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{FD} White House rebuffs Russia bid to question US officials, amid new DC firestorm

The White House sought Thursday to tamp down another firestorm that broke out in the wake of President Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin, making clear the president does not support the Russian leader’s proposal to allow his government to interview Am… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says ‘Fake News’ pushing ‘major confrontation’ with Russia

President Trump claimed Thursday the “Fake News” is pushing for a “major confrontation” with Russia, ratcheting up his defense of the summit with Vladimir Putin on the third day of damage control over their controversial joint press conference. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump touches off new Russia controversy – and prompts new clarification

President Trump, just as he was moving to quell the raging controversy over his press conference with Vladimir Putin, touched off a new one Wednesday when he appeared to deny Russia is still targeting the U.S. – prompting another White House clarificat… Continue reading

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{FD} Cuomo campaign accused of trying to ‘manipulate’ donor stats with tiny contributions

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being accused of trying to “manipulate” donor statistics after campaign finance reports revealed teeny-tiny contributions from individuals on or associated with his staff. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump resumes defense of Putin summit after walk-back, rips ‘haters’ with ‘Derangement Syndrome’

President Trump on Wednesday quickly resumed his full-throated defense of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after attempting to walk back the most controversial moment from their joint press conference, once again calling the summit a s… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says he misspoke on Russian meddling during press conference, accepts US intel findings

President Trump said Tuesday that he misspoke when he seemed to dismiss allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, stating clearly that he accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions as he sought to quell a bipartisan firestorm ov… Continue reading

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{FD} Obama slams populist ‘right-wing billionaires,’ touts liberal push for ‘universal income’

Former President Barack Obama, in a rare post-presidency speech abroad, took several thinly veiled shots at his successor and other populist “right-wing billionaires” — while openly touting a controversial liberal push for “universal income.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump fires back at critics of Putin presser performance, as Hoyer echoes ‘treason’ slam

President Trump dug in Tuesday amid bipartisan criticism over his press conference with Vladimir Putin, claiming the “Fake News” is ignoring what he described as a successful summit — and his tough stance with NATO actually helped the alliance counter… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump faces bipartisan criticism over press conference with Putin

President Trump faced harsh bipartisan criticism back home for his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, as lawmakers claimed the U.S. president missed a chance to “stand up” to the Russian president on election meddling. Continue reading

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{FD} Bill Browder fires back at Putin after press conference

After having his name invoked in a joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, businessman and Magnitsky Act advocate Bill Browder boasted that he has “hit the Achilles’ heel of the Putin regime.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump blasts Mueller probe, Putin denies meddling as leaders tout summit as ‘success’

President Trump and Vladimir Putin tackled allegations of election meddling in unprecedented terms following their one-on-one summit Monday, with Trump opening the door to an unusual offer of cooperation in the special counsel probe and the Russian pre… Continue reading

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{FD} Democrats urge Trump to cancel Putin summit, after indictment of Russian intel officers

Top Democrats on Friday swiftly pressured President Trump to consider cancelling his upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin, after a dozen Russian intelligence officers were indicted for allegedly hacking party emails in 2016. Continue reading

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{FD} President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump joined Queen Elizabeth II in an official greeting ceremony at Windsor Castle Friday, in what was the first meeting of the First family and the Royal family. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says Putin would not have invaded Crimea if he were president, blasts ‘Obama disaster’

President Trump claimed Friday ahead of his summit with Vladimir Putin that the Russian president would not have invaded Crimea had he been in office, calling the globally condemned annexation an “Obama disaster.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump, May pledge cooperation on trade after explosive interview

President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged full cooperation on trade and other issues Friday, easing tensions following Trump’s explosive interview in which he criticized her handling of ‘Brexit’ and called into question a U.S.-U.K…. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump, May face the press after explosive interview

President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May were joining outside London for what could prove to be an awkward press conference Friday, following Trump’s explosive interview which put May in even deeper political turmoil. Continue reading

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{FD} Defiant Strzok testifies anti-Trump texts rooted in ‘deep patriotism,’ Republicans blast ‘textbook bias’

A defiant Peter Strzok testified that his political opinions including anti-Trump texts exchanged in 2016 were rooted in “deep patriotism,” as GOP lawmakers blasted the FBI official for “textbook bias” in his first public hearing before Congress. Continue reading

