Politics

LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

PBS reports: The White House is expected to respond today to the latest charges in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to speak with reporters at 2 p.m. ET. The special counsel charged an attorney Tuesday with lying to federal investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates, a ...

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Mueller Charges Lawyer For Lying In Russia Probe

Bloomberg reports: An attorney who worked for a prominent law firm was charged with making false statements to federal authorities as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged Feb. 16 in federal court in Washington with lying to investigators about conversations related to a report he ...

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Dan Savage Battles Instagram Over Anti-Trump Sign

Dan Savage writes on Instagram: “My husband posted this pic and @instagram appears to have taken it down after “Gays For Trump” complained. For info about the sign & the queer artists who created it and how to get one of your own, head over to @terrysphots! And happy Presidents’ Day!” Dan’s husband Terry Miller writes: “So @instagram in its ...

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Mitt Romney Hails Endorsement From Glorious Leader

NPR reports: The strained – and often strange — relationship between President Trump and Mitt Romney just added another layer of complexity: In a tweet on Monday, the president endorsed Romney to fill the U.S. Senate seat left open by the retirement of Utah’s Orrin Hatch. In a famously scathing speech delivered in the midst of the presidential campaign in ...

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Dallas Official To NRA: Move Your Convention

Houston’s ABC affiliate reports: A leader in Dallas politics does not want the National Rifle Association to meet in his city. Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway is urging the NRA to find a new home for its annual convention. He says the meeting is not appropriate in Dallas in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida. It is ...

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Trump Dating Model Has Felony Child Sex Conviction

Raleigh’s WRAL reports: A married couple from Guilford County have become the faces of a new Donald Trump-themed dating website. Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger’s smiles, beneath Trump campaign baseball caps, are the first thing greeting visitors at Trump.dating. The Riddlebergers have been active in Guilford County Republican politics over the years. Jodi Riddleberger co-founded C4GC, Conservatives for Guilford County, and ...

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French Fascist Marion Le Pen To Speak At CPAC

Jaws dropped on Twitter this afternoon when CPAC published the full agenda for this week’s convention, revealing that French fascist Marion Le Pen will speak from the main stage immediately after Mike Pence. Marion, you may recall, is the even worse niece of National Front leader Marine Le Pen and in 2012 at age 22 became the youngest person ever ...

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REPORT: White House Officials Viewed Florida Shooting As “Distraction Or Reprieve” From Endless Scandals

The Washington Post reports: The White House was under siege. Domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide were ignored, pointing to a potential high-level coverup. Two Cabinet secretaries were caught charging taxpayers for luxury travel. A Playboy centerfold alleged an extramarital affair with the president. And the special counsel’s Russia investigation was intensifying. The tumult was so intense that there ...

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FLORIDA: 39th GOP US House Rep Hits The Exit

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Florida Rep. Tom Rooney will not run for re-election, he announced on Monday. “After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida’s Heartland, it’s time to “hang em up” as my old football coach used to say. I look forward to serving Florida again in the future ...

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Presidents Day: Political Scientists Rank Trump Last

Politico reports: Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan are up, Bill Clinton is down and Donald Trump is off to a historically bad start — and the greats, meanwhile, remain the greats. It was the finding of the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, released Monday by professors Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston and Justin S. Vaughn ...

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FLORIDA: Trump Golfs As Parkland Funerals Continue

The Hill reports: President Trump hit the golf course on Monday, three days after visiting people affected by the deadly school shooting in nearby Parkland, Fla. The president arrived at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach shortly after 9 a.m. Trump avoided golf over the weekend, a decision aides said was out of respect for the 17 ...

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John Oliver Hails Parkland Survivors [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: John Oliver‘s return to screens with the new season of Last Week Tonight began on a sombre note, addressing the “heartbreaking events” that took place in Parkland, Florida, last Wednesday.  “These events are now so familiar,” Oliver commented. “We basically automatically know how each side will play out.” “But this time felt slightly different,” he continued. “Because ...

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Joe Biden To Aides: 2020 Run A “Real Possibility”

The Associated Press reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He ...

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Florida AG Pam Bondi Calls For Social Media Vigilance

But no mention of gun control, of course. The Hill reports: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) is calling for students and parents to be more vigilant about potential threats made on social media in the wake of the Florida high school shooting, saying it’s better to report something that’s later deemed not credible than not report it at all. ...

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Mueller Hits Manafort With New Bank Fraud Charge

Reuters reports: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has drawn a new accusation of bank fraud from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, according to court documents made public on Friday. The new accusation, related to a property Manafort owns in the Washington suburb of Fairfax, Virginia, comes on top of the indictment against Manafort last October for money laundering ...

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REPORT: Kushner Requests More Intel Than Most White House Staffers Despite Having No Security Clearance

The Washington Post reports: White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly announced Friday that beginning next week, the White House will no longer allow some employees with interim security clearances access to top-­secret information — a move that could threaten the standing of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, has been able to ...

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott: FBI Director Must Resign

CBS News reports: Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign, after the FBI admitted it received a tip about the suspect in the Parkland shooting as recently as January, but failed to follow through on it. “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,” Scott said. “The FBI has admitted ...

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Parkland Survivor Blasts GOP For Sending Thoughts And Prayers But Freaking Out Over “Rainbow Wedding Cake”

“This is the time to talk about guns. There’s much more that can be done, much more that needs to be done and much more that people like Sen Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott are not doing. It’s scary to think these are the people who are making our laws when our community just took 17 bullets to the ...

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Eric Trump Tweets Clip Of Marine One Landing At Mar-A-Lago As Funerals Begin For Florida’s Shooting Victims

The Hill reports: Twitter users lashed out against President Trump’s son Eric Trump on Friday after he posted a video showing Marine One landing at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The tweet shows the presidential helicopter landing among palm trees near a swimming pool at Trump’s lavish Palm Beach, Fla. club. The tweet immediately drew criticism, with the state of Florida ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Holds Press Conference On Mueller’s Indictments

CNET reports: The US Justice Department has filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for interfering with the 2016 presidential election. In an indictment released on Friday (.pdf), the Justice Department called out the Internet Research Agency, a notorious group behind the Russian propaganda effort across social media. Employees for the agency created troll accounts and used ...

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