 national security officials say presidents actions constitute unconscionable abuse of power James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, has said Donald Trumps implication that officials involved in the whistleblower complaint should be treated as spies is witness retaliation, as more than 300 national security officials signed a letter saying the accusations against Trump amount to an unconscionable abuse of power. As pressure continued to mount on Trump, former secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta also suggested the White Houses attempts to…

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White House tried to cover up Trump’s Ukraine conversation, whistleblower alleges

Pelosi slams White House for trying to keep details from public, while Trump says this is the greatest scam in American history Donald Trumps actions on Ukraine pose risks to US national security, according to a whistleblowers complaint released on Thursday which also appeared to reveal an attempt by the White House to cover up conversations with a foreign leader. The whistleblower alleges in the explosive complaint that Trump used a phone call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to solicit interference in the 2020 election, and that the White House then intervened…

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Kim Jong-un invites Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang report

Letter from North Korean leader comes as talks between the men have stalled North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited US president Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. The letter pre-dates North Koreas latest last met at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas in June and agreed to restart working-level negotiations that had been stalled since an unsuccessful second summit between the two leaders in Vietnam in February. Last weeks round of short-range missiles…

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Hong Kong: violence follows calls for Trump to ‘liberate’ territory

Protesters clash with police in shopping districts after rally to petition US to resist Beijing Hong Kong police have fired teargas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district, after demonstrators rallied at the US consulate calling on Donald Trump to liberate the territory. Police had clashed with protesters in the Centraldistrict as the demonstrations in Hong Kong entered their 14th week. Protesters dispersed to nearby Admiralty, the bar district of Wan Chai and on to Causeway Bay. Riot police fire teargas to disperse protesters around the Causeway…

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White House calls social media ‘liberal cesspool’ while working on executive action

The White House has been working on several drafts of an executive order to address what they allege is anti-conservative bias among social media companies, according to a new report. Politico spoke with three sources with knowledge of the draft executive order. None of them told the news outlet what the order would entail. If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system, a White House official…

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Trump revels in ‘chopper talk’ as White House press lectern gathers dust

Official briefings have all but been abandoned by a president who prefers to communicate before boarding Marine One Stephen Colbert, the late night TV host, dubs it last stood at that lectern to deliver a briefing to the waiting media. The shift in how the administration communicates happened gradually at first but now seems set in stone. Press secretary Jon Decker, the White House correspondent of Fox News Radio and a regular at Trumps chopper talks, recalled: Two or three weeks ago I got three questions in to the president…

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Joseph Fiennes: Ive done my bit for society Ive illustrated the patheticness of misogyny

The star of the hit dystopian drama says he doesnt like to equate Donald Trumps politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious Its alluded to in the novel someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon. In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaids Tale. Why, though? I plead with him. Why does he have to die? Its in the novel, Fiennes explains very patiently. Hes got to.…

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Why Trumps ‘maximum pressure’ foreign policy yields minimum results

The president is heading into 2020 with no major successes and looming crises so many expect him to attempt to reverse the trend with dramatic deals Donald Trump is heading into the 2020 elections with no clear-cut foreign policy successes, some dramatic failures and a string of looming crises around the world that could undermine his bid for re-election. For that reason, many expect the president to try to reverse the trend with dramatic interventions around the globe with uncertain outcomes which will make the next 16 months even more…

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