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Trump says he wants ‘my people’ to ‘sit up at attention’ like North Koreans, later says he’s ‘kidding’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday defended his warm praise of Kim Jong Un, saying his newfound affinity for the North Korean dictator was making Americans safer. “I want to have a good relationship with North Korea. I want to have a good relationship with many other countries,” Trump said. “We had great chemistry. He gave us a lot.” The remarks, which came three days after Trump met Kim in Singapore for an unprecedented and friendly summit, are likely to do little to allay concerns that Trump has shown too…

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Manafort Heads to Jail After Judge Faults Witness Tampering

Paul Manafort was sent to jail Friday by a federal judge who said she couldn’t turn a blind eye to claims that he attempted to tamper with witnesses, adding pressure on President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager to cooperate with a U.S. probe of Russian election meddling. U.S. authorities immediately took Manafort into custody and escorted him out of a packed courtroom, with his wife looking on. The dramatic turn means that Manafort will have to prepare for two federal trials in the coming weeks — one in Washington, and…

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US warns of North Korea cyber campaign, days after historic summit

Washington (CNN)The US Department of Homeland Security said that it has identified malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government, according to a new report released on Thursday, just days after the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This is not the first time the US government has called out North Korean hackers that have targeted major international corporations and infected thousands of computers around the world in recent years. “Since June 2017, DHS and the FBI have publicly released 11 national cyber…

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Puerto Rico seeks to delay releasing death records after hurricane; judge rejects motion

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossell told CNN last month that there would be “hell to pay” if officials withheld records related to Hurricane Maria. “Transparency is a word they just don’t understand,” she added. CNN and CPI planned to file motions in opposition to the government’s request for delay. The news organizations planned to meet with government attorneys at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The judge asked to be notified of the results of that meeting by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The organizations sued for death certificates…

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Puerto Rico releases records of deaths since Hurricane Maria to CNN and another news organization

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)The Puerto Rican government on Tuesday released to CNN and another news organization a database of information on all deaths that occurred after Hurricane Maria, which pummeled this US commonwealth on September 20. CNN plans to use the records to further investigate deaths that followed that storm. The data will include many deaths that occurred after the storm but were unrelated to Hurricane Maria. The network intends to post all of the names online in a searchable database and to ask its audience to help investigate…

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Kudlow hospitalized for heart attack, Trump tweets ahead of Kim summit

Singapore (CNN)US President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow suffered a heart attack, the President tweeted as he arrived for his summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the President’s tweet in a statement Monday night. “Earlier today National Economic Council Director and Assistant to the President Larry Kudlow experienced what his doctors say was a very mild heart attack,” Sanders said. “Larry is currently in good condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and his doctors expect he…

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Trump’s improvisation faces decades of North Korean preparation

(CNN)Donald Trump’s gut-check negotiating style and fragile patience face a supreme test in his summit with Kim Jong Un of North Korea, a nation that long ago mastered the diplomacy of delay, obfuscation and illusory promises of disarmament. One of the concerns North Korea experts have about Trump is that his faith in his instincts masks a shallow understanding of the intricacies of nuclear diplomacy. Kim, who is showing increasing strategic sophistication on the other hand, is likely to be sharply focused on the details since his nuclear arsenal is…

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Trump again calls for readmitting Russia to G7, blames Obama for Crimea’s annexation

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday doubled down on his call for Russia to be readmitted into the G7 and blamed his predecessor for Russia’s aggression in Crimea. “I would say that the G8 is a more meaningful group than the G7, absolutely,” Trump said. He also blamed former US President Barack Obama for Russia’s move into that nation. “You’ll have to ask Obama, because he was the one that let Crimea get away” he said when asked about the annexation. “He allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had…

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Mueller’s Latest Charges Bring Together Trump Campaign, Russia

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment is significant beyond the new charges, in that it links senior officials on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to Russian intelligence in a criminal matter. Mueller’s indictment released Friday against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, adds witness-tampering charges to allegations that Manafort did illegal lobbying work for Ukraine and laundered millions of dollars in proceeds. It also included an allegation that a fixer described by the FBI as a former Russian spy, Konstantin Kilimnik, helped Manafort obstruct justice. "This is the first…

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McCain to allies: ‘Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t’

(CNN)Sen. John McCain pushed back Saturday night against President Donald Trump’s reversal of an agreement to sign onto a statement by the G7 countries, saying that Americans would continue to stand with its historical allies. At the news conference, Trudeau also said Canada will “move forward with retaliatory measures” on July 1 in response to the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico. “I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish…

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Spanish government swears in historic female-dominated cabinet

King Felipe VI and Pedro Sanchez Swearing-in ceremony of new Cabinet.Image: JAVIER LIZON/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Spain’s new government has only just been sworn in, but it’s already made history. That’s because the women in this cabinet outnumber the men.  King Felipe VI of Spain swore in the new government on Thursday, with women occupying 11 of the 17 cabinet posts.  SEE ALSO: Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is 50% female ‘because it’s 2015’ That equates to 61.1 percent women—the highest proportion of women in government since the country became a democracy in…

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Ryan says he agrees with Gowdy that FBI acted appropriately

(CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he agreed with South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy that the FBI did “exactly” what it was supposed to do in its handling of the investigation into Russian election meddling and possible connections to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. RELATED: Don’t miss what Donald Trump is doing with his ‘spy’ allegations Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee who is retiring at the end of his congressional term, concluded last week after attending a classified briefing that the FBI acted appropriately in the probe.…

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Chrissy Teigen shuts down both Donald and Eric Trump in 1 simple tweet

The Twitter Queen strikes again.Image: Rich Polk/Viacom/Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/getty If there’s one thing Chrissy Teigen’s taught us, it’s that Twitter comebacks don’t need to be long and waffling. Sometimes you only need a sentence or two. SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen just shared an observation about Trump you won’t be able to unread This latest example of Teigen’s ongoing Twitter domination started on Monday, when The Hill tweeted the following quote from Eric Trump: ours too! finally, something in common. https://t.co/TwXTVfYUZG — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 4, 2018…

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Bill Clinton addresses his remarks on Lewinsky scandal, says he supports #MeToo

Washington (CNN)Former President Bill Clinton used the opening of a book tour event in New York on Monday to respond to a defensive interview he gave NBC News in which he defended his handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and said that he didn’t have to apologize to her. The former president had defended himself from recent criticism of his affair with Lewinsky in light of the #MeToo movement, telling NBC News in an interview that aired Monday that he never reached out to the former White House intern following…

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Melania Trump’s absence continues, skipping Camp David weekend

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump isn’t accompanying the President to Camp David this weekend, marking the 22nd day since she was last seen publicly. She has not been seen publicly since the early hours of May 10, when she joined the President at Andrews Air Force Base to welcome three American detainees home from North Korea. She has, however, posted on social media multiple times since the procedure. The absence of the intensely private first lady has prompted widespread speculation and conspiracy theories. “I see the media is working overtime speculating…

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