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The Michael Cohen tapes story is just getting started

Jul 20 2018 — — The story, on its face, seems to be this: In the waning months of the 2016 election, Donald Trump and Michael Cohen talked about paying off former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal, who alleged an affair with Trump, to keep her quiet. Pretty big news, right? (Kudos to The New York Times for breaking it.) And […]

Michael Cohen sending a clear message to Trump by speaking ‘real truth,’ sources say

Jul 20 2018 — — Michael Cohen, the President’s former fixer and ultimate loyalist, is sending a clear signal to President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, that “the truth is not you(r) or your client’s friend,” according to sources with knowledge of Cohen’s thinking. Two sources familiar with Cohen’s thinking say he has “hit the reset button” and […]

Mueller team wants to talk to ‘Manhattan Madam’

Jul 20 2018 — — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reached out to the lawyer for Kristin Davis, famously known as the “Manhattan madam,” a source familiar with the matter says. Davis, who went to jail as a part of the scandal surrounding former Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, has worked for Roger Stone, an outside political adviser […]

1 House Republican’s chilling warning on Trump and Russia

Jul 20 2018 — — In a New York Times op-ed — headlined “Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?” — Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd writes of this week’s summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin: “The president’s failure to defend the United States intelligence community’s unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and […]

Putin invite sends Washington into Russian twilight zone

Jul 20 2018 — — It was a jaw-dropping moment that embodied the utterly unfathomable, logic-defying and increasingly troubling twilight zone into which Washington has plunged since the Helsinki summit. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was onstage at a security forum in Aspen, Colorado, when he was told by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that the White House had announced on […]

Trump says he’ll have another meeting with Putin, again calls media ‘enemy of the people’

Jul 19 2018 — — President Donald Trump said Thursday he is “looking forward” to meeting again with Russian President Vladimir Putin to “begin implementing” issues they discussed during their summit earlier this week. Trump, who touched off a major political controversy with his embrace of Putin in Helsinki, Finland, accused the news media — which he again dubbed the […]

US officials say allies discounting Trump-Putin summit as ‘meaningless’

Jul 19 2018 — — Despite President Trump’s deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin at their post-summit press conference in Helsinki on Monday, several senior administration officials say the State Department is not getting bombarded with concerns from US allies because they have concluded that Trump and Putin did not make any firm agreements. “There isn’t a lot of clean-up […]

A GOP congressman once lamented not being able to call women ‘sluts’ anymore

Jul 18 2018 — — A Republican congressman from Minnesota has a long history of making deeply misogynistic comments on the radio, including lamenting that women can no longer be called “sluts.” CNN’s KFile reviewed several months of audio from Rep. Jason Lewis on the “Jason Lewis Show,” a syndicated radio program Lewis hosted from 2009 until 2014 with the […]

Sanders disputes that Trump said Russia no longer targeting US

Jul 18 2018 — — The White House denied Wednesday that President Donald Trump said he does not believe that Russia is targeting the United States, despite him directly answering a question about it earlier in the day. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump was asked by a reporter if Russia was still targeting the US. […]

Trump says Russia no longer targeting the US

Jul 18 2018 — — President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence official who said the opposite earlier this week. The statement came amid continued furor over Trump’s remarks about election meddling made alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki. Trump sought to walk back some of […]

US offers no details as Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements

Jul 18 2018 — — Russia announced it was ready to pursue agreements reached by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump “in the sphere of international security,” though the White House and Pentagon would not confirm any agreements had been made or offer any details. Trump and Putin met for about two hours during their summit in Helsinki with only […]

Europe fines Google $5 billion for abusing its Android dominance

Jul 18 2018 — — The company was ordered by the European Commission on Wednesday to pay €4.34 billion ($5 billion) for unfairly pushing its apps on smartphone users and thwarting competitors. “Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine,” Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust official, said in a statement. “They have denied […]

‘Helsinki has frozen over’: Late night blasts Trump-Putin summit

Jul 17 2018 — — Late night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert went after President Donald Trump for his comments made during Monday’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. “Helsinki has frozen over,” Kimmel said while opening his ABC show. “The President of the United States today publicly sided with Russia over our own FBI […]