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Michael Cohen asks judge to cut his prison sentence, says Attorney General Barr is biased against him

New York (CNN)Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, on Wednesday asked a federal judge to reduce his three-year prison term while claiming that Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department are biased against him. Adler accuses the prosecutors with the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, who did not support the request and have not agreed to meet with Cohen, of playing a game of “heads we win, tails you lose.” Cohen’s attorney suggests the Justice Department, under Barr, is biased against Cohen.…

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Washington Post: Barr told Trump he was not being well served by Giuliani

Washington (CNN)Attorney General William Barr counseled President Donald Trump that his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has become a liability for his administration, The Washington Post reported Sunday, citing people familiar with the conversations. The counterintelligence probe — which indicates that FBI and criminal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking at a broader set of issues related to Giuliani — hinges in part on whether a foreign influence operation was trying to take advantage of Giuliani’s business ties in Ukraine and with wealthy foreigners to make inroads with the White House, according…

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Trump is hanging over every aspect of the Democratic presidential contest

Mt. Vernon, Iowa (CNN)He may not be on the Democratic ballot, but the 2020 presidential candidate wielding the most influence over the party’s remarkably unsettled primary fight is President Donald Trump. In conversations with two dozen voters across Iowa this week, the President’s name came up again and again as Democrats weigh their choices and search for the candidate they believe is the most electable. It was always Trump’s intention to play a central role in the Democratic primary. And now, he is. Even among unabashedly proud liberals, Trump is…

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Elizabeth Warren releases medical exam results, doctor says she is ‘very healthy’

(CNN)Elizabeth Warren‘s presidential campaign on Friday released the results of the senator’s most recent annual physical exam, as well as a letter from her doctor that said Warren is a “very healthy 70 year old woman” with no medical conditions that would prevent her from serving as president. Warren’s communications director Kristen Orthman told CNN that Warren will get her yearly exam again in 2020 and that the campaign will release those records again when she does. The campaign’s disclosure of Warren’s medical exam comes as several of the top…

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Appeals court says House may subpoena Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank

New York (CNN)A federal appeals court in New York on Tuesday said the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives may subpoena President Donald Trump’s bank records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One, dealing another blow to the President’s efforts to block Congress’ effort to obtain his financial records. This story is breaking and will be updated. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/politics/deutsche-bank-trump-financial-documents-2nd-circuit/index.html

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Joe Sestak ends long-shot 2020 Democratic presidential campaign

Washington (CNN)Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak on Sunday ended his long-shot 2020 presidential bid after failing to gain traction in the race for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Sestak admitted at the time that he was late to the nominating contest, conceding, “My announcement may be later than others for the honor of seeking the presidency,” and cited his daughter’s recent fight with brain cancer as the reason for his delay. “Throughout this past year, Alex again showed she is stronger than me, heroically beating the single digit odds once more,…

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Don’t understand how Biden’s still ahead? You don’t know enough older black voters.

(CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is the closing credits to Baywatch. Biden could eventually falter, but it seems to me that those counting on it just aren’t talking to enough older black voters. Biden’s averaged 49% among all potential black Democratic primary voters in our last two CNN national polls. That’s good enough not only for a 35-point lead over his Democratic competitors, but good enough to beat all of them combined by about 10 points. But I think treating black voters as if they’re some…

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Boris Johnson thrusts London Bridge attack into centre of election battle

Prime minister says terrorists convicted of the most serious offences should never be released from prison Boris Johnson on Saturday said that those convicted of the most serious terrorist offences should never be released from prison, as arguments over the blame for Fridays Tory governments record of imposing draconian austerity cuts to the prison services, while attempting a botched probation privatisation and failing to run an effective sentencing system. On Saturday further details emerged about the knifeman, Usman Khan, and how he was subdued with a fire extinguisher and a…

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5 surprises from the impeachment inquiry

Washington (CNN)The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has had it all: Contentious public hearings, unexpected bombshells and a fair share of conspiracy theories. During the first public hearing, US diplomat Bill Taylor made an unexpected announcement: He had recently learned that his aide overheard a phone call where Trump talked about Ukraine possibly announcing investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden. Not only that, but the presidential phone call unfolded in public, at a crowded restaurant in Kiev. The revelation kicked off a frenzy. Reporters scrambled to figure out…

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House impeachment inquiry releases transcripts of OMB and Pentagon officials’ depositions

(CNN)The White House did not ask its budget office for information about other countries contributing aid to Ukraine until September, according to the testimony of a career budget official, undercutting one of the arguments for freezing $400 million in security aid to Ukraine. Sandy, who worked on the Ukraine assistance, said he asked why the US aid had been frozen in July and August but did not receive a response from the White House, which directed the holdup at the President’s request. The freeze was officially imposed on July 25,…

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Conservatives open up 19-point lead with 47% share of the vote

Latest Opinium/Observer poll shows Tories capitalising on retreat of Brexit party as manifesto is unveiled The Conservatives have taken a commanding 19-point lead over Labour with less than three weeks to go before voters head to the polls, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer. The news comes as Boris Johnson launches the Tory election manifesto on Sunday, a moment seen by many Conservative MPs as the most dangerous of the campaign. It was Theresa Mays botched manifesto in 2017, which included an unpopular social care policy dubbed…

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Jennifer Arcuri says Boris Johnson left her to be ‘fed to the lions’

US businesswoman says she told PM last week she would speak out against him Jennifer Arcuri, the US businesswoman at the centre of conflict of interest allegations against Boris Johnson, has said she warned the prime minister last week that she would speak out against him after he repeatedly refused to take her calls. In a round of live broadcast interviews on Monday, Arcuri said Johnson should apologise for ignoring her and allowing her to be fed to the lions since news of their relationship became public. Speaking on the…

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25 times Trump was soft on Russia

(CNN)President Donald Trump has an Achilles’ heel when it comes to Russia. Trump mulled giving spy compounds to Russia The Washington Post reported in May 2017 that the Trump administration considered returning two diplomatic compounds to Russia. The Obama administration expelled Russian diplomats and seized the compounds in New York and Maryland after the 2016 election, claiming they were used for “intelligence” purposes. The compounds were never returned to Russia. Trump gave Russia classified intelligence In a shocking move during the early months of his presidency, Trump shared highly classified…

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Deval Patrick tells allies he’s running for president

(CNN)Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told friends and allies in phone calls on Wednesday that he has made a decision to run for president, two people familiar with the matter say. CNN reported on Monday that Patrick was seriously weighing whether he could make a credible last-minute entry into the Democratic Party’s crowded primary contest after previously ruling out a bid late last year. The conversations began before former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped forward last week to tease a possible run. Patrick told friends he regrets not…

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Hate crimes remain at heightened levels, FBI report finds

Washington (CNN)The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI last year remain at the heightened levels they surged to in 2017, according to statistics released Tuesday by the bureau. Of the single-bias hate crimes reported in 2018, 59.6% of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ race/ethnicity/ancestry bias; 18.7% were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias; 16.7% were victimized because of the offenders’ sexual-orientation bias; 2.2% were targeted because of the offenders’ gender identity bias; 2.1% were victimized because of the offenders’ disability bias; and, 0.7% were…

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