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Steve Bannon delivers blistering attack on former President George W. Bush

Oct 21 2017 — — Steve Bannon delivered a withering attack on George W. Bush Friday night, bluntly questioning the former President’s intelligence and his grasp of the concepts that he outlined in a speech that he gave New York this week. “There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon said during his dinnertime address at […]

US preparing for North Korea’s ‘final step’

Oct 20 2017 — — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the United States has to act as if North Korea is on the verge of being able to strike it with a missile and act accordingly — and that President Donald Trump is ready to do so. “From a US policy perspective, we ought to behave as if we are […]

Kelly erroneously claimed congresswoman took credit for building funding, video shows

Oct 20 2017 — — White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly on Thursday erroneously claimed that Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, claimed credit for securing “$20 million” in federal funding to build a new FBI field office in Miami in 2015, according to a video of the dedication ceremony posted Friday by the Sun Sentinel. Accusing her of being […]

Missing soldier found nearly a mile from Niger ambush, officials say

Oct 20 2017 — — Sgt. La David Johnson was found nearly a mile away from the central scene of the ambush in Niger that killed four US soldiers — including Johnson — and wounded two others, four administration officials familiar with the early assessment of what happened told CNN on Friday. Officials who have spoken to CNN have cautioned […]

Senate approves budget kick-starting GOP tax reform effort

Oct 20 2017 — — The Senate voted Thursday to pass a budget resolution for next year that is mostly significant because it could make it easier for Republicans to pass major tax cuts, a top GOP priority. The 51 to 49 vote was split mostly on party lines. Only GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky voted no. To help […]

Bush, Obama blasts will be water off Trump’s back

Oct 20 2017 — — The Presidents club is turning on its newest member. Breaking the code of silence that retired commanders in chief normally maintain about their successors, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama delivered clear jabs at the current occupant of the Oval Office on Thursday. President Donald Trump, however, likely didn’t feel a thing. His entire […]

Iran’s Ayatollah says Trump is ‘foul-mouthed’ and ‘pretends to be an idiot’

Oct 19 2017 — — In his first comments after US President Donald Trump said he intended to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, on Wednesday called Trump “foul-mouthed” and someone who “pretends to be an idiot.” Speaking before a group of what was described by his office as “hundreds of young elites and outstanding […]

China calls on US to ‘abandon its prejudices’ after Tillerson rebuke

Oct 19 2017 — — China has called on the US to “abandon its prejudices” after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed Beijing was subverting the global order and pursuing predatory economic policies. “China firmly upholds the international order with the United Nations at its core,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday.

Trump reacts and a crisis is born

Oct 19 2017 — — President Donald Trump’s chronic inability to turn the other cheek to a perceived slight has landed the White House with a crisis on multiple fronts over his handling of the ISIS ambush in Niger that killed four US troops.

5 shot at Maryland office park, authorities say

Oct 18 2017 — — Five people have been shot at an office park in the Maryland community of Edgewood, and the shooter is believed to be on the loose, a deputy with the Harford County sheriff’s office said Wednesday morning. The shooter left the scene — the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, roughly 30 miles northeast of Baltimore — […]

Trump has repeatedly politicized military service and sacrifice

Oct 18 2017 — — President Donald Trump, though often acting as a champion of the military, has at times politicized the sacrifice of those who paid a terrible price in the nation’s wars in a way that few of his predecessors would have countenanced. He clearly reveres America’s fighting men and women. He often boasts about their prowess, has […]

Bipartisan senators reach health care deal on CSR payments

Oct 17 2017 — — Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have reached a deal “in principle” to restore Obamacare cost-sharing reduction payments for two years in exchange for more state flexibility in Obamacare, according to two Senate aides. One Senate aide said the plan would also restore just over $100 million in funding for Obamacare outreach. An Alexander aide […]

Trump warns McCain: ‘Be careful because at some point I fight back’

Oct 17 2017 — — President Donald Trump, hours after Sen. John McCain delivered a speech that repudiated the President, warned the Arizona Republican to “be careful” because at some point he will “fight back.” McCain, while accepting the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia on Monday night, warned the United States against turning toward “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people […]

Tillerson remains on thin ice in Trump WH, sources say

Oct 17 2017 — — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s future in the Trump administration is looking increasingly uncertain, an administration source tells CNN. “I would say the ice continues to thin,” the source said. “The question is when does it actually break.”