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{FD} Manafort attorneys: Mueller team failed to prove a crime was committed

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Attorneys for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort claimed during closing arguments that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of prosecutors failed to meet the “burden of proof” that Manafort committed bank and tax fraud. Continue reading

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{FD} Prosecutors blast ‘Manafort’s lies’ in closing arguments against ex-Trump campaign chairman

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Prosecutors in the bank and tax fraud case against Paul Manafort used their closing arguments on Wednesday to paint the former Trump campaign chairman as a chronic liar, telling jurors Manafort is “not above the law.” Continue reading

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{FD} Defense rests in Manafort case, ex-Trump campaign chairman not called to stand

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The defense for Paul Manafort rested their case Tuesday without calling the ex-Trump campaign chairman to the stand to testify in the bank and tax fraud case against him. Continue reading

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{FD} Defense rests in Manafort case, ex-Trump campaign chairman won’t testify

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The defense for Paul Manafort rested their case Tuesday without calling the ex-Trump campaign chairman to the stand to testify in the bank and tax fraud case against him. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump dares NY Gov. Cuomo to run against him in 2020, says ‘anybody that runs against Trump suffers’

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President Trump, speaking at a fundraiser Monday with New York Republicans, dared Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to run against him for president in 2020, with Trump saying he welcomes the challenge. Continue reading

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{FD} Prosecution rests case in Paul Manafort fraud trial

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Prosecutors rested their case against Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, in his fraud trial on Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Democrats view socialism more favorably than capitalism, Gallup says

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According to a Gallup poll released Monday, more Democrats view socialism positively than they do capitalism – a development that comes amid the popularity of Democratic socialist candidates in the midterm elections. Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort trial judge delays testimony for hours, without explanation

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Judge T.S. Ellis III mysteriously delayed testimony in the case of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for five hours on Friday, pushing off the day’s proceedings as prosecutors once again complained about his criticism of them. Continue reading

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{FD} White House fires back at ‘disgruntled’ Omarosa, says anti-Trump book ‘riddled with lies’

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The White House is hitting back at former aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, claiming her forthcoming anti-Trump book is full of “lies” while dismissing her as “disgruntled.” Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort trial judge mysteriously delays testimony, after new Mueller team complaint

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Judge T.S. Ellis III mysteriously delayed testimony Friday in the case of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pushing off the day’s proceedings for hours after prosecutors once again complained about his criticism of them. Continue reading

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{FD} ObamaCare Double Whammy: Two big Trump changes could spur insurance exchange exodus

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While congressional Republicans have been unable to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in its entirety, two major changes could soon upend the program’s insurance exchanges by encouraging customers to bolt. Continue reading

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{FD} Mueller team files complaint against Manafort trial judge over latest reprimand

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After days of being dressed down by the judge overseeing the Paul Manafort case, federal prosecutors sought Thursday to put their foot down — filing a motion complaining that Judge T.S. Ellis III had unfairly admonished them in front of the jury. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s legal team responds to Mueller request for interview

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President Trump’s legal team said Wednesday they have responded to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s request for an interview with the president as part of the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Continue reading

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{FD} Drama grips final moments of Rick Gates’ testimony in Manafort trial, as lawyer poses surprise question

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Rick Gates has finished three days’ worth of dramatic testimony in federal court against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort — but not before defense lawyers caused a stir by pressing him for details on his past infid… Continue reading

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{FD} Dem candidate Ben Jealous snaps at reporter for socialism question: ‘You f—ing kidding me?’

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Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous cursed at a reporter on Wednesday for having the gall to ask if he’s a socialist. Continue reading

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{FD} Rick Gates admits extramarital affair in London, as defense tears into ‘secret life’

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Rick Gates, the star witness in the federal case against ex-Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort, on Tuesday acknowledged having an extramarital relationship in London while working for Manafort as the defense accused him of leading a “secret” and “sec… Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort stares daggers at Rick Gates, as partner-turned-witness details book-cooking

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Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stared coldly at Rick Gates as his business partner-turned-witness testified against him Tuesday in federal court, implicating him in an alleged scheme to commit tax and bank fraud with millions made through pol… Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Manafort associate Rick Gates returns to stand as angry Manafort trial judge lashes out at prosecutor

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Rick Gates, who has turned on former boss Paul Manafort to testify they committed bank and tax fraud together, is expected back on the stand for several more hours in federal court on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Manafort associate Rick Gates returns to stand as angry judge lashes out at prosecutors

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Rick Gates, who has turned on former boss Paul Manafort to testify they committed bank and tax fraud together, returned to the stand for several more hours of testimony in federal court on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Rick Gates testifies he and Manafort committed fraud, admits embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars

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Rick Gates on Monday took the stand in the federal fraud case against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testifying that he and Manafort conspired to commit bank and tax fraud — and that he embezzled hundreds of tho… Continue reading

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{FD} Rick Gates testifies he and Manafort conspired to commit fraud, and he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort

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Rick Gates on Monday took the stand in the federal fraud case against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testifying that he and Manafort conspired to commit bank and tax fraud — and that he embezzled hundreds of tho… Continue reading

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{FD} Rick Gates testifies he committed crimes while working for Paul Manafort

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Rick Gates on Monday took the stand in the federal fraud case against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testifying that he and Manafort conspired to commit bank and tax fraud. Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort case judge admonishes ‘disruptive’ reporters during trial

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The federal judge in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Monday threatened to kick reporters out of the courtroom if they continue being “disruptive.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump, Jerry Brown make dueling claims on cause of California fires