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{FD} Fireworks at Strzok hearing as GOP reps fume at anti-Trump FBI agent, threaten contempt

FBI official Peter Strzok’s first public hearing tumbled into a rancorous and heated political fracas on Thursday, as Republicans clashed with Democrats as well as the former investigator over his anti-Trump texts — and even threatened contempt for in… Continue reading

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{FD} Lisa Page expected for private interview Friday, Goodlatte says

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page has “voluntarily” agreed to appear for a private interview before House committees on Friday, following her refusal to appear for deposition Wednesday despite a congressionally-issued subpoena. Continue reading

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{FD} Defiant Peter Strzok claims scrutiny over anti-Trump text messages ‘another victory notch in Putin’s belt’

A defiant Peter Strzok said the scrutiny he is facing over his anti-Trump text messages amounts to “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to the FBI official’s remarks prepared to be delivered before House committees Thursday morning. Continue reading

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{FD} Paul Manafort getting ‘VIP’ treatment in prison with private cell, bathroom, phone, laptop, special counsel says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being treated like a “VIP” in prison, according to the latest court filing by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Wednesday opposing his request to delay his trial. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP candidate Katie Arrington back to campaign trail after car wreck: ‘You just can’t break me’

Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington is ready again to hit the campaign trail after surviving a horrific head-on collision – and despite her serious injuries, says it would take “a lot more than an automobile accident to get me out.” Continue reading

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{FD} NATO pledges to boost defense spending after stern words from Trump

NATO leaders pledged their “unwavering commitment” to boost defense spending on Wednesday, following stern words from President Trump criticizing European leaders for spending too little. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump tangles with NATO leaders in testy start to Brussels summit

President Trump kicked off the highly anticipated NATO summit Wednesday with sharp words for the head of the alliance and Germany, using the meeting to challenge European countries over their defense spending and even agreements with Russia. Continue reading

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{FD} Pelosi calls questions about her leadership ‘sexist’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed in a recent interview that sexism is behind some of the calls for her to relinquish power in the Democratic Party. Continue reading

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{FD} Michael Cohen’s lawyer issues cryptic warning to Giuliani and Trump

The lawyer representing President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen issued a cryptic warning to the president and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani this week, in apparent reference to what his client could share with federal prosecutors. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says FBI’s Strzok, Page getting ‘cold feet’ ahead of Capitol Hill sessions

President Trump claimed Tuesday that “FBI lovers” Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are getting “cold feet” ahead of planned Capitol Hill appearances this week, amid conflicting reports over whether they will show up. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says Putin summit could be ‘easiest’ stop of European tour, amid NATO tensions

President Trump took a confrontational tone with NATO countries over their military spending as he departed Tuesday for Europe, even suggesting his highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin could be the “easiest” stop on his four-… Continue reading

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{FD} Lisa Page to appear on Capitol Hill for closed-door interview with House Judiciary, Oversight Committees

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is expected to appear at a closed-door deposition in front of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Wednesday, just one day before former bureau colleague and lover Peter Strzok is set to testify publicly about the… Continue reading

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{FD} Supreme Court battle: Conservative group vows to spend $10M backing Trump pick

A conservative group planned Monday to launch a high-dollar ad campaign in support of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, as part of a projected $10 million push to get the nominee confirmed. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump blasts ‘failing NY Times’ over report on ‘opposition’ to breastfeeding measure

President Trump on Monday blasted the “failing NY Times” for reporting that his administration opposed a pro-breastfeeding measure at the U.N.-tied World Health Assembly, claiming the problem was the resolution’s limits on promoting formula. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump suggests China meddling in North Korea talks amid trade tensions with US

President Trump suggested Monday that China could be “exerting negative pressure” on North Korea to stray from the denuclearization “deal” signed last month, amid trade tensions between the U.S. and Beijing. Continue reading

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{FD} Supreme Court battle lines drawn as conservative group launches ad backing Trump pick

A conservative group planned Monday to launch a high-dollar ad campaign in support of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, as both sides gird for a costly and confrontational battle before the nominee is even announced. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP congressional candidate builds actual wall in campaign ad

