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Kushner failed to disclose outreach from Putin ally to Trump campaign

Nov 18 2017 — — President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose what lawmakers called a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” involving a banker who has been accused of links to Russian organized crime, three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News. An email chain described Aleksander Torshin, a former senator and deputy head […]

Mueller subpoenas Trump campaign for Russia documents

Nov 17 2017 — — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has issued a subpoena to the Trump campaign asking multiple campaign officials to produce Russia-related documents, according to a source with first-hand knowledge of the matter. The subpoena was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which also said that the subpoena does not compel testimony by any of the […]

A Panama tower carries Trump’s name and ties to organized crime

Nov 17 2017 — — When Ivanka Trump flew here in 2006 to push her family’s latest business project — an oceanfront steel and glass tower called the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower, shaped like a sail and designed to be one of the tallest buildings in Latin America — a Brazilian real estate salesman named Alexandre Ventura […]

Trump criticizes Al Franken, remains silent on Roy Moore allegations

Nov 17 2017 — — President Donald Trump, who faced more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct during his own election campaign, was quick to tweet on the “really bad” allegations against Democratic Senator Al Franken Thursday, but has so far remained silent about Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Trump referred to Sen. Franken, D-Minn., who is accused […]

Senators press Kushner over ‘incomplete’ Trump-Russia evidence

Nov 17 2017 — — The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee say President Donald Trump’s son-in-law hasn’t been fully forthcoming with the panel’s probe into Russian election interference, asking him to provide emails sent to him involving WikiLeaks and a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite.” Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein […]

Trump and his family could save more than $1 billion under House tax bill

Nov 16 2017 — — President Donald Trump has insisted, for months, that the Republican tax plan he supports won’t benefit him. “It’s not good for me. Believe me,” he said at a Sept. 27 event in Indiana to sell the plan. “My plan is for the working people, and my plan is for jobs. I don’t benefit,” he also […]

Alabama GOP refuses to abandon Roy Moore after another wild day

Nov 16 2017 — — The Alabama Republican Party is sticking with Senate candidate Roy Moore, party leaders told NBC News on Wednesday night, even as more women were reported to have accused him of making unwanted advances. A day of fast-moving developments in Alabama’s special election to succeed Attorney General Jeff Session in the Senate saw reports of accusations […]

Trump has awkward water bottle moment on TV

Nov 15 2017 — — President Donald Trump was very thirsty — for more positive news coverage of his lengthy Asia trip, and for some water. While speaking animatedly at the White House on Wednesday about his 11 days abroad, Trump abruptly stopped talking and stooped to look for water behind the podium. Staffers typically leave a bottle or glass […]

Alabama GOP Threatens Retaliation for Disloyalty to Moore

Nov 15 2017 — — Republicans in Washington may be abandoning Roy Moore by the droves. But in Alabama, the GOP has Moore’s back and is threatening retribution against defectors. The chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party warned she’s ready to enforce strict rules on party purity in the state’s Senate race, even if it means kicking GOP candidates off […]

Trump Says He Loves Miners. Critics Say He’s Putting Their Lives in Danger.

Nov 15 2017 — — President Donald Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to bolster America’s mining industry, rolling back environmental regulations, appointing mining executives to high-ranking jobs and funneling more money to struggling coal plants. “We’re going to fight for you like I promised I would in the campaign,” the president told a group of miners in February, assuring […]

Desperate GOP Looks to Write-In Candidate to Beat Moore

Nov 14 2017 — — Don’t expect Sen. Luther Strange to jump back into the Alabama Senate race, even as Republicans clamor for an alternative to their nominee, Roy Moore. “I think right now a write-in candidacy is highly unlikely,” Strange told reporters Monday. “I made my case, and now it’s really going to be up to the people of […]

‘ER’ Actor Anthony Edwards Accuses Producer Gary Goddard of Molestation

Nov 11 2017 — — “ER” actor Anthony Edwards in an online post on Friday accused producer and writer of Gary Goddard of molesting him as a child. A spokesperson for Goddard denied the allegations, which Edwards made in a post on the website Medium titled “Yes Mom, There is Something Wrong.” Edwards, 55, wrote in the post that when […]

Republicans Say Moore’s More Trouble Than a Senate Seat’s Worth

Nov 10 2017 — — Roy Moore could do more damage to the GOP brand than an Alabama Senate seat is worth. That’s a major concern for Republicans as Moore tries to weather allegations, reported by the Washington Post, that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 when he was 32, and others in the GOP […]

Mueller Probing Possible Deal Between Turks, Flynn During Presidential Transition

Nov 10 2017 — — Federal investigators are examining whether former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with senior Turkish officials just weeks before President Donald Trump’s inauguration about a potential quid pro quo in which Flynn would be paid to carry out directives from Ankara secretly while in the White House, according to multiple people familiar with the investigation. […]

Democrats win big in elections widely viewed as referendums on Trump

Nov 8 2017 — — It was a good night to be a Democrat, as the party’s candidates won a slate of closely watched races stretching from Virginia to Washington state on Tuesday. At the gubernatorial level, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in a hotly contested race in Virginia, which many analysts viewed as a referendum on President […]