Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director

August 17, 2017

(CNN)Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director, the latest sign of chaos inside the Trump administration. “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him…

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Trump Criticized for Not Denouncing White Nationalists at Rally

August 15, 2017

Donald Trump faced a second day of criticism after failing to personally denounce white nationalists, neo-Nazis and others who held a rally in Virginia that ended with a deadly car-ramming attack on pedestrians. Following an uproar from lawmakers in both parties and many civil rights groups, the White House released a statement Sunday saying that the president condemns “all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred, and of course that includes…

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Take a good look at the events in Charlottesvillethis is America today

August 15, 2017

Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The eyes of the nation and the world turned to Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday after a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally descended into chaos. The rally brought together the members of various white nationalist hate groups, including neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and their smaller sub-factions. They were greeted by an army of protesters who were there to demonstrate that hateful ideologies aren’t welcome in…

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Here are Trump’s remarks on the violence in Charlottesville

August 13, 2017

On a day when white nationalists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and their planned rally escalated into violence that left one dead, President Donald Trump decided to go ahead with a press conference covering veterans’ healthcare. Before signing a bill, Trump did address the situation in Virginia. Earlier in the day he had tweeted about the violence, saying “Charlottesville sad!” SEE ALSO: A round of applause for student…

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Former spy chief’s warning: North Korea situation like march toward World War I

August 11, 2017

(CNN)James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, likened the volley of bombastic words between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the lead up to World War I. “He said just a few moments ago about how this reminds him of the march toward war in World War I,” Sciutto said. “[J]ames Clapper is not someone who tends towards bombastic comments. He has genuine concern…

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Unscripted Trump takes on tough questions

August 11, 2017

Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN)The President’s two unscripted appearances before the press here Thursday revealed a commander in chief with a well of pent up opinions looking for an escape. In Washington, the President has been loathe to engage in public with reporters. He departed the White House last week having held fewer solo news conferences than any of his recent predecessors.

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Behold the swaggering masculinity of Vladimir Putin

August 9, 2017

My one regret is not having more time to exercise for this is just my body's naturally sculpted state.Image: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images Behold, it is Vladimir Putin, in all his glory. You may know Putin as the President of Russia. But he is not like other presidents. He’s a “macho” president. The “quintessential picture of masculinity” president. The man’s man “smell the dirt under his fingernails, feel the sun’s…

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Political Drama Is Hitting the Dollar Hard

August 2, 2017

President Donald Trump loves to trumpet the record run in U.S. stocks. “Stock market hits another high with spirit and enthusiasm so positive,” he tweeted on July 12, in one of nine posts about the market this month. (He was at it again today, exclaiming “Highest Stock Market EVER” in a morning tweet.) But he’s hardly tweeted a word about another, less rosy measure of Trump’s America: the U.S. dollar….

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Chris Christie got into it with a Cubs fan, because of course he did

August 1, 2017

It never ends.Image: Jeff Zelevansky / Stringer/Getty Images New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems to be getting into it with just about everyone nowadays, and as we know, even baseball games are no longer sacred. First, he got booed at a Mets game after catching a foul ball. This time, Christie got into it with someone at a Sunday game between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, whom his son…

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A couple of Russians managed to trick Rick Perry into thinking they were a Prime Minister

July 27, 2017

Oops.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock What follows is an account of something that can, honestly, happen to anyone: getting prank called. Except in this case, the prank callers were Russian and the victim was Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who proceeded to have a 20-minute call with the pranksters over energy policy. To repeat: a member of Trump’s cabinet was pranked hard (twice, as it turns out) by a pair of Russians. It’s as…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Inside the Senate chamber – an hour-long emotional swirl

July 26, 2017

Washington (CNN)All eyes were on the touching yet somber scene unfolding on the Senate floor: A line of senators waiting to greet their colleague John McCain, who stood at his Senate desk hosting an impromptu receiving line. That moment alone was poignant enough, but even more so up against the backdrop of the legislative drama on health care. McConnell: We have a duty to act McCain returns to Senate floor…

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Exclusive: Jared Kushner’s White House connection still being used to lure Chinese investors

July 22, 2017

Jared Kushner’s status as a top aide to President Donald Trump was used to lure Chinese investors to his family’s New Jersey development, even after his family’s company apologized for mentioning his name during a sales pitch in May, CNN has found. The promotions are posted in Chinese and refer to Kushner Companies as “real estate heavyweights,” going on to mention “the celebrity of the family is 30-something ‘Mr. Perfect’…

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Russian TV network is trolling the U.S. with ads about the election and hacking accusations

