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Trump Flack Stops Just Short of Bashing the Grieving Dunn Family: Entitled to Their Own Opinion

White House spokesperson the president ambushed them and tried to pressure them into meeting the woman who killed their son. presidents aides acted as henchmen and were snarling at the family. Appearing on Fox News Americas Newsroom, Gidley was asked about the parents description of Trumps visit with the parents and whether he could explain why they felt the president ambushed them. I have spoken with the president directly about this, the White House spokesman replied. It is a horrific situation. He offered his condolences to the family and understands…

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Playboy Fights to Restore Access for Reporter Who Trump Calls a Loser Nobody

Early this month, shortly before the White House made its decision to temporarily yank the press credential of a Playboy reporter, Press Secretary Brian Karem in the penalty box. I discussed it with [the president before proceeding] because I knew there had been issues before regarding what happened with [CNNs] Sebastian Gorka after Karem said pro-Trump personalities present were eager to be possessed by demons. Gorka mocked Karems journalistic credibility, and the Playboy reporter asked Gorka if he wanted to go outside and have a long conversation, interpreted by Gorka…

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Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman, the committee’s report Russian Efforts Against Election InfrastructureThrough two and a half years the committee has held 15 open hearings, interviewed over 200 witnesses, and reviewed nearly 400,000 documents, according to a statement and will be publishing other volumes from its investigation…

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Trump, Juncker Tout Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to suspend new tariffs while negotiating over trade, pulling the U.S. and Europe back from the edge of a transatlantic trade war. The leaders pledged to expand European imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans and both vowed to lower industrial tariffs, excluding autos. The U.S. and European Union will “hold off on other tariffs”’ while negotiations proceed, as well as re-examine U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs and retaliatory duties imposed by the EU “in due course,” Juncker said.…

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Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones. But rather than a spy device, the chip is an advertised feature of the Adidas AG ball. Photographs from the news conference in Helsinki, where Putin handed the ball to Trump, show it bore a…

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Dont You Have Any Empathy?: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Confronted Over Families Separated at Border

It started with a question from justification put forward by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day during a meeting with religious leaders in Indiana for the administrations policy of How is it a moral policy to take children away from their parents? Acosta demanded. Can you imagine the horror these children must be going through, when they come across the border and theyre with their parents and then suddenly they're pulled away from their parents? Why is government doing this? Sanders insisted that following the law is moral…

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Thrown Out of Virginia Restaurant

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was thrown out of a Virginia restaurant Friday night after the owner took issue with her role as Trumps mouthpiece. In a Saturday morning tweet, Sanders said she politely left the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington after the owner asked her to leave because I work for POTUS. Her actions say far more about her than about me, Sanders wrote. The incident prompted a social media uproar when it was first reported by Jaike Foley-Schultz, a Lexington man who said he works at…

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TrumpsHomeland Security Secretary Defends His Family Separation Policy

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen called on Congress to change laws she said force the government to separate immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S. border unlawfully and called Democrats who say the Trump administration is using the controversy for political leverage “very cowardly.” Nielsen both defended President Donald Trump’s family separation policy at a White House briefing on Monday and maintained that it wasn’t his creation, but rather a consequence of the government’s prosecution of immigrants apprehended illegally crossing the border. “Parents who entered illegally are, by definition,…

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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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Michelle Wolf Mocks Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Their Faces at WHCD

Michelle Wolf was admittedly relieved when she found out President Donald Trump would told Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month. More recently, she holding a rally in Washington, Michigan, instead, adding, The only other person that didnt go was Reagan when he was shot. And he called in. Instead, Wolf was stuck on the dais with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As she recently rising star of the stand-up comedy scene, the weekly talk show called The Break on Netflix beginning May 27. And her speech to the room…

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How to Launch an Acclaimed Winery for $8 Million or Less

Even by Napa Valley’s astronomical real estate standards, the sale of Heitz Wine Cellars for a reported $180 million raised eyebrows. It’s the new normal there, though: In response, some wineries have determined that it makes fiscal sense to find a less-expensive neighborhood. Jackson Family Wines, maker of Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay (the top selling chardonnay in the country), purchased its first vineyard in southern Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 2013. Today, the company owns and operates four wineries on more than 1,300 acres in the area, Oregon wines were served at the White House state dinner…

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Kelly Loses White House Clout as Trump Blazes Own Path

Chief of staff out of loop for several key recent decisions President and top aide at times now on different wavelengths Donald Trump’s side for crucial decisions on staffing and policy moves, according to several senior aides. Kelly wasn’t with the president last week when Trump abruptly decided to oust H.R. McMaster as national security adviser and replace him with John Bolton. Just two people were in the room for that decision: Trump and Bolton. And Kelly is rarely on the line any more when Trump calls foreign leaders. Last…

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Scaramucci Is on White House Exclusion List Blocking Visits

Anthony Scaramucci, President Donald Trump’s former communications director, is on a list of people blocked from entering the White House without special approval. A day after saying he wasn’t blocked, a White House official confirmed that Scaramucci is indeed among fired officials excluded from the campus. The acknowledgment came after the financier provided to Bloomberg News official White House correspondence that confirmed he was denied an appointment. Scaramucci is among a group of former staffers who left “under adverse circumstances” placed on an "administrative exclusion list," the White House said in…

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Scaramucci Says He Fears John Kelly Will Thwart SkyBridge Sale

Former Read more: Hicks’s exit widens Trump staff tumult Scaramucci’s fury with Trump’s chief of staff has been well-known since his dismissal on Kelly’s first day managing the White House. Scaramucci lost the job less than two weeks after he had been hired, largely over a tirade against then-chief strategist Steve Bannon. Now Scaramucci is at it again, but this time the target is Kelly — making him one of Kelly’s most high-profile critics at a time when some other Trump loyalists are questioning whether the president is being ill-served…

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Gates Guilty Plea Strengthens Muellers Hand Against Manafort

As the newest cooperator for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Rick Gates gives prosecutors a powerful weapon in pursuing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and possible election collusion with Russia. Gates, who pleaded guilty Friday in Washington, was Manafort’s right-hand man and worked with him for a decade in his political consulting firm lobbying on behalf of Ukraine before joining him on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. Gates also remained on the Trump campaign after Manafort resigned in August 2016, and he helped plan Trump’s inauguration. In a victory…

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