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Michael Cohen: Trump’s lawyer advised me to lie about Moscow tower project

Recently released transcripts of a closed-door meeting show Cohen accusing Jay Sekulow of telling him to lie to Congress Donald Trumps two transcripts of closed-door interviews with Cohen from earlier this year, along with some exhibits from the testimony. Cohen, who is serving a three-year prison sentence, transcripts of interviews with the former attorney general Loretta Lynch and several other current or former justice department officials, including many who played key roles in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The Intelligence committee is also seeking more information about Cohens 2017 testimony…

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Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute…

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‘It’s an outrage’: Putin attacks 18-month prison term for Maria Butina

Russian president says sentence an attempt by US to save face after Butina found guilty of conspiring to infiltrate US conservative circles Vladimir Putin on Saturday described as an outrage the sentencing of Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina to 18 months in prison in the US, calling her treatment a travesty of justice. The Russian president described the sentencing as an attempt by the US to save face in his first public comments in the wake of Butinas sentencing in on Friday. Her case has been high-profile amid the…

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Sanders dares Democrats to stop him but is he the man to beat Trump?

The socialist senator from Vermont and his supporters seem to have the upper hand over a party establishment worried hes too leftwing Raging against the machine has taken Bernie Sanders a long way. In 2016, his disdain for the establishment and the donor class gave progressives a near-perfect foil to Hillary Clinton, who was cast as the anointed Democratic candidate for president. Sanders was beaten in the primary but the senator and his allies clamored for and won changes to party rules they said were rigged. Now, the partys role…

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Trump administration moves spark fears of new immigration crackdown

Trump denies plans for big action but officials suggest otherwise, raising prospect of renewed family separations Donald Trump insiders increase in migrant arrivals. A senior official told reporters the White House was crafting a plan that would target asylum-seekers anew and possibly bring back a version of Trumps deeply unpopular policy of family separations. Under a prospective policy the administration calls binary choice, migrant parents would be forced to choose between being detained with their children in jail-like facilities or agreeing to a separation under which children would be taken…

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‘Very smart people’: Trump adviser defends Cain and Moore Fed picks

Larry Kudlow insisted Herman Cain and Stephen Moore are worthy and brushed off questions about their qualifications Donald Trumps controversial picks for the board of the Federal Reserve are very smart people worthy of the honour, a senior economic adviser insisted on Sunday while brushing off questions about the two mens qualifications and past behaviour. To consternation among political opponents of the president and those who monitor the US economy, Trump has floated former Godfathers pizza chief executive Herman Cain and the economic commentator Stephen Moore for the board of…

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Trump will never say sorry. Thats a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes

The US president may well be undone by his lies, but expecting remorse or contrition is a waste of energy, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes It is an enduring mystery about Donald Trump that, for a guy who lolls around all day busted for fraud. And yet he will probably outlive us all. One of the most aggravating things about narcissists of course is that they sleep very well. If the president, at 72, still has a baby-like sheen, one can assume it comes in part from his failure to…

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So Joe Biden’s not a pussy grabber. Is that really good enough? | Moira Donegan

After being accused of inappropriate touching, the excuses being made for Joe Biden are disappointing The pretext that Joe Biden is not yet running for president is beginning to wear thin. Biden, who has lost two previous Democratic presidential primaries, has been the presumed frontrunner of the 2020 contest for months, with his name polling strongly alongside other candidates and his supposed status as the the idea of having Stacey Abrams as his running mate (published an essay in issued a statement that seemed calibrated by public relations specialists to…

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Not the billionaires: why small-dollar donors are Democrats new powerhouse

Bernie Sanders early fundraising haul with an average contribution of $27 has turbo-charged the competition in a shift from the traditional way to raise money For a significant stretch of the 2016 Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders political revolution thrived on donations that averaged $27, or twenty-seven dollahs, as the senator said so often during the campaign that it became a call-and-response and a crowded field. Small-dollar donors are going to be the most important constituency on the Democratic side, said Erin Hall, the executive director of ActBlue, an online fundraising…

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Melania Trump parts company with husband’s agenda in ABC interview

First lady contradicts Donald Trumps America-first doctrine and backs chain migration while defending her fashion choices First lady Melania Trump has laid out a vision of the role of the US in the world that is markedly different from her husbands America-first policy, while seemingly breaking with the presidents stance on restricting immigration. Speaking to ABCs Tom Llamas in an interview recorded in Kenya last week, Trump also said the #MeToo movement had at times gone too far. If somebody is accused with stuff that its not correct as they…

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US midterm election to have higher than typical voter turnout, analysts say

More than 800,000 registered to vote on national voter registration day in September compared to 154,500 in 2014 With the 2018 midterm elections less than a month away, states across the US are reporting record numbers of voters registering in what is poised to be a decisive battle for Congress. The uptick in political engagement comes as Donald Trumps presidency has raised the stakes for the American electorate, energizing voters on both the left and right as they head to the polls on 6 November against a backdrop of deep-rooted…

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Mitch McConnell moves Senate closer to vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Final vote could come Saturday as majority leader takes next step, while lawmakers await results of FBI investigation As Capitol Hill braced on Wednesday for the results of an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trumps supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, moved the Senate closer to a vote on his nomination. The move by the Republican leader sets up a critical Friday that could determine whether Kavanaugh is seated on the supreme court. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the…

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Louisianas Democratic governor an ally at influential rightwing conference

Alec, the organization that links corporate lobbyists with state lawmakers to draft laws, holds its annual meeting in New Orleans Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the south, might seem like an awkward fit for the 45th annual meeting of the damage to so called critical infrastructure, which in Louisiana includes oil pipelines. Thats a big deal to environmental activists here who see the bill, which several other states have adopted, as a play to crack down on the kind of sustained demonstration that occurred at…

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‘Disgusting news’: Donald Trump whips up crowd anger as he vilifies media

President was campaigning for Senate candidate but continued his increasingly alarming verbal vendetta Donald Trump ramped up his attack on the media on Thursday night, criticizing the press as fake, fake, disgusting news and describing journalists in attendance as horrible, horrendous people, despite finally his meeting with the Queen in July. Trumps most intense criticisms came during an anecdote about the latter. Trump said he and the Queen got along fantastically well and enjoyed good chemistry, but told the thousands-strong crowd that the fake news had instead reported that he…

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Trump lawyer Giuliani: ‘scumbag’ Cohen is a traitor like Iago and Brutus

Ex-New York mayor gives rambling 32-minute CNN interview but wont say what very nasty relationship Mueller had with Trump Donald Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani has angrily compared Michael Cohen, the presidents former long-time lawyer, to famous traitors Benedict Arnold, Brutus and Iago. Youve got a really bad guy here, said Giuliani, during a 32-minute long, rambling interview on CNN on Monday. Cohen, whose premises and home were raided by the FBI in April on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller concerning possible campaign finance law violations, has not been…

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