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{FD} President Trump takes aim at old and new adversaries on wild media day

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President Trump had a lot to get off his chest Friday – even by his standards. Continue reading

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{FD} Neighbor who attacked Rand Paul sentenced to 30 days in prison

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The neighbor convicted of violently attacking Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul outside the senator’s Kentucky home last year was sentenced Friday to 30 days in federal prison. Continue reading

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{FD} IG 2.0 could be even worse for FBI as feds brace for Trump-spying probe

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The country is still digesting Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s scathing report on the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but more bombshells could be looming as aspects of the Russia investigation… Continue reading

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{FD} Bill Clinton ‘offended’ over criticism of his tarmac meeting with ex-AG Lynch

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Former President Bill Clinton was “offended” by the widespread criticism of his June 2016 tarmac meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch days before the FBI decided it would not recommend criminal charges against his wife, he told the Justice … Continue reading

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{FD} IG report on Clinton email probe reveals FBI agent’s ‘stop’-Trump text, calls Comey ‘insubordinate’

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a comprehensive and at-times scathing report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, exposed extraordinary text messages by a top FBI official vowing to “stop” Donald Trump -… Continue reading

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{FD} Justice Dept. IG report released on FBI’s handling of Clinton email case; Comey found ‘insubordinate’

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday released his long-awaited report detailing his review of the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential election, finding then-FBI Director James Comey to b… Continue reading

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{FD} FBI agent Strzok texted ‘we’ll stop’ Trump from becoming president, IG report reveals

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FBI agent Peter Strzok texted a fellow bureau official in August 2016 that “we’ll stop” Donald Trump from becoming president, the Justice Department inspector general reportedly reveals in his highly anticipated report on the Hillary Clinton email case… Continue reading

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{FD} FBI agent Strzok reportedly texted ‘we’ll stop’ Trump from becoming president

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FBI agent Peter Strzok texted a fellow bureau official in August 2016 that “we’ll stop” Donald Trump from becoming president, the Justice Department inspector general reportedly reveals in his highly anticipated report on the Hillary Clinton email case… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump, in Fox News interview, says of Kim Jong Un: ‘We understand each other’

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President Trump, in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, indicated he is willing to set aside concerns over Kim Jong Un’s human rights abuses in pursuit of a denuclearization deal but said he will only consider recent U.S. efforts a success if North… Continue reading

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{FD} Stage set for bombshell IG report on Clinton email case: Who’s in the crosshairs?

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A slew of FBI and DOJ officials could face a reckoning when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday releases a long-awaited report detailing his review of the Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential race. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump praises Kim Jong Un as ‘strong,’ ‘funny,’ ‘smart’ and a ‘great negotiator’ in Hannity interview

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President Trump, during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, complimented North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after their Singapore summit as a “strong guy” and a “great negotiator” and argued his once-fiery rhetoric directed toward Kim worked. Continue reading

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{FD} Parents of Otto Warmbier are hopeful ‘something positive’ can come from Trump-Kim summit

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The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after a 15-month imprisonment in North Korea, said Tuesday they are hopeful “something positive” can come from President Trump’s historic summit with dictator Kim Jong Un. Continue reading

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{FD} Chelsea Clinton fires back at critics who compare her to ‘Howdy Doody’

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Chelsea Clinton is firing back at “all the people” who say she looks like the Howdy Doody puppet. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s North Korea bargaining chips: What is president prepared to offer?

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Just hours before President Trump’s historic nuclear summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the Trump administration is hinting at the bargaining chips the president may have in his back pocket as he readies for the high-stakes negotiations in … Continue reading

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{FD} DOJ refusing to give Grassley access to agent who interviewed Flynn

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley isn’t backing down as the Justice Department rebuffs his repeated attempts to speak with the FBI agent whose interview with Michael Flynn was used to indict the ex-national security adviser in the Russ… Continue reading

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{FD} Ali Watkins’ past tweets come back to haunt NYT reporter amid leak case

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New York Times reporter Ali Watkins’ past tweets are raising eyebrows after revelations she had a three-year romantic relationship with a Senate Intelligence Committee aide now accused by federal prosecutors of leaking sensitive information to journali… Continue reading

