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Iowa’s longest-serving GOP lawmaker joins the Democrats because of Trump

Apr 24 2019 — — The Iowa Legislature’s longest-serving Republican announced Tuesday that because of President Donald Trump, he will be joining the Democratic Party, calling Trump “a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children.” State Rep. Andy McKean, who has served in both Iowa’s Senate and House chambers, identified with the Republican Party for 35 years […]

The Philadelphia Flyers remove a statue of Kate Smith over her racist songs

Apr 22 2019 — — A year after her 1986 death, the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers erected a statue to honor renowned singer Kate Smith, whose rendition of “God Bless America” was played during home games for decades, including the 2018-2019 season. But on Sunday the Flyers announced they had removed the statue, saying the team had discovered some of her […]

Giuliani: ‘There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians’

Apr 21 2019 — — President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said while he would have advised the Trump campaign to avoid Russian help, he thought there was nothing wrong with a campaign taking information from Russia. “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if […]

Here are 7 key lines from the Mueller report

Apr 18 2019 — — The Justice Department released the redacted version of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here are key lines:

Mueller report reveals how Trump reacted to special counsel appointment: ‘I’m f—ed’

Apr 18 2019 — — President Donald Trump lamented back in 2017 that the appointment of a special counsel would mark the end of his presidency — and was so furious that he reacted with an expletive, according to the special counsel’s redacted report released Thursday. Trump first learned that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special […]

Bradley Welsh, ‘Trainspotting’ actor, shot dead in Scotland

Apr 18 2019 — — “Trainspotting 2” star Bradley Welsh has been shot dead in Scotland, the UK’s Press Association agency has reported. The actor — who appeared as gangland figure Doyle in the sequel to the hit movie about a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh — was killed in Scotland’s capital on Wednesday night, the agency said. Police […]

North Korea: If US wants to talk, put someone ‘more mature’ than Pompeo in charge

Apr 18 2019 — — North Korea’s Foreign Ministry has issued a stinging rebuke of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, hours after the country claimed to have tested a new tactical weapon. In a statement released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, Foreign Ministry official Kwon Jong Gun said Pompeo had been “letting loose reckless remarks and […]

Prosecutors will release pixelated video in Robert Kraft’s solicitation of prostitution case

Apr 17 2019 — — Despite protestations from Robert Kraft’s legal team, prosecutors said Wednesday they intend to release video footage that is expected to show the New England Patriots owner receiving sexual services at a Florida day spa. Prosecutors will also release video showing 24 other men charged in the monthslong, multi-jurisdictional sting that allegedly ensnared Kraft in February, […]

One of China’s richest men endorses the controversial 12-hour, 6-day workweek

Apr 15 2019 — — One of China’s richest men has been criticized for endorsing the controversial culture of 12-hour workdays in the country’s red-hot tech industry, saying employees who worked longer hours will get the “rewards of hard work.” Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA), has spoken out on social media in recent days in support of […]

Trump is removing US Secret Service director

Apr 8 2019 — — United States Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN. President Donald Trump instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles. Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave.

Democrats to authorize subpoena for full Mueller report

Apr 1 2019 — — House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler will authorize a subpoena this week to obtain the full, unredacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller, teeing up a showdown between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over the nearly 400-page report. Nadler said Monday that he had scheduled a markup on Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for the […]