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The president is pointing his finger at environmental laws. The governor is blaming climate change. And both are getting hammered. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge: Reuniting families is ‘100 percent the responsibility’ of Trump administration

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A federal judge said Friday it is the responsibility of the Trump administration to reunite the hundreds of children separated from parents who have been deported to countries south of the border. Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort accountant with immunity admits having reservations about tax filings

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Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s account testified Friday in federal court that she had concerns about the accuracy of Manafort’s tax returns but filed them anyway. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge cautions Mueller team on high bar for Manafort conviction

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The judge in the Paul Manafort trial reminded Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Friday of the high bar for conviction — that they must prove the former Trump campaign chairman knowingly violated tax and bank laws related to his political work o… Continue reading

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{FD} GOP leader McCarthy wants Twitter CEO to testify on ‘censorship’ of conservatives

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before Congress on the “censorship” of conservatives amid allegations the social media platform is “shadow banning” prominent Republicans. Continue reading

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{FD} Chicago protesters demanding Rahm Emanuel’s resignation march to Wrigley Field, closing major roads

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An anti-violence march in Chicago briefly closed Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive on Thursday afternoon as protesters demonstrated against the city’s spiraling crime crisis and called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down. Continue reading

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{FD} Major Chicago roadway closes during afternoon rush as protesters demand Rahm Emanuel’s resignation

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An anti-violence march in Chicago briefly closed Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive on Thursday afternoon as protesters demonstrated against the city’s spiraling crime crisis and called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down. Continue reading

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{FD} Paul Manafort struggled to pay bills in 2016, bookkeeper testifies

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort racked up large bills but struggled to pay them in 2016, his bookkeeper testified in federal court Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort case judge warns Mueller team they ‘can’t prove conspiracy’ without star witness

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The federal judge in the trial of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Thursday they cannot prove a key part of their case unless prosecutors call Manafort’s former business partner to the stand. Continue reading

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{FD} Mueller releases list of 35 potential witnesses for Manafort trial

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Friday filed a list of 35 witnesses for former campaign chairman Paul Manafort upcoming trial. Continue reading

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{FD} Obama administration approved $200G grant to group with Al Qaeda ties

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The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group in Sudan with ties to Al Qaeda even though it had been designated a terrorist-financing organization by the U.S. years earlier, a conservative think tank revealed this week. Continue reading

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{FD} Rep. Jim Jordan announces run for House speaker

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Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, announced Thursday he plans to mount an anti-establishment run for speaker of the House — presuming Republicans keep control of the chamber. Continue reading

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{FD} White House threatens to sanction Turkey over detained American pastor

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The White House threatened Thursday to impose sanctions on Turkey if they do not free an American pastor detained for two years on terror and espionage charges. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Never Nancy’ Dem admits he could vote for Pelosi as speaker, fueling blast from the GOP

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Seven times in a row, Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Danny O’Connor responded to questions about whether he would support Nancy Pelosi for speaker by saying he wanted “new leadership” instead. But then he cracked. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump delays next Putin meeting until after ‘Russia witch hunt is over’

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President Trump has delayed a follow-up meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is finished, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge in Maria Butina case threatens gag order, in fight over accused Russian spy’s files

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The federal judge in the Russian spy case of Maria Butina threatened Wednesday to issue a gag order, as prosecutors revealed they have a massive trove of information from her devices — and voiced concern her attorney could leak it. Continue reading

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{FD} House votes to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to repeal the controversial medical device tax created by former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump: ‘Very concerned’ Russia will try to meddle in midterms

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President Trump on Tuesday expressed concern over the possibility of Russia interfering in the midterm elections, the latest effort to show he’s willing to get tough with the country after facing criticism last week over his summit with Russian Preside… Continue reading

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{FD} Liberal 9th Circuit backs right to carry firearms in public, in latest pro-2nd Amendment ruling

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The liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals endorsed the right of individuals to carry firearms in public in a ruling Tuesday, striking down a lower court argument that the Constitution only protects that right at home. Continue reading

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{FD} New details emerge on race to save Otto Warmbier

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New details are being reported about the secret efforts to secure the release of American college student Otto Warmbier, who suffered brain damage and died after being held captive in North Korea for 15 months after an ill-fated trip to the country in … Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort case judge reveals immunity deals with 5 witnesses, delays start of trial

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The federal judge in the coming federal court trial for President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on Monday granted the defense’s request to delay the start of the proceeding. Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort trial could reveal embarrassing details about Dem consultants

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The upcoming federal court trial for President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, will be closely watched for revelations about Trump’s campaign for the White House in 2016. Continue reading

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{FD} Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders, in joint rally, say their agenda is now Democratic ‘mainstream’

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When Democratic socialists Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders rallied for a left-wing congressional candidate Friday afternoon in Kansas, they insisted their agenda is now the “mainstream.” Continue reading

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{FD} RNC chooses Charlotte to host 2020 convention

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The Republican National Committee on Friday voted to officially select Charlotte as the host of the 2020 Republican National Convention. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump invites Putin to visit Washington, White House says

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President Trump has asked his White House to extend an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington later this year, press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Dems erupt into ‘USA’ chant on House floor after Hoyer gives fiery anti-Putin speech

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House Democrats on Thursday erupted into the USA chants on the floor of the House of Representatives after House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., delivered a fiery speech condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for election meddling and accusing R… Continue reading

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{FD} Watchdog exposes $14.7B of pork-barrel spending, including ‘brown tree snake eradication’ project

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The federal government is spending millions to save Pacific Coast salmon. And it’s doling out more than $600,000 to kill brown tree snakes in Guam. Continue reading

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