A GOP congressional hopeful from Tennessee has pledged he’ll help President Trump build “the wall” along the southern border—and sought to prove it by literally laying bricks in a new campaign ad. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI’s Strzok ‘smug’ and ‘defiant’ in House interview, but regrets sending anti-Trump texts

Embattled FBI official Peter Strzok was “smug” and “laughed off” questions during his closed-door congressional interview this week, though also told lawmakers he regrets sending the anti-Trump texts that made him the poster child for bureau bias, cong… Continue reading

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{FD} Rosenstein vows to clean up DOJ after IG report, defends response to Russia probe requests

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein publicly vowed Thursday to hold wrongdoers accountable for the actions revealed in the recent watchdog report on the Clinton email case, while defending his agencies’ response to requests from congressional commit… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump blasts Strzok for ducking questions, Mueller over ‘conflicts’

President Trump on Thursday blasted FBI agent Peter Strzok for refusing to answer “many questions” in his closed-door grilling on Capitol Hill this week — and took a shot at Special Counsel Robert Mueller over alleged “Conflicts of Interest.” Continue reading

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{FD} Gorsuch, in union ruling, tips scales on another landmark case

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch tipped the scales on another landmark decision on Wednesday, joining the conservative majority for the 5-4 ruling against so-called “fair share” union fees. Continue reading

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{FD} Peter Strzok arrives on Capitol Hill for closed-door grilling

FBI official Peter Strzok arrived Wednesday morning for a closed-door grilling before the House Judiciary Committee in his first Capitol Hill appearance following the latest anti-Trump text messages revealed by the Justice Department inspector general. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump sarcastically congratulates Maxine Waters for becoming ‘unhinged FACE’ of Dem Party

President Trump sarcastically congratulated Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters for becoming the “unhinged FACE” of the party alongside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in his latest jab at Democratic leadership. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump cheers travel ban win before Supreme Court: ‘Wow!’

President Trump cheered the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the administration’s controversial travel ban affecting several mostly Muslim countries on Tuesday, following the ruling on one of the hardest-fought legal battles of his term. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump warns Harley-Davidson of ‘big tax’ if it sells back to US, following production shift

President Trump warned Harley-Davidson on Tuesday that it will not be able to “sell back into the U.S. without paying a big tax” after the company’s decision to move production of motorcycles sold in Europe overseas amid tariff tensions. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump accuses ‘low IQ’ Rep. Waters of advocating ‘harm’ against his supporters

President Trump on Monday accused Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of advocating “harm” against his supporters, after she called over the weekend for protesters to confront Cabinet members wherever they see them in public. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP candidate Katie Arrington to continue campaign after car wreck, doctors optimistic

Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington plans to stay in the race to represent South Carolina’s 1st District after sustaining severe injuries in a car crash over the weekend that left her in critical condition. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump pressures DOJ, FBI over documents on Russia case informant

President Trump challenged the Justice Department and FBI early Monday over why the agencies have not given Congress all requested documents related to an FBI informant in contact with members of his campaign in 2016. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump mocks ‘dirty’ Red Hen over ‘filthy’ building, defends Sarah Sanders

President Trump on Monday hammered the Virginia restaurant that refused service to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, saying the Red Hen should focus instead on cleaning up its “filthy” building. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump rips media for ignoring Angel Families ‘permanently separated’ by illegal immigrant crime

President Trump on Friday blasted what he described as a media double standard, as he honored families whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants and accused the press of ignoring them to focus on the plight of migrants caught crossing the border. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump endorses Alabama Rep. Roby despite 2016 snub

President Trump on Friday endorsed Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby, saying she has been a “consistent and reliable” supporter of his agenda—despite her sharp criticism of him in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Extraordinary’ Strzok removal shows FBI agents in crosshairs from IG probe

Peter Strzok’s abrupt removal from his FBI office this week signaled that the Justice Department inspector general’s work is already leading to consequences for bureau officials ensnared in various probes — with potentially more repercussions to come. Continue reading

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{FD} Comey hits back at Clinton, won’t apologize to her over email probe

James Comey fired back this week at Hillary Clinton after the former secretary of state cited the Justice Department inspector general report on her email case to challenge the premise of the investigation itself. Continue reading

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