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Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey

Oct 18 2019 — — Sen. Mitt Romney delivered perhaps the most thorough Republican rebuke of President Trump’s Syria withdrawal Thursday, calling Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds there “a bloodstain on the annals of American history.” But while that line has gotten a lot of play, there’s something else Romney said that shouldn’t escape notice. He suggested Trump got bullied […]

Trump defenders’ misleading claims about the House impeachment inquiry

Oct 10 2019 — — “As you know, you have designed and implemented your [impeachment] inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process. For example, you have denied the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other […]

Welcome to Canada’s underwhelming election

Oct 8 2019 — Rick Mercer — On Monday night, Canadians watched the first and only official English-language debate ahead of the general election on Oct. 21. Americans — who are no doubt paying close attention — can be forgiven for thinking our campaign has lacked a certain amount of drama. Nobody running for prime minister has asked another country to investigate […]

Trump loves to tout his base. But a new poll shows increasing GOP support for impeachment — and even removing him.

Oct 8 2019 — — President Trump loves to talk about how much Republicans love him. Given his long-standing unpopularity with the broader public, Trump often homes in on his overwhelming popularity in the GOP. And then he takes that overwhelming popularity and Trump-ifies it, jacking up the numbers and falsely claiming that it’s a “record” amount of support within […]

Mike Pompeo compared Trump to ‘authoritarian’ Obama in 2016

Aug 19 2019 — — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in 2016 that Donald Trump was an “authoritarian” in the mold of then-President Barack Obama, according to a video newly resurfaced by the New Yorker magazine. The remark by Pompeo, who at the time represented Kansas’ 4th Congressional District, sharply contrasts with his lavish praise for Trump after joining […]

The IRS turned over Nixon’s tax returns the same day a congressional panel asked for them

Jul 26 2019 — — The Internal Revenue Service turned President Richard Nixon’s tax returns over to a congressional committee the same day in 1973 that the panel requested them for a review, according to letters released by House Democrats on Thursday. The newly released documents appear to contradict the Trump administration’s claims that House Democrats’ demands for the president’s […]

Canadian senator’s NATO report accidentally reveals location of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe

Jul 17 2019 — — A recently released – and subsequently deleted – document published by a NATO-affiliated body has sparked headlines in Europe with an apparent confirmation of a long-held open secret: U.S. nuclear weapons are being stored in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. A version of the document, titled “A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, […]

Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege

May 21 2019 — — A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post. The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing […]

Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow instructed him to falsely claim Moscow project ended in January 2016

May 20 2019 — — Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former longtime personal attorney, told a House panel during closed-door hearings earlier this year that he had been instructed by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow to falsely claim in a 2017 statement to Congress that negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016, according to people familiar with […]

Trump orders staff to prepare arms-control push with Russia and China

Apr 26 2019 — — President Trump has ordered his administration to prepare a push for new arms-control agreements with Russia and China after bristling at the cost of a 21st-century nuclear arms race, according to administration officials. The aim of the nascent effort, a senior administration official said, is to bring Russian nuclear weapons unregulated by treaties under new […]

Justin Trudeau says he’s learned from scandal, but does not apologize

Mar 7 2019 — — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday addressed the political scandal rocking Ottawa, saying he’s learned “lessons” but stopping short of an actual apology. The comments, made at a news conference in Ottawa, seem unlikely to stop the swirl of questions about a controversy that has already cost Trudeau two female cabinet ministers and a […]