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{FD} DOJ watchdog sets date for release of long-awaited review of Hillary Clinton probe

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The long-awaited watchdog report on the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign will be released next Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be invited to the US if joint summit goes well

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President Trump said Thursday it is “certainly” possible he could invite Kim Jong Un to visit the White House if next week’s nuclear summit in Singapore “goes well.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump presses DOJ not to let ex-Dem IT aide Imran Awan ‘off the hook’

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President Trump on Thursday urged the Justice Department not to let former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan “off the hook” amid indications that Awan could soon strike a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP lawmakers raise red flags over environmental group’s ties to China

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Two senior Republicans are raising red flags about a major environmental group’s ties to China, suggesting the organization is “at risk” of being “coerced” and might even need to register as a foreign agent. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Dem IT aide Imran Awan poised for plea deal, after months of mysterious delays

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Imran Awan, the former IT aide to congressional Democrats whose federal court case has drawn the interest of President Trump, is poised to strike a plea deal with prosecutors, court filings indicate. Continue reading

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{FD} Scandal-scarred Menendez wins Dem nomination in New Jersey, as 8 states hold primaries

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New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, who avoided conviction in a corruption and bribery case last year but was “severely” admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee, survived a challenge from a fellow Democrat and won his party’s nomination for anot… Continue reading

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{FD} Scandal-scarred Menendez projected to win Dem nomination in New Jersey, as 8 states hold primaries

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New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, who avoided conviction in a corruption and bribery case last year but was admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee, will win his party’s nomination for another term as senator, Fox News projects. Continue reading

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{FD} Primary nail-biter: Polls close in Alabama, Mississippi, New Jersey as 8 states hold elections

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Voting precincts have closed in Alabama, Mississippi and New Jersey, as eight states hold primaries Tuesday, including in California where the Democratic Party’s plan to regain control of the House of Representatives faces a big test. Continue reading

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{FD} Primary nail-biter: Pelosi’s House hopes rest on home-state battles, as Trump rallies for GOP

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President Trump is rallying Republicans voters to “keep our country out of the hands” of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as voters in eight states hold primaries Tuesday, including in California where the Democratic party’s plan to regain control … Continue reading

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{FD} White House says Eagles chose to ‘abandon’ fans, hosts patriotic event in lieu of team ceremony

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The Trump administration stood firm Tuesday on its decision to rescind an invitation for the Philadelphia Eagles to celebrate its Super Bowl victory at the White House, going on to host an alternative event highlighting why Americans “stand for our nat… Continue reading

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{FD} Speculation rages over Papadopoulos tipster’s role: Who was Maltese prof working for?

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Who is Joseph Mifsud? And who was he working for when he helped ignite the Russia probe? The story of the Maltese professor is an important – yet undercovered – part of the Russia investigation. Continue reading

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{FD} Melania Trump’s spokeswoman knocks ‘rabid press corps’ for speculating about first lady’s health

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A spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump on Monday slammed a “rabid press corps” for speculating about her health and whereabouts since being hospitalized last month to treat a benign kidney condition. Continue reading

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{FD} Pedophile can run for Congress, thanks to McAuliffe decision restoring felons’ rights

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An admitted pedophile and convicted felon who spent more than a year in prison for threatening to kill then-President George W. Bush is legally able to run for Congress in Virginia this year because of a 2016 decision by then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe to re… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says Singapore summit with Kim is back on after meeting North Korean official

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President Trump said Friday that a high-stakes summit between him and Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12, following a lengthy meeting with a top North Korean official in the Oval Office. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korean official delivers letter to Trump from Kim Jong Un

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North Korean official Kim Yong Chol arrived at the White House on Friday to deliver a personal letter from the rogue regime’s leader Kim Jong Un to President Trump. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump blasts cost of ‘Russia Hoax’ probe after $17M price tag revealed

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President Trump on Friday blasted the cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, after a new spending report revealed taxpayers have spent nearly $17 million on the Russia probe. Continue reading

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{FD} Russia probe has cost taxpayers nearly $17 million since Mueller’s appointment

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Taxpayers have spent nearly $17 million on the Russia probe since Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the investigation last year, according to a new spending report released Thursday by the Justice Department. Continue reading

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{FD} White House blasts ‘double standard’ over Olbermann, Hill, Griffin, Behar anti-Trump comments

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Trump wants to know why Disney CEO Bob Iger hasn’t apologized to him for the “horrible things” by its anti-Trump personalities like Keith Olbermann, Jemele Hill, Joy Behar and Kathy Griffin. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump hits ABC after cancellation of ‘Roseanne,’ asks why network doesn’t apologize for anti-Trump comments

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President Trump on Thursday spoke out for the first time about ABC’s cancellation of “Roseanne,” knocking the network for not apologizing in other instances where people connected to ABC have made anti-Trump comments. Continue reading

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{FD} Obamas’ Netflix deal inked with help from bundler buddy

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Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos celebrated Barack and Michelle Obama as “among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures” in announcing a deal last week for the Obama family to produce films and series for the streaming… Continue reading

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{FD} Justice Dept. IG, key FBI officials slated for Capitol Hill appearances as Clinton email report looms

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is to testify before congressional committees next month, presumably after the release of his long-awaited report on the FBI and DOJ Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential campai… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump makes it easier to fire poor-performing federal workers

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President Trump on Friday signed three executive orders overhauling the federal bureaucracy, including an order that makes it easier for to fire federal workers for misconduct. Continue reading

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{FD} Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett accused of making staffers his ‘personal servants’

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Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Garrett turned his congressional staffers into his own “personal servants,” according to a new report, including making them pick up groceries, chauffeur his children and clean up after his dog. Continue reading

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{FD} Environmental red tape stalls border agents trying to fill drug-smuggler tunnels

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Environmental red tape is causing “long delays” for border agents as they try to fill tunnels used to smuggle people and dangerous drugs into the U.S. from Mexico, according to border officials and Republican lawmakers who have discussed the problem wi… Continue reading

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{FD} Lawmakers briefed on Russia probe, Trump campaign confidential informant amid ‘spygate’

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The FBI and Justice Department on Thursday briefed lawmakers on the special counsel’s Russia investigation, amid President Trump’s outcry over revelations that a confidential informant made contact with several of his advisers during the 2016 campaign. Continue reading

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{FD} New York legislature appoints new attorney general to replace disgraced Schneiderman

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The New York legislature on Tuesday appointed Barbara Underwood to replace disgraced Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the wake of his sudden resignation earlier this month over allegations of abuse. Continue reading

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{FD} Gina Haspel sworn in as CIA director

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President Trump praised CIA director Gina Haspel at her swearing-in ceremony Monday by saying “no one in this country is better qualified” for the role. Continue reading

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{FD} Cohen’s attorneys want judge to deny Avenatti case materials, citing ‘carnival atmosphere’

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Lawyers for Michael Cohen are asking a federal judge to deny Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, access to case materials in the Southern District of New York inquiry into Cohen, citing Avenatti’s “reckless conduct” aga… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump takes on Planned Parenthood with ban on abortion counseling at federally funded clinics

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The Trump administration on Friday took aim at Planned Parenthood by announcing plans to resurrect a rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with patients. Continue reading

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{FD} Farm bill fails in House, amid conservative uprising over immigration

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A sprawling and subsidy-packed farm bill that also would have tightened food stamp rules failed in the House on Friday, in a dramatic defeat for GOP leaders who faced an uprising from conservatives over inaction on immigration. Continue reading

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{FD} Treasury Department raps Cohen record leaker, undercuts rationale for breach

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The Treasury Department on Thursday seemed to undercut the rationale used by the unnamed leaker who is claiming responsibility for breaching and disclosing Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s financial records. Continue reading

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{FD} Federal judge who ripped Mueller team obtains ‘scope memo’ detailing Russia probe

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The federal judge who recently ripped into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has obtained a copy of the so-called “scope memo” which lays out the parameters of the Russia probe. Continue reading

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{FD} DOJ inspector general completes long-awaited review of Hillary Clinton probe

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz says he has finished his long-awaited report detailing his review of the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading

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{FD} Never-ending Russia probe could fuel GOP’s midterm message

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As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe hits the one-year mark Thursday, Republicans in midterm elections have started to see an opportunity to use the Trump controversy to their advantage – by appealing to voters tired of the never-ending investigat… Continue reading

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