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Biden campaign limits press access during virtual fundraiser

May 22 2020 — — Joe Biden’s campaign wouldn’t let reporters listen to a question-and-answer session during a virtual fundraiser with Wall Street donors on Thursday night, a break from its usual procedures and from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s past pronouncements about promoting transparency. The former vice-president’s campaign suggested that such press limits would be common going forward as […]

Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

May 22 2020 — — “A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study. “A political hit job,” he said of another. As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn’t like. Twice this […]

Sons of Jamal Khashoggi forgive killers, sparing executions for 5 found guilty

May 22 2020 — — The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to the five government agents convicted of his murder who’d been sentenced to execution. “We, the sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who killed our father as we seek reward […]

Biden campaign limits press access during virtual fundraiser

May 21 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's campaign wouldn't let reporters listen to a question-and-answer session during a virtual fundraiser with Wall Street donors on Thursday night, a break from its usual procedures and from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's past pronouncements about promoting transparency. The former vice-president's campaign suggested that such press limits would be common going […]

Trump counting on Supreme Court to block probes, lawsuits

May 22 2020 — Mark Sherman — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump won at least a temporary reprieve from the Supreme Court earlier this week in keeping secret grand jury materials from the Russia investigation away from Democratic lawmakers. The president and his administration are counting on the justices for more help to stymie other investigations and lawsuits. The high court is […]

Flynn’s name was never ‘masked’ in FBI report on phone call with Russian

May 21 2020 — — In a blow to GOP efforts to create a cloud of scandal around so-called “unmasking,” two sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News that then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s name was never redacted from the FBI intelligence report about his conversation with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Flynn has admitted lying to the […]

China vows to remove Hong Kong’s ‘cancer’ of pro-independence thought with new security legislation

May 21 2020 — — The Chinese government is preparing to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, raising fears of new curbs on the city’s freedoms as Beijing’s state media pledged the complete eradication of what it called a “cancer” of pro-independence sentiment. Though it not yet clear what the new rules will mandate, Beijing’s assertion of its […]

UK watchdog clears Johnson of criminal wrongdoing

May 21 2020 — AP — LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not face a criminal investigation into whether he offered special favours to an American businesswoman during his time as mayor of London. The Independent Office for Police Conduct ruled Thursday against a criminal investigation into Johnson’s ties to tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri. The office, which oversees police […]

At least three people injured in shooting at Arizona shopping complex, police say

May 21 2020 — — A suspect is in custody after three people were shot Wednesday night at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona, police say. One victim is listed in critical condition while the two others had non-life threatening injuries, Glendale Police Officer Tiffany Ngalula said Wednesday night. The shooting was over by the time officers arrived, Ngalula […]

Senate Republicans aim to turn Biden-Burisma conspiracy theories into 2020’s Benghazi

May 20 2020 — — As chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has “broad jurisdiction over government operations” with “primary responsibilities to study the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of all agencies and departments of the federal government.” Given everything happening right now, Johnson’s committee would seem to have plenty of topics to […]

Pompeo’s elite taxpayer-funded dinners raise new concerns

May 20 2020 — — As federal workers file out of the State Department at the end of a Washington workday, an elite group is often just arriving in the marbled, flag-lined lobby: Billionaire CEOs, Supreme Court justices, political heavyweights and ambassadors arrive in evening attire as they’re escorted by private elevator to dinner with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. […]

Judge allows fraud suit against Trump, family and company to proceed

May 20 2020 — — A federal judge on Monday allowed a federal lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump, his three eldest children and his company of collaborating with a fraudulent marketing scheme to prey on investors to proceed. The lawsuit, originally filed in October 2018 and amended a few months later, alleges that in exchange for “secret” payments, Trump and […]