July 20, 2017

Fire so bright, Putin's gotta wear shades.Image: SPUTNIK/KREM/REX/Shutterstock UPDATE (2:05 p.m. ET): Updated to include statement from RT to Mashable. You didn’t think that Russia would just sit quietly and take all this talk of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign, did you? SEE ALSO: Trump and Putin unironically discussed forming a ‘cyber security unit’ RT, the English-language television network, has rolled…

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Mitch McConnell ‘master tactician’ label damaged after Senate health care fight

July 19, 2017

(CNN)The looming defeat of the Senate health care bill marks a dramatic low point in the otherwise lofty political career of Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s majority leader who is often described as a disciplined “master tactician” of the Senate accustomed to methodically building legislative victories for Republicans. “This has been a very, very challenging experience for all of us,” McConnell replied. “A lot of people have been involved in the…

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Trump and Republican senators are the 53 angriest people in Washington

July 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The GOP turned into the Grouchy Old Party, as recriminations flew after the failure this week to repeal and replace Obamacare — the greatest motivating cause of Republican voters for more than seven years. Trump, facing criticism of his own conduct in the failed effort to replace his successor’s signature law, suggested simply that the Republican majority on Capitol Hill was not up to the job.

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How the Republican health care bill fell apart

July 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Republicans’ signature campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare came to a screeching halt Monday night after Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas came together, shocked Capitol Hill and vowed to vote against the latest draft of the GOP’s health care bill. Across town, over rosemary-grilled rib eye and summer vegetable succotash at the White House, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders were attempting…

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Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa to water the grassroots

July 16, 2017

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)The last time Sen. Bernie Sanders was in Iowa, there was an election to win. It was November 2016 and Sanders was barnstorming Hawkeye State college towns, trying in vain to drum up support for Hillary Clinton. Making the first of two scheduled summer visits here, the state that will play host to the first-in-the-nation caucuses of a still far-off presidential campaign season, Sanders kept up his…

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Women’s March organizers return to DC streets for anti-NRA march

July 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)The organizers behind the Women’s March earlier this year returned to the streets of Washington DC on Friday, this time with a new mission: To protest the National Rifle Association. The marchers chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go” while holding up signs with slogans ranging from “none of us are safe until all of us are safe” to “91 Gun Deaths a Day: Enough…

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WH aides exposed to scrutiny over Russia meeting response

July 14, 2017

(CNN)A scramble by White House aides to respond to the brewing controversy over Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer may have exposed those aides to special counsel scrutiny. Trump Jr. tweets email chain Don Jr.: ‘I wanted to hear them out’ Trump’s web of Russian ties grows One damning paragraph about meeting Emails undermine White House case How much legal trouble is he in? Their public relations efforts…

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Merkley: Trump Jr. Russia meeting ‘absolutely’ the smoking gun

July 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)For one Democratic senator, Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer is “absolutely” the smoking gun when it comes to the investigation into possible collusion with Russian election meddling — and has “violation of law written all over it.” According to emails released by Trump Jr. this week, the lawyer — Natalia Veselnitskaya — was described to Trump’s son in an email as a “Russian government lawyer” with…

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Hugh Grant defines a popular British insult with the help of Donald Trump Jr.

July 14, 2017

Image: Getty Images/twitter/mashable composite Donald Trump Jr. has found himself in a media firestorm after recently sharing some self-incriminating emails from his personal twitter account, in a completely, uh, normal strategic maneuver. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert predicts Donald Trump Jr.’s future using genius diagram Americans often ask me to define the British word “Wanker”. pic.twitter.com/vKxKLhxgHI Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) July 11, 2017 Roasted. (I assume, I mean. I’m American so I…

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Pence sends a message to McConnell, Paul on healthcare in their own backyard

July 13, 2017

(CNN)“Help is on the way!” Vice President Mike Pence declared to small-business owners at a roundtable in Kentucky as he spoke about the adverse effects of Obamacare. While the president had no public events on Wednesday, the vice president traveled to Kentucky, a state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the election, for a roundtable listening session, a speech, and a private reception in Lexington.

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Trump meets Macron, shadowed by Putin

July 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)In normal times, President Donald Trump’s two-day sojourn to Paris would be a simple and uncomplicated mission. But this looks almost certain to become Trump’s third visit to Europe dominated by questions over the role Russia played in his election. This time, it’s the admission — via emails his son, Donald Trump Jr. released — that Trump Jr. set up a meeting last year with a woman he believed…

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Trump largely absent in final health care sprint

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has no plans to play a larger role in selling the Republican health care bill this week, an administration official told CNN Monday. There are no plans for Trump to travel the country to pitch the bill, the official said.

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Amid health care push, White House can’t shake Russia

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)Any hope that President Donald Trump’s direct talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election might help get him and the White House out from under the mountain of suspicion he has faced since coming into office had evaporated by Monday afternoon — and got buried by Monday night. The White House tried to veer away from those controversies, drawing attention to administration nominees…

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