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REPORT: Bill Clinton Moved To Tears After Waiter Gets On Knees To Thank Him Saving His Life In Kosovo

Politico reports: “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband President Bill Clinton were drawn to tears while dining [on Friday night] at Sea Fire Grill in New York City. After enjoying a dinner of salads, smoked salmon and branzino with a close friend, one of the wait staff dropped to his knees and said, ‘Sir, I want to ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Holds First 2020 Re-Election Rally

Fox News reports: Tony Ledbetter, the coordinator of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla., said the event would be the president’s “first re-election rally.” Speaking in the hours before Trump’s event, Ledbetter, chairman of the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee, said he was excited for the event to take place. He coordinated over 9,000 volunteers and supporters ...

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Homeland Security Head John Kelly: Trump’s Coming New Travel Ban Will Be “Tighter, More Streamlined”

The Hill reports: President Trump’s revised executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. will be phased in and will likely exempt green-card holders, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Saturday. “The president is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first [executive order],” Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference, according to ...

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New York Times Blasts “Celebrity Apprentice” Trump Over Chaotic Hiring Across Federal Agencies

From the editorial board of the New York Times: It’s with a whiff of desperation that President Trump insists these days that he’s the chief executive Washington needs, the decisive dealmaker who, as he said during the campaign, “alone can fix it.” What America has seen so far is an inept White House led by a celebrity apprentice. This president ...

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Enter The New Continent Of Zealandia

ABC News reports: We’re taught in elementary school that there are seven continents on Earth — Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. But geography textbooks across the world might have to add one more to that list — Zealandia. Zealandia is a continent that is 94 percent submerged underwater, which is why it took so long ...

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REPORT: Trump’s Pick To Replace Michael Flynn Backed Out After Seeing That Insane Press Conference [VIDEO]

The Hill report: President Trump’s pick to replace former national security adviser Michael Flynn turned down the position Thursday partly because of Trump’s combative press conference that day, according to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Hayes reported Friday night disputed reports that retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward passed on the position because the Trump administration wouldn’t let him install his own staff. ...

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Melania Amends Libel Suit To Remove Claim She Planned To Rake In Millions Using First Lady Status

Law Newz reports: First Lady Melania Trump has abandoned her claim that she planned to cash in on her First Lady “brand” to sell “apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance” from her White House perch. Melania Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, filed an amended complaint on Friday in her New York libel lawsuit against the Daily ...

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White House Dismisses Six Staffers After They Fail FBI Background Checks, Some Walked Out By Security

Politico reports: Several White House staffers were dismissed Thursday morning after failing FBI background checks, according to sources familiar with the matter. Some of the aides were “walked out of the building by security” on Wednesday after not passing the SF86, a Questionnaire for National Security Positions for security clearance. Among those who won’t be working at the White House ...

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McConnell: Please Trump, Get Off The Twitter Machine

Politico reports: As Donald Trump heads to Florida this weekend to give a campaign-style rally, Mitch McConnell made one more plea to the Republican president: Try to stay on message. The Senate majority has been trying for months — unsuccessfully — to convince Trump to adapt McConnell’s own disciplined style. The Kentucky Republican says that Trump’s White House is pursuing ...

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SWAMP THING: Senate Confirms Climate Change Denier And Big Oil Crony Scott Pruitt To Head EPA

The Washington Post reports: Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s next administrator. Pruitt cleared the Senate by a vote of 52-46, winning support from two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. ...

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FLORIDA: Court Strikes Down NRA-Backed Law Banning Doctors From Discussing Gun Safety With Patients

The New York Times reports: A federal appeals court cleared the way on Thursday for Florida doctors to talk to their patients about gun safety, overturning a 2011 law that pitted medical providers against the state’s powerful gun lobby. In its 10-to-1 ruling, the full panel of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit concluded that ...

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REPORT: Trump Administration Mulls Mobilizing 100,000 National Guard Troops To Round Up Immigrants

Via Reuters: The Trump administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up non-citizens who are in the country illegally, the Associated Press said in a tweet on Friday without citing a source. UPDATE: From the Associated Press. The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to ...

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FLORIDA: Feds Bust Man In Complex Scheme To Bomb Target Stores So He Could Buy Their Stock Cheaply

The Orlando Sentinel reports: An Ocala man made at least 10 explosive devices in hopes of blowing up Targets along the East Coast in an elaborate and deadly scheme to buy cheap stocks of the company, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Mark Charles Barnett, 48, was charged with possession or a possession of a destructive device affecting commerce ...

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Morning Joe Panel Is Aghast At Trump’s Presser: The President Has Lost His Grip On Reality [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were stunned — and terrified — by what they saw Thursday during President Donald Trump’s bizarre and vapid news conference. “That would have been a really funny hour or so of television if he weren’t president of the United States,” Scarborough said. “It was one of the most chaotic, rambling press ...

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Democrats Question Trump’s Mental Health

The Hill reports: A growing number of Democrats are openly questioning President Trump’s mental health. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution’s procedures for removing a president. He warned the 25th Amendment of the Constitution falls short when it comes to mental or emotional fitness for office. Sen. Al Franken ...

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FBI: No Charges Likely For Michael Flynn

CNN reports: The FBI is not expected to pursue any charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn regarding a phone call with Russia’s ambassador, barring new information that changes what they know, law enforcement officials told CNN Thursday. Flynn was fired by President Donald Trump earlier this week after it was revealed that he withheld information from Vice President ...

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Trump’s Choice To Replace Flynn Turns Him Down

Mediaite reports: President Trump has already chosen his replacement for Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor, but his pick has reportedly declined the offer. Trump had settled on Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, for the position, but according to the Financial Times, Harward has turned down the president’s offer. And CBS News has independently confirmed the ...

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Trump Administration Drops Travel Ban Appeals Court Battle, Promises New Immigration Order For Next Week

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s administration said in court documents on Thursday it does not want a larger appellate panel to review a ruling keeping its travel ban on hold and will instead replace the ban. “In so doing, the president will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation,” the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump To Announce New Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta At Press Conference

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump will announce Alexander Acosta as his new Labor Secretary choice on Thursday afternoon, NBC News confirmed. Trump is set to announce the pick at a Thursday afternoon press conference. CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination Wednesday ahead of his confirmation hearing amid mounting bipartisan opposition. In a statement, Puzder did not specify why ...

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REPORT: Trump Had Boeing CEO Listen In When He Called Pentagon About Rival Lockheed’s Fighter Jets

Bloomberg reports: Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet. Listening in on one of those calls was Dennis Muilenburg — the CEO of Lockheed’s chief rival, Boeing Co. Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the $379 billion F-35 program as